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3 Charged in Heyer Park Armed Robbery

Suspects steal a backpack and other items from another man they were planning to meet, according to a criminal complaint.

Three Waukesha teens are facing felony charges after they allegedly robbed a man with an Airsoft gun in Monday evening.

Melvin Fred Jr., 19, Calen E. Smith, 17, and Joshua T. Thompson, 17, were charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court Wednesday with three counts of armed robbery. If convicted, Smith faces up to 40 years in prison, Fred faces up to 47 years in prison and Thompson faces up to 46 years in prison.

According to the criminal complaint:

At 8:59 p.m. Monday, the victim and two of his friends went to the park to meet Smith and Fred, but once he saw them, Fred pushed him to the ground and began punching him in the head with a gun while Thompson stood by.

One of the victim’s friend’s tried to help, but Fred handed the gun to Smith, who pointed at the man so he stayed back. They took a necklace, hat, cell phone and drawstring backpack from the victim, then the three fled behind to a friend’s house.

The victim and his friends called police and identified the three men. Officers went to Thompson’s house where he was arrested.

Thompson, who is on bail for an incident admitted to the incident, although he didn’t physically assault the victim and was there to make sure the other friends didn’t get involved. He said they used an Airsoft pistol in the incident after discussing ways to get at the victim before he arrived.

Thompson is currently free on $1,000 bail while awaiting trial. Neither Smith or Fred are in custody and have yet to make their initial appearances in court.   

Johnny Paycheck August 31, 2012 at 06:34 AM
It continually amazes me how the penalties seem so out of alignment for the different classifications of crimes in Wisconsin. If murder carries a possible 60 year sentence then you would think that robbery would be quite a bit less, but it's really not. 60 years doesn't seem like it would be much more of a deterrent than 40 or 47. To a 19 year old it's still synonymous with forever.
Mickey Mouse September 04, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Yea what nebody realizes is that there was an oz and a half of marijuana in the backpack that was stolen....
Unknown_ September 13, 2012 at 05:16 PM
No there wasnt ^
ergr November 30, 2012 at 07:57 PM
I know Melvin and he is a dumb ass. They were meeting up to buy weed and they robbed him.

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