The information contained in my blog is derived from notes provided by MPD Officers-In-Charge (OIC) at the end of their shifts. Most narratives represent early and preliminary information that was gathered by an OIC from those in the field who were actively working cases. The OIC is sharing what they were being told, in the moment. In many instances, facts and circumstances, even the type of crime listed, can change as officers, detectives and investigators continue their work.
From 5:30 a.m. on 04/20/2018 through 5:30 a.m. on 04/21/2018, MPD received 507 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.
1) NORTH: Death Investigation – 7:37 a.m. Officers responded to a north side residence for a deceased subject (84-year old female). Nothing suspicious. Medical examiner notified. Investigation continuing.
2) SOUTH: Stolen Auto – 8:58 a.m. Officers responded to Ashford Lane for a report of a stolen vehicle. The vehicle was left unoccupied, unlocked and the keys left inside. The suspect (16-year-old AAM) has been identified. Investigation continuing.
3) WEST: Check Person – 12:43 p.m. Officers responded to a local hospital for potential concerns of inappropriate contact of a child (4-year-old). Child Protective Services plugged in. Safety plan in place. Investigation continuing.
4) CENTRAL: Adult Arrested Person – 1:08 p.m. Officers responded to East Mifflin Street near Reynolds Park for reports of a verbal and physical disturbance between a male and a female. Officers arrived and learned that the disturbance involved an intoxicated 41-year-old AAM suspect who had been yelling at a 22-year-old AAF. Officers arrested the suspect for municipal disorderly conduct and conveyed him to the Dane County Jail.
5) NORTH: Adult Arrested Person – 2:11 p.m. Officers responded to Kipling Drive at the request of the Department of Corrections to arrest a 29-year-old AAM suspect on a probation hold. Officers contacted and arrested the suspect without incident and conveyed him to the Dane County Jail. During the booking process, a syringe was located containing a substance that tested positive for cocaine. The suspect will also be changed with possession of cocaine.
6) SOUTH: Traffic Arrest – 4:15 p.m. An off-duty MPD lieutenant observed a traffic violation and attempted to stop the driver of the offending vehicle near John Nolen Drive/Rimrock Road. Once the vehicle had been pulled over, the suspect (35-year-old AAM) became uncooperative and refused to get out of the car. Emergency backup was requested for assistance as the suspect made furtive movements and was not obeying legal commands. Ultimately, the officers engaged the subject in physically removing him from his vehicle. Given his combative resistance, at one point an electronic control device (ECD) was deployed. One officer was injured during the struggle. The suspect was conveyed to a local hospital for medical evaluation and then subsequently cleared to go to jail on charges of resisting arrest, deviating from a traffic lane, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
7) EAST: OMVWI Arrest/Intoxicated Driver – 6:57 p.m. Officers responded to Nakoosa Trail for a report of a female slumped over the wheel in a running vehicle, while holding a can of "Dust Off." Officers and MFD personnel arrived and found the suspect (21-year-old WF) in a semi-conscious state in the running vehicle. The suspect admitted to huffing. The suspect was arrested for 1st offense OMVWI, abuse of hazardous substances, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Investigation continuing.
8) WEST: Domestic Disturbance – 8:13 p.m. Officers responded to John Q. Hammons Drive for a report of a domestic disturbance involving a couple who drove to Madison from Arizona for health care. The couple (81-year-old WM and 81-year-old WF) got into an argument and caused a disturbance. Officers spent time counseling the couple. Investigation continuing.
9) NORTH: Crash w/Injuries – 8:23 p.m. Officers responded to a male down in the roadway of North Sherman Avenue near the entrance to Warner Park. Officers arrived and learned the driver (48-year-old WF) and her passenger had been heading northbound on North Sherman Avenue when a pedestrian darted out into the traffic lane. The driver struck the pedestrian (37-year-old WM). The driver remained on scene until police arrived. The driver showed no sign of impairment. The pedestrian was conveyed via ambulance to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The pedestrian was cited for failure to yield to a vehicle in mid-block.
10) CENTRAL: Strong Armed Robbery – 8:30 p.m. MPD was dispatched to the Spirit gas station located on Williamson Street for a strong armed robbery. According to the victim/store owner (60-year-old AM), the suspect (WM) entered the store and went right behind the counter where he pushed the victim out of the way and grabbed two bank bags and then fled. Investigation continuing.
11) MIDTOWN: Check Property – 11:50 p.m. MPD was dispatched to Macy's department store in Hilldale Mall for a possible burglary of the business. A security company had advised that a juvenile was seen in the store after hours. Upon arrival, officers were told by an employee that a suspect (12-year-old AAM) had fled the scene on foot prior to our arrival. No damage or theft was able to be determined at this time. Investigation continuing.
12) CENTRAL: Check Person – 12:48 a.m. MPD was originally dispatched to the 800 block of East Washington Avenue in an attempt to locate a self-reported intoxicated 43-year-old WM who said he was trying to find a way to kill himself. While on the phone with Dispatch, the subject kept providing various locations, all of which were checked without luck. Phone pings were completed and the areas also checked but this also yielded negative results. An attempt to locate was aired. Journey Mental Health was also made aware of the situation. Investigation continuing.
13) CENTRAL: Disturbance – 2:20 a.m. While on routine patrol, two officers were flagged down by a 30-year-old WM victim. According to the victim, the suspect (22-year-old WM) kicked and damaged an electronic heater belonging to the victim without any provocation. Following the damaged property episode, the suspect then began yelling at the victim and put his hands around the victim's throat. The suspect was subsequently contacted by MPD officers but fled. The suspect was chased down and arrested. The suspect was booked into the Dane County Jail for charges of resisting arrest, criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct.
14) MIDTOWN: OMVWI Arrest/Intoxicated Driver – 2:41 a.m. A neighbor called to a report a vehicle crash and intoxicated driver in the 800 block of Woodrow Street. Upon arrival, officers made contact with the intoxicated and belligerent driver (25-year-old AAF). The suspect driver refused to identify herself and kept trying to walk away from the scene. Eventually, other officers arrived and they were able to place the suspect into custody. The suspect refused standardized field sobriety tests and resisted arrest, which necessitated a decentralization. Four officers and a sergeant were needed in order to de-escalate the situation. Investigation continuing.