Friday, July 31, 2009

Police Report: July 30

One Municipal Place: At about 7:50 am officers patrolling the plaza in front of City Hall observed an individual drinking an alcoholic beverage. He was issued a criminal citation for the violation and sent on his way.

2400 block of Chillum Road: At about 2:30 pm officers were conducting a laser speed enforcement detail and stopped a silver Chrysler Pacifica that they recorded as traveling 50 MPH in the 35 MPH speed zone. The vehicle did not immediately stop and continued to travel at a high rate on Chillum Road, finally pulling into the Shopper’s Food parking lot where it stopped. As the officers approached the vehicle the front seat passenger got out of the car and fled the area on foot. He driver also got out and the officers were able to detain him before he could get away. The officers detected an odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle and also noticed that the driver was very nervous. The officers asked the driver for his consent to search inside the vehicle which he granted. The officers’ subsequent search uncovered a plastic bag containing approximately 420 grams of a green leafy substance that tested positive for marijuana. It is estimated that the street value of the seized marijuana is about $8,000. They also discovered and seized approximately $4,000.00 in US currency. The driver was arrested and charged with CDS possession and distribution along with several traffic violations. The Chrysler Pacifica was seized and we have instituted forfeiture proceedings against it and the $4,000 cash seized from the defendant. The defendant was remanded to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville on $150,000 bond. An investigation is continuing to identify and charge the passenger.

3100 block of Buchanan Street: At about 9:45 pm officers investigated a vehicle and its driver that were stopped in the middle of the roadway. They found that the driver had fallen asleep and that his driver’s license was suspended. He was issued several state citations and his vehicle was impounded.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Police Report: July 23-27

Thursday July 23rd:

4000 block of 34th Street: At about 3 pm officers responded for the report of a residential burglary. The officers’ investigation showed that those responsible forced entry into the home through a window. A personal computer and a quantity of US Currency were stolen. The scene was processed and no witnesses could be located.

Friday July 24th:

2700 block of Webster Street: At about 1:35 am officers responded for the report of a mother/son domestic dispute. The mother told the officers that her 33 year old son was on drugs and was holding her hostage in her apartment. The officers verified that no violence had taken place and the dispute was resolved when the son agreed to leave the residence and not return.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Officers were notified by Sheriff’s Office personnel that the 40 year old man reported missing by his mother on July 20th had been located safe and sound. He did not return home as his mother had expected because he was incarcerated in the Prince George's County Detention Center.

4700 block of 31st Place: At about 9 am officers took a report of a stolen auto. The victim/owner told the officers that sometime during the previous evening/early morning person(s) unknown stole his car that was parked at his residence. He also said that he had unintentionally left the vehicle unlocked with the keys in the ignition. A check of the area for evidence and/or witnesses was negative. A few hours later the officers were notified by the Baltimore Police Department that they had recovered the stolen car in their jurisdiction. The victim was notified of the recovery.

2500 block of Arundel Road: At about 10 am officers took a report of a hit and run motor vehicle collision. The victim/owner of the struck vehicle told the officers that the collision took place sometime on July 10th. There was no evidence or witnesses at the scene that would help officers identify the striking vehicle.

3000 block of Chillum Road: At about 1:45 pm stopped an individual who was carrying a small brown paper bag which appeared to be an open alcoholic container. The officers verified that he had an open alcoholic beverage and issued him a criminal citation for the violation.

3300 block of Arundel Road: At about 2:50 pm officers took a report of a hit and run motor vehicle collision. There was no evidence or witnesses at the scene that would help officers identify the striking vehicle.

4500 block of Eastern Avenue (BP lot): At about 5 pm officers took a report of a stolen vehicle. The victim/owner told the officers that he left his 1996 Ford, Maryland tags 5CCA94, parked on the BP lot on July 19th because it had mechanical problems and that he notified BP management of his situation. When he returned for the vehicle on today’s date he found that it had been stolen. He verified with BP management that they had not had the car towed from their lot. No evidence as to those responsible could be found.

Saturday July 25th:

3200 block of Arundel Road: At about 12:45am power shift officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. As they were questioning the driver and passengers they discovered that they were in possession of a large quantity of marijuana that had a street value in excess of $3,000. Both individuals were arrested, charged with several CDS crimes and delivered to the custody of DOC in Upper Marlboro. The vehicle was impounded.

Sunday July 26th:

4000 block of 29th Street: At about 12:45 am officers responded for the report of two individuals attempting to break into a vehicle. The victim/owner told the officers that he interrupted the two and they immediately fled the area in a white Chevy Astro van with Maryland tags 73V939. The officers began a search for the van and located it a short distance away with the two individuals trying to break into a second vehicle. When the officers approached the two fled the scene in the van and a brief pursuit ensued. The van was stopped at the intersection of 29th and Webster Streets when it struck a curb and became disabled. The driver was apprehended immediately, however the passenger was able to flee on foot and avoid apprehension. Once the driver was in custody the officers conducted an extensive foot search for any other possible victims and located two other vehicles believed to have been tampered with. The owners of these vehicles were located and they confirmed that someone had tried to break in to their vehicles. The driver was charged with DUI/DWI, fleeing and attempting to elude a marked police vehicle, driving without lights to avoid identification, three counts of attempted theft, and felony malicious destruction of property. The arrestee’s vehicle was inventoried for evidence and property and impounded

2300 block of Varnum Street (Grand China Restaurant): At about 5 pm power shift officers observed a man consuming an open alcoholic beverage. He was stopped and issued a criminal citation for the violation and sent on his way.

