Aponte Santiago has been charged with 11 felony counts for armed robbery and one count for 1st-degree reckless endangering safety, if convicted on all counts he is facing up to 452 years in prison.
By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.
February 6, 2016
Milwaukee, WI - On Saturday, Jonathan Aponte Santiago, 22, was charged with 11 felony counts for armed robbery and one felony count for 1st-degree endangering safety in connection with multiple armed robberies in Milwaukee's Southside. Aponte Santiago is facing up to 40 years in prison and $100,000 fine for each armed robbery count and up to 12 years in prison and $25,000 in fines for reckless endangering of safety. A cash bail was set at $150,000 for Aponte Santiago, but a hold has been place, so he can't be bailed out.
Last Wednesday, at least 30 victims came forward and identified the kleptorobber as Aponte Santiago, who for several weeks terrorized local businesses by robbing them including patrons, in several occasions discharged his weapon inside bars, was wanted for an armed carjacking and shooting a 22-year-old Denny's waiter. His last armed robbery happened at Chivas Bar, 644 S. 9th Street around 2:20 a.m. on January 31. The suspect drank several beers, robbed the bar including the patrons, then fired at least three gunshots at a camera surveillance monitor missing a bartender by one inch and then fled. No one was injured.
Police told the Chivas Bar owner that his bar's surveillance footage of the armed robbery was clear and very instrumental in arresting the suspect.
Aponte Santiago allegedly robbed the Backdraught Bar at the 3600 block of S. Clement Ave., the Last Drop Restaurant at the 1900 block of S. 15th Street and Reynas Bar at the 600 block of W. Harrison in the Southside. About 14 patrons were inside Reynas Bar at the time of the robbery.
Aponte Santiago not only robbed the cash register at businesses, but customers too, according to business patrons.
On January 28, Aponte Santiago walked into a Denny's Restaurant at the 4900 block of S. Howell Ave. around 3:15 a.m. and stole an undetermined amount of money from the cash register. Aponte Santiago also shot a 22-year-old victim who works at Denny's as a waiter and was taken to a local hospital for treatment of a non-life threatening gunshot wound, according to police.
At least ten people were inside the restaurant at the time of the robbery. Aponte Santiago shot the 22-year-old waiter in the arm and then left. The victim will be out of work for at least two weeks while recovering from the gun shot wound. He worked for tips and Aponte Santiago took $150.00 from him, according to the victim's mother. Aponte Santiago held a gun on the victim's head and the victim struggled with Aponte Santiago when he was shot.
Aponte Santiago was also involved in several other robberies and a carjacking as well, he robbed a business at the 2500 block of S. 6th Street at 1:20 a.m., then went to a second business at the 2000 block of S. 8th Street at 1:35 a.m. and demanded money. After receiving money, he fled on foot.
At about 2:00 a.m., Aponte Santiago pulled a gun at a 28-year-old man and stole his 2002 Isuzu Axiom. Aponte Santiago then fled in the vehicle and later robbed the Denny's Restaurant on S. Howell Ave.
Additional Southside Milwaukee businesses that Aponte Santiago robbed while armed are;
● Class Reunion Bar, 2204 W. Forest Home Ave.
● George Webb's Restaurant, 2028 W. Mitchell Street
● Marathon Gas Station, 1227 W. Oklahoma Ave.
● Park Place Sports Bar, 2079 S. 8th Street
● Stripes Bar, 3101 S. 15th Place