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Man accused of beating bound woman with wooden dowel, choking her sought by police

MADISON, Wis. - Officials are asking for help in locating a man who police have deemed "armed and dangerous" in connection with a violent attack on Madison's west side. 

The Madison Police Department said 25-year-old Dalwayne Howard Jr. violently assaulted a woman known to him in the 1200 block of McKenna Boulevard yesterday.

According to the report, the victim, who feared she would be killed, was bound, choked, beaten with a wooden dowel and burned with cigarette ashes. The woman, in her 20s, suffered significant facial injuries and lost consciousness several times before the suspect let her go.

A week ago, the Dane County Narcotics Task Force arrested Howard at a Hayes Road motel. At that time, he was wanted on domestic abuse charges involving a separate victim.

Inside his motel room, a loaded handgun, heroin, cocaine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia were found, according to the report. He was arrested and taken to jail on felony domestic charges -- to include strangulation and battery -- as well as felon in possession of a firearm, and on a parole hold for armed assault out of Illinois.

Anyone with knowledge of Howard's whereabouts is asked to contact Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014.

Howard is wanted on suspicion of battery, impeding breathing by putting pressure on the throat or neck, false imprisonment and disorderly conduct.

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