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MPD Daily Significant Calls 12/15/2018 to 12/16/2018

December 16, 2018 11:46 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 12/15/2018 through 6:00 a.m. on 12/16/2018, MPD received 445 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 445 calls for service for the past 24-hours this is how the calls came in per district: Central (94), East (82), Midtown (65), North (82), South (45), West (62), and Other (15).  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 from 4:40 p.m. to 7:36 p.m.  Priority calls resumed for Central, East, and North districts at 8:28 p.m.  City-wide priorities at 9:18 p.m. and lifted at 11:50 p.m. 


1) MIDTOWN: Disturbance – 7:36 a.m.  Officers were dispatched to the 300 block of N Brooks St reference a 43-year-old AAM reporting that his friend (40-year-old AAF) was holding knives and being threatening.  This female friend called Dispatch prior to police arrival with concerns over the male subject, who suffers from mental health issues and was up overnight, seeing things.  Subsequent investigation revealed that the male subject had been the one holding the knife against his chest and the female had taken it from him.  The male subject was conveyed to Journey Mental Health for an evaluation and was eventually voluntarily admitted at a local hospital. 

2) CENTRAL: Information/Check Person – 9:59 a.m.  MPD was summoned to the 300 block of State St reference a report of a WM with an open-carry firearm.  While this may have been off-putting to some, there was no lawful basis for MPD to arrest for any violations of law at this time. 

3) EAST: Disturbance – 10:18 a.m.  Officers were dispatched to the Dane County Juvenile Shelter Home (2402 Atwood Ave) reference a disturbance involving a 13-year-old AAM.  The juvenile did not like the directions that a staff member (42-year-old WF) was giving and then began to throw things and threaten the staff member.  Officers subsequently charged the suspect with disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property, and he was conveyed to JRC. 

4) MIDTOWN: Armed Robbery – 10:58 a.m.  A 16-year-old HM victim was sitting in his car while parked in the 2200 block of Rosenberry Rd, when two suspects (AAM's) opened the car door and yanked the victim out by force.  The victim struggled with the suspects until one suspect pulled out a handgun, struck the victim in the face, and threatened to shoot the victim.  Upon demand, the victim gave the suspects his phone and tablet computer.  The suspects offered to return the items back to the victim if he would give them more money.  They drove him to the UW Credit Union, located in the 1400 block of Northport Dr, where the victim went in to cash a check in order to get more money.  Once inside, the victim told employees of the ongoing incident and staff subsequently called dispatch.  However, prior to MPD's arrival, the suspects left in their vehicle and are at large.  Investigation continuing.  Incident Report on MPD's website completed. 

5) EAST: Adult Arrested Person/Retail Theft – 1:20 p.m.  Officers were dispatched to Walmart (4198 Nakoosa Trl) reference a chronic retail theft suspect in the store who was attempting to return merchandise.  Officers responded and contacted the suspect (33-year-old WF) who was involved with at least six open cases.  The suspect was arrested on a PO hold and also had a bench warrant.  Charges included one felony retail theft and two municipal retail thefts.  The suspect was taken to jail. 

6) CENTRAL: Death Investigation – 4:18 p.m.  MPD and MFD respond to the 1600 block of Fordem Ave, reference a 60-year-old WF who was initially choking with breathing complications.  CCR was in progress by family upon arrival.  MFD was able to remove the lodged food; however, it is suspected that the subject suffered a cardiac event possibly just before or during the choking.  Life-saving efforts were unsuccessful.  All indications are that this was medical/accidental, and nothing suspicious was noted.  Medical Examiner was summoned.   

7) MIDTOWN: Armed Robbery – 7:53 p.m.  Green Cab responded to the area of 30 N Mills to pick up a fare with a requested destination on the North side of the city.  When the 43-year-old WM driver/victim arrived, a suspect (AAM) opened the passenger door and pointed a gun at the driver, demanding cash.  The driver produced cash but the suspect demanded more and struck the driver in the head with the gun, causing injury.  The driver fled and ran to Meriter Hospital to call as his phone was also stolen in the incident.  The suspect apparently tried to move the cab, but it was recovered close by to the location of the occurrence.  Suspect still at large.  Investigation continuing.  Incident Report on MPD's website completed. 

