Appleton, Wis. (WBAY) – The Appleton Police Department has arrested a teen who they think is their suspect connected to two robberies outside a convenience store at 730 E. Wisconsin Avenue.
Police say they responded to the area on Saturday afternoon and were directed by a witness to the intersection of N. Rankin Street and E. Pacific Street. The suspect was found there, tried to flee, but was caught and taken in for questioning.
Investigators say the suspect approached a 21-year-old woman who was pumping gas. She became suspicious and locked herself in her car. The suspect, police say, tried several times to get into her car and demanded she give him money. He did not get money from her and she was not hurt.
Police say the 17-year-old suspect then turned his attention to a 56 year-old woman who was walking through the parking lot. The victim described being grabbed from behind by the suspect. He demanded her purse. The victim ended up on the ground and fought to keep her purse until she began to feel the man stabbing at her upper body. She surrendered her purse, and then followed him as he left the parking lot.
Investigators say the victim was stabbed by the suspect approximately 9 times with a screwdriver. The victim was examined by paramedics but did not require hospitalization for her injuries.
The victim’s purse was found in garbage cans along the route traveled by the suspect. He had money and the screwdriver in his possession when taken into custody.
The suspect confessed to his actions, telling investigators he was trying to get money to return to Milwaukee. He was taken to the Outagamie County Jail on one charge of Robbery with Use of a Dangerous Weapon and another of Attempted Robbery are being requested through the Outagamie County District Attorney’s Office.
If there is anyone else with information about these incidents, they are asked to call the Appleton Police Department at (920) 832-5500.