Friday, August 29, 2008

Police Report: August 28

3700 block of 35th Street: At about 4:45 pm officers responded for the report of a residential burglary. Investigation revealed that person(s) unknown broke a small window in the back of the unoccupied residence that lead to a laundry room. Once inside the perpetrators kicked open a family room door and another basement door to gain entry into the rest of the home. The perpetrators stole numerous electronics items including a computer, DVD players, and a stereo system. Several items of jewelry were also taken. They then exited the home through the front door and fled the area. The residence was processed for latent prints with negative results. Witnesses told the officers that they saw two subjects at the door of the residence at about 8 am. They were described as a 17-20 year old black male, 5’7” tall, 160 lbs; and a black female, 5’5” tall and 140 lbs. It is not known if either of these individuals was involved in the crime.

3200 block of Chillum Road: At about 8:45 pm officers responded for the report of a citizen armed robbery. Investigation revealed that the female victim was approached by four black males while walking on Chillum Road toward the 7-11. One of the males, identified only as about 6’ tall wearing a black shirt and long dreads, produced a copper colored revolver and pointed it at the victim. She pleaded with the suspect to not shoot her. Another suspect, described as wearing a brown shirt, grabbed her keychain wallet and stole her cash. He also stole her cell phone that was attached to her waist. The four suspects then fled toward Chauncey Place. A search of the area yielded no suspects.

3300 block of Chillum Road: At about 2 am officers respond for an auto accident. When they arrived they discovered a 1994 Ford Mustang with heavy front end damage. Investigation revealed that the vehicle struck two parked and unoccupied vehicles causing heavy damage to both of them as well. The Mustang, still running, was occupied by the driver who was intoxicated and incoherent. A warrant check revealed that the driver had a suspended license and two open warrants through District Court. He was charged with failure to control speed to avoid a collision, driving on a suspended license, reckless and negligent driving and DWI. He was transported to Greenbelt Police Dept where he failed to give a good breath specimen on all three tries. He was delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville without further incident.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Police Report: August 27

3700 block of 35th Street: At about 10 pm officers responded for the report of an attempted citizen armed robbery. The victim told the officers that when he got out of his vehicle in front of his residence he was approached by two black males in their late teens wearing dark clothing and ball caps. The teens produced a silver handgun and proceeded to go through the victim’s pockets but did not say anything to him. Once they realized that he did not have anything of value they simply walked away toward Otis Street and Eastern Avenue. A heavy search of the area was conducted with negative results. The victim was not harmed during the incident.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Police Report: August 26

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 9 pm officers on patrol observed a female subject in possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage. She was issued a criminal citation for the violation and released without incident.

2700 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 10 pm officers initiated a traffic stop and discovered that the driver of the vehicle had an open arrest warrant on file. He was taken into custody and transported to DOC in Hyattsville without incident.

3200 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 11:15 pm officers on patrol stopped a suspicious individual for a field interview. During the interview the officers discovered that the subject was in possession of CDS paraphernalia. The paraphernalia was seized and the individual was issued a criminal summons for the crime and released without incident.

2900 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 1:30 am (early morning - August 27th) officers stopped a suspicious individual for a field interview. During the course of the interview the officers learned that the individual was wanted on an open arrest warrant. He was taken into custody and transported to DOC in Hyattsville without incident.

Police Report: August 25

At about 10 am officers working the "all hands on deck" operation observed a vehicle run a stop sign and stopped that vehicle at 32nd and Varnum Streets. The vehicle was driven by an individual MRPD officers have arrested several times in the past on various drug charges. Further investigation lead to a consent search of the vehicle. During the search the officers discovered over a quarter pound of marijuana (street value of approximately $2,300) in the trunk. The driver was arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute a CDS.

