MPD: Suspect with gun in downtown food cart incident arrested

Published: Oct. 9, 2017 at 12:19 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) – The suspect that police say pulled out what appeared to be an assault rifle in an altercation at a food cart on State Street Sunday morning has been arrested on unrelated charges.

Authorities talked to two witnesses that told them two men were creating a disturbance while waiting in line to buy food from a cart called Leia's Lunchbox. An employee from the business tried to settle them down, but the situation escalated. Police say the employee grabbed a sub-compact assault-style riffle and pointed it one of the men.

The suspect with the gun ran off towards Langdon Street. The gun has not been located yet and police are still trying to figure out if it was real or fake.

The man they believe is responsible is in police custody for unrelated charges. Police say they are still working on answering more questions in the investigation before they can charge him.

A video of the altercation has been making the rounds on social media. A still photo from that video is attached. Police say many people have called the department concerned about what the video shows.

"We've been getting tons of calls today from parents all over the country whose students were here at the UW because there were a lot of people out there at the time where this took place. so a very scary incident where we have someone running around with an assault riffle," Madison Police Department spokesperson Joel DeSpain said.

Police say after the gun violence an 18-year-old man, who was also waiting in the food cart line, was punched in the face by one of the men who started the initial disturbance. Officers were able to find the suspect and arrested the 29-year-old man for battery.

If anyone has any more information on this incident please contact Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014.

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