Monday, September 29, 2008

Police Report: September 26-28

Friday, September 26th:

2900 block of Taylor Street: At about 1:30 pm officers responded for a forced door alarm. When they arrived they observed that the front door had been forced open. The residence was secured and a Greenbelt Police K-9 unit responded to search the residence. The K-9 search found no one inside. Additional investigation revealed that nothing had been stolen from the residence.

4000 block of 34th Street: At about 5:30 pm officers took a report of a theft from auto. Investigation revealed that person(s) unknown shattered the vehicle’s passenger side window and stole a GPS navigation system.

3300 block of Bunker Hill Road: At about 10:45 pm officers responded for the report of individuals loitering. One of the individuals was found to have an open warrant through the P.G. County Sheriff's Office. He was taken into custody without incident and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

33rd & Perry Streets: At about 11:30 pm officers on patrol observed an individual consuming Wild Irish Rose Wine from an open container. He was issued a criminal citation for the violation and sent on his way.

Saturday, September 27th, 2008

3300 block of Perry Street: At about 9:30 pm a citizen called to report the theft of tools from a neighbor’s car. The complainant told the officers that he saw an unknown subject removing tools from the trunk of his neighbor's car. Approximately $340.00 worth of drill bits and power tools were discovered missing from the vehicle. The unidentified suspect was last seen heading toward the bus stop on Rhode Island Avenue. The owner of the vehicle/property was notified.

2500 block of Arundel Road: At about 12:35 am officers observed three juvenile males ranging in age from 12-13 spray painting the walls of a building. Officers had sufficient evidence to charge all three with vandalism. All three were released to their parents.

Eastern Avenue & 34th Street: At about 6:30 pm officers responded to a report of a man down. When the officers arrived they discovered a male subject suffering from multiple gun shot wounds to the face and upper body. The man told the officers that he was accosted while walking from Sunny's restaurant on Rhode Island Avenue in DC by two unknown individuals. One or both of those individuals shot him at close range then fled on foot in an unknown direction. After being shot he walked into Mount Rainier to a friend's home in the 3400 block of Eastern Avenue. Investigation by both MRPD officers and PGPD detectives indicated that the man may have been robbed during a bad drug transaction. He was last listed in critical but stable condition at Washington Hospital Center. DC police are handling the follow-up investigation.

3400 block of Eastern Avenue: While investigating the shooting incident described above, officers conducted a consent search of the victim’s friend’s residence. During the search the officers discovered 40 baggies of marijuana, 23 ecstasy pills and numerous items of CDS paraphernalia. The officers seized the CDS evidence along with $609.00 in cash. The resident was arrested and charged with various CDS related crimes including possession with intent to distribute.

Sunday, September 28th, 2008

4500 block of 30th Street: At about 1:30 pm officers responded for the report of a vehicle which has been sitting on the street for three days. The officers discovered that the vehicle had two large cuts in the soft portion of the convertible top and the ignition was pulled. A stolen check of the vehicle was negative. The vehicle was impounded for safekeeping. The owner was not able to be contacted, but a message was left.

Queens Chapel Road and Chillum Road: At about 12:30 am officers working a DWI special enforcement detail conducted a traffic stop on a 2004 Honda 4-door sedan that was traveling at a high rate of speed. When the officers approached the vehicle they detected a very strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the driver. The driver failed all sobriety tests and was arrested for DWI/DUI. She consented to a breath specimen test at the University of Maryland PD. The test showed that she had a blood alcohol content of .20 (2 ½ times the legal limit).

Police Report: September 24

Wednesday September 24:

4100 block of 29th Street: At about 9 am officers took a report of a vandalism to auto. Investigation revealed that person(s) unknown keyed or scratched the victim’s vehicle along the driver’s side sometime within the last three days. The owner/victim told the officers that he has been having on-going issue’s with his next door neighbor but does not know if the neighbor committed the vandalism.

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 2 pm officers responded for the report of a misdemeanor theft. The victim told the officers that she placed her purse under the counter at her place of employment and left it unattended. She returned later to find that someone had stolen her wallet from inside her purse. The wallet contained cash and personal cards/documents. Other employees of the business were questioned about the theft, but no one admitted to the theft or seeing any suspects. It was also determined that persons other than store employees would have had access to the counter area where the theft occurred.

