Friday, February 26, 2010

Police Report: February 25

February 25th:

3500 block of 37th Street: At about 8:30 am officers took a report of a commercial burglary. A representative of the business told the officers that someone forced entry into the business through a roof door. Once inside the thieves stole a quantity of US currency and several electronics items. The officers processed the scene for evidence with negative results. They also learned that the business has working surveillance cameras; however the person who operates the system was not available. The representative will attempt to provide a copy of the surveillance. The case is open pending follow up.

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 10:30 am the fire department responded to a working apartment fire. The majority of the fire was confined to two apartments and is believed to have started in the floor/ceiling space between the two. All other apartments in the building sustained some damage either as a direct result of fire or because of smoke or firefighting efforts. Utility companies responded and shut off gas and electric service to the building and it is expected that the building will not be habitable for some time. One male resident who is in the final stages of hospice was taken to PGH as a precaution. No other injuries were reported. The fire department had OEM and Red Cross representatives on the scene to assist in relocating displaced residents.

4000 block of 30th Street: At about 7:45 pm officers responded to investigate a suspicious vehicle. Their investigation revealed that the driver of the vehicle was under the influence of either alcohol or drugs. She was arrested, charged with DUI/DWI and released after refusing to submit to blood alcohol testing. Her vehicle was impounded for safekeeping.

3200 block of Varnum Street: At about 9:10 pm officers received a call from PGPD robbery detectives requesting assistance in locating a vehicle that was taken in an armed carjacking earlier in the day in Suitland. During the carjacking the victim was shot in the neck. MRPD officers began a systematic search of the City for the carjacked vehicle. At about 11:50 pm the officers found the vehicle, a 1993 Lincoln Mark III, parked and unoccupied in the driveway of an abandoned house in the 3200 block of Varnum Street. The vehicle was impounded and towed to PGPD’s evidence unit.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Police Report: February 22-24

February 22nd:

2300 block of Varnum Street: At about 7:15 am officers took a theft report. The store clerk told the officers that a man entered the store, removed a can of red Bull energy drink and left without paying for it.

3300 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 11:30 am officers responded for a domestic dispute. The officers discovered that a man and a woman has a verbal argument that was settled when the man voluntarily left the apartment. Neither party sustained any injuries and the female half was advised of her options with a District Court Commissioner.

3200 block of Perry Street: At about 5:10 pm officers took a report of a residential burglary. The victim/resident told the officers that sometime between noon and 4 pm someone broke into his residence and stole several items of personal property. The house was searched for evidence including a point of entry with negative results.

3700 block of 35th Street: At about 10:30 pm officers investigated a suspicious vehicle. They found that the driver was driving down the alley and got stuck in the snow. Both the driver and passenger appeared to be impaired by PCP. Neither was wanted and neither was in any shape to drive so the officers impounded their vehicle for safekeeping. No charges were placed since the officers did not see anyone actually drive the car.

February 23rd:

3200 block of Otis Street: At about 1:40 am officers took a report of a vandalism to auto. The victim/owner told the officers that she had a fight with her boyfriend and when he left her residence she saw him attempt to slash the left rear tire on her car. The victim said that afterwards she drove the car for about 20 miles when she discovered that the tire was flat. When she changed the tire she discovered that it had been punctured by a sharp object. The officers are in the process of obtaining an arrest warrant for the boyfriend for destruction of property.

3300 block of Chillum Road: At about 2 am officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver had a suspended driver’s license. He was issued the appropriate citations and the vehicle was impounded.

February 24th:

3200 block Road Island Avenue: At about 9:30 am officers investigated a two-car collision. Their investigation revealed that the driver of one of the vehicles failed to stop and struck the second vehicle in the rear. No injuries were reported. The at fault driver was charged accordingly.

3700 block of Quincy Street (Brentwood): At about 3 pm officers observed a suspicious individual and stopped to initiate a field interview. When the officers approached the man they saw him discard an object in attempt to conceal it from them. The officers retrieved the object and found it to be a baggie containing marijuana. The man was placed under arrest and searched. During the search the officers found anoth similar baggie also with marijuana inside. He was subsequently charged with possession of CDS and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

4200 block of Eastern Avenue: At about 6 pm officers investigated a residential burglary. The victim/resident told the officers that sometime between 7 am and 5:30 pm someone entered his apartment and stole several electronic items. The officers were unable to locate any evidence of forced entry into the apartment.

