Thursday, April 30, 2009

Police Report: April 27-29

April 27th:

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 4:30 pm took a report of an assault. The victim told the officers that an unknown and undescribed individual cut him on the right hand. The victim was uncooperative with the officers and gave no further information. He was transported to Washington Adventist Hospital for treatment.

4200 block of 28th Street: At about 1 pm officers took a report of possible identity theft. The victim told the officers that person(s) unknown withdrew approximately $3,000 in US currency from his bank account. There are no current suspects and the victim is working with his bank to resolve the theft.

3800 block of 34th Street: At about 2 pm officers took a report of a vandalism to auto. The victim showed the officers where person(s) unknown broke the back window and slashed a tire of his 2000 Dodge Neon. No witnesses or suspects could be located.

36th and Perry Streets: At about 11 pm officers responded for a strong arm robbery on 36th Street near Perry. Power Shift officers made contact with the victim approximately three minutes after receiving the call. The victim suffered numerous contusions and abrasions on and about his face and head. Despite his injuries he gave an excellent description of his three attackers (two males and a female) including their direction of travel and a clothing description for all three. Patrol officers immediate began a search of the area and quickly located them at the intersection of 39th and Quincy Streets where they were seen rummaging through the items stolen from the victim. Officers were able to take two of the three into custody but the third suspect fled across Rhode Island Avenue. Officers set up a perimeter with the assistance of Cottage City Police, Hyattsville City Police, and Bladensburg Police. A K-9 track was conducted but the trail went cold behind the Brentwood Apartments on Bunker Hill Road. PGPD detectives responded and interviewed both suspects. One of the arrestees, a female) still had the victim's identification and credit cards on her person at the time she was arrested. The two were arrested and charged with robbery and associated crimes and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. The investigation is continuing in an attempt to identify and arrest the third suspect.

April 28th:

Nothing of significance to report.

April 29th:

3200 block of Taylor Street: At about 10 pm officers responded for the report of a domestic dispute. The officers were able to resolve the issues and the male half left the premises without incident. However at about 2 am (now April 30th) the male half returned to the residence in an intoxicated state and began banging on the windows and being genuinely disorderly. Officers tried to get the man to calm down and leave the area peacefully to no avail. He was eventually arrested, charged with disorderly conduct and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Police Report: April 24-26

Friday April 24th:

Nothing of interest to report.

Saturday April 25th:

3500 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 10:10 am officers on patrol observed a red pickup truck parked in the roadway. When they approached the truck to check on the occupants they discovered that two of them were consuming open alcoholic beverages. Both individuals were issued criminal citations for the alcohol violation.

3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 10:30 am officers were conducting a traffic enforcement detail around the traffic circle when they observed the driver of a black Acura not wearing his seatbelt. When the officers approached the vehicle to speak with the driver they smelled a strong odor of burnt marijuana wafting from the vehicle. Upon further investigation the officers seized two bags of marijuana having a street value of $790.00. The driver was arrested, charged with several traffic and criminal violations and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

4500 block of 38th Street: At about 5 pm officers on patrol observed a vehicle with only one license plate attached. The officers conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and their check of the driver revealed that he had an open arrest warrant through Prince Georges County for disorderly conduct. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3700 block of 36th Street: At about 11:00 pm an individual came into the MRPD headquarters to report that he had been robbed. He told officers that he was walking down the street at about 10:50 pm when two unknown black males struck him in the head from behind. When he fell to the ground the suspects stole his wallet and fled in an unknown direction. He victim said that he never even saw the suspects walking up behind him. The victim refused medical treatment for his minor injuries. A canvass of the area for the two assailants was negative.

Sunday April 26th:

3200 block of Arundel Road: At about 9:20 am officers received a call for a vehicle blocking a driveway. When the officers arrived they discovered that a 2008 silver Ford Fusion was blocking a private driveway. The vehicle was a rental vehicle and the lessee could not be located. The vehicle was impounded for safekeeping and the leasing company was notified.