3300 block of Chauncey Place: At about 7:40 pm officers on patrol observed a man urinating in public. He was issued a criminal citation for the violation and sent on his way.

Monday July 27th:

3249 Rhode Island Avenue: At about 3 pm an individual walked into the Mount Rainier police station to turn himself in because he had an open arrest warrant. Officers verified that he was wanted by the Prince George's County Sheriffs Office for failure to appear in court. He was taken into custody and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3100 block of Varnum Street: At about 6:45 pm officers responded for a death report. The live-in nephew of an 85 year old woman came home to find his aunt unconscious and unresponsive. County EMS personnel responded to the residence and pronounced her dead, apparently from natural causes. The State Medical Examiner responded and took possession of the remains for post mortem examination.

Tuesday July 28th:

3300 block of Chauncey Place: At about 8:30 pm officers responded for a domestic dispute. The officers’ investigation revealed that a 26 year old man hit his girlfriend in the mouth causing cuts and swelling to her upper and lower lips. He was arrested, charged with domestic assault and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

Wednesday July 29th:

4500 block of Eastern Avenue (BP lot): At about 8:30 am officers took a report of a theft from auto. The victim told the officers that while she was pumping gas into her vehicle an unknown black male entered the vehicle through the unlocked front passenger door and stole her purse. The suspect then jumped into a waiting white sedan and fled the area into DC. The victim said that it happened so fast she did not have time to get a good look at the suspect or his vehicle. PGPD detectives responded and processed the victim’s vehicle for evidence and reviewed the station’s surveillance tape. A check of the area for the suspect’s vehicle was negative.

4200 block of Kaywood Drive: At about 12:30 pm a woman reported that she had been the victim of identity theft. She said that someone had used her name and social security number to fraudulently obtain a cable account and an apartment lease back in 2004. She was not aware of the fraud until a recent check of her credit records. She was provided a police report so that Trans Union could begin an investigation.

3700 block of 37th Street: At about 7 pm officers took a report of vandalism. The victim/owner told the officers that person(s) unknown had used a key style padlock and chain to smash the glass top of her patio table. A check of the area for suspects, witnesses and other evidence proved negative.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Police Report: July 22

3400 block of Eastern Avenue: At about noon officers responded for the report of an attempted suicide. Their investigation revealed that a 22 year old female made small superficial cuts to her wrist and stated to the officers that she wanted to kill herself. They also learned that she has a history of depression and is supposed to take medications to relieve her symptoms which she had not taken for some time. The wounds were not serious or life threatening. She was taken to Prince George’s Hospital for treatment and psychological evaluation.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Police Report: July 20-21

Monday July 20th:

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 10:30 am officers responded for the report of a missing person. The missing person mother told the officers that her 40 year old son had not returned home since she last saw him around 9 pm on July 14th. She said that her son suffers from schizophrenia and has not taken his medication. She also said that he has gone missing in the past but never for this long. His information was entered into the NCIC missing persons database and a lookout was distributed to surrounding law enforcement agencies.

2700 block of Upshur Street: At about 12:40 pm officers responded for the report of a stolen auto. The victim/owner told the officers that he parked his 2001 Chevrolet, DC tags CM6410, in the 2700 block of Upshur Street the evening of July 19th and when he returned for it he discovered that it had been stolen. There was no record of the vehicle being impounded or repossessed. The surrounding area was checked for evidence/witnesses with negative results.

One Municipal Place: At about 8:15 pm power shift officers were patrolling the area when they observed an individual consuming an alcoholic beverage. He was issued a criminal citation for the violation and sent on his way.

Russell Avenue and Taylor Street: At about 10:25 pm power shift officers observed a vehicle driving with an equipment violation. The officers stopped the vehicle and discovered that the driver was driving on a suspended license. He was issued the appropriate Maryland traffic citations and his vehicle was impounded.

Tuesday July 21st (early morning):

3200 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 2 am officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. During the stop the driver was found to have an open arrest warrant through Prince George’s County for failure to appear on a traffic charge. They also learned that his driver’s license was suspended. He was arrested on the open warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. The vehicle he was driving was turned over to a passenger at the driver’s request.

