Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Police Report: December 24-30

December 30:

3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 6:30 pm officers received a call of a theft that just occurred from Party Time Liquors. The complainant gave a description of the suspect. Officers canvassed the area and stopped a man who was positively identified as the individual who committed the theft. He was arrested and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

Arundel Road & 32nd Street: At about 11:50 pm officers were patrolling the area of the Queenstown Apartments when they observed a man riding a bicycle and acting suspiciously. The man was stopped for a field interview. During the interview the officers found him to be in possession of .6 grams of crack cocaine having a street value of $120. He was arrested, charged with possession of a CDS and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

December 29:

One Municipal Place: At about 12:05 pm officers on patrol observed an individual urinating in public. He was issued a criminal citation for the offense and d=sent on his way.

December 28:

3200 block Chillum Road: At about 7:10 am officers took a report of a hit and run motor vehicle collision. Their investigation revealed that an unknown vehicle struck the victim’s parked and unoccupied vehicle causing damage to the front driver’s side. A check of area was negative for the striking vehicle and/or any evidence with which to identify it.

4300 block of 30th Street: At about 9:20 am officers took a report of a stolen bicycle. The victim told the officers that he secured his bike with a chain and lock next to his residence. When he returned some time later he found that the chain had been cut and the bike stolen. A check of the area for witnesses and evidence proved negative.

December 27:

3300 block of Buchanan Street: At about 12:30 am officers responded for a domestic dispute. When the officers arrived they found an intoxicated male having an argument with his wife. The wife called police because the husband’s verbal abuse usually turned to physical abuse when he was drunk. The officers advised the wife of her options on how to obtain a protection/stay away order from a District Court Commissioner. The husband elected to voluntarily leave the premises for the evening. Since no crime had been committed the husband was allowed to leave on his own. About an hour and a half later the officers received a priority call for a violent domestic assault in progress at the same address. The couple’s daughter called and told police that her father had returned and was physically assaulting her mother. When the officers arrived they observed injuries to the mother consistent with being assaulted by the father. He was immediately arrested for domestic assault and removed from the home. The mother’s injuries were not serious or life threatening. The father was transported to District I for processing and subsequently delivered to the custody of DOC.

3000 block Queens Chapel Road: At about 9:45 pm officers investigated a single vehicle motor vehicle crash. The investigation revealed that the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed for the road and weather conditions (light rain, wet road) and lost control. The vehicle spun and rolled over landing back on its wheels after striking a steel light pole and a pedestrian crossing signal. Miraculously all three occupants walked away from the crash uninjured. The driver of the vehicle was issued several traffic citations including negligent driving. The vehicle had to be towed from the scene.

December 26:

4500 block of 29th Street: At about 9:45 pm officers responded for the report of two suspicious individuals through vehicle windows. When the officers arrived they found and stopped both individuals for a field interview. During the interview the officers discovered that one of the individuals had an outstanding warrant through the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Department for failure to appear and trespassing. He was placed under arrest and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. The second individual was sent on her way without further incident.

December 25:

2500 block of Chillum Road: At about 11:45 pm an injured deer was humanely put down after suffering serious injuries in a collision with a motor vehicle. Prince George's County Animal control was notified and advised that they would remove the deer.

3300 block of Chillum Road: At about 12:45 am officers were contacted by DC police regarding a 1st Degree assault that occurred in Mount Rainier. Investigation revealed that the injured person had been assaulted in the City and dropped off by person(s) unknown in front of Providence Hospital. No further details of the crime were available at the time of the report. Prince George's County Police detectives were notified and will be following up on the incident.

December 24:

One Municipal Place: At about 7:50 am officers observed a man consuming an alcoholic beverage in a public place. He was cited for the violation and sent on his way without further incident.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Police Report: December 22-24

Monday December 22:

3000 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 9:30 am officers took a report of a stolen bicycle. The owner of the bike had left it unsecured on a loading dock over the weekend. When he returned for it early Monday morning he discovered it had been stolen.

Tuesday December 23:

4200 block of 34th Street: At about 5:10 pm officers responded for the report of a citizen armed robbery. There were two victims who collectively told the officers that they we approached by two unidentified black males, one of whom was armed with a knife, the other with a pipe. The two suspects ordered the victims to the ground and when they complied the suspects stole their cell phones. The suspects then fled in an unknown direction.

3300 block of Chillum Road (7-11): At about 9:20 pm officers responded for the report of several disorderly juveniles. When the officers arrived they located the juveniles in question and their parents. All were advised to leave the area and they did so without further incident.

4300 block of 28th Place: At about 10:30 pm the owner of a 1999 Toyota reported that his rear Maryland license plate, 9EJF49, had been stolen. The reporting officer found no evidence or suspect information at the time of the report.

3300 block of Perry Street: At about 11:30 pm officers responded for a domestic disturbance. The officers were able to calm the argument between the two involved. Neither party had been physically assaulted or injured. They were advised of their legal options.

Wednesday December 24 (early morning)

2500 block of Arundel Road: At about 2:25 am officers responded for a complaint of loud music. The officers located the offending residents and told them to turn the music down because other residents of the building were trying to get some sleep. They complied with the officers’ request and no repeat calls were received.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Police Report: December 19-22

Friday December 19:

Queens Chapel Road @ 27th Street:
At about 7:05 pm officers effected a traffic stop on a vehicle with no tags displayed. The vehicle was found to be unregistered and uninsured. The driver was cited for the violations and the vehicle was impounded.

Saturday December 20:

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue:
At about 8:40 am officers observed an individual drinking from an open container of an alcoholic beverage. He was issued a criminal citation for the violation and sent on his way without incident.

Queens Chapel Road @ Buchanan Street: At about 10:30 am officers responded for a pedestrian struck. Investigation revealed that Nissan Titan pickup truck was turning right out of the Queens/Chillum Shopping Center onto southbound Queens Chapel Road. The driver of the truck failed to see an elderly gentleman who was crossing Queens Chapel Road in the cross walk. The driver struck and ran over the man. Fire/Rescue personnel responded and transported the victim to Med-Star where he died from his injuries at about 10 pm. The gentleman’s next of kin were notified and responded to the hospital. A PGPD fatal accident reconstruction team responded to document the accident. No charges were placed against the driver of the truck pending outcome of PGPD’s investigation.

3200 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 8:45 pm officers responded for the report of an armed carjacking. The victim told the officers that he was approached by an armed gunman and ordered out of his vehicle. When the victim got out, the gunman sole the vehicle and fled the area. At about 10 pm PGPD officers stopped the stolen vehicle in the 3400 block of Cheverly Avenue. They arrested the driver and charged him with armed carjacking and other offenses.

Sunday December 21:

31st Street @ Bunker Hill Road:
At about 10:50 am two individuals driving an older model Jeep Cherokee with Illinois tags DQY25V stopped two male victims who were walking in the area. A passenger in the Jeep got out and displayed a black semi-automatic handgun and demanded money from the two victims. Both complied and the passenger got back in the Jeep which sped off in an unknown direction. The two suspects and the Jeep Cherokee matched the description of at least two other citizen robberies that occurred in the District I area during the day. MRPD’s power squad spent a good part of their day looking for the Jeep with negative results.

30th and Taylor Streets: At about 4 pm officers responded for an animal bite report. The juvenile male victim told the officers that he was bitten by a pit bull terrier and that the dog was terrorizing other children in the neighborhood. The officers were able to locate the dog and it displayed no aggressive behavior. The patrol supervisor secured the dog in his cruiser while other officers tried to locate its owner. Fire/Rescue personnel responded and treated the juvenile on the scene. He would later go to the hospital for follow-up treatment. PG Animal Control responded and took custody of the dog.

Monday December 22 (early morning):

2500 block of Arundel Road:
At about 12:05 am officers received a call for an attempted burglary. When they arrived the resident told them that he awoke to find the front door to his apartment ajar. The security chain was in place so no one was able to enter the apartment and there was no damage to the door or the door locks.

Otis Street & Eastern Avenue: At about 1:45 am officers responded for the report of an armed carjacking. The victim told the officers that while at the BP station on Eastern Avenue he was approached by two males and a female who asked for a ride to Rhode Island Avenue. The victim agreed and gave them a lift to Otis Street & Eastern Avenue. When they got there the two male passengers produced handguns, ordered the victim out of his vehicle and robbed him of his wallet and other belongings. They also stole his vehicle and fled the area in an unknown direction. While taking the victim’s statement the officers noted multiple inconsistencies and he claimed to have been robbed in the same fashion less than a year ago.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Police Report: December 16-19

December 16:

2500 block of 25th Street: At about 10:30 am officers took a report of a motor vehicle theft. The victim reported that sometime during the previous evening person(s) stole her black 2003 Chevy Tahoe with Maryland tags 774M535 that had been parked at her residence. A canvass of the area for evidence and/or witnesses was negative.

