GREEN BAY (NBC 26) — Two people are facing multiple charges after police said they hit a hospital worker on the head with a fake gun and stole her car.
Thursday night, around 11:38 p.m., Green Bay Police said an employee at HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center reported that a male suspect and female suspect approached her, hit her on the head with a handgun, injuring her, and stole her car. Both suspects were teenagers.
According to a criminal complaint filed against one of the suspects on Friday, the victim, a nurse at the hospital, told police she was walking to her car when she said the male suspect hit her on the head.
The following is a statement featured in the criminal complaint:
"I continued to walk away but felt the male keep hitting me. As he was hitting me he told me to give him my keys, which I did. After a few more hits to the top of my head, the male came around with a gun in his right hand. I initially pushed him away from me but I stumbled back, losing my shoe causing me to fall to the ground. The male also lost control of the gun and dropped it on the ground.
As this was happening the female got into my car and said she couldn't get it started. The male then picked up the gun and started hitting me again. As he was hitting me he started yelling that he was sorry. He continued to hit me with the gun in his right hand to the top of my head. The male started yelling at me to give him my purse and to get up and get into the vehicle.
I refused to go with him so he took my purse and hit me again with the gun. As the male did this he stated that he did not want my purse and he only wanted my car. He then ran to the passenger seat with my purse. The male and female then drove away and threw my purse out of the window.
Once the male and female drove away with my car I quick grabbed my purse and ran to St. Mary's hospital and called the police. I did tell the two individuals as I was being attacked to just take my vehicle but only because I wanted the male to stop attacking me."
According to the criminal complaint, the victim has cuts on her head that required staples.
Police said officers were able to track down the stolen car and found it parked at a residence in the 400 block of Scott Drive. Police believe that the suspects may have swapped out the original license plates with plates that were stolen from another vehicle, which was parked near the residence.
The Brown County Sheriff's Office assisted with the case, and police said deputies had spotted two people walking on South Taylor Street just north of Western Avenue by the train tracks. The complaint said the suspects had run from the Brown County units after being advised to stop. They were eventually taken into custody in connection to this case, police said.
The criminal complaint said both suspects made statements while in custody admitting to the crime.
"It should be noted that both parties had admitted that they were involved in what had occurred; however, neither party had claimed ownership for pistol-whipping the female victim," the criminal complaint said.
Upon searching for evidence, police said officers found a bag near the train tracks that contained a metal black BB gun, which police believe was used in the carjacking.
Multiple charges connected to car theft, aggravated battery, and resisting an officer were referred to the Brown County District Attorney's Office. Police continue to investigate.
NBC 26 is naming the female suspect, 17-year-old Chloe Zellner after being charged as an adult. She appeared in Brown County court Friday.
"The victim as a result of this had to get 17 staples to her head. Has a significant concussion, has a broken finger and other bruises and contusions," said Natalie Mulvey, Assistant District attorney during the appearance.
The court set a $25,000 cash bond.
Her next appearance is set for October 28.
The following is a statement from HSHS St. Mary's Hospital Medical Center in Green Bay where the victim is employed:
HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center does not comment on pending police investigations. However, the health and safety of all who come through our doors are our top priority, especially our colleagues and providers who go above and beyond to care for our patients every day.
Anyone with information related to this case is encouraged to call Green Bay Police at (920) 448-3200 and reference case # 22-249455. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime stoppers at (920) 432-STOP (7867). You may also submit a tip online at www.432stop.com, or utilize the "P3 Tips" app for crime tips.