Thursday, July 13, 2017

65 Law Enforcement Line-of-Duty Deaths in First Half of 2017

According to preliminary data compiled by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, as of June 30, 2017, 65 federal, state, and local law enforcement officers have died in the line of duty this year, increasing 30 percent over the 50 officers killed during the same period last year.

Friday, July 07, 2017

Francis Carryout Armed Robbery

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Two armed men robbed employees of the Francis Carryout in the early morning hours of July 7th. If you can identify one or both suspects or have any other information please call MRPD at 301-985-6565.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Police Report: June 18-24

The Mount Rainier Police Department's weekly report is not intended to be a listing of every incident or call for service handled by the police department, but merely a general summary of incidents that may be of interest to the community. Some reports may be outside the date parameters due to extended investigations or other circumstances. Some cases are not included at all due to ongoing investigations.

June 24th:

4200 block of 30th Street: Vehicle impound – 4:30pm. Officers impounded a 1997 Toyota that had been previously marked for 40-hour towing.

3300 block of Bunker Hill Road: Criminal citation – 10:35pm. Officers issued each of two men a criminal citation for disorderly conduct.

June 23rd:

4200 block of 28th Street: Carjacking – 2:20am. Officers were notified that a carjacking occurred about an hour prior. While responded to meet with the victim PGPD plainclothes officers located the vehicle occupied by two individuals and followed it into DC. The two abandoned the vehicle in the 600 block of Edgewood Road and were promptly taken into custody by DC police. PGPD detectives are handling the follow-up investigation and extradition of the suspects back to Maryland.

3300 block of Chauncey Place: Theft from auto – 8am. The owner of a 2017 Ford Fusion reported that sometime overnight someone stole the tags off her vehicle.

3500 block of Otis Street: Criminal citation – 10:15am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

3300 block of Buchanan Street: Missing person – 11:30pm. The mother of a 13 year old boy told officers that he had a verbal argument with his older sister over taking the trash out. Afterwards he told his mother that he was going to the store but did not return home. Officers canvassed the neighborhood for the boy with negative results. PGPD detectives are following up and officers will be checking back with the mother regularly until the boy is located or returns home.

June 22nd:

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: EPS – 9:10am.  Officers responded for the report of a disorderly individual. When they arrived and spoke with the man they determined that his disorderly conduct may be related to a mental condition. He was taken into custody and transported to Prince George's Hospital for an emergency psychiatric evaluation. At about 7pm officers obtained a criminal summons for the man charging him with disorderly conduct, failure to obey a reasonable lawful order and disturbing the peace. ​

3200 block of Queens Chapel Road: Commercial burglary – 2:25pm. The victim told officers that someone stole money from his backpack after he had placed it in a secured employee workroom. When his boss pulled the surveillance video he discovered that on June 15th at about 3am an adult black male looked inside the workroom window, manipulated the door-lock and took the victim's backpack. The suspect opened the backpack, took the money that was inside of it, and stashed the backpack inside a dryer unit nearby. He then fled on foot out the back door of the laundromat.         

3300 block of Buchanan Street: 2nd degree assault – 8:30pm. Officers attempted to get an intoxicated man to leave an apartment where he was not wanted and not a resident. The man resisted the officers' attempts to escort the man from the building. He was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and 2nd degree assault and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

June 21st:

One Municipal Place: Assault – 7:40am. The victim told officers that an intoxicated Hispanic male grabbed her breast. She said that he did the same to several other women at the bus stop. Investigation revealed that the other victims and the suspect had left the area prior to the officers' arrival. The victim did not want to give her name or file a report. A canvas of the area for the suspect was completed with negative results.

2700 block of Arundel Road: Criminal citation – 9am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for illegal dumping.

4200 block of 31st Street: Theft – 9:25am. The victim told officers that sometime overnight someone stole his Surly long haul trucker road bike from his backyard. The bike was described as black with white lettering "SURLY", a USB light mounted on the front, a Topeak rack on back and a trailer hitch mounted on the rear axle.

