Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Police Report: January 27

3200 block of Otis Street: At about 9:45 pm officers responded for the report of a domestic assault. The officers’ investigation revealed that the male half of the domestic assaulted his girlfriend leaving several marks and bruises. He was arrested, charged with domestic assault and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 12:15 pm officers received a call for a theft from Party Time Liquors. The individual responsible for the theft (one bottle of Wild Irish Rose) was located outside the store. He was issued a criminal citation for misdemeanor theft and sent on his way without further incident.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Police Report: January 26

Volta Avenue and Upshur Street (Brentwood): At about 4 pm officers responded for a domestic dispute. While investigating the incident one of the participants was found to have two open arrest warrants through the Prince George's County Sheriff's Office; one was domestic related, the other for 2nd degree assault. She was arrested on the warrants and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Police Report: January 22-25

January 22:

4600 29th Street: At about 1:30 pm officers took a report of a stolen vehicle. The victim told the officers that she had parked her 2004 Nissan Altima, DC tag CU5014 by her residence the night before and when she returned for it today she discovered it had been stolen.

30th Street and Bunker Hill Road: At about 7 pm officers responded to a report of a possible citizen robbery. The officers spoke to the victim who told them that he was getting off the school bus at about 4:00pm when two unknown black males approached him. One of the men asked him what time it was. He reached into his pocket to get his cell phone to check the time. One of the men then asked to use the phone. He said ok and gave him the phone. Seconds after giving him the phone the second subject reached into the victim’s pocket and took his IPod. Both suspects then fled on foot towards Eastern Avenue. The victim said that he was not harmed during the incident and that no demands for his property were made. He described the suspects as black males about 17-19 years old, about 5’08” tall and weighing about150lbs. One of the suspects was wearing a black and grey coat, blue jeans and had his hair in long dreads. The second suspect was wearing a black coat with black wind pants and a black baseball hat and had short black hair.

2700 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 11 pm officers were patrolling the 4500 block of 32nd Street when they observed a white BWM with equipment violations. They stopped the vehicle in the 2700 block of Queens Chapel Road. Further investigation revealed that the driver was in possession of 7.1 grams of crack cocaine having a street value of $1,420 along with numerous items of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested, charged with several CDS related violations and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

January 23:

3300 block of Chauncey Place: At about 7 pm officers responded for the report of a domestic dispute between a male and female. When the officers arrived and met the parties involved the female told them that the male half was asked to leave and refused. Since both parties were co-signers of the lease agreement for the apartment they were advised of their legal options. A short while later the officers were called back to the residence because the male half had assaulted the female and flattened all four tires on her vehicle in an attempt to stop her from going to the District Court commissioner’s office and applying for a protective order. The male was arrested and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3200 block of Chillum Road: At about 5 pm officers working the power shift responded to a call in reference to subjects possibly selling and packaging narcotics. When the officers arrived they identified two juveniles who were found to be in possession of 34 grams of marijuana having a street value of $680.00. Both juveniles were arrested and charged with various CDS related offenses.

33rd Street & Perry Street: At about 9:50 pm power shift officers observed a subject drinking from an open container of alcohol. He was issued a criminal citation for the violation and sent on his way without further incident.

January 24:

3800 block of 37th Street: At about 4:30 am officers responded for the report of a theft from auto that had just occurred and which had been witnessed by the victim. The victim gave a look out for two black males (no further description) who were seen putting the wheels they stole from the victim’s car into a gray BMW with unknown tags. The suspects and vehicle then fled the area in an unknown direction. A check of the area was conducted with negative results. A lookout was given to surrounding agencies via communications. The suspects made off with all four wheels of his 2002 BMW.

