Friday, December 18, 2009

Winter Weather Advisory

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning effective midnight tonight until 6 a.m. Sunday morning. Heavy snow with accumulations in excess of 12" is possible. Residents should be aware that the DC government could declare a snow emergency as soon as overnight tonight.

The City of Mount Rainier follows DC's snow emergency and residents are required to move their vehicles off the City's snow emergency routes when DC announces a snow emergency. Vehicles that remain parked or stopped on a snow emergency route are subject to a $100 fine and to being towed at the owner's expense.

Please keep tuned to local news broadcasts for weather and snow emergency updates. You can also register with AlertDC to receive updates on your mobile device by registering at https://textalert.ema.dc.gov/index.php?CCheck=1.

Police Report: December 17-18

December 17th:

3000 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 4:50 p.m. officers took a report of a stolen license plate. The Maryland plate 4DMN01 was stolen off of a white 1998 Pontiac Grand Prix. Officers were unable to locate any evidence or witnesses to the crime.

December 18th (early morning):

4500 block of 30th Street: At about 6:30 a.m. officers took a report of a stolen vehicle. The victim/owner told the officers that sometime after 8 p.m. the previous evening someone stole her tan 1998 Nissan Maxima (SC tags DVR852). Officers were unable to locate any evidence or witnesses to the crime.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

December 16th:

3700 block of Wells Avenue: At about 12:30 p.m. officers took a theft report. The owner/victim told the officers that sometime during the previous night someone broke into his mobile trailer and stole numerous items of his personal property. No evidence was recovered at the scene and no witnesses were located.

December 17th (early morning):

2300 block of Varnum Street: At about 5:30 a.m. officers took a theft report. The store clerk told the officers that a black male described as 6’0” tall, 180 lbs wearing all black removed several items from the store shelves and left without paying for them. The individual fled the area on foot towards Queen Chapel Road. A search of the area for the man proved negative.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Police Report: December 14-15

Monday December 14th:

4200 block of Rainier Avenue: At about 3:20 a.m. officers responded for the report of a citizen armed robbery. The victim told the officers that he was outside his residence when he was approached by four individuals described as two black males and two white males. The four men forced the victim back into his home where they took turns physically assaulting him, eventually stealing several items of his personal property. The victim was taken by ambulance to Prince George’s Hospital for treatment of injuries to his head and hands. He was not able to provide a useful description of his attackers. Prince George’s County Police robbery detectives responded to interview the victim and take over the investigation.

Tuesday December 15th:

Nothing significant to report.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Police Report: December 11-13

Friday December 11th:

2300 block of Varnum Street: At about 7:45 p.m. officers issued a man a criminal citation for consuming an alcoholic beverage in a public place.

31st & Perry Streets: At about 11:25 p.m. officers impounded a 1996 Chevy Impala that had been involved in a motor vehicle crash. The driver struck a steel pole barricade causing the vehicle to leak gasoline. The vehicle was not drivable after the crash. The driver was issued several traffic citations, among them - driving without a license.

Saturday December 12th:

4000 block of 29th Street: At about 3:20 p.m. officers responded for the report of a suspicious male knocking on apartment doors. The reporting person gave a description of the man and officers located him in the 3000 block of Bunker Hill Road. Further investigation revealed that he had an open arrest warrant through the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office for first degree assault. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3700 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 7:20 p.m. officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver had an open arrest warrant through the Charles County Sheriff’s Office for failing to appear in court. After placing him under arrest the officers discovered that he was in possession of four plastic baggies of marijuana. The officers continued their investigation and found that a passenger in the vehicle was also in possession of a bag of marijuana. He was also arrested and both individuals were charged accordingly and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3200 block of Queenstown Drive: At about 9:20 p.m. officers were called to the Queenstown Apartments complex for the report of three men drinking alcoholic beverages inside a red 1996 Honda Accord. The officers found the men drinking and all three were issued criminal citations for the violation.

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 11:30 p.m. an officer attempted to stop a white 1996 Toyota Avalon because the driver was not wearing a seatbelt. Instead of stopping the vehicle fled into DC via Eastern Avenue and Bladensburg Road. The officer followed the vehicle to the dead end of Evarts Street where it stopped. As the officer approached the vehicle on foot to identify its occupants the vehicle suddenly sped backwards in an attempt to strike the approaching officer. The officer fired one shot from his departmental issued weapon to defend himself. The vehicle stopped immediately and the officer was able to get all three occupants out of the vehicle and in custody without further use of force. When DC officers arrived they took all three occupants into custody. A search of the vehicle revealed a loaded .45 caliber Ruger semi automatic pistol on the rear passenger floorboard. DC police charged all three occupants will illegal carrying of the handgun, assault on a police officer and felony fleeing and fugitive from justice. The officer subsequently obtained arrest warrants in Maryland for illegal wear, carry or transport of a handgun and fleeing and eluding. The Maryland warrants were served on the three defendants at their place of incarceration in DC.

Sunday December 13th:

4200 block of 28th Street: At about 9:30 a.m. officers took a report of a stolen 2001 Ford Van (MD tags 86V224). The victim/owner told the officers that he parked his van near his residence the night before and when he returned for it this morning her discovered that it had been stolen. No evidence or witnesses could be found.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Police Report: December 10

2300 block of Varnum Street: At about 3:30 p.m. officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. As they approached the vehicle to talk with the driver they smelled the odor of marijuana coming from inside. Further investigation revealed that a passenger was in possession of a small quantity of marijuana. He was arrested, charged and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. The driver was issued a traffic citation and released.

Arundel Road at Chillum Road: At about 7:15 p.m. officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver had an open arrest warrant through the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office for second degree assault. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Police Report: December 9

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 9 p.m. officers issued a man a criminal citation for consuming an alcoholic beverage in a public place.

4300 block of Rhode Island Avenue (Brentwood): At about 11:15 p.m. officers conducting a speed enforcement detail stopped a vehicle for driving 56 mph in a 35 mph speed zone. A subsequent field sobriety test indicated that the driver was under the influence of alcohol. He was transported to the University of Maryland Police Department for a blood alcohol test. The test showed that he had a blood alcohol content of .11. He was charged with DUI/DWI and speeding. His vehicle was impounded for safekeeping.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Police Report: December 8

2300 block of Arundel Road (Grand China): At about 6:30 p.m. officers stopped a man for a field interview. During the interview he was found in possession of a crack pipe. He was issued a criminal citation for possession of narcotics paraphernalia and sent on his way.

3300 block of Chillum Road (7-11): At about 8:15 p.m. officers responded for the report of a theft. The officers stopped a man who had walked out of the store with a beef and bean burrito without paying for it. He was issued a criminal citation for misdemeanor theft and sent on his way.

3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue (Party Time Liquors): At about 9 p.m. officers responded for the report of a theft. Once on the scene they identified a man who had concealed two bottles of vodka under his jacket and tried to leave the store without paying for them. He was issued a criminal citation for misdemeanor theft and sent on his way.

3300 block of Chauncey Place: At about 6:45 p.m. power shift officers observed a vehicle stopped in the middle of the roadway impeding traffic. Further investigation revealed that a passenger in the vehicle was drinking from an open container of an alcoholic beverage. He was issued a criminal citation for the violation.

37th Street & Eastern Avenue: At about 10 p.m. power shift officers observed a suspicious vehicle parked next to a vacant house. Further investigation revealed that a passenger in the vehicle had an open arrest warrant through Prince George’s County for theft. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. The driver was issued two traffic citations and sent on his way.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Police Report: December 7

3700 block of 35th Street: At about 12:40 p.m. officers impounded a white 1997 Ford Explorer displaying no tags and illegally parked in a driveway.

4600 block of 25th Street: At about 2:45 p.m. officers arrested a juvenile for tampering with a motor vehicle. The owner of the vehicle confronted the juvenile about an hour earlier when he saw him using a screw driver on the driver’s door lock. The juvenile fled but was later spotted by the victim who called police. The officers detained the juvenile who was positively identified by the victim. He was arrested, charged via juvenile petition and released to his parents pending appearance in juvenile court.

2300 block of Varnum Street: At about 7 p.m. power shift officers ran a registration check on a red Ford Explorer. The vehicle’s tags came back as suspended for a compulsory insurance violation. The officers stopped the vehicle and when they approached to speak with the driver they smelled the odor of marijuana coming from inside. Further investigation revealed that the driver was in possession of a small quantity of marijuana. He was arrested, charged appropriately and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

2400 block of Chillum Road: At about 11:10 p.m. officers observed a green GMC Envoy with Virginia tags driving north on Queens Chapel Road with no headlights on. The officers stopped the vehicle and as they approached to speak with the driver they smelled the odor of marijuana coming from inside. Further investigation revealed that a rear seat passenger and the driver were in possession of marijuana. Both were arrested, charged, and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. More than 100 grams of marijuana were seized as a result of these arrests.

