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MPD Daily Significant Calls 06/13/2018 to 06/14/2018

June 14, 2018 12:23 PM

The focus of our data today from May (2018) is Stolen Autos.  In May we received 27 reports of stolen autos.  So far, 16 vehicles have been recovered.  In May (2017) there were 32 stolen auto reports; thus we saw a 16% decrease last month compared to May of 2017.

When looking closer at the 27 stolen autos in May, 23 of them had keys left inside* (one was unlocked and running at the time of the theft). Stolen auto incidents occur at all times of the day and days of the week.  * MPD has no desire to add insult to injury when someone has had their car stolen.  However, constituents should be advised that under Madison General Ordinance 12.128(1) operators are prohibited from leaving keys in parked motor vehicles.  Furthermore, Madison General Ordinance 12.1291 prohibits motor vehicles from idling for more than five minutes.  So please, help us help you to prevent stolen autos.  It keeps our crime rate down in this domain and avoids needless opportunities for reckless operation.   

A break-down of the stolen autos per district in May:

  • West: 9
  • South: 2
  • Central: 3
  • North: 3
  • Midtown: 5
  • East: 5


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 5:00 a.m. on 06/13/2018 through 5:00 a.m. on 06/14/2018, MPD received 515 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. 

To further break down the 515 calls for service for the past 24-hours this is how the calls came in per district: Central (67), East (119), Midtown (96), North (71), South (57), West (56), and Other (49).  Other=these are calls for service that either do not have a sector listed or the sector is not in the City.  For example, if one of our officers assists another law enforcement agency, their sector is not listed in our districts so therefore it is listed under "other". 

**Priority only calls from 6:21pm-7:30pm. 

1) CENTRAL: Non-Residential Burglary – 4:48 a.m.  Officers responded to Riley's Wines of the World on W. Gorham St regarding an active alarm.  Officers located the front door smashed. The business was cleared and no suspects were located.  Liquor was found to be stolen from the store.  Video evidence led to the identification of a suspect (44-year-old AAM).  The suspect was located and arrested for burglary, bail jumping and a probation hold.  * 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) MIDTOWN: Residential Burglary – 5:02 a.m.  Officers responded to a report of a residential burglary.  Entry to the home was made through an unlocked side door to the attached garage.  A purse, shotgun and keys to the residence/vehicle were taken.  The vehicle was also taken.  Attempt to locate aired.  The vehicle was listed as stolen in the appropriate databases.  Investigation continuing.      

3) EAST: Child Abuse – 11:56 a.m.  Officers responded to a call of a juvenile who ran away and reported being abused by her step-father.  The juvenile (13-year-old AAF) sustained visible injuries to her face/neck.  The suspect (32-year-old AAM) was arrested for physical abuse to a child.  Investigation continuing. 

4) NORTH: Weapons Offense/Shots Fired – 5:41 p.m.  Officers responded to the area of Rieder Rd/Portage Rd for multiple reports of shots fired.  Complainants advised that shots were fired from a vehicle towards an individual (who then returned fire). Numerous casings were located at the scene and multiple occupied residences were struck by rounds.  A vehicle was also found with bullet damage.  No injuries reported/discovered.  Press release completed.  Investigation continuing. 

5) SOUTH: Assist Citizen – 6:28 p.m.  A subject came into the South Police District disoriented and not coherent.  The subject was conveyed to a local hospital for an evaluation.  The subject was left in the care of medical staff.  An emergency detention may be necessary/sought.  Investigation continuing. 

6) CITY-WIDE: Weapons Offenses – 11:00 p.m.  From 11pm-12:30am, at least seven alert tones sounded (weapons offense-related calls).  The calls ranged from Atwood Ave to E. Buckeye Rd to N. Lake St to Grafton Rd to N. Sixth St to Rethke Ave to Maple Valley Dr.  One suspect (54-year-old WM) was taken into custody and charged with disorderly conduct while armed (conveyed to Detox).  Another subject (25-year-old UF) was conveyed to a local jail for a mental health evaluation.  No evidence of shots fired at several of the locations.  Investigations continuing.

7) EAST: Attempted Homicide – 11:03 p.m.  Officers responded to the 2800 block of Atwood Ave for a report of a person shot in the parking lot.  Officers arrived and did not locate any victims or suspects, but blood and multiple shell casings were located.   A short time later, a victim (32-year-old AAM) showed up at a local hospital with a gunshot wound to the chest (not considered life threatening).  Press release completed.  Investigation continuing. 

8) EAST: Weapons Offense – 11:45 p.m.  Officers responded to a convenience store on E. Buckeye Rd for a subject with a gunshot wound.  The victim (15-year-old AAF) was found with life-threatening injuries.  A witness observed the victim handling the gun just prior to hearing a gun shot.  One individual fled the scene, two others remained to talk with officers.  A gun was located at the scene.  Shooting is believed to be accidental.  Press release completed.  Investigation continuing.    

Posted by: Chief Koval

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