Today we are comparing/contrasting our heroin overdoses and deaths through April (2019).
CITYWIDE: In April of 2019, there were 23 known overdoses, 11 of which occurred in the final five days of the month. This is a 28% increase when comparing to the 18 overdoses which occurred in April of 2018. Year-to-date, the City has seen 63 reported overdoses; in 2018 during the same timeframe, the City had 79 cases (reflecting a 20% decrease).
DEMOGRAPHICS: (Of the 63 subjects, year-to-date, reported as overdoses)
~53/White; 7/ African American; 3/Hispanic, Asian or Native American
FATALITIES: In April of 2019, there were two suspected deaths from heroin overdoses. Contrasted with April of 2018, when there was one reported death from heroin (100% increase). Year-to-date, the City experienced ten fatalities from overdoses; in 2018 during the same timeframe there were nine confirmed fatalities (11% decrease).
DEMOGRAPHICS: (Of the 10 fatalities, year-to-date, due to overdoses)
~7/White; 2/African American; 1 Asian
MARI (Madison Addiction Recovery Initiative): Patrol Services referred 12 people to the MARI program in April, 2019. On January 1st, MPD began accepting DCSO cases for participation in MARI and one person has been referred thus far. Thirty-seven people have now completed the MARI program.
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 05/10/2019 through 6:00 a.m. on 05/11/2019, MPD received 569 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 569 calls for service for the past 24 hours this is how the calls came in per district: Central (108), East (114), Midtown (83), North (76), South (57), West (87), and Other (44). 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 5:30pm to 11:45pm and from 12:03am to 5:04am.
1) MIDTOWN: Battery – 9:20 am. The suspect (37-year-old WM) was driving in the Home Depot parking lot at 4550 Verona Rd when another vehicle struck his while performing a parking maneuver. The suspect continued driving in the parking lot until the victim (33-year-old WM), who was an uninvolved witness, flagged him down. The suspect exited his vehicle and punched the victim several times. The victim was able to restrain the suspect until police arrived on scene. Officers found marijuana on the suspect, who was arrested for battery and casual possession of marijuana, and taken to jail. Investigation continuing.
2) CENTRAL: Check Person – 9:38 am. A subject (19-year-old WM) with a history of suicide attempts made suicidal statements to a friend via Snapchat. Officers responded to the subject's residence and he was conveyed voluntarily to the hospital.
3) WEST: Theft from Auto – 11:56 am. A victim (29-year-old WM) reported a suspect entered his vehicle which was parked in an underground garage at his residence in the 9600 block of Watts Rd and stole roughly $2,000 worth of tools from the vehicle. There is no suspect information at this time. Investigation continuing.
4) CENTRAL: Residential Burglary – 12:01 pm. The victim (24-year-old WM) called dispatch stating he was watching a known suspect break into his apartment from another location via his security camera. The suspect turned off the camera once inside the residence. Investigation continuing.
5) EAST: Stolen Auto – 12:31 pm. A victim (24-year-old AAM) reported he drove an acquaintance/suspect (AAF in her 20s) to a destination in the 4200 block of East Towne Blvd. The victim went inside to make a purchase and when he came out of the store, the suspect and vehicle were gone. Investigation continuing.
6) CENTRAL: Weapons Offense/Domestic Disturbance – 3:22 pm. During a dispute over infidelity, the suspect (25-year-old AAF) armed herself with a knife and the victim (24-year-old AAM) sustained a minor cut to his hand. The suspect was arrested for domestic disorderly conduct while armed and was taken to jail. Investigation continuing.
7) MIDTOWN: Check Person – 3:52 pm. Officers responded to a local hospital where staff had concerns about discharging a subject/suspect (24-year-old WM) due to possibly threatening statements the suspect had made towards a family member. Officers consulted with Journey Mental Health and it was decided the suspect would be taken to jail for an warrant. Investigation continuing.
8) SOUTH: Check Person – 3:53 pm. The foster parent of a subject (13-year-old WM) contacted police for assistance when the subject ran away from his residence. Fitchburg PD contacted the subject who was ultimately returned to his residence.
9) WEST: Disturbance – 5:23 pm. Officers responded to the 6200 block of Hammersley Rd where the suspect (20-year-old AAM) had armed himself with a knife and sprayed lemon juice on the victim (18-year-old AAF). The suspect fought with officers, injuring two of them. The suspect was charged with 2nd degree reckless endangering safety, threats to injure, resisting arrest causing injury, disorderly conduct while armed and intimidation of a victim. Investigation continuing.
10) EAST: Adult Arrested Person – 6:39 pm. Dispatch received a call that a suspect (33-year-old WM) wanted by US Marshals is at a residence in the 6300 block of Milwaukee St. Officers respond to the residence and take the suspect into custody without incident. Investigation continuing.
11) EAST: Adult Arrested Person – 7:59 pm. Officers arrested a suspect (22-year-old HM) wanted for 1st degree reckless endangering safety, disorderly conduct while armed and bail jumping from a previous incident. Investigation continuing.
12) CENTRAL: Domestic Disturbance – 9:15 pm. The suspect (23-year-old AAM) threatened his sister/victim (17-year-old AAF) with a knife upon encountering her with a friend outside Subway on W Main St. A friend of the suspect calmed the suspect down and the two of them then boarded a bus several blocks away. Officers stopped the bus and detained the suspect who was arrested for disorderly conduct while armed, domestic disorderly conduct while armed, and bail jumping. Investigation continuing.
13) WEST: Check Person – 3:22 am. A subject (26-year-old WM) made a suicidal statement to a friend via text message. The subject's phone was pinged and officers searched the area where the phone was plotting but at this time have not located the subject. The subject was listed as missing/endangered. Investigation continuing.