Homeless man wearing hoodie alarms several on Monona Drive

Composite sketch of homeless man

Police were called to local restaurant after several people expressed concerned over a bearded man wandering around the back of neighboring buildings.

“He was pretty creepy looking,” said one man, who was enjoying a burrito at La Bamba on Saturday night, when his wife pointed out the man, who was ‘lurking’ about and ‘acting strangely’.

Restaurant employees confronted the man, who said he was ‘looking for his flock’. Someone told the stranger he should go home, but the man gave conflicting responses, including ‘I have no home’ and ‘The world is my home’. The employees retreated to the restaurant after the man offered to share some wine with them.

“I think he was on drugs,” said employee Dan Sanchez.

Police were called, but the man had moved on before they could question him. A sketch artist was brought in and a composite drawing was made of the man.

“We’re looking for a homeless man in a hoodie,” said police spokesman Darrel Birch. “He had long, scraggly hair and a beard. While he has done nothing illegal or threatening, we recommend you call the police immediately. You never know what these types are after.”


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  1. Kombucha

     /  March 27, 2012

    I know that guy, he walks all over Madison bare foot! Long frizzy hair. Just wait, he will be back soon!

  2. Jerry Rivers

     /  March 27, 2012

    HA! Told you to blame it on the hood!

  3. anon

     /  March 28, 2012

    maybe it was bob fisher

  4. Jerry L.

     /  March 30, 2012

    I guess Rob Kahl got tired of spending time with the family.

  5. Bucky

     /  March 30, 2012

    Scooter Walkers bag man.

  6. Diamond

     /  April 3, 2012

    Blockbuster is closing, I vote for bringing Sentry back after they close on CG road once big box Copps is up and running on the other side of the interstate.

  7. stinky

     /  April 18, 2012

    This is not a good blog. How about something nice-like about the great musical in town over the weekend that sold out CATS.

  8. nice

     /  April 18, 2012

    No! I want something mean how about how the city council is paying for signs of business owners who drive expensive cars?? The new welfare be a Business Owner on the drive and we will take care of you.

  9. Diamond

     /  April 18, 2012

    Did they pay for the “store closing” sign at Blockbuster. I want to talk about what might go in there!

  10. Robbie

     /  April 19, 2012

    blockerbuster owners don’t drive around in a beamer and a benz.

  11. Flip Wilson

     /  April 20, 2012

    It was not the Monona’s new sign program that busted blockbuster.
    It was a idea called Red Box.

  12. Diamond

     /  April 21, 2012

    Brillant insight Flip!

  13. Jordan

     /  May 17, 2012

    Martin, I wanted to aderdss your question about the educational importance of maintaining K-12 in Monona. First of all, I don’t think this is simply a Monona question. I may be wrong, but my guess is that many parents would say that they would like the opportunity to educate their children within their community. I don’t want to get too far into our district politics here, but I think that is a reasonable desire for parents no matter where they live. Certainly not everyone feels this way, but I truly believe that a lot of people do. I personally find value in having schools in my community and close to my home. Before my husband and I moved to Monona, we looked at houses in several Madison neighborhoods. We did not like the busing that was prevalent in Madison because of the school pairings (Franklin/Randall, Midvale/Lincoln, etc.), and we sought a community that would not require it. My husband was a country kid and spent a lot of time in buses and cars going to and from school for class, sports and activities. While I don’t know that the time spent in the car had any measurable impact on his intelligence or achievement one way or another, he has been clear that he did not like it and would like to avoid it for his children. Again, not everyone would make this choice. We did.So we value schools that are close to our home. It isn’t the only thing about our schools that we value, and I haven’t sat down to make a prioritized list so I can’t tell you where it ranks. I have no idea if bus time has any impact on achievement, educational quality, or student satisfaction. I don’t know exactly how having K-12 in a community affects a city or a school district. All I can tell you is that it matters to me. I’m not making any comments about GDS here. I was a Monona resident when the referendum passed, and I didn’t pull up the stakes to move. I am sending my kids to our public schools. My children will ride the bus to Cottage Grove for middle school. I am not complaining. I am simply saying that, in an ideal world, I would love the opportunity to send them to middle school of comparable quality in Monona. I don’t live in an ideal world. I live in Monona (which is pretty great), so my kids will ride a bus for a few years. I can live with that. If a charter school emerges that presents a middle school option in Monona, I’d have to evaluate it, discuss it with my family, and make the best choice possible. I wouldn’t choose a charter school just because it is here, but I would appreciate the opportunity to consider it. So that’s my rambling answer to your very brief question. I’m happy to discuss this with you (or anyone else) in person or over the phone (I’m listed), but I likely won’t do it here in the comments section of a blog. The Internet is great I’m not debating its value in raising questions, disseminating information and furthering the dialog. However, these issues are very important to me, and I personally find them too complicated and nuanced to fully explore online. So give me a call. Let’s get together for coffee. I never say no to a latte. Jen Garrett

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