3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 10 am officers stopped a man for drinking in public. When the officers told him he would be cited for the violation he became belligerent, verbally abusive and started yelling and cursing. He was advised numerous times to calm down but refused to do so. He was arrested for disorderly conduct, issued a criminal citation for the alcohol violation and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
4200 block of Russell Avenue: At about 11:30 pm officers took a report of a citizen robbery. The victim told the officers that he was unloading groceries from the trunk of his vehicle when he was approached by two men. One of the two produced a handgun and ordered the victim to the ground. The two then went through the victim’s pockets and stolen several items of his personal property. The two men then stole the victim’s red 2007 Chrysler 300 (Virginia tags XJJ-6780) and fled the area. A lookout for the victim’s vehicle was broadcast to all surrounding police agencies and an extensive search for it proved negative. PGPD robbery detectives responded to the scene to assume a follow-up investigation.
Suspect 1: Black male; 5’8” tall; 140 lbs; wearing a royal blue t-shirt, blue jeans, blue baseball cap; armed with a black handgun.
Suspect 2: Black male; 5’8” tall; 140 lbs; wearing all dark clothing; armed with a black handgun.
3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 3:40 am officers on patrol heard the sound of a vehicle crash and began a search of the area. They discovered a red Honda CRX that had crashed into a City parking meter and a Pepco pole. The driver was found to be under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested and taken to the MSP barracks in College park for a breathalyzer test which he refused to take. He was charged with DWI/DUI and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. Since his vehicle was not drivable after the crash it was impounded for safekeeping.
3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 8:30 am officers responded for the report of an intoxicated individual. Employees of Party Time Liquors told the officers that the man came into the store and tried to buy alcohol. Due to his obviously intoxicated state they refused to serve him. He then went back to his car and tried to drive away. The store employees followed and prevented him from driving by taking his keys. When the officers arrived they arrested the man for DWI/DUI and in the course of the arrest they discovered that he had an outstanding arrest warrant out of Charles County for failure to appear in court on a prior DWI charge. He was delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville and his vehicle was impounded.
4100 block of Russell Avenue: At about 2 pm officers took a report of an attempted vehicle theft. The victim/owner told the officers that when she came out to her car she discovered that someone had broken into it and damaged the ignition in an obvious attempt to steal the car. The vehicle was equipped with an anti-theft device so the suspects were unsuccessful. The officers obtained several partial latent prints which were forwarded to RAFIS for possible identification.
4300 block of Russell Avenue (Kay Liquors): At about 10:45 pm officers responded for a commercial armed robbery. Once on the scene the officers discovered that numerous gunshots occurred inside the store and one customer had been shot. The officers interviewed the store clerk who told them that two armed men came into the store and announced a robbery. The clerk, upon seeing the armed suspects grabbed a handgun from behind the counter. At that point both suspects began firing shots at the clerk. The clerk returned fire as she ran for the safety of a back room. The bullet resistant class separating the clerk from the suspects prevented her from being hit by the suspects’ gun fire. Both suspects backed out of the store as they were firing and fled the area in an unknown direction. Once the suspects were out of the store the clerk observed a man who had been inside the store at the time of the gunshots bleeding from a wound to his neck. This victim was taken to Med-Star by two unidentified individuals. At last report the gunshot victim was listed in stable condition at the hospital. PGPD evidence technicians and robbery detectives responded to the scene to collect evidence and assume a follow-up investigation.
2200 block of Varnum Street: At about 12:40 am officers stopped a vehicle for loud music blasting from an external speaker. The driver was issued three State citations for various traffic violations and a criminal citation for violating the City’s noise ordinance.
4300 block of Russell Avenue: At about 2:15 am officers took a report of a citizen robbery. The victim told the officers that as she was walking to her apartment she saw a newer model white Toyota Camry with dark tinted windows pull up next to her. A black male that she described as about 6’ tall; 140 lbs; wearing light colored blue jeans and a white t-shirt wrapped around his face got out of the Camry and grabbed the victim around her face and neck. He implied that he had a weapon and demanded the keys to her car. When she surrendered her keys he drove off in her car towards Eastern Avenue followed by the white Camry. Prior to making contact with MRPD officers the victim flagged down a DC officer and told them of the robbery. A short time later DC officers spotted the victim’s car being driven on Eastern Avenue and tried to initiate a traffic stop. The vehicle fled from the officers and they eventually lost sight of it in the area of Queens Chapel Road and East-West Highway. At about 2 pm MRPD was notified by MPD that their officers had recovered the vehicle abandoned and unoccupied. PGPD responded and took custody of the vehicle for evidence purposes.
3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 10:45 pm officers took a report of a strong arm robbery. The victim told the officers that as she was walking home she was approached by a 6-foot tall black male with short dreadlock hair and what she described as “crazy eyes.” The man tried to snatch the victim’s purse but she vigorously resisted. After a brief struggle where the victim was thrown to the ground the suspect succeeded in stealing the purse and fled the area. The officers interviewed several witnesses who said that the suspect was a regular in the area and possibly lived nearby. From the victim’s description of her attacker the officers believed they knew his identity from prior contacts. The officers went to the suspect’s last known address and took him into custody for questioning. During questioning the victim positively identified him as the man who attacked her and stole her purse. He was arrested, charged with robbery and delivered to the custody of DOC in Upper Marlboro.
3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 11:10 pm officers stopped a vehicle for a speeding violation. When the officers spoke with the driver they smelled a strong odor of alcohol. He was asked to submit to a field sobriety test. He agreed and proceeded to fail the test. He was arrested for DWI/DUI and taken to the MSP barracks in College Park for a breathalyzer test. The test revealed that he had a BAC of .17, more than twice the legal limit. He was charged with DWI/DUI and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
4300 block of 28th Place: At about 11:30 pm officers responded for the report of a domestic dispute. The officers determined that the dispute was verbal in nature and no violence was involved. However, during their investigation they discovered that the male half had two open arrest warrants through Prince George’s County for failing to appear in court on a DUI charge and for theft. He was arrested on the warrants and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.