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2 men punched in face in unprovoked attack

Published On: Feb 11 2013 02:55:50 PM CST

MADISON, Wis. -

Two downtown Madison residents were punched in the face, and one suffered a chipped tooth, after an angry man got in the face of one of the victims early Sunday morning, Madison police said.

The two victims, a 22-year-old man and 21-year-old man, were walking with friends in the 400 block of West Gilman Street at about 2 a.m. when they encountered the attacker, according to a Madison Police Department incident report.

Police said the attacker, identified as Paris A. Reese, 21, of Madison, had been drinking, and it was not clear why he was mad, but he said something about needing to defend his sister's honor.

Members of the Madison Police Department's Central District Community Police Team were on routine patrol in the area and came upon the men as they struggled in the roadway.

Police said the suspect was arrested on two counts of battery, including a tentative charge of substantial battery.

The more serious charge was decided upon because a tooth had been chipped, according to the incident report.

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