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MPD Daily Significant Calls 03/14/2018 to 03/15/2018

March 15, 2018 11:16 AM

Heroin has been a widespread epidemic throughout the Country and our community has not been immune.  In the month of February 2018, there were 18 known overdoses.  This number reflects a decrease (18%) from February 2017 where there were 22 known overdoses.   

In the month of February 2018, there were four suspected deaths that occurred as a result of a heroin overdose.  In February 2017, there was one heroin-related death.  This reflects a 300% increase in heroin-related deaths.  Year-to-date, there have been five heroin-related deaths.

In January and February of 2018, there were 34 known overdoses.    

MPD referred three individuals to the Madison Addiction Recovery Initiative (MARI) program in February, 2018.   

Further break-down of heroin overdoses per district (February 2018):

  • Midtown: 2
  • West: 1
  • South: 3
  • Central: 3
  • North: 5
  • East: 4


From 5:30 a.m. on 03/14/2018 through 5:30 a.m. on 03/15/2018, MPD received 473 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. 

**Priority only calls city-wide from approximately 10:30 a.m. due to the call on Jacobs Way.  Priority only calls continued until approximately 3:45 p.m. due to the shots fired call in Fitchburg and the march/demonstration.

**Priority only calls city-wide from 5:05 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. due to calls for service. 

1) WEST: Aggravated/Substantial Battery – 10:31 a.m.  Officers responded to Jacobs Way for sounds of a domestic disturbance.  Officers made contact with two subjects (28 year old AAM suspect and his 24 year old AAF girlfriend/victim).  As the officer was talking with the suspect, the suspect ran into a bedroom and barricaded himself stating he had a gun.  Officers retreated from the residence and a perimeter was established.  SWAT responded and verbal negotiations occurred with the suspect.  The suspect surrendered peacefully.  The suspect had an outstanding warrant and several charges are being reviewed.  Investigation continuing. 

2) EAST: Stolen Auto – 11:13 a.m.  Officers responded to the 7100 block of Cottage Grove Rd for a stolen vehicle.  The owner/victim (29 year old AAM) of the vehicle possessed the only key to the vehicle, which he had on him.  Attempt to locate aired.  The vehicle was listed as stolen in the appropriate databases. 

3) EAST: Missing Juvenile/Runaway – 11:36 a.m.  Officers responded to a residential neighborhood on the east side for a suicidal juvenile (16 year old WM) who ran from his residence with a knife.  MPD's Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), K9 and a phone ping were all utilized.  Phone contact was made with the juvenile who initially hung up but then agreed to meet with an officer.   The juvenile was contacted in person and conveyed back to his residence.  A safety plan was put into place.  Journey Mental Health consulted.  No further action deemed necessary by the police.   **Later in the evening, police were called back to the residence where the subject was subsequently conveyed to a local hospital and voluntarily admitted for a mental health evaluation. 

4) SOUTH: Assist Police – 12:38 p.m.  MPD responded to assist Fitchburg PD with shots fired on Leopold Way.  Multiple witnesses reported hearing shots fired.  Casings were located and recovered.  Fitchburg PD has primary over this investigation. 

5) MIDTOWN: Mental Health Conveyance – 12:54 p.m.  Officers responded to a local hospital and conveyed a 14 year old UF to Winnebago for an emergency detention.      

6) MIDTOWN: Adult Arrested Person – 1:22 p.m.  A Detective observed a wanted subject/suspect (51 year old AAM).   The suspect and another subject (47 year old WF) were contacted and detained.  The male suspect was ultimately arrested for a parole hold.  The female suspect was arrested for identify theft.  Additional charges may substantiated.  Investigation continuing.    

7) NORTH: Mental Health Conveyance – 1:45 p.m.   Officers responded to Northport Dr for a suicidal subject (19 year old WF).  The subject was conveyed to a local hospital where she was voluntarily admitted. 

8) CENTRAL: Crash/Intoxicated Driver – 4:23 p.m.  Officers responded to Winnebago St/Merry St for a two vehicle crash.  The caller reported that one of the involved drivers retrieved a beer from his vehicle post-crash.  The driver/suspect (69 year old WM) refused field sobriety testing and a breath test.  A search warrant was sought and granted for blood.  Investigation continuing.      

9) CENTRAL: Crash with Injuries – 5:13 p.m.  Officers responded to N. Baldwin St/E. Washington Ave for a hit and run crash.  Two male subjects were observed fleeing in opposite directions.  One of the subjects/suspects (33 year old AAM) was apprehended.  The suspect was observed throwing a bag which was located and contained marijuana.  The suspect was charged with resisting and possession with intent to sell marijuana. The second subject/suspect was identified as a 30 year old AAM.  A 20 year old AAF, who was in one of the vehicles, was conveyed to a local hospital for an evaluation.  Investigation continuing. 

10) EAST: Adult Arrested Person – 5:26 p.m.  Officers responded to N. Thompson Dr where a stolen vehicle was observed.  When attempting contact, the driver took off at a high rate of speed and crashed into three parked vehicles.  The occupants of the vehicle fled on foot.  One of the occupants/suspects (17 year old AAM) was apprehended and arrested for party to a crime – operating a motor vehicle without consent (OMVWOC), misdemeanor bail jumping and felony bail jumping.  The vehicle was returned to its registered owner.  Investigation continuing.    

11) NORTH: Sexual Assault of a Child – 7:46 p.m.  Officers responded to Monterey Dr for a report that a child (6 year old AAM) was inappropriately touched by a juvenile (AAM) while at his father's friend's home.  Safety plan established.  Investigation continuing.        

12) EAST: Traffic Arrest – 10:04 p.m.  Officers responded to a single vehicle crash at Hwy 51/Milwaukee St.  The driver (18 year old HM) oversteered and lost control of the vehicle.  Alcohol was not a factor.  Identification problems existed, however, as the driver had nothing to corroborate identity.  The driver also provided multiple spellings of his name and his date of birth changed several times.  The driver was issued citations but had to be conveyed to jail to post/confirm his identity.  A passenger in the vehicle was transported to a local hospital for complaints of pain.     

13) WEST: Attempted Homicide – 1:17 a.m.  Officers responded to Chester Dr reference a 911 call where a female was screaming that someone was stabbed.  The female caller disconnected but then called back stating she knew who stabbed her.  Officers arrived and located the victim (25 year old AAF) with serious injuries.  The suspect (37 year old AAM) fled from the scene but was subsequently arrested in another county.  The victim was transported to a local hospital. Press release completed. Investigation continuing. 

14) WEST: Battery – 2:32 a.m.   Officers responded to a battery.  Two co-workers were out drinking.  The victim (24 year old WF) asked to be taken home.  The suspect (32 year old AAM) refused, took offense and then physically assaulted her.  The suspect was arrested for battery, disorderly conduct and a parole violation.            

Posted by: Chief Koval

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