UPDATE: Online Video Leads to Arrest of Woman Suspected of Attacking a Teen Girl

By: Britni McDonald
By: Britni McDonald

UPDATED: Posted Tuesday, May 14--- 5:17 p.m.

Searching "fights in Madison, Wisconsin" on YouTube brings up numerous videos often involving minors getting in fights.

They're viewed by some as entertainment but as a crime by police.

Police utilize these videos to find and arrest people.

Thursday's attack of a 15-year-old girl leading to Tuesday's arrest of 18-year-old Nanyamka James is just one of many examples over the years.

In January, police learned of a bomb threat made to the capitol through facebook.

In June of 2009, YouTube video showed a 17-year-old racing on Highway 151 at speeds of nearly 160 miles per hour.

It's become part of their routine in investigations.

"I think a lot of times Facebook is as routine as going to CCAP and running someone's record or looking at their drivers record," said Joel DeSpain with the Madison Police Department.

Police still want people to contact them first if witnessing a crime rather than recording and posting it.

Posted Tuesday, May 14, 2013 --- 11:48 a.m.

Madison Police say a YouTube video led to the arrest of a battery suspect.

18-year-old Nanyamka James was arrested Monday afternoon on a tentative charge of physical abuse of a child.

Officers say the video, which was also been posted on Facebook, shows a 15-year-old girl being punched repeatedly by James, the suspected attacker. She is also thrown to the ground, punched some more and stomped on.

Police say a number of young people stood and watched the violence as it was recorded. In the video, officers say it was clear that the girl did not want to fight.

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