Man strangles, batters woman he met online, police say | Crime
Police said a man attacked a woman he'd met online at her north side Madison home earlier this week.
The Madison Police Department said a woman in her 40s invited a man she recently met online through Adult Friend Finder to her home in the Aberg Avenue area Monday.
Police said Robert Palen, 38, of Middleton, visited the woman's apartment early in the morning. Madison police spokesman Joel DeSpain said the victim told police she had never met Palen in person before Monday, but they had sent texts and online messages back and forth.
Palen attacked the woman and strangled her, according to the report. Following the assault, the woman fled her apartment and called for help.
Police said Palen left the woman's home before police arrived and was arrested Monday night at his home in Middleton.
DeSpain said police did not release Palen's arrest booking photo Thursday afternoon because the investigation was ongoing.
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