Off-duty firefighter stops early-morning assault

Police: Woman suffered severe lacerations to head

Published On: Nov 24 2012 09:50:18 AM CST   Updated On: Nov 25 2012 12:20:29 AM CST
MADISON, Wis. -

A Madison woman suffered injuries to her head after she was attacked walking home in downtown Madison early Saturday morning.

The 21-year-old victim told police she was walking on the 100 block of East Johnson Street at about 2:45 a.m. when she was grabbed from behind, causing her to fall to the ground. A man began beating her in the face and head, according to the report.

Police said an off-duty firefighter saw the attack and intervened, punching the suspect in the face. The attacker ran off.

The woman suffered severe lacerations to the back of her head requiring staples, police said.

The attacker is described as a white man, blond, in his late 20s to early 30s, 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighing 200 pounds. He was wearing a dark, hooded sweatshirt or coat and a red flannel shirt, according to the report.