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East Washington Avenue hotels, motels form crime-fighting alliance

Aiming to decrease the number of crimes on their property, 24 hotels and motels on East Washington Avenue have partnered with police to share information about individuals they will not rent to, and assist in the arrest and prosecution of violators.

The businesses hope to decrease the amount of drug use, human trafficking and prostitution incidents in their rooms and parking lots.

"What we recognize is that a problem for one hotel is very likely a problem for all hotels," Madison police officer David Dexheimer said. "Our hope is that it develops into something that's self-sustaining between the hotels and the motels."

While antagonizers may currently be denied rooms at one place, they can take their business to another nearby hotel or motel.

By sharing troublemakers' information through an email exchange, Comfort Inn front desk supervisor Sandra Haire hopes to see less crime in general.

3 invade east side home; 1 arrested

3 invade east side home; 1 arrested

Madison police are crediting good descriptions from witnesses for helping them find one of three people believed to be involved in a home burglary on the near east side.

The residents of a home in the 1400 block of Williamson Street told police three people with handguns pushed their way into their home at about 10:45 a.m. Thursday. One of the two 20-year-old men in the home called 911 and the robbers fled.

Police said they got good descriptions of the robbers from witnesses that helped them track the getaway car to Sun Prairie where they arrested Jam'e A. Coleman.

The other two people remain at large. Coleman was arrested on suspicion of armed robbery.

Police said the robbers targeted the home and their motive was likely drug related.

MPD releases sketch of man seen peeping into windows

MPD releases sketch of man seen peeping into windows

Madison police are looking for a person who has reportedly been seen peeping into windows on the near east side on several occasions, according to a release.

The man has been seen peeping into windows several times in the 1200 block of Mifflin Street, most recently on the night of Jan. 29, police said.

The man is described as white, 6 feet 4 inches tall, weighing 250 pounds with short hair and a heavy build. Police said he may also have a speech impairment.

Officials ask anyone with information to contact Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014.

Cops: Kids in car with man passed out at wheel in traffic

Cops: Kids in car with man passed out at wheel in traffic

Police said a man thought he was in Beloit when police found him slumped over the wheel of his running car with young passengers aboard Saturday morning in Madison.

Police said 39-year-old Luis F. Garduno was stopped in a traffic lane at 11:37 a.m. on the 2900 block of East Washington Avenue when police spotted him. Officers said Garduno was surprised to learn he wasn't in Rock County but was in Madison.

Police said Garduno admitted that he had smoked synthetic marijuana.

There were also three children under the age of 10 in the vehicle, according to the report. The kids were turned over to a family member.

Garduno was arrested on suspicion of operating while under the influence, possession of synthetic cannabinoid and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Investigation leads MPD to 2nd suspect in east side theft

Investigation leads MPD to 2nd suspect in east side theft

An investigation led Madison police to identify a second suspect in a theft that happened early Thursday morning, according to a release.

A barking dog alerted a Madison resident of two people stealing tools out of his SUV early Thursday morning, Madison police said.

Around 2:15 a.m. the dog alerted the residents of something going on outside their home in the 3600 block of Johns Street, according to a release.

The resident saw two men inside his SUV that was parked in the driveway, officials said. When the resident went outside the thieves ran off with some of his work tools.

The resident tried to track the thieves in his SUV, but lost them, according to the release. Police later found 17-year-old Dylan M. Kaioula, of Mazomanie, thanks to a description from the victim.

Customer steals credit card, tries to run over employee

Customer steals credit card, tries to run over employee

Madison police arrested a 22 year-old Madison man after an East Side businessman claimed he was battered and nearly run over by the suspect's SUV.

According to a release, Adrian L. Whitewas arrested for second degree reckless endangerment, battery and theft.

Wednesday morning White entered the Car-X Auto at 1032 E. Washington Ave. and asked about work being done on his SUV. However, when told how much the job would cost, he announced he actually had no money.

During the exchange he was able to distract an employee and steal the employee's credit cards. They were inside the victim's wallet, which had been lying on the counter.

By the time the employee realized what had happened, the suspect was back inside the SUV, preparing to drive away. The victim tried to delay the thief while a coworker called police.

Police: Armed robbery at east side Subway

Police: Armed robbery at east side Subway

Madison police officers responded to an armed robbery at an east side Subway on Friday evening, according to a report.

A black male entered the Subway restaurant at 4416 Pflaum Road around 8 p.m. Friday, with his hands in his pockets and told the lone female employee he had a knife.

The man demanded all the money from the register and fled with the cash. A K-9 track was completed, but it ended in a nearby parking lot.

Police say the man is described as approximately 6 feet tall, with a heavy build, clean shaven with thin dreadlocks, and wearing a black sweatshirt with the hood up.