4000 block of 34th Street: At about 4:30 pm officers took a report of a theft. He victim told the officers that he placed his back pack containing a laptop, a Maryland ID card, and a small quantity of cash under the counter at his place of employment and left it unattended. Other employees of the business were questioned about the theft, but no one admitted to the theft or seeing any suspects. It was also determined that persons other than store employees would have had access to the counter area where the theft occurred.

4600 block of 30th Street: At about 10:30 pm officers responded for a report of a stolen auto. The victim told the officers that he parked his 2004 Dodge Ram Truck, Virginia tags JYA5984, vehicle at his residence earlier in the day and when he returned for it later he discovered that it had been stolen. A check of the area for evidence and witnesses was negative.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Police Report: September 25

34th Street & Newton Street: At about 4:30 pm officers received a call for an assault that had just occurred on a school bus. The officers spoke with the bus driver who told them that he was transporting students from Northwestern High School and when he left the school some of the students were being disorderly. He told them to sit down and remain in their seats. During the trip from Northwestern the students began throwing things. One of the students threw something that struck the driver in the head. He stopped the bus at his normal stop of 34th & Newton Streets. As a group of the students was getting off the bus they assaulted him. He sustained an injury above his eye. The Prince Georges County Police along with Northwestern’s principal arrived on the scene and will handle the investigation.

3300 block of Chillum Road:
At about 9:00 pm the Prince George’s County Police responded to a call for a burglary in progress. MRPD officers saw the County officers responding to the call and responded with them. When the officers arrived they learned that an ex-boyfriend of the resident had kicked the door numerous times in damaging it and setting off the alarm. The boyfriend had left the area prior to the officers’ arrival. A property damage report was taken for the damage to the door.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Police Report: September 22-23

Monday September 22:

2700 block of Arundel Road: At about 2:15 pm officers on patrol observed subject in public area/view consuming an alcoholic beverage. The subject was issued a criminal citation for the offense and released without further incident.

3800 block of 34th Street: At about 2 pm officers responded for the report of several individuals consuming alcoholic beverages in a public place. When the officers arrived one of the subjects in question immediately tried to flee the area. The officers gave chase, and while pursuing this individual they saw him throw a plastic bag onto the ground. The officers were able to catch and detain the individual and recover the plastic bag he discarded. The officers discovered that the plastic bag contained 4 grams of crack cocaine. The individual was arrested, charged with possession of the CDS, and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

4500 block of Eastern Avenue: At about 6 pm officers on patrol observed subject in public area/view consuming an alcoholic beverage. The subject was issued a criminal citation for the offense and released without further incident.

Tuesday September 23:

4300 block of Eastern Avenue: At about 12:30 am officers responded for the report of a citizen armed robbery. The victim told the officers that he was approached from behind by three individuals he described as black males, 5’7” tall, 160 lbs., and about 20 years of age. One of the individuals placed a knife to the right side of his neck while the other two went through his pockets and stole cash. All three individuals then fled the area on foot in an unknown direction. The victim suffered a small non-life threatening cut to his neck. He was transported to Prince George’s Hospital for treatment of his injury. PGPD detectives responded to PGH to interview the victim and begin a follow-up investigation.

3700 block of 37th Street: At about 2:40 am officers conducted a traffic stop on an occupied vehicle for parking infractions. The officers’ investigation revealed that the vehicle did not have a current valid registration. The driver was issued the appropriate citations and the vehicle was impounded.

4700 block of 31st Place: At about 4:15 am officers responded for a disorderly/loud noise complaint. When the officers arrived they were met at the door by a resident of the apartment. When the resident opened the door to talk to the officers, the officers smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the apartment. The officers also observed a quantity of marijuana inside the apartment in plain view. The officers entered the apartment as other occupants attempted to destroy the marijuana. They were able seized the marijuana before the occupants could dispose of it and placed all occupants in custody while their investigation continued. A search of the apartment yielded more marijuana along with a quantity of ecstasy. The officers also seized a loaded unregistered .38 caliber handgun. The occupants (3) were arrested and transported to DOC in Hyattsville for charging and processing.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Police Report: September 18-21

Thursday September 18:

3800 Rhode Island Avenue: At about 5:30 pm officers on patrol observed a female subject with an open container of an alcoholic beverage. She was issued a criminal citation for the violation and sent on her way.

