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MPD Notable Calls 03/19/2021 to 03/22/2021

March 22, 2021 10:25 AM

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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 03/19/2021 through 6:00 a.m. on 03/22/2021, MPD received 1,085 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 (184),East (240), Midtown (152), North (177), South (109), West (157), and Other (66).  "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.


03/19

Priority calls only from 6:37 p.m. to 8:20 p.m. due to calls for service.

CITY-WIDE: Check Property/Assist Police – 4:54 a.m.  Officers assisted Fitchburg PD and the Dane County Sheriff's Office with an investigation into several gas station burglaries.  Fitchburg PD requested that officers check an address for the suspect vehicle. The vehicle was not located at that time.

NORTH: Disturbance – 6:31 a.m.  Officers responded to a residence where the suspect (23-year-old male) confronted the victim about a previous incident between the two subjects.  The suspect threatened to damage the victim's property.  Officers determined the suspect had bail conditions not to be on the premises.  The suspect was arrested for bail jumping.

WEST: Adult Arrested Person – 8:17 a.m.  Officers responded to a residence for a report that a suspect (49-year-old male) had installed a hidden camera in the bedroom of another adult in the home. Officers developed probable cause to charge the suspect with invasion of privacy.  Additional charges may be forthcoming.  Investigation continuing.

EAST: Death Investigation – 11:36 a.m.  A caregiver discovered a subject (61-year-old male) deceased in his residence.  Nothing suspicious on scene.  Medical examiner responded.

CENTRAL: Adult Arrested Person – 12:40 p.m.  The victim of a reported burglary contacted officers stating they observed the suspect (29-year-old male) in the area.  Officers made contact with the suspect and determined there was a warrant for the suspect's arrest on an unrelated incident.  The suspect was taken into custody on the warrant while the burglary investigation continues.

WEST: Missing Adult – 4:17 p.m.  Officers made contact with a subject who wished to report an employee (43-year-old male) missing.  Officers determined the missing individual lives in Alabama and contacted law enforcement in the appropriate jurisdiction to list the individual as missing.  The missing subject was operating a company-owned vehicle at the time of his disappearance.  Officers listed the vehicle as stolen.

SOUTH: Domestic Disturbance – 5:48 p.m.  Officers investigated a disturbance which began at the 7 Eleven on S Park St where the suspect (32-year-old female) attempted to strike the victim during an argument.  Officers arrested the suspect and charged her with domestic disorderly conduct.

EAST: Weapons Offense – 6:24 p.m.  Officers responded to East Towne Mall where two victims were injured during an altercation involving multiple individuals.  A victim was conveyed to a local hospital with a non-life threatening stab wound.  A second victim sustained a minor injury.  A suspect (15-year-old male) was arrested/charged with 2nd degree reckless endangering safety (2 counts).  Another suspect (18-year-old male) was arrested/charged with resisting. Incident Report on MPD's website completed. 

03/20

EAST: Intoxicated Driver – 12:25 a.m.  An officer observed a vehicle driving westbound in the eastbound lanes of East Towne Blvd with the headlights off.  After observing additional concerning driving behavior, the officer initiated a traffic stop.  The suspect (50-year-old male) performed poorly on field sobriety tests and was arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

?EAST: Battery – 3:16 a.m.  Officers responded to the Microtel Inn at 2139 East Springs Dr where a witness reported observing the suspect (38-year-old male) strike the victim over the head several times with a bottle.  The victim reported the suspect also punched him, knocking a tooth loose.  Officers arrested the suspect and charged him with substantial battery.

EAST: Mental Health Conveyance – 3:41 a.m.  Officers responded to a residence for a suicidal subject (28-year-old male).  Officers consulted with Journey Mental Health and the subject was voluntarily admitted to a local hospital.

