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 3/11/2019 through 6:00 a.m. on 3/12/2019, MPD received 457 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 457 calls for service for the past 24-hours, this is how the calls came in per district: Central (78), East (119), Midtown (70), North (65), South (31), West (57), and Other (37). 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: Theft – 7:24 a.m. Officers were dispatched to the Walmart on Nakoosa Trl., reference a theft in progress. The suspect (57-year-old AAM) eventually pushed the entire cart of merchandise out of the store and fled. The suspect was later located by Monona police and arrested for Theft, Resisting, and a Probation and Parole warrant. Investigation continuing.
2) MIDTOWN: Stolen Auto - 7:49 a.m. Officers responded to report of a stolen auto from Reetz Rd. The victim (31-year-old WM) stated that the vehicle was last seen on the previous night and was more than likely unlocked (with a set of spare keys inside). An ATL was completed and the vehicle was entered into NCIC. Investigation continuing.
3) EAST: Drug Incident Overdose – 9:51 a.m. Officers responded to Vernon Ave after receiving multiple calls of a victim (a 53-year-old WF), who had locked herself in the bathroom after taking numerous sleeping pills. The victim was assessed by MFD and transported to the hospital. Investigation continuing.
4) NORTH: Adult Arrested Person – 12:20 p.m. Officers responded to 3550 Anderson St (Madison College) for reports of a suspended student refusing to leave the property. Officers were advised that the suspect, a 65-year-old WM, had been suspended from the school for allegedly making threats. Officers cited the suspect for Trespassing.
5) MIDTOWN: Disturbance – 3:31 p.m. Officers responded to Michael's Frozen Custard on Monroe St when the suspect, a 68-year-old WF, began yelling at the employees when she heard some of them speaking in Spanish. The suspect left the store for a short time but eventually came back and tried to get inside. The frightened employees locked the door and called 911. The suspect was arrested for Disorderly Conduct and Bail Jumping. Investigation continuing.
6) WEST: Armed Robbery- 4:00 p.m. Officers responded to an armed robbery at the Kelley's Market Mobil, 8230 Watts Rd. A suspect entered the store armed with an AK-47 style gun and demanded money from the clerks. The suspect left with an undisclosed amount of currency. Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect can contact Madison Area Crime Stoppers at (608)266-6014. (This is the press release on MPD's website.)
7) NORTH: Disturbance – 5:00 p.m. The MPD was called to the Madison Public Library's Lakeview Branch, 28455 North Sherman Ave., after a group of loud juveniles refused a librarian's request to leave the building. The librarian later told police some in the group have caused issues several times, over the past week, inside the normally quiet branch. When officers arrived the juveniles, who numbered between 15 and 20, announced they did not have to leave, that they did not have to listen to police, and that police could not touch them. Despite protestations, officers spent 10 minutes trying to dialogue with the young people, until trying to escort some out. During the process, one girl kicked over a trash can sending refuse materials across the library floor. She then kicked a male officer in the groin who had grabbed her arm. Another juvenile kicked a chair which hit and toppled a bookshelf. Throughout the disturbance, young people were yelling and swearing at the officers while several recorded everything on their cell phones. One young person displayed gang signs. Another took off his jacket and postured as if he wanted to fight one of the officers. This child also knocked over a trash can, kicked over a chair, and rifled a half-filled bottle of juice across the library. "The crowed outnumbered the police. They were loud and frenzied," wrote a detective in his report. An officer wrote, in another report, that they were met "with angry belligerence and outright refusal to comply with a lawful command." The North District Community Police Team was brought in to back up the original four officers who had been dispatched. In the end, five juveniles were given municipal citations for infractions like disorderly conduct, trespass after notification, and resisting. Officers explained what took place to the children's parents as those cited were released to adults. (This is the press release on MPD's website.)
8) SOUTH: Traffic Crash with Injuries – 6:25 p.m. Officers responded to a two vehicle traffic crash on the Beltline frontage road near Seminole Hwy. Officers held the scene until it was determined that the injuries were not significant. All parties received medical treatment. Investigation continuing.
9) EAST: OMVWI Arrest/Intoxicated Driver – 10:30 p.m. Officers responded to Lien Rd after a witness reported that vehicle struck a pole and the driver (suspect) fled the scene. The suspect (25-year-old WM) returned to the scene and was arrested for first offense OMVWI. Investigation continuing.
10) EAST: Disturbance – 1:56 a.m. Officers were dispatched to the Denny's on Thierer Rd for a fight in progress. The participants fled prior to the officers' arrival. The scene was stable by the time the officers' cleared. Investigation continuing.