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 1 am officers observed a male subject consuming an alcoholic beverage in a public palace. The individual was issued a criminal citation for the violation and sent on his way.

3800 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 3 am officers stopped and interviewed a suspicious individual who was found to be in possession of CDS paraphernalia. She was issued a criminal citation for the violation and sent on her way

2700 block of Upshur Street: At about 12:45 pm officers took a report of a stolen tag. The victim reported that sometime early this morning person(s) unknown stole the rear tag off her vehicle (MD 6BJP94).

4100 block of 28th Street: At about 8 am officers took a report of a stolen vehicle. The victim told the officers that sometime prior to 8 am this morning person(s) unknown stole his tan colored 1994 Honda that was parked at his residence. A check of the area for witnesses/evidence proved negative.

Friday September 19:

2900 block of Bunker Hill Road: At about 6 pm officers were flagged down by a citizen who reported that a suspicious 1996 Jeep Cherokee was parked and unoccupied in the block. The officers checked the vehicle and discovered that it had been previously reported stolen out of Alexandria, VA. The vehicle was impounded and Alexandria PD was notified of the recovery.

34th Street and Tilden Road: At about 3 am officers conducted a traffic stop on a 1996 Honda Civic. The driver of the vehicle was found not to have a valid driver’s license. He was issued several traffic citations and his vehicle was impounded.

Saturday September 20:

4100 block of 34th Street: At about 3 am officers conducted a traffic stop and discovered that the driver of the vehicle was driving without a valid license. The driver was cited and his vehicle was impounded.

4200 block of 34th Street: At about noon officers responded for the report of a stolen license plate. The victim told the officers that sometime between 3 pm on Friday and noon today person(s) unknown stole the rear tag (MD LMJ389) off her 1998 Chevy Prism.

3200 block of Chillum Road: At about 1 am officers responded for the report of a hit and run traffic collision. Investigation revealed that a legally parked and unoccupied vehicle was struck by a second, unknown vehicle. The striking vehicle fled the scene without leaving any information. The parked vehicle suffered damage to the rear bumper area.

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 12:10 pm officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle being operated by an individual known to not possess a valid driver’s license. The individual was issued several traffic citations and his vehicle was impounded.

Sunday September 21:

2400 block of Chillum Road: At about 1:30 am officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle driving with no headlights on. The driver of the vehicle was found to have an open warrant through Prince George’s County. He was arrested and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. His vehicle was impounded.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Police Report: September 17

2900 block of Allison Street: At about 5:45 pm officers took a report of a vandalism to auto. The victim reported, and the officers observed, that person(s) unknown spray painted three sides of his Chevy Trail Blazer. No evidence as to the person(s) responsible could be found.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Police Report: September 16

4600 block of 30th Street: At about 1:15 pm officers investigated a traffic collision involving a FedEx delivery truck. The driver of the truck failed to see an oncoming vehicle because he was reading directions and struck that vehicle. The FedEx driver was found at fault and charged accordingly. One occupant of the struck vehicle was transported by PG Fire/Rescue PGH for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

3700 block of 35th Street: At about 12:30 pm officers took a report of a citizen robbery that occurred on September 13th around 8:30 pm. The victim told the officers that he was walking on foot and passed by several juvenile males (no further description). The next thing he knew, he woke up at PGH. The victim said that he was struck on the back of the head with an unknown object and lost consciousness. The victim stated that his cell phone, wallet and some mint coins were stolen.

3800 block of 35th Street: At about 4:15 pm officers on patrol observed two suspicious individuals at the top of the stairs leading down to Rhode Island Avenue. As the officers approached these individuals, one of them took off running. The other individual, known to the officers as being involved in prostitution, was stopped and interviewed. During the interview the officers discovered that she was in possession of a crack pipe. She was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.

3200 block of Queenstown Drive: At about 6:15 pm a resident came into MRPD to report a theft from auto that occurred earlier. The victim told the officers that sometime between the evening of September 15th and this evening someone entered her vehicle and stole two cameras. No additional information was available at the time of the report.

