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Incident Report for Case #2019-382591

Incident Type


Incident Date

09/15/2019 - 11:02 PM


3609 Unversity Ave. (U.S. Bank parking lot)


It was a call to which a good number of law enforcement resources – including a MPD K9 team, MPD officers, UW-Madison officers, and Shorewood Hills officers - responded Sunday night in full emergency mode. A 20-year-old man had just reported being robbed by two men, one wielding a knife, in the parking lot of U.S. Bank, 3609 University Ave. The man initially said this drama began when the "suspects" approached him while he was in the drive-thru of a Regent St. fast-food restaurant. One pointed a knife, the "victim" claimed. "Give me the money!" the "suspect" demanded. The "victim" said he ended up driving the men to the bank's ATM and taking out $1,000. He told police the robbers fled on foot with the loot while he called the cops. A MPD officer told him it was good this happened at the ATM as there would be surveillance images of the "suspects." The "victim" quickly changed his story – the first of several variations – saying the robbers actually got out of the car before he drove up to the ATM. They waited nearby. He got the cash, gave it to them, and then they fled. The officer asked why he didn't just drive off when the robbers were no longer inside the car. It unraveled from there, and the young man eventually acknowledged losing a large bet on a NFL game. He evidently must still be somewhat on his parents' dime, because he didn't want them to know the truth of why his bank account was now a $1,000 short. The officer counseled him on how dangerous it is to concoct a story about armed robbers roaming in areas where officers nearly went to search, not to mention the tremendous waste of police resources. The officer did thank the man for eventually telling the truth, and cited him for obstruction and misuse of 911.

Released 09/18/2019 at 11:21 AM by PIO Joel Despain

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