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 12/18/2018 through 6:00 a.m. on 12/19/2018, MPD received 452 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 452 calls for service for the past 24-hours this is how the calls came in per district: Central (70), East (86), Midtown (70), North (78), South (67), West (58), and Other (23). 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 from 9:00 am -10:40 am on 12/18/2018**
1) WEST: Weapons Offense/Shots Fired – 5:39 am
Officers responded to the 8200 block of Plaza Dr for a report of a bullet which entered a neighboring apartment. Upon arrival, officers contacted the subject/suspect (33-year-old white male) who stated that due to being anxious and unable to sleep he decided to clean his AK-47 and caused it to accidentally discharge. After a conversation with the attending Sergeant, the suspect elected to surrender his rifle and 5 handguns for safe keeping. No injuries reported, however, the bullet did travel through multiple walls and broke a mirror. Suspect was cited for Recklessly Endangering Safety. Investigation continuing.
*This was a late call that did not make the previous 24-hour cycle call notes due to the fact that officers were still on scene and reports from the field were not typed.
2) WEST: Death Investigation – 6:08 am
Officers responded to a west side residence for a deceased subject (83-year-old white male). Subject had health problems and a recent illness. Nothing suspicious observed on scene. Medical Examiner's (ME's) office responded. Investigation continuing.
3) WEST: Assist Police – 7:33 am
MPD officers assisted the Fitchburg Police Department in conducting a search warrant at a Fitchburg residence. The execution of the warrant was without incident. Fitchburg PD has the lead on this investigation.
4) CENTRAL: Check Welfare/Suspicious Person – 9:01 a.m. Officers responded to E. Dayton St for a report of a suspicious subject/suspect (39-year-old WF). The suspect was not on scene when officers arrived. The suspect was subsequently identified and located at The Beacon where she was then arrested for disorderly conduct.
5) SOUTH - Child Abuse – 10:38 am
A teacher observed visible injuries on a student/victim (6-year-old AAF) and contacted CPS. CPS contacted officers who interviewed the victim. Suspect (32 year-old-AAF) was arrested for physical abuse to a child and the victim/siblings were placed by CPS with family. Investigation continuing.
6) CENTRAL – Adult Arrested Person – 3:35 pm
Officers were sent to contact a subject (39-year-old AM) who has mental health issues and has been persistently pulling the fire alarm at his apartment complex. After consulting with mental health specialists, it was determined that an arrest was appropriate. Suspect was arrested for False Alarms and taken to the PSB.
7) MIDTOWN – Stalking Complaint – 4:08 pm
MPD responded to a retail store located at 726 N Midvale Blvd (Hilldale) after the victim (23-year-old WF) called police to complain about a suspect (27-year-old AAM), stalking her at her place of employment. Suspect has been warned by several family members not to contact the victim. The suspect has several open warrants and charges for stalking were developed. Investigation continuing.
8) CENTRAL – Assist MFD – 5:14 pm
Officers responded, along with MFD/EMS, to Langdon St to check the welfare of a 70-year-old WM with health issues who was not answering his phone or the door. MFD forced entry and MPD assisted in making contact. The subject was subsequently transported via ambulance to the hospital, at which point MPD's involvement in the incident was over. Later the ME's office called to advise that the subject died at the hospital. Investigation continuing.
9) WEST – Death Investigation – 6:34 pm
Officers responded to a west side residence to do a welfare check on an 81-year-old WF. Subject was found deceased. Nothing suspicious located. ME's office notified. Investigation continuing.
10) WEST – Robbery Strong Armed- 6:35 pm
MPD was called to take a strong armed robbery report from a victim (41-year-old Hispanic male) who had just left the drive up pharmacy at Walgreens on S High Point Rd at Mineral Point Rd. The victim reported that the suspect (described as M/B, 20-22 years old, 5'08", with a thin build and wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, dark jeans/pants) approached him at the driver's window and asked a question. The suspect then put his hand inside the victim's car. The victim believed the suspect had a gun, but did not actually see it. The suspect took the victim's wallet and left. The suspect was last seen walking northbound along Walgreens/S High Point Rd. Incident Report on MPD's website completed. Investigation continuing.
11) WEST – Juvenile Arrest – 7:22 pm
Officers responded to the 7000 block of Tree Lane for a disturbance. Suspect (14-year-old AAM) has been acting up at home and starting to hang out with gang members. Suspect's sister's boyfriend tried to speak with suspect about making better choices which angered the suspect and a struggle ensued. The suspect armed himself with a knife at one point and threatened others. When officers arrived, suspect was taken to JRC for disorderly conduct while armed and resisting.
12) NORTH – Crash with Injuries – 8:26 pm
Officers were dispatched to a single vehicle crash, car vs light pole, at Wheeler/School Rd. Upon arrival, the passenger (23-year-old AAM) was able to exit the vehicle and was transported to the hospital. The driver (24-year-old AAM) was extricated from the vehicle but eventually succumbed to his injuries at the hospital. The vehicle that crashed was apparently involved in a high-speed pursuit earlier by the Dane County Sheriff's Department. Incident Report on MPD's website completed. Investigation continuing.
13) CENTRAL – Disturbance – 9:28 pm
The 911 Center received calls that a WM had just pulled a knife on another male in the 700 block of E. Washington Ave. One of the callers refused to meet with officers but stated over the phone that the suspect, a WM wearing a dark blue jacket, a white flannel shirt, a brown or dark winter hat with ear flaps, brown hiking boots, and old jeans, pulled a knife on him. Other witnesses in area could not corroborate material elements of the story. City cameras did not show a disturbance. Investigation continuing.
14) EAST – OMVWI – Arrest/Intoxicated Driver – 2:16 am
A witness traveling eastbound on Milwaukee Street saw a vehicle heading westbound at a high rate of speed prior to striking multiple parked cars in the 4800 block of Milwaukee Street. Witnesses helped extricate suspect (28-year-old AAM) from the car. Suspect had a strong odor of intoxicants and was taken to the hospital for his injuries and was processed for his 4th OWI. Investigation continuing.