A photo of a Milwaukee teenager who was left unconscious in the snow after a failed carjacking has gone viral.
The incident occurred on Feb. 8, Fox 6 News reported. Two suspects allegedly tried stealing a vehicle from a man near Milwaukee’s south side, but the would-be victim fought back.
One of the suspects fled the scene in a getaway car, but the other suspect, who was 14 years old, was caught and reportedly beaten by a group of men.
“They were carrying one person and they just slammed him down on the floor,” an unidentified witness told Fox 6 News. “When they tossed him down on the floor, everyone surrounded him and started kicking and punching him, doing whatever they could to him.
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“They started tugging on his jacket, shoes and pants.”
The men didn’t stop there. They allegedly stole the teen’s clothes and left him laying in the snow with nothing but a t-shirt and underwear on.
“As he was laying there practically naked, they still kept beating him and laughing at him,” the witness added. “He seemed like he didn’t know where he was. It seemed like he was confused at that point and he tried standing up, but he just fell right back down in a pile of snow.”
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A photo of the boy laying in the snow was shared on Facebook and quickly went viral, WISN 12 News reported. The teen’s mother said she was shocked when she saw the picture.
“I thought my baby was dead,” the mother, who asked not to be identified, told WISN 12 News.
The mother acknowledged that her son had a history of trying to steal cars but said that two wrongs don’t make a right.
“He was wrong for touching somebody else's stuff, but that doesn't give anybody the right to leave someone's child out in freezing snow without clothes on left for dead,” the mother said. “This time I think he learned his lesson. He was so scared like, ‘Momma please, I’m not going to do it no more.’”
Milwaukee police issued the following statement, according to Fox 6 News:
Milwaukee police are investigating an attempted auto theft that happened on Monday, February 8th, around 1:50 p.m. in the 3200 block of W. Madison Street. The victim observed two suspects in his vehicle attempting to steal it. He confronted the suspects who fled. The suspects attempted to enter a get-away vehicle and one of the suspects was successful. The second suspect was confronted and punched by the victim. The second suspect continued to flee on foot. A witness attempted to detain the second suspect, grabbed him by the pants pulling them off, as the second suspect climbed a fence and continued to flee. Shortly after, an unknown person battered the second suspect and posted it to Facebook. MPD is working to determine who battered the second suspect.
The second suspect, who is a 15-year-old Milwaukee male, has since been arrested and suffered a minor injury during this incident. Once the investigation is complete the case will be referred to the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s office for charges against the 15-year-old for attempted motor vehicle theft, and the person responsible for battering the suspect.