Madison police on Monday reported the arrests of two armed men connected with protests that devolved into looting and other violence in the Downtown over the weekend.
At about 11 p.m. Sunday, special event team officers saw Kyle C. Olson, 28, of Janesville, tucking a loaded handgun into the back of his pants in the 200 block of West Gilman Street, police spokesman Joel DeSpain said. Olson reportedly told officers he was on his way to the State Street protests and bringing his .45-caliber weapon for protection. Olson, a convicted felon, was arrested for being a felon in possession of a firearm and a parole violation, police said.
Nearly three hours later, the police team was trying to stop looters from shattering glass at the restaurant Teddywedgers, 101 State St., and Tobacco Mart, 103 State St.
The group fled, but one, Jeremy C. Bronas, 22, of Oxford, was captured in a nearby parking ramp with the help of Beaver Dam Police officers, police said.
During the arrest, a loaded Glock pistol reportedly fell from Bronas’ holster, and Bronas had eight fisherman-style, North Face-brand hats in his backpack, all with price tags still attached.
Bronas told police he found the hats. Police said he had a concealed-carry permit for the weapon, and was arrested for receiving stolen property, possession of THC, and resisting arrest.
Downtown Madison has been roiled by three nights of rioting that have come on the heels of generally peaceful protests against the killing of unarmed black people by police nationwide in recent years.
Editor's note: This story has been corrected to give the correct name for Kyle C. Olson. He was previously listed by an alias.
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