MADISON (WKOW) -- Police say a UW-Madison student fought off a would-be robber downtown on Friday evening, with pepper spray.
The victim, a 21-year-old woman, told police that around 8:30 p.m. a man on a bicycle riding on the 200 block of North Frances Street tried to steal her purse.
She refused to hand it over and they struggled and both fell down.
She scraped her elbow, knee and ankle but was able to hold on and sprayed him with OC (pepper spray) attached to her keys. She doesn't think she hit him but he did loosen his grip.
He reached in his pocket and she feared he might have a gun or a knife so she took off running and yelling for help.
University of Wisconsin Police tracked down the suspect and arrested him on the corner of Park and Regent, on tentative charges of Attempted Armed Robbery.
The 17-year-old Madison teen turned out to have a 5-inch screwdriver in his pocket. It turns out the suspect was also in possession of a stolen U.S. passport.