2 teens arrested after botched drug deal in East Towne Mall parking lot

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MADISON, Wis. — Madison police arrested two teens inside East Towne Mall after a botched marijuana transaction in the parking lot Tuesday afternoon.

According to an incident report, the victims — two 18-year-old men — told police the suspects got into their car where the deal was to take place.

Police said instead of buying a small amount of marijuana from the victims, one suspect, a 16-year-old boy from Madison, put one victim in a chokehold and punched the other in the face.

Officials said he mentioned shooting the victims, but no gun was seen.

The report said the 16-year-old grabbed marijuana and money from the victims and left in the car with his 17-year-old friend.

The victims then called police and officers took the suspects into custody after a chase.

Police arrested the 16-year-old on suspicion of robbery, battery and resisting. The 17-year-old is facing a tentative charge of resisting.