Friday, February 27, 2009

Police Report: February 26

Other than the early morning EPS reported yeaterday, there were no additional significant incidents to report.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Police Report: February 25-26

February 25:

At about 3 pm officers from the Metropolitan Police Department notified MRPD that they had recovered a silver 2007 Toyota Corolla originally stolen on February 17th from the parking lot of the 7-11 store in the 3300 block of Chillum Road in Mount Rainier . MPD recovered the car in the 2500 block of Elvins Road, S.E. At the time of recovery the car was in a drivable condition, both tags were still attached, and no arrests were made. The victim/owner was notified of the recovery and responded to Elvins Road to take possession of her vehicle.

February 26 (early morning):

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 1:45 am officers responded to assist a man who called 911 and told the call taker that he wanted to commit suicide. MRPD and PGPD units contacted the man who told them that he was hearing the voices of animals telling him to kill himself by jumping off a bridge or hanging himself. He also told the officers that he had not taken his prescribed medication for two days. Based on his statements to the officers and his behavior on the scene he was taken into protective custody and transported by Ambulance 559 to the Prince George’s Hospital Center for an emergency psychiatric evaluation and treatment.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Police Report: February 24

3700 block of 36th Street: At about 7:30 pm officers responded for the report of an armed carjacking. The victim reported that she had just parked her 2005 Nissan in her driveway when she was approached by two armed men. One of them pointed a handgun at her and ordered her out of her vehicle. As she got out, both men threw her to the ground, got into her vehicle and fled the scene up 36th Street towards Perry Street. The victim called 911 on her cell phone and the County police call taker immediately dispatched PGPD units to the scene and also transferred the call to Bladensburg PD so that MRPD units could be dispatched. Within a couple of minutes a PGPD patrol unit spotted the carjacked vehicle a short distance away in Brentwood. PGPD officers were able to get the vehicle stopped and arrested the driver before he could get away. The passenger fled on foot. An extensive search of the area for the passenger was instituted by PGPD and MRPD ground units, assisted by PGPD’s helicopter Air One. The search was successful and PGPD officers located and arrested the passenger. Officers also were able to find the handgun the men used to commit the crime. Both individuals were delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville charged with armed carjacking and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony among other charges. The victim was visibly shaken and upset by her ordeal but was not seriously injured. The PGPD officers involved in this case are to be commended for their quick response and deployment of resources without which this case could not have been resolved as quickly as it was.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Police Report: February 20-22

Friday February 20:

3200 block of Arundel Road: At about 8 am officers responded for the report of an attempted abduction. When the officers arrived they interviewed two juveniles who told them that they were walking to school when a suspicious dark skinned black male wearing a black coat, black hat, and light blue jeans walked beside them on the way to school. They also said that the man made no verbal comment or statement to the juveniles. The officers determined that no attempt abduction had taken place. The officers made periodic checks of the area with negative results.

4300 block of 40th Street (Brentwood): At about 3:30 pm an individual came into MRPD to report an identity theft. She told the officers that sometime within this past year person(s) used her social security number and that she received a W-2 in her name that was not hers. The officers completed a report to document the incident and also advised her to report the incident to the main credit reporting agencies.

4500 block of 34th Street: At about 3:15 pm officers investigated the report of a 5 YOA special needs child that could not be dropped off by the school bus driver at his assigned bus stop. The bus driver, acting under school policy could not drop off the child because there was no parent, legal guardian or other responsible adult there to take custody of the child. After approximately two hours the officers were able to locate and s[peak with the child’s mother. The mother told the officers that the child’s grandmother was supposed to be at the bus stop as she has always in the past, but for some unknown reason did not arrive to meet bus driver at drop off point. The situation was rectified and the child returned home safe and sound.

