Police seek suspicious man from bike path encounter

Police are looking for a man who had an encounter with a woman on an east Madison bike trail this spring.

Madison police said a 38-year-old woman recently reported that she had a “scary encounter” with a man on April 4 on the Capital City Trail.

According to the report, the Madison woman was on the trail in the area of South Livingston Street at about 5 p.m. when a man riding a bike began a conversation with her. She told police at first he seemed nice, but then he tried to proposition her for sex.

When she told him no, he became angry and tried to touch her butt, the report said. She pushed him away before he could make contact and she ran to safety.

Police said the woman contacted police to report the incident following the attempted homicide on the Capital City Trail in the early morning on Sept. 12.

Madison police said detectives don’t believe the April 4 encounter is related to the attempted homicide or to another attack on the bike path that took place on Aug. 10.

Police are trying to identify the man who was described as black with a dark complexion in his late 30s or early 40s. He was between 5 feet 5 inches and 5 feet 7 inches tall with a medium build weighing 150 pounds. He has short hair, is missing teeth, has a scar above one eye and was dirty, according to the report.