Update: 2 arrested after suspects target elderly victims in Oak Creek strong armed robbery spree
Updated: 7:20 p.m. on Sept. 17, 2020
OAK CREEK, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Two people are now in custody, suspected in an Oak Creek crime spree this week.
On Monday, an elderly woman was assaulted and her Jeep was stolen in the parking lot of a Kohl's store. That happened after two unsuccessful carjacking attempts.
Thursday, Sept. 17, Oak Creek police report two men are being questioned and the Jeep has been recovered.
Published: 2:11 p.m. on Sept. 15, 2020
OAK CREEK, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Oak Creek police are investigating a string of strong armed robberies that happened Monday, Sept. 14. Authorities believe the group is targeting elderly victims.
According to police, three incidents happened between 10:39 a.m. and 11:10 a.m.
Police say the first report was at Woodman's Gas Station, located at 8151 S. Howell Avenue. A man was fueling his vehicle when police say two Black males assaulted him and attempted to steal his vehicle.
"They engage him in conversation, shortly thereafter they started to wrestle with him for his keys, he fought back," said Det. Robert Michalski from the Oak Creek Police Department.
The vehicle owner fought back and the suspects left.
Police believe the same group of suspects then approached another victim in a nearby apartment complex. The suspects got into the car but left without taking it.
According to police, the same suspects then assaulted an elderly woman in the parking lot at Kohl's, located at 9035 S. Howell Avenue.
"They pushed her down, took her purse, grabbed her keys and they were successful in stealing her 2020 Jeep Compass," said Det. Michalski. They also stole her vehicle and cell phone.
Officers pursued two vehicles matching the description of the stolen vehicle and the suspects' vehicle, but stopped due to dangerous driving.
Police are urging people to be on the lookout. "Be aware when you’re in the parking lot, look out for everybody, especially, they seem like they’re going after the elderly population," said Det. Michalski.
Oak Creek police describe the suspects as follows:
Suspect #1 - Black male, thin, in his 20s, standing 5'5"-5'6". He was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, light blue jeans, and white shoes.
Suspect #2 - Black male, thin, in his 20s, standing 5'8"-5'10". He was last seen wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt, dark pants, and dark shoes.
Suspect #3 - Black male, standing 6'-6'1". Last seen wearing dark clothing and a baseball style hat.
- 2018 blue Jeep Compass SUV, with license plate 957CSB
- 2014 red Ford Kia Forte, 4-door, license plate 957DRC