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MPD Daily Significant Calls 05/08/2019 to 05/09/2019

May 9, 2019 10:18 AM


Today we will take a snapshot of burglary activity through the month of April (2019).

CITYWIDE:  Year-to-date, the City has experienced 283 reported burglaries.  For the first four months of 2018, we had 255 reported burglaries.  Thus, the 283 incidents reported (year-to-date) from 2019 reflects an 11% increase over last year.  In looking exclusively at the month of April (2019), there were 85 reported burglaries; when compared to the month of April (2018) where we had 52 reported burglaries, there was a 63% increase.

WHAT:  (During the month of April, 2019)

  • At least 39 burglaries occurred when a resident was at home
  • At least 30 burglaries occurred due to an unlocked door or open garage
  • Three handguns/long guns and one bow were stolen
  • Three vehicles were stolen in the course of a burglary

WHERE:   (During the month of April, 2019)

  • Midtown District (28)
  • East District (16)
  • West District (14)
  • Central District (12)
  • North District (11)
  • South District (4)

*Locked vehicles in underground parking structures were the hot spots in April, which accounted for 20 incidents.


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 5/08/2019 through 6:00 a. m. on 5/09/2019, MPD received 417 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 417 calls for service for the past 24-hours, this is how the calls came in per district: Central (71), East (79), Midtown (74), North (69), South (49), West (48), and Other (27).  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 City Wide from 10:22pm-12:48am due to multiple ongoing and resource intensive investigations.

1) WEST: Check Person – 8:57 a.m.           Officers were dispatched to Heartland Trail after a suspect's (27-year-old WM) vehicle was observed near an area where he is not allowed, due to an outstanding court order of protection. The suspect was located but probable cause could not be substantiated at this time for an intentional violation. Investigation continuing.

2) MIDTOWN: Check Person – 8:58 a.m.                 Officers were dispatched to Britta Pkwy for a check welfare after an adult son called to report that his mother had not been taking her mental health medications. An officer arrived on scene to see the subject (39-year-old AAF) fighting with her social worker. The subject was placed under protective custody and transported to a local hospital for an evaluation. The social worker/victim (53-year-old WF) received a laceration to the chin area. Investigation continuing.

3) SOUTH: Disturbance – 10:15 a.m.        Officers responded to the McDonald's on S Park St for a disturbance. The suspect (16-year-old AAM) and victim (17-year-old WF) were meeting to exchange property. When the victim pulled into the parking lot, the suspect jumped onto the hood of the victim's vehicle and subsequently attempted to pull the victim out of the car. The suspect fled after being yelled at by a witness, but was subsequently located nearby and taken into custody on charges of Disorderly Conduct. Investigation continuing.

4) NORTH: Death Investigation – 11:06 a.m.         Officers were dispatched to a residence on the north side after a subject's (37-year-old WM) coworkers called in a welfare check after the subject did not show up for work. Officers located the subject deceased in his residence. Nothing appeared out of the ordinary. Investigation continuing.

5) EAST: Stolen Auto – 12:36 p.m.             Officers responded to an east side residence to take a report of a stolen vehicle. The victim (82-year-old WM) reports the vehicle was stolen from his garage on the night of 5/7/2019. Investigation continuing.

6) MIDTOWN: Child Abuse – 2:28 p.m.    Officers were dispatched to meet with CPS regarding a child abuse complaint.  The victim (7-year-old AAM) reported abuse by his mother/suspect (42-year-old AAF). Visible marks on his body were photographed.  The suspect consented to temporary placement with family members. Investigation continuing.

7) EAST: Domestic Disturbance – 3:08 p.m.           Officers responded to an east side residence for a domestic disturbance. The suspect (36-year-old AAM) asked the victim (42-year-old WF) for money and when she refused, he grabbed the victim's purse and pushed her onto the ground. A neighbor overheard this altercation and called police.  The suspect was taken into custody on domestic-related charges of Robbery, Battery and Disorderly Conduct. Investigation continuing.

