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Man robbed at knife-point near West Washington Ave.

Man robbed at knife-point near West Washington Ave.

A Madison man was robbed at knife-point around near West Washington Avenue and Regent Street in downtown Madison Wednesday evening.

According to an alert sent out by University of Wisconsin police, around 6 p.m. a man walking on the bike path was stopped by another man who told him to give him his money.

The attacker displayed a knife and the man gave over an undisclosed amount of money.

According to Madison Police, the robber is described as a white man in his 20s, 6 feet tall, wearing a windbreaker jacket, blue jeans and a dark knit stocking cap.

The victim was not hurt in the robbery.

UWPD encouraged students and staff if they are ever involved in an armed robbery to turn over money, not to resist.

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DOJ: 2 south central Wis. men in court on cocaine charges

DOJ: 2 south central Wis. men in court on cocaine charges

A Fitchburg man and a Madison man were in federal court Wednesday facing drug charges, according to a Wisconsin Department of Justice release.

Luis Alcantar Garcia, 27, a citizen of Mexico found in Fitchburg, was charged with two counts of possessing cocaine with intent to distribute, and with being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm, according to the release.

He allegedly possessed cocaine and planned on distributing it twice on Oct. 30, officials said. He also faces a second count that charges the amount of cocaine he possessed was 500 grams or more.

According to the release, he also allegedly possessed a .32-caliber semi-automatic firearm on Oct. 30.

Police: Metro bus hair cutter also lifts shirt at transfer point

Police: Metro bus hair cutter also lifts shirt at transfer point

A woman who police said cut another woman’s hair while she was sitting on a Madison Metro bus has been captured, according to Madison police.

The 38-year-old teacher told police she felt someone playing with her hair after boarding the bus while it was on Regent Street and heading toward the South Transfer station on Oct. 18. The woman said she told the woman behind her she didn't like it.

Police said Patricia K. McKnight, 54, of Madison, could be seen in surveillance video moving into a seat behind the victim, playing with the woman’s ponytail and getting a pair of scissors from a pocket. After the victim got off the bus, audio from the recording picks up someone saying, "Free haircut." McKnight could be seen giving a high five to another passenger and picking up locks of hair, according to police.

Police: Man caught with pants down by dumpster flees

Police: Man caught with pants down by dumpster flees

Police said a woman walking downtown saw a man exposing himself near a sorority house Monday afternoon.

Madison police said the 21-year-old woman, a Langdon Street resident, called police after spotting a man near some dumpsters with his pants down.

The witness was walking with a friend near the 100 block of Langdon when they saw him. They told police they yelled at him and he pulled up his pants and fled.

The man was described as white, between 25 to 30 years old, and is about 6 feet tall, according to the report. The man had an average build, no facial hair, and was wearing a tan Carhartt-style jacket, black athletic pants with a white stripe, and a black, gray and white hat.

Man charged with painting (part of) town red

Man charged with painting (part of) town red

Police said a man was arrested downtown early Wednesday for painting (part of) the town red – -- that is, drawing graffiti on a North Francis Street building.

The Madison Police Department said officers responded to a report of a disturbance at the 400 block of North Frances Street at 1:40 a.m. A man police said was drunk was attempting to pick fights with passersby.

When officers arrived, they said the man was taking time out from creating problems to spray graffiti on an apartment building using a can of red paint.

Police said there were two distinct phrases in red, neither of which made sense to the officer. One appeared to read “TiLLyKKE” and the other was described only as containing the letter "r."

Police said Ryan M. Krafft, 38, was arrested on suspicion of graffiti and two counts of disorderly conduct. According to police, as he was taken to jail, Krafft swore and threatened to fight officers.

9 arrested in domestic violence warrant sweep

9 arrested in domestic violence warrant sweep

A sweep for people with outstanding family violence warrants yielded nine arrests, according to the Dane County Sheriff's Office.

Wednesday's sweep was part of the 11th annual Family Violence Apprehension Detail spanning 20 states. Sixteen Dane County deputies worked in teams throughout the day making 94 attempts to locate those with outstanding warrants.

Deputies arrested the following people based on the warrants listed:


  • Obed Sargento-Cruz, 21, of Fitchburg, on suspicion of domestic disorderly conduct
  • Pedro Xelhua Meza, 32, of Fitchburg, on suspicion of contempt of court and non-support


Police: Man chokes woman to unconsciousness

Police: Man chokes woman to unconsciousness

A 22-year-old woman was choked to unconsciousness by a man she knows who had kicked in her apartment door and also hurled her laptop against a desk Saturday night, officials said.

The woman told police Alexander P. Koprowski, 26, of Green Bay choked her after he kicked in the door to her Langdon Street apartment around 11:15 p.m.

Koprowski threatened to kill her, threw her to the ground and "smashed" her head into the floor a couple of times, police said. He also hurled her laptop against a desk, which ruined it.

Officers found Koprowski at a North Carroll Street parking ramp and arrested him on charges of impeding breathing by putting pressure on someone's throat or neck, false imprisonment, battery and criminal damage to property.

The woman was taken to a hospital, as a precaution, for neck injuries, officials said.