There were 36 known overdoses in August (this matches the record for overdoses per month since this statistic has been tracked; there were also 36 in October of 2017). The overdoses in August represents a 9% increase from August of 2017, where we saw 33 overdoses.
So far this year, we have seen 211 overdoses. This is a 48% increase from the same timeframe last year (142 in the first eight months of 2017).
There were 5 suspected deaths from heroin overdoses in August (33 year-to-date; 15 last year at this time – a 120% increase this year). Last August (2017), we had 1 overdose death.
MPD continues to refer subjects to Madison Addiction Recovery Initiative (MARI). In August, we referred 8 individuals (6 are currently in treatment).
**The above provided stats are based upon the best data available at the time of publication.
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 6:00 a.m. on 09/11/2018 through 6:00 a.m. on 09/12/2018, MPD received 520 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 520 calls for service for the past 24-hours this is how the calls came in per district: Central (94), East (80), Midtown (94), North (89), South (56), West (73), and Other (34). 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 only calls from 3:17am-4:44am due to calls for service.
1) EAST: Armed Robbery – 6:16 a.m. Officers responded to the UW Credit Union in the 4100 block of Commercial Ave for an armed robbery. An armed ATM technician was robbed while servicing the ATM outside of the credit union. A suspect, wearing a dark hoodie, pointed a handgun at the victim and fled with cash. The suspect also took the victim's duty belt, which included a handgun. Press release completed. Investigation continuing.
2) EAST: Death Investigation – 12:22 p.m. Officers responded to a pulseless non-breathing subject (40-year-old WM). Lifesaving measures were attempted but not successful. The subject had recent health issues. Nothing suspicious observed. Medical Examiner's office responded. Investigation continuing.
3) EAST: Traffic Complaint/Investigation – 12:26 p.m. Officers responded to a disturbance/traffic incident that occurred in the East Towne Mall parking lot. The suspect (20-year-old AAM) was supposed to meet his ex-girlfriend to exchange their child. The ex-girlfriend did not bring the child and an argument started. The suspect sped off quickly performing a reverse turning maneuver which caused his vehicle to roll. No injuries were reported. The suspect was cited for reckless driving.
4) WEST: Child Abuse – 12:56 p.m. A parent/father (22-year-old WM) reported to police earlier this month concerns about an injury to his child (2-year-old WF) after being with the child's mother (22-year-old WF). On this date, police and Child Protective Services made contact with the mother who reported the child fell and sustained an injury. No charges have been substantiated at this time. Investigation continuing.
5) SOUTH: Weapons Offense – 2:01 p.m. Officers responded to a disturbance, where it was reported a gun was displayed, in the 2300 block of S. Park St. Officers made contact with the victim (26-year-old WM) who reported a suspect (21-year-old AAM), who was in possession of a gun, left the area in a vehicle. The suspect was tentatively identified but has not been contacted at this time. No charges have been substantiated at this time. Investigation continuing.
6) NORTH: Traffic Incident – 3:05 p.m. Officers responded to a north side residence for a traffic incident where a driver was run over by his own vehicle. The vehicle's emergency brake was having issues, so the driver exited the vehicle to attempt to release the brake. As the brake was being released, the driver was knocked over and run over by the front wheel. The driver was conveyed to a local hospital for an evaluation/treatment. No further action by the police deemed necessary.
7) EAST: Sexual Assault – 5:18 p.m. Officers contacted a victim (19-year-old WF) who reported a sexual assault occurred in July with a 35-year-old HM suspect. The suspect was contacted via phone, refused to meet with officers and provided a statement. No charges have been substantiated at this time. Investigation continuing.
8) CENTRAL: Aggravated/Substantial Battery – 9:20 p.m. Officers responded to a battery in the 500 block of State Street. The victim (51-year-old WM) was assaulted by the suspect (31-year-old WM). The victim is both cognitively and physically disabled; facts known to the suspect. The suspect was arrested for aggravated battery and disorderly conduct.
9) MIDTOWN: Adult Arrested Person – 10:16 p.m. Officers responded to a local hospital for a suspect (29-year-old AAM) refusing to leave when asked by staff (he was attempting to see a patient but had little to no information about her identity). The suspect became upset when he was told he was not being allowed to see the person he wanted to see and subsequently caused a disturbance. Officers arrived and the suspect refused to leave the premises. The suspect was arrested for trespass to a medical facility and transported to jail.
10) CENTRAL: Strong Armed Robbery – 12:54 a.m. Officers responded to the 500 block of State St for a battery/strong armed robbery. The victim (21-year-old WM) was walking on State St when he got into a physical disturbance with a suspect (AAM). The victim reported that the suspect dragged him and choked him. The suspect took the victim's wallet and fled. The victim was conveyed to a local hospital where he received stitches for an injury to his chin. Suspect at-large. Investigation continuing.
11) SOUTH: Recovered/Stolen Auto – 2:04 a.m. Chicago PD contacted MPD to advise they conducted a traffic stop with a vehicle that was confirmed to be stolen out of Madison. The driver/suspect (42-year-old AAM) was arrested for operating a motor vehicle without consent. The vehicle's registered owner was notified.
12) NORTH: Weapons Offense – 3:08 a.m. Officers responded to Ruskin St for a potential suicidal subject (24-year-old WM) armed with a gun. Officers set up a perimeter and attempted to contact the subject by phone. Officers worked with the subject's father and put a safety plan into place. It was found that the subject was not armed/did not have access to a gun. Officers disengaged once the safety plan was in place.
13) SOUTH: Drug Incident/Overdose – 4:46 a.m. Officers responded to a south side residence for a subject (35-year-old WF) experiencing an overdose. MPD and MFD administered Naloxone to the subject, which revived her. The subject was conveyed to a local hospital for an evaluation. Charges may be forthcoming. Officers are inquiring if the subject is eligible to be referred to the Madison Addiction Recovery Initiative (MARI). Investigation continuing.