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MPD Daily Significant Calls 11/24/2018 to 11/25/2018

November 25, 2018 9:41 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 11/24/2018 through 6:00 a.m. on 11/25/2018, MPD received 357 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 357 calls for service for the past 24-hours this is how the calls came in per district: Central (89), East (64), Midtown (65), North (43), South (34), West (44), and Other (18).  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 city-wide from 3:16 a.m. to 5:30 a.m. due to high volume of calls for service and priority ongoing calls. 

1) NORTH: Domestic Disturbance – 9:04 a.m.  Officers were dispatched to a North side residential address reference a domestic disturbance that had occurred the previous day.  The victim (54-year-old AAF) and the suspect (56-year-old AAM) were at the residence of a mutual acquaintance when the suspect punched the victim in the mouth with a closed fist.  There was probable cause to arrest the suspect for domestic battery and he was taken to jail. 

2) EAST: Damage to Property – 9:27 a.m.  Management for an East side apartment complex called police regarding a 64-year-old WF resident/suspect.  They reported that she had cut some of the Dish Network lines in the basement and had also been acting increasingly erratic.  The suspect admitted to cutting the lines, saying she had done so due to people that were listening and tracking her through those lines.  She was issued a misdemeanor citation for criminal damage to property.  Due to her recent behavior, she was transported to a local hospital for an evaluation.  Journey Mental Health was consulted.  Investigation continuing.

3) EAST: Death Investigation – 11:48 a.m.  Officers were dispatched to the 3400 block of Milwaukee St reference the death investigation of a 41-year-old WM.  No suspicious circumstances.  Medical Examiner on scene.  Death likely caused by a sudden medical event.

4) MIDTOWN: Death Investigation – 12:10 p.m.  Officers were dispatched to the 6200 block of Mineral Point Rd, reference a death investigation.  The deceased (91-year-old WF) had last been seen by assisted living staff during their regular checks on the previous night.  No suspicious circumstances.  Medical Examiner on scene. 

5) NORTH: Disturbance – 12:25 p.m.  MPD was dispatched to North side residential neighborhood, reference an intoxicated neighbor kicking on the caller's door and making threats.  Officers arrived on scene and contacted the victim (56-year-old AAM) who stated that the suspect (60-year-old WM) threatened to kill him and said other derogatory things to him, over a missing stereo which the victim had nothing to do with.  The suspect was arrested for disorderly conduct.  During the arrest, the suspect resisted and therefore a state charge of resisting was added.  The suspect was transported to jail where he blew a 0.277 on a PBT (preliminary breath test).  

6) WEST: Suspicious Person – 5:59 p.m.  Employees at a West side retail store called police due to a 36-year-old WM who was in the store for approximately one hour and was acting strangely.  Employees reported that the subject was following them around and would interrupt them trying to help other customers, mentioning a "war zone" and his medications.  Officers contacted the subject who stated that he was armed and had a gun in a back holster.  The subject produced a CCW license.  It was determined that while the subject's actions were concerning, there was nothing criminal that occurred and the subject was subsequently released from the scene. 

7) MIDTOWN: Missing Adult – 6:02 p.m.  A 59-year-old AM left for a walk at approximately 1:30 p.m., from his residence on Sheboygan Ave.  When the subject did not return home for approximately five hours, his family called him in as a missing person.  The subject was familiar with the area and had a phone, but it was not working.  An ATL was aired and a K-9 unit began a response when phone contact was made with the missing subject.  No further action required.   

8) CENTRAL: Theft – 7:30 p.m.  Officers responded to the 500 block of W Main St reference a theft investigation.  The victim (21-year-old UM) is a Lyft driver who responded to the 1300 block of Regent St to pick up a passenger.  The suspect (30-year-old WM) came to the vehicle and assumed the identity of the victim's intended passenger.  The victim asked the suspect to confirm on his phone that he was who he claimed to be; however the suspect stated that his phone was dead.  The victim took the suspect on his word and gave the suspect and three individuals a ride to W Main St.  Upon arrival, the victim saw the suspect on his phone and determined that the suspect was being dishonest about his identity.  The victim approached the suspect to demand payment when the suspect put his hands in his pockets and told the driver to back up.  The victim called 911 due to believing he was about to be robbed, and all the riders fled.  The suspect was stopped by officers and the suspect subsequently paid his fare.     

9) WEST: Weapons Offense – 9:26 p.m.  MPD was dispatched to the 1200 block of McKenna Blvd reference a weapons offense.  The caller reported seeing a WM or HM wearing a black hat and gray jacket running through the parking lot with a black handgun in his hand.  Several officers were nearby and upon arrival to the area, a vehicle was seen taking off at a high rate of speed.  No one else was seen at this time.  Investigation continuing.

