A UW-Madison student mugged early Thursday morning was able to get his stolen property back, and was also able to get a business card from the officer he could show his professor, if he wasn't steady enough to take an exam.
The mugging happened at about 1:15 a.m. in the 700 block of State Street, Madison police said.
The alleged mugger, Tino Luu, 38, of Madison, was arrested and tentatively charged with theft and disorderly conduct. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment of facial injuries before he was taken to jail.
Police said the 23-year-old victim gave the suspect $1 after being asked for money, but the suspect saw he had a $20 bill in his wallet, so he wanted more.
"The student told the panhandler that wasn't going to happen," said police spokesman Joel DeSpain. "He put his wallet in a plastic bag that contained some recent purchases and walked away."
Luu allegedly followed, came up from behind and grabbed the bag. He ran, but the victim ran as well, catching up to the suspect.
"He delivered a blow which sent the panhandler to the pavement, allowing the victim to recover the bag," DeSpain said.
The victim told an officer he had been studying for a test to be given Thursday morning, but wasn't sure he'd be able to take it since he was shaken up by the mugging.
"The investigating officer provided him with a business card and a case number, and that seemed to suffice," DeSpain said.