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MPD: Machete-wielding man threatens Madison auto shop workers

Two officers were injured trying to arrest him.
MPD’s report also pointed out the bail jumping allegations stretch to open cases as far back as March 2020.
Published: Apr. 5, 2022 at 6:39 AM CDT|Updated: Apr. 5, 2022 at 10:27 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - Employees of a Madison auto shop retreated into the garage to call 911 after a 34-year-old man walked into the store Monday, laid a machete on the counter, and threated to kill them, the Madison Police Dept. stated.

Two officers were injured while trying to detain the suspect, who was identified as Modou Bah, but neither of them needed to go to the hospital, MPD’s report added.

Officers had been called to the Goodyear Auto Service, located at 3773 E. Washington Ave., around 1:45 p.m. after Bah allegedly came into the store with the 22-inch machete. When they arrived, Bah reported began shouting at officers and demanding they shoot him.

After a struggle, officers were able to take Bah into custody, MPD continued, noting that investigators were able to find the blade nearby.

Bah has since been booked into Dane Co. jail on a single count of resisting arrest, four counts of disorderly conduct while armed, and nine bail jumping counts. MPD’s report also pointed out the bail jumping allegations stretch to open cases as far back as March 2020.

“Nine open cases, I think for anyone in the criminal justice system as a professional, we consider that a little bit excessive,” Chief Shon Barnes said.

For those open cases, court records obtained by NBC15 show Bah also face charges like telephone harassment and disorderly conduct, use of a dangerous weapon. They’re on top of 28 counts of misdemeanor bail jumping. If convicted in Wisconsin, bail jumping can mean a fine and/or jail time of up to nine months.

Barnes said, “It’s a point of frustration for police officers who know offenders that they’ve arrested multiple times and know that those cases haven’t been adjudicated.”

NBC15 is waiting to hear back from the Dane Co. District Attorney on more about the response to Bah’s repeated offenses.

A local representative from Goodyear declined to speak with NBC15 Tuesday.

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