UWM Student Robbed at Gunpoint while Walking to Shorewood Home

The student told police he was walking home around 10:30 p.m. when one of two men in ski masks pulled out a hand gun and made him hand over a cell phone, wallet and backpack full of items.

A University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee student walking to his Shorewood home from the campus was robbed at gunpoint Tuesday night, police say.

Sometime between 10:35 and 10:40 p.m. near East Stratford Court and North Maryland Avenue, the victim told police two men wearing ski masks approached him. One of the suspects presented a handgun and demanded he hand over his property.

The suspects took an Apple iPhone and wallet and made the victim dump out the contents of his backpack, then place items they wanted including two books, a Starbucks coffee cup, flash drive and highlighters back into the bag and hand it over.

The suspects were both black males wearing black ski masks. One of the suspects is described by the victim as in his late 20s, heavy set, 6 feet 1 inch tall, wearing multiple layers of black long sleeved shirts and gray colored sweatpants.

The other suspect is described as in his late 20s, skinny, 5 feet 9 inches tall, wearing multiple layers of black long sleeved shirts and black colored sweatpants. The victim told police the suspect had shoulder-length curly black hair that he could see coming out of the bottom of the ski mask.

Police say they are investigating the armed robbery. 

Joe Peterlin January 30, 2013 at 05:41 PM
Maybe our village leaders could make Shorewood a gun-free zone.
CowDung January 30, 2013 at 05:41 PM
I thought the same thing about the highlighters and coffee cup...
CowDung January 30, 2013 at 05:49 PM
Didn't Shorewood have a referendum on that a bunch of years ago? That is an interesting point though. Since UWM is a 'gun free zone' the criminals knew that a UWM student would not be carrying a weapon and would be an easy target...
MDS January 30, 2013 at 07:15 PM
CowDung - Yes, but we know the victim didn't pull out a gun, and we know he wasn't killed. That isn't speculation. That is what I've always been told to do if I was robbed, hand it over, who cares about a few replaceable items. Also, I'm sure the neighbors in Shorewood wouldn't want a shoot out with bullets possibly penetrating their homes.
Flowjoe January 30, 2013 at 07:15 PM
People. Quit flashing expensive and much desired cell phones while walking at night. And keep your cars empty of any packages, GPS, or cell phones. You'll be less of a target. Really. It is common sense.
CowDung January 30, 2013 at 07:28 PM
I think you miss my point. Criminals tend to prey on what they perceive to be 'easy targets'. Knowing that a person is not carrying a gun might just be enough to place them into the 'easy target' category in the eyes of the criminal.
deborah parkhurst January 30, 2013 at 10:08 PM
I have said it before....and I will keep on saying it. The Village needs much better street lighting. When I walk my dog I can hardly see where I am going. !!!!!!!!!!!!!
Cricket January 30, 2013 at 10:32 PM
Have to agree with that statement. Also the quality of lighting is poor, gives off an orangey glow. A lot of street lights seem to be out too. If you see one that is out - contact the dpw right away.
deborah parkhurst January 31, 2013 at 12:17 AM
My daughter was robbed (gunpoint) in back of our home. 3600 block of Maryland...years ago. The village told me that the lighting is for ambiance! Swap out the glass...come on! I can't see ice on the side walk...it's way too dark out there...maybe a lawsuit...when someone gets shot will get things moving ??
tyrone January 31, 2013 at 12:31 AM
Alol January 31, 2013 at 04:52 AM
I agree, the street lights on most of these side streets is useless.
Alol January 31, 2013 at 05:08 AM
Tyrone, I heard Ms. Erykah Badu is looking for you. She said to call and tell you "come home".
AJ Tussman January 31, 2013 at 01:56 PM
Why did we used to know what neighborhoods not to walk alone at night in? Now it just seems like the neighborhood is milwaukee county.... Smh.... Another gun will never outdraw a gun that's already pointed at you also, and I am a concealed carry license holder as well as a uwm student, but possessions aren't worth it... This is frustrating, hope they find the guys....
David Tatarowicz January 31, 2013 at 03:29 PM
