Off-duty Milwaukee police detective helps prevent armed robbery near UW-Milwaukee campus

Posted at 1:26 PM, Mar 06, 2018

MILWAUKEE -- An off-duty Milwaukee detective stopped an attempted armed robbery Sunday night near the UW-Milwaukee campus -- which also helped solve another armed robbery last month in the same area. 

According to police, the detective was in the 2700 block of N. Muarry Avenue -- just after 9 p.m. -- when he saw a suspicious man looking into cars.

More squads responded to the area and a 19-year-old man was found with a mask on his face and a silver flashlight on him.

The man was arrested for prowling.

When the suspect was brought to the police station, detectives determined the suspect matched the same description of a person wanted in a February 28 attempted armed robbery in the 2700 block of N. Frederick Avenue -- also near the UW-Milwaukee campus.

In that case, police say a male suspect approached a 25-year-old female victim and demanded her purse. The suspect did not obtain anything and fled the scene. When questioned about this offense, the suspect confessed to the crime.

Both cases will be presented to the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office in the coming days for a review.