Saturday February 21:

4100 block of Russell Avenue: At about 7:45 am officers responded for the report of a citizen armed robbery. The officers’ investigation revealed that two victims were walking in the area when they were approached by two individuals armed with handguns. One suspect targeted one victim while the other suspect targeted the second victim. Both victims were robbed of their personal belongings at gunpoint. Both suspects fled into an awaiting vehicle driven by a third suspect (driver). Neither victim sustained any injury during the crime. PGPD detectives were notified of the incident and will handle the follow-up investigation. MRPD officers assisted by Bladensburg PD and PGPD units canvassed the area for the suspects and their vehicle with negative results. A lookout was broadcast to other area police agencies for officer safety and apprehension. The three suspects were described as follows:

Suspect 1: Black male, 20-25 YOA, 5’6” tall, 150 lbs, dark skin, black hair, grey wool jacket, blue jeans, dark sunglasses, armed with a silver handgun.
Suspect 2: Black male, 20-25 YOA, 5’5” tall, 130 lbs, medium skin, black hair, black hooded jacket, black hat, black pants, dark sunglasses, armed with a black handgun.
Suspect 3: Black male, 30-39 YOA, wearing dark sunglasses.
Suspect vehicle: Unknown model Nissan, 4-door, dark maroon in color, with unknown MD registration plates and dark windows.

4300 block of 28th Street: At about 7:50 am officers responded for a second citizen armed robbery involving the same suspects and suspect vehicle that robbed the victims minutes earlier on Russell Avenue. As in the first robbery the suspects approached the victim, displayed handguns and robbed the victim of his personal property. After the robbery they fled the area in the suspect vehicle.

4200 block of Russell Avenue: At about 9:30 am officers responded for the report of a vandalism to auto. The victim told the officers that he parked his undamaged car by his residence at about 5:30 pm on February 20th. When he returned to his car he discovered that person(s) unknown had tampered with the driver’s door lock damaging the lock. No entry was made to the interior of vehicle. A check of area for witnesses/evidence was negative.

2900 block of Arundel Road: At about 1:50 pm officers responded for a lost property report. The reporting person told the officers that her Jamaican passport was missing. She said that the last time she remembered seeing the passport was on her dresser on February 19th. She had looked everywhere for it to no avail and needed a police report in order to have new passport issued.

Sunday February 22:

3200 block of Chillum Road: At about 4 am officers received information that a possible sexual assault had occurred somewhere in the Queenstown community complex. The on duty supervisor contacted the PGPD Sexual Assault Unit and learned that PGPD officers did in fact investigate a rape that occurred in the 3200 block of Chillum Road on February 20th between the hours of 1 and 3 pm. MRPD obtained a copy of PGPD’s original report for our records. In that report the victim told PGPD investigators that on February 20th at about 1 pm she answered a knock at her door and was confronted by a man armed with a silver handgun. The man forced her into a rear bedroom where he forcibly raped her. Further investigation revealed that the victim had an advertisement on “Craig’s List” offering sexual favors for money that also listed her address and phone number. She told investigators that the suspect contacted her by phone prior to the rape, and destroyed her cell phone prior to fleeing the scene. The victim was taken to the Prince George’s Hospital Center for a check up and a sexual assault examination. PGPD’s Evidence Unit processed the crime scene for latent evidence.

3700 block of 36th Street: At about 7 am officers responded for the report of a theft from auto. The victim told the officers that sometime during the previous evening/morning person(s) unknown entered his vehicle and stole several hundred dollars worth of electronic equipment. The officers found no evidence of forced entry into the vehicle; and their investigation led them to believe that the doors had been mistakenly left unlocked. A check of area for witnesses/evidence was negative.

4500 block of Eastern Avenue (BP station): At about 8 pm officers responded for an armed carjacking that had just occurred. The officers spoke to the victim who told them that he pulled into the BP station to get gas in his silver 2007 Dodge Charger. As he pulled up to the gas pumps he noticed a suspicious green colored Mazda with its hood up and occupied by two individuals. As the victim walked to the cashier’s window to pay for his fuel one of the individuals in the Mazda (suspect #1) approached him and displayed a black colored handgun. The victim took a step back out of the suspect’s way whereupon the suspect grabbed the victim’s car keys out of his hand and ran towards his car. About this time a third suspect who had been inside the gas station ran out and together with suspect #1 got into the victim’s car and fled the lot towards Queens Chapel Road. Officers broadcast a lookout for the Dodge Charger and the two suspects to all surrounding police jurisdictions. At about 9:30 pm MPD Communications contacted MRPD and told us that their officers found the vehicle on Mississippi Avenue at Wayne Place in SE; and, MPD officers made one arrest and recovered a handgun from inside the vehicle.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Police Report: February 19

