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UPDATE: 2 teens arrested in connection with downtown robbery


UPDATE (WKOW) -- The Madison Police Department confirms two suspects have been arrested in connection with a downtown robbery.

Police say they will not release the names or photos of the suspects yet, until Madison Police Spokesmen Joel DeSpain has been notified and comes out with a press release. Police say the robbery was a targeted attack.

The Madison Police Department has recovered the victim's backpack and the weapon used in the incident, which is a gun.

On Wednesday, two suspects who are 17 and 18 years old, robbed a 19-year-old victim at gunpoint and made off with a backpack containing his wallet and keys. Madison police say friends of the victim chased the suspects.

"There were shots fired, but we don't have enough information to suggest it was fired at a person," said Madison Police Spokesmen Joel DeSpain. "There is a possibility that the shot was fired into the air."

No one was hurt.

According to the Madison Police Department, the names and photos of the arrested suspects will be released later in the day on Thursday.

Stay with WKOW.com for more about this developing story.


UPDATE (WKOW) -- Madison police have determined that the downtown robbery that lead to a gunshot being fired was not a random act. Detectives believe that the 19-year-old victim was targeted by these two individuals.

Police have detained two teenagers in connection with the robbery and shooting, but the teens have not yet been arrested. The suspects are 17 and 18 years old.

"Initial information indicates a 19-year old man was robbed – at gunpoint - of his backpack, wallet and keys by two suspects. The holdup happened in the 100 block of W. Gilman St. around 6:20 p.m.," Madison Police spokesman Joel Despain says.

MPD detectives believe a friend, or friends of the victim gave chase as the suspects fled on foot. The pursuit headed to Langdon Street, and one round was fired in the 100 block by one of the suspects. It is not known if the bullet was fired into the air, or at someone. No one was hurt during the shooting.

Two suspects have been detained. One was captured by UW-Madison Police officers at a bus stop on Observatory Dr. A second suspect was located by MPD officers near the intersection of Gilman Street and Henry Street.

During the search for these two suspects police got information from a bystander that one of the suspects may have gone into the Madison Area Technical College building in downtown. Police evacuated the building and searched every floor, but no suspect was found. Students were taken to a nearby hotel for 30-40 minutes while police searched the building. Students were given the all clear around 7:30 pm.

Police also received information that one of the suspects was heading to the lake shore dorms on UW-Madison campus. The university sent out an alert to all of their students to stay inside and lock their doors. The university later sent out an update that the danger is over and police have two possible suspects detained.


MADISON (WKOW) -- Police are searching for a suspect in downtown Madison. 

Police say the report came in for one shot being fired in the 100 block of Langdon Street just before 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

In an alert posted on its website, UW-Madison says a suspect was last seen heading west on the Lakeshore Path toward the residence halls. It says the situation is not an "active shooter" but a search for a suspect.

The university also posted a description of suspect: Male, black wearing black clothing with a black/white baseball cap, black jacket, dark backpack.

It says everyone in the area is asked to shelter in place and stay indoors until the situation is resolved.

Madison police say a witness told them a suspect may have fled into the Madison College building on N. Carroll Street and W. Dayton Street. Police say officers searched the building and no suspect was found.

Police say there are no reports of any injuries.

We'll keep you updated on wkow.com and on 27 News at 10.

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