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For Immediate Release:
May 2, 2011
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MIFFLIN STREET BLOCK PARTY 2011
Chief Expresses Grave Concerns Over Event
Madison Police Chief Noble Wray feels it is fortunate there was not a major riot this past Saturday on Mifflin Street during the annual block party. Chief Wray expressed his gratitude to the men and women of law enforcement, including those from the Madison Police Department, the Dane County Sheriff's Department, and UW-Madison Police Department, for keeping the event under control. Chief Wray also feels it is time for the city to take a hard look at this event to determine if this is something for which tens-of-thousands of tax dollars should be spent, particularly in these tight budgeting times.
Officers reported a much larger and intoxicated crowd than in the past years. There were many significant crimes and incidents of violence reported in the downtown area during and after the alcohol laden event: stabbings, sexual assaults, batteries, thefts, robberies, drug dealing - to name a few.
The following are a few examples of some of the incidents that occurred in and around the event:
• A 21-year old UW-Madison student was nearly killed, and remains hospitalized after being stabbed multiple times in the 500 block of Mifflin St. around 5:17 p.m. The MPD has not yet been able to develop probable cause to arrest a possible suspect for this crime, primarily because possible witnesses were intoxicated.
• A 19-year old Madison man was admitted to the hospital Saturday with a deep stab wound to his buttocks. He said another party attendee approached wanting a beer from him around 7:20 p.m. He refused to give the man a beer and they got into a fist fight. It ended when the other man pulled a "switch blade" type knife, stabbing the victim. He described his attacker as being a Latino male, around 20-years old, with some facial hair, wearing a white t-shirt with writing on it, and black shorts. The victim was uncertain of some details. "Honestly, I was pretty drunk. I think I blacked out," he told an investigating officer.
• A 20-year old Rock County woman reported that she blacked out Saturday afternoon and awoke inside an office building around 9:00 p.m. Saturday. She was missing her underwear, her purse, and other personal belongings. Madison Police were contacted about the possible sexual assault Sunday afternoon when she went to a hospital for an examination. Test results should help determine if there was a sexual assault.
• A 19-year old Sussex WI woman was found in a W. Johnson St. parking garage around 3:52 a.m. Sunday morning. She was clad only in a t-shirt and underwear. The woman did not know why she was in the parking garage, or how she got there. She remembers coming to Madison for the party, and did not think she had been sexually assaulted. The MPD later learned she did go to a hospital outside of Madison for an examination.
• A 21-year old Madison man was punched in the face and had his knee smashed with a baseball bat. A second 21-year old man was also punched in the face multiple times and suffered broken teeth. This attack happened around 8:00 p.m. Saturday night when a group of men in a red Jeep Wrangler with Illinois plates made lewd remarks about a woman who was walking with the victims on N. Fairchild St. This evolved into verbal dispute and ended with some of the men jumping from the jeep and attacking the victims. The blow with the bat broke the one victim's knee, and he says he lost consciousness when he fell to the ground.
• Mark A. Goss, age 23, Lodi was arrested for battery to a police officer, and resisting after he slugged a police sergeant in the face around 7:40 p.m. in the 400 block of W. Mifflin St. The blow knocked her hat and glasses off of her head. She gave chase, and other officers were able to take the suspect to the ground. The sergeant had contacted the suspect because he was carrying a bottle of liquor in a glass free zone.
• Male, age 39, Madison, was arrested for fourth degree sexual assault around 8:20 p.m. in the 500 block of W. Mifflin Street after three women accused him of groping them. One victim said the suspect told her, "I'm a record producer," before shoving his hand down her shirt.
• The MPD arrested four teens for armed robbery around 9:50 p.m. in the 200 block of W. Gorham Street. The victims, both from Madison, both age 16, said foursome stole money from them after one suspect pulled a knife. One victim said he was also placed in a chokehold during the hold-up. Nicholas T. Brayshaw, age 17, Monona was arrested for armed robbery and resisting or obstructing. Brian K. A. Pulvermacher, age 17, Cottage Grove was arrested for the same offenses as Mr. Brayshaw. A 16-year old male from Cottage Grove was sent to the Juvenile Reception Center (JRC) on similar tentative charges. A second 16-year old from Cottage Grove went to JRC for strangulation, and for armed robbery.
