Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Police Report: July 24-30

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.

July 30th:

3300 block of Chauncey Place: MIR – 8:55pm. Officers assisted fire/rescue personnel with a forced entry into an apartment. The elderly resident called 911 after experiencing a fall. The woman was found uninjured and EMS personnel assisted her with getting safely into bed.

July 29th:

3300 block of Chauncey Place: Stolen vehicle – 9am. The owner of a 2015 Ford Mustang told officers that sometime overnight someone stole her car. No evidence/witnesses were identified.

3300 block of Chauncey Place: Stolen vehicle – 11am. The owner of a 2012 Audi told officers that sometime overnight someone stole his car. No evidence/witnesses were identified.

July 28th:

4000 block of 28th Place: Warrant service – 12:35am. Officers responded to check the welfare of a man lying in the grass. They found the man and found him to be very intoxicated. Upon further investigation the officers learned that he had an open arrest warrant through the United States Marshall’s Office (Arlington, VA) for armed robbery. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

2500 block of Arundel Road: Destruction of property – 3am. Officers responded for the report of a vandalism that had just occurred. When they arrived they learned that an intoxicated man was having an argument with his wife and when she would not answer the phone he broke one of her apartment windows. He also went to the front door of the apartment building and used a car jack to smash open the front door. He was arrested, charged with destruction of property and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

4100 block of 28th Street: Vehicle impound – 8:35am. Officers impounded a 1995 Toyota truck that was displaying North Carolina tags that expired back in December of 2015.

4100 block of Russell Avenue: Vehicle impound – 9:15am. Officers impounded a 2000 Chevy truck that was displaying tags that were issued to another vehicle.

4000 block of 33rd Street: Vehicle impound – 10:10am. Officers impounded a 2004 Ford van that was unregistered and had no tags attached.

July 27th:

2500 block of Queens Chapel Road: Attempt theft from auto – 2:45am. The owner of a 2016 Honda told officers that he came out to check on his car after hearing the alarm sounding. He saw two black males who got into the vehicle after smashing out the driver’s side window, had silenced the alarm and were rummaging through the interior. When the owner confronted the two suspects they got into a white pickup truck and fled the scene. Nothing was reported stolen but the owner suspected that the two were looking for the key to the car’s locking wheel lugs so they could steal the tires and rims.

July 26th:

4200 block of 29th Street: Suicide – 2:20am. At about 10pm on the 25th MRPD officers, at the request of DC police, responded to check on the welfare of a man who owned a rental house in the block. The man had been reported missing to MPD by his girlfriend. The tenants of the house told the officers that they had not seen or heard from the owner and gave the officers his DC address which was all the info they had. At about 2:20am today MRPD officers responded back to the house after the owner’s girlfriend called back and said that he was taking medication for anxiety and was suffering from depression. While speaking with the residents officers checked the backyard shed and discovered the man hanging from a rope. EMS responded and pronounced the man dead. PGPD homicide detectives along with the State Medical Examiner responded to do a follow-up investigation. The ME determined that no foul play was involved and took possession of the body for a post mortem examination.

4500 block of 30th Street: Vehicle impound – 8:15am. Officers impounded a 2003 Toyota that had been previously marked for 48-hour towing.

3800 block of 35th Street: Vehicle impound – 8:25am. Officers impounded a 2004 BMW that was displaying tags that expired back in October of 2015.

4400 block of 28th Place: Vehicle impound – 12:25am. Officers impounded a 1999 Saab for displaying tags that were issued to another vehicle.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: M/V collision – 2:45pm. The driver of a 1998 Toyota had stopped for a red signal just north of the traffic circle when she was rear ended by the driver of a 2005 Chevy truck. She was taken by EMS to a local hospital for evaluation of her minor injuries. Her vehicle was disabled and had to be towed from the scene.

3700 block of 37th Street: Animal bite – 3:35pm. The victim told officers that she was walking her dog a black Lab mix dog jumped the fence of a residence and bit her. She refused medical treatment at the scene and said she would go to the hospital on her own for a checkup. The dog was contained in the basement of the residence per protocol and Animal Control was notified. Both the victim and the dog’s owner were provided with a copy of the Animal Exposure Report.

2500 block of Arundel Road: Missing juvenile – 6pm. A woman notified officers that her niece left home with an unknown Hispanic male and had not been heard from in several hours. The girl’s information was entered into NCIC missing persons files and a copy of the police report was faxed to PGPD at District I station. Officers performed a follow up at about 10pm and learned that the girl had not as yet returned home.

