The Wisconsin football team and fans received interesting news today as wide receiver Markus Allen had his search warrant and arrest report released to the public.
Following an issue at the Mifflin Street Block Party, Wisconsin Badgers football participant Markus Allen was arrested for possessing an open container of alcohol. After a series of rather confusing events, Allen had his backpack confiscated and searched. During the search, a firearm which was illegally possessed was found in Allen’s backpack, resulting in his arrest for the weapon.
Wisconsin Football Receiver Caught Up In Unfortunate Legal Situation
On the night of April 29th, Wisconsin Badgers receiver Markus Allen attended the Mifflin Street Block Party. The block party is an event that occurs on the final Saturday in April for Wisconsin students predominantly, however many other individuals attend. The Madison Police Department has warned multiple times in the past that the event will be shut-down, since it is not a school sanctioned event. However, the students continue to participate and enjoy themselves each year.
Allen had been hanging out with some other individuals when Officer Anthony Vogel asked the receiver to pour out what he believed to be an open bottle of alcohol. Allen reportedly did not listen and held the drink by his leg when Vogel began to approach him. As Vogel approached Allen, the receiver poured his drink onto the ground and subsequently splashed the liquid onto the officer’s leg and shoes.
Vogel then arrested Allen for possessing an open container on Municipal property. Upon the officers approaching Allen, a crowd of friends and students formed around the group. Allen was moved by Vogel and the other arresting officer in order for them to apply his cuffs. Vogel began to search Allen’s Rose Bowl backpack for “Identifying materials” which led to the discovery of an unloaded handgun in the bottom of the bag. Vogel then found a full magazine of ammunition in a separate pocket before checking the registration of the weapon.
Madison resident Casey Walker had reported the firearm was stolen out of his mother’s vehicle in 2022. How Allen came to possess the stolen firearm is unclear, but following the discovery he was taken to Dane County Jail. The receiver was held for less than an hour before being released on bail and returning home. Thus far, Allen has not been criminally charged for the incident, but he must appear in court in June.
Wisconsin Football Left With More Questions Than Answers Following Release Of Search Warrant
While the major question of how Allen ended up with a stolen firearm has not been answered, it has also created more questions. The Madison Police Department declined to publicly release the arrest reports last week since the District Attorney has not had the chance to review the case. However, the search warrant has been released, which details Vogel’s account of the situation.
Vogel explains the situation in detail, beginning with the backpack. Allen had been wearing the backpack of Alexander Smith, a fellow Wisconsin Badgers football player. Currently, Smith has not been cited in the ongoing investigation, but a traffic citation from 2020 against Smith was found in the bag. Vogel does not detail any conversations had with the receiver, nor does he say what Allen had said following the firearm discovery.
How Allen came to possess the stolen firearm and how fellow Badgers are involved is still currently unknown. The investigation must be completed before the DA can review the case and potentially press charges, meaning Allen and the team could wait awhile before receiving any answers.
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