Complaint: Surveillance video, DNA evidence identify attacker in stranger sexual assault case

Bail set at $50,000 Monday
Complaint: Surveillance video, DNA evidence identify attacker in stranger sexual assault case

Cash bail for the accused attacker in what police are calling an “unsettling” stranger sexual assault case was set at $50,000 Monday.

Dorian Wade, 28, is facing second-degree sexual assault charges after police said he attacked a 24-year-old University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate student while she was walking home on April 7.

According to the criminal complaint, the suspect followed the victim for a couple of blocks and then pushed her off the sidewalk and into the bushes. The victim tried to resist, but the suspect held onto her clothes and forced her down.

The victim told police her attacker told her to “get on her back” and to “just take it,” according to the complaint. Complaint: Surveillance video, DNA evidence identify attacker in stranger sexual assault case

The victim did not know the suspect, but was able to provide officials with a description of him and his clothing. Officials used surveillance cameras to identify the vehicle the suspect was driving.

According to the complaint, the description of the man and his clothing and the vehicle led officers to arrest Wade, who has a criminal history including theft and drug possession.

The victim suffered scrapes and bruising along her arms and legs, including fingernail-shaped bruises. Officials said she also had bruising in her mouth consistent with abuse.

DNA evidence taken after the assault also linked Wade to the attack, according to the complaint.

“It’s the sort of case where, if there’s a conviction, it’s likely to be a prison sort of disposition,” Judge Jason Hanson said in court Monday. “It’s also the sort of case, given his criminal record, where, if he were to be convicted, we’re probably talking about a fairly lengthy period of incarceration.”

Wade will be in court again in May.

Complaint: Surveillance video, DNA evidence identify attacker in stranger sexual assault case

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