Our city experienced 11 reported robberies in May (2019) which represents a 56% decrease from May of 2018 where we had 25 reported robberies.
Through the end of May, our community has had 86 reported robberies. This is a 4.5% decrease from the same timeframe over the past five years (average of 90 robberies each year during the timeframe of January-May).
Breakdown of where the robberies occurred by district in May:
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.
Due to technical difficulties beyond our control, the total numbers of calls overnight could not be accessed.
From 6:00 a.m. on 06/08/2019 through 6:00 a.m. on 06/09/2019, MPD received __ 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 __calls for service for the past 24-hours this is how the calls came in per district: Central (_), East (_), Midtown (_), North (_), South (_), West (_), and Other (_). 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".
**Priorities for North, Central, and East districts from 3:35 p.m. to 4:38 p.m. West, Midtown, and South districts went on priority calls at 5:05 p.m. City-wide priorities began at 5:35 p.m. and were lifted at 7:08 p.m. North, Central, and East districts resumed priority calls at 11:46 p.m. Priorities city-wide from 3:52 a.m. to 5:25 a.m. **
1) NORTH: Robbery-Strong Armed – 5:17 a.m. MPD was dispatched to a report of a strong-armed robbery that occurred in the 4600 block of E Washington Ave. The victim (18-year-old WM) had arrived at work when an unknown suspect entered his vehicle via an unlocked passenger door. The suspect demanded money and subsequently had the victim drive to a gas station for the purpose of withdrawing an undisclosed amount of cash from the victim's account. Though no weapon was displayed, the victim was frightened and concerned about being harmed so he complied with the suspect's requests. The suspect had the victim drive to the intersection of E Washington Ave and Paterson St, where the suspect then exited the vehicle. Investigation continuing. * This was a late call that did not make the previous 24-hour cycle call notes due to officers being involved at the scene and reports from the field were not yet typed.*
2) EAST: Crash - 7:28 a.m. MPD was dispatched to Hwy 151 at American Pkwy, for what was initially called in as a crash with unknown injuries. The involved driver (29-year-old WM) lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a median barrier. Upon interviewing the driver, it was determined that the driver had been ill and had worked through the night, and may have fainted. The driver was seen by Fire/EMS as a precaution, but did not sustain any injury. No evidence of impairment was observed and the driver was conveyed home. Investigation continuing.
3) EAST: Found Person - 9:00 a.m. MPD was dispatched to the 2100 block of Atwood Ave reference a 7-year-old WF subject who was found wandering the area, wearing only a shirt and socks. The juvenile, who has a developmental disability, was unable to explain where she lived. When officers took the juvenile to a nearby house to see if they could borrow some additional clothing for her, she was recognized by one of the children at that home. The juvenile's father was contacted and she was subsequently returned home. Investigation continuing.
4) CENTRAL: Check Property - 10:55 a.m. MPD was sent to Chase Bank (22 E Mifflin St), reference a number of protesters who arrived and created a disturbance, which made it difficult to conduct routine business. Ultimately, four protesters were escorted outside of the business, issued citations, and were subsequently released at the scene.
5) MIDTOWN: Domestic Disturbance – 12:55 p.m. MPD was dispatched to the 2000 block of University Ave, reference a domestic disturbance involving a 26-year-old AAF victim and a 21-year-old WM suspect/boyfriend. An argument escalated which resulted in the suspect attempting to take the victim's cell phone so as to prevent a call to the police. The suspect also threw the victim to the ground which caused her shoulder to dislocate. The suspect initially left but then returned and proceeded to strangle the victim, all of which occurred while the victim's 5-year-old daughter was present. The suspect fled prior to police arrival. Probable cause exists to arrest the suspect for domestic-related charges of strangulation, false imprisonment, intimidation of a victim, battery, disorderly conduct, and bail jumping. Investigation continuing.
6) NORTH: Death Investigation - 2:14 p.m. MPD was dispatched to Brentwood Pkwy, reference a deceased 34-year-old WF subject. Death appeared to be from suicide. Medical Examiner on-scene. Investigation continuing.
