Monona police recover third stolen vehicle in week, arrest 3

Stolen auto arrests
Jazmine R. Ordonez, Damariyah M. Muhammad, James T. McGowan
Jazmine R. Ordonez, Damariyah M. Muhammad, James T.

MONONA, Wis. — The Monona Police Department is dealing with the third stolen auto recovered in less than a week.

Police said multiple arrests were made after the suspects were seen driving recklessly in a stolen car. It happened in the area of South Town and the Beltline around 4:45 pm Monday.

Monona Police said a person reported a vehicle driving recklessly that almost hit their vehicle in the area of the offending vehicle, described as a dark Lincoln. Two Monona officers who were in the area attempted to make contact with the vehicle.  As they did, the driver rammed both the squad cars and four occupants attempted to run away.

Police say an 18-year-old female passenger, Jazmine Ordonez, was arrested at the scene.  It was discovered during a search she was in possession of a loaded firearm.  The other three male subjects fled north towards Lake Point Drive.  Additional officers, along with several municipal police K-9 units, that just happened to be training directly across the street, assisted in setting up a perimeter and starting a track.  An 18-year-old male passenger, Damariyah Muhammad, was arrested along Waunona Way.  The 20-year-old male driver, James McGowan, attempted to flee by running across the ice on Lake Monona.  He was taken into custody by one of the police K-9 units.  Police say the fourth subject, identified as an 18-20 year-old male was not immediately located.

Ordonez was transported to the Dane County Jail and booked in on charges of operating a motor vehicle without owner’s consent-passenger, illegally carrying a concealed weapon and resisting arrest.

Muhammad was transported to the Dane County Jail and booked in on charges of operating a motor vehicle without owner’s consent-passenger, resisting arrest and Felony Bail jumping.

McGowan was transported to a local hospital to be treated for a dog bite. He was taken to the Dane County Jail after being treated on charges of operating a motor vehicle without owner’s consent-driver, eluding an officer, resisting arrest, 2 counts of recklessly endangering safety, Felony Bail jumping and several traffic violations.

The Monona Police Department was assisted by the City of Madison Police, the Town of Madison Police, and several police K-9 units from the Town of Madison, Verona, Maple Bluff and Middleton Police Departments.

If anyone has further information on this incident please contact the Monona Police Department at (608) 222-0463, Crime Stoppers at (608) 266-6014, or you can text “MONONA” followed by your information to TIP411 (847411).

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