MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) — Criminal charges have been laid against a 17-year-old identified as one of those seen in a “Kia Boys” YouTube documentary about a group of notorious car thieves who engage in reckless driving.
The video shows an incident that occurred on May 17, 2022 near 36th and Courtland.
Milwaukee police say 17-year-old Markell Hughes has been charged in connection with the incident with:
- Driving or operating a vehicle without the owner’s consent
- First degree recklessly endangering safety
- Obstruction of an officer
- Jump on bail
According to a criminal complaint, a red 2021 Hyundai Elantra was stolen from someone renting the vehicle from Hertz Rental on the night of May 16. The YouTube documentary shows May 17, a red Hyundai Elantra driving at high speed, down a street -way the wrong way. The incident happened a few meters from a school. The Elantra was seen on video skidding on the road and on the sidewalk, on a sidewalk. Later in the video, the Elantra speeds down a one-way road, swerving erratically, narrowly missing a male passerby crossing the road. Several people are seen sprinting away from the car throughout the documentary.
Milwaukee police say they received an anonymous tip that the driver of the Hyundai in the YouTube documentary was Markell Hughes.
According to a criminal complaint, Hughes admitted to being the driver of the Hyundai Elantra and said he was going too fast. Hughes reportedly said he doesn’t steal cars, but agreed with a detective when they said, “You just drive them.”
Milwaukee police said Hughes’ fingerprints were found in six other stolen vehicles.
If convicted, Hughes could face up to 22 years and 9 months in prison and a fine of up to $55,000.
The Milwaukee Police Department says it appreciates all of the information it has received from the community regarding the investigation.
“We are proud of all of the hard work of our members who worked diligently to identify individuals involved in criminal activity in the video,” Milwaukee police said in a statement.
Police continue to ask the community to come forward and provide information regarding individuals involved in criminal activity or reckless behavior. Anyone with information is asked to contact Milwaukee Police at 414-935-7360, or to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 414-224-Tips or P3 Tips App.