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COPY-Arrest in pepper spray robbery spree

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Federal authorities say a Madison man has been indicted in connection with five armed robberies, including heists where victims were sprayed with a chemical as thieves made their get away.

Authorities say 34-year old James Sexton is charged in the federal indictment with robberies from April 29 through May 15, including at three fast food restaurants, a convenience store and a bar.

Surveillance videotape obtained by 27 News in connection to the May 7 armed robbery at Players Sports Bar and Grill shows suspects spraying bar customers, even as they lay on the ground.

Authorities say Sexton's unknown accomplice was responsible for the spraying.

U.S. Attorney for the western district John Vaudreuil and Madison Police Chief Mike Koval are holding a 2 p.m. news conference on the break in the pepper spray crime spree investigation. Visit  and watch 27 News for up-to-the-minute developments on this case.

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