2400 block of Chillum Road: At about 12:25 pm offices were conducting a laser speed enforcement detail and stopped a vehicle for exceeding the posted speed limit. A check of the driver’s license status revealed that he did not have a license. The officers also discovered that he had an open arrest warrant and he was arrested pursuant to the warrant and transported to DOC in Hyattsville for processing. Once at the jail the individual told the officers that he had lied about his identity. When he told them who he really was the officers discovered that he was still wanted for crimes in Montgomery County. As a bonus, while being searched at the jail he was found to be in possession of 43 individual bags of crack cocaine having a street value of $8,600.00. He was charged accordingly and left in the custody of DOC.

2300 block of Arundel Road: At about 4:35 pm officers on patrol observed an individual consuming an open alcoholic beverage in the parking lot of Grand China restaurant. Officers stopped the man, issued him a criminal citation for the alcohol violation and sent him on his way.

3200 block of Queenstown Drive: At about 5:25 pm officers were on a traffic stop at the intersection of Queens Chapel and Chillum Roads when they observed a man repeatedly punching a female in the face. The officers immediately separated the two subjects and discovered that the two were having a domestic dispute. The male half was arrested, charged with assault and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Police Report: April 20-23

Monday April 20th:

Taylor Street at Russell Avenue: At about 12:10 pm officers responded for the report of a citizen armed robbery. The victim told the officers that as he was retrieving groceries from the trunk of his car he was approached by a man driving a blue sedan. The driver got out of the car and produced a silver handgun and demanded that the victim give him his money. The suspect went through the victim’s pants pockets, stole his wallet and then fled the area in the car towards Eastern Avenue. The suspect was described as a black male with medium skin tone, 5’6” tall, 160 lbs., about 19-21 years old. A search of the area for the suspect and his vehicle was negative. Later in the day a similarly described individual was also involved in robbing seven residents of Colmar Manor while they were walking in the 1200 block of Rhode Island Avenue in DC.

34th Street at Rhode Island Avenue: At about 11:15 pm officers investigated a motor vehicle collision. Their investigation revealed that one driver failed to reduce speed to avoid colliding with the vehicle in front of him. They also suspected that this driver was driving under the influence of alcohol. He was taken to the University of Maryland for an intoximeter test. The test showed that his blood alcohol content was .38 – almost 5 times the legal limit. He was charged with DWI and several other traffic offenses.

2900 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 4:03 pm officers were patrolling along Queens Chapel Road and conducted a random registration check of a vehicle. The return revealed that the vehicle’s registration had expired in February of 2009. Since the vehicle was displaying registration stickers that expired in 2011 the officers stopped the vehicle for further investigation. That investigation revealed that, in addition to the registration violations, the driver had a suspended diver’s license and was in violation of several other traffic laws. He was arrested and his vehicle impounded.

Tuesday April 21st:

3000 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 9:30 am officers took a report of a storehouse breaking and entering at the Queenstown Apartment complex. A maintenance worker told the officers that he locked the utility closet at about 3 pm yesterday. When he returned this morning he discovered that person(s) unknown pried open the door and stole two power drills and two cordless power saws. The scene was processed and a check of the area for additional evidence and/or witnesses was negative.

3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 1 pm officers observed a female individual breaking into several City parking meters. She was arrested and charged with theft and destruction of property and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. It should be noted that this is the second time in as many months that this individual has been arrested for these crimes.

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 11 pm officers stopped an individual suspected of stealing merchandise from Party Time Liquors. No stolen property was found on him; however a warrant check revealed that he had an open arrest warrant through Prince George’s County for failure to appear in court. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

Wednesday April 22nd:

2700 block of Allison Street: At about 8 am officers took a report of a theft from auto. The victim told the officers that sometime during the previous evening/early morning person(s) unknown stole all four wheels off his 2004 Cadillac DTS. A check of area for evidence and witnesses proved negative.

4000 block of 34th Street: At about 8:30 am officers responded for a suspicious situation. The officers met with the mother of a 15 year old female who told them that as her daughter was walking to the school bus an Hispanic male driving a silver Toyota Highlander asked her if she needed a ride. When she ignored him he drove off. The man made no other comments to the girl and did not approach her further. A check of the area was negative for the vehicle and the man. A day time check of area during school hours will be conducted in attempts to locate and identify subject and vehicle.

