Man Robbed at Gunpoint For Guns, Police Say

Two Milwaukee men are accused of breaking into a Greendale man's apartment so they can steal his guns, including one with a grenade launcher.

Two Milwaukee men are accused of breaking into a Greendale man’s apartment, then holding him at gunpoint to steal his various guns.

Mario Emmanuel James, 24, and Lamont Donnell Sholar, 31, were charged in Milwaukee County Circuit Court Tuesday with one count of robbery with use of force and one count of burglary. If convicted, they each face up to 35 years in prison and $150,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint:

On Oct. 27, 2010, the victim was inside his apartment in the 5800 block of Tower Road, when he heard a knock at the door and saw a man standing outside who was asking for a man named Rodriguez. The victim said no such man lived there and the conversation ended.

A little bit later the man knocked on the door again and when the victim went to talk with him he noticed the man was now wearing purple latex gloves. The man first said he was working on electrical wires, then said he was a process server looking to serve papers to a man named Rodriguez who supposedly lived in the apartment.

The victim came to the door a third time after hearing a knock and found the same man outside who asked if he could look at a picture of the man he was looking for on a cell phone. When the victim went to look at the phone another man emerged in the hall and held a gun to the victim’s head.

The other man placed the victim in Zip tie handcuffs and placed Duct tape over his mouth. The man then called a third person and told him to bring a car around, then demanded to know where the victim kept his guns.

The men stole two handguns, a bolt rifle, an AR 15 with an attached grenade launcher, a shotgun, ammunition, $200 to $300, debit cards, the victim’s ID and a holster. After the suspects left, the victim was able to get free and call the Greendale Police Department.

Later that day, police officers went to a home in the 1100 block of South 19th Street to investigate a Milwaukee man possibly selling firearms out of the residence. Inside the home they found several of the Greendale man’s guns and his ID.

The Milwaukee man told police that Scholar and James were trying to sell the stolen guns to pay for rent. He said Scholar’s brother worked with the victim and said he owned several guns. They found out where he lived and then robbed him for the guns so they could resell them for money.

The Milwaukee man said he and the two suspects then met Scholar’s brother at a Burger King on Fond du Lac Avenue, where they got a gun and hatched a plan to pose as a process server so they could get into the apartment. The man said he acted as the process server and after the first encounter with the victim he went and talked with Scholar, who said they would proceed with the robbery as it appeared the man was home alone.

James and Scholar are both scheduled to make their initial appearances in court Jan. 14. 

