A drug deal that turned into a robbery Wednesday night morphed into a foot chase near the UW-Madison campus, police reported, with one of the suspects being chased firing a shot that prompted a lockdown at both UW-Madison and Madison College.
The two suspects in the robbery, Ramar Brown and Donte Hunter, both 17 and from Madison, were taken into custody and were tentatively being charged with robbery, Madison Police Department spokesman Joel DeSpain told Madison.com.
“There could be additional charges pending,” DeSpain said. “We believe Brown is the likely shooter.”
According to DeSpain, the suspects met up with a 19-year-old Madison man in the 100 block of West Gilman Street at about 6:20 p.m.
“They had made arrangements to purchase marijuana from him,” DeSpain said. “But one of the suspects pulled out a handgun.”
The man’s backpack, keys and wallet were reportedly taken, and the suspects fled the scene.
“Two of the man’s friends started chasing after them,” DeSpain said.
According to police:
The two suspects split up, with the two friends continuing to chase after the suspect with the handgun, heading over to Langdon Street.
“They thought the gun was a fake gun, but when the shot was fired, they realized it was a real gun and they stopped in their tracks,” DeSpain said.
Neither of the chasers was hurt, and there was no report of property damage.
The suspect kept running, so a Dane County Sheriff’s Office police dog was brought to the scene to track him.
“The police dog picked up the track near Lake Mendota,” DeSpain said. “The dog found the handgun in the 600 block of North Frances Street, on the lawn of a fraternity house.”
The suspect stayed ahead of the police and kept running, this time in and out of the waters of Lake Mendota near Memorial Union.
“UW-Madison police joined in the pursuit and finally found him up on Observatory Drive,” DeSpain said.
The other suspect was found near the intersection of Gilman Street and Henry Street, thanks to plenty of witnesses helping police.
“A number of citizens, including UW-Madison students, were very helpful,” DeSpain said.
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The likely shooter is the mugshot on the right in the below photo. This is not the first time Ramar Brown has been in trouble this year. He was arrested in March in connection with a “gang” fueled fight at Madison La Follete HS. The other individual, Donte Brown (not pictured) is from Madison Memorial HS.
March 11th incident at Madison La Follette High School: http://www.channel3000.com/news/Gang-dispute-at-high-school-leads-to-arrests/-/1648/19271078/-/1odd9u/-/index.html