SOUTH: Weapons Offense – 4:11 a.m.  Officers responded to a residence where a subject armed himself with a knife during an argument with a second subject.  Several of the involved subjects have yet to be identified.  No charges have been substantiated at this time.  Investigation continuing.

?SOUTH: Traffic Arrest – 7:54 a.m.  An officer initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle for a speeding violation.  After a K9 alert on the vehicle, officers conducted a search of the vehicle and located drug paraphernalia as well as a large amount of cash on the suspect.  Information on charges was unavailable at the time of this writing.

SOUTH: Stolen Vehicle – 10:56 a.m.  The victim reported his vehicle was stolen from his residence when he left it running and unoccupied.  The vehicle was listed as stolen and an attempt to locate was aired.

NORTH: Traffic Incident – 11:54 a.m.  A subject reported that while he was driving, another driver displayed a handgun.  Officers made contact with involved parties.  No charges were substantiated.

CENTRAL: Crash – 1:41 p.m.  Officers responded to E. Washington Ave/N. Livingston St for a vehicle vs. pedestrian crash.  The pedestrian was crossing in the crosswalk and she was three quarters of the way across the road when the light turned green.  Other vehicles yielded to the pedestrian but one vehicle/driver did not yield and struck the pedestrian.  The pedestrian was conveyed to a local hospital with a suspected concussion and abrasions.  The driver was cited for failure to yield to a pedestrian and operating without a license.

EAST: Drug Incident – 3:58 p.m.  Officers, along with EMS, responded to a pulseless non-breathing subject.  The subject was revived with Naloxone and conveyed to a local hospital.  The subject/suspect (32-year-old female) admitted to using heroin.  The suspect was cited for possession of heroin and referred to the Madison Area Addiction Recovery Initiative (MAARI).

SOUTH: Adult Arrested Person – 5:02 p.m.  A traffic stop was conducted and an occupant/suspect (27-year-old male) lied about his identity and attempted to flee on foot.  The suspect was apprehended.  The suspect was properly identified and found to have an outstanding warrant.  The suspect was arrested/charged with resisting, obstructing an officer, bail jumping and the outstanding warrant. 

CENTRAL: Stolen Vehicle – 5:32 p.m.  A vehicle was reported stolen.  The vehicle was left running, unoccupied and unlocked.  Attempt to located aired.  The vehicle was listed as stolen in the appropriate databases.

MIDTOWN: Check Person – 6:54 p.m.  Officers responded to a report of a male subject threatening a female with a gun.  The caller was anonymous and there were no other witnesses/callers.  Areas checked.  A few subjects contacted were initially cooperative and consented to a protective sweep of the residence.  No charges substantiated and officers disengaged. 

MIDTOWN: Intoxicated Driver – 7:05 p.m.  Officers, along with EMS, responded to an unresponsive subject in a vehicle in a parking lot.  The subject/suspect (25-year-old female) was determined to be highly intoxicated.  The suspect was conveyed to a local hospital and subsequently arrested/charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence. 

SOUTH: Weapons Offense – 9:56 p.m.  A subject was cleaning their gun and a round was fired, which struck a neighbors fence.  No injuries sustained.  The subject was cited for discharging a firearm within city limits. 

CENTRAL: Stolen Vehicle – 9:57 p.m.  A driver/victim was pushed by an unknown suspect and the victim's vehicle was stolen.  Attempt to locate aired.  The vehicle was listed as stolen in the appropriate databases. 

MIDTOWN: Strong Armed Robbery – 9:57 p.m.  A victim scheduled to meet with a known acquaintance/suspect to buy/sell some shoes.  The suspect, and two unknown subjects, met the victim and end up stealing the shoes from the victim (one of the suspects pointed a laser pointer or some other item at the victim).  A 15-year-old suspect was identified and contacted.  The suspect was arrested/charged with robbery.  Investigation continuing.

EAST: Death Investigation – 10:16 p.m.  Officers responded to a residence for a report of a deceased subject (56-year-old female).  Medical Examiner's office responded.  The decedent had a history of health concerns. Nothing suspicious observed. 

