Friday, April 29, 2016

Police Report: April 17-23

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.

April 23rd:

3300 block of Perry Street: M/V collision – 1:35am. Officers responded for a single vehicle collision. They found the vehicle in question with extensive front end damage and both air bags deployed. Witnesses told the officers that that the vehicle was occupied by two females who fled on foot after the collision. Attempts to locate the driver based on the registration were negative. The vehicle was impounded for safekeeping. At about 2:30am officers responded to the police station to meet with the driver who wanted to turn herself in. She said that she and her passenger fled because they were afraid and not familiar with the area. She was issued several citations and released.

4200 block of Shepherd Street: Warrant service – 5:30pm. Officers responded to speak with a man who said that his ex-wife was in violation of a protection order. He said that she had threatened to hit him with a baseball bat and showed the officers cell phone photos of the threat. He also said that there was an open arrest warrant for the woman as a result of assault charges he filed back on April 18th. Officers located the woman and verified the existence of the warrant. She was arrested and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

2200 block of Varnum Street (Family Dollar): 2nd degree assault – 6:25pm. The store clerk told officers that a man came into the store and began verbally harassing her. Before leaving the store he picked up two pastries and hit her in the face with them. He was described as a light skin black male, medium build, dreadlock hairstyle, and multiple marks on his face. Officers canvassed the area for the suspect with negative results.

April 22nd:

3800 block of 35th Street: Burglary – 1:30pm. A work crew renovating a vacant house reported that they left the property at about 4pm yesterday after securing the house. When they returned this afternoon they discovered that the front door/garage door had been kicked in and about $1,500 worth of their tools had been stolen. The scene was processed and photos were taken of a foot print on the garage door.

4200 block of Russell Avenue: Attempt fraud – 3pm. The reporting person told officers that she placed an ad on social media to provide babysitting services. She was contacted by a couple in reference to the ad and they sent her an advanced payment check. She contacted the bank and learned that the check was fraudulent.

April 21st:

Queens Chapel Road and Buchanan Street: M/V collision – 6:30pm. Officers’ investigation revealed that a 2003 Nissan was stopped at the northbound traffic light on Queens Chapel Road. The driver of a 2004 Honda failed to control his speed and collided with the stopped Nissan. The driver of the Honda fled the scene on foot prior to the officers’ arrival. There were no injuries and the Honda was impounded for safekeeping.

3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue (Party Time Liquors): Check fraud – 11:25am. A man came into the store and attempted to cash a check using a fake ID. The officers also learned that the check had been issued by a company in Virginia to a person other than the man who was trying to cash it. The man was arrested and charged with attempted theft and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. All parties were notified that the check had been seized for evidence.

3800 block of 35th Street: MIR – 8:40pm. Witnesses told officers that they saw three black males pushing a generator down 35th Street towards Bunker Hill Road, one of whom threw it in a dumpster. The officers checked the garage of a vacant house that was being renovated in the 3800 block of 35th Street and discovered an open door. They found a work lamp in the dumpster and collected it for safekeeping. The three suspects were not located.

April 20th:

4100 block of 29th Street: Tampering – 3am. The owner of a 1991 Volvo reported seeing someone inside of his car. The officers checked the car and found a man who had been drinking inside sleeping. The man said that he thought the car was abandoned and he got inside because he was cold and sleepy. He was charged with tampering with a motor vehicle and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3600 block of Bunker Hill Road: EPS – 6:45pm. Officers patrolling the area saw a black male stumbling and falling on the sidewalk as he attempted to walk. They asked him if he had taken PCP and he replied that had done so about five minutes prior. He was taken into custody and transported to Washington Adventist Hospital for emergency medical treatment.

April 19th:

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: EPS – 8:30am. Officers responded for the report of a woman who was hearing voices in her head. They spoke with the woman who advised that she believes people are out to kill her and that her family was trying to crush up sleeping pills to feed her in food. Officers transported the woman to Washington Adventist Hospital and released her to the medical staff for an emergency psychiatric evaluation. 

One Municipal Place: Criminal citation – 11:10am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for urinating in public.

4000 block of 34th Street: Hit and run M/V collision – 12pm. The owner of a 2007 Saturn told officers that she parked her vehicle in a legal spot and returned to find that it had been hit by another vehicle that failed to remain at the scene. No witnesses/evidence were identified.

4200 block of 31st Street: Custody dispute – 5:20pm. The mother of two young children told officers that she and her former husband had a mutual, non- court ordered agreement for the husband to spend time with the children. The husband picked up the children from their school in Hyattsville and took them to his home in Florida without telling their mother. She reported the children missing and obtained a temporary custody order from the court. When the children’s’ whereabouts became known, local police responded to the father’s residence and confirmed that the children were present and unharmed. Since no custody order was in force at the time no further action was taken. The mother has since retrieved the children and they are safely back home in Maryland.

