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On Monday July 7, 2014 at 7:16 pm Madison police officers responded to the report of an armed robbery in progress at McDonald’s, 2402 S Park St.  A suspect entered the restaurant and concealed his hand under his clothing with what appeared to be an object pointed at an employee.  The employee reasonably believed this to be a firearm.  When police arrived, they encountered 26 year old Zachary Gonzales still at the front counter.  Gonzales had implied the possession of a fire arm and demanded money from restaurant staff.  The on duty manager was able to alert police who arrived to find the robbery still unfolding.  Gonzales was safely taken into custody and transported to the Dane County jail.  He was tentatively charged with armed robbery.
The staff at McDonald’s, especially the manager on duty is to be commended for their quick thinking and actions in this incident.  The manager first led other employees to safety in a back area of the restaurant and then alerted police. A thorough description of Gonzales had been relayed to police by the manager. 
Gonzales, of Madison, was found to not have a weapon on his person at the time of the incident.
From Wisconsin state statutes:
 943.32 Robbery.
943.32(1)(1) Whoever, with intent to steal, takes property from the person or presence of the owner by either of the following means is guilty of a Class E felony:
943.32(1)(a) (a) By using force against the person of the owner with intent thereby to overcome his or her physical resistance or physical power of resistance to the taking or carrying away of the property; or
943.32(1)(b) (b) By threatening the imminent use of force against the person of the owner or of another who is present with intent thereby to compel the owner to acquiesce in the taking or carrying away of the property.
943.32(2) (2) Whoever violates sub. (1) by use or threat of use of a dangerous weapon, a device or container described under s. 941.26 (4) (a) or any article used or fashioned in a manner to lead the victim reasonably to believe that it is a dangerous weapon or such a device or container is guilty of a Class C felony.
PO David J Dexheimer


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