December 17:

4500 block of 32nd Street: At about 10:50 am officers responded for an unknown trouble call. When the officers arrived they found two women (mother and daughter) engaged in a heated argument with a man who was their husband/father. Once the officers got the argument under control they learned that the father had forced entry into the residence through a bathroom window and attempted to leave with various items. The husband/father had a protective/stay away court order placed against him on December 10th and knew he was not to return to the property. He was arrested for violation of the court order and was delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

4200 block of Russell Avenue: At about 7 pm officers responded for a burglary in progress. When the officers arrived they saw a black male running towards the basement area of the apartment building. They tried to get into the building but were unsuccessful because of a broken key lock. By the time they were able to get inside the suspect had made good his escape from the building. Officers from Bladensburg PD and Hyattsville PD responded to help search the area for the suspect to no avail. The victim/resident was not home at the time of the crime so it is unknown what, if anything was taken from the apartment. On call maintenance was notified and responded to repair and secure the victim’s door. The officers’ contact information was left on scene for victim upon his/her return. Follow-up pending.

December 18:

2300 block of Varnum Street (7-11 store): At about 1:30 am officers responded for a silent hold up alarm. When the officers arrived they found that a misdemeanor theft had occurred and not a robbery. The alarm was mistakenly activated by an anxious employee. The employee told the officers that two black males described as 5’10” tall and heavy set entered the store, went behind the counter and stole a quantity of cigarettes from the display racks. The two suspects then left the store, got into a small compact vehicle that was red and silver in color and fled the area in an unknown direction. A canvass of the area for the vehicle and suspects was negative.

3300 block of Buchanan Street: At about 9 am officers took a report of a missing 16 year old juvenile. The child has a habitual runaway record and ran away once again due to disciplinary issues with her parents. A lookout for the juvenile was broadcast to neighboring police agencies and her information was entered into the national missing persons database.

3100 block of Upshur Street: At about 2:30 pm officers responded for the report of an animal bite. The victim reported that on December 6th at about 5 pm she was bitten by a brown dog running loose in the area. The officers filed a County Animal Bite report and Animal Control was notified.

3200 block of Chillum Road: At about 3:30 pm officers responded for the report of a suspicious male. The complainant told the officers that she was concerned that the man was in the area stalking her daughter. She also said that she had had prior dealings with him. The officers located the man in question and cautioned him not to return to the area or make contact with complainant or her daughter. The officers sent him on his way after obtaining his contact information.

December 19:

4500 block of 29th Street: At about 5 am officers responded for a theft from auto. The victim told the officers that he walked outside of his residence to where his vehicle was parked and saw that the car’s parking lights were on. He then noticed that there was an unauthorized individual inside the vehicle rummaging through the interior. When this individual saw the victim, he got out of the car began walking east on 29th Street towards Taylor. The officers canvassed the area for the individual with negative results. The victim said that he did not notice anything missing from his vehicle and was advised to contact MRPD if any property is found to be missing /stolen at later time. The individual is described as a white Hispanic male, 5’9” tall wearing a black hat, black coat, and blue jeans.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Police Report: December 15

3400 block of Eastern Avenue: At about 6 pm officers working the power shift responded for the report of individuals trespassing in an abandoned house. The officers found two individuals inside the house and arrested them for trespassing. Public Works was contacted and advised of the need to re-secure the house.

4300 block of 54th Street (Bladensburg): At about 7:50 pm officers were called to assist Bladensburg PD with a shooting/hostage barricade situation. MRPD officers assisted BPD with establishing a secure perimeter around a private residence. After a brief standoff a subject surrendered to police. MRPD officers assisted with ensuring that the residence was safe and immediately thereafter returned to patrol in Mount Rainier.

3700 block of 36th Street: At about 10:30 pm officers responded for the report of the sound of shots fired. When the officers arrived they found an adult male lying on the ground and bleeding from the nose in the driveway of a private residence. The man told the officers that he was shot in the head by an unknown subject. He refused to cooperate any further. Once medical personnel arrived on the scene and examined the man it was determined that he had not been shot. He had hit his nose and face on the ground while running from unknown subject(s) who were shooting at him. The man was transported to Prince George's Hospital for observation and was listed in good health. Three .40 caliber shell casings were located in the street at the scene of the incident. Two jacketed .40 caliber bullets were also recovered from the front door and wall of a residence located in the 3500 block of Perry Street. PGPD detectives responded to the scene to assume the follow-up investigation. The motive for the shooting is unknown at this time.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Police Report: December 12-14

Friday December 12:

4000 block of Shepherd Street: At about 10:10 am the victim of a hit and run accident came into the MRPD station to report the incident. The victim stated that a gold colored Honda (no further description) struck her legally parked vehicle and fled the scene without stopping.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 2 pm officers responded for the report of unknown trouble. When the officers arrived they were met by a male subject who told them that four individuals in a black vehicle attempted to rob him of money and a winning lotto scratch off ticket. The victim gave a detailed description of the four individuals and the vehicle and the officers began a search for them. A vehicle matching the victim’s description was located shortly thereafter. The officers stopped the vehicle and brought the victim to the scene of the stop. The victim was able to positively identify the vehicle and all four occupants as the ones who attempted to rob him. The weapons used in the robbery were also recovered and positively identified by victim. All four individuals were arrested and charged with attempted armed robbery and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

Saturday December 13:

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 4:30 pm officers responded for the report of a pedestrian struck. When the officers arrived they were met by the alleged victim who told them that as he was attempting to cross the intersection a female in a bright pink vehicle with no tags stopped to allow him to cross. He declined to cross and motioned for the pink vehicle to continue. The vehicle refused to continue whereupon a verbal altercation ensued. The alleged victim continued with his story, telling the officers several times that the female ran over him with the pink car. The officers did not observe any sign of injury, and the man’s clothing and gait were inconsistent with his account of the incident. When he refused medical treatment he was sent on his way without further incident.

3200 block of Chillum Road & 2300 block of Varnum Street: At about officers received a call for a theft that had just occurred at the 7-11 convenience store located in the 3200 block of Chillum Road. While enroute to the call they received a lookout from a employee/witness for a suspect vehicle described as a gold Ford Windstar mini-van with damage to the rear door. Responding officers immediately started canvassing the area for the van and about 9 minutes later located it parked in front of the 7-11 in the 2300 block of Varnum Street. As the officers drove into the parking lot they saw five individuals inside the store running in the aisles. As the officers approached the store all five individuals came running out of the store carrying stolen goods. They were immediately stopped and arrested. Once additional officers arrived the mini-van was searched and the items stolen from the 7-11 on Chillum were recovered. The employee/witness from the 7-11 on Chillum Road responded to the scene and positively identified all five individuals as those responsible for the theft from his store. Three of the arrestees were adults and were transported to DOC in Hyattsville where they were charge with numerous counts of theft. Two arrestees were juveniles (both age 15) and they were charged with theft and released to the custody of their parents.

Sunday December 14

2700 block of Upshur Street: At about 4 am officers responded for the report of vandalism to two vehicles. When the officers arrived they observed that the driver’s side windows of two vehicles had been shattered. Both vehicles were registered to the same owner/victim. The victim told the officers that nothing appeared to have been stolen from either vehicle. A check of the area for witnesses and suspects proved negative.

2400 block of Arundel Road: While officers were investigating the vandalism to auto described above they heard a loud bang coming from the 2400 block of Arundel Road. Officers checked the area and discovered that an unknown vehicle had struck a parked vehicle and fled the area without stopping. A check of the area for the striking vehicle proved negative. The officers were also unable to locate the owner of the vehicle that had been struck. The officers left a note with the case number on the struck vehicle’s windshield and completed the required motor vehicle crash report.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 10 pm officers received a report from Queenstown Apartments security of a group of disorderly subjects drinking alcoholic beverages in the parking lot. When the officers arrived they found six individuals drinking in the parking lot surrounded by numerous full and empty bottles of beer. All six were identified and checked for open warrants (all negative). While the officers were waiting for wanted check returns one of the individuals became verbally combative towards the officers and began yelling loudly at them. The officers repeatedly tried to get the individual to calm down to no avail. He was arrested for disorderly conduct and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Police Report: December 11

2300 block of Varnum Street: At about 5:30 pm officers effected a traffic stop on a vehicle for various traffic violations. A check of the driver revealed that he had an open warrant through Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Department for failure to appear for a criminal court hearing. He was arrested without incident and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3200 block of Queenstown Drive: At about 7:10 pm officers responded for the report of a citizen armed robbery. The victim told the officers that he was approached by three black males one of whom struck him several times with a baseball bat. The three individuals then took the victim’s wallet, stole a small quantity of US Currency and fled the scene on foot in an unknown direction. The victim was unable to give a clear description of his attackers. The victim was examined by fire/rescue personnel and found not to have serious injuries. A canvass of the area for the three individuals proved negative.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Police Report: December 9

2900 block of Allison Street: At about 7 am officers responded for the report of a male individual looking into a woman’s apartment window. The woman advised communications that she witnessed a black male looking at her through one of her apartment windows. She said that he went to another window where he tried to get the window open to gain entry into the apartment. She was able to provide a detailed description of the man and hide in her bathroom until police arrived. When the officers arrived on the scene they found the man outside the victim’s apartment window exactly where she said he would be. When the man saw the officers he attempted to flee on foot but was caught immediately. He was arrested and charged with two counts of attempted burglary, trespassing, possession of CDS paraphernalia and stalking. He was delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

One Municipal Place: At about 10 pm officers received a call for a man down. The officers arrived along with ambulance personnel and located a male individual who was highly intoxicated and in possession of an open container of alcohol. The man was asked if he was OK medically and if he required any medical attention. He made a non-verbal response that he did not require medical attention. When the officers asked the man to leave the area he became disorderly and verbally abusive towards the officers and refused to leave. All attempts to get the man to calm down and leave the area peacefully failed and the officers moved to place him under arrest. He became violent and resisted the officers, at one point striking an officer in the chest with a closed fist. The officers were able to wrestle him to the ground and place him under arrest and in handcuffs. He was taken by ambulance to Washington Adventist Hospital for examination where he was evaluated by medical personnel and released to the officers’ custody. He was delivered to the custody of DOC in Upper Marlboro and charged with possession of alcohol in a public place, disorderly conduct, resisting a lawful arrest and assault on a police officer.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Police Report: December 8

4100 block of 31st Street: At about 9:15 am officers took a report of a found missing person who was reported missing on November 21st. The MP was located in good health at a shelter in DC. PG CID was notified and the MP was removed from the NCIC missing persons database.