Monday, December 07, 2009

Police Report: December 4-6

Friday December 4th:

4200 block of Kaywood Drive: At about 8 am officers took a report of a stolen vehicle. The owner of a red 1996 Ford F150 pickup truck (expired DC tags AD2468) told the officers that he came out to his truck this morning to discover that it had been stolen sometime during the previous night. There was no evidence found at the scene that would lead to the identification of those responsible for the theft.

3600 block of Wells Avenue: At about 6 p.m. officers issued a criminal citation to a man observed urinating in public.

2300 block of Arundel Road (Grand China): At about 7 p.m. officers issued a criminal citation to a man observed drinking an alcoholic beverage in a public place.

Russell Avenue & Arundel Road: While issuing the criminal citation listed above, officers observed a white Lincoln Continental driving down Russell Avenue with no headlights. As the vehicle approached the officers could clearly hear loud music blaring from the vehicle. The vehicle was stopped and the driver was issued three State traffic citations for driving without headlights, driving with blue lights visible from the front of the vehicle and for the loud music violation.

3300 block of Buchanan Street: At about 7 p.m. officers responded for the report of an attempted residential burglary. He resident told the officers that when he returned home he discovered that someone had tried to get into his apartment through a small bathroom window. They were apparently unsuccessful because the resident could not find any of his property disturbed or missing. The window was processed for latent evidence with negative results. No other evidence or witnesses could be located.

2500 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 10:20 p.m. officers from the Prince George’s County Police responded for a homicide. When they arrived they discovered a man in a hallway suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Further investigation resulted in the arrest of two individuals who were charged with the crime. This homicide was reported in various media outlets as having occurred in Mount Rainier when it in fact happened outside the City in an unincorporated area of Hyattsville.

3300 block of Buchanan Street: At about 11:15 p.m. officers on patrol came upon an injured man lying in the street bleeding from his nose and head. The officers summoned fire/rescue personnel who treated the man on the scene and then transported him to Prince George’s Hospital for further treatment. The officers interviewed him at the hospital and he told them that all he could remember was that he was attacked from behind and beaten. He could not give any sort of description of the person(s) who attacked him and caused his injuries. The officers, along with PGPD robbery detectives, could not determine if the man had been the victim of a robbery other than being assaulted. A follow-up investigation will be conducted when the victim recovers sufficiently from his injuries in hopes that he will remember additional details.

Saturday, December 5th:

2400 block of Arundel Road: At about 3:20 a.m. officers issued a criminal citation to a man for consuming an alcoholic beverage in a public place.

2700 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 3:30 a.m. officers from the Prince George’s County Police responded for a homicide. The decedent was discovered unresponsive by a jogger and fire/rescue personnel responded and pronounced him dead at the scene. PGPD homicide detectives are conducting the investigation. This homicide was reported in various media outlets as having occurred in Mount Rainier when it in fact happened outside the City in an unincorporated area of Hyattsville.

2700 block of Arundel Road: At about 8:30 p.m. officers issued a criminal citation to each of six men for consuming alcoholic beverages in a motor vehicle.

Sunday, December 6th:

2400 block of Arundel Road: At about 1:30 a.m. officers issued a criminal citation to a man for consuming an alcoholic beverage in a public place.

3200 block of Chillum Road: At about 2 a.m. officers received a call for a man sleeping in a hallway. Further investigation revealed that the man had an open warrant through the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office for failing to appear in court on a misdemeanor theft charge. The man was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3249 Rhode Island Avenue: At about 2:45 a.m. a man came into the police station stating that he wanted to turn himself in on an open arrest warrant. A wanted check confirmed that he was wanted by the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office for failing to appear in court on a charge of driving an uninsured vehicle. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

Friday, December 04, 2009

Police Report: December 3

3300 block of Buchanan Street: At about 6:45 a.m. officers on patrol observed a suspicious truck parked on the grass. Further investigation revealed that the 1998 Isuzu white box truck (MD tags 12V104) had been reported stolen through the Howard County Police Department. The truck was impounded for safekeeping and owner was notified of the recovery.

3300 block of Buchanan Street: While officers were in the process of recovering the stolen white box truck described about, they were notified of a theft of a North Carolina that had occurred sometime during the previous night. The stolen NC tag is XRT872. A check of the area for any clues as to who stole the tag was negative.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Report Drunk Drivers - CALL 911

The buzz of the holiday season is in high gear. It’s a time to celebrate and partake in activities that include social drinking. It is a time for parties and social gatherings; a time for Christmas and New Year’s parties. Unfortunately, it is also a time when police officers have the difficult job of informing families about the untimely death of a loved one because someone decided to drink and drive.

December consistently ranks as one of the deadliest months of the year for drunk driving related fatalities. It is a time when we in law enforcement welcome all the help we can get to raise awareness and prevent the tragic loss of life that too often results from someone having a few innocent drinks and then getting behind the wheel.

In 2008, 152 Maryland citizens were killed in crashes that involved a driver impaired by alcohol. Law enforcement agencies statewide arrested 24,000 drunk drivers. That’s nearly three drunk drivers per hour, 65 drunk/drugged driving arrests per day!

This holiday season please join the Mount Rainier Police Department and other police agencies, and our public and private partners in an effort to remove drunk and drugged drivers from our roads. Please make a personal commitment not to drink and drive, and to find alternative transportation to friends and guests who have had too much to drink. And remember,

Report Drunk Drivers – Call 911

Police Report: December 2

2500 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 6:45 a.m. officers took a report of a stolen auto. The victim/owner told the officers that she parked her gray 2006 Toyota Corolla (MD tag 2CGX87) by her residence at about 8 a.m. on November 30th. When she returned for the car this morning she discovered that it had been stolen. No evidence or witnesses to the crime could be found.

3800 block of 33rd Street: At about 11 p.m. officers responded for the report of loud music coming from an occupied vehicle. During their investigation they discovered that the tags attached to the vehicle were suspended for a compulsory insurance violation; and that the tags were issued to another vehicle. Neither occupant was the registered owner. The tags were removed for return to MVA and the vehicle was impounded.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Police Report: November 30

3200 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 1 p.m. officers took a stolen vehicle report. The victim/owner told the officers that sometime during the previous morning someone stole his white 1996 Chevy Van with Maryland tags 702M604. The van had not been reported impounded or repossessed and a canvass of the area for evidence/witnesses was negative.

4000 block of 34th Street (GLUT): At about 4 p.m. officers responded for the report of a shoplifting. Store employees witnessed an individual putting items into his coat pocket and leaving the store without paying for them. The employees gave a description to Communications who relayed the information to responding officers. The officers were able to locate the individual from the employee’s description and when they tried to stop him he ran. After a brief foot pursuit the officers were able to catch and detain him. He was positively identified by store employees as the one who committed the theft. He was charged accordingly and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3300 block of Chillum Road: At about 11:15 p.m. power shift officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that a passenger in the vehicle was in possession of a large amount of marijuana and MDMA (ecstasy). He was arrested, charged accordingly and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Police Report: November 27-29

November 27th:

Nothing significant to report.

November 28th:

Nothing significant to report.

November 29th:

3300 block of Chillum Road (7-11 parking lot): At about 12:30 a.m. officers took a report of a theft from auto. The victim told the officers that he parked his vehicle in the 7-11 parking lot and went into the store leaving his driver’s side window down. When he returned to his vehicle he discovered that his cell phone had been stolen. The officers attempted to view the store’s security cameras but they found that the victim had parked his car out of the cameras’ view.

4500 block of Eastern Avenue (BP Station): At about 11:20 a.m. officers took a report of a theft from auto. The victim told the officers she when she returned to her vehicle after paying for gas she noticed her passenger door was open. She closed the door and drove to the 7-11 on Varnum Street and when she got there she discovered that her purse was missing from the passenger seat. She said that she did not see anyone suspicious at the gas station while she was getting her fuel. An attempt to review the security cameras at LOI was negative.

3200 block of Chillum Road: At about 3:10 p.m. officers took a report of stolen tags. The victim told the officers that sometime between 3 a.m. and the time of the report someone stole the front and rear license plates off of his vehicle. The tags were entered into NCIC as stolen.

3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 7:50 p.m. officers investigated a single vehicle motor vehicle collision. Their investigation revealed that the driver was going north on Rhode Island Avenue approaching the traffic circle at a speed greater than reasonable for the conditions. The driver lost control and made contact with the traffic circle. The vehicle sustained disabling damage and had to be towed from the scene. The driver was not injured and refused medical treatment from on scene fire/rescue personnel. He was found at fault in the collision and issued three traffic citations.

