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Police: City man might be involved in several crimes

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Catherine W. Idzerda
September 9, 2009
— A Janesville man who allegedly robbed a bank near Madison might be connected with other crimes, Dane County officials say.

Theodore Rush, 33, was arrested on a charge of armed robbery in connection with a robbery at 10:10 a.m. Tuesday at US Bank, 3461 Cottage Grove Road, in Blooming Grove Township, according to a press release from the Dane County Sheriff's Office.


Sheriff's office detectives are working with Madison Police to determine if Rush might be connected with other crimes, including a carjacking early Tuesday morning.


A witness at the bank gave the 911 dispatcher the license plate number of a car believed to be Rush's. A few minutes later, a Cottage Grove police officer spotted the car on Highway 12/18 and a chase began.


Officers from several jurisdictions pursued the suspect for about 24 minutes at speeds up to 100 mph. The chase ended on Highway 51 near Spring Road on the east side on Stoughton when a sheriff's deputy put down road spikes.


Rush allegedly left the car holding a gun and ran in the woods.


Dane County's patrol and narcotics dog tracked the man down.


One deputy received minor injuries during the foot pursuit. Rush, who had some minor cuts and scrapes, was reported treated and released from a local hospital.


The incident is still under investigation and more charges are expected.


The Dane County Sheriff's Department is asking anyone who witnessed the suspect at the US Bank this morning, to call the tip line at (608) 284-6900.



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