A 16-year-old and two 15-year-olds are accused of beating and robbing Mike Wasike during a carjacking on February 26th, but this isn’t their first encounter with police.
Joan Namanchemo and her husband, Mike Wasike immigrated to the U.S. from Kenya six years ago.
“It was a dream. It was a big dream for us to come here and be something.”
That dream has turned into a nightmare. Three teens are accused of robbing and beating Wasike nearly to death at an intersection just a block from the couple’s home on Twana Drive. Wasike remains hospitalized and may never be the same.
“He has some pretty bad brain damage,” says Namachemo. “So, we don’t know. We are hoping for a miracle.”
Namachemo also hopes the three teens accused of robbing her husband face stiffer charges.
“The guy has a broken skull and pretty bad damaged brain. So, I want something harsher than that… I think it should be attempted murder.”
This is what we know about the accused, based on police reports. 15-year old Terrance Cheeks has had at least 25 encounters with police in the last three years. The complaints include assault, burglary, theft and trespassing.
Lashaun Murray, also 15, has had two run-ins with police involving interference and harassment.
Kenneth Barry, 16 was accused of burglary and disorderly conduct in may of last year.
“I feel terrible for the fact that these kids have all this background and they’re still out there, just walking the streets and my husband ended up in their hands,” says Namachemo.
Wasike worked two jobs to support Namachemo and their two children, Sandra, 12 and Melvin, 3. Now, he may never work again.
“I only hope the charges will be changed, because my kids might never have a normal dad in their life… I honestly don’t know what the future holds for me.”