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MPD Notable Calls 02/21/2020 to 02/24/2020

February 24, 2020 9:36 AM


The information provided below about some of the calls officers responded to (Friday morning to Monday morning) 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 02/21/2020 through 6:00 a.m. on 02/24/2020, MPD received 1,191 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 (240), East (199), Midtown (219), North (166), South (97), West (181), and Other (89).  "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 3:40 p.m. to 6:04 p.m. due to calls for service. 

SOUTH: Disturbance – 8:09 a.m.  A subject reported that the previous night he and the suspect (15-year-old female) got into an argument and the suspect grabbed a knife and swung it at him.  The next morning the subject reported the tires on his vehicle had been slashed.  The parties were separated and DCHS was contacted.  Charges for the suspect for disorderly conduct while armed may be forthcoming.

SOUTH: Fraud – 9:34 a.m.  A victim reported she contacted a subject on a dating website.  The subject mailed the victim checks and instructed the victim to deposit them and then purchase gift cards in the same amount.  The victim turned the checks over to police.

SOUTH: Juvenile Arrest – 10:36 a.m.  Dodge County Sheriff's Office located a suspect (15-year-old male) and a stolen vehicle.  MPD officers took custody of the suspect and conveyed him to JRC on charges of operating a motor vehicle without consent and theft, as he had also stolen a family member's phone.

EAST: ATL Person – 1:57 p.m.  While the suspect (38-year-old male) was being transported from his group home to an appointment, he grabbed the steering wheel of the transport van, causing the van to swerve and come to a stop off the roadway.  The suspect demanded that he be dropped off at the Holiday Inn Express.  Transport staff obliged and notified police of the suspect's location and wanted status.  Officers responded and conveyed the suspect to jail.

WEST: Death Investigation – 2:26 p.m.  Officers responded to a residence where family members discovered the subject (66-year-old female) deceased.  The medical examiner responded and determined the cause of death to be a self-inflicted wound.

MIDTOWN: Traffic Crash – 2:52 p.m.  Witnesses reported observing the suspect vehicle merge onto the eastbound beltline from Gammon Rd at a high rate of speed and continue driving at speeds upwards of 70 mph.  The driver/suspect (19-year-old female) then lost control of the vehicle and swerved back and forth across all lanes of traffic before colliding with the guard rail.  The suspect and her passenger were conveyed to the hospital for minor injuries.  The suspect was issued several traffic citations.

CENTRAL: Adult Arrested Person – 4:36 p.m.  Officers made contact with a frequent caller to 911 who had dialed 911 but did not, in fact, need police or have a medical emergency.  The suspect (67-year-old male) was arrested and charged with unlawful use of 911.

EAST: Alarm – 6:08 p.m.  An employee at the Check N Go at 2103 Zeier Rd reported two masked males walked up to the front door of the business.  When they saw the employee go to the panic button, the suspects fled without entering the store.  The suspects remain at large.

MIDTOWN: Alarm – 6:48 p.m.  Officers were dispatched to the Check N Go at 512 Grand Canyon Dr for an alarm.  An employee described two male suspects who entered the store, one of whom displayed a handgun.  The suspects fled upon realizing the employee had pushed the panic button.  The suspects are at large.

NORTH: Information – 8:06 p.m.  A subject (15-year-old female) reported two known male subjects made inappropriate sexual contact with her.  Upon officers' arrival the subject decided not to make a statement to police.  Officers documented the information they had gathered on scene.

EAST: Disturbance – 9:49 p.m.  Officers working the LaFollette High School basketball game requested additional patrol units respond to assist with traffic control and clearing out crowds as game attendees left the area.  Officers deescalated a disturbance between two females.

CENTRAL: Sexual Assault – 11:06 p.m.  A victim reported she was sexually assaulted by a known male suspect twice in different locations.  Investigation continuing.

CENTRAL: Residential Burglary – 12:42 a.m.  The victim reported he returned home and left the front door unlocked.  A few minutes later he heard someone else in the apartment.  He at first thought it was one of his roommates but then heard someone run down the stairs and outside.  Upon investigating he observed his backpack was missing which contained his laptop and iPad.  No suspect information at this time.

EAST: Adult Arrested Person – 1:29 a.m.  Officers made contact with a suspect (59-year-old male) who was wanted on a probation hold.  The suspect was taken into custody and conveyed to the jail.