3300 block of Buchanan Street: At about 7:30 pm officers responded for the report of recovered stolen property. The complainant/victim observed a juvenile male riding a bicycle that the victim owned and had reported stolen to the Cottage City police on September 13th. The juvenile was stopped and the bicycle was positively identified as the one reported stolen by the victim. The juvenile told the officers that he bought the bike from a subject known only as “Quizno” for $50.00. The bicycle was returned to victim after the officers completed their investigation. Juvenile was released to his legal guardian pending action by Juvenile Court.

4500 block of 29th Street: At about 9:30 pm officers responded for the report of a vandalism to auto. The victim told the officers that someone had vandalized her 2004 Chevy Suburban by spray painting the driver’s door with red spray paint. When the officers asked the victim if she knew who may have done this she became uncooperative and just insisted on a police report. It is believed that the victim has suspect information and is refused to provide that information.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Police Report: September 15

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 7:30 pm officers on patrol were flagged down by female who told them she had been assaulted by her husband of several months. She said that an argument escalated into a physical confrontation over a cell phone charger. The woman exhibited no injuries and she required no medical treatment on scene. The officers were familiar with the couples’ prior history of domestic related matters. The woman was once again advised to seek charges against her husband through the Hyattsville District Court Commissioner.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Court Monitoring Training

MADD will be hosting a Court Monitoring training session for all interested volunteers on Monday, September 29th, 2008 at the State Highway Administration Office, 9300 Kenilworth Ave Greenbelt, MD 20770. The training will run from 9:30am – 12 noon. Breakfast will be served.

The training will include all information needed to participate as an official MADD Court Monitor. Our program is operative in Baltimore,Montgomery, Prince Georges and Anne Arundel Counties and we will need committed volunteers to make this program work. Interested volunteers will need to be available on weekdays during normal court hours in order to participate. Volunteers will be trained on how to evaluate judges, prosecutors, defense lawyers and court staff for preparedness, understanding the law, treatment of victims and the manner in which the proceedings are held and you will also be given the appropriate materials.

You must register by September 25th so that we may plan accordingly. To register or if you have questions about the program or the training, please contact our Court Monitoring Project Specialist, Ayodele Warburton, at 410-964-5757 or by e-mail at ayodele.warburton@madd.org.

Police Report: September 12-14

Friday September 12:

3300 block of Buchanan Street: At about 9:45 am an MRPD Parking Enforcement Officer observed an unregistered 2003 Ford Expedition parked in violation of City Code. An MVA check confirmed that the vehicle was not currently registered. The owner had been given prior notice of the violation and time to correct the matter. The owner failed to comply and the vehicle was cited and impounded.

3500 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 9:45 am officers responded for the report of a residential burglary in progress. The reporting person observed two individuals entering a vacant dwelling through a window. When the officers arrived they observed the open window and set up a perimeter to try and prevent the escape of anyone who might be inside. A short time later the officers saw two individuals (one male juvenile and one female juvenile) exit the dwelling through the rear porch door. The officers detained both juveniles without incident. The property owner/agent responded and told the officers that he did not know the two juveniles and neither of them had permission to be on the property or in the house. He also told the officers that he did not want to press charges on either of them because he did not want to have to go to court and did not want to ruin anybody’s future with criminal records. The juvenile female was released to her parent on the scene and male subject was advised and sent on his way.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 6:30 pm officers received call for a subject in consuming an alcoholic beverage in public. The officers located the subject and observed him drinking. He was issued a criminal citation for the violation and sent on his way.

4300 block of Russell Avenue: At about 11:55 pm officers responded for the report of a confused/distraught female. When the officers arrived they located the woman in question and observed that she appeared to be under the heavy influence of narcotic medication(s). She repeatedly told the officers that she had been stabbed and sexually assaulted however evidence existed to support her claims. The officers located several prescription medications on the woman’s person and she told the officers and the ambulance crew that she was going to take the pills when they left. Because of the officers’ observations and the woman’s comments to them, the officers concluded that she was a danger to herself. She was taken into custody and transported to Washington Adventist Hospital for an emergency psychological evaluation and appropriate medical treatment/observation.

