UWPD Investigating Reports of Violence on Library Mall

  • Incident type: Multiple Offenses
  • Location/address: Library Mall

5/11/24 – 1:45 p.m. update:

On Friday, May 11, 2024, at approximately 7:30 p.m., UWPD officers contacted Anthony D. Conklin, 38, of Madison, for a death threat he made on May 7 (see second bullet below). During our police contact, Conklin was carrying a knife. Officers were able to safely arrest and book Conklin into the Dane County Jail on tentative charges of disorderly conduct and carrying a concealed knife. Conklin is not affiliated with UW-Madison.

The UW-Madison Police Department is investigating three separate reports of violence that occurred on Library Mall:

  • On Wednesday, May 1, 2024, a student who was displaying a pro-Israel sign reported that an unknown man with a knife visibly attached to his waistband approached her on Library Mall and stated to her, “Jews shouldn’t be on campus.” The incident was reported to UWPD today (May 8) and is being investigated as a possible hate crime.
  • On Tuesday, May 7, 2024, at approximately 3:50 p.m., a student reported that he was approached by an unknown male on Library Mall who threatened to kill him if he didn’t put away his phone. The victim walked away and reported the suspect followed him for a short time and continued to threaten him verbally.
  • On Wednesday, May 8, 2024, at approximately 4:20 a.m., an assault involving the use of a large stick occurred between two individuals on Library Mall. As UWPD officers arrived, the fight had stopped and there was no longer a disturbance. UWPD continued monitoring the area for safety.

The UW-Madison Police Department is actively investigating these incidents. If you have any information, please call us at (608) 264-2677 or send tips through the BadgerSAFE app.