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UPDATE: Madison police arrest suspect in attack on homeless man

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UPDATE (WKOW) -- The Madison Police Department has made an arrest in an attack on a homeless man in July.

MPD said Matthew D. Johnson was arrested Tuesday on charges of attempted homicide and mayhem.

According to a police report on July 30, a 71-year-old homeless man was sleeping on a blue tarp near the intersection of State Street and Lake Street when he was attacked. He suffered cuts to his lower torso.

Johnson was taken to the Dane County Jail.


MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison police say video surveillance shows a homeless man being attacked early Thursday morning.

According to a police report, the 71-year-old man was sleeping on a blue tarp near the intersection of State Street and Lake Street when he was attacked. He suffered cuts to his lower torso.

Police say the man was able to get to a nearby convenience store and ask for help. He was taken to a hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries, which also included a facial wound.

Officers are working with surveillance cameras in order to identify the person, or persons, responsible for the violent attack.

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