A 73-year-old Madison man became the victim of a violent robbery after trying to help a woman and her child.
The man told police he was running an errand near his North Street home Saturday afternoon when a woman with a child approached him. She said she needed money to get a hotel room for her son, and if he gave her his address, she would repay him in a few hours. The woman was with boy, who the victim estimates was 9 or 10 years old, along with two men near a white four-door car.
The man gave the woman money and several hours later, she showed up at his door with the two men. The victim was pistol-whipped, pushed down, punched and kicked, according to the police incident report. The intruders also took his wallet before leaving the scene.
Police said the victim suffered a cut to his head. Paramedics from the fire department checked out his injury, but he was not taken to the hospital.