Monday, January 11, 2010

Police Report: January 1-7, 2010

January 1st 2010:

37th and Perry Streets: At about 3:45 a.m. officers responded for the sound of shots. Upon arrival the officers searched the area and located a single shell casing in the 3700 block of 37th Street. A further search of the area for those responsible proved negative.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 11:50 a.m. officers responded for the report of a man acting irrationally and threatening to kill people. Once on the scene the officers observed the man to be irate and threatening to harm others in the apartment. He was patted down for officer safety purposes and was found to have a loaded handgun in his pants pocket. He was arrested and delivered to the custody of medical personnel at Washington Adventist Hospital for a psychological evaluation.

3600 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 1 p.m. officers took a vandalism to auto report. The victim owner told the officers that someone smashed out the rear passenger side window of her car sometime prior to her reporting the damage. Nothing was taken from inside the vehicle and no evidence/witnesses could be found.

3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 10:15 p.m. officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver had an open arrest warrant through Prince George’s County for DUI. He was arrested without incident and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

January 2nd:

3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 3:40 p.m. officers received a citizen complaint of two suspicious men in a green Honda Accord. Further investigation revealed that one of the men was in possession of a baggie containing cocaine. He was arrested and charged with possession of a CDS and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. The vehicle was impounded and the second individual was sent on his way.

2200 block of Varnum Street: At about 10:20 p.m. officers stopped a vehicle for an equipment violation. When the officers approached the vehicle to speak with the driver they smelled the odor of marijuana coming from inside. Both the driver and passenger were removed from the vehicle. During questioning the passenger struck one of the officers and fled on foot. After a brief foot chase the officers deployed a departmental issued Taser. The passenger was immediately incapacitated and taken into custody without further incident. Further investigation revealed that the passenger was in possession of two baggies of marijuana and also had an open arrest warrant through Montgomery County for carrying a concealed weapon (handgun) and assaulting a police officer. He was charged accordingly and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. The driver was issued a State citation for the original traffic violation and released at the scene.

January 3rd:

Nothing significant to report.

January 4th:

4200 block of Rainier Avenue: At about 9 a.m. officers took a report of a residential burglary. The victim/homeowner told the officers that he left for an out of town trip on December 25th. When he returned he discovered that someone had broken into his home through a side window. The interior had been ransacked and a large quantity of US currency had been stolen. The scene was processed with negative results and no witnesses could be identified.

4100 block of Russell Avenue: At about 12:10 p.m. officers took a report of a stolen tag. The victim/owner told the officers that sometime between December 10th and December 17th someone stole the rear license plate off her vehicle while it was parked by her residence. She said she was unable to report the crime earlier due to a family medical matter. No evidence or witnesses could be located.

4600 block of 25th Street: At about 1:30 p.m. officers responded for a citizen armed robbery. The two victims in this case were walking to the Hyattsville Metro when they observed two individuals in a parked burgundy Nissan Maxima. As they got near the Nissan two individuals wearing ski masks got out (one of whom was armed with a black automatic long gun) approached the victims and announced a robbery. The suspects stole several items of personal property from both victims, returned to the Nissan and fled the area. Neither victim was harmed during the robbery. PGPD robbery detectives responded to the scene to assume a follow up investigation. A search of the area for the Nissan and the suspects by MRPD officers and surrounding police agencies proved negative. The two suspects were described as follows:

Suspect 1 (driver): Black male; 20 YOA; 5’8” tall; 175lbs.; wearing a black coat and blue jeans.
Suspect 2 (passenger); black male; 20 YOA; 5’8” tall; 175 lbs.; wearing a black coat and blue jeans; armed with black long gun.

January 5th:

4400 block of 30th Street: At about 2:15 a.m. officers took a report of an attempted auto theft. The victim/owner showed the officers where someone broke into his car by defeating the driver’s door lock. Once inside the thief removed the ignition module from the steering column but was unable to get the car started. Nothing was stolen from inside the vehicle and no evidence/witnesses could be located.

2500 block of Allison Street: At about 9:20 p.m. officers took a report of a citizen armed robbery. The victim told the officers that she observed a strange man following her as she walked home from the Giant food store. As she got to the security door of her apartment building the man accosted her with a knife and demanded her money. She gave him what little money she had in her wallet which did not satisfy her assailant. He then took her cell phone and made her walk with him, still at knife point, to 25th Street and Arundel Road. When they got to that intersection a Metro bus stopped and three men got off the bus. The victim seeing this opportunity pushed the suspect away and screamed for help. Three men who had gotten off the bus began to chase the suspect towards the Kaywood Apartments complex but were unable to catch up to him. He made good his escape. The officers searched the area for the suspect with negative results. They also could not locate the three men who had chased the suspect. In retracing the victim’s walk from her apartment to the bus stop the officers were able to locate the victim’s cell phone and return it to her. PGPD robbery detectives responded to the scene to assume the follow up investigation.

34th and Upshur Streets: At about 11:30 p.m. officers responded for the report of attempted citizen armed robbery. Communications received a call from a cab driver reporting that there was a man with a gun at 34th and Upshur Streets. When the officers arrived they located the cab driver who told them that two men described as Hispanic, one wearing a black jacket and the other wearing a brown jacket tried to rob him. He said that he had just dropped off a fare when the two individuals banged on the back of his cab. One of the individuals had his hand in his jacket, implying he had a gun, and attempted to rob him. The victim immediately drove away in fear for his safety. He said he last saw the two individuals running on 34th Street towards Upshur Street. Officers conducted a search of the area for the two individuals and located two men fitting their description in the area of 37th Street and Tilden Road. The victim was brought to the scene and positively identified them as the individuals who tried to rob him. Both individuals were arrested and charged with attempted armed robbery. One was charged as an adult and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. The other, a juvenile, was charged by juvenile petition and released to the custody of his parents.

January 6th:

One Municipal Place: At about 3:45 p.m. officers took a report of a stolen tag. The victim told the officers that someone stole the rear tag of her rented black 2008 Mercury Mariner (MD tags 22854M2). Neither the victim nor the officers could determine when or where the tags had been stolen.

January 7th:

3600 block of Perry Street: At about 3:30 p.m. officers took a report of a 2nd degree assault. The 15 year old female victim told the officers that after she returned home from the movies her father struck her several times in the face with a closed fist and an open hand. She said that her mother had to intervene to stop the assault. The father had left the residence prior to the officers’ arrival and could not be located. Both the victim and her mother were advised of their options with the District Court Commissioner’s Office.

2900 block of Allison Street: At about 6:45 p.m. officers responded for a report of suspicious individuals loitering in the area. The officers located the individuals described by the complainant and a further investigation revealed that one of them had two open arrest warrants through Anne Arundel County for urinating in public and failure to appear in court on a CDS possession charge. She was also discovered to be in possession of a small quantity of marijuana. She was arrested on the open warrants, charged with possession of CDS and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

2500 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 11:30 p.m. officers took a death report. Their investigation revealed that a relative of a 78 year old female found her unconscious and not breathing. The relative called 911 and began CPR. When fire/rescue personnel arrived at the apartment their efforts to revive the woman were unsuccessful. She was pronounced dead at 11:49 p.m. She had been under the recent care of a physician and it was determined that she died from natural causes.

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