Downtown thief steals phone from passerby

A female Madison resident was physically assaulted and robbed Friday while walking downtown with friends, according to a police report.

The 19-year-old victim passed a group of three men and one woman near the North Henry Street and Langdon Street intersection and was mugged shortly after by the woman.

According to the report, the suspect knocked the victim to the ground and punched her before stealing her phone.

The victim, with help from her friends, chased the suspect down and retrieved the stolen phone, but the police were not called until half an hour after the incident, Madison Police Department spokesperson Joel DeSpain said in a statement.

The report states one witness told police it appeared the mugging was a result of a dare from the suspect’s male peers.

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