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Madison police arrest Florida man in drug deal robbery

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Terrence Thomas, 20

MADISON, Wis. - Police have arrested an out-of-state man in connection with a drug deal turned robbery on Madison's east side Wednesday, according to a news release.

Madison police have arrested one of two suspects connected to a drug-related armed robbery that took place in the East Towne Mall parking lot Wednesday afternoon.

According to the report, a 22-year-old Madison man and a 21-year-old Madison woman had arranged to sell a small amount of marijuana to an acquaintance. The acquaintance and a man they didn't know got into their car just before 5 p.m.

Police said the unknown man racked a handgun and pointed it at the victims. He and his accomplice grabbed a backpack containing contraband and fled.

Police said detectives are in the process of trying to identify the gunman.

Terrance D. Thomas, 20, of Tampa, Florida, was arrested on suspicion of party to the crime of armed robbery.

Police said the second robber is described as mixed race with a light complexion, 5 feet 8 inches tall, between 18 and 20 years old with a thin build. He has short hair, a thin mustache and was wearing a black sweatshirt over a yellow shirt, medium-wash ripped jeans and black shoes.

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