Ironically there is no proven correlation between street lighting and crime. In fact one study that I read a long time ago, said that darkness just as light is a two edged sword --- lights help the bad guys find the victims and may help the victims see the bad guys coming --- while darkness gives both sides the advantage of not being seen. The ambient lighting that we have in the village from the houses is really more than enough lighting -- and the gazillion lights by the new waik bridge is ridiculous, like coming into Vegas. The main thing is to be street smart an aware of your surroundings --- the best defense is to avoid those that you may not trust, cross the street and if they cross the street --- RUN --- go ring a house bell -- whatever, when they keep following you, the motives become more clear.
The Donny Show January 31, 2013 at 04:08 PM
Shocked that the Patch identified the suspects as BLACK. Good for you.
Lyle Ruble January 31, 2013 at 04:28 PM
I have some thoughts on the street lighting. Street illumination is normally provided so that pedestrians can safely navigate after sundown. When I first moved hear and saw what we had for street lighting, which I believe is Low Pressure Sodium, I thought that lights were poorly placed and underpowered to provide effective illumination. Low Pressure Sodium lamps are usually a cost control measure since they produce effective lighting at low cost. They are also used to reduce light pollution which washes out the night sky. However, they do burn with an orange glow, which our eyes don't see well in, washing out certain colors and visual acuity. I don't think changing the street lighting is going to change pedestrian safety to being victims of crime. I think the South East Quadrant of the Village should be constantly patrolled by a squad if we continue to see a rise in armed robberies. I would much rather see cops confront gun toting criminals, than some innocent citizen. In all, the street lighting needs to be reevaluated and possible changes made. Ambiance is one thing pedestrian safety another, but better illumination will cost money.
Jory Pradjinski January 31, 2013 at 04:52 PM
Amazing how the littlest story now becomes a gun debate, what a waste of time. Shorewood's street lights are the worse I've ever seen. They do not "light" the street but do give great shadow areas for those looking for it. One thing that would possibly deter crime is real sentences with sharp claws instead of the crooks having more rights then the victims. It is completely foolish for anyone to comment about "if the victim had a gun or not", talk about 20-20 hindsight but some still must chime in. Conceal/carry law does not mean that every person will be packing heat (besides the often forgotten part about the owners needing to be licensed, take training). There is no responsible way to say after the fact whether a gun would or would not have helped. Of course I could find a bad guy and ask for a gun and they'd be back with several to choose from, with ammo. Bet those bad guys don't follow the "no guns allowed on premises" signs they we have to. Hmm, how does that work,,,,
deborah parkhurst January 31, 2013 at 05:35 PM
I think that if the glass in the lamps was replaced it would allow more light..the glass looks thick....textured...and old...a simple, effective solution. It's not just about crime...there is ice on the sidewalks, bikers in the streets..often w/o reflective clothing..and on and on. Better lighting is a GOOD idea!
David Tatarowicz January 31, 2013 at 07:26 PM
Does increased lighting reduce crime or increase crime --- studies show both can happen: The following is an excerpt from: http://www.britastro.org/dark-skies/crime.html "How lighting can aid crime The majority of crime occurs either in daylight hours or beneath artificial lights. Here are some possible explanations as to why this is the case. Crime usually occurs where or when there are few (if any) witnesses, and so the lighting levels are irrelevant. Lighting can highlight potential targets ("easy pickings"), security lapses and even escape routes - in short, light can help criminals be quick and quiet. Lighting can help criminals see what they are doing, minimising any risk to themselves. Outwards shinning lights can hide criminal activity with glare, providing ideal cover for a burglar at night by blinding potential witnesses (see CCTV scuppered by street lights, and our floodlights page). PIR activated floodlights are so frequently triggered that they are ignored by neighbours " From the many studies done from what I have learned, lighting can sometimes help reduce crime but not always -- and the "light it all up" approach is the most ineffective -- specific lighting for specific areas and times are the best approach, cost the least, but take the most time to assess.
David Tatarowicz January 31, 2013 at 07:32 PM