7) MIDTOWN: Check Person - 2:59 p.m. MPD was dispatched to a local hospital to check the welfare of a 31-year-old WM subject who suffers from mental illness and was having an episodic break. His parents brought him to the hospital but then the subject refused to get out of the car. Parents advised that the subject had been making strange comments and was physical with them at their Midtown home. Officers were able to take the subject into protective custody without incident and an emergency detention was supported. The subject was subsequently transported to Winnebago Mental Health.
8) NORTH: Domestic Disturbance – 4:18 p.m. Officers were dispatched to a North side residential address reference a domestic disturbance involving a 30-year-old WF victim and a 30-year-old WM suspect/boyfriend. The victim reported that the suspect was intoxicated and struck her multiple times. The suspect then acquired a knife which he used to cut himself significantly on the arm, prior to leaving the residence. The suspect was contacted and subsequently transported to a local hospital for medical treatment and a mental health evaluation. Upon being released from the hospital, the suspect will be charged with domestic-related disorderly conduct and bail jumping. Investigation continuing.
9) WEST: Information/Sexual Assault of a Child - 4:31 p.m. MPD was originally dispatched to Schroeder Rd reference a disturbance and upon further investigation, officers realized that the disturbance occurred over a report of a child being sexually assaulted. The 6-year-old AAF victim disclosed to her mother that while staying at the Schroeder Rd apartment overnight, a 51-year-old AAM suspect woke her up during the night and inappropriately touched her. It was also reported that the suspect had struck another child in the face, causing visible injury. Officers attempted to locate the suspect but could not find him at this time. An FNE (Forensic Nurse Examination) was completed. Investigation continuing.
10) EAST: Adult Arrested Person - 5:21 p.m. MPD was dispatched to 3451 E Washington Ave (O'Reilly Auto Parts) for a report of a 23-year-old AAM suspect who was observed spray painting/tagging what appeared to be a newer vehicle in the parking lot. Officers attempted to make contact with the suspect inside of the store as he was selecting more spray paint to finish his project. The suspect fled the scene and was ultimately apprehended following a foot pursuit. The suspect was arrested and conveyed to jail on charges of OMVWOC (operating motor vehicle without owner's consent), resisting/obstructing, possess cocaine, criminal damage to property, possess narcotic (Schedule I or II), as well as five outstanding warrants.
11) CENTRAL: Missing Adult – 11:38 p.m. MPD was dispatched to a report of a missing 20-year-old WF subject who left Wando's (600 University Ave) without her phone or wallet. The subject was ultimately reunited with friends and was found to be safe.
12) CENTRAL: Adult Arrested Person – 11:38 p.m. MPD was dispatched to Danny's Pub (322 W Gorham St) when staff observed a 22-year-old UM suspect, who was previously reported to be on the lookout for. This individual was the subject of a substantial battery complaint. Officers arrested the suspect without incident and conveyed him to jail.
13) CENTRAL: Adult Arrested Person – 12:26 a.m. While in the area of the 300 block of W Gorham St, officers observed a 19-year-old AAM suspect who had existing probable cause for arrest. As officers attempted to make contact, the suspect fled towards Broom St. Additional officers responded and the suspect was ultimately taken into custody. The suspect was conveyed to jail on charges of resisting/obstructing and bail jumping. Fitchburg PD was notified as they have probable cause for an incident in their jurisdiction.
14) CENTRAL: Weapons Offense – 2:29 a.m. MPD officers were sent to the 400 block of N Frances St regarding a weapons offense occurring in one of the apartments. Apparently, there had been a party and as people were being asked to leave, the 19-year-old WM suspect and the 21-year-old AAM victim got into an argument which subsequently turned physical. In the struggle which ensued, the victim sustained stab wounds to his hands and lower right abdomen after claiming to have been attacked. The suspect was arrested and charged with 1st degree recklessly endangering safety and possession of paraphernalia. Another partygoer (18-year-old WM) was also arrested for possession of paraphernalia, possession of THC, and failure to render aid. The victim was conveyed to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Investigation continuing.