3700 block of 37th Street: At about 6:15 pm officers took a report of a gentleman who was assaulted and robbed. The victim told the officers that as he got out of his car to walk to his residence he was assaulted by two individuals and fell to the ground. The suspects stole his wallet and immediately fled the area in a blue compact vehicle that had a spoiler affixed to the rear. The officers stopped a vehicle matching the victim’s description but the victim was unable to identify the occupants as his attackers. The victim suffered minor injuries and refused medical treatment. He was only able to give a partial description of one of the individuals – an Hispanic male about 40 years of age, 6”2” tall and weighing about 230 lbs.

Thursday April 23rd (early morning):

3500 block of Bunker Hill Road: At about 4 am officers encountered an individual who was bleeding from a cut over his left eye. The man told the officers that he had been walking in the 3700 block of Rhode Island Avenue when he was assaulted by two individuals, one of whom was possibly armed with a bat. The victim could not give any suspect description or direction of travel. Victim refused medical treatment and left the scene not wanting any further police assistance. The victim is a person known to MRPD from prior contacts and was stopped, interviewed and photographed earlier by the MRPD/HCP/PGPP Task force detail along with several other individuals of interest.

3700 block of Perry Street: At about 4:10 am officers patrolling the area discovered an occupied vehicle stopped in the roadway. Further investigation revealed that the driver/owner was asleep at the wheel. The officers also observed an open alcohol container inside the vehicle accessible to the driver. He was cited for the alcohol violation and his vehicle was impounded because he was in no condition to drive.

Police Report: April 17-19

Friday April 17th:

4100 block of 31st Street: At about 11:50 am officers took a report of an attempt auto theft. Their investigation revealed that sometime during the evening/morning hours person(s) unknown broke into the victim’s vehicle and attempted to steal it by breaking the ignition. The thieves could not get the vehicle started so they ransacked victim’s vehicle looking for valuables. The victim said that nothing was stolen from inside. No evidence or witnesses that could help identify those responsible could be found.

3200 block of Chillum Road: At about 9:20 pm officers took a report of a citizen robbery. The victim told the officers that he was walking in the area when he was attacked and robbed by a group of black male juveniles all approximately 17 years of age (NFD). The victim was robbed of his carry out food that he had just purchased. A check of the area was conducted with negative results. The victim suffered minor injuries and refused medical treatment.

Saturday April 18th:

2400 block of Arundel Road: At about 1:20 pm officers responded for a hit and run motor vehicle collision. The driver of the striking vehicle abandoned the vehicle and fled the area on foot. An NCIC checked revealed that the striking vehicle was reported stolen from an address in DC on April 17th. A check of the area with PGPD assistance was negative for the driver. The vehicle was impounded and MPD was notified of the recovery.

3200 block of Chillum Road: At about 2 pm officers took a report of a hit and run motor vehicle collision. Investigation revealed that victim’s vehicle was legally parked and unoccupied and was struck by an unidentified driver/vehicle causing minor damage. No striking vehicle information could be determined.

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 9:30 pm officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for various traffic offenses. When the officers approached the driver they observed an open container of alcohol that was accessible to him. Further checks revealed that the driver’s license was revoked. He was issued a criminal citation for the alcohol violation, several traffic citations and his vehicle was impounded.

Power Shift Activity: The members of the Power Squad worked a joint saturation patrol with the Hyattsville City Police, Mount Rainier Police, Metro Transit Police and Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission Police Departments. The patrol was conducted from 7:00 pm on April 18th through 3:00 am on April 19th. As a result of this patrol, twenty seven (27) field observation reports were completed. All subjects that were stopped were identified and photographed before being sent on their way. During one contact at the West Hyattsville Metro Station, three juveniles were stopped when officers saw one of them carrying a long stick as they were walking from the bike trail behind the Metro station towards the Metro’s entrance. One juvenile was found to be carrying a white face mask, while a second had a silver cap gun in his pocket. The toy gun had the orange identifying marker removed from the barrel and looked, at first glance, to be a real weapon. On another incident, an individual stopped at the Metro Shops identified himself as a member of the Crips street gang.

Sunday April 19th:

3400 block of Bunker Hill Road: At about 4:15 am officers responded for a death report. Their investigation revealed that the deceased had a lengthy deteriorating medical history including congenital heart failure. The deceased had collapsed on the floor and stopped breathing. Fire/Rescue personnel attempted to revive him but they were not successful. The State Medical Examiner was notified and released the body to family members for services.

