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Sketch released in downtown attack involving rescue from firefighter

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison Police released a sketch of the man police say an off-duty firefighter rescued a woman from downtown last weekend.

Madison Police spokesperson Joel DeSpain says the suspect attacked a 21-year-old woman in 100-block of East Johnson Street in the early morning hours of Saturday, November 24.

DeSpain say the suspect punched the woman and ignored her screams and willingness to give him her money. When he was dragging her into nearby bushes, a 26-year-old, off-duty Madison firefighter, confronted the man, punched him, and the attacker ran off.

Detectives working this case believe this was a stranger assault and that sexual assault was likely the motive.

Madison Police are thanking the off-duty Madison firefighter for his quick actions in this case, as they say he saved the victim from additional harm.

DeSpain says the woman was briefly hospitalized. Authorities describe the attacker as a Caucasian man in his late twenties or early thirties, 5'11 and 200 lbs.

Anyone with information on this incident is urged to call Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 266-6014. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward.

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A Madison police official says an off-duty firefighter who interrupted an attack on a UW-Madison student will be nominated for a community heroism award.

Madison Police spokesperson Joel DeSpain says the 26-year old, off duty Madison firefighter came into the 100-block of East Johnson Street early Saturday morning (Nov. 24), after a man had tackled a woman near a dental clinic.

DeSpain says the attacker punched the 21-year old woman, ignored her screams and willingness to give him her money, and was dragging her into nearby bushes.

DeSpain says the firefighter confronted the man, punched him, and the attacker ran off.

DeSpain tells 27 News it appears the attacker was trying to escalate the violence into a sexual assault, and the firefighter's actions interrupted greater harm to the woman.

DeSpain says the woman was briefly hospitalized. Authorities describe the attacker as a Caucasian man in his late twenties or early thirties, 5'11 and 200 lbs.

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