April 18th:

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: 2nd degree Assault – 7:45am. The victim told officers that he spoke with a black male who was panhandling outside of Chuck’s Liquors. He told the man he could not solicit in front of the store whereupon the man punched him in the face. EMS took the victim to a local hospital for treatment and a search for his assailant was negative.

3000 block of Queens Chapel Road: EPS – 2:05pm. Officers responded for a suspicious person. When they arrived they spoke with a woman who said that she had been kidnapped by the FBI and NASA the previous day; and that she was not feeling well - experiencing chest pains and shortness of breath. EMS responded and transported her to Providence Hospital where she was released to the medical staff for emergency psychiatric and medical evaluations.

One Municipal Place: Criminal citation – 5:15 pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public. He was also arrested on an open warrant obtained my Metro Transit Police. However, it was later learned that the warrant had been recalled so he was released from custody.

April 17th:

4300 block of 30th Street: Vehicle impound – 12:15am. Officers stopped to investigate a vehicle parked on a sidewalk. They learned that there was an MSP pick up order for the tags for failure to comply with a safety equipment repair order. The vehicle was impounded and the tags were seized for return to MVA.

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.

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Police Report: April 10-16

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.

April 16th:

3100 block of Webster Street: M/V collision – 3am. Officers investigating a hit and run collision located a 2007 Nissan Altima that was identified as the striking vehicle. The officers had Montgomery County Police contact the car’s owner and learned that her son had the vehicle. The son was located, returned to the scene and cited accordingly.

3200 block of Taylor Street: Domestic assault – 10:35am. The victim told officers that her husband came home late and when she asked him where he had been and who he was with an altercation ensued. The man kicked her and struck her in the upper body with his elbows before leaving the residence. A lethality assessment screen was conducted and the victim was put in contact with the Family Crisis Center. The victim refused shelter, but did obtain a protective order and the officers obtained an arrest warrant for the husband. At about 7pm the victim called the police to advise that her husband was in the area of the house. Officers located and arrested him on the warrant. He was also served a copy of the protection order and released to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville..

April 15th:

3100 block of Arundel Road: Vehicle impound – 12pm. Officers impounded a boat and trailer parked on a city street in violation of city ordinance.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road (Family Dollar): Theft – 6pm. The store clerk told officers that two black males came into the store, selected several food items and left the store without paying for the items. An employee followed the suspects and spotted a Brentwood Police Officer in the area. The employee told the officers about the theft and when the two suspects saw the officer they dropped most of the stolen goods and fled the area. 

2200 block of Varnum Street (Kaywood Liquors): Theft – 12:20pm. The store owner told officers that a new employee told him that her cash drawer was shout $518 due to lottery tickets she purchased and could not pay for. The owner said that he would give her a few days to pay the money before seeking charges.

2300 block of Varnum Street (7-11): Disorderly – 9:05pm. Officers contacted a man who was caught stealing sugar packets from the store. The officers escorted the man from the store whereupon he became loud and disorderly. He was charged with disorderly conduct and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

4200 block of 28th Street: Possession of a CDS with intent to distribute – 11:10pm. Officers responded to the intersection of 28th and Upshur Streets for the report of a vehicle blocking the intersection. Officers located the vehicle and as they approached to speak with the driver they smelled the strong odor of PCP coming from his person. He was ordered out of the vehicle but refused putting the vehicle in gear and attempting to drive away. For their safety officers deployed a Taser to get the man under control and under arrest. A search incident to arrest revealed that the man was in possession of eight separate baggies containing powder cocaine and over $1,600 in cash. He was charged with possession with intent to distribute a CDS and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

April 14th:

2500 block of Allison Street: Domestic assault – The victim told officers that on the night of April 13th she went to the hospital for treatment of injuries she sustained as the result of a physical altercation with her boyfriend. She said that when she was released from the hospital and returned home she was again assaulted by her boyfriend. Officers observed that she had visible bruises and lacerations as a result. The boyfriend was arrested, charged with domestic assault and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3300 block of Buchanan Street: Theft from auto – 7:50am. The owner of a 2009 Toyota told officers that she came out to her vehicle and discovered that someone had broken out the rear passenger side window. She said that her personal check book along with an envelope containing $800 that she left in the back seat had been stolen. Officers processed the vehicle for latent evidence with negative results.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 1:15pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

3100 block of Chillum Road (7-11): Disorderly – 1:55pm. The store manager told officers that a customer got upset at a clerk because she had insufficient funds for a purchase. The woman ripped open a bag of chips and threw a bottle of water over the register counter before leaving the store. The woman was described as a black female in her early to mid-twenties wearing a security guard uniform. She fled the area in a blue SUV, possibly a Ford Explorer. A canvas of the area failed to locate the woman or her vehicle.   

