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MPD Notable Calls 02/28/2020 to 03/02/2020

March 2, 2020 6:57 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 02/28/2020 through 6:00 a.m. on 03/02/2020, MPD received 1,279 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 (247), East (263), Midtown (231), North (191), South (120), West (165), and Other (62).  "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.  



EAST: Bomb Threat – 8:55 a.m.  An employee at East Towne Mall reported receiving a phone call from an unknown person stating there was a bomb in one of the mall stores.  Officers responded to the scene and determined the threat was unfounded.

EAST: Domestic Disturbance – 8:57 a.m.  During an argument, the suspect (39-year-old male) threw a glass ashtray down on a coffee table, breaking the ashtray.  The suspect was arrested and charged with criminal damage to property.

MIDTOWN: Death Investigation – 11:20 a.m.  A friend reported he went to a subject's (60-year-old male) residence to check his welfare and discovered him deceased.  Nothing suspicious on scene. 

EAST: Check Person – 3:47 p.m.  A subject (36-year-old male) sent a suicidal text message to his former girlfriend, who requested police check his welfare.  Officers contacted the subject who denied being suicidal.  Officers confirmed the subject would be in the company of family members for the weekend and consulted with Journey Mental Health before disengaging from the call.

MIDTOWN: Disturbance – 3:56 p.m.  Officers responded to the area of Odana Rd and S Whitney Way, Madison Metro west transfer point, for a report of a suspect (41-year-old male) armed with a knife, threatening people and attempting to fight.  Officers located the suspect in the area and took him into custody.  The suspect was conveyed to jail on charges of resisting, bail jumping and disorderly conduct.

MIDTOWN: Retail Theft/Intoxicated Person – 4:22 p.m.  Staff at the Walgreens at 606 S Whitney Way reported a heavily intoxicated suspect (53-year-old male) was consuming product from the shelves which he had not purchased.  Officers made contact with the suspect and conveyed him to detox as he was incapacitated by alcohol.  The suspect was cited for retail theft and carrying a concealed knife.

EAST: Runaway/Missing Juvenile – 4:10 p.m.  A father reported his daughter never showed up at the friend's house where she claimed she was going.  An ATL was aired and the juvenile was listed as missing.

EAST: Drug Overdose – 7:13 p.m.  Officers responded to a residence for a suspect who was reported to be pulseless and not breathing after ingesting heroin.  Madison Fire paramedics administered naloxone and revived the suspect.  The suspect was cited for possession of heroin and offered participation in the MARI program.

CENTRAL: Weapons Offense – 6:58 p.m.  Officers responded to the Stop & Shop at 501 State St for a report of four subjects who were seen entering the store with masks and weapons.  Officers detained four subjects and recovered two facsimile pistols from two suspects (25- and 27-year old males).  These two suspects were charged with unlawful use of facsimile firearm, bail jumping and disorderly conduct.

EAST: Drug Overdose – 8:30 p.m.  Officers responded to a residence where a suspect (33-year-old female) had overdosed on heroin.  MFD administered naloxone and revived the suspect who was transported to the hospital.  The suspect was cited for possession of heroin and bail jumping and was offered participation in the MARI program.

EAST: Retail Theft – 8:49 p.m.  Security at East Towne Mall observed the suspect (44-year-old female) run out of Dick's Sporting Goods with a bag of golf clubs.  The suspect jumped into a waiting vehicle.  The driver of the vehicle accelerated toward the security officer who was standing near the front of the vehicle as the two suspects fled the scene.  Police stopped the vehicle in the nearby area and arrested the female suspect on charges of retail theft.  The driver of the vehicle (male suspect) was also arrested for retail theft and 2nd degree recklessly endangering safety.

SOUTH: Drug Overdose – 10:14 p.m.  MFD and MPD responded to a residence for a subject (27-year-old male) who was reported to have overdosed.  The subject was located unresponsive.  Paramedics administered naloxone and revived the subject.  No charges were substantiated at this time.



SOUTH: Death Investigation – 2:13 a.m.  A roommate found a subject (29-year-old female) down and unresponsive in the residence.  Officers located signs of alcohol use but nothing suspicious.  Medical examiner responded.

MIDTOWN: Armed Robbery/Weapons Offense – 3:32 a.m.  Officers responded to Meriter Hospital for a victim (20-year-old male) who walked in with a severe laceration to his hand.  The victim reported he was walking in the area of Fahrenbrook Ct when an unidentified male suspect armed with a knife demanded money from him.  A struggle ensued and the victim sustained a laceration to his hand which required a large number of stitches.  Investigation continuing.

