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MPD Notable Calls 07/17/2020 to 07/20/2020

July 20, 2020 8:23 AM

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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 07/17/2020 through 6:00 a.m. on 07/20/2020, MPD received 1,240 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 (212), East (255), Midtown (192), North (203), South (121), West (156), and Other (101).  "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.

 

07/17

  • Priority calls only from 12:18 p.m. to 2:25 p.m. due to calls for service.

NORTH: Residential Burglary – 5:50 a.m.  The victims reported an unknown suspect entered their residence and stole multiple items from the home including vehicle keys.  One vehicle was stolen from the residence, which was listed as stolen and an ATL was aired.  Investigation continuing.

WEST: Residential Burglary – 6:54 a.m.  The victims reported an unknown suspect entered their home and stole multiple items as well as a vehicle, which was later recovered.  Investigation continuing.

NORTH: Domestic Disturbance – 7:07 a.m.  Police responded to a residence where the suspect (29-year-old male) showed up twice, pounding on the door and demanding to be let in after the victim told him to leave.  The suspect was arrested and charged with domestic disorderly conduct.

EAST: Check Person – 9:38 a.m.  A caller to 911 reported a subject was in the hallway of her apartment building causing a disturbance.  Officers made contact with the subject, took him into protective custody and conveyed him to a local hospital.

NORTH: Battery – 2:31 p.m.  The suspect (59-year-old male) struck a tree with his vehicle near the victim's residence.  The victim asked the suspect if he was ok and the suspect punched the victim in the face.  The suspect then fled in his vehicle.  Officers developed probable cause to arrest the suspect for battery and hit and run.

CENTRAL: Mental Health Conveyance – 6:32 p.m.  Journey Mental Health contacted MPD about a subject (34-year-old female) under a Chapter 51 commitment.  Officers placed the subject in protective custody and transported her to WMHI.

CENTRAL: Drug Overdose – 8:35 p.m.  Officers made contact at a residence with a suspect (18-year-old male) who overdosed. The suspect was transported to the hospital.  The suspect was charged with possession of schedule II narcotics.

NORTH: Disturbance – 9:08 p.m.  Officers responded to a residence where two children were playing when one hit the other.  Arguing ensued between the families of the two children.  Officers deescalated the situation.  No further police action was deemed necessary and no charges were substantiated.

NORTH: Weapons Offense Shots Fired – 9:55 p.m.  Officers contacted a subject who discovered a bullet hole in his residence.  The subject reported hearing what could have been a gunshot one evening earlier in the week.  Investigation continuing.

WEST: OMVWI – 10:10 p.m.  Several callers to dispatch reported a vehicle oddly parked in the area.  Officers made contact with the driver/suspect (35-year-old male) who was behind the wheel of the vehicle. The suspect was arrested for OMVWI 8th offense.


07/18

  • Priority calls only from 7:05 p.m. to 11:39 p.m. due to calls for service.

CENTRAL: Stolen Auto – 12:33 a.m.  Officers in the Lake St area observed several cars pulling into the parking ramp, one of which they discovered was stolen.  Upon checking the cars parked in the ramp, handguns, marijuana and drug paraphernalia were located in plain sight in two vehicles.  The vehicles were towed to the MPD impound facility.  Investigation continuing.

EAST: Domestic Disturbance – 2:49 a.m.  The suspect (51-year-old female) and victim were arguing when the suspect pulled out a knife and threatened to cut the victim.  The victim fled, unharmed.  Officers arrested the suspect for domestic disorderly conduct while armed.

NORTH: Robbery – 5:09 a.m.  A Walgreens employee reported an unknown suspect entered the store, stated he had a gun and demanded money.  The suspect did not display a firearm.  The suspect fled the scene.  Investigation continuing.  Incident report completed on MPD website.