At about 2:15 pm officers working the "all hands on deck" operation attempted to stop and interview two suspicious individuals in a vehicle near the intersection of 30th Street and Arundel Road. As the officers walked up to the vehicle, the driver put the car gear and fled at a high rate of speed. The officers pursued the vehicle a short distance in an attempt to stop it. The vehicle finally stopped in the 3800 block of Allison Street in Brentwood when it collided with a brick wall and came to rest in a driveway. The driver bailed out of the car and tried to flee on foot, but the officers were able to catch him before he got away. During the brief foot chase the driver discarded a 9mm handgun which the officers recovered. The driver was arrested and will be charged with the illegal wear/carry of a firearm and other charges. At this time the passenger seems to have been an unwilling party to the events, but we are interviewing him to be certain before he is released.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Suspect Vehicle Recovery/Arrest

On Friday August 22nd a lookout was posted for a green 1994 Honda Accord with Maryland Chesapeake bay tags 59939 C/C. That vehicle was used in a burglary in the 4200 block of 30th Street, and is suspected to be involved in other burglaries in Mount Rainier and surrounding jurisdictions.

I am pleased to report that at about 1:30 this afternoon officers working the “all hands on deck” operation located and recovered this vehicle near the intersection of Upshur Street and 28th Place. At the time of the recovery the vehicle was occupied by a black male who was arrested and charged with possession of the stolen vehicle along with other charges. Further investigation by MRPD, PGPD and Hyattsville PD will attempt to determine if he is responsible for or has participated in any of our recent burglaries. The vehicle was impounded and taken to Greenbelt PD’s evidence processing unit for forensic examination.

The recovery of this suspect vehicle and the arrest of its occupant will not affect the police department’s increased patrols. They will continue until we are certain that we have found and arrested the person(s) responsible for the recent rash of burglaries and home invasions in our City. Residents should continue to remain vigilant and report suspicious persons and circumstances to the police department.

Police Report: August 22-24

Friday August 22:

3200 block of Chauncey Place: At about 10:00 pm officers were conducting routine patrols of the Queenstown Apartment complex when they observed three black males who appeared to be consuming alcoholic beverages in public. Further investigation revealed that one of the males had an open warrant. He was arrested without incident. The other males were sent on their way.

4000 block 34th Street: At about 1:30 am officers received a call for a domestic dispute. The caller stated that one of the participants was in a black Jeep. When the officers arrived they observed a black Jeep leaving the area. A traffic stop was conducted on the vehicle. The driver was identified, found to have an open warrant and arrested without incident. The original dispute was found to have no merit.

3700 block of 37th Street: At about 1:30 am officers received a call for a purse snatching. The victim told the officers that at about 1:25 am she arrived home from a night club via cab. As she went to enter her residence via the back door an unknown male approached her and demander her purse. She did not immediately comply. The male then grabbed her purse and forcefully took it from her after a brief struggle. The suspect then fled on foot. The victim described the man as a black male 17-20 years of age, 5’10”, and 150 lbs wearing dark clothing with a red bandana wrapped around his face. The suspect did not assault or injure the victim and no weapons were involved.

4200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 2:30 am officers received a call for subject who called 911 stating that he wanted to kill himself. When the officers arrived they saw the man standing on the sidewalk screaming that he wanted to kill himself. The man was identified and the officers learned that he had a history of mental illness and was very depressed. He was transported to Washington Adventist Hospital for an emergency psychological evaluation.

3000 block of Taylor Street: At about 4:50 am officers received a call for a home invasion that occurred about 20 minutes prior. The victim told the officers that at about 4:30 am they heard a noise in the dinning room area of their house. They entered the kitchen and found a man standing at the kitchen table. When the man realized that someone was standing behind him he turned and fled out the front door to a waiting vehicle. The man was described as a black male, bald, 29-42 years of age, 5’07” – 5’09”, and wearing a dark color t-shirt and dark color shorts. He entered the residence through an open window after removing the outer screen.

Saturday August 23:

2500 block of Arundel Rd: At about 6:10 pm officers responded for the report of vandalism to a motor vehicle. The victim told the officers that someone damaged his vehicle by flattening one of his tires and scratching profanity in the passenger side door. He believes that his ex-girlfriend is responsible but did not wish to pursue charges.

4200 block of Rainier Ave: At 10 am officers responded for the report of a theft. The victim told the officers that she had been away from her residence since Sunday the 17th and when she returned home she discovered that someone attempted to remove her window air conditioner. The person(s) responsible were not successful. There was no evidence of entry into the residence.

