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UPDATE: Madison police investigate two stabbings during Mifflin Street block party


Madison (WKOW) --  Madison Police are investigating two separate stabbings that took place Saturday evening at the Mifflin Street Block Party in downtown Madison.

The stabbings happened just a few hours apart on Mifflin Street. A 22-year-old suspect with a Green Bay address was detained in connection with the first stabbing.

That happened around 5:00 Saturday evening. Police say a 21-year old UW- Madison student suffered life-threatening injuries after being stabbed multiple times in the 500 block of W. Mifflin Street.

Police detained three men fleeing the scene: the 22-year-old is now believed to be the one who inflicted the stab wounds. He is also thought to be responsible for kicking a second male victim in the jaw as that man attempted to stop the suspect following the stabbing. The second victim declined transport to a hospital. None of the three men detained has been arrested, and names are not being released at this time.

Then, around 7:30 PM, a second stabbing victim was located in the 400-block of W. Mifflin St. He suffered non-life threatening injuries. Police have not detained anyone in this case.

And the violence doesn't end there. Earlier in the day, a MPD sergeant and a MPD neighborhood officer were hurt while trying to control a combative suspect. The sergeant suffered rib injuries. The officer suffered a leg injury.

Also, a second MPD sergeant suffered facial injuries when she was punched while trying to stop a man carrying a bottle of alcohol. He is currently in the arrest processing center at the City County Building.

As of 9:00 p.m., 160 people had been arrested.

Most were cited and released for things like having glass on the street, underage drinking, and depositing human waste.

In a press release, Madison Police Chief Noble Wray expressed serious concern over the 2011 Mifflin Street Block Party following the two stabbing incidents, several injured police officers, many fights, and a significant number of highly intoxicated people, more than 20 of whom were taken to detox.

The rules were a bit different than recent parties. Party-goers were allowed to carry alcohol into the event and drink in a designated permit area. MPD officers reported the crowd size, and the number of very intoxicated people was far greater than recent Mifflin Street Block Parties.


WKOW (MADISON) --  Madison Police are investigating a second stabbing on the 400 block of Mifflin Street.

Man is being taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

They have no suspects or persons of interest in that case.

That incident happened around 7:30 Saturday evening on Mifflin.

Meanwhile, around 5:00 PM, police say another man was stabbed during the Mifflin Street Block Party.

The victim was taken to a local hospital. His condition is unknown, said Madison Police spokesperson Joel DeSpain.

Police have detained two to three persons of interest for questioning, DeSpain said.

Officers have put crime scene tape around 532 W. Mifflin St.

Students who live at the house tell 27 News the victim was a UW student.

27 News has a crew at the scene and will have updates online and at 10 PM.

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