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 12:05 am officers observed a vehicle fail to yield in the traffic circle almost striking another vehicle. After the officers initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle further investigation revealed that the driver was found to be in possession of 25 individually packaged bags of marijuana having a street value of $340.00. He was arrested and transported to the Prince George’s County Department of Corrections in Hyattsville were he was processed accordingly.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Police Report: February 18

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue (Thrifty Rental Car): At about 5 pm officers took a report of stolen license plates. The reporting person told the officers that sometime between 8 pm on February 17th and the time of the report person(s) unknown stole Maryland tag 3EHF62 off of a 2007 Chevy. No further information was available and no evidence or witnesses could be located.

3300 block of Chauncey Place: At about 9:15 pm officers patrolling in the Queenstown Apartments area observed a vehicle operating at a high rate of speed. The officers stopped the vehicle and their subsequent inquiries revealed that the tags attached to the vehicle were expired and not registered to it. They also learned that the vehicle itself was unregistered in Maryland. Consequently the vehicle and tags were impounded and the driver was issued several Maryland state traffic citations.

3500 block of Newton Place: At about 9:30 pm a citizen reported that her purse had been stolen. When the officers interviewed the victim she told them that as she was walking to her apartment a black male ran up from behind her and snatched her purse. Once the thief had the purse he fled the area in an unknown direction. The victim described him as a black male approximately 5’4” tall, 140 lbs., wearing a black shirt, black and white pants and black shoes. The victim was not harmed during the incident and told the officers that there was nothing of value in her purse when it was taken. A canvass of the area for the suspect was negative.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Police Report: February 17

February 17:

3300 block of Bunker Hill Road: At about 11:30 am officers responded for the report of a theft of property. The victim told the officers that a Macintosh computer valued at approximately $1,200.00 was discovered stolen from an inside store room. The victim noted that several individuals have keys to the room and there was no evidence of forced entry. The victim could not provide a serial number at the time of the report.

Chillum Road at Queens Chapel Road: At about 4:30 pm officers investigated a property damage motor vehicle collision. Their investigation revealed that a vehicle stopped at the traffic light westbound Chillum Road at Queens Chapel Road was struck from the rear by another vehicle. There were no injuries and both vehicles were able to be driven from the scene.

3300 block of Chillum Road (7-11): At about 9:45 pm officers responded for the report of a stolen vehicle. The victim told the officers that she parked her vehicle in front of the store and went inside to shop. She said she left her vehicle running, the keys in the ignition and the doors unlocked. When she came back about four minutes later she found that her vehicle had been stolen. The store’s video surveillance camera captured an image of the suspect who got into the victim’s vehicle and drove away. A lookout was placed to all area agencies however a thorough canvass of the area proved negative. The victim was issued a Maryland State traffic citation for unattended motor vehicle.

2900 block of Arundel Road: At about 11:55 pm officers on patrol observed two suspicious individuals in the park. Both individuals, one an adult, the other a juvenile were stopped for a field interview. During the interview process both individuals were patted down for weapons. The adult was found to be in possession of a loaded .357 magnum handgun. He was arrested and charged with carrying a concealed firearm. The juvenile was found to be a reported runaway from his residence in DC. He was taken into custody, transported to his residence and released to his parents.

4200 block of Eastern Avenue: At about 12:15 am officers responded for the report of an individual who was in violation of a protective order. The person who obtained the protective order told Communications that the individual was banging on her window and trying to get into her residence. When the officers arrived they made contact with the target of the protective order and he immediately fled from the officers in attempt to avoid arrest. After a brief foot chase the officers caught the individual and tried to take him into custody. The individual resisted arrest and physically assaulted the officers in his continued attempts to get away. The officers were forced to deploy a Department issued Taser weapon in order to get the individual under control and under arrest. Once the officers had the individual in custody he was transported to Washington Adventist Hospital for a check up to ensure that he did not suffer any ill effects from the Taser. Medical personnel at the hospital determined that he was OK to be released and he was delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. He was charged with violating a District Court protective order and assault on a police officer.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Police Report: February 13-17

February 13:

No significant incidents to report.

