Teen pistol-whipped by armed robber in Gordon Park, police say

NOW: Teen pistol-whipped by armed robber in Gordon Park, police say

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- A 17-year-old boy was taking a walk in Gordon Park on Sunday afternoon when he was suddenly attacked by an armed robber.

The grandmother says the teenager was pistol-whipped and robbed while walking along the bike path in Gordon Park. She says her grandson is still trying to make sense of what happened.

Police say an armed suspect approached the teen, flashed a gun, and demanded his things. The two began to struggle and the suspect got away with his cell phone.

"He's shaken up, he's angry. Obviously, he was hit multiple times in the head with a gun so he's got a head injury, he's got a concussion, and he's got some cuts and lacerations," the grandmother said.

The victim ran to Sunrise Foods for help after his family says no one came to his aid.

"He started vomiting in the store, we gave him some water to calm him down. The police came to investigate what happened with him. We got nervous when he came to the store with his situation. It's really sad," said Abd Qetairi, manager of Sunrise Foods.

People who walk along the trail felt uneasy after learning what happened.

"It's very sad that you can't come out and walk and enjoy the weather or scenery without someone taking advantage of you," said Helen Hemphill who frequents Gordon Park.

Now, the teen's grandmother wants people to be alert. "No matter where you are, you have to be aware of your surroundings and keep safety first."

Police arrested the 29-year-old suspect a short time after the robbery at a home on 11th and Burnham.

Charges are expected in the coming days.

Stay with CBS 58 News for more information on this developing story. 

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