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MPD Daily Significant Calls 08/24/2019 to 08/25/2019

August 25, 2019 11:36 AM


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 08/24/2019 through 6:00 a.m. on 08/25/2019, MPD received 514 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 514 calls for service for the past 24-hours this is how the calls came in per district: Central (142), East (67), Midtown (81), North (71), South (35), West (80), and Other (38).  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 for North and East districts from 10:37 p.m. to 12:20 a.m.**

1) WEST: Residential Burglary – 9:06 a.m.  MPD was dispatched to a West side residential address reference a residential burglary.  The victim (53-year-old WM) reported that he leaves the garage door open slightly so that the family's cat could freely enter/exit.  Overnight, an unknown suspect had entered the garage through this opening and made entry into the house.  A vehicle was stolen, along with a wallet and cell phone.  Investigation continuing.

2) MIDTOWN: Check Person – 10:13 a.m.  MPD was dispatched to a local hospital to check the welfare of a 52-year-old WF subject.  This subject has had no previous mental health history but has lately been affected by a recent workplace conflict.  On this day, the subject arrived at the hospital and was suffering from a psychotic break.  Following tests and a mental health evaluation, Journey Mental Health determined they would follow-up with the subject at home and a safety plan was put in place. 

3) NORTH: Check Person – 10:42 a.m.  MPD was dispatched to a residential area on the North side to check the welfare of a 26-year-old WM subject who had punched a hole in a wall and was being restrained by his father.  A recent move to a group home, as well as a change of medication, may be contributing factors to the subject's behavior.  Officers contacted the subject who was able to calm down and agreed to be taken to a local hospital for evaluation. 

4) MIDTOWN: Disturbance – 2:41 p.m.  MPD was dispatched to Taco Bell (689 S Whitney Way) reference a 35-year-old AAM suspect causing a disturbance and wanting to fight with customers.  The suspect was highly intoxicated and had caused a disturbance at Hy-Vee (675 S Whitney Way) prior to arriving at Taco Bell.  Officers arrived and contacted the suspect outside of Taco Bell, where he subsequently threatened to punch an officer.  The suspect was ultimately arrested for his actions and charged with disorderly conduct and bail jumping. 

5) NORTH: Crash w/Injuries – 4:35 p.m.  MPD was dispatched to the intersection of Packers Ave and Elka Ln, reference a 68-year-old WM victim who suffered injuries from a moped crash.  The victim was traveling inbound on Packers Ave, on his moped, when he lost control and hit a curb.  The victim was wearing a helmet but the helmet had flown off and the victim suffered significant injuries, though not life-threatening.  The victim was not suspected of using any alcohol or drugs, and was subsequently transported to a local hospital for treatment. 

6) CENTRAL: Check Person – 5:35 p.m.  MPD was dispatched to a residence on N Livingston St to check the welfare of a 31-year-old UF subject who was engaging in self-harm behavior.  The subject was upset over relationship issues and proceeded to cut herself.  As her boyfriend was on the phone with 911, the subject grabbed a knife and threatened to hurt herself with it.  Once police arrived on scene, the subject dropped the knife and fled into a nearby parking ramp.  Officers were able to locate the subject who had multiple superficial cuts.  The subject was transported to a local hospital voluntarily. 

7) NORTH: Crash w/Injuries – 9:20 p.m.  Madison Police responded to a motor vehicle crash at Aberg Avenue and Packers Avenue.  A motorcycle driven by a 44-year-old WM victim was traveling westbound on Aberg Avenue when a car driven by a 47-year-old WF suspect pulled out in front of the motorcycle, causing a significant crash.  The motorcyclist was not wearing a helmet and suffered severe head injuries as he was thrown over the car.  He was transported to a local hospital and is currently being treated for his injuries.  The female driver of the car was arrested for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of intoxicants (causing great bodily harm), and was subsequently conveyed to jail.  A Madison Police traffic specialist responded to the scene of this crash and the investigation is continuing. Incident Report on MPD's website completed. 

8) CENTRAL: Check Person -10:04 p.m.  MPD was dispatched to the 300 block of John Nolen Dr reference a suicidal 36-year-old WM subject who was going to jump in the lake.  When officers arrived on scene, the subject went into the lake but then came back after dialoguing with officers.  The subject was taken to a local hospital for an evaluation which ultimately resulted in Journey Mental Health supporting an emergency detention, with placement at the hospital.   

9) CENTRAL: Aggravated/Substantial Battery – 11:00 p.m.  MPD was dispatched to a report of a 40-year-old UM who was attacked by multiple people in the area of Lake St and State St.  Upon arrival, officers located the injured male who was subsequently transported to a local hospital with severe facial/orbital fractures.  The suspects were described as two AAMs, one WF, and two AAFs, who all had fled on foot towards the Memorial Union.  The victim and witnesses reported that the victim was attacked after saying something to the suspects who had dropped or threw food on the ground.  Investigation continuing.

10) WEST: Weapons Offense-Shots Fired – 1:33 a.m.  MPD was dispatched reference multiple callers reporting hearing shots fired (approximately eight shots) in the area of Timberlake Trl and Watts Rd.  Officers checked the area and no damage or injured persons were located at that time.  Investigation continuing.

11) MIDTOWN: Armed Robbery – 5:07 a.m.  MPD was dispatched to the Speedway gas station (4902 Verona Rd), reference an armed robbery.  The suspect came into the Speedway gas station and robbed the clerk at gunpoint, armed with a handgun.  The suspect took an undetermined amount of money and then left the store.  As the suspect was leaving, the clerk moved to lock the door.  Right after the suspect got outside he fired one round.  There was no property damage to the store located and at this time there is no evidence to suggest the suspect was shooting at the clerk.  A K9 track was completed without locating the suspect.  The clerk was uninjured.  The suspect was described as an AAM, approximately 5'6", medium build, wearing a dark hoodie, blue jeans, and had a handkerchief covering his face.  Incident Report on MPD's website completed.  Investigation continuing. 

Posted by: Chief Koval

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