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Incident Report for Case #2008-23330

Incident Type


Incident Date

01/28/2008 - 1:22 PM


700 block South Park Street


(UPDATED June 2008) Suspect has been arrested.

UPDATED ... FEB. 26, 2008)

Perpetrator is described as a male, white, male, 20's --possibly early 20's, 5'10" - 6'02", may have a thin build, believed to have blonde or light brown hair. He was last seen wearing a tan Carhartt type jacket and a white stocking cap with a red motion W on the front.


Joel Marino, age 31, Madison
Victim was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.


On Monday, March 10, 2008, the Madison Police Department released new details in the Joel Marino homicide.

Based on forensic analysis performed by scientists at the Wisconsin State Crime Lab in Madison it has been determined that male DNA found on a knife recovered at the crime scene matches DNA found on a white cap and a backpack recovered shortly after the murder. Detectives believe the DNA belongs to Marino’s killer.

On the day of the homicide, investigators believe Mr. Marino was home all morning and was stabbed in his house between 1:00 p.m. and 1:20 p.m. In addition the probe indicates the suspect likely fled the Marino home and ran southbound on West Shore Drive. During his flight he discarded the white cap and Puma backpack in the West Shore neighborhood. The perpetrator was last seen near the intersection of South Park and Parr Streets.

The knife – which is believed to the murder weapon -- is described as an “OXO” brand paring knife with a four inch silver blade. A photo of the knife has been attached to this release.

Detectives working the Marino case have determined the recovered backpack was bought at a State Street business on the afternoon of Friday, January 25th. The assailant is believed to be the person who made the purchase.

Police believe the perpetrator MAY live in, or perhaps associates with, the State Street area. He is described as a white male, 5’10” – 6’2”, in his 20’s, with a thin build. He was last seen wearing a tan Carhardt type jacket.

The MPD is seeking assistance in identifying this man.

A reward of more than $40,000 is being offered for information.

Callers can remain anonymous and should phone Madison Crime Stoppers at 266-6014.

UPDATED INFORMATION (posted 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, February 26, 2008)

Based on new evidence in the Joel Marino homicide, the Madison Police Department now believes the person of interest they were seeking is now directly involved in the murder of Joel Marino. The Madison Police Department describes the suspect as a white male, in his twenties and possibly in his early twenties. The suspect is believed to be between 5'10" and 6'02" and may have a thin build. The suspect is also believed to have blonde or light brown hair. This suspect was possibly seen in the State Street area on Friday, January 25th during the afternoon hours. This suspect was last seen wearing a tan Carhartt type jacket and a white stocking cap with a red motion W on the front. Anyone with information on the possible identity of this suspect is strongly encouraged to call Crimestoppers.

UPDATED INFORMATION (posted 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 30
, 2008)

Investigators working on the Joel Marino homicide have recovered a hat and a backpack. These items are believed to have been worn by a subject who has been described as a person of interest in this case. Photos of these items are attached to this incident release. Both were recovered during a search of the neighborhood on the day of the murder.

At this hour Mr. Marino’s family, friends, and co-workers are working on getting a reward fund together. Details will be forthcoming.

Many detectives continue to work the case, and items (including the hat and backpack) are being taken to the Wisconsin State Crime Laboratory for forensic tests.

Residents from Mr. Marino’s neighborhood have been invited to attend a community meeting at St. Mary’s Hospital this evening. South District Captain Jim Wheeler will share with them what he can about the investigation. While the media are welcome to attend this gathering, it is not a news conference and is being orchestrated to help neighbors of Mr. Marino deal with this tragedy.

UPDATED INFORMATION (posted 10:30 a.m. Tuesday Jan. 29)

The victim of the January 28th homicide lived in the neighborhood where he was found, and Detectives believe the crime potentially happened inside his home. At this point they cannot rule out that this may have been a random act. A team of investigators continues to work out of a Command Post that has been set up at the South District of the Madison Police Department. They are requesting citizen help in locating a person of interest. This is a man who was seen in the area around the time of the crime. He is described as being 6’ to 6’1”. He was last seen wearing a white stocking cap with a red “W” on its front, and a tan sheepskin type jacket. In addition he was carrying a gray, new looking backpack. Anyone with information on this case is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 266-6014.

ORGINAL NEWS RELEASE (posted late Monday afternoon)
On January 28th around 1:22 p.m. Madison police were called to an alley just off of the 700 block of South Park Street for a report of a man who was down. The first officer on the scene immediately called for the Madison Fire Department to send an ambulance. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. He is described as 31-year-old Madison area man. A Command Post has been established at the South District of the Madison Police Department and many detectives and patrol officers are currently working the case. The cause of death will be determined at autopsy and -- if appropriate -- be released by the Dane County Coroner. Madison Police are treating this as a homicide. It is unknown if the victim knew his attacker/attackers as this murder investigation is in its’ very early stages.

Released 01/28/2008 at 4:04 PM by PIO Joel DeSpain

The location shown is approximate & may not be accurate.

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