At noon on Thursday, August 15, 2014, 22-year-old Joshua Drake lay in a pool of blood, gasping his last breath. With a pistol by his side and a mask still draped over his face, Drake’s young life drained away.
Innovative Optique, in Fox Point near Milwaukee, sells fashionable eye-glasses. As such, the store is occasionally a target for robbers.
The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel described the chaotic scene that occurred that day: “The criminal complaint says [Tedric] Sanders, Drake and Darius Ricks pulled into Innovative Optique, in the Audubon Shopping Center, in a silver Dodge Charger.
“Because they backed it into a space near the store, owner Guadalupe Aguilar told his brother, Marty, who was working in the store, to note the license number.
“Marty Aguilar told investigators that just as he wrote down the number, three masked men exited the car, and one entered the store, pointed a gun at Guadalupe Aguilar and asked where the money was, then pointed the gun at a female employee.
“At that point, Marty Aguilar fired at the gunman, later identified as Drake, who fired back, the complaint says. Drake was killed, while Sanders and Ricks took off in the Charger, the complaint says.”
No charges are expected to be filed against Aguilar.
The same can’t be said for Tedric Sanders. He recently appeared in court on a charge of felony murder. (In Wisconsin, as in many states, suspects can be charged with felony murder if someone is killed during the commission of a crime.)
The lives of each suspect followed a predictable pattern.
Having been convicted of robbery in 2010, Drake served a year in jail and three years’ probation. He had previous arrests, and had become so uncontrollable that his parents kicked him out of their home. “We couldn’t take it no more,” Drake’s father told reporters. “His mom’s sick, [and] couldn’t take it no more. I just wish he treated life a whole lot better than he did.”
Tedric Sanders also had a long criminal rap-sheet. In fact, Fox News-Milwaukee reported that “at the time of the attempted armed robbery and shooting, police say Sanders was supposed to be in court for a charge related to a high-speed chase.”
That’s right. He was due in court at the very hour he was allegedly committing the armed robbery.
If convicted, Sanders could face up to forty years in prison.
Since neither Drake nor Sanders seem to have had any respect for themselves or others, it’s likely that future lives were saved because Marty Aguilar fought back.