Charges Follow Four in Failed Drug Theft In Muskego

Botched drug theft in the parking lot of Denoon Saloon leads to chase through Muskego, Wind Lake.

Four people are facing charges after a Muskego man and Milwaukee man tried to steal marijuana from two Wind Lake men outside a Muskego tavern.

According to the criminal complaint:

On Nov. 30, Ralph J. Fleege, 20, of Muskego, and Magdaeliz Hernandez, 18, of Milwaukee, went to the with two women where they planned to buy $110 worth of marijuana from Kody D. Ozanick Vanderhill, 19 and Benjamin R. Stroeh, 20, both of Wind Lake. While on the way, they devised a plan to take the drugs from Vanderhill and Stroeh without paying for them by smashing their car window and running after the deal took place.

They met in the parking lot and while one man went into Vanderhill’s car, the other came up and smashed the window with a hammer. They both fled towards their own vehicle while Stroeh got out and began to chase after the pair.

Hernandez made it back to his car, but Vanderhill then began driving towards him, neary pinning Fleege in between the two cars. After T-boning Hernandez, both cars took off in a high speed chase southbound on Racine Avenue.

Fleege was then attacked by Stroeh who was still in the parking lot.

Vanderhill continued to purse Hernandez until Hernandez tried to make a right turn onto Nordic Ridge Drive, but lost control and hit a tree. He and two passengers then got out of the car and began to flee on foot while the car started on fire.

A bartender at Denoon Saloon who saw the cars collide called police, and after they arrived Fleege was spotted walking nearby with bruises and scrapes and mud on his face. He initially told police he was walking to a friend’s home in Waterford when he was jumped by a man. He then changed his story to say he was attacked by a man standing in the middle of Racine Avenue who began yelling and physically attacking him when the cars collided.

After police informed him they learned of the plan to steal drugs from the other two, he came clean about the plan.

Vanderhill is charged with one count of conspiracy to manufacture and deliver THC, the active ingredient in marijuana and two counts of first-degree reckless endangerment of safety. If convicted, he faces up to 28 ½ years in prison and $60,000 in fines.

Stroeh is charged with one count of battery and faces up to nine months in prison and $10,000 in fines. Fleege and Hernandez are each charged with one count of theft and one count of criminal damage to property and face up to 18 months in prison and $20,000 in fines if convicted.

Diane M Smith March 09, 2012 at 08:20 PM
That's real smart! I myself & my family, neighbors or friends, or anyone else for that matter, could have been driving or walking down Racine Ave. while these idiots were chasing after one another over a DRUG deal!! They are young, stop your illegal DRUG dealings & get a REAL job! Is it worth ruining other peoples lives not to mention your own, when sooner or later you all will be rotting in jail?
Peter Egan Jr. March 14, 2012 at 12:05 AM
Criminals is stupid...
Christina Yarbrough March 28, 2012 at 09:59 PM
I personally think people need to get their story straight. First they say it was both men selling the drugs but when you read the charges its only one gettinbg charged for selling. It also says the fight was in a parking lot, but later says the kid who got beat up was full of mud...Don't know about you but the Danoon Saloon is paved kind of hard to get mud on you. I think the person who wrote this article needs to check facts before putting young mens names all over the internet.


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