Mugging by ‘man of substantial girth’ turns violent, police say

Man injured, glasses smashed in attack

A large man attempting to mug another man Tuesday attacked his intended victim, police said.

Madison police said a 50-year-old Madison man was punched, knocked down and battered during a mugging at 3:20 p.m. at the intersection of South Brooks Street and Erin Street.

The assailant, whom police described as a “man of substantial girth” with an estimated weight of 300 pounds, took the 50-year-old’s money and got away on a moped.

The 50-year-old told police the robber had claimed the 50-year-old owed him money. The injured man did not believe that to be the case, but told police he thought he recognized the moped bandit from about a decade ago, although he could not recall his name.

The robber was described as white, in his 40s, 6 feet 2 inches tall, with a beard. He was wearing a baseball cap, sunglasses, a green golf-style shirt and khaki shorts.