Armed robberies target male pedestrians

Posted Tuesday, August 26, 2014 --- 9:32 p.m.

Madison Police are investigating a possible connection between two armed robberies targeting men walking east of the Capitol late at night.

The first incident happened early Monday morning when three victims were walking on the 500 block of East Johnson and robbed at knife point by three men. The second incident happened early Tuesday morning on the 1100 block of Spaight Street, and two 18-year-old victims were robbed by three men at knife point.

"These robbers are very brazen. Approaching individuals, brandishing knives and walking away with wallets and cell phones," said Joel DeSpain, spokesman for Madison Police.

DeSpain said due to the similarities of the two incidents, it's possible they are related and involve the same robbers.

Tonight, police will be patrolling the neighborhood looking for unusual activity. DeSpain said they are also asking the public to keep an eye out for three men lurking around or acting suspicious.

In these two incidents, none of the victims were injured, which DeSpain said is likely because they were compliant with their robbers' demands. He encourages you to do the same if you're confronted.

"Your money and your cell phone aren't worth as much as your life or being injured," he said.

One suspect is described as a white male, 5"10', "skinny," in his mid-twenties with scruffy blonde hair, wearing a "bro t-shirt," and baggy jeans. The second suspect is described as a black male, 6"02' with medium built wearing dark clothing and a beanie. The third suspect's description is unknown.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

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