Friday, May 29, 2009

Police Report: May 28-29

May 28th:

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Between the hours of 2 pm and 5 pm MRPD officers along with officers from the PGPD traffic squad participated in a joint seatbelt enforcement checkpoint in support of the Click It or Ticket campaign. The checkpoint was set up on the southbound side of Rhode Island Avenue between 33rd Street and Eastern Avenue. MPD traffic squad officers also participated by setting up a checkpoint on the northbound side of Rhode Island Avenue just south of Eastern Avenue. During the 3+ hours the checkpoint was in force over 60 citations were issued by MRPD and PGPD officers. The total number of citations issued by MPD officers was not available at the time of this writing.

Monthly joint task force operation, various locations: Between the hours of 6 pm and 2 am officers from the Maryland-National Capital Park Police, Mount Rainier Police and Hyattsville Police conducted a joint high visibility saturation patrol operation concentrating on various hot spot locations across the three jurisdictions. The focus of this month’s operation was on traffic flow in and around these hot spots. The task force took the following enforcement actions:

Vehicles stopped: 61
Vehicles searched: 14
State traffic citations issued: 18
Equipment Repair Orders issued: 23
Written warnings: 2
Arrests: 4 - 2 warrant services, 1 CDS, and 1 hand gun violation.
Vehicle impounds: 2
Field Interrogation Reports: 15

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 7:20 pm officers responded to the Advanced Auto Parts store for a report of a shoplifting. The manager of the store told the officers that two suspects, for which he could not provide a description, stole two battery chargers and fled the store in an unknown direction.

May 29th (early morning):

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 12:05 am officers on patrol observed a man drinking from an open container of alcohol. He was issued a criminal citation for the violation and sent on his way.

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 2:30 am officers stopped a female who was observed flagging down male drivers. The woman had been stopped by MRPD officers previously and at that time admitted to being a prostitute. She was not currently wanted and there was insufficient evidence to charge her with soliciting prostitution. After being identified and photographed she was advised not to return to the area and sent on her way.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Police Report: May 27-28

May 27th:

Nothing significant to report.

May 28th (early morning):

3800 block of 34th Street: At about 5:20 am officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. When the officers checked the driver through NCIC they learned that he had an open warrant for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle through Prince George’s County. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville without incident. The vehicle he was driving was impounded.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Police Report: May 26

May 26th:

One Municipal Place: At about 1:45 am officers responded for a citizen armed robbery. He victim told the officers that two black males, one armed with a black handgun and the other wearing all blue clothing approached him and announced a robbery. The victim complied with their demands that he surrender his property and gave them a quantity of US currency and his cell phone. Both suspects then fled on foot towards Washington, DC. A canvass of the area for the suspects was negative. A lookout was given to surrounding agencies and PGPD CID was notified of the incident. The victim was intoxicated at the time of the incident and his condition probably accounted for the limited description of the suspects he was able to provide. He was not injured in the robbery and did not require any medical assistance. During the officers’ investigation of the robbery an NCIC check was done on the victim. The officers learned that he was wanted through the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office on a charge of vandalism. The warrant was confirmed and after handling the victim’s robbery incident he was arrested and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue (Thrifty Rental car): At about 9 am officers responded for a report of stolen tags. The victim stated sometime during the holiday weekend person(s) unknown stole both the front and rear tags off of a vehicle parked on the lot. The stolen tag was Maryland 2ESH33.

3600 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 9:50 am officers responded for a report of a burglary that occurred earlier. The victim told the officers that person(s) unknown broke into his business sometime during the evening morning hours by forcing a window. The suspect(s) stole various items of the victim’s property valued at about $900.00. The scene was processed for latent evidence and a check of the area for those responsible proved negative.

4200 block of 34th Street: At about 11:50 am officers responded to assist a school social worker with a home visit to check the welfare of the children. The situation became heated when the parent became verbally combative towards the social worker. The officers were able to mitigate the argument and the social worker’s visit was completed without further incident.