3200 block of Varnum Street: At about 4 pm officers responded for the report of a subject who was suspected of having an outstanding arrest warrant. When the officers arrived they located the person in question and checked her wanted status through NCIC. The wanted checks revealed that she did in fact have two open arrest warrants, one for malicious destruction of property and the other for 2nd degree assault. She was taken into custody without incident and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 6 pm officers responded for a missing runaway juvenile who called police MRPD to turn herself in. The officers found the juvenile and confirmed that she went missing from a state operated juvenile facility located in Hagerstown, MD on 12/02/2008. The facility was contacted and refused to accept custody of the runaway. The juvenile’s mother was contacted and she responded to MRPD from Hagerstown to take custody of her child.

2200 block of Varnum Street: At about 10 pm officers took a report of a hit and run motor vehicle accident. Investigation revealed that the victim’s vehicle was parked in the gravel parking lot across from 2206 Varnum Street and was struck by an unknown vehicle which failed to remain on the scene and or attempt to notify/contact owner of the accident. The victim’s vehicle sustained superficial damages.

January 25:

4100 block of Russell Avenue: At about 1 am officers responded for the report of a citizen armed robbery. The officers met with the victim who told them that as he was leaving his apartment building he was approached from behind by a lone individual who was armed with an unknown type black semi-automatic handgun. The suspect ordered the victim to surrender his wallet and keys which he did. The suspect then ordered the victim to show his hands and at that point the victim grabbed the suspect’s gun and a brief struggle ensued. The suspect managed to break free of the struggle and fled out of the apartment building onto Russell Avenue towards Upshur Street. The victim described the suspect as a black male, approximately 5’9” tall weighing about 170 lbs., wearing a black ski mask and a black North Face jacket. A check of the area for the suspect proved negative and a lookout for the suspect was broadcast to surrounding police agencies.

3200 block of Varnum Street: At about 5 pm officers responded for the report of a theft from auto. The officers interviewed the victim who told them that he parked his vehicle in front of his residence the night before and when he returned to the vehicle at about 6:30 this morning he discovered his passenger side front window broken and his Tom-Tom GPS unit stolen. The victim delayed reporting the incident to police because he wanted to get his window fixed.

2700 block of Arundel Road: At about 7 pm officers received word from MPD that their officers had recovered a vehicle tag in the 2100 block of Alabama Avenue SE that was reported stolen from the 2700 block of Arundel Road on January 22nd. MPD made one adult arrest in conjunction with the tag recovery.

4100 block of Russell Avenue: At about 3 am officers responded for the report of a strong arm robbery. The victim told the officers that as she was walking towards her apartment building she saw a beige compact vehicle stop at the intersection of Russell Avenue and Taylor Street. When the vehicle stopped the driver and passenger got out of the vehicle and confronted the victim demanding she give them her purse. A brief struggle ensued and the victim was able to brake free and ran towards her apartment building. She fell and rolled down a grass hill and both suspects were able to catch up to her, grabbed her purse, and ran back to their car. They then fled on Russell Avenue Arundel Road. A canvass of the area for the suspects and their vehicle was negative and a lookout given to surrounding police agencies. The officers received information that PGPD had an earlier citizen robbery with the same suspect and vehicle description. The victim was not injured during the incident and no weapons were seen or implied by the suspects.

Suspect #1, the driver of the vehicle, was described as a black male about 20 years old, 5’5” tall, weighing about 140 lbs., wearing a green jacket with fur around the collar and blue jeans.

Suspect #2, the passenger of the vehicle, was described as a black male about 20 years old, 5’6” tall, weighing about 140 lbs., wearing a black jacket and blue jeans.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

FYI - Homeowner's Coverage for Water and Sewer Backups

The following information was sent to us by the City’s liability insurance carrier:

During the 2008 legislative session, Maryland’s General Assembly enacted HB 72 regarding homeowner’s coverage for water and sewer backup losses. For some time, §19-202 of the Insurance Article has required private insurers that sell homeowners’ insurance policies in Maryland to offer water and sewer backup coverage. Unfortunately, most insurers were offering the coverage only if the homeowner requested it. Effective October 1, 2008, all homeowner insurers that sell policies in Maryland must offer this coverage to policyholders in writing by certified mail within 7 days after the date the policy is initially placed or at the time of each renewal.