4500 block of 29th Street: At about 4:45 pm officers on patrol observed two individuals driving off road motor cycles. The officers had received complaints earlier in the day but had been unable to locate the offenders. This time they were able to catch both riders. They were cited for the illegal operation of the bikes and both bikes were impounded.

3800 block of 34th Street: At about 6:55 pm officers received a call for a large fight in the middle of the street. When the officers arrived they observed a large number of people fighting in the street. The officers managed to quell the disturbance and as a result arrested nine individuals, 6 adults and 3 juveniles, for various offenses ranging from assault to disorderly conduct. The officers learned that the fight was the result of an on-going neighbor dispute.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Police Report: April 16

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 10:20 am officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. A check of the driver’s license and wanted status revealed that he had two open warrants through the Prince George's County Sheriffs Office for felony theft. He was issued the appropriate traffic citations, arrested on the open warrants and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

Russell Avenue at Arundel Road: At about 2:30 pm officers stopped an individual for consuming an alcoholic beverage in a public place. As the officers approached the individual they saw him try to stash something in a wood pillar. The officers retrieved the ‘something’ and discovered it to be 2.8 grams of crack cocaine. The individual was arrested, charged and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville without incident.

Cedar Lane Alley and Bunker Hill Road: At about 6 pm officers on patrol observed an individual filling an empty cigar wrapper with suspected marijuana. The officers stopped the individual and as they were attempting to place him under arrest he punched one officer and fled on foot. A brief foot pursuit ensued and the officers apprehended and arrested the individual. A search incident to the arrest revealed that the individual was in possession of a small quantity of marijuana rolled up in the sleeve of his shirt. He was transported to DOC in Hyattsville for processing and charged with CDS possession and assault on a police officer.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Police Report: April 14-15

April 14:

4500 block of 32nd Street: At about 3 pm officers responded for an unattended death. The officers were met by fire department personnel who told them that relatives asked them to check the welfare of a family member since they had not had contact with him in a couple of days. When FD personnel arrived they discovered the individual deceased inside his residence. Based on previous contacts with the decedent officers and City officials were aware that he suffered from terminal cancer and his death was not unexpected

4200 block of 28th Street: At about 11:30 pm officers responded for the report of an individual having a medical emergency. The reporting person told the officers that he returned home to discover his girlfriend unconscious and unresponsive due to ingesting excessive medication. Fire/rescue personnel transported her to Washington Adventist Hospital for emergency medical treatment.

3300 block of Buchanan Street: At about 11:14 pm officers responded for the report of a sexual assault. The victim told the officers that she was walking home after work when she was approached by an Hispanic male brandishing a knife. The man demanded money from the victim and she told him that she had none. He then forced her into a secluded area of the apartment complex at knife point and sexually assaulted her. PGPD Sexual Assault Unit detectives responded to the scene to handle the investigation. The victim was taken to Prince George’s Hospital center for medical treatment and a sexual assault examination. The victim described her assailant as an Hispanic male, about 5’7” tall, 180 lbs., wearing a black hooded jacket and dark pants.

April 15:

4000 block of 38th Street (Brentwood): At about 12:11 am officers stopped a vehicle for various traffic violations. During the stop the officers saw the driver kick a bag under the front seat. The officers retrieved the bag and noted that it contained narcotics paraphernalia. The evidence was seized and the driver was issued the appropriate traffic citations and a criminal citation for possession of CDS paraphernalia.

3300 block of Otis Street: At about 7:45 pm officers took a theft report. The victim told the officers that someone entered her room and stole 54 music CD’s valued at approximately $1,080.00. The victim postulated that the person(s) responsible may have been her sister or her sister’s boyfriend because of an ongoing family dispute.

