On Monday, June 6, a man wearing nothing but a recycling bin and boots was arrested at 11:49 a.m. while walking on railroad tracks near Dixie Avenue.
According to Det. Andre Johnson of the Madison Police Department, Madison police officers and investigators with the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call complaining of a “naked elderly white male walking on Hanover towards Dixie.” The man, Charles Crowe, 40, Madison, was detained on the railroad tracks.
“When I pulled up he had a blue plastic container, holding it in front of his private parts, and boots and that’s all he had,” said Johnson.
Crowe was initially charged with public indecency. Johnson said while talking with Crowe, the suspect could not explain his lack of cover. Johnson said the man told him, “I woke up like this. Somebody took my clothes.”
“He said he woke up on the side of the train tracks naked,” said Johnson. “He could not tell us where his clothes were.”
Johnson said Crowe told him that while he was walking past Flambeau Manufacturing he saw some people outside smoking cigarettes so he found the recycling bin to cover himself. Johnson said after questioning, Crowe allegedly told him he was under the influence of methamphetamine.
Lt. Joseph Pritchett, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, provided Crowe with a wrap. Two weeks ago Pritchett was the first officer to arrive at the scene on Rutledge Highway of a naked mother and son walking down the middle of the road around noon.
That couple, Tommy German, 32, and Angela Hill, 57, of Houston, Texas, were both arrested by Pritchett and charged with criminal attempt to commit burglary, public indecency, giving false statements and giving false name to law enforcement. Both are currently still detained at the Morgan County Detention Center and have not been given a bond because, according to Capt. Derrick Reid at the Morgan County Detention Center, neither German or Hill was “cooperative” during their bond hearing.
Johnson said after Pritchett provided Crowe a wrap, Sgt. Chase Young, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, provided Crowe with a pair of pants and shirt.
Johnson said while speaking with Crowe, he realized Crowe fit the description of a person wanted for questioning regarding the attempted theft at 4 a.m. on Monday of a side-by-side vehicle from B.I. Productions on Lions Club Road.
Johnson said the side-by-side was found wedged between a wooden pole and fence at the company and whoever had attempted to take the machine had left their cell phone on the seat. Madison Police Department Officer Blake Rowe had responded to the attempted theft and had collected the cell phone. “We had intelligence that Crowe had tried to take the side-by-side. When we found this guy I started wondering.”
Johnson said he called Rowe and asked him if he still had the phone. Rowe told Johnson he did but that it was dead. Johnson said he told Officer Rowe to plug the phone in and power it up. After that, Lt. Pritchett asked Crowe for his cell phone number. Crowe obliged and Pritchett punched the number into his cell phone and called. On the other end, Rowe reported the phone started ringing.
“It rang and placed him at the scene of the attempted theft,” said Johnson. “I took him in and he confessed.”
Johnson said he located Crowe’s wife who reported that she had not seen the man for a week.