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A 97-year-old woman was mugged Thursday morning outside Capitol Centre Market in Downtown Madison.

Update: Two men with no permanent addresses were arrested in the mugging.

Leanaer, or Lenier, Johnson, 53, was tentatively charged with theft from person, resisting arrest and a parole violation, and Derrick Moore, 34, was tentatively charged with party to the crime of theft from person, possession of drug paraphernalia and a probation violation.

"The investigating officer used surveillance video from the market and from city cameras to get images of the suspects, which were given to police personnel," said police spokesman Officer Joseph Buccellato.

About three hours after the mugging, the two were seen near the Madison Public Library. Johnson ran and was arrested a short time later, while Moore didn't run and was arrested where found.


A 97-year-old woman was mugged Thursday morning while exiting a Downtown grocery store.

The mugging happened at about 10 a.m. outside Capitol Centre Market, 111 N. Broom St., Madison police said.

The victim was approached by two men who first tried to sell her Starbucks gift cards.

"The victim declined to purchase the cards, so the suspects asked if they could give her a hug," said public information officer Lorie Anderson.

"While she was distracted by hugging one of the suspects, the other suspect stole her tablet and other items from her handbag."

The woman was not injured.

The investigation is continuing.

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