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Attempted armed robbery suspect victimized previous Mall customers

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Dane County court records show the teenager accused of attempting to rob a customer in a shopping mall women's bathroom at gunpoint, previously stole a purse from another shopper in the bathroom, and also attempted a sexual assault in a women's bathroom.

Authorities say 17-year old Maurice Neal was arrested Tuesday on a tentative, armed robbery charge. A Madison police official says the arrest was in connection to a man slipping into a women's bathroom stall at West Towne Mall, and putting a gun to the head of a Mount Horeb woman in a robbery attempt last week.

Court records show juvenile delinquency petitions were filed against Neal in 2011. They allege Neal "dived" under a bathroom stall divider at West Towne on July 13, 2011, stole a woman's purse, took out $90, and returned the purse a short time later.

Records also show Neal slipped into an occupied, women's bathroom stall Sept. 7, 2011, and put a knife to a woman's throat and told her, "...don't scream or I'll cut you." Records show the woman convinced Neal to let her wash her hands, and then accompany her out of the bathroom, where the presence of the woman's mother prompted Neal to run off.

Neal was found delinquent in both matters and his cases were handled through juvenile court. He was 16 at the time of both incidents.

Neal is in the Dane County jail, with no court appearance yet scheduled. Neal told authorities he is a Madison Memorial High School student, but a school district spokesperson has yet to comment on his status.

 

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