Monday, June 27, 2016

Independence Day Fireworks Locations

It is illegal for any person to manufacture, possess, store, offer for sale, sell, discharge, use, burn, or explode any fireworks in Prince George's County, Maryland, except that an authorized display may be conducted by a licensed pyrotechnic professional. Penalties for violations of the law include a fine of up to $1,000 and/or six months in jail.

Sparklers are considered fireworks and burning them could cost you $250 for each one!

The following locations have been approved by the PGFD to conduct fireworks displays during the holiday weekend:

July 2nd  

·         Laurel – 8300 block of Cherry Lane, Laurel MD--Rain Date: July 3
·         Six Flags – 13710 Central Ave, Largo MD

July 3rd

·         Trinity Assembly of God – 7800 Good Luck Rd, Lanham, MD -- Rain Date: July 5
·         Six Flags - 13710 Central Ave, Largo MD

July 4th  

·         Six Flags – 13710 Central Ave, Largo MD
·         Prince George’s Stadium (Baysox) - 4101 NE Crain Hwy, Bowie, MD
·         Jericho City of Praise – 8501 Jericho City Dr, Landover, MD
·         Greenbelt – 555 Crescent Rd, Greenbelt, MD-- Rain Date: July 5
·         Morningside – 4601 Beauford Rd, Morningside, MD-- Rain Date: July 5
·         District Heights – 2000 Marbury Dr, District Heights, MD
·         Spirit of Faith – 14001 Candy Hill Rd, Brandywine, MD
·         University of MD – 164 President’s Drive, College Park, MD- Rain Date: July 5


Police Report: June 19-25

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

June 25th:

31st and Upshur Streets: Traffic – 1:55am. Officers stopped a 2003 Mercedes for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the tags affixed to the vehicle belonged to another vehicle and the vehicle itself was unregistered. The driver was issued several traffic citations and the vehicle was impounded.

3100 block of Perry Street: Attempt burglary – 3:15am. Officers responded for the report of a burglary in progress. When they arrived they learned that the homeowner was awakened by the sounds of someone trying to kick in the front door. When the homeowner called police the suspect(s) stopped and fled. One of the residents told the officers that they observed what appeared to be five black males walking down the street towards Eastern Avenue. Officers observed several foot prints on the front door and found the door frame and door damaged. No other evidence was recovered.

June 24th:

3700 block of 34th Street: Stolen vehicle – 7:25am. The owner of a 2000 Ford truck told officers that she parked and secured her vehicle at about 7pm on the 23rd. When she came back to it this morning she discovered it had been stolen. No evidence/witnesses were identified.

3200 block of Otis Street: Criminal citation – 11am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage in a public place.

3400 block of Otis Street: Vehicle impound – 1:15pm. Officers impounded a 2007 Acura TL after learning that the tags were suspended for a compulsory insurance violation and there was an MSP pickup order for the tags.

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

3500 block of Newton Place: Recovered stolen vehicle – 7:55pm. Officers patrolling with an automated license plate reader received an alert for a stolen auto. Upon further investigation they located an unoccupied 2008 Honda CRV that had been reported stolen to DC police on May 22nd. The vehicle was not damaged and the tags were attached. The vehicle was towed for safe keeping and MPD was notified of the recovery.

June 23rd:

3700 block of Rhode Island Avenue: CDS possession – 2:10am. Officers stopped to check the welfare of a man slumped over next to the bus stop. They found him conscious but incoherent noted a strong odor of CDS about his person. Further investigation revealed that he was in possession of 29.4 grams of marijuana, a digital scale, and a large number of plastic baggies. He was arrested, charged with possession of a CDS with intent to distribute and delivered to the custody of DOC in Upper Marlboro.

3300 block of Buchanan Street: M/V collision – 8am. Officers responded to investigate the report of a single vehicle traffic crash. Once on the scene they discovered that a 2001 Toyota crashed into a tree. The driver appeared under the influence of either CDS or alcohol. He failed standard field sobriety testing and was taken to the Maryland State Police Barrack in College Park for a breathalyzer test. The test was negative for alcohol and no drug recognition expert was available for further drug testing. Officers found burnt marijuana inside the ashtray of the car along with a pipe containing burnt marijuana residue on the driver’s seat. The driver was charged with multiple traffic violations and civilly with possession of less than 10g of marijuana and possession of narcotics paraphernalia. The car was impounded for safekeeping.

One Municipal Place: Criminal citation – 2:35pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for urinating in public.

2300 block of Varnum Street: Vehicle impound – 3pm. Officers impounded a 1986 Ford box truck for parking in a posted no parking zone.

4000 block of Cedar Lane Alley: Criminal citation – 3:45pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage in a public place.

