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MPD Notable Call 04/20/2020 to 04/21/2020

April 21, 2020 8:51 AM


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 04/20/2020 through 6:00 a.m. on 04/21/2020, MPD received 353 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 (49), East (80), Midtown (48), North (66), South (40), West (42), and Other (28).  "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 3:35 p.m. to 4:10 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. to 9:05 p.m. due to calls for service.

EAST: Disturbance – 6:13 a.m. Officers responded to an east district hotel for a disturbance.  Hotel staff reported that the suspect (39-year old female) responded to the hotel then damaged the victim's vehicle in the parking lot and left a flaming towel on the trunk of the vehicle.  Officers were unable to contact the vehicle owner. The suspect was charged with disorderly conduct.

MIDTOWN: Stolen Auto – 6:48 a.m. Officers responded to a stolen auto complaint.  The victim reported that their vehicle was parked in the driveway, unlocked with the keys inside and taken sometime overnight. 

MIDTOWN: Conveyance Mental Health – 6:51 a.m. Officers responded to a local hospital reference a subject who was attempting to leave against medical advice.  Officers were able to speak with the subject who agreed to voluntarily stay at the hospital for treatment.

WEST: Death Investigation – 1:31 p.m. Officers responded to a west district residence reference a death investigation.  The property owner stated the subject was late on the rent, which was unusual behavior.  Officers were able to gain entry and noted the subject deceased from a possible intentional overdose suicide.  The Dane County Medical Examiner was consulted.

NORTH: Arrested Adult – 2:42 p.m. Officers responded to a north district neighborhood reference a suspicious vehicle.  As officers attempted to contact the people in the vehicle, but the driver sped away.  Officers did not pursue the vehicle at the time. Later, officers located the vehicle and contacted the suspect driver (19-year old male) who was arrested for eluding, possession of marijuana, and bail jumping.

MIDTOWN: Domestic Disturbance – 3:34 p.m. Officers responded to a domestic disturbance.  The victim called stating that the suspect (42-year old female) was causing a disturbance.  Officers arrived to find the victim holding the suspect down and damage throughout the residence.  The victim reported that they went to work and asked the suspect to watch the children while away.  When the victim returned home, they found the suspect intoxicated and when they confronted the suspect about this, the suspect attacked the victim and damage several items inside the residence.  The suspect was arrested for domestic disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property then conveyed to the Dane County Jail.

CENTRAL: Recovered Stolen Outside Agency – 5:14 p.m. Officers on routine patrol locate a vehicle they recognized as a stolen vehicle.  Officers performed a high-risk stop and arrested the suspect driver (29-year old male) for operating a motor vehicle without owner's consent.

NORTH: Check Person – 10:02 p.m. Officers responded to a north district hotel reference a subject who called 911 and was mumbling, unable to articulate what was happening.  Officers negotiated with the subject on the phone while other officers were able to contact him outside of his hotel room.  The subject was taken to tellurian for the night.

 SOUTH: Weapons Offense – 11:50 p.m. Officers responded to a crash in the south district involving a stolen vehicle.  MPD officers learned that Fitchburg and Town of Madison Police attempted to stop this vehicle just prior to the report of the crash.  Witnesses stated that the suspect driver fled from the vehicle after the crash and fired one shot towards the vehicle as they were running away.  Officers recovered one casing nearby but were unable to locate the suspect.  Investigation continuing.

CENTRAL: Disorderly Conduct – 1:55 a.m. Officers responded to a subject who was acting erratically and screaming in the central district.  Officers contacted the suspect (23-year old male) and arrested him for disorderly conduct.  Officers were able to locate a responsible party and the suspect was issued a citation and released.    

Posted by: Chief Wahl

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