4200 block 28th Street: At about 5:30 pm officers were contacted by DC police who advised that their officers had recovered a 1998 Honda Accord originally reported stolen from the 4200 block of 28th Street on October 6th, 2008. The recovery location was Naylor Court and O Street NW. Both license plates were still attached, the vehicle was not drivable and no arrests were made. The victim/owner of the vehicle was notified of the recovery.

Monday, December 08, 2008

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

I have it on good authority that Santa’s annual visit to the Great City of Mount Rainier will take place on Saturday December 20th beginning at 7 pm. Santa will put aside his sleigh and reindeer for the evening and rely on the Mount Rainier Volunteer Fire Department to escort him about the City. Children young and old should listen not for the prancing and pawing of each little hoof but for the siren and horns of the big Pierce fire truck!

Police Report: December 5-8

Friday December 5:

4300 block of 28th Place: At about 8:30 pm officers responded for the report of a citizen armed robbery. The victim told the officers that he was unloading groceries from his vehicle when he was approached by two black males in all dark clothing one of whom was armed with a black handgun. The suspects ordered the victim to turn around and when he did so, one suspect went through his pockets and took several items of personal property. The two suspects then fled the area towards DC in white sedan.

Saturday December 6:

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 8:30 am officers on patrol observed a man consuming an alcoholic beverage in a public place. He was stopped, checked for outstanding warrants (none), issued a criminal citation for the violation and sent on his way.

One Municipal Place: At about 9:30 am officers on patrol observed a woman urinating in public. She was stopped, checked for outstanding warrants (none), issued a criminal citation for the violation and sent on her way.

Monday December 8:

4600 block of 27th Street: At about 1:30 am officers responded for the report of the sound of shots and the possibility of a man down. When the officers arrived they searched the area and were able to located and recover several spent shell casings. They did not find anyone down or injured, nor could they locate any witnesses or those responsible for firing the shots.

Friday, December 05, 2008

Police Report: December 4

4000 block of 35th Street: At about 7 am officers responded for the report of a stolen vehicle. The owner told the officers that at about 6:45 am he went out and started his 2006 Chevy Trailblazer with Maryland tags 77170CC and left it running with the keys in the ignition while he went back into his residence. He came back out about five minutes later to find that the vehicle had been stolen. The vehicle was entered into the NCIC stolen vehicle database and the owner was issued a state citation for unattended motor vehicle.

3300 block of Buchanan Street: At about 3:15 pm an MRPD parking enforcement officer cited and impounded a vehicle that had been previously marked for 48-hour towing because it was displaying expired DC registration plates.

2300 block of Varnum Street (7-11): At about 1:10 am officers responded for the report of a theft. The store clerk told the officers that two individuals entered the store and walked behind the sales counter. One individual held open a bag while the second individual filled the bag with various items including cigarettes, over-the-counter medicine and lottery tickets. Both individuals then fled the store on foot to what the clerk believed was a waiting vehicle. The store surveillance system captured pictures of the individuals and a follow-up investigation will be conducted to try and determine their identities.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Police Report: December 3

2900 block of Allison Street: At about 1:30 pm officers received a call from an individual who told them that she had recovered her 1988 Honda Civic she originally reported stolen from the 2900 block of Allison Street on August 2nd. She said she found it on August 3rd and forgot to notify police.

3300 block of Chillum Road (7-11): At about 4:20 am officers responded for the report of a theft. The on duty clerk told the officers that a male individual entered the store, went behind the counter and stole several packs of cigarettes. The suspect then fled on foot out of the store and disappeared into the Queenstown apartments complex. A canvass of the area for the individual proved negative.

4700 block of 30th Street: At about 4:45 am officers responded to serve a criminal arrest warrant. The officers were met by an individual who had obtained the warrant for his domestic partner based on an earlier altercation that occurred in Bladensburg. The warrant charged the partner with robbery, 2nd degree assault and theft under $500. The officers were able to locate the partner and served the warrant on him. He was taken into custody and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Police report: December 1-2

Monday December 1:

No significant incidents to report.

Tuesday December 2:

3800 block of 34th Street: At about 6:10 pm officers responded for the report of an attempted armed robbery. The victim told the officers that a black male between the ages of 20 and 35 walked into the store holding a handgun in his left hand. The individual walked behind the counter and attempted to open the cash register. He was unable to open the register and immediately fled the store on foot in an unknown direction. The victim was unable to provide the officers with any additional information or description.

4600 block of 25th Street: At about 5 pm officers responded for the report of a missing person. The parents of a 15 year old juvenile female reported their daughter missing and told officers that she failed to return home after school. Officers were able to contact the juvenile after speaking with friends and she returned home, unharmed, about an hour later.

2400 block of Chillum Road: At about 8:20 pm officers effected a traffic stop on a vehicle for various traffic violations. The officers discovered that the driver of the vehicle had an open arrest warrant through the Prince George's County Sheriff's Office for failure to appear on a previous traffic violation. The driver was arrested and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville without incident.

Monday, December 01, 2008

Police Report: November 26-30

Wednesday November 26:

One Municipal Place: At about 1:45 pm officers stopped a juvenile for drinking in public. The juvenile was charged with the violation along with disorderly conduct. He was released to his parents pending action by the juvenile court.

Thursday November 27:

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 11:45 pm stopped an individual for drinking in public. While the officers were in the process of charging him for the alcohol, violation they discovered he had an open warrant through Prince George’s County for failing to appear on a contempt of court charge. He was arrested and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

Friday November 28:

3300 block of Chillum Road (7-11): At about 10:30 pm officers on patrol observed an individual who was trespassing in the store. He had been previously advised by management and MRPD that his business was not longer wanted and he was not to be in the store or on the property and had in fact been arrested for trespassing twice before. The officers arrested him for the third time and transported to DOC in Hyattsville without incident.

4100 block of 31st Street: At about 12:45 pm officers responded to take a report of a missing person. The husband stated that his wife left the residence on November 21st after an argument. Just prior to leaving the wife told her husband that she needed a few days away.

3200 block of Queenstown Drive: At about 7:50 pm officers responded for the report of a citizen armed robbery. The victims (there were two of them) told the officers that they were walking in the area when they were robbed by three suspects, one of whom was armed with a black handgun. The three suspects took the victims’ cell phones and money before fleeing the area on foot in an unknown direction. Both MRPD and PGPD units canvassed the area for the three suspects. During the canvass a vehicle was seen in the area that was possibly occupied by the suspects and PGPD officers attempted to stop this vehicle. The vehicle refused to stop and a brief chase ensued by PGPD units. The chase ended at Riggs Road at 3rd Street in DC and the three occupants were detained. MRPD transported both victims to the apprehension location and they were able to positively identify the three as the individuals who robbed them. All three suspects were arrested and charged with robbery and other charges.

Saturday November 29:

2500 block of Arundel Road: At about 12:20 am officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle that was possibly involved in an armed robbery outside the City. Investigation revealed that one of the occupants in the vehicle was in possession of marijuana. He was arrested and transported to DOC in Hyattsville without incident.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 8 am officers on patrol observed an individual consuming an alcoholic beverage in public. The individual was issued a criminal citation for the violation and sent on his way without further incident.

3800 block of Perry Street: At about 5 pm officers effected a traffic stop on a vehicle for various traffic violations. A wanted check on the driver revealed that he had an open warrant through Montgomery County for failure to appear in court. Once the warrant was confirmed the driver was arrested and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

Sunday November 30:

4300 block of 34th Street: At about 4:45 pm officers stopped a suspicious individual for a field interview. During the interview the individual was found to be in possession of a small quantity of crack cocaine. He was arrested and transported to DOC in Hyattsville for processing.