February 14:

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 3:45 am officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation (speed greater than reasonable and prudent). When the officers began to question the driver they smelled an odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath. The driver was given several standard field sobriety tests and failed all of them. He was arrested for DUI and taken to the Greenbelt Police Department for a breathalyzer test. The test revealed that his BAC was .19, more than twice the legal limit. He was charged with DUI and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

February 15:

Russell Avenue & Taylor Street: At about 11:30 pm officers witnessed a blue Pontiac with Virginia tags fail to come to a complete stop at a stop sign. When the officers approached the driver they noticed that all four occupants of the vehicle seemed very nervous; and, that there was a very strong odor of CDS coming from inside the car. They also observed several open alcoholic beverages in plain view. During the investigation that ensued a rear seat passenger told the officers that there was a small amount of CDS (marijuana) in the trunk. The officers asked how small, and she said 4 pounds. A Hyattsville City Police drug detecting K9 responded to the scene and the dog hit positive on the vehicle. The vehicle’s trunk was subsequently searched and the officers did indeed seize over 4 pounds of marijuana. All occupants of the vehicle, three adults and one juvenile, were arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute a CDS.

OFC Gene Gillette

February 16:

4500 block of 32nd Street: At about 7:30 am officers responded to an unknown trouble call. When the officers arrived they were met by fire/rescue personnel who were attending to a resident that apparently suffered a stroke. Medic unit 559 transported the resident to Washington Adventist Hospital where he was admitted for observation and treatment.

4100 block of 29th Street: At about 4:15 pm officers responded for the report of a theft. The victim told the officers that he came to visit a friend and left his bicycle on the porch of the friend’s house. He returned for his bike about 15 minutes later only to find that his bike had been stolen. The officers checked the area for witnesses and the bike with negative results. The victim described his bike as a blue Globe brand bicycle with two rear side racks

4000 block of 38th Street: At about 9:10 pm officers patrolling the area observed a suspicious vehicle parked with two occupants inside. When they approached the vehicle to check on its occupants they observed both occupants in possession of open alcohol. Both individuals were issued Maryland criminal citations for possessing open alcoholic beverages inside a vehicle. After checking the open containers they were both more then half full. After the officers disposed of the alcohol the subjects were sent on their way without further incident.

4600 block of 29th Street: At about 4:15 pm officers located a blue 1994 Cadillac that PGPD was trying to find in connection with a hit and run collision. The officers’ investigation revealed that the vehicle had a suspended registration and an MSP/MVA pick up order. The owner was issued a citation for driving with suspended tags and his vehicle was impounded. PGPD was notified and handled the hit and run investigation.

February 17 (early morning):

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 2 am officers observed a vehicle operating southbound on Rhode Island Avenue with no lights on. The officers stopped the vehicle and discovered that the driver was an unlicensed, underage juvenile. The juvenile’s parents were contacted and they told the officers that the child was supposed to be in his bed sleeping and certainly did not have permission to be driving the car. The juvenile was detained until the parents could come in and take custody of him and their vehicle. The juvenile is being charged by petition for various traffic infractions and criminally for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Police Report: February 12

February 12:

4600 block of 25th Street: At about 11:15 pm officers responded for the report of a storehouse (shed) burglary. The victim told the officers that sometime between February 7th and today person(s) unknown forced entry into his storage shed and stole his blue 47 cc pocket bike. The victim provided very little information about the bike except for a partial VIN/Serial number that was located on the bike’s box that was left behind. A check of the area for witnesses and/or evidence was conducted with negative results.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Police Report: February 11

February 11:

3600 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 10:30 am officers responded for a domestic dispute. Investigation revealed that the dispute started over custody of a child. Both individuals involved in the dispute were checked for outstanding warrants and the officers learned that the female half of the dispute had been reported missing through MPD on November 22, 2005, and had been subsequently emancipated (essentially declared an adult) as of 2005. MPD was notified that their missing person had been located and she was removed from the NCIC missing persons database. Both individuals were advised of their civil/legal options in the child custody dispute and sent on their separate ways.

