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MPD Daily Significant Calls 08/04/2018 to 08/05/2018

August 5, 2018 10:01 AM

The information contained in my blog is derived from notes provided by MPD Officers-In-Charge (OIC) at the end of their shifts. Most narratives represent early and preliminary information that was gathered by an OIC from those in the field who were actively working cases. The OIC is sharing what they were being told, in the moment. In many instances, facts and circumstances, even the type of crime listed, can change as officers, detectives and investigators continue their work.

From 5:00 a.m. on 08/04/2018 through 5:00 a.m. on 08/05/2018, MPD received 435 calls for service.  This number does not include parking complaints or 911 misdials.  For purposes of clarification, the following abbreviations are short-hand for race designations: W=White, AA=African American, NA=Native American, H=Hispanic, ME=Middle Eastern, A=Asian, MR=Mixed Race, U=Unknown.  MPD shifts are staggered as follows: 1st detail=7 a.m. to 3 p.m., 2nd detail=12 p.m. to 8 p.m., 3rd detail=3 p.m. to 11 p.m., 4th detail=8 p.m. to 4 a.m., 5th detail=11 p.m. to 7 a.m.

To further break down the 435 calls for service for the past 24-hours this is how the calls came in per district: Central (117), East (84), Midtown (63), North (74), South (31), West (52), and Other (14).  Other=these are calls for service that either do not have a sector listed or the sector is not in the City.  For example, if one of our officers assists another law enforcement agency, their sector is not listed in our districts so therefore it is listed under "other".

**Priority calls Central, East, and North at 12:42 a.m. due to Collins Ct call and strong-armed robbery.  Priority calls were expanded to city-wide at 2:42 a.m. due to numerous significant calls, and lifted at 8 a.m. 

1) CENTRAL: Disturbance/Arrested Person – 5:04 a.m.  Officers were dispatched to the BP gas station located at 735 E Washington Ave, reference a disturbance.  The suspect (39-year-old AAM) became upset at the clerk and due to his level of intoxication, armed himself with a bottle of beer.  The suspect made numerous threats to harm the clerk and another person at the gas station.  Officers contacted the suspect and arrested him for charges of disorderly conduct and for possessing open intoxicants on a public street.  A possession of drug paraphernalia charge was added upon locating a crack pipe on the suspect at the jail. 

2) MIDTOWN: Substantial Battery – 6:39 a.m.  Officers were dispatched to the 300 block of N Brooks St, reference a substantial battery.  The victim (48-year-old WF) and the suspect (58-year-old AAM) were having an argument and drinking heavily for the past couple of days.  Officers were called for a disturbance on Friday, but the victim left.  On this date, the victim reported that the suspect battered her (knocking out a tooth), strangled her, and held a knife under her chin.  The victim had physical bruising, cuts, and a tooth missing.  Both the suspect and the victim provided statements but were intoxicated and had a difficult time providing details.  The victim refused to go to the hospital and did not want to have her injuries photographed.  The suspect was arrested for substantial battery and disorderly conduct while armed.  Investigation continuing.

3) NORTH: Crash with Injuries – 10:15 a.m.  A 50-year-old WM was driving his moped on E Washington Ave and was preparing to turn onto Pauling Ave.  Witnesses indicated that the moped suddenly struck the curb and the driver fell to the ground.  The driver was not wearing a helmet and was unconscious with a significant head injury.  The driver was conveyed to a local hospital in critical condition, but after surgery has since stabilized.   

4) WEST: Damage to Property – 11:08 a.m.   A 40-year-old WM was leaving his West side residence when he discovered his vehicle had a door ding.  This damage caused the subject to become very angry.  He called MPD and wanted officers to assist him with confronting his neighbor.  Dispatch had a difficult time communicating with the subject due to his level of agitation and swearing.  Officer made contact with the subject, who will try to settle the matter with the suspect car and pursue an action civilly through small claims court.    

5) EAST: Adult Arrested Person – 3:40 p.m.  East Community Policing Team had citations to issue the suspect (25-year-old AAF) from the night before.  Another officer also had traffic citations for the suspect.  Contact was made with the suspect in the 3800 block of Sycamore Ave.  The suspect was uncooperative with the officers and refused to comply.  Ultimately she had to be taken into custody.  Two officers sustained hand injuries when the suspect was decentralized.  The suspect complained of an injury to her shoulder and was taken to a local hospital.  She was cleared from the hospital and subsequently taken to jail.  The suspect was charged with felony resisting and disorderly conduct. 

6) CENTRAL: Special Event – 4:00 p.m.  "March on the NRA" participants began marching at 4:00 p.m.  Traffic was impeded as the group made their way to the square.  MPD units cleared from the event at 4:36 p.m.  The crowd was estimated at 100 and no issues were reported. 

