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Incident Report for Case #2012-148705

Incident Type

Weapons Violation

Incident Date

05/31/2012 - 11:47 PM


3400 block Cottage Grove Road


Franklin D. Robinson, age 48, Madison
Mr. Robinson was arrested for 2nd Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety.


Male, age 45, Madison


According to the victim, trouble in camp started late Thursday night when a fellow camper returned to their site after imbibing. The 45-year old victim ended up getting stabbed in the leg, and he said it was all because 48-year old Franklin D. Robinson had over-served himself and was cantankerous – looking for a fight. A preliminary breathalyzer test supported his assertion that Mr. Robinson had been drinking as Mr. Robinson registered a .305. Prior to the arrival of officers, the victim said he and Mr. Robinson were going at it after arguing over “stupid things.” The dispute ended when he was stabbed in the leg with a pocket knife. The wound would require a couple of stitches. Mr. Robinson provided a different version of events to police. He said it was actually the victim who came back to camp in a drunken state and was being a stinkpot. He said he was not guilty of making a stab to the victim’s leg, but a “poke.” After sorting things out, officers arrested Mr. Robinson for 2nd Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety.

The weapons call made police aware that a well-hidden campsite, dismantled by the city last year, is back up and running again, although not all amenities from last season are operational. The camp site, located on a concrete slab, out of the wind and rain, beneath busy Highway 51 and near well-traveled Cottage Grove Rd., is obviously not situated where one might hear breeze through pine boughs or the babble of a brook, but there is the rhythmic thump-thump of passing vehicles, something that might make some – like the Blues Brothers – feel right at home. In fact, East District investigators found the site very homey when it was discovered last year. Someone was able to get an extension cord plugged into a light pole. The female end of the cord was then run inside a large tarp – half of which was set up as a sleeping quarters, half of which was a living room. Power was needed as campers had a microwave oven, a hot plate, and a fan. There were chairs, end tables, and books. All that was taken away, but as evidenced by the overnight dispute, sleeping bags have been unrolled again, beneath a heavily used bridge, where - just out of public view - some without homes have made camp once again.

Released 06/01/2012 at 10:31 AM by PIO Joel DeSpain

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