4200 block of 28th Street: At about 12:45 am officers received a call of a stolen auto that just occurred. Upon arrival officers spoke to the victim who told them that he was walking home to his apartment when a black male approached him and asked the victim to let him into the secure building. The male told the victim that he was visiting his sister on the third floor. The victim told the officers that he knew the man was lying because he knew there was no resident that fit the description the man gave him. The victim became more suspicious when he observed two other black males sitting in a dark color vehicle on the road. The victim then activated the panic button on his car alarm. When he did so the man knocked the keys from his hand, picked them up and threw them to one of the passengers in the dark colored vehicle. The passenger got into the victim’s vehicle and drove away. The man then got into the dark colored vehicle and fled the area. The victim’s vehicle was equipped with LoJack and recovered several hours later by officers of the Washington DC Police Department.

4200 block of 34th Street: At about 3 am officers received a call for a motor vehicle crash. When the officers arrived they found that a Toyota 4-Runner had struck two legally parked cars. The driver of the 4-Runner was found to be intoxicated and driving with out a driver’s license. He was placed under arrest and transported to the Greenbelt Police Department for a blood alcohol test. His BAC was .192, over twice the legal limit. He was charged accordingly.

3200 block of Chillum Road: At about 4:20 am officers received a call for a fight about to occur at a large party. The officers had been to the building previously for the report of loud music. When the officers arrived they found several people in front of the residence. When the officers went to the apartment where the call originated a large fight broke out between 15-20 males and females. Officers were forced to deploy OC spray (pepper spray) to break up the fight. The participants quickly left the area after the OC spray was deployed. Most of the remaining partiers were escorted to their vehicles so they could leave the area. No arrests were made as a result of the incident.

Sunday August 24:

4700 block of 27th Street: At about 9:30 am officers were dispatched for a vandalism to auto. The victim told the officers that she parked her car in front of her residence about midnight, and when she returned in the morning she discovered the rear windshield smashed out and the front windshield damaged. She believes that her ex-husband was involved because of a recent argument.

Upshur Street & 32nd Street: At about 2:15 am officers observed the stolen Honda Accord wanted in connection with several burglaries in the City. About the time the officers saw the car, the occupants saw the officers and they immediately fled at a high rate of speed. The officers gave chase but lost the vehicle rather quickly when it turned onto Buchanan Street off Chillum Road and disappeared.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 3 am officers observed a vehicle that failed to stop at a red light. The officers initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and discovered that the driver was intoxicated. He was arrested and taken to the Greenbelt Police Department for a breath test. The test revealed that his BAC was .24, three times the legal limit. He was charged accordingly.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Burglary This Morning

At about 9:15 this morning we received a call for a burglary in the 4700 block of 30th Street. Although our suspect was able to get away with several items from the residence, a neighbor got a good lookout for the guy and the car he was driving. Their descriptions are as follows:

Vehicle:

Green 1994 Honda Accord w/ Maryland tag 59939 C/C (Maryland Bay tag). The car was stolen from an address in Takoma Park on August 10th.

Suspect:

Dark skin black male, approximately 5’9” tall, heavy set, short hair, no facial hair, wearing a dark color t-shirt, jeans and red gloves.

Residents are asked to be on the lookout for the vehicle and the suspect. Anyone who sees either one should call MRPD Communications at 301-985-6565/6566.

Police report: August 21

2900 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 7 am officers received a call from citizen who said that she had obtained an arrest warrant for an individual who was currently standing in front of her residence. When the officers arrived they met with the citizen who produced a copy of the warrant. The warrant was confirmed and the individual was arrested without incident and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3400 block of Newton Street: At about 8:30 am officers responded for the report of a stolen motorcycle. The victim told the officers that sometime during the evening/morning hours unknown suspect(s) stole his motorcycle. A check of area for witnesses/evidence was negative. At about 1 pm MRPD was notified that officers MPDC located and recovered the motorcycle 25th & E Streets NE. No arrests were made. The owner was notified and the vehicle was released to him where it was recovered.

Buchanan Street at Queenstown Drive: At about 2 pm a parking enforcement officer cited and impounded a 1988 Chevy Blazer with Maryland tags 809M064 for violation of the City’s 48-hour ordinance. The vehicle had been previously marked for removal.

