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Police: Demonstrators beat and rob man who inadvertently turned into their path

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison police say a 28-year-old Sun Prairie man was beaten and robbed by demonstrators after he inadvertently turned into their path as he drove from Williamson St. onto John Nolen Dr. Tuesday night.

The victim was on the way to a hospital to pick up his girlfriend when police say he was attacked around 10:30 p.m.

He told officers it began when a person in the group threw a bicycle at his car. The victim got out to ask the man why he had done this, and was quickly surrounded by an estimated 50 people.

He told police he was punched by several, and ended up in a fetal position on the ground, trying to protect himself.  While this was happening, police say someone took his wallet.

When the crowd moved on, he returned to his car to find the windows smashed out and his cell phone gone.

The victim ended up in a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Anyone who has information is asked to contact Madison Area Crime Stoppers at (608) 266-6014 or by computer


Emily Friese

27 News Producer

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