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

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Attempt stolen auto – 8:15pm. The owner of a 1999 Honda told officers that he parked and secure his car the evening of the 20th. When he returned this evening he discovered the passenger side door lock punched out and damage to the ignition. Officers determined that the ignition damage was consistent with an unsuccessful attempt to steal the vehicle. Nothing of evidentiary value was identified.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 9:35pm. Officers issued a woman a criminal citation for possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage in a public place.

June 22nd:

One Municipal Place: Criminal citation – 8am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for disorderly conduct.

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

3300 block of Otis Street: Theft from auto – 11:35am. The owner of a 2001 Jeep told officers that he came out to his vehicle this morning and discovered that someone had stolen the rear tag of his vehicle.

2700 block of Webster Street: Domestic – 1:50pm. Officers served a temporary protective order. The order was served without incident and a copy of the return of service was faxed to the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office.

June 21st:

3100 block of Chillum Road: Theft from auto – 8am. The owner of a 2016 Honda told officers that he came out to his car this morning and discovered that someone had stolen all four wheels/tires and damaged the driver’s side sometime overnight.

4700 block of 27th Street: Theft from auto – 9:45am. The owner of a 2016 Honda Accord told officers that sometime between 7am and 9am this morning someone stole all four wheels/tires off his car. Officers recovered latent fingerprint evidence from the vehicle and forwarded the prints to RAFIS for identification.

4500 block of 29th Street: Attempt stolen auto – 5:50pm. The owner of a 2001 Honda Civic got a call from his wife telling him that someone had broken into his car. His wife covered the window with plastic to secure the interior from the weather. When he returned home he discovered that the car’s passenger window had been smashed out and the ignition was broken.

3400 block of Newton Street: Recovered stolen vehicle – 11:50am. Officers patrolling the area stopped to investigate an unoccupied 2007 Dodge Caliber. They noticed that the interior had smoke and fire damage and the ignition was missing. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle had been reported stolen to MRPD on June 11th from an address in the 2900 block of Queens Chapel Road. Prince George’s County Fire Investigators were notified and responded to the scene for a follow-up investigation. The vehicle was later impounded and the owner notified of the recovery.

3300 block of Chillum Road: Warrant service – 7:45pm. Officers investigating an illegally parked vehicle contacted its owner. While speaking with the owner the officers learned that he had a suspended driver’s license and an open warrant out of Harford County for failure to appear in court for child support. The officers arrested the man on the warrant and transported him to the Maryland State Police Barracks in Waterloo where he was transferred to the custody of Harford County Sheriff’s Deputies.

3700 block of 34th Street: Burglary – 7:50pm. Officers responded to the Greater Antioch Missionary Baptist Church for the report of a burglary that occurred earlier. The investigation revealed that the suspect(s) made entry into the church through the pastor’s office window, preceded to the trustee’s office, stole about $25 from a glass jar on a table and fled. The pastor advised that he simply forgot to set the alarm after Sunday service. The window to the pastor’s office was broken prior to the burglary.

June 20th:

3000 block of Arundel Road: Vehicle impound – 11:40am. Officers impounded a 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix for displaying a temporary registration plate that expired back in April of this year.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Warrant service – 12:55pm. Officers stopped to check the welfare of a visibly intoxicated man at the bus stop. Further investigation revealed that he had two open arrest warrants through Prince George’s County for failing to appear in court on a trespassing charge and failing to appear in court on a charge of disturbing the peace. He was arrested and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

June 19th:

2500 block of Allison Street: EPS – 11:20am. Officers responded for the report of a domestic dispute between mother and her adult daughter. When the officers arrived they observed a loud verbal argument between the two women. The daughter was crying and screaming that she wanted to kill herself. Officers took her into custody, and transported her to Washington Adventist Hospital and released her to the medical staff for an emergency psychiatric evaluation.

4300 block of 28th Place: Citizen robbery – 2:40pm. The victim told officers that he was walking from the parking lot when he was approached by two black male suspects. One of the suspects struck the victim in the head with a handgun while the second suspect stole his cell phone, cash and keys. The victim said he last saw both suspects fleeing on foot towards Russell Avenue. The victim could not provide any further description of the suspects.  EMS responded to evaluate the victim and he refused treatment.

A canvas of area by additional units provided negative results. PGPD robbery detectives responded to the scene to interview the victim and begin a follow-up investigation. On June 20th PGPD patrol officers conducted a traffic stop at 16th Avenue and Chillum Road. During the course of the stop, the two individuals in the car (one adult male and one juvenile male) were developed as suspects in a recent robbery string in the Chillum area which included the robbery in the 4300 block of 28th Place. Both suspects were transported to the District I station to be interviewed by robbery detectives. During the interviews both suspects waived their Miranda rights and provided verbal confessions to the 28th Place robbery. Detectives obtained a search warrant for the vehicle and recovered multiple items of evidentiary value. The adult suspect was charged with robbery and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. The juvenile was similarly charged and delivered to the custody of the Cheltenham Youth Facility for detention.      