Saturday September 13:

3200 block of Perry Street: At about 10:45 am officers responded for a parking complaint. The reporting person advised that a vehicle was parked blocking a driveway. The officers located the vehicle but were unable to locate an owner/driver. The vehicle was issued the appropriate citation and impounded.


3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 10:15 pm officers received call for a subject in consuming an alcoholic beverage in public. The officers located the subject and observed him drinking. He was issued a criminal citation for the violation and sent on his way.

One Municipal Place: At about 11 pm officers responded for a report of a citizen strong armed robbery. Investigation revealed that the victim was robbed by four black male suspects ranging in age from 17-20. No weapons were displayed or implied. The four suspects approached victim and asked for money. When victim replied that he had no money the suspects began to assault victim with closed fists. The suspects stole the victim’s cell phone and fled on foot in an unknown direction. The victim sustained a bruise/knot on his right temple. A search of the area for the suspects proved negative.

Sunday September 14:

4000 block of 34th Street (Oscar’s Flower Shop): At about 8 pm officers responded for the report of a commercial strong armed robbery. The officers met with an employee of the business who told them that a black male wearing a ski mask and hoodie sweat shirt entered the shop while she was placing the day’s earnings in a bank bag for deposit. The suspect grabbed the employee’s wrist and demanded the money. The suspect then snatched the money from the employee and fled the store on foot in an unknown direction. A check of the area for the suspect proved negative. Additional investigation and questioning of the employee revealed that the suspect had very distinctive and identifiable eyes. An individual with a similar description and known to have priors with police for area robberies was identified as a possible suspect. A set of photos were shown to the employee and she identified a possible suspect. Based on the information obtained and the employee’s identification, PGPD detectives are conducting a follow-up investigation that should lead to the arrest of the suspect.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Police Report: September 9-11

Tuesday September 9:

4100 block of 28th Street: At about 8 am officers took a report of a stolen auto. The victim parked his 1994 Honda Accord with Maryland tags 6DJN36 at his residence the previous evening. When he returned this morning he found that it had been stolen. A check of area for witnesses/evidence was negative.

4700 block of 31st Place: At about 6 pm officers responded for an assault. The victim (father) was being assaulted by his daughter with a knife. When the officers arrived they observed the daughter with a butcher knife being restrained by her father. The officers were able to disarm the daughter and take her into custody. The daughter was apparently having a mental breakdown for reasons that were unknown at time of incident. The father was not injured and did not want criminal charges placed against his daughter. He stated that his daughter needed medical attention. Based on his comments and the officers’ observations she was taken to Washington Adventist Hospital for an emergency psychological examination.

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue:
At about 11:45 pm officers on patrol observed an individual consuming an alcoholic beverage in public. He was issues a criminal citation for the violation and sent on his way without further incident.

Wednesday September 10:

Recovered stolen auto: At about 1:15 am officers were notified by Bladensburg Police that they recovered a stolen 1997 Dodge Caravan in the 6000 block of Emerson Street. The vehicle was originally reported stolen from the 3800 block of 31st Street in Mount Rainier on September 5th. No arrest(s) were made and both tags were still attached to the vehicle; however it was not drivable at the time of recovery. The victim was notified of the recovery.

3600 block of Oak Lane: At about 8:45 am officers on patrol observed a parked vehicle with four wheels missing. A closer inspection of the vehicle revealed ignition damage. An NCIC check revealed that the vehicle had been stolen from an address in Prince George’s County. The vehicle was impounded and the owner notified via registered letter.

3200 block of Chillum Road: At about 9:15 am officers responded for the report of a stolen auto. The reporting person told the officers that another family member brought a female friend (known only as “T”) to their residence. A short time later the reporting person observed that the keys to his vehicle were missing as was Ms. “T.” When the reporting person went to look for his 2001 Lincoln Town Car (Maryland tags 2DSG04) it was gone as well. Officers are now trying to identify Ms. “T” and find out what, if anything, she did with the victim’s Town car.

Recovered stolen auto: At about 10 am officers were notified by PGPD that they recovered a 1994 Honda Accord in the 2200 block of Benning Place in Hyattsville. The vehicle was originally reported stolen from the 4100 block of 28th Street in Mount Rainier on September 9th. No arrest(s) were made and both tags were still attached to the vehicle; however it was not drivable at the time of recovery. The victim was notified of the recovery.