3300 block of Chillum Road: At about 9:50 pm officers responded for the report of an auto accident with injuries. When the officers arrived they observed that a two car head- on collision had occurred, however neither of the drivers was injured. The officers investigation revealed that the striking vehicle made a right turn from northbound Queens Chapel Road onto eastbound Chillum Road and struck a vehicle traveling west on Chillum. The driver of the striking vehicle was found to be under the influence of alcohol with a blood alcohol content of .30 – almost 4 times the legal limit. She was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated and other related state traffic violations.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Police Report: April 13

4100 block of 32nd Street: At about 5:35 pm officers took a report of a hit and run motor vehicle accident. The owner of a 1998 Ford truck told the officers that someone had hit his truck while it was parked and unoccupied outside his residence. He did not witness the accident and the officers were unable to locate other witnesses.

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 11:20 pm officers responded for a report of a domestic dispute between a man and woman that allegedly occurred inside a parked Ford Mustang with DC tags. When the officers arrived they located the couple, neither of whom had any visible injuries nor wanted police intervention. They were sent on their way without further incident.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Police Report: April 10-12

Friday April 10th:

33rd & Perry Streets: At about 10:15 am officers responded for the report of a man urinating in public. As the officers approached the area they saw the man described by the complainant throw four clear baggies of suspected crack cocaine into a grassy area. The officers detained the man and recovered the baggies. The contents were field tested and returned a positive result for cocaine. He was arrested, charged accordingly and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

2200 block of Varnum Street: At about 2:50 pm officers investigated an individual for possibly selling counterfeit CDs. During their investigation they learned that the individual had an open warrant through the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office for driving on a revoked license. He was arrested on the open warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. The counterfeit CD incident is still under investigation.

3300 block of Chillum Road: At about 4:50 pm officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. While questioning the driver the officers learned that he had an open warrant through the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office for failure to appear in court. A search of the driver incident to the warrant arrest revealed that he was on possession of a small quantity of marijuana. He was charged with possession of a CDS and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville without further incident.

3700 block of 35th Street: At about 6 pm officers responded for an attempted strong armed robbery. The victim told the officers that he was walking home when he was approached by four block males, one of whom asked him for a cigarette. When the victim replied that he didn’t have one the four began to assault him and tried to take is wallet. The victim was able to get away from his assailants and neighbors who heard the commotion called police. The four were described as teenagers ranging in age from 13 to 17 wearing white t-shirts, one of whom was wearing a white bandana on his wrist. A search of the area for the four proved negative. The victim sustained minor, non-life threatening injuries

Saturday April 11th:

3800 block of 31st Street: At about 12:01 am officers responded for a domestic dispute. During their investigation a female participant became loud and disorderly and verbally abusive to the officers. She was told several times to calm down and leave the area or she would be arrested. She refused the officers’ requests and continued her disorderly behavior. She was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

4500 block of 31st Street: At about 5:25 am officers responded for the report of a motor vehicle theft. The owner told the officers that she came out to her silver 2001 Chrysler mini van, Maryland tags 89560HV to retrieve some clothing only to find that it had been stolen. The officers canvassed the area for evidence and witnesses with negative results.

3400 block of Eastern Avenue: At about 1:45 pm officers responded for the report of a residential burglary. The resident told the officers that when he returned home he noticed his door was cracked. A check of the residence revealed that the point of entry was through a basement door where the lock had been broken. The officers and the resident walked through the house and the resident determined that nothing had been stolen from inside. No evidence as to the person(s) responsible for the break-in could be found.

Sunday April 12:

Nothing of significance to report.

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Police Report: April 8-9

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 3 pm officers responded for the report of a minor property damage accident. The struck vehicle’s owner told the officers that an unidentified vehicle backed into her vehicle while it was legally parked. The officers’ investigation revealed some previous damage to the bumper but nothing fresh. No additional action was taken or necessary.

April 9th (early morning):

2300 block of Varnum Street (7-11 Store): At about 1 am officers responded for a commercial armed robbery. The on duty clerk told the officers that two black males wearing masks walked into the store, one of whom displayed a handgun and struck the clerk with the gun demanding that he open the cash register. The clerk complied and both suspects stole a quantity of US Currency from the register along with numerous packs of cigarettes and condoms from display racks. Before fleeing the store the two suspects also stole a quantity of US Currency from the clerk and a clerk trainee who was also present. Neither victim was able to see in what direction the two went when they fled the store.

Suspect #1 was described as a light skin black male, about 18-20 years of age, 5'9" tall, 150lbs, wearing a black North Face jacket, blue jeans and tennis shoes, armed with a black handgun.

