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MPD Daily Significant Calls 01/12/2019 to 01/13/2019

January 13, 2019 10:50 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 01/12/2019 through 6:00 a.m. on 01/13/2019, MPD received 356 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 356 calls for service for the past 24-hours this is how the calls came in per district: Central (77), East (62), Midtown (60), North (50), South (29), West (65), and Other (13).  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 9:30 p.m. to 12:03 a.m. due to MacArthur Rd weapons offense, several arrests, and pending emergency detentions taking up resources.


1) SOUTH: Check Person – 5:37 a.m.  A 33-year-old WM made vague suicidal statements to a crisis worker.  The subject's cell phone was plotting near Braxton Pl.  Officers searched the area and did not find the subject.  ATL was aired.  * This was a late call that did not make the previous 24-hour cycle call notes due to officers being involved at the scene and reports from the field were not yet typed. 

2) CENTRAL: Death Investigation – 8:37 a.m.  Officers were dispatched to a death investigation on W Dayton St.  A 38-year-old WM was found deceased, surrounded by drug paraphernalia.  Medical Examiner on scene.  Investigation continuing. 

3) CENTRAL: Assist Outside Agency/Capitol PD – 11:00 a.m.  Central District and SET officers worked a 2nd Amendment demonstration collaboratively.  The event ended without incident. 
 
4) EAST: Domestic Disturbance – 1:11 p.m.  Officers were called to Concord Ave for a physical disturbance.  A 19-year-old WM victim reported that his father-in-law (52-year-old WM) punched him in the face.  The victim's 19-year-old WF wife was also battered by the suspect.  Both victims retreated outside to wait for police.  After subsequent investigation, the suspect was arrested for two counts of domestic-related battery.  The suspect was conveyed to jail.  

5) CENTRAL: Drug Incident-Overdose – 2:17 p.m.  Officers were dispatched to W Mifflin St, reference a 29-year-old WM who was found unconscious in the bathroom and was reported to have a needle sticking out of his arm.  When officers and MFD/EMS arrived, the subject had already regained consciousness and had removed the needle.  The suspect was subsequently cited and referred to the MARI program.  Investigation continuing.

6) NORTH: Conveyance-Mental Health – 2:30 p.m.  Officers were requested by Journey Mental Health to pick up an 18-year-old AAF who was at the McDonald's on Dryden Dr.  The subject needed to be conveyed to a local hospital for a return mental health order, however, the local hospital did not have a room for this individual.  Following a prolonged medical clearance, the subject was transported to Winnebago at approximately 1:45 a.m. 

7) CENTRAL: Injured Person – 3:02 p.m.  Officers were dispatched to the 400 block of W Main St where it was reported that a male was breaking out windows and may have pointed something outside toward the street.  Multiple callers reported a possible disturbance at this location while officers were en route.  Officers were able to contact a 28-year-old WM subject and ultimately determined that he fell into a window while putting plastic over it, sustaining a large laceration on his arm that required medical assistance.      

8) NORTH: Drug Incident-Overdose – 3:07 p.m.  Officers and MFD/EMS were dispatched to Troy Dr reference a 24-year-old WM who was found unconscious.  The subject was conscious when police had arrived and investigation determined that the subject had overdosed.  The suspect was charged with possession of a schedule I or II narcotic, possession of drug paraphernalia, and for a probation violation.  The suspect was not MARI eligible and was subsequently transported to jail following a medical clearance. 

9) EAST: Death Investigation – 4:25 p.m.  Officers were dispatched to an East side residential address reference a 79-year-old WF who was found down in the bathroom.  Nothing suspicious noted and Medical Examiner was on scene.  

10) EAST: Conveyance-Mental Health – 6:56 p.m.  MPD was dispatched to an intentional overdose that occurred at a residential address on Milwaukee St.  The caller reported that his 32-year-old WF wife had intentionally swallowed a handful of prescribed medications.  The subject was conveyed to a local hospital and Journey Mental Health was in support of an emergency detention.  The subject was transported to Winnebago at 4:30 a.m.   

