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MPD Daily Significant Calls 12/12/2018 to 12/13/2018

December 13, 2018 9:56 AM

November stats continued – Theft from Autos

There was a 30% decrease in theft from autos in November (2018) when compared to November (2017).  Our community saw 78 reports of theft from autos last month compared to 112 last November.  Overall, our year-to-date, also saw a decrease (11%) in theft from auto complaints when compared to the average over the past 4 years (1,103 last month; the average over the past four years is 1,240.)

What kind of force was used during the incidents in November? –

  • Forced entry: 8 incidents
  • No force used to enter: 29 (unknown how entry was made as registered owner believed vehicle was left locked)
  • Unlocked vehicles: 26

Breakdown of these incidents per district in November –

  • West: 12
  • Midtown: 22
  • South: 2
  • Central: 12
  • North: 16
  • East: 14

The 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 12/12/2018 through 6:00 a.m. on 12/13/2018, MPD received 451 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 451 calls for service for the past 24-hours this is how the calls came in per district: Central (78), East (80), Midtown (78), North (63), South (60), West (59), and Other (33).  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) EAST: Stolen Auto – 8:37 a.m.  Officers responded to an east side residence for a report of a stolen auto (vehicle was left running and unlocked).  The vehicle was located in a parking lot on S. Stoughton Rd.  The doors to the vehicle were locked and the registered owner (35-year-old WF) did not have a second set of keys (so therefore the vehicle was towed).  Investigation continuing.   

2) WEST: Traffic Complaint/Investigation – 9:14 a.m.  Officers responded to Pleasant View Rd/Mineral Point Rd for a vehicle that struck a parking sign.  The vehicle/driver (32-year-old AAM) drove away from the area, stopped the vehicle and walked away.  The suspect was located and he was uncooperative with officers.  The suspect was cited for hit-and-run with property damage and driving without insurance.  Investigation continuing. 

3) WEST: Information/Child Abuse – 11:24 a.m.  Officers responded, at the request of Child Protective Services, to a school to meet with a child/victim (8-year-old AAM) who arrived at school today with some concerning injuries.  Investigation continuing.      

4) MIDTOWN: Information/Child Abuse – 12:58 p.m.  A 14-year-old HF disclosed to a teacher that her mother struck her with a spoon.  There was a small bruise observed on the juvenile.  The juvenile's explanation of events changed over the course of her contact with officers and Child Protective Services.  No charges substantiated at this time.  Investigation continuing. 

5) SOUTH: Drug Incident/Overdose – 1:24 p.m.  Officers responded to the Arby's parking lot on S. Park St for a subject (36-year-old WF) experiencing an overdose.  An off-duty firefighter gave compressions to the subject.  MPD administered Naloxone and the subject was revived.  The subject was conveyed to a local hospital where she was cited for possession of heroin and referred to the Madison Addiction Recovery Initiative (MARI). 

6) SOUTH: Adult Arrested Person(s) – 2:27 p.m.  A traffic stop was conducted on John Nolen Drive.  A suspect (28-year-old WF) was arrested for possession of heroin (2 counts), possession of cocaine, ID theft, possession of drug paraphernalia and a probation violation.  The driver/suspect (28-year-old WF) was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and an outstanding warrant.  Investigation continuing.    

7) EAST: Missing Adult – 2:49 p.m.  Officers responded to an east side residence for a report of a missing adult (45-year-old AAF).  The original caller was not on scene and could not be located/contacted by officers.  Phone ping attempted but not successful.  The subject was entered into the appropriate databases as missing/endangered.  Investigation continuing. 

8) CENTRAL: Check Person/OMVWI Arrest – 4:02 p.m.  Officers were waiting at a stoplight when they heard screeching tires.  Officers located an unoccupied, but running vehicle, near N. Pinckney St/E. Washington Ave.   A subject (later identified to be the driver/suspect) came running toward the vehicle and claimed he was "exercising."  The suspect (25-year-old AAM) continued to display some bizarre behavior.  The suspect was taken into protective custody and conveyed to a local hospital for an evaluation.  The suspect was subsequently arrested for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and transported to jail.    

9) NORTH: Drug Incident/Overdose – 5:23 p.m.  Officers responded to a north side residence for a subject (47-year-old WM) experiencing an overdose.  MFD administered Naloxone which revived the subject.  The subject was cited for possession of heroin and referred to the Madison Addiction Recovery Initiative (MARI). 

10) CENTRAL:  Check Welfare/Weapons Offense – 8:15 p.m.  Officers responded to N. Bedford St to check the welfare of a subject/suspect (23-year-old WM) who sent a picture of himself holding a gun to his head to an ex-girlfriend.  The suspect was contacted and resisted officers' attempts to take him into protective custody.  The suspect was subsequently arrested for bail jumping and resisting arrest.  Investigation continuing. 

11) EAST: Adult Arrested Person – 9:13 p.m.  Officers responded to the Microtel on East Springs Drive for a 911 disconnect call.  Contact was made with a suspect (29-year-old WF) who had active warrants.  The suspect was conveyed to jail on her outstanding warrants and additional charges were added as prescription drugs (not prescribed to her) were located on her. 

12) MIDTOWN: Check Person/Area – 9:50 p.m.  Officers responded to the Hyvee on S. Whitney Way after it was reported that a subject had been shot.  Officers responded and no concerns were located/identified.  This may have been an attempt at "swatting" where police resources are mustered for a case without foundation.  No further action deemed necessary by the police.           

Posted by: Chief Koval

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