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Police: Man waved gun at vehicles, arrested with 2 kids in car

Police: Man waved gun at vehicles, arrested with 2 kids in car

Police said a person is in custody after multiple reports of a man waving a gun at other vehicles on Madison's west side Thursday.

The Madison Police Department said officers responded to a report of a man in a maroon vehicle waving a gun at a dark-colored SUV in the area of Hammersley Avenue and Whitney Way at about 5:30 p.m.

Multiple callers had reported similar incidents on the west side, according to the report. Callers described a man getting out of his vehicle and pointing the gun at other cars.

Officers spotted the vehicle a short time later and stopped the driver on University Avenue near Craig Avenue.

A gun was found in the vehicle and the 33-year-old man was arrested on a weapons violation, police said.

Two children, ages 2 and 6, were in the vehicle with the man. The kids were turned over to a family member.

No injuries were reported, police said.

Kitchen employee attacks cook, police say

Kitchen employee attacks cook, police say

Police said an 18-year-old restaurant worker charged with battery Tuesday evening allegedly told police the attack on a coworker was a joke. 

The Madison Police Department said Julian D. Quintana, of Madison, was working at Nonno's Italian Restaurant on Whitney Way at about 6:12 p.m. when he began punching the restaurant's cook, a 32-year-old Madison man.

Police said the cook was taken to the hospital for treatment of facial injuries.

The cook told police he didn't know why Quintana attacked him and that he had no conflict with Quintana, who washed dishes at Nonno's.

Quintana reportedly told police he had come up behind the cook, knocked his elbow and caused him to drop a chicken breast. Quintana also said he was only joking around with the cook.

Police said Quintana punched the cook, who fell to the ground and Quintana continued to punch the man until other employees intervened.

Quintana was charged with substantial battery.

Robber makes off with cash in gas station robbery

Robber makes off with cash in gas station robbery

Police said a man who reportedly robbed a gas station early Thursday made off with cash.

The Madison Police Department said officers responded to a report of an armed robbery at the convenience store at 2703 W. Beltline Highway at 2:02 a.m.

Police said the robber fled the store after obtaining an unknown amount of cash. As of Thursday morning, the man was still at large.

The robber was described as black, about 30 years old, between 5 feet 10 inches and 5 feet 11 inches tall, according to the report. He had a medium build and light brown eyes.

Annual safety demo event returns to Capitol Square

Annual safety demo event returns to Capitol Square

An annual event hosted by area public safety groups returns to downtown Madison this weekend.

Each year, Safety Saturday provides an opportunity to demonstrate safe behaviors and teach people how to live, work and play safely, according to a city notice.

The event runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday on the Capitol Square and includes interactive demonstrations for all ages, organizers said. 

Safety Saturday is a cooperative effort between the City of Madison Fire Department and more than 25 public and private organizations throughout Dane County, fire department spokeswoman Bernadette Galvez said.

The event educates people of all ages, teaching them how to make safe decisions, prevent injuries and use devices such as seat belts, bike helmets, AEDs, smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.

3 charged with child abuse in suspected gang-related attack

3 charged with child abuse in suspected gang-related attack

Police said three Madison teens were charged with child abuse after a suspected gang-related attack on Madison's west side Wednesday.

Madison police spokesman Joel DeSpain said a 15-year-old was walking on Raymond Road at about 4:19 p.m. when three people jumped out of a black SUV and attacked the teen. The teen, of Madison, was punched, knocked to the ground and kicked repeatedly before the three assailants fled in the SUV.

A passerby witnessed the assault and provided police with suspect and vehicle descriptions, according to the report. Officers, who were a couple blocks from the scene of the attack, spotted the SUV and stopped the driver.

Moises A. Teos, 18, Juan S. Perez, 17 and Juan I. Castillo, 19, were arrested on suspicion of child abuse, police said.

"The preliminary investigation indicates this was likely gang-related violence," DeSpain said.

The 15-year-old was taken to the hospital but was not seriously injured, according to the report.

Victim tells police robbers tied him up, pistol whipped, burned him

Victim tells police robbers tied him up, pistol whipped, burned him

Police said a Madison man was pistol whipped and burned during a robbery on Madison's far west side Monday.

According to the Madison Police Department, a 36-year-old man told police he was at an apartment in the 2300 block of Carling Drive when three men forced entry.

The 36-year-old told police he was tied up, clubbed with a firearm and burned with an iron during the robbery.

The three robbers stole the man's money and cellphone, police said.

The man showed up at a gas station on Verona Road shortly after 5 a.m. Monday to call police. He first told officers the robbery took place not long before he called 911 but later said it could have happened around 10:30 p.m.

The 36-year-old was treated at a hospital, the report noted.

Chicken wing restaurant robbed at gunpoint, police say

Chicken wing restaurant robbed at gunpoint, police say

Police said a chicken wing restaurant was robbed at gunpoint Friday night.

The Madison Police Department said a man entered the Wingstop restaurant on Regent Street at about 10:15 p.m. carrying a silver-colored handgun.

According to the report, the man ordered employees to the ground and demanded cash from the register. Employees gave the armed robber the money and the robber fled.

The robber was described as black with light skin, wearing a hooded dark coat, dark jeans and red-and-black tennis shoes. He was seen getting into a dark four-door sedan described as a Chevy Malibu.

Police asked anyone with information about the robbery to contact the department or Crime Stoppers.