8) CENTRAL: Armed Robbery – 8:24 p.m.  MPD responded to the 1100 block of Rutledge St for the report of an armed robbery.  Two 16-year-old WF juveniles were getting into a vehicle when they were accosted by two suspects (AAM's).  Both suspects were armed with handguns.  Personal property was taken from both victims, and the suspects fled on foot.  Both victims sustained minor injuries.  Investigation continuing.  Incident Report on MPD's website completed. 

9) CENTRAL: Weapons Offense – 8:28 p.m.  MPD was called to the 100 block of N Carroll St, reference a 65-year-old WM suspect stumbling on the sidewalk and brandishing a pocket knife.  No one was being threatened.  Officers located the suspect on a bench.  The suspect was arrested for Felon in Possession and a PO hold.  He was subsequently transported to jail. 

10) SOUTH: Armed Robbery/Home Invasion – 9:04 p.m. MPD responded to the 600 block of South Shore Dr for the report of an armed robbery.  The two victims (62-year-old WM and 70-year-old WM) reported that two male suspects (unknown race) entered the residence and demanded money from the victims.  The suspects also threatened the victims if they did not comply.  The victims did provide the suspects with personal property.  The suspects left the residence, but only after physically assaulting the victims.  Both victims sustained injuries; one had minor injuries and the other had an injury that required stitches at a local hospital.  Investigation continuing.  Incident Report on MPD's website completed. 

11) WEST: Adult Arrested Person – 9:14 p.m.  Officers were dispatched to a hit and run crash at Leland Dr.  The suspect (28-year-old AAM) had left the area prior to MPD arrival; however, returned during the investigation and was found to be heavily intoxicated.  The suspect denied driving and there were no witnesses that put him behind the wheel.  The suspect was subsequently cited for hit and run/owner liability, and a PO hold was placed.  As officers were taking the suspect into custody, the suspect resisted and kicked an officer, as well as threatened more harm to that officer.  Officers were eventually able to book the suspect into jail on the additional charge of battery to a law enforcement officer and the PO hold.   

12) EAST: Missing Juvenile/Runaway – 11:32 p.m.  A 16-year-old AAM ran away from his East side residential address after getting into an argument with his mother.  The juvenile has run away from home before.  There are no significant health or mental health concerns.  An ATL (attempt to locate) was aired and the juvenile was entered into NCIC.  Investigation continuing.

13) EAST: Domestic Disturbance – 11:56 p.m.  Officers were dispatched to the 2500 block of S Stoughton Rd, reference a suicidal 25-year-old WM subject who had fought with his 59-year-old father/victim (WM) with a knife.  Subsequent investigation revealed that the 25-year-old, who has a mental health history, was intoxicated and upset and a physical altercation resulted.  During that struggle, the victim/father sustained a cut to his nose.  After the two separated, the 25-year-old subject started to cut his own neck.  The 25-year-old WM subject was placed under protective custody and taken to a hospital for further evaluation.  Investigation continuing.

14) CENTRAL: Disturbance – 3:27 a.m.  Officers were dispatched to W Gorham St, reference the caller (21-year-old AF) hearing someone screaming.  Subsequent investigation revealed that a 21-year-old AM had been inexplicably screaming.  This individual was subsequently cited for disorderly conduct and person making unreasonable noise.  Investigation continuing.  

15) EAST: Unwanted Person/Attempted Residential Burglary – 3:58 a.m.  Officers were dispatched to an East side residential address, reference the caller finding an unknown male suspect in her residence.  The victim (50-year-old WF) had let her dog out and after doing so, left the wooden stop-stick out of the track of her patio door and went to use the bathroom.  Shortly after, she heard her dog barking and then heard the sliding patio door open.  She came into the kitchen and saw a WM, approximately 6'0" tall, standing there.  The victim screamed and the male suspect fled.  Investigation continuing.

16) NORTH: Crash with Injuries/Recovered Stolen Auto – 5:08 a.m.  Officers were called to Coolidge St at Stang St, reference a vehicle that had hit a tree.  One female was found on the ground, injured but conscious.  Several others were seen fleeing the area.  The vehicle was listed as stolen under a previously reported case.  Investigation continuing.

Posted by: Chief Koval

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