2300 block of Varnum Street: At about 2 am officers were patrolling the U-Haul lot across from the 7-11 when they came upon three suspicious individuals loitering on the property. The officers stopped the three for a field interview during which each of them gave different reasons for being there and for how they got there. At one point during the interview the officers noticed one of the individuals attempt to conceal an object on the ground next to him. The officers retrieved the object and discovered it to be a small toy handgun. The gun was seized and the individuals were detained for further questioning. The officers learned that the three were all DC residents and had come to the area in a white Chevy Lumina that they had parked in the 4500 block of Russell Avenue. At this point the officers’ training and experience led them to suspect that the three were observing the 7-11 store as a prelude to a possible robbery attempt when the officers intervened. NCIC checks revealed that none of the three was currently wanted, however one had a prior record for armed robbery. PGPD robbery detectives and Hyattsville City Police detectives were notified and all three were transported to PGPD CID for questioning about their possible involvement in a spate of 7-11 robberies that have occurred in the County.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Police Report: July 17-19

Friday July 17th:

One Municipal Place: At about 10:40 pm officers on patrol observed an individual consuming an alcoholic beverage in a public place. He was issued a criminal citation for the violation and sent on his way.

Saturday July 18th:

3300 block of Buchanan Street: At about 12:15 am officers responded for a domestic dispute. When the officers arrived they spoke with the individuals involved and determined that the situation was an argument only; and no physical violence had occurred. The parties were advised of their legal options.

30th and Upshur Streets: At about 6 am officers responded to a call for a motor vehicle collision. Their investigation showed that a minor collision occurred and an unoccupied vehicle was struck.

Sunday July 19th:

4500 block of Eastern Avenue (BP station): At about 12:30 pm officers took a theft report. The victim told the officers that she finished pumping gas and went inside the station to pay for it. While she was in the station a gray 4-door vehicle pulled up and someone jumped out of the vehicle and stole her purse. The suspects immediately fled the parking lot in an unknown direction.

2300 block of Varnum Street: At about 4:15 pm power shift officers observed a vehicle driving while the driver was consuming an alcoholic beverage. The officers stopped the vehicle to investigate. During interviews of the driver and passenger the officers discovered that the driver was in possession of a small quantity of crack cocaine. The officers immediately placed him under arrest whereupon the passenger assaulted one of the officers and tried to flee the area on foot. The officers chased the passenger and were finally able to catch and subdue him by utilizing a TASER device. Once in custody the passenger was found to be in possession of a large quantity of crack cocaine. Both individuals were transported to DOC in Upper Marlboro where they were charged with various CDS crimes, resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer.

3300 block of Otis Street: At about 8:45 pm officers received a call for damage to a residential deck. The residents told the officers that they had been out of town for a few days and when they returned they discovered that the support posts for their deck were damaged. Judging from the damage it appeared as if a motor vehicle ran into the deck supports. No additional evidence as to who may have been responsible could be located at the scene.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Police Report: July 16

4400 block of 28th Street: At about 10:40 am officers responded for the report of a theft from auto. The victim/owner told the officers that he parked his 1998 Nissan Maxima by his residence on May 1st. He had not moved the vehicle since then because it needed repair. When he went out to his car this morning he discovered that person(s) unknown had stolen the rear Maryland tag, 3DXR38. No evidence as to those responsible for the theft could be found at the scene.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Police Report: July 14

4000 block of 34th Street: At about 9:10 am officers took a report of a theft from auto. The victim/owner told the officers that sometime between July 13th at 9 pm and the time of the report, person(s) unknown stole both Maryland tags off her vehicle. The officers found no evidence or witnesses to the crime.

2200 block of Varnum Street: At about 10 pm officers observed a man sitting on the curb in front of Family Dollar drinking an alcoholic beverage. He was issued a criminal citation for drinking in public and sent on his way.

30th Street and Arundel Road: At about 7 pm officers responded for the report of a large fight. When they arrived they saw a large group of individuals who were leaving the scene in multiple directions. They were unable to determine who was involved and the nature of the fight. No one was identified, reported injured or arrested.

2700 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 11 pm officers responded to a domestic altercation. When the officers arrived they were told by a male victim that his girlfriend had assaulted him. He had visible injuries to his eye and face. The officers investigated and found that the female half of the domestic fled into an adjacent apartment. The occupants of that apartment told the officers that they allowed the female to hide in their apartment and the officers found her hiding in a bedroom closet. When the officers attempted to place her under arrest she resisted and assaulted two of them. Once they got her under control and under arrest she was taken to Washington Adventist Hospital for a check up after complaining of a wrist injury. The doctors treated and released her and she was taken to DOC in Hyattsville and charged with multiple counts of assault and resisting arrest. She was left in the custody of DOC.

Police Report: July 15

4200 block of 29th Street: At about 12:30 pm officers received a call for a suspicious individual knocking on doors in the neighborhood. The reporting person gave a good description of the individual and the officers were able to locate him quickly. He told the officers that he was a Mount Rainier resident and in the area soliciting for his private lawn service business. Criminal warrant checks were negative and he was advised of the City’s solicitation permit requirements and sent on his way.

