Crime

Good Samaritan takes down campus-area robbery suspect, police say

MADISON, Wis. - A Good Samaritan stopped a strong-arm robber by taking him to the ground Tuesday, according to an incident report.

Police said the incident began when Kyle W. Haag, 34, unzipped the backpack of a 22-year-old college student walking on the 500 block of University Avenue sidewalk. The pocket that Haag opened contained the student's wallet, and when the woman felt a tug on her bag, she turned around and yelled for help.

According to the report, a nearby 21-year-old Kentucky man saw what was happening and began chasing after Haag. Haag threatened to kill the man and subsequently swung at him. The Kentucky man defended himself, threw a punch at Haag, then took him to the ground. The report also said that a group of other nearby witnesses came to help hold Haag down. The suspect was ultimately able to escape from the group of people, but the witnesses detained him long enough for police to arrive and arrest him shortly after.

During the incident, Haag ended up with a cut on his head that required stitches before he could be brought to jail.

Police said they found several used hypodermic needles in Haag's backpack.

Haag is facing tentative charges of robbery and disorderly conduct, according to the report.

 

 

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