A violent crime spree on Milwaukee’s south side comes to an end with three men in custody.
Marco Felipe, Rodolfo Pantojas-Juarez and Ivan Santiago are believed to be responsible for a number of armed home invasions, a kidnapping and a murder in the month of October.
According to court records, Humberto Varelo-Cabaellero was heading into his house on S. 7th and Becher Streets last Monday when he became the target of a robbery.
“This is a wicked, wicked world,” said Daniel Malone.
Malone is still shaken up after what he saw that night. Police say Varelo Cabaellero was walking into his house when Pantojas-Juarez and Santiago approached looking for cash. Malone recalls hearing the victim say, “I don’t got money, I don’t got money, let me go, help.”
“Come out to help and got down here and they shot the man,” said Malone. “I done everything I could to help him and it was just too late.”
The alleged murder comes after a month-long crime spree. The criminal complaint details just a few of a series of crimes the three men are believed to be responsible for. Victims along the alleged spree told police the charged suspects had ties to the Mexican Cartel and were after drugs, guns and money in large quantities.
Malone said he’s happy police finally caught up with them, but wishes his efforts to help a neighbor actually saved his life.
“CPR, I was trying to cover him up, just anything I could think of but it was no good,” said Malone.
Varelo-Cabaellero’s family said he leaves behind a 5-year-old son with a baby on the way.