3300 block of Buchanan Street: At about 11:00 pm power shift officers were conducting a bicycle patrol in the area when they observed a suspicious occupied vehicle with no head lights on. When the officers approached the vehicle they observed one of the passengers stick a bag of suspected marijuana in his pants. After further investigation the man was found to be in possession of marijuana as well as controlled narcotic prescription pills that were not his. He was subsequently arrested, charged with various CDS offenses and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Police Report: July 13-14

July 13th:

Nothing significant to report

July 14th (early morning) :

4300 block of Russell Avenue: At about 2:00 am power shift officers observed an unmarked gray Dodge tow truck towing a gray 1995 Chevy Tahoe and driving erratically. Officers attempted to stop the truck, but when the driver saw the officers he accelerated to a high rate of speed and fled into DC. The officers lost the truck just over the border DC but did see the driver of the truck stop momentarily next to a white Dodge Caravan that had chrome 22” wheels. Interestingly enough, the Chevy Tahoe being towed also had chrome 22” wheels leading the officers to believe that the Tahoe had been stolen in order to get the wheels. The officers notified MPD and their officers located the truck but were unable to stop it before it fled back into Maryland from the Montana Avenue area. A short time later the owner of the Tahoe called to report that his vehicle had in fact been stolen from in front of his residence in the 4300 block of Russell Avenue.

At about 7:45 am Prince George’s County police notified MRPD that they had recovered the Tahoe in the 2100 block of Beaver Road in Landover. The vehicle was intact except that all four of its 22” chrome wheels were missing.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Disaster Preparedness for Pet Owners (Resource)

For many of you, your pets are considered to be members of your family. This month, DisasterPrepped.com focuses on helping you prepare those pets for potential emergencies or disasters. First, the “PETS” preparedness section highlights many valuable tools and solutions at www.disasterprepped.com/pets.php

There are several articles now available at the website addressing this topic:

Disaster Preparedness for Pets: www.disasterprepped.com/preparedness_pets.php
Disaster Tips for Reptiles and Amphibians: www.disasterprepped.com/reptiles.php
Disaster Preparedness for Horses: www.disasterprepped.com/preparedness_horses.php
What’s Best for My Pets? Deciding to Stay or Go: www.disasterprepped.com/pets_evacs.php
Animals in Public Evacuation Centers: www.disasterprepped.com/pet_shelters.php

Source: Disasterprepped.com

Police Report: July10-12

Friday July 10th:

3800 block of 34th Street: At about 3:10 pm officers on patrol checked the welfare of an individual lying on the ground. He was uninjured and coherent but the officers discovered that he has an open arrest warrant through Montgomery County. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

34th Street & Rhode Island Avenue: At about 3:15 pm officers received a call for a woman down. When they arrived they discovered the woman uninjured and coherent. She told the officers that she was having a nervous breakdown and had family troubles at home. She refused medical treatment and left the scene of her own accord.

2800 block of Shepherd Street: At about 2:15 pm officers took a report of a found missing person. The complainant reported the woman missing on May 29th stating that she was last seen around 7 am headed for the Hyattsville Metro Station. The complainant called to notify the officers that she was located safe and in good health in Temple Terrace, Florida. Her information was removed from the NCIC missing persons database.

Saturday July 11th:

3600 block of Oak Lane: At about 12:30 am officers on patrol stopped a suspicious gray 1996 Mercury that was parked in the warehouse district. When the officers approached the vehicle they observed two occupants and smelled the odor of PCP coming from inside. Upon further investigation the officers found the driver in possession of a small quantity of PCP. He was arrested, charged accordingly and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. The vehicle was impounded.

3200 block of Varnum Street: At about 9:30 am officers took a report of a resident who had been scratched by a stray cat. The victim told the officers he saw the cat enter his yard and when he picked it up to remove it off his property it gave him a 3” scratch on the back of his right hand. The victim told the officers that he thought the cat belonged to a neighbor, but officers found that the neighbor was not home. The officers notified the Prince George’s County Department of Health and Animal Control of the incident.

3000 block of Upshur Street: At about 11:30 am officers responded for the report of a vehicle unoccupied with the engine running. Once on the scene the officers found a black 1998 Ford Crown Victoria that had been reported stolen to the Prince Georges County Police about two hours previously. The officers observed that the vehicle’s ignition was damaged, both tags were attached and there were wires hanging where a car stereo should have been. The officers contacted the owner and he responded to the scene and took possession of his car.

4200 block of 28th Street: At about 1:15 pm officers took a stolen auto report. The victim/owner of a gold 1995 Nissan Maxima with Maryland tags 5EJF76 told the officers that he parked his car by his residence at about 1 am this morning. He returned for the vehicle at about 1 pm to find that it had been stolen. The officers discovered shards of glass on the ground where the vehicle had been parked but no other evidence was found.

4300 block of Kaywood Drive: At about 3 pm officers took a report of a theft from auto. The victim/owner of a gold 2007 Hyundai told the officers that she parked he car by her residence on July 10th about 4 pm. When she returned to the car at about 3 pm today she discovered that her rearview mirror had been stolen. Just the mirror was missing – the mirror housing was intact and there was no other damage to the vehicle.

3300 block of Chillum Road: At about 10 pm officers conducted a field interview of a juvenile male who was sitting in the parking lot of the closed for business Texaco gas station. During the interview the officers found the juvenile in possession of a 9” knife. He was arrested and charged with possession of a deadly weapon. He was later released to his mother pending a juvenile court hearing.