April 13th:

2300 block of Varnum Street: EPS – 2:30pm. Officers saw a man walking in and out of the roadway disrupting traffic and wearing only his underwear. From previous encounters the officers knew the man was schizophrenic and bipolar. He was taken into custody and transported by EMS to Prince George’s Hospital for an emergency psychiatric evaluation.

3800 block of 35th Street: Burglary – 3:50pm. The resident told officers that when he returned home he noticed that someone had kicked in his front door. When he went inside he saw that the interior had been ransacked and the rear door was open. The officers assisted the victim with going through the residence and attempting to sort through the damage. He said that that nothing immediately stood out as being missing. Witnesses reported seeing a black male leaving the area about the time the burglary happened but could not put him at the house.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Disorderly – 9:30pm. Officers stopped to speak with a man who was intoxicated, acting in a disorderly manner and causing a public disturbance. When they tried to talk with him he began yelling profanities at them and passersby. After repeated attempts to get him to calm down, he was issued a citation for disorderly conduct. He proceeded to tear up the citation and yelled more profanities at the officers. He was arrested, charged with disorderly conduct and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

April 12th:

3200 block of Shepherd Street: Vehicle impound – 9am. Officers impounded a 2002 BMW for displaying a fake rear tag. The correct tag was on the front but the car’s overall registration was suspended and there was an MSP pick-up order for the tags.

April 11th:

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Warrant service – 9:45am. A juvenile came in to the police station to surrender on an open warrant. Officers confirmed the warrant for violation of probation related to a theft charge. He was transported to juvenile services in Upper Marlboro for processing. After processing he was delivered to the custody of the staff at the Cheltenham youth facility.

4500 block of 31st Street: Fraud – 11am. The victim told officers that she bought 5 tickets to Cancun Mexico from Lucero Travel. She said she put a cash deposit down and then agreed to have her credit card charged for the remaining balance. Her credit card was charged several hundred dollars more than the agreed upon price and when she contacted American Airlines she learned that the tickets had been canceled.

Bunker Hill Road and 34th Street: M/V collision – 4:15pm. Officers investigating a collision between a 2016 Hyundai and a 2012 Toyota learned that the driver of the Hyundai was pulling out of a parking space and struck the oncoming Toyota. There were no injuries and both vehicles were drivable after the collision.

2900 block of Allison Street: Property damage – 6pm. Officers investigating a possible vandalism to a 2013 Honda Accord determined that the damage was most likely caused by a rock kicked up by one of the lawn care company’s mowers. The victim is contacting apartment management and the lawn care company for resolution.

April 10th:

2900 block of Allison Street: Stolen vehicle (unfounded) – 9:20am. The owner of a 2005 Nissan Altima told officers that he came out for his car this morning and discovered it missing. Officers reported the vehicle as stolen but later learned that it had been towed by a private company for a parking violation.

3300 block of Shepherd Street: Missing person – 10:20pm. The mother of a 15 year old girl told officers that about 20 minutes prior her daughter left the house after the two had a verbal argument. The mom said her daughter may have gone back to a former residence in DC. Officers notified DC police and PGPD to be on the lookout for the girl. Her information was entered into NCIC missing persons files.

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.

 

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Police Report: April 3-9

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.

April 9th:

Nothing significant to report.

April 8th:

3100 block of Chillum Road: Criminal citation – 6:15pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for theft of several items of merchandise. He was identified by the officers from the store’s surveillance video.

3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Vehicle impound – 8:15am. Officers impounded a 2009 Honda Accord for displaying tags that expired back in January. The vehicle’s Maryland registration had been cancelled back in October of 2015.

2400 block of Arundel Road: Trespassing – 8:15pm. Officers received a report that there was a man sleeping in the basement of an apartment building. As the officers were escorting him out of the building he became disorderly, screaming profanities at them. He was placed under arrest for disorderly conduct. A search of his person revealed that he was in possession of several prying tools and a box knife that was used to gain access to the secured building. They also found 20 boxes of Newport cigarettes. The property was seized for evidence and safekeeping. He was delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

4200 block of 29th Street: Theft from auto – 7:25pm. The owner of a 2012 Toyota truck told officers that he discovered that someone stole the rear license plate off his truck. His roommate said that the tag had been missing since she last saw it on the 6th.

April 7th:

3200 block of Upshur Street: Open door – 7:05am. Officers responded for the report of an open door to a vacant house. When they arrived they observed that the house had been condemned by the City. The front door was open and a preliminary search of the first floor was negative. The house was determined to be too unsafe for a complete search. Officers were unable to secure the front door.

