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Police warn about calls claiming to be Madison police

Police warn about calls claiming to be Madison police

The Madison Police Department is warning residents about fraudulent callers claiming to be from Madison police.

According to a release from MPD, they have seen a series of calls in which a woman with an accent claims to be from MPD and tells residents they must pay a ticket within 45 minutes or face a warrant for their arrest.

In a few cases, victims have been told to call 713-357-6055 and ask for Tom O'Brien. According to the release, the name and number are fake.

Man robbed of iPhone on south side

A man had his smartphone stolen while he was walking through a park on the city's south side Wednesday night, according to Madison police.

The incident happened in Aldo Leopold Park just after 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.

According to police, the victim had his iPhone in his hand and ear buds in his ears when someone ran from behind, grabbed the iPhone and ran away.

Anyone who knows anything about this incident is asked to call Madison Crime Stoppers at 266-6014.

Police: Beltline driver clocked at 110 mph

Police: Beltline driver clocked at 110 mph

Town of Madison police said officers arrested a driver they clocked going 110 mph in a construction zone on the Beltline Highway Thursday morning.

Officers said Jevaughnte A. Robinson, 20, of Madison, was arrested on suspicion of operating while intoxicated after police saw his vehicle speeding westbound at 1:51 a.m. near Todd Drive where construction workers were at the site.

Robinson was also given numerous citations related to dangerous driving, according to officers.

A Cottage Grove police officer responded to the scene and also issued citations to Robinson for dangerous driving in Cottage Grove.

25-year-old man shot on Watson Ave.

25-year-old man shot on Watson Ave.

A man was injured and hospitalized and another told police he feared for his life after two similar shooting incidents happened on Madison's south side early Saturday.

The Madison Police Department's South District is investigating two gun-related incidents that occurred shortly after 3 a.m. on Saturday in the industrial park south of the West Beltline Highway between Fish Hatchery and Syene roads.

One of the incidents occurred in the 800 block of Watson Avenue where police said a 22-year-old man was shot in the stomach.

The man was taken to a local emergency room by friends for treatment, police said. He was taken to an out of state hospital by family and was released.

The victim was not providing any details about the incident to officers.

According to a report, a second incident happened about a block away near 3100 Kingsley Way, also in the industrial park, at approximately the same time.

Police: Man arrested after breaking into similar apartments

Police: Man arrested after breaking into similar apartments

A Madison man was arrested Saturday after breaking into multiple apartments, according to a release.

Officials said Yimer Obando-Espinal, 31, was arrested around 11:25 p.m. Saturday in the hallway of the third building of an apartment complex in the 1100 block of Moorland Road.

Obando-Espinal kicked in the apartment door of a 36-year-old woman but apologized and left, according to the release.

Officials said several other residents believed their apartments had been broken into but reported nothing was missing.

Officers noticed all of the targeted apartments were in different buildings but were similarly situated in the buildings, according to the release. The buildings of the apartment complex also looked the same.

A witness reported hearing Obando-Espinal yelling something about being hungry and wanting to go to sleep.

Man arrested after driving wrong way down one-way, police say

A Madison man is facing a series of tentative charges after police say he was driving the wrong way on the 100 block of Wilson Street early Monday morning.

Frank Hernandez Quinoes, 22 of Madison, was driving the wrong way on Wilson Street around 1 a.m. when an officer heard the horn of another oncoming car while on patrol, according to a report from Madison police.

According to the report, an intoxicated Quinoes swerved out of the way and stuck his arm out the window, flashing the other driver his middle finger.

Police said the officer started to chase Quinoes, but stopped after Quinoes ran several red lights. According to the release, he was driving at speeds between 65 and 75 mph.

He then pulled over on Davidson Street, got out of his car and started running, police said.

A different officer was able to find and tackle Quinoes on the 3900 block of Dempsey Road.

Police use cameras to bust crimes at Penn Park

Police use cameras to bust crimes at Penn Park

Cameras help make busts at a local park on Madison's south side, but they can't catch everything.

Madison police said cameras helped them get pot, crack and booze away from a known problem spot at Penn Park on the city's south side, a block from Park Street.

Police said the park's layout makes it a good spot for illegal activity like drugs and gambling.

As the neighborhood officer near Madison's Penn Park, Mike Alvarez, said when kids are playing, it's a win for the park but the game on seen on a surveillance video in late June is what officials do not want to see.

The surveillance video showed kids playing basketball as a group of adults started shooting dice.

It is an activity neighbors have complained about and police used the video to move in. The group scattered but police found crack cocaine and marijuana, and made arrests.