Today we begin to examine the trend lines for various crimes, year-to-date, as well as looking at the numbers from the previous month of April. Robberies are the first topical area of scrutiny.
Year-to-date, the City has experienced 75 reported robberies. For the first four months (January-April) of the last five years, we averaged 70 robberies. The 75 reported robberies has resulted in a 7% increase for the year when compared to the five year average. When looking exclusively at the month of April of 2018 (17) to the month of April of 2019 (12), the monthly comparison reflects a 29% decrease in robberies.
Year-to-date, 53% of robberies committed took place between the hours of 6pm-Midnight. The most prominent day(s)-of-week for robberies occurring in 2019 (thus far) are Monday and Sunday (14), and Tuesday (13).
Breakdown of robberies by District (year-to-date):
- North (15)
- West (14)
- South (13)
- Central (13)
- East (12)
- Midtown (8)
Breakdown of robberies by District (April, 2019)
- North (4)
- West (3)
- South (3)
- Central (2)
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 5/06/2019 through 6:00 a. m. on 5/07/2019, MPD received 472 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 472 calls for service for the past 24-hours, this is how the calls came in per district: Central (70), East (99), Midtown (82), North (89), South (40), West (55), 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) NORTH: OMVWI Arrest/Intoxicated Driver – 5:55 a.m. Witnesses contacted MPD to report a vehicle that had struck objects in the Pick 'n Save parking lot on Shopko Dr. An officer arrived in the area and saw the vehicle inbound on Aberg Ave. The suspect (18-year-old HM) was charged with 2nd Offense OWI. Investigation continuing.
2) MIDTOWN: Information/Check Welfare of Juvenile – 9:45 a.m. The family of a 14-year-old female who was reported as a "runaway" came to the school expressing concerns over the juvenile's mental health. Subsequent investigation by the school support staff and the SRO revealed the juvenile has been taking care of her mental health. Investigation continuing.
3) MIDTOWN: Residential Burglary – 10:40 a.m. Officers responded to a residence on Orchard St for a report of a residential burglary. Reported stolen was the victim's (23-year-old WM) backpack containing a gaming computer, small electronics, and blank checks. Investigation continuing.
4) NORTH: Domestic Disturbance – 4:00 p.m. Officers responded to a residence in the 1800 block of Northport Dr for a report of a domestic disturbance. The victim (24-year-old AAF) and the suspect (22-year-old AAM) argued over property and the victim called police for assistance. The suspect left prior to police arrival. Probable cause exists for a charge of Felony Bail Jumping. Investigation continuing.
5) SOUTH: Drug Incident/Overdose – 4:32 p.m. MFD and MPD responded simultaneously for a report of an unresponsive 50-year-old AAF. MFD administered four doses of Narcan, reviving the suspect who was then transported to a local hospital. The suspect admitted to heroin use. The suspect was cited for Possession of Heroin and provided a referral to the Madison Addiction Recovery Initiative (MARI). Investigation continuing.
6) CENTRAL: Adult Arrested Person – 5:17 p.m. Officers were flagged down by a citizen on State St regarding an aggressive panhandler/suspect (38-year-old WM). The suspect was contacted and arrested for three counts of Felony Bail Jumping, one count of Misdemeanor Bail Jumping, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Investigation continuing.
7) EAST: Traffic Crash – Private Property – 5:59 p.m. Officers responded to the 2700 block of Dairy Dr for a vehicle versus building crash. A 15-year-old WM traveled to a parking lot with his parents to practice driving and subsequently crashed the car into a building. No injuries were reported but there was some minor damage to the building. Investigation continuing.
8) EAST: Check Person – 8:53 p.m. Officers were dispatched to a report of a runaway juvenile (15-year-old WF) who has a history of making suicidal statements. The juvenile was located nearby attempting self-harm and was subsequently transported to local hospital by MFD. The juvenile was reunited with her parents and Journey Mental Health was plugged in. Investigation continuing.
9) SOUTH: Information/Disturbance – 10:32 p.m. A13-year-old boy punched a stranger in the face Monday night after the child said the man came up from behind as he was walking in the 2200 block of Broadway. The teen said the man responded to being hit by throwing him the ground. The youngster said that's when he bit the man's arm, and ran home. Just prior to the alteration, he said he asked the man "What's up?" He wanted to know why the man was walking behind him. He quoted the man as replying, "Don't worry about it." The child said the adult smelled of alcohol and had a disheveled appearance. He last saw him going to a nearby convenience store. The MPD checked surveillance video but did not see anyone matching the man's description in recorded images. Press release completed on MPD's website. Investigation continuing.
10) CENTRAL: Domestic Disturbance – 11:52 p.m. Officers responded to N Carroll St after a 34-year-old WM called to report he was threatened by his roommate. Upon contacting the complainant in the lobby area of his apartment complex, he was unable to provide a coherent statement due to his level of intoxication. The subject was placed in protective custody and taken to detox. Investigation continuing.
11) NORTH: Domestic Disturbance – 12:58 a.m. Officers responded to a residence on Troy Dr for a report of a domestic disturbance. The suspect (31-year-old WF) pulled hair out of the victim's (24-year-old AAM) scalp during a physical altercation. The suspect was arrested on charges of Battery and bail jumping. Investigation continuing.