By OnMilwaukee Staff Writers   Published Aug 16, 2009 at 12:07 PM

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is recovering at Froedtert Hospital today after being attacked by a man wielding a metal pipe last night outside the Wisconsin State Fair in West Allis.

According to police, Barrett was leaving State Fair Park with family members when he heard a woman crying for help in the 8800 block of West Orchard Street. Barrett began calling 911 when a man who had been attacking the woman charged at the mayor and began battering him with a metal pipe.

The 20-year-old suspect, who has a criminal record, fled the scene and was arrested this morning at a residence near 17th and State Streets. 

Barrett, who was alert and talking when transported to a local hospital after the incident, was listed in stable condition.

Gov. Jim Doyle visited Barrett in the hospital Sunday morning and released a statement: "The mayor's heroic actions clearly saved a woman and others from harm. Jessica (Doyle's wife) and I, along with all the people of Wisconsin, are wishing him speedy recovery."

Doyle is expected to announce on Monday that he will not pursue another term as governor. Barrett, who also is a Democrat, is considered a potential candidate to to replace him.

State Fair spokesperson Patrice Harris also issued a statement. "The management of Wisconsin State Fair Park commends Mayor Barrett for his actions as a good samaritan after his departure from Wisconsin State Fair last night. His efforts to aid a citizen's cries for help should be praised and applauded."