3100 block of Arundel Road: At about 10 am officers received several calls for an alarm sounding in the area. The officers discovered a residential alarm sounding and checked the residence, finding it secure with no evidence of forced entry. The home owner could not be located and the alarm could not be re-set. The officers continued to check the residence throughout the day at one point learned from a neighbor that the resident was away for the holidays and could not be reached. At about 7:30 pm officers contacted the fire department and had them respond to cut the wires to the outside speaker to silence the alarm. It was later learned that there had been a power outage in the area early in the morning and when the power came back on the alarm was activated and failed to re-set.

2700 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 7:45 pm officers responded for the report of a vandalism to auto. The victim showed the officers where person(s) unknown slashed the right rear tire of his vehicle. The victim told the officers that she is going through a domestic issue with her estranged spouse and that she believes that he is responsible for the damage although she did not see him commit the crime.

3300 block of Chillum Road: At about 9:20 pm officers on patrol observed an individual involved in what appeared to be a drug transaction. The individual was stopped for a field interview. During the interview the officers found that the individual was in possession of a glass container containing PCP. The individual was arrested, charged with possession of a CDS and taken to DOC In Hyattsville for processing. The PCP seized totaled 4.7 grams and had a street value of about $40.00.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Police Report: November 25

There are no significant incidents to report.

As a reminder, the MRPD administrative offices will be closed for the Thanksgiving holidays from midnight tonight until Monday December 1st at 9 am.

I’d like to wish all of our residents a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Police Report: November 24

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 5:30 pm officers responded for the report of an unattended death. When the officers arrived they were met by the decedent’s roommate. She told the officers that she last saw the deceased alive when she left for work at about 11 pm on the 23rd. When she returned home this afternoon she found him on the living room couch unresponsive. She called 911 and when medics arrived at about 5:20 pm they pronounced him dead. The officers were able to make contact with the decedent’s doctor who told them that he had a pace maker, suffered from high blood pressure and prostate cancer. No foul play was detected or suspected. The State Medical Examiner and PGPD homicide detectives responded to the scene. Family members were also contacted and responded. The Medical Examiner released the body of the decedent to the family for funeral arrangements.

4600 block of 30th Street: At about 6:45 pm officers responded for the report of a citizen armed robbery. The victim told the officers that as he approached the front of his residence he was approached by three individuals. One of them struck the victim on the head with a bag containing a hard substance. The victim was dazed by the attack when one of the individuals displayed a black handgun and demanded victim’s wallet. The victim tossed his laptop style bag on the ground and told the individuals that his wallet was in the bag. About this time a witness arrived on the scene and when he saw what was happening he yelled “police” to scare off the attackers. The individuals picked up the victim’s bag and fled on foot onto 31st Place towards the Nature Center. Neither the victim nor the witness called police to report the crime for about 20-30 minutes. When officers arrived the perpetrators were long gone and a canvass of the area by MRPD, PGPD and Hyattsville City PD proved negative. He victim refused medical treatment at the scene and told the officers that he could not identify any of the three individuals. The witness also said that he too could not identify any of the individuals.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Police Report: November 21-23

Friday November 21:

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 7:10 pm officers stopped a man who was seen urinating on the wall of the police station. The man was also found to be in possession of a quantity of marijuana. He was arrested and charged with both crimes and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

Saturday November 22:

3400 block of Newton Street: At about 12:30 am officers responded for the report of a woman screaming and being assaulted. When the officers arrived they detained an individual for investigation. As they were questioning him another man began yelling obscenities at the officers from his residence. He came out of his home, with his mother, and continued to berate the officers. The officers instructed the man to go back into his residence and cease interfering with their investigation. The man refused to go back inside and instead approached the officers in an aggressive manner and became more loud and disorderly. The man was advised a final time to either return to his residence or be arrested for disorderly conduct. He refused the officers advice and when he was told he was under arrest he resisted and began to fight the officers. After a brief struggle the officers were able to get him under control and he was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, assault on a police officer and resisting arrest. He was delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3200 block of Chillum Road: At about 2:45 pm officers responded for the report of a stolen mattress. The victim told the officers that someone stole her mattress from the hallway of her apartment building. A witness told the officers that he witnessed the theft and was able to point out one of the two individuals responsible. That individual was apprehended and charged with the theft. The second individual the witness described was able to get away with the mattress before police arrived. A canvass of the area failed to locate the second individual

Chillum Road at Buchanan Street: At about 10:55 pm officers responded for the report of a citizen robbery. The victim told the officers that he was punched and kicked to the ground by four black males. One the victim was on the ground the perpetrators stole his cell phone and wallet. The victim was unable to provide a description of his attackers. He received a laceration to his jaw in the attack and was treated for the injury at the scene by fire/rescue personnel. MRPD officers along with Prince George's County Police canvassed the area for the perpetrators with negative results.

Sunday November 23:

3200 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 1:30 am officers stopped a vehicle for traffic violations. The officers conducted a wanted check on the driver which revealed that he was wanted on an open arrest warrant through Prince George's Sheriffs Office for failure to appear on a DUI charge. The driver was arrested on the open warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville without incident.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Crime Prevention Tip: Car Alarms

I received this earlier today courtesy of CPL Jim Flynn of the Bladensburg Police Department:

For those of you who have a vehicle that has a remote entry device, you may also have a handy burglar/emergency alarm that you probably don’t think about. Most of these remote entry devices have a panic button that activates your vehicle’s security alarm system. Test it. It will activate from almost anywhere inside your house and will keep honking and flashing the lights until either your battery runs down or until you reset it with the button on the remote entry fob. It works if your vehicle is parked in your driveway or garage.

So, the next time you come home for the night and start to put your keys away think of this: Put your car keys beside your bed when you retire for the night. If you hear a noise outside your home or someone tries to get in your house, just press the panic button for your car. If your car alarm goes off when someone is trying to break into your house, within a few seconds your neighbors will be looking out their windows to see what all the commotion is about and odds are the bad guy won't stick around.

Your vehicle alarm can be useful in other situations, such as a medical emergency, where you can't reach a phone. Some people suggest carrying your keys when working in the yard in case you fall and "can't get up." If the alarm is activated the car alarm will attract attention and rescue. And remember, have your keys out while walking to your car in a parking lot. The alarm can work the same way there.

Correction to Store Closings and Layoffs

I received an e-mail from representatives of Movie Gallery and Hollywood Video regarding their store closings. The following information has been posted to their web site at http://www.moviegallery.com/company/blog.aspx. The information has been removed from my original post.

It has recently come to our attention that there is information circulating the Internet regarding Movie Gallery and Hollywood Video store closures, which would have implications regarding gift card redemption. We would like to inform you that this information is not accurate. At this time there are no plans in place to close any of our Movie Gallery or Hollywood Video retail locations. We appreciate your loyalty and look forward to serving you in our stores.

Sincerely,

Sherif Mityas
Chief Operating Officer and President, Retail Operations
Movie Gallery, Inc.

Store Closings and Layoffs

Holiday shoppers should be very careful when giving store brand gift certificates or gift cards this holiday season. If you already have a gift card or certificate use them or they may become useful only as a collector’s item!

Ann Taylor: Closing 117 stores nationwide. A company spokeswoman said the company hasn’t revealed which stores will be shuttered. It will let the stores that will close this fiscal year know over the next month.

Eddie Bauer: Will close even more stores. Eddie Bauer has already closed 27 shops in the first quarter and plans to close up to two more outlet stores by the end of the year.

Cache: Women's retailer Cache announced that it is closing 20 to 23 stores this year.

Lane Bryant, Fashion Bug, Catherine’s: Closing 150 stores nationwide. The owner of retailers Lane Bryant, Fashion Bug, Catherine's Plus Sizes will close about 150 under performing stores this year. The company hasn't provided a list of specific store closures and can't say when it will offer that info, a spokesperson said.

Talbots, J. Jill: Closing stores. About a month ago, Talbot's announced that it will be shuttering all 78 of its kids and men's stores. Now the company says it will close another 22 under performing stores. The 22 stores will be a mix of Talbot's women's and J. Jill, another chain it owns. The closures will occur thisfiscal year, according to a company press release.

Gap Inc.: Closing 85 stores. In addition to its namesake chain, Gap also owns Old Navy and Banana Republic. The company said the closures - all planned for fiscal 2008 - will be weighted toward the Gap brand.

Foot Locker: Closing 140 stores. In the company press release and during its conference call with analysts today, it did not specify where the future store closures - all planned in fiscal 2008 – will be. The company could not be immediately reached for comment.

Wickes: Going out of business. Wickes Furniture is going out of business and closing all of its stores. Wickes, a 37-year-old retailer that targets middle-income customers, filed for bankruptcy protection last month.

Levitz/Bombay: Closed already. The furniture retailer first announced it was going out of business and closing all 76 of its stores in December. The retailer dates back to 1910 when Richard Levitz opened his first furniture store in Lebanon, PA. In the 1960's, the warehouse/showroom concept brought Levitz to the forefront of the furniture industry. The local Levitz closures will follow the shutdown of Bombay. Bombay’s online storefront has discontinued operations.

