Madison Police sergeant feeds man yogurt during arrest

Posted Monday, February 10, 2014 --- 6:45 p.m.

According to the Madison Police Department, a sergeant spoon-fed a container of yogurt to a suspect while a man was being arrested.

According to a release, officers responded to a call in the 1300 block of Williamson Street around 7 a.m. on February 5.

A 50-year-old independent snow removal contractor told them he was clearing a sidewalk when his part-time helper, 44-year-old Andrew Schmitt of Madison, confronted him. The contractor told police he called Schmitt that morning and told him his help was not needed, according to the release.

The contractor told police Schmitt pushed him into a snow bank and cut his face with a small paring knife, and then hit him a couple of times with a plastic snow shovel. Madison Fire Department paramedics checked the victim out, and determined he would not need to go to a hospital.

Later that day, officers found Schmitt inside a business on Williamson Street. Following the apprehension, an arresting officer submitted an MPD employee recognition form to be placed in his sergeant's personnel file:

"Unfortunately for the suspect, he had just opened a tub of his favorite lemon flavored Greek yogurt, which he was about to enjoy when officers arrived. As he was about to be escorted out, the suspect realized that he was soon to part with his beloved yogurt, and politely requested a taste before being taken to jail. Unbeknownst to the suspect, fortune had smiled upon him when he crossed the path of (the MPD) sergeant. Our kindhearted and benevolent leader then picked up the yogurt, procured a plastic spoon, and proceeded to spoon feed the entire container of yogurt to our arrestee as he was escorted out of the store."

The officer also reported that store management and passersby were impressed by the act of humanity, and that the arrested man was also touched. "He (the sergeant) must have children... he was so gentle," the suspect told the arresting officer, according to the incident report.

Andrew Schmitt was arrested for 2nd degree recklessly endangering safety and a probation hold, according to the release.

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