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, June 20, 2016

Police Report: June 12-18

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

 

June 18th:

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Stolen vehicle – 2:30am. The owner of a 2004 Toyota told officers that he parked his vehicle around midnight and when he returned he discovered it had been stolen. He said there was nothing of value in the vehicle. Communications had no record of the vehicle being impounded or repossessed.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 9:45am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

4300 block of Kaywood Drive: MIR – 10:05. Officers responded for the report of two individuals smoking CDS in front of an apartment building. When they arrived they noticed a strong odor of marijuana in the air found one of the individuals who said that yes, he had been smoking marijuana and he had just finished. He was no longer in possession of any CDS and was sent on his way.

3700 block of 34th Street: Fraud – 1pm. The victim told officers that he arranged to purchase a used truck he found on Craig’s List from a woman in Texas who identified herself as Monica Harris. The woman requested that payment be made via Amazon gift cards which he purchased and transferred to her. The victim was scammed out of about $7,000 and never received the truck. The victim is working with Amazon’s fraud department and PGPD to try and get some resolution.

4300 block of 28th Place: Vehicle impound – 1:45pm. Officers impounded a 2009 Chevy that had been parked and unmoved for over a month and displaying improper tags.

4300 block of 28th Place: Recovered stolen vehicle – 2:20pm. Officers patrolling the area discovered a 2004 Honda motorcycle that was displaying no tags. Further investigation revealed that it had been reported stolen from an address in Baltimore County. The bike was impounded for safekeeping and Baltimore County PD was notified of the recovery.

4300 block of 28th Place: Vehicle impound – 2:35pm. Officers impounded a 2001 Ford that was displaying tags that expired back in November of 2015.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 5:50pm. Officers patrolling the area stopped to check on several men sleeping at the bus stop. One of the men had been warned previously against such behavior and was cited for failing to obey a lawful order of a police officer.

3400 block of Newton Street: Domestic – 6:40pm. Officers responded at the request of a woman who had a protective order against her daughter’s father and wanted the officers to serve the order. The father was located and the order served without incident.

June 17th:

3800 block of 31st Street: EPS – 10:20am. Officers responded for the report of a man acting erratically. When they arrived they found the man pouring gasoline all over the yard and on himself. The officers immediately recognized that the man was under the influence of a CDS and took him into custody. He was found to be in possession of a syringe and he told the officers that he had “shot up” about 30 minutes prior to their arrival. EMS responded and transported the man to Providence Hospital where he was turned over to the medical staff for treatment.

34th Street and Arundel Road: M/V collision – 4:30pm. Investigation revealed that the driver of a 1999 Lincoln driving north on Arundel Road failed to stop at a red signal and collided with a 1997 Ford going east through the intersection on 34th Street. The collision caused the Ford to strike a 2012 Toyota heading west on 34th Street. The driver of the Lincoln was transported by EMS to Providence Hospital for treatment of non- life threatening injuries and his vehicle was impounded for safekeeping. There were no other injuries.

3500 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 5:40pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

3800 block of 34th Street: Theft from auto – 5:40pm. The reporting person told officers that she was looking after a 2007 Toyota that belonged to her fiancĂ© who was out of the country. When she checked on the vehicle this evening she discovered that someone broke into the vehicle through a rear passenger window and stole the car radio out of the center console.  Officers checked for latent prints with negative results.  

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 7:55pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Warrant service – 10:25pm. Officers responded for the report of a man on a bicycle selling CDS. They canvassed the area for the suspect and when they located him he was not in possession of any CDS but he did have 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.

32nd Street and Rainier Avenue: Traffic hazard – 8:05pm. Officers were notified that a sink hole was forming in the intersection. Officers and PW employees closed the intersection. WSSC personnel responded at about 11:15pm to survey the scene and said that they would have a crew out the next morning to repair the roadway. Repairs were completed by Saturday afternoon and the road re-opened.

June 16th:

4000 block of 30th Street: Civil citation – 11:20am. Officers responded for the report of a suspicious person loitering in the area. They located the man described by the complainant and further investigation revealed that he was in possession of less than 10g of marijuana. He was issued a civil citation for the violation and sent on his way.

3800 block of 35th Street: Criminal citation – 12:35pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

3400 block of Otis Street: Criminal citation – 3:05pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

4700 block of 30th Street: EPS – 4:20pm. Officers responded for the report of a man who had fallen off a bike and possibly unconscious. When the officers found him, he told them that he just finished smoking PCP and could not stay on his bike do to his intoxicated state. He was transported to a local hospital and released to the medical staff for treatment.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue (Lucero Travel): Fraud – 5pm. The victim came into the police station and reported that she purchased airline tickets on March 16th for travel on a future date. When she went to confirm the tickets for the upcoming trip on June 13th she learned that the seats were reserved but never purchased.

