Man accused of ‘bizarre crime spree'

Fire intentionally set in office building, police say

MADISON, Wis. - A series of incidents that Madison police are calling a "bizarre crime spree" resulted in the arrest of a 30-year-old man on suspicion of numerous charges.

Officers were called at 8 p.m. Friday to an office building at 2601 W. Beltline Highway where it was reported that a man was causing a disturbance.

Police said Dustin J. Palmer, 30, broke into the building with the intention to vandalize. They said damage was reported on several floors, including broken glass, items pulled from walls and blood smeared in different locations.

Palmer had also entered a restaurant in the building, scaring employees, according to the release. Police said he went behind a counter and helped himself to a drink from a fountain machine.

A fire was reported on the fifth floor and was put out by a sprinkler system. Police said the fire was intentionally set. Officers found Palmer in the area of the fire ordered him to exit. Officers said Palmer crawled toward them, alternating between yelling nonsensical things and coughing.

The building was evacuated for a short time during the incident.

Palmer was arrested on suspicion of burglary, criminal damage to property and five counts of disorderly conduct. Police said he is also being investigated for arson.

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