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'He was wrestling the guy:' Two suspects wanted in abduction, shots fired near 61st and Custer

Posted at 3:35 PM, Feb 24, 2020

MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee police are searching for two suspects witnesses say fired shots last Friday and forced a victim inside a car.

Police said the abduction happened around 3 p.m. near 61st and Custer in the Westlawn Gardens neighborhood.

Surveillance video from cameras in the development’s park could be the key to finding both the victim and the people responsible.

Police said the vehicle is a silver, two-door Honda Accord, possibly a 2005 model.

Charles Brown as watching TV at home when it happened.

“I seen it with my own eyes,” Brown said. “I heard a single gunshot, and I looked out the front window and I didn't see anything, so I went to the back and I seen a few people getting in the car, hurrying to get in the car.”

Police said a witness saw a suspect fire off a handgun, and with the help of another suspect force a victim inside the Honda Accord.

Brown caught part of the struggle.

“He was wrestling the guy to get in the backseat,” Brown said. “He was yelling, telling him to get in the backseat and he got in the backseat and they all took off.”

Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying and locating the suspects and the victim.

The victim is described as a black man, 30 to 40 years old, with a beard and medium complexion.

The suspect with the gun is described as a black man, 18 to 19 years old, 5’7” to 5’8” tall, with a medium build and complexion, and an afro. He was last seen wearing a light gray hooded sweatshirt.

The other suspect is described as a black man, 21 to 22 years old, 6’ tall, with a skinny build, light complexion and braided hair.

Alderman Cavalier Johnson of District 2, recognizes how crimes like this can paint the area.

“Anytime an incident like this happens it should give us all pause,” Johnson said.

In recent months, a car passing by shot at kids throwing snowballs, and a suspect was shot and killed invading a home.

“It is a neighborhood and neighborhoods sometimes have challenges,” Johnson said.

However, he said crimes have seemed to subside since the development of the Westlawn neighborhood a few years ago.

“Those are issues that we’re actively trying to work through and I think that Westlawn overall is a very nice place,” Johnson said.

If you have any information about what happened or know the whereabouts of the suspects or victim, call the Milwaukee Police Department at (414) 935-7360 or Milwaukee Crime Stoppers at (414) 224-TIPS.

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