Waukesha, WI – The 14-year-old nephew of Milwaukee Common Council President Cavalier Johnson, who is currently running for Milwaukee mayor, was charged with the robbery and sexual assault of an 87-year-old woman.
The incident occurred on Nov. 30 when the octogenarian stopped to return some books at the Waukesha Public Library located at 321 Wisconsin Avenue, WDJT reported.
Sources told Wisconsin Right Now that (WRN) that the 14-year-old boy carjacked and sexually assaulted the elderly woman at knifepoint.
Waukesha Police Captain Dan Baumann refused to release any details about the incident other than to confirm the ages of the suspect and the victim.
“This incident is sad and disgusting, but I’m very mindful of the privacy issues surrounding with both victim and suspect,” Capt. Baumann said.
Sources told WRN that a witness to the carjacking said Johnson’s nephew “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.”
People had seen the common council president’s nephew walking around the area for about a week prior to the incident, according to the sources.
The 14-year-old boy drove around while he forced the woman to perform sexual acts on him, WRN reported.
At some point, he dumped the injured 87 year old out near the parking lot of a middle school in the 300-block of Carroll Street.
A school resource officer at Les Paul Middle School saw her trying to wave down the his empty patrol car and went out to help her, WRN reported.
The school was temporarily placed on lockdown out of an abundance of caution, according to Capt. Baumann.
Police caught the suspect in the victim’s car shortly thereafter and arrested him, WRN reported.
Sources said the boy had recently moved to Waukesha from Milwaukee.
“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 posted on social media in a plea for help financing the boy’s criminal defense, according to WRN.
“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.
But police have said they have no other suspects in the attack on the elderly woman, WRN reported.
Waukesha County District Attorney Sue Opper declined to answer questions about whether she would be charging Johnson’s nephew as an adult, but sources said police are pushing for an aggressive prosecution in light of the heinous nature of the attack.
The suspect’s uncle released a statement about his nephew’s arrest, WRN reported.
“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,” Johnson wrote.
“First and foremost, my heartfelt prayers go out to the victim and her family,” the mayoral candidate continued. “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,” the statement read. “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.”
Waukesha Public Schools also put out a statement that said the boy had recently withdrawn from a high school in the district and there was never any threat to the schools, WDJT reported.