Crime

Police: Violent mall thief breaks security guard's phone, faces intimidating witness charge

MADISON, Wis. - A theft suspect broke a Hilldale Mall security guard's phone during an incident Friday, police said. 

Madison police said the 19-year-old private security guard for Hilldale Mall feared she might be shot shortly after 8 p.m. Friday during a confrontation with 48-year-old Chaun S. Boulden, of Madison. 

The guard told police Boulden broke her phone as she was calling 911 and reached into his jacket making it look like he had a weapon. He fled on foot up North Eau Claire Avenue toward Rennebohm Park with the victim following at a safe distance behind. Officers arrived and the security guard called out to police: "Help me. He's got a gun. He's going to shoot me." 

Boulden was found hiding in some bushes. Officers couldn't find a gun.

Boulden was arrested on tentative charges of intimidating a witness, disorderly conduct, retail theft, bail jumping and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

The victim told police Boulden is known to mall retailers as someone who has stolen merchandise in the past. He had in his possession a black suede jacket with an anti-theft tag still attached when he was taken into custody, according to the report. 


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