NORTH: Stolen Auto – 5:06 a.m.  A victim reported his vehicle was stolen when he left it running while getting ready to leave work in the 4100 block of E Washington Ave.  The vehicle was listed as stolen and an ATL was aired.

SOUTH: Disturbance – 6:39 a.m.  Officers responded to a residence for a battery complaint.  Upon arrival officers discovered the victim (55-year-old female) with a bloody nose, bumps on her forehead and marks on her arm.  Food appeared to have been strewn around the residence.  Officers made phone contact with the other party (50-year-old female) reported to have been involved.  No charges have been substantiated at this time.

NORTH: Disturbance Unwanted Person – 6:58 a.m.  The victim reported the suspect (26-year-old male) had placed over 20 phone calls to her during the overnight hours.  The suspect has bail conditions not to contact the victim.  Officers made contact by phone with the suspect who remains at large.

EAST: Death Investigation – 7:27 a.m.  The girlfriend of a subject (50-year-old male) reported finding the subject deceased in the residence.  Nothing suspicious on scene.  Medical examiner responded.

NORTH: Stolen Auto – 8:14 a.m.  The victim reported her car was stolen while she left it running to warm up.  Officers recovered the vehicle and returned it to the owner.  The suspect has not yet been identified.

NORTH: Stolen Auto – 9:11 a.m.  Officers responded to a report of a stolen vehicle that was left running, unlocked and unoccupied.  Surveillance video showed a male juvenile stealing the vehicle.  The vehicle was located abandoned but the keys were missing.  The vehicle was returned to its owner.  The suspect was observed in another vehicle, also reported to be stolen.  Before officers could get into position to attempt a stop, the vehicle left the area. 

MIDTOWN: Mental Health Conveyance – 11:29 a.m.  Officers responded to a local hospital regarding a subject who may be in need of an emergency detention.  Journey Mental Health plugged in.  The subject was subsequently conveyed to Winnebago for an emergency detention. 

MIDTOWN: Check Person – 11:39 a.m. A subject was conveyed to a local hospital after being found passed out near an elevator. The subject is believed to have some sort of drug(s) in his system.  Officers standing by with subject due to concerns for his well-being. 

SOUTH: Retail Theft – 12:27 p.m.  Officers responded to a retail theft at Northern Tool and Equipment.  Two male suspects attempted to leave in a vehicle but were surrounded by a crowd of bystanders trying to stop them.  The suspects fled on foot.  K9 track conducted.  Suspected remain at-large. 

NORTH: Domestic Disturbance – 3:38 p.m.  Officers responded to a residence for a disturbance between two subjects (male victim and 28-year-old female suspect).  The suspect pushed the victim, which resulted in him falling to the ground and sustaining a head injury.  The suspect was arrested/charged with domestic disorderly conduct, abuse of an individual at risk (elder) and bail jumping.

MIDTOWN: Missing/Runaway Juvenile – 4:45 p.m.  Officers received a report of a missing/runaway juvenile (16-year-old male).  Attempt to locate aired.  The juvenile was entered as missing/runaway in the appropriate databases.   

CENTRAL: Adult Arrested Person – 6:33 p.m.  Officers observed a wanted suspect (42-year-old male) on N. Broom St/State St.  The suspect was taken into custody without incident and conveyed to jail. 

EAST: Domestic Disturbance – 7:10 p.m.  Officers responded to a domestic disturbance between two subjects (female victim and 20-year-old male suspect).  The suspect struck the victim in the head, pulled her hair and kicked out the window of the victim's vehicle.  The suspect fled on foot when officers attempted contact.  Probable cause developed to arrest/charge the suspect.  Suspect remains at-large.

MIDTOWN: Check Area – 11:01 p.m.  Officers responded to multiple reports of shots fired from a vehicle at the top of the westbound off-ramp at Seminole Hwy.  Suspect vehicle not located.  One casing was located.  No reports of property damage or injuries at this time. 



**Priority calls only from 6:20 p.m. to 7:55 p.m. due to calls for service.

**Priority calls only from 9:36 p.m. to 11:19 p.m. due to calls for service. 

MIDTOWN: Assist Law Enforcement – 1:46 a.m.  Officers responded to the Beltline/Verona Rd after a vehicle that was being pursued by another law enforcement agency crashed.  Subjects from the suspect vehicle fled on foot.  MPD assisted with the crash and an attempted break-in as one of the subjects from the suspect vehicle tried to kick in a door to a residence on Hammersley Ave. 

WEST: Disturbance – 3:37 a.m.  Officers came upon a disturbance in the area of Wickham Court.  A vehicle crash with the involved parties arguing was present.  A tow truck was called to the scene.  As a vehicle was being hooked up, a gun was observed in plain view in the vehicle.  Investigation continuing. 

