Langdon St. attacker has violent, criminal past

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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) -- Madison police have a arrested a 22-year-old man accused of attacking a UW-Madison student on Langdon Street early Sunday morning.

Jerome Winslow

Chief Mike Koval of the Madison Police Department said during a press conference on Thursday afternoon that Jerome Winslow was arrested on Cottage Grove Road on Wednesday shortly after 7 p.m. on a probation hold.

Koval said, “There was a greater sense of urgency because this was a stranger who was unprovoked.”

Koval said the 19-year-old woman’s injuries were significant. She was taken to a local hospital with serious injuries to her face. She is expected to survive.

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.

Koval said cameras are what help solve crimes in 2019. He said adding cameras all over Madison helped solve this crime.

Koval said gang and neighborhood officers were able to put a name to a face and and created a breakthough in the case.

Koval went on to say Winslow needs confinement and that he has a past record.

Koval said there is evidence to suggest Winslow was out photoboming along Langdon Street. He asked anyone who may have a photo with Winslow should contact police right away. Call Madison Area Crime Stoppers at (608) 266-6014.

Koval said Winslow has a criminal record.

"This needs confinement. This person has had opportunities. No more," said Koval.

In 2015 Winslow pleaded guilty to battery. According to the criminal complaint he brutally beat an ex-girlfriend. In 2015 he also pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct after a fight with his family where he pushed his sister in the face.

At the time of the Wednesday's arrest Winslow was on probation after pleading guilty as a party to a crime. Court records show the crime was armed robbery.

NBC15 has reached out to the Dane County District Attorney for comment on Winslow's case.