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MPD Daily Significant Calls 01/10/2019 to 01/11/2019

January 11, 2019 8:44 AM

December (2018) data on Robberies

Our community experienced 23 reported robberies in December (2018).  This represents a 4% decrease from December (2017) when we had 24 reported robberies.  Through the end of December, we had 258 reported robberies for the year.  When looking at the average over the past 5 years (235 reported robberies), we saw a 9.8% increase of robberies in 2018. 

What we know from the robberies that took place in December (2018):

  • 46% of the robberies occurred between 8pm-3am
  • Breakdown per district – West (4), Midtown (6), South (2), Central (5), North (4), East (2)
  • Robberies most frequently occurred on Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays

**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 01/10/2019 through 6:00 a.m. on 01/11/2019, MPD received 453 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 453 calls for service for the past 24-hours, this is how the calls came in per district: Central (62), East (87), Midtown (64), North (81), South (50), West (70), and Other (39).  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) SOUTH: Information/Armed Robbery – 7:41 a.m.  Officers responded to a south side residence (Waunona Woods Court) and spoke with a victim (33-year-old AAF) who reported that a suspect (AAM) entered her home demanding money and made a comment of "you know what I'm looking for."  The suspect was given a bag of cash and fled.  Detectives believe this was a targeted robbery.  Incident Report on MPD's website completed.  Investigation continuing.     

2) WEST: Stolen Auto – 10:42 a.m.  Officers responded to a west side residence for a report of a stolen auto (victims: 61-year-old WF and 21-year-old WM).  The vehicle was left unoccupied, unlocked and had the key fob left in it.  Attempt to locate aired.  The vehicle was listed as stolen in the appropriate databases.  Investigation continuing.      

3) MIDTOWN: Stolen Auto – 11:46 a.m.  Officers responded to Lathrop St for a report of a stolen auto (victims: WM and 22-year-old WM).  The vehicle was parked/left on Monday and was gone today when one of the victim's went to retrieve it.  Attempt to locate aired.  The vehicle was listed as stolen in the appropriate databases.  Investigation continuing.    

4) SOUTH: Strong Armed Robbery – 4:46 p.m.  Officers met with a victim (52-year-old WM) who reported being robbed in a parking lot in the 1900 block of S. Park St.  The victim stated that the suspect (AAM) asked him for some money.  As the victim handed over a small amount of money from his wallet the suspect grabbed the wallet and fled.  No injuries reported.  Incident Report on MPD's website completed.  Investigation continuing.     

5) NORTH: Check Property – 5:11 p.m.  Officers were dispatched to a call of a subject driving through a parking lot on the north side advising that there were "people outside with guns."  Officers canvassed the area; nothing located.  Investigation continuing. 

6) EAST: Missing/Runaway Juvenile – 5:31 p.m.  Officers responded to an east side residence regarding a missing/runaway juvenile (15-year-old WM).  The juvenile was located several hours later and returned home.  No further action deemed necessary by police.

7) EAST: Sexual Assault of a Child – 5:53 p.m.  Officers were dispatched to follow-up on a reported Sexual Assault of a Child investigation.  Officers met with the victim (17-year-old WF) but did not make contact with the suspect (17-year-old WM) at this time.  The assault was reported to take place in Madison in December.  Investigation continuing. 

8) MIDTOWN: Check Person – 8:47 p.m.  Officers responded to a local hospital regarding a subject (32-year-old WF) who was brought in by ambulance (due to mental health concerns) and had battered EMS personnel.  The subject attempted to leave when she got to the hospital.  MPD Mental Health Officer plugged in.  An emergency detention is being sought.  Charges may also be forthcoming.  Investigation continuing.

9) CENTRAL: Domestic Disturbance – 9:34 p.m.  Officers responded to a domestic disturbance between two subjects (30-year-old AAF victim and 37-year-old AAM suspect) near the intersection of E. Washington Ave/N. Blount St.  The victim and suspect were engaged in a verbal argument, which then escalated.  The suspect strangled the victim, pulled her hair, put her in a headlock and broke some of her teeth.  The victim attempted to call 911, but the suspect prevented her from doing so.  The victim was eventually able to free herself and get away from the suspect.  The suspect was not able to be located.  Once located, the suspect will be arrested/charged with substantial battery, strangulation, false imprisonment, intimidation of victim (all domestic-related charges), as well as disorderly conduct and bail jumping (2 counts).  Investigation continuing. 

10) WEST: Information/Animal Complaint – 11:27 p.m.  Officers responded to Prairie Rd for what was originally reported as an animal bite.  Investigation revealed that a family pet/dog likely had a seizure like event, became aggressive and ran off.  The family was attempting to take the dog to a clinic and while loading him into a vehicle, it was thought that a child was bitten (but turned out this was not true).  The dog is still at-large and the family is looking for him.  No further action deemed necessary by the police.                        

Posted by: Chief Koval

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