SOUTH: Threats Complaint – 7:48 a.m.  Officers met with a victim (male) who reported being threatened on social media.  Attempts were made to identify/contact the suspect.  Investigation continuing. 

MIDTOWN: Check Person – 10:01 a.m.  Officers received a request to check the welfare of a subject.  The subject was contacted at his residence and no concerns were identified at this time.  No further action deemed necessary by officers.

NORTH: Non-Residential Burglary – 12:21 p.m.  Officers responded to the East Madison Community Center for a reported burglary.  Staff arrived at the center and noticed that electronics were missing.  Investigation continuing.

WEST: Domestic Disturbance – 1:20 p.m.  Officers observed a wanted suspect (28-year-old male) and took him into custody on charges of domestic battery and domestic disorderly conduct. 

EAST: Crash with Injuries – 2:08 p.m.  Officers responded to Hwy 30/N. Stoughton Rd for a 3-vehicle crash.  A driver was conveyed to a local hospital with injuries.  The driver, who rear-ended the victim's vehicle, was cited for inattentive driving.

EAST: Disturbance – 2:48 p.m.  Officers responded to East Towne Blvd for a disturbance between two subjects (male victim and 30-year-old male suspect).  The suspect was arrested for disorderly conduct. 

SOUTH: Traffic Arrest – 2:49 p.m.  A traffic stop was conducted near the Beltline/Todd Drive.  A firearm and narcotics were in the vehicle.  The suspect (22-year-old male) was arrested for possession with intent to sell marijuana, carrying a concealed weapon and receiving stolen property (gun was stolen). 

EAST: Disturbance – 3:33 p.m.  Officers responded to Boost Mobile on E. Washington Ave for a disturbance.  A suspect (61-year-old male) attempted to sell a cell phone he had stolen.  The suspect was confronted by the store clerk and the owner of the cell phone.  The suspect punched a victim and attempted to flee.  The suspect was locked in the store until officers arrived.  The suspect was arrested for unlawful use of personal identifying information, fraud, possession of stolen property, battery, disorderly conduct and felony/misdemeanor bail jumping.    

EAST: Domestic Disturbance – 4:35 p.m.  Officers responded to a disturbance between two subjects (female victim and 25-year-old male suspect).  Probable cause was developed to arrest/charge the suspect with domestic disorderly conduct.

WEST: Death Investigation – 5:55 p.m.  Officers responded to a residence for an unresponsive subject (81-year-old female).  MFD also responded and attempted lifesaving measures.  The subject was pronounced deceased.  Medical Examiner's office responded.  Nothing suspicious observed.  Initial indicator of death is natural causes. 

CENTRAL: Disturbance – 5:59 p.m. Officers responded to Festival Foods on E. Washington Avenue regarding a customer/suspect (47-year-old female) who was intoxicated and causing a disturbance.  Officers contacted the suspect who was not cooperative.  The suspect was arrested/charged with disorderly conduct and resisting.  

NORTH: Assist EMS – 6:41 p.m.  Officers responded, along with EMS/Fire, to a residence after a subject collapsed.  CCR was performed, the subject was revived and the subject was conveyed to a local hospital.  Unknown cause of collapse.  Investigation continuing.    

EAST: Check Person – 6:49 p.m.  Officers responded to a residence regarding a juvenile cutting herself.  The juvenile was located with superficial cuts to her arm.  The juvenile was conveyed to a local hospital.  Journey Mental Health plugged in.  Plan was made for juvenile to return home.  The juvenile was issued a battery citation due to a disturbance with her mother.     

MIDTOWN: Domestic Disturbance – 8:23 p.m.  Officers responded to a residence regarding a domestic disturbance involving an intoxicated suspect (24-year-old male).  The suspect physically assaulted his parents and his girlfriend.  Officers arrived on scene and were able to get the girlfriend out of the home safely.  The suspect fled on foot.  K9 track conducted and the suspect was located.  The suspect was arrested and charged with domestic battery and domestic disorderly conduct (two counts).

SOUTH: Domestic Disturbance – 10:14 p.m.  Officers responded to the Super 8 Motel on the W. Beltline Hwy for a domestic disturbance between two subjects (male victim and 33-yeare-old female suspect).  The suspect was arrested for domestic attempted strangulation.

EAST: Information/Sexual Assault – 11:46 p.m.  Officers received a report from a female victim of a sexual assault by a known suspect/ex-boyfriend (56-year-old male).  Investigation continuing. 

Posted by: Chief Wahl

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