Man accused of putting hands around stranger's throat in downtown confrontation, police say

MADISON, Wis. - A man is facing charges for attacking a stranger in downtown Madison Tuesday, according to a news release. 

The Madison Police Department said an employee of a downtown Madison restaurant was on the Capitol Square at about 6 p.m. near his place of work when 41-year-old Anthony D. Farmer and a woman returned to a pile of belongings. 

Police said the woman yelled out, asking if anyone had touched their items. The restaurant employee had noticed the belongings and let the man and woman know that no one had bothered their property. The woman took exception to his response, saying they were not directing their question to him, but to someone else. The man said the woman became confrontational with him, then Farmer stepped in, took the victim down, and got on top of him.

According to the report, the victim yelled, "Dude what you are doing! Dude get off!" Bystanders heard his pleas and helped pull Farmer off as police responded.

The man who was reportedly attacked told police Farmer put both hands around his throat. He believed the attack wouldn't have stopped if several concerned people hadn't intervened.

Farmer was taken to the Dane County Jail on tentative charges of battery and disorderly conduct, police said.



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