Two Milwaukee men are facing charges for their alleged role in the attack of a Milwaukee Parking Enforcement Officer on April 2, 2019.
One of the men is 26-year-old Tony Bornes, who is charged with first-degree reckless injury by use of a dangerous weapon. The other is 21-year-old Isaac Ali, who is charged with obstructing an officer.
The criminal complaint against Bornes states the 60-year-old parking officer has just placed a ticket on a vehicle for parking on the sidewalk on North 67th Street near Villard when Bornes, the vehicle owner, came to him to complain.
The victim claims when he turned to face Bornes he was attacked with punches and kicks, which continues after he fell to the ground. Bornes then left the scene in a running vehicle. Ali was reportedly watching the entire attack and made no effort to intervene.
The victim used his radio to call dispatch for help, and then collapsed after realizing he was stabbed. He was taken to Froedtert Hospital where he had suffered three stab wounds to his right side. One stab wound struck his liver, causing internal bleeding and needed surgery.
When police arrived at the scene, it took them no more than 15 minutes to find Bornes at his home. He reportedly told officers he was sleeping when the attack took place, but a colorful sweater that the victim noticed the suspect wearing, was in his home. Bornes also has several signs he was in a recent fight.
As their investigation continues, Bornes reportedly admitted to the attack, saying he had blacked out. He also defended his actions by telling officers he had been possessed by “a certain energy” since a cousin’s death. He approached the parking officer “as a demon”, and attacked the officer, who he thought “looked like Satan”, and used a blade he got from a auto store in the attack. Bornes also admitted he owes over $500 in unpaid parking tickets.
As for Ali, officers found him in the same residence as Bornes. He claimed he was sleeping in the basement when the attack took place and only woke up when officers arrived. That was found to be untrue as the investigation continues.
In a statement, Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales says he thanks his officers who assisted in this investigation and arrest. He also shares his thoughts and prayers for the parking enforcement officer, and wishes him a speedy recovery.