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UPDATE (WKOW) --- Madison Police issued a release that they did arrest 17-year-old Maurice Neal of Madison.

He is in jail on a tentative charge of Attempted Armed Robbery in the case at West Towne Mall last week.

Authorities say a man entered a stall in a women's bathroom at West Towne Mall, crawled into an adjacent stall, put a handgun to head of a Mount Horeb woman and demanded money. Police officials say the victim said she had no money and the man ran off.

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Authorities say an arrest has been made in connection with an armed robbery in a women's bathroom at a Madison mall, and 27 News has confirmed the suspect is a teenage boy.

Dane County Sheriff's records show 17-year old Maurice Neal of Madison was arrested by Madison police officers and booked into the Dane County jail Tuesday on a tentative, armed robbery-related charge.  Madison police officials refused a request from 27 News for Neal's booking photograph, citing an on-going investigation. Police officials also declined comment beyond stating an arrest in the case had been made.

Authorities say a man entered a stall in a women's bathroom at West Towne Mall last week, crawled into an adjacent stall, put a handgun to head of a Mount Horeb woman and demanded money. Police officials say the victim said she had no money and the man ran off.

In 2011, authorities say two women were victimized in separate incidents in bathroom stalls at West Towne, with a teenager arrested in connection with one of the crimes, a robbery.

Madison police spokesperson Joel DeSpain declined comment on whether Neal was the teen arrested in the previous case. The arrested person in 2011 was under seventeen and his actions were addressed in juvenile court.

Records indicate Neal attended Madison Memorial high school in 2011, but it's unclear whether he remains a student there.

No court date has been scheduled yet for Neal.

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison police tell 27 News an arrest has been made in the May 8 attempted armed robbery inside a bathroom stall at West Towne Mall.

Police have yet to release the suspect's identity or any details related to the arrest.

A woman claims she was in a restroom at West Towne the evening of Wednesday, May 8, when a man entered an adjoining stall, then crawled under the stall divider and tried to rob her at gunpoint.

Stay tuned to WKOW 27 News and www.wkow.com for updates on this arrest.

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Authorities say a man attempted to rob a woman at gunpoint inside a bathroom stall at a Madison shopping mall.

Madison police spokesperson Joel DeSpain says the woman was in a stall Wednesday evening at West Towne Mall, when a man entered an adjoining stall.

DeSpain says the man crawled under the stall divider, put a handgun to the woman's head and demanded money.  When the victim stated she didn't have any, the suspect ordered her to turn around and he left.

DeSpain says the victim was a Mount Horeb woman in her forties.

Authorities say the suspect is a black man in his twenties, 5'8, medium build, in black jeans, with shoes with white on them, and black fabric covering the lower half of his face.

Authorities say another woman was robbed in a bathroom stall at West Towne Mall in July 2011 by a teenager who also crawled into a stall.

And in September 2011, DeSpain says another intruder to a woman's bathroom stall at West Towne appeared intent on sexual assault, but the confrontation broke up before any assault took place.

West Towne Mall representatives declined comment to 27 News on Wednesday's crime, citing the on-going police investigation.

Kelly Rush of Madison says she was at East Towne Mall Wednesday evening with her three young children, when a stranger made an inappropriate comment about her body. Rush says she was unnerved, and considered contacting mall security.

Rush says she and her family normally visit West Towne Mall. She says her experience at East Towne, combined with Wednesday's bathroom attempted robbery attempt, convinces her to forego using public rest rooms at malls.

DeSpain says potential witnesses to the mall exit of the suspect in Wednesday's attempted armed robbery are being contacted. DeSpain says the suspect may have left the mall property in a red SUV.

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