January 1, 2009:
3300 block of Shepherd Street: At about 2 am officers responded for the report of a hit and run accident. The victim/owner told the officers that she was sitting in her parked car waiting for a friend. She said that another car travelling at a high rate of speed struck her car and continued on its way without stopping. The victim/owner could not provide a description of the striking vehicle. The victim’s vehicle was drivable and sustained only minor damage.
3300 block of Chillum Road: At about 2:25 am officers investigated a hit and run motor vehicle collision. The victim told the officers that he was driving east on Chillum Road when another vehicle pulled out into his path from the parking lot of the 7-11 and collided with his car. The striking vehicle then drove around victim’s vehicle and fled the area west on Chillum Road onto Queens Chapel Road and disappeared. The victim could not provide any information about the striking vehicle. The victim’s vehicle was drivable and sustained only minor damage.
3200 block of Queenstown Drive: At about 4 am officers responded for the report of a fight between two men. When the officers arrived they observed the two men engaged in a violent physical altercation. The officers immediately moved to separate the two. One of the combatants complied with the officers’ requests to calm down, the other did not. That individual refused to cooperate with the officers and began screaming at them to shoot him and that he wanted to die. He also told the officers that he was under the influence of both crack cocaine and heroin. The officers moved to take him into custody for an emergency psychological evaluation and he became more violent and resisted the arrest. The officers were forced to deploy a Department issued Taser weapon to get him under control. Once the Taser took effect a family member assisted the officers with putting the man in handcuffs. Fire/Rescue personnel responded and transported the man to Washington Adventist Hospital for medical treatment and psychological evaluation.
3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 5:30 pm officers on patrol observed a man urinating in public. He was issued a criminal citation for the violation and sent on his way without further incident.
Rainier Avenue and 32nd Street: At about 8:15 pm officers responded for the report of a citizen armed robbery. The victim told the officers that she was approached by three black males; all dressed in black with black hoodie sweatshirts. One of the males brandished a black colored handgun whereupon the victim dropped her purse and backed away. The three males grabbed the purse and fled on foot in an unknown direction. Later in the evening the victim’s purse was found, however the cash she was carrying at the time of the crime had been stolen.
4300 block of Russell Avenue: At about 2:30 pm officers impounded a 2003 Hyundai Sonata, Maryland tag HP20038. The vehicle had been burned, but had not been reported stolen. The owner of the vehicle was notified of the condition of her vehicle and it was towed to a commercial lot for safekeeping.
3200 block of Queenstown Drive: At about 5:20 pm officers observed what they believed to be a hand-to-hand drug transaction. Both participants tried to flee the officers on foot but they were able catch and arrest one of them. A search of the individual incident to the arrest revealed that he was in possession of seven small baggies of marijuana. He was transported to DOC in Hyattsville where he was charged with various CDS crimes.