Two men got into an altercation about the lyrics to a rap song while participating in a free-style rap battle on North Broom Street early Sunday morning, according to a Madison Police Department report.

MPD spokesperson Joel DeSpain said one man thought the other was insulting him.

“One guy was not happy with some of the words the other guy was using,” he said. “He thought [the other man] used some disparaging words.”

The conflict eventually turned into a six-person fight as two friends of each entered the argument. One of the rappers was knocked unconscious and treated at an area hospital, the report said.



A 21-year-old woman called police last week after an unknown man began whispering to her through her open bedroom window, according to an MPD report.

The victim told officers the man was making inappropriate remarks and moaning. She quickly left the room and called police.

DeSpain said while he is unsure whether or not the victim was a student, incidences of “peeping toms” or prowlers do occasionally occur downtown.

He said that he tries to get the word out as soon as possible to warn neighbors and added that incidents like these are sometimes seen in off-campus housing.



A 25-year-old victim was left unconscious after being punched and knocked to the ground Saturday night. As he fell, he hit his head on the pavement, causing a wound that later required stitches, an MPD report said.

According to the report, the victim was arguing with another man on the street.

DeSpain said the victim was “involved with the Mifflin Street Block Party.”

“We see this quite a bit when people have been drinking – they fall over and hit their head and are knocked out,” he said.

He added, however, that this incident was the only significant violent incident that took place on Mifflin Street.

“We had lots of batteries downtown after Mifflin, but we see that lots of weekends,” he said.

DeSpain said the victim was treated and released.



A 20-year-old University of Wisconsin student was sitting on the steps of his apartment building and texting early Sunday morning when he was approached by an unknown man, according to an MPD report.

The man pushed the student and stole his iPhone. He has yet to be apprehended.



A 42-year-old Madison man was alone in his East Johnson Street residence when three suspects broke in through the back door, an MPD report said.

One of the suspects used a handheld electronic device on the victim, while another of the suspects held a handgun during the break-in.

According to the report, the suspects demanded that the victim give them money and also stole his wallet.

Suspects have not yet been located, but the investigation is ongoing.