Armed robbery prompts WiscAlert to students

Police: Robbers stole cellphones, wallets before forcing residents in closet
Armed robbery prompts WiscAlert to students

An armed robbery downtown prompted University of Wisconsin-Madison police to issue a WiscAlert to students Sunday night, according to a release.

Police responded to a residence in the 400 block of West Mifflin Street around 7:10 p.m. for reports of an armed robbery, officials said.

The three men demanded the victims’ cellphones and wallet, and told them to get in a closet before fleeing on foot, according to the release. One of the robbers had a handgun.

Police were able to track the cellphones to an area nearby where they were both found and returned to the residents, officials said. A K-9 track was set up but officers were not able to locate the robbers.

UW police issued a WiscAlert to students living in the area, but it was later lifted, according to the release. The residents were not injured in the incident.

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