Two men were attacked by a man dressed as a marijuana “blunt” while walking in the 1700 Block of Madison Street early Saturday morning.
According to a Madison Police Department statement, the attacks were reported at 2:20 am, but had occurred an hour earlier.
The men, both aged 20, from Madison and Monroe, respectively, were trying to ignore a group of four men who were yelling at them on the sidewalk when the first victim was punched and kicked in the head, the statement said. The second victim ran to his friend’s defense, where he was hit over the head with a beer bottle.
“The latter victim was taken to a hospital to close gashes in his scalp,” the statement said.
The first victim suffered a black eye.
According to the statement, the victims did not know the men and claimed they did nothing to provoke the violence.
The suspect is described as a black male, around 20 years old. He was allegedly wearing a costume that looked like a used marijuana cigarette or “blunt,” the statement said.
Ald. Sue Ellingson, District 13, said she is not sure whether this attack was as a result of the raucous Halloween weekend or was just a random act of violence.
Ellingson said she has not received a report with statistics from the police chief about an increase in violence in the area.
“It’s pretty bad,” she said. “I guess I would urge people to use caution, be careful, call the police and walk where there are lights.”