Monday, December 19, 2011

Police Report: December 11-17

December 17th:

3700 block of Eastern Avenue: Disorderly subject – 4:30 am. Officers received a call for an intoxicated and disorderly male. Once on the scene the officers met with the man who they had encountered on several prior incidents at the same location. The officers tried unsuccessfully to get the man to calm down and lower his voice to no avail. Once he became combative with the officers he was arrested, charged with disorderly conduct and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

34th and Allison Streets: Departmental traffic collision – 1:30 pm. An MRPD officer was involved in a personal injury collision while attempting to stop a vehicle that had just committed several traffic violations. Both the officer and the driver of the other involved vehicle were treated and released at a local hospital.

December 16th:

4600 block of 25th Street: Homicide – 7:35 pm. Officers responded to for the report of a shooting that had just occurred. Upon arrival they found 16 year old Dontae John Cook of the 3200 block of Upshur Street in Mount Rainier lying in the in the hallway of the apartment building suffering from a gunshot wound.  He was transported to a local hospital and pronounced deceased shortly after. PGPD Homicide Unit detectives responded and took over the investigation. In the afternoon of Sunday December 18th homicide detectives arrested Eric Jerome Brown of the District and charged him with 1st degree murder in this case. He is currently incarcerated in DC awaiting extradition to Prince George’s County.

December 15th:

4000 block of 35th Street: Domestic assault – 2:05 am. Officers responded for the report of a woman having been assaulted by her estranged husband. When the officers arrived they were met by the husband who told them that he had just assaulted his wife. He was detained while his wife was interviewed. The wife told officers that she was with a male companion when her husband came home and broke into the home through the front door. After a confrontation with his wife’s male companion the husband struck his wife causing a visible bruise and swelling to her forehead. The wife refused any medical treatment and the husband was arrested, charged with domestic assault and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

One Municipal Place: Warrant arrest – 8:20 pm. Officers stopped a man suspected of having an open arrest warrant. Further investigation revealed that he did have an open arrest warrant through Prince George’s County for violation of probation from a previous robbery conviction. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

2300 block of Varnum Street: Theft – 8:30 pm. Officers responded for the report of a theft of nine sandwiches by the same suspect who stole the same number of sandwiches from the store on December 13th. Officers, who were already in the area conducting holiday patrols on Segways, began a search for the suspect. He was located a short distance away sharing the sandwiches with two other individuals. The suspect immediately fled on foot. Officers on Segways and on foot chased him into DC where he was eventually captured trying to hide in the wooded area off Eastern Avenue. He was taken into custody by MPD officers. MRPD officers obtained a warrant for his arrest charging him with theft and assaulting a police officer so that he could be extradited back to Maryland. Officers are following up with several previous thefts from the 7-11 and additional charges are forthcoming.

December 14th:

3500 block of Newton Street: Theft from auto – 2:25 am. The owner of a 2000 Nissan Quest told officers that when he heard his vehicle alarm go off he went to investigate. He discovered that someone had broken into the vehicle through a passenger door and stole an in-dash stereo system.

3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Warrant arrest – 9 pm. Officers were alerted to a suspicious person loitering by the memorial park. Officers contacted and interviewed the individual in question and determined that he had an open arrest warrant through Prince George’s County for failing to appear in court on a charge of indecent exposure. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

December 13th:

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Unattended children – 1 am. Officers responded for the report of an unattended 3-year old child in an apartment stairwell. Once on the scene the officers located the child and his 8-year old brother who was sleeping in an open apartment unit. The older brother told the officers that he did not know where his mother was but gave them her cell phone number. The 8-year old also said that his aunt lived in another building in the complex and both children were delivered to the custody of the aunt until contact could be made with their mother. Child protective services was contacted and agreed to conduct a follow up investigation.

2300 block of Varnum Street (7-11): Theft – The store clerk told responding officers that a black male wearing blue jeans, a white t-shirt and a gray hooded sweatshirt entered the store, stole nine sandwiches and fled to the rear of the store on foot towards 22nd Street. The clerk said that the suspect was the same man who has stolen items from the store in the past. Officers searched the area for the suspect with negative results.

December 12th:

3300 block of Chillum Road: Vandalism – 3:25 am. The reporting person told officers that a person who he was unable to describe smashed out his front window. The individual fled the scene in an unknown direction and could not be located.

4200 block of 34th Street: Warrant arrest – 11:30 am. Officers responded to a complaint of a woman urinating in public. Officers located the woman described by the complainant and upon further investigation learned that she had an open arrest warrant through Prince George’s County for failing to appear in court on a drug charge. She was cited for urinating and public, arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3400 block of Newton Street: CDS arrest – 1:45 pm. An officer responded for the report of an illegally parked vehicle. When the officer arrived he spoke with the driver who began to act suspiciously by repeatedly putting his hands in his pockets as if to conceal a weapon or contraband. For officer safety the officer attempted to take him into custody and a struggle ensued. During the struggle the man threw an object under his vehicle and then managed to place the officer in a choke hold. The officer was able to break free of the hold and deployed his issued Taser weapon to get the man under control and under arrest. Once the man was in custody and secured the officer retrieved the object the man discarded during the struggle and found it to be a Ziploc bag containing marijuana. The man was charged with possession of CDS, 2nd degree assault and resisting arrest and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

4000 block of 36th Street: Theft from auto – 7 pm. The owner of a 1988 Pontiac told officers that sometime prior to her call to police someone ransacked the interior of her vehicle and stole a quantity of loose change and the vehicle’s registration card.