June 15th:

Varnum Street and Eastern Avenue: Warrant service – 8:45am. Officers stopped a 2006 Dodge truck for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver had an open arrest warrant through Montgomery County for failing to appear in court on traffic charges. He driver was arrested and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. 

4300 block of Russell Avenue: Vehicle impound – 10am. Officers impounded a 1999 VW Passat that was illegally parked on a sidewalk.

3500 block of 37th Street: Burglary – 11am. The reporting person told officers that he was contracted by the homeowner to make some repairs. He said he was last at the property on June 10th at about 3pm and the house was secure when he left. When he returned on the 13th at about 10am he discovered that two exterior doors had been forced open and a 3-foot section of copper pipe was missing from a water pump. No evidence as to who may have been responsible for the theft was found.

3200 block of Chillum Road: MIR – 11:55am. Officers spoke with a woman who told them that on several occasions she had problems with people accessing her secure mailbox. The officers examined the mailbox and found that it was not damaged, rather an interior screw was loose allowing gravity to open the box. They were able to secure the screw and make the mailbox function properly.

4100 block of Cedar Lane Alley: Warrant service – 4:10pm. Officers patrolling the area encountered a man known to have an open arrest warrant through Prince George’s County for theft. The warrant was confirmed and he was arrested and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue (Lucero Travel): Fraud – 5pm. The victim came into the police station and reported that she purchased airline tickets on March 29th for travel on a future date. When she went to confirm the tickets for the upcoming trip on July 7th she learned that the seats were reserved but never purchased.

June 14th:

One Municipal Place: Criminal citation – 2:55am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for urinating in public.

4500 block of 30th Street: Vehicle impound – 8:30am. Officers impounded a 2012 Honda displaying tags that expired back in January of this year.

One Municipal Place: Criminal citation – 11:15am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

One Municipal Place: Criminal citation – 11:40am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for urinating in public.

3800 block of 35th Street: Criminal citation (x2) – 11:50am. Officers issued each of two men a criminal citation for drinking in public.

31st Street and Bunker Hill Road: CDS possession – 1:40pm. Officers responded for the report of a woman lying in the roadway. They found her and she appeared to be confused and disoriented. Suspecting her to be under the influence of PCP the officers summoned EMS to respond and treat her. Prior to her being transported to Washington Adventist Hospital for treatment officers discovered that she was in possession of a dozen cigarettes that had been dipped in liquid PCP and a vial containing about 3.5 grams of liquid PCP. The drugs were seized and officers have applied for an arrest warrant charging her with possession of a CDS with intent to distribute.

3600 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Warrant service – 8:15pm. Officers stopped a man whom they suspected had been involved in a burglary. Further investigation revealed that he had an open arrest warrant through Prince George’s County charging him with burglary. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3600 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation (x2) – 8:15pm. Officers issued each of two men a criminal citation for drinking in public.

2700 block of Webster Street: Felony theft – 10:40pm. The victim told officers that he allowed his brother and his brother’s girlfriend to stay in his apartment during the weekend of June 11th. He was away from the apartment for a good portion of the weekend attending to work obligations. When he returned he found that his brother and the girlfriend were no longer there and he could not contact either of them. Finding this odd, he searched his apartment and discovered that two diamond rings worth over $8,000 were missing. An investigation into possible charges is underway.

June 13th:

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

3200 block of Perry Street: Criminal citation – 9:30am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

3800 block of 35th Street: Criminal citation – 9:45am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation (x2) – 10am. Officers issued each of two men a criminal citation for drinking in public.

3800 block of 34th Street: Criminal citation – 10:10am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

One Municipal Place: Criminal citation (x2) – 4:20pm. Officers issued both a man and a woman criminal citations for urinating in public.

34th Street and Rhode Island Avenue: M/V collision – 4:40pm. While driving north around the traffic circle the driver of a 2016 Chrysler Sebring tried to change lanes and struck a 2001 Honda.  There were no injuries but the Honda was disabled and had to be towed from the scene. The driver of the Chrysler was charged with improperly changing lanes.

June 12th:

4100 block of Rainier Avenue: Traffic – 12:10am. Officers stopped a 1997 Jeep Cherokee for failing to stop at a stop sign. Further investigation revealed that the driver has a suspended license. He was charged accordingly, allowed to park his vehicle in a legal parking space and sent on his way. A short time later officers observed a vehicle traveling with no headlights on and when they stopped the vehicle for the violation they found it to be the same Jeep Cherokee driven by the same suspended driver.  This time the driver was arrested, charged accordingly and delivered to the custody of DOC in Upper Marlboro. The Jeep was impounded for safekeeping.

