Police say man robbed at gunpoint while passenger of own car

Feb. 05, 2013 3:04 p.m. | A 21-year-old Menomonee Falls man's day took a turn for the worse when, while getting out of his parked car at Kmart, 3201 N. Mayfair Road, an armed man jumped out at him yelling "Yeah, you know what time it is!"

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The victim wasn't seven steps past his car before being forced back into it at gunpoint at 2:10 p.m. Jan. 29. His two assailants took positions in the driver seat and in the back seat.

The driver said for the other alleged robber to keep the heat on the victim, which prompted the other man to punch the victim in the head while holding a gun on him.

The victim was forced to take his pants off and empty his pockets while his captors drove his car. He gave them his cellphone, wallet and credit cards before being unceremoniously kicked out of his car. He lost $1,743.

Two Wauwatosa women reportedly followed by same man

Feb. 05, 2013 11:35 a.m. | Two women reported being followed by an Indian man in his early-to-mid 20s while walking through Hart Park last week.

According to the Wauwatosa police reports:

A woman's shortcut through Hart Park ended in a terrified run from a man who had been following her.

The woman had been shopping at Pick 'n Save, 6950 W. State St., and was walking through Hart Park between 1 and 2 p.m. Jan. 29 when she noticed she was being followed.

At first, she thought nothing of it and changed her direction a few times. Her pursuer changed his direction as well. She started jogging. He started jogging. She broke into a flat-out run. He ran as well.

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Wauwatosa police say botched break in led to blocked burglary

Feb. 05, 2013 10:14 a.m. | While sitting down for dinner, residents in the 900 block of North 115th Street heard the telltale "click" of their breezeway door closing. Not expecting company, one of them went to the front door to find a crouched-down 14-year-old Milwaukee boy. Upon seeing the owners, the boy took off, running around the house and out of sight.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The homeowners immediately called police, who combed the area looking for the boy. They found him riding a bike taken from a garage a few houses down.

They stopped him and asked him to empty his pockets. Batteries and another object fell out, but due to his actions, they thought that wasn't everything.

He was asked to let officers pat him down, which he flatly refused. Although the boy was 14, he was much larger than the officers and fought against their attempts to bring him down until he was struck three times in the hip.

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Wauwatosa homeowner chases burglars with car

Feb. 05, 2013 10:07 a.m. | A Wauwatosa homeowner tried to chase down burglars with his car after coming home to discover them in the process of breaking into his house last week.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The homeowner pulled up to his house in the 2600 block of North 72nd Street on Jan. 29 and found a broken-in door and a SUV with three or four people in it and the engine running. The SUV screamed away and the man gave chase.

The homeowner stopped following the SUV after it ran through red lights.

He came home to a pried-open door, a ransacked home and missing electronics including a television and gaming system. He believes the burglary happened between 11 a.m. and 6:15 p.m.

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Police say car thief was startled to find 5-year-old in back seat

Feb. 04, 2013 5:06 p.m. | A stolen car was found near Wauwatosa Avenue and Center Street on Jan. 30, abandoned not far from where it had been taken. The 5-year-old boy who had been in the backseat was still in the vehicle.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

An officer saw a man fitting the suspect's description walking along 75th Street, breathing heavily. When the officer approached, the man looked around nervously and said he had just gotten off the bus. The officer, noting the proximity to the stolen car and the man's heavy breathing, handcuffed him and put him in the back of his squad.

"What happened?" the officer asked multiple times, adding that someone had taken a car and it was a good thing it had been found and no one was hurt. He added that the car thief must have gotten scared and run away because there was a child in the back. Hesitant at first, the man finally said that "something like that" happened.

"That's why I got out," the 19-year-old Milwaukee said after the officer asked if he knew the child was in the back before he took the car.

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Germantown, Oak Creek retain top spots in Roundball Rankings

Feb. 04, 2013 10:46 a.m. | The Germantown boys basketball team (18-0) kept a hammerlock on the top spot in the MyCommunityNOW/Lake Country Roundball Rankings with a 94-44 victory at Milwaukee Lutheran on Friday.

The Warhawks, who have not lost since falling to Appleton East in the 2011 postseason, scored 36 points in the first quarter on the way to a 61-27 halftime advantage. They have won 46 consecutive games.

The Oak Creek (16-1) girls dispatched Racine Case, 55-40, and are considered a legitimate Division 1 title contender.

You can see the rest of the top teams in the area, the player of the week and more at the MyCommunityNOW/Lake Country Publications Roundball Rankings.

Wauwatosa East, West girls basketball photos now online

Feb. 04, 2013 10:16 a.m. | We've just posted a photo gallery from Saturday's girls basketball game between Wauwatosa East and host Wauwatosa West.

West opened up a 13-point halftime lead on the way to a 60-44 victory, which improved the Trojans to 8-10 overall. East fell to 3-15.

Girls basketball: Wauwatosa East vs. Wauwatosa West photo gallery.

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