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Police split up parking ramp skirmish with pepper spray

Police split up parking ramp skirmish with pepper spray

Pepper spray was used to end a fight Saturday morning at a downtown parking ramp, according to a Madison police news release.

Madison police spokesman Joel DeSpain said there were several disputes taking place simultaneously inside the State Street Campus parking garage at 2:15 a.m. The skirmishes in the ramp on North Lake Street appeared to be connected to a large confrontation that took place on the 400 block of North Frances Street.

Officers saw the group involved in the fight flow into the ramp. The fighting parties ignored orders to leave from private security guards.  That's when a Madison officer used his OC spray to break up the disputers.

"The OC did prompt most to leave," DeSpain said.

In the area where the spray was used there were more than a dozen people who appeared to be fighting, police said.

Man knocked unconscious in street brawl, police say

Man knocked unconscious in street brawl, police say

A man was knocked unconscious downtown early Sunday after a brawl on State Street, officials said.

The Madison Police Department said witnesses reported six to 10 people were involved in the fight on the 100 block at about 2:13 a.m.

The 25-year-old man was kicked in the head, police said. When the brawl was over, one of the assailants punched the man several more times.

Witnesses told police the 25-year-old was also "curb stomped" before the attacker was pulled away by an accomplice. Both assailants fled as police arrived.

The 25-year-old was belligerent with hospital staff and uncooperative with officers, police said. He refused to provide any information. He was treated for head injuries including a broken nose.

The 25-year-old's blood alcohol level measured 0.414, according to the report. 

Police: Student's BAC more than 4 times legal limit

Police: Student's BAC more than 4 times legal limit

A University of Wisconsin-Madison student was found heavily intoxicated stumbling in a downtown parking ramp early Friday, police said.

The UW-Madison Police Department said officers made contact with a 25-year-old man who was alone, stumbling as he walked up a stairwell in the Lake Street Ramp at 301 N. Lake St. at 2:15 a.m.

Officers said the man's eyes were watery, glassy and bloodshot, he smelled of intoxicants and was having a hard time standing. His preliminary blood alcohol content was .338, more than four times the legal limit for driving.

UWPD police warned citizens that drinking too much isn't just dangerous behind the wheel. UWPD police Chief Susan Riseling said that over-consuming alcohol can put students at risk of becoming the victim of a crime and has health risks.

"We're not talking about just a couple drinks here," Riseling said. "We’re talking about deadly levels of alcohol being consumed."

Woman wakes to man touching her; Police release sketch

Woman wakes to man touching her; Police release sketch

Police have released a sketch of a man who woke a 21-year-old Madison woman by touching her outside her underwear.

The woman told police she was in the bedroom of her apartment in the 500 block of West Mifflin Street in the early morning hours of Aug. 17 when the incident occurred.

Police said there had been a party at her home and it?s not clear if the back door was locked before her roommates went to bed.

The man is described as white, 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighing 200 pounds with dark spiked hair and facial stubble. He was wearing a dark gray T-shirt and longer green or dark colored athletic shorts.

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UW police highlight safety tips on campus

UW police highlight safety tips on campus

University of Wisconsin freshmen begin moving into the dorms this week, and with two sexual assaults taking place near campus in as many days, police are reminding students how to stay safe.

Just south of the UW campus, near Spring Street and Fahrenbrook Court, you'll find student housing that appears to be in a relatively safe neighborhood, or at least that's what the students there tell us.

"It's pretty close to campus, and I wouldn't think there'd be crime or anything," UW junior Cheyenne Danbrova said. Danbrova has lived on Spring Street for the past two years.

But appearances can be deceiving. Just last week, two separate sexual assaults took place just blocks from one another.

Man allegedly follows woman from bar, sexually assaults her

Man allegedly follows woman from bar, sexually assaults her

A Madison man has been charged with two counts of first-degree sexual assault for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman last week.

Police said Marcus T. Boone, 27, was identified because of a good description provided by the victim which was used to search surveillance video from downtown cameras.

A 21-year-old woman told police the assault occurred early Wednesday morning in a parking lot on Fahrenbrook Court while she was walking home from an evening with friends in the State Street area.

A criminal complaint said Boone followed the woman home from the State Street area, and tried to talk to her a couple times during the walk.

Boone threatened to shoot the woman during the incident, but she told police she did not see a gun, according to the complaint.

Woman walking home alone sexually assaulted, police say

Woman walking home alone sexually assaulted, police say

A woman walking in an alley near Park Street was sexually assaulted early Friday morning, according to a release from University of Wisconsin Madison police.

The 21-year-old woman said was walking alone in an alley near 21 N. Park St. at 1:30 a.m. after a night out with friends in the State Street area when the assault occurred.

The man fled west toward Park Street, police said.

The man is described as white, in his early 20s, 5 feet 11 inches to 6 feet 2 inches tall with a muscular build, brown spiked hair and facial stubble. He was last seen wearing a red shirt.

Police said they don?t believe this case is connected to another sexual assault reported earlier this week.

Anyone with information is asked to contact UW police at 608-264-2677.

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