Homeowners should know that they can protect themselves from unavoidable backups that may occur (even if the problem is in their own line) by purchasing the coverage which must be offered by their homeowner insurer.

Police Report: January 20

3700 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 2 pm officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for various traffic violations. Investigation of the driver returned an active arrest warrant for failure to appear in court. He was arrested pursuant to the warrant and a subsequent search of his vehicle incident to the arrest revealed that he was in possession of a small quantity of marijuana. While the officers were processing the man for the outstanding arrest warrant they discovered that the warrant had been previously served on him and not removed from the wanted persons database, therefore it was no longer valid. He was released after receiving a state citation for the traffic violation. CDS possession charges are pending.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Police Report: January 19

3200 block of Chillum Road: At about 2:30 am officers responded for the report of a suspicious tow attempting to tow a vehicle. The reporting person told the officers that she was awakened by the sound of a car alarm. She looked out on the parking lot and saw a tow truck in the process of towing a Jeep Cherokee that belonged to a friend. She was able to convince the driver of the tow truck not to tow the vehicle by paying the driver a $50 “drop” fee. After getting her vehicle released she notified police of the incident. The officers contacted the owner of the tow company, Drive Towing, who told them that the person described by the reporting person as the driver of the tow truck did not match the description of any of his employees. This information led the officers to believe that the tow truck and its driver were imposters and residents should be on the lookout for any tow truck labeled as Drive Towing and report it to police by calling our Communication center at 301-985-6565/6566.

4300 block of Kaywood Drive: At about 8:50 am officers responded for the report of a vandalism to/theft from auto. The victim/owner told the officers that when he returned to his vehicle early this morning he discovered damage to his driver’s side door and his left front headlight missing. A canvass of the area for witnesses and/or evidence proved negative.

3800 block of 34th Street: At about 5:15 pm officers on patrol observed an individual drinking from an open container of alcohol. He was issued a criminal citation for the violation and sent on his way without further incident.

Arundel Road @ 31st Street: At about 5:35 pm officers on patrol observed a vehicle displaying a State of Georgia temporary registration plate that appeared to be fraudulent. The officers initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle whereupon the officers noticed that the driver was known to them as a person involved previously in the local drug trade. Investigation revealed that the vehicle’s registration was suspended; an MSP pickup order was in effect and the Georgia temporary tag was not valid. The owner of the vehicle (passenger) gave the officers consent to search the vehicle and the officers found no weapons or drugs inside. The driver was issued four state traffic citations and the vehicle was impounded.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Inauguration Day Parking & Road Restrictions - REVISED

In order to allow for the efficient flow of traffic into and out of the District of Columbia for Inauguration Day activities on Tuesday January 20th; and to ensure that secondary residential streets are not congested by vehicles trying to avoid Rhode Island Avenue traffic into and out of DC; the City will impose certain parking restrictions and road closures for the day.

· There will be no parking allowed along the southbound side of Rhode Island Avenue from 35th Street to Eastern Avenue from 4 am until 3 pm.
· There will be no parking allowed along the northbound side of Rhode Island Avenue from Eastern Avenue to 35th Street from 3 pm until Midnight.
· Parking along Rhode Island Avenue north of 35th Street (north and southbound) is designated for residents and visitors using the “Presidential” buses leaving from the Mount Rainier bus terminal for downtown DC (see information below).

In addition to the Rhode Island Avenue parking restrictions, the following road closures and restrictions will be in effect:

· Drivers will not be able to turn onto 34th Street from Rhode Island Avenue (both eastbound and westbound) from 4 am until Midnight. Vehicles will still be able to use 34th Street during the day; they just won’t be able to get onto 34th from Rhode Island Avenue.
· 33rd Street at Rhode Island Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic from 4 am until 3 pm.
· Drivers will not be able to turn onto 37th Street from southbound Rhode Island Avenue from 4 am until 3 pm.
· Drivers will not be able to turn onto 34th Street from Eastern Avenue from 4 am until Midnight.
· Southbound Perry Street at 38th Street will be closed to vehicular traffic from 4 am until 3 pm.
· Southbound Bunker Hill Road at 37th Street will be closed to vehicular traffic from 4 am until 3 pm.
· Drivers will not be able to turn onto 37th Street from Eastern Avenue from 4 am until 3 pm.

