Over the last year my blog has brought attention to the tragic loss of life of 5-year-old Dominic Ripple in July of 2018. Since his passing, Dominic's family has initiated several community-wide events, fundraisers and initiatives through the creation of the Dominic Ripple charitable fund. Their charity supports multiple causes including MPD/public safety and education. The 2nd Annual Dominic School Supply Drive is currently underway. For more information on how you can contribute visit their website for full details: http://www.dominicsripple.com/events/2nd-annual-school-supply-drive/
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 08/07/2019 through 6:00 a.m. on 08/08/2019, MPD received 484 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 484 calls for service for the past 24-hours, this is how the calls came in per district: Central (93), East (106), Midtown (80), North (63), South (57), West (37), and Other (48). 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 5:42 p.m. to 6:25 p.m. due to calls for service.
**Priority calls only from 1:16 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. due to calls for service.
1) SOUTH: Theft from Auto – 7:05 a.m. Officers responded to Warner St for a report of a stolen firearm from a vehicle. The victim (30-year-old WM) advised that the firearm was stolen from his vehicle that was left unlocked in the driveway. Investigation continuing.
2) CENTRAL: Crash with Injuries – 7:50 a.m. Officers responded to W. Dayton St/Frances for a motor vehicle crash with injuries. The suspect driver pulled out of a driveway, without yielding, and was struck by another vehicle/driver/victim (68-year-old WF). The victim sustained a laceration. The victim was conveyed to a local hospital for treatment. The suspect was cited for failure to yield.
3) CENTRAL: Assist EMS/Fire – 10:38 a.m. Officers responded to the courthouse on S. Hamilton St for a subject (40-year-old WM) passed out on the sidewalk. The subject was taken into protective custody and conveyed to a local hospital for an evaluation. Investigation continuing.
4) EAST: Disturbance – 2:38 p.m. Officers responded to the Walmart on Nakoosa Trail for a terminated employee/suspect (33-year-old AAM) who was causing a disturbance and refused to leave the premises. The suspect was contacted and detained. Probable cause was developed to arrest the suspect. The suspect was arrested, conveyed to jail and charged with disorderly conduct. The suspect was also served with a stalking letter.
5) EAST: Weapons Offense/Adult Arrested Person – 3:36 p.m. Officers responded to an east side residence for a disturbance that involved a knife between two subjects (47-year-old AAF victim and 33-year-old AAF suspect). The victim and suspect are cousins. The subjects were involved in a verbal argument which then escalated. The suspect retrieved a knife and threatened to kill the victim. The suspect was contacted, arrested, conveyed to jail and charged with domestic disorderly conduct while armed.
6) SOUTH: Stolen Autos/Theft – 4:24 p.m. Officers responded to a dealership on Ann St who reported that two vehicles were stolen over the weekend. Surveillance video shows a suspect (39-year-old AAM) taking several sets of keys from a counter. Probable cause was developed to charge the suspect. The suspect was identified and located. The suspect was arrested, conveyed to jail and charged with one count of felony theft. Additional charges may be forthcoming. The vehicles have not been located. Investigation continuing.
7) EAST: Mental Health Conveyance – 4:34 p.m. Officers responded to a local hospital in order to convey a subject (64-year-old WF) to another location for mental health treatment. The subject was placed into protective custody and the conveyance was completed. No further action deemed necessary by officers.
8) EAST: Intoxicated Driver/Adult Arrested Person – 5:31 p.m. Officers responded to East Towne Blvd for a report of a female subject "freaking out." Officers, along with EMS, made contact with the subject/suspect (21-year-old AAF), whose behavior continued. Investigation revealed that the suspect and another subject/suspect (26-year-old WM) arrived in the area in a vehicle, along with a small child, and that there were concerns from witnesses that the suspects were under the influence. Officers detained the female suspect who resisted arrest and scratched an officer. The male suspect was subsequently arrested, after he failed field sobriety tests, for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (2nd offense – with passenger under the age of 16), resisting and traffic citations. The female suspect was conveyed to a local hospital for an evaluation where she was admitted (and issued citations). Investigation continuing.
9) WEST: Check Property/Weapons Offense – 9:06 p.m. Officers responded to S. Gammon Rd after a water technician discovered that a leaking pipe at their location (an apartment complex) appeared to have been ruptured by a bullet. Officers made contact with a tenant in an apartment where the leak was traced from. Officers conducted a consent search and located/recovered a casing. The tenant was cooperative and provided contact information for his roommate, who was not able to be contacted by officers at this time. No indication that the bullet traveled beyond the pipe or to/through any other apartments. No injuries or other property damage reported. Investigation continuing.
10) CENTRAL: Fatal Crash – 1:06 a.m. Officers, along with MFD, responded to a report of a crash at E. Washington Ave/S. Dickinson St. It was reported that the crash was a rollover and that one of the occupants was pulseless and not breathing. Lifesaving measures were attempted on the driver (72-year-old WM), who was in the victim vehicle, but the victim was pronounced deceased at the scene. The victim's wife/passenger (69-year-old WF) was conveyed to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The suspect vehicle was on scene but no occupants were with it. Two subjects (32-year-old AAM and 31-year-old AAF) appeared at the scene with indications that they were somehow involved. Their initial statements were contradictory to the evidence at the scene. A traffic specialist with MPD responded. State Patrol responded for reconstruction of the crash. Investigation continuing.
11) NORTH: Weapons Offense – 1:41 a.m. Officers responded to the 200 block of Kennedy Heights for several reports of shots fired. A homeowner/victim (48-year-old UF) reported a bullet had entered her residence and grazed her in the arm while she was sleeping. A bullet was found lodged in the victim's bed. Area canvassed and no further evidence located at this time. No other injuries or property damage reported. The victim received treatment from EMS and did not need to be conveyed to a hospital. Incident Report on MPD's website completed. Investigation continuing.