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Shoppers help take down man accused of using counterfeit cash

Donte Thompson

Donte Thompson

Posted Monday, October 28, 2013 --- 11:30 a.m.

Madison Police say two shoppers helped take down a man who allegedly passed a counterfeit $100 bills at West Towne Mall.

Police say at least three fake $100 bills were passed at different stores Saturday afternoon. In each case, the suspect purchased low cost items and got more than $90 in change back.

The suspect tried to pass a $100 to a clerk at Icing, where he tried to buy some earrings. The clerk thought it was strange a grown man would buy jewelry that was really “girly” looking, so she inspected the bill and determined it was really a doctored $5 bill.

She chased the suspect through the mall and caught up with him as he tried to exit at Dick's Sporting Goods. She grabbed the man, but he wriggled free.

A shopper, a 38-year-old Rio man, saw the confrontation and stepped in to stop the suspect. The suspect responded by punching the shopper in the head.

The Good Samaritan took the suspect to the ground and wrestled with him on the floor. Another shopper, who happened to be an off-duty Beloit Police officer, intervened and helped the Rio man hold the suspect down until Madison Police arrived.

Officers arrested 23-year-old Donte Thompson of Milwaukee was arrested for Substantial Battery and Forgery.

The Rio man who helped take him down ended up needing stitches.

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