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Armed Robbery Suspect Arrested Near East Towne Mall

Armed Robbery Suspect Arrested Near East Towne Mall

A man entered a gas station on East Washington Avenue Monday evening, pointed a gun at an employee and two customers and demanded money, according to the Madison Police Department.

Police said John Hoffman, 18, took the money and left the store. He was followed by another employee for a short time, police said. The employee was able to call police and offer a description of the man.

Hoffman headed toward other area businesses and then went towards the Best Western Hotel, police said.

A Madison police officer, three Dane County Sheriff's Office deputies and an Oregon police officer, who just happened to be in the neighborhood, assisted in taking Hoffman into custody without incident.

Police said they recovered a loaded gun and money.

Authorities recognized the work of all of the law enforcement officers involved for keeping everyone safe as the situation unfolded during a busy time not far from East Town Mall.

Madison Police Ask Residents For Feedback

Madison Police Ask Residents For Feedback

The Madison Police Department said it is looking for input from residents to help make the community safer.

Madison police are once again conducting community surveys to gauge residents' opinions on neighborhood safety and their beliefs regarding the priorities of the Madison Police Department.

The surveys are broken down by police district. Police said the data will help them focus their efforts.

"It's important for us to know what they view as the major issues in their neighborhood, to know if they feel safe; to know if we are doing a good job; if they feel they can work in a team with the police with other stakeholders to fight for positive change in their neighborhoods," said Lt. John Patterson, of the Madison Police Department's West District.

Residents have until the end of December to fill out the survey.

Each police district has its own survey for 2011:

Police Investigate Morning Bank Robbery

Police Investigate Morning Bank Robbery

Madison police are investigating an armed bank robbery that occurred on Saturday morning in the 3300 block of East Washington Avenue.

Police said the man entered the Associated Bank at 3394 E. Washington Ave. and showed a note to the teller demanding money at about 9:35 a.m.

The man implied he had a weapon, although a weapon was not seen, police said.

Police said after obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect left the bank and headed west on East Washington Avenue.

The man is described as black, in his 40s, about 6 feet, 1 inch tall, 210 pounds with an unshaven face, police said. They said he was last seen wearing a gray or white sweatshirt, dark pants and black baseball cap.

Anyone with information is asked to call Madison Area Crime Stoppers at608-266-6014.

MPD Seeks Input Through Survey

MPD Seeks Input Through Survey

Each year, the East Police District ask readers of its newsletter, as well as other residents and business owners, to complete a survey.

The survey is conducted as another way to gauge opinions on neighborhood safety and beliefs regarding the priorities of the Madison Police Department.

Portage Man Suffers Drug Overdose In Fast Food Restaurant Bathroom

Portage Man Suffers Drug Overdose In Fast Food Restaurant Bathroom

The Madison Police and fire departments were dispatched Monday afternoon to a public bathroom inside Arby's in southeast Madison.

They were called to the Arby's located at 4 Collins Court, after a 39-year-old Portage man was found unconscious inside a bathroom stall.

The man was given Narcan and taken to a local hospital, authorities said. There he admitted to shooting heroin in the bathroom, police said.

Police said the man was in and out of consciousness, but was somewhat alert when he made the statement, "I'm an idiot. I'm an idiot. I shouldn't have done that. I'm stupid. I was stupid."

Car Dealership Scam Costs California Man Big

Car Dealership Scam Costs California Man Big

Madison police are warning residents to be aware of a phony car dealership website.

The company, Solan Motors, claims to be located on 350 Atlas Ave. on Madison's far east side.

It offers expensive used cars at discounted prices, but after a California man thought he landed a good deal on an SUV, it quickly became clear it was scam.

Madison police were able to track the website and find the bogus business was based out of the Ukraine, but not before the victim wired $63,000 to a Wells Fargo account that was set up in Madison, police said. The man arrived in Madison on Tuesday to pick up the car, but there was no dealership at the address.

He went went to police, but the money had been removed before police discovered the scam.

The victim said he found what he thought was a deal through Cars.com. The company is no longer appearing on that website.

Counterfeit Bills Passed On Drug Store

Counterfeit Bills Passed On Drug Store

Three counterfeit $20 bills were used at a Walgreen's on East Washington Avenue last week, according to the Madison Police Department.

Police said the assistant manager of the store at 3710 E. Washington Ave. called police on Oct. 4 to report the phony bills.

Two bills had the serial number 1k08539088C, and one had the serial number gk69201673b, police said.

Anyone with information about the counterfeit money is asked to call Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014.