Police credit surveillance cameras in arrest of sexual assault suspect

Police say it took detectives many hours pouring through surveillance camera video that led to the arrest of a suspect in an April sexual assault in downtown Madison.

Dorian L. Wade is expected to face a charge of second-degree sexual assault in the case.

In a news conference Thursday, Madison Police Chief Mike Koval said that Wade is on a list of people in Dane County with significant criminal histories.

The victim, a 24-year-old UW student, flagged down a passerby to call police around 3:30 a.m. April 7, 2018. She told police she was walking in the area of E. Johnson Street and N. Blair Street when someone pushed her into the bushes. The man was dressed in dark clothing. 

The victim told police a car pulled in close to where the assault was happening, and her attacker ran away. 

Koval credited the use of surveillance cameras in public places downtown with allowing detectives to crack the case.

Because it was a stranger assault, the victim only had a limited description of the attacker.

Detectives poured through hours of video to identify a vehicle that had been following the victim, Koval said.

They then looked at surveillance video from downtown ramps were they were able to find the vehicle and also see the license plate number. They also identified an image of a person the believed might be the attacker.

The license plate information and description of the suspect were forwarded to the state crime lab, which was able to match it to DNA evidence from the scene. 

That match led them to Wade who was arrested Thursday in an apartment on Flower Lane in Madison. 

For more information go to WKOW: http://www.wkow.com/story/37997022/2018/04/19/woman-attacked-by-stranger-overnight-in-madison

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