Wednesday, May 3, 2006

Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

From of May 3, 2006
Police: Wauwatosa Business Owner Shoots Would-Be Robber

Two men tried to rob a tropical fish store on North Avenue in Wauwatosa Tuesday afternoon, but the store owner decided to fight back and fired a gun at the robbers.

An Aqua-Terra Aquarium employee told 12 News reporter Kai Reed that her boss was just opening up the store at noon when two men ran in and tried to rob the place.

Jessica Fohl wasn't there, but she heard the details during a phone call to her boss.

"He said, 'Somebody just came in the store and tried to rob me at gunpoint.' He said, 'Right now,' he said, 'Some guy ran, and I shot after him,' and he said. 'I have another person on the floor right now that I'm standing on and holding at gunpoint,'" Fohl said.

Fohl said the owner has kept a gun under the counter since he opened up the store 32 years ago.

Two stores across the street were held up last week. Several others have been targeted in the last year, 12 News reported.

Fohl said there would have only been $100 or less in drawer.

An 18-year-old was shot in the chest. He ran to a home nearby, where police captured him. He is in critical condition in an area hospital. The other teenager, 17, is in police custody.
From Milwaukee’s of May 8, 2006
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Two teens charged in Tosa armed robbery

Two Milwaukee teens have been charged with armed robbery in last week's holdup of a Wauwatosa business that left one of the suspects in critical condition with a gunshot wound.

The Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office will not be charging the 52-year-old store employee who shot the robber, saying he acted in self-defense.

Charged in the May 2 holdup of Aqua-Terra Aquariums, 6410 W. North Ave., are Derrek M. Friday, 18, of the 6600 block of N. 51st St.; and Victor Allen Boyd, 17, of the 5900 block of N. 68th St., both in Milwaukee.

Friday faces a second count in connection with the armed robbery of the All Africa Market & Beauty Supply store across the street at 6421 W. North Ave. on April 28.

The aquarium shop holdup was the fourth armed robbery at a business along that stretch of W. North Ave., known as the East Town Business District, since April 19.

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