The listed parking and vehicular restrictions will be evaluated hourly during the day to determine if traffic conditions warrant lifting a restriction(s).

There will be no restrictions on pedestrian or bicycle traffic.

Residents who intend to travel into DC for the festivities and ceremonies are strongly encouraged not to drive or use the West Hyattsville Metro Station. There will be no place for you to park your vehicle downtown, and Metro is expecting 1-3 hour waits just to get on the train platforms.

Metro will be operating 23 special rapid bus corridors on Inauguration Day beginning at 4am. One of these special “Presidential” corridors leaves from the bus terminal in front of City Hall and will deposit passengers on K Street between 11th and 13th Streets. Buses are scheduled to leave the Mount Rainier bus terminal every 10 minutes throughout the day. You can find additional information on Metro’s web site at http://www.wmata.com/bus/.

Police Report: January 15-18

January 15:

3300 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 12 pm officers responded to check the welfare of an elderly gentleman who had not been seen for approximately two weeks. When the officers gained entry into his apartment they found him deceased. No foul play was suspected or observed. The State medical examiner’s office responded to the scene and took custody of the decedent’s remains and officers made notification to his family members.

3400 block of Newton Place: At about 9:30 am officers responded for the report of an identity theft. The victim told the officers she discovered that a Bank of America bank card was issued in her name to person(s) unknown who made several unauthorized purchases using the fraudulent card. The victim was issued a case number for her records and BofA investigators will be following up.

2700 block of Webster Street: At about 6:15 pm officers responded for the report of a residential burglary. The victim told the officers that he left home that morning at about 7 :45 and when he returned he discovered that his the front door was unlocked and his residence had been ransacked. He told the officers that numerous items of his personal property had been stolen.

3700 block of Rhode Island Ave: At about 6:30 pm officers received a call for a motor vehicle accident. Upon arrival the officers found that a vehicle had lost control and struck a sign in the median. There was no damage to City property. The sign belongs to state highway and public works was notified. The driver was found to have medical conditions and his vehicle was towed for safekeeping. He was given a ride home by family members.

33rd Street and Perry Street: At about 10:15 pm power squad officers patrolling the area they observed a gold Jeep Cherokee with Virginia tags parked on 33rd Street. A check of the vehicle’s registration revealed that it had been reported stolen out of Arlington, VA on January 6th. The officers conducted surveillance of the vehicle hoping a suspect(s) would re-occupy the vehicle. After about 2.5 hours no one returned to the vehicle so it was impounded. Arlington PD was notified of the recovery.

January 16:

Nothing significant to report.

January 17:

3300 block of Chauncey Place: At about 11:30 pm officers on patrol observed two individuals consuming alcoholic beverages in a public. Both individuals were issued criminal citations for the violation and sent on their way without further incident.

3300 block of Chauncey Place: At about 11:45 pm officers on patrol observed two individuals consuming alcoholic beverages in a public. Both individuals were issued criminal citations for the violation and sent on their way without further incident.

January 18:

3300 block of Chillum Road: At about 7 am officers responded for the report of a first degree assault/attempted homicide. The officers’ investigation revealed that the victim was attending a party and became involved in a verbal confrontation with a male subject. The victim elected to leave the party rather than continue in the altercation. When the victim got outside the apartment the male subject approached him and stabbed him several time in the neck with a butterfly-type knife. Several of the victim’s friends took him to the hospital where he is being treated for critical but non-life threatening injuries. Further investigation led the officers to positively identify the male subject and recover the knife he used in the assault. He was arrested and charged with attempted second degree murder and other charges. He was delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Inauguration Day Parking and Road Restrictions

In order to allow for the efficient flow of traffic into and out of the District of Columbia for Inauguration Day activities on Tuesday January 20th; and to ensure that secondary residential streets are not congested by vehicles trying to avoid Rhode Island Avenue traffic into and out of DC; the City will impose certain parking restrictions and road closures for the day.

