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Langdon Street brawl leaves man with skull fracture

A 21-year-old man was knocked unconscious Saturday morning after a dispute over a missing jacket.

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A 21-year-old man suffered a brain bleed and skull fracture after being knocked out downtown early Saturday morning. 

A fight involving up to 15 people broke out in the Langdon Street area Saturday, around 2 a.m. at the intersection of Langdon Street and North Frances Street, Madison Police Department Public Information Officer Joel Despain said in a release. 

The fight apparently began when two groups of people left The Kollege Klub arguing over a lost jacket, according to a Madison Police Department log of daily significant calls. A man who was "acting wildly" approached the victim and his friend — a 22-year-old who was also punched in the head during the encounter — after leaving a bar. 

When officers arrived to the "chaotic" scene, an estimated 50 people were in the street and they found a man unconscious near the corner of Langdon and Frances Streets.

A caller told police that between 12 and 15 people were involved in the fight, although there were two “main instigators,” the report said. Additional fighting broke out after the initial dispute when some “[took] offense to others taking photos of the unconscious man.”

The suspect and an accomplice had fled.

Police are still searching for the suspect, a black man in his early 20s. He is 5'11 with a "muscular" build, police said, and was last seen wearing a brown t-shirt and Atlanta Falcons hat.

UPDATE at Oct. 16 2017 at 1:07 p.m.: This article was updated to include additional information. 

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