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MPD Daily Significant Calls 05/07/2018 to 05/08/2018

May 8, 2018 12:40 PM

Comparing the month of April of 2017 (30 robberies) to April of 2018 (12 robberies) we saw a 57% decrease city-wide.  Looking at the past 5 years, we have averaged 66 robberies during the first four months of the year.  This year (2018), we are at 58 reported robberies, a 12% decrease

When these robberies are occurring:

  • 59% of robberies occurred between 5pm-2am.
  • Robberies are most frequently occurring on Fridays or Mondays.

Where these robberies are occurring:

  • West – 0
  • Midtown – 0
  • South – 2
  • Central – 2
  • North – 6
  • East - 2   


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 05/07/2018 through 5:30 a.m. on 05/08/2018, MPD received 528 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) MIDTOWN: Check Person – 5:27 a.m.  Officers responded to Craig Ave for a report of subjects rummaging through vehicles.  No suspects were located when officers arrived. The caller/witness later observed one of the suspects on University Ave and called police again.  Officers made contact with the suspect (19-year-old WM) who was in possession of a machete that was stolen from one of the vehicles.  The suspect was interviewed.  Investigation continuing.    * This was a late call that did not make the previous 24-hour cycle call notes due to officers being involved at the scene and reports from the field were not yet typed. 

2) SOUTH: Check Person – 9:39 a.m.  Officers responded to Coho St to assist with a subject removing property from a residence.  The two subjects (29-year-old AAF and 31-year-old AAM) involved in this incident had been dating. Both parties were found to have sent threatening/insulting messages to each other.  Arrangements were made to assist with removal of property.  No other action by the police were deemed necessary.    

3) NORTH: Death Investigation – 12:38 p.m.  Officers responded to a motel regarding a deceased subject (47-year-old WM) located in one of the rooms.  Evidence of various drugs were located in the room.  Medical Examiner's office responded.  Investigation continuing.   

4) EAST: Traffic Arrest – 4:16 p.m.  A traffic stop was conducted at S. Stoughton Rd/Pflaum Rd. The driver/suspect (19-year-old AAM) was found to be in possession of marijuana.  The suspect was arrested for possession of marijuana and violation of probation.

5) WEST: Disturbance – 5:00 p.m.  Officers responded to the 5700 block of Raymond Rd for a report of a fight.  Two suspects were identified and located.  One of the suspects (14-year-old AAM) was issued a citation for disorderly conduct.  The second suspect (17-year-old AAM) was conveyed to jail on a state disorderly conduct charge. 

6) NORTH: Adult Arrested Person – 6:34 p.m.  Officers responded to Portage Rd for a disturbance between brothers (30-year-old WM victim and 38-year-old WM suspect).  The suspect pushed the victim and strangled him.  The suspect was arrested for domestic strangulation. 

7) NORTH: Assist EMS/Fire – 7:15 p.m.  Officers responded, along with EMS, to Hoard St for a report of an unconscious subject (55-year-old WF).  CCR and Naloxone were administered.  The subject was transported to a local hospital and left in the care of medical staff.

8) CENTRAL: Drug Incident Overdose – 7:22 p.m.  Officers responded to Jenifer St for a report of an unresponsive subject (43-year0old WF).  MPD administered CCR and Naloxone to the subject.  The subject was revived and became combative towards officers and EMS personnel.  The subject was conveyed to a local hospital and will be arrested, once medically cleared, for possession of heroin.  The subject was also referred to the Madison Addiction Recovery Initiative (MARI).  A second individual on scene was contacted and found to have an extraditable warrant.  This subject (31-year-old WM) was conveyed to jail.

9) CENTRAL: Sexual Assault – 8:32 p.m.  Officers responded to take a sexual assault report from a victim (22-year-old WF).  The victim reported the assault occurred last week and involved an acquaintance (22-year-old WM).  Investigation continuing.   

10) WEST: Armed Robbery – 9:47 p.m.  Officers responded to Little Caesars in the 700 block of S. Gammon Rd for an armed robbery.  The incident involved two suspects (AAMs).  It was reported that a handgun was pointed at the clerk.  Suspects fled.  K9 track conducted.  Press release completed.  Investigation continuing. 

11) CENTRAL: Check Person – 10:07 p.m.  The caller (34-year-old AAM) wished to report that his daughter (5-years-old AAF) was being abused by her mother.  The caller refused to meet with officers and hung up on them.  The mother (26-year-old AAF) of the child was contacted.  The child was not observed due to the child being asleep.  Child Protective Services plugged in.  No immediate safety concerns were identified.  Investigation continuing. 

12) NORTH: Assist MFD – 12:08 a.m.  MPD responded, along with MFD, to the 200 block of North St for a report of a fire.  Residents of the building were evacuated.  Heavy smoke and fire damage located.  MFD has the lead on this investigation.  Investigation continuing. 

13) CENTRAL: Information/Substantial Battery – 2:12 a.m.  Officers responded to the 100 block of W. Mifflin St for a substantial battery.  An injured/intoxicated subject (34-year-old WM) reported being beaten up.  The subject was conveyed to a local hospital where he received several stitches and then transported to detox.  Investigation continuing.             

Posted by: Chief Koval

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