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UPDATE: Madison Police say suspect vehicles in high school carjacking found

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison Police officials say the vehicles of two suspects in a carjacking at a Madison high school were found Friday abandoned on the city's north side.

Authorities say the discovered cars had been stolen Wednesday in the Chicago area.

Earlier Friday, police officials say the carjacked Range Rover was found crashed and abandoned, also on the north side, at the intersection of Elka Lane and Windom Way.

Authorities say the carjacking took place about forty-five minutes after a high school varsity girls soccer game at Mansfield Stadium in the adjacent parking lot.

Police Chief Mike Koval says two fans, ages sixteen and seventeen, were sitting in the Range Rover, when two other vehicles pulled up and boxed them in, with armed men demanding they get out and turn over the keys.  Koval says the girls complied, and ran for help.

"I think at at age sixteen and seventeen, their presence of mind was remarkable,"  Koval says. 

Madison Schools security chief Joe Balles says the crime took place well after the game, and any other, organized school event.  He says school property remains a safe place, and points to security systems helping with the police investigation.  "The video surveillance system the district has in place at Memorial High was phenomenal in capturing images of this incident, all of which were shared with the police department,"  Balles says.

Koval says this carjacking was planned out, and reminiscent of similar crimes in cities such as Milwaukee and Chicago.  "I'm concerned,"  Koval says.  "This raises the octave of a sophisticated carjacking that we typically haven't seen."

Authorities say the investigation and search for suspects continues.


MADISON (WKOW) -- Around 3:00 a.m. Friday, Dane County dispatchers got a call about an abandoned and damaged vehicle with airbags deployed.

Madison police officers went to the intersection of Elka Lane and Windom Way to check it out. They discovered the black Range Rover was the stolen vehicle from earlier in the evening. 

Police say a man had approached two teen girls in the parking lot of James Madison Memorial High School, pointed a gun at one of them, and demanded the keys. 

Officers are still looking for the suspect.


MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison Police is investigating a reported armed robbery in the parking lot of James Madison Memorial High School.

Authorities say two females, ages 16 and 17, were heading back to their vehicles at about 9:30 Thursday night after returning from a soccer event when a man got out of a silver car and approached them in the parking lot. Police say the man then pointed a handgun at one of the girls, demanding the keys to her vehicle. The girl complied and gave him her keys.

Authorities say the man then took off in the stolen vehicle northbound on Gammon Road. The person driving the silver sedan followed.

There were no reported injuries from the incident.

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