An arrest warrant was issued Monday for a Brookfield man who failed to appear in court Monday for his planned trial on charges alleging he drove a vehicle involved in a Milwaukee drive-by shooting.
Rahul K. Singh, 20, didn't show up Monday to Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge J.D. Watts' courtroom for the start of his trial. A criminal complaint alleges Singh was party to the crime of felony discharging a firearm into a building.
Ryan Baltz, 22, of Wauwatosa, was sentenced in October to 18 months in prison for his role in shooting up a Milwaukee home hours after getting ejected from a party there. Singh, accused of driving the vehicle from which Baltz fired shots had been free on $3,000 bond while awaiting trial. But the judge on Monday ordered his bond be rescinded.
According to the criminal complaint:
Singh drove Baltz to a party on May 13 in the 4800 block of North 70th Street. After Baltz got kicked out of the party for fighting, Baltz went back and allegedly shot up the house while riding as a passenger in Singh’s van. A woman living at the house and her children witnessed the shooting and recognized the van as Singh’s, but couldn’t tell who the shooter was.
Singh was later arrested in Brookfield for operating while intoxicated and was bailed out by Baltz’s mother. Singh told police Baltz shot up the house and Singh only went back there after Baltz pointed a gun at Singh and forced him to return.
Baltz confessed to Milwaukee police that he did the shooting, but he told officers that the gun was obtained from Singh’s home and the shooting was Singh’s idea. He also showed investigators Facebook messages Singh had sent about hanging out and also told them Singh hid the gun after the shooting.
Investigators then had Baltz make a recorded phone call to Singh and tell him the police were looking for the gun, so he needed to know where it was hidden. Singh said he would come to Baltz’s home and tell him, but he never showed up.