• Nicholas G. Kollauf, age 18, Milwaukee was arrested for possession of cocaine and underage drinking. Chase W. Strunk, age 21, no permanent address, was arrested for possession with intent to deliver marijuana. Both men were found inside a shed behind a residence in the 500 block of W. Mifflin Street. When an officer opened the door to the shed, Mr. Kollauf had a small baggie containing a white substance in his hand, while Mr. Strunk had some money in his hand. Officers had gone to investigate the inside of the shed after seeing people coming and going. At first the officers thought people were leaving human waste inside the building.
• Justin B. Goodwin, age 20, Madison was arrested for battery and trespass after MPD officers came upon him delivering blows to the head of a 22-year old Mifflin Street resident. The victim said the suspect and other men were on his porch. He asked them if they knew anyone living in the residence. They did not, and he asked to leave. This is when he was attacked.
• Michael K. Kleinert, age 19, Cedarburg WI, was arrested for theft, resisting, possession of marijuana, and underage drinking after he reached into the cash drawer of a food vendor and stole money. The victims were working a Cousins Subs food stand in the 500 block of W. Mifflin Street. The suspect complained about the taste of his sub, then reached for the cash. Vendors chased and grabbed him. He was able to wriggle free after losing his shirt and sweatshirt. Witnesses helped direct police to the topless man.
• Luke W. Seeling, age 20, Spring Valley WI, was arrested for possession with intent to deliver a schedule II narcotic after officer observed several young women standing around Seeling in a Mifflin Street backyard around 9:38 a.m. Saturday morning. Mr. Seeling was observed giving one woman a pill from a bottle, which she swallowed with the help of beer. Mr. Seeling appeared to be asking other young women if they would also like a pill. When contacted by the MPD Mr. Seeling said he was providing amphetamines because the women were tired and needed to "wake-up." He was found to have 45 Adderall pills.
• Noah David Alan Sheahan, age 30, Milwaukee struggled with paramedics, grabbing onto one and not letting go, after they went to see if he was ok. Mr. Sheahan was found passed out on a sidewalk in the 300 block of N. Charter Street around 9:54 p.m. When awakened, he unleashed a good deal of profanity while physically challenging the Madison Fire Department personnel. A MPD officer grabbed Mr. Sheahan by the shirt collar and pulled him away from the paramedic. The suspect continued to struggle with police as he was taken to jail.
• William H. Thompson Jr., age 21, Des Plaines ILL, was arrested for disorderly conduct after police found him punching at a 24-year old De Pere WI man. The victim said the suspect said something about him "trying to get his girl" and then started punching him. The suspect said he had been drinking beer from a barrel at a Mifflin Street house party. He blew a .315 in a Portable Breathalyzer Test (PBT).
• Madison Police went to a house party in the 500 block of W. Mifflin Street around 3:39 p.m. after citizens complained they had been hit with beer cans that were coming from a balcony of the residence. Brandon K. Reed, age 22, Madison, Alex E. Ruff, age 22, Madison, and Steven L. Rubinyi, age 22, Madison were all cited for procuring for, or furnishing alcohol for underage persons. Reed and Rubinyi were also cited for adult encourages underage consumption.
• Seth A. Kulick, age 22, Burlington WI tried to run from police who were investigating the house party listed above. Kulick dragged one officer down an alleyway, injuring the officer's leg. A MPD sergeant suffered rib injuries while dealing with the same suspect. Mr. Kulick was arrested for resisting and obstructing, possession of drug paraphernalia, and casual possession of marijuana.
In total, the MPD arrested 162 people on 204 tentative charges. Of those arrested, 12 went to jail. Among the tickets were: 12 for open intoxicants, 69 for underage possession or consumption, 24 for deposit human waste, and 43 for glass-free zone violations. Of those arrested and tested for their blood alcohol content levels: 34 were .000-.079, 5 were .08 - .10, 43 were .101- .150, 32 were .151 - 2.00, 29 were .251-.300 and 3 were .301-.400.
The MPD also wrote 50 citations at 4 house parties (including to those hosting the party listed above.)