Thursday, October 28, 2010

Police Report: October 27-28

October 27th:

3300 block of Buchanan Street: At about 4:45 pm officers took a report of a runaway juvenile. Officers were familiar with the juvenile and noted that she is a habitual run away. The officers learned from her parents that this time she left home on the 26th and did not return as expected. She is not considered a critical missing person and her information was entered into the NCIC missing persons database.

4300 block of Kaywood Drive: At about 3:30 pm officers were notified by DC police that their officers had recovered a 2009 Toyota Camry that was taken in an armed carjacking in the 4300 block of Kaywood Drive on September 1st. DC recovered the vehicle in the 700 block of Oglethorpe Street NE. It was in good condition with both tags still attached. PGPD robbery detectives took custody of the vehicle in order to process it for evidence. No arrests were made.

October 28th (early morning):

3300 block of Chillum Road: At about 1 am officers responded to assist Queenstown Apartments security with a possible stolen car. The contract tow company for the complex was in the process of towing a vehicle for not having a parking permit when they noticed damage to the vehicle’s ignition. MRPD officers ran a stolen check on the vehicle and discovered that it had been reported stolen from an address outside the City in Prince George’s County. The vehicle was recovered and impounded for safekeeping.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Police Report: October 26

3200 block of Otis Street: At about 7 am officers took a report of a stolen auto. The victim told the officers that she parked her red 2003 Ford F250 P/U (MD tags 3MD2130) on the street overnight. When she returned for her truck this morning she discovered that it had been stolen. A canvass of the area failed to turn up any witnesses or evidence.

During the course of the day officers issued three individuals criminal citations for violation of open alcohol laws. The citations were issued in the park at 30th Street and Arundel Road at about 10:30 pm; in the 4600 block of 25th Street at about 11 pm; and in the 3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue at about 11:55 pm.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Police Report: October 25

4100 block of 31st Street: At about 5:20 pm officers took a report of a juvenile that had been assaulted by her step father. The assault occurred while the juvenile was walking home from school. The step father punched the girl on the left side of the face with a closed fist because she was late coming home from school. By the time police arrived at the scene the step father had fled the scene. The victim’s mother took her to the District Court Commissioner’s office to apply for an arrest warrant. The victim had visible injuries to her face but refused treatment by fire/rescue personnel.

4500 block of 29th Street: At about 8:15 pm a resident observed a man get out of a gray GMC van and proceed to cut the lock off of an electrical transformer with bolt cutters. The resident called police and when officers arrived they located and arrested the man. He was charged with malicious destruction of property and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. His van was impounded for safekeeping.

4300 block of Kaywood Drive: At about 11:30 pm officers took a report of a vandalism to auto. The victim/owner told the officers that he had parked his 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix in the block at about 9:15 pm and when he came back for it he noticed that the windshield had been shattered. A canvass of the area for evidence and witnesses was negative.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Police Report: October 22-24

October 22nd:

3100 block of Chillum Road: At about 10:25 pm officers were flagged down by a citizen in reference to a 2008 Mercury Sable with the windows rolled down that had been there for an extended period of time. A check of the vehicle’s registration revealed that it had been reported stolen from an address in Prince George’s County. It was impounded for safekeeping and the owner was notified of the recovery.

Kaywood Drive & Russell Avenue: At about 11:55 pm officers took a report of a stolen auto. The victim owner of a 2001 Toyota Camry (Maryland tag JBG549) told the officers that he parked his car by his residence at about 7:45 pm on the 21st. When he returned for it today he discovered that it had been stolen. No evidence or witnesses were identified.

October 23rd:

4100 block of Russell Avenue: At about 3:00 am officers discovered a man slumped over the wheel of his vehicle. He was subsequently arrested and charged with DWI/DUI.

3200 block of Queenstown Drive: At about 11:40 pm officers took a report of fraud. The officers spoke to a female victim who told them that she responded to an ad on Craig’s List for a job. She sent in a resume and received an email stating that she was hired. The supposed employer then sent her two money orders with which to purchase computer equipment. The money orders turned out to be fraudulent and were not cashed.

