Madison police arrested four teens after an alleged hate crime on the city's north side on Monday afternoon.
Police said the victim, a 17-year-old girl, was followed off a city bus from East Towne Mall on the 2000 block of Manley Street at around 3:30 p.m. The four teens, two 16-year-old boys and two 15-year-old girls, followed the victim for several blocks, making derogatory comments questioning her sexual orientation, according to police.
One of the boys then knocked her down, kicked her several times and grabbed her backpack, all while continuing to make derogatory remarks, police said.
The teens then ran away, but police found three of them in front of a home in the 1700 block of Loftsgordon Avenue shortly after. The fourth suspect ran out of the house and was apprehended a few minutes later on the 1400 block of Sherman Avenue, according to authorities.
Police found the victim's backpack with the help of a K-9 unit.