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MPD Notable Calls 05/29/2020 to 06/01/2020

June 1, 2020 8:32 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 05/29/2020 through 6:00 a.m. on 06/02/2020, MPD received 1,420 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 (433), East (247), Midtown (179), North (195), South (102), West (182), and Other (82).  "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 12:31 p.m. to 3:24 p.m. due to calls for service.

**Priority calls only from 5:59 p.m. to 10:54 p.m. due to calls for service.

NORTH: Weapons Offense Shots Fired – 2:31 a.m.  Officers were dispatched to the 1000 block of Wheeler Rd for the sound of a single gunshot.  Officers in the area heard a second gunshot and made contact with the suspect (21-year-old male) in his vehicle.  The suspect stated he was arguing with a family member and discharged his firearm to "blow off steam."  No injuries were reported and officers found no evidence of injured persons.  The suspect was arrested for endangering safety by use of a dangerous weapon. (This call did not make the previous 24 hour cycle.)

CENTRAL: Check Person – 6:4.8 am.  The subject (42-year-old male) was found in the roadway near the intersection of S Blair St and E Main St with a laceration over his left eye.  The subject was transported to a local hospital.  Investigation continuing.

CENTRAL: Traffic Crash – 7:38 a.m.  Officers responded to the intersection of E Johnson St and Marston Ave for a motorcycle that had crashed.  The operator of the motorcycle (54-year-old male) was transported to the hospital for his injuries.  The subject was cited for failure to control his vehicle. 

CENTRAL: Disturbance – 10:00 a.m.  At approximately 8:25am officers responded to N Blount St and E Mifflin St for a report of people fighting in the road.  Officers checked the area and did not observe a disturbance.  A second report of a disturbance in the same area came in at 10:00 a.m.  Subjects on scene were uncooperative with police.  Officers disengaged once they ensured no further disturbances occurred.  No charges were substantiated at this time.

EAST: OMVWI – 10:37 a.m.  Dispatch received a report of a vehicle driving erratically on the interstate.  Officers made contact with the suspect driver in the East Towne Mall area.  The suspect was arrested for OWI.

EAST: OMVWI – 11:57 a.m.  Officers responded for a car that had crashed into a tree on Belmont Rd.  The suspect/driver (35-year-old female) performed poorly on SFSTs and was arrested for OWI 1st offense.

SOUTH: Weapons Offense Shots Fired – 12:22 p.m.  Officers responded to the 2700 block of McDivitt Rd for a report of shots fired.  Officers located shell casings on scene.  Investigation revealed that shots were fired from a vehicle which then crashed into another vehicle.  Investigation continuing.  Incident report completed on MPD website.

EAST: Domestic Disturbance – 4:34 p.m.  During an argument, the suspect (18-year-old male) slapped one victim, his mother, in the face and began physically fighting with a second victim, his father.  The suspect was arrested for domestic disorderly conduct and domestic battery.

EAST: Domestic Disturbance – 4:51 p.m.  The suspect (34-year-old male) became upset with his father, the victim, and while at their residence, threw food, knocked pictures off the wall and yelled at the victim.  Officers responded and placed the suspect into protective custody after consulting with Journey Mental Health.  The suspect was conveyed to Winnebago MHI under an emergency detention.

CENTRAL: Assist EMS/Fire – 5:25 p.m.  Officers responded to a residence for a report of a suspect (43-year-old male) who had overdosed. The suspect was transported to the hospital.  Drug paraphernalia was located on scene, thus the suspect was cited for possession of methamphetamine.

CENTRAL: Hit and Run Crash – 6:39 p.m.  Officers responded to the Overture Center at 201 State St where a vehicle had crashed into the building, damaging a large window pane, before leaving the scene.  Investigation continuing.

CENTRAL: Check Person – 6:58 p.m.  Dispatch received multiple reports of two males blocking traffic, kicking at vehicles, holding signs and yelling in the State St area.  Officers monitored the subjects and made contact with complainants until the subjects left the area.

