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MPD Notable Calls 01/30/2020 to 01/31/2020

January 31, 2020 9:54 AM

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The information provided below about some of the calls officers responded to 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 01/30/2020 through 6:00 a.m. on 01/31/2020, MPD received 445 calls for service.  This number does not include parking complaints or 911 misdials.  A breakdown of the calls for service per district is as follows: Central (80), East (83), Midtown (75), North (64), South (46), West (52), and Other (45).  "Other" is used for calls that either do not have a sector or the sector is not in the City.  This would be used in the case of one of our officers assisting another law enforcement agency. 

*Priority calls only from 11:10pm to 3:40am due to hazardous, icy road conditions.

MIDTOWN: Drug Incident/Investigation – 5:35 am.  Officers were dispatched to Seminole Hwy and Doncaster Dr for a suspect (52-year-old male) who was slumped over in a minivan.  Officers located drug paraphernalia in the vehicle.  The suspect was arrested and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.  *This was a late call that did not make the previous 24-hour cycle.

CITY-WIDE: Adult Arrested Person – 9:55 am.  Officers responded to a probation and parole office to contact a wanted suspect.  The suspect was arrested for domestic disorderly conduct, intimidation of a victim, and criminal damage to property.

EAST: Retail Theft – 1:32 pm.  Officers responded to Target at 4301 Lien Rd for a suspect (33-year-old female) who was observed shoplifting.  Officers located drugs and drug paraphernalia on her person during a search incident to arrest.  The suspect was charged with retail theft, possession of MDMA, possession of drug paraphernalia, obstructing, and bail jumping.

SOUTH: Check Person – 1:54 pm.  The mother of a subject (37-year-old female) reported she received text messages from her daughter who was making vague suicidal statements.  The subject's whereabouts were initially unknown but she later returned home safe.

WEST: Check Person – 2:11 pm.  A subject (82-year-old male) called dispatch reporting he had been kidnapped and was being held hostage in his apartment.  Officers checked the address and located nothing suspicious.  Town of Madison PD located the subject unharmed.

WEST: Strong Armed Robbery – 2:44 pm.  Staff at Walgreens at 5702 Raymond Rd reported a suspect went behind the counter and stole merchandise.  The suspect then fled on foot and remains at large.  The clerk/victim was not injured.

NORTH: Check Person – 3:12 pm.  Staff at the Crowne Plaza Hotel observed a subject (46-year-old male) walking in the hallway wearing only boxers, carrying a bible and rambling.  Officers made contact with the subject who was placed in protective custody and transported to a local hospital for an evaluation.  There are no charges at this time.

WEST: Stolen Auto – 4:07 pm.  A victim reported her vehicle stolen from a parking lot in the 900 block of N High Point Rd.  The vehicle was listed as stolen.

EAST: Check Person – 4:39 pm.  A family member reported a subject (27-year-old female) was making homicidal and suicidal statements.  Officers transported the subject voluntarily to a local hospital where Journey Mental Health assisted.

WEST: Residential Burglary – 5:13 pm.  The victim arrived home to encounter a suspect in possession of the victim's personal property in two backpacks.  The suspect fled on foot.  Monona PD assisted with a K9 track but the suspect was not located.

CENTRAL: Death Investigation – 5:26 pm.  A subject (31-year-old male) was found deceased in his residence.  Officers located drugs and drug paraphernalia on scene.  The subject had a history of drug use.  Medical examiner responded.

EAST: Death Investigation – 6:00 pm.  The subject (73-year-old male) choked on his food and collapsed while dining with his son.  Paramedics responded and performed life-saving measures but were unsuccessful at reviving the subject.

MIDTOWN: Runaway Juvenile – 7:07 pm.  Briarpatch staff reported a juvenile (16-year-old female) left their facility and had not been seen or heard from since her departure a couple hours prior.  An ATL was aired and the juvenile was listed as missing.

EAST: Check Property – 7:47 pm.  A juvenile subject called his stepfather reporting he believed someone was in the house.  Officers responded to the residence and did not find an intruder.  No further police action deemed necessary.

MIDTOWN: Recovered Stolen Vehicle – 10:29 pm.  Officers located a stolen vehicle in the 1300 block of S Midvale Blvd.  Victim was notified.

MIDTOWN: Weapons Offense – 10:34 pm.  A victim reported a vehicle began following her closely as she traveled northbound on Gammon Rd.  While the victim was stopped at a light, the passenger window of the suspect vehicle rolled down and the victim observed a male passenger who pointed a handgun at her.  The suspect vehicle then left the area.  The victim was not physically harmed.

NORTH: Traffic Incident – 10:55 pm.  Officers responded to the 2100 block of Aberg Ave for a vehicle stuck in the snow.  While officers assisted the driver, a second subject arrived claiming the driver of the stuck vehicle was her boyfriend, who took the car without her consent.  The suspect (22-year-old male) then refused to exit the vehicle.  When officers were finally successful in removing the suspect, the suspect fell on top of an officer causing injury to the officer's head.  The suspect then punched and headbutted another officer and bit a third officer on the finger.  Officers eventually secured the suspect who was charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, resisting arrest, three counts of battery to an officer, threats to injure, and operating after revoked.

MIDTOWN: Check Person – 12:12 am.  Officers responded to a residence where a subject with mental health issues reported people inside his apartment stealing his belongings.  Officers checked the residence and did not locate anyone inside.

NORTH: OMVWI – 12:17 am.  A driver/suspect (19-year-old female) lost control of her vehicle and struck a pole in the area of E Johnson St and N First St.  A passenger/suspect (26-year-old male) attempted to flee the scene but after a brief pursuit was taken into custody and charged with resisting arrest and bail jumping.  The driver/suspect was cited for OWI causing injury.  The driver and passenger were transported to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

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