Today's focused pattern of crime activity relates to stolen autos. Year-to-date, the City has reported 86 stolen autos vs. 75 in 2018 (a 15% increase). In February of 2019, we processed 38 stolen auto reports and 28 of those have been recovered. Comparing the February numbers of 2019 to the February numbers of 2018 (27 stolen auto reports), we have experienced a 41% increase in that context.
Stolen auto incidents have occurred at all times of the day but have been concentrated during overnight hours. Two vehicles were taken in a residential burglary.
The citywide distribution for our February stolen autos: North (2), East (13), West (9), Central (6), South (4), Midtown (4).
The most telling statistic of the month is one that is all too frequent: of the 38 stolen auto reports taken in February, 33 of them had keys in them. Eleven stolen autos were unlocked and left running at the time the theft occurred. C'mon, Madison. . .we can do better!
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 12/07/2018 through 6:00 a.m. on 12/08/2018, MPD received 405 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 405 calls for service for the past 24 hours this is how the calls came in per district: Central (68), East (76), Midtown (60), North (56), South (48), West (58), 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) EAST: Death Investigation – 5:58 am. Officers responded to a senior living facility on Pflaum Rd for a resident (81-year-old WM) who was slumped over at the breakfast table. Life saving measures by MFD were unsuccessful. It is believed this was a medical event as nothing appeared out of the ordinary. Medical examiner's office responded.
2) CENTRAL: Check Person – 9:01 am. Staff at Journey Mental Health contacted dispatch regarding a subject (51-year-old AAM) who had been making suicidal statements. The subject left Journey, where he had been staying temporarily, without his belongings and without socks or shoes. The subject could not be located and was entered in data bases as missing/endangered.
3) EAST: Domestic Disturbance – 9:03 am. An argument ensued between a suspect (22-year-old AAM) and a victim (30-year-old AAF) while driving their child to daycare. The suspect yelled at the victim, threatened to harm her and then pushed her out of the car in the 3200 block of Milwaukee St. The suspect dropped the child off at a relative's house and officers confirmed the child's safety. Probable cause was developed for domestic disorderly conduct charges against the suspect who remains at large. Investigation continuing.
4) NORTH: OMVWI/Intoxicated Driver – 11:53 am. Officers responded to Packers Ave at Tennyson Ln where the suspect/driver (49-year-old WM) struck the corner of a building. The suspect was conveyed to the hospital for minor injuries. The suspect was charged with OMVWI 3rd offense and operating without a valid license. Investigation continuing.
5) MIDTOWN: Information/Bomb Threat – 1:20 pm. Employees at a midtown business contacted dispatch when the suspect (21-year-old WM) showed up at his former place of employment after having threatened to blow up the building and shoot up a high school if he were ever fired. Officers contacted the suspect who appeared to have some mental health issues. The suspect was conveyed to a hospital for an evaluation and was later transported to Winnebago Mental Health Institute.
6) SOUTH: Adult Arrested Person – 2:59 pm. Officers made contact with a wanted suspect (23-year-old AAM) who was driving in the 1900 block of Pike Dr. Officers located a firearm and marijuana in the vehicle, resulting in additional charges of possession of a firearm by a felon and drug possession. Investigation continuing.
7) CENTRAL: Special Event – 5:25 pm. Approximately 50-60 people participated in the "Remember Tony Robinson Anniversary March." The group marched down Williamson St from the Social Justice Center and ended the event in McPike Park. Traffic was diverted for about 20 minutes. The event was peaceful.
8) SOUTH: Death Investigation – 7:34 pm. The deceased's (78-year-old WM) significant other found him down at his residence on W Badger Rd. The decedent had a lengthy medical history. Nothing suspicious on scene.
9) SOUTH: Runaway Juvenile – 7:49 pm. A 15-year-old AAF who frequently runs away from home was reported missing. She was later located at a friend's house and returned home.
10) EAST: Child Neglect – 9:26 pm. A mother took her 2-year-old son to the hospital after observing a severe rash and open sores on her son's legs. The child had spent the day in the care of his father (33-year-old AAM). A safety plan was put in place and CPS was notified. Investigation continuing.
11) NORTH: OMVWI/Intoxicated Driver – 3:27 am. The suspect (26-year-old UM) was driving on Portage Rd when he failed to negotiate a corner and struck the unoccupied Arby's restaurant at 4002 E Washington Ave. The suspect was cited for OMVWI 1st offense. Investigation continuing. An incident report was completed on MPD's website.