4000 block of 36th Street: At about 8 p.m. officers took a report of a vandalism to auto. The victim/owner showed the officers where someone had dented the passenger side rear quarter panel and slashed the passenger side rear tire. She said that the damage may have been done by a female subject in retaliation to an earlier domestic argument.

2400 block of Chillum Road: At about 7 p.m. power shift officers observed an individual who they knew had an open arrest warrant for violation of probation. He was taken into custody without incident and delivered to the custody of the Maryland State Police for re-incarceration.

Police Report: November 25-26

November 25th:

2200 block of Varnum Street: At about 6 p.m. officers stopped an individual for a field interview. Further investigation revealed that he had an outstanding arrest warrant through the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office for failing to appear in court on a charge of CDS distribution. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3500 block of Newton Place: At about 10:20 p.m. officers issued an individual a criminal citation for consuming an alcoholic beverage in a public place.

November 26th:

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 8:20 a.m. officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver had an open arrest warrant through the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office for failing to appear in court on a charge of driving uninsured. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 12:30 p.m. officers observed an individual; who appeared to be asleep on the ground. When the officers tried to rouse the individual he became irate and began swear at them. While the officers tried to ascertain the man’s identity he grew more hostile towards them and escalated the situation by striking one officer in the leg. The officers were forced to deploy their issued Taser weapon to get the man under control and under arrest. He was charged with assaulting the officer, disorderly conduct and other charges and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3200 block of Chillum Road: At about 11:55 p.m. officers returned for a second complaint of loud noise coming from the apartment. The resident had been advised of the City’s noise ordinance at about 10 p.m. and told that she would be cited if they had to return. The music from the apartment was again in violation and she was cited for the offense. The music was turned off and the officers did not have to return a third time.

Police Report: November 23-24

November 23rd:

4200 block of Kaywood Drive: At about 12:30 a.m. officers responded for the report of several individuals tampering with a motor vehicle. Upon their arrival they located and arrested three juveniles for tampering. All three were transported to MRPD headquarters for processing. They were charged via juvenile petition for tampering with a motor vehicle and two of them were released to their parents pending a court hearing. The third juvenile was found to be a runaway from DC. Officers from the Metropolitan Police Department responded and took custody of the runaway.

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 8 a.m. officers took a report of stolen tags. The victim/owner told the officers that his vehicle had been parked there for about two days and when he returned for it he discovered that both the front and rear tags had been stolen.

4100 block of Russell Avenue: At about 10 a.m. officers responded for the report of a 1st degree sexual assault. Upon arrival the victim told the officers that a black male approximately 25 years of age, dressed in dark clothing and wearing a ski mask forced his way into her apartment as she was leaving for work. Once inside the suspect assaulted her and tied her hands behind her back. The suspect then forced the victim to perform oral sex on him. Shortly thereafter the suspect fled the scene in an unknown direction. PGPD Sexual Assault Unit detectives responded to the scene to take over the investigation. A PGPD evidence unit also responded to recover evidence.

2800 block of Shepherd Street: At about 4 p.m. officers responded for the report of a suspicious vehicle that had not moved in several days. The officers ran the vehicle’s tag number through NCIC and discovered that it had been reported stolen through MPDC. The vehicle appeared to be in drivable condition with both tags attached and the ignition was damaged. It was impounded for safekeeping and the owner/victim was notified of the recovery.

2300 block of Varnum Street: At about 11 p.m. officers responded for the report of a theft. The store clerk told the officers that a black male about six feet tall wearing a green/brown army-style coat got out of a black vehicle with partial Maryland tags of 316XXX. The man proceeded to steal approximately 10 food trays left outside for pick up by the supplier. The suspect and the vehicle then fled the store on Varnum towards Eastern Avenue. A search of the area for the suspect/vehicle proved negative.

November 24th:

2300 block of Varnum Street (7-11): At about 3 a.m. officers responded for the report of an armed robbery. Store employees told the officers that a heavy set, light skin black male wearing a black jacket, a red knit cap and tan pants came into the store asking to buy a carton of cigarettes. When the clerk told the man they didn’t have any cartons he asked for two packs. When the clerk rang up the charge the suspect produced a silver handgun and demanded the cigarettes. He grabbed the two packs of cigarettes and ran out of the store westbound on 22nd street towards Queens Chapel Road. A search of the area for the suspect proved negative.

3000 block of Arundel Road: At about 6:30 a.m. officers took a stolen car report. The victim/owner told the officers that sometime during the previous night someone stole his black Honda Civic with Maryland tags MZK655. No evidence/witnesses were found at the scene.

3200 block of Queenstown Drive: At about 8:30 a.m. officers took a theft from auto report. The victim/owner told the officers that sometime overnight someone got into her vehicle and stole the remote control to the car’s stereo. There was no damage to the vehicle and no point of entry could be identified.

4500 block of 29th Street: At about 8:47 a.m. officers took a stolen car report. The victim/owner told the officers that sometime during the overnight hours someone stole his burgundy 1992 Buick Road Master (Maryland tags 6EJJ84).

4300 block of Russell Avenue: At about 12:30 p.m. officers took a report of a vandalism to auto that occurred sometime on November 21st. The victim/owner showed the officers where someone had damaged the vehicle’s driver’s side door lock. The vehicle was not processed for evidence due to the delay in reporting the incident to police and because the owner drove his vehicle to MRPD headquarters to show officers the damage.

2300 block of Varnum Street (7-11): At about 1:30 p.m. officers responded for the report of an attempted armed robbery. Store employees told the officers that a black male about 20-35 years of age, 5’8” tall, 180 lbs., wearing black jeans and a grey jacket came into the store and displayed a black handgun. The suspect made a demand for money and started to walk behind the counter. At that point the suspect apparently changed his mind, turned around and ran out of the store. No money was taken and the suspect did not touch any items in the store. Officers were able to recover a photo of the suspect from the store’s security cameras and PGPD detectives are following up on the case.

4600 block of 25th Street: At about 8:10 p.m. officers impounded a blue 1993 Dodge Caravan with DC tags DE2715 for blocking a private driveway. At the time of the impound the officers noticed that the vehicle’s ignition was damaged consistent with being stolen, but an NCIC stolen check was negative.

3700 block of Eastern Avenue: At about 8 p.m. officers responded for the report of a residential burglary. The victim/owner told the officers that he returned home after being away for a few days to find that someone had broken into his residence through a kitchen window. When the victim went inside he discovered that the upstairs had been ransacked and several items of his personal property had been stolen. A canvass of the area was conducted with negative results and the kitchen window area was processed for latent evidence, also with negative results.

4100 block of 31st Street: At about 6:30 p.m. officers responded for the report of a residential burglary. The reporting person told the officers that he left the residence (owned by his aunt) the evening of November 15th. When he returned this evening he discovered that the kitchen door was ajar with its window broken out. When he went inside he discovered that the interior had been ransacked but no items appeared to be missing. A canvass of the area was conducted with negative results and no evidence could be located.

4500 block of Eastern Avenue (BP Station): At about 11:40 p.m. officers responded for the report of an individual trying to pass a counterfeit $50 bill. Store employees told the officers that a black male, about 6’1” tall, 185 lbs., 25-30 years of age driving a white Cadillac with DC tags DK1722 came into the station and told the clerk that he needed ten dollars in gas. He handed the clerk a $50 dollar bill and received $40 in change. He was about to start pumping the fuel when the employee examined the $50 bill and suspected it was counterfeit. The clerk attempted to confront the suspect about the bill; however the suspect jumped into his Cadillac and fled the area. The vehicle was last observed on Eastern Avenue into Washington DC. A search of the area for the Cadillac and the suspect was negative. Check of the area was negative. The station’s video surveillance cameras were not operating at the time of the incident. A lookout was broadcast to surrounding agencies and officers took custody of the counterfeit bill for evidence.

Police Report: November 20-22

November 20th:

3300 block of Chillum Road: At about 2 a.m. officers took a report of a residential burglary. The resident/victim told the officers that she discovered several personal items missing from inside her apartment when she returned home. Investigation revealed that someone broke into the apartment through the dinning room window. The scene was processed for evidence with negative results.

November 21st:

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 5:45 a.m. officers stopped a suspicious female for a field interview. During the interview the officers discovered that she had an open arrest warrant through the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office for failing to appear in court on a second degree assault charge. She was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

4400 block of 28th Street: At about 3 p.m. officers took a report of a stolen auto. The victim/owner told the officers that he parked his silver 1997 Chevy Tahoe (DC tag CN6644) at about 10 a.m. and when he returned for it he discovered it had been stolen. A canvass of the area for evidence/witnesses was negative.

3300 block of Otis Street: At about 4:30 p.m. officers arrested a man for trespassing and disorderly conduct. He had been ordered off the property by the owner after a domestic altercation, but refused to leave. When officers arrived he became very disorderly and had to be arrested. He was delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3300 block of Buchanan Street: At about 9 p.m. officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver had an open warrant through the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office for failure to appear in court on a charge of driving uninsured. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3600 block of Perry Street: At about 10:15 p.m. officers responded for the report of a citizen armed robbery. The victim told the officers that as she was getting out of her car in her driveway she was approached by six black males, one of whom displayed a handgun. After the suspects stole several items of the victim’s personal property she managed to get away from her assailants who then fled on foot towards 34th Street. The victim described her assailants only as black males, 18-25 years of age and all wearing dark pants and dark hoodie-type sweat shirts. A search of the area for the six assailants proved negative. PGPD robbery detectives responded to the scene to conduct a follow-up investigation.

November 22nd:

2700 block of Webster Street: At about 6:30pm officers responded to the residence for an unknown trouble call. Upon officers arrival they discovered that a domestic assault had taken place. Officers arrested the suspected aggressor for domestic assault and delivered him to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville without further incident.

2700 block of Arundel Road: At about 8:50 p.m. issued criminal citations to two individuals, one for possession of an open container of alcohol and the other for urinating in public.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Police Report: November 19

2300 block of Varnum Street: At about 11:45 a.m. officers took a report of a hit and run motor vehicle collision. The victim/owner told the officers that an unseen vehicle struck his 2006 Chevy Malibu and failed to remain at the scene of the collision. The was no evidence found that would lead to the identity of the striking vehicle.

4000 block of 34th Street: At about 11:20 p.m. officers responded for the report of a residential burglary in progress. As the officers arrived they observed a man climbing out of a broken window. When the man saw the officers he retreated into the house. The officers made several announcements ordering him to come out and identify himself, which he failed to do. The officers then entered the house and after a thorough search discovered him hiding in an upstairs crawl space. The man refused to come out of the crawl space and the officers were forced to deploy a Taser weapon to get him to comply. The Taser had the desired effect and he was taken into custody without further incident. He was charged with 4th degree burglary and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Police Report: November 18

3600 block of Perry Street: At about 8 a.m. the victim/owner of a 2000 Dodge Stratus (MD tag 7ENV25) reported that his vehicle had been stolen sometime during the overnight hours. No evidence was found at the scene that would help identify those responsible for the theft.

4000 block of 36th Street: At about 1 p.m. officers took a missing persons report. The complainant told the officers that his brother left home on November 13th and has not returned. The brother’s information was entered into the NCIC missing persons database.

4600 block of 29th Street: At about 10:45 p.m. officers responded for the report of a citizen robbery. The victim told the officers that as he was entering the hallway of his apartment building he was confronted by two black males, one of whom was armed with a silver revolver. They demanded his money and property and when he told them that he did not have any money one of the men went through his pockets and stole several items of his personal property. Both assailants then fled the area on foot in an unknown direction. The victim was transported to the PGPD District I station to provide a statement to robbery detectives. The victim described both suspects only as black males, 5’7”-5”8” tall weighing between 150 and 165 lbs.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Police Report: November 16-17

Monday November 16th:

4500 block of 32nd Street: At about 9:45 a.m. officers took a report of a missing man who suffers from Alzheimer’s. Relatives told the officers that the 85 year old was last seen on November 15th at about 10 a.m. Officers immediately put out a missing persons report to surrounding police agencies and entered the man’s information into the NCIC missing person’s database. UPDATE: On November 17th at about 4:45 a.m. Amtrak police officers located the man at Union Station. He was returned safely to his home and relatives.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 4 p.m. officers stopped a vehicle because the driver was not wearing a seatbelt. As the officers approached the vehicle they smelled the odor of marijuana coming from inside. Further investigation revealed that a passenger was in possession of 21.6 grams of marijuana. He was arrested, charged accordingly and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

2700 block of Arundel Road: At about 8:30 p.m. officers responded for the report of a citizen robbery. The victim told the officers that his cousin gave him a ride home from a location in DC. Once home, the two got into a verbal argument that turned into a physical altercation between the victim and his cousin who was assisted by two of the cousin’s friends. The victim said that he was punched and kicked by the three men who took seventy dollars from his pants pocket. The victim sustained a cut under his left eye and was transported to Washington Adventist Hospital for treatment. Once at the hospital the victim became uncooperative with the officers and refused any further police assistance. A copy of the police report was faxed to Prince George’s County Police robbery detectives for follow-up.

3200 block of Varnum Street: At about 9:15 p.m. officers took an unattended death report. Investigation revealed that a man had died of natural causes. Family members told the officers that the man had a history of diabetes hypertension and seizures. Rhines Funeral Home removed the remains at the family’s request.

3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 9:30 p.m. officers observed an individual consuming an alcoholic beverage in public. He was issued a criminal citation for the violation and sent on his way.

3300 block of Chauncey Place: At about 10 p.m. power shift officers were flagged down by the victim of a citizen robbery. The victim was able to give the officers a good description of three individuals who had robbed him of his belongings minutes before he contacted police. A canvass of the area was begun and officers located two individuals who fit the victim’s description. The victim positively identified them as his assailants. Both were arrested and charged accordingly. Since both individuals were juveniles they were processed at MRPD headquarters and released to their parents. The third suspect remains at large and an investigation to identify and arrest him is ongoing.

Tuesday, November 17th:

3600 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 7:30 a.m. officers responded for the report of property damage to a parked motor vehicle. The victim/owner told the officers that while walking her dog she noticed that her gold Nissan Altima had fresh damage to the driver’s side fender and side view mirror. It is likely that the damage was caused by a hit and run driver, however no evidence could be found at the scene that would enable the officers to identify the striking vehicle.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Police Report: November 13-16

Friday November 13th:

4500 34th Street: At about 1 pm officers met with the principal of Thomas Stone Elementary School who told them that while walking the school grounds she found a container of clear liquid which had a strong odor of gasoline. The container was turned over to the fire department for disposal.

Saturday November 14th:

3600 block of Wells Avenue: At about 4:10 a.m. officers responded for the report of a vehicle fire. When they arrived they were met by fire/rescue personnel who were working to extinguish the fire that had fully engulfed the vehicle. Further investigation revealed that person(s) unknown had crashed the vehicle and set it on fire. MILES/NCIC data confirmed that the vehicle had been reported stolen to PGPD in a burglary on November 9th. The vehicle was impounded for evidence and safekeeping and the victim/owner was notified.

2500 block of Arundel Road: At about 5:00 p.m. power shift officers patrolling the area observed two individuals consuming alcoholic beverages in the street. Both individuals were issued criminal citations for the violation and sent on their way.

4300 block of 29th Street: At about 10 p.m. power shift officers stopped to investigate a suspicious parked vehicle. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle was occupied by two individuals who were found in possession of narcotics. They were arrested, charged and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

2300 block of Chillum Road: At about 10:10 p.m. officers observed a suspicious parked vehicle occupied by four individuals. While speaking to occupants the officers detected a strong odor of alcohol coming from inside and also observed an open container of Vodka on the rear floor board. The driver was issued a state citation for open alcohol in a motor vehicle and the three passengers were each issued a criminal citation for consuming an alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle. The driver was given a field sobriety test and found to be sober enough to drive. All were sent on their way without further incident.

3200 block of Queenstown Drive: At about 11:50 p.m. officers responded for the report of a citizen robbery. The victim told the officers that he was in front of his residence looking for an item in the trunk of his vehicle when he was approached by two black males, one of whom had a black semi automatic pistol. The two suspects announced a robbery and demanded the victim’s property. The victim gave them his wallet. The suspects removed the victim’s cash, gave him back his wallet, and fled the area towards the Northwest Branch Park. The victim described his assailants as black males approximately 18-19 years of age wearing all black dark clothing, thin black jackets, and black face masks. A lookout was placed to surrounding agencies and a Hyattsville Police K-9 assisted with a search of the area. The officers located several individuals in the 5000 block of 37th Avenue. None of these individuals turned out to be our robbery suspects; however one of them was found to have an open arrest warrant through Prince George’s County. He was arrested and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. PGPD robbery detectives were notified and are conducting the follow-up investigation.

Sunday November 15th
:

3300 block of Chillum Road: At about 1:15 a.m. officers responded for what the complainant described as possibly a drunk driver who had just forced him off the road. The complainant also told the officers that the vehicle involved was parked in the 7-11 lot on Chillum Road. The officers located the vehicle and its driver and passenger. Further investigation revealed that the driver did not have a valid license and was not the owner of the vehicle. He was issued a state citation for driving without a license. The passenger was issued a criminal citation for consuming alcohol in a motor vehicle. The vehicle was impounded and the two were sent on their way.

