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Incident Report for Case #2018-386503

Incident Type


Incident Date

10/02/2018 - 11:27 PM


1524 Williamson St. (Mickey's Tavern)


Male, age 36, no permanent address.
Suspect was arrested for lewd, lascivious behavior - exposure, disorderly conduct, and unlawful trespass (after notified not to enter).


An officer used a flashlight to illuminate a drunken man as he swam four city blocks down the Yahara River last night. The entire time the officer, and other first responders were putting plans in motion to save the man from drowning should he go under. While in the Yahara, the man swore at the primary officer, and at one point threw his shoes at the concerned cop. The officer said the attempt to hit him with hurled footwear "missed wildly." The officer reported seeing the man also throw his pants and underwear on the shoreline. The swimmer tried to take off his shirt, but that attempt failed. Eventually he got on to dry land just as he was about to enter Lake Monona. The primary officer, in his report, said a Madison firefighter "was outstanding in developing rapport with the suspect and convincing him to get out of the water." The MFD wrapped him in a towel. The MPD was able to recover his pants, although "we never found his underwear and shoes," according to the primary officer's report. The wet man was not happy, and berated those who had worked to help him. He was taken to jail.
Earlier, the MPD was called to contact him following a disturbance at Mickey's Tavern, 1524 Williamson St. The suspect had decided to launch himself into other patrons while attempting to get a "mosh pit" going during a live music performance. He was urged to calm down, and when he did not, he was escorted out of the bar. Once outside, he exposed himself to a female bartender, who had helped get him out. The man next charged back towards Mickey's, attempting to reenter. People inside were able to lock doors and keep him out. That is about the time police were called.
The primary officer discovered the suspect near the river. He tried to dialogue with the man, and get him away from the water; however, the man yelled out an expletive, and jumped in. Fearing he would drown, the officer called for the Madison Fire Department, a MPD crisis negotiator, and backup officers to come to the scene.
Working together, the team of first responders had a successful night.   

Released 10/03/2018 at 9:24 AM by PIO Joel Despain

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