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MPD Daily Significant Calls 01/08/2019- 01/09/2019

January 9, 2019 9:06 AM

Today is National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (L.E.A.D.).  This day was created by partnering organizations to support law enforcement officers nationwide by encouraging them, supporting them and showing respect to them for their sacrifices. 

Law enforcement is a noble career choice.  Every day, women and men, put on a bullet-proof vest and assist individuals in our community who are experiencing a need for help; it could be that they are having a bad day by virtue of a car crash, need emergency assistance (i.e., medical, mental health, etc.) or they are potentially at their "worst" (i.e., heroin overdose, robbery victim, etc.).  When others flee from a terrible scene (i.e., a shooting), our officers run toward the challenge in order to help.  No other protective service practitioner provides a more robust and comprehensive range of services on a 24/7/365 basis.  I am grateful for our selfless servant-guardian leaders!      

To my 477 commissioned officers – thank you for what you do!  To my 181 civilian staff – thank you for complementing us in bringing these services to fruition!


December (2018) data on Burglaries

We received 47 reports of burglaries in December (2018).  Last year, during the month of December, there were 89 reported burglaries (thus, we saw a 47% decrease for the last month of 2018). 

Through the end of December, our community experienced 1,067 reported burglaries.  In 2017, there were 919 reported burglaries; result – a 16% increase for year-to-date, 2018. 

More information on the burglaries from December (2018):

At least 17 of the burglaries occurred when a resident was home

At least 21 of the burglaries occurred due to an unlocked door/open garage

No reports of handguns stolen

There were three vehicles stolen in the course of a burglary

Breakdown of burglaries per district from December:

West: 10

South: 4

Central: 8

North: 13

East: 4

Midtown: 8

**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 01/08/2019 through 6:00 a.m. on 01/09/2019, MPD received 408 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 408 calls for service for the past 24-hours, this is how the calls came in per district: Central (65), East (89), Midtown (82), North (58), South (42), West (47), and Other (25).  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 4:40 pm - 6:40 pm on 1/7/2019** (MPD was dealing with four potential emergency detention evaluations simultaneously in addition to increased calls for services)

1) WEST: Non-Residential Burglary – 5:28 a.m.  Officers responded to Babe's Bar and Grill on Schroeder Rd for a burglary.  A window was broken to gain entrance to the restaurant.  The restaurant was rummaged through and property was damaged.  Suspect(s) were not on scene when officers arrived.  Investigation continuing.    *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) NORTH: Information/Adult Arrested Person – 6:51 a.m.  Officers responded to a residence on the north side for what was originally reported as a disturbance between two subjects (UF caller and a 28-year-old AAM).  The subjects were engaged in a verbal argument when the male subject attempted to leave, which made the female upset.  The female made comments to a friend and to officers that the male subject battered her.  There was no evidence to substantiate these claims at this time.  However, the male subject was found to have outstanding warrants, so he was arrested and conveyed to jail.  Additional charges may be forthcoming.  Investigation continuing. 

3) NORTH: Information – 9:14 a.m.  Officers responded to Kipling Drive, at the request of Probation/Parole, to make contact/arrest a wanted suspect (63-year-old WM).   The suspect was located and needed medical attention for a pre-existing condition.  The suspect was conveyed to a local hospital where he was admitted.  Once discharged, the suspect will be arrested on his pending warrant.  Investigation continuing. 

4) EAST: Information – 9:30 a.m.  Officers met with a victim (26-year-old AAF) who reported that an unflattering video was posted on the internet by a known acquaintance/suspect (AAM) without her permission.  Investigation continuing.      

5) SOUTH: Mental Health Conveyance – 11:45 a.m.  Officers responded to a south side residence to check the welfare of a subject (74-year-old WM) after a disturbance took place overnight involving his wife.  The subject was taken into protective custody and conveyed to a local hospital for an evaluation.  MPD Mental Health Officer plugged in.  An emergency detention is being sought.  Investigation continuing.           

