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'I thought it was going to be pure execution-style': Milwaukee man carjacked at gunpoint in Brewers Hill

Posted at 5:01 PM, Jul 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-24 19:48:35-04

Milwaukee Police are investigating a carjacking that took place early Tuesday in the historic Brewers Hills neighborhood.

Ryan Bednarek said he just parked his car on 1st and East Vine Street shortly before 1 a.m. When he shut his car door, a man wearing all black approached him, pulled out a gun and told him to get on his knees.

"He’s right in front of me, gun directly in front of my face and that’s all I was looking at really, right down the barrel of the gun," said Bednarek.

The gunman had a second accomplice who attempted to carjack Bednarek's friend just down the road.

"There was a second person that ran along the backside that was parked a little bit further down the road," said Bednarek. "He was coaching him while he had the gun on me, telling him what to do."

Bednarek gave the robbers his money, keys and iPhone. The two then drove away in his 2006 Land Rover LR3.

He said he desperately needs that car back to get to work, as he works as a tennis coach and drives to West Bend and Racine to teach students. Without it, he has no way of getting to his clients.

" Definitely need it and that is the struggle right now, having to cancel everything," he said.

Neighbor Adele Fernandez said she heard the chaos and looked out her window to see what was happening.

" I saw some speeding away in a car and heard someone say they just stole my car," said Fernandez.

She hopes police increase their presence in the neighborhood.

Bednarek said despite this horrific ordeal, he is thankful to be alive.

"I thought it was going to be pure execution-style," he said. "I honestly didn't think I was going to make it through the end of the night. I thought that was the end of it."

He said a distinguishing feature is a crack halfway up his windshield and his license plate is believed to be 305-ZHN.

Milwaukee police have confirmed they are investigating this carjacking.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Milwaukee Police.