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Stoughton man says armed suspect got into car

MADISON (WKOW) -- A Stoughton man told police he felt he had no choice but to drive an armed man around for more than a half-hour last night after the two encountered one another near the Capitol Square.

Ronald E. Witherspoon, 40, Madison, claimed the victim is a friend and they were just riding around together.

Witherspoon was taken into custody and faces possible charges of armed robbery, false imprisonment and disorderly conduct while armed.

The victim told police he was parked in a cul-de-sac, when the suspect approached, wanting to get into the victim's car.

The victim said the suspect – who was making nonsensical statements and appeared to be on something - flashed a handgun, but never threatened him, according to a Madison Police Department incident report.

Witherspoon did not have a gun at the time of the arrest

He did ask the victim for money, but the victim said he had no cash to give.

The suspect told the victim to stop at a convenience store on Regent Street, and the suspect got out with the victim's electronic tablet.

That's when the victim called 911.  Realizing police were being called, the suspect put the tablet back in the victim's car and walked off.

MPD and UW Madison Police officers located him near the intersection of Madison Street and Garfield Street.

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