Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Police Report: October 1-3

October 1st:

3400 block of Bunker Hill Road: At about 9 am officers took a report of a vandalism to auto. The victim/owner told the officers that sometime during the previous evening someone broke into his car and damaged the steering column and ignition. No evidence was recovered.

3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 4 pm officers investigated a traffic collision involving two vehicles. Both vehicles were traveling northbound on Rhode Island Avenue with the at fault vehicle going at a speed greater than reasonable for the road conditions. The at fault vehicle struck the second vehicle in the rear. The driver of the at fault vehicle was issued two State traffic citations and both vehicles were drivable after the collision.

4000 block of 36th Street: At about 7:30 pm officers responded to a report of an assault. When they arrived they learned that a mother and her son had had a domestic altercation. The altercation continued as the officers were trying to understand the situation and at one point the son head butted his mother. He was immediately arrested, charged with the assault and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3700 block of 37th Street: At about 9:15 pm officers responded for the report of a domestic disturbance. When the officers arrived they were immediately confronted by the male half of the disturbance who was visibly intoxicated. He wasted no time in becoming verbally abusive and combative towards the officers. He was advised several times to calm down and control himself which he refused to do. He was eventually arrested for disorderly conduct and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

October 2nd:

3500 block of Bunker Hill Road: At about 8:10 am officers took a vandalism report. The victim told the officers that sometime after midnight and prior to his call to police someone broke the glass panel to his front storm door. The officers found no clues as to who was responsible for the damage.

4200 block of Russell Avenue: At about 2:30 pm officers responded for the report of a domestic assault. When they arrived they learned that a dispute had started over custody of the couple’s son which escalated to the point where the child’s mother was punched in the face several times by the father. The father had fled the scene prior to the officers’ arrival and he could not be located. The mother sustained minor injuries for which she refused medical attention. She was referred to the District Court Commissioner.

2500 block of Arundel Road: At about 4:10 pm officers took a vandalism report. The victim told the officers that he was sitting in his living room when he heard a loud noise. He got up to investigate and found that his bedroom window had been broken with some unknown object.

3700 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 8:10 pm 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 failing to appear in court. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Upper Marlboro.

October 3rd:

2700 block of Webster Street: At about 2:15 pm officers took a report of a theft from auto. The victim/owner told the officers that sometime between 1:30 pm on October 2nd and today someone had entered his vehicle through the partially open driver’s door window. Once inside the suspect(s) stole about $10.00 in coin and a black vinyl handbag. The victim said that he discovered the theft at about 8 am but because the theft was not that serious he went about running some errands before notifying police.

3300 block of Chillum Road: At about 2:30 pm officers responded for the report of a pedestrian struck. When the officers arrived they found a man who had been struck by a passing vehicle. He was suffering from serious head injuries. He was immediately treated by fire/rescue personnel and transported to MedStar for emergency treatment. Witness told the officers that the victim had been hit by a commercial style box van which failed to stop. One of the witnesses was able to record the van’s tag number. The tag came back listed to a rental company in Landover. With that information the officers were able to track down and arrest the driver. When the officers found him he waived his rights to counsel told them that he knew he had hit the pedestrian but did not stop because he had been drinking all day and his driver’s license was revoked. He was arrested and charged with numerous traffic violations.

2300 block of Varnum Street (Grand China restaurant): At about 11:10 pm officers received a call from a witness who told them that there was a robbery in progress in the restaurant’s parking lot. MRPD officers and Hyattsville City officers responded but when they arrived the suspects had already fled the scene up Varnum Street and into DC. The victims and several witnesses told the officers that as employees were driving out of the parking lot after closing the restaurant they were blocked in by a red Jeep Cherokee displaying police-type lighting. A second Jeep Cherokee, green in color, pulled in behind the victim’s car. Three armed suspects, all wearing masks, got out of the two Jeeps and forced the victims out of their car. The suspects went through the victims’ pockets and stole numerous items from them. They then got back into the two Jeeps and fled into DC. An extensive search of the area was conducted by officers from Mount Rainier, Hyattsville, PGPD and DC with negative results. PGPD robbery suppression detectives responded to assist with the investigation. MRPD was notified that during DC’s search for the two vehicles one of their officers stopped and approached a suspicious green Jeep on Queens Chapel Road. When the officer approached the Jeep the occupants fired several shots at the officer as it drove away. An extended search for this green Jeep ensued and it was located a short time later abandoned and unoccupied.

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