3100 block of Buchanan Street: Vehicle impound – 7pm. Officers impounded a 2006 Hyundai for displaying an expired Nevada temporary registration tag. The vehicle had been previously marked for 48-hour towing.

4000 block of 36th Street: Domestic assault – 8pm. Officers responded for the report of a domestic argument where the male half was armed with a knife. When they arrived they met the female victim outside and learned that the father of her child was intoxicated and assaulted both her and the child. He also accosted her with the knife and threatened to kill her. Officers were able to take the man into custody, charge him with domestic assault and deliver him to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. Neither the victim not the child was injured. The victim was provided transportation to the court commissioner’s office to petition for a protective order.

July 25th:

4700 block of 31st Place: Vehicle impound – 9:20am. Officers impounded a 2006 Dodge for displaying an expired temporary tag that was registered to another vehicle.

2300 block of Arundel Road: Criminal citation – 11:40am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

July 24th:

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Warrant service – 8:55am. Officers patrolling the area stopped to speak with a man seen drinking in public. Further investigation revealed that there was an open warrant for his arrest through Prince George’s County for disorderly conduct. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

 

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.

Monday, August 01, 2016

Police Report: July 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.

July 23rd:

2400 block of Queens Chapel Road: Traffic – 4:55am. Officers patrolling the area observed a vehicle commit a traffic violation. The officers were able to catch up to the vehicle and effect a traffic stop on Queens Chapel Road at Eastern Avenue. Before the officers were able to get the vehicle’s tag number the vehicle suddenly took off at a high rate of speed into DC. The officers followed to try and get a good tag number and saw the driver throw a handgun out of the window. A few seconds later the driver failed to execute a bend in the road and crashed into a tree. MRPD and MPD officers extricated the driver from the vehicle and performed CPR on him until EMS arrived. He was taken to a local hospital where he died from injuries sustained in the crash. MPD officers recovered the handgun and learned that it had been reported stolen from an address in Anderson County, South Carolina back in 2015.

3100 block of Buchanan Street: Vehicle impound – 11:55am. Officers impounded a 2006 Mitsubishi Gallant that was displaying tags that expired in December of 2015.

One Municipal Place: Criminal citation – 4:55pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

3400 block of Eastern Avenue: Warrant service – 4:50pm. Officers responded after receiving information that a woman had an open arrest warrant. The officers located her and confirmed that she had an open warrant through Prince George’s County for 2nd degree assault. She was arrested and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3800 block of 34th Street: Non-contact shooting – 9pm. An Uber driver told officers that he just dropped off four juveniles at a party going on at 3804 34th Street. He turned his vehicle around in an adjacent parking lot and as he made a right turn to go back to Rhode Island Avenue he heard a loud bang and his driver window shattered. Upon further investigation the officers located an unoccupied parked vehicle at the entrance to the parking lot that also had bullet holes in it. It is believed that someone drove by the large crowd of juveniles congregating for the party and fired a single shot from a 12 gauge shotgun initially striking the parked vehicle. A stray round of buck shot struck the “A” pillar of the Uber driver’s vehicle causing the windshield to shatter. No suspects were identified and no one was injured. PGPD detectives responded to assist with the investigation. The party at 3804 34th Street was also shut down to permitting and safety issues. A follow-up investigation will also be conducted to determine if the business at 3804 was holding the party in violation of fire regulations (capacity) and in violation of the use and occupancy permit.

July 22nd:

2700 block of Webster Street: Vehicle impound – 3:50pm. Officers impounded a 2014 Mitsubishi for displaying a fake temporary registration tag.

July 21st:

3200 block of Varnum Street: Criminal citation – 7:45am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle.

One Municipal Place: Criminal citation – 10:20am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

3300 block of Perry Street: Criminal citation – 10:30pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

July 20th:

3500 block of Bunker Hill Road: Warrant service – 10:40am. Officers responded for the report of a suspicious person. They located the man described by witnesses and a further investigation revealed that he had an open arrest warrant through the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office for failing to appear in court on a 4th degree burglary charge. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3400 block of Newton Street: EPS – 6:50pm. Officers responded for the report of a man lying on the sidewalk. When they arrived they found the man described by witnesses and immediately recognized that he was under the influence of PCP. He was transported to Washington Adventist Hospital and released to the medical staff for emergency treatment.

July 19th:

3500 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Traffic – 3:25am. Officers stopped a 1996 Honda Civic for failing to display a front tag. Further investigation revealed that the rear tag had been reported stolen from an address in Anne Arundel County on July 16th and the vehicle itself was unregistered. The driver was charged with possession of the stolen tags and other crimes and the vehicle was impounded.