3100 block of Upshur Street: Traffic – 10:30am. Officers stopped a 2007 Cadillac Escalade being driven with expired tags. Further investigation revealed that there was an MSP pickup order for the tags and the driver’s license was suspended. The driver was issued the appropriate traffic citations, the tags were seized for return to MVA and the vehicle was impounded.

One Municipal Place: Criminal citation – 1:40pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for possession of an open alcoholic beverage in a public place.

3200 block of Otis Street: Vehicle impound – 3:05pm. Officers impounded a 2006 Chevy Monte Carlo for displaying tags issued to another vehicle. The illegal tags were also subject to an MSP pickup order. The tags were seized for return to MVA and the vehicle was impounded.

2300 block of Queens Chapel Road: Warrant service – 4:45pm. Officers initially responded to the 7-11 on Varnum Street for a shoplifting. The store clerk provided a description of the man who stole several items from the store. Officers searched the area and found the man on Queens Chapel Road. Further investigation revealed that he still had the stolen items on him and also had an open arrest warrant. He was arrested, charged with the theft and delivered to the custody of DOC pursuant to the warrant. The stolen items were returned to the store.

3200 block of Bunker Hill Road (Gazebo Park): Criminal citation (x3) – 6:40pm. Officers issued each of three men a criminal citation for drinking in public.

3300 block of Bunker Hill Road: Warrant service – 6:50pm. Officers responded for the report of a suspicious person looking into parked cars. Officers located the man and upon further investigation learned that he had an open arrest warrant for failing to appear in court on a traffic charge. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3200 block of Chillum Road: Burglary – 9pm. The resident told officers that he left home this afternoon and only locked the bottom lock to his apartment. When he returned home he discovered numerous items of his personal property had been stolen from inside the apartment. Officers could find no signs of forced entry. Officers processed the scene for latent evidence without success.

April 6th:

3400 block of Newton Street: Theft – 12:55am. The resident told officers that UPS notified her that a package was delivered to her apartment at about 2:45 this afternoon. When she got home the package was not there. A neighbor told her that they let the UPS delivery person into the building and he left the package at the correct door. Since the package contained an anniversary gift the victim did not know the contents of the package or its value.

3200 block of Upshur Street: Vehicle impound – 2pm. Officers impounded a 1996 Mazda that had no tags attached and a suspended registration going back to December of 2014.

3800 block of 33rd Street: EPS – 7pm. Officers were notified that a man walked away from Prince George’s Hospital with an IV still in his arm. The hospital staff believed that the he was headed back to Mount Rainier. Officers located him at 33rd and Perry Streets. He told the officers that he remembered leaving the hospital, but didn’t know why he had been there. He said that he left to check on his mother, who, officers learned, was at Providence Hospital receiving medical treatment of her own. He was taken into custody and returned to the care of the PGH medical staff.

April 5th:

2900 block of Arundel Road: Theft from auto – 11:40am. The owner of a 2007 Chevy told officers that he parked his truck in a rear lot while doing electrical work in the building. After about an hour he went back to his truck and discovered the doors unlocked and several tools and personal items missing from inside. No witnesses/evidence were identified.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Traffic – 12:55pm. Officers stopped a 1992 Lexus for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver’s license was revoked and the vehicle’s registration was expired. The driver was issued multiple citations and the vehicle was impounded.

3800 block of 34th Street: Traffic – 8:40pm. Officers stopped a 2002 Chrysler for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the car was unregistered and the tags on it were registered to another vehicle. The driver was issued the appropriate citations and the car was impounded.

April 4th:

3800 block of 34th Street: Criminal citation – 9:45am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

3200 block of Queenstown Drive: Burglary – 6:35pm. The resident returned home and discovered that his bedroom had been ransacked and the keys to his car stolen. There was no sign of forced entry into the apartment. PGPD detectives were notified of the crime as these types of burglaries have been on the rise in the Queenstown complex.

3200 block of Queenstown Drive: Found property – 9:50pm. A citizen turned in a Wells Fargo Visa credit card he found outside an apartment building. The card was secured pending identification of its owner.

April 3rd:

4100 block of 28th Street: Property damage – 1:40am. The owner of a 2006 Toyota Corolla told officers that she heard a loud crack and went outside to discover that the wind caused a large tree to fall on her vehicle.

4100 block of 28th Street: Property damage – 1:40am. The owner of a 1997 Mercury Mountaineer told officers that a tree had fallen on his vehicle. Officers observed that the tree had not only fallen on the vehicle but was also blocking the roadway. They contacted Public Works and the fire department to see if either could assist in clearing the tree from the roadway. Both advised they were unable to assist.