Police Report: May 25

May 25th:

4500 block of Eastern Avenue (BP station): At about 3:20 pm officers responded for the report of two thefts from auto. The victims in both incidents told the officers that they went inside to pay for gas returning to find that their purses had been stolen from inside their vehicles. One of the victims told the officers that her two small children were inside the vehicle at the time her purse was stolen and they did not see anyone take it. The gas station’s video surveillance camera system was broken and no one saw the perpetrator(s).

3500 block of Shepherd Street: At about 3:30 pm officers received a call for a vandalism to auto. Upon arrival they spoke to the owners of two vehicles that had been damaged between 7:00 pm on the 24th and 3:30 pm on the 25th. Both of the victim’s vehicles had an approximately 20-inch long scratch on the driver’s side door. It appeared as if the marks were made with a sharp fine instrument.

2800 block of Taylor Street: At about 11:30 pm power shift officers responded to attempt to serve an open arrest warrant. The officers had prior knowledge that an individual had an open warrant for theft through Montgomery County. The officers located the individual and arrested him without incident. MCP was notified of the arrest and he was delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

Queens Chapel Road and Ager Road: At about 9:50 pm officers stopped a vehicle for minor traffic violations. The driver of the vehicle was found to have an open warrant for failure to appear on a charge of driving without insurance through Prince George’s County. The driver was then arrested and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville and his vehicle was impounded.

Police Report: May 22-24

May 22nd:

2900 block of Allison Street: At about 7:30 pm officers responded for a domestic dispute. The female half of the dispute told the officers that the male half had left the residence prior to their arrival. She was not injured. The officers advised her to call back if he returned and of her protective order options should she desire to pursue them.

2700 block of Allison Street: At about 10:50 pm officers took a report of damage to a motor vehicle that occurred the previous night.

3700 block of Shepherd Street: At about midnight officers responded for the sound of shots. The County police also ran the call after receiving a similar report in the area of Volta Avenue in Brentwood. The areas were checked by officers from both agencies with negative results.

May 23rd:

3500 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 5 am officers responded for a report of a fight. When they arrived they found a male and a female engaged in a verbal domestic argument. The officers quelled the disturbance and after determining that neither party was injured advised them of their domestic options and sent both on their way.

34th and Taylor Streets: At about 7:50 pm officers received a call for a vandalism to auto. Upon arrival they spoke to the victim who told them that two black male juveniles threw rocks at his vehicle damaging the right side. Both juveniles fled the area down Cedar Lane Alley and disappeared. A search of the area for failed to locate the two juveniles.

Queens Chapel Road and Chillum Road: At about 8:30 pm power shift officers effected a traffic stop on a vehicle for minor traffic violations. Further investigation revealed that the driver had an open arrest warrant for driving on a suspended license. When the officers searched him incident to the arrest they discovered that he was in possession of a small bag of marijuana having a street value of $282.00. He was delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville on the warrant and also charged with possession of a CDS. His vehicle was impounded.

3300 block of Buchanan Street: At about 10:15 pm officers received a call to assist Queenstown Security with a trespasser. Further investigation revealed that the subject was in possession of drug paraphernalia. He was issued a criminal citation for the offense.

3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 11:45 pm power shift officers patrolling the area saw a man urinating in public. They stopped and identified him and after determining that he was not wanted for other crimes he was issued a criminal citation for public urination and sent on his way.

May 24th:

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 12:15 am officers stopped a 1998 Toyota for minor traffic violations. One of the passengers of the vehicle was found to have an open warrant through Montgomery County for failure to appear on drug related charges. He was arrested and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville without incident. The driver was issued the appropriate traffic citations and sent on his way.

4300 block of Kaywood Drive: At about 2 am officers received a call for a robbery that had just occurred. When the officers arrived the victim told them that he had just parked his vehicle and was walking to his residence when a black male wearing a ski mask approached him from behind and produced a handgun. The masked man demanded the victim’s bag, wallet and car keys. The victim complied with the suspect’s demands whereupon the suspect got into a silver mini van and fled the area. The victim was not injured and a search of the area for the suspect and his vehicle was negative. MPDC communications was notified of the suspect description.