Suspect #2 was described as a medium complexioned black male, about 18-20 years of age, 5'9" tall, wearing a black and grey jacket, a black mask, blue jeans, white and black tennis shoes, and a baseball cap.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Police Report: April 7

2400 block of Chillum Road: At about 4:50 pm officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. During the course of the stop the officers discovered that the vehicle’s registration was suspended for failure to comply with emissions inspection requirements. The driver was issued several State traffic citations and the vehicle was impounded.

33rd and Perry Streets: At about 6:35 pm officers on patrol observed what they believed to be a hand-to-hand drug transaction. When the officers approached the individuals involved they immediately fled on foot in different directions. The officers chased after the individual believed to be the seller. After a brief foot chase the officers were able to catch him and were forced to deploy a Taser weapon to get him under control and under arrest. He was charged with various narcotics violations including possession and distribution of a controlled dangerous substance (cocaine). He was treated and released at Prince George’s Hospital Center and delivered to the custody of DOC in Upper Marlboro.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 10:15 pm officers responded for the report of a vehicle fire. The fire department also responded to put out the fire. The officers were not able to determine the cause of the fire. No witnesses could be located and no evidence as to how the fire started could be found.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Police Report: April 6

4600 block of 29th Street: At about 9 am one of our patrol officers was flagged down by a resident who told him that someone had smashed out the driver’s side window of his vehicle. He said that nothing was taken off of or from inside the car. No evidence as to the person(s) responsible for the vandalism could be found.

3249 Rhode Island Avenue: At about 6:45 pm MRPD Records personnel observed a fight in progress outside the police station and summoned uniformed officers who were already at the station for shift change. The officers separated and interviewed both participants, a male and a female, and determined that the fight resulted from a domestic dispute. The female half was very upset and refused to cooperate with the officers. She began to yell and swear at the officers but left the station before her behavior became disorderly. The male half left shortly thereafter.

Monday, April 06, 2009

West Hyattsville Metro Safety Meeting

The public safety agencies that have jurisdiction over areas surrounding the West Hyattsville Metro Station (Hyattsville Police Department, Mount Rainier Police Department, Maryland-National Capital Park Police and Metro Transit Police) along with the Office of County Council Member Will Campos invite you to join them for a public meeting to discuss personal safety at the West Hyattsville Metro Station.

This meeting will be held on Thursday May 7, 2009 from 6:30 pm until 8 pm at Computer Utopia (3781 Hamilton Street, Hyattsville) which is across the street from the West Hyattsville Metro Station.

The public safety agencies will provide an update on their ongoing efforts to work closely together to coordinate their patrols to better serve the commuters of this station. In addition, they will share tips on personal safety and most importantly, they want to listen to your suggestions on how they can better serve the patrons who use the West Hyattsville Metro Station.

Refreshments will be served.

Police Report: April 3-5

Friday April 3rd:

3300 block of Buchanan Street (parking lot): At about 8:45 am officers responded for the report of a three-vehicle hit and run accident. The officers’ investigation determined that a vehicle traveling on Buchanan Street collided with a parked vehicle causing a chain reaction involving three additional parked vehicles. The striking vehicle was left abandoned at the scene. Contact with the owner was made and investigation and charges are pending.

3800 block of Rhode Island Avenue (Lowest Price gas station): At about 9 pm officers responded to assist PGPD officers with a report of unknown trouble. PGPD officers had two individuals run from a vehicle when they attempted to stop and interview them. MRPD officers were able to catch and detain one of those individuals for PGPD. Officers recovered a handgun to the rear of the Lowest Price gas station where one of the suspects was last seen running from police. During the search for these individuals officers heard several gunshots coming from the 3700 block Quincy Street area. The Quincy Street area was checked by MRPD and PGPD units with negative results.

Saturday April 4th:

2700 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 1:55 pm officers conducting a speed enforcement detail stopped a vehicle that was driving northbound on Queens Chapel Road toward Hyattsville at 60 mph in a 35 mph speed zone. The officers checked the driver for outstanding warrants and discovered that he was wanted through Prince George’s County for failing to appear for a court hearing. He was arrested on the open warrant and taken to DOC in Hyattsville for processing. During processing the officers learned that the supposed open warrant had been previously served and the Sheriff’s Department failed to remove the open status from the system. The driver was issued several traffic citations related to his speed on Queens Chapel Road and released without further incident or confusion.

