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Man suspected in disturbances before, after arrest

Man suspected in attack after his release from jail

MADISON, Wis. - Madison police said a man arrested after a couple of disturbances in the downtown area is also suspected in a battery incident after he was released from jail.

The disturbances started Tuesday at a restaurant on East Main Street where 30-year-old Jared N. Abington threw his laptop computer onto a dining table outside the restaurant, according to police. The computer splashed three patrons with salsa and knocked over some fencing that struck and damaged a vehicle.

Police said Abington walked toward the Capitol where he stepped in front of a Madison couple, called the man a name, pushed him and kicked his wife in the back.

Abington was arrested on suspicion of two counts of disorderly conduct, criminal damage to property and bail jumping.

Police said Abington was bailed out of jail at 10:40 p.m. and within a few minutes police were dispatched to a reported battery a block from the public safety building. A 23-year-old woman told police she was walking with friends near South Hamilton and South Carroll streets when she was pushed from behind and punched in the head by a man who then fled.

Police said Abington is a suspect in the attack and faces arrest on suspicion of battery.

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