4000 block of 34th Street: At 3:25 pm a volunteer from the Mount Rainier Tool Shed called to report that a resident borrowed a Sears tiller from the Tool Shed on April 13th. When the volunteer contacted the resident to get the tiller back the resident said that it had been stolen from his back yard sometime between April 13th and April 16th but he never reported the theft to police. Since over a moth had transpired since the tiller was stolen there was not much the officers could do except file the appropriate theft report.

Chillum Road & Queenstown Drive: At about 8:40 pm officers conducted a traffic stop on a 2005 Nissan Murano. The driver was found to have an open warrant for driving without a license issued through Prince George’s County. He was arrested and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville without incident. His vehicle was impounded.

Police Report: May 20-21

May 20th:

Kaywood Apartments Complex: Between 7:30 am and 9 am officers took four (4) separate theft from auto reports. The thefts were in the 2700 block of Webster Street, the 4300 block of 28th Place (2 cases), and the 4200 block of Kaywood Drive. In all four cases the perpetrators damaged one of the door locks to gain entry into the vehicle. No evidence or suspects were developed in any of the four cases.

3700 block of 34th Street: At about 11:45 am officers took a report of a vandalism to auto. Investigation revealed that person(s) unknown attempted to gain entry into victim’s vehicle by damaging the vehicle’s door locks. It is unknown whether the perpetrator(s) were trying to steal property from the interior or to steal the vehicle altogether. A canvass of the area for evidence and/or witnesses proved negative.

3500 block of Shepherd Street: At about 5:10 pm officers took a report of a vandalism to auto. Investigation revealed that person(s) unknown scratched the victim’s vehicle from the driver’s side front door back to the rear quarter panel. A canvass of the area for evidence and/or witnesses proved negative.

2900 block of Upshur Street: At about 7 pm officers investigated a hit and run motor vehicle collision. The driver of struck vehicle told the officers that she was driving along Upshur Street when her vehicle was hit by a second vehicle that was driving at a high rate of speed on 29th Street. The striking vehicle fled the area without stopping. The victim could not provide any description of the striking vehicle or its driver. A canvass of the area for any evidence and/or striking vehicle identifiers was negative.

3000 block of Arundel Road: At about 11:55 pm officers on patrol observed two suspicious individuals in the park area sitting in the darkness. The officers approached and identified the subjects and began a field interview. Both individuals said they were just talking and were not aware of the park being closed after dark. An NCIC check revealed that one of the individuals had an open warrant through the US Marshalls Service in Arlington County, Virginia for failing to appear on kidnapping charges. The warrant was confirmed and the subject was arrested and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville without incident. The second individual was advised and sent on his way.

May 21st:

Nothing significant to report.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Police Report: May 18-19

May 18th:

3500 block of Bunker Hill Road
: At about 1:45 pm officers came upon a white 1995 Buick that was disabled due to a flat tire. Further investigation revealed that the vehicles tags were suspended and an MVA pick up order for the tags was in force. The tags were removed from the vehicle and held for return to MVA and the vehicle was impounded.

4100 block of Kaywood Drive: At about 8:30 pm power shift officers stopped a vehicle when they observed that the driver was not wearing his seatbelt. When the officers approached the vehicle they smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside. Further investigation revealed that the driver was in possession of eleven bags of marijuana having a street value of $220.00. He was arrested, charged with possession of a CDS and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

May 19 (early morning):

4600 block of 29th Street: At about 4 am officers took a vandalism to auto report. The victim/owner told the officers that person(s) unknown damaged the driver’s side door and ignition on her 2006 Toyota Camry. A canvass of the area for witnesses and/or evidence proved negative.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Police Report: May 15-18

Friday May 15th:

2900 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 10 am a man came into MRPD headquarters to report that he had robbed on May 12th at about 10 pm while he was walking in the 2900 block of Queens Chapel Road. He told officers that two black males approximately 18-20 years of age (no further description) struck him from behind and he fell to the ground covering his head and eyes. While he was on the ground the two suspects struck him several more times and stole personal property and US currency from his pockets. Both suspects then fled in an unknown direction. When asked why he delayed reporting the robbery to the police he said that he needed a police report in order to receive a replacement green card taken during the robbery. Had it not been for his green card it is unlikely he would have reported the incident. PGPD robbery detectives were notified of the incident for follow-up.