NORTH: Arson/Domestic Disturbance – 5:54 a.m.  Officers responded for reports of people fighting in a parking lot and a fire being started.  Upon arrival officers discovered a large fire blazing on the lawn where the as yet unidentified suspect had set shoes and clothes on fire.  A witness told police her sister and her sister's boyfriend had been involved in a physical altercation.  These subjects were no longer on scene.  Investigation continuing.

WEST: Residential Burglary – 5:55 a.m.  The victims reported an unknown suspect entered their home and stole various items as well as a vehicle.  Investigation continuing.

NORTH: Traffic Crash – 7:41 a.m.  The subject (31-year-old male) was operating his motorcycle at a high rate of speed when he laid the motorcycle on the ground and slid into a parked car.  The subject died at the scene.  Incident report completed on MPD website.

NORTH: Check Person – 8:42 a.m.  A caller to dispatch reported hearing screaming and observed a subject (29-year-old female) naked in the parking lot.  Officers made contact with the subject and placed her into protective custody.  The subject was conveyed to a local hospital for a mental health evaluation.

CENTRAL: Sexual Assault – 11:37 a.m.  Officers met with a victim who reported being sexually assaulted several days prior.  Investigation continuing. 

CENTRAL: Stalking Complaint – 11:55 a.m.  The suspect (41-year-old male) entered the victim's residence without her consent.  Officers learned this is a repeated occurrence.  Officers developed probable cause to arrest the suspect for stalking.

NORTH: Domestic Disturbance – 2:21 p.m.  Officers met with a victim who reported being physically assaulted by a known suspect (20-year-old male) in a vehicle.  The victim advised that the suspect would not let her out of her vehicle.  The suspect stole the victim's vehicle. The suspect was taken into custody.  The suspect fled, while handcuffed.  The suspect was apprehended.  The suspect was charged with domestic disorderly conduct, battery, false imprisonment, operating a motor vehicle without consent, theft, resisting, escape and a probation/parole hold.

NORTH: Weapons Offense – 6:52 p.m.  Officers responded to the 3500 block of Ridgeway Ave for a report of a stabbing.  The victim was conveyed to a local hospital.  Incident Report on MPD's website completed.   Investigation continuing. 

CENTRAL: Death Investigation  - 6:52 p.m.  Officers responded to a residence for a deceased subject (38-year-old male).  The decedent has a history of drug use.  Nothing suspicious observed.  Medical Examiner's office responded.  Investigation continuing. 

07/19

CENTRAL: Disturbance – 12:01 a.m.  Officers responded to a disturbance between two subjects (male victim and 71-year-old male suspect).  The suspect threatened the victim with a saw.  The suspect was arrested for disorderly conduct while armed, carrying a concealed weapon and bail jumping.

NORTH: Check Person – 12:27 a.m.  Officers received a report to check the welfare of a possible suicidal subject.  The subject was contacted and taken into protective custody.  The subject was conveyed to a local hospital for an evaluation.  Investigation continuing. 

MIDTOWN: Assist Law Enforcement – 12:59 a.m.  Officers responded to a local hospital regarding a victim with a gunshot wound.  The incident was determined to have taken place in Fitchburg.  MPD assisted Fitchburg PD, who has the lead on this investigation. 

NORTH: Assist EMS – 2:38 a.m.  Officers responded, along with EMS/Fire, to a residence for a subject who attempted to kill himself.  The subject was transported to a local hospital in serious condition. 

WEST: Residential Burglary – 6:36 a.m.  Officers responded to a residential burglary that occurred overnight.  The garage was left open and five suspects entered the residence, stole car keys, wallets and garage door openers.  Investigation continuing. 

WEST: Check Person – 6:43 a.m.  Officers responded to a residence to check the welfare of a subject.  Journey Mental Health consulted.  An emergency detention was not supported.  No charges were substantiated.  Subject is connected with local resources who will be plugged in for more extensive support.  Officers disengaged.

NORTH: Weapons Offense – 7:22 a.m.  A victim reported that an acquaintance/suspect (female) pushed her against a counter and held a knife to her neck and arm.  The victim sustained scratches.  The suspect was not located.  Investigation continuing. 

