UWPD Cites Illinois Man for Disorderly Conduct, Requesting a Hate Crime Enhancer

  • Incident date: July 4, 2022, 8:45 am
  • Incident type: Disorderly Conduct
  • Location/address: Lakeshore Path Near Lot 60

On Wednesday, July 6, 2022, the UW-Madison Police Department received a report about a possible hate crime that had occurred two days earlier.

The victim, a UW staff member who is of Asian descent, told investigators he was running on the Lakeshore Path near Lot 60 when a man yelled a racial slur from inside a vehicle. The suspect then got out of the vehicle and approached the victim. The victim told investigators he feared for his safety and was able to run from the scene and away from the suspect.

UWPD officers made their way to the scene following the victim’s reporting on Wednesday morning and located the suspect’s vehicle. Officers made contact with the driver, Tom N. Gbean, 28, of Oswego, IL. UWPD is referring disorderly conduct charges to the Dane County District Attorney’s Office and is requesting a hate crime enhancer.

Gbean has no affiliation with UW-Madison.