3300 block of Buchanan Street: Vandalism to auto – 2:35pm. The owner of a 2010 Nissan Pathfinder told officers that he came out to his vehicle and discovered damage to the driver’s side window that was not there when he parked it early this morning. Nothing was taken from the vehicle and no evidence/witnesses were identified.

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.

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Chasing the Dragon

An opioid and prescription drug abuse epidemic is sweeping the country, impacting all segments of society. To help raise awareness of this epidemic and to help educate young people on the dangers of addiction, the FBI and DEA have released the documentary Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict, a compilation of heart-wrenching first-person accounts by addicts and family members of addicts about their experiences.

Chasing the Dragon

Monday, April 04, 2016

Police Report: March 27 - April 2

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.

April 2nd:

4300 block of 28th Place: Vehicle impound – 8:35pm. Officers impounded a 2001 Ford Expedition that was displaying tags that expired in November of 2015.

3200 block of Arundel Road: Vehicle impound – 10:35am. Officers impounded a 2001 Nissan Sentra that was displaying tags that expired in November of 2015.

2205 Varnum Street: MIR – 12:20pm. Officer responded for the report of a disorderly man. Upon arrival the officers were told that he had left the area prior to their arrival but left behind a pair of boots. Officers took custody of the boots for safekeeping. 

3000 block of Queens Chapel Road: Warrant service – 3:50pm. Officers responded for the report of a man down. When the officers arrived EMS was treating the man for PCP intoxication.  The also learned that the man had an open arrest warrant through Charles County for failure to pay child support. The subject was transported to a local hospital for medical treatment. Once he was released from the hospital officers transported him to Upper Marlboro Correctional Facility where he was processed for the warrant.

4300 block of Kaywood Drive: Unattended death – 8:15pm. Officers responded to assist EMS personnel with an unresponsive 51 year old female. EMS unsuccessfully attempted to revive the woman and she was pronounced dead. Officers contacted the Medical Examiner’s Office and PGPD homicide detectives responded to conduct a follow-up investigation. The woman’s daughter told officers that her mother had a long history of drug abuse and alcoholism. The cause of death is unknown at this time but believed to be of natural causes.

2300 block of Varnum Street (7-11): Theft – 8:40pm. The on-duty store manager told officers that a man came into the store with a group of five kids. The man ordered a hot dog and while the clerk was filling the order the man took 3 iPhone charging cables off a display and concealed them in his pants pocket. When the employee confronted the man about it he became argumentative and fled in a dark color sedan.

4000 block of 36th Street: Property damage – 10:55pm. High winds caused a tree to fall and officers found it resting on power lines and a parked vehicle. Pepco and Mount Rainier Public Works were notified.

April 1st:

4200 block of 34th Street: Open door – 7:25am. Officers were alerted to an open front door to a private residence. Officers checked the residence and found it secure. There was no one home and nothing appeared to have been disturbed. Officers were unable to properly secure the residence.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue (Balbuene Travel): Fraud – 5:15pm. A woman came in to the police station to report that she had purchased airline tickets to El Salvador through Balbuene Travel. She later discovered that the tickets were confirmed only for the outgoing flight and not for the return flight. The victim has tried unsuccessfully to contact the agent for resolution. This has been an ongoing problem with this business and the owner has already been indicted for similar crimes. A copy of the officers’ report will be forwarded to the State’s Attorney’s Office for follow-up.

3100 block of Perry Street: EPS – 9:05pm. Officers responded for the report of a man down. The officers found the man lying in a driveway breathing but verbally unresponsive. He appeared to be under the influence of a CDS and was taken to a local hospital by EMS where he was committed for treatment.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Domestic – 10:30pm. Officers responded for the report of a verbal argument between a woman and the father of her child. During the argument the man struck the woman and fled the apartment. Officers completed a domestic violence lethality assessment and had the victim contact a counselor. They also provided her with information on how to obtain a protective order.

March 31st:

One Municipal Place: Criminal citation – 9:10am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for urinating in public.

2700 block of Upshur Street: Found property – 10:15pm. Officers were notified that contractors working in a basement laundry room found two loaded handguns concealed in the ceiling. Officers recovered both guns, a 9mm semi-automatic pistol and 5-shot revolver. A check through NCIC revealed that the 9mm had been reported stolen in 2012 from an address in Hoke County, NC. The revolver was reported stolen in 2010 from an address in McDuffie County, GA. The Sheriff’s Office in both counties were notified of the recovery and efforts will be made to return the guns to their respective owners after an investigation to determine if either had been used in a crime.

3800 block of 34th Street: Traffic – 11:15pm. Officers stopped a 1991 Mercedes being driven with no tags displayed. Officers confirmed that the vehicle was not properly registered and it was impounded. The driver was cited accordingly.

