Last Thursday evening, August 24, 2023, at approximately 6:42 p.m., Kenosha Police were summoned to the 9400 block of 74th St in the western-Kenosha neighborhood of Whitecaps. The caller said that he saw and heard men inside the home from a remote surveillance app on his phone. No one was supposed to be home at the time.
According to the criminal complaint:
The first officer to arrive parked down the road and approached the home on foot. Officer Clark observed a male white or Hispanic exiting the side gate of the north side of the house holding several items in both hands. This male subject was wearing all black clothing, a black baseball hat, and black gloves. Officer Clark unholstered his duty weapon and pointed it at the subject giving lawful commands to stop, while identifying himself as police. The suspect dropped all of the items he had in his hands outside of the gate and closed the gate before running back into the back yard.
Officer Clark also heard another subject in the back yard running, but was not able to see him immediately. Officer Clark then ran to the south side of the house and saw the suspect jump over a neighboring fence to the south. There was a female in the back yard of this house yelling at the suspect asking why he was in her yard. The suspect continued to run southbound through back yards from police.
Officer Sheskey reported that he responded to the scene to assist as a drone pilot. Officer Sheskey reported that while flying the drone, he located a male wearing a white t-shirt and white shorts traveling westbound through back yards in the area and jumping fences. Once in the back yard of 9437 70th Street, the subject grabbed a piece of fabric off of a deck and went under a gazebo. This information was relayed to officers who located the subject.
Officer Guetschow responded to the back yard of 9437 70th Street and observed that Sergeant Brennan and Officer Fikejs already had the subject in custody. The subject was identified verbally as Brayan Steven Castro Pena, the defendant. The defendant was secured in handcuffs. He was wearing a white long sleeve Timerbland shirt, white jeans, and white and orange sneakers. Officer Guetschow searched the defendant and located one small red coin purse, and one small black coin purse from the defendant’s right front jean pocket and a large amount of U.S. currency, later determined to total $150 in his left front jean pocket. These items were secured by Officer Guetschow.
Police noticed that certain items in the house were targeted, seemingly by someone acquainted with the family. As it was determined the defendant only spoke Spanish, Officer Aquino responded to assist the officers. Officer Aquino spoke with the defendant, who said he wished to speak with a lawyer before any questions were asked. Officer Aquino informed the defendant of his charges. The defendant, without being questioned, then stated he has lived in the United States for two weeks, lives in a hotel downtown (unknown what city or what hotel), and sells water downtown. The defendant said he was approached by a subject in a white vehicle and asked if he wanted a job. The defendant asked if he would be able to call his uncle from jail. The defendant stated his uncle lives in Colombia and his mother lives in Mexico City.
Officer Aquino noted that the defendant does not have any local jackets, a Wisconsin DOT record, and had no matches during a Fast ID check. The defendant stated his birthday is May 16, 2001, which would make him 22 years of age, however, the defendant stated numerous times that he was 21 years of age. FBI fingerprints were later collected and emailed for possible ID confirmation. At the time of this complaint, no confirmation of positive ID has been received.
Castro-Peña was in court on Friday and Kenosha County Circuit Court Commissioner William Michel II set his bail at $40,000 cash, taking the side of caution due to the seriousness of the charges and the fact that the defendant hasn’t been positively identified.
Castro-Peña is due back in court on September 19, 2023 for a status conference.