3300 block of Buchanan Street: At about 2 pm officers responded for the report of vandalism. Investigation revealed that person(s) unknown threw rocks at and broke the windows to the living room, kitchen and master bedroom of an occupied apartment. There were no injuries to any of the residents.

Thursday September 11:

1 Municipal Place Bus Terminal): At about 2 am officers on patrol observed an individual lying on a bench with his face covered. The officers approached this individual to check his welfare and asked him if he was OK and or needed any medical attention. He did not respond or move. The officers made several more attempts to communicate with the individual without much success. At one point he briefly uncovered his face, looked at the officers then covered his face once again. The officers asked the subject to sit up and produce some form of identification. He continued to ignore the officers and refused to comply. The officers continued to try and get the individual to cooperate, and instead of being nice he became loud and disorderly. He refused to calm down and get himself under control and the officers had to take him into custody for disorderly conduct. He was delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

25th Street & Arundel Road: At about 1:10 am officers on patrol observed a white Volkswagen SUV driving on the wrong side of the road. The officers stopped the vehicle and found that the driver was under the influence of alcohol. She was arrested for DUI.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Police Report: September 5-8

Friday September 5:

3700 block of 35th Street: Code Enforcement officers impounded a white Mercury Mystique for violations of City Code. The owner of the vehicle had been previously notified of the violations and failed to comply.

3300 block Chillum Road: At about 10:30 am an MRPD officer was responding to a priority officer assistance call (see next synopsis). During his response the officer was involved in a motor vehicle crash. The driver of the at fault vehicle was charged with failure to yield the right of way to an authorized emergency vehicle and driving without a license. Neither the officer nor the driver of the at fault vehicle was injured. The police vehicle sustained serious undercarriage damage and had to be towed from the scene.

3100 Queens Chapel Road: At about 10:30 am officers responded for the report of a suspicious person. A store clerk told the officers that a female subject was inside the store talking to herself and taking items without paying for them. The officers located the individual and observed her talking to a deodorant stick as if it were a cell phone. Attempts to communicate with the woman were not successful. Due to the woman’s irregular behavior officers called for priority assistance. The woman became irritated at the officers’ inquiries and became violent and combative. Units from MRPD and Bladensburg PD responded for assistance. The officers were forced to deploy a Taser to get the woman under control and into custody. She was transported to the Prince George’s Hospital Center for an emergency psychological evaluation.

Saturday September 6:

4600 block of 34th Street: At about 12:20 pm officers responded to investigate a motor vehicle crash. Their investigation revealed that a vehicle traveling north on Allison Street was making a left turn onto 34th Street facing a green light. That vehicle was struck by a second vehicle that failed to stop for a red light and fled the area, failing to remain at the scene of the crash. One of the occupants of the struck vehicle was transported to Children’s hospital for evaluation.

3800 block of 31st Street: At about 1:30 pm officers took a report of a stolen auto. The victim told the officers that she parked her vehicle at her residence the night before and when she returned in the afternoon she discovered that her car had been stolen. The stolen vehicle was described as a 1997 Dodge Caravan with Pennsylvania temporary tags. The victim could not provide the temporary tag number. The officers checked the area for evidence and witnesses with negative results.

Sunday 09/07/2008

2300 block of Varnum Street: At about 1:30 am officers on patrol observed subject known to have several open warrants. The officers confirmed through NCIC that there were in fact five open warrants for this individual. Once the warrants were confirmed the individual was arrested without incident. He was delivered to the care and custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 4 am officers detained an individual who while driving north on Rhode Island Avenue struck a curb. The impact with the curb rendered the vehicle useless for transportation so it was impounded. The driver received several traffic citations and was released at the scene. There was no damage to City property, and a State motor vehicle accident report was filed.

4000 block of 29th Street: At about 11 am officers took a report of vandalism to auto. The victim reported that he had parked his 2002 Dodge Neon at his residence the night before. When he returned to his car in the morning he discovered that person(s) unknown had damaged the passenger side window and center console. No items were taken from the vehicle and no evidence was found to suggest that those responsible were attempting to steal the car. A canvass of the area for evidence and witnesses proved negative.

