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MPD Daily Significant Calls 10/27/2018 to 10/28/2018

October 28, 2018 11:08 AM

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 6:00 a.m. on 10/27/2018 through 6:00 a.m. on 10/28/2018, MPD received 455 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 455 calls for service for the past 24-hours this is how the calls came in per district: Central (162), East (61), Midtown (67), North (50), South (41), West (42), and Other (32).  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 calls for East District 11:10 am to 12:40 pm on 10/27/18
***Priority Calls City Wide 2:01 am – 6:00 am on 10/28/18

1) CENTRAL: Assist Fire - 6:30 am.  Officers responded to a subject (19-year-old HM) found passed out in the bathroom with the water running.  It seems he was tired and intoxicated.  Officers were kind enough to give the male a ride home.  No apparent medical problems.  Assist MFD.
2) SOUTH: Disturbance - 6:36 am.  Officers respond to a subject (21-year-old UM) who was intoxicated and upset when he paid a visit to the 7-11.  When inside, he was yelling and screaming that he lost his friends and couldn't find them.  Officers arrived and assisted in stabilizing his behavior and provided a ride.

3) CENTRAL: Assist Constituent – 6:45 am.  Officers respond to a phone call where a subject (UF) is trying to have her ex-boyfriend arrested.  Her ex-boyfriend has a restraining order against him.  The subject has tried to get numerous officers to arrest him, but there is no probable cause to substantiate her claim.  Investigation continuing.

4) EAST: Death Investigation - 6:52 am.  Officer respond to an east side residence when a man went to wake up his wife (70-year-old WF), who was deceased.  It was learned that the subject was under hospice care. Medical Examiner notified. 

5) CENTRAL: Check Person - 7:14 am.  Officers receive information that a 26-year-old WM  may be suicidal. Officers were able to locate the subject, who was fine and denied leaving any messages regarding suicide. As his welfare was checked, there was no further action on the part of MPD.

6) NORTH: Death Investigation - 8:19 am.  Officers respond to an assisted living facility for a deceased 87-year-old WF. The subject had a host of medical issues and nothing suspicious. Medical Examiner was notified.

7) SOUTH: Check Person – 9:01 am.  Officers respond to a residence on the south side when a daughter called asking assistance in checking the welfare of her father (75-year-old WM).  MFD was called to assist with forcing entry to the door of the residence. Prior to breaching the door, the subject/dad opened the door and his welfare was checked. Apparently the subject sleeps with a CPAP machine and did not hear the persistent phone calls or knocks on the door.

8) MIDTOWN: False Alarm - 9:12 am.  Officers were notified by ADT Security Services that a residence had an alarm that was triggered.  Initially, the alarm was a burglary alarm, a couple of minutes later it was changed to a hold-up alarm from a key fob.  Multiple officers responded and contacted the homeowner who accidentally hit the key fob when bringing groceries in the house. 

9) SOUTH: False Alarm - 9:52 am.  Officers were called by USA Central Station to notify MPD that Access Community Health Clinic in the 2200 block of S Park Street had a hold-up alarm.  The alarm company was unable to get ahold of anyone on the scene.  MPD arrived and was met by security and we were informed that this was a false activation of the hold-up/panic alarm.

10) EAST: Armed Robbery / Physical Abuse to a Child- 10:14 am. Officers respond when a victim (14-year-old AAM) ran from a friend's home on Cottage Grove Rd, to a nearby gas station requesting police.  Apparently, the victim was robbed at gunpoint and then sustained injuries by three suspects described as teenaged AAMs.  Two subjects were ultimately taken into custody for Physical Abuse to a Child. Investigation continues.

11) WEST: Mental Health/Disturbance - 11:50 am.  Officers respond to a subject (34-year-old WF) who was having some mental health issues.  The subject's friends called indicating that she was tearing up the bathroom.  The scene was stabilized and next steps were initiated with Journey. Investigation Continuing.

12) CENTRAL: Fraud – 1:23 pm. Officers responded to a victim (32 year-old WM) complaint of fraud. Apparently, the victim lost his ID and debit card or it was taken without his knowledge. The card provider started texting the victim that charges were starting to come in. Officers followed the path of transactions and ended up making an arrest. Two individuals (23-year-old AAM and 25-year-old AAM) were subsequently arrested; one for fraud and one for an outstanding warrant from another state. Investigation continuing.

