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Downtown crime prompts MPD to release statistics

Downtown crime prompts MPD to release statistics

The Madison Police Department released a statement saying a number of downtown crimes and a couple of high-profile cases have generated safety questions among residents. In response to those questions and the FBI naming Madison the fourth safest city in the country, MPD has released a report on downtown crime statistics.

Robbery and burglary numbers from May 1 to Sept. 23 for the past five years were compared based on different categories, according to a release.

The number of strong-armed robberies is up this year, police said. The increase is attributed to the national trend of "Apple picking," where smartphones are being stolen, sometimes right out of the owners' hands.

The comparisons showed no obvious spike in armed robberies despite reports of random home invasions early in September and the shot being fired on Langdon Street last week, according to the release.

Description helps police find attempted robbery suspect

Description helps police find attempted robbery suspect

Madison police said two attempted robbery victims provided a description of a robber that was good enough to help them track down a suspect shortly after the failed robbery attempt.

The 21-and 22-year-old Madison women were walking on West Johnson Street at 8:20 p.m. Thursday when a man suddenly appeared from the shadows, according to police.

The victims said the man had a knife and told one of them he wanted her phone. The other woman grabbed her arm, pulled her away and both ran in the opposite direction.

The woman called 911 and police said they found Antonio L. Fleming, 37, of Madison in the 300 block of N. Brooks Street. He was arrested on suspicion of attempted armed robbery, disorderly conduct while armed and a probation hold.

Police: 2 arrested for alleged armed robbery, shot fired ID'd

Police: 2 arrested for alleged armed robbery, shot fired ID'd

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Madison police said two 17-year-olds were arrested in connection to reports of a shot fired Wednesday evening near 124 Langdon St. in downtown Madison.

A 19-year-old told police he was robbed at gunpoint in the 100 block of West Gilman Street around 6:20 p.m., officials said. He said the robber took his backpack, wallet and keys.

Police believe someone who knew the man chased the robber on foot as he headed towards Langdon Street, according to a release. One round was fired in the 100 block of Langdon Street by one of the robbers.

"We've got witnesses that see this suspect, the one that fired the round, run towards Lake Mendota. Later we have a police dog that tracks and we recover the backpack that was stolen, the handgun and some other evidence," said Joel DeSpain, Madison police public information officer.

UWPD texts students, staff during emergency situations

UWPD texts students, staff during emergency situations

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Things on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus have returned to normal after some very tense moments Wednesday night.

"I got home and my roommate told me there was a shooter on campus," said UW student Jackie Janisko.

UW junior Nick Brice said he also heard about the situation that unfolded.

"It was kind of scary. I have a lot of friends who live over there so it's weird to think that's going on right here on our campus," said Brice.

Police said two 17-year-olds took a backpack from a 19-year-old at gunpoint. A shot was also fired. Detectives said the armed robbery was not random.

Police responding to shots fired, seeking 2 people

Police responding to shots fired, seeking 2 people

Madison police said two teenagers have been detained but not arrested in connection to reports of a shot fired around 6:20 p.m. near 124 Langdon St. in downtown Madison.

Police are calling the incident a robbery but there is not currently an active shooter situation. No injuries have been reported.

Police are searching for a black man wearing dark clothing, a black and white baseball cap, black jacket, carrying a dark backpack.

Police thought one of them may be inside the Madison College building on North Carroll Street but cleared the lockdown around 7:30 p.m.

Madison College sent an emergency notice telling students and staff to stay in classrooms and avoid the downtown building.

Run keeps memory of slain women alive

Run keeps memory of slain women alive

The mysterious slayings of two young women in Madison are getting renewed attention.

Madison police and University of Wisconsin-Madison police outlined plans Wednesday for the "Brittany Run" next weekend in Madison.

Brittany Zimmermann was found slain in her Doty Street apartment five years ago. The case remains unsolved along with the 2007 killing of Kelly Nolan. Nolan was found in a field after a night out with friends on State Street.

Their families said the race helps keep the memory of both young women alive.

"Without attention to these cases they would be lost, and we absolutely cannot have that, for either of the girls," said Jean Zimmerman, Brittany's mom.

Proceeds from the 5K will benefit the reward funds to find the killers, along with Madison Area Crime Stoppers.

The race through the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28.

Police: Men invited into apartment steal laptop, wallet

Police: Men invited into apartment steal laptop, wallet

A Langdon Street resident invited two men into his apartment to play video games, and they stole his roommate's laptop and wallet, officials said.

He told police he met the men on the street around 1:30 a.m. Friday, according to a release. He invited the men to his apartment after they asked if they could come over and play video games.

At one point, one of the men said he needed to make a call and walked down a hall in the apartment, police said.

The 18-year-old's stolen credit card was later used at a convenience store, according to the release. The wallet was turned in to staff of the store on Saturday, but it only had his ID and insurance cards in it.

The two thieves are described as black men with four-letter tattoos on their left hands in cursive. One of the men is described as being 5 feet 9 inches tall, 140 pounds with no facial hair and with short dreadlocks. The other man is described as 6 feet tall, 160 pounds with short hair.