3700 block of 31st Street: At about 10:30 am officers took a motor vehicle crash report. Their investigation concluded that the driver attempted to maneuver around a jersey wall barrier and struck the barrier. There was no damage to the barrier and only minor damage to the car.

3000 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 2 pm officers took a report of a stolen auto. The victim/owner told the officers that sometime during the previous night or early morning person(s) unknown stole her brown 1991 Acura Legend 4-door with DC tags DE9316. No evidence as to those responsible could be found at the scene.

3200 block of Perry Street: At about 7:45 pm officers responded for a vandalism to auto. The officers met with the victim/owner who told them that person(s) unknown spray painted the word “ass” on the side of his vehicle sometime the previous evening. He noticed the vandalism at about 6:15 in the morning but did not have time to report the incident then because he was running late for work. A check of area for evidence and/or witnesses was negative and the victim had no idea who might have been responsible.

Saturday May 16th:

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue
: MRPD officers cited and impounded two vehicles parked in violation of the temporary “no parking” restrictions that went into effect at 6 am on Mount Rainier Day. The officers were unable to locate the owners of the vehicles prior to having them towed.

3500 block of Perry Street: At about 6 pm officers investigated a motor vehicle collision. Their investigation revealed that one of the Mount Rainier Day vendors was loading his parked vehicle when it was struck by a second vehicle trying to squeeze by several parked vehicles. There were no injuries and both vehicles sustained only minor damage.

Sunday May 17th:

4200 block of Russell Avenue: At about 5 am officers received a call for a suspicious person. When the officers arrived they located the man described by the complainant and conducted a field interview. The officers found that he was not wanted through NCIC but was that he was in possession of CDS paraphernalia. He was issued a criminal citation for the violation and sent on his way without further incident.

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 8:20 power shift officers observed a purple Hyundai driving north on Rhode Island Avenue at a high rate of speed. The officers were able to catch up to the vehicle and get it stopped at 40th Place and Volta Avenue in Brentwood. The male driver was found to be highly intoxicated and was arrested. He was transported to the Greenbelt Police station where he submitted to a breathalyzer test. The test revealed the man had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .34 - over 4 times the legal limit. The Greenbelt PD breathalyzer operator told the officers that that was the highest BAC they had ever recorded! The man was charged with DWI and released. His vehicle was impounded for his and the public’s safety.

4000 block of 34th Street: At about 11 pm MRPD officers observed a vehicle traveling at high rate of speed. They stopped the vehicle in the 3500 block of Bunker Hill Road and discovered that the driver was under the influence of alcohol. They also saw that there was an open container of alcohol inside the vehicle accessible to the driver. He was arrested and charged with DUI and other traffic violations. The driver refused a breathalyzer test so he was released after his vehicle was impounded.

3200 block of Chillum Road: At about 11:40 pm officers responded for a report of an altercation between a man and a woman. The caller told Communications personnel that he heard the woman yelling for help. When the officers arrived they heard the woman screaming while they were still outside the apartment building. When the officers got inside the woman’s apartment they saw her lying on the floor with several clear injuries/abrasions to her face. The male half was immediately arrested. Subsequent investigation revealed that the victim was her assailant’s live-in girlfriend. The verbal altercation started outside and escalated to a domestic assault once the two got back into their apartment. The man was charged with domestic assault and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. The victim refused medical attention and was advised by the officers of her protective options with the District Court.

