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MPD Daily Significant Calls 01/29/2019 to 01/30/2019

January 30, 2019 9:15 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 01/29/2019 through 6:00 a.m. on 01/30/2019, MPD received 426 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 426 calls for service for the past 24-hours, this is how the calls came in per district: Central (78) , East (61), Midtown (91), North (62), South (42), West (55), and Other (37).  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 only from 12:55pm to 5:27pm due to calls for service. 

**Priority calls only starting at 9:41pm (and continues) due to calls for service. 

**Limited crash response continues due to calls for service/weather. 

1) NORTH: Stolen Auto – 7:50 a.m.  Officers responded to a north side residence for a report of a stolen auto.  The vehicle was in the garage, unattended while warming up.  Witnesses observed two AAMs enter the garage and leave with the vehicle.  Attempt to locate aired.  The vehicle was listed as stolen in the appropriate databases.  Investigation continuing.   

2) MIDTOWN: Check Person – 10:05 a.m.  Officers received a request to check the welfare of a subject (25-year-old WM) after he left his mother's residence in a reported "breakdown".  Addresses checked for the subject.  The subject was not located.  Journey Mental Health consulted.  Investigation continuing. 

3) CENTRAL: Information/Sexual Assault – 11:31 a.m.  Officers met with a victim (19-year-old WF) who reported being sexually assaulted on Segoe Road by a male suspect.  Investigation continuing.   

4) MIDTOWN: Armed Robbery – 11:55 a.m.  Officers responded to Pizza Hut at 520 S. Park Street for a report of an armed robbery.  A suspect (33-year-old WM) entered the business with a firearm, demanded money and then fled on foot.  The suspect was tracked based on officer and witness observations.  The suspect hid outdoors for over 2 hours before he was taken into custody safely.  Multiple resources were used during this incident – MPD Unmanned Aircraft System, Dane County Sheriff's Office snowmobiles and air boat, UWPD personnel, Town of Madison PD, MFD personnel, Metro bus (to keep personnel safe and warm).   The suspect was conveyed to a local hospital for an evaluation/treatment due to the extreme cold he was exposed to (officers were also checked out due to their exposure to the cold).  Once medically cleared, the suspect will be officially arrested for armed robbery.  Additional charges may also be forthcoming.  Incident Report on MPD's website completed.  Investigation continuing.    

5) WEST: Adult Arrested Person – 11:56 a.m.   Officers responded to the 200 block of Junction Rd for a report of a subject/suspect (57-year-old WM) huffing compressed air.  The suspect was reported to be on probation.  The suspect was contacted and arrested.  The suspect was conveyed to a local hospital for a medical clearance.  The suspect was subsequently transported to jail on charges of abuse of hazardous substances and a probation violation/hold.

6) NORTH: Weapons Offense – 12:42 p.m.  Officers responded to the 1800 block of Northport Drive and met with a resident (AF) who reported hearing an argument in the middle of the night coming from a neighboring apartment, followed by a loud bang which left a hole in her ceiling.  During the day, the resident observed another hole in an interior wall, which prompted her to call the police.  The holes were confirmed to have been caused by firearm rounds.  One of the rounds entered a bedroom where the resident was sleeping with her two young children.  A resident (AAF) of another apartment was contacted about the disturbance/shots fired.  The AAF was not fully cooperative with officers and provided limited information.  Investigation continuing. 

7) WEST: Weapons Offense – 2:45 p.m.  Officers responded to the 7300 block of Tree Lane for a report of a disturbance between two subjects (27-year-old AAF suspect and 28-year-old WF suspect).   The two suspects were engaged in a verbal argument when a witness intervened and split the two of them up.  The suspects reportedly went their separate ways but reconvened and a physical altercation broke out (punching, pulling hair) between the two of them. The WF suspect went to her residence to retrieve a knife and threatened to kill people.  The WF suspect was arrested for disorderly conduct while armed and disorderly conduct.  The AAF suspect was arrested for battery and disorderly conduct.  Investigation continuing.            

