A Wauwatosa youth was arrested Tuesday for assaulting his girlfriend, a 21-year-old woman who, along with her young child, was living with him in his parents' home, according to police.
But in a bizarre and seamy twist, in the end it was the woman who was ordered to go away and stay away.
The woman and the boy both said he was 17, of consenting age, which was backed up by at least one existing arrest record from another Milwaukee suburb.
But Wauwatosa police, questioning the boy's status as a citizen, went a step further and the next day learned he was in fact only 15 years old.
According to the police reports:
At 8:25 p.m. Tuesday, officers were called to a home in the 400 block of North 121st St. on a report of a violent domestic dispute. They found the 21-year-old woman in the front yard, where she said her 17-year-old boyfriend had pushed her down several times during an argument.
She told officers that she had been dating the boy for awhile, and about three or four weeks before, she and her child had moved in with him and his parents.
On Monday night, she said, they had gotten into an argument after he was out late hanging with his friends. The fight resumed Tuesday evening, she said, when he wanted to go out again to meet friends, without her.
At one point, she said, the boy shouted at her, "I've already got somebody better than you!"
Argument escalates into violence
She said she became ill during their argument and went to the bathroom and vomited. She decided to go to the hospital. Her boyfriend followed her outside, she said, and was yelling at her, telling her she had to stay at home and take care of her child. She kept trying to leave, she said, and he shoved her to the ground several times. She was not injured.
During the interview, the boy came out of the house, and though other officers tried to keep him at a distance, he overheard what she was saying and began screaming obscenities at her and the police. When he threatened to attack them, an officer pulled out his Taser and warned him he would be demobilized.
The boy continued to scream foul epithets at officers – saying they were cowards to use a Taser instead of fighting – but he allowed himself to be handcuffed.
Next, the boy's mother came out and began to talk to everyone in an agitated voice – and in a language none of the officers even recognized, much less could understand.
In trying to establish the boy's identity, police began to question his status as a U.S. citizen, as he carried no standard identification. The boy gave them a name and said he was 17, and said that he had been issued a green card but had lost it. He also said that he was unemployed and home-schooled.
Police were in fact able to bring up a record that matched the name and date of birth he had given them. Under that identity, he had been arrested as an adult two weeks before in Oak Creek for disorderly conduct and was under bail restrictions.
Tosa police not satisfied with youth's status
Given that and the woman's complaint, Wauwatosa police arrested him for disorderly conduct related to domestic violence, booked him and sent him to the County Jail, where a 72-hour no-contact order was imposed. Informed of the disposition, the victim said she did not want the order enforced.
The next afternoon, however, two Wauwatosa police officers were sent back to the County Jail, where the boy had spent the night and morning, to pick him up and bring him back to the Tosa police station.
Not satisfied with the boy's explanation of his legal standing in the United States, Wauwatosa investigators used Morpho Touch fingerprint data and, through a contact with U.S. Immigration Services, established that he was in fact only 15 years old.
Further research into his adult girlfriend's background told yet another story.
The boy, now known to be a minor, was referred to juvenile authorities, who processed his case and then released him to the custody of his parents.
Woman is ordered to have no contact
His girlfriend, on the other hand, was ordered to have no further contact with the boy whatsoever, based on their ages and on her “past unlawful actions and relationships."
She was escorted by police officers to the home while the boy was not there, she collected her child (no age or gender given) and belongings under police supervision, and she was escorted away and told not to return.
Whatever the woman's “past unlawful actions and relationships" may have been, she was not listed by her given name in Wisconsin Circuit Court records (CCAP), nor did the police reports specify.