6) CENTRAL: Disturbance Unwanted Person – 1:27 pm Officers responded to S Baldwin St for a reported of an unwanted person. The suspect, (27-year-old WM) was arrested for an outstanding warrant.  While in the back of the squad, the suspect started hitting his head against the cage. The suspect was taken to the hospital to receive treatment for his self-inflicted injuries and was subsequently transported to jail for the outstanding warrant and a new resisting charge. Investigation continuing.

7) EAST: Battery – 2:45 pm ? Officers responded to W Corporate Dr for a battery that occurred at the Metro East Transfer Point. The victim, (40-year-old WF) was riding a Metro bus when she noticed several high-school-aged students acting out. The victim told the youth to calm down. The suspect (17-year-old AAF) took offense to this and when everyone exited the bus at the East Transfer Point, the suspect started punching the victim. The suspect was arrested for battery and taken to jail. Investigation continuing.

8) MIDTOWN: Disorderly Conduct – 3:15 pm  Officers responded to Meriter Hospital after a patient (21-year-old HM) about to be discharged threatened a nurse and grabbed the lanyard that was around her neck. Officers arrested the suspect for disorderly conduct and transported him to jail. Investigation continuing.

9) NORTH: Death Investigation – 4:39 pm Officers responded to the 4800 block of Hayes Rd for a report of a deceased subject (27-year-old WM) in a hotel room. Officers located an empty bottle of vodka and an empty bottle of cold medicine in the room. Possible suicide. Medical Examiner's office responded. Investigation continuing.

10) EAST: Assist EMS/Fire – 4:53 pm  ?Officers responded to the 700 block of Dempsey Rd for a fire started in a detached garage with two cars inside.  MFD put out the fire and has the lead in this incident. MPD assisted with traffic control and perimeter maintenance.

11) EAST: Death Investigation – 5:38 pm Officers responded to an east side residence for a deceased subject (77-year-old WF). Subject had several significant medical issues, nothing suspicious noted. Medical Examiner's office responded. Investigation continuing.

12) CENTRAL: Check Person – 8:17 pm Officers responded to S Brooks St to check the welfare of a subject (36-year-old WM) who was making suicidal statements to his girlfriend. Upon arrival to the residence, the subject was not present. A phone ping indicated he was on the west side of Madison. ATL was aired. At a later time, the subject's girlfriend contacted him via social media and reported to MPD that the boyfriend appeared to be alright.

13) CENTRAL: Residential Burglary- 10:37 pm Officers responded to an attempted burglary on the 600 block of N. Carroll Street. Two suspects entered an occupied residence and were confronted by a resident. The resident armed himself with a firearm and fired shots at the intruders as they fled the apartment. Suspects fled in an unknown direction. It is unknown if the intruders were struck. Incident Report on MPD's website completed. If anyone has any knowledge of the incident, they are encouraged to contact the Madison Police Department or the Madison area Crimestoppers program.

14) SOUTH: Conveyance Mental Health – 11:23 pm
Officers provided support to Meriter Hospital for an emergency detention evaluation involving a 48-year-old WM subject. UW Hospital accepted the subject.

15) CENTRAL: Missing Adult – 11:40 pm Officers were dispatched to W Gilman St reference an intoxicated male making suicidal statements to friends. At this time, the male has not been located. ATL aired. The subject was listed as missing in appropriate databases. Investigation continuing.

16) SOUTH: Domestic Disturbance – 2:11 am Officers responded to the 2700 block of McDivitt Rd for multiple reports of a male physically abusing a female. Officers arrived and heard a physical disturbance taking place. Officers forced entry and arrested a suspect (38-year-old AAM). The investigation reveals that suspect battered the victim (32-year-old AAF) over the course of a few days, with the victim sustaining several bruises and facial injuries. Suspect was arrested for Domestic DC/False Imprisonment/ Battery. Investigation continuing.

Posted by: Chief Koval

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