An 18-year-old Madison man was arrested Thursday as part of an investigation into a robbery in a mall parking lot, according to police.

A witness told police a man was trying to choke a 19-year-old woman in a parking lot at West Towne Mall on the afternoon of Oct. 18. Police said Capriest Franklin stole the woman’s purse and fled before officers arrived.

Police said they determined that Franklin and the victim knew each other, and the struggle was over Franklin demanding money from the victim.

Franklin was arrested on suspicion of robbery, disorderly conduct and on a probation violation.

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