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 10:40 pm officers responded for the report of a carjacking. The victim/owner of a 2007 Mitsubishi with DC tags CV8308 told the officers that he had been carjacked in front of Party Time Liquors by a black male armed with a silver handgun. However, when he was interviewed by PGPD detectives he recanted and told them that he and some friends had struck up an acquaintance with several females who accompanied them to Party Time. He parked his vehicle in front of the store and went inside to make a purchase. He left the keys in the ignition. When he returned, his vehicle, friends and new-found acquaintances were gone.

Sunday July 12th:

Nothing of significance to report.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Police Report: July 8-9

July 8th:

3800 block of 37th Place (Brentwood): At about 9:30 am officers took a report of a recovered stolen vehicle. The owner called police to advise that he had found his 1994 Honda that had been stolen from his residence in the 4200 block of 31st Street in Mount Rainier on Jul 7th. At the time of the recovery the vehicle was missing all four wheels and the ignition column was destroyed. The owner took custody of the vehicle at the scene.

July 9th:

4100 block of Russell Avenue: At about 10 am officers responded for the report of an unsupervised small child outside an apartment building. The officers arrived and found a 5 year old boy who had become locked out of his apartment. Further investigation revealed that no parent, guardian or caregiver was present to take custody of the child. Officers were finally able to contact the child’s mother at her place of employment and she immediately returned home. She told the officers that her roommate was supposed to be watching the boy; however he was nowhere to be found. The child was turned over to his mother and PG Child Protective Services was notified for follow-up.

3800 block of 34th Street: At about 9:10 pm officers responded for the report of a man chasing a woman with a machete. When the officers arrived they were advised that the man in question was hiding in the alley behind Chuck’s Liquors. They were able to quickly locate and disarm him. He was arrested and charged with 1st degree assault and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Police Report: July 8

4600 block of 25th Street: At about 4:25 pm officers were notified by MPD that one of their patrol officers recovered a Chrysler Sebring in the 1900 block of 3rd Street NE. The vehicle was originally reported stolen from a resident in the 4600 block of 25th Street in Mount Rainier on July 4th.

4700 block of 34th Street: At about 6:05 pm power shift officers observed a subject consuming an open alcoholic beverage in the 3700 block of Rhode Island Avenue. When the officers approached the subject and requested his identification he directed harsh profanity towards the officers and fled on foot. The officers, with the assistance of several PGPD officers finally apprehended and arrested the subject in the 4700 block of 34th Street. A search incident to arrest revealed that he was in possession of a small quantity of marijuana. He was delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville and is currently being held on a $20,000 bond.

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 9:30 pm power shift officers were patrolling Rhode Island Avenue when they observed a man urinating in a doorway. He was issued a criminal citation for the violation and sent on his way.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Police Report: July 7

4200 block of 31st Street: At about 11:45 am officers took a report of a stolen auto. The victim/owner told the officers that he parked his 1994 Honda Civic, Maryland tags BDM774 by his residence at about 3 am. When he returned for the car at 11 am he discovered it had been stolen. A check of the area for witnesses and evidence was negative.

3300 block of Queenstown Drive: At about 2 pm officers took a report of a hit and run motor vehicle crash. Investigation revealed that the victim’s vehicle was struck by a second unidentified vehicle which fled the scene. The victim’s vehicle sustained severe damage to front driver’s side.

3600 block of Perry Street: At about 2 pm officers took a missing persons report. The parents of a 17 year old male reported that their son was last seen on July 5th and that they believed he was with some of his friends. No foul play was suspected and the teen was entered into the NCIC missing persons database.

4300 block of 32nd Street: At about 7:30 officers took a missing persons report. The mother of a 32 year old adult male who is bipolar reported that her son had gone missing. She told the officers that her son has a history of leaving home without warning only to return several days later. His information was entered into the NCIC missing persons database and the mother was advised to call police if/when her son returns home.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 6:45 pm power shift officers observed two individuals one of whom was consuming an open alcoholic beverage. Both individuals were stopped and identified. The subject that was consuming the open alcoholic beverage was issued a criminal citation for drinking in public. The other subject was discovered to have two open warrants for his arrest. One was issued by the United States Marshals Service for assault and the other was issued by Montgomery County Police for a plethora of charges including resisting arrest, escape and assault. He was arrested and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville without incident.

2400 block of Chillum Road: At about 10:35 pm power shift officers stopped a vehicle for minor traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver was highly intoxicated. He was also found to have been arrested for DUI less than one month ago. He was arrested for DUI and transported to the Greenbelt Police Station for processing. Once there he submitted to a blood alcohol test, the results of which showed he had a BAC of .17. He was charged accordingly. During their investigation the officers also learned that the passenger of the vehicle had provided the alcohol to the underage drunk driver. The passenger was arrested and charged for providing the alcohol to the minor. The vehicle was impounded.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Police Report: July 6 - PCP ARREST

2300 block of Varnum Street: At about 10:05 pm power shift officers observed an individual drinking from an open container of an alcoholic beverage. When officers attempted to stop him he fled on foot. The officers gave chase and as they closed the gap on him he started to throw small glass bottles to the ground. As the bottles hit the ground officers immediately smelled an odor of PCP. When he was finally caught he was found to be in possession of approximately $4,000 worth of PCP. He was charged accordingly and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

Police Report: July 6

4500 block of Eastern Avenue (BP Station): At about 2:40 pm officers took a theft from auto report. The victim/owner told the officers that he parked his Volkswagen Jetta at the gas station lot and went to work. When he returned he discovered that person(s) unknown had broken into the vehicle and stole several personal items from inside. No evidence as to those responsible could be found at the scene.

