While walking down the 100 block of North Park Street early Saturday morning with his friends, a 20-year-old University of Wisconsin student was punched in the face and sent to the hospital with injuries that required several sutures.

The victim alleged a friend of his was attacked by the suspect’s group, and the victim then stepped in to defend his friend, a Madison Police Department report said.

The suspect was then arrested for aggravated assault, the report said.

“Maybe the moral of the story is don’t try to be the peacemaker, but a lot of times in these incidents, the victim is certainly not to blame whatsoever,” Ald. Mike Verveer, District 4, said.


According to an MPD report, two masked men, one wearing a hockey mask and the other a ski mask, attacked a woman from behind on Saturday afternoon.

While the 18-year-old woman resisted their efforts, the suspects stole her wallet.

The two robbers then jumped into a car described as a rusty blue pickup truck that was driven by a third man.


Monday afternoon, a woman wearing a “Scream” mask unsuccessfully attempted to rob a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant on East Washington Avenue.

According to the MPD report, the store manager was able to escape into a back office before the woman could steal anything.

While there has not yet been an arrest, police are looking into this case as a possible connection to another recent robbery of a nearby nail salon.

“To avoid these kinds of crimes, I suggest being aware, paying attention to your surroundings and staying in well-lit areas,” Ald. Larry Palm, District 15, said.


In a possibly related incident, a woman wearing a “Scream” mask walked into Myle’s Nails on East Washington Avenue on Saturday afternoon with the intention of robbing the business, an MPD report said.

However, the patrons inside the salon locked the doors in an attempt to keep the woman from escaping.

According to an MPD report, the woman circumvented their efforts by throwing a gold Buddha statue through the window and escaping through the hole it had left in the glass.

No arrests have been made, but detectives are following up on strong leads and looking into this as a possible connection to the KFC attempted robbery, the report said.

WASHINGTON AVENUE: Weapons Violation

While riding a Madison Metro bus on Sunday afternoon, a 13-year-old girl was amused by the sight of a fellow passenger wearing a cowboy hat that had a plastic penis emblem affixed to it.

The man gestured to a holstered silver handgun on his hip and told the girl not to “mess with him,” an MPD report said.

Later that day, the girl and her boyfriend ran into the man again at a bus stop, and he removed the gun from his holster and showed it to the teens.

A concerned citizen saw there was a gun involved and called the police.