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Man charged in connection to one of the UWM assaults

Posted at 11:20 AM, Nov 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-16 14:59:12-05

MILWAUKEE — The man who allegedly assaulted a University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee student was charged Friday with disorderly conduct, according to the criminal complaint.

On Nov. 12 at around 12:30 p.m., Jaelen Durham, 19, allegedly ran up behind the UWM student at the 3200 block of North Oakland Avenue, wrapped his arms around her knees and picked her up, according to the complaint.

The student began screaming and tried to hit him. Durham put her down and stared at her, and the student ran across Oakland Avenue into Noodles and Co.

Durham followed her across the street and paced back and forth outside of the restaurant, and the student began recording a video of him.

While being arrested, Durham said he touched a student inappropriately close to Noodles and Co. He said he didn't know the student, but his act was intentional and not a misunderstanding. Durham said it was a spontaneous decision, and he regrets doing it.

If convicted, Durham could be fined up to $1,000 and sent to jail for no longer than 90 days. He has no prior criminal record.

Milwaukee police have not made a connection to the other assault that happened near UWM Nov. 11 and are still investigating.

In that case, an unknown suspect described as a black male wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black track pants grabbed a woman from behind and fondled her at the 2700 block of North Frederick Avenue at 11:45 a.m, police said.