2700 block of Arundel Road: At about 11:30 pm officers responded for the report of a domestic assault. When the officers arrived they located the intoxicated male half sitting in front of the apartment building and his girlfriend inside the building bleeding from the head and face. Interviews of both individuals revealed that the two got into a verbal dispute which led the man to beat his girlfriend causing her injuries. The man was arrested, charged with domestic assault and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Winter Weather Advisory

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the Metropolitan Area (including District of Columbia) from 8:00 PM this evening until 9:00 PM Thursday. A mix of rain and snow will develop late this afternoon and early this evening. Precipitation will become all snow late this evening and will continue through early Friday morning. Accumulation could reach 1 to 3 inches of snow.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Police Report: February 19-21

February 19th:

4100 block of 32nd Street: At about 11 am officers took a fraud report. The victim told the officers that someone had stolen her identity and uttered over $1,000 in bad checks to various businesses during the month of December 2009. The victim notified her bank and an internal investigation was initiated.

4700 block of 27th Street: At about 3:30 pm officers took a report of a citizen robbery. The victim, a delivery person for the Golden China carryout in Hyattsville, was robbed at gunpoint by a man described as a 20 something black male wearing a red bandana over his mouth and armed with a black handgun. The man stole the victim’s cash and other personal belongings in addition to the food he was called to deliver. After taking the victim’s property the suspect fled the area on foot in an unknown direction. The victim continued on his delivery route and did not report the crime to police until he returned to the restaurant sometime later. Due to the delay in reporting the crime officers were unable to obtain any evidence as to the person responsible.

February 20th:  

4100 block of 31st Street: At about 8 pm officers assisted child protective services in removing two juveniles from their residence. CPS case workers had a court order to take the two into custody pending a court hearing. They went peacefully with the CPS workers to a group home in Lanham.

3200 block of Varnum Street: At about 10 pm officers responded for the report of a domestic disturbance between a mother and her 50 year old son. The officers got the disturbance under control but discovered that the son had an open arrest warrant through Prince George’s County for 2nd degree assault. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

February 21st:

2500 block of Arundel Road: At about 1 am officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver had a suspended Maryland license and the passenger had two open arrest warrants through Prince George’s County for failure to appear in court on various charges. The driver was issued a traffic citation for the suspended license and the passenger was arrested on the warrants and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville

3200 block of 34th Street: At about 4:30 am officers stopped a man for a field interview. When the officers began to question him he became loud and verbally abusive to the officers and attempted to strike one of them. After a short struggle the man was brought under control and arrested. He was charged with disorderly conduct and assaulting a police officer. He was delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Police Report: February 18

2700 block of Allison Street: At about 9:45 am officers received a call for a possible stolen vehicle. When they arrived they discovered an unoccupied 1996 Honda Accord with damage to it. It was stolen out of Arlington, Virginia. It was impounded for safekeeping and the owner was notified of the recovery.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Police Report: February 17

4200 block of 34th Street: At about 3:30 pm officers were notified by PGPD that a vehicle stolen from the 4200 block of 34th Street on January 27th was recovered in the 4500 block of Saint Barnabas Road. It was released to the victim/owner at the scene of the recovery.  

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 8 pm officers took a report of a theft from auto. Upon arrival the officers were met by the victim/owner who told them that sometime between 5:30 pm and the time of the report someone broke out the passenger window of his Honda and stole an in-dash DVD player. The officers’ investigation cast some doubt as to whether or not the crime actually occurred in the City or elsewhere.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Police Report: February 12-15

Friday February 12th:

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 11:50 pm officers impounded a vehicle that was double parked, unoccupied, unregistered and displaying tags issued to another vehicle.

