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MPD Daily SIgnificant Calls 01/26/2018 to 01/27/2018

January 27, 2018 9:53 AM

From 5:30 a.m. on 01/26/2018 through 5:30 a.m. on 01/27/2018, MPD received 408 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

At the start of 5th detail (11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.) there were three emergency detentions (ED's) pending.  Two of the ED's required three 3rd detail (3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.) officers and three 4th detail (8:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.) officers to hold over.  The third ED was initially voluntary but then changed to an involuntary/ED requiring additional officers.

MPD went to priority calls only beginning at 1:50 a.m. until 4:50 a.m. due to call volume downtown, three ongoing ED's, and a fight at Detox which resulted in the injury of an officer.

1) EAST: Sexual Assault of a Child – 10:02 a.m.  MPD officers responded for a report of a sexual assault of a child.  Officers met with a 12 year old AAF who reported that her father (42 year old AAM) and her brother (18 year old AAM) had been having sexual relations with her.  MPD plugged in with CPS and the investigation is continuing.     

2) CENTRAL: Check Person - 10:57 a.m.  Officers responded to the Capitol regarding a subject running around naked.  The subject (28 year old AAM) was contacted and he advised today was his last day on earth and God told him to do this.  The subject was otherwise lucid, cooperative and calm, and merely wanted to leave the area now that he had fulfilled his mission. The subject left the area (clothed).  Subsequently, MPD was sent to the area of E. Washington/Pinckney regarding the same subject sitting on a bench naked.  At this point, a determination was made to place him under protective custody for an evaluation.  The subject resisted the officers but was conveyed to a local hospital without incident. 

*Additional Information:  As part of the process to complete an emergency detention, the medical staff at Winnebago requires a medical clearance.  In this particular instance, a medical clearance was obtained and that information communicated to Winnebago.  Winnebago staff then insisted on a blood test and analysis.  The hospital refused, indicating that they will not draw blood against the patient's wishes.  The end result has been a standoff of sorts: Winnebago will not accept this subject without the blood test and the hospital, pursuant to their protocols, will not take blood against the person's will.  In the meantime, officers have an obligation to insure the subject's ongoing safety while under protective custody and the subject, despite our protracted pleas, refuses to provide blood.  At the time of this writing, this call is still taking place as the various legal authorities determine how best to proceed.  Please note that this call has involved Madison Police Department personnel for over 20 hours and counting.  As of this writing, a search warrant is being drafted for a forcible blood draw on the subject in an attempt to break the impasse between the hospital and the state's mental health treatment facility. 

3) WEST: Conveyance Mental Health – 11:08 a.m.  MPD was originally dispatched to a fight between a mother and her son (a 24 year old WM) in the parking lot of Capitol Petro in the 6700 block of Mineral Point Road.  Upon arrival, MPD could not locate the son, who had fled the area.  Subsequently, officers eventually made contact with the subject in the 300 block of Grand Canyon Drive at around 6:20 p.m.  The male was taken into protective custody and conveyed to a local hospital for a mental health evaluation.  In obtaining a medical clearance, a urine sample was required, and this took hours.  Furthermore, there were communication breakdowns between Winnebago and Journey Mental Health.  As a result, once all the medical and collaborative evaluations were completed, the subject was officially cleared to go to Winnebago at around 4:45 a.m. 
4) NORTH: Disturbance - 12:17 p.m.  Officers responded to a school on E. Washington Avenue reference concerns for large groups gathering/fighting.  Officers were on scene to provide extra presence.  No arrests/tickets were made.     

5) SOUTH: Sexual Assault – 2:03 p.m.   An MPD officer was dispatched to call a 26 year old AAF who called to report a sexual assault that occurred on the south side of Madison by a known suspect. The subject declined to identify the suspect by name, but did say that he is the father of her child. Investigation continuing. 

6) NORTH: Adult Arrested Person – 3:54 p.m.  MPD officers responded to Monterey Drive for a domestic disturbance between a mother (58 year old AAF) and son (38 year old AAM). Upon arrival, officers learned they were both trying to get a phone from the other person. No charges were referred regarding this incident.  However, the son is on parole and DOC opted to place a legal hold on him so officers conveyed him to the Dane County Jail.

7) EAST: Armed Robbery – 5:41 p.m. MPD officers responded to an armed robbery at the Chase bank on Milwaukee Street. The suspects ordered people to the floor, and obtained cash from the bank.  Two (AAM) fled the bank on foot.  Press release completed.  Investigation continuing. 

8) WEST: Check Person – 6:36 p.m.  MPD officers responded to an apartment on North High Point Road to evaluate a 23 year old WF at the request of crisis workers.  Officers were unable to gather sufficient information to substantiate an emergency detention.  Ongoing communications with Journey Mental Health. 

9) CENTRAL: Conveyance Mental Health – 6:44 p.m.  MPD was originally dispatched to a fraternity to check the welfare of a "manic" roommate.  The investigating officer made contact with the subject, a 23 year old WM, and noted that the individual was experiencing a mental health crisis.  Journey Mental Health was contacted and a determination was made that the subject should be conveyed to a local hospital where he was left voluntarily and the subject's girlfriend was there to provide additional support.  Sometime after midnight, this same individual started creating a disturbance at the hospital and grew increasingly animated and aggressive.  At this point an ED was sought with Journey Mental Health approval.  Information regarding this subject was forwarded to UWPD for their ongoing situational awareness.

10) EAST: Stolen Auto – 9:12 p.m. MPD was dispatched to the 4600 block of Stein Avenue for a stolen auto complaint.  The 23 year old HF victim stated she had left her vehicle running and unattended when she ran in to pick up her children.  When she returned to the parking lot, her vehicle was gone.  Vehicle was entered into NCIC and an ATL was completed.  Investigation continuing. 

11) NORTH: Weapons Offense/Shots Fired – 11:06 p.m.  MPD responded to the intersection of Knutson Drive and Heffernan for multiple calls of shots fired.  A total of six shell casings were recovered from two different guns.  One unoccupied residence in the 100 block of Knutson was struck with the round going through the living room area.  Additional casings were located within a few hundred feet of the aforementioned intersection.  There were no injuries reported.  Press release completed.  Investigation continuing. 

12) CENTRAL: Check Person – 12:32 a.m. MPD was requested to respond to the 300 block of W. Doty Street to check the welfare of an intoxicated subject who was screaming that he needed protective armor.  When officers made contact with the 19 year old WM, they learned he was incapacitated due to alcohol and took him into protective custody.  A determination was made to take him to Detox.  Once at Detox, officers were escorting the subject at which point he spun around and punched at an officer.  A fight resulted and emergency backup was needed.  During the skirmish, one officer injured his knee, which required a medical evaluation and attention.  Based on the resulting injury, a felony charge against this subject will also be referred. 


Posted by: Chief Koval

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