4400 block of 29th Street: Suspicious person – 11:15 pm. The resident told officers that he was in his house when he observed the rear yard motion sensor light come on. When he looked outside he saw a person standing between his two parked vehicles. The resident rushed out to the rear yard to confront the individual who immediately fled the area toward 30th Street. Officers checked the area for the individual with negative results.

4000 block of 36th Street: Theft from auto – 11:25 pm. The owner of a 2006 Scion XD told officers that at about 6:30 this morning she noticed the rear hatch of her vehicle open and property stolen from inside. She said that she would not be available until later in the evening to meet with officers about the incident because she had to leave for work.

December 11th:

3700 block of 34th Street: Recovered property – 5:15 pm. Officers were alerted by a citizen to an abandoned bicycle. Officers located and recovered the blue Huffy Backwater 20” bike. There was no serial number or other identifying marks on the bike and it’s now stored at the police station.

3800 block of 30th Street: Stolen vehicle – 6:20 pm. The owner of a 2000 Ford Crown Victoria told officers that sometime between 3 am this morning and 4 pm this afternoon someone stole his vehicle.

3300 block of Buchanan Street: CDS arrest – 7:35 pm. Officers patrolling the area detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from an apartment building hallway. Further investigation led the officers to arrest a man in the hallway who was in possession of marijuana.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Homicide Arrest

The Prince George’s County Police Department’s Homicide Unit has made a quick arrest in Friday night’s homicide investigation in which a young male was found shot at an apartment complex in Mount Rainier, Maryland.

On December 16, 2011, at approximately 7:36 p.m., Mount Rainier patrol officers responded to the 4600 block of 25th Street for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers found Dontae John Cook, 16, of the 3200 block of Upshur Street in Mount Rainier, lying in the hallway of an apartment building suffering from a gunshot wound. He was transported to a local hospital and pronounced deceased.

Homicide detectives quickly developed Eric Jerome Brown, 24, of the 200 block of Webster Street, NE in Washington, D.C., as a suspect and obtained a warrant for his arrest charging him with 1st degree murder.

Brown was arrested on December 17, 2011 in the 1200 block of T Street, NW in Washington, D.C. with assistance from the Metropolitan Police Department and the United States Secret Service. He is currently being held at the D.C. Jail pending extradition to Prince George’s County.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Homicide Unit at (301) 772-4925. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411 TIPS (8477), text “PGPD plus your message” to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone, or go to http://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/police/ to submit a tip online.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Homicide - 4600 block of 25th Street

The Prince George’s County Police Department’s Homicide Unit is investigating a homicide that occurred last night in Mount Rainier, Maryland.

On December 16, 2011, at approximately 7:36 p.m., Mount Rainier patrol officers responded to the 4600 block of 25th Street for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers found 16 year old Dontae John Cook, of the 3200 block of Upshur Street in Mount Rainier, lying in the in the hallway of the apartment building suffering from a gunshot wound. He was transported to a local hospital and pronounced deceased shortly after. Detectives are currently working to identify a suspect(s) and motive in this case.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Homicide Unit at (301) 772-4925. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411 TIPS (8477) text “PGPD plus your message” to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone or go to http://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/police/ to submit a tip online.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Police Report: December 4-10

December 4th:

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Motor vehicle collision – 8:25 pm. The driver of a 2001 Infinity struck a parked vehicle while backing out of a parking space. Conflicting reports of exactly what transpired also alleged that the driver also ran over a pedestrian’s foot while backing out of the space. Minor damage was sustained by the vehicles involved and the pedestrian was not sufficiently injured to require medical attention. No charges were placed against the driver.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: DWI arrest – 10:25 pm. Officers stopped a vehicle for driving the wrong way on Queens Chapel Road. Further investigation revealed that the driver was under the influence of alcohol. He was transported to the MSP barrack in College Park for a breathalyzer test which he refused. He was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

December 5th:

3200 block of Queens Chapel Road: Vehicle impound – 1:40 am. Officers on patrol impounded a 2006 Ford Mustang abandoned in the road with two flat tires.

3300 block of Chillum Road (7-11): Disorderly conduct – 2:10 am. Officers responded for the report of a disorderly male having a dispute with a store clerk. When the officers arrived they saw the man yelling and screaming at the clerk. Officers separated the two so they could be interviewed. The clerk told the officers that the man came into the store, went into the employees only back room and urinated into a sink. Officers escorted the man out of the store to interview him and found he was highly intoxicated. As the officers were speaking to him he grabbed one officer and assaulted him. The officer was forced to physically take the man to the ground to get him under control and under arrest. He was transported to Washington Adventist Hospital for minor medical treatment. When he was released from the hospital he was charged with assaulting a police officer and disorderly conduct and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

4000 block of 34th Street: Found property – 10:30 am. Officers recovered a black padded nylon bag with large yellow letters UMUC on the front that was found by a business owner. UMUC security personnel were contacted so that they could begin inquiries as to the bag’s owner.