Saturday February 13th:

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 3:15 am officers impounded an unattended burgundy Ford Taurus and an unattended block Toyota Sion that were blocking State Highway Administration snow removal contractors clearing snow along Rhode Island Avenue.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 8:45 pm officers on patrol observed two individuals consuming alcohol beverages near the bus stop. Both individuals were issued criminal citations for open container. One of them was found to have two open arrest warrants through Montgomery County for (you may not believe this) open container. He was arrested on the open warrants and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

Sunday February 14th:

3100 block of Buchanan Street: At about 5 am officers impounded a 1992 Ford Crown Victoria that had been abandoned in the street blocking traffic.

3400 block of Newton Street: At about 6:3o am officers received a call for an attempted stolen auto. When the officers arrived they discovered that someone had stolen a 1998 Lincoln Town Car sometime between Midnight and 6:20 am. The thieves were unable to get away with the vehicle because the icy road conditions caused them to crash just down the street.

4600 block of 30th Street: At about 2:30 pm officers took a vandalism to auto report. The victim/owner of 2000 Buick told the officers that sometime between 10 pm on February 13th and the time of the report someone slashed one of the car’s tires.

4200 block of 34th Street: At about 2:30 pm officers took a vandalism to auto report. The victim/owner of a 1997 Dodge van told the officers that sometime between 10 pm on February 13th and the time of the report someone slashed one of the car’s tires.

4000 block of 31st Place: At about 11 pm officers received a call for an assault with a knife. The officer’s investigation revealed that the male complainant had met a female on the internet and brought her to his residence with the intent of having sexual relations. When the female decided that she did not want to participate the man panicked and ran out of the residence. He went to a neighbor’s house where he called police and stated that the woman threatened to kill him with a knife. The man gave the officers inconstant stories and was believed to be under the influence of narcotics. Officers assisted the woman in finding safe transportation back to her city of residence.

Monday February 15th:

3100 block of Upshur Street: At about 8:15 am officers took a report of vandalism to auto. The victim/owner showed the officers where someone had put a roughly 15” scratch along the driver’s door. No suspects/evidence could be located.

3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 3:45 pm officers took a hit and run accident report. A parked vehicle was struck by a second unknown vehicle and sustained damage to the driver’s side quarter panels. A check of the area for witnesses/evidence was negative.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Police Report: February 10

February 10th:

No significant incidents to report. The police department is continuing its efforts to keep show emergency routes and other City streets clear of illegally parked and disabled vehicles so that snow crews can continue their snow removal efforts.

Snow Removal Update
from City Manager Jeannelle Wallace

We had a list of 10 critical areas (mostly hills) that were to be a priority last night and unfortunately we did not get to all 10. Right now we have complaints about Webster Street (in Kaywood), 29th Street, Taylor Street, and 32nd and Varnum. We also had additional problems with the county plowing of RI Avenue and they blocked in Perry Street from the 33rd and 34th Street entrances which had to be re-cleared. Contractors and Luther Smith were here all night. While we made some really good progress in some areas, needless to say others are just almost impassable. Kaywood at Russell is blocked with vehicles. We have another vehicle blocking 34th and Bunker Hill Road.

We also have angry residents and non-residents (understandably) because their vehicles were impounded for blocking the roadways. Please remind your neighbors that we must remove vehicles blocking the roadways. On another note, since everyone is home, if you see someone that is stuck please be neighborly and try to help them out. The contractors have left the city now to rest and will return this evening. Folks that are able to dig out some could work together to do that. Personally, my street is totally impassable and I feel very fortunate to have co-workers willing to pick me up each day and bring me home. Mike Jackson and I have been here each day for 16-18 hours. So let everyone know that we are doing the best we have.

The dump truck is still down waiting for parts delivery so we are still with only one spreader. We could use 4 or more at this point to break up the ice which of course re-freezes each night. Contractor spreaders are also down and so we have been working with bob cats and plows. Persons are frustrated because they have seen the crews working the emergency routes and feel that there side streets have been ignored.

The additional problems we are facing at the moment are these:: People are shoveling snow back onto the street. Please do not do that as it freezes again over night when compacted by vehicles and pedestrians. Cars are blocking roadways, and we need to get snow hauled out of Kaywood because even with the cars removed, there is literally no place to put snow once it is plowed. Another challenge of course is that all the alley ways are blocked as the alleys are the last areas to be cleared. We have citizens who parked in the rear of their homes and of course are blocked in. To give you a perspective on this dilemma, a bobcat cleared the alley behind the 34-3500 block of Rhode Island Avenue – it took 4 hours! And now that same alley is blocked again from yesterday’s snowfall.

