Aponte-Santiago will actually serve at least 24 years in prison and 16 years under supervision due to a guilty plead agreement.
By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.
January 12, 2017
Milwaukee, WI – Jonathan Aponte Santiago, 22, who became known as the “Kleptorobber” for a series of armed robberies in Milwaukee’s Southside was sentenced to 40 years (out of a total of 104 years sentence, counts 3 to 11 would be served concurrently and consecutive to counts 1, 2 and 12) in prison in October. But due to a guilty plead agreement in the criminal case, Aponte-Santiago will actually only serve at least 24 years in prison and 16 years probation for 11 felony counts for armed robbery and one felony count for 1st-degree endangering safety in connection with multiple armed robberies. In December, Aponte-Santiago was ordered to pay $2,797 in restitution to victims including employees and customers of establishments that he robbed.
According to the criminal complaint, at least 30 victims came forward and identified the Kleptorobber as Aponte-Santiago, who for several weeks terrorized local businesses in January 2016 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 Aponte-Santiago.
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 worked for tips and Aponte-Santiago took $150.00 from him, according to the victim’s mother. Aponte-Santiago apparently held a gun on the victim’s head and the victim managed to struggled with Aponte-Santiago when he was shot.
Additional Southside Milwaukee businesses that Aponte-Santiago robbed while armed;
• 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