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A woman was battered early Sunday morning near the UW-Madison campus in an area popular with student renters, fraternities and sororities.

The battery was reported at about 3:20 a.m. near Langdon Street and North Carroll Street, Madison police said.

The department is assigning more officers to the area in wake of the assault, said police spokesman Joel DeSpain.

"It appeared to be an attack by a stranger," DeSpain said.

Police Chief Mike Koval in his daily blog on Sunday said a witness observed a male dragging a female toward Lake Mendota.

Police Chief Mike Koval in his daily blog on Sunday said a witness observed a male dragging a female toward Lake Mendota. The 19-year-old woman sustained "multiple facial injuries," Koval said. Police did not provide a detailed description of the assailant.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Crime Stoppers, 266-6014.

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