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 09/21/2019 through 6:00 a.m. on 09/22/2019, MPD received 613 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 613 calls for service for the past 24-hours this is how the calls came in per district: Central (156), East (99), Midtown (132), North (85), South (42), West (61), 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 West, South, and Midtown districts beginning at 6:58 p.m. City-wide priorities at 7:17 p.m. City returned to routine calls at 11:10 p.m.**
1) CENTRAL: Theft/Stolen Auto – 7:48 a.m. MPD was dispatched to a Central district residential address reference a theft complaint. The victim (25-year-old WF) reported that the suspect (24-year-old AAM) was a known acquaintance who had visited the victim at her apartment the previous night. Upon waking up the next morning, the victim observed that her purse, phone, car keys, and vehicle were missing. The victim also reported fraudulent activity on her credit cards. There is probable cause to arrest the suspect for the theft and related offenses. Investigation continuing.
2) EAST: Recovered/Stolen Auto – 10:26 a.m. MPD was dispatched to the 3200 block of Commercial Ave, reference a vehicle found against a tree with its doors wide open. It is unknown how long the vehicle had been at this location. The vehicle was identified as one that had been involved in burglaries overnight (out of Deerfield, WI) and was also observed traveling at speeds of up to 120 mph by Dane County units. Investigation continuing.
3) NORTH: Information – 12:06 p.m. MPD was dispatched to the parking lot of Kwik Trip located at 1410 Northport Dr, reference a check person call. The caller observed a driver passed out in a vehicle and upon checking the driver's welfare, the driver awoke and ran from the vehicle towards a wooded area. Dispatch stated that there was another call associated with the same vehicle/driver which reported the same disposition. Officers searched the area and were unable to locate the subject.
4) SOUTH: Residential Burglary – 2:55 p.m. A 16-year-old HF had taken a bus from the Pflaum Rd area near La Follette High School, and got off that bus at the South Transfer Point. From there, the female said the suspect followed her from the transfer point to her residence near the 1100 block of Hackberry Ln. The suspect walked away and the female called the police. When police arrived on scene, they could not locate the suspect. The female called 911 again, and said that the suspect had just come inside her house. MPD located and interviewed the suspect. After subsequent investigation, the suspect was tentatively charged with stalking and burglary, and was taken to jail. Incident Report on MPD's website completed.
5) CENTRAL: Disturbance-Unwanted Person – 3:13 p.m. MPD was dispatched to the Double U bar (620 University Ave) reference a 21-year-old WM suspect who was causing a disturbance and upon being asked to leave, became belligerent. The suspect initially left but then returned, wanting to re-enter the bar. Staff held the suspect down until police arrived. The suspect was charged with city ordinances of disorderly conduct and unlawful trespass. Due to being from out of state, the suspect was taken to jail to post on the citations.
6) MIDTOWN: Traffic Stop – 3:52 p.m. Following the UW football game, at a time when there was significant pedestrian and vehicular traffic, a vehicle chose to execute a y-turn at the intersection of Regent St and N Charter St which had impeded a long line of traffic. An MPD officer stopped the vehicle and upon contacting the suspect/driver (24-year-old AAM) smelled a strong odor of marijuana. A search of the vehicle yielded significant drug evidence. The suspect was arrested and taken to jail for possession with intent to deliver THC, a probation hold, and several traffic citations.
7) SOUTH: Juvenile Complaint – 6:44 p.m. MPD was dispatched to a parking ramp located in the 2500 block of West Beltline Hwy reference a juvenile complaint. At least six fire extinguishers stationed in areas of the parking ramp were discharged on each of the floor landings. Two AAM juvenile suspects were observed on scene by the caller but had fled the scene prior to officer arrival. The on-call employee reported that this was not the first time this has occurred. Investigation continuing.
8) NORTH: Crash w/Injuries – 6:56 p.m. MPD was dispatched to a report of a 38-year-old WM victim pedestrian who was struck by a vehicle operated by a 32-year-old WM suspect. Witnesses were able to provide officers with the location of the suspect vehicle which had subsequently parked outside of the suspect's residence. Officers ultimately made contact with the suspect who admitted to driving but denied hitting anyone. There was probable cause to arrest the suspect for hit-and-run, causing injury, and the suspect was transported to jail. The victim in this incident sustained a broken leg and will be undergoing surgery. Investigation continuing.
9) EAST: OMVWI Arrest / Crash-Property Damage / Juvenile Arrest – 7:08 p.m. MPD was dispatched to the intersection of Valor Way at Freedom Ring Rd, reference a motor vehicle versus tree crash. While officers were en route, two occupants fled from the scene but were followed by a witness and both were eventually detained. The driver/suspect (15-year-old AAM) was operating his friend's mother's car with a 12-year-old passenger. The suspect showed signs of impairment and failed standardized field sobriety tests. The suspect was subsequently arrested for OMVWI-1st offense (with passenger under 16). No injuries were reported. Suspect was released to parent following medical clearance.
10) NORTH: Disturbance / Adult Arrested Person – 10:36 p.m. MPD was dispatched to the intersection of Melrose St and N Sherman Ave, reference a disturbance on a Madison Metro bus. A 55-year-old AAM suspect was on the bus, claiming to have a gun and making threats about starting the bus on fire. Officers contacted the suspect who was intoxicated and uncooperative. No firearm was located in the suspect's possession. The suspect was arrested for disorderly conduct and eventually made multiple threats to MPD and Dane County deputies, which yielded an additional charge of threats to law enforcement. The suspect was subsequently taken to jail.
11) CENTRAL: Sexual Assault – 11:19 p.m. MPD responded and made contact with a victim (19-year-old WF) who indicated that she had been sexually assaulted in a car in the downtown campus area. The victim was visiting from out of state and had come to Madison to visit friends for the football weekend. The victim and her friends got separated when her friends went to a bar after which the victim accepted an offer from some suspects to give her a ride to that bar. One of those suspects subsequently sexually assaulted her in the vehicle and shortly thereafter the victim was able to escape from the car and summoned her friends who then reported the incident to the police. City cameras are currently being reviewed as the victim is wholly unfamiliar with Madison and the downtown area. The primary suspect is described as a UM, athletic build, short hair/short beard. The suspect vehicle may be a white sedan. Incident Report on MPD's website completed. Investigation continuing.
12) NORTH: Check Person – 1:40 a.m. MPD was dispatched to a North District residential address reference the caller reporting that her 26-year-old WF niece was actively engaged in self-harm and was threatening the caller. The caller was able to secure the sharp object that the subject was using, prior to officer arrival. Officers made contact with the subject who was distraught over personal issues. No significant injuries were sustained and the subject was transported to a local hospital for a mental health evaluation. Ultimately, Journey and hospital social worker agreed that the subject could return home with a safety plan in place.
13) CENTRAL: Sexual Assault – 2:22 a.m. MPD responded to the 400 block of W Johnson St to meet with a victim (20-year-old WF) who was reporting that she had been inappropriately touched/sexually assaulted by a suspect (26-year-old AM). The suspect was subsequently located and arrested for 4th degree sexual assault and conveyed to jail.