10) CENTRAL: Substantial Battery – 11:13 p.m.  MPD was dispatched to the intersection of W Gilman St and University Ave, for a man down on the ground.  Officers arrived and contacted the victim (21-year-old WM) who was so intoxicated he did not know what happened.  City cameras were reviewed and the victim was observed coming into close proximity with another otherwise unknown male.  This male pushed the victim away, who then initiated a physical fight by swinging at the unknown male and missed.  The unknown male swung back at the victim and did not miss.  The victim was transported to a local hospital where it was discovered that he had a fracture to his eye socket.  The suspect has not yet been identified.  Investigation continuing.   

11) EAST: Check Person – 11:23 p.m.  MPD was dispatched to an East side residential neighborhood, reference a report of a suicidal 32-year-old WF, called in by an ex-boyfriend.  A phone ping was initiated (exigent circumstances) due to only being given information that the subject was in the Madison area.  Officers were able to locate the subject at her residence in the East district.  She was uncooperative with police, placed into protective custody, and was transported to a local hospital.  Journey Mental Health and the hospital psychologist did not support an emergency detention petition.  Officers subsequently cleared from the hospital. 

12) MIDTOWN: Battery – 11:53 p.m.  MPD was dispatched to a local hospital, reference a battery complaint.  The suspect (27-year-old WM) was at the hospital seeking treatment when he became irate and assaulted a security guard, kicking him in the face.  The security guard's injuries required stitches to close the wound.  Once medically cleared by hospital staff, the suspect was transported to jail.  The suspect was charged with battery to medical provider and threats to law enforcement (threatened to kill an MPD sergeant in graphic detail).  Investigation continuing.

13) CENTRAL: Check Person – 12:10 a.m.  Officers from the Central district were dispatched to a report of an 18-year-old suicidal WF, regarding an online video in which she threatened to kill her 5-month old daughter and also herself, during an argument with the possible father of the child.  The video was reported by a subject in the Rockford area who was forwarded the video by a third party.  Despite following up on several leads, MPD could not substantiate the claims.  MPD did contact Dane County Health and Social Services and issued a missing/endangered alert for the involved party.  Investigation continuing.

14) SOUTH: Weapons Offense-Shots Fired – 2:55 a.m.  MPD was dispatched to the 1400 block of S Park St reference a noise complaint stemming from a large party.  Officers arrived to find approximately 20 people outside.  The crowd refused to disperse and as such, more officers were called to assist.  While on scene, officers arrested a 44-year-old AAM on a warrant and then while walking through the parking lot, heard a gunshot coming from the east.  No one was hit, no damage was located, and no casings were found at this time.  Investigation continuing. 

15) CENTRAL: Missing Person – 2:56 a.m.  MPD was dispatched to Whiskey Jack's Saloon (552 State St) reference a missing person.  A 22-year-old WF came down from Clover, Wisconsin with her family for the Badger game.  After the game, she was drinking at Whiskey Jack's when she and her group became separated.  Her phone was left at the bar and her mother wished to report her as missing.  ATL was aired.  At approximately 9 a.m. on today's date, the subject was later reported as having returned to her family. 

16) CENTRAL: Crash with Injuries – 3:12 a.m.  Madison Police Officers were dispatched to the intersection of E. Johnson Street/Wisconsin Avenue regarding a motor vehicle crash with injuries.  Officers arrived on scene and found an unconscious WF down in the roadway.  There were no witnesses to what occurred, although based on evidence found on scene this appears to be a serious hit-and-run crash involving a pedestrian.  The female victim has not been positively identified at this time and was conveyed to a local hospital with significant injuries.  The suspect vehicle has not been located.  The suspect vehicle is believed to be a smaller 4-door sedan style vehicle, white in color with a moon roof.  Incident Report on MPD's website completed.  Investigation continuing.  As of 5:12 a.m., the victim is a HF who is currently in stable condition. 

17) NORTH: Weapons Offense – 3:38 a.m.  MPD was dispatched to the 3700 block of Kipling Dr reference a weapons offense.  The first caller to 911 stated that there was a female outside of this residence with a handgun.  A second caller to 911 stated that there were two females in the apartment hallway and one was threatening to shoot someone with a gun, followed by screaming.  A third caller to 911 reported people in the hallway fighting and to send the police right away.  Officers arrived on scene and arrested two suspects (mother and daughter).  A handgun was also recovered.  A 30-year-old AAF was arrested for 2nd degree recklessly endangering safety and disorderly conduct while armed.  She was transported to jail.  A 50-year-old AAF was issued a misdemeanor citation for disorderly conduct and released.      

Posted by: Chief Koval

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