A traffic stop led to the arrest of a 26-year-old man wanted in connection with a sidewalk sexual assault that sent a University of Wisconsin-Madison student to hospital with life-threatening injuries early Sunday Morning.
Madison resident Brandon A. Thompson is charged with first degree murder sexual assault, reckless first-degree injury and strangulation, Madison police spokeswoman Alyssa Cains told Fox News Digital.
Madison Police Department Chief Shon Barnes said the Fitchburg Police Department arrested Thompson at 1:18 a.m. Wednesday morning for a registration violation.
Barnes said Thompson was incarcerated soon after.
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The police chief said body-worn camera video provided by the Fitchburg Police Department confirmed that Thompson was the driver of the vehicle used to flee the scene after the alleged sexual assault, adding that his clothing matched surveillance video near the crime scene.
A witness also told police that Thompson said he “just found” the survivor and was “pretending to be an innocent bystander,” according to Barnes.
Authorities said there was no connection between the suspect and the victim.
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Madison police found the victim around 3:20 a.m. Sunday and she was taken to a local hospital with serious injuries. Police did not speak about his condition at Wednesday’s press conference.
One of the victim’s friends told WISN-TV that she was found with a broken jaw and had been strangled, sexually assaulted and beaten.
UWPD leader Roman and dean of students Christina Olstad said in a statement Wednesday that they were pleased an arrest had been made.
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“We are grateful to learn of the arrest in the case involving an attack on a UW-Madison student over the weekend. We deeply appreciate the efforts of the Madison Police Department and the support of the community “, reads the press release. “We remain focused on our student and the healing process ahead of her, as well as her family and loved ones. The safety of our Badger community is our utmost concern.”