3300 block of Chillum Road: Lost property – 3pm. A man came into the police station to report that he had lost his Honduras passport and US Visa.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 10:10pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

June 20th:

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Suspicious person – 11:10am. Officers were alerted to a man walking in the area with a handgun in his waistband and was seen going into the Mount Rainier library. Officers from PGPD and Hyattsville PD assisted with taking the man into custody and recovered a black BB gun from his right waistband.  Prince George's County Police took over this incident due to the location belonging to Prince Georges County.

3200 block of Queens Chapel Road: Commercial armed robbery (Little Caesar's) – 7:40pm. The victims told officers that two black males (one armed with a handgun the other armed with a knife and both wearing masks) came into the store and announced a robbery. The suspects obtained store funds and a customer's cell phone before fleeing out of the back of the store towards the Queenstown apartment complex. PGPD detectives and a forensics team responded to take over the investigation.

3300 block of Chillum Road (7-11): Theft – 10:40pm. Store employees told officers that two black males entered the store and stole about $10 worth of merchandise before fleeing the area in a waiting vehicle.

3100 block of Windom Road: Missing person – 9:15am. The spouse of a 48 year old man reported that he failed to pick him up at the Hyattsville Metro Station as planned. When the spouse got home he discovered that the missing person had been gone from home for some time. Officers found the last known location of the man's cell phone was on I95 opposite the laurel rest stop. Maryland State Police checked the location but did not locate the man. At about 3:30pm MRPD officers made contact with the Ocean County Sheriff's Office in New Jersey. A member of their department located the missing person in his vehicle which was parked at the Mantoloking Bridge parking area. The man was transported to a local hospital for emergency medical and psychiatric evaluations. 

June 19th:

3100 block of Windom Road: Missing person – 9:15am. The spouse of a 48 year old man reported that he failed to pick him up at the Hyattsville Metro Station as planned. When the spouse got home he discovered that the missing person had been gone from home for some time. Officers found the last known location of the man's cell phone was on I95 opposite the laurel rest stop. Maryland State Police checked the location but did not locate the man. At about 3:30pm MRPD officers made contact with the Ocean County Sheriff's Office in New Jersey. A member of their department located the missing person in his vehicle which was parked at the Mantoloking Bridge parking area. The man was transported to a local hospital for emergency medical and psychiatric evaluations. 

2900 block of Queens Chapel Road: Stolen vehicle – 11am. The victim told officers that he came out to the loaner car he received from his dealer and discovered it had been stolen. Officers contacted the dealership and learned that the vehicle was equipped with a GPS unit. The GPS indicated that the vehicle was parked in the 3200 block of Laurel Fort Meade Road in Anne Arundel County. Fort Meade Police located the vehicle and found that it had no ignition damage but did have extensive front end damage. They impounded the vehicle and notified the dealership of the recovery.

June 18th:

4400 block of 28th Place: Vandalism – 1:40am. Officers responded for the report of a black male throwing bricks/rocks at a second floor apartment window. Witnesses reported seeing the suspect committing the crime. Officers developed a suspect from previous calls at the address and the witness positively identified the suspect. Further investigation is underway to locate and charge the suspect with destruction of property.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Domestic – 1:35pm. Officers met with a woman who had obtained a temporary peace order against a man who was presently inside her hair salon. Once he was served with the order he left the area without incident. The Return of Service was faxed to the Prince George's County Sheriff's Office.​

Citizens are reminded to PLEASE call and report suspicious activity. Even if you choose not to provide your name or other personal information, we still need your help as extra eyes and ears in the community.

See or Hear Something?

Say Something!

We WANT to be bothered! Call 301-985-6565/6566.

 

 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Prince George's County - Summer Pet Safety