Monday May 18th (early morning):

3200 block of Perry Street: At about 2:15 am officers responded for a vandalism to City property. The caller told Communications personnel that he could hear several subjects apparently breaking something. When the officers arrived they saw that a City parking meter had been vandalized and pulled out of the ground. They also saw two black males, one wearing all black, the other wearing a white jacket with unidentified markings in the back fleeing on Perry Street into the District of Columbia. The officers pursued the two but lost sight of them once they crossed into DC. The damaged meter was taken to MRPD for repair/replacement.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Police Report: May 14

The citizen robbery reported earlier was the only significant incident for the day.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Police Report: May 13-14

May 13th:

Nothing further of interest for the day.

May 14 (early morning):

4300 block of Russell Avenue: At about 2:30 am officers responded for the reported citizen armed robbery. The victim told the officers that she was walking to her apartment building from her car when a burgundy car (no description) pulled up next to her. A black male roughly 5’7” tall and about 160 lbs got out, pointed a black handgun at her and demanded her purse. The victim surrendered her purse and the suspect got back into the vehicle (driven by an accomplice who the victim could see) and the two drove off towards Eastern Avenue. A short time later the victim saw the suspect’s vehicle return and the gunman got out and, using the victim’s keys that were in her purse, stole her car. Both vehicles fled the area towards Eastern Avenue.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Police Report: May12-13

May 12th:

4200 block of Russell Avenue: At about Noon officers took a report of a hit and run motor vehicle crash. Their investigation revealed only that an unknown vehicle struck the victim’s/owner’s legally parked vehicle sometime during the evening/morning hours. The striking vehicle did not remain at the scene or leave any identifying information. The victim’s vehicle suffered only minor damage.

4700 block of 31st Place: At about 11 pm officers responded for a verbal domestic dispute. During their investigation of the incident they learned that the male half of the argument had an open warrant through Prince George’s County for assault. He was arrested and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

29th Street & Arundel Rd: At about 4:45 pm power shift officers observed two individuals drinking from open alcoholic containers. When the officers approached the two one of them threw two small baggies containing crack cocaine on the ground. That individual was arrested and charged with possession of a CDS and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. The second individual was issued a criminal citation for the alcohol violation and released.

May 13th (early morning):

3200 block of Chillum Road: At about 12:30 am power shift officers were on patrol in the Queenstown Apartments area when they stopped to interview a suspicious individual who had eluded them earlier in the evening. The subject initially gave the officers several fake names, but ultimately realized that his attempts to lie about his identity were futile. When he gave the officers his real name they ran him through NCIC and discovered that he was wanted by the United States Marshalls Service for robbery. He was arrested and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Police Report: May 11-12

May 11th:

4300 block of Russell Avenue: At about 4 pm officers responded for a residential burglary. The officers arrived to find that the front door to an apartment had been forced open. The officers checked the apartment and found that it had been ransacked. No suspects could be located and the resident was not present and could not be immediately located. The management company was notified to secure the apartment and messages were left for the resident to call MRPD for a follow up investigation.

3200 block of Queens Chapel Road (vacant Texaco parking lot): At about 10:50 pm officers on patrol observed a suspicious unoccupied vehicle in the parking lot. A check of the vehicle revealed that it was not stolen; however the tags were suspended by MVA for compulsory insurance violation. MVA also had a pick up order on the tags. The tags were removed and secured for return to MVA and the vehicle was impounded.

May 12th (early morning):

4000 block of 29th Street: At about 3:30 am officers stopped a vehicle for speeding and reckless driving. A check of Maryland motor vehicle records revealed that the driver had a suspended license. He also had a lengthy history of similar traffic offenses including multiple convictions for driving on a suspended license. He was issued several Maryland state traffic citations and his vehicle was impounded.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Police Report: May 8-11

Friday May 8th:

3400 block of 11 Newton Street: At about 2 pm officers responded for the report of a woman who had been assaulted by her boyfriend. The boyfriend allegedly punched the woman in the mouth and choked her. She told the officers that she did not want any police assistance and refused to tell the officers what had occurred. She was referred to the District Court Commissioner if she decided to press charges at a later time.

Saturday May 9th:

Nothing significant to report.

