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A 37-year-old Racine man, who is in jail on a probation hold, is expected to be charged with 11 robberies that took place in Racine over the span of two years, according to the Racine Police Department.

Jesus Arroyo, who has been in custody at the Racine County Jail since June 2, confessed to committing the robberies . Arroyo has also been connected to robberies in Milwaukee County, according to Art Howell, police chief for the City of Racine.

“Arroyo escaped on June 2, 2014 while being transported from the Milwaukee County House of Corrections to the Racine County Jail (by Department of Correction personnel). Arroyo has remained incarcerated since being taken into custody several hours after his escape,” Howell wrote in an email.

Arroyo is expected to be charged in connection with the following robberies:

  • Brass Monkey, 1436 Junction Ave. 01-16-13
  • Quick Stop Foods, 1600 MLKing 01-19-13
  • Russ’s Tap, 2203 Dekoven Ave  11-02-13
  • Brass Monkey, 09-26-13
  • Family Dollar, 2300 Rapids Drive, 12-08-13
  • Subway, 3016 Douglas, 12-26-13
  • Family Dollar, 3701 Durand Ave, 03-07-14
  • Open Pantry, 2731 Durand Ave, 03-19-14
  • High Street Foods, 704 High Street, 03-22-14
  • O’Reilly Auto Parts, 2118 Rapids Drive, 05-06-14
  • Georgetown Market, 3710 Meachem Rd, 05-08-14

In addition to Arroyo’s confession, a total of 11 other suspects were arrested Tuesday by Milwaukee Police and several other law enforcement agencies as part of an investigation into an armed robbery spree that took place in Milwaukee, Waukesha and Racine counties, according to a press release by the Milwaukee Police Department.

The suspects, who are believed to be part of the Spanish Cobra gang, are believed to have committed more than a dozen armed robberies. Law enforcement officials from the Milwaukee Police, Racine Police, Greenfield Police, Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department, the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office, the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office, the FBI, and Wisconsin HIDTA took part in apprehending the suspects.

The armed robberies took place in the fall of 2014 and into January 2015 where they used different members of the gang and their vehicles to “conceal their patterns and spread their crime spree throughout southeastern Wisconsin,” according to a press release by the Milwaukee Police Department.

The suspects — five males and six females — range between the ages of being in their late teens to early 20s. Of the 11 taken in on warrants, 10 were arrested in Milwaukee and the other was arrested in Waukesha County.

The Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office has not officially charged the suspects. Federal charges may also be sought, according to officials with the Milwaukee Police Department.

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.

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