We can be grateful however, that a lot of our streets are looking pretty good. Perry Street is seeing pavement. The sun is out, and there have been no reports of power outages.

Thank you to everyone who has called or written in their support. Thanks and Kudos to Council member Thompson for providing Subway sandwiches to the PW staff, to Council member Knedler and former Council member Gandee or offering their homes to us in case we needed to sleep over.

Once again, thanks to all for your patience and understanding.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Police Report: February 9-10

February 9th:

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 9 p.m. officers impounded a 2000 Lexus SUV for parking on the emergency route.

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 11:15 p.m. officers impounded a 1999 Buick sedan for parking on the emergency route.

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 10:30 p.m. officers impounded a 1995 GMC 3500 work van for parking on the emergency route.

February 10th (early morning):

3400 block of Eastern Avenue: At about 1 a.m. officers responded for a domestic dispute. Upon their arrival they discovered a husband and wife engaged in an argument. Further investigation revealed that the wife had been physically assaulted by her husband. He was arrested, charged with domestic assault and delivered to the custody of DOC in Upper Marlboro.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Vandalism Incidents

Yesterday we experienced two incidents of vandalism, one on the front side of the Eastern Star building and one on a disabled PW truck on Bunker Hill Road near 38th Street. Additional investigation by our Brentwood officer revealed more vandalism at several locations from the 3200 to the 4300 blocks of Rhode Island Avenue. The Sunoco and Lowest Price Gas stations were the hardest hit. The tagging does not appear to be gang related, rather the work of a group of skaters that hang out in the 3200 block of Perry Street.

Police Report: February 8-9

February 8th:

4200 block of 28th Place: At about 11:55 a.m. officers observed a 1997 Buick and a 2000 Honda blocking the roadway so that vehicles could not pass. Both cars were impounded.

4300 block of 28th Place: At about 7 p.m. officers responded for a 911 hang-up. The officers learned that the hang-up stemmed from a domestic argument. They were able to settle the dispute by getting the parties to agree to a voluntary separation. Both parties were advised of their options with a District Court commissioner.

3200 block of Queenstown Drive: At about 8 p.m. officers took a death report. The officers learned that a female hospice patient had passed away from natural causes. The officers made the necessary notifications and assisted the family in making arrangements.

February 9th (early morning):

2500 block of Arundel Road: At about 1 a.m. officers impounded a vehicle that had been parked on the snow emergency route for several hours. Efforts to locate the vehicle’s owner prior to impound were negative.

4100 block of 34th Street: At about 3 a.m. DC police notified MPRD that their officers recovered a vehicle that had been stolen from the 4100 block of 34th Street on January 24th. They recovered the vehicle on January 24th at the intersection of Rhode Island Avenue and South Dakota Avenue after it was involved in a motor vehicle collision. No arrests were made and no reason was given for the delay in notification.

Monday, February 08, 2010

Winter Storm Warning

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning effective noon tomorrow to 7PM Wednesday for another winter storm. The storm is currently forecast to arrive around 2-3PM Tuesday, and will last through Wednesday late afternoon. The updated forecast now calls for 10-20” of snow. The NWS Storm Prediction Center currently shows a 10-40% chance of the storm generating over 12". The D.C. Metro area is close to the south edge of this storm, so to some degree the storm totals will depend on the exact path of the storm. Temperatures will start near freezing, but will drop into the mid-upper 20's during the storm. Wednesday high is 33-36. Winds will be 15-25 MPH with higher gusts.

Please get emergency supplies before the storm strikes, as driving will become even more hazardous after the storm begins. Please also secure all loose objects on your property.

Police Report & Snow Update

There was only one significant incident over the weekend and that occurred about 7 p.m. Friday night. A man was the victim of a strong armed robbery on Queens Chapel Road. He was able to provide a description of the four individuals who attacked and robbed him. We initiated a search and apprehended all of them, 3 juveniles and 1 adult, on Arundel Road at 32nd Street. They were interviewed by PGPD robbery detectives and one of the juveniles confessed to participating in this robbery and at least two others in the area. He also implicated his three accomplices in the other robberies. Hopefully these arrests will put a stop to the group robberies we have been experiencing along Queens Chapel Road.

