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MPD Daily Significant Calls 09/22/2017 to 09/23/2017

September 23, 2017 10:24 AM

From 5:30 a.m. on 09/22/2017 through 5:30 a.m. on 09/23/2017, MPD received 558 calls for service.  This number does not include parking complaints or 911 misdials. 

Certain calls have recurrent themes in terms of time and labor intensity.  For example, when individuals are taken for an evaluation due to a mental health issue or episodic break, MPD does an extensive collaboration with Journey Mental Health in determining the least restrictive option.  These are always two officer calls and can routinely last between 5-8 hours (or more).  Emergency Detention conveyances are taken to the Winnebago Mental Health Hospital in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.  This is a five hour round-trip, including intake, that takes two officers out of our community and creates challenges for us as we attempt to service calls. 

1) EAST: Battery – 8:17 a.m.  Officers responded to the 4700 block of Cottage Grove Road for a report of a battery between a victim (25 year old WF) and a suspect (26 year old AAM).  The suspect entered the home of the victim (ex-girlfriend) and demanded money.  The suspect left after the victim refused to give him what he wanted.  The suspect returned and attempted to get into the residence again.  In the course of attempting access to the residence, the suspect battered the victim and the victim sustained injuries.  The suspect fled prior to officer's arrival.  The suspect was located and arrested for battery, disorderly conduct and trespassing. 

2) CENTRAL: Disorderly Conduct – 9:43 a.m.  Officers responded to N. Blair Street where a victim (28 year old WF) reported being stalked by a suspect (51 year old WM).  The suspect was contacted and served a stalking letter to cease all contact with the victim.   Investigation continuing. 

3) WEST: Adult Arrested Person – 11:07 a.m.  Officers initially responded to an active fight in the 4500 block of Verona Road.  The investigation revealed that three different subjects were involved.  The disturbance among all three subjects occurred at various locations on the west side of town.  All three are arrested for their respective charges.  One suspect (27 year old AAF) is charged with multiple counts of recklessly endangering safety.  A second suspect (34 year old AAM) is charged with domestic battery while armed and criminal damage to property.  The third suspect (32 year old AAF) is charged for disorderly conduct while armed.  Two suspects went to jail and bailed out, one of whom was armed with a gun during the incident, and the gun was not recovered.  Third suspect was issued a misdemeanor citation and released. 

4) SOUTH:  Conveyance Mental Health – 2:00 p.m.  Officers were dispatched to a local hospital to assist with an emergency detention. The subject (26 year old AAM) came to the hospital voluntarily and was ED'd from the medical unit. Journey Mental Health called after he was accepted to Winnebago and everything was ready. Two officers from a later shift were used to make the transport to Winnebago.

5) WEST:  Domestic Disturbance – 3:59 p.m.  Officers were dispatched to a physical disturbance occurring in the 4300 block of Britta Parkway.  Officers learned that the suspect (32 year old AAF) and the victim (38 year old AAM) are no longer in a relationship, but still live together. The victim reported that there was a dispute regarding some child care issues. The suspect became upset and threw a phone at the victim and attempted to charge at him. The victim was able to hold down the suspect and phone police. The suspect got away from the victim, grabbed a knife and retreated into a room. Officers were on scene very quickly and were able to take the suspect into custody without incident. The suspect was taken to the jail for domestic disorderly conduct.

6) SOUTH: Conveyance Mental Health – 4:44 p.m.  A Mental Health Officer (MHO) reported that the subject (46 year old WM) has been experiencing escalating mania over the last month or so. Prior home visits showed some serious deterioration.  A home visit today in the 200 block of South Park Street showed that he was in bad shape and hasn't eaten in three days. The subject was transported by EMS to a local hospital and a petition for an emergency detention was initiated.  Transport to Winnebago began at around 12:00 a.m., roughly 7 hours after this call was first initiated. 