7) CENTRAL: Information – 4:45 p.m.  A 33-year-old AAM contacted the Dane County Sheriff's Office and advised that he was driving around in his car while feeling suicidal.  This subject also had a Department of Corrections warrant placed on him the previous day, reference a threats complaint incident where he was the suspect.  The suspect continued to advise that he was suicidal over the phone but would not meet with officers in person.  Measures were taken to locate the suspect but he had refused to make himself available.  Later in the call, the suspect had sent a text to his ex-girlfriend, notifying her that he was bleeding.  The ex-girlfriend contacted police and officers responded to the suspect's address.  Entry was forced into the residence due to the suspect's reported injuries.  The suspect's injuries were treated by paramedics and the suspect subsequently resisted arrest.  He was decentralized and conveyed to jail on the warrant as well as a resisting charge.   

8) NORTH: Death Investigation – 4:53 p.m.  Officers were dispatched to Marcy Rd, reference a death investigation for a 49-year-old WM.  Subject's mother and sister found him deceased in his home.  Nothing suspicious was observed.  The subject had a medical incident in July for which he was prescribed medication.  Medical Examiner on scene. 

9) EAST: Weapons Offense – 8:27 p.m.  Officers were dispatched to the Capitol Petro (4601 Cottage Grove Rd), reference a report of a man with a gun.  The two victims (21-year-old WF and 25-year-old AAF) were walking into the Capitol Petro Mart as the suspect (24-year-old AAM) was walking out.  Upon seeing the 21-year-old WF victim, the suspect immediately assaulted her with punches and threw her to the ground.  The suspect stated later that he did so because she had been threatening him on social media.  After this assault, the suspect went to his car and retrieved an assault rifle and threatened the two victims.  The suspect then left.  Officers asked Cottage Grove PD to check the suspect's address and he was subsequently located.  The suspect was taken to jail on three counts of disorderly conduct while armed and one count of battery.  Investigation continuing.  

10) EAST: Check Person – 12:14 a.m.  Officers were initially called to Collins Court to assist a motorist with a broken down RV.  While they were dealing with this motorist, a 22-year-old WF ran up to the officers and told them that her girlfriend (38-year-old WF) was being held at gunpoint in a vehicle near the Dutch Mill Park & Ride lot.  Based on the foregoing information reported by the complainant, officers began to set up for a tactical perimeter and response.  However, the alleged victim (38-year-old WF) subsequently emerged from the area and indicated that the story was entirely fabricated.  Investigation continuing.

11) EAST: Robbery-Strong Armed – 1:49 a.m.  The Madison Police were dispatched to the report of a strong armed robbery in the 800 block of N Thompson Rd.  A cab driver/victim (51-year-old WM) reported that the suspect (AAM) had robbed him of an undisclosed amount of cash.  The suspect had been a passenger in the cab prior to the robbery.  The driver was not injured and the suspect fled on foot.  Investigation continuing.  Press-release completed. 

12) EAST: Crash with Injuries – 2:09 a.m.  MPD was dispatched to a single vehicle crash that landed in the parking lot of Applebee's located in the 4700 block of East Towne Blvd.  According to witnesses and involved parties, a group of three was being driven home by an Uber driver, when the crash took place.  As they were traveling outbound on E Washington Ave, one of the intoxicated passengers (25-year-old WM) decided he wanted to stop at East Towne Mall and from the backseat abruptly yanked the steering wheel hard to the right.  This launched the car off of the roadway sending it through some landscaping and finally coming to rest in the parking lot of Applebee's.  When the passenger yanked the wheel the vehicle was traveling between 45 and 50 MPH.  The driver (45-year-old AAM) and two other passengers (30-year-old WM and 28-year-old WM) were treated and released with minor injuries.  The offending passenger sustained no injuries and was taken to jail for three counts of first degree recklessly endangering safety. 

13) MIDTOWN: Check Person – 2:23 a.m.  Originally, dispatch received a call of a motor vehicle versus pedestrian crash.  However, upon arrival to the area of Rodney Ct and Clark Ct, there were no substantiated indications of a vehicular crash or of a pedestrian in need of assistance.  Officers did locate a 21-year-old UM who had some abrasions on his arms and was impaired due to usage of some sort of drug.  This individual was placed under protective custody and conveyed to a hospital for further medical evaluation.  Investigation continuing.

14) CENTRAL: Weapons Offense-Person Shot – 3:12 a.m.  Officers were sent to 118 S Bedford St (WORT) for a report of a shooting.  Upon arrival, a 33-year-old AAM was located with a non-life-threatening bullet wound.  There were other people present at the time of the shooting who reported multiple shots fired.  Once the scene was stabilized, the gunshot victim was subsequently conveyed to a local hospital in stable condition.  No suspect has been located at this time.  Investigation continuing.      

15) NORTH: Drug Incident-Overdose – 3:52 a.m.  MPD was dispatched to a pulseless non-breathing (PNB) subject at a residential address on the North side.  Upon arrival, MFD found the subject (21-year-old WM) unresponsive and suffering from an apparent heroin overdose.  MFD was able to revive the subject and he was conveyed to a local hospital.  Evidence of drug use was subsequently revealed.  Investigation continuing.

Posted by: Chief Koval

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