October 24th:

2700 block of Allison Street: At about 9:45 pm officers took a report of a stolen auto. When the officers arrived the victim told them that sometime within the last 45 minutes someone stole his white 1997 Plymouth Grand Voyager (Maryland tag 20111M1). No evidence or witnesses were located, however the officers did find a Dodge Caravan parked nearby that had been reported stolen from the 5800 block of Eastern Avenue in DC at about 8:30 pm. At about 3:30 am on the 25th PGPD took a report of a citizen robbery (outside MR) where the stolen Plymouth Grand Voyager was used as the getaway vehicle by suspects armed with long guns. At about 5:15 am these same suspects, by now driving a red Dodge Caravan, carjacked a woman in the 3300 block of Buchanan Street. They stole her silver Nissan Armada (Maryland tag 867M329) during the carjacking. PGPD robbery detectives are handling the follow-up investigation on these crimes.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Police Report: October 21-22

October 21st:

Nothing significant to report.

October 22nd (early morning):

2700 block of Webster Street: At about 6 am officers took a vandalism to auto report. A police officer from the Morningside Police Department who resides in the Kaywood Apartments complex came out to his marked police vehicle to discover that someone had smashed out the cruiser’s windshield. No evidence or witnesses were located.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Police Report: October 20

3100 block of Taylor Street: At about 2:45 pm officers investigated a two-car motor vehicle collision. The driver of the at-fault vehicle struck a parked car while attempting U-turn. The driver of the striking vehicle remained at the scene during the police investigation. Damage to the parked car was minor and no charges were placed.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 9:10 pm officers investigated a hit and run motor vehicle collision. The owner of a 2002 GMC Yukon SUV came out to his vehicle and discovered damage to the front driver’s side that was not present when the vehicle was parked. The investigation revealed that an unknown vehicle struck the SUV and left the scene.

3300 block Buchanan Street: At about 9:15 pm officers operating a mobile license plate reader (LPR) received a stolen hit on a blue 2000 Dodge Intrepid that was parked and unoccupied. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle had been reported stolen from an address in DC. The vehicle was impounded for safekeeping and the owner was notified of the recovery.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Police Report: October 18-20

October 18th:

4100 block of 29th Street: At about 10:40 am officers took a report of an attempted burglary. The victim showed the officers where someone used some sort of pry tool in an attempt to open her front door. No entry was made into the residence and nothing was reported missing. The victim told the officers the only thing suspicious that occurred recently was on October 15th when two Hispanic males came to her house soliciting work. No definite connection could be made between these two men and the attempted burglary.

October 19th:

40000 block of 36th Street: At about 9:30 am officers responded for the report of a tree down. The officers found where a very large tree had fallen causing damage to the surrounding neighbors’ yards and property. The house and property on which the tree had originally grown is vacant and attempts to contact the property owner were negative.

3600 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 12:45 pm officers took a report of lost property. The reporting person told the officers that he walked out of Crown Insurance and noticed his front tag missing. The complainant wasn’t sure if the tag fell off or was stolen. He was advised to contact MVA for replacement tags.

October 20th (early morning):

4000 block of 34th Street: At about 6:30 am officers took a report of a vandalism to auto. The victim/owner told the officers that when he came out to his 2001 Toyota Avalon he discovered that someone had broken out one of his windows. Nothing was stolen from inside the vehicle and there was no evidence to suggest that those responsible were trying to steal the car.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Police Report: October 15-17

October 15th:

2300 block of Varnum Street: At about 6:30 pm officers took a report of a citizen armed robbery. The victim told the officers that he had just cashed his paycheck and was standing at a bus stop waiting for the bus. He was approached by a black male, about 20 years of age wearing a black skull cap, a black jacket and blue jeans who asked him for a cigarette. When the victim gave the man a cigarette three other black males came up to the victim, one of wrapped his arm around the victim’s neck and forced him to the ground. The victim struggled with the suspects until the first suspect raised his shirt and displayed a handgun and told the victim to stop fighting. The other three suspects then went through the victim’s pockets and stole his property including the cash he had just received from cashing his check. All suspects then ran on foot to Russell Avenue, got into a white Cadillac (NFD) and fled the area. PGPD robbery detectives responded to the scene to interview the victim and assume a follow-up investigation. The victim suffered a few bruises but refused medical treatment.