· There will be no parking allowed along the southbound side of Rhode Island Avenue from the Bunker Hill Fire Station to Eastern Avenue from 4 am until 3 pm.
· There will be no parking allowed along the northbound side of Rhode Island Avenue from Eastern Avenue to 37th Place from 3 pm until Midnight.

In addition to the Rhode Island Avenue parking restrictions, the following road closures and restrictions will be in effect:

· Drivers will not be able to turn onto 34th Street from Rhode Island Avenue (both eastbound and westbound) from 4 am until Midnight. Vehicles will still be able to use 34th Street during the day; they just won’t be able to get onto 34th from Rhode Island Avenue.
· 33rd Street at Rhode Island Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic from 4 am until 3 pm.
· Drivers will not be able to turn onto 37th Street from southbound Rhode Island Avenue from 4 am until 3 pm.
· Drivers will not be able to turn onto 34th Street from Eastern Avenue from 4 am until Midnight.
· Southbound Perry Street at 37th Place will be closed to vehicular traffic from 4 am until 3 pm.
· Southbound Bunker Hill Road at 37th Street will be closed to vehicular traffic from 4 am until 3 pm.
· Drivers will not be able to turn onto 37th Street from Eastern Avenue from 4 am until 3 pm.

The listed parking and vehicular restrictions will be evaluated hourly during the day to determine if traffic conditions warrant lifting a restriction(s).

There will be no restrictions on pedestrian or bicycle traffic.

Residents who intend to travel into DC for the festivities and ceremonies are strongly encouraged not to drive or use the West Hyattsville Metro Station. There will be no place for you to park your vehicle downtown, and Metro is expecting 1-3 hour waits just to get on the train platforms.

Metro will be operating 23 special rapid bus corridors on Inauguration day beginning at 4am. One of these special “Presidential” corridors leaves from the bus terminal in front of City Hall and will deposit passengers on K Street between 11th and 13th Streets. Buses are scheduled to leave the Mount Rainier bus terminal every 10 minutes throughout the day. You can find additional information on Metro’s web site at http://www.wmata.com/bus/.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Police Report: January 14

January 14:

4100 block of 28th Street: At about 7:10 pm officers responded for the report of stolen property. The victim told the officers that person(s) unknown stole her trash can and recycling bin, both of which were put out in front of her residence. The officers checked the area but could not find the stolen items.

3200 block of Arundel Road: At about 12:30 am an MRPD officer patrolling in the area of Chillum and Arundel Roads was almost struck by another vehicle that made an illegal left turn in front of him. The officer initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and discovered that the driver had only a learner’s permit and was not accompanied by a licensed driver. He was issued three state traffic citations and the vehicle was impounded. Officers had cited this individual and impounded his vehicle for the same offense back in December.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Police Report: January 12-13

January 12:

Nothing of significance to report.

January 13:

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 8:30 am officers on patrol observed an individual drinking an alcoholic beverage in a public place. She was issued a criminal citation for the violation and sent on her way without further incident.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Police Report: January 9-11

January 9:

4100 block of 34th Street: At about 11:15 pm officers responded for the report of a 15 year old juvenile who stated that she wanted to take her life. When the officers arrived they located the girl and saw that she was upset and irate stating that she was having thoughts of committing suicide. The girl has made previous attempts at suicide and wanted to voluntarily commit herself for psychiatric help. The officers took her into custody and transported her to Children’s Hospital for an emergency evaluation. Her father met the officers at the hospital and handled the commitment documents.

January 10:

2300 block of Varnum Street: At about 2:45 am officers responded for the report of a theft. A store employee told the officers that four black males entered the store and three of them stole several items totaling $7.25. All four left the store, got into a compact gray vehicle and fled on 22nd Street towards Queens Chapel Road. A canvass of the area was negative for the vehicle and suspects.

