Wisconsin police say a female student at the University of Wisconsin was “severely beaten” early Sunday morning in Madison, prompting increased police presence in the area.
Police responded to the incident, which occurred at the 500 block of W. Wilson St. around 3:20 a.m. Sunday. The victim suffered life-threatening injuries.
“The victim was rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. She remains in critical condition,” Madison police said in a statement.
“This appears to be an attack from a stranger. We are connecting her friends and family with whatever support or resources they need,” police added. A friend of the victim told WISN-12 that she had been strangled, beaten and sexually assaulted.
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Madison police say they are ramping up patrols in the area because of the incident. The detectives are asking all residents in the immediate vicinity of the attack to pass on relevant home security videos to them.
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UW-Madison sent an email to the school community about the incident, confirming that the suspect is still at large.
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“We are very concerned about this [student]we keep them and their families in our thoughts and offer all our support,” said the email, obtained by Fox News Digital.
“The suspect or suspects are still at large. As a result, the police are increasing patrols and visibility and are urging the community to remain vigilant and maintain awareness of their safety and surroundings,” the school added.
Anyone with information about the attack is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014. There is currently no further information on the condition of the victim.
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