4300 block of 28th Place: At about 3:45 am officers responded for the report of a vandalism. The victim told the officers he came home to discover that person(s) unknown had broken out his bedroom window. He said that the damage occurred sometime between 9 pm and about 3:45 am when he returned home. No evidence was found to indicate that anyone had entered the victim’s residence and nothing was found missing/disturbed.

3700 block of 35th Street: At about 6 pm officers responded for an assault that had just occurred. When the officers arrived they discovered a male victim bleeding from his hand and nose. Fire/rescue personnel were immediately summoned to treat the victim’s injuries. The victim told the officers that he had been walking home from the bus terminal at One Municipal Place when he was attacked by unknown individuals. He said that he was unsure of exactly what happened because he was struck in the back of the head. The assault dazed the victim and rendered him unable to provide a description of his attackers. He knew only that whoever was responsible stole various items from him. The officers located a witness to the incident who only partially observed what occurred. The witness said he heard bottles break whereupon he looked outside his house and saw the victim lying on the ground with two black males approximately 20 years of age (NFD) standing over him. The witness then saw the two run eastbound on 35th street toward the bus terminal and then in an unknown direction. The witness was unable to identify the suspects’ height, weight or clothing descriptions. The victim was transported to Washington Adventist for further treatment.

4400 block of 30th Street
: At about 9:55 pm officers responded for an assault. The victim of the assault told the officers that he was standing in his driveway when an individual he knew walked up and struck him in the face. The individual then got into a vehicle occupied by several others and drove away. The victim subsequently learned that the individual had also kicked open the front door of his residence looking to find and assault him. The officers learned that the entire matter stemmed from a domestic incident, and since the second degree assault did not occur in the officers’ presence the victim was advised to seek charges against his assailant at the District I Commissioner’s Office.

Sunday April 5th:

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 1:35 am officers responded to MRPD Headquarters to meet the victim of a robbery that occurred 30-45 minutes earlier. The victim told the officers that he was standing at the bus stop in front of 3402 Rhode Island Avenue when three individuals, two on foot and one on a bicycle, approached him from the rear. One of the individuals placed a knife to victim’s throat and forced him into the alley next to 3402. The individuals forced the victim to the ground and stole his wallet which contained his identification cards and US currency. The individuals then removed the victim’s shoes and stole a quantity of US currency which the victim had stashed there. The victim suffered minor injuries and refused medical treatment. The suspects were described only as black males, 18-20 years old wearing all black/dark clothing. Both MRPD and PGPD officers canvassed the area for the three suspects and possible witnesses with negative results.

Friday, April 03, 2009

Police Report: April 2

2700 block of Webster Street: At about 6 pm officers responded for the report of a possible residential burglary. The resident returned home to find both the top and bottom locks on her front door had been damaged. No evidence was found that the person(s) responsible for the lock damage actually got into the apartment and nothing was found missing from inside. The officers completed a property damage report and provided the resident with a case number for insurance purposes.

2400 block of Chillum Road: At about 10 pm officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. While interviewing the driver the officers discovered that he was in possession of a loaded handgun. Additional inquiries revealed that the gun was registered to him in the State of Alabama, but he has no concealed weapon permit from that state or in Maryland. He was arrested and charged with the illegal wear, carry or transport of a firearm and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Police Report: April 1

34th Street at Upshur Street: At about 11:55 am officers responded for the report of a suspicious vehicle. When the officers arrived they found the reported vehicle, a green Honda Civic with MD Tags 89164C/C. An NCIC check revealed that the Honda had been reported stolen to the Prince George's County Police Hyattsville District. The vehicle was operational with no noticeable damage. It was impounded for safekeeping and the owner was notified by mail of the recovery.

3300 block of Bunker Hill Road: At about 11:10 pm officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. A license and warrant check revealed that the driver had an open warrant through Prince George's County for failing to appear in court on a charge of driving on a suspended license. He was issued the appropriate traffic citations and arrested on the warrant. He was delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville without incident.