Fourth suspect in Montee Ball attack could be arrested soon, police say

2012-12-10T11:00:00Z 2012-12-12T17:39:51Z Fourth suspect in Montee Ball attack could be arrested soon, police sayBILL NOVAK | The Capital Times |
December 10, 2012 11:00 am  • 

A fourth suspect involved in the assault on Wisconsin Badgers running back Montee Ball in August could soon be arrested by Madison police.

Madison Police spokesman Joel DeSpain told on Monday that detectives working the case have either identified or are in the process of identifying the fourth suspect, and that suspect would be arrested.

When Ball was attacked early on Aug. 1 on University Avenue, witnesses to the beating said there were five people who attacked the running back.

"Through interviews with witnesses, we found out there were four involved and not a fifth person," DeSpain said.

It isn't known if the fourth suspect is a UW-Madison student.

Three of the suspects were arrested Aug. 28: Wendell Venerable, 21, Deonte Wilson, 21, and Robert Wilks, 22, all UW-Madison students.

Venerable reached a plea deal and will have a plea hearing on Dec. 17, while Wilson and Wilks are scheduled to go to trial that day on charges of substantial battery.

Ball suffered a concussion in the attack and missed part of preseason training camp, but bounced back to form in the 2012 season, setting an NCAA record for career touchdowns scored.

He was named the winner of the Doak Walker Award last week, given to the best running back in college football.

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