A father was shocked to see his teenage son identified on the news as a suspect in a multi-day crime spree in Milwaukee.
Andrae Fredrick was watching the news on WITI when surveillance camera video showed his 13-year-old son and a friend trying to use a stolen credit card.
"It's heartbreaking, and it's more heartbreaking for me because it's my son," Fredrick told WITI. "When I see that picture, I don't see this kid that's on a crime spree. I see my baby."
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Police say Fredrick's son and another teenager stole a 2004 Jeep Liberty from in front of a private residence on May 30. They then allegedly set off on a crime spree.
"A fresh steal and within hours of that they're out committing other crimes," Wauwatosa Police Lt. Brian Zalewski told WDJT.
Around 2 a.m. the suspects reportedly approached a man and a woman outside a hardware store and demanded the woman give up her purse.
"One subject implied he had a gun in his pocket. The female victim gave the subject her purse after he demanded it," Zalewski said.
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Shortly after the robbery, surveillance cameras at a gas station recorded the suspects as they tried to use the woman's credit card.
Hours later, police spotted the stolen Jeep and attempted to stop the suspects, but lost them after a short pursuit.
The suspects then reportedly used a brick to smash the window of a nearby credit union. Video surveillance showed the same Jeep outside the credit union.
On June 1, the Jeep was found abandoned not far from where it was originally stolen. Witnesses told police they saw the suspects trying unsuccessfully to steal another vehicle.
Fredrick, a pastor, says his son used to go to church and loved boxing, according to WITI.
"I taught him how to make decisions and he chose to make the wrong decisions," he said.
Now his son is behind bars, although Fredrick insisted it could be worse.
"I would rather see him locked up than see him dead," he said.
Police told WITI the other suspect has been identified but has not yet been detained.