CENTRAL: Drug Incident/Investigation – 1:43 a.m.  Officers made a traffic stop on a vehicle bearing license plates that were registered to a different vehicle.  Upon making contact with the occupants, officers noted a strong odor of marijuana.  Officers were given consent to search the vehicle and the occupants and discovered drug paraphernalia, cocaine and a stolen firearm.  The driver of the vehicle (34-year-old male) was cited for improper registration and driving without a valid DL.  A second suspect (61-year-old female) was arrested and charged with felon in possession of a firearm, carrying a concealed weapon, receiving a stolen firearm, and possession of drug paraphernalia.  The third suspect (55-year-old male) was arrested and charged with possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.




MIDTOWN: Check Person – 6:35 a.m.  Officers responded to a residence where a female subject (48-year-old female) was standing naked outside yelling profanities and threatening statements.  The subject then walked inside her residence and began breaking windows and throwing objects outside.  A Madison Fire lieutenant who had had previous contact with the subject dialogued with her and successfully deescalated her.  MFD then transported the now cooperative subject to the hospital.

WEST: Stolen Auto – 8:38 a.m.  A victim reported her vehicle had been stolen from a parking lot in the 7200 block of Tempe Dr where she had left it overnight with the key in it.  The vehicle was located a few miles away near Waltham Park.  Multiple tools were missing from the vehicle.  Items that did not belong to the vehicle owner which had been reported stolen in previous incidents were located in the vehicle.

EAST: Domestic Disturbance – 10:30 a.m.  Officers responded to a residence for a disturbance between two subjects (female victim and 28-year-old male suspect).  The suspect forced his way into the residence, causing damage to the door.  The subjects engaged in a verbal argument.  The victim reported being strangled.  Probable cause was developed to arrest/charge the suspect with criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct (domestic--related charges).

MIDTOWN: Missing Adult – 12:00 p.m.  A subject reported his wife was missing from their residence.  Officers made contact with the wife, who returned home, and learned her husband has Alzheimer's and called police when he realized she was not home.

EAST: Domestic Disturbance – 12:31 p.m.  Officers responded to a residence for sounds of a disturbance.  Contact was made with two subjects (female victim and 24-year-old male suspect).  The subjects were engaged in a verbal dispute when the suspect threatened to harm the victim.  The suspect left the residence but returned when officers were on scene.  The suspect initially lied about his identity to officers.  The suspect was arrested/charged with disorderly conduct, obstructing and outstanding warrants.  During the conveyance to jail, the suspect threatened to harm officers.  An additional charge was added for the suspect – threats toward law enforcement. 

EAST: Death Investigation – 1:17 p.m.  Officers responded to a pulseless non-breathing subject (95-year-old female).  The subject had a do-not-resuscitate (DNR) bracelet.  Lifesaving measures were not attempted.  Medical Examiner's office responded.  Nothing suspicious identified.

SOUTH: Battery – 4:37 p.m.  Officers met with a male subject who reported being physically assaulted the night before by a known subject/suspect (30-year-old male).  A gun was reportedly used to strike the complainant in the face.  Attempts to contact the suspect were unsuccessful.  Unknown why the complainant delayed reported the incident.  Investigation continuing. 

NORTH: Death Investigation – 8:53 p.m.  Officers responded to a residence to check the welfare of a suicidal subject.  MPD K9 and Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) utilized.  The subject was located deceased with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Medical Examiner's office notified.    

MIDTOWN: Check Person – 8:55 p.m.  Officers responded to a local hospital for a subject displaying erratic behavior.  Officers assisted medical staff with securing the subject and then disengaged from the call.

EAST: Residential Burglary – 11:36 p.m.  Officers met with homeowners who reported that their home was burglarized earlier in the day when they were home.  A safe containing money and documents stolen.  Investigation continuing. 



**Priority calls only from 12:30 a.m. to 5:03 a.m. due to calls for service.

**Priority calls only from 7:08 p.m. to 8:52 p.m. due to calls for service.

EAST: Weapons Offense – 12:11 a.m.  Officers responded to a report of an attempted vehicle theft with a handgun displayed.  The victim reported that a male suspect entered his vehicle and started it.  The victim confronted the suspect and the suspect fled on foot.  The victim pursued the suspect and the suspect threatened to shoot the victim while motioning towards his waistline.  The victim stopped pursuing the suspect.  K9 track attempted but not successful.  There was a delay in reporting of this incident. 

MIDTOWN: Armed Robbery – 2:15 a.m.  Officers responded to Regent St for a report of an armed robbery.  A male suspect approached a male victim asking to borrow his phone.  The suspect fled with the phone and the victim and his friend gave chase.  The suspect threatened that he was armed (a weapon was not observed).  UWPD assisted and two (19-year-old male and 22-year-old male) of three suspects were detained.  Probable cause was developed to arrest/charge the suspects with battery and armed robbery (party to a crime).  Investigation continuing. 

