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An armed robber put a handgun into the back of a 14-year-old boy Monday night, using him as a shield while robbing a South Side convenience store.

The robbery happened at Kwik Trip, 2601 Fish Hatchery Road, at about 8:45 p.m., Madison police said.

The boy was not injured but he told police he was terrified and the man "could have shot me."

"The robber put the gun to the back of the teen customer and kept the boy in front of him as he moved toward the counter," said police spokesman Joel DeSpain.

The suspect continued to use the teen as a shield as he moved the gun from the back to under the boy's arm, so he could point it at the clerk.

"He demanded and got cash from the till and fled on foot," DeSpain said. A police dog brought to the scene couldn't track the suspect.

The suspect is white, in his mid-20s, 5 feet, 8 inches to 5 feet, 9 inches tall, 140 pounds, light red or reddish facial hair, wearing a purple or blue skull cap, blue or purple plaid shirt, and blue jeans with rips and tears.


Bill Novak is a general assignment reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal.