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.