Practice Proper Pet Protection during the Summer Heat
Prince George’s County shares hot weather tips to keep pets safe and alive
in high summer temperatures
LARGO, MD – Excessive high temperatures can be dangerous not only to humans, but to your furry companions as well. With the hot, steamy days of summer upon us, you can help keep your pets safe, cool, healthy and happy during the high-heat of summer with a few helpful tips from the Prince George’s County Animal Management Division (AMD).
  • Remember! It’s against the law in the State of Maryland to leave pets in an unattended vehicle. On an 85-degree day, the temperature inside a car with the windows opened slightly can reach 102 degrees within 10 minutes. After 30 minutes, the temperature can reach 120 degrees. Overheating can kill an animal; NEVER leave your pet alone in a vehicle, even with the windows open or the air conditioning running.
  • Consider giving your pet a summer haircut to a one-inch length to help prevent overheating, but avoid shaving your dog to protect them from sunburn. Also, take them to the vet or local pet clinic for a summer checkup.
  • Walk your dog in the early morning or evening. When the temperature is very high, hot asphalt can quickly burn the paw pads of dogs. If possible, walk your pet in the grass. If you’re planning outdoor activities with your pet, remember to carry extra water and a container for them to drink from.
  • Take special precautions with pets that are old, overweight or have health disorders. Snub-nosed dogs (Bulldogs, Pekingese, Boston Terriers, Lhasa Apsos, Shih Tzus) or animals with flat faces (Pugs, Persian cats) have compromised respiratory systems and are more susceptible to heat stroke since they cannot pant effectively. These pets, along with overweight animals and those with heart or lung diseases, should be kept cool in air-conditioned rooms as much as possible.
  • Pets can get dehydrated quickly, so give them plenty of fresh, clean water when it’s hot or humid outdoors. Make sure your pets have a shady place to get out of the sun. If you notice signs of overheating in your pets—excessive panting, difficulty breathing, increased heart rate—get help from your veterinarian immediately.
  • Don't forget about your livestock companions. Make sure you provide them with plenty of water as livestock animals, including horses and donkeys, can consume 10 to 20 gallons of water per day.
Additional resources and information on keeping your pet healthy and safe in hot weather is available through the Prince George’s County Animal Management Division at (301) 780-7200 or www.princegeorgespets4us.com.

For more information, contact:
Lauren A. Kinard, Public Information Specialist
Prince George's County, Department of the Environment
lakinard@co.pg.md.us; (301) 883-5957

Friday, May 26, 2017

Police Report: April 30 - May 6

The Mount Rainier Police Department’s weekly report is not intended to be a listing of every incident or call for service handled by the police department, but merely a general summary of incidents that may be of interest to the community. Some reports may be outside the date parameters due to extended investigations or other circumstances. Some cases are not included at all due to ongoing investigations.

May 6th:

4200 block of Kaywood Drive: Hit and run collision – 4:35pm. The owner of a 2002 Nissan Maxima told officers that he came out to his vehicle and discovered that the driver’s door had been sideswiped leaving a paint transfer and a dent in the door. The incident occurred sometime after he parked the vehicle on the 5th at about 6:30pm. No evidence or witnesses were identified.

3500 block of Otis Street: Missing person – 9:10pm. The mother of a 17 year old female told officers that she had not seen her daughter since about 10:30am on May 3rd. Mom went on to say that although she has not physically seen her daughter she has been in constant contact with her via text messages; however, she has been unable to convince her to return home. 

May 5th:

4200 block of Russell Avenue: Vehicle impound – 2:50pm. Officers impounded a 2007 Saturn for displaying tags that expired in January of this year. At about 9pm the owner of the vehicle came into the police station and provided proof of current registration. The tags and the vehicle were released to him.

3800 block of Buchanan Street: Sexual assault – 4pm. Officers took a report of an alleged sexual assault on a female juvenile that occurred back on April 30th. The victim was transported to the PGPD Sexual Assault Unit to be interviewed as part of a follow-up investigation.

May 4th:

3000 block of Queens Chapel Road: Death report – 6:45am. Officers were called to assist EMS with a deceased male. A 93 year old male was found unresponsive and was pronounced dead at about 6:45am. The State Medical Examiner responded to the scene, confirmed that the man died from natural causes and released the decedent’s remains to his family for final arrangements.

May 3rd:

3500 block of Otis Street: Vehicle impound – 3:30pm. Officers impounded a 1999 Mercury Grand Marquis that had not been moved for several weeks and was displaying tags that did belong to the vehicle.

May 2nd:

3500 block of Rhode Island Avenue: MIR – 9:25am. A Public Works employee was cutting grass when the trimmer/mower he was using kicked up a rock that shatters the rear passenger window of a 1999 Lexus. The owner of the vehicle was notified of the damage by phone.