3300 block of Buchanan Street: At about 8 pm officers responded for the report of an attempted citizen robbery. The officers interviewed the victim and learned that she had just arrived in front if her apartment building and was in the process of opening the front door when the suspect caught her attention by walking up to her. The suspect then demanded money by stating “give me your money”. When the victim told him that she did not have any he forced her to sit down on the step and tried to forcibly take her bag from her. Because she was clutching her bag tightly to her body the suspect was unsuccessful. When the suspect realized that he was not going to get the bag he fled on foot toward Chillum Road. MRPD officers conducted an extensive area check for the suspect with negative results. PGPD robbery detectives were notified of the crime and all area agencies were given the suspect’s description and information. The victim described the suspect as a white male, possibly Hispanic, 20-24 years old, wearing dark colored pants and a black hooded sweatshirt. The victim also said that the suspect had no facial hair and kept the hood of his sweatshirt over his head during the crime so she was unable to provide additional descriptors.

2300 block of Varnum Street (7-11): At about 3:30 am officers responded for the report of a theft. The store clerk told the officers that a black male, about 40 years old, 6’ tall, 230 lbs, wearing all black clothing came into the store and walked directly behind the counter. He then stole a number of packs of cigarettes and immediately fled on foot out of the store onto 22nd Street. The clerk said that the suspect got into a black vehicle (no further description) that had a partial DC tag of either PV-18 or DV-18. A check of area for the suspect and the vehicle proved negative.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Police Report: February 9-10

February 9:

33rd Street & Perry Street: At about 10:30 pm officers stopped three men for an open alcohol container violation. One of the men was found to have two open arrest warrants through the Prince George's County Sheriff’s Department for driving on a suspended license. The wanted person was arrested and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. The other two individuals were issued criminal citations for the open alcohol and sent on their way without further incident.

30th Street & Arundel Road: At about 9:19 pm officers checking on a suspicious vehicle discovered that the driver had an open arrest warrant through the Prince George's County Sheriff's Department for second degree assault. She was arrested and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville without incident.

February 10:

4200 block of 34th Street: At about 6:50 pm officers of the power shift stopped an intoxicated male who was found to have two open warrants in Montgomery County for misdemeanor charges. He was arrested and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville without incident.

3700 block of Windom Road (Brentwood): At about 10:00 pm officers working the power shift stopped a black Dodge Charger for a traffic violation. During the stop a passenger in the vehicle was found to be in possession of a handgun. He was arrested, charged and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville without further incident. That makes five handgun seizures by our power shift officers since October!

Police Report: February 6-8

February 6:

4700 block of 25th Street: At about 7:50 am officers responded for the report of a theft from auto. The victim told the officers that sometime during the previous evening or early morning person(s) unknown broke the passenger side door glass, entered the vehicle and stole several vehicle electronics items. A canvass of the area for witnesses and evidence proved negative.

4100 block of Russell Avenue: At about 10:30 am an MRPD parking enforcement officer cited and impounded a 2006 Hyundai Sonata for displaying DC tags that had expired in June of 2008.

February 7:

3300 block of Chillum Road (7-11): At about 10:30 am officers responded for the report of a theft. The store clerk told the officers that two men walked into the store wearing masks. Both men walked directly behind the sales counter, removed numerous items of property and left the store without paying for the items. Neither individual displayed any weapons or said anything to the clerk. Both men fled on foot eastbound on Chillum Road. The men (suspects) were described as follows:
Suspect #1: Black male approximately 50 years old, 5’8” tall and about 240 lbs, wearing all black clothing and a black mask.
Suspect #2: Black male approximately 30 years old, 5’6” tall and about 180 lbs, wearing all black clothing and a black mask.

2300 block of Varnum Street (7-11 parking lot): At about 12:10 am officers on patrol observed an individual driving a vehicle in the parking lot in a reckless manner by driving in circles at a high rate of speed and spinning wheels. When the officers stopped the vehicle and identified the driver they found that she was under the influence of alcohol. She was uncooperative with the officers, verbally combative and refused to submit to standard field sobriety tests. She became very loud and disorderly and after several unsuccessful attempts at getting her to calm her down she was arrested. She was transported to DOC where she was charged with various criminal and traffic charges including DUI and disorderly conduct.

3300 block of Chauncey Place: At about 9:15 am officers investigated a hit and run motor vehicle collision. The officers’ investigation revealed that the striking vehicle hit a parked car which in turn hit a second parked car as a result of the initial impact. The striking vehicle was located and impounded and charges are pending against the owner/driver.