July 18th:

4000 block of 35th Street: Theft – 9:45am. A man came into the police station and reported his Mossberg 500 shotgun stolen. He told officers that he last saw the gun in his residence on July 12th and realized that it was missing on the 17th. He was unaware of how or when the shotgun got stolen. Officers went with the victim to his home and checked for any signs of forced entry and found no evidence that was consistent with a breaking and entering. The victim said that no other items were missing and he had no further information.

4200 block of Kaywood Drive: Vehicle impound – 2:30pm. Officers impounded a 1999 Lincoln that was unregistered and had no tags attached.

4200 block of Kaywood Drive: Vehicle impound – 2:45pm. Officers impounded a 1993 Nissan 300ZX that was displaying tags that expired back in April of this year. The vehicle had been previously marked for 24-hour towing.

3800 block of 34th Street: Criminal citation – 3:35pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

July 17th:

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 9:40pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

3300 block of Buchanan Street: Domestic assault – 12:05pm. The victim told officers that she was awakened by her boyfriend who began arguing with her over money issues. The argument turned physical and the victim sustained scratches and bruises on both arms. The boyfriend, still on the scene, was arrested, charged with domestic assault and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. A domestic violence lethality screening was completed and the victim screened positive for assistance. She spoke with a DV counselor according to protocol and was advised of her options with a District Court Commissioner. 

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.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Police Report: July 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.

 

July 16th:

 

4700 block of 30th Street: Assault – 10:35pm. Officers on patrol observed a large group of juveniles fighting. When the officers stopped to intervene the group disbursed. One of the participants was found lying on the ground unconscious. EMS responded and transported the individual, along with his mother who was also at the scene, to Children’s Hospital for medical treatment.

 

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Stolen vehicle – 12:10pm. The owner of a 2005 Chrysler 300 told officers that she parked her vehicle in the parking lot at about 2am this morning. When she returned for her car at about noon she discovered it had been stolen.

 

July 15th:

 

3200 block of Arundel Road: Theft from auto – 7:15am. The owner of a 2010 Chevy Tahoe told officers that he parked his vehicle on the 14th at about 9pm. When he returned this morning he discovered his vehicle up on bricks and all four wheels and tires stolen. He also discovered that those responsible also broke in through the right passenger window and stole the radio from the center console. Officers processed the vehicle for evidence with negative results.

 

4500 block of 29th Street: Tampering – 2:30pm. Officers responded for the report of a man making unauthorized entry into several parked vehicles. Once in the area the officers detained a man they observed with his hands inside an unoccupied car. Further investigation revealed that the man had been observed by witnesses entering at least three other vehicles parked along the block. He was arrested, charged with motor vehicle tampering and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

 

3300 block of Chauncey Place: Assault – 2:30pm. The victim told officers that she was involved in a verbal argument with her boyfriend (suspect 1) and another woman (suspect 2), both of whom lived with the victim. The argument escalated to a physical altercation when the victim was attacked by both suspects and she sustained visible injuries to her face, both arms and upper chest. Both the victim and suspect 2 had conflicting accounts of how the fight started and why. The male suspect had left the apartment prior to the officers’ arrival. Both parties were advised of their options with a District Court Commissioner. EMS responded and transported the victim to a local hospital for treatment of her injuries.

 

July 14th:

 

Nothing significant to report.

 

July 13th:

 

3700 block of Wells Avenue: Vehicle impound – 9am. Officers impounded a 2005 Chevy that was displaying temporary tags that expired back in December of 2015 and were listed to a Subaru. The tags were removed for return to MVA.

 

Queens Chapel Road and 30th Street: M/V collision – 4pm. Officers investigating the collision determined that a 2005 Toyota was traveling west on Queens Chapel Road when the driver of a 2009 Mustang traveling east on Queens Chapel made a left turn striking the Toyota. The Mustang was inoperable after the crash and was towed from the scene. No citations were issued.

 

Rhode Island Avenue and 34th Street: M/V collision – 4pm. The officers’ investigation revealed that the driver of a UPS truck headed south on Rhode Island Avenue tried to merge into the shoulder lane and struck the left front corner of a Freightliner tractor trailer that was parked in the shoulder lane. There were no injuries and no citations issued.

 

July 12th:

 

4300 block of Russell Avenue: EPS – 3:35am. Officers responded for the report of a vehicle that had struck a parked car and the driver was slumped over the wheel. The officers found the man trying to get out of the driver’s seat and into the passenger seat with the strong odor of PCP coming from his person. He was taken into custody and transported to Washington Adventist Hospital for emergency treatment. His vehicle was impounded.

 

One Municipal Place: Criminal citation – 5:45pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for urinating in public.