3100 block of Windom Road: At about 11:30 am officers met with an individual who told them that sometime between November 25th and the 28th, 2008 she lost her bank ATM/check card. The officers completed a lost property report.

2700 block of Webster Street: At about 1:30 pm MRPD was notified by PGPD of a subject wanted on an open warrant for domestic assault, and who was a person of interest in several theft related offenses. PGPD also gave MRPD an address in the City where the individual was known to frequent. MRPD officers went to the address and were able to locate the individual and arrest him without incident. PGPD was notified of the arrest and the individual was delivered to their custody.

3200 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 2:10 pm officers initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle for various traffic violations. While pulling the vehicle over the officers saw the front seat passenger throw a clear plastic cup containing a dark brown liquid (later identified as an alcoholic beverage) out of the window. The driver was cited for several traffic violations and checked for DUI (negative). The passenger was issued a criminal citation for possessing an open alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle.

4300 block of Kaywood Drive: At about 4:30 pm officers received an anonymous tip that led them to identify and arrest an individual wanted on an open warrant for failure to appear in court. The individual was arrested without incident and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 7 pm officers effected a traffic stop on a vehicle for an equipment violation. A check of the vehicle’s registration revealed that the tags were suspended for compulsory insurance violation with an MSP pick up order. The tags were removed and delivered to the property officer for storage/disposal. The driver was issued two state traffic citations and a safety equipment repair order.

3200 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 10:10 pm an officer conducting a laser speed enforcement detail stopped a vehicle traveling 70+ mph in a 35 mph zone. When the officer approached the driver he detected a strong odor of alcohol and saw an open alcoholic beverage container inside the car. The driver submitted to standard field sobriety tests and failed them all. The driver was arrested and transported to the University of Maryland Police Department for a breathalyzer test. The test showed that the driver had a BAC of .23, almost three times the legal limit. He was charged with several traffic violations including DWI.

3200 block of Queenstown Drive: At about 11:50 pm officers received a call from private security at Queenstown Apartments for two intoxicated and disorderly subjects. When the officers arrived they located the subjects sitting in a vehicle parked in the parking lot and began a field interview. During the interview one of the individuals was found to be very intoxicated and verbally combative towards the Queenstown uniformed security officers who were present with MRPD. His disorderly behavior was drawing attention of area residents and he was told by MRPD to calm down and stop being disorderly. He was eventually issued a bar notice by security personnel and advised to leave the property. He reluctantly signed the bar notice and left the area only to return a short time later. He tried to physically assault the security officers and had to be arrested by MRPD officers. He was taken into custody after a brief struggle. He was charged with various criminal offenses including assault and disorderly conduct and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. The vehicle was impounded for safe keeping since neither of the subjects was in any condition to drive and neither of them was the registered owner.

January 11:

3200 block of Varnum Street: At about 11:40 am officers received a call for a subject riding a pocket bike in the area. When the officers arrived they located and stopped the individual who was riding the illegal bike. He was issued two City citations and the bike was impounded.
4300 block of Russell Avenue: At about 10 pm officers responded for the report of a citizen armed robbery. When the officers arrived they were met by two victims (a man and his nephew) who told them that they had been returning home together. They said that they were followed into their apartment building by a black male described as 18-20 years old, 6’2” tall, 160 lbs, wearing faded blue jeans, a black jacket with small white lettering on chest area, and with a shoulder length corn row hair style. Both victims went down to the lower level laundry room prior to going to their apartment. The suspect approached them in the laundry room, displayed a silver semi-auto pistol and announced a robbery. The suspect then ordered both victims to the floor and went through their pockets looking for valuables. He stole several items of personal property from one victim and fled the building in unknown direction. The surrounding area was canvassed for the suspect and a look out was given to PGPD and neighboring agencies.