4000 block of 34th Street: Fraud – 2pm. A store owner told officers that she was contacted by a representative of Power Solutions who said that she pay an overdue electric bill to avoid having her power disconnected. The thief tried to bet the owner to send $869 to the company via Money Gram. She recognized the fraud and did not send any money.

3100 block of Chillum Road (7-11): Theft – 6:20pm. The store clerk told officers that an elderly man came into the store carrying a bottle of antifreeze. He selected another bottle from a shelf, went to the counter and demanded a refund for both bottles. When he was refused the refund he went to the movie shelf, took a DVD and fled the store. Officers reviewed the security camera and identified the man. They are in the process of obtaining misdemeanor theft charges against him.

March 30th:

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue (MRPD HQ): Found property – 9:55am. A man came in to the police station and turned in two ladies purses he found in the 2400 block of Randolph Street in DC. Officers took custody of the property and will attempt to identify the owners.

4000 block of 34th Street: Armed robbery (arrest) – 6:10pm. Officers observed a man riding a white bicycle in the 3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue who had been identified by PGPD detectives as a suspect in the ZZ Pizza robbery back on March 20th.  When the officers tried to stop and question him he fled on the bike. Additional officers responded to assist in locating him and he was eventually located and taken into custody. The employees of ZZ Pizza positively identified him as the person who committed the robbery. A subsequent search of his residence located additional evidence of his involvement in the crime. He was transported to PGPD’s Criminal Investigations Division for additional questioning. He was charged with robbery and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

March 29th:

4100 block of 31st Street: Theft from auto – 7:30am. The owner of a 2016 Toyota Corolla told officers that he came out to his vehicle this morning and discovered the trunk ajar and two air mattresses missing. The main passenger compartment was still secure and there were no signs of forced entry. The victim believes he may have released the trunk by accident with the remote.

3200 block of Chillum Road: Burglary – 3:45pm. The resident told officers that she locked the bottom lock of her apartment door when she left home. Upon returning the door was still locked but several of her personal electronic items and some change had been stolen from inside. There were no signs of forced entry into the apartment and no evidence/witnesses were identified.

March 28th:

3500 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 4:35pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for urinating in public.

March 27th:

4000 block of 35th Street: Burglary – 1:15pm. The residents told officers that they left home at about 10am and left the front and back doors closed but unlocked. When they returned a few hours later they discovered the front door wide open. When they investigated further they found a dining room window open and the living room ransacked. They also discovered that several computers had been stolen. Officers processed the house and recovered several fingerprints for further investigation.

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.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Police Report: March 20-26

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.

March 26th:

3000 block of Arundel Road: M/V collision – 12:50am. Officers impounded a 1998 Honda Civic after it had crashed into two parked cars and left abandoned. The vehicle was not currently registered and the tags had expired back in October of 2015. It had not been reported stolen.

34th Street and Arundel Road: M/V collision – 11:30am. Officers impounded two vehicles that had been involved in a collision in the intersection. Neither driver was injured and refused EMS treatment.  

3400 block pf Perry Street: 1st degree assault – 7:40pm. Officers responded for the report of an assault that had just occurred. When they arrived they found a man suffering from a facial laceration and a woman suffering from a cut to her hand. The male victim led the officers to a knife and sword that were used by the assailant to cut both victims. With the assistance of witnesses the officers were able to locate the suspect and other evidence inside the home. The suspect was arrested and delivered to the custody of PGPD detectives for further questioning and charges. Both victims were taken to Medstar for treatment of their wounds.

March 25th:

3700 block of 34th Street: Criminal citation – 3:15pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

March 24th:

2700 block of Allison Street: Fraud – 4:30pm. The victim told officers that he sold a pair of shoes online using PayPal. After believing the funds had been deposited into his account he shipped the shoes to the buyer in Illinois. When he tried to withdraw the funds from his account he found them unavailable and the transaction fraudulent. The victim contacted the local police in Monee, Illinois and PayPal in an attempt to resolve the issue.

March 23rd:

2900 block of Arundel Road: Home invasion robbery (arrest). MRPD officers were notified that PGPD robbery detectives along with officers from the Repeat Offenders Prevention Enforcement (ROPE) Fugitive Unit arrested a woman and charged her with the home invasion robbery that occurred back on November 27, 2015. She was located and arrested at an address on Franklin Street, NE. When questioned about the crime she waived her rights and admitted to her involvement in the robbery. PGPD also identified her male accomplice and charged him with the crime as well. He was interviewed at DOC but invoked his rights and refused to give any statement.

3800 block of 33rd Street: Attempt suicide – 6:15am. Officers responded for the report of a man who had attempted suicide. They found the man sitting in chair on his front porch bleeding from lacerations to his left wrist. EMS responded and transported him to Prince Georges Hospital for treatment of his wounds and committed for an emergency psychiatric evaluation.

