Man accused of threatening students at UW-Madison residence hall makes initial court appearance

David Clash Miller Mugshot
Courtesy: Dane County Jail.

MADISON, Wis. — A 20-year-old Madison man accused of threatening students inside a University of Wisconsin-Madison residence hall on multiple occasions made his initial appearance in court Thursday morning, nearly a week after he “actively refused to participate” in a court proceeding, online court records show.

David Clash-Miller faces eight charges — five felonies and three misdemeanors — ranging from threatening a law enforcement officer to disorderly conduct with a hate crime enhancer stemming from a trio of incidents at Witte Residence Hall last week.

A criminal complaint alleges Clash-Miller made a number of threats to students, including when a group of students playing pool spoke Spanish in front of him. He also allegedly told a student of Asian descent she was going to die, adding “Thanks for giving me COVID.”

When officers from the UW-Madison Police Department went to the residence hall early in the morning last Thursday, Clash-Miller reportedly ran, leading officers on a several-block chase. While officers arrested him, Clash-Miller threatened multiple times to kill them, the complaint alleges.

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In court Thursday, Clash-Miller stood mute as the court entered not guilty pleas for the misdemeanor charges, according to court records. His cash bond was set at $2,000 per case; if he’s released, he is not allowed to possess or consume controlled substances without a prescription or be on any UW-Madison property.

UWPD said Clash-Miller is not affiliated with the university.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 18.