7) CENTRAL: Disturbance – 10:06 p.m. Officers were dispatched to a bar in the 500 block of State Street for a 61 year old WM causing a disturbance and saying he had a gun.  Upon arrival, officers made contact with the suspect who did not have a gun and is well known to Central officers.  The victim, a 21 year old WM bouncer at the bar, told officers the suspect wasn't allowed into the bar because he was carrying a bag full of miscellaneous items.  After being refused the suspect swore at the bouncers, spit at one of them, and told the bouncer that the gun in his bag "would waste him."  The suspect was arrested without incident and was charged with disorderly conduct. 

8) NORTH: Robbery Armed – 10:15 p.m.  MPD was dispatched to the 500 block of North Oak Street for multiple reports of shots being fired.  Upon arrival, officers located numerous casings and two spent rounds.  They did not locate any damage to surrounding vehicles or buildings and no one was apparently injured.  According to the one victim that remained on scene, he and an associate were talking in the Taco Bell parking lot when they were approached by a group of three AAM's in their 20's and one AAF.  A conversation ensued and two of the male suspects displayed handguns in an attempt to rob the victims.  One of the victims stated something to the effect that the police are driving by, which scared off the suspects.  The suspects then fled and the remaining victim, a 25 year old AAM, decided to follow the suspects in their newer silver Chrysler minivan.  With the victim now following the group of armed suspects, they open fire on the victim in the 500 block of North Oak Street.  Neighbors in the area called police and MPD subsequently responded.  The neighborhood was canvassed and an investigator responded to process the scene.  The second victim, a 19 year old AAM, left the scene and was not available for immediate contact.  A press release completed.  Investigation continuing. 

9) EAST: Conveyance Mental Health – 12:02 a.m.  MPD was contacted by Dane County Mental Health regarding an emergency detention of a 51 year old WF who resides on Parkside Drive.  According to Journey Mental Health, the female demonstrated dangerousness to others by restraining her sister from leaving a day earlier as well as by pulling the sister's hair.  While en route to a local ER, Journey reported that the female attempted to jump out of a moving vehicle.  In addition to this, Journey noted that the female has refused to take her medications and continues to refuse to eat. Because of her inability to care for herself, and her fragile health issues, Winnebago will not accept her placement on an emergency detention.  At the time of this writing, no local hospitals would accept this admission.  Given the fact that Winnebago would not accept her and that the local hospitals would not force treatment or medically admit, we remained at a local hospital to monitor and guard the subject until her condition improved. 

10) NORTH: Check Person – 12:07 a.m. Earlier in the evening officers were sent to check on a 36 year old MA who was calling for officers at the PDQ in the 1600 block of North Stoughton Road.  It was determined that the best course of action at that time was to bring the subject back to his brother's apartment in the 1700 block of Onsgard so he could take his mental health medication and go to sleep.  Later, the subject apparently left his room and ran back towards the PDQ.  Officers once again found him there and he cooperatively sat in the back of the squad while officers conducted the investigation and contacted Journey Mental Health.  When an officer opened the door to confirm the subject's name, he leapt out of the car and began fighting with the officers.  Once he was placed in restraints, the subject was transported to the hospital for both medical and mental health evaluations.  Charges are pending.  The subject's family was notified and responded to a local hospital to assist with further medical treatment at the hospital's request.  Investigation ongoing. 

11) SOUTH: Conveyance Mental Health – 1:11 a.m. MPD was dispatched to a local hospital for a suicidal subject who walked into their facility.  Officer made contact with a 19 year old WM subject who was thoroughly committed to jumping off of any structure high enough to kill himself, or, if that was ineffective, he wanted police to shoot him.  The subject also stated he had consumed a cocktail of drugs consisting of ecstasy, marijuana, and Valium.  Subject was verbally aggressive to staff at the hospital saying how he was going to beat and/or kill them, too.  Journey Mental Health was contacted and supported an emergency detention.  Subject eventually transported to Winnebago. 




Posted by: Chief Koval

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