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MPD Notable Calls 12/18/2020 to 12/21/2020

December 21, 2020 8:33 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 12/18/2020 through 6:00 a.m. on 12/21/2020, MPD received 993 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 (131), East (230), Midtown (148), North (195), South (97), West (148), 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.



CENTRAL: Check Person Weapon – 6:06 a.m.  A caller to dispatch reported a known intoxicated subject was following her and threatening her.  Officers checked the area but did not locate the subject.

MIDTOWN: Assist EMS/Fire – 8:53 a.m.  Officers responded to 412 West Shore Dr where two subjects reportedly fell through the ice into Lake Monona.  The subjects made it safely to shore and no police action was deemed necessary.

EAST: Stolen Auto – 8:56 a.m.  The victim reported his vehicle was stolen while left running at his residence.  An ATL was aired and the vehicle was listed as stolen.

SOUTH: Nonresidential Burglary – 9:56 a.m.  A business in the 1100 block of S Park St reported iPads and cash were stolen overnight.  Investigation continuing.

NORTH: Information – 10:29 a.m.  Security staff requested police assistance with removing signs protestors had placed on a property in the 3700 block of Orin Rd.  Officers made contact with protestors who complied with the request to remove the signs.

WEST: Disturbance – 1:57 p.m.  The victim reported she and her son/suspect (13-year-old male) were involved in a physical struggle over his phone.  The suspect was charged with resisting and disorderly conduct while armed.

CENTRAL: Domestic Disturbance – 3:22 p.m.  The victim reported that the suspect (21-year-old male) broke two windows and a patio door in their apartment.  Officers discovered additional damage to property in the common areas of the building.  The suspect was arrested and charged with criminal damage to property (domestic and non-domestic).

CENTRAL: Check Person – 4:09 p.m.  Officers responded to a residence where a subject (32-year-old female) with a history of mental health issues was causing a disturbance.  Officers consulted with Journey Mental Health and made contact with property management.  Officers were unable to contact the subject at this time.

EAST: Disturbance – 6:55 p.m.  The suspect (61-year-old male) was arguing with and swearing at customers and employees at a business.  He then broke a glass countertop.  Officers arrested the suspect on charges of disorderly conduct, damage to property, and attempted battery to police officer.

NORTH: Drug Overdose – 6:55 p.m.  Dispatch received a report of an unconscious male in a vehicle.  Officers arrived on scene and administered naloxone.  MFD transported the subject to the hospital.  No charges were substantiated.

SOUTH: Death Investigation – 6:58 p.m.  Family members discovered the subject (62-year-old female) deceased in her residence.  Nothing suspicious on scene.  Medical examiner responded.

NORTH: Nonresidential Burglary – 8:15 p.m.  An employee at a business in the 4600 block of E Washington Ave reported that someone attempted to break into the building.  Officers arriving on scene observed an unidentified subject running away from the building.  Investigation continuing.

MIDTOWN: Weapons Offense Shots Fired – 11:06 p.m.  Several callers to dispatch reported hearing shots fired at Schwoegler's Park Towne Lanes, 444 Grand Canyon Dr. Officers located an abundance of spent shell casings in the parking lot and multiple vehicles damaged by gunfire.  There were no reports of injured persons.  Investigation continuing.  Incident report completed on MPD website.

EAST: Nonresidential Burglary – 11:45 p.m.  An employee at a business in the 700 block of Pflaum Rd reported hearing someone enter the business and multiple voices.  Officers arrived on scene but did not locate any suspects.


Priority calls only from 12:08 a.m. to 4:24 a.m. due to calls for service.

Priority calls only from 6:34 p.m. to 8:14 p.m. due to calls for service.  

CENTRAL: Weapons Offense – 1:10 a.m.  Witnesses reported observing an unidentified male subject punching a female subject while she was seated in a parked vehicle.  Witnesses reported a shot was fired during the altercation.  All involved subjects fled the scene before officers arrived.  Officers located a spent shell casing.  Investigation continuing.

CENTRAL: OMVWI – 1:27 a.m.  Passersby noticed the suspect (25-year-old male) slumped behind the wheel of a vehicle.  Upon waking up, the suspect drove into a pole.  Officers arrested the suspect for OWI 1st offense.

CENTRAL: OMVWI – 1:47 a.m.  Officers observed the suspect (31-year-old male) strike a snowbank with his vehicle at the dead end of N Frances St.  The suspect was arrested for resisting/obstructing and for OWI 1st offense.

EAST: Weapons Offense – 4:54 a.m.  Officers responded to the 300 block of Rethke Ave for reports of shots fired.  Officers located spent shell casings at the scene.  There were no reports of injured persons or damage to property.  Incident report completed on MPD website.

EAST: Weapons Offense Shots Fired – 7:49 a.m.  A caller to dispatch reported he woke up to the sound of glass shattering and things falling in the home located in the 5600 block of Kalas St.  Bullet holes were found in the front door and in the siding next to the door.  Two bullets struck interior walls in the home and officers recovered two rounds.  The residents were uninjured.  Investigation continuing.  Incident report completed on MPD website.

EAST: Check Person – 9:29 a.m.  Officers received information about the possible location of a wanted suspect (38-year-old male).  Officers were unable to locate the suspect at this time.