8) CENTRAL: Check Person – 3:20 p.m.   Officers responded to S. Bassett Street to check the welfare of a subject (30-year-old AF) due to her reportedly harming herself.  The subject was not present when officers arrived.  Areas checked.  The subject was located and taken into protective custody without incident.  The subject had sustained self-inflicted superficial injuries.  The subject was conveyed to a local hospital for an evaluation.  Investigation continuing.   

9) EAST:  Missing/Runaway Juvenile – 4:26 p.m.   Officers responded to the 800 block of N. Thompson Rd for a juvenile (16-year-old AAM) who ran away after quarrelling with his sibling.  Attempt to locate aired.  No safety concerns identified for the juvenile.  The juvenile was listed as missing/runaway in the appropriate databases.  Investigation continuing. 

10) NORTH:  Check Person – 8:28 p.m.  Officers responded to the 2300 block of N. Sherman Ave to check the welfare of a suicidal subject (16-year-old WF).  The subject was contacted, taken into protective custody and conveyed to a local hospital for an evaluation.  The subject subsequently was voluntarily admitted to the hospital.  No further action deemed necessary by the police at this time. 

11) MIDTOWN:  Disturbance/Unwanted Person – 10:26 p.m.  Officers responded to a local hospital regarding a subject/suspect (40-year-old WM) refusing to leave the premises.  The suspect was contacted and was uncooperative towards officers.  The suspect was arrested for trespassing on a medical facility.

12) CENTRAL:  Weapons Offense – 10:59 p.m.  Officers responded to Paradise Lounge located at 119 W. Main St for a suspect (46-year-old WM) who displayed a knife and was causing a disturbance.  Officers contacted the suspect, who was not cooperative and resisted.  An ECD (electronic control device/taser) was deployed on the basis that a knife was reported to be involved.  A knife was located on the suspect. It was reported that the suspect had been asked multiple times to leave the premises, which he refused to do.  The suspect also pushed an employee of the business.  The suspect was arrested and charged with trespassing, disorderly conduct while armed, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and felon in possession of a concealed knife.  No injuries reported.  Incident Report on MPD's website completed.        

13) CENTRAL:  Information/Check Person – 2:04 a.m.  Two subjects (23-year-old HM and 21-year-old HM) had been out drinking and went to their vehicle that was parked in the State Street ramp.  They could not exit the ramp because the guard arm would not raise (possibly frozen).  The vehicle was parked and the two subjects began walking.  The 21-year-old subject saw security guards and decided to run away (with no phone, light clothing, etc.)  The 23-year-old subject went home and contacted police with concerns for the safety of his friend due to weather conditions.  City cameras were reviewed and the subject was observed walking normally without any issues.  It is also believed that the subject has contacts in the downtown area.  Attempt to locate aired.  The subject was entered as missing in the appropriate databases.  Investigation continuing. 

14) EAST:  Assist EMS/Fire – 2:57 a.m.  Officers responded, along with MFD/EMS, to a residential fire in the 4800 block of Buckeye Road.  Nothing suspicious identified at this time.  No injuries reported.  Extensive damage was caused to the home.  Incident Report on MPD's website completed.  MFD has the lead on this investigation. 

15) WEST:  Stolen Auto – 3:01 a.m.  Officers responded to west side residential neighborhood for a report of a stolen auto.  The vehicle, which was in the garage, was stolen by an unknown suspect.  The registered owner believed the garage was shut (no signs of forced entry observed).  The keys were left in the vehicle.  Attempt to locate aired.  The vehicle was entered as stolen in the appropriate databases.  Investigation continuing.       

16) NORTH:  Domestic Disturbance – 3:06 a.m.  Officers responded to the 3300 block of E. Washington Ave for a disturbance between among three subjects (29-year-old WM suspect, WM and UF).  The suspect was verbally arguing with the female when the other WM intervened by choking him.  The 29-year-old was conveyed to a local hospital and will be charged with domestic disorderly conduct once medically released.  The second WM was arrested for domestic battery and domestic strangulation.  Investigation continuing.           

Posted by: Chief Koval

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