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A carjacking at a Madison daycare facility Thursday was the second in two days, and police believe the events may be related.

Madison police said the carjacking at Great Beginnings Arbor Hills day care, 2821 Todd Drive, shared elements with a carjacking on Wednesday at La Petite Academy on Schroeder Road.

In the incident Thursday, a 36-year-old woman had gone inside the daycare to pick up a child, leaving three other children in the car, police spokesman Joel DeSpain said.

A pair of masked robbers flung open the doors of the car, pointed a gun at the oldest child, a 15-year-old boy, and ordered him to remove the younger children, ages 8 and 9.

“He complied and kept everyone safe,” DeSpain said.

The suspects drove away in the car, which was found later in the day in the 7900 block of Tree Lane.

On Wednesday, two men wearing masks ordered a man out of his car at gunpoint at La Petite Academy, 6514 Schroeder Road. The men allowed the male victim to take his 3-year-old daughter out of her car seat before they drove away.

That vehicle, a Toyota Prius, also was found on Tree Lane, in the 7500 block, a few blocks from where the Ford Fusion was found Thursday.

The city recently assigned Deputy Mayor Gloria Reyes, a former 13-year veteran of the Madison Police Department, to work out of a new housing project for homeless families at 7933 Tree Lane and respond to crimes associated with the site.

The property has generated about 210 police calls from June 21 through Nov. 23, including roughly 50 in November, police data show.

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Bill Novak is a general assignment reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal.

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