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Police concerned about three armed robberies near UW campus

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MADISON (WKOW)-- Police are concerned about a recent string of armed robberies near the UW-Madison campus. There have been three separate incidents where students were robbed at gunpoint since last Tuesday. The most recent incident happened early Wednesday morning.

"We're talking about some very serious incidents," UW-Police spokesman Marc Lovicott says.

UW-Police are reaching out to students and warning them about the recent danger. They're asking all students on and off campus to be aware.

"They need to be safe and they need to take their personal safety very seriously. They need to be watching out for incidents like this," Lovicott says.

The first incident happened last Tuesday in the 1900 block of University Avenue. Police say two students were robbed at gunpoint in their drive way. Witnesses say both suspects smelled of marijuana. They described the suspects as:

Suspect #1:  Male / black, 18-20 years of age, 5'09", skinny, 140-150 lbs, with a shaved head.  Dark clothes and a hooded sweatshirt.

Suspect #2:  Male / black, 18-20 years of age, 5'11", medium build, 160 lbs.  Dark clothes and a hooded sweatshirt.

The 2nd incident happened late Sunday night when three UW-Madison students were robbed inside their apartment on the 1200 block of Vilas Avenue. The suspects entered the living room by cutting a screen door. Police say they threatened the residents and took various electronics. They have been described as:

Suspect #1:  Male / black, 20's, 5'08", 160-170 lbs, dark colored hooded sweatshirt.

Suspect #2:  Male / black, 20's, 5'08", 160-170 lbs, gray hooded sweatshirt.

The most recent incident happened early Wednesday morning in the 1600 block of Adams Street. The victim, a female UW student says one of the men broke through her screen door while the other waited outside.

She yelled to her roommates to call 911 and tried to hold the suspect off as long as possible. The man eventually got in and demanded money and electronics. She says the suspect threatened to shoot her multiple times before he took her laptop and fled the scene on foot.

She described the man as a young black male around 5'05", skinny, wearing dark shoes, blue jeans, short sleeved white t-shirt with dark design on front. He wore a  dark colored nylon mask over his head and face. She says she didn't get a good look at the other suspect.

Wednesday afternoon several Madison police officers went door to door in the Vilas neighborhood handing out fliers. Officers briefly explained the situation and gave residents tips on how to protect their homes.

"Keep your doors and windows locked at all times. Never resist and just be alert. Watch out your front door, be alert and know what's going on in your neighborhood," Lovicott says.

Police think the suspects may be targeting college students because they are more likely to own and carry expensive electronics like cell phones and computers.

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MADISON (WKOW) -- UW Police are warning student of armed robberies taking place near campus.

Wednesday morning, around 2:00, the City of Madison Police were called to the 1600 block of Adams Street for a report of an armed robbery.

The woman there, a UW student, stated she had gone to shut her front door when she saw a man on her porch.  She immediately yelled for her roommate to call police.  When she tried to hold the screen door shut, the suspect pointed a handgun at her and demanded money. 

The suspect pushed his way inside the home and eventually left with a laptop.  The victim described the suspect as an 18-20 year old black man, approximately 5'5" with a thin build.  He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a white t-shirt, dark shoes, and a black nylon mask.

Last Tuesday, September 3, two UW students were robbed at gunpoint while in their driveway on University Avenue.  Sunday, September 8, a group of three UW students were robbed, also at gunpoint, in their apartment on Vilas Avenue.  Police believe the three incidents may be related. 

If you have any information on any of the three armed robberies, call Madison Area Crime Stoppers at (608) 266-6014. 

UWPD would like to remind the campus community, both on and off campus, to always be focused on personal safety, even when inside.  You should also have a safety plan in place if someone forces their way into your home .

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