A 14-year-old boy carjacked and sexually assaulted an 87-year-old female at knifepoint while she was returning books to the Waukesha Public Library located at 321 Wisconsin Ave., Waukesha, sources have told WRN.
Capt. Dan Baumann did confirm for WRN that the suspect is 14, the victim is 87, and she was sexually assaulted at knifepoint. “This incident is sad and disgusting, but I’m very mindful of the privacy issues surrounding with both victim and suspect,” he said, declining to give further details. We obtained further details from sources.
UPDATE: WRN can now report that the suspect is the nephew of Milwaukee Common Council President and Milwaukee Mayoral candidate Cavalier Johnson.
Cavalier Johnson did respond to our request for comment:
This afternoon, I learned of an incident that occurred in Waukesha County on November 30 where a member of my extended family is accused of a horrific crime. I am saddened and troubled by this news.
First and foremost, my heartfelt prayers go out to the victim and her family. No one should ever have to deal with what she is going through. I hope and pray for her full healing and recovery.
If what is alleged is found to be true, the accused should absolutely be held accountable for these actions.
No family deserves to endure what this family and this victim are going through, and I am praying for healing and recovery for all concerned.
We asked Waukesha County District Attorney Sue Opper whether she plans to charge the teenager as an adult, as the law allows. She responded, “I cannot comment on this case. Please contact the Juvenile Court for permission to obtain any charging documents or petitions that have been filed.”
Waukesha police have been extremely tight-lipped about the incident, saying the community doesn’t need “more bad news.”
The suspect, who according to sources, recently moved to Waukesha from Milwaukee, WRN has learned. “He has looked up to his uncle who is in politics his whole entire life inspiring to be just like him,” the boy’s mother wrote on Facebook on Dec. 5, trying to raise money through a cash app for his defense. The boy is friends with the mayoral candidate on Facebook.
“My son came into a group of young men who he thought were his friends and talked him into doing something that he should’ve had a mind-frame strong enough to know it was a terrible decision and now the county is declared him a menace to society,” she wrote. (There is no evidence of other suspects, despite the mother’s comments.)
A person who witnessed what happened said the suspect “walked up to the book drop. As soon as she stopped at the book drop, he turned. He was at her car window for about a minute. He made her get into the passenger seat.” He was alone. People had seen him walking around the area for about a week, the source, who did not want to be identified, told WRN.
Sources tell WRN that the suspect took the woman at knifepoint from the book return area of the library on Tuesday Nov. 30, 2021, and forced her back to her car. The suspect drove around while forcing the woman to perform sex acts on him.
We have his name but are not publishing it until he is charged. It is yet to be seen whether he will be charged as an adult; nothing comes up in CCAP under his name.
Per Chap. 938, Wis. Stats. the District Attorney can petition the juvenile court to waive its jurisdiction and have the child tried in adult court if the juvenile is at least 14 years old and is alleged to have committed felony murder, reckless homicide, sexual assault, hostage-taking, kidnapping, armed robbery, aggravated burglary, manufacturing or distribution of a controlled substance, or participation in gang activity.
Here’s the email parents received from Les Paul Middle School; we are told this is the only information they were told about the incident:
One of our sources claimed some in the system are worried about “BLM outrage” if the boy, who is black, is charged as an adult. However, we’ve also learned that Waukesha police want him charged as an adult. That decision will ultimately be made by Waukesha County District Attorney Sue Opper’s office.
The Les Paul Middle School resource officer observed the elderly woman in distress in the parking lot and went out to talk with her. The woman was trying to wave down the officer’s empty squad. The school is located at 325 Carroll Street. We first received a tip about the attack from a person who didn’t believe the school was very transparent with parents about what exactly happened.
The suspect was located by police in the victim’s car a short time later and was taken into custody.
After WRN broke the story, Waukesha Police Captain Dan Baumann issued the following statement:
On Tuesday November 30th at 1:32pm Waukesha Police met with an 87-year-old female at the book drop at the Waukesha Public Library who stated she was “robbed and someone took her car”. We were able to obtain a vehicle description from the victim. Officers were able to locate the vehicle a short time later and in the vicinity of the stolen vehicle, a person of interest matching the description of the suspect began to run from officers. During the foot pursuit the School Resource Officer at Les Paul Middle School out of an abundance of precaution temporarily placed the school on lockdown. The lockdown was lifted after a few minutes. Officers were able to take that person into custody without further incident.
Once the suspect was back at the police department, we learned that this individual’s age was 14 years old. The victim was able to provide more details that went beyond the initial robbery complaint. Information was revealed that the 14-year-old male suspect had used a knife to steal the victim’s vehicle. The suspect forced the victim inside the vehicle and sexually assaulted the victim.
This incident is sad and incomprehensible, but we are bound by the constitutional protections of crime victims. We are also mindful of the statutory protections of juvenile offenders. The threat was mitigated, and the juvenile has been in a detention facility since the arrest. This case has been referred to the District Attorney’s Office. We are aware there is a referral being made to the courts for this case to be waived to adult court. Should this case be waived and fall under the jurisdiction of the adult court system, we are aware some of the protection relative to juvenile offenders will not apply. It is at that time we would be better suited to respond to inquiries relative to this incident.