Sunday May 10th:

4500 block of Eastern Avenue (BP station): At about 11 am officers responded for the report of a stolen auto. The officers met with the victim/owner who told them that he left the keys to his 2002 Lincoln on the front seat when he went inside to pay for gas. When he came out of the store he saw his Lincoln being driven up Eastern Avenue towards Rhode Island Avenue by a black male (no further description). A check of the area for the stolen car proved negative and a lookout for it was given to MPD.

Monday May 11th (early morning) :

Rhode Island Avenue at 34th Street: At about 4:20 am officers investigated a motor vehicle crash. The officers witnessed a 2005 Pontiac being driven northbound on Rhode Island Avenue at a high rate of speed. When the vehicle got to the traffic circle the driver lost control and struck the curb on the Perry Street side of the circle. The vehicle left the roadway momentarily and crashed onto Perry Street. The vehicle caught fire and the officers were able to get the driver out before he sustained any injuries. He was disoriented and unaware that his car was on fire. MRFD responded to put out the vehicle fire and to check the driver for injuries. Once the driver was cleared by fire/rescue personnel he was transported to the University of Maryland Police Department where he was administered a breathalyzer test. The test results showed that he had a blood alcohol content of .17, over twice the legal limit. He was charged with driving while intoxicated and released. His vehicle, which was pretty much a total loss, was impounded.

Friday, May 08, 2009

Police Report: May 7

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 7:50 am officers received a complaint of a vehicle parked at a meter that had not been moved in several days (the vehicle, not the meter). The vehicle was cited and impounded pursuant to the City’s 48-hour parking ordinance.

4700 block of 27th Street: At about 5 pm officers responded for the report of a fight in progress. The reporting person told the officers that several juvenile females were involved in a fight, during which one or more of them bumped against her vehicle. She said that when she came out to see if there was any damage to the vehicle she saw that the passenger side outside rear view mirror was missing. The officers checked the area for the juveniles and the mirror with negative results.

3300 block of Chauncey Place: At about 7:50 pm Queenstown Apartments security officers called to report several suspicious individuals loitering in the area. The officers located two of the individuals described by security. Both were checked for warrants, and although there was nothing outstanding, both individuals had prior records for robbery. The officers completed field observation reports on both individuals, including photographs, and sent them on their way.

3800 block of 33rd Street: At about 11:30 pm officers received an anonymous complaint of three suspicious individuals loitering in the area. The officers stopped and interviewed three individuals, none of whom was wanted through NCIC. The officers completed field observation reports on all three individuals, including photographs, and sent them on their way.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Police report: May 6

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue (Thrifty Rental Car): At about 9 am officers took a report of the theft of three Maryland license plates. The owner of the business told the officers that sometime during the previous night person(s) unknown entered the lot and stole the license plates off three rental vehicles. No additional damage was done to the vehicles and no evidence as to those responsible could be located.

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 12 pm officers stopped a vehicle for exceeding the posted speed limit. The driver of the vehicle was checked through NCIC and found to have an open arrest warrant through Prince George’s County for theft over $500. She was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. She was also issued the appropriate traffic citations for the speed violation.

3200 block of Varnum Street: At about 7:50 pm officers responded for a loud noise emanating from a parked vehicle. The officers located the vehicle and advised the occupants to turn the music down and they complied with the officers’ request. The officers ran a stolen check of the vehicle’s registration plates, and although they did not come back stolen they were found to be suspended for a compulsory insurance violation and there was an outstanding MVA pick-up order for the tags. The tags were removed from the vehicle and processed for return to MVA. Since the vehicle was legally parked the owner was allowed to make private arrangements to have it removed.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Police Report: May 5

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 7:30 pm the owner of an apartment building called police in reference to a landlord tenant dispute. When the officers arrived to investigate the owner told them he wanted to report observing damage to the door of an abandoned apartment. The officers took a vandalism report for the damage they observed. No evidence was provided as to who may have been responsible for the damage, and the officers had no additional witnesses or evidence to proceed further.

