UW student charged with felonies, remains enrolled

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MADISON (WKOW) — A UW student arrested after police say he assaulted an officer in an on-campus dorm appeared in court Tuesday where a judge ordered a signature bond.

Logan Mitchell, 18, faces two felony charges, including battery to an officer and resisting an officer causing substantial bodily harm.

He also faces a misdemeanor resisting an officer charge.

A UW spokesperson declines to say if Mitchell’s criminal charges have impacted his standing at the school, citing federal law on student privacy.

“He is currently enrolled,”  spokesperson Meredith McGlone says.

In two other cases, UW officials previously commented on suspensions for students who faced felony, sex-related charges.

UW Police said officers were originally called to Witte Residence Hall around 1 a.m. Sunday after someone reported a student urinating on the floor.

A criminal complaint states when Mitchell was approached by UW Officer Matthew VandenLangenberg, Mitchell ignored directions and became enraged when VandenLangenberg tried to guide him to the ground.

“The defendant said, ‘Oh my god you (expletive)’ ”  the complaint states.  “(Mitchell) Struck Officer Vandenlangenberg in the face with a closed fist.”

Authorities say it then took several officers to restrain Mitchell and arrest him. Police say he was combative throughout the arrest, trying to fight the officers.  Part of the struggle, and Mitchell being carried out of Witte Hall was captured on video and posted to the Instagram page badgerbarstool.

UW Police spokesman Marc Lovicott said responding officers were taken to a hospital, treated and released.  Lovicott also said it is rare for a student to attack an officer.

“You’re charged with some pretty serious stuff,”  Court Commissioner Jason Hanson told Mitchell.  “You’re charged with stuff that it would not be out of line for the state to have asked for some sort of cash bail,”  Hanson said.

“This seems to be a very isolated event for a young man who is otherwise an excellent student,”  Mitchell’s attorney Sarah Schmeiser said.

There was no public safety assessment (PSA) to help guide Hanson in setting Mitchell’s bail.  A clerk of courts official said the risk-tool is only being used in even-numbered cases in Dane County.

Mitchell was found to have a blood alcohol content of 0.20. He was also cited for underage drinking, possession of a fake ID and depositing human waste. .

The Instagram page “Badgerbarstool,” is not affiliated with the university.

Mitchell has a preliminary hearing scheduled for April 2.

Dan Plutchak

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