A gunman robbed a 25-year-old man’s downtown residence by entering through an unlocked door late Tuesday morning.
According to a Madison Police Department statement, the suspect robbed the victim in his apartment on East Gilman Street around 11 a.m. The victim did not suffer injuries.
According to the statement, the suspect is a male in his mid-to-late 30’s, weighs 200 to 230 pounds and was wearing a blue button-down flannel shirt and jeans.
The intruder said, “Give me what you got,” to the victim and left with a laptop computer, according to the statement.
Ald. Mike Verveer, District 4, said the majority of home invasions are targeted and are not random acts of violence. He said he has not heard any details about the incident from MPD but most armed home invasions over the past years in Madison have been motivated by drugs.
“Most armed home invasions are more often than not motivated by the suspect’s belief that the victims are involved in drug dealing,” Verveer said. “The suspects believe the victims will likely have large amounts of drugs or cash and target the residences on that basis.”
Even though MPD did not conclude the robbery was drug-related, officers believe the victim was targeted for a reason because the suspect seemed to have prior knowledge of where the valuables were located in the house, Verveer said. He said MPD has not said the victim had any prior or current drug involvement.
According to Verveer, armed home robberies are often rare and usually go unreported if they are drug-related, which could indicate this incident is not.
Detectives were immediately assigned to the case and police have not made any arrests, Verveer said. He added this case is being treated very seriously because a firearm was involved.
“It was a relief the victim was not seriously injured because many of the armed home invasions do involve injuries,” Verveer said.