8) CENTRAL: OMVWI Arrest/Intoxicated Driver – 3:13 p.m.            Officers responded to John Nolen Dr at S Broom St for a driver/suspect (37-year-old WF) found passed out in her vehicle with the car still in "drive." Two infants were also in the car with her. Initial efforts to wake the suspect were unsuccessful and entry was forced via window.  MFD evaluated the suspect, finding her only medical issue to be intoxication/impairment.  The suspect was arrested for 4th Offense OMVWI (w/ minor under 16) and 2nd Degree Reckless Endangerment. CPS was notified. The children were released to responsible parties. Investigation continuing.

9) CENTRAL: Death Investigation – 5:31 p.m.        Officers responded to N Lake St after a landlord called for a welfare check as the landlord had not seen the subject (63-year-old WF) for over a week. Officers responded and located the subject deceased inside the apartment. The subject's death appears to be related to numerous medical problems. Investigation continuing.

10) WEST: Mental Health Conveyance – 6:25 p.m.             Officers responded to the Balsam Road regarding a subject (45-year-old AAM) who was subject to a Chapter 51 Return Order. The subject was placed under protective custody and conveyed to a local hospital for evaluation. Journey was plugged in to assist. Ultimately, the subject was conveyed to the Dane County Care Center. Investigation continuing.

11) CENTRAL: Check Person – 9:59 p.m.                 Officers were dispatched to the 500 block of North Lake Street regarding a female screaming. Officers arrived and located the subject (22-year-old AAF) in her apartment. The subject refused officers entry to her apartment and made her way to the balcony, expressing suicidal thoughts. Eventually the subject allowed officers to enter her apartment. The subject was taken into protective custody without incident and conveyed to a local hospital for evaluation. Investigation continuing.

12) NORTH: Armed Robbery – 10:14 p.m.              On May 8, 2019 at approximately 10:14pm, Madison Police Officers were dispatched to the 3700 block of Packers Avenue regarding an Armed Robbery. The victim had just returned home and was walking from his vehicle to his residence when he was robbed at gunpoint and physically attacked by two suspects. The first suspect held a gun to the victim's head while the second held a gun to the victim's torso. The victim was knocked unconscious after being pistol whipped. The victim sustained injuries to his face and head, and was robbed of his backpack and personal property. The suspects fled on foot prior to police arrival and have not been apprehended. The victim was conveyed to a local hospital for medical treatment. Investigation continuing. Press release completed on MPD's website.

13) NORTH: Traffic Crash w/Property Damage – 10:32 p.m.           Officers were dispatched to the area of USH 151 at American Parkway for a traffic crash. Upon arrival, it was determined that there were no injuries but that the suspect (31-year-old WM) had fled on foot. A K9 track was attempted. Sun Prairie PD has probable cause to arrest the suspect for events in their jurisdiction leading up to this crash. MPD will take lead on the traffic crash. Investigation continuing.

14) EAST: Traffic Crash w/Property Damage – 11:01 p.m.             Officers were dispatched to the area of Stoughton Road at Pflaum Road regarding a two-vehicle crash. Suspect #1 (26-year-old WM) caused the crash, but Suspect #2/driver of the victim vehicle (28-year-old AAM) stated that he would pay Suspect #1 in consideration for not reporting the crash. Suspect #1 refused this offer and Suspect #2 subsequently fled the scene on foot. Officers checked the immediate area and did not locate him. Investigation continuing.

15) EAST: Weapons Offense – 12:10 a.m.               Officers were dispatched to the area of N Thompson Drive and Highway 30 regarding a weapons offense. The caller/victim stated there was a black sedan following him and that someone from the suspect vehicle displayed a handgun and threatened to kill him. The victim was not cooperative after this initial report and refused in-person contact. Investigation continuing.

16) CENTRAL: Threats Complaint – 1:02 a.m.        Officers were dispatched to Ian's Pizza on State St regarding a threats complaint. The victim (30-year-old HM) reported that the suspect (45-year-old WM) stole his pizza and began threatening the victim and creating a disturbance. The suspect was detained and cited for Disorderly Conduct. Investigation continuing.

Posted by: Chief Koval

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