Marquette University police seek 2 suspects who robbed man near campus

Posted at 6:55 AM, May 08, 2018

MILWAUKEE – Police are looking for two suspects who robbed a man at gunpoint overnight near the Marquette University campus.

Marquette Police say the incident happened at 1:15 a.m. near the intersection of 14th Street and State Streets. 

According to Marquette Police, two suspects followed a man into an apartment building, displayed a weapon and then struck the victim. They took the victim’s money, property and then fled on foot. 

A man identified himself as the victim to TODAY'S TMJ4. He did not wish to be identified but says he was walking near the 7-11 on Wells Street on Marquette's campus.

He says, the two suspects asked if he had any change. He gave them what he had and one of the suspects lifted his shirt, showing he had a gun in his waistband. The victim says the suspect said, "You're coming with us now."

According to the victim, They walked west on Wells to 21st Street, turned right to Kilbourn Avenue and then turned right again, heading east on Kilbourn. 

"Once we got to 17th, that's when he pistol-whipped me," the victim said. "Cracked my eye open and I got a fractured cheekbone. The other guy barehanded me in the back of the head a couple times."

The victim -- who is not affiliated with Marquette -- was taken to the hospital for treatment.

The victim had several stitches above his right eye and was still wearing his hospital bracelet. 

The robbery happened just off of Marquette's campus but this is nothing new to the University. In the last three years, they've had 31 robberies on campus though they don't maintain thorough statistics for off-campus crimes. However, Monday, there was another robbery on campus according to police.

There has been no link made between these two robberies. 

For students, the events over the last 24 hours have been a big wake up call.

"It's finals week," Riley Hansen, a junior said. "A lot of students are coming back from the library at that time, [or] even later. They could be alone very well if they're studying that late."

Hansen says nearly every house on his off-campus block has been broken into and he lives right across the street from where Tuesday morning's armed robbery happened. His perception of the neighborhood around campus is changing. 

"Be more aware of my surroundings," Hansen said. "Especially, something like this happening. Be more conscious about walking with someone else."

The first suspect is described by police as a black male in his mid-30’s,  5’8”, 140 pounds and was wearing black leather jacket and jeans. The second is described by police as a black male with braids in his mid-30’s, 6’, 170  pounds, and was wearing a light-colored shirt with dark lettering, and jeans.

Anyone with information on these suspects is urged to call the police.

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