October 16th:

2700 block of Upshur Street: At about 4:30 pm officers responded to the report of a suspicious vehicle possibly involved in sales of CDS. The officers stopped the vehicle and when they approached to speak with the driver they smelled the odor of marijuana coming from inside. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle was a rental car and the driver was not an authorized driver on the rental contract. The officers also discovered that he was in possession of 23.7 grams of marijuana with a street value of $474. A search of the vehicle netted an additional 68.1 grams of marijuana with a street value of $1,836. The driver was arrested, charged with various CDS related crimes and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. The vehicle was impounded and forfeiture proceedings were initiated.

October 17th:

2700 block of Arundel Road: At about 2:30 am officers stopped to investigate a suspicious vehicle. During questioning of the occupants they discovered that one of them was drinking an alcoholic beverage. He was issued a criminal citation for the violation and everyone was sent on their way.

3800 block of 31st Street: At about 7:30 am officers took a report of a stolen auto. The victim told the officers that she parked her vehicle by her residence at about 2:30 am this morning. When she returned to it she discovered that it had been stolen. She also said that a family friend told her that he saw her vehicle driving away at about 5 am but didn’t think anything was suspicious because he thought it was she that was driving. No additional evidence or witnesses were located.

2700 block of Arundel Road: At about 8:15 am officers took a report of an attempted stolen auto. The victim/owner told the officers that when he came out to his car this morning he discovered that someone broke into his car and damaged the ignition in an attempt to steal the car. The thieves were unsuccessful. A search of the area for evidence/witnesses proved negative.

3500 block of Bunker Hill Road: At about 11:30 am officers investigated a motor vehicle collision. Their investigation concluded that the driver of the at-fault vehicle pulled out into traffic striking another vehicle that had the right of way. The driver of the at-fault vehicle was charged accordingly. Both vehicles were drivable after the collision and there were no injuries.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Assistance Needed in Identifying a Suspicious Vehicle

This information is being disseminated for investigatory purposes only, and neither the described vehicle nor any possible occupant is believed to pose a threat to any person or property.

The police department has received an anonymous tip that a dark burgundy Ford Mustang may be involved in narcotics trafficking and prostitution. The vehicle has been seen 3-4 times per week in the area of the alley that runs behind the 3100 and 3200 blocks of Perry Street (Alley 17); and near the intersection of 31st Street and Bunker Hill Road.

The MRPD is asking for the public’s help in locating and identifying this car and any occupants. If anyone sees a vehicle matching the above description please call our Communications center at 301-985-6565/6566. Residents are asked not to approach the vehicle but to call police with the location, a license plate number if possible and a description of anyone inside the car.

Police Report: October 13-14

October 13th:

3200 block of Queenstown Drive: At about 10 pm officers received a call to assist Queenstown security officers with a trespasser. The officers arrived and located the man in question who had been previously banned from the apartment complex. They also discovered that he was consuming an alcoholic beverage in a public place. He was issued a criminal citation for the alcohol violation, re-advised that he was banned from the complex and escorted off the property.

October 14th:

3300 block of Chillum Road: At about 9:50 am officers responded for the report of an attempted armed robbery that occurred earlier. The victim (a female in her teens) told the officers that about an hour earlier she was approached by four black males, all of whom were wearing dark clothing and masks. One of the men produced a knife and held it to her throat while the other three tried to take her book bag. The victim struggled with the men and was able to fend them off and keep her bag. The men fled the scene in an unknown direction. A search for them proved negative.

