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"Crime prevention is everyone's responsibility and we can make our community better, but only together." - Chief Shon Barnes
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 03/16/2021 through 6:00 a.m. on 03/17/2021, MPD received 370 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 (51), East (96), Midtown (61), North (51), South (41), West (50), and Other (20). "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 5:43 p.m. to 6:37 p.m. due to calls for service.
WEST: Mental Health Conveyance – 7:26 a.m. A subject was conveyed to a local hospital after cutting himself superficially. Journey Mental Health plugged in. The subject is voluntary at this time but if this changes an emergency detention may be sought. Final outcome pending.
WEST: Residential Burglary – 8:23 a.m. A vehicle, parked in an underground parking lot, was entered overnight and items were stolen.
MIDTOWN: Death Investigation – 9:39 a.m. Officers responded to a residence for a deceased subject (73-year-old female). Medical Examiner's office responded. Decedent had a history of health concerns. Nothing suspicious observed.
CENTRAL: Mental Health Conveyance – 10:52 a.m. Officers responded to a report of a female causing a disturbance. The subject was taken into protective custody and conveyed to a local hospital for an evaluation. A gun was located on the subject. The gun was taken for temporary safekeeping. Emergency detention sought and approved. The subject was transported to Winnebago. The subject was issued a citation for misdemeanor disorderly conduct and a state civil forfeiture for not carrying her CCW permit and photo ID with her.
CENTRAL: Fraud – 1:10 p.m. Officers met with a victim regarding a fraud complaint. No suspect information at this time. Investigation continuing.
WEST: Armed Robbery – 5:29 p.m. Officers responded to an armed robbery at Walgreens on Raymond Rd. A male suspect approached a victim leaving the store, demanded the victim's wallet and pointed a handgun at the victim. The suspect fled on foot. Nothing was stolen from the victim. Incident Report on MPD's website completed. Investigation continuing.
CENTRAL: Fraud – 7:27 p.m. Officers met with a victim regarding a fraud complaint (victim was scammed into sending money via an app to an unknown suspect). No suspect information at this time. Investigation continuing.
MIDTOWN: Hit-and-Run/Crash – 8:30 p.m. Officers responded to S. Rosa Rd/South Hill Dr for a hit-and-run with the suspect vehicle remaining on scene. The suspect fled on foot. Investigation led to the driver/suspect (27-year-old male) being identified, located and arrested/charged with obstructing, reckless driving and hit-and-run to an attended vehicle.
NORTH: Drug Incident – 8:57 p.m. Officers responded to a report of a pulseless non-breathing subject. The subject/suspect (51-year-old male) was administered Naloxone and transported to a local hospital. The suspect admitted to using heroin. The suspect was cited for possession of heroin (felony order-in).
CITY-WIDE: Check Person – 9:18 p.m. Officers received a request to check the welfare of a possible suicidal subject. The subject was located in another county and was transported to a local hospital where he was voluntarily admitted (Journey Mental Health plugged in).
SOUTH: Intoxicated Driver – 9:35 p.m. Officers responded to a crash (Todd Dr/Ashford Ln). The driver/suspect (60-year-old male) was found to be impaired. The suspect was arrested/charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence (3rd offense), failure to install an IID and operating after revocation.
NORTH: Check Welfare – 10:15 p.m. An officer observed a subject (35-year-old male) on the ground near a bus stop. The officer checked on the subject and found him foaming at the mouth with agonal breathing. The officer performed CCR until paramedics arrived. The subject was conveyed to a local hospital. The subject was left in the care of medical staff. Unknown at this time the cause of the incident.