Zales, Piercing Pagoda: The owner of Zales and Piercing Pagoda previously said it plans to close 82 stores by July 31. Today, it announced that it is closing another 23 underperforming stores. The company said it's not providing a list of specific store closures. Of the 105 locations planned for closure, 50are kiosks and 55 are stores.

Disney Store: The owner has the right to close 98 stores. The Walt Disney Company announced it acquired about 220 Disney Stores from subsidiaries of The Children's Place Retail Stores. The exact number of stores acquired will depend on negotiations with landlords. Those subsidiaries of Children's Place filed for bankruptcy protection in late March. Walt Disney said it has also obtained the right to close about 98 Disney Stores in the U.S. The press release didn't list those stores.

Home Depot: The Home Depot, Inc. announced that it is shuttering 15 stores amid a slumping U.S. economy and housing market. The move will affect 1,300 employees. It is the first time the world's largest home improvement store chain has ever closed a flagship store for performance reasons. Its shares rose almost 5 percent. The Atlanta-based company said the under performing U.S. stores being closed represent less than 1 percent of its existing stores. They will be shuttered within the next two months.

CompUSA (CLOSED): Any extended warranties purchased for products through CompUSA will be honored by a third-party provider, Assurant Solutions. Gift cards, rain checks, and rebates purchased prior to December 12 can be redeemed at any time during the final sale. For those who have a gadget currently in for service with CompUSA, the repair will be completed and the gadget will be returned to owners.

Macy's: Closing 9 stores.

Pep Boys: Closing 33 stores.

Sprint Nextel: Closing 125 retail locations. New Sprint Nextel CEO Dan Hesse appears to have inherited a company bleeding subscribers by the thousands, and will now officially be dropping the ax on 4,000 employees and 125 retail locations. Amid the loss of 639,000 postpaid customers in the fourth quarter, Sprint will be cutting a total of 6.7% of its work force (following the 5,000 layoffs last year) and 8% of company-owned brick-and-mortar stores, while remaining mute on other rumors that it will consolidate its headquarters in Kansas.

J.C. Penney, Lowe's and Office Depot: Scaling back.

Ethan Allen Interiors: The company announced plans to close 12 of 300+ stores in an effort to cut costs.Wilsons Leather: Closing 158 storesPacific Sunwear: Will close its 154 Demo stores after a review of strategic alternatives for the urban-apparel brand. Seventy-four under performing Demo stores closed last May.

Sharper Image: The company recently filed for bankruptcy protection and announced that 90 of its 184 stores are closing. The retailer will still operate 94 stores to pay off debts, but 90 of these stores have performed poorly and also may close.

KB Toys: Posted a list of 356 stores that it is closing around the United States as part of its bankruptcy reorganization. To see the list of store closings, go to the KB Toys Information web site, and click on Press Information.

Dillard's: Closing more Stores. Dillard's Inc. said it will continue to focus on closing under performing stores, reducing expenses and improving its merchandise in 2008. At the company's annual shareholder meeting, CEO William Dillard II said the company will close another six under performing stores this year.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Police Report: November 19

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue (MRPD station): At about 8:30 am an individual walked into the MRPD station to turn herself in on an open warrant. A MILES/NCIC check confirmed that she had an open warrant through Prince George’s County for 2nd degree assault and malicious destruction of property. She was taken into custody and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3400 block of Perry Street: At about 2 pm officers took a report of an injured person. The woman told officers that while walking to Mount Rainier City Hall to attend a community meeting on November 17th she fell stepped into an open hole surrounded by a tree grate. This caused her to fall and injure the left side of her body. She did not require medical attention and just wanted to report the incident to alert the City of the hazard.

3300 block of Chillum Road: At about 7:10 pm officers responded to investigate a two-car collision. Ambulance/Medics responded and tended to both vehicles’ occupants. None of the occupants received sufficient injury to require transport to a medical facility. Both vehicles involved in the collision were towed from the scene.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Police Report: November 18

Rhode Island Avenue @ Eastern Avenue: At about 10:15 am officers effected a traffic stop on a suspicious vehicle. Investigation revealed that the driver was wanted on an open warrant through Prince George's County Sheriff's Office for failure to appear on a traffic charge dating back to 2000. He was arrested without incident and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Police Report: November 17

3700 block of 37th Street: At about 1 am officers responded to assist the fire department with traffic control while they battled a house fire. One vacant house was completely destroyed by the fire and two adjacent houses suffered fire damage. No one was injured. The State Fire Marshall will conduct a follow-up investigation to determine the cause of the fire.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Police Report: November 14-16

Friday November 14:

4400 block of 28th Place: At about 8:20 am officers took a report of a vandalism to auto. The victim told the officers that sometime during the previous night person(s) unknown flattened two tires on her personal vehicle. The victim believes the crime was committed by her estranged husband; however she did not see him do it. The two are in the process of a divorce and had a heated argument over the phone the previous evening.

2900 block of Shepherd Street: At about 11:50 am officers effected a traffic stop on a vehicle for a traffic violation. The driver of the vehicle was checked trough MVA/NCIC and found to have an FTA fugitive warrant through NY State. He was arrested and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3500 block of Perry Street: At about 6:30 pm officers responded for a report of a citizen robbery. The victim told the officers that he was walking home when he was approached from behind by several individuals who threw victim to the ground and immediately began striking him about the head and face. The individuals went through his pockets and stole his wallet and fled on foot. The victim did not see the suspects, however a witness who saw the robbery take place provided a lookout. A check of the area revealed several individuals that fit the general description of the assailants but the victim was unable to identify any of them. PGPD’s Robbery Suppression Team and District 1 detectives were notified for follow-up investigation.

3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue:
At about 7:45 pm officers took a report of a motor vehicle collision. Their investigation concluded that a single vehicle traveling at a speed greater than reasonable and prudent on the wet roadway lost control and struck the median area. The vehicle was sufficiently disabled that it had to be towed from the scene.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 9:55 pm officers investigated a single vehicle motor vehicle collision. Their investigation concluded that the driver of the vehicle accidentally put the vehicle in drive instead of reverse and struck a building when she accelerated. The building suffered damage to the glass entryway. A County building inspector responded to the scene and determined that there was no structural damage done to the building.

4200 block of Russell Avenue: At about 10:40 pm officers responded for the report of a misdemeanor theft. The victim told the officers that she met and walked home with a male friend from the Hyattsville Metro Station as she has done numerous times in the past. When the two reached the victim’s apartment building they engaged in conversation. During the conversation the male was drinking alcohol. Sometime during the conversation the victim noticed a bank envelope containing a quantity of US currency was missing from her purse. She said that the envelope was in her purse when the two arrived at the apartment building. When she confronted her friend about the missing envelope he denied taking it, however the victim said she saw the envelope protruding out of her friend’s coat pocket. When she attempted to get the envelope out of his pocket he pulled away from her and fled the area on foot. The suspected thief is known to MRPD from numerous previous encounters and has an outstanding arrest warrant through this department. The officers canvassed the area trying to locate him with negative results.
Saturday November 15:

4400 block of 28th Place: At about 9:30 am officers responded for the report of a stolen vehicle. The victim told the officers that sometime during the previous evening person(s) unknown stole his gray 2007 Acura TKL with Maryland tags 1CPS75. The victim said that he discovered the vehicle missing at about 3 am but did not report it stolen until 9:30 am because he wanted to make sure that it was not being used by a family member. The vehicle is equipped with Lo-Jack stolen vehicle recovery system and the Lo-Jack was activated at the time of the report.

4200 block of Russell Avenue: At about 12:00 pm officers responded for the report of a hit & run accident. The victim told the officers that an unknown vehicle struck his vehicle and failed to remain at scene. The officers’ investigation revealed that the damage to victim’s vehicle was not consistent with damage that would have resulted from a hit & run. The vehicle had damage to the roof and a quarter panel that looked more like damage caused by a pole, stick or bat. The officers documented the inconsistency in their accident report.

4200 block of Kaywood Drive: At about 1:45 pm officers patrolling the Kaywood apartment complex received a Lo-Jack hit indicating that a stolen 1996 Honda Accord with DC tags CW5121 was located close by. The officers followed the signal and located the vehicle parked and unoccupied. The officers observed that the ignition was damaged but otherwise it appeared to be in a drivable condition and both tags were still attached. The vehicle was towed for safe keeping and the owner was notified of the recovery.

2700 block of Arundel Road: At about 6 pm officers took a report of a recovered stolen auto. The officers spoke with the alleged victim who told them that he reported his car stolen to PGPD on November 13th. The car was allegedly stolen from the 7600 block of Annapolis Road. The victim said that he could not recall the incident; and, that he found his car in the same exact location from which it was reported stolen. The victim was at a loss to explain the coincidence. The officers carefully inspected the vehicle and found no door, door lock, or ignition damage. The officers completed a stolen vehicle recovery report in order to delete it from the NCIC database.