 

3300 block of Chauncey Place: Sexual assault – 7:25pm. Officers responded for the report of a sexual assault that occurred earlier. A determination was made that the assault occurred on PGPD’s jurisdiction and was transferred to PGPD officers. Mount Rainier officers remained on scene to assist.

 

July 11th:

 

3600 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation (x2) – 8:55am. Officers issued each of two men a criminal citation for possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage in a public place.

 

2300 block of Varnum Street (7-11): 2nd degree assault – 12:50pm. The victim (store owner) told officers that a black male came into the store and started arguing with him. When the victim told the man to leave the man punched him repeatedly in the chest before fleeing the store in an unknown direction. Officers canvassed the area for the suspect with negative results.

 

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation (x2) – 7:50pm. Officers issued each of two men a criminal citation for disorderly conduct.

 

2500 block of Allison Street: Vandalism – 9pm. The resident told officers that when she returned home she observed damage to her apartment door. The door locking mechanism appeared to have been tampered with so that when closed and locked the door is able to be pushed open. No evidence as to who was responsible was identified.

 

July 10th:

 

3600 block of Bunker Hill Road (MR Tool Shed): Burglary – 6pm. The reporting person told officers that she had last been at the Tool Shed on July 5th at about 6:30pm and observed the building to be locked and secure. When she returned today she discovered that the door handle had been damaged and the door was ajar. When she inspected the interior of the facility she discovered that about $1,200 in equipment and tools had been stolen. She also said that while waiting for the police, she saw an older black male riding a bike dragging a lawn mower. Officers canvassed the area for the man with negative results. The reporting person was unable to provide a complete description or serial numbers for any of the items stolen. PGPD’s Property Crimes Unit was notified of the burglary.

 

3300 block of Chauncey Place: Domestic – 10:10pm. While assisting apartment security officers with an individual MRPD officers heard a woman and a child screaming from inside an adjacent apartment. The officers entered the apartment after being let in by a young child and once inside they discovered that the screaming was caused by a man beating a woman. The woman had visible scratches on her back, neck, and the back of her legs. All of these marks had broken skin and were starting to bleed. The man was arrested, charged with domestic assault and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. The victim declined medical treatment and was advised to contact a District Court Commissioner to obtain a protective order.

 

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, July 12, 2016

Police Report: July 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.

July 9th:

One Municipal Place: Criminal citation – 10:40am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

3000 block of Buchanan Street: Destruction of property – 12:05pm. The victim told officers that she and her baby’s father had several people over to their apartment last night. Some of their guests got drunk and out of hand. At about 1am someone broke two windows from the inside of her apartment, one in the living room area and one in the bedroom. She could not advise who did it.

3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Vehicle impound – 2:15pm. Officers patrolling the area came upon a 2015 Dodge Caravan and noticed that the driver was suffering from a medical emergency. He was transported by EMS to Providence Hospital for treatment. The van was towed for safekeeping.

3200 block of Queens Chapel Road: M/V collision – 8:20pm. The owner of a 2014 Ford Fiesta pulled into the gas station to make a purchase. She got out of the vehicle without securing it in park and it began to drive away by itself. She tried unsuccessfully to re-enter the car to get control of it but was unsuccessful and was dragged across the parking lot as the car struck three other cars before coming to rest in some bushes. EMS responded and transported the woman to Prince George’s Hospital for treatment of severe injuries to her left leg.

July 8th:

3200 block of Queenstown Drive: Property damage – 8am. The owner of a 2015 Kia told officers that someone/something hit her vehicle causing scratches to the passenger side rocker panel. She believes that the damage was caused by the lawn maintenance company mowing the adjacent grass area but did not witness the damage.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue (Balbuena/Lucero Travel): Fraud – 2:50pm. Two victims came into the police station and reported that they purchased airline tickets for travel to Veracruz, Mexico back on May 24th. When they tried to confirm the tickets for their trips they learned that the seats had never been reserved with the airlines.

4100 block of 28th Street: Recovered stolen auto – 5:45pm. Officers were notified that a 2003 Ford truck that was reported stolen from the 4100 block of 28th Street back on June 30th had been located and recovered by PGPD at about 1pm today. The vehicle was located near the intersection of Beaver Heights Lane and Addison Road. Both registration plates had been removed from the vehicle and no arrests were made. The owner was notified of the recovery.

4600 block of 27th Street: Missing person – 6:45pm. The mother of a missing juvenile female came into the police station to get assistance in finding her daughter. Although the girl was supposed to be with her father in North Carolina Mom had reason to believe that she was in Mount Rainier. Officers responded to the suspected address, located the missing girl and returned her to the custody of her mother.

