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MPD Daily Significant Calls 05/14/2018 to 05/15/2018

May 15, 2018 10:16 AM

The last piece of data/crime trends from April 2018 that we will explore is theft from autos (TFAs).  From January through the end of April (2018), our community experienced 210 reported TFAs.  Comparing the first four months of this year to the first four months from the last 4 years, we have seen a 40% decrease this year in TFAs (averaging 348 TFAs over the past 4 years).  We also saw a 61% decrease in TFAs when looking at the month of April 2018 (39) to the month of April 2017 (101). 

When are TFAs occurring throughout our city?

  • Sundays – 5
  • Mondays – 7
  • Tuesdays – 6
  • Wednesdays – 5
  • Thursdays – 3
  • Fridays – 9
  • Saturdays – 4

TFAs predominately occur during the evening hours of 8pm to 8am

Where are we seeing these TFAs occur (from April 2018)?

  • West – 6
  • Midtown – 10
  • South – 5
  • Central – 5
  • North – 6
  • East – 7


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 05/14/2018 through 5:30 a.m. on 05/15/2018, MPD received 437 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: Adult Arrested Person – 6:14 a.m.  Officers responded to a convenience store on N. Third St for a subject (28-year-old AAM) causing a disturbance.  The subject was yelling/swearing at patrons.  The subject threw objects at a wall and exited the store.  As officers arrived, the subject began screaming at the officer and charged the officer.  The subject was taken into custody and conveyed to jail for disorderly conduct and a probation violation.   

2) NORTH: Crash – 8:13 a.m.  Officers responded to the area of N. Sixth Ave/Packers Ave for a vehicle vs. bike crash.  The bicyclist (15-year-old WM) deviated from his lane and veered into the path of a vehicle, where he was struck.  The driver (31-year-old WF) remained on scene and all parties were cooperative.  No significant injuries.  Investigation continuing. 

3) MIDTOWN: Drug Incident/Overdose – 12:08 p.m.  Officers responded to a restaurant on Whitney Way for a subject (30-year-old WM) passed out in the bathroom.  There were numerous items found next to the subject to indicate he had used heroin.  The subject was issued citations for possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia.  The subject was also referred to the Madison Addiction Recovery Initiative (MARI).        

4) EAST: Child Abuse – 2:26 p.m.  Officers met with a victim (14-year-old AAF) who reported being physically abused by her father/suspect (54-year-old AAM) over the weekend.  Child Protective Services notified.  The suspect was contacted and he admitted to striking his daughter.  The suspect was arrested for physical abuse to a child. 

5) EAST: Disturbance – 2:38 p.m.  Officers responded to a grocery store on E. Washington Ave for a report of a disturbance between a father and a son.  Officers arrived and contacted a subject (20-year-old AAM) involved and several family members.  The subject was confirmed to be a missing/ endangered subject out of Sun Prairie.  The subject has mental health concerns and agreed to be conveyed to a local hospital.  Sun Prairie PD notified.  The subject was left in the care of medical staff.  No charges were substantiated from the incident at the grocery store at this time.  Investigation continuing.     

6) CENTRAL: Drug Incident/Overdose – 2:51 p.m.  Officers responded to the 600 block of E. Washington Ave for a subject (40-year-old WF) having an overdose.  The subject was awake and breathing when officers arrived.  The subject admitted to using heroin, however no paraphernalia/evidence was located on scene.  The subject was conveyed to a local hospital and given a referral to the Madison Addiction Recovery Initiative (MARI).  The subject was admitted to the hospital for medical reasons.  There is probable cause for her arrest for bail jumping, once medically cleared.  Investigation continuing. 

7) EAST: Drug Incident/Overdose – 3:20 p.m.  Officers responded to a clinic on S. Stoughton Rd where a subject (27-year-old WM) had an overdose.  The subject was revived by staff on scene.  The subject was conveyed to a local hospital.  The subject, once medically cleared, will be conveyed to jail on an outstanding warrant.  The subject will also be charged with possession of heroin from this incident.  Investigation continuing. 