4700 block of 31st Place: At about 7:45 pm officers received a call from a female subject who was in fear of her boyfriend who was under the influence of PCP and had locked himself in the bathroom. When the officers arrived they found the boyfriend locked in the bathroom and refusing to come out. The officers knew the individual from several previous drug related encounters. They also knew him to be very violent when under the influence of PCP. He was checked through NCIC and found to have two open arrest warrants through Prince George’s County for 4th degree burglary and fleeing and eluding police.

The officers made several attempts to get the individual to come out of the bathroom voluntarily to no avail. The officers forced entry into the room and deployed a Taser weapon to try and get the individual under control. The Taser was ineffective and it took three officers to subdue the individual and place him under arrest. Medic 98 and Ambulance 809 responded to the scene to transport the individual to Washington Adventist Hospital for treatment and evaluation. During the ride to WAH the individual became violent and broke two of three restraints holding him to a gurney and tried to force his way out of the ambulance. The ambulance immediately stopped and pulled over when the individual began assaulting one of the medics. MRPD officers following the ambulance intervened and another lengthy struggle ensued. This time they were able to get the individual under control by use of the Taser. Once the Taser took effect the officers and medical personnel were able to get him sufficiently strapped down so they could get him to the hospital.

Once at WAH the individual was sedated and treated for his PCP use. Once treatment was completed and medical discharge forms obtained the individual was delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville on the two open warrants. Additional charges for resisting arrest and assault on the officers and the medical personnel were also filed.

Sunday November 16:

No reportable incidents.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Police Report: November 12-13

Wednesday November 12:

33rd Street & Bunker Hill Road: At about 10:10 am officers received a citizen complaint of an individual drinking alcohol in the gazebo park. The individual was located and the violation confirmed. He was issued a criminal citation and sent on his way without incident

4700 block of 27th Street: At about 2:30 am officers responded for a vehicle fire. The officers discovered a 1999 Plymouth Voyager fully engulfed in flames. Fire board responded and extinguished the blaze. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle had been previously reported stolen. Two vehicles which were parked next to the stolen vehicle both sustained fire damage.

Shepherd Street & 29th Street: At about 3:40 pm officers assigned to the power shift observed what they believed to be a hand to hand narcotics transaction. One of the subjects involved in the transaction was stopped and found to be in possession of marijuana. He was arrested and transported to DOC In Hyattsville.

39th Street & Windom Road: At about 1:15 pm officers assigned to the power shift officers stopped a suspicious individual for a field interview. During the interview a wanted check revealed that the individual has an outstanding arrest warrant through Prince George’s County for assault. He was arrested and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville without incident.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 3:05 pm officers assigned to the power shift observed an individual drinking from an open container of alcohol. The individual was issued a criminal citation and released without further incident.

Thursday November 13:

38th Street & Rhode Island Avenue: At about 1:29 am officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for minor traffic violations. The driver was found to be driving on a suspended license and had an open warrant through Montgomery County for FTA. The driver was arrested on the open warrant. The officers searched the vehicle incident to the driver’s arrest and discovered a small baggie of cocaine on the side of the driver’s seat. The driver was transported to DOC in Hyattsville and charged with possession of a CDS. The vehicle was impounded for safekeeping

4000 block of Cedar Lane Alley: At about 5 pm power shift officers patrolling the area observed several juveniles walking down the alley. One of the juveniles saw the officers and immediately placed an unknown object on the ground and tried to walk away. The officers stopped the juvenile and recovered the object that he discarded. The object was found to be a baggie containing a small amount of marijuana. The juvenile was arrested and released to the custody of his parents pending Juvenile Court action.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Town Hall Meeting for Residents of ArtSpace

On Monday November 17th the Mount Rainier Police Department will host a town hall style meeting for residents of the Artpace building. The meeting will take place at City Hall (1 Municipal Place) beginning at 7 pm. The Chief of Police, City Manager, representatives from Edgewood Management, and local elelected officials will be in attendance to hear and respond to residents' needs and concerns.

If you are a resident of ArtSpace, please take time out of your busy schedules to attend this important meeting.

Police Report: November 11

31st and Shepherd Streets: At about 12:30 pm officers working the power shift stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. As the officers approached the vehicle to speak with the driver they smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside. Subsequent investigation revealed that the driver was in possession of three bags of marijuana totaling 4.3 grams. The driver was arrested and transported to DOC in Hyattsville without incident.

Police Report: November 10

Monday November 10:

3300 block of Otis Street: At about 8 am officers responded for the report of a residential burglary. The victim told the officers that person(s) unknown forced entry into his home through the basement door. Once inside the individuals stole various items valued at approximately $1,300. The scene was processed with negative results and PGPD detectives were notified for a follow-up investigation.

4100 block of 30th Street: At about 12:30 pm a resident called MRPD to advise that unknown individual obtained funds from his credit union account without authorization from him. The victim contacted his credit union to report the unauthorized transaction and then contacted MRPD to file a report. The officers provided the victim with a police case number and forwarded the information to the PGPD County Financial Crimes unit for follow-up investigation.

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 12:40 pm officers on patrol observed a subject drinking an alcoholic beverage in public. The individual was issued a criminal citation and sent on his way without further incident.

3200 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 3:10 pm officers on patrol observed a subject drinking an alcoholic beverage in public. The individual was issued a criminal citation and sent on his way without further incident.

Bunker Hill Road & 34th Street: At about 7 pm officers responded for a report of an attempted citizen robbery. The victim told the officers that she was walking home when she saw a suspicious male walking behind her. When she looked back at the man she saw him reach into his waistband, remove a handgun and point the gun in her direction. The victim became very afraid and ran home as fast as she could. The victim delayed reporting the incident for approximately 30 minutes due to a language barrier. The victim described the man as a black male, 5’7” tall, 140 lbs., wearing a gray sweatshirt, a black mask/hood and armed with a black handgun. A search of the area for the individual was negative and PGPD robbery detectives were notified for follow-up.

3700 block of Bunker Hill Road: At about 7:50 pm officers observed suspicious male who was known to the officers from previous encounters as not a Mount Rainier resident. The individual was stopped and interviewed. During the course of the interview an NCIC check revealed that the individual was wanted on an open warrant through Prince George’s County for failure to appear on a trespassing charge. The individual was arrested and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

4700 block of 31st Place: At about 8:30 pm officers responded for the report of an out of control disorderly juvenile. From previous encounters the officers knew that the juvenile has a history of mental illness and is currently under medical care and medication. The juvenile was threatening family members with bodily harm and told the officers that he wanted to die and asked if they would shot and kill him. The officers declined his request for numerous moral, legal and ethical reasons and instead arrested him and transported him to Washington Adventist Hospital for an emergency psychological evaluation.

3500 block of Bunker Hill Road: At about 9:50 pm officers responded for the report of a pocket book snatch. The victim told the officers that, as she was about to get into her vehicle, an individual accosted her and tried to pull her purse off her shoulder. She said she struggled to keep the purse but it fell to the ground. The individual went into the purse, removed a wallet, and threw the purse back at victim. The individual then fled north on Bunker Hill Road. Check of area for the individual was negative and PGPD robbery detectives were notified for follow-up.

3200 block of Chillum Road: At about 10:30 pm officers were notified by an anonymous caller of a purse left abandoned in a second level stairwell. The officers located the purse and delivered it to MRPD’s secure property storage until an owner can be identified.

Police Report: November 7-9

Friday November 7:

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 4:45 pm an individual walked into the Mount Rainier Police Station and told officers that he wanted to turn himself in on an open warrant. A check through Communications revealed that the man had an open warrant for 2nd degree assault. He was taken into custody and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3800 block of 30th Street: At about 9:30 pm officers responded for the report of an individual who had attempted to harm his father with a knife and caused damage inside the family residence. The officers observed that the individual had been drinking alcoholic beverage and smoking marijuana and was acting irrationally. He was taken into custody and transported to Washington Adventist Hospital for an emergency psychological evaluation.

Saturday November 8:

33rd and Perry Streets: At about 9 pm officers on patrol stopped two individuals who were observed consuming alcoholic beverages in public. Both individuals were checked for warrants with negative results. Criminal citations were issued to both individuals and they were sent on their way without further incident.

2700 block of Allison Street: At about 9:15 pm officers responded for the report of a citizen armed robbery. The victim told the officers that while he was waiting in front of an apartment building an unknown black male approached him and placed a silver semi automatic handgun to his head and demanded that he surrender his property. The victim complied and was then told to go inside the building, which he did. The suspect fled in an unknown direction. The victim was not able to provide a description of his assailant.

Sunday November 9:

4600 block of 30th Street: At about 10 pm officers responded for the report of a man who had failed to take his medication and as a result had become violent towards his mother and sister. When the officers arrived they observed the individual to be out of control, yelling and screaming, and had thrown several objects at his family members. He was taken into custody without incident and transported to Washington Adventist Hospital for an emergency psychological evaluation.

Friday, November 07, 2008

Police Report: November 6-7

Thursday November 6:

3100 block of Perry Street:
At about 6 pm officers responded for a citizen complaint of a suspicious unoccupied vehicle. The officers located the vehicle and an MVA check revealed that the tags displayed on the vehicle were not were not issued to it by MVA. The vehicle had not been reported stolen. The tags were removed and the vehicle was impounded.

Friday November 7:

3700 block of 36th Street:
At about 2 am On-Star notified MRPD that a vehicle stolen from the Dover Downs valet service in Dover, Delaware a few hours earlier was in the 3700 block of Perry Street. As soon as the officers arrived they observed an individual get out of the stolen car. When the individual saw the officers he quickly started walking down 36th Street in the direction of Otis Street. The officers ordered the individual to stop but instead he fled on foot and disappeared in the 2700 block of 36th Street. The officers immediately set up a perimeter with the assistance of Bladensburg and Hyattsville officers and a K-9 unit from Greenbelt PD responded to try and locate the individual. The K-9 tracked the individual from the point where he was last seen to the Wells Avenue industrial area along the railroad tracks. At this point the track was lost and attempts to recover it on the Cottage City side were unsuccessful. The vehicle was impounded for safekeeping and both Dover PD and the victim/owner were notified of the recovery.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Police Report: November 5

2900 block of Shepherd Street: At about 7:30 am officers responded to the report of a purse snatch. The victim told the officers that she was walking towards a bus stop when she saw a burgundy Lexus circle around her twice. She next observed a dark skin black male, approximately 30-39 years of age, 6’1” tall, 180 lbs., wearing black jeans and a black hat come up to her right side. The suspect snatched victim’s purse, ran away and got into the burgundy Lexus and fled the area. The suspect and the suspect’s vehicle described by the victim match the description of the suspect and stolen vehicle involved in the carjacking/abduction case reported Sunday November 2nd.

Carjacked vehicle: Maroon 2005 Lexus 330 with Maryland tags 8DSD99.
Suspect: Black male, 17-25 years of age, 6'3" tall, 180 lbs., short black hair, black North Face coat, silver revolver style handgun.

3300 block of Chauncey Place: At about 9:30 am officers responded to a home invasion robbery. The victim told the officers that two black males forced their way into her apartment through the locked front door. Once inside the two announced themselves as “POLICE, FBI.” Suspect #1 detained the victim in the bedroom at gun point while Suspect #2 ransacked the house while yelling at victim “Where is the money”. Suspect #2 took a gold ring and two watches after which both fled the scene on foot. PGPD CID was notified and responded to process the scene and assume a follow-up investigation.

Suspect #1 is described as a dark skin black male, 30-39 years of age, 5’9”, 180 lbs., wearing a police-style blue wind breaker.
Suspect #2 is described as a dark skin black male, 30-39 years of age, 5’-8”, 180 lbs, wearing a police-style blue wind breaker.

Eastern Avenue @ Rhode Island Avenue: At about 9:30 am officers responded for the report of a motor vehicle collision involving a City vehicle. The Code Enforcement vehicle was struck by another vehicle in the intersection. Preliminary investigation suggests that the City vehicle was not at fault in the collision. MPD is handling the investigation. No injuries were reported and the City vehicle was towed to Public Works.

Police Report: November 4

4300 block of 31st Street: At about 12:00 pm officers responded to a motorcycle collision. Investigation revealed that two juveniles, one rider and one passenger crashed a red Honda motorcycle into a fence. Witnesses said that just prior to the accident the motorcycle was seen driving in excess of 100 mph on Rainier Avenue. Evidence showed that the rider tried to stop the bike at the intersection of 31st Street but was unsuccessful because of the wet pavement and the bike’s speed. Both the rider and the passenger were extremely lucky and received only minor injuries. Further investigation revealed that the motorcycle had been reported stolen out of Fairfax, Virginia. The rider of the bike told the officers that he asked the individual who originally stole it if he could ride it. The individual agreed and the collision ensued. Officers charged the rider with various traffic violations and for possessing stolen property. The passenger was charged with possession of stolen property as well. The officers were also able to locate the juvenile male who stole the motorcycle from Virginia and he was charged accordingly. All three juveniles were released to the custody of their respective parents pending juvenile court action.

3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 4:30 pm officers took a report of an assault that occurred on Friday evening October 31st at the Artmosphere Café. The victim reported that he was thrown to the floor by one or more individuals and sustained cuts and abrasions. Officers responded at the time of the assault, but the victim, who was highly intoxicated at the time, did not tell the officers that he had been assaulted. The victim was advised of the procedure for obtaining a charging document from a District Court commissioner if he wanted to press assault charges.

4100 block of 34th Street: At about 1:30 am officers responded for the report of an assault. Investigation revealed that a male subject assaulted his girlfriend and others with a revolver (no shots were fired). The officers also discovered that the individual had also caused a great deal of damage to the inside of the residence. The individual was arrested on firearms charges, disorderly conduct and assault and was delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

Police Report: November 3

3300 block of Otis Street: At about 9:30 am officers responded for the report of a storehouse burglary. The victim told the officers that she was told by her neighbor that two suspects were seen in her garage. The garage was locked with a pad lock and primarily used as a storage space. The perpetrators cut the lock to gain entry into the garage and stole various items of clothing and a number of DVD movies.

2200 block of Varnum Street: At about 10 pm officers responded for the report of a vandalism to auto. The victim told the officers that he went out to his car to find that person(s) unknown had thrown a rock through his windshield and driver’s side window. Nothing was stolen from the vehicle and a canvass of the area for witnesses/evidence was negative.

3700 block of 36th Street: At about 5:30 am officers to a report of a stolen auto. The victim told the officers that when she came out of her residence she noticed her vehicle was no longer parked where she left it the night before. No evidence or witnesses could be found and the vehicle had not been repossessed or impounded.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Police Report October 31 - November 2

Friday October 31:

4200 block of 31st Street: At about 10 am officers responded for the report of a residential burglary. The victim told the officers that sometime between the dates of October 20th and October 31st person(s) unknown made forced entry into the residence through a rear window. Once inside the suspect(s) made good in stealing various items of personal property including the victim’s gray 2002 Ford Explorer bearing Maryland tags 394M847 that was parked in front of the residence. The victim also told the officers that the residence is currently vacant and not being occupied. The exact date of the theft is unknown. Officers attempted to process the point of entry and other areas with negative results.

3800 block of Shepherd Street: At about 5:10 pm officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for various traffic violations. As the officers were speaking with the driver they noticed a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage. The driver submitted to several field sobriety tests, which he failed. He was arrested and charged with DWI and his vehicle was impounded for safe keeping.

3300 block of Buchanan Street: At about 9:45 pm officers responded for the report of a citizen armed robbery. The victim told the officers that while walking from his residence to his black Ford Explorer (DC tags CW7546) he was approached by two undescribed black males. One of the males displayed a black colored handgun and said to the victim “give me your money or I’ll bust you.” The victim surrendered a quantity of U.S. currency. The suspects then order victim to the ground and demanded the victim’s vehicle keys which he also surrendered to them. Both suspects then left the victim on the ground got into his vehicle and drove off with it on Buchanan Street towards Chillum Road.

Saturday November 1:

3300 block of Perry Street: At about 9 am officers responded for the report of a hit and run motor vehicle collision. The victim’s vehicle was legally parked and unoccupied. When she returned to her vehicle she discovered that an unknown vehicle had struck the rear of her vehicle causing moderate damage and failed to report the collision or remain at the scene. Officers checked the area for evidence and/or witnesses with negative results.

Sunday November 2:

2200 block of Varnum Street: At about 2:10 am officers were notified by Hyattsville City police of a carjacking victim located in the area of Belcrest Road at East West Highway. The carjacking occurred in the 2200 block of Varnum Street in Mount Rainier. MRPD officers responded to the victim’s location to take his statement. The victim told the officers that he was driving in the 2200 block of Varnum Street with his windows down and was viewing a text message he had just received on his cell phone. The suspect, described as a black male, 17-25 years of age, 6’3” tall, 180 lbs., short black hair, wearing a black North Face coat, approached the victim’s vehicle and displayed a silver handgun. The suspect opened the rear passenger door and got in. Once inside the suspect hopped into the front passenger seat and ordered the victim to drive to Ingram Street. The victim did not know where that was so the suspect provided directions. The suspect made the victim drive onto Queens Chapel Road, turn left onto Belcrest Road and pull over at Toledo Place. The suspect then stole the victim’s cell phone and ordered the victim out of the vehicle. The suspect then got into driver’s seat and drove off. PGPD detectives from the carjacking unit responded to assume a follow-up investigation. The victim’s vehicle is described as a maroon colored 2005 Lexus 330 with Maryland tags 8DSD99.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 8:30 am officers responded for an attempt auto theft. The victim told the officers that person(s) unknown forced entry into his vehicle via the driver’s side door damaging the door lock. Once inside the suspect(s) attempted to steal the vehicle damaging the ignition system. The theft was unsuccessful and suspect(s) fled the area. A check of area for evidence/witnesses was negative.

4000 block of 38th Street: At about 7:10 pm the MRPD officer assigned to Brentwood responded for the report of a burglary that had just occurred. The victim told the officer that his ex-girlfriend (a black female, 15-19 years of age) broke open the front door to his residence. Once inside the girlfriend broke open the door to his bedroom. The girlfriend fled the scene just prior to the officer’s arrival. The victim could not provide good identifying information for his ex-girlfriend nor could he tell the officer where she lived. A check of the area for the girlfriend was conducted with negative results.

3400 block of Bunker Hill Road: At about 7:40 pm officers responded to serve a protective order. The order was served without incident and the target of the order left the residence peacefully

2700 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 11:30 pm officers conducting a traffic stop observed several suspicious individuals in the area in what appeared to be a loud verbal altercation. After the officers completed the traffic stop they stopped four individuals involved in the altercation to investigate the circumstances. During their investigation a check through NCIC revealed that one of them had an open arrest warrant through Prince George’s County warrant for misdemeanor theft. The warrant was confirmed and the individual was arrested and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville without further incident.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Police Report: October 30

34th Street at Shepherd Street: At about 4:30 pm officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. Investigation revealed that the vehicle's tags were suspended had the driver had an outstanding arrest warrant through Prince George's County. The driver was arrested and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. The vehicle was impounded.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Critical Missing Person - RETURNED

Martha Jane Harvin, reported missing on Tuesday October 28th has been located. She returned home safely the evening of Wednesday the 29th.

Police Report: October 23-29

Thursday October 23:

4200 block of Russell Avenue: At about 4:15 pm officers arrested an individual for the burglary of a storehouse which had occurred previously on October 21st. The individual was delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3800 block of 33rd Street: At about 4:45 pm officers on patrol conducted a field interview of a suspicious male. During the interview the officers discovered that he was wanted on an open warrant through Prince George’s County for attempted armed robbery, first and second degree assault and illegal possession of a handgun. He was arrested and transported to DOC in Hyattsville without incident

2700 block of Upshur Street: At about 10 pm officers took a report of a stolen Maryland temporary tag 11227H. The victim advised the officers that the tag was probably stolen sometime between 9:30 and 10 pm while he was visiting a family member.

Windom Road at 34th Street:
At about 11:25 pm officers responded for the report of a vehicle stopped in the roadway with the driver asleep behind the wheel. The officers arrived and after waking the driver detected a slight odor of alcohol on his breath. He submitted to standard field sobriety testing and although he passed the tests he was deemed not in a proper condition to drive. A family member was called to the scene to take him home. His vehicle was towed for safekeeping.

4200 block of Russell Avenue: At about 9:55 pm an individual came into MRPD headquarters and reported that he had just been carjacked by three individuals armed with shotguns and robbed him of his wallet, car keys and vehicle. The victim told officers that when he arrived home he saw a green Ford Explorer parked on Kaywood drive with it’s headlights on. As he approached the entrance to his apartment building three individuals armed with shotguns accosted him and demanded his property. One of them went through his pockets and stole his wallet and car keys. One of the suspects then stole his vehicle and the two remaining individuals fled the area in the green Ford Explorer. Both vehicles were last seen turning onto Randolph Street in DC. The victim told the officers that his vehicle was equipped with Lo-Jack and had an active On-Star account. The vehicle was entered into NCIC as stolen and PGPD detectives responded to handle the follow-up investigation.

About 4 hours later MRPD was notified by United States Park Police that their officers had recovered the victim’s vehicle in the 900 block of Hamlin Street NE. Park Police also advised that they had detained two possible suspects after a search by air and K-9 units. MRPD officers transported the victim to the recovery scene where he positively identified one of the two. At that point the second suspect confessed to being in the victim’s vehicle. The third suspect is still outstanding. Park Police officers arrested both individuals and transported them for processing.

Friday October 24:

3200 block of Otis Street: At about 3 am officers responded for the report of a stolen vehicle. The victim told the officers that that she parked her 1997 Dodge Caravan, Maryland tags 18698M3 near her residence earlier in the evening and when she returned for it she discovered that it had been stolen. A check of the area for witnesses/evidence was negative.

Saturday October 25:

2400 block of Chillum Road: At about 12:30 pm officers investigating an individual after stopping him for a traffic violation discovered that he was in possession of 38.7 grams of marijuana. The driver was arrested and his vehicle was impounded.

3200 block of Chillum Road: At about 4:15 pm officers responded for the report of a stolen vehicle. The owner/victim told the officers that she looked out the window of her apartment and saw someone inside her vehicle. She said that she could not get a good look at the individual and watched helplessly as he drove off with her car. No additional information was available and no additional witnesses or evidence could be found.

4000 block of 37th Street: At about 9:10 am officers responded for the report of an attempt stolen auto. The victim told the officers that he cam out to his car to discover that person(s) unknown had tried to steal it by popping the ignition. The victim said that did not remember if he had locked the car when he parked it, but that other than the damage to the ignition nothing was missing or damaged.

2900 block of Arundel Road: At about 5:30 pm officers responded for the report of an attempt stolen auto. The victim told the officers that he found his vehicle with the ignition popped. How entry was gained into the vehicle is unknown, however nothing was missing from the vehicle and there was no additional damage.

Sunday October 26:

2400 block of Chillum Road: At about 6:30 pm officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation and discovered that the driver had an open warrant through the United States Postal Inspectors Office for bank fraud and aggravated identity theft. The driver was arrested and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville without incident. The Postal Inspectors expressed their sincere appreciation to the arresting officers because the individual had eluded capture for over two years!

Monday October 27:

2400 block of Chillum Road: At about 9:15 pm officers working the power shift stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. The officers observed that the driver was acting in a very nervous manner and they asked him to produce his license and registration. He told the officers that the documents were in the trunk. As he got out of the car to get his license and registration the officers observed a black handgun in the center console. The driver was arrested and the handgun was seized. A check of the gun’s serial number revealed that it had been reported stolen in North Carolina. Driver was transported to District I and processed accordingly.

Tuesday October 28:

3700 block of 34th Street: At about 9 am officers responded to a property damage motor vehicle collision. There were no injuries to any of the vehicles’ occupants.

3800 block of 33rd Street: At about 9:30 am officers responded for the report of a vandalism to auto. The victim told the officers that when she came out to her car this morning she discovered that someone had shattered the driver’s side window. Nothing was taken from the vehicle and no evidence or witnesses could be located.

2700 block of Arundel Road: At about 11 am officers responded for the report of a vandalism to auto. The victim told the officers that when she came out to her car this morning she discovered that someone had damaged the driver’s side mirror. A check of area for evidence/witnesses was negative.

3300 block of Chillum Road: At about 1:30 pm officers took a lost property report. The reporting person told the officers that he lost his wallet containing his driver’s license, social security card and other documents. He said that he retraced his tracks and tried to find his wallet but to no avail. He was issued case number for documentation purposes.

1 Municipal Place: At about 8:50 pm officers on patrol observed an individual urinating in public. He was issued a criminal citation for the violation and sent on his way without further incident.

3300 block of Chauncey Place: At about 9:45 pm officers responded for the report of a citizen armed robbery that had just occurred. The victim told the officers that while walking in the area he was passed three 3 black males, one of whom bumped the victims left shoulder. The suspect then produced a black handgun from his waist band, placed it onto the side of victim’s temple and stated “give me all your money”. The victim told him that he didn’t have any money whereupon the suspect went through victim’s pockets and stole a quantity of US currency. The suspects then stole the victim’s coat and fled on foot. A check of the area for the three suspects was conducted with negative results. The victim described the three suspects only as black males, dressed all in black and about 6’ tall.

Newton Street & 37th Street: At about 11 pm power shift officers received a call for a possible vehicle tampering in progress. While the officers were checking the area for suspects they observed a black Honda illegally parked. The vehicle had no headlights on and was occupied by two black males. Further investigation revealed that the driver was in possession of an illegal handgun. He was arrested and transported to DOC in Hyattsville with out incident.

Wednesday October 29:

3700 block of 37th Street: At about 7:30 am officers responded for the report of a stolen auto. The victim told the officers that he parked his green 1997 Honda Accord with Maryland tags 2EXC27 near his residence last night. When he returned for it this morning he found that it had been stolen.

4600 block of 29th Street: At about 7:30 pm officers responded for the report of a stolen auto. The victim reported that he parked his blue 1998 Ford Expedition with Maryland tags 654M540 in front of his residence earlier in the day. When he returned for it he found it had been stolen.

3800 block of 33rd Street: At about 6:20 pm officers responded for the report of a dog bite. The victim told the officers that she was walking to the library on Rhode Island Avenue from Mount Rainier Elementary School when she tripped and fell. When she stood up there was a dog leaning over a short fence. The dog bit the girl in the face and she then ran to the library. She was transported to Children's Hospital and received 24 stitches to her left cheek. The dog’s owner was identified and an animal bite report was completed and sent to the PG County Health Department and to Animal Control.

2700 block of Queens Chapel Road: Officers on patrol stopped an individual for speeding. The officers smelled a strong odor of alcohol about the individual and he was given several standard sobriety tests - all of which he failed. He was arrested for DUI and transported to DOC in Hyattsville without further incident.