2700 block of Allison Street: Theft from auto – 7:50pm. The owner of a 2008 GMC truck told officers that sometime between 11am on July 5th and 1am on July 6th someone entered his unlocked truck and stole his Galaxy 6 cell phone valued at $500.

3400 block of Perry Street: Robbery – 10:30pm. The victim told officers that he was walking through the municipal parking lot when he was approached by a black male riding a bicycle. The suspect stopped, produced a handgun and demanded the victim’s money and cell phone. The victim complied and the suspect fled the area in an unknown direction. The victim described the suspect as a dark skin black male in his early 20s with short hair and wearing all dark clothing. Detectives from the Prince George’s County Police Robbery Suppression Team responded to the scene to conduct a follow-up investigation.

July 7th:

2700 block of Allison Street: 2nd degree assault – 1:35am. The victim told officers that he came out of his apartment building to smoke a cigarette. While doing so he noticed a black truck parked across the street and a man who he did not know pacing up and down the street. The man walked up to the victim and struck him in the face causing a small cut on the right side of his eye. The two fought briefly before the suspect got into the black truck and drove away. EMS responded and transported the victim to a local hospital for treatment of his injury. The officers canvassed the area for the suspect and his truck with negative results.

July 6th:

3500 block of Perry Street: Fraud – 4:15pm. The victim told officers that she received a call from someone who she believed to be a collections agent for Pepco. The subject identified herself as Courtney Sims and told the victim that she needed to pay $500 in order to avoid disruption of her Pepco service.  The victim wired $500 through Money Gram at the CVS on Queens Chapel Road. She became suspicious and called Pepco which had no knowledge of the payment transaction. The victim is in the process of following up with Money Gram’s fraud department. 

3400 block of Bunker Hill Road: EPS – 7pm. Officers responded for the report of a man causing a disturbance in the roadway. They located the man lying in the road in an incoherent state. Believing the man to be under the influence of PCP the officers summoned EMS to transport him to Washington Adventist Hospital for emergency medical treatment.

3500 block of Perry Street: Warrant service – 11:40pm. Officers responded for the report of an occupied suspicious vehicle. The officers located the vehicle and interviewed the driver. During the interview they learned that he had an open arrest warrant through the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. The vehicle was left legally parked and secured on the street.

July 5th:

3000 block of Queens Chapel Road (Rainier Manor): Death report – 4:20am. Officers responded to assist EMS with a death. EMS told officers that when they arrived they found a 72 year old man who had died from an apparent heart attack. The decedent’s girlfriend to the officers that he came out of the bathroom holding his chest and collapsed. EMS was unable to revive him. The medical examiner responded to the scene and determined there were no signs of foul play and believed the man’s death was from natural causes. His remains were transported to the ME’s office in Baltimore for post mortem.

4600 block of 31st Place: Vehicle impound – 9:05am. Officers impounded a 2013 Scion for displaying tags that expired back in September of 2015.

4700 block of 31st Place: Hit and run collision – 9:15pm. The owner of a 2004 BMW told officers that he came out to his vehicle this morning and discovered minor damage to the bumper. While speaking to the BMW’s owner the owner of a 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix discovered similar damage to her vehicle. Both vehicle’s damages could be attributed to an unknown striking vehicle that fled the scene.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 10:30am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

3300 block of Otis Street: Criminal citation (x3) – 1:05pm. Officers issued each of three men a criminal citation for drinking in public.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road (Advanced Auto): Theft – 1pm. The store manager told officers that two black males came into the store, one of whom began walking around the store asking questions in an attempt to distract employees. The second subject took two Club anti-theft devices and both subjects fled the store without paying for the items. The two were last seen towards the rear of 3110 Chillum Road.

One Municipal Place: Criminal citation – 9:30pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

July 4th:

2500 block of Arundel Road: Warrant service – 10am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public. While issuing the citation the officers learned that the subject had an open warrant through Prince George’s County for failing to appear in court on a charge of malicious destruction of property. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

Queens Chapel Road and 25th Street: M/V collision – 3pm. Officers investigating a traffic collision determined that the driver of a 2004 Saturn was making a left turn from Queens Chapel Road onto 25th  Street and struck a 2015 Dodge Dart on Queens Chapel Road. The driver of the Saturn was charged with causing the collision. Neither driver was injured. Both vehicles were disabled and were towed from the scene.

July 3rd:

2700 block of Arundel Road: Vehicle impound – 4:40am. Officers impounded a 2007 Audi for being parked in such a manner as to block the roadway.