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, June 13, 2016

Police Report: June 5-11

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

June 11th:

2500 block of Arundel Road: Domestic – 12:15am. Officers were flagged down by a woman needing assistance. She told the officers that she believes her son was high on PCP earlier and broke a window in her apartment where they live. She requested that officers respond with her to check on the welfare of her apartment. When they got to the apartment they discovered that the son had not only broken a window but destroyed much of the apartment and furniture inside. The woman responded to the District Court Commissioner’s Office and obtained a temporary protective order removing her son from the residence. MRPD officers along with the Prince Georges’ County Sheriff’s Office were able to serve the protective order.

2900 block of Queens Chapel Road: Stolen vehicle – 7:05am. The owner of a 2007 Dodge Caliber told officers that she came out to her vehicle this morning and discovered that it had been stolen sometime overnight.

June 10th:

4500 block of Eastern Avenue: MIR – 12:50am. Officers hearing the sound of gun fire and canvassed the area for the source. They located a man riding a mini motorcycle and stopped him for questioning. He was found not involved in the gunfire, however he was issued several traffic citations and the motorcycle was impounded.

3200 block of Queens Chapel Road: M/V collision – 10:55am. The owner of a 2014 Toyota Camry told officers that his vehicle was parked on the Sunoco gas station lot when a taxi cab backed into it causing minor damage. The driver of the cab got out, looked at the damage and fled without providing his identification. Through investigation officers were able to identify the driver of the cab. They contacted him and had him return to the scene where he was charged accordingly.

June 9th:

3700 block of 35th Street: Vehicle impound – 11:55am. Officers impounded a 2003 GMC for displaying DC tags that expired in November of 2013.

June 8th:

2300 block of Varnum Street (7-11): Theft – 12:05am. The store clerk told officers that a person came into the store and stole just over $13 worth of food and drink before fleeing on foot towards Eastern Avenue.

4500 block of 30th Street: Theft from auto – 9:30am. The owner of a 2002 Cadillac told officers that he came out to his vehicle this morning to discover his wallet had been stolen from inside the vehicle. He said that he had inadvertently left his car unlocked when he parked it last evening.

June 7th:

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 8:25am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

3700 block of Wells Avenue: Vandalism to auto – 8:55am. The owner of a 2010 Lexus told officers that he came out to his vehicle this morning a discovered a dent in the driver’s door that wasn’t there the night before.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue (Lucero Travel): Fraud – 9:30am. The victim came into the police station and reported that he purchased six (6) round trip airline tickets to El Salvador on March 4th for travel on June 8th. On June 6th he tried to confirm the tickets for the upcoming trip he learned that the seats were reserved but never purchased.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue (Lucero Travel): Fraud – 9:30am. The victim came into the police station and reported that he purchased airline tickets on April 17th for travel on a future date. When he went to confirm the tickets for the upcoming trip he learned that the seats were reserved but never purchased.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue (Lucero Travel): Fraud – 9:30am. The victim came into the police station and reported that she purchased eight (8) airline tickets on March 23rd for travel on a future date. When she went to confirm the tickets for the upcoming trip she learned that the seats were reserved but never purchased.

4400 block of 28th Place: Indecent exposure – 11:30am. The victim told officers that she was working in an apartment building hallway when a man came into the building. She said he was talking on a cell phone and appeared to be waiting for someone. After a short time the man took the broom from her, pulled down his pants and started to fondle his penis. When the victim used her phone to call the police the suspect fled. The victim said that a few minutes later she saw the suspect drive by the building in a gray colored Chevrolet Impala. Officers canvassed the area for the suspect and/or his vehicle with negative results. The suspect was described as a black male about 25 years old, 5’6” tall, 150lbs. with shoulder length hair. He was wearing a white t-shirt and green pants.

3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 8:20am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

4100 block of 34th Street: M/V collision – 9:20pm. The driver of a 1999 Nissan Quest lost control of his vehicle, possibly due to mechanical problems, and struck the rear end of a parked Mercedes causing a chain reaction collision with two other vehicles, a car and a motorcycle. The driver was charged accordingly.

June 6th:

4400 block of 28th Place: Recovered stolen auto (supplement) – 11:05am. Officers were contacted by the owner of a 2008 Honda Civic that was stolen from the 4400 block of 28th Place back on June 2nd. He told the officers that he was notified by DC police that their officers recovered his car in the 800 block of G Street at about 9am this morning. He responded to the location of recovery and took possession of his car. Both tags were attached, no arrests were made and there was minor damage to the front passenger wheel.

2500 block of Arundel Road: Robbery – 2:30am. Officers were flagged down by a man running down the street wearing no pants. The man told the officers that he had just been robbed in the rear parking lot of an adjacent apartment building by three individuals who fled on foot. The victim told the officers that he met a woman on an internet dating site and made arraignments to meet her for sex at the parking lot. Once the female had the victim’s attention two black males approached the victim’s vehicle and demanded his money, phone, keys and pants. The victim complied and all three suspects fled the area. The female suspect was described as black, in her mid- 20s, 5”2” tall, 130lbs, wearing a gray dress. The first male suspect was described as black, in his mid- 20s, 5’6” tall, 230lbs, with a goatee and no shirt. The second male suspect was described as black with goatee-style facial hair, in his mid- 20s, 5’7” tall, 150lbs, wearing a white t-shirt and a white bandana around his face.

