MPD search for person who attacked UW student

By  | 

MADISON, Wis.(WMTV) -- Madison Police are rushing to find the person who attacked a UW Madison student on Langdon St. early Sunday morning.

Police said the attack occurred around 3:20 a.m. on Sunday near Langdon Street and Carroll Street.

"These are really scary cases," said Joel Despain, a spokesperson for the Madison Police Department. "It's truly a stranger attack."

That attack by a stranger landed the female UW-student in the hospital with serious injuries to her face. She is expected to survive.

"This is probably the highest priority for us in a long time is to figure out who committed this heinous act," Despain said.

A witness told police she saw someone dragging the UW student toward Lake Mendota around 3:30 a.m. on Sunday. She told people nearby about what she saw, and those people went down to the lake and found the victim.

Police said they do not have a motive for the attack and have not identified a suspect.

"At this point, we really don't know anything about this stranger who assaulted her other than we know generally what he was wearing," Despain said.

After hearing about the attack, some UW Madison students said they are scared and concerned for their safety.

"I was shocked because it was right over there, I live about two houses down and that's terrifying, that's awful," said Gus Kalivas, a sophomore at UW Madison. Kalivas said he lives on Langdon St.

Brianna Fuller, a junior who also lives on Langdon St., said she hardly ever hears about anything like this.

"Langdon is a pretty safe street most of the time, so I just thought about what if that was me?" Fuller said.

Both students are wondering what they can do to stay safe.

"That could happen to anyone, there's no way to stop that from happening," Kalivas said.

Fuller said she usually walks with friends, but she said she is trying to be more aware.

Police said they are doing everything they can to find the attacker, including adding extra patrol resources to the Langdon Street area.

Police are also asking anyone with information to call Madison Area Crime Stoppers at (608) 266-6014.