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MPD Daily Significant Calls 05/09/2019 to 05/10/2019

May 10, 2019 9:21 AM


Stolen autos are the topic for today's preamble to the blog.  We continue our trek through the month of April, 2019, to see what is trending for our City.

CITYWIDE:  Year-to-date (2019), the City has reported 150 stolen autos.  In 2018, we had 132 reported stolen autos during the same reporting period.  Thus, we have seen a 14% increase.  When looking exclusively at the month of April (2019), the City had 34 stolen autos reported to us and 26 have been recovered.  Contrasting the month of April, 2019, with April of 2018 (25 stolen auto reports), there was a 36% increase.

WHEN:  Stolen auto incidents have occurred at all times of the day but they are more frequent/concentrated during the overnight hours.  Four autos were stolen during residential burglaries.


  • Midtown (9)
  • East (8)
  • West (5)
  • North (5)
  • South (4)
  • Central (3)

*Of the 34 stolen autos reported in April, 28 of them had keys left in them.  Two stolen autos were unlocked and running at the time of the theft.


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 5/09/2019 through 6:00 a. m. on 5/10/2019, MPD received 498 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 498 calls for service for the past 24-hours, this is how the calls came in per district: Central (104), East (100), Midtown (81), North (69), South (51), West (60), and Other (33).  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 5:53pm- 7:15 pm due to numerous resource intensive calls for service.

1) NORTH: Death Investigation – 6:12 a.m.            Officers responded to a residence on the north side for a report of a deceased subject (70-year-old WM). The subject had multiple serious health conditions. Nothing suspicious was noted on scene. Investigation continuing.

2) NORTH: Stolen Auto – 7:37 a.m.           Officers responded to the 2000 block of Tennyson Ln to take a report of a stolen auto. The victim (20-year-old WF) reported that she last saw her vehicle parked on the street at approximately 10:30pm on 5/8/2019.  No suspect information. Investigation continuing.

3) MIDTOWN: Stolen Auto – 7:44 a.m.                    Officers responded to a residence in the Orchard Ridge neighborhood to take a report of a stolen auto. The victim (84-year-old WF) reported that she last saw her vehicle parked in her driveway on 5/8/2019. Investigation continuing.

4) MIDTOWN: Stolen Auto – 8:27 a.m.    Officers responded to the area of Drake St and Wingra Dr to take a report of a stolen auto. The victim (37-year-old WM) reported he last saw his vehicle parked on the street on 5/8/2019. Investigation continuing.

5) WEST: Check Person – 10:36 a.m.        Officers responded to Brittany Pl after a woman called to report her sister (41-year-old WF) had sent a text message threatening suicide. The subject was located uninjured and was returned to her residence after a safety plan was put into place. Journey Mental Health plugged in. Investigation continuing. 

6) EAST: Domestic Disturbance – 2:09 p.m.           Officers responded to a residence in the 1600 block of N Thompson Dr for a report of a domestic disturbance. The victim (23-year-old WF) advised officers her roommate/suspect (25-year-old WF) sent videos depicting the destruction of her property. The suspect was contacted at the residence and taken into custody on domestic-related charges of Criminal Damage to Property, Disorderly Conduct, and Unlawful Use of Telephone. Investigation continuing.

7) NORTH: Adult Arrested Person – 2:13 p.m.      Officers responded to Dryden Dr after a caller reported that suspect (25-year-old HM) had a warrant and was violating terms of his probation. The suspect was contacted and taken into custody for a probation violation. Investigation continuing.

8) CENTRAL: Drug Incident/Overdose – 5:34 p.m.               Officers responded to the 400 block of W Washington after a witness observed the suspect (39-year-old WM) apparently pass out.  Narcan was administered by MFD and the suspect was transported to a local hospital. The suspect was cited for Casual Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Illegally Obtained Drugs and provided a referral to the Madison Addiction Recovery Initiative (MARI). Investigation continuing.

9) NORTH: Disturbance – 5:39 p.m.          Officers responded to the 1800 block of E Washington Ave after a female caller/victim (17-year-old AAF) reported that she was having a disturbance with her boyfriend/suspect (33-year-old AAM) Officers located the suspect and the suspect was taken into custody as he was known to have an active warrant and a new charge of Disorderly Conduct. During the arrest, the victim tried to hit the suspect in front of officers. The complainant/victim/suspect was written a citation and released at the scene. Investigation continuing.

10) CENTRAL: Check Person – 6:15 p.m.                 Officers were dispatched to N Hancock St to check the welfare of an individual (28-year-old WM) who had not returned phone calls from family in the past couple of days. Officers made contact with the subject and safety planned with him for the night. Investigation continuing.

11) MIDTOWN: Child Abuse – 6:18 p.m.                 Dane County Human Services requested an MPD officer accompany them to a local hospital to speak with parents (33-year-old WF and 35-year-old WM) of a 4-day-old infant who had an unexplained injury.  A safety plan was created. Investigation continuing.

12) WEST: Stolen Auto – 7:43 p.m.           West Community Policing Team officers observed a known stolen vehicle abandoned near McKenna Blvd.  A K-9 track led to two AAMs. The vehicle's keys were also located nearby. The suspects were conveyed to West PD for interviews but neither would admit to being in the stolen vehicle. One suspect (17-year-old AAM) was cited for Casual Possession of Marijuana. Investigation continuing. 

13) SOUTH: Missing/Runaway Juvenile – 12:17 a.m.          Officers responded to Gilson St to take a report of a missing juvenile (13-year-old AAF). The juvenile was last seen Thursday morning as she left for school. An Attempt-to-Locate was aired and the juvenile was entered as missing in the appropriate databases. Investigation continuing.

14) NORTH: Weapons Offense Shots Fired – 12:39 a.m.                   Officers were dispatched to the 500 block of Northport Dr after multiple callers reported hearing shots fired. The area was checked and several shell casings were located. No victims were located and no damage was observed at this time. Investigation continuing. 

15) MIDTOWN: Check Person – 1:38 a.m.              Officers were dispatched to the 1400 block of Regent St regarding a man bleeding from his head outside SCONNIEBAR. Police contacted the victim (20-year-old WM) who did not know if he was assaulted or if he fell. The victim was transported to a local hospital for some stitches and observation. Video footage will be reviewed. Investigation continuing.

Posted by: Chief Koval

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