Madison police urging caution after three recent attacks

Madison police urging caution after three recent attacks

Madison police are urging people who walk alone at night to be cautious after three recent attacks, according to a news release.

The warning comes after a 29-year-old woman had her wallet and cellphone stolen on the near east side Thursday night.

The two other attacks occurred on Nov. 20 and Nov. 30. In the earlier incident, a woman was mugged while walking her dogs in the 1700 block of Fordem Ave. In the Nov. 30 incident, a man took a woman’s keys and wallet as she was walking in the 1200 block of Williamson Street. In that case, the mugger was described as a black man in his mid to late 20s, 5 feet 6 inches tall with short hair.

The department’s violent crime unit has tasked a detective with investigating whether any of the incidents are related, police said. While police cannot definitively link all three incidents, there are enough similarities that the department thinks they might be linked, the release said.

Anyone walking alone at night should try to walk in well-lit, highly visible areas and stay off cellphones, police said.

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