Gilman Street: Battery

Two Madison men were attacked outside a downtown bar early Friday morning, with one transported to the hospital after being knocked unconscious. 

A Madison man, 23, reported being shoved down outside a bar on the 400 block of West Gilman Street by another bar patron around 12:10 a.m., according to a Madison Police Department statement.

The victim went outside to smoke a cigarette with three other bar patrons when he was pushed down by someone who followed him outside the bar, MPD spokesperson Joel DeSpain said. The victim said he handed money over to the suspect after he was shoved, DeSpain said.

The suspect also attacked the bar’s bouncer after he went outside to investigate after observing the incident, according to the statement. The bouncer was punched and knocked unconscious by the suspect, the statement said.

According to the statement, the bouncer was taken to the hospital for head injuries.

The victim described the suspect as a black man in his early 20s with long dreadlocks and said he was wearing a black puffy jacket, the statement said.

“The victim was not able to tell us much,” DeSpain said. “He was vague about why it happened and who was involved.”

According to DeSpain, the bouncer was unable to provide any additional information.

West Johnson Street: Arrested Person

A Madison man possibly connected to a battery incident was arrested for resisting arrest early Friday morning.

Diorian Smith, 22, was arrested on the 500 block of West Johnson Street at 12:54 a.m. after he fled from the MPD officers attempting to contact him, according to an MPD statement.

MPD approached Smith because he was wearing a black puffy coat similar to one described by the victim of a battery on Gilman Street that occurred early that morning, according to the statement. The officers saw Smith on North Broom Street and West Gorham Street around 12:50 p.m. and tried to question him when he took off running, the statement said.

Smith was later found hiding behind a bush on West Johnson Street after a passerby who saw Smith duck down alerted the police officers, the statement said.

The suspect was arrested because he struggled and kicked at police officers when they approached him.

MPD remains unsure if Smith is connected to the battery incident, the statement said.

“[MPD] was given a generic description of the suspect from the victim of the battery on Gilman Street,” DeSpain said.

A detective was assigned to investigate both incidents, Despain said.

West Johnson Street and Broom Street: Car-pedestrian collision

A pedestrian was struck by a motor vehicle at an intersection downtown early Saturday morning.

The incident occurred around 1:43 a.m. at the intersection of West Johnson Street and Broom Street, Ald. Scott Resnick, District 8, said, adding both parties involved were reported to be intoxicated.

The pedestrian sustained several injuries, according to Resnick.

“The pedestrian was very lucky the injuries were non-life threatening,” Resnick said.

MPD also issued a ticket for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, he said.

Both parties involved were college-aged, according to Resnick. However, MPD was uncertain whether either are students at the University of Wisconsin.