3800 block of 31st Street: At about 5 pm officers responded for the report of a suspicious unoccupied vehicle. The officers found the vehicle as described by the complainant and discovered that the vehicle had damage to the driver’s side door lock and ignition. A stolen check revealed that the vehicle had been reported stolen from an address in DC. The vehicle was impounded and the owner was notified of the recovery.

Monday September 8:

3300 block of Chillum Road: At about 8:20 am an MRPD officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for failure to stop at a stop sign. The driver of the vehicle was checked through NCIC and found to have an open warrant. The warrant was confirmed and the individual was taken into custody without incident. The driver’s girlfriend responded to the scene and took custody of the vehicle and the minor child occupants.

3300 block of Buchanan Street: At about 8:30 pm officers responded for the report of a citizen strong armed robbery. The victim told the officers that as she was about to go into her apartment she was approached by two black females (no further description) who announced a robbery by telling the victim “Give it up.” The suspects tried to remove the victim’s purse but the victim resisted. Both suspects pushed the victim down into a set of bushes. As the victim fell, the strap on her purse broke and suspects were able to take the purse and flee the area on foot. The victim was not injured in the robbery.

Friday, September 05, 2008

Police Report: September 4

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 3 pm officers on patrol issued a criminal citation to one individual for possession of an open alcohol container in a public.

34th Street & Rhode Island Avenue: At about 11 pm officers responded for a citizen robbery. The victim told the officers that two black male individuals who appeared to be in their teens approached him, demanded money and began punching the victim until he fell to the ground. Once the victim was on the ground one of the individuals rifled through his pockets and stole a quantity of cash and his cell phone. The two individuals then fled the area in an unknown direction. A search of the area for witnesses and the individuals was negative. The victim sustained only minor injury during the robbery.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Crime Update

I reported the following information to the Mayor & Council at their regular business meeting on September 2nd. At the suggestion of Councilmember Tarlau, I am posting it here on my Blog in order to keep readers apprised of our efforts to solve the recent rash of burglaries.

During the months of July and August we have seen a significant increase in the number of residential burglaries in our single family neighborhoods; and the number of vehicle thefts has also risen above those reported during the same period in 2007. Beginning on Monday August 25th the department implemented an “all hands on deck” operation in response to this recent rash of burglaries. Our officers have been working with officers from the Hyattsville Police Department, Takoma Park Police Department and detectives from PGPD to identify and arrest the persons responsible for these crimes.

I am pleased to report that our efforts have resulted in the identification and arrest of two individuals who have been positively identified in several burglaries across Mount Rainier, Brentwood and Hyattsville. We also believe that these individuals may be responsible for as many as thirty or more burglaries in the District I area over the past few months. We have also identified a third suspect who is believed to have worked with the other two to fence, pawn or otherwise dispose of items stolen in the various burglaries. A fourth individual has been arrested and charged with the theft of a motor vehicle from Takoma Park that was used in at least one burglary in Mount Rainier and two home invasion robberies in Hyattsville.”


At my request, State’s Attorney Glenn Ivey has assigned a special prosecutor to coordinate the prosecution of these individuals.

Police Report: September 3

4200 block of Russell Avenue: At about 9:30 am officers responded for a theft from auto. The victim told the officers that person(s) unknown stole the front license plate off her vehicle. The stolen plate is Maryland KSB863. The front tag was not taken during the theft.

3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 5 pm officers responded for an assault with a deadly weapon. When the officers arrived they observed a male victim suffering from severe head lacerations. The victim told the officers that he and his business partner got into a verbal argument. During the argument the suspect retrieved a 21” metal pipe and beat the victim with the pipe. The victim was able to tell the officers who to look for and officers located and arrested the individual at the police station a short time later. The individual was charged with 1st degree assault and other charges. He was delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Police Report: August 29 - September 2

Friday August 29:

3700 block of Perry Street: At about 5:30 pm officers conducted a traffic stop on a 1996 GEO Prism. Investigation revealed that the driver of the vehicle was driving without a valid license. The driver was cited and his vehicle impounded.

4500 block of Allison Street (Brentwood): At about 4:30 pm officers on patrol located gang graffiti. The area was photographed and processed. Additional, similar graffiti was discovered in the 4400 block of 37th Street. Further investigation has led to the identification of at least one juvenile responsible for the graffiti. Officers are in the process of filing appropriate vandalism charges against this individual.

