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Incident Report for Case #2014-8444

Incident Type

Arrested Person

Incident Date

01/09/2014 - 12:10 PM


517 State Street (Five Guys restaurant)


Phillip C. Stephens, age 33, Madison
Suspect was arrested for Menacing Panhandling, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and on a Probation Hold


Male, age 16, Sussex, WI
Male, age 16, Menomonee Falls, WI


He told the visiting high school students he desperately needed money for baby formula, but when he was arrested, police found he had no connection to a small child; however, they did locate drug paraphernalia in a pocket: a charred section of radio antennae and other items typically used to smoke crack cocaine.

The suspect was taken into custody on State Street seconds after two teens said he had taken off with money they did not intend for him to have. The 33-year old Madison man had approached the young men, in Madison from Sussex High School on a field trip, as they dined inside a downtown restaurant. He gave them his pitch for cash, and one took pity. The 16-year old reached into his wallet and gave the man a $10 bill. The kindhearted student quickly realized his $20 bill was stuck to his $10 bill, and he asked for that back. The suspect refused. A friend of the victim, a classmate, next offered the man an additional $5 bill if he would return his buddy's $20. The suspect grabbed the $5 and took off with the entire $35.

One victim quickly flagged down a passing police officer. He broadcast what had transpired. A second officer spotted the suspect, and shortly thereafter the teens had their money back.

The suspect was taken to jail for menacing panhandling and possession of drug paraphernalia.


Released 01/10/2014 at 10:35 AM by PIO Joel DeSpain

The location shown is approximate & may not be accurate.