Fatal shooting in Bayside eyeglass store
Joshua Drake was killed by a store employee during an attempted robbery in Bayside
Fox Point — One of the men accused of robbing a Bayside optical store last week has been charged in the murder of one of his accomplices, who was shot by a store employee.
Tedric Sanders, 20, of Milwaukee, has been charged with felony murder in the death of 22-year-old Joshua Drake of Milwaukee. Sanders, Drake and three other people were allegedly involved in a deadly armed robbery at Innovative Optique, 333 W. Brown Deer Road, shortly after noon on Thursday, Aug. 14.
According to a criminal complaint, Drake, Sanders and another suspect entered the store wearing masks over their faces, pointing guns at store employees and asking, "Where's the money?" One of the employees, Federico Aguilar, shot at the suspects, killing Drake and injuring Sanders.
While Drake laid motionless on the floor, the other two suspects ran back into the silver Dodge Charger, where a driver and one other person were waiting. The vehicle was then involved in a hit-and-run accident on southbound I-43 before exiting at 11th Street and Highland Avenue to take Sanders to Sinai Samaritan Hospital for gunshot wounds.
If convicted on the felony murder charge, Sanders faces a maximum sentence of 35 years in prison. Felony murder charges can be issued against felony actors or co-actors when someone is murdered during the commission of a felony. Sanders has also been charged with bail jumping related to a recent incident in which Sanders fled from police during a robbery at Tower Optical in Wauwatosa.
Last week, police said they were interviewing two suspects in the attempted robbery case. Police officials did not immediately return phone calls inquiring about the charges against Sanders or other potential charges resulting from the incident.
The crime scene turned emotional after several hours when an emotional woman screamed at police officers demanding to know if her son was the shooting victim. Police attempted to subdue the woman, but she broke free from officers' grasp in an attempt to run into the eyeglass store. She was blocked from entering the crime scene by another pair of police officers, and she was eventually taken into police custody.
This isn't the first time Innovative Optique has been robbed. Two pairs of expensive Cartier sunglasses were stolen from the store in April, and a pair of Cartier sunglasses valued at $2,150 were stolen from the store in September 2013. In 2009, Innovative Optique owner Lupe Aguilar punched an armed robber in the face after being threatened at gunpoint.
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke was at the scene of the shooting, saying he was there to lend his support. He said sheriff's department investigators were assisting local police from Fox Point, Bayside and Whitefish Bay.
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