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Police: Stranger sprays woman in face with mace

Incident happened as woman left bar on State Street

MADISON, Wis. - A 21-year-old Madison woman leaving a downtown bar said a man with a squirt-gun-like device sprayed mace, or something similar, into her eyes early Saturday morning, Madison police said.

The victim was crying and having a hard time seeing when police arrived about 2:16 a.m. in the 500 block of State Street, according to a Madison Police Department incident report.

She told a responding officer that it felt like her face was on fire. Snow was used to help wash the substance away.

Police said a man who was found sleeping in a nearby doorway was identified by a witness as the person responsible. Police said the man had an extendable, police-type baton in his pocket, but a squirt-gun-like device was not found.

Police said Jason D. Bogen, 27, of Madison, was arrested on tentative charges of intentional use of an oleoresin device causing bodily harm, carrying a concealed weapon and disorderly conduct.

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