From the Wisconsin Criminal Jury Instructions (University of Wisconsin Law School), I share information on Criminal Damage to Property. If you were sitting on an empaneled jury, these are the instructions, without all of the complex "legalese" that the Judge would read prior to going into jury deliberations.
Statutory Definition of the Crime – Criminal Damage to Property, as defined in §943.01 of the Criminal Code of Wisconsin, as being committed by one who intentionally causes damage to the physical property of another person without the consent of that person.
State's Burden of Proof – Criminal Damage to Property: Before you may find a defendant guilty, the State must prove by evidence which satisfies you beyond a reasonable doubt that the following five elements were present.
Elements of the Crime That the State Must Prove –
- The defendant caused damage to physical property.
- The word "damage" includes anything from mere defacement to total destruction.
- The defendant intentionally caused the damage.
- The term "intentionally" means that the defendant must have had the mental purpose to damage the property or was aware that the conduct was practically certain to cause that result.
- The property belonged to another person.
- The defendant caused the damage without the consent of (name of owner, agent, etc.).
- The defendant knew the property belonged to another person and knew that the other person did not consent to the damage.
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.
Due to network issues, we were unable to obtain the number of calls for service we received in the past 24-hours.
Also, our significant calls for service provided below are limited due to the network issues we experienced which began at 7:30pm on 05/29/2018.
**Priority only calls from 11:15am-12:45pm due to calls for service.
1) SOUTH: Strong Arm Robbery – 9:18 a.m. Officers took a report of a strong arm robbery from a victim (16-year-old AAM) who was waiting for the bus near the 2800 block of the W. Beltline Hwy when he was approached by two suspects (AAMs, both 16-years-old). The victim reported that the suspects punched him and ripped a silver chain off his neck. The suspects fled. The incident was caught on camera and also witnessed by the bus driver. The suspects are at-large and charges are pending for them once located (strong arm robbery and battery). Investigation continuing.
2) WEST: Child Abuse – 10:30 a.m. A young child (5-month-old AAF) was brought to the West Police District with concerning burn marks. The child was conveyed to a local hospital. Child Protective Services notified. Investigation continuing.
3) CENTRAL: Death Investigation – 10:41 a.m. Officers responded to a central residence for a deceased subject (43-year-old HM). Nothing suspicious on scene. Medical Examiner's office responded. Investigation continuing.
4) MIDTOWN: Check Person – 11:35 a.m. Officers responded to the 2400 block of University Ave for a subject (35-year-old WM) who jumped out a 4th floor window and sustained life-threatening injuries. The subject was conveyed to a local hospital and left in the care of medical staff.
5) CENTRAL: Adult Arrested Person – 3:13 p.m. Officers responded to the 300 block of Wisconsin Ave for a subject (44-year-old WM) refusing to leave and threatening individuals on scene. Officers made contact with the subject and he was found to be intoxicated. He threatened an officer during the contact. The subject was charged with disorderly conduct, criminal trespass and threats to law enforcement. An unknown substance was located on the subject and is in the process of being tested. Additional charges may be forthcoming. Investigation continuing.
6) EAST: Suspicious Vehicle – 3:40 p.m. An officer observed a suspicious vehicle on Pflaum Rd. The officer recognized a subject that is banned from the property. A traffic stop was conducted and the banned subject fled from the vehicle. The subject (14-year-old UF) was apprehended. The juvenile bit an officer. The juvenile, who was also listed as a runaway, was conveyed to the Juvenile Reception Center on charges of battery to a police officer, resisting and an outstanding warrant.
Two additional calls, but with limited information, from the past 24-hours:
An emergency detention took place including a subject (19-year-old WM) to Winnebago.
Officers responded to W. Main St for a subject under the influence. The subject (19-year-old WM) was not cooperative. The subject was conveyed to a local hospital and subsequently arrested for resisting. Additional charges may be forthcoming. Investigation continuing.