Police ‘confident’ in resolution to armed robbery

By Brandi Makuski

Stevens Point police say while no arrests have been made for the armed robbery that occurred on the 1800 block of Wyatt Ave. early Tuesday morning, they are investigating several leads.

Law enforcement was called to the area between Jefferson and Oak streets shortly after midnight on June 12, where a male victim reported that two males teenagers—one white, one black—approached him on the street, brandished a gun, and “demanded all [items] in the victim’s possession”.

“We’ve got some good leads; I don’t want to go into a whole lot of detail, but I’m pretty confident we’re nearing a resolution,” said Assistant Police Chief Tom Zenner on Friday afternoon.

Zenner declined to say what type of items were reported stolen, citing the ongoing investigation. He said the victim called police immediately—something that happens less often than many people might think.

“We’ll get callers who report robberies a week, two weeks later, and by then there’s not much we can do,” Zenner said. “So this guy did things right, and there were no injuries involved, which, of course, is a good thing.”

Zenner said an outdoor armed robbery is “certainly a unique type of call in Stevens Point,” and while the SPPD hasn’t received any similar calls, it’s a good idea for residents to stay vigilant.

“We always tell people, ‘if you see something, say something’,” Zenner said. “Don’t be afraid to call us if you see something or someone suspicious. That’s what we’re here for.”

Police have released a general description of the two suspects: the white suspect was described as approximately 5’8″, with an “average” build and medium-length, wavy hair; the black male was reportedly 5’10” through 6′ tall, with a slender build and short hair.

Both suspects are believed to be 16-18 years old and fled the scene on foot following the robbery, traveling south on Wyatt Ave.

Anyone with information should contact Sgt. Robert Kussow at (715) 346-1515, or to remain anonymous, contact Portage County Crimestoppers at (888) 346-6600.