3300 block of Perry Street: At about 2 pm officers responded for the report of two suspicious individuals. When the officers arrived they saw two individuals consuming alcoholic beverages in public. Further investigation revealed that one of the individuals was in possession of a CDS. That subject was arrested and charged accordingly. The second subject was issued a criminal citation and released without incident.

3800 block of Perry Street: At about 6:30 pm officers responded for a domestic dispute. When they arrived they found a couple having an argument and separated the two in order to calm the situation. The male half had his hands concealed in his pockets and the officers asked him to remove his hands from his pockets for officer safety reasons. He refused and proceeded to become verbally combative, loud and disorderly, and directed profanity towards the officers. The officers advised him to calm down and get himself under control or he would be arrested for disorderly conduct. The man became even more disorderly at that point and when the officers approached him he took a combative stance with arms up and closed fists implying he was ready to fight. The officers advised him that he was under arrest and attempted to take him into custody. He immediately resisted and assaulted two officers. The officers were forced to deploy their issued OC spray to gain control of the individual. Once under control he was transported to DOC in Hyattsville where he was charged with disorderly conduct, assault on a police officer (2 counts) and resisting arrest.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 9 pm officers received call for two subjects consuming alcoholic beverages in public. The individuals were located and the officers saw them drinking as the complainant described. Both were issued a criminal citation for the violation and released without incident.

Police Report: August 20

3200 block of Otis Street: At about 2 am officers responded for thereport of a theft from auto. The victim told the officers that sheheard a loud crash and when she looked out the window she observed ablack Nissan Maxima with a rear spoiler speeding away from her vehicle.She immediately went out to check on her car and discovered that thefront passenger side window was smashed out and several items had beenstolen from inside. A check of area for additional evidence and/orwitnesses proved negative.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road (Joe's Carry-Out): At about 11:45 amofficers responded for the report of a commercial burglary.Investigation revealed that person(s) unknown made entry into thebusiness through a roof vent. Since no ladder or other scaling toolswere found it is believed that the suspect(s) climbed up to the roofusing the vent/duct work located on the outside rear wall. Once on theroof the suspect(s) removed the tin cover to a large vent and made goodtheir entry and subsequent theft. The business has no working alarm orvideo system that would have alerted authorities to the break-in. PGPDCID detectives were notified of the incident. The probable entry andexit areas were processed for latent evidence with negative results.

3200 block of Queenstown Drive: At about 5:30 pm officers received acall from a female resident for unknown trouble at her residence. Whenthe officers arrived they spoke to the female and a male companion andlearned that the male subject had an open arrest warrant through the PGSheriff's Department. After confirming that the warrant was stillactive, the male subject was arrested without incident. He wasdelivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Crime Watch: Week of July 27

08/02/08 4100 block 31st St: Residential break and enter
08/02/08 3300 block Rhode Island Av: Theft from auto
08/02/08 4200 block 36th St: Arrest for trespassing
08/02/08 4200 block 34th St: Vandalism to auto
08/02/08 1 Municipal Pl: Citation issued for open container
08/02/08 3400 block Rhode Island Av: Citation issued for open container
08/01/08 3400 block Windom St: Arrest after field interview for CDS possession
08/01/08 3500 block Otis St: Citation issued for open container
08/01/08 3300 block Rhode Island Av: Destruction of City property (parking meter)
08/01/08 4000 block 29th St: Illegal dumping
08/01/08 3000 block Shepherd St: Property damage
07/31/08 3000 block Upshur St: Residential break and enter
07/31/08 4000 block 34th St: Theft under $100
07/31/08 2800 block Taylor St: Theft from auto
07/30/08 3100 block Queens Chapel Rd: 1st Degree Assault
07/29/08 3200 block Rhode Island Av: Arrest after field interview for CDS possession
07/29/08 3400 block Rhode Island Av: Citation issued for open container
07/29/08 4200 block 28th St: Theft of tag
07/29/08 3500 block Otis St: Theft from auto
07/28/08 3200 block Chillum Rd: Citation issued for open container
07/28/08 4100 block Rainier Av: Theft from auto
07/27/08 3700 block Eastern Av: Citation issued for urinating in public