Brandon Thompson, a 26-year-old UW-Milwaukee graduate, has been criminally charged for the brutal attack on a UW-Madison student. Thompson appeared in Dane County court for his initial appearance on Thursday. He is facing multiple felony charges related to the incident.
According to a criminal complaint released on Thursday, Madison police responded to a home on West Wilson Street on September 3 at around 3 a.m. There, they discovered a severely beaten and naked woman, identified as “Jane Doe” in the complaint. The victim’s injuries were described as extensive, including missing teeth, swollen eyes, a broken jaw, and vaginal trauma.
Thompson came to the attention of authorities when he alerted a witness to call 911 regarding the beaten woman. Witnesses reported seeing Thompson with blood on his hands. During his interview with the police, Thompson admitted to being angry and wanting to hit something. He claimed to have encountered the victim but stated that he did not know what was happening.
Tests conducted at the Wisconsin State Crime Lab found Thompson’s semen below the waist of the victim, according to the complaint. Thompson’s cash bail was set at $1 million during his court appearance.
Madison Police Chief Shon Barnes expressed his determination to ensure that Thompson receives the justice he deserves. Barnes credited the collaboration between law enforcement agencies, video evidence, and community tips for Thompson’s arrest.
The victim, who remains in critical condition, is expected to survive. Assistant Chief Paige Valenta of the Madison Police Department emphasized the significant impact the attack has had on the victim and her family. The investigation is ongoing, with biological evidence being analyzed at a crime lab.
Brandon Thompson’s background shows no criminal history, raising questions for law enforcement. The lack of prior offenses is considered a notable aspect of the investigation.