Wauwatosa teens' car stolen at gunpoint

CREATED Feb. 5, 2013

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WAUWATOSA - A group of Wauwatosa teens were held up at gunpoint over the weekend, and the man behind it may have committed other crimes.

The teens stopped at a cigar shop in east Wauwatosa, on their way to chicago. That trip was cut short when a man held up the driver, and snatched his keys.

Nineteen-year-old Joe Schmitz is just happy he's in one piece. Leaving his friend Sean and another teen in his car Saturday night, he walked into a cigar shop. When he came out, a man was waiting for him.

"So, I tried to get in my car, and grabbed me, and was like,'give me your keys your wallet, your phone,’ and then he kind of led me by the collar over behind the building," said Schmitz.

He ran, but not before the robber took his keys.

“I just ran,” he said. “That was the last thought that crossed my mind. Get out of there ASAP."

Sean McAdams and another friend were stunned when the man jumped into the car.

"He started yelling, told us to give him our wallets," said McAdams.

The two teens got out, and the robber took off.

"He floored it,” McAdams added. “Just got out of there as quick as he could."

But It didn't end there. Police say the carjacker drove the teens’ Honda three miles away into Milwaukee, and robbed someone in the street. Authorities also believe the man carried out four other robberies within the last week.

Police arrested the man, but Schmitz is waiting for thecops to give him his car back. He's just thankful no one was hurt.

"When you picture yourself in this situation, you're like, 'Oh, this is what I would do,'” he said. “But when you get to the situation you just freeze, you're like, 'Wow.' You don't know what to do."

The man behind it all is behind bars tonight. Police are working with the teens, and other victims, to hammer out a case against their suspect.