Police: Man who attacked pedestrians on UW campus may have been under the influence

Two officers injured in incident

An 18-year-old Marshall man faces several charges stemming from a Saturday evening incident in which police say he was attacking pedestrians near a University of Wisconsin-Madison residence hall.

In a news release, UW police said they received a call around 5:45 p.m. of a man grabbing and physically attacking pedestrians near Slichter Residence Hall. Police found the man, later identified as Isaac Ziegler, in the area, and when they began to question him, they said he charged at officers and ran away.

Officers were able to detain Ziegler near Lakeshore Path after a struggle in which Ziegler was stunned with a Taser, police said. He was taken to a hospital for evaluation before being booked at the Dane County Jail.

Police said they believe Ziegler was under the influence of drugs during the incident, based on his behavior and witness accounts.

Ziegler faces two charges of resisting arrest and causing injury to police officers, as well as disorderly conduct and marijuana possession charges, the release said.

Both police officers were treated and released at a hospital and returned to work later Saturday evening, police said.

UW Police Department spokesperson Marc Lovicott said Ziegler is not a UW student and it’s unclear why he was in the area at the time of the incident.