June 5th:

3600 block of Eastern Avenue (Alafia Baptist Church): Commercial burglary – 10:30am. The reporting person told officers that he locked and secured the church building on June 4th at about 9:30pm. When he returned this morning he discovered that a crawl space window was broken out. Upon further investigation he learned that two laptops, two cameras and three microphones had been stolen. The main entry door was also found to have been damaged. Officers processed the scene for evidence and PGPD burglary detectives were notified. 

3400 block of Bunker Hill Road: Traffic – 12:25pm. Officers stopped a 2011 Jeep Cherokee for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle’s registration was suspended and there was an MSP pickup order for the tags. The driver was charged accordingly, the tags were seized to be returned to MVA and the vehicle was impounded.

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.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Police Report: May 29 - June 4

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

June 4th:

34th Street and Arundel Road: Traffic collision/EPS – 10:50pm. Officers responded to investigate a two-car collision. Once on the scene they determined that the striking vehicle was a 2006 Cadillac occupied by the driver and a front seat passenger. Both men were immediately identified as being under the influence of PCP. Additional officers responded and the two were removed from the vehicle. They were transported to Washington Adventist Hospital and released to the medical staff for treatment. A search of the vehicle revealed a partially smoked cigarette that was laced with PCP and an empty glass vile used to hold liquid PCP. The Cadillac was impounded for safekeeping. The driver of the vehicle that was struck was also transported to Washington Adventist Hospital for treatment of his minor, non- life threatening injuries.

June 3rd:

4000 block of 31st Street: Theft – The victim told officers that sometime overnight someone stole a bicycle off her front porch that had been hand built by her husband. The bike was described as having been assembled using a Specialized frame set (1982 vintage) with a white noodle-shaped seat and handlebars wrapped with black bat tape finished with twine.

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: EPS - 12:10am. Officers patrolling the area observed a man on the DC side of Eastern Avenue yelling and screaming showings signs that he was likely under the influence of PCP. As the officer was calling the incident in to Communications the man ran at the officer’s vehicle. The officer, fearing for his safety deployed a Taser weapon to get the man under control and in custody. The man was transported to a local hospital and released to the medical staff for treatment.

3600 block of Bunker Hill Road: Traffic – 8:50am. Officers stopped a 2000 Honda Civic for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver only had a learner’s permit and no other licensed driver was in the vehicle. He was issued a number of State citations and his vehicle was impounded for safekeeping.

4300 block of 28th Place: Vehicle impound – 11:30am. Officers impounded a 2001 Ford for displaying North Carolina tags that expired in November of 2015.

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: CDS possession – 2:25pm. Officers stopped a 2015 Nissan after observing it being driven erratically. Further investigation led the officers to believe the driver was under the influence of PCP, although he told them that he was a diabetic. EMS responded and transported him to Providence Hospital where he was released to the medical staff for treatment. A search of the vehicle revealed that the driver was in possession of marijuana as well as cigarettes that had been dipped in liquid PCP along with a glass vial containing suspected liquid PCP. The vehicle was impounded for safekeeping and the officers applied for an arrest warrant charging the driver with various CDS related crimes.

3300 block of Chauncey Place: Robbery – 10:40pm. The victim told officers that as he was walking to his apartment building he was accosted by two suspects with guns who demanded he surrender his cell phone and money. As he complied with their demands he noticed two other suspects hiding nearby also armed with guns. Once the first two suspects had the victim’s property all four suspects fled the area on foot towards the 3200 block of Queens Chapel Road. With the assistance of Hyattsville PD officers a perimeter was set up and one of their K-9 teams tracked the suspects to the laundromat at 3299 Queens Chapel Road where the track was lost. PGPD robbery detectives responded to the scene to interview the victim and start a follow-up investigation. Officers will also follow-up with the laundromat manager to see of any video evidence was captured.

June 2nd:

4400 block of 28th Place: Stolen vehicle – 5:20am. The owner of a 2008 Honda Civic told officers that he came out to his vehicle this morning and discovered it had been stolen sometime after he had parked it at about 12:30am.

3800 block of 33rd Street: Criminal citation – 10:10am. Officers issued a woman a criminal citation for urinating in public.

4100 block of 28th Street: Theft – 11am. The victim told officers that one of her family members left a red child’s bike in the end of her driveway on May 30th at about 4pm. When the child went back to use the bike the next day the bike was missing. At that time the victim also discovered that a grey boy’s bike had also been taken from the same location.