CENTRAL: Battery – 2:46 a.m.  Officers responded to N. Frances St for a disturbance.  A suspect (26-year-old male) pulled up in his vehicle and yelled at four female subjects/victims to get into his vehicle.  When the victims refused, the suspect became more irate.  The suspect got out of his vehicle, approached the females and hit them/spit at them.  A bystander held the suspect down until officers arrived.  The suspect was arrested/charged with battery (four counts) and disorderly conduct.     

MIDTOWN: Violation of Court Order – 9:38 a.m.  Officers arrested a suspect (22-year-old male) for violating a restraining order.  The suspect was conveyed to jail. 

CENTRAL: Adult Arrested Person – 11:18 a.m.  Officers were contacted by a male subject (later turned suspect) who reported that his firearm was missing.  Investigation revealed that the subject/suspect (26-year-old male) was involved in the armed robbery earlier in the morning.  Probable cause was developed to arrest/charge the suspect with armed robbery (party to a crime).

MIDTOWN: Strong Armed Robbery – 11:27 a.m.  Officers met with a victim who reported being robbed earlier in the morning as he left a bar.  The victim reported that his cell phone and money was demanded/taken by several suspects.  There was a delay in reporting of this incident.  Investigation continuing.    

MIDTOWN: Death Investigation – 11:33 a.m.  Officers responded to a residence to check the welfare of a subject.  Entry was made to the home and the subject (72-year-old male) was located deceased. The decedent had a history of health concerns.  Medical Examiner's office responded.  Nothing suspicious observed. 

EAST: Check Person – 1:34 p.m.  Officers responded to a bus stop near the mall for a report of a juvenile armed with a gun.  Contact was made with a juvenile/suspect (12-year-old male) who was found to be in possession of a facsimile handgun in his waistband.  The fake gun was recovered for destruction.  The suspect's mother was contacted.  The suspect was cited for unlawful use of a facsimile firearm and released to his mother. 

EAST: Check Person – 2:34 p.m.  Officers responded to a residence to check the welfare of a suicidal subject.  The subject was contacted and discovered to have taken numerous pills and consumed alcohol.  The subject was conveyed to a local hospital where she was voluntarily admitted.  The subject was left in the care of medical staff and officers disengaged from the call. 

EAST: Drug Incident – 4:19 p.m.  Officers responded to a report of a driver/suspect (56-year-old male) going in and out of consciousness.  The suspect was contacted.  Evidence of drug use observed.  The suspect admitted to using heroin.  The suspect was arrested/conveyed to jail on charges of possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

CENTRAL: Check Person – 4:40 p.m.  Officers responded to check the welfare of a possible suicidal subject.  The 22-year-old male subject/suspect was contacted and found to be intoxicated.  The suspect was not cooperative with officers and resisted when he was detained.  The suspect was arrested/charged with battery/threats toward law enforcement, resisting, discharge of bodily fluids and bail jumping. 

NORTH: Strong Armed Robbery – 5:03 p.m.  Officers responded to the Tobacco Outlet on N. Sherman Ave for a robbery.  A suspect (33-year-old male) stole cash from the register and fled in a vehicle.  Areas checked for the suspect without success.  Probable cause developed to arrest the suspect.  Investigation continuing. 

EAST: Disturbance – 6:18 p.m.  Officers responded to a report of a disturbance between a female client/subject and her caregiver.  The client/subject punched her caregiver and threw items at her.  The subject was subsequently safely secured according to a mental health safety plan in place.  The caregiver did not wish to pursue charges.  Officers disengaged from the call. 

WEST: Death Investigation – 7:03 p.m.  Officers responded to a residence for a deceased subject (24-year-old male). The subject was located with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.  Nothing suspicious observed.  Medical Examiner's office notified. 

NORTH: Domestic Disturbance – 10:15 p.m.  Officers responded to a residence for a disturbance between two subjects (female victim and 32-year-old male suspect).  The suspect was intoxicated and throwing/breaking items around the residence.  The suspect was arrested for domestic disorderly conduct. 

WEST: Missing/Runaway Juvenile – 11:36 p.m.  Officers received a report of a missing/runaway juvenile (15-year-old female).  Attempt to locate aired.  The juvenile was listed as missing/runaway in the appropriate databases. 

Posted by: Chief Wahl

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