EAST: Death Investigation – 11:37 p.m.  Officers responded to a residence for a report of a deceased subject (40-year-old male).  Medical Examiner's office responded.  The decedent had a history of drug use.  Nothing suspicious observed.  Autopsy pending. 

03/21

CENTRAL: Sexual Assault – 12:17 a.m.  Officers met with a victim who reported being sexually assaulted by a known acquaintance/suspect.  Investigation continuing. 

NORTH: Check Area – 3:55 a.m.  Officers responded to Portage Rd/Hayes Rd for multiple reports of shots fired.  Areas canvassed and evidence of shots fired located.  No reports of injuries or property damage at this time.  Investigation continuing. 

CENTRAL: Check Person – 9:37 a.m.  Officers responded to a request to check the welfare of a subject throwing items out of their 4th story window.  The subject was contacted, taken into protective custody and conveyed to a local hospital.  Journey Mental Health consulted.  The subject was subsequently transported to Winnebago under an emergency detention order.

NORTH: Sexual Assault of a Child – 10:05 a.m.  Officers received a report of sexual assault of a child.  The victim and suspect are known to each other.  The victim and suspect no longer have contact.  Child Protective Services plugged in.  Investigation continuing. 

NORTH: Death Investigation – 10:18 a.m.  Officers responded to a residence for a report of a deceased subject  (58-year-old male).  Medical Examiner's office responded.  The decedent had health concerns.  Nothing suspicious observed. 

EAST: Theft from Vehicle – 10:33 a.m.  A gun was reported stolen from an unlocked vehicle.  The gun was listed as stolen in the appropriate databases.

WEST: Intoxicated Driver – 11:04 a.m.  Officers responded to a single-vehicle crash on S. Gammon Rd/Watts Rd.  The driver/suspect (37-year-old male) fled the scene but was located/contacted thanks to a community member providing the suspect's location.  The suspect was arrested and conveyed to a local hospital for a warrant-blood draw as the suspect refused field sobriety tests (and has 4 previous operating while under the influence charges).  Charges forthcoming (including possession of a firearm after it was discovered that the suspect had access to and was in possession of a firearm).    

WEST: Adult Arrested Person – 1:49 p.m.  Officers responded to a disturbance involving a 49-year-old male suspect.  The suspect was arrested/charged with criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct.

WEST: Stolen Vehicle – 2:30 p.m.  A vehicle was reported as stolen after the victim's vehicle was not returned by a known acquaintance.  The vehicle was listed as stolen in the appropriate databases. 

NORTH: Check Property – 5:42 p.m.  Officers responded to a residence where damage, from a bullet, was located in their home.  No injuries sustained. Investigation continuing.

SOUTH: Stolen Vehicle – 8:04 p.m.  A vehicle was reported stolen.  The vehicle was left running, unlocked and unattended.  The vehicle was listed as stolen in the appropriate databases.  **The vehicle was recovered unoccupied.  Owner notified.

EAST: Death Investigation – 8:48 p.m.  Officers responded to a report of a pulseless non-breathing subject (53-year-old male).  Officers arrived on scene and the subject was determined to be deceased.  Medical Examiner's office responded.  Evidence of drug use on scene.  Nothing suspicious observed.      

MIDTOWN: Missing Adult – 11:10 p.m.  A 22-year-old male subject was reported as missing by his family.  Attempt to locate aired.  Phone ping conducted.  The subject was listed as missing in the appropriate databases. 

NORTH: Check Area – 11:12 p.m.  Officers responded to Onsgard Rd for reports of shots fired.  Area checked.  No evidence of shots fired located at this time. 

03/22

WEST: Battery – 1:59 a.m.  Officers responded to a disturbance involving a 22-year-old male suspect.  Probable cause developed to arrest/charge the suspect, once he is located. 

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