Rather than looking at lighting as a way to deter street crime, I would suggest that police patrol more and better. For instance almost any morning and very often even at other times, there is a WFB patrol car idling on Wilson facing south at the traffic coming out of Shorewood, or it is on the side street bordering the west side of CVS. These may be good spots for speed traps, but do nothing to deter crime in residential areas, or to spot suspicious persons or behaviors in residential areas. Rather than burning gas and trying to catch the occassional speeder --- wouldn't that car be much better used patrolling the residential areas, and in the mornings, and afternoons, especially patrolling the areas around schools ?
deborah parkhurst January 31, 2013 at 07:32 PM
For me...as I have stated before...this is about over-all safety. Have you ever walked the side streets of Shorewood after dark??? If not....please do. In the winter there is often ice/snow making it difficult to navigate. Bikers are hard to see....they are off to the side of where the cars headlights shine...I could go on and on. What's the big deal with improving the lighting...do you think that it will make ALL safely issues worse????? This is about OVER-ALL safety...not just robbers!!!!
CowDung January 31, 2013 at 08:04 PM
If I'm driving, I'd prefer to not have bright lights on the streets--a bright streetlight makes it harder to see when my eyes are adjusted for darker conditions. Bright lights also tend to make it more difficult to see when it is foggy or when the windshield fogs up.
Alol January 31, 2013 at 10:41 PM
If that comment was directed at me Donny, you're failing miserably at positioning yourself as the righteous one, and you should never do that again because the comments you make on here are 98% ridiculous. Every time I hear/read the name Tyrone I hear this fantastic song: http://youtu.be/2fDU-khOp1o Therefore, http://youtu.be/AS8X2Qp_6aA
Cricket February 01, 2013 at 12:29 AM
Good lighting can also alert a potential victim to people up ahead or behind them. I am an avid night time walker and am constantly on alert as to what or who is in front of and behind me. Body language tells a lot. I can tell a fitness walker from someone walking home from uwm or walking their dog from someone that may be up to no good if the lighting is good. If it is not good I do not feel as secure. Even though I do wear an Ipod I am constantly aware of my surroundings which I think some people are not, especially younger kids that may be texting etc., Vigilance is key. We have a good community here that occasionally has crime but if you can take steps to stay safe. It would be nice if the village could do their part as well with better lighting. As far as the police patrolling is concerned, there are only so many of them on duty at one time and I think we have enough smaller things going on to keep them busy. Perhaps if the criminals can't find victims they will stop coming here. They probably knew they had a good target with UWM close by.
Cricket February 01, 2013 at 12:36 AM
I live in the southeastern quadrant of the village. I feel perfectly safe here. I walk at night, work at night occasionally so can be coming home late at night. I see people walking their dogs past my house constantly. Unless I am missing some news I think over all there have been only a couple of incidences in the past year. I don't consider this a dangerous part of Shorewood at all. If it was I would not live here. When I first moved here I remember hearing about a rapist running around Shorewood raping woman in their garages. That was over 20 years ago so crime is nothing new here. I also see plenty of police patrolling but they can't be everywhere at the same time. I'd like to think this was a somewhat random act of opportunity - unaware young college kid was ripe for the picking.
deborah parkhurst February 01, 2013 at 06:47 PM
@ Cowdung...I do not want BRIGHT lighting...I want adequate lighting.
Naive One February 02, 2013 at 05:00 PM
Hey Keith, are you nuts?
Naive One February 02, 2013 at 05:17 PM
I am not sure if you are serious or not. If you are serious, please do not broadcast the idea that people who live in Shorewood are predisposed to hand over their valuables to anyone, at any time, in any setting, to robbers who show anything resembling a handgun. If you are not serious, please do not taunt these robbers.
CowDung February 03, 2013 at 03:41 AM
Who's taunting? I'm just stating facts. It's all about risk vs. reward--criminals want to minimize their risk, and maximize their reward.
The Donny Show February 04, 2013 at 04:21 PM
Wow. A bit self conscious there?


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