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MPD Notable Calls 12/03/2020 to 12/04/2020

December 4, 2020 9:34 AM

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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 12/03/2020 through 6:00 a.m. on 12/04/2020, 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 (39), East (78), Midtown (68), North (68), South (42), West (46), and Other (44).  "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 11:40pm to 1:00am due to calls for service.


NORTH: Assist Citizen – 5:41 am.  Security staff at UW Hospital East discovered drug paraphernalia amidst the personal belongings of a patient.  Security staff informed the patient that hospital policy was to discard such items.  The patient objected and police responded to facilitate a resolution.  The patient planned to leave the hospital and no criminal charges were substantiated, thus the patient was allowed to retain possession of the paraphernalia. (This was a late call that did not make the previous 24-hour cycle.)

SOUTH: Assist Police – 8:15 am.  Officers assisted Dept of Corrections and Verona PD in a search for a wanted suspect.  The suspect was taken into custody without incident.

EAST: Domestic Disturbance – 8:24 am.  The victim reported that a family member/suspect (27-year-old female) with mental health issues was throwing and breaking things in the residence.  Officers responded to the scene and arrested the suspect for domestic disorderly conduct and resisting.

MIDTOWN: Death Investigation – 9:59 am.  Officers responded to the wooded area behind TJ Maxx, 676 S Whitney Way, for a report of a deceased subject.  Investigation continuing.

NORTH: Theft from Auto – 10:10 am.  The victim reported his firearm was stolen from his car.  The firearm was listed as stolen.  Investigation continuing.

EAST: Juvenile Arrest – 12:17 pm.  Officers responded to a residence where the suspect (13-year-old male) threatened a family member with a knife and also threatened to harm himself.  Officers consulted with Journey Mental Health and the decision was made to arrested the suspect for disorderly conduct while armed.  He was conveyed to JRC.

NORTH: Recovered Stolen Auto – 1:10 pm.  Officers recovered a stolen vehicle unoccupied in a parking lot.  Officers located drug paraphernalia and drugs in the car.  Investigation continuing.

WEST: Domestic Disturbance – 4:23 pm.  The suspect (13-year-old male) armed himself with a knife while arguing with his mother.  Officers consulted with Journey Mental Health and transported the suspect to a local hospital.  From there it was determined the suspect would be conveyed to JRC on charges of disorderly conduct while armed.

SOUTH: Information – 4:36 pm.  Officers investigated a report of alleged sexual assault of a child.  Investigation continuing.

NORTH: Domestic Disturbance – 10:05 pm.  During an argument, the suspect (20-year-old male) threatened to shoot the victim, hit her in the back of the head with a handgun, strangled and kicked her, and damaged property at the residence.  The suspect was arrested and charged with domestic 2nd degree reckless endangering safety, false imprisonment, strangulation, battery, disorderly conduct and damage to property.

NORTH: Weapons Offense Shots Fired – 11:21 pm.  Officers responded to the 3400 block of Marcy Rd for multiple reports of shots fired and a vehicle fleeing the area.  Officers recovered spent shell casings.  There were no reports of injuries or damage to property.  Incident report completed on MPD website.

EAST: Assist Dane County Sheriff – 11:50 pm.  DCSO requested assistance with apprehending the driver of a speeding vehicle.  The suspect vehicle crashed in Monona and the suspect was taken into custody.


MIDTOWN: Assist Police – 1:44 am.  Fitchburg PD requested assistance regarding reports of shots fired.  Fitchburg officers located evidence in their jurisdiction, at which point Madison officers cleared from the call.

Posted by: Chief Wahl

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