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Police: Passerby gropes woman walking on N. Frances

Police: Passerby gropes woman walking on N. Frances

A woman was groped by a passerby Wednesday morning as she was walking in downtown Madison, police said.

The Madison Police Department said a 20-year-old downtown resident was on her cell phone walking in the 500 block of North Frances Street at 11:03 a.m. when a stranger reached down and touched her inappropriately as he passed.

The woman told police it happened very quickly and she was unable to get a good description of the man.

The man was described as possibly Hispanic and was wearing a winter coat and carrying a backpack, according to the report.

Police: Woman tried stealing purses downtown, fought officers

Police: Woman tried stealing purses downtown, fought officers

A Madison woman is accused of trying to steal purses at downtown bars and restaurants and fighting officers trying to arrest her.

Police said staff at several downtown bars and restaurants called Monday night to complain about a woman who was attempting to steal patrons? purses. They said an employee at Red Sushi Grill at 106 King St. confronted the woman after she tucked someone else?s purse under her coat.

The woman threw the purse to the ground and got angry with yelling and profanity and was screaming cursing when police took her into custody, police said. They said she also bit and kicked at officers.

Heather M. Dubeau, 40, was arrested on suspicion of battery to law enforcement officers, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and bail jumping.

Police said Dubeau has a history of committing similar crimes in the Isthmus area.

Police: Woman drives away from crash on flat tire

Police: Woman drives away from crash on flat tire

A Madison woman faces her fourth drunken driving charge after allegedly driving away from a crash and only stopping because her vehicle would no longer drive, Madison police said.

A former police officer told authorities a red Chevrolet Cavalier crashed into another vehicle at the intersection of Regent and North Park streets around 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 19, according to a release.

The Chevrolet spun around, and the driver attempted to leave south on Park Street, officials said. The former officer followed the vehicle until it had to stop in the 1200 block of Park Street due to a flat tire and structural damage.

Officers contacted the driver, Debora Lichtfeld, 49, of Madison, and they said they could smell a strong order of alcohol, according to the release. Lichtfeld told police that she had consumed nothing except antibiotics.

Worker beaten at homeless shelter

Worker beaten at homeless shelter

An employee at a Madison homeless shelter was beaten by a man who the employee suspected was drunk, according to a release from Madison police.

The 49-year-old employee of Grace Homeless Shelter at 116 West Washington Ave. told police Dwayne Golden, 51, of Madison, arrived at the shelter shortly after 7:15 p.m. on Dec. 12 and wanted to come in. The employee said Golden smelled of intoxicants and was angered when he was asked to submit to a breath test, based on the shelter's policy.

The employee said Golden accused him of being prejudice, struck him in the head and yelled vulgarities at him.

Police said Golden was found on Friday in the 800 block of Badger Road. When he was taken into custody, he said it must be a case of mistaken identity.

Golden was arrested on suspicion of battery, disorderly conduct and on a probation violation.

Man grabbed handful of cash from tip jar, police say

Man grabbed handful of cash from tip jar, police say

A homeless man stole cash from a State Street restaurant's tip jar Monday night after the store refused him free food, police said.

The Madison police department said 60-year-old Ray A. Wallace was at the Five Guys Burgers and Fries at 517 State St. shortly before 8 p.m.

Wallace reportedly asked the Five Guys manager for a "burger for credit," but the manager said that wasn't possible. Wallace then reached into the tip jar and grabbed a handful of money, about $10, according to the report.

The manager yelled, but Wallace walked out, police said. The manager provided police with a description of the thief, and officers found Wallace with a bottle of alcohol and tip jar money.

Wallace was arrested on suspicion of theft and unlawful possession or consumption of an open intoxicant on a public street.

Man suspected of throwing teen to ground, stealing purse

Man suspected of throwing teen to ground, stealing purse

Police said a man who attacked a teen and stole her purse in downtown Madison Tuesday afternoon was arrested Wednesday night.

Madison police said a 19-year-old Cottage Grove teen was walking on the 300 block of Wisconsin Avenue at 1:34 p.m.

The robber threw the teen to the ground and took her purse, according to the report.

Police said the teen's face hit the pavement as she went down, but she was not seriously injured.

Mondre D. Hegwood, 30, was arrested in the 100 block of South Henry Street on Wednesday on suspicion of robbery with the use of force.

W. Gilman St. bar avoids phone call scam

W. Gilman St. bar avoids phone call scam

A scam-savvy business owner was able to detect a caller's fraud attempt last week, Madison police said. 

Madison police said a person called the Blue Velvet Lounge on West Gilman Street at 6:19 p.m. Friday claiming to be with MG&E. The caller told the bar owner that the business was behind on payments and that the owner must pay $745 immediately or service would be cut off in 2 hours.

The bar owner called the real MG&E and a company representative told him to contact police. 

A Madison officer called the scammer's number, 888-681-5444, and spoke to a person who identified himself as Larry Anderson. The suspected scammer claimed to be with MG&E's "billing interruption service," police said. 

The Madison officer identified himself and asked to speak with the suspected scammer's supervisor, but when the officer's call was transferred to another line, it rang several times and disconnected, according to the report.