4100 block of 31st Street: At about 6:25 am officers responded for the report of a residential burglary. The officer spoke with the resident who said that he left his home for work at about 8:30 am on July 5th returning home at about 10:30 pm. He did not notice anything amiss and retired for the night. When he got up around 6:20 am on the 6th he noticed that his kitchen window was open and a can of change missing. He also discovered a broken window in his garage door. The officers’ investigation revealed that the perpetrators apparently broke the garage door window and gained access to a garden shovel which they used to pry open the kitchen window and gain entry into the residence. No other damage was done to the house and only the can of change was taken.

One Municipal Place: At about 11:30 am officers on patrol observed an individual drinking from an open container of an alcoholic beverage. He was issued a criminal citation for the violation and sent on his way.

4800 block of Volta Street (Brentwood): At about 1:20 am officers on patrol observed an individual drinking an alcoholic beverage in a parked motor vehicle. He was issued a criminal citation for the violation and sent on his way.

3100 block of Shepherd Street: At about 8:45 pm officers took a report of the theft of a Maryland license plate. The victim/owner told the officers that he parked his Oldsmobile Alero by his residence at about 7 am in the morning and when he returned to the vehicle he discovered that his rear tag had been stolen. No witnesses could be located and no evidence as to those responsible could be found at the scene.

4600 block of 27th Street: At about 11:35 pm officers took a missing persons report. The parents of a 15 year old female told the officers that their daughter ran away from home earlier in the day because she believed that her father favored her brother. She left a note for her parents that she was leaving with her 19 year old boyfriend. No foul play was suspected and the juvenile’s information was entered into the NCIC missing persons database. At about 7 am on Tuesday July 7th the girl’s parents called to report that she had returned home. The NCIC data entry was cancelled.

Monday, July 06, 2009

National Night Out Update

United States Army Drill Team to Perform at National Night Out

The City of Mount Rainier is proud to announce that the United States Army Drill Team will perform their intricate and inspiring drill routine at this year’s National Night Out on August 4th at 7 pm!
The U.S. Army Drill Team, one of the 3rd U.S. Infantry's renowned specialty units, has earned international acclaim through its breathtaking routines with bayonet-tipped 1903 Springfield rifles.
Organized to support The Old Guard's ceremonial commitments, the Drill Team has thrilled millions of youngsters and proud Americans for more than 25 years with their daring and complex performances.
When not performing for the President or visiting dignitaries and heads of state, the Drill Team travels extensively supporting Army recruitment, acting as "good-will ambassadors" for the Army and participating in major military and civic functions.

Community Shredding Day

Please mark you calendars for Saturday July 18th, 2009 for community shredding day. Priority One Shredding of Bowie, Maryland will provide free personal shredding services and secure document destruction from 8 am until 11am at the Bunker Hill Fire Station.

Priority One Shredding is a leading provider of personal and business secure document destruction. Residents are welcome to watch their documents being destroyed, and once the shredding process is completed, the remains are locked in the mobile destruction unit until the paper is recycled. Priority One will also provide residents with a variety of identity theft prevention information free of charge.

If you miss the community shredding day on July 18th, be sure to bring your bulk documents to National Night Out. Priority One will be onsite from 6-9 pm providing shredding services to residents again, free of charge.

Police Report: July 3-5

Friday July 3rd:

3300 block of Buchanan Street: At about 1:25 am MRPD officers along with Queenstown private security officers stopped three suspicious individuals who were suspected of casing several vehicles in a parking lot. The three were interviewed with each giving a different reason for being in the area. A pat down for officer safety revealed that two of the individuals were in possession of screw drivers. None of the individuals were local residents nor did they have identification. An NCIC check revealed that one of them had an open arrest warrant through Prince George’s County for motor vehicle theft. That individual was arrested on the open warrant. He was also charged with trespassing and possession of burglary tools as were the other two. All were delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville without further incident.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 7:20 am officers on patrol observed an individual drinking from an open container of an alcoholic beverage. She was issued a criminal citation for the violation and sent on her way.

2800 block of Taylor Street: At about 9:15 am officers observed an individual driving a motor vehicle who they knew had an open arrest warrant through Prince George’s County for felony theft. The vehicle was stopped and the individual was arrested without incident. He was delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville without further incident. The vehicle was impounded for safekeeping.

2300 block of Varnum Street: At about 11:45 pm officers on patrol observed an individual drinking from an open container of an alcoholic beverage. He was issued a criminal citation for the violation and sent on his way.