3700 block of Quincy Street (Brentwood): At about 7:45 p.m. power shift officers observed several individuals consuming open alcoholic beverages. When the officers stopped them they discovered that one of them had an open warrant through Prince George’s County for distribution of narcotics. He also had a small quantity of marijuana on his person. He was arrested on the open warrant, charged with possession of CDS and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

Monday November 16th (early morning):

3000 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 2:45 a.m. officer on patrol ran a check of the license plates of a suspicious vehicle. The MILES/NCIC return revealed that the registration was suspended and there was an MSP pick up order on the tags. The officers stopped the vehicle and identified the driver who had a valid Maryland license. He was issued a citation for driving a vehicle with suspended registration. The tags were seized for return to MVA and the vehicle was impounded.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Police Report: November 10-12

Tuesday November 10th:

4500 block of 32nd Street: At about 7:15 a.m. officers took a stolen auto report. The victim/owner told the officers that sometime during the previous night someone stole her silver 1998 Honda Civic with Maryland tags 7AKL56. A second 1998 Honda Civic with Maryland tags GWT298 was also reported stolen from the area during the same time frame. A check of the area for witnesses and evidence was negative.

2700 block of Upshur Street: At about 9:20 p.m. officers responded for a citizen robbery. The victim told the officers that while he was entering his residence a black male (described as 5’6” tall, about 180 lbs., wearing a brown hoodie and blue jeans and armed with a shotgun) pointed the shotgun at him and demanded his wallet and money. The victim complied and then suspect fled to a waiting older model full-size black GMC/Chevrolet truck (possibly a Blazer or Tahoe) with a very loud exhaust system. The victim saw that this vehicle was being driven by a second, undescribed individual. The vehicle and suspects fled the area towards Taylor Street. A lookout for the suspects and the vehicle was broadcast to surrounding agencies and PGPD/CID was notified. The victim was not injured in the robbery.

Wednesday November 11th:

3200 block of Chillum Road: At about 8 a.m. officers responded for the report of an intoxicated male. When the officers arrived they located the man who was both intoxicated and suffering from injuries he sustained in a prior physical altercation. Further investigation revealed that he had an open arrest warrant through Prince George’s County. He was arrested on the warrant and transported to Washington Adventist Hospital for treatment of his injuries. Once he was cleared from the hospital he was delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3405 Rhode Island Avenue (Eastern Star building): Starting around 7 p.m. the City experienced a major power outage that lasted for about two hours. At about 10 p.m. officers were called to the Eastern Star building to help several elderly attendees get out of the building. They were stranded on the second floor when the buildings chair lift stopped working when the power went out.

Thursday November 12th:

4200 block of 37th Street: At about 8:20 a.m. officers responded for the report of an attempted abduction. The officers’ investigation showed that there was no actual attempt abduction. A male individual in a white Cadillac Escalade attempted to meet a young lady who was not interested in his company.

3200 block of Chillum Road: At about 10 p.m. officers responded to check the welfare of a resident. When they entered the apartment they discovered a female on the floor breathing but unresponsive. Fire/rescue personnel responded and transported the woman to Washington Adventist Hospital for further treatment. No foul play was apparent or suspected.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Police Report: November 9-10

November 9th:

3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 5:15 p.m. officers took a vandalism to auto report. The victim/owner told the officers that upon returning to his parked vehicle he discovered that someone had damaged the passenger side door lock. No entry was made and nothing had been stolen. A check of area for evidence and/or witnesses was negative.

4500 block of 30th Street: At about 9 p.m. officers responded to the police station to meet with the victim of an identity theft. The victim told the officers that while checking his bank account online he discovered that someone had used his name and bank account information to order services from Boost Mobile and T-Mobile with total charges exceeding $200. The victim had already notified his bank and they have started a fraud investigation.

November 10th (early morning):

3300 block of Buchanan Street: At about 2:20 a.m. officers were flagged down by a cab driver who was having a dispute with a non-paying customer. The driver picked up his passenger in DC and when he delivered him to his residence the passenger did not have sufficient funds to pay the $13 fare. The passenger’s information was given to the cab driver so that he could pursue civil charges with a District Court Commissioner.

4200 block of Kaywood Drive: At about 3:35 a.m. officers took a theft report. The victim told the officers that he had earlier entertained a friend at his apartment. When the friend left the victim discovered that his PlayStation III, six games and a pair of New Balance shoes were missing. The victim knew his friend only by a nickname and could not provide any additional identifying information.

Monday, November 09, 2009

Police Report: November 6-9

Friday November 6th:

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 11:55 p.m. officers observed two individuals consuming alcoholic beverages inside a motor vehicle. Both were issued criminal citations for the violation and sent on their way.

Saturday November 7th:

3500 block of Newton Place: At about 5:45 a.m. officers on patrol observed two individuals consuming alcoholic beverages in a public place. Both were issued criminal citations for the violation and sent on their way.

290o block of Arundel Road: At about 10:50 a.m. officers responded for the report of a theft from auto. The victim told the officers that sometime between November 6th at 10:00 p.m. and 10:30 a.m. on November 7th someone stole the front license plate from his vehicle. No evidence was found that would lead to the thief’s identity.

3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 2:15 p.m. officers on patrol observed an individual urinating in public. He was issued a criminal citation for the violation and sent on his way.

4600 block of 31st Street: At about 4 p.m. officers responded for the report of a theft from auto. The victim/owner told the officers that sometime between 10:30 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. someone got into her vehicle and stole her in-dash CD player. There were no signs of forced entry and nothing else was stolen.

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 7 p.m. officers issued an individual a criminal citation for consuming an alcoholic beverage inside a motor vehicle. He was sent on his was without further incident.

2700 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 10:50 p.m. officers stopped four individuals for a field interview. As a result of the stop two of them were issued criminal citations for consuming an alcoholic beverage in public. All were sent on their way without further incident.

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 11:50 p.m. officers stopped an individual for urinating in public. While the officers were preparing a criminal citation for the violation they learned that he had an open warrant through the United States Marshall’s Service for carjacking. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

Sunday November 8th:

36th Street and Perry Street: At about 12:15 a.m. officers received a call to respond to Prince George’s Hospital for an individual who had come into the emergency room suffering from a gunshot wound. When the officers arrived they spoke to the individual who was very vague and uncooperative. He alleged that he was the victim of a robbery gone bad and had been shot in the leg. When asked about the details of the crime he refused to speak with the officers, refused any further medical treatment and left the hospital. The call was cleared as a miscellaneous incident because no evidence existed that a crime had occurred.

38th Street and Rhode Island Avenue: At about 1:15 a.m. officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. The driver was found to have a suspended driver’s license. He was issued several State citations and his vehicle was impounded.

Kaywood Drive & Kaywood Place: At about 8:05 p.m. officers patrolling the area observed an individual drinking an alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle. He was issued a criminal citation for the violation and sent on his way.

34th Street and Rhode Island Avenue: At about 8:20 p.m. officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver had a suspended license. He was issued several State citations and his vehicle was impounded.

Monday November 9th (early morning):

2900 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 1:15 a.m. officers responded for the report of a domestic assault. The officer’s investigation revealed that the female half had been physically assaulted by her husband who had fled the scene on foot by the time the officers arrived. After an extensive search of the area the officers located the husband and took him into custody. He was charged with domestic assault and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

Friday, November 06, 2009

UPDATE: Man Struck by MARC Train

The Prince George’s County Police Homicide Section has identified the man who was struck and killed by the MARC train on November 4th. He was identified as a Mount Rainier resident with an address in the 3500 block of Bunker Hill Road. His name is being with held pending notification of next of kin.

Police Report: November 5-6

November 5th:

3300 block of Chillum Road: At about 9:45 a.m. officers took a report of a theft from auto. The victim/owner showed the officers where someone had stolen her car’s driver’s side headlight assembly. She said that the theft most likely occurred between 9 p.m. on November 3rd and 4 p.m. on November 4th.

4500 block of 34th Street: At about 10:50 a.m. officers took a report of a citizen robbery that allegedly occurred on November 4th at about 5:20 a.m. The victim told the officers that she was walking on 34th Street on her way to the Hyattsville metro when a black male, 30-40 years of age, approximately 6’6” tall, 180 lbs., wearing all dark clothing approached her and demanded money. The man had his hands in his pockets as if implying a weapon, however none was displayed. The victim surrendered her purse to the man who then fled on foot to the rear of Thomas Stone Elementary School. The victim told the officers that she did not report the incident immediately because she was rushing to get to work. PGPD CID was notified of the incident and will handle a follow-up investigation.

3000 block of Queens Chapel Road (Rainier Manor): At about 11:10 a.m. officers took a report of vandalism to a vending machine. It appears that those responsible tried unsuccessfully to pry open the machine. No evidence was recovered that would help identify those responsible.

3700 block of 37th Street: At about 4 p.m. officers took a report of an attempted identity theft. The victim told the officers that she received a phone call from blocked number. A man told her that he was with the PG fire department and was investigating a credit card fraud. The man then tried to get the victim to reveal her credit card information. This aroused the victim’s suspicions and when she challenged him he hung up the phone.

November 6th (early morning):

4200 block of 34th Street: At about 6:15 a.m. officers took a report of vandalism to a storage unit. The victim/owner told the officers that someone damaged the door to his storage unit. Who ever was responsible did not gain entry to the unit and nothing was stolen. No evidence was found that could help identify those responsible for the damage.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

H1N1 Vaccination Clinics

Location: Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex

Dates: November 11th; November 12th; December 3rd; December 10th

Times: 9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (in the past the hours were extended to 4 p.m.)

Target population: 6 months to 24 years, plus care givers, health care workers and pregnant women. They are not targeting seniors or public safety workers.

Doses: 1,000 or more shots will be administered each day at the four clinics.

Proof of residency
: No proof of residency is required.

On the first two dates the clinics will be held in the field house and the remaining dates will be held in the town hall meeting room.

Assistance Needed in Identifying a Man Struck by a MARC Train in Cottage City

The Prince George’s County Police Homicide Section is currently investigating the death of an unidentified man who was struck and killed by a MARC Train adjacent to the 3700 block of Cottage Terrace in Cottage City on November 4, 2009 at about 7:55 p.m.

The decedent is described as a white male, 50-60 years old with grey hair wearing a brown coat, white thermal shirt, blue jeans, and black “DC” brand tennis shoes.

Anyone with information as to the identity of the decedent should contact the PGPD Homicide Section at (301) 772-4925.

Police Report: November 4

4700 block of 31st Place: At about 7:15 p.m. officers took a report of a vandalism to auto. The victim/owner told the officers that when he came out to use his car he discovered that someone had damaged the driver’s side door lock. No additional damage was done and nothing was missing from inside. A check of the area for evidence/witnesses was negative.

4600 block of 30th Street: At about 8:45 p.m. officers investigated a residential burglary. The victim told the officers that he left home at about 11 a.m. locking both the top and bottom locks to the apartment’s entry door. When he returned home he noted that both locks were still locked, but when he went into his apartment he discovered several items including a quantity of U.S. currency missing from his bedroom. Nothing else was taken and or tampered with; and there was no evidence of forced entry into the apartment.

3200 block of Perry Street: At about 9 p.m. officers took a report of identity theft. The victim told the officers that while checking her bank account on line she discovered that someone had used her name and bank account information to order two laptop computers valued at over $1,000. She had already notified her bank they have initiated a fraud investigation.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Police Report: November 2-3

November 2nd:

3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue (Party Time): At about 12:45 p.m. officers received a call for an individual attempting to cash a counterfeit check. Further investigation revealed that the check was indeed fraudulent and the individual was arrested, charged and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

2400 block of Chillum Road: At about 5:30 p.m. power shift officers stopped a vehicle for speeding. Further investigation revealed that a passenger in the vehicle was in possession of drug paraphernalia. He was issued a criminal citation for the violation and released. The driver was cited for the speed violation.

4400 block of Pennwood Road, Brentwood: At about 9:35 p.m. officers were flagged down in reference to a stolen automobile report. The victim/owner told the officers that between 10:00 a.m. and 9:25 p.m. person(s) unknown stole his silver 2004 Nissan Quest mini van (MD tags 39027M6). No evidence as to the person(s) responsible for the theft could be found at the scene.

November 3rd (early morning) :

28th Place and Webster Street: At about 1:30 a.m. power shift officers stopped a vehicle for a minor traffic violation. The driver was found to have no driver’s license. Further investigation revealed that this was the fourth time the driver had been found driving without a valid license. This time he was physically arrested for the violation and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. His vehicle was impounded.

Monday, November 02, 2009

Police Report: October 30-November 1

Friday October 30th:

4500 block of Eastern Avenue (BP station): At about 8:15 a.m. officers took a theft from auto report. The victim told the officers that he was pumping gas and had his back turned away from his vehicle. When he turned around he saw a black male, 30-39 years of age, about 5’7” tall and 140 lbs. Sitting in the driver’s seat. The victim yelled at the man and when he got out of the car the victim sprayed him with fuel. The man immediately ran to rear of the station and got into a green Jaguar (possibly a 2005 model) occupied by two other individuals. The Jaguar fled across Eastern Avenue into DC. The victim said that several music CDs and a key ring were taken. A search of the area for the suspects was negative.

4000 block of 37th Street: At about 5:45 p.m. officers took a report of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. The victim/owner told the officers that he lent his vehicle to a male acquaintance who failed to return it. The victim obtained an arrest warrant for the man from a District Court Commissioner and officers entered the vehicle into the NCIC stolen vehicle database. On October 31st at about 1:45 p.m. the victim called MRPD and said that the man had returned his car but when the officers arrived at the victim’s residence to serve the warrant the man was nowhere to be found. The vehicle was removed from NCIC files.

Saturday October 31st:

3200 block of Queenstown Drive: At about 10 a.m. officers took a report of a theft from auto. The victim told the officers that sometime during the previous night someone broke into his vehicle through a rear passenger window and stole several items of his personal property.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 1:55 p.m. officers took a report of a stolen tag. The victim/owner told the officers that her vehicle was parked in a rear parking lot overnight and that sometime during the night someone stole the rear tag (Maryland 9EST55. There was no evidence found that would lead to the identification of those responsible for the theft.

3300 block of Chillum Road: At about 6:55 p.m. officers stopped a vehicle for failing to obey a traffic device. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle was a rental and the driver was not an authorized driver on the rental agreement. The officers also learned that he did not have a valid driver’s license. The vehicle was impounded and the driver was issued several traffic citations.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue (rear of Chuck’s Liquor): At about 7:55 p.m. officers stopped two individuals, one of whom was in possession of an open container of alcohol. Further investigation revealed that the second individual was in possession of a crack pipe. Both individuals were issued criminal citations, one for open alcohol and the other for possession of CDS paraphernalia.

3300 block of Buchanan Street: At about 10:10 p.m. officers responded for a loitering complaint. When they arrived they located two individuals in a stairwell consuming alcoholic beverages. Both were issued criminal citations and sent on their way.

3200 block of Queenstown Drive: At about 11:50 p.m. officers responded for the report of a disorderly individual. When they arrived they found the individual in question and observed him urinating in public. He was issued a criminal citation for the violation and sent on his way.

Sunday November 1st:

3600 block of Oak Lane: At about 12:30 a.m. officers responded for the report of a residential burglary. The victim/resident told the officers that she was in her living room when she heard a suspicious noise in the kitchen. She went to investigate and saw a black male that she described as having long dreads and wearing a black jacket/shirt with a white design on the front, a ski mask and carrying a red shoulder bag. When the man saw the victim he immediately ran from the house via the back door. The officers conducted an extensive search of the area and found a subject fitting his description on Eastern Avenue. When the officers tried to stop him he ran into DC and made good his escape. The officers did however recognize the man as one with whom they have had numerous contacts in the past. The officers were also able to locate latent fingerprint evidence which has been submitted for comparison to the fingerprints of the known subject.

3700 block of Bunker Hill Road: At about 4:30 a.m. officers investigated a motor vehicle collision. Their investigation revealed that the striking vehicle was traveling northbound on Bunker Hill Road when the driver fell asleep, lost control and struck a parked vehicle. There were no injuries and the driver had not been drinking. The driver was issued several State citations and his vehicle was impounded.

4200 block of 28th Street: At about 7:30 p.m. officers met with the owners of a vehicle who said that a friend borrowed their car and failed to return it. The victims applied for a received an arrest warrant for the individual from a District Court Commissioner. The vehicle was entered into the NCIC stolen vehicle database. The wanted subject was unable to be located at the time of the report.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Police Report: October 29-30

October 29th:

3800 block of 34th Street (MR Mini Grocery): At about 5:20 p.m. two black males walked into the business and announced a robbery. Before the victim/clerk could give them the money, one of the suspects fired two shots. One of the shots struck the victim in the back. Both males then fled the store on foot across 34th Street and got into a blue mini van or small SUV in the 3800 block of 35th Street. Witnesses told the officers that the vehicle was last seen leaving the area down Bunker Hill Road towards 38th Street driven by a third person described only as a female. Fire/rescue personnel treated the victim at the scene and transported him to MedStar for further treatment of a single, non life threatening gunshot wound. Prince George’s County Police robbery investigators responded to the scene to assume a follow-up investigation. A lookout for the suspects and the vehicle was broadcast to surrounding police agencies and distributed to subscribers via the Nixle network.

Suspect #1 is described as a black male, 5’6” tall, 150-160 lbs., wearing a black North face jacket, blue jeans and a black ski mask.
Suspect #2 is described as a black male, 5’6” tall, 150-160 lbs., wearing a black North face jacket, black jeans and a gray women’s style scarf about his head.

October 30th (early morning):

3500 block of Newton Place: At about 2 a.m. officers on patrol observed an individual drinking from an open container of an alcoholic beverage. He was issued a criminal citation for the violation and sent on his way.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Know the Difference between a Cold/FLU and H1N1 Flu Symptoms

Symptom
Cold/Flu
H1N1 Flu

Fever
Fever is rare
Temperatures of 100°F or higher for 3 to 4 days

Coughing
A hacking (mucus-producing) cough is often present
A drycough is usually present

Aches
Slight body aches and pains
Severe aches and pains

Stuffy Nose
Stuffy nose is commonly present and typically resolves spontaneously within a week
Stuffy nose is not commonly present

Chills
Chills are uncommon
Chills occur in 60% of cases

Tiredness
Tiredness is fairly mild
Tiredness is moderate to severe

Sneezing
Sneezing is common
Sneezing is not common

Symptoms
Symptoms tend to develop over a few days
Rapid onset within 3-6 hours with sudden symptoms of high fever - muscleaches - shortness of breath - tight chest.

Headache
Headaches are fairly mild
Headaches occur in 80% of cases

Sore Throat
Sore throat is commonly present
Sore throat is not commonly present

Chest Discomfort
Chest discomfort is mild to moderate
Chest discomfort is often severe

The only way to stop the epidemic is to spread the awareness.

Police Report: October 28

4600 block of 29th Street: At about 7 a.m. officers took a report of a stolen/recovered vehicle. The victim/owner told the officers that he parked his 2005 Dodge Magnum in front of his residence the night before. This morning he received a call from the Park Police telling him that his car was found at Avondale Park with the wheels missing and the ignition damaged.

3249 Rhode Island Avenue (MRPD): At about 4 p.m. a man came into the police station telling officers that he believed he was wanted on an open arrest warrant. Officers did some research and found that he did in fact have an open warrant through the Prince George's County Sheriff's Office for violation of an ex parte order. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3200 block of Chillum Road: At about 5 p.m. officers took a missing persons report. The father of a 17 year old female told the officers that his daughter had run away earlier in the day after having an altercation with her boyfriend. The father also said that this is not the first time his daughter has gone missing and that she is currently on probation. The juvenile’s information was entered into the NCIC missing persons database.

Police Report: October 25 (Supplement)

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 12:30 p.m. officers received a complaint of individuals trespassing in a vacant apartment building. When the officers arrived they discovered an individual inside the building. Further investigation revealed that he did not have permission from the owner to be on the property and he also had an open arrest warrant through the Prince George's County Sheriff's Office for obstructing and hindering. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. Additional trespassing charges are pending.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Police Report: October 23-27

Friday October 23rd:

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 12 pm officers observed an individual with an open container of an alcoholic beverage. He was issued a criminal citation for the violation and sent on his way.

2700 block of Webster Street: At about 6:30 p.m. officers took a report of a citizen armed robbery. The victim told the officers that he was robbed at gun point while working in the parking lot area of the Kaywood Apartments. The victim described the gunman as wearing a mask, blue jeans and a green shirt and was armed with a gold semi automatic pistol. The victim last saw the gunman getting into a green Isuzu Rodeo which fled the area on Webster Street and turning right onto 28th Place. The Prince George's County Police were notified and the lookout information was shared with neighboring police agencies.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 9:30 p.m. officers responded for the report of an unattended death. A 65 year old man was discovered unresponsive in his apartment and was later pronounced dead by fire/rescue personnel. Family members reported that the deceased had suffered from several recent medical ailments. There were no signs of foul play and the decedent’s family doctor signed the death certificate. Representatives from the Fort Lincoln Funeral Home removed the body at the family's request.

Saturday October 24th:

Nothing significant to report.

Sunday October 25th:

3800 block of 34th Street: At about 2:10 a.m. officers stopped an individual for a field interview. During the interview the officers smelled the odor of PCP about his person. Further investigation revealed that he was in possession of a glass bottle containing the illegal liquid. He was arrested, charged with CDS possession and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

4600 block of 25th Street: At about 10:30 a.m. officers took a stolen auto report. The victim/owner told the officers that parked his green 2000 Lincoln Navigator (MD tag 17615M4) outside his residence at about 11:30 p.m. the night before. When he returned to for his vehicle this morning he discovered that it had been stolen. A canvass of the area for evidence and/or witnesses proved negative.

2700 block of Arundel Road: At about 6:30 p.m. officers issued each of two individuals criminal citations for violating the open alcohol container law. Both were sent on their way without further incident.

2700 block of Arundel Road: At about 6:55 p.m. officers issued an individual a criminal citation for violating the open alcohol container law. He was sent on his way without further incident.

Monday October 26th:

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 7:20 p.m. officers took a stolen car report. The victim/owner told the officers that sometime during the previous night person(s) unknown stole her gold 1995 Nissan Maxima (MD tag 3EYH91). A canvass of the area for evidence and/or witnesses proved negative.

Tuesday October 27th:

3300 block of Buchanan Street: At about 10:45 a.m. officers took a report of a stolen Maryland temporary tag. The victim/owner told the officers that she parked her vehicle by her residence at about 5 p.m. the previous evening and when she returned to it this morning she discovered the temporary tag had been stolen. A canvass of the area for evidence and/or witnesses proved negative.

3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue (Party Time Liquors): At about 11:20 a.m. officers responded for an attempt fraud in progress. The officers spoke with a store cashier who told them that a woman came into the store and attempted to cash a check in the amount of $3,989.00. The cashier inquired with the bank on which the check was drawn and learned that it was counterfeit. The officers also contacted the bank and confirmed the information. The woman was arrested, charged appropriately and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Police Report: October 22

3500 block of Perry Street: At about 10 a.m. officers took a hit and run motor vehicle collision report. The victim’s vehicle was legally parked and had been struck by a second vehicle that failed to remain at the scene. The vehicle sustained rear end damage but was drivable.

4000 block of 34th Street: At about 2:35 p.m. officers in investigated a 3-vehicle collision. Their investigation revealed that a vehicle traveling east bound on 34th Street at high rate of speed lost control and struck two other vehicles traveling west bound. All vehicles remained at the scene and no injuries were reported. The driver of the striking vehicle was found at fault and received nine (9) State traffic citations.

3200 block of Chillum Road: At about 4:10 p.m. officers took a theft from auto report. Their investigation revealed that person(s) unknown broke into the victim’s vehicle through a rear passenger vent window. Once inside the thieves stole various electronic items. The officers found no evidence that would lead to the identification of the perpetrators.

3200 block of Chillum Road: At about 9:15 p.m. officers attempted to stop a suspicious juvenile male for a field interview. When the juvenile saw the officers approaching, he placed his hands in his waistband as if attempting to conceal or discard an object. He then turned and began to jog in the opposite direction in between parked cars in an attempt to avoid contact with the officers. The officers finally caught up with him hiding behind a large shrub/bush by the entrance to an apartment building. Further investigation revealed that, during his attempt to elude the officers, he discarded a .38 caliber revolver. The officers recovered the unloaded gun. He was charged with illegally possessing and carrying the gun and released into his Grandmother’s custody pending an appearance in Juvenile Court.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Police Report: October 21

Nothing significant to report.

There is an article on CrimeReports.com entitled “Halloween Safety Myths.” It’s an interesting read. You can access it at:

http://neighborhoodcrimemap.wordpress.com/2009/10/21/halloween-safety-myths/

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Police Report: October 19-20

October 19th:

4000 block of 31st Street: At about 8 a.m. officers received a call for an attempt theft from auto. Upon arrival officers learned that an unknown subject (s) entered the victim’s unsecured vehicle and removed nothing. The victim stated that the vehicle was ransacked but that there was no missing property.

3000 block of Taylor Street: At about 4 p.m. officers received took a theft from auto report. The victim/owner told the officers that sometime during the night an unknown suspect (s) entered their unsecured vehicle and stole a portable GPS unit.

4100 block of Russell Avenue: At about 6:20 p.m. officers received a call for a residential burglary. The victims told the officers that they went out of town for an extended period of time. When they returned they found that the door to their apartment had been forced open and several items of their personal property had been stolen.

3300 block of Chillum Road: At about 8:45 p.m. officers on patrol observed a man consuming an open alcoholic beverage in a public place. He was issued a criminal citation for the alcohol violation and released without further incident.

3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 10:30 p.m. officers observed an individual urinating in public. When the officers stopped him to cite him for the violation he became combative and fled on foot. He was able to make good his escape. However in his haste to get away he left behind a large quantity of suspected PCP as well as his ID. Officers obtained an arrest warrant for him.