KHD January 10, 2013 at 01:49 AM
Thats why you dont broadcast that you own guns !!!!!
Rebel with a Cause January 10, 2013 at 04:22 PM
I never answer my door without my .45 in my back pocket.
SupportThe2nd January 10, 2013 at 05:10 PM
Doesn't anybody see an issue with this story??? The theft occurred in October. The story says the guns were recovered that SAME day, in October. They "both scheduled to make their initial appearances in court Jan. 14" So were they held for three months without charges? Where they running free for three months before they were arrested? There is more to the story. Very poor reporting.
Judy Olson January 10, 2013 at 05:18 PM
The Greendale Police Department did an awesome investigation on this case and acted quickly to identify the crooks. They were able to arrest the suspects and prevent the stolen weapons from getting onto the streets of Milwaukee. The proficiency and dedication of our GPD police men and woman, Detectives and Patrol, should be mentioned more often.
Bren January 10, 2013 at 06:35 PM
Jason Patzfahl January 11, 2013 at 03:29 PM
Did anybody notice that in GREENDALE, not exactly a hub for violent crimes, one of our own had sitting in his apartment, two handguns, a bolt rifle, an AR 15 with an attached grenade launcher, a shotgun, and ammunition???? This is crazy. And despite being a gun owner and heavily armed, he was still robbed (for his guns). So yes, in this case GUNS were the main factor in the crime. Nobody has ever broken into my home to steal my guns - because they only hold water and squirt a few feet. More guns is not the solution. The Greendale man should have turned them in to the police station during the "Drop Your Arms' event sponsored by the Greendale Police Department ------ Oooooops, never mind..... Chief Malasuk told me he would "not be interested in such an event" and that it would be "too political." No mention on whether or not the resident had these guns in his apartment legally. I also wonder how his neighbors feel knowing that a grenade launcher was in their four-family, most likely in the same building as children. There is NO NEED for such weapons in a civilized society.
CowDung January 11, 2013 at 03:37 PM
Did he actually have grenades, or just the launcher? How dangerous are grenade launchers if one doesn't have any actual grenades to launch?
CowDung January 11, 2013 at 03:42 PM
BTW--did you issue your apology to Sanfilippo yet?
KHD January 11, 2013 at 03:57 PM
Jason, why dont you just move to another country if you dont like the constitution? Good luck warding off a burglar with your squirt guns. I would never turn in my guns and people will not turn them in if told to do so. It's people like you that are bringing our country to it's knees.
Jason Patzfahl January 11, 2013 at 04:14 PM
I've NEVER been robbed. If I lived in a covered wagon in Dodge in 1870 I would probably carry a gun, but since I live in a ranch in Greendale in 2013 I don't feel that I need one, especially an assault rifle with a grenade launcher. Call me crazy, but that sounds a little dangerous to have when kids are around. BTW, the approval rating of the NRA is dropping fast since their insensitive statements about arming teachers - "The NRA now has a negative favorability rating, with 42% of voters seeing it positively while 45% have an unfavorable view. That represents a 10 point net decline in the NRA’s favorability from the week before the press conference when a national poll we did found it at 48/41" http://www.mediaite.com/online/new-poll-shows-slide-in-nra-favorability-broad-opposition-to-arming-teachers/
CowDung January 11, 2013 at 04:20 PM
If you truly think that a grenade launcher by itself is dangerous, then perhaps you really are crazy. How many kids had access to his home where they could potentially 'play' with said grenade launcher?
Jason Patzfahl January 11, 2013 at 04:22 PM
As Thomas Jefferson noted, the Constitution was NEVER meant to be written in stone. It is meant to be revisited and reviewed often. If we have a liberal and open interpretaion of the second amendment then ANY arms are allowed - Assault rifles, bombs, war heads. Whatever anyone considers "arms" is okay to you I guess. This is a different America than it was in 1791. I don't have to protect my 40 acre homestead from Indians, the British, the French or wild and dangerous animals roaming my 1/4 acre ranch in the burbs - Well, except for that damn neighborhood cat who keeps pooping in my kids' sandbox. Maybe I should blow his head off with a grenade launcher? Oh, and we now have an armed, trained and standing military instead of relying on civilians to fight our wars - unlike 220 years ago.
CowDung January 11, 2013 at 04:29 PM
Jason: Not everyone lives in the suburbs, with police protection nearby... We had a standing military 220 years ago as well. The militia was separate from the continental army...
KHD January 11, 2013 at 05:00 PM
Btw. In the last 4 weeks, the NRA has 100,000 new members. I guess I will choose to protect my kids while you leave yours vulnerable. Sure glad I didn't have a father like you.
KHD January 11, 2013 at 05:04 PM
Hahahahahhaha, when an intruder comes to your house, you call the military. Let me know how long it took them to get there. When that crook has an assault rifle, good luck with that garden fork too.
Jason Patzfahl January 11, 2013 at 05:27 PM
@ "Cowpoop" All of these mass shootings that are occurring are happening not in urban, crime-infested areas, but rather suburban locations. In fact all of them were committed by "non-criminals" who were able to purchase guns legally and then commit their crimes in "safe" suburban areas. The mass shooting in Texas was on a military base full of armed men and women, but that didn't deter the shooter from trying to kill there... ...Remember the attempted mass shooting 2007 at a church in Colorado? An off duty cop killed an armed gunman who was shooting at random - She has come out in favor of stricter gun control: http://www.examiner.com/article/new-life-hero-jeanne-assam-talks-connecticut-school-shooting-gun-control In fact, you will find that the VAST MAJORITY of victims and relatives of victims involved in these mass shootings have come out in favor of stronger gun laws in the US. Who better to ask than the survivors themselves?
CowDung January 11, 2013 at 06:48 PM
Jason: I try to be respectful enough to address you by your actual name, please be respectful enough to use my actual username. "All of these mass shootings that are occurring are happening not in urban, crime-infested areas, but rather suburban locations." Not sure what your point is here, Jason. Are you claiming that crime infested areas are safer than the suburbs? Perhaps the shootings happen more often in the suburbs because there are just fewer guns there--particularly in places like temples, movie theaters and schools... "In fact all of them were committed by "non-criminals" who were able to purchase guns legally and then commit their crimes in "safe" suburban areas." I dispute your version of the 'truth' in that statement. I seem to recall that the Sandy Hook shooter did not acquire the weapons he used legally, and he could not have purchased guns legally. Remember Jason--do research first, and then post things based on actual facts rather than making baseless claims. Perhaps you need to consider the gun bans in Chicago and Washington DC. In both cases, gun violence increased significantly after the bans were put into effect. Gun control isn't the answer.
CowDung January 11, 2013 at 06:58 PM
...and as far as your claim that it is better to ask the survivors, I would argue that rational and logical thought is more conducive than emotions in making good decisions. I'm thinking that the survivors probably aren't the best people to ask as their emotions seem to be in control rather than rational and logical thinking.
karen k January 12, 2013 at 03:50 AM
What in the world is he doing with all those guns in Greendale? Does it remind you of anyone? Like a blonde lady living in an post card city in CT? Unbelievable.
CowDung January 12, 2013 at 02:26 PM
"all those guns"? Not sure why the number of guns is all that surprising. I imagine that many hunters in Wisconsin have a shotgun and one or two rifles. Hunting different animals requires different types of weapons. It's also not all that uncommon to own a handgun or two.
Fred Saunders January 12, 2013 at 03:13 PM
Why would I be worried about a French invasion in 1791? They had just helped us win our independence 10 years earlier? Their navy pinned Cornwallis in at Yorktown and their ground troops assisted in the cattle drive from the north.


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