Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Tip Led Milwaukee Police To Vehicle Sought In Hit and Run That Struck Officer Vrtochnick

Frank Vrtochnick

Juan C. Alvarado

Vehicle found in the 2000 block of S. 15th St. and the alleged driver, Juan C. Alvarado was taken into custody on Wednesday in Chicago.

By H. Nelson Goodson
December 28, 2011

Milwaukee - On Wednesday, Milwaukee police working on a tip were led around 11:00 a.m. to the 2000 block of S. 15th St. and W. Becher St. where they found a 1998 Chevy Malibu sought in the hit-and-run of Officer Frank Vrtochnick, 37, on Christmas Eve. Police were able to tow the heavily damaged vehicle for evidence. A rear tail light and the right side of the front windshield were broken consistant with the hit-and-run investigation. Investigators recovered hair, skin, blood, DNA and fingerprints that were found in the Malibu.
A resident on Tuesday went to the District 2 police station to complain about a vehicle parked in his rented parking space. The description of the vehicle matched the vehicle sought by police in the Christmas Eve hit-and-run of an officer. A warrant and an affidavit was issued by police to recover the Malibu.
They spoke with the owner of the garage where the vehicle was parked and stored. Police found that Juan C. Alvarado, 19, of Milwaukee was storing the Mailbu in the garage. He was later located in Chicago on Wednesday and Alvarado was taken into custody by Chicago police.
Alvarado is facing two felony charges of first-degree reckless injury and reckless endangering safety. He will be extradited from Illinois to Milwaukee for pending charges, according to Milwaukee police.
Officer Vrtochnick was struck while on a routine traffic stop on December 24th at the 1700 block of W. Windlake Ave. He remains in critical condition, with serious injuries, numerous scrapes and a broken leg.

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