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MPD: Man wearing ski mask in Walmart parking lot ignores police commands

MADISON, Wis. - A man seen wearing a ski mask in the west side Walmart parking lot was arrested without incident Tuesday morning after ignoring a police officer's commands, according to a release.

Officers were sent around 5:20 a.m. to the Walmart at 7202 Watts Road when employees called 911 fearing they were about to be robbed after seeing a masked man in the parking lot, officials said.

When officers arrived, 26-year-old Ashley J. Toney, of Platteville, opened an umbrella to conceal his face and started walking away, according to the release. Toney was already wearing a ski mask under the hood of a sweatshirt.

A police officer saw Toney in the intersection of Odana and Gammon roads and tried to talk with him, but Toney refused to stop and instead shined a flashlight in the officer’s face, officials said.

The officer could tell Toney had something in his other hand, and Toney continued to put his hands in his pockets, according to the release.

"I did believe that I was imminent danger of either death of bodily harm. His behavior was very random, very unpredictable and very uncooperative. I did not know what his intentions were and was afraid for my safety without a doubt," the officer said in his report.

Toney eventually stopped and was arrested without any use of force, according to the release. He was identified as a registered sex offender out of Platteville.

Toney was arrested on tentative charges of disorderly conduct and resisting or obstructing a police officer.


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