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Men try to pass fake check at a Fitchburg bank


FITCHBURG (WKOW) --  Tuesday morning, Fitchburg police officers responded to the Associated Bank on Fish Hatchery Road for subjects attempting to pass a counterfeit check in the drive-up lane.

The first officer on scene stated one of the suspects fled and another officer saw him fleeing and initiated a foot pursuit.  The subject was taken into custody a few blocks away.

The vehicle also took off.  The officer pursued a short distance, when the driver fled.  A third subject was taken into custody when the vehicle stopped.  During the investigation, the driver called one of the subjects.  When requested to return to the scene, he complied.

Upon searching the vehicle, a handgun was located.  At this point, the driver was still at large and unknown if he was armed.  Leopold School was placed on lock down. 

The driver was eventually located and taken into custody, and the school resumed as normal.

Paul Richardson (24) of Madison faces charges of forgery, obstructing an officer, felon in possession of a handgun, and a probation violation.  Jonathon Thompson (24) will face charges of eluding an officer, obstructing an officer, felon in possession of a firearm, and a probation violation.  The third person in the vehicle was released without any charges.

If you have any information regarding this incident, please contact the Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014.

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