3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 11:50 p.m. officers were flagged down in reference to a personal injury motor vehicle collision. Their investigation revealed that an individual was attempting to back into a legal parking space when a pedestrian walked behind his vehicle. The pedestrian was struck and knocked to the ground. He sustained minor injuries and refused medical attention. No charges were placed on the driver of the striking vehicle.

Tuesday:

3500 block of Newton Place: At about 3:20 p.m. officers responded to a call for a vehicle tampering in progress. When the officers arrived they observed several teenage black males inside the vehicle described by the complainant. As soon as the subjects saw the officers they immediately fled on foot. After a lengthy foot pursuit one of the suspects was apprehended. He was charged accordingly and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

FDA Caution Regarding Halloween Face Paint

A recall of face paint in May that gave some Girl Scouts rashes is one of the reasons the Food and Drug Administration is warning parents to be careful that the paints don't cause problems of their own this Halloween. "Most of these products are completely safe, but there have been reports of adverse events and allergic reactions," says a FDA representative. Under the law, the FDA doesn't have the authority to regulate cosmetics and face paints before they go to market, though it does regulate the colors used in them. And when there are problems, the FDA also can't recall them; it can only ask the manufacturer or distributor to do so. The FDA is asking parents to report any problems with face paint this Halloween to its "adverse event" hotline at 800-332-1088.

The FDA's advice:

1. Don't use anything on the face that isn't intended for skin.
2. If face paint has a bad smell, it could be a sign of contamination or bacteria. Throw it away.
3. Some face paints have pictures showing people wearing them near their eyes even though the labels say "not for use near eyes." Believe the label, not the picture.
4. Try a dab of the face paint on an arm a few days before wearing to check for allergic reactions. 5. Check to make sure any colors in the face paint are FDA-approved by looking at the Summary of Color Additives on the FDA's website. If there's a color in your makeup that isn't on the list, don't use it.
6. Be careful with fluorescent ("neon" or "day-glow") and luminescent ("glow-in-the-dark") colors. None of them are for use near the eyes.
7. Don't sleep with face paint on; wearing it too long may irritate the skin or cause it to flake off and get in the eyes.

Courtesy USA Today.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Police Report: October 16-18

Friday October 16th:

3100 block of Varnum Street
: At about 7:45 a.m. officers took a report of a theft from auto. The officers observed that person(s) unknown entered victim’s vehicle by breaking open the driver’s side window. Once inside the thieves stole a GPS unit. A check of the area for evidence and/or witnesses proved negative.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 12:10 p.m. officers took a report of an attempted residential burglary. The victim/resident told the officers that she left home early in the morning returned to find the kitchen window open and the window screen lying on the stove. There was no evidence that the person(s) responsible actually gained entry into the apartment and nothing was found missing or disturbed.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 9:30 p.m. officers took a report of a missing juvenile (repeat offender). The child’s father told the officers that his son left home at about 9 a.m. without permission and came home at about 4 p.m. An argument ensued regarding the child’s leaving without permission whereupon the child left home again and had not returned or contacted his parents. The child’s information was entered into the NCIC missing persons database.

2700 block of Allison Street: At about 11 p.m. officers assisted a domestic violence victim. The victim told the officers that she and her husband were having on going domestic problems and that she had been the victim of abuse and assaults. She was advised to seek a protective order from a District Court Commissioner and return to MRPD once it was obtained. The victim obtained the order and officers went with her to her residence to serve the order on her husband, however he was not home. The victim was advised to contact MRPD when her husband returned or if any further threats were made.

Saturday October 17th:

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue (traffic circle): At about 8:10 p.m. officers investigated a two-vehicle motor vehicle collision. During their investigation the officers checked the license/wanted status of both drivers. They learned that the driver of the at fault vehicle did not have a valid license and had two open arrest warrants through Prince George’s County for failing to appear in court on charges of driving without a license and contempt. He received the appropriate traffic citations for his involvement in the collision, arrested on the warrants and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

Sunday October 18th:

3400 block of Otis Street
: At about 10 a.m. officers took a report of a vandalism to auto. The victim/owner told the officers that he parked his vehicle by his residence at about 12:20 a.m. and when he returned for it around 9:45 a.m. he discovered that all four tires had been cut. The victim went on to say that he has been having an on going dispute with a rival business located in DC and that an individual from the competing business had threatened him and said that he knew where he lived. No other vehicles were vandalized in the area and no other calls for similar vandalism were received by MRPD. This believed to be an isolated incident with victim being targeted by a known suspect.

3200 block of Shepherd Street: At about 10:15 a.m. officers took a report of a theft. The victim told the officers that she left her residence on October 9th and scheduled some repairs with her landlord that were to be completed while she was away. When she returned on October 13th she discovered several items of her personal property missing. There was no evidence of forced entry into the residence.

3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 4:00 p.m. power shift officers observed a parked vehicle displaying Georgia license plates. A check of the license plates revealed that they did not belong on the vehicle. The vehicle was impounded.

3200 block of Chillum Road: At about 9:30 p.m. officers responded for the report of a suspicious occupied vehicle. When the officers arrived they discovered that the three occupants of the vehicle were intoxicated and in possession of several open containers of alcohol. All three were issued criminal citations.

3900 block of 38th Street: At about 10:30 p.m. power shift officers stopped a vehicle for driving with no headlights on. Further investigation revealed that one of the occupants was in possession of marijuana. He was arrested, charged and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Police Report: October 14-15

October 14th:

3200 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 12:50 a.m. officers responded to the Caribbean Market for an alarm off. When they arrived they saw that the front door glass had been broken out. The officers searched the inside of the store and found no one inside. A store representative arrived and after looking through the store advised that nothing appeared to be missing. No evidence could be found that could help identify the person(s) who broke the door glass.

3600 block of 36th Street: At about 2:10 a.m. officers took a stolen car report. The victim told the officers that he parked his rented blue Toyota Camry (MD tags 7FFW17) in front of a friend’s house at about 8 p.m. the previous evening. When he returned for his car he discovered that it had been stolen. He told the officers that he believes that he left the keys in the car.

October 15th:

2900 block of Taylor Street: At about 4 p.m. officers took a report of a stolen blue 1998 Saturn (KY tags 452EHZ. The victim told the officers that his car had been stolen back on October 8th sometime between 6:45 a.m. and 8 p.m. He did not say why he delayed reporting the theft.

4300 block of Eastern Avenue: At about 3:30 p.m. officers responded for the report of a possible attempted residential burglary. A witness told the officers that she noticed that there was extensive damage to an apartment door in the building. Officers determined that entry into the apartment had not been made. The lease holder and the management office were notified of the incident, and management replaced the entry door.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Police Report: October 13

3700 block of Wells Avenue: At about 10:45 a.m. officers took a report of a vandalism that occurred at various locations around the Mount Rainier skate park. The vandalism took the form of spray painted graffiti and included the words “skate or die,” “F.A.M.E.” and other initials that could not be identified at the time of the report. All graffiti was photographed and a follow-up investigation is ongoing.

4400 block of 31st Street: At about 11:30 a.m. officers took a theft by deception report. The victim told the officers that she contacted an individual via email in reference to buying a car that he had listed on Craig’s list. After negotiating with him over the final price she wired the seller money for the car. After sending the money she was not able to contact him again. The PGPD fraud unit was brought into the case to conduct a follow-up investigation.

3249 Rhode Island Avenue (MRPD Headquarters): At about 11:40 a.m. an individual who MRPD officers had previously arrested came into the police station to recover property taken from him at the time he was arrested. The officer who spoke with the man detected a strong odor of PCP about his person and observed that he appeared to be under the influence of CDS. Further investigation revealed that the man was in possession of a pack of cigarettes containing several cigarettes that had been dipped in liquid PCP. He was arrested, charged with possession of CDS and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville

4500 block of 31st Street: At about 5:25 p.m. officers investigated a motor vehicle collision. Their investigation revealed that a vehicle driving east on 31st Street lost control and struck a parked vehicle. Both the striking vehicle and its driver remained at the scene for the investigation. The driver of the striking vehicle was found at fault in the collision and charged accordingly. No injuries were reported.

3000 block of Arundel Road: At about 7:55 p.m. officers responded for a domestic disturbance. When they arrived they observed a female yelling profanities and kicking a door. After several unsuccessful attempts to calm the woman down she was arrested for disorderly conduct and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3300 block of Chillum Road: At about 11:55 p.m. officers observed a woman with an open container of an alcoholic beverage. She was issued a criminal citation for the violation and sent on her was without further incident.

Residential Burglaries (5):

4300 block of 28th Place (3)
4100 block of Russell Avenue (2)

At various times throughout the day officers took five (5) residential burglary reports at the above addresses in the Kaywood Apartments complex. In all cases entry was made or attempted by someone prying open the entry door to the victims’ apartments; the apartments were ransacked and electronics and cash were stolen. Officers did not recover any evidence from the crime scenes and no witnesses could be found.