4400 block of Russell Avenue: EPS – 9pm. Officers responded for the report of a man down on the sidewalk. When they arrived they discovered the unconscious man and it was immediately apparent that he was under the influence of PCP. Officers also located another man in close proximity that was also under the influence of PCP. Both men were taken into custody and transported to a local hospital and released to the medical staff for treatment.

June 1st:

4100 block of 28th Street: Burglary – 1:35pm. Officers responded for the report of a burglary in progress. Upon arrival the spoke with the resident who said he had just returned home and entered the house from a side door. He heard noise coming from the front of the house and went back outside and called police. Officers checked the residence with negative results. Further investigation determined that the suspects forced entry into the house through a front window. They rummaged through the house and stole several pieces of jewelry before fleeing back through the window to avoid the resident.

3800 block of Eastern Avenue: EPS – 5:20pm. Officers responded for the report of a man under the influence of PCP. When they arrived they found the man in question and when they tried to talk with him he became agitated and took a combative stance toward the officers. When the officers tried to take him into custody a struggle ensued and a Taser weapon was deployed to assist in getting the man under control. The Taser was marginally effective and the struggle continued until additional officers responded to assist. Once the man was under control and in custody EMS responded to treat him and transport him to Washington Adventist Hospital for treatment.

3200 block of Chillum Road: EPS – 4:55pm. The mother of a 31 year old man told officers that her son was on several different medications, and had a history of mental illness. She stated he has not taken his meds in over ten days and was very combative. Officers located the subject hiding under an inflatable mattress in the living room and he ignored the officers’ attempts to communicate. Officers attempted to move the subject so EMS personnel could provide aid to him and he became violent and began to struggle. He was forcibly taken into custody. He was transported by EMS to Washington Adventist Hospital and released to the hospital staff for treatment.

4000 block of 36th Street: Theft – 7:10pm. A cab driver told officers that he picked up a fare at the West Hyattsville Metro Station. When he dropped her off she went into her apartment building to get a credit card for payment. When she returned the card was declined and she went back inside and did not return with another form of payment. Officers canvassed the building but could not locate the woman.

May 31st:

One Municipal Place: Criminal citation – 11:50am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

3200 block of Otis Street: Vehicle impound – 12:10pm. Officers impounded a 2103 Nissan for parking in a permit only handicapped parking space.

3600 block of Eastern Avenue (Allafa Church): Burglary – 3:40pm. The pastor told officers that someone broke into the church after the evening service was concluded and stole the offering money that had been placed into the offering box inside the worship hall. Investigation revealed that those responsible broke into the church through a basement window. No other evidence or witnesses were identified.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 4:20pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for urinating in public.

One Municipal Place: Criminal citation – 4:40pm. Officers responded for the report of a man exposing himself. They located the man in question who was heavily intoxicated and whose pants were unfastened and his private parts exposed. He was issued a criminal citation for the violation. EMS personnel responded to evaluate him because of his level of intoxication and decided to transport him to Washington Adventist Hospital for medical treatment.

May 30th:

4000 block of 36th Street: EPS – 4:30am. Officers responded for the report of a suspicious person. When they arrived they discovered a man under the influence of a CDS passed out in the street against the gutter. He was unable to answer basic questions due to his impaired condition. EMS personnel responded and transported him to a local hospital for emergency medical treatment.

4000 block of 36th Street: Vehicle impound – 7:35am. Officers responded for the report of abandoned property in an apartment building hallway. One item of property was a set of keys to a 2007 Dodge Dakota truck that was parked illegally. The owner could not be located so the officers took the keys and impounded the truck for safekeeping.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 12:15pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for disorderly conduct.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Theft – The reporting person told officers that he mistakenly left his wallet on the sales counter. When he returned for his wallet it was missing and the store clerk told him that several customers had come through the store since he left.

3800 block of 34th Street: Criminal citation – Officers issued a man a criminal citation for urinating in public.

May 29th:

Nothing significant to report.

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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Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Death of Miss Joan Vermillion

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the death of Miss Joan Vermillion, formerly of Mount Rainier.  Joan worked for the Mount Rainier Police Department for 28 years as the Records Manager and Dispatcher.  Joan raised her six children in Mount Rainier as a single parent before retiring to Shenandoah Junction, West Virginia.  Joan passed away peacefully on Friday, May 27th surrounded by her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and friends.

 

 

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

FW: Police Report: May 22-28

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

May 28th:

Nothing significant to report.

May 27th:

4700 block of 31st Place: Hit and run collision – 8:10am. The owner of a 2004 Nissan Titan told officers that he came out to his vehicle this morning and discovered damage to the front fender and the driver’s side rear door. The victim suspected that the damage was caused by a trash truck, however when the officers contacted the trash company they learned that the trash was picked up on Thursday the 26th as scheduled so the trash truck should not have been present. No other evidence was recovered.