3200 block of Perry Street: Theft from auto – 9:45am. The owner of a 2012 Hyundai told officers that she came out to her vehicle this morning and discovered that change from the ashtray and an iPhone from the armrest area has been stolen. She said that it was possible that she left the doors unlocked when she came home last night.  There were no signs of a forced entry to the vehicle and it was processed for evidence with negative results. 

3300 block of Chauncey Place: Domestic – 10:40am. The victim told officers that she and her husband got into an argument during which he physically pushed her around the apartment demanding money. The victim retreated to a bedroom to call police, and while talking with the Dispatcher her husband came into the room, snatched the phone away from her and left the house. The officers advised the victim of her options with the District Court Commissioner and transported her to the Commissioner’s office to apply for a protective order.

Queenstown Drive and Buchanan Street: M/V collision – 5:45pm. Officers investigating a traffic collision learned that the driver of a 2006 Toyota Corolla failed to stop at a stop sign and struck a 2008 Toyota Camry on the passenger side. There were no injuries. Both vehicles were disabled from the collision and had to be towed from the scene.

2700 block of Upshur Street: Sound of shots – 6:20pm. The witness told officers that she heard 4-6 gun shots coming from outside her apartment. When she looked outside she saw a white Infinity SUV leaving from in front of her building towards Russell Avenue. She said that she believes that the vehicle belongs to someone her daughter knows. PGPD detectives responded to begin a follow-up investigation. A search of the area turned up two 40 caliber shell casings that were recovered for evidence.

2300 block of Arundel Road: EPS – 11:15pm. Officers patrolling the area came upon an incoherent man lying on the ground in a fetal position. Out of concern for his safety and welfare he was transported to Washington Adventist Hospital and released to the medical staff for 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.

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Police Report: June 26 - July 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.

July 2nd:

3400 block of Eastern Avenue: Warrant service – 2:55am. Officers responded for the report of an unwanted guest. Officers found the man in question in the backyard trying to hide in a shed. Further investigation revealed that he had an open arrest warrant through Montgomery County for failure to appear in court. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

4300 block of 31st Street: Vandalism to auto – 7:45am. The owner of a 2015 Jeep Cherokee told officers that she witnessed a former girlfriend throw rocks at her vehicle causing scratches to the left rear door and rear hatch back. Officers confirmed the damage and advised the owner to seek charges against the woman from a District Court Commissioner.

One Municipal Place: Disorderly – 8:40am. Officers stopped to speak with a man they saw drinking an alcoholic beverage. The man quickly walked away from the officers and refused commands to stop. At one point the man turned on the officers, took a combative stance and threatened to do them harm. Additional officers arrived to assist and the man was taken into custody safely. He was charged with drinking in public and disorderly conduct and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3300 block of Otis Street: Vandalism - 8:45am. Officers responded for the report of vandalism to a vacant house. The construction supervisor showed the officers where someone had vandalized two rooms in the basement. The supervisor was unsure when the vandalism occurred since he had not been in the house in about two weeks. No evidence or witnesses were identified and the owner was notified of the damage by the supervisor.

2900 block of Allison Street: Tampering with a M/V – 11:45am. A mail carrier told officers that a man approached her and asked her if she had anything inside of the truck. She responded ‘no’ and drove to the 2900 block of Allison where she parked to continue delivering mail. When she later came out of an apartment building she saw that the man had followed her and was standing at the back of the mail truck using a pair of pliers to try and get inside.  Ms. Mitchell called 911 and a postal service supervisor for help.  She then saw the man take the mirror of the truck and break the glass window on the right side of the truck. He subsequently walked away down Allison Street. Officers canvassed the area and located the man and the mail carrier positively identified him. He was charged with tampering and other charges and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

2700 block of Webster Street: Violation of a protective order – 12:15pm. The reporting person told officers that she had a temporary protective order against her boyfriend barring him from the residence. When she returned from a trip out of state she discovered that her boyfriend, in violation of the protective order, has entered the apartment, took his personal belongings and scattered her belongings about the apartment. The boyfriend was not present when the officers responded so the woman was advised of her options with a District Court Commissioner.

2900 block of Allison Street: Tampering with a M/V – 11:45am. A mail carrier told officers that a man approached her and asked her if she had anything inside of the truck. She responded ‘no’ and drove to the 2900 block of Allison where she parked to continue delivering mail. When she later came out of an apartment building she saw that the man had followed her and was standing at the back of the mail truck using a pair of pliers to try and get inside.  Ms. Mitchell called 911 and a postal service supervisor for help.  She then saw the man take the mirror of the truck and break the glass window on the right side of the truck. He subsequently walked away down Allison Street. Officers canvassed the area and located the man and the mail carrier positively identified him. He was charged with tampering and other charges and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3500 block of Perry Street: Vandalism to auto – 9:30pm. A Metropolitan Police Commander reported that she came out to her assigned marked MPD police vehicle and discovered that the right front passenger window had been smashed out. Nothing was missing from inside the vehicle and no evidence/witnesses were identified.