2500 block of Arundel Road: At about 9:15 am officers responded for a report of a residential burglary. The victim/resident told the officers that person(s) unknown entered broke into her apartment through a bedroom window. Once inside the perpetrators stole a quantity of US currency and fled the scene. The likely point of entry was processed for latent evidence with negative results.

3200 block of Perry Street: At about 12:45 am officers responded for the report of a suspicious item left in a resident’s front yard. The resident told the officers that he found a small animal’s foot tied to a doll along with feathers and a stick. The resident also told the officers that back in December 2008 someone placed a small doll and pentagram in his front yard. He said that he believes these incidents are related to some sort of voodoo ritual. He did not report the previous incident to the police because he thought it was just kids putting the items there as a prank. A search of the area for additional witnesses and those responsible proved negative.

4300 block of Kaywood Drive: At about 3 pm officers met with a resident who told them that he had been the victim of a theft. He said that on February 4th (three days prior to the report) he left his apartment at about 9 am leaving a money order on his dining room table. When he returned later in the day the money order was missing. He also said that there was no evidence of forced entry into his apartment and that apartment maintenance personnel had been scheduled to come into his apartment and make some repairs. He believes that the maintenance personnel were responsible for taking his money order. The scene was not processed for evidence due to the victim’s delay in reporting the incident and resulting scene contamination.

February 8:

3200 block of Queens Chapel Road (Caribbean Market): At about 8:15 am officers responded for the report of a commercial burglary. Their investigation revealed that person(s) unknown forced entry into the store by throwing a brick through the front door glass window. Once inside they went behind the counter and stole various phone cards, music CDs, and a quantity of US currency. The store’s alarm system was not working at time of the break-in; however the video surveillance system was operational. PGPD CID was notified and advised that they are investigating several similar incidents were phone cards are the main target of items taken. The owner of the store is making arraignments to get the video surveillance tapes processed and submitted to MRPD for follow-up and identification purposes.

4100 block of 28th Street: At about 1 pm officers responded for the report of a theft from auto. Investigation reveled that person(s) unknown stole all four wheels off the victim’s 2003 Chevy Monte Carlo, leaving the vehicle supported by bricks. According to the victim the theft occurred sometime between 4:30 am and 1 pm. The victim said that he did not see, hear, or otherwise observe anything suspicious during the time frame when the theft occurred. The officers checked the area for witnesses and evidence with negative results.

4300 block of 31st Street: At about 7:45 pm officers responded to a miscellaneous incident call. The grandparents of a school aged child called MRPD to report that their grandson loaned his PlayStation to a school acquaintance who has now disappeared along with the PSP. The grandparents wanted advice about ways to locate and identify the juvenile subject. They were advised to contact the school resource officer and enlist his help in identifying their grandson’s “friend” and possibly getting his PSP returned.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Police Report: February 4

4300 block of 28th Place: At about 4:30 pm officers on patrol stopped a man for a field interview. During the interview a wanted check revealed that he was wanted through Prince George’s County for failure to appear in court on a charge of driving on a suspended license. He was arrested on the open warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Police Report: February 3-4

February 3:

4500 block of 32nd Street: At about 1:45 pm officers responded for the report of a citizen strong arm robbery. Information received from the complainant/witness revealed that two individuals, a man and a woman, had just assaulted and robbed an elderly woman of her purse and fled towards Arundel Road. The witness provided a detailed description of the two suspects, and her involvement enabled the responding officers to locate and identify both subjects who had fled to the Queens/Chillum Shopping Center. When the suspects were stopped they were found to be in possession of the victim’s purse, cell phone and other belongings. Both the witness and the victim positively identified the two as the attackers. The suspects (now defendants) were arrested and charged with assault and robbery and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. It is unlikely that we would have been able to identify and arrest these two as quickly as we did, and have such a good case against them without the involvement of our witness. She is a perfect example of what I always say: “The best crime prevention tool is a good neighbor!” Thank you!

34th Street and Rhode Island Avenue: At about 8:15 pm officers investigated a two-car motor vehicle collision. Their investigation revealed that a vehicle traveling southbound on Rhode Island Avenue entered the traffic circle and failed to yield the right of way to a vehicle already in the circle. There were no injuries and both vehicles were drivable. Charges are pending against the at fault driver.