WEST: Runaway Juvenile – 8:00 p.m.  A mother reported her 16-year-old daughter had run away.  An ATL was aired and the juvenile was listed as missing.

NORTH: Assist Police – 8:01 p.m.  Madison PD assisted Sun Prairie PD with the pursuit of a suspect vehicle that entered Madison's north side.  Madison officers ceased to pursue once conditions were deemed unsafe.  The suspect vehicle was located abandoned in the Northridge Ter area.  Madison PD assisted with a K9 track.  The suspects remain at large.

CENTRAL: Strong Armed Robbery – 8:18 p.m.  The suspect reportedly went up to the cashier at the Pinkus McBride Market, put his hands in the front pocket on his sweatshirt and stated, "Give me all your money and I won't hurt you." No weapons were seen or threatened. The suspect left with an unknown amount of cash.  Investigation continuing.

WEST: Information – 8:25 p.m.  Around 4:00 p.m., officers in the west district observed a subject (37-year-old male) outside the west district police station aggressively expressing his displeasure with law enforcement as officers entered and exited the parking lot.  The scene was monitored throughout the evening until the subject departed the area.

EAST AND MIDTOWN: Threats Complaint – 10:41 p.m.  Several female victims reported receiving unwanted phone calls and text messages from a known suspect (22-year-old male).  Officers made contact with the victims and attempted to locate the suspect who remains at large.

WEST: Strong Armed Robbery – 10:46 p.m.  A victim reported she was walking in the area of Kwik Trip on Mineral Point Rd when the suspect grabbed her from behind and took her to an unlit area saying he had a gun.  The suspect took cash from the victim before the victim fled to safety.  A K9 track was conducted.  Investigation continuing.


**Priority calls only from 4:52 a.m. to 5:34 a.m. due to calls for service.

CENTRAL: Domestic Disturbance – 7:56 a.m.  Officers responded to a residence for a report of a physical altercation.  Upon arrival the caller was not forthcoming with information about the incident, thus officers did not establish probable cause to arrest the suspect (33-year-old male) for any crime related to the domestic disturbance.  The suspect appeared, however, to be overdosing and was transported to the hospital.  The suspect was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia.

WEST: Domestic Disturbance – 10:24 a.m.  The victim reported his son/suspect (35-year-old male) attempted to take his phone and wallet and was demonstrating increasingly aggressive behavior.  The suspect fled the residence before officers arrived.  Officers developed probable cause to arrest the suspect for domestic disorderly conduct.

EAST: Traffic Crash – 12:39 p.m.  Officers responded to the 300 block of N Walbridge Ave for a report of a car which crashed into a tree.  Investigation continuing.

8:28 p.m.  Statement to the Public from Acting Chief Wahl:

WEST: Non-Residential Burglary – 8:35 p.m.  Multiple callers reporting 50+ vehicles at the mall and people breaking into the mall/stores. 

EAST: Non-Residential Burglary – 10:56 p.m.  Multiple stores at the mall reported to be broken into.  Stolen vehicle recovered from the parking lot.



Curfew active at 12:01 a.m. – News Release:

4:18 a.m. - Incident Report regarding violence downtown Madison Saturday evening into Sunday morning:


WEST: Non-Residential Burglary – 12:52 a.m.  Officers responded to a break-in and a report of looting at Walmart on Watts Rd. 

WEST: Non-Residential Burglary – 1:00 a.m.  Officers responded to a break-in and a report of looting at Pawn America on Theirer Rd. 

WEST: Non-Residential Burglary – 1:00 a.m.  Officers responded to a break-in and a report of looting at PrePlayed on Mineral Point Rd.

SOUTH: Arson – 1:52 a.m.  Officers, along with MFD, responded to a semi trailer on fire behind Verlo Mattress on W. Beltline Hwy.

CENTRAL: Death Investigation – 10:32 a.m.  Officers responded to S. Broom St/W. Wilson St for a subject (59-year-old male) who was observed riding his bike and falling to the ground.  Lifesaving measures were attempted but not successful.  Nothing suspicious identified.  Medical Examiner's office responded.

