Madison police arrested a 13-year-old boy Friday on charges of strong-arm robbery and battery in connection with a car theft last week that resulted in the arrests of three other teenagers.
The three other teens, two 13-year-old girls and a 14-year-old girl, were arrested last Thursday after stealing and crashing an SUV.
A woman told police late Wednesday evening a teenage boy and girl approached her and said their friends had hit her car. When she went to look at the damage, the boy grabbed her keys and purse while the girl tripped her. The girl then kicked her in the head several times while mocking her.
They then drove off in the woman’s car, which they crashed less than four hours later. Fitchburg police arrested three of the four teenagers in the car but could not chase down the boy. The three girls caught by police were charged with operating a motor vehicle without consent of the owner, and one is a suspect in the preceding battery.
The boy, who had recently been in custody for a similar crime, was arrested Friday and identified as a member of a local street gang. He admitted to cutting off a GPS ankle bracelet, which he was made to wear following an arrest in August for stealing another SUV.
“This is only the beginning. We’re just getting started,” he reportedly told police while in custody in August. In November 2017, he was arrested at age 12 for stealing at a gas station and fleeing in what police determined to be another stolen car.