UPDATE: Bus Passenger Alerts Madison Police Of Sexual Assault; Suspect Arrested

UPDATE: A man who was released from prison this week is now accused of sexually assaulting a cognitively disabled woman on a Madison bus.

Kennedy Harris

UPDATED Friday, March 22, 2013 --- 11:11 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A man who was released from prison this week is now accused of sexually assaulting a cognitively disabled woman on a Madison bus.

Police say a witness saw the 51-year-old suspect forcefully try to kiss the woman Thursday as she told him to stop. The witness moved closer and saw the man with his hand in her pants.

When the suspect stepped off the bus the witness contacted police. An officer boarded the bus and determined the woman was cognitively disabled. Police say she functions at the level of a 5- to 7-year-old child.

Officers arrested the suspect nearby. He told police he had done nothing wrong and had just "met a new friend."

The man has previous convictions for battery, armed robbery, theft and criminal damage to property.

Copyright 2013. The Associated Press.


Posted Friday, March 22, 2013 --- 10:22 a.m.

Incident Report from the Madison Police Department:

Incident Type: Sexual Assault

Incident Date: 03/21/2013 - 5:53 PM

Address: 4400 East Towne Blvd.

Arrested: Kennedy S. Harris, age 51, no permanent address
Mr. Harris was arrested for 2nd Degree Sexual Assault and for a Parole Violation.

Victim(s): Female, age 51, Madison

Details: It didn't look right, and so the Madison Metro bus passenger moved to get a closer look. He could see a man seated next to a woman. She was telling him to stop, as he forcefully tried to kiss her. The witness could see the man also had his hand down the woman's pants. The concerned 33-year old observer felt the woman might be cognitively disabled and he alerted the driver to the situation. The driver told the suspect to move to another seat. He did, but he also continued to call out to the woman to join him.

A short time later the suspect got off of the bus at East Towne Mall. The witness got on his cell phone and called 911. As he did, he spotted a MPD officer parked nearby. He told the officer about what he just witnessed.

The officer boarded the bus, and determined the victim is cognitively disabled and that she had just been sexually assaulted. Additional officers responded, and the suspect was found in the mall. The same witness positively identified him. It turns out the 51-year old was just released from prison this past Tuesday. He was in the area trying to sell video games to a pawn shop, but was unsuccessful. That was because he had no identification, save for a correction's ID card. When asked what had happened on the bus, he said, " I didn't do anything wrong. I met a new friend."

The arresting officer later learned the victim functions at the level of a 5 to 7 year old child. The MPD would like to thank the citizen witness and the bus driver for intervening on behalf of the victim.

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