4100 block of 28th Street: At about 6:15 pm officers took a report of a residential burglary. The victims told the officers that sometime between 9:30 am on the 13th and 5:30 pm today someone broke into their residence through the front door and stole a laptop computer and a jar containing coins. Nothing else was taken and no evidence or witnesses were identified.

Police Report: October 11-12

October 11th:

4300 block of Russell Avenue: At about 9:30 am officers took a report of an attempted burglary. The victim told the officers that he was sleeping on the couch when he was awakened by a loud noise. Once awake he saw a black male attempting to climb through his living room window. The victim yelled at the man and he immediately fled the area on foot. A search of the area for the suspect proved negative. The window was processed and several latent fingerprints were recovered and sent for analysis.

October 12th:

3300 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 3:40 pm officers took a theft report. The victim told the officers that while she was at work someone stole her purse that she had left in her office. No evidence/witnesses were identified.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 10:30 pm officers took a missing person report. The father of a 17 year old juvenile told the officers that he and his son had an argument earlier in the day. The juvenile boarded a school bus for Northwestern HS as usual but failed to return home as scheduled. The father and the officers confirmed that this was not the first time similar circumstances resulted in the juvenile not returning home when expected. The juvenile’s information was entered into the NCIC missing person’s database.

Police Report: October 8-10

October 8th:

4600 block of 29th Street: At about 3 pm officers took a report of a citizen armed robbery. The victim told the officers that he was approached by two men wearing ski masks. One of the men pointed a handgun at him and robbed him of his cell phone and cash. The two suspects got into a black SUV and fled the area. The victim was not able to provide a description of the suspects or a more detailed description of the SUV. PGPD detectives responded to the scene and assisted with the investigation.

2900 block of Arundel Road: At about 9:45 pm officers investigated a residential burglary. The victim/resident told the officers that she left her apartment at about 4 pm. At about 9:45 pm a downstairs neighbor discovered that the victim’s door had been pried open and called police. The victim reported numerous pieces of jewelry, two computers, two iPhones, and a home theater system missing from the apartment. No further evidence or witnesses were located.

October 9th:

4100 block of 28th Street: At approximately 9:30 am officers took a stolen car report. The victim/owner told the officers that he parked his blue 1994 Honda Accord EX (MD tags 6DJN36) by his residence at about midnight. When he returned to his car this morning he discovered that it had been stolen. No evidence or witnesses were located.

3200 block of Queenstown Drive: At about 11:15 am officers took a report of a strong armed robbery. The victim told the officers that two Hispanic males approached her as she was getting out of her vehicle. One of the men hit her vehicle with a baseball bat while the second man pushed her down and took her purse. The victim told the officers that she believed she was targeted because her boyfriend’s ex girlfriend hired the two men because during the robbery they said to her “you been warned.” After the robbery the two men fled the area in a green Mazda. The victim could not provide any further description of the men or the vehicle in which they fled.

Queens Chapel Road at 30th Street: At about 6:30 pm officers responded for the report of a pedestrian struck. The officers determined that a juvenile male tried to cross the street outside the crosswalk and stepped into oncoming traffic. The striking vehicle tried to avoid hitting him but was unsuccessful. The juvenile suffered minor, non-life threatening injuries and was transported to Children’s Hospital for evaluation and treatment.

34th & Newton Streets: At about 9:50 pm officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. While speaking with the driver the officers noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the car. Further investigation resulted in the seizure of 22.6 grams of marijuana (street value of $452) from the driver’s person. He was arrested, charged with CDS possession and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. The vehicle he was driving was impounded.

4000 block of Kaywood Drive: At about 10:10 pm officers took a stolen car report. The owner of a gold 2002 Dodge Intrepid told the officers that she parked her car by her residence at about 6:30 pm on October 8th. When she returned for it today she discovered that it had been stolen. No evidence or witnesses could be located.