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 12 pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking an alcoholic beverage in public.

December 6th:

2900 block of Arundel Road: Burglary – 6:45 pm. The resident told officers that she left her apartment at about 8 am this morning and when she returned home she discovered that her bedroom has been ransacked. She said that nothing had been stolen and officers found no evidence of forced entry into the apartment.

4200 block of 34th Street: Assault – 7:45 pm. Officers responded for the report of a domestic disturbance. When they arrived they spoke with the victim and a witness who said they had been involved in a struggle with their 15 year old son who had been reported as a runaway. The struggle resulted when the son was confronted about his whereabouts. During the struggle the juvenile displayed a folding knife which the victim was able to take from him during the struggle. The officers charged the juvenile with assault via a juvenile petition and removed his information from the NCIC missing persons database. All parties were advised of their options with Juvenile Services and the District Court Commissioner.

December 7th:

2300 block of Varnum Street: Theft – 3 am. Officers responded to a business for the report of multiple alarms sounding. When the officers arrived they found the building secure and no sign of forced entry. A representative responded and checked the interior and discovered the cash register tray was lying on the floor with approximately $100 missing. She told the officers that the store had video recording capabilities but she did not know how to retrieve the images. She said she would have her husband look at the video and get back to officers later in the day.

3300 block of Otis Street: Theft from auto - The owner of a 2007 Hyundai Sonata told officers that sometime prior to his call to police someone entered his vehicle and stole approximately $20.00 in mixed currency after ransacking the vehicle. No forced entry or damage was observed.

3600 block of Perry Street: Theft from auto – 12:25 pm. The owner of a 2007 Dodge Caravan told officers that sometime prior to his call to police someone entered his vehicle and stole his driver’s license and social security card after ransacking the vehicle. No forced entry or damage was observed.

December 8th:

4500 block of Eastern Avenue (BP station): Stolen vehicle – 9:40 am. The owner of a 2005 BMW parked his vehicle outside the building and went inside leaving the vehicle unlocked and the keys in the ignition. While the victim was inside a man described only as African American jumped into the driver’s seat and stole the vehicle fleeing onto Eastern Avenue towards Queens Chapel Road.

2300 block of Varnum Street: Warrant arrest – 2:30 am. Officers responded for the report of three suspicious individuals possibly smoking CDS outside the Family Dollar store. When the officers arrived they located and detained the individuals for questioning. None of the three were in possession of CDS however one of them had an open arrest warrant through Prince George’s County for failing to appear in court on traffic related charges. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

December 9th:

3400 block of Bunker Hill Road: DWI arrest – 2:10 am. Officers on patrol stopped to investigate a 1998 Cadillac Deville stopped in the roadway. When they approached the vehicle they saw that the driver was passed out behind the wheel and the keys still in the ignition. When they awakened the driver they observed that he was seriously intoxicated. The driver refused to submit to field sobriety testing or a breathalyzer test. He was arrested, charged with DUI/DWI and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

4300 block of Russell Avenue: Stolen auto – 7:15 am. The lessee of a 2011 Dodge Challenger told officers that sometime between 11:30 pm on December 8th and the time she called police someone stole her rented vehicle. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle had been recovered by MPDC officers at an address in DC. Hertz Rental Company was contacted by MPDC and advised how to take possession of the vehicle.

3600 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Recovered stolen auto – 5:45 pm. Officers patrolling using a mobile license plate reader received a hit that a 2006 Ford van was a stolen vehicle. Officers stopped the vehicle and learned that the driver was an employee of GEICO, was authorized to operate the vehicle and that the vehicle was not stolen. The vehicle’s information was removed from NCIC stolen vehicle files and the driver was released.

December 10th:

3400 block of Newton Street: Home invasion robbery – 1:20 am. The victim told officers that three black males dressed in all black clothing kicked open the rear door and accosted her with a knife. The man with the knife held the victim while his accomplices ransacked her grandson’s bedroom. The three stole a 32’ flat screen television and fled out the rear door in an unknown direction. A US Park Police K-9 unit assisted with a search for the men but lost the tracked some distance away. PGPD robbery detectives were notified of the incident and will assume a follow-up investigation.

4500 block of Eastern Avenue: Theft from auto – 2:15 pm. The victim told officers that her purse was stolen from her unlocked vehicle while she was pumping gas. The purse contained personal effects such as license and small amount of cash. The suspect(s) fled in unknown direction and a case number was provided.

3200 block of Queenstown Drive: CDS arrest – 8:15 pm. Officers stopped to check the welfare of a man in a 1995 Honda Civic. When the officers began to interview the man they observed that his eyes appeared glassy and there was an odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. Further investigation revealed that the driver did not have a valid license and he was in possession of marijuana. Due to the fact that he was under the influence of CDS he was issued a State citation and released. