Madison Police Department responded to robbery on the 300 block of W. Dayton Street around 6:00 p.m. Sunday.
According to an MPD incident report, a woman, 58, reported being followed by an “aggressive panhandler.”
When the man would not stop following her, the victim pulled out her cellphone and threatened to call 911. The man subsequently stole the woman’s purse and took off.
The suspect was described as black, 40’s, 5’7″, thin build, wearing a black winter jacket, dark pants and a dark stocking cap.
MPD was able to find the crime on surveillance video, and could see the suspect dump the purse near a bike rack on State Street.
Officers recovered the victim’s purse, as well as some of her belongings — however, they were unable to quickly identify and arrest the suspect.