Saturday August 30:

3200 block of Otis Street: At about 11:15 am officers responded along with fire department personnel for the report of an explosion. Investigation revealed that a resident set approximately six RAID bug bombs inside of his apartment. The six bug bombs caused disbursed a large amount of explosive/flammable fumes that were ignited by the pilot light of the kitchen stove. The resultant explosion blew out several apartment windows and the glass front door to the building. There were no injuries as a result of the explosion. The Fire Marshal is handling the investigation.

3700 block of 34th Street: At about 2:30 pm officers impounded a 2004 Ford truck with Maryland tags 2799M3 for obstructing the flow of traffic. The vehicle had been previously marked for a 48 hour violation.

4000 block of 38th Street: At about 9 pm officers working a crime suppression detail observed six subjects loitering in a known drug problem area. All subjects were checked through NCIC and two were identified as having open warrants through PG County. The warrants were confirmed and the subjects were arrested and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3200 block of Queenstown Drive: At about 11 pm officers responded for the report of a residential burglary. The victim told the officers that while he was out of town unknown person(s) entered his residence and stole items of jewelry and a fire safe lock box containing US currency and personal documents. The fire box was hidden in the closet and the investigation suggests that those responsible ransacked the apartment looking for the fire box knowing it contained cash. The apartment door had damage to the inside of lock not the outside. These and other facts lead the officers to believe that the victim was targeted by someone known to him.

Sunday August 31:

2500 block of Allison Street: At about 1 pm officers responded for the report of a residential burglary in progress. The caller advised that there was a male subject attempting to force his way into the apartment. When the officers arrived the perpetrator was no longer present, however as they were interviewing the victims the man returned to the scene. He was positively identified by the victims and promptly arrested. The incident appeared to be domestic related. The officers also identified a 2001 Buick which is believed to have been the vehicle the arrestee drove to the scene. The car had four flat tires, a damaged ignition, damaged front/rear window glass and damaged tail lights. This vehicle was impounded.

4500 block of Eastern Avenue (BP gas station): At about 6:30 pm officers responded for the report of a theft. The victim told the officers that she parked her vehicle in the parking lot leaving the doors unlocked and her black leather purse on the front seat. The victim left her vehicle unattended and when she returned about 15 minutes later she discovered her purse missing. A check of the area for those responsible was negative.

Monday September 1:

2700 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 1 am officers on patrol came across a gray 1995 Subaru abandoned in the roadway with no tags displayed. A stolen check of the vehicle was negative and it was impounded.

4100 block of 31st Street: At about 5:15 am officers responded for a room-mate dispute. When the officers arrived they checked both individuals through NCIC and discovered one of the two to have an open arrest warrant. The warrant was confirmed and the subject was arrested and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. The arrest effectively resolved the original dispute.

4300 block of Russell Avenue: At about 1 pm officers were contacted by Baltimore City PD and advised that an individual wanted on two open warrants in Baltimore was living at an address on Russell Avenue. MRPD officers responded to the address given by BPD and located the individual in question. He was arrested without incident and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville pending pickup by Baltimore PD.

4300 block of 34th Street: At about 11:15 am officers conducting a traffic stop discovered that the driver of the vehicle had an open arrest warrant through PG County. He was arrested without incident on the warrant and charged with several traffic offenses.

2700 block of Webster Street: At about 11:45 am officers took a report of a vandalism to auto. The victim told the officers that sometime overnight or early morning person(s) unknown broke the driver’s side window of his 2005 Acura TL. No items were reported missing from the vehicle.

3500 block of Chillum Road: At about 11:30 pm Queenstown security officers called to report that they had a suspicious individual stopped who was found to be in possession of marijuana. The individual was arrested and charged with possession of a CDS.

Tuesday September 2:

3200 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 5 pm officers took a report of property damage to a motor vehicle. The victim told the officers that she believes a delivery man delivering large barrels hit her vehicle doing damage to the passenger side quarter panel. However, the victim was not sure if the damage she discovered was recent old due to rust in same location. The delivery person stated that he did not hit any vehicles while delivering the barrels. The victim was provided a case number for insurance purposes.