4200 block of 30th Street: Missing person – 5:15pm. Officers received a report from the daughter of a man suffering from dementia that he left home at about 12:30pm to buy a lottery ticket and did not return. Officers later discovered that the man was at Washington Adventist Hospital under the care of the medical staff. His daughter was notified.

3100 block of Arundel Road: Stolen vehicle – 6:55pm. The owner of a 2005 BMW told officers that she came home from work and discovered that her vehicle had been stolen sometime during the day. No evidence or witnesses were identified.

3200 block of Queenstown Drive: Burglary – 7:25pm. The residents told officers that when they returned home from work they discovered that someone had entered their apartment, ransacked it and stole a quantity of cash, two laptop computers and a camera. There were no signs of forced entry into the apartment. The residents said that they had subleased a bedroom to a co-worker that had moved out but thinks he may still have a key to the apartment and may be responsible for the theft. The residents were advised to contact management to have the locks changed.

March 22nd:

4600 block of 30th Street: Stolen auto – 7:30am. The owner of a 2010 Dodge told officers that she came out for her vehicle this morning and discovered that it had been stolen. No evidence or witnesses were identified. At about 6:30pm officers were notified that the vehicle had actually been repossessed and not stolen.

3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Traffic – 5:25pm. Officers stopped a 2007 Pontiac for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver did not have a license. He was issued the appropriate traffic citations and sent on his way. The vehicle was impounded.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Traffic – 8:45pm. Officers stopped a 2006 Honda for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the tags on the car were listed to another vehicle. The driver was issued the appropriate traffic citations and sent on his way. The vehicle was impounded.

March 21st:

3700 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Attempted sexual assault – 4:45pm. The victim told officers that on Sunday March 20th at about 8:30pm she was walking along the sidewalk when a black male (NFD) approached her from behind, pushed her up against a wall and attempted to sexually assault her. She was able to fight off her assailant and he fled the scene towards City Hall. She was not injured and did not want to be checked out by EMS personnel. A copy of the assault report was forwarded to PGPD detectives for follow-up.

March 20th:

3800 block of 34th Street: EPS – 12:20am. Officers responded to check on a woman who had been seen sitting in a car for an extended period of time. When the officers spoke with her she immediately showed signs that she was not in a proper state of mind. Officers took her into custody and transported her to a local hospital for emergency treatment and evaluation.

4000 block of 34th Street (ZZ Pizza): Armed robbery – 9:20pm. Employees propped open the back door in order to take out the trash. While the door was open a man came into the store, placed a knife to her side and demanded money. He walked her to the front cash register where another employee was counting the drawer. He demanded that that employee surrender the cash, which he did. The suspect fled out the back door, got on a mountain bike and fled down Bunker Hill Road towards Brentwood. The suspect was described as a black male in his mid- 20s, 5’5” tall, 160lbs, wearing all black clothing and a black ski mask. One of the victims said that he thinks he has seen the suspect in the area on a regular basis. PGPD robbery detectives were notified and a canvas of the area for the suspect proved negative.

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.

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Monday, March 21, 2016

Police Report: March 13-19

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.

March 19th:

Nothing significant to report.

March 18th:

3500 block of Bunker Hill Road: Theft from auto – 9am.  The owner of a 2016 Ford Explorer told officers that he came out to his vehicle this morning and discovered that someone had smashed out the rear passenger side window and stole a GPS unit from inside.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Suspicious person – 2:30pm. The resident told officers that she heard a knock at her door but did not answer it. She heard the door knob move for several minutes like someone was trying to manipulate the lock but the person did not get inside and eventually left. The person was described as a tall black male in his 30s with shoulder length hair and wearing a black shirt.

March 17th:

3800 block of 34th Street: Criminal citation – 3:15pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

4300 block of Russell Avenue: Malicious burning – 3:20pm. Officers responded after receiving information that someone had set a small fire in a basement boiler room. A resident heard the fire alarm and extinguished the fire prior to the officers’ arrival. Officers inspected the scene and found damage to the door lock to the boiler room and freshly burnt material, possibly cardboard, on the floor. Officers also discovered traces of freshly burnt material in two storage rooms, but no major structural damage. The Prince George’s County Fire Marshall’s office was notified and several investigators responded and took over the investigation.

March 16th:

3700 block of 36th Street: Vandalism to auto – 7:50am. The owner of a 1999 Ford truck told officers that he came out to the vehicle this morning and discovered a large crack in the windshield. The cause of the damage was undetermined.

3700 block of Rhode Island Avenue: M/V collision – 4:20pm. The driver of a 2013 Nissan failed to control his speed and rear ended a 2011 Mercedes traveling in the same lane. The driver of the Nissan was cited accordingly. Both vehicles were drivable after the collision.