February 4 (early morning):

Queens Chapel Road and Buchanan Street: At about 1:30 am officers investigated a single car motor vehicle collision. Their investigation revealed that the driver of a 2001 Honda was traveling northbound on Queens Chapel Road at a high rate of speed when he lost control of the vehicle, left the roadway, and struck a Pepco pole. The pole was cut in half in the collision. The driver sustained head injuries and was transported to Prince George’s Hospital Center for treatment. It does not appear that the driver’s injuries are life threatening. Pepco was notified and a crew responded to secure the power lines and replace the pole.

34th Street and Rainier Avenue: At about 2:15 am officers responded for the report of the sound of shots. Three residents reported hearing approximately five shots in the area. The officers checked the area with negative results. No shell casings, property damage or suspects could be found.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Police Report: February 2

3700 block of 35th Street: At about 11:45 pm officers on patrol saw two individuals walking down 35th Street yelling loud obscenities. The officers made several attempts to get the two to calm down to no avail. Both were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.

Monday, February 02, 2009

Police Report: January 28-February 1

January 28:

Nothing significant to report.

January 29:

4100 block of 31st Street: At about 12:30 am officers responded for the report of an attempted citizen armed robbery. The officers met with the victim who told them that a black male attempted to rob him on his property. The victim said that he had just pulled into his driveway and was getting out of his vehicle when he saw three black males exiting a vehicle directly across the street. The victim began walking towards the back of the house when one of the males walked across his lawn, approached him and demanded his money. The victim and his assailant began tussling during which the suspect struck him with a butt of a handgun. At this point the victim began yelling for help and the three males ran to the vehicle and fled down 31st street toward Queens Chapel Road. The victim suffered minor injuries to the left side of his face and to his neck but refused medical attention. He told the officers that nothing was taken from his person or vehicle, and, that because his glasses were knocked off during the scuffle he could not give a detailed description of the suspects or their vehicle. Multiple canvasses for the suspects and their vehicle were conducted throughout the area with negative results. PGPD robbery detectives were notified of the incident and will be conducting a follow-up investigation.

January 30:

3700 block of Bunker Hill Road: At about 8:45 am officers received a call of a vandalism to auto. The victim told the officers that she parked her vehicle on 01/29/09 at about 9:00pm and returned o her vehicle on 01/30/09 at 5:30am to discover that her vehicle had been damaged. The driver side head light was hanging out along with scratches on the driver’s front quarter panel.

2700 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 12:45am an MRPD Parking Enforcement Officer impounded a 2001 Buick Le saber for having expired license plates.

4000 block of 33rd Street: At about 10:30 pm officers received a call for a citizen robbery. The victim reported that he was visiting a friend and when he went to leave his friend’s residence and walk to his vehicle he was approached by two black males wearing ski masks and armed with handguns. The suspects ordered him to the ground and went through his pockets and took a large amount of cash. The suspects then fled on foot in an unknown direction. During their investigation of the incident the officers recovered what are believed to be 10 stolen pre-paid credit/debit cards from the victim’s vehicle. The victim apparently got these cards and withdrew several thousands of dollars out of various ATM machines. The suspects either witnessed the withdrawals or new of them and waited for the victim to leave his friend’s house and robbed him of the cash. The credit/debit cards were seized as evidence and a follow-up investigation by PGPD robbery detectives will ensue.

3200 block of Chillum Road: At about 8 pm officers from the Power Squad were conducting foot patrols of the Queenstown Apartment complex when they observed two subjects loitering in one of the buildings. One of the subjects was found to be consuming an open alcoholic beverage. He was issued a criminal citation for the violation and sent on his was without further incident.

35th Street & Bunker Hill Road: At about 12:50 am power shift officers conducted a traffic stop on a white Honda Ridgeline truck. The occupants of the vehicle were suspected of being involved in a drug transaction. A Hyattsville City Police K9 dog was called to the scene and alerted to the presences of narcotics in the vehicle. Further investigation revealed that the driver was in possession of a substantial amount of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

January 31:

Nothing significant to report.

February 1:

Nothing significant to report.