Madison
61° F
Mostly Cloudy
Mostly Cloudy
Advertisement

Kung fu-trained customer stops man from robbing east side bar

Published On: May 12 2014 07:16:31 AM CDT
Updated On: May 13 2014 03:55:39 PM CDT

Photo courtesy Dane County Sheriff's Office

Jeremy Stanek

MADISON, Wis. -

A 42-year-old man faces charges of armed robbery after he tried to use a large pipe to rob an east side bar before being tackled by customers at the establishment, according to Madison police.

The incident happened just after 1 a.m. Monday at the Alchemy Café in the 1900 block of Atwood Avenue on the city's east side.

According to police, Jeremy Stanek, 42, entered the bar with a 31-inch black pipe and a green T-shirt around his face. Police said Stanek then told the bartender to give him all the money in the bar.

The bartender complied, according to police, but a patron at the bar immediately overpowered Stanek and held him until police arrived.

The 43-year-old who took action did so because of his sense of neighborhood pride, police said. The kung fu-trained customer started to get up, but as he did Stanek pointed the “barrel” of his weapon, and told him to sit down or get shot.

The man did not think Stanek was holding a gun so he hit Stanek in the head with his forearm, police said.

“I saddled him and held him around the torso,” the patron said. As Alchemy employees started thanking the man, he got emotional and said he didn’t want to see something like that happen in his neighborhood.

No one was hurt in the incident.

Madison crime stories from the past 12 months - locations are approximate

Advertisement
  • Marysville Pilchuck school shooting 4

    KOMO

    2 dead in school shooting near Seattle, sources say

    A school shooting has been reported at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Washington, about 35 miles north of Seattle.

  • Craig Spencer

    America's Ebola patients

    An American doctor who was working with Ebola patients in Guinea was been diagnosed with the disease after returning to New York. Learn more about him and America's other Ebola victims.

  • Hot peppers

    Karimala/iStock

    Notable food recalls

    A North Carolina producer of peppers and hot sauces is voluntarily recalling 6,215 pounds of fresh serrano chili peppers because some tested positive for salmonella. Here are other notable food recalls that made headlines.

  • jack-o-lantern Halloween pumpkin

    Juliet James/SXC

    Halloween

    Games, recipes, trick-or-treating, scary movies and everything else you need to make your Halloween extra spooky.

  • Politician, politics, debate, election

    iStock / bns124

    Election Coverage

    Get up-to-date on political stories, Reality Check the latest political ads, learn about the candidates and find election results in our special section.

  • Ebola virus pink

    CDC

    Ebola special coverage

    Get the latest news on the Ebola outbreak and resources to help you learn more about the deadly virus.

Advertisement