13) NORTH: Arrested Person – 2:19 pm. Officers were dispatched to Myrtle Street reference a domestic disturbance. On further investigation, it was discovered there was no domestic relationship between the combatants.  Two subjects were involved in an argument in the residence. Another subject took exception to the argument. Suspect (31-year-old WF) throws a broom at victim (34-year-old WF), spits on victim, and ends up pulling the phone out of the victim's hand with the broom, damaging it. Suspect was subsequently arrested for Disorderly Conduct and Criminal Damage to Property.

14) WEST: Check Person – 2:53 pm. Officers were called to check the welfare of a 51-year-old WF. Complainant stated his sister/subject was intoxicated and making vague suicidal statements via phone. Apparently, the subject had severe depression and deteriorating mental health issues as well as alcohol concerns. Subject was ultimately located in her apartment and was extremely incapacitated. Subject was placed under protective custody and conveyed to UW Hospital by MFD.  Investigation continuing.

15) WEST: Assist MFD – 10:50pm. Officers were dispatched with MFD to the 7900 block of Tree Lane regarding a subject (47-year-old WF) who was having difficulty breathing. Apparently, the subject loss consciousness and stopped breathing after the 911 call was placed.  Upon arrival, an officer administered Narcan and others joined in providing CCR. It is believed that the subject suffered a medical event of some kind. Subject was subsequently transported to UW Hospital by MFD. Investigation continuing. 

16) MIDTOWN:  Crash with Injuries – 11:04 pm. Officers are dispatched to the intersection of Mineral Point Road and South Gammon Road regarding a two-vehicle crash with injuries.  The caller to 911 reported that the situation was escalating. Officers arrived and stabilized the scene. One person received an injury requiring transport to a local hospital for non-life threatening issues. Neither driver was impaired and investigation is continuing.

17) NORTH:  Domestic Disturbance – 1:51am. Officers were dispatched to the 2900 block of Hoard Street regarding a domestic disturbance.  A witness observed a male yelling at a female in the parking lot and then watched as she was grabbed and physically dragged into an apartment.  When police arrived, contact was attempted at the door to the apartment. The victim (24-year-old AAF) answered the door and stated everything was fine and there was no need from police; however, the officers could hear her being prompted by a male (suspect) whispering to her. As the victim shut the door, the officers then forced entry. Subsequent investigation developed probable cause for the suspect (31-year-old AAM), who was arrested for Domestic Disorderly Conduct and felony Bail Jumping.

18) CENTRAL: Homicide – 2:00 am. Early this morning, a 21-year-old Madison man was shot in the State Street Campus Ramp, 415 N. Lake St.  The victim was transported to a hospital with a life-threatening gunshot wound to the torso. he MPD's Violent Crimes Unit is leading the investigation. Detectives do not believe this was a random act of gun violence.

This weapons offense took place just before 2:00 am on the Frances Street side of State  Street Campus Ramp.  We are seeking the assistance of the public for any information  regarding this weapons offense.  We are also investigating a disturbance that occurred prior  to the weapons offense, inside of Whiskey Jacks Saloon at 552 State Street.  If you have any  information, photos or video related to these incidents, contact MPD at 266-4275, or if you  wish to remain anonymous, contact Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 266-6014, or on the  web at

*** There were no major problems or incidents reported at this year's Freakfest where over 20,000 tickets were sold; however, there were 12 arrests as of 2:00 a.m. Most were cited and released for having open intoxicants on the street, or for disorderly conduct. Several were transported to the detox center, and a few others suffered relatively minor injuries.

The MPD would like to thank our partners for assistance during the event: the Madison Fire Department, Dane County Public Safety Communications, Dane County Sheriff's Department, UW Madison Police Department, Fitchburg Police Department, the Middleton Police Department, and City of Madison Parks, Engineering, and Streets.

We would also like to thank the vast majority of attendees for making Freakfest a positive community celebration.








Posted by: Chief Koval

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