3300 block of Chauncey Place: Burglary – 10:45am. The resident told officers that yesterday evening (May 1st) he went to use his iPad and discovered it missing. He checked the apartment and discovered additional items of family property and cash had been stolen. While checking the apartment he realized that he left a window to his apartment open while the family was away, and that he believes it was during this time that someone got into the apartment through the window and stole his property.

4300 block of Kaywood Drive: Vehicle impound – 11:15am. Officers impounded a 1997 BMW that was displaying a fraudulent expiration date sticker. The vehicle’s registration had expired back in 2015.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 5:15pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for possession of an open container of alcohol.

4700 block of 27th Street: Criminal citation – 8:50pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

May 1st:

4300 block of Kaywood Drive: Vehicle impound – 8:05am. Officers impounded a 2013 Kia that was unregistered and displaying expired tags.

4200 block of Eastern Avenue: Emergency petition – 1:55am. Officers responded for the report of an unwanted guest. When they arrived they encountered a man who was bipolar and making unwanted sexual overtures to the female resident. EMS responded and transported the man to Washington Adventist Hospital for an emergency psychiatric evaluation.

April 30th:

4100 block of 31st Street: Criminal citation – 1am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle.

4100 block of 31st Street: Emergency petition – 4:35pm. Officers responded for the report of a 15 year old with a knife. Once at the location the mother told the officers that her daughter was having another emotional episode. Officers took control of the girl and transported her girl to Children’s Hospital for an emergency psychiatric evaluation.

Citizens are reminded to PLEASE call and report suspicious activity. Even if you choose not to provide your name or other personal information, we still need your help as extra eyes and ears in the community.

See or Hear Something?

Say Something!

We WANT to be bothered! Call 301-985-6565/6566.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Police Line-of-Duty Deaths 2016

Preliminary statistics released by the FBI show that 66 law enforcement officers were feloniously killed in the line of duty in 2016. This is an increase of 61 percent when compared with the 41 officers killed in 2015. By region, 30 officers died as a result of criminal acts that occurred in the South, 17 officers in the West, 13 officers in the Midwest, four in the Northeast, and two in Puerto Rico.
At the time the 66 law enforcement officers were fatally wounded:
§  17 were ambushed (entrapment/premeditation);
§  13 were answering disturbance calls (seven were domestic disturbance calls);
§  nine were investigating suspicious persons/circumstances;
§  six were engaged in tactical situations;
§  five were performing investigative activities;
§  four were conducting traffic pursuits/stops;
§  three were investigating drug-related matters;
§  three were victims of unprovoked attacks;
§  one was answering a robbery in progress call or pursuing a robbery suspect(s);
§  one was answering a burglary in progress call or pursuing a burglary suspect(s);
§  four were attempting other arrests.

Offenders used firearms in 62 of the 66 felonious deaths. These included 37 incidents with handguns, 24 incidents with rifles, and one incident with a shotgun. Four victim officers were killed with vehicles used as weapons.
Of the 66 officers killed, 50 were confirmed to be wearing body armor at the times of the incidents. Fourteen of the 66 slain officers fired their service weapons, and 10 officers attempted to fire their weapons. Three victim officers had their weapons stolen; one officer was killed with his own weapon.
The 66 victim officers died from injuries sustained in 56 separate incidents. Fifty-four of those incidents have been cleared by arrest or exceptional means.
In 2016, an additional 52 officers were killed in line-of-duty accidents, which are officer deaths that were found not to be willful and intentional. This is an increase of 16 percent when compared with the 45 officers who were accidentally killed in 2015. By region, 24 officers died from accidents in the South, 12 in the Midwest, nine in the West, five in the Northeast, and two in Puerto Rico.
Twenty-six of the officers died as a result of automobile accidents, 12 were struck by vehicles, and seven were fatally injured in motorcycle accidents. Three officers died in accidental shootings, two victim officers drowned, one died in an aircraft accident, and one victim officer was fatally injured when thrown from a horse.
Of the 26 officers who died due to automobile accidents, eight were wearing seatbelts. Eleven officers were not wearing seatbelts (five of whom were partially or totally ejected from the vehicles), and seatbelt use was not reported for seven of the officers who were killed in automobile accidents.