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Man charged with attacks on women in Downtown area, on UW campus

Man charged with attacks on women in Downtown area, on UW campus

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A Monona man who is on probation for a federal child pornography conviction was charged Monday with attempted kidnapping, armed robbery and other charges after a woman told police earlier this month that he struck her with a hatchet, bound her with duct tape and tried to throw her into the trunk of a car.

Coleman K. Chung, 30, is scheduled to appear Wednesday in Dane County Circuit Court. He has been in custody since his arrest on Oct. 10, when, according to a criminal complaint filed Monday, he was identified from a UW-Madison surveillance video by his federal probation officer.

Police also found what they believe to be the victim’s hair, which the woman said Chung cut during the attack, in a plastic bag in Chung’s bedroom, the complaint states.

Chung was also charged with attempted robbery and misdemeanor battery for a Sept. 29 attack on another woman Downtown.

According to the complaint:

A UW-Madison student told police that she was walking west on Observatory Drive, past the Social Sciences building, about 1 a.m. on Oct. 2 when a man grabbed her from behind in a choke hold and pulled her into a dark, secluded area nearby.

The woman said the man, later identified as Chung, showed her a small hatchet and told her to stay quiet. She said he threw aside her phone and backpack, told her to get on the ground and taped her hands together and taped her mouth shut. She told police that Chung also cut her hair.

The woman said Chung pulled her to her feet and began to walk her across Observatory Drive to a green, four-door car in a parking lot. She said he opened the trunk and told her to get in, and when she wouldn’t, he tried to push her in.

When she resisted, she told police, Chung struck her two or three times in the head with the hatchet, then two or three times on her left side. She said she fell and began to kick Chung, and he dropped the hatchet. She told police she was able to get ahold of the hatchet and got up.

Chung then pulled out a kitchen knife, the woman told police, got behind her and put it to her throat. She dropped the hatchet when he told her to, and then tried to hold Chung’s arm to keep him from cutting her throat.

Then he stopped, she told police, and Chung told her to run.

Investigators executed a search warrant at Chung’s home and in a green Honda on Oct. 10. Inside the car police found a roll of duct tape. In Chung’s bedroom were found a pair of tan pants with blood stains on them and a pair of black cargo pants with a pair of clear rubber gloves in a back pocket.

Police also saw a block of knives in the kitchen with one knife missing. Disposable surgical masks and rolls of duct tape were found in various places in the house.

A clear plastic bag containing hair that was the same color as the woman’s was found in a drawer in Chung’s bedroom.

In the Sept. 29 incident, a woman told police that she was walking in the 500 block of North Carroll Street about 1:48 a.m. when she was attacked from behind. A man later identified as Chung put the woman in a choke hold from behind and grabbed for her purse. He fled when she screamed and pulled away from Chung.

The attack was captured on surveillance video.

In 2015, Chung was arrested as part of a nationwide investigation targeting users of a child pornography website. His computer was found to contain more than 1,000 images of child pornography, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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