3300 block of Buchanan Street: Theft from auto – 9:15am. The reporting person told officers that he came out to his company vehicle this morning and discovered that it was up on blocks and all four wheels/tires had been stolen. He had parked the 2013 Cadillac Escalade at about 11pm the previous evening.

3300 block of Chauncey Place: Lost property – 11:30am. A man came in to the police station to report that he had lost his wallet sometime after he got out of his car on Chauncey Place at about 2pm on the 26th.

3700 block of 37th Street: Vehicle impound – 2pm. Officers impounded a 1995 Chevy Caprice. The vehicle was unregistered and had no tags displayed.

4200 block of 30th Street: Lost property – 6:20pm. A man came into the police station and reported that he lost his wallet sometime after noon today.

May 26th:

30th Street and Arundel Road: Traffic – 1:55pm. Officers stopped a 2004 Mitsubishi for running a stop sign. Further investigation revealed that the driver did not have a license. He was issued several traffic citations and his vehicle was impounded.

3700 block of 36th Street: Burglary – 3pm. The resident told officers that while he was away from home a man he knew broke into his home through the living room window. Once inside the suspect stole an air mattress out of the resident’s bedroom. Witnesses saw the suspect commit the crime and provided statements to police. The officers have applied for an arrest warrant charging the suspect with burglary.

4200 block of Kaywood Place: Disorderly conduct – 4:45pm. Officers responded for the report of a fight. When they arrived they observed a man standing on the front steps of the apartment building screaming profanities. Officers learned that the incident was related to a child custody. Repeated requests of the man to calm down and leave the area were unsuccessful. He was eventually arrested, charged with disorderly conduct and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. Officers also impounded the man’s vehicle which he had left stopped in the roadway with the engine running and loud music coming from inside.

May 25th:

4700 block of 31st Place: Hit and run collision – 7am. The driver of a 2007 Toyota Camry told officers that a 2006 Mitsubishi struck her car as its driver tried to parallel park behind it. The Mitsubishi’s driver left the scene without leaving his/her information. The tags on the Mitsubishi were expired and it was cited for the violation and impounded for safekeeping.

3200 block of Shepherd Street: MIR – 10:15am. Officers responded for the report of two young children locked out of their house. Further investigation revealed that the children’s mother was ill and was inside the house sleeping.  The kids got outside through the back door and were unable to get back in. Officers were able to wake the mom and get the kids back inside.

4500 block of 30th Street: Vehicle impound – 9:35pm. Officers responded for the report of a vehicle with an attached trailer that appeared to be abandoned. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle, a 1996 Dodge van, was displaying temporary tags issued to an Acura. The van was impounded and the tags were seized for return to MVA. The trailer could not be towed at the time of the incident and was left where it was found.

May 24th:

3200 block of Arundel Road: Theft from auto – 8:05am. The owner of a 2001 Audi came out to her vehicle this morning and discovered that sometime overnight someone smashed out the front passenger side window and stole her Queenstown Apartment Complex parking pass.

3100 block of Arundel Road: Recovered stolen auto – 5:30pm. Officers were notified by the Charles County Sheriff’s Office that their deputies recovered a 2010 Mercedes 350 in the Festival Shopping Center in Waldorf. The vehicle was originally reported stolen to MRPD back on August 23, 2015. The keys were recovered with the vehicle but the tags were not. The vehicle was impounded for safekeeping and the owner notified.

May 23rd:

3400 block of Otis Street: Vehicle impound – 1:15am. Officers impounded a Hyundai Santa Fe displaying Virginia tags that were issued to another vehicle.

3300 block of Buchanan Street: 2nd degree assault – 1:20am. The victim told officers that her boyfriend came home intoxicated and the two got into an argument that turned physical. During the altercation the man choked her and covered her mouth so she couldn’t call for help. She was able to free herself and call police but the suspect had fled the scene before officers arrived. The victim sustained a minor laceration to her forehead but refused medical treatment. Officers completed a lethality assessment screen, put the victim in contact with the Family Crisis Center and advised her of her options with the District Court Commissioner.

3300 block of Otis Street: Threats – 10:30am. The victim told officers that her daughter’s boyfriend threatened to harm her because she told him that she no longer wants him at her house. There is pending litigation against the boyfriend for other threats of violence.  The investigation is ongoing and officers have applied for an arrest warrant charging the boyfriend with witness intimidation.

3100 block of Arundel Road: Stolen vehicle (recovered) – 7:30pm. A 2005 BMW reported stolen back on March 23rd was recovered by officers from the Laurel City Police Department in the 7800 block of Braygreen Road.  The vehicle was unoccupied and in drivable condition with both tags attached. No arrests were made. The owner was notified of the recovery.

May 22nd:

4500 block of 29th Street: Vehicle impound – 10am. Officers impounded a 2014 Mitsubishi for displaying tags that expired in January 2016.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Criminal citation – 3:10pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for trespassing. He had refused to leave the business and had been previously banned from the shopping center.

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.