8) CENTRAL: Drug Incident/Overdose – 4:46 p.m.  Officers responded to W. Mifflin St for a subject (22-year-old WM) having an overdose.  MFD revived the subject.  The subject made comments that he was attempting to commit suicide.  The subject was conveyed to a local hospital for a medical/mental health evaluation.  The subject was cited for possession of heroin and referred to the Madison Addiction Recovery Initiative (MARI). 

9) NORTH: Recovered/Stolen Auto – 4:49 p.m.  An MPD Parking Enforcement Officer responded to Thackeray Rd for a complaint of a vehicle parked in front of a residence for approximately two weeks.  The vehicle was reported stolen.  The vehicle was recovered and returned to its registered owner.  Investigation continuing.                

10) SOUTH: Death Investigation – 5:08 p.m.  Officers responded to a south side residence for a deceased subject (83-year-old WF).  Nothing suspicious on scene. Medical Examiner's office responded.  Investigation continuing. 

11) EAST: Adult Arrested Person – 5:32 p.m.  Officers responded to Brandenburg Way for a disturbance between two subjects (45-year-old AAF victim and 22-year-old AAF).  The subjects are mother and daughter.  The mother and daughter were engaged in a verbal argument which turned physical.  Initially, the mother punched her daughter and left the residence.  The daughter/suspect followed her mother and punched her mother several times in the face with closed fists.  The suspect also caused damage to the neighbor's refrigerator.  The suspect was identified as the predominant aggressor and arrested for domestic disorderly conduct and domestic battery.  Investigation continuing; culpability on the part of the mother has been referred for further review. (Under Wisconsin's Domestic Abuse law, 968.075, law enforcement investigations should attempt to identify the "predominant aggressor".  This means the most significant, but not necessarily the first, aggressor in a domestic abuse incident).       

12) NORTH: Crash with Property Damage – 5:50 p.m.  Officers responded to the 2300 block of E. Mifflin St for a vehicle/house crash.  The driver (16-year-old WM) was backing out of his driveway when something happened to cause the vehicle to accelerate rapidly which is when the driver/vehicle crashed into another vehicle and into a house.  No injuries reported; minimal damage to the home; gas meter evaluated by MG&E.  No charges were substantiated.  Investigation continuing.    

13) WEST: Missing Juvenile/Runaway – 6:47 p.m.  Officers responded to Cimarron Trail for a report of a missing/runaway juvenile (16-year-old WF).  Attempt to locate aired.  The juvenile was located safe and was returned home at approximately 8:30 p.m.

14) SOUTH: Check Person – 7:08 p.m.  MPD Mental Health Officer (MHO) spent the better part of his day working on/facilitating a placement plan for a juvenile (11-year-old HM) following several disturbances and runaway attempts last week.  The MHO was able to get the juvenile voluntarily admitted to a local hospital for mental health treatment. 

15) WEST: Adult Arrested Person – 9:30 p.m.  Officers observed a domestic disturbance take place on Helene Parkway.  The suspect (21-year-old AAF) pushed the victim (23-year-old AAM) up against a fence and attempted to punch him.  The suspect was arrested for domestic disorderly conduct.    

16) EAST: Battery – 9:40 p.m.  Officers responded to Piccadilly Dr for a disturbance between two subjects (47-year-old WF victim and 53-year-old AAM suspect).  The suspect grabbed the victim by the neck and pushed her onto the couch where he punched her multiple times in the face.  The suspect also damaged the victim's phone as she attempted to call 911.  The suspect fled before officers arrived.  Areas checked for the suspect.  Charges for bail jumping, disorderly conduct (repeater), criminal damage to property and battery are pending for the suspect, once he is located.  Investigation continuing.

17) WEST: Information – 10:17 p.m.  Officers responded to the 5700 block of Raymond Rd where multiple callers reporting hearing a single gunshot.  No evidence of shots fired were located.  An officer heard the sound and it is believed it was a firework.  No further action deemed necessary by the police.

18) MIDTOWN: Adult Arrested Person – 12:11 a.m.  Officers responded to Rosenberry Rd for a disturbance between two subjects (27-year-old HF victim and 27-year-old HM suspect).  The suspect punched the victim in the face, strangled her and threatened her.  The victim sustained visible injuries.  The suspect was arrested for domestic-related charges of battery, strangulation and disorderly conduct.          

Posted by: Chief Koval

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