MADISON (WKOW) — After an extensive investigation, Madison police have made an arrest in the beating early Sunday of a UW-Madison student on Langdon Street.
22-year old Jerome Winlsow was arrested about 7 p.m. Wednesday, Madison Police Chief Mike Koval said at Thursday afternoon news conference.
The victim, a 19-year-old UW-Madison student, was taken to a hospital with injuries to her face after being grabbed from behind and beaten, police said.
“The victim’s injuries were significant,” Koval said.
Officers looked at hours and hours of video,” Koval said. “Ultimately, we had some footage that might be an epiphany of help.”
“Thank God for citywide cameras,” Koval said. “We need cameras to do our job in 2019.”
Koval also says officers from all different crime beats were involved in the effort to identify and arrest a suspect. He says an officer with assignments as a neighborhood officer and with the gang task force recognized Winslow from the surveillance video.
Leads show that the suspect may have been stalking another student who made it home before they were attacked, Koval said.
Police say witnesses saw the man drag the victim toward Lake Mendota and called for help.
Koval says Winslow is no stranger to officers, or to crime, and regrets Winslow’s previous convictions have involved relative leniency.
“You’ll ask some questions, not of me, I hope you ask those questions of those who are involved in charging decisions, sentencing decisions , probationary terms,” Koval said to reporters at a Thursday news conference. “I think those questions are warranted. Have at it,” the chief said.
Online state court records show a Dane County judge sentenced Winslow to three years probation in June 2017 for felony battery, after Winslow head-butted a Madison Police officer at a downtown bar. Two months later, records show a Jefferson County judge decided against imposing a prison sentence for Winslow in an armed robbery case, and instead gave him six months in jail as part of two years probation.
Winslow is jailed on a probation hold. He’s yet to be charged in connection to the attack on the UW student.