Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Police Report: August 30-31

August 30th:

4400 block of 32nd Street: At about 9 am officers responded for a report of an abandoned car blocking the roadway. The officers found the car and discovered that it had been previously reported stolen from an address in Takoma Park. It was impounded for safekeeping and the owner notified of the recovery. No arrests were made.

3200 block of Chillum Road: At about 9 am officers took a report of a stolen auto. The victim told the officers that he parked his green 2001 Dodge Intrepid (Maryland tags 1DBX45) by his residence the previous evening and returned this morning to find that it had been stolen. A check of the area for evidence/witnesses proved negative.

4200 block of 30th Street: At about 9:10 am officers took a report of a stolen tag. The officers met with the owner who told them that when she got to work she discovered that the rear tag on her car was not the one that was registered to her. Sometime during the previous night someone stole her tag and put another in its place. That tag turned out to have been reported stolen from a car in Takoma Park. The officers recovered the stolen tag and notified Takoma Park PD of the recovery.

3249 Rhode Island Avenue: At about 1:40 pm a man came into the police station to surrender on an open arrest warrant. Officers confirmed the existence of the warrant (failing to appear in court on a traffic related charge), arrested him and delivered him to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

2700 block of Webster Street: At about 11:30 pm officers took a report of a citizen armed robbery. The victim told the officers that while he was occupied on his cell phone he observed a dark colored (possibly blue) compact car on the roadway. He later saw a man he described as a thinly built black male, 18-22 years of age, 5’10” tall, wearing all dark clothing get out of the car and walk towards him. As he approached the man pulled a mask over his face, displayed a black handgun and ordered the victim to the ground. Once the victim was on the ground the man with the handgun was joined by a second suspect (no description given) and together they went through the victim’s pockets and stole his wallet and cash along with his cell phone. The two then got back into the car and fled the area. The victim was not injured during the robbery. PGPD robbery detectives responded to the scene to interview the victim and assume a follow-up investigation. MRPD officers conducted a search of the surrounding area for the suspects with negative results.

4300 block of Russell Avenue and 4200 block of 28th Street: While officers were investigating the above described citizen robbery, two other individuals called to report that they too had been robbed. The alleged victim from Russell Avenue told the Dispatcher that he had been robbed by a man with a shotgun as he sat in his car. He told the dispatcher that he did not want to see the police but that we could call him on his cell phone if we wanted to. Repeated attempts to contact this man were unsuccessful. The alleged victim from 28th Street flagged down a PGPD officer and told the officer that someone had just tried to rob him. By the time MRPD officers were able to interview him he said that he did not want police assistance and just wanted to go to a friend’s house as he had originally planned. Due to their lack of cooperation the officers could not verify whether or not either of these two individuals had actually been the victim of a robbery or other crime.

August 31st:

2700 block of Webster Street; 4100 block of 28th Street: During the day officers took three reports of airbags being stolen from locked and secured cars; two on Webster Street and one on 28th. In each case the thieves broke open the target car’s rear passenger side vent window to get inside and steal the airbag. Each vehicle was processed for evidence with negative results and no witnesses were identified.

4100 block of 34th Street: At about 6:30 pm officers responded for the report of a disorderly man refusing to leave a private residence. The officers learned that the disorderly man was upset about not being paid for work he had performed on the house. The homeowners refused to pay since they claimed payment was owed the man by the contractor they hired who in turn hired him. The officers convinced the man to leave the house and pursue his payment demand civilly at a later time. About an hour later officers were called back to the house because the man had returned and was more disorderly than he was the first time. He refused to heed the officers’ requests to calm down and leave; and when they advised him that he was under arrest he assaulted one of the officers and tried to flee the scene. After a short struggle the officers were able to get him under control and under arrest. He was charged with disorderly conduct, trespassing on private property, assault on a police officer and resisting arrest. He was delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

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