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.

See or Hear Something?

Say Something!

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

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.

 

 

 

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.

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