Captain Stoots and I toured the City this morning, and all things considered, it was better than I expected. It looks like our biggest problems are on 31st, 32nd and 33rd Streets and Shepherd Street behind the old fire house. We need additional plowing to get those roads more passable. I talked to Mr. Smith and he has our one remaining plow at a repair shop to get a spring replaced on the plow blade. That should be completed shortly and he’ll be back to start clearing snow again. Only he and one other PW employee are working today. The rest of the PW staff is off getting some rest after working through the weekend. Our contractor is scheduled to be back on duty starting at 5 p.m. this evening.

As of this morning MRPD has issued 43 parking citations and impounded 19 vehicles for parking on a snow emergency route. Vehicles were towed from the following locations:

3200 block of Chillum Road: 3
3300 block of Chillum Road: 5
2300 block of Arundel Road: 1
2400 block of Arundel Road: 2
2500 block of Arundel Road: 2
2700 block of Arundel Road: 2
Russell Avenue & Arundel Road: 2
34th & Newton Streets: 1
3800 block of 34th Street: 1

Towing operations were suspended virtually all day Saturday and Sunday because our tow company’s trucks could not move on area streets and their storage lots were too snow covered to store towed vehicles.

The snow emergency is still in effect and is likely to remain so through Thursday. The NWS is predicting another strong winter storm that could bring as much as 10” of additional accumulation to the region starting mid-afternoon on Tuesday and continuing until Wednesday afternoon. Winds of 25-35 mph will also bring the possibility of more downed wires and power outages.

MRPD will continue to focus on keeping our snow emergency routes clear so plowing operations can continue. We encourage any of our residents who have 4WD or AWD vehicles and can assist with non-medical transportation to call the non-emergency dispatch line at (301)985-6566 to volunteer. Residents that require non-medical emergency transportation should also call the police non-emergency dispatch line and someone will respond to assist.

Because of the federal government closing, our records staff is off today. We have five officers on duty for day work and the night shift will be in at its normal time - 7 p.m. We have officers available to answer the phones and handle walk-ins until 5 p.m. I don’t see the need to hold any officers over tonight. We will most likely have to do that tomorrow when we get an additional accumulation.

Residents are reminded of the following emergency numbers:

WSSC - (301)206-4002
Washington Gas - (703)750-2500
PEPCO Light Outages - 1-877-737-2662
PEPCO Emergencies – (202)872-3432

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Snow Emergency Update

As of about 12:30 p.m. today we have seen approximately 27" of snow fall and are expecting several more inches before the storm subsides.

Public Works snow crews have made the snow emergency routes through the City passable, but far from clear of snow accumulation. MRPD officers have been working to clear these routes of disabled and illegally parked vehicles so that PW has a clear path to plow snow. At this time we are unable to get tow trucks to respond due to the amount of snow that has fallen.

At least one of our PW trucks dedicated to snow plowing has broken down and is out of service. Our backup snow removal contractor notified us early this morning that their equipment is also out of service. We have engaged a second contractor who is responding and will be on site in about 4-5 hours. We estimate that it will be between 24-48 hours before crews are able to make side streets passable.

Residents who experience utility outages and need temporary shelter can call the police non-emergency line at 301-985-6566 for information. The police department, City Hall and the Bunker Hill fire station are available for residents. Also, residents who need non-medical emergency transportation can call the non-emergency line and an officer will respond to assist.

Residents are strongly encouraged to stay inside shelter and off the roads.

Friday, February 05, 2010

Police Report: February 4

3600 block of Eastern Avenue: At about 10:25 a.m. officers took a misdemeanor theft report. The victim told the officers that her boyfriend stole her cell phone and was threatening to damage it.

3700 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 5:30 p.m. officers took a report of a lost Maryland license plate. The reporting person told the officers that while driving down Rhode Island Avenue his rear registration plate (MD 5FTT96) fell off his vehicle. He was provided the necessary information to get a new set of tags from MVA.

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Snow Emergency Declared!