MIDTOWN: Stolen Vehicle – 7:45 a.m.  A vehicle was stolen from a residence overnight.  The keys were left in the vehicle.  The vehicle was located unoccupied.  Investigation continuing. 

CENTRAL: Armed Robbery – 11:11 a.m.  Officers responded to an armed robbery at Ground Zero Coffee on Williamson Street.  The suspect (28-year-old male) was taken into custody on Spaight St.  The suspect was charged with armed robbery and felon in possession of a firearm.  Incident Report on MPD's website completed. 

WEST: Battery – 12:37 p.m.  Officers responded to a battery between two subjects (male victim and 19-year-old male suspect).  The suspect punched the victim, resulting in the victim falling to the ground.  The suspect fled and remains at-large.  Probable cause developed to arrest/charge the suspect, once located.  Investigation continuing.

EAST: Check Person – 12:40 p.m.  Dispatch received a call from an anonymous caller who reported observing a male suspect physically assaulting a female with a gun in a vehicle on Stoughton Rd.  The vehicle was followed to a residence where officers responded and set up a perimeter to make contact with the subjects.  The male subject/suspect left in a vehicle and a traffic stop was conducted.  A frisk of the vehicle yielded no gun. The caller became uncooperative and stopped answering questions.  Attempts were made to make contact with the female half to check her welfare but she was not located.  No charges were substantiated for the original male subject/suspect. The caller was identified and found to have a connection to the male subject/suspect.  The caller will be issued a citation for misuse of 911.   

MIDTOWN: Stolen Vehicle – 12:47 p.m. A vehicle was reported stolen from a residence.  The vehicle was unlocked and a key was in the vehicle.  Attempt to locate aired.  The vehicle was listed as stolen in the appropriate databases.  Investigation continuing.

CENTRAL: Death Investigation – 7:03 p.m.  Officers responded to a residence for a deceased subject (60-year-old male).  Nothing suspicious observed.  Medical Examiner's office responded. 

NORTH: Weapons Offense – 8:07 p.m.  Officers responded to a residence for a disturbance involving a gun.  The suspect (22-year-old male) left the area in a vehicle and a traffic stop was conducted.  The suspect was initially not cooperative with officers.  A frisk of the vehicle yielded a handgun which was collected as evidence.  The suspect was arrested for 2nd degree reckless endangerment, domestic battery, domestic strangulation, domestic criminal damage to property, domestic false imprisonment and domestic disorderly conduct.

WEST: Weapons Offense – 11:07 p.m.  Officers responded to a residence for a disturbance involving a gun.  A victim fled the residence when the suspects reportedly forced entry to the residence.  The victim was not willing to meet with officers.  A second victim reported being struck on the head with a handgun.  The suspects fled from the residence after yelling comments such as "where is it."  Investigation continuing. 

07/20

CENTRAL: Strong Armed Robbery – 1:17 a.m. A male victim reported being assaulted and robbed by a 52-year-old male suspect.  The victim sustained visible injuries and lost consciousness during the altercation.   The suspect was arrested by officers as they were investigating a separate incident.  The suspect was arrested/charged with disorderly conduct, substantial battery, robbery, strangulation, misdemeanor bail jumping and felony bail jumping. 

MIDTOWN: Information/Sexual Assault – 1:24 a.m.  A victim reported being sexually assaulted.  The victim was transported to a local hospital for an evaluation. Investigation continuing. 

CENTRAL: Battery – 1:34 a.m.  A suspect (52-year-old male) punched a male victim in the face causing injury.  The suspect was arrested for simple battery, disorderly conduct, possession of drug paraphernalia, felony bail jumping and misdemeanor bail jumping.    

EAST: Weapons Offense – 3:53 a.m.  Officers responded to Acewood Blvd for multiple reports of shots fired.  Two homes were struck and officers located at least 19 shell casings.  A vehicle was also struck by gunfire.  No reports of injuries at this time.  Investigation continuing.    

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