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MPD Daily Significant Calls 10/06/2018 to 10/07/2018

October 7, 2018 9:46 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 6:00 a.m. on 10/06/2018 through 6:00 a.m. on 10/07/2018, MPD received 490 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 490 calls for service for the past 24-hours this is how the calls came in per district: Central (128), East (72), Midtown (115), North (56), South (31), West (44), and Other (44).  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 for Central, East and North districts starting at 1:59 a.m., due to very few units available, bar time approaching, and assessment of downtown crowd as problematic.  Amended to city-wide priority calls from 2:27 a.m. to 6:30 a.m., due to a motor vehicle vs. pedestrian crash as well as other calls. 

1) NORTH: Disturbance/Armed Robbery – 7:26 a.m.  Multiple callers reported hearing the sounds of a disturbance in the 1100 block of N Sherman Ave and a woman yelling for help.  The suspect (32-year-old AAM) was reported to be armed with a gun.  Officers arrived and a foot pursuit ensued through the nearby backyards.  Officers saw the suspect throw a firearm during the foot pursuit.  The suspect was taken into custody near Shabazz High School.  Officers also recovered the firearm which upon further inspection was found to be a BB/pellet gun.  Apparently, this incident began when the suspect got into a verbal dispute with a 60-year-old WF victim.  The disturbance escalated and the suspect drew the gun and held it to the victim's head.  Two other witnesses/victims (75-year-old WF and a 70-year-old WF) began to record the incident with their phones.  The suspect then took all three victims' cell phones before fleeing.  The suspect was subsequently charged with the crimes of armed robbery, strong armed robbery, battery, intimidation of a victim (three counts), unlawful trespass, felon in possession of a firearm, resisting/obstructing, and a parole violation.  Officers conveyed the suspect to jail.  Investigation continuing.

2) EAST: Death Investigation – 9:25 a.m.  Officers were dispatched to a death investigation at an East side assisted living facility.  The deceased (87-year-old WF) was found by staff in the morning, on the floor of her apartment.  Death appears to be of natural causes due to medical ailments.  Medical Examiner was on scene. 

3) EAST: Check Person-Weapon – 11:32 a.m.  A medical clinic called 911 and stated that they had information that a 44-year-old WM subject was at his home (an East side residential address), had a handgun and was threatening suicide.  The clinic reported that the subject was out of medications and had recently lost his wife.  Officers made contact with the subject and recovered/secured the handgun.  The subject was transported to a local hospital for evaluation.

4) MIDTOWN: Information/Sexual Assault of a Child – 2:44 p.m.  Officers were dispatched to the Midtown District Station reference an 18-year-old WF who wished to report a sexual assault from a number of months ago.  Investigation continuing.  

5) CENTRAL: Check Person – 3:01 p.m.  UWPD contacted Dispatch because friends of a 20-year-old AF subject were concerned about suicidal statements that were made on social media.  Officers contacted the subject at her downtown apartment building and she admitted that she wanted to harm herself by jumping off of her balcony.  She was taken to a local hospital voluntarily. 

6) CENTRAL: Disturbance - 8:17 p.m.  A Madison parking enforcement officer (PEO) was on the tow route when a 71-year-old WM approached the PEO and tow company.  The subject was upset that cars were being towed and caused a disturbance.  The suspect was cited for disorderly conduct and released. 

7) MIDTOWN: Adult Arrested Person – 8:24 p.m.  Officers were dispatched to a Midtown residential address following a fight between a father and son.  The victim (17-year-old WM) reported that after arguing earlier, the suspect/father (37-year-old WM) and he got into a fight. The victim had visible injuries to his face.  The suspect, when contacted, admitted to slapping the victim's face during the argument.  The victim alleged additional assaultive behavior. Probable cause was developed to arrest the suspect for physical abuse to a child and he was transported to jail.  Child Protective Services (CPS) was contacted.  Investigation continuing.

8) CENTRAL: Substantial Battery – 9:51 p.m.  A Madison PEO called in a passed out subject with blood on her face, located at the intersection of Pinckney St and E Gorham St.  Officers contacted the victim (42-year-old NAF) who was highly intoxicated and had a large wound on her head.  The victim claimed that she was hit with a metal object by a WM suspect.  The victim received 12 staples to the back of her head and possibly sustained a neck injury.  The suspect was described as a WM, 5'3", with a stocky build, short buzzed hair, and with a mustache.  Investigation continuing. 

9) WEST: Missing Adult – 10:32 p.m.  MPD was dispatched to a West side residential address for the report of a missing 45-year-old WM subject.  The subject left the presence of his care worker at 11:02 a.m. on 10/6/18, while at a South side location.  The subject currently lives at a residence in the West district.  The subject is new to that particular address and also has memory problems which could have caused him some confusion.  Attempt to Locate was aired.  Investigation continuing.    

10) EAST: Weapons Offense-Shots Fired – 2:12 a.m.  The Madison Police Department was dispatched to the area around Connections Bar (3737 E Washington Ave) reference numerous calls of shots fired.  Upon arrival, officers did discover evidence of shots fired, as bullet casings were recovered in the parking lot of the establishment.  At this time, there have been no injuries reported as a result of this incident.  Based on the investigation so far, it is unclear what precipitated the shots being fired.  This investigation is ongoing.  If anyone has any information regarding this incident, they are encouraged to contact the Madison Police Department or the Madison area Crimestoppers program.

11) MIDTOWN: MV vs Pedestrian/OMVWI Arrest – 2:21 a.m.  Officers were called to the intersection of Regent St at Orchard St, reference a motor vehicle versus pedestrian crash.  The pedestrian/victim (19-year-old WF) was transported to a local hospital and was reported to have significant injuries but not life threatening.  The suspect driver (60-year-old AAM) was arrested for OMVWI (causing injury), processed, and released to a responsible party.  Investigation continuing.

12) CENTRAL: Substantial Battery – 2:32 a.m.  Officers were dispatched to the 500 block of State St, reference a substantial battery.  The suspect (34-year-old WM) got into an argument with the victim (27-year-old WM) and punched him, knocking him out and possibly breaking the victim's nose.  The suspect resisted arrest as he was being taken into custody.  The suspect was ultimately charged with substantial battery, disorderly conduct, resisting, and causing injury to law enforcement (an MPD sergeant was injured).  Investigation continuing.

13) SOUTH: Substantial Battery – 3:15 a.m.  Officers were dispatched to Baird St reference a substantial battery.  The victim (27-year-old AAF) and the suspect (UF) are long-time enemies that got into a fight.  During the fight, the victim was pushed through a window, sustaining several lacerations from the glass.  She was taken to the hospital and received seven staples and two stitches.  Officers are working on positively identifying the suspect.  Investigation continuing.

Posted by: Chief Koval

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