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Traffic – 10:40pm. Officers patrolling the area saw a woman park a 2007 Ford Escape in front of the police station. When she got out of the car the officers saw that she could barely walk or stand and was obviously under the influence of an intoxicant. She went into Party Time Liquors and when she returned to her vehicle and tried to drive away the officers stopped her. She failed standard field sobriety testing and was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. She was delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville and her vehicle was impounded.

33rd Street and Bunker Hill Road: Criminal citation – 11:15pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

July 1st:

3600 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Vehicle impound – 1am. Officers patrolling with an automated license plate reader were alerted to a vehicle that had an MSP pick up order for the tags. Officers stopped the vehicle, a Volkswagen, and learned that the tags that generated the hit belonged on a Mercedes and the Volkswagen was unregistered. The driver’s license was suspended as well. The tags were seized for return to MVA, the driver was issued several traffic citations and the vehicle was impounded.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Criminal citation – 9:30am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

One Municipal Place: Criminal citation – 9:50am. Officers issued a woman a criminal citation for drinking in public.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Traffic – 10:35am. Officers stopped a 2014 Hyundai for running a red light. Further investigation revealed that the driver’s license was suspended. He was issued citations for the red light violation and driving on a suspended license. His vehicle was impounded for safekeeping.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Traffic – 4pm. Officers stopped a 2011 Mitsubishi for displaying expired temporary tags. Further investigation revealed that the driver’s license was suspended. He was issued citations for driving on expired tags and driving on a suspended license. His vehicle was impounded for safekeeping.

June 30th:

3700 block of Chauncey Place: 2nd degree assault – 12:05am. Officers responded for the report of a 911 hang-up. When they arrived they learned that a man and woman had been involved in a domestic argument that turned physical. During the argument the male half grabbed the woman by the face and forcefully squeezed it ordering her to shut up. Officers placed the man under arrest. He was charged with 2nd degree assault and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

4100 block of 28th Street: Stolen vehicle – 8:40am. The owner of a 2003 Ford trick told officers that he parked and secured his vehicle at about 11:30pm on the 26th. When he came out to use it this morning he discovered it had been stolen.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 12:30pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

3600 block of Eastern Avenue: Missing person – 5:55pm. The family members of a 45 year old man reported him missing. They said that no one has seen or heard from him since June 25th at about 1am and that he has no known health problems. His identifying information was entered into the NCIC missing persons database.

3700 block of 37th Street: CDS possession – 8:05pm. Officers issued a man a civil citation for possessing less than 10g of marijuana.

June 29th:

4300 block of Kaywood Drive: Stolen tag (recovered) – 5pm. Officers were notified that the Baltimore County Police recovered a vehicle tag that was stolen from a vehicle in the 4300 block of Kaywood Drive back on November 16, 2005. The tag was recovered in the 500 block of 3rd Avenue in Lansdowne, Maryland. There were no arrests made.

2700 block of Allison Street: Vehicle impound – 8:15am. Officers impounded a 2005 Ford Explorer for displaying Virginia tags that expired back in December of 2013. The vehicle is registered in Maryland but it is unknown where the proper registration plates were.

4200 block of Russell Avenue: Hit and run collision – 11:45am. Officers were flagged down by the owner of a 2002 Lexus about a hit and run collision. The owner said that he parked his vehicle legally and when he returned about twenty minutes later he found damage to the rear driver’s side bumper. No witnesses were identified.

3400 block of Newton Street: Fraud – 1:45pm. The victim told officers that he received several emails from Western Union advising that he had placed several transitions transferring funds to another individual. Upon further investigation the officers learned that someone used the victim’s personal information to send the funds. The victim did not lose any money however all of his personal information was used without his knowledge or consent.

4700 block of 31st Place: Recovered stolen auto – 4:20pm. The owner of a 2000 Chevy Silverado told officers that he had reported his vehicle stolen to PGPD on June 19th. He said that a female friend of his took the vehicle and returned it to him today. His insurance company told him that the truck was still listed as stolen. MRPD officers confirmed that the vehicle had been returned to the owner and removed it from NCIC stolen vehicle files.

3300 block of Chillum Road: Civil citation – 7:55pm. Officers issued a man a civil citation for possession of less than 10g of marijuana.