EAST: Non-Residential Burglary – 1:20 p.m.  Officers responded to a business on Independence Lane after the owner located a door open.  The business was cleared by officers.  No subjects located.  Electronics reported stolen.  Investigation continuing.

WEST: Adult Arrested Person – 4:55 p.m.  Officers took a wanted subject/suspect (38-year-old male) into custody.

EAST: Juvenile Complaint – 6:09 p.m.  Officers responded to the mall for reports of numerous juveniles causing a disturbance and damage.  Officers arrived in the area and several foot pursuits took place.  Officers apprehended/detained 5 juveniles.  Probable cause developed to charge 3 of the juveniles/suspects (16-year-old male, 15-year-old male and 15-year-old male): criminal damage to property, disorderly conduct and resisting.  The suspects were cited/released.

MIDTOWN: Adult Arrested Person – 9:35 p.m.  Officers responded to a report of an erratic driver.  The driver/suspect (23-year-old female) was contacted and found to be in possession of alcohol and drug paraphernalia.  The suspect passed field sobriety tests.  The suspect was arrested/charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, bail jumping and cited for open intoxicants.


Prioity calls only from 5:12 a.m. to 7:17 a.m. due to calls for service.

Priority calls only from 6:48 p.m. to 8:29 p.m. due to calls for service.

EAST: Check Property – 12:51 p.m.  An officer was checking properties in the area where a recent burglary had occurred when a suspicious person was observed.  Contact was made with the subject/suspect (29-year-old male) who provided false identification.  The suspect was correctly identified by officers and found to have an outstanding warrant.  The suspect fled on foot and remains at-large. 

MIDTOWN: Domestic Disturbance – 1:07 a.m.  Officers responded to a disturbance between two subjects (female victim and 60-year-old male suspect).  The suspect was arrested/charged with domestic disorderly conduct and battery.

MIDTOWN: Intoxicated Subject – 1:20 a.m.  Officers responded to a disturbance and located an intoxicated subject who had a no drinking order.  No charges substantiated from the disturbance.  The subject was conveyed to detox.

WEST: Domestic Disturbance – 2:35 a.m.  Officers responded to a disturbance between two subjects (female victim and 32-year-old female suspect).  The suspect was arrested/charged with domestic disorderly conduct, battery and criminal damage to property.

SOUTH: Non-Residential Burglary – 3:36 a.m.  Officers responded to a business for a suspect breaking/entering after hours.  The suspect (25-year-old male) fled on foot and was apprehended.  The suspect lost consciousness and stopped breathing when he was handcuffed.  Naloxone administered and the suspect was revived.  The suspect was conveyed to a local hospital.  Charges to include burglary, possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting.

CENTRAL: Non-Residential Burglary – 9:05 a.m.  A business was broken into and cash/merchandise stolen.  Investigation continuing.

MIDTOWN: Death Investigation – 1:19 p.m.  Officers responded to a residence for a deceased subject (70-year-old male).  Medical Examiner's office responded.  The decedent had multiple health issues.  Nothing suspicious observed.

EAST: Death Investigation – 4:00 p.m.  Officers responded to a report of a subject down.  The subject (65-year-old male) was pronounced deceased.  Medical Examiner's office on scene.  Nothing suspicious observed.

EAST: Adult Arrested Person – 4:10 p.m.  Officers responded to a residence for a disturbance involving a 25-year-old male suspect.  The suspect attempted to flee the scene in a vehicle.  The suspect was successfully detained.  The suspect threatened officers.  The suspect was arrested/charged with domestic disorderly conduct, resisting, criminal damage to property, felony bail jumping and threats to law enforcement. 

NORTH: Hit-and-Run/Crash – 6:29 p.m.  Officers responded to a hit-and-run crash at E. Washington Ave/Zeier Rd. with a victim sustaining life threatening injuries.  Suspect/vehicle fled the scene.  Investigation continuing.  

EAST: Stolen Vehicle – 10:43 p.m.  Officers responded to a report of a stolen vehicle.  Limited information about the vehicle known/provided to officers.  Investigation continuing. 

EAST: Disturbance/Unwanted Subject – 11:17 p.m.  Officers responded to a disturbance involving a 22-year-old female subject who refused to leave the premises.  The subject was not on scene when officers arrived.  Contact was made with the subject over the phone.  A phone ping was initiated and the subject was located. No charges substantiated.  Officers disengaged.

CENTRAL: Disturbance – 11:42 p.m.  Officers responded to a disturbance involving a 28-year-old male suspect.  The suspect was resistive towards officers.  The suspect was arrested/charged with resisting, felony bail jumping (2 counts) and a probation/parole hold. 


EAST: Crash – 1:13 a.m.  Officers responded to a single-vehicle crash on Hwy 12 just west of the Interstate.  Witnesses report that the vehicle/driver was traveling at a high rate of speed.  The single occupant of the vehicle was conveyed to a local hospital with minor injuries.  Investigation continuing.    

WEST: Recovered Stolen Vehicle – 5:18 a.m.  A vehicle crashed into the backyard of a home and the driver was seen fleeing from the scene.  The vehicle was confirmed to be reported as stolen.  Investigation continuing. 

Posted by: Chief Wahl

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