2300 block of Varnum Street (7-11) : At about 8:10 pm officers responded for the report of a man passed out inside the store. When they arrived they found the man conscious and breathing and he refused any medical attention. Further investigation revealed that he had an outstanding arrest warrant for driving with out a license issued out of Prince Georges County. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville without incident.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Police Report: May 4

3700 block of Eastern Avenue: At about 1:40 pm officers responded for the report of a naked man walking in the roadway. When the officers arrived they discovered the man in question standing in the front yard of a private residence. During the course of speaking with the man it became apparent that he was under the influence of PCP. He was taken into custody and transported to the Prince George’s Hospital Center for an emergency psychological evaluation. While at the hospital he became combative with hospital staff and was able to free himself from his restraints. The officers were forced to deploy a department issued Taser to get him under control. He offered no further resistance and was turned over to hospital staff for treatment and evaluation.

3400 block of Windom Road: At about 11 pm officers stopped a vehicle for failing to stop for a stop sign. When the officers interviewed the driver about the violation he told them that he did not have a driver’s license. He was asked to exit the vehicle for further questioning and as he got out of the car he fled on foot. After about a two block foot chase officers were able to catch up with him and try to arrest him. A brief struggle ensued and the officers were forced to deploy their department issued pepper spray in order to get him under control and under arrest. He was charged with fleeing and eluding police, resisting arrest, second degree assault and failure to stop at a stop sign. He was released to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville after processing.

Monday, May 04, 2009

Police report: May 1-3

Friday May 1st:

3200 block of Taylor Street: At about 12:50 pm officers responded for an unknown trouble call. When the officers arrived they learned that a female resident had obtained an ex parte (stay away) order against a male acquaintance. The male subject had left the area prior to the officers’ arrival so they began a search of the area for him. They were able to locate the individual a short distance away and served the order. A short while later the officers received a return call from the female stating that the man had returned. The officers returned to the residence and found the man there in violation of the ex parte order. He was arrested for violating the order and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

2400 block of Arundel Road (Grand China parking lot): At about 9:45 pm officers on patrol observed three subjects consuming alcohol in a public place. All three were stopped, checked for warrants (negative) and issued criminal citations for the violation. They were sent on their way without further incident.

3800 block of 34th Street: At about 10 pm officers were called to the area for an individual possibly smoking CDS. When the officers arrived they located the individual but found no drugs. He was sent on his way without incident.

Saturday May 2nd:

3200 block of Shepherd Street: At about 12:10 am officers responded for the report of a suspicious male possibly smoking CDS. The officers located and identified the man but found no drugs. He was sent on his way without incident.

3100 block of Perry Street: At about 5:30 am officers responded for the report of vandalism to City property. The officers spoke with the complainant who told them that she was awakened by loud noises that she believed sounded like a group of juveniles. When she got up to investigate she saw several individuals running from the area. The officers checked the area and discovered that parking meter #805 had been vandalized and destroyed. A check of the area for the individuals the complainant observed was negative.

4500 block of Eastern Avenue (BP Station): At about 1:10 pm officers responded to take a theft report. The victim of the theft told the officers that while she was getting gas a black male, about 20 years of age, wearing a black and white shirt entered her unlocked vehicle and stole her purse which was lying on the front seat. The gas station’s surveillance camera showed the individual committing the theft and also showed him leaving the scene in a newer model black Nissan maxima. A search of the area for the suspect and the car he was driving proved negative.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 11 pm officers responded for a vandalism report. When the officers arrived they discovered that person(s) unknown had broken a front window pane. No evidence was found to believe that those responsible entered the business or stole anything of value. The last person had left the business about two hours before the incident occurred. The officers checked the interior of the business as well as the surrounding area for evidence/witnesses with negative results.

Sunday May 3rd:

4100 block of Rainier Avenue: At about 3 am officers responded for the report of a vandalism to auto. Investigation revealed that an individual kicked out the passenger side window of the victim’s vehicle. The incident was witnesses by the victim’s domestic partner and a lookout was obtained. The officers searched for the suspect and located him in the 3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue. The witness responded to where the officers found the suspect and positively identified him as the man he saw vandalizing the vehicle. The individual was charged by criminal citation for destruction of property.

