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Last man involved in violent home invasion sentenced

Last man involved in violent home invasion sentenced

The last of the six people involved in a violent home invasion on Madison's east side at the end of February was sentenced Tuesday.

Kristopher Hughes, 20, was sentenced to 15 years in prison and 10 years of supervised release for two counts of armed robbery. Hughes pleaded guilty to the charges on July 25.

The three charges of first-degree sexual assault were dismissed, but were read in to the sentencing.

The incident, in which a pregnant woman was sexually assaulted, happened on Quincy Avenue around 4 a.m. on Feb. 23, according to a release. Madison police called the incident a "violent home invasion."

The victims had guns pointed at their head and heard the robbers say "someone is gonna die tonight," according to a criminal complaint. During the robbery, the men took electronics, credit and debit cards, and jewelry.

Police: Burglar inside home says he bought it from 'Mike'

Police: Burglar inside home says he bought it from 'Mike'

Police said a man accused of burglarizing an east Madison home Tuesday night told officers he bought it from a man named "Mike."

The Madison Police Department said officers responded to a burglary alarm on the 1300 block of Manassas Trail at 7:47 p.m.

According to the report, officers found 39-year-old Gino R. Sherman inside the house. Glass had been broken out of a rear door and a rock was found inside.

The residents, a 72-year-old woman and a 77-year-old man, were not home at the time of the break in, police said.

Sherman reportedly told police he owned the home. He was arrested on suspicion of burglary and criminal damage to property.

iPhone snatched by Craigslist 'buyer'

iPhone snatched by Craigslist 'buyer'

A woman selling an iPhone on Craigslist found a buyer who snatched it from her hands in a parking lot, according to Madison police.

The 36-year-old Sun Prairie woman told police she arranged to meet a buyer at Burger King at 2655 E. Washington Ave. at around 8 p.m. Saturday. She found the man who snatched it when he brought it out to show him. The man left and told the woman, "Don't follow me. I'll hurt you."

The woman said she had sold many items on Craigslist and didn't have a problem until this sale.

The man is described as white, in his early 20s, 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighing 160 pounds with brown hair. He was wearing a tan Carhartt coat, blue jeans and a blaze orange hunting hat.

Police: Teen leads officers on brief car, foot chase

Police: Teen leads officers on brief car, foot chase

Police said a teen stole a vehicle leading to a more than 3 mile vehicle and foot pursuit on Madison's east side Friday morning.

Madison police spokesman Joel DeSpain said a 16-year-old stole a vehicle on the 5200 block of Maher Avenue at about 7:10 a.m. The car owner had started the vehicle to warm it up when the teen jumped into it and drove off.

Officers spotted the car near Winnebago and First streets and pursued it, DeSpain said. During the chase, the teen crashed the car into a couple parked vehicles in the 2100 block of Bashford Avenue and took off on foot.

Officers followed and took him into custody, according to the report.

Pizza place robbed by gunman

Pizza place robbed by gunman

An armed man robbed a Papa John?s Pizza on Wednesday night.

Madison police were called to the restaurant at 2604 E. Washington Ave. at 9:12 p.m. for a report of a robbery.

Officers said the man entered the business with a handgun and removed money from the till and a safe before fleeing.

The robber is described at black, 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 170-200 pounds and wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and a nylon mask.

Tow truck driver thwarts would-be robber, officials say

Tow truck driver thwarts would-be robber, officials say

A tow truck driver was robbed while loading a car onto his truck Wednesday night on Madison's east side, according to a release.

The tow truck driver told police the robber put an unknown object into his back and demanded his wallet around 7:35 p.m. at Firestone Auto Care at 4201 Lien Road.

The driver was able to hit the robber, causing him to stumble backward, according to the release. The robber then fled toward East Towne Mall without the man's wallet.

Police said the robber is still at large. He is described as black, in his 20s, 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighed about 160 pounds.

Police: Man brandishes tire iron during robbery

Police: Man brandishes tire iron during robbery

A robber fled with an undisclosed amount of money after brandishing a tire iron at an east side store Wednesday night, Madison police said.

Officers responded to a report of an armed robbery at the Tobacco Outlet Plus at 3868 E. Washington Ave. around 7:45 p.m., according to a release.

The robber demanded money from two female clerks after removing something similar to a tire iron from his waistband, police said. The robber also grabbed one of the clerks and pushed her, but she was not injured.

The man, who fled east away from the store, is described as white and in his 30s. He was wearing a plaid jacket or hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and a bandana covering his face.