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.