As young as 12 yrs of age!
More from Progressive Dane’s blame-the-police
From the Madison Police crime log:
MPD Violent Crimes Unit detectives are asking the District Attorney to charge a 28-year-old Madison man with five counts of being party to the crime of armed robbery. Eric J. Clay is accused of taking part in a series of violent crimes that victimized cab drivers, homeowners, teenage girls, and gas station clerks.
The MPD has also arrested a 16-year-old juvenile on two counts of party to a crime of armed robbery having found probable cause that he worked with Clay in the commission of at least two of the Madison robberies. In addition, the MPD is asking the 16-year-old be charged with taking part in the robbery of a sandwich delivery driver.
Work on cases involving Clay and/or the 16-year-old also led investigators to three other area teens who are now accused of robbing a second sandwich delivery driver.
Apprehending suspects in this series of disturbing crimes has been a priority for detectives. Strong initial leads came from cab companies as phone records were given to the investigative team. Community members also assisted in providing valuable information to investigators.
In addition to MPD’s cases, Clay and the 16-year-old are accused by Sun Prairie Police of holding up a gas station.
More arrests possible
Clay, who has past convictions for armed robbery, was taken into custody on a probation hold earlier this month, and has been in the Dane County Jail. Here are the crimes to which he and other suspects are connected:
12-14 — W. Shore Dr./Drake St., cab robbery, suspects are Clay and teen.
12-14 — Tower Dr./Sun Prairie, gas station robbery, suspects are Clay and teen.
12-15 — 5300 block Raywood Dr., cab robbery, suspect is Clay.
12-15 — N. Mills St., cab robbery, suspect is Clay.
12-15 — Rutledge St., robbery of teenage girls, suspects are Clay and teen.
12-15 — S. Shore Dr., armed home invasion robbery, suspect is Clay.
12-23 — Odana Rd., sandwich delivery driver robbery, suspect is teen and 14-year-old McFarland girl.
12-31 — Dwight Dr., sandwich delivery driver robbery,
Suspects are 14-year-old McFarland girl – from Odana Rd. case, a 15-year-old Madison boy, and a 12-year-old Madison boy.
Detectives believe others were involved in some of these cases. They are continuing to investigate and more arrests are possible. Anyone with information is urged to contact Madison Area Crime Stoppers at (608) 266-6014.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Watching what district attorney Ismael Ozanne does with these folks (although juveniles disappear into anonymity).