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MPD Daily Significant Calls 02/04/2019-02/05/2019

February 5, 2019 10:41 AM

There have been some concerning crimes taking place recently in our community that specifically impact the safety of our constituents. 

Victims are NEVER responsible for the behavior of suspects!  Please remember these personal safety tips when you are out and about, particularly during hours of darkness:

Be alert and aware of your surroundings always and do not become fixated on your electronic accessories (phones, etc.) If wearing headphones, allow for ambient street noises to be heard

When possible, never walk, jog or bike alone (especially at night)

Use SAFEwalk, (; and/or 608-262-5000) a taxi or Madison Metro bus service to get around town when you are alone

Use well-lit, well-known, well-traveled areas when walking

If you're ever confronted by an individual with a dangerous weapon, give up your property and do not resist

Report suspicious behavior or criminal activity to the police immediately by calling 911


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 02/04/2019 through 6:00 a.m. on 02/05/2019, MPD received 438 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 438 calls for service for the past 24-hours, this is how the calls came in per district: Central (87), East (80), Midtown (73), North (66), South (50), West (58), and Other (24).  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 only from 5:40am-7:00am (Monday) due to calls for service. 

1) WEST: Domestic Disturbance – 4:27 a.m.  Officers responded to Morraine View Drive for a domestic disturbance between two subjects (28-year-old AAF victim and 37-year-old WM suspect).  The victim and suspect were engaged in a verbal argument which reportedly started on Sunday night around 10:30 p.m.  The suspect was intoxicated, armed himself with a machete and threatened to commit suicide.  The victim contacted the police after the suspect cut himself.  The suspect barricaded himself in the residence as officers arrived.  The victim was safely evacuated, along with three children.  The suspect surrendered approximately an hour later.  The suspect was taken into custody and conveyed to a local hospital where he was subsequently admitted.  Charges forthcoming.  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) WEST: Death Investigation – 4:45 a.m.  Officers responded to a west side residence for a deceased subject (56-year-old WF).  The initial cause of death appears to be suicide.  Nothing suspicious observed at the scene.  Medical Examiner's office responded.  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.  

3) EAST: Disturbance – 8:49 a.m.  A subject/suspect (17-year-old AAM) who is not a student at La Follette and is banned from being on school property, showed up at the high school, causing a disturbance and refusing to leave.  The suspect resisted arrest.  The suspect was arrested for disorderly conduct, trespassing and resisting arrest.   

4) EAST: Theft – 11:00 a.m.  Officers responded to Walmart on Nakoosa Trail for a retail theft in progress.  The suspect (39-year-old WF) stole merchandise and fled on foot.  The suspect was apprehended in the nearby woods.  The suspect lied about her identity.  The suspect was arrested and charged with felony retail theft, obstructing, trespassing, bail jumping and an outstanding bench warrant.      

5) NORTH: Domestic Disturbance – 3:15 p.m.  Officers responded to Calypso Road for a domestic disturbance between two subjects (64-year-old AAM victim and 54-year-old WF suspect).  The couple were drinking and arguing when things escalated.  The suspect started slamming things around and calling the victim names.  The suspect was arrested for domestic disorderly conduct.

6) CENTRAL: Disturbance/Unwanted Person – 5:34 p.m.  Officers responded to Tipsy Cow on King St for a subject/suspect (66-year-old AAM) causing a disturbance and refusing to leave.  The suspect was arrested for disorderly conduct and trespassing. 

7) MIDTOWN: Domestic Disturbance – 6:24 p.m.  Officers responded to a residence in the Midtown district for a disturbance between a father and son (61-year-old WM victim and 26-year-old WM suspect).  The suspect armed himself with a knife and threatened his dad/victim.  The suspect was arrested for domestic disorderly conduct while armed. 

8) EAST: Missing/Runaway Juvenile – 6:27 p.m.  Officers responded to S. Thompson Drive for a report of a missing/runaway juvenile (14-year-old AAF).  The juvenile did not come home after school.  The juvenile has a history of running away.  No safety concerns identified.  Attempt to locate aired.  The juvenile was entered as missing/runaway in the appropriate databases.  Investigation continuing. 

9) WEST: Juvenile Arrest – 7:02 p.m.  Officers responded to Jacobs Way for a juvenile/suspect (14-year-old AAF) causing a disturbance by destroying items in the home and pushing other residents.  The suspect was uncooperative with officers and spit in the face of an officer.  The suspect was conveyed to the Juvenile Reception Center and charged with criminal damage to property, disorderly conduct, discharging bodily fluids and resisting arrest. 

10) NORTH: Drug Incident/Overdose – 9:14 p.m.  Officers responded to Calypso Road for a subject/suspect (54-year-old WF) experiencing an overdose.  An officer performed CCR and administered Naloxone to the suspect.  The suspect regained consciousness.  Drug evidence was located on scene.  The suspect was conveyed to a local hospital for a medical clearance.  The suspect was subsequently arrested and transported to jail for possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia and an outstanding warrant for retail theft.  The suspect was referred to the Madison Addiction Recovery Initiative (MARI) program.

11) CENTRAL: Check Person – 1:31 a.m.  Officers received a request to check the welfare of a subject (39-year-old WM) on Spaight Street due to possible medical concerns.  The subject was contacted and conveyed to a local hospital for an evaluation.  The caller/suspect (38-year-old WF) drove to the Spaight Street address and officers believed she was intoxicated.  The suspect refused field-sobriety tests.  The suspect was arrested and placed on a 12-hour hold at the jail.  The male subject has an outstanding warrant from another county.  The male subject was left in the care of medical staff at this time.  Investigation continuing. 

12) NORTH: Death Investigation – 3:10 a.m.  Officers responded to a north side residence to check the welfare of a subject (50-year-old WF).  Entry was made to the home to check on the subject. The subject was located deceased.  Initial cause of death appears to be an overdose of alcohol/pills.  Nothing suspicious observed on scene. Medical Examiner's office responded.  Investigation continuing. 

13) CENTRAL: Disturbance – 3:13 a.m.  Officers responded to N. Pinckney St for a disturbance between two subjects (27-year-old WM victim and 22-year-old WM suspect).  The victim was outside his residence when the suspect (unknown to the victim) was walking by and took issue with the victim being on the phone.  A verbal argument ensued. The suspect walked away but returned in an attempt to resume the confrontation. Police were called and officers subsequently located and contacted the suspect nearby. The suspect was cited for disorderly conduct and physically arrested for a probation hold. The suspect was arrested and conveyed to jail.          

Posted by: Chief Koval

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