Saturday July 4th:

2500 block of Arundel Road: At about 1:30 am officers responded for the report of a citizen armed robbery. The victim told the officers that she as she was getting out of her vehicle a tall, slender black male wearing all black pointed a small hand gun at her and demanded her purse. As she gave him her purse, the suspect also demanded her PIN and she gave it to him. The suspect then fled the scene in an unknown direction. The victim was not harmed during the robbery and a canvass of the area for the suspect proved negative.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 12:20 pm officers responded for the report of a disorderly female who was throwing merchandise off of display. The officers arrived and attempted to calm her down but she only became more irritated and began to yell and scream obscenities at the officers and bystanders. The officers were forced to take her into custody and charge her with destruction of property, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. She was delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

4600 block of 25th Street: At about 7 pm officers took a report of a stolen 2005 Chrysler Sebring with Maryland tags 9EYZ01. The victim/owner told the officers that she came home from vacation to find her car had been stolen.

2400 block of Chillum Road: At about 9 pm officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver had an open warrant through the Prince George's County Sheriff's Office for trespassing. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC without further incident.

One Municipal Place: At about 2:30 pm officers on patrol observed an individual drinking from an open container of an alcoholic beverage. He was issued a criminal citation for the violation and sent on his way.

Sunday July 5th:

3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 8:15 pm officers stopped an individual for a field interview. During the interview the officers discovered that the individual was in possession of several small plastic baggies which are used to package CDS. He was issued a criminal citation for possession of CDS paraphernalia and sent on his way without further incident.

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 1 am power shift officers attempted to stop and interview a suspicious individual known to them from previous encounters to be involved in CDS transactions. The subject fled on foot and attempted to resist the officers. A TASER was deployed and immediately stopped the individual without further confrontation. He was found to be in possession of the narcotic PCP. He was arrested and charged with possession of a CDS and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville without further incident.

Police Report: July 1-2

Wednesday July 1st:

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 7:30 am officers on patrol observed an individual consuming an alcoholic beverage in public. He was issued a criminal citation for the violation and sent on his way.

3800 block of 33rd Street: At about 6:10 pm officers took a report of vandalism to a 2000 Lexus 300. The victim/owner showed the officers where someone had smashed the rear window. No witnesses, suspects or evidence could be found.

3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue (Party Time Liquors): At about 8:45 pm officers responded for a theft that had just occurred. The officers met with a store employee who told them that the thief fled on foot out of the store towards the bus terminal and that he believed two other individuals were also involved. The officers were able to stop and interview the two and learned that one of them had an open arrest warrant through Prince George’s County for misdemeanor theft. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. Both were also banned from Party Time and warned that they would be arrested for trespassing should they return. A search of the bus terminal area for the main theft suspect was negative.

Thursday July 2nd:

3200 block of Buchanan Street: At about 2:20 am officers observed a suspicious occupied vehicle parked in the parking lot. The vehicle, a silver Dodge Magnum was approached and its occupants identified. The officers saw that the driver was in possession of an open alcoholic beverage and issued him a criminal citation for the violation. Neither of the occupants was wanted and they were sent on their way without further incident.

2300 block of Varnum Street (7-11 parking lot): At about 3:10 am officers responded for a report of an individual passed out behind the wheel of a green Toyota Camry. When the officers arrived they located the individual in question who was in fact passed out in the driver’s seat with half his body hanging out of the open driver’s door, the keys in the ignition, and an open alcohol beverage in his possession. The officers were able to wake the individual and determine that his Maryland license was suspended and revoked. He was removed from the vehicle and issued five Maryland traffic citations and one criminal citation. The vehicle was impounded for the safety of the public.

4600 block of 27th Street: At about 7:10 am officers responded for the report of an attempt suicide. The officers learned that a woman had had an argument with her boyfriend. She then went into the kitchen, grabbed a knife and began to cut several minor non-life threatening slashes on her wrist. Her boyfriend was able to take the knife away from her and notify emergency services. She refused fireboard treatment on the scene but due to her behavior and a concern for her safety she was taken into custody taken to Prince George’s Hospital for an emergency psychiatric evaluation.

3700 block of Perry Street: At about 7:20 pm officers responded for a vehicle stopped blocking the roadway. When they arrived they observed a 1998 Toyota Camry stopped in the roadway with a flat tire. They also saw that the driver was highly intoxicated. There were no signs of property damage, but it appeared as if the driver had struck a curb or other object and finally stopped on Perry Street. The driver was very uncooperative and verbally abusive and due to his extreme intoxication he was transported to PGH for possible alcohol poisoning. His Toyota was impounded for safekeeping. A follow-up investigation will determine if charges are warranted.

3200 block of Chillum Road: At about 10 pm officers on patrol were approached by an individual who said that he had just been robbed. The victim said that the first of four suspects walked passed him and said “what’s up?” When this suspect got behind the victim he struck him in the face causing him to fall to the ground. Once the victim was on the ground the suspect stated “give me your money,” went through the victim’s pockets and stole a quantity of US currency. All four suspects then fled the area on foot towards the Hyattsville metro station. A check of the area was conducted with Hyattsville City PD assistance with negative results. PGPD was notified and responded to assume a follow-up investigation. The victim was only able to provide a description of the suspect who struck him describing that suspects as a black male, about 6’1” tall and 190 lbs wearing a white tank style shirt and blue jeans. Victim suffered minor injuries and refused medical treatment.