The DC government has declared a snow emergency in effect beginning at 9:30 a.m. Friday morning February 5th. Residents are reminded that the City of Mount Rainier follows the DC government regarding the declaration of snow emergencies. During a snow emergency there is no parking allowed on City streets designated as snow emergency routes. Owners of vehicles parked on a snow emergency route during a snow emergency are subject to a $100 fine and/or having their vehicle towed.

Police Report: February 2-3

February 2nd:

Nothing significant to report.

February 3rd:

34th and Taylor Streets: At about 6:50 a.m. officers received a call for a hit and run motor vehicle collision. The officers’ investigation revealed only that an unidentified vehicle struck a parked vehicle and left the scene without stopping. No evidence was found that would help identify the striking vehicle.

4600 block of 30th Street: At about 5:30 p.m. officers received a call for damage to a parked vehicle. The victim/owner told the officers that on February 3rd sometime between 1:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. an unknown person/object struck her vehicle causing damage to the rear bumper/light. No evidence was found that would help identify the person(s) responsible.

1 Municipal Place: At about 3:50 p.m. officers took a report of damage to a City owned vehicle. The officers learned that sometime between 5 p.m. on January 29th and 8 a.m. on February 1st someone damaged the rear bumper of a Code Enforcement vehicle. The damage was minimal and does not restrict use of the vehicle.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Police Report: February 1

3700 block of Perry Street: At about 11:20 a.m. stopped a vehicle for exceeding the posted speed limit. Further investigation revealed that the driver was not licensed to drive in Maryland and falsified his personal information in an attempt to hide this fact from the officers. He was arrested and charged with driving without a license and giving false information to a police officer. He was delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville and his vehicle was impounded

3249 Rhode Island Avenue: At about 3:30 p.m. a man came into the police station to report that he had lost his immigration work permit. He told the reporting officer that on or about December 9th he was walking between City Hall and the 4500 block of 38th Street and when he got to his destination he realized that his work permit was missing.

3500 block of Newton Place: At about 4:30 p.m. officers took a report of a theft from auto. The victim told the officers that on January 31st around 10 p.m. she was cleaning out her vehicle and had to go inside of her residence for a short moment. She said she did not close and lock her vehicle when she went inside. When she returned she discovered that someone had stolen her purse.

3200 block of Chillum Road: At about 7:15 p.m. officers stopped a vehicle for exceeding the posted speed limit. Further investigation revealed that the 16 year old driver was not licensed to drive in Maryland. He was issued four traffic citations and sent on his way. His vehicle was impounded for safekeeping.

Monday, February 01, 2010

Police Report: January 29-31

Friday, January 29th:

Nothing significant to report.

Saturday, January 30th:

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 12:10 p.m. officers issued a criminal citation to a man for disorderly conduct. He was sent on his way without further incident

4200 block of Russell Avenue: At about 9:15 p.m. officers investigated an attempted armed carjacking. The victim told the officers that she was sitting in her talking on her cell phone when a small built black male wearing a black hat and a ski mask approached her car and demanded that she get out. The suspect tried to open the car’s locked door and pointed what the victim thought was a handgun at her. At that point the victim put the vehicle in drive and drove away. She stopped at the 7-11 on Chillum Road where she was able to regain her composure and call police. A search of the area for the suspect was negative.

Buchanan Street at Queens Chapel Road: At about 3:10 p.m. officers investigated a citizen strong armed robbery. The victim told the officers that he was followed from the Giant grocery store by six juvenile black males wearing all black. Once across the roadway and onto Buchanan Street, three of six males began punching the victim until he fell to the ground. Once the victim was on the ground the males went through his pockets and stole his wallet and keys. All six suspects then fled on foot to the rear of the Beauty Depot. A canvass of the area provided negative results. The victim refused any medical treatment.

Sunday, January 31st:

2200 block of Varnum Street: At about 1 p.m. officers took a report of a 1st degree assault. The victim, a uniformed loss prevention employee, told the officers that he attempted to stop a man from stealing items off the store’s shelves. When the victim approached the man he turned and struck the victim with a closed fist. He then pulled out a large knife and threatened to cut him. The victim backed away from his assailant and allowed him to leave the store. A canvass of the area failed to locate the suspect.