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MPD Daily Significant Calls 11/06/2018 to 11/07/2018

November 7, 2018 8:23 AM

October 2018 Monthly Crime Summary Stats – Robberies:

There were 23 reported robberies in the City of Madison in October, 2018.  Through the end of October, our community has experienced 212 reported robberies since the beginning of the year.  This is a 10% increase year-to-date from 2017, where we had 192 reported robberies.

Robberies per district for October:

  • West District - 2
  • Midtown District - 4
  • South District - 2
  • Central District – 4
  • North District – 6
  • East District - 5

A large percentage (42%) of robberies occurred between 9pm-3am.  Robberies are more frequent on Fridays and Mondays.    

**The above provided stats are based upon the best data available at the time of publication. 


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 11/06/2018 through 6:00 a.m. on 11/07/2018, MPD received 459 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 459 calls for service for the past 24-hours this is how the calls came in per district: Central (73), East (100), Midtown (62), North (82), South (43), West (58), and Other (41).  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". 


1) NORTH: Theft – 7:56 a.m.  A traffic stop was conducted on 3rd St at Johnson St when a stolen bike was discovered in the vehicle.  The bike was returned to its owner.  The driver (28-year-old WM) was released from the scene.  Additional follow-up/investigation continuing.     

2) EAST: Death Investigation – 8:37 a.m.  Officers responded to an east side residence for a pulseless non-breathing child (6-month-old WM).  Lifesaving measures were not successful.  Officers were advised that the child was placed in a playpen and found to not be breathing when the parent checked on him.  Medical Examiner's office responded.  Investigation continuing. 

3) EAST: Strong Armed Robbery – 12:04 p.m.  Officers responded to a convenience store on E. Washington Ave for a strong armed robbery.  The victim (43-year-old WF) was sitting in a parked vehicle in the parking lot when a juvenile/suspect (AAM) asked for money for the bus.  As the victim reached into her purse, the suspect reached in the vehicle and grabbed all the cash.  The suspect fled on a bike.  Incident Report on MPD's website completed.  Investigation continuing.   

4) SOUTH: Adult Arrested Person – 2:39 p.m.  Officers responded to Beld St to check the welfare of a subject/suspect (40-year-old HM) "passed out" in a running vehicle and had a cigarette in his mouth.  The suspect was contacted and conveyed to a local hospital for an evaluation.  The suspect refused field sobriety tests.  The suspect was cited for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (1st offense) and arrested for possession of an illegally obtained prescription drug, a probation hold and bail jumping (two counts) once medically cleared. 

5) CENTRAL: Check Property – 6:18 p.m.  A complainant submitted a trespassing complaint through the MPD website about political representatives leafletting his parking lot (which is private property).  MPD responded and found a few vehicles with flyers.  Contact was made with the political party associated and they were apologetic.  No further action deemed necessary by the police.

6) WEST: Weapons Offense – 7:31 p.m.  This incident was originally dispatched to Middleton PD as a traffic/weapons complaint where the caller reported that another vehicle/occupant began honking at her and flashed a handgun.  The incident occurred around the Beltline at Old Sauk Rd.  The registered owner of the suspect vehicle was identified and phone contact was made.  The registered owner admitted to honking but denied having a handgun.  Investigation continuing. 

7) EAST: Armed Robbery – 8:56 p.m.  Officers responded to the AutoZone in the 3500 block of E. Washington Ave for an armed robbery.  A suspect (AAM) entered the store and ordered two employees to the back room at gunpoint.  The suspect then ordered one of the employees to open the safe.  The suspect fled with cash.  No injuries reported.  Incident Report on MPD's website completed.  Investigation continuing. 

8) CENTRAL: Intoxicated Driver – 11:15 p.m.  Officers responded to University Ave/N. Bassett St for what was originally reported as a vehicle being pushed in traffic.  Officers did not locate the vehicle.  Additional information was provided that the driver of the vehicle appeared to be very intoxicated and told a witness that the registered owner did not know he (suspect) was driving the vehicle.  The registered owner (RO) was identified and contacted.  The RO confirmed that he did not give permission for anyone to drive his car, yet he did not wish to pursue any charges.  The suspect in this incident (19-year-old WM) was subsequently arrested for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (2nd offense) and threats to law enforcement due to comments he made to officers.      

9) CENTRAL: Intoxicated Driver – 2:27 a.m.  An officer conducted a traffic stop at N. Frances St/Conklin and a subject/suspect (35-year-old AAM) fled.  The suspect was apprehended and subsequently arrested for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.           

Posted by: Chief Koval

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