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MPD Notable Calls 09/03/2020 to 09/04/2020

September 4, 2020 12:09 PM

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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 09/03/2020 through 6:00 a.m. on 09/04/2020, MPD received 385 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 (55), East (80), Midtown (57), North (70), South (50), West (49), and Other (24).  "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 6:20pm to 8:05pm due to calls for service.


NORTH: Robbery – 7:00 am.  The victim reported that two suspects (29-year-old male and unidentified female) pulled her out of an elevator at the Super 8 Motel, punched her and stole cash from her.  Officers developed probable cause to charge the male suspect with robbery, battery and disorderly conduct.  Both suspects are at large.  Incident report completed on MPD website.

MIDTOWN: Residential Burglary – 6:53 am.  The victim reported she and her roommates were sleeping when the unidentified suspect(s) entered the residence through an open window after removing the screen.  The suspect(s) took a spare car key and stole the victim's vehicle parked outside.  The vehicle was later recovered and returned to the owner.  Investigation continuing.  Incident report completed on MPD website.

EAST: Traffic Crash – 8:50 am.  A semi driver lost control of his semi and veered off the roadway, striking an electrical pole in the 4300 block of Milwaukee St.  Several witnesses reported a car had pulled into the path of the semi.  Investigation continuing.

MIDTOWN: Intoxicated Person – 9:46 am.  Witnesses reported that a suspect (58-year-old male) was in his bathrobe in the 2600 block of University Ave yelling at passing cars.  Officers determined the suspect to be incapacitated by alcohol and transported him to detox.

EAST: Disturbance – 10:24 am.  An employee at Hy-Vee grocery store asked the suspect (26-year-old male) to leave after another customer reported the suspect was harassing her.  The suspect knocked over merchandise in the store before leaving.  After initially refusing to cooperate with officers outside, the suspect was eventually arrested and charged with obstructing, disorderly conduct, and bail jumping.

CENTRAL: Damage to Property Graffiti – 11:04 am.  The suspect (71-year-old male) spray painted multiple buildings in the downtown area.  Officers developed probable cause to charge the suspect with five counts of criminal damage to property.  The suspect is at large.  Incident report completed on MPD website.

CENTRAL: Disturbance – 11:30 am.  Security at Meriter Hospital reported a subject (49-year-old male) was screaming in the lobby.  The subject left the hospital before police arrived.  No further police action was deemed necessary.

EAST: Disturbance – 1:49 pm.  Officers responded to a residence where the suspect (14-year-old male) had become upset and threw books and damaged several tables.  The suspect was conveyed to the JRC on charges of disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property.

NORTH: Death Investigation – 3:53 pm.  A subject (59-year-old male) was found deceased in his residence.  Nothing suspicious on scene.  Medical examiner notified.

MIDTOWN: Domestic Disturbance – 5:08 pm.  The victim reported that the suspect (22-year-old male) showed up at her residence unannounced despite being told he was not welcome at the residence.  The suspect pounded on the door, yelling obscenities.  The suspect was arrested and charged with domestic disorderly conduct.

MIDTOWN: Domestic Disturbance – 5:18 pm.  During an argument between the two suspects (20-year-old male and female), the suspects engaged in mutual combat resulting in injuries to both parties.  Both suspects were arrested and charged with domestic disorderly conduct.

WEST: Death Investigation – 6:02 pm.  Officers responded to a residence where a subject (37-year-old male) committed suicide.  Medical examiner responded.

SOUTH: Weapons Offense Shots Fired – 10:57 pm.  Dispatch received reports of possible shots fired in the 300 block of Kent Lane.  Officers checked the area and did not locate any evidence of shots fired.  There were no reports of damage to property or injuries.

NORTH: Adult Arrested Person – 11:45 pm.  Dispatch received information about the whereabouts of a wanted suspect (24-year-old male).  Officers arrested the suspect and conveyed him to jail.


EAST: OMVWI – 1:37 am.  Officers responded to the 800 block of N Thompson Dr for a vehicle versus pole crash.  The suspect (27-year-old male) was arrested and charged with OWI 1st offense.

CENTRAL: Arson – 3:58 am.  MFD and MPD were dispatched to multiple trash cans on fire in the 400 and 500 blocks of State St.  The suspect (28-year-old male) was arrested and charged with arson.  Incident report completed on MPD website.

Posted by: Chief Wahl

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