March 15th:

3300 block of Buchanan Street: Domestic assault – 12:45am. Officers responded for the report of a domestic argument. When they arrived they learned that a boyfriend and girlfriend with two small children had gotten into a verbal argument. The male half was intoxicated and said that he wanted to go to jail. When the officers told him that he had not committed any crime that would warrant his arrest he said that they would be called back out later. As officers were leaving the female half came running outside advising officers that she had just been assaulted. The male half had smacked her in the face and pushed her. When officers returned the male half was waiting to go to jail. He was placed under arrest, charged with 2nd degree domestic assault and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Burglary – 7:15am. The resident told officers that she locked and secured her apartment when she left home on March 14th at about 7am. When she returned home that evening her apartment door was still secured but a play station was missing from the living room along with other personal items and jewelry that had been in her bedroom. Officers believe that entry was made through an unlocked window (2nd floor apartment).

2700 block of Webster Street: Vehicle impound – 9:20am. Officers impounded a 2003 BMW that was displaying tags that expired in May of 2015.

3700 block of 34th Street: Criminal citation – 2:55pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

March 14th:

4000 block of 36th Street: Burglary – 9:30am. The victim told officers that a man renovating an apartment locked and secured the apartment at about 7pm on March 11th leaving several power tools in the living room. When he returned today he discovered the front door unlocked and his tools stolen. Evidence showed that entry was probably made by jimmying a lock on one of the windows. Evidence was also identified that may link this burglary to others in the area believed to have been committed by a small group of individuals who frequent the area.

2700 block of Webster Street: Stolen/recovered vehicle – 10:35am. The owner of a 2012 Ford truck told officers that he came out to the truck this morning and discovered it had been stolen. The truck was equipped with a GPS tracker and it was located in the 2400 block of Evarts Street, NE. DC police responded and located the vehicle unoccupied. MRPD officers gave the owner a ride to Evarts Streets to get his truck which was found to have a defeated door lock and ignition. All of the copper pipe and welding tanks were missing along with all the owner’s tools.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Burglary – 12:30pm. The resident told officers that she was lying in bed and heard a knock at the door. She heard the apartment door open and a man walked into her bedroom. As soon as the man saw her he ran out of the apartment. The victim said that she was pretty sure she locked the door. There were no signs of forced entry and the victim believes the man had a key. Management was contacted and requested to change the locks. PGPD Detectives were also notified.

3200 block of Otis Street: EPS – 2:15pm. Officers responded for the report of a man lying on a vehicle. Officers located the man and observed that he appeared to be under the influence of PCP and was not able to answer basic questions. He was taken into custody without incident, transported to a local hospital and released to the medical staff for treatment.

3400 block of Newton Street: Fraud – 3pm. The victim told officers that back on February 1st he received a paycheck in the mail while he was in jail. He said that when he was released he learned that his brother in law took the check from his mail box and cashed it at a local Cash Check Depot on Queens Chapel Road. The victim stated that he is unsure if he wishes to pursue charges but wanted the incident documented.

3800 block of 30th Street: Disorderly – 11:10pm. Officers responded for the report of two people arguing in the street. When they arrived they learned that two women were in a verbal dispute over relationship issues. One of the women had taken the other’s cell phone and refused to give it back. The officers tried repeatedly to get the woman to return the cell phone but she refused. She was placed under arrest for disorderly conduct and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. The phone was returned to its owner.

March 13th:

3000 block of Arundel Road: Vandalism to auto – 7:20am. The owner of a 2007 Hyundai told officers that she came out to her vehicle this morning and discovered the passenger side rear view mirror was broken off.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Traffic – 12:15pm. Officers stopped a 2006 Toyota for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver had been drinking. He failed a field sobriety test on the scene and a breathalyzer test administered at the PGPD District I station. He was charged with DUI and released. His vehicle was impounded for safekeeping.

3700 block of 37th Street: 2nd degree assault – 12:25pm. The victim told officers that she and her adult son got into a verbal argument over money. During the argument her son threw a rock at her that hit her in the right eye. She sustained a minor abrasion and refused medical treatment. She was advised of her options with a District Court Commissioner and encouraged to seek a protection order against her son.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: EPS – 9:30pm. Officers responded for the report of an unknown trouble. When they arrived they encountered an adult male who was under the influence of PCP and suffering from other medical issues. EMS personnel responded and attempted to take the man to a medical facility for treatment. The man resisted the EMS personnel and the MPRD officers whereupon the officers were forced to deploy a Taser to get him under control. EMS transported him to Washington Adventist Hospital for emergency medical and psychiatric evaluation and treatment.

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.