NORTH: Drug Incident – 12:17 p.m.  Officers responded to a report of a wanted subject who was also in possession of drugs.  Multiple drugs located.  The suspect (30-year-old male) arrested on an outstanding warrant and numerous drug charges. 

CENTRAL: Armed Robbery – 1:51 p.m.  Officers responded to a report of an armed robbery at a business on E. Johnson St.  A male suspect approached an employee and demanded money while threatening to harm them.  No weapon was observed.  Suspect fled with money.  Investigation continuing. 

NORTH: Armed Robbery – 3:09 p.m.  Officers met with a victim (female) who reported that an unknown male suspect wrapped his arm around her and asked for money while she was on the bike path (Warner Park/Sheridan Drive).  The victim reported that the suspect attempted to push her towards a wooded area but she resisted, screamed and bit the suspect.  The suspect was armed and ultimately fled.  Investigation continuing. 

WEST: Drug Incident – 3:13 p.m.  Officers responded to a subject/suspect (62-year-old male) experiencing an overdose.  The suspect was revived with Naloxone.  The suspect was conveyed to a local hospital and subsequently arrested/transported to jail for possession of heroin, a parole hold and an outstanding warrant. 

CENTRAL: Check Area – 5:13 p.m.  Officers received a complaint of a large party/noise with attendees not social distancing.  Investigation continuing.

MIDTOWN: Death Investigation – 6:36 p.m.  Officers responded to a residence for a deceased subject (61-year-old male).  Nothing suspicious observed.  Medical Examiner's office responded.    

MIDTOWN: Check Person – 7:43 p.m.  Officers responded to check the welfare of a subject who was running into traffic on Park Street.  Journey Mental Health consulted.  An emergency detention may be sought.  Investigation continuing. 

NORTH: Drug Incident – 8:11 p.m.  Officers responded to two subjects experiencing a drug overdose.  Naloxone was administered.  A 37-year-old female was charged with possession of heroin.  Charges forthcoming for the second suspect (24-year-old female).

Curfew in effect at 9:30 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. June 1st.    



**Priority calls only overnight due to calls for service.

Incident Report regarding violence downtown Madison Sunday night into Monday morning:

WEST: Arrested Juvenile – 11:21 p.m. Officers conducted a traffic stop which was occupied by two juveniles with capiases.  Both suspects were arrested and taken to the Juvenile Reception Center.

EAST: Non-Residential Burglary – 11:59 p.m. Officers responded to a break-in and a report of looting at Rocky's Liquor Store on Milwaukee Street.

SOUTH: Non-Residential Burglary – 12:00 a.m. Officers responded to a break-in at Park Street Storage on S. Park Street.

CENTRAL: Non-Residential Burglary – 12:23 a.m. Officers responded to a break-in and a report of looting at the Stop N Shop on E. Mifflin Street.

CENTRAL: Non-Residential Burglary – 1:31 a.m. Officers responded to a break-in and a report of looting at Fontana Sports Specialties on N. Henry Street.

MIDTOWN: Non-Residential Burglary – 1:32 a.m. Officers responded to a break-in at JoAnn Fabrics on Odana Road.

CENTRAL: Weapons Offense – 1:45 a.m. A Protestor/Rioter was arrested in the 100 block of State Street and a handgun was recovered.  The suspect was arrested and taken to the Dane County Jail.

CENTRAL: Weapons Offense – 2:12 a.m. Officers responded to a report of a gunshot at Fairchild and W. Doty Street.  Dane County Deputies responded to render aid to the subject who was heavily intoxicated, uncooperative and a felon with a firearm on them.  The suspect was conveyed to a local hospital and will be charged with felon in possession and intoxicated use of a firearm.

MIDTOWN: Non-Residential Burglary – 2:48 a.m. Officers responded to a break-in and a report of looting at Lee Dorn Jewelers on Mineral Point Road.

Posted by: Chief Wahl

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