UWPD: Man arrested, accused of making numerous threats to students at residence hall
MADISON, Wis. — Officers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Police Department arrested a man Thursday morning after police said he made a number of threatening statements, including about a person’s race, to students at a campus residence hall over the past week.
The most recent incident happened around 12:30 a.m. Thursday inside Witte Residence Hall.
In an incident report, UWPD said officers were called to the building for a report of a man making threatening statements. A witness reportedly told police the man, who is not affiliated with the university, caused a disturbance inside a meeting room, including making threats and comments about a person’s race.
As officers got to the residence hall, the man ran from the scene, leading them on a foot chase for several blocks before they arrested him, the release said.
During his arrest, police said the man threatened officers multiple times. Officers arrested the man and took him to the Dane County Jail on several outstanding warrants.
Thursday’s incident was the third involving the man since Monday, according to police. On Tuesday, the man reportedly made threatening statements to a House Fellow, and the day before he threatened a group of students playing pool. The students in that incident reportedly felt targeted because they were speaking Spanish.
UWPD said it has referred 13 charges to the Dane County District Attorney’s Office, including two counts of disorderly conduct with a hate crime enhancer, another disorderly conduct charge without the enhancer, eight counts of bail jumping and one count each of resisting arrest and making threats to a law enforcement officer.
News 3 Now is not naming the man at this time as part of a policy not to name people accused of crimes until they have been formally charged in court. Click here to learn more about the policy. As of Thursday evening, he is still in the Dane County Jail.
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