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MADISON (WKOW) -- A Massachusetts man who along with his wife was randomly attacked at a Madison restaurant last year is concerned about the treatment of the man who is charged in the violence.

"I don't think there should be a bail set for him," victim Mike says. Mike asked that his last name not be used to protect the couple's anonymity. "He needs to be permanently put in some kind of psychological ward."

But the man charged with felony battery and recklessly endangering safety in the attack, 23-year-old Kejuan Hill of Madison, was recently out on bond on his signature and allegedly attacked two elderly security guards.

In the attack against Mike and his wife Maria in February 2020, court documents allege Hill began punching Maria in the face without provocation at a McDonalds and then hit Mike over the head with a crowbar as he tried to help his wife. The couple had stopped at the restaurant on the way to catch a flight at the Dane County Regional Airport.

"My wife ended up getting the crowbar," Mike says. "Covered in blood, she couldn't even see, her glasses were broken."

Mike says another diner helped him subdue Hill. "If the Good Samaritan wasn't there, I don't know what would have happened."

After Hill was criminally charged, records show he was originally found not competent to stand trial and was committed for a time to Mendota Mental Health Institution. Weeks later, a judge determined Hill was competent to stand trial and his bail was set at $1,500.

In September, Dane County Judge Josann Reynolds agreed to modify Hill's bail, wiping out any cash as a condition and instead requiring Hill to be tracked electronically by GPS.

Records show Hill violated bail last month by disabling or discarding his GPS bracelet. Madison Police say he went to East Towne Mall and attacked and injured the security guards, who are both in their seventies and were hospitalized.

"Someone's going to have to help this guy," Mike says. "If they don't, one of these days he's going to kill somebody."

When Reynolds modified Hill's bail, Hill was also facing a felony charge for an alleged, workplace attack on a supervisor in October 2019.

Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne says he's prepared to bring more charges against Hill, to include addressing the mall attack.

"Law enforcement has informed my office that following the most recent incident, Mr. Hill was transported to a secure mental health facility," Ozanne says. "He will be returned to the Dane County Jail…on…new charges and bail review hearings."

"Law enforcement has confirmed with that facility that Mr. Hill will only be released into their custody," Ozanne says.

"This guy is not right," Mike says. "Something needs to be done about this."

Reynolds has yet to respond to a request for comment on her bail decision from 27 News. Judges almost uniformly decline to comment on criminal cases under adjudication.

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Tony Galli

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