3200 block of Chillum Road: At about 11:50 pm officers observed an occupied disabled Toyota Camry with Virginia tags stopped in the roadway impeding traffic. The officers approached and identified the driver who had a learners permit and was not being supervised by a licensed driver. An MVA check showed that the tag displayed on the vehicle were not registered to it and were actually registered to a Nissan. The vehicle was impounded and the driver issued several Maryland traffic citations.

Police Report: June 29-30

Monday June 29th:

4300 block of Russell Avenue: At about 12:30 am officers responded for a strong armed robbery. The victim told the officers that while he was walking home from work he was assaulted from behind by two black males, one wearing a red t-Shirt and the other wearing a white t-Shirt, and robbed of his personal property. The victim said that after the two took his property they fled on foot towards Eastern Avenue. Fire/rescue personnel responded to treat the victim for a minor head injury. Officers canvassed the area for the two suspects and any witnesses or evidence with negative results.

Tuesday June 30th:

3200 block of Taylor Street: At about 11 pm officers responded for the report of an attempted armed robbery. The victim told the officers that he was getting out of his vehicle when he was approached by an individual who placed a gun to his head and told him to get on the ground. The victim did not comply, and when he saw headlights coming in his direction he told the individual that the approaching headlights looked like a police car. Hearing this, the suspect immediately got into a waiting vehicle and fled the area. The victim described the suspect’s vehicle as a dark colored Jeep Cherokee.

3200 block of Taylor Street: While officers were taking the above attempted armed robbery report they were approached by a citizen who had found a cell phone and battery. When the officers checked the serial number of the phone they learned that it had been reported stolen from a victim in an armed robbery that occurred on Oglethorpe Street, N.E. in DC. Based on the recovery of the cell phone it is likely that the same individual or group of individuals is responsible for the attempted robbery that occurred here on Taylor Street.

3200 block of Queens Chapel Road (Caribbean Market): At about 10 pm officers responded for a commercial robbery that had just occurred. When the officers arrived the store owner told them that as he was trying to close the store for the day he noticed that there were three black males, all in their early twenties, still inside. One of the men blocked the door while the other two, one armed with a black semi-automatic handgun, confronted him and demanded money. When he told them that he didn’t have any money the armed man fired a shot into the ceiling and again demanded money. The man then struck the victim in the head with the gun and threatened to shoot him if he did not turn over the store’s cash. The victim then went into the back room and opened a safe from which the suspects stole a quantity of US currency. They also stole the victim’s wallet before fleeing the store. PGPD robbery detectives and a forensic services team responded top the store to conduct a follow-up investigation. The forensics team processed the scene and recovered several items of evidence.

Police Report: June 26-28

Friday June 26th:

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 11:30 am officers met with a representative from the Sigma Space Corporation who told them that the hose to their metro counter (a device use to count vehicles and measure their speed) had been cut by person(s) unknown. No evidence as to those responsible could be found.

Saturday June 27th:

Buchanan Street and Chillum Road: At about 4:15 am stopped two individuals who were riding a grey motor scooter. Neither of the individuals was wanted and they were eventually sent on their way after receiving warnings for traffic related violations. After the individuals left the area the officers received information that the scooter had been stolen from an address in Greenbelt. The officers canvassed the area for the scooter and its riders with negative results. An arrest warrant was obtained for the driver of the scooter charging him with theft.

Chillum Road and Queens Chapel Road: At about 9:50 pm officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver did not have a driver’s license. He was issued the appropriate Maryland traffic citations and his vehicle was impounded for safekeeping.

3200 block of Chillum Road: At about 11:15 am officers responded for the report of an attempted burglary. The resident of the apartment told the officers that person(s) unknown tried numerous times to gain entry into his apartment kicking the door. The resident yelled for help and a neighbor called police. The neighbor also observed three individuals kicking the door and watched them flee the area in a red pick-up truck just before police arrived. The officers later learned that the resident had a large quantity of cash in his possession and the suspects apparently knew of its existence. The officers took a report of the attempted burglary and canvassed the area for the three suspects with negative results. The officers personally escorted the resident to the bank so he could safely deposit his money.

Sunday June 28th:

4300 block of Russell Avenue: At about 8 pm officers took a report of a vandalism to auto. The victim owner of a 1998 Subaru Legacy told the officers that person(s) unknown had smashed out the rear window. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report.

3300 block of Chillum Road: At about 5:10 pm officers responded to a report of a home invasion robbery. When the officers arrived they interviewed a man who told them that as he and a young acquaintance got home from shopping they were confronted by a man with a handgun as they entered their apartment building. The man forced them at gunpoint into their apartment where he stole cash and a Play Station 3. The suspect then fled the building on foot. Further investigation revealed that the victim had waited a substantial period of time before reporting the incident to the police and there were several inconsistencies in his recollection of events. The officers were able to obtain a picture of the alleged perpetrator from a security camera and the picture did not match the description that the victim gave police. PGPD robbery detectives assisted MRPD with the initial investigation and will handle the follow-up.