Four arrested, including 15-year-old, in attack on UW Ph.D. student

MADISON, Wis. — Four people who police said attacked a UW-Madison Ph.D. student who was walking in downtown Madison Tuesday night were arrested Saturday. One of the suspects is 15 years old.

Madison police said the fifth-year doctoral student was walking in the 400 block of West Gilman Street at around 10:15 p.m. Tuesday when he was allegedly punched by a group of men. The men then kicked and punched him after he fell to the ground.

The suspects did not take anything from the victim and did not say anything to him. Police said that two similar attacks have occurred in downtown Madison over the last two weeks. All of the incidents appear to be random.

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Police believe the same group of suspects might have been responsible for the other two attacks.

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