October 10th:

31st Street and Arundel Road: At about 1 am officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver was driving an unregistered vehicle on a learners permit. He was issued eight traffic citations and the vehicle was impounded.

3800 block of 34th Street: At about 2:45 am officers closed down a large party attended by about 150+ people that spilled out into the street and adjacent parking lot. Numerous attendees were identified as being loud, disorderly and intoxicated. The patrons were cooperative and the crowd dispersed in a relatively orderly fashion. No arrests were made.

3700 block of 36th Street: At about 2 am officers observed a man driving a car who was known to them from prior contacts not to have a valid driver’s license. The car was stopped and he was arrested. A search of the man incident to his arrest revealed that he was in possession of crack cocaine. He was charged accordingly and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

2300 block of Varnum Street: At about 3:30 am officers responded for the report of a man bleeding in front of the 7-11 store. When the officers arrived the man told them that he had been assaulted by his boyfriend inside their apartment in the 4300 block of 28th Place. The victim had visible injuries to his throat, mouth, nose, eyes, and ears but refused medical treatment. The officers canvassed the area for the boyfriend and located him in the area of Russell Avenue and Varnum Street. He was arrested, charged with second degree assault and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

28th & Taylor Streets: At about 6 am officers took a report of a citizen armed robbery. The victims told the officers that while they were getting into their car a gray Mazda 6 pulled up next to them. Two black males got out of the Mazda with a shotgun and demanded the victim’s property. The men stole the victims’ cell phones, returned to the Mazda and fled the area. A search of the area for the vehicle and the two suspects proved negative.

Friday, October 08, 2010

Police Report: October 6-7

October 6th:

3000 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 1:30 pm officers took a report of a stolen vehicle. The victim/owner of a white 1998 Pontiac Grand Prix (Maryland tag 3FTS07) told the officers that a female acquaintance took his vehicle without his permission back on September 30th and failed to return it to him. A warrant for the acquaintance was obtained charging her with motor vehicle theft. Neither she nor the vehicle could be located.

3700 block of 37th Street: At about 5:45 pm officers impounded a blue 1999 Volkswagen Jetta (Maryland tag 1MDO591) that was parked blocking the driveway of a private residence.

October 7th:

30th Street at Queens Chapel Road: At about 8:30 pm officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. While issuing traffic citations to the driver they noticed there was an open container of an alcoholic beverage inside the vehicle and accessible to him. Although the driver was not under the influence of alcohol, he was nonetheless issued a criminal citation for having the open alcohol in a motor vehicle.

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Police Report: October 4-5

September 4th:

34th Street and Windom Road: At about 8:10 pm officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver was in possession of marijuana. He was arrested, charged with CDS possession and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

4300 block of 28th Place: At about 8:45 pm officers received a call for a theft from auto. Upon arrival officers spoke to the victim who told them that sometime between 8:00 am and 6:00 pm today someone stole the rear license plate (Maryland 9ATE60) from his 1997 Ford Taurus. The license plate is Maryland 9ATE60.

September 5th (early morning):

3300 block of Bunker Hill Road: At about 12:40 am officers responded for the report of a theft of a cell phone. The victim told the officers that between 6:00 pm and 6:20 pm on October 4th someone either stole his cell phone or he dropped it. He said that he used a cell phone tracking program on his computer and located the phone which was on a bus that left One Municipal Place and went to SE DC. Metro Police were requested to assist in locating the phone; however they were unable to find it.

4600 block of 25th Street: At about 1:20am officers responded for the report of threatening phone calls. When officers pulled up on scene a dark color Ford Bronco was startled and took off at a high rate of speed down the sidewalk striking two vehicles and fleeing towards the District of Columbia. The vehicle was occupied by a black male in his late 30’s with dreads and an unknown female. Officers caught up with the vehicle as it crossed into DC and were able to get the tag number which was not stolen or wanted. The necessary motor vehicle crash reports were completed and the investigation to identify the driver is ongoing.

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.