June 28th:

3800 block of 34th Street: Possession of CDS – 9:45am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for possession of less than 10g of marijuana.

June 27th:

3200 block of Chillum Road: Criminal citation – 9:40am. Officers responded for the report of several individuals trespassing in a vacant apartment. When they arrived they detained three individuals present in the apartment and issued each of them a criminal citation for trespassing. One of the individuals was in possession of a small amount of marijuana and was issued a civil citation for the violation. All three were sent on their way and advised against further trespass on the property.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: CDS possession – 1:15pm. Officers stopped a Ford Escape for a traffic violation. As they were speaking with the driver they smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. Further investigation revealed that the driver was in possession of a small amount of marijuana. He was issued a civil citation for the infraction and sent on his way.

4200 block of 31st Street: Welfare check – 12:15pm. Officers responded to check the welfare of a woman who had not been seen in several days. When they arrived they found the front door of the residence unsecured. They searched the home but did not find the woman at home. Bladensburg Communications contacted nearby hospitals in an unsuccessful attempt to locate the woman. The officers on the scene were unable to locate any family contacts for her. The house was in such a condition as to be virtually unlivable. Code Enforcement responded to address numerous code violations and begin the process to condemn the property.

4400 block of 28th Place: Vehicle impound – 2pm. Officers impounded a 2004 Volkswagen for displaying tags that expired in October of 2015.

One Municipal Place: Criminal citation – 3:40pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for urinating in public.

3700 block of 34th Street: Criminal citation – 4:20pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for urinating in public.

June 26th:

3100 block of Chillum Road: Traffic – 2:55AM. Officers stopped a 2004 Lexus for a traffic violation and learned that the driver’s license was suspended, the vehicle was unregistered and the tags belonged on another vehicle. The driver was issued several traffic citations and the vehicle was impounded.

3300 block of Chauncey Place: Missing person – 8:55am. The reporting person told officers that on June 24th she had an argument with her husband after which he left home. When he didn’t return she became concerned that something might have happened to him. Upon further investigation the man was located safe and in good condition. He told the officers he just wanted some time apart from his wife.

3100 block of Chillum Road: Forced entry – 3:05pm. Officers were called to assist Queenstown Apartments management in checking the welfare of a resident. The resident had fallen earlier in the week and his family was unable to contact him. When management tried to open the apartment door they found that it was secured with a door chain. Management cut the chain to get in but found no one home.

3200 block of Chillum Road: 2nd degree assault – 11:20pm. Officers were flagged down by a citizen who said that he had just been assaulted. The victim pointed to the suspect who could be seen walking away. Officers stopped and identified the suspect and determined that neither party sustained any injuries. The victim was advised of his options with a District Court Commissioner.

4500 block of Eastern Avenue (BP station): Attempt arson – 9:55pm. The store clerk told officers that a man came into the station and began pacing back and forth. The man took a pack of matches out of his pocket and grabbed a piece of cardboard and lit it on fire. He then reached under the safety glass and threw the burning cardboard at the clerk. The suspect fled on foot across Eastern Avenue into DC. The clerk was able to grab a bottle of water and put out the fire. The clerk described the suspect as a regular customer who had a scar on his face. The officers showed the clerk a picture of a man with whom they had dealt with previously in the area and the clerk positively identified him. Fire department investigators were advised of the crime and they will conduct a follow-up investigation to confirm the suspect’s identity and file the appropriate charges against him.

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, July 05, 2016

New Director of Public Works for Mount Rainier

PRESS RELEASE

 

MOUNT RAINIER, MD,

ANNOUNCES A NEW DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS

~ Brings core values of competent leadership, cooperation and collaboration. ~

Mount Rainier, MD ----- The Mayor and City Council welcome the new Director of Public Works, Mr. Kourosh Kamali, who will officially start with the City on July 5, 2016.

 

Mr. Kamali looks forward to the opportunity to improve the current appeal of our city. He said, “The city has a rich history that includes being connected to one of the highest natural mountains in the USA; an affinity for the arts; and being the gateway community to the nation’s capital. These attributes, along with the job description, is what attracted me to the City of Mount Rainier. It excites me to know that the City’s leadership is attuned to the need for horticulture, snow removal, street improvement, park maintenance, and solid waste management as some of the essential concerns of the City.”

 

As the Director of the Public Works, Mr. Kamali believes that “maintaining a high livability within Mount Rainier is important and must be achieved through competent leadership, cooperation and collaboration with its citizens and other municipalities.”

 

Mr. Kamali brings over 25 years experience as an industry expert in Civil Engineering and Construction. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from The University of Houston, Texas.