Couple, 10-year-old attacked in separate incidents in Wauwatosa

Police chief urges people to stay aware of surroundings

May 11, 2011

Wauwatosa has seen a number of people attacked and assaulted in recent weeks, and the violence continued this past week.

According to Wauwatosa Police Department reports:

A couple was walking in the 9000 block of Jackson Park Boulevard about 11 p.m. Sunday when they were jumped from behind by three men. The man was punched in the face and knocked to the ground. When he said he had no money, they kicked and punched him in the head. They searched his pockets, grabbed his wallet and took off.

The woman walking with him was punched in the forehead and also was knocked down. She said she never saw the attackers' faces but knew they were male from their voices.

The couple was taken to the hospital for treatment of facial injuries.

Police Chief Barry Weber said he saw pictures of their injuries and the woman had a huge bump on her forehead, indicating she'd been hit pretty hard.

Tracking down suspects with a vague description proves exceptionally difficult, he said. He encourages people to be wary of their surroundings, especially if they're on the streets after dark.

Police also are investigating an attack of a 10-year-old boy earlier that day. He was throwing a tennis ball up against the side of his home in the 6600 block of Garfield Avenue at 4:30 p.m. when four kids pulled up on bicycles.

One asked if they could play, but the boy said no because he was worried a window might get broken. Angered by the rejection, a boy punched him in the neck, then a second hit him in the jaw. As they fled, one of the kids dumped his bike and left it behind.

These attacks come a little more than a week after two Wauwatosa East students said they were jumped in separate incidents after school as they walked to Hart Park in the 1500 block of Alice Street.

In other incidents, 16-year-old boy was attacked by four people as he walked across the Washington Elementary School playground, and a man was attacked by a group of teen girls in the Bluemound Gardens parking lot.


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