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Police release image of Father's Day beating suspect

Police release image of Father's Day beating suspect

Madison police have released an image of one of two men who they believe attacked a 51-year-old celebrating Father's Day with his daughter downtown, according to a release.

Police were dispatched to the Red Rock Saloon around 2 a.m. on June 15 for reports of a substantial battery, officials said.

The 51-year-old fifth-grade science teacher from outside of Madison was celebrating Father's Day with his adult daughter, police said. When he went to the bar to buy drinks, he was confronted by a man who punched him backwards into a group of people.

Another man punched the 51-year-old, knocking him unconscious, according to the release. The second man straddled the victim and repeatedly punched him in the face and head before leaving with the first attacker and a group of others.

The 51-year-old was transported to a local hospital and is being treated for a suspected concussion, a broken jaw and other non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

19-year-old robbed at gunpoint downtown, officials say

19-year-old robbed at gunpoint downtown, officials say

A Madison man allegedly took a 19-year-old's cellphone and displayed a handgun in downtown Madison Friday night, Madison police said.

Officers responded to a report of an armed robbery at 627 Mendota Court around 11:15 p.m., according to a release.

The 19-year-old told police a man approached him and asked to use his cellphone. Initially he refused, but changed his mind and gave the man his phone, police said.

Once the man got the phone he displayed a handgun and fled the area with accomplices, according to a release.

The suspected robber was later identified as Quinton L. Peake, 21, and was later located and arrested, police said.

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Attackers knock 51-year-old celebrating Father's Day unconscious

Attackers knock 51-year-old celebrating Father's Day unconscious

Madison police are looking for two men who attacked a 51-year-old celebrating Father's Day with his daughter downtown early Sunday morning, according to a release.

Police were dispatched to the Red Rock Saloon around 2 a.m. for reports of a substantial battery, officials said.

The 51-year-old fifth-grade science teacher from outside of Madison was celebrating Father's Day with his adult daughter, police said. When he went to the bar to buy drinks, he was confronted by a man who punched him backwards into a group of people.

Another man punched the 51-year-old, knocking him unconscious, according to the release. The second man straddled the victim and repeatedly punched him in the face and head before leaving with the first attacker and a group of others.

The 51-year-old was transported to a local hospital and is being treated for a suspected concussion, a broken jaw and other non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

Former UW student pleads guilty to possessing explosives

Former UW student pleads guilty to possessing explosives

A former University of Wisconsin-Madison student pleaded guilty to possessing improvised explosive devices Thursday.

The explosives, which were described as more powerful than TNT, were found inside Andrew Cockerham's Brooks Street apartment near the UW campus in March.

Madison police said they were alerted to possible explosive materials in the downtown residence by the building's maintenance and management team, according to the criminal complaint. Police were given pictures showing chemistry-type items including chemicals, a filtration system, beakers, a gas mask and possible fuse material.

The 20-year-old Wauwatosa man told police he is involved in amateur rocketry and chemistry.

Annual safety demo event returns to Capitol Square

Annual safety demo event returns to Capitol Square

An annual event hosted by area public safety groups returns to downtown Madison this weekend.

Each year, Safety Saturday provides an opportunity to demonstrate safe behaviors and teach people how to live, work and play safely, according to a city notice.

The event runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday on the Capitol Square and includes interactive demonstrations for all ages, organizers said. 

Safety Saturday is a cooperative effort between the City of Madison Fire Department and more than 25 public and private organizations throughout Dane County, fire department spokeswoman Bernadette Galvez said.

The event educates people of all ages, teaching them how to make safe decisions, prevent injuries and use devices such as seat belts, bike helmets, AEDs, smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.

Man suspected of starting bar fight returns to same bar

Man suspected of starting bar fight returns to same bar

A man suspected of starting a fight at a bar was arrested when he returned to the same bar the following night, according to a release from Madison police.

Police said Leovardo Ramirez-Arismendi, 28, of Madison, started a fight with bouncers early Wednesday morning at Madhatter Bar at 322 W. Gorham St. Bouncers told police Ramirez-Arismendi became belligerent after they tried to kick him out of the bar. They said they got him outside after he charged at one of the bouncers.

Police later found Ramirez-Arismendi, but they said he sped off on South Park Street at about 70 mph running red lights and, for a time, didn't have headlights on. Police called off the chase out of safety concerns.

Ramirez-Arismendi returned to Madhatter Bar at about midnight Wednesday night and the bar staff called police. Officers said he tried to head-butt them as they removed him from the bar.

Police: Man licks woman's face, cuts another with object

Police: Man licks woman's face, cuts another with object

Police said a homeless man was arrested Wednesday for a series of disturbances including licking a woman's face downtown.

The Madison Police Department said 51-year-old Herbert G. Wilkins was intoxicated and shirtless when he licked the face of a 59-year-old Madison woman. The woman uses a cane and told police that Wilkins, who she is acquainted with, also pushed her to the ground.

Madison police spokesman Joel DeSpain said that in a separate confrontation Wednesday night, Wilkins punched a 53-year-old homeless man twice in the face and cut his finger with a shiny object. 

The 53-year-old told police Wilkins stole his bicycle, which was later recovered, according to the report.

DeSpain said the suspected crimes took place at Peace Park on State Street, where an "eclectic group of people often congregate."

"It is an area that receives a lot of attention from the MPD," he said.