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Alleged suspect at time of crime

Madison police on Monday released this surveillance photo of a man they said was the alleged suspect, walking on the sidewalk at the time of the crime.


Madison police are seeking the public’s help in finding a suspect in what officers described as a brazen kidnapping and armed robbery Monday morning that began Downtown and ended near Olbrich Botanical Gardens on the East Side.

The suspect, Marvin M. Baker, 41, with no permanent address, should be considered “armed and dangerous,” police spokesman Joel DeSpain said, urging anyone who sees him or the car he allegedly stole to call 911, not Crime Stoppers.

DeSpain also released a photo of Baker and a surveillance photo that police said shows him walking near the time of the crime. In that photo, the man pictured is wearing blue jeans and a dark, long-sleeved shirt with a yellow-green safety vest over it, with white shoes, a blue cap and a white, sanitary-style mask over his mouth, while carrying a large bundle of what appears to be green and yellow material in front of his body.

Police also described Baker, who is African-American, as 6 feet, 1 inch tall and weighing 225 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

The incident began at about 11:45 a.m., when a man indicated he had a gun and got into the car of a 22-year-old woman stopped for a stop sign at State Street and West Gilman Street. The man ordered the woman to drive to an ATM and withdraw money for him from her account, police said, before having her drive them to the 3200 block of Oakbridge Avenue near Olbrich Gardens.

“He then kicks her out of the car and he takes her car,” DeSpain said. “He could still be using that car.”

The man drove off in her car, described as a gold 2006 Nissan Altima with Wisconsin plate number 588-GDS, police said. Police did not disclose the amount of money he stole from the woman’s bank account.

The woman, who DeSpain said is a college student, was not physically harmed.

Online court records show Baker has a criminal record dating to 1994 in Dane County involving drugs, retail theft, resisting an officer and bail jumping.

Karen Rivedal is the education beat reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal.