Monday, October 06, 2008

Police Report: October 2-5

Thursday October 2:

2400 block of Chillum Road:
At about 3 pm officers working a traffic detail stopped a vehicle for speeding. When the officers approached the vehicle to speak with the driver they smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. As the officer’s investigation progressed they learned that the driver was operating a rental car without the rental agreement in the vehicle nor could ne produce a valid driver’s license. The driver was removed from the vehicle and detained while a search of the vehicle was conducted. The search revealed a pound of marijuana and a large amount of cash. The driver was placed under arrest and transported to DOC in Hyattsville for processing. The vehicle was impounded and forfeiture proceedings were initiated on both the vehicle and the cashed seized from the defendant.

Friday October 3:

4000 block of Allison Street (bad address used by suspect): At about 3 pm a woman contacted MRPD via telephone from her residence in Poughkeepsie, NY. She reported that she had been the victim of identity theft and that unknown person(s) used her Discover card number to obtain US Currency between September 8th and September 25th. The woman reported the incident to her local police agency and obtained a case number. The person(s) responsible for the theft used a fictitious address in Mount Rainier. She was issued a case number from our jurisdiction so that a complete investigation could be completed from both NY and Maryland.

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 11 pm a man had just legally parked his vehicle in the 3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue. As the man was getting out of his car a second vehicle traveling south on Rhode Island Avenue swerved off of the roadway, missed the man by inches and struck his car. The striking vehicle failed to stop and continued south on Rhode Island Avenue at a high rate of speed (with a flat tire) and disappeared into DC. MRPD officers searched the area with negative results. DC police responded to search for the vehicle in their jurisdiction but were also unable to locate it.

Saturday October 4:

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 11:55 pm officers working a laser traffic enforcement detail stopped a vehicle for exceeding the posted speed limit. When the officers approached the vehicle they smelled a strong odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle. The driver submitted to several roadside field sobriety tests and failed all of them. He refused to submit to a chemical test for alcohol (breathalyzer) and was issued several traffic citations for speed and DUI. The registered owner of the vehicle responded to the scene to take custody of her vehicle and the drunk driver.

Sunday October 5:

3700 block of Wells Avenue: At about 6:30 am officers responded for the report of an assault. The female victim told the officers that she was assaulted by her ex-boyfriend’s current girlfriend. The victim said that she had been invited to her ex-boyfriend’s house for a party. While at the party her ex-boyfriend’s current girlfriend arrived unannounced. The current girlfriend (now a suspect) and the victim know each other as they both attend the same school and live in the same dorm area. The suspect began to verbally taunt the victim and the taunts escalated into a full assault with the suspect punching the victim along with several others. The suspect left the party and proceeded to slashed all four tires on the victim’s vehicle. She then fled the area prior to the officers’ arrival. The officers have identified the suspect and will be filing formal charges as the investigation continues.

1 Municipal Place: At about 5:50 pm officers observed an individual drinking an alcoholic beverage in public. He was issued a criminal citation for the violation and sent on his way without further incident.

3700 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 6:30 pm officers initiated a traffic stop of a vehicle without registration plates. During the stop the driver was checked through MVA/NCIC and found to have an open arrest warrant through Prince George’s County. The warrant was confirmed and driver was arrested, cited for the traffic violation and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. The vehicle was impounded.

2200 block of Varnum Street: At about 10:30 pm officers on patrol observed an occupied vehicle stopped in the middle of the roadway. An MVA check of the tags showed that they did not belong to the vehicle. The officers approached the vehicle and spoke to the driver. While speaking to the driver the officers detected a strong odor of freshly burnt marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle was not currently registered. The vehicle was impounded and searched. The officers discovered and seized 21 grams (approximately $420.0 street value) of marijuana. Driver was arrested and charged with possession of a CDS and giving false information to the police.

3200 block of Chillum Road: At about 11:55 pm officers observed a suspicious white 1998 GMC truck in the rear parking lot of the 7-11 store. When the officers attempted to check on the vehicle the driver abruptly tried to pull out of the parking lot. The officers activated their emergency equipment and the driver stopped his vehicle. The driver was identified and an MVA/NCIC check was conducted. The check revealed that the driver was wanted on two open arrest warrants through Prince George’s County. He was arrested without incident and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. The vehicle was impounded for safe keeping.

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