Friday, January 09, 2009

Police Report: January 8

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 11 am officers on patrol observed a male subject consuming an alcoholic beverage in a public place. The individual was stopped for the violation and a subsequent warrant check revealed that the individual had an open warrant through the Prince George's County Sheriff's Office. He was arrested and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3300 block of Chillum Road: At about 11:45 pm the MRPD/Brentwood patrol officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle whose tags were suspended and for which a Maryland State Police pick-up order had been issued. When the officer approached the vehicle he smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside. The driver was removed from the vehicle and placed under arrest. In a search of the vehicle incident to the driver’s arrest officers discovered a small amount of marijuana and a fully loaded 9mm handgun. A check of the gun through NCIC revealed that it had been stolen from a location in Virginia and was one of 75 guns stolen from a single location. Additional investigation revealed that the driver had a previous felony conviction making his possession of the stolen handgun also a felony. He was transported to DOC in Hyattsville where he was charged with numerous criminal and traffic violations. Officers notified federal authorities at ATF of the gun recovery and ATF will be following up with additional federal charges.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Police Report: January 7

3200 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 2:20 pm officers responded for the report of a citizen strong armed robbery. The victim told the officers that he was approached by as many as many as six black males who collectively pushed him to the ground and stole a small quantity of cash from him. No weapons were displayed or implied, the victim was not injured and he could not provide a description of his assailants. A canvass of the area failed to produce any witnesses or evidence that would assist police in identifying the perpetrators.

4200 block of 30th Street: At about 11:25 pm officers responded to assist fire/rescue with a house fire. The fire department was able to prevent the fire from completely destroying the home; and they preliminarily determined that the fire started in the living room area as a result of sparks from a fireplace. There were no injuries reported, and no damage estimate was available.

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Police Report: January 6

There were no reportable events or crimes for Tuesday January 6th. It seems that Officers Rain and Cold were very effective in curtailing criminal and nuisance activities.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Police Report: January 5

3800 block of 31st Street: At about 10:30 am a woman walked into MRPD headquarters to report her wedding band set missing. She told officers that she last saw them in her jewelry box, and believes that a family member may have taken them. The officers filed a miscellaneous incident report (MIR) and gave the woman the case number for insurance/documentation purposes.

3300 block of Buchanan Street: At about 10:10 pm officers responded for the report of a residential burglary. The victim/resident told the officers that person(s) unknown entered her apartment by unknown means (no forced entry observed) and stole various items of personal property including a check book and credit cards. A canvass of the area for witnesses/evidence was negative.

Monday, January 05, 2009

Police Report: January 1-4, 2009

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.

January 2:

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.

January 3:

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.

January 4:

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.

Police Report: December 31

Bunker Hill Road @ Eastern Avenue: At about 10:20 am officers were advised by a citizen of a stop sign down. Investigation revealed that the sign had been struck by an unknown motor vehicle which failed to stop. Public Works was notified to replace the sign.

4200 block of 31st Street: At about 11 am officers recovered a lost Virginia license plate JYU-9067. A check of the registration showed that the plate was not stolen or reported missing. The last known owner was notified and the tag was delivered to the property officer for safekeeping.

Otis Street & Eastern Avenue: At about 12:30 pm MRPD was notified by PGPD that their officers recovered a red 1997 Honda Accord that had been taken during an armed carjacking at Otis Street & Eastern Avenue on December 21. The car was in drivable condition, both tags were attached and no arrests were made. The vehicle taken to PGPD’s evidence unit for processing and the owner was notified of the recovery.

4100 block of 29th Street: At about 2 pm officers responded for a theft of fiber optic cable. The cable was the property of Verizon and was stolen from a utility control box which had been forced open. The unknown suspect(s) cut the cable causing a service disconnect to area customers. A canvass of the area was negative for evidence and/or witnesses.

2900 block of Bunker Hill Road: At about 4:30 pm officers responded for a stolen Maryland license plate (2BT-J69). Person(s) unknown stole the tag sometime during the late evening or early morning hours. The tag was entered into NCIC as stolen and victim/owner was provided case number so that MVA could issue a replacement tag.