3600 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 8:45 am officers responded for the report of a vandalism to auto. Their investigation revealed that person(s) unknown broke the passenger side window of a parked motor vehicle with a rock. The rock was found in the rear seat. There was no evidence that those responsible stole anything of value from inside the vehicle and it did not appear that they tried to steal the car. A check of the area for suspects, witnesses or additional evidence was negative.

3800 block of 34th Street: At about 9 pm officers took a missing persons report involving a female juvenile. The girl’s parents told the officers that they were having ongoing issues with their daughter over the daughter’s boyfriend. They said that she left the house with the boyfriend on Friday May 1st after an altercation between her parents and the boyfriend. The parents also told the officers that their daughter is on probation and under house arrest. The girl’s probation officer was contacted and advised of current events and she was entered into the NCIC non-critical missing persons database.

Friday, May 01, 2009

H1N1 Influenza Information

With the outbreak of the H1N1 flu virus now affecting residents across the United States, and the possibility that some Maryland residents may have been infected with the disease, the Mayor & Council along with the MRPD deemed it wise to let Mount Rainier residents know of precautions that individuals should take in order to minimize the possibility of being infected by this virus.

The most important precaution recommended by health officials is for individuals and families to take common sense, everyday actions to stay healthy.

The Centers for Disease Control recommends the following precautions:

· Stay informed. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website will be updated regularly as information becomes available. http://www.cdc.gov/
· Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing by infected people.
· Take everyday actions to stay healthy.
· Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
· Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
· Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
· Stay home if you get sick. CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
· Follow public health advice regarding school closures, avoiding crowds and other social distancing measures.
· Develop a family emergency plan as a precaution. This should include storing a supply of food, medicines, facemasks, alcohol-based hand rubs and other essential supplies.
· Call 1-800-CDC-INFO for more information.

If you become ill and experience any of the following warning signs, seek emergency medical care.
· In children, emergency warning signs that need immediate medical attention include:
o Fast breathing or trouble breathing
o Bluish skin color
o Not drinking enough fluids
o Not waking up or not interacting
o Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
o Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
o Fever with a rash
· In adults, symptoms that need emergency medical attention include:
o Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
o Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
o Sudden dizziness
o Confusion
o Severe or persistent vomiting

More detailed information about swine flu can be obtained by visiting one or more of the following web sites:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/
http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/key_facts.htm

Prince George’s County Health Department:
http://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/Government/AgencyIndex/Health/index.asp

District of Columbia Health Department:
http://newsroom.dc.gov/show.aspx?agency=doh&section=17&release=16843&year=2009&file=file.aspx%2frelease%2f16843%2fSwineFlufactsheet.pdf

World Health Organization:
http://www.who.int/en/

Mayor Miles and I met this afternoon and are coordinating with City staff and CERT coordinator, Tonie Davis, to get precautionary and educational materials out to our residents, schools, and church groups. The City has obtained protective equipment for use by all staff; and CERT members and council members will have protective masks for distribution if necessary. We must be prepared to aggressively respond to potential outbreaks of the virus and to take immediate precautions to prevent individual infection from occurring.

We will monitor the local situation on a daily basis and distribute any additional information to our residents as it is warranted or necessary. In the next few days you will be able to access the City’s cable channels, Comcast channel 71, and Verizon channel 21 for information and updates.

Police Report: April 30

3300 block of Chillum Road: At about 8:35 pm power shift officers along with officers from Hyattsville City Police, Maryland National Capitol Park Police and Metro Transit Police were conducting joint crime suppression task force sweeps of the Queenstown Apartments when they observed a male subject urinating in public. The man was stopped, identified and issued a criminal citation for the violation. A few minutes later the task force officers were flagged down by Queenstown Apartments security officers and told of three males acting in a suspicious manner. The officers stopped the subjects and identified all three as known gang members of the LBC (little brown criminals) crew. One of them, a juvenile, was found to have two open body attachments for his arrest issued through the Prince George’s County Sheriffs Office. The attachments were for possession with the intent to distribute narcotics as well as burglary. He was arrested and delivered to the juvenile detention facility in Cheltenham.