One of four suspects charged in case of deadly West Allis beating

CREATED Dec. 14, 2011 - UPDATED: Dec. 14, 2011

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  • Melissa McCrady reports. Video by wtmj.com

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WEST ALLIS - One of four suspects arrested in connection with the beating death of a man in West Allis has been charged Wednesday.

Qwajavious Pittman, 18, faces a charge of theft from a person or corpse in the case.

West Allis made a big break in the case of the death of Jeffrey Garnier, who was beaten and left for dead in the middle of Lincoln Avenue.

Pittman was arrested along with three other suspects - Lina Pezanoski, Javasi Pezanoski-Young and Danny Thompson.  They are all between 17 and 47 years old.

"Words cannot even express how they left him, what they did to him," said Maryann Ostrenga.

The four suspects allegedly attacked Garnier, 57, in the middle of Lincoln Avenue.

According to the criminal complaint, video showed the four suspects going after Garnier.

The complaint says that after they surrounded him and attacked him, Pittman ran "up to Garnier and (took) something from Garnier's pockets, which was later determined to be Garnier's wallet."

Pittman later talked to police, and in the complaint, he says that he and others confronted Garnier after the victim reportedly was chasing them, wearing a mask.

He then apparently saw Garnier by a bus stop near a crime scene, and he came up to them with the other suspects who then allegedly attacked Garnier.

The complaint says that after Garnier's head hit the ground and appeared to be knocked out, "Pittman then stated that he stood above the victim and went into his pockets.  Pittman stated that he took the victim's wallet from one of his front pockets."

The arrests have provided relief for people in the neighborhood.

"There's always been violence, and there's always going to be, and just knowing that those people, we don't have to worry about it happening again, is a good feeling," said Michael Katzberg of Big Ebe's Pizza, which operates on Lincoln Avenue.

More charges are expected, possibly on Wednesday.