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MPD Notable Calls 02/04/2021 to 02/05/2021

February 5, 2021 9:35 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 02/04/2021 through 6:00 a.m. on 02/05/2021, MPD received 367 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 (53), East (102), Midtown (67), North (44), South (26), West (47), and Other (28).  "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. 

02/04

CENTRAL: Hit and Run Traffic Crash – 6:23 am.  Dispatch received a report of a traffic signal down at W Washington Ave and Regent St.  Traffic and Engineering was notified.

CENTRAL: Check Person – 8:10 am.  Officers made contact with a subject (24-year-old male) who had left work stating he was feeling suicidal.  Officers determined the subject was with family and was safe.  No further police action was deemed necessary.

WEST: Robbery – 10:15 am.  An unidentified suspect entered Pancheros Mexican Grill at 402 S Gammon Rd through an open back door and demanded cash from the employees.  The employees gave the suspect cash and the suspect then fled.  Investigation continuing.  Incident report completed on MPD website.

WEST: Traffic Incident – 10:39 am.  The suspect/driver (81-year-old male) struck a pedestrian in a crosswalk at the intersection of Raymond Rd and McKenna Blvd at a slow speed.  The victim was evaluated by EMS and suffered little to no injury.  Officers made contact with the suspect on scene and then released him.  As the suspect was backing up his vehicle to leave, the suspect crashed into an unoccupied police squad.  The suspect was cited for failure to yield to pedestrian and unsafe backing.  Incident report completed on MPD website.

MIDTOWN: Missing Adult – 12:08 pm.  The wife of a subject (45-year-old male) reported her husband had left an area hospital on foot not dressed for the cold weather.  Officers located the subject who was then evaluated by hospital staff.

CENTRAL: Traffic Crash – 12:09 pm.  Officers responded to the 1200 block of E Washington Ave where a privately owned bus slid off the roadway.  One passenger reported a minor injury.  The bus driver (41-year-old male) was cited for inattentive driving.  Incident report completed on MPD website.

EAST: Retail Theft – 12:10 pm.  Loss prevention staff at Home Depot reported a suspect (38-year-old male) left the store without paying for merchandise.  The suspect was arrested and charged with retail theft.  Several hours later loss prevention notified MPD that they had made a mistake and the items that were thought to have been stolen had in fact been paid for.  The suspect was released from jail.

CENTRAL: Trespass – 4:57 pm.  Employees at the Weary Traveler, 1201 Williamson St, reported that the suspect (66-year-old male) locked himself in a bathroom stall and refused to leave.  Officers responded and arrested the suspect for trespass after notification.

EAST: Disturbance – 5:00 pm.  Two suspects (17-year-old female and 50-year-old male) battered a manager at Hy-Vee when the manager asked the female suspect, an employee at Hy-Vee, to leave.  Officers arrested the suspects and charged them with battery.

CENTRAL: Adult Arrested Person – 5:58 pm.  Security staff at Monona Terrace reported a suspect (62-year-old male) was sleeping in a stairwell.  Officers arrested the suspect and booked him into jail on a bail jumping charge.

CENTRAL: Domestic Disturbance – 6:55 pm.  The victim reported that the suspect (20-year-old male), her boyfriend, grabbed her and held her by the throat.  The suspect was arrested and charged with domestic disorderly conduct.

MIDTOWN: Check Property – 8:16 pm.  Multiple callers to dispatch reported hearing shots fired in the area of Camp Randall.  Officers checked the area and did not locate any evidence of shots fired, damaged property or injured persons.

WEST: Domestic Disturbance – 8:38 pm.  Officers responded to a parking lot in the 7100 block of Flower Ln where several subjects were fighting.  Two suspects fled the scene before officers arrived.  Officers developed probable cause to arrest one suspect (23-year-old female) for disorderly conduct while armed.  Investigation continuing.

MIDTOWN: Domestic Disturbance – 9:28 pm.  Officers responded to a residence where the suspect (26-year-old female) was attempting to strike her parents during an argument.  Officers arrested the suspect and charged her with domestic disorderly conduct.

02/05

EAST: Disturbance – 1:59 am.  Officers responded to the GrandStay Hotel where two subjects were arguing over some lost car keys.  Officers kept the peace until the keys were recovered and the subjects separated for the evening.

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