Man swings vodka bottle, chases man with knife, police say

Man swings vodka bottle, chases man with knife, police say

A Madison man was arrested after he swung a vodka bottle at a woman and chased a man with a knife Tuesday, according to police.

Madison police said 30-year-old Brandon D. Bradley Sr. was on the 100 block of State Street at 5:15 p.m. when he was involved in an argument over a cellphone charger with a 36-year-old Madison man.

According to the report, witnesses told police Bradley had an issue with the 36-year-old and threatened to kill him. When the 36-year-old ran from Bradley, Bradley reportedly chased him with a knife in one hand and a bottle of vodka in the other.

An officer on routine patrol in the area noticed broken glass on the ground on the 100 block of State Street. A witness told police Bradley struck someone with the liquor bottle before pulling his knife.

Madison police spokesman Howard Payne said that when officers arrived, they found Bradley in the 100 block of West Mifflin Street, drinking from a bottle of vodka.

“Bradley tried to aggressively walk away from officers, but based on the knife information, Bradley was stopped by police at gunpoint,” Payne said in a news release. “He refused to comply with officer’s commands to show his hands, and he attempted to break free from officers.”

Police found a 7 1/2 inch locked-blade knife in Bradley’s pocket when he was arrested.

Police said a 51-year-old Madison woman told police Bradley  swung his liquor bottle around nearly hitting her in the head before police arrived.

Payne said that as officers were taking Bradley into custody, a crowd of about 50 “hostile” onlookers converged on the officers, taking cellphone pictures and videos. They also yelled derogatory statements at police. Officers had to ask people to move away in order to move Bradley to a secure area.