11) CENTRAL: Conveyance-Mental Health – 8:38 p.m.  MPD was dispatched to W Washington Ave, reference the report of a 32-year-old WM who was displaying odd behavior.  Officers contacted the subject and placed him into protective custody.  Journey Mental Health was contacted and supported an emergency detention.  The subject was transported to Winnebago at 4:30 a.m.   

12) CENTRAL: OMVWI Arrest/Crash – 9:02 p.m.  Four callers reported a vehicle driving inbound on E Washington Ave at N Ingersoll St that had struck multiple signs in the median.  Officers arrived and located the totaled suspect vehicle, as well as the suspect/driver, a 23-year-old AAM.  The suspect refused standardized field sobriety tests and was taken to a local hospital for a medical clearance prior to being transported to jail for OMVWI-1st offense and a parole hold.  

13) EAST: Weapons Offense-Shots Fired – 9:17 p.m.  The Madison Police Department was dispatched to the 1200 block of MacArthur Rd after multiple callers reported hearing gunshots in the area.  A 36-year-old AAM sustained a single non-life threatening gunshot wound and casings were recovered on scene.  The suspect fled in an unknown vehicle.  Incident Report on MPD's website completed.  Investigation continuing.

14) EAST: OMVWI Arrest – 10:53 p.m.  The suspect (48-year-old WM) was driving on the northbound Hwy 51 on-ramp from Cottage Grove Rd at around 60 mph when he lost control, slid over the curb, and struck a tree causing airbag deployment.  MFD/EMS was dispatched as a precaution.  The suspect displayed alcohol impairment, however, he refused standardized field sobriety tests.  The suspect was taken to a local hospital for a medical clearance, was cited for OMVWI-1st offense and for failure to maintain control, and was subsequently released to a responsible party. 

15) CENTRAL: Stolen Auto/Reckless Endangering Safety/OMVWI Arrest – 11:48 p.m.  A 20-year-old UM had parked his Audi (unlocked and running) in the 400 block of Hawthorne Ct so he could take pictures of it.  A 21-year-old WM suspect was "dared" by friends to hop in the vehicle.  The suspect took the dare, jumped into the driver's seat, and floored the accelerator with the vehicle in reverse, causing smoke to emit from the tires.  A witness estimated the vehicle was traveling at least 40 to 50 mph and narrowly missed striking three pedestrians.  The suspect then drove the Audi into a mini-van, fortunately preventing any further travel into the densely populated University Ave area.  The suspect bailed on foot but was later apprehended by MPD.  The suspect refused standardized field sobriety tests and was booked into jail on 2nd degree reckless endangering safety, OMVWOC (operating a motor vehicle without owner's consent), OMVWI-1st offense, reckless driving, hit-and-run, unsafe backing, and failure to have insurance.  Investigation continuing.   

16) CENTRAL: Fight Call – 2:09 a.m.  An officer was flagged down by citizens reporting a large fight in the 500 block of N Broom St.  The officer on scene observed 15 to 20 individuals actively fighting.  Due to calls for service at the time, and a lack of available back-up, officers were forced to stand down and monitor the group.  The group continued moving and fighting along W Gorham St, heading towards State St.  OC spray was deployed and this prompted most of the fighting individuals to retreat to their vehicles and leave the area.  Investigation continuing. 

17) NORTH: Weapons Offense-Shots Fired – 3:43 a.m.  The Madison Police Department was dispatched to the 800 block of Wheeler Rd for a weapons violation after multiple callers reported hearing gunshots in the area.  An occupied residence was struck and multiple shell casings were recovered on scene.  No one was reported injured at the time of the investigation.  Incident Report on MPD's website completed.  Investigation continuing.

18) NORTH: Non-Residential Burglary – 4:22 a.m.  MPD officers were dispatched to Capitol Petro (1101 N Sherman Ave) for a commercial burglary alarm that was activated by a "glass break."  Due to calls for service, Maple Bluff PD was able to arrive first and they observed forced entry to the front window.  Officers cleared the business and the suspect was no longer on scene.  Cartons of cigarettes appeared to be the only items targeted at this time.  Investigation continuing.

Posted by: Chief Koval

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