Randolph man remains hospitalized after fall Friday

Police continue to investigate Randolph man's injuries

The Village of Randolph’s police chief says a man found unconscious in a pool of his own blood Friday has injuries consistent with a fall, not a criminal assault.

The 33-year-old man has still not regained consciousness at University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison, Chief Michael Klavekoske said. Police are still hoping to question the man to rule out foul play.

The man’s serious head injuries don’t indicate an assault, and he was drunk as he headed home from the Pour Man’s Pub in downtown Randolph around 1:45 a.m., Klavekoske said. Witnesses have told police there were no altercations at the bar while the man was at the bar, he said.

“We’re not 100 percent saying he wasn’t assaulted,” Klavekoske said Saturday night. “But the lack of evidence points to a fall.”

Klavekoske said police found the man lying in a pool of blood across the street from the police department just before 5 a.m.

“I reported for duty at 4:30 Friday morning. Normally it’s a real quiet time. It was a lady out walking who actually noticed him laying on the sidewalk,” Klavekoske said.

“There was no altercations, no problems, no issues,” said Sean O’Malley, a friend of the injured man. “We go home, everyone leaves safe and we’re walking home because we all live right here, and next thing you know, they find my buddy at 5 o’clock in the morning lying face down in the sidewalk, with his head beat in and his eyes … that’s disrupting for a little town like this. That’s crazy.” 

Detectives are investigating what happened along with the Randolph Village police, and Columbia and Dodge County Sheriff’s offices. Although the incident only spans a couple of blocks, the man crossed county lines as he walked home from the bar.

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