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Police: Man punched from behind, robbed

A 22-year-old Cedarburg man was punched from behind and robbed early Sunday while walking in downtown Madison, according to a release from Madison police.

Police said the man was walking in the 400 block of West Gorham Street at around 12:30 a.m. when the attack occurred. He said he believed that there were two to three assailants.

The man suffered a swollen eye and his cellphone was taken.

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Pedestrian struck by car; driver took off, police say

A 24-year-old Madison man was struck by a car while walking across University Avenue at Frances Street early Sunday morning, according to a release from Madison police.

Police said the man had a walk light when he was struck, and the driver of the car took off after the collision, which occurred about 2:20 a.m.

A police officer and several witnesses in the area got the license plate number, and another officer pulled the car over on North Park Street, according to the release.

Xavier D. White, 20, of Sun Prairie, was arrested on suspicion of hit and run involving injury, failure to render aid, second-offense operating after suspension, and operating a motor vehicle without insurance.

The victim was treated for leg and head injuries.

MPD: 2 attacked in separate overnight incidents downtown

Two people were attacked in two separate incidents in downtown Madison early Sunday morning, according to news alerts from the Madison Police Department.

A 22-year-old from Cedarburg was talking on his cellphone while he was walking in the 400 block of West Gorham Street just after 1 a.m. when someone punched him from behind, police said.

Another person shoved the 22-year-old to the ground, and a third person reportedly kicked and punched him, according to the alert. One of the attackers took the man’s phone.

The 22-year-old was not able to provide a description of the attackers.

Another incident happened in front of 421 W. Gilman St. around 2 a.m., Madison police said.

A 22-year-old Madison man was walking on Gilman Street when a man punched him without warning or apparent reason, according to the alert.

Both attack victims were taken to the hospital for injuries.

Man found in Lake Mendota was Edgewood College student

Officials have identified the man who reportedly went into Lake Mendota from a boat near Memorial Union and died in the water, according to Dane County Sheriff David Mahoney.

The Dane County Medical Examiner's Office has identified the man as 22-year-old Mohammad Salih Saeed Bagabir, of Madison.

Bagabir's body was recovered just before 10 a.m. Monday from 60 feet of water about three-quarters of a mile offshore from Memorial Union, according to Mahoney.

A statement from Edgewood College states that Bagabir was an undergraduate student and had just completed his second year. He planned to major in business administration.

"Hamood will be remembered for his cheerful disposition. He enjoyed his many friendships, tennis, and being part of the SSOE - Saudi Student Organization at Edgewood."

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Downtown alcohol sales rule poses problem for craft breweries

A plan to stop chronic alcoholics from drinking downtown is posing problems for some craft breweries, and is creating illegal alcohol sales in the area around Capitol Square and the University of Wisconsin campus.

City leaders are reviewing a proposal passed in 2009 that banned the sale of anything less than a six pack.

Until recently, many liquor stores did not realize they were making illegal sales because many craft breweries only sell their products in 22 ounce bottles or four packs.

"Everyone I've talked to at the city seems to be on the same page. They want to correct the issue, but again while still having those limitations in place for the problem," said Matt Bents, with Riley's Wine of the World.

City leaders said they're working to get the issue sorted out through alcohol license adjustments.

Ride the Drive to close downtown streets Sunday

Several of Madison’s downtown streets will be closed Sunday for Ride the Drive, which will include a 5-mile bike route, live entertainment and vendors.

Ride the Drive, presented by Trek and Madison Parks, is a car-free, carefree event that turns some of Madison’s streets into a public promenade, officials said. Roads in the 5-mile route are open for participants to bike, skate or walk through some of Madison’s signature streets, including John Nolen Drive, State Street and East Washington Avenue.

There will be activities, informational booths, entertainment and food vendors along the route, according to a release. There will be activity villages at the Capitol Square, Brittingham Park, Olin Park north of Lakeside Street and John Nolen Drive just east of Monona Terrace tunnel.

Victim credits surveillance video in arrest of attacker

The arrest of 21-year-old Luis Castillejos in the attack of a woman on Langdon Street around 3 a.m. May 30 came in large part because of surveillance video.

That video appears to show Castillejos following the victim from one building to another. The victim said he hit her in the head with an object, knocking her to the ground. She was able to fight the man off and he fled the area.

Madison police released the surveillance video to the public and immediately started getting tips about the identity of the man.

“I think without the video we’re still trying to figure out who this person is,” said Joel DeSpain, spokesperson for the Madison Police Department.

News 3 spoke by telephone with the victim of the attack and is protecting her identity. She said she is grateful for the quick arrest of the suspect.