From 5:30 a.m. on 10/28/2017 through 5:30 a.m. on 10/29/2017, MPD received 425 calls for service. This number does not include parking complaints or 911 misdials.
1) NORTH: Assist Fire - 10:11 a.m. Officers responded to reports of a dumpster fire behind an address in the Vera Ct area. Officers advised that the fire had reached the side of the apartment building and had started the building on fire. MFD arrived and extinguished the fire, with only minor damage to the siding. Origin of the fire is unknown and an arson investigation is continuing.
2) NORTH: Check Person - 11:04 a.m. Officers responded to a residence on the 2300 block of N Sherman Ave reference a check welfare. Caller reported receiving text messages referencing suicide made by her fiancé at that address. Officers arrived, established perimeter and made contact with the resident (38 year old WM) without incident. The resident was determined to be intoxicated, placed under protective custody, and transported to detox.
3) WEST: Death Investigation - 11:29 a.m. Officers responded to a residence in the 200 block of S Whitney Way regarding an elderly unresponsive resident (88 year old AF) at that address. Deceased lived alone at the address and had some health concerns. House was secure and nothing unusual noted. Medical Examiner notified.
4) NORTH: Domestic Disturbance - 3:43 p.m. Officers were dispatched to the 900 block of N Oak St, reference a man strangling a woman. The man was also said to be carrying a knife. Officers arrived and were able to contact both the suspect (45 year old AAM) and the victim (36 year old AAF). The suspect chose not to speak with officers and was arrested for a number of domestic violence-related charges including: battery, disorderly conduct while armed, strangulation, intimidation of a victim, false imprisonment and possession of a switchblade knife.
5) EAST: Disturbance – 5:59 p.m. Officers were dispatched to the 700 block of Pinecrest Dr, reference three men beating someone and one of them is said to be armed with a gun. When officers got there, things were not as clear. Victim's (44 year old AAF) account of what occurred is vague and inconsistent and officers are unable to locate the address of occurrence or suspects. Investigation continuing.
6) SOUTH: Drug Investigation – 6:13 p.m. Officers were dispatched to the 7-Eleven at 2201 S Park St, for a subject (48 year old AAM) that was refusing to exit the bathroom and was attempting to barricade himself and behaving oddly. Officers were able to make contact with him and found him in possession of a crack pipe and appearing to be under the influence. He was arrested for the paraphernalia as well as a probation hold and was being transported to the jail when he began to complain of chest pain. Officers pulled over and called for EMS. He was transported to a local hospital and is under their care. MPD chose to issue him an order-in date for charges at a later time.
7) SOUTH: Assist Outside Agency/Weapons Offense – 6:25 p.m. Officers were dispatched to Leopold Elementary for a man with a gun. Officers were told that there was an AAM, 30's, that was wearing a red shirt and a grey sweatshirt, armed with a gun. Caller told dispatch that the suspect was chasing another male and pointing a gun at him. MPD officers met with Fitchburg PD who said that this may have stemmed from a road rage incident on the Beltline. FIPD took the investigation.
8) NORTH: Attempted Strong Armed Robbery – 7:22 p.m. An officer was dispatched to take a report of an attempted strong armed robbery. The victim (53 year old WM) and his son (14 year old WM) went to an address in the 500 block of Northport Dr to make a purchase of an iPhone. The suspects/sellers attempted to grab the victim's money. Suspects are described as AAM, 13-15 years old. One was described as 5'06" and the other 6'0". Both suspects were wearing black hoodies with the hoods up. Investigation continuing.
9) SOUTH: Death Investigation – 7:34 p.m. Officers were dispatched to a man down (57 year old AAM), who was located by his caretaker. Subject lived on Post Rd. Nothing suspicious was found and the decedent does have a host of medical problems and was recently discharged from the hospital. Medical Examiner notified.
10) SOUTH: Fight Call - 8:22 p.m. MPD dispatched to the 1900 block of Baird St reference a fight. The victim, 56 year old WM, stated that the suspect, 56 year old AAM, yelled at him and then choked and battered the victim. The suspect was arrested for domestic strangulation and domestic battery.
11) EAST: Death Investigation/Overdose - 9:43 p.m. MPD was dispatched to KFC, 604 Cottage Grove Rd, reference a subject down in the bathroom that was located by the cleaning crew. The victim, a 36 year old WM, was located and life-saving efforts were attempted by MFD, but were unsuccessful. Drug paraphernalia was located on scene and the investigation is ongoing. Medical Examiner notified.
12) CENTRAL: Weapons Offense - 10:29 p.m. MPD was dispatched to the 100 block of N Franklin St reference a person with a gun. The suspect was described as a 20 year old AAM wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt with a double white stripe. Officers were in the area immediately and the suspect was not located. Investigation ongoing.
13) CENTRAL: Weapons Offense - 12:10 a.m. MPD was dispatched to Buckingham's Bar & Grill, 802 Regent St, reference a patron lifting their shirt to display a gun. The suspect was described as a 23 year old male/unknown, wearing yellow & blue overalls. Officers were unable to locate the suspect and the investigation is ongoing.
**Update to call from 10/28/2017
EAST: Burglary Non-Residential – 2:32 a.m. Security in the area of the 4000 block of Lien Road noticed a broken crank out window at an area funeral home, and upon closer look observed a rock apparently had been thrown through it. Security cleared the building and then contacted police. Window only cranks out about 16 inches, but apparently far enough for someone to gain entry and open the front door. Unknown at this point if anything was taken. Building owner aware and will respond in the morning, and will notify MPD if anything is determined to be missing.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: When the building owner responded on Saturday morning, an inventory reflected that cash had been taken. Investigation continuing.
**Update to call from 10/28/2017
SOUTH: Weapons Offense/Shots Fired – 2:27 a.m. Multiple callers reported hearing gunshots in the area of Olin and Park. Responding officers were able to locate one shell casing in the 1100 block of South Park Street. There is no reported damages or injuries as a result of this incident. Officers will continue to canvass during daylight hours.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Later on this same date, officers were dispatched to the 800 block of W Olin Ave for a woman who reported a bullet in her bedroom. Officers found a hole in a single-paned window on the second floor. Judging from the trajectory, the bullet passed through that room, through two plastered walls, and into the room that the woman was sleeping in. The bullet was lodged in a wooden window frame in the far side of the bedroom.
As hoped and anticipated, there were no serious incidents reported during Freakfest 2017. Colder weather may have helped keep the crowd size down with nearly 19,000 purchasing tickets for the 12th annual State St. celebration. As of 1:30 a.m., there had been 11 arrests with two of those people going to jail. Others were cited and released for relatively minor violations like having an open intoxicant in the street. The Madison Fire Department responded to nine minor medical incidents. The MPD would like to thank our partners: the Dane County Sheriff's Department, the UW-Madison Police Department, and the Madison Fire Department for helping us keep Freakfest safe again this year.
**Due to Freakfest and numerous disturbances and fights downtown and elsewhere, MPD went to "Priorities Only" beginning at 2:08am until 6:14am on Sunday morning.**