MPD: 5 teens arrested after fleeing Beltline rollover wreck, hiding in movie theater

The officers did not state what charges the teens could face.
Published: Jun. 15, 2022 at 8:38 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 16, 2022 at 10:28 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - Five juveniles were taken into custody after they allegedly fled from a rollover wreck in the western lanes of the Beltline on Madison’s west side and hid inside of a west Madison movie theater.

According to a Madison Police Dept. update the individuals, four ranging in age from 14-16 and one who was 17 years old, took off from crash scene, near the Mineral Point Road interchange, not far from the Marcus Point Cinema.

“That teamwork allowed for a safe resolution, excellent resolution, to a situation that was rather dangerous and pretty chaotic given the nature of the business and the time of day,” Assistant Chief Brian Austin said.

Austin stated that eyewitnesses spotted the five teens running from the crash, into the building and into an occupied movie theater.

Multiple officers, including members of the MPD SWAT Team, responded to the theater. The theater that the teens were allegedly hiding in was evacuated by officers. Austin stated that officers used traditional search methods and an interior drone to find the teens, who were all hiding behind a theater screen in various locations.

Officers were able to take the five individuals into custody without incident and take them to paramedics who evaluated them for any injuries that could have occurred during the wreck.

Austin noted that a loaded handgun was found inside the silver sedan, which was reported stolen.

The officers did not state what charges the teens could face.

Shortly after the 6 p.m. wreck, at least 18 police cruisers were seen patrolling the area around the theaters and blocking off the entrance. The MPD report, issued early Thursday morning, indicated that all five suspects had been rounded up.

A massive Madison Police Department presence at the Marcus Point Cinema. Not many details yet, but squad cars are surrounding the entire building.

Posted by Colton Molesky NBC15 on Wednesday, June 15, 2022

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