Robbery: Mound Street

A thief robbed a man walking down Mound
Street early Tuesday morning, pointing a gun at the victim’s chest
when he demanded the man’s phone.

According to a Madison Police
Department statement the victim was walking down Regent Street shortly after midnight near its intersection at Randall Street when the suspect
asked the victim if he knew what time it was. The statement said the
victim responded, and continued walking, but the suspect continue to
talk, which the victim did not understand because he was listening to
headphones.

The statement then said the victim
turned around and the suspect was aiming a gun at him and demanding
his phone, which the suspect took on the 1400 block of Mound Street
and then ran away.

The statement gave the description of
the suspect as a black male.

MPD Lt. Cory Nelson said the suspect in
the incident has not been located, but MPD is assigning officers to
do follow-up on the case. Nelson said incidents like this are not
uncommon and stressed situational awareness. 

“[People] need to be aware of their
surroundings,” Nelson said.

He also recommended staying clear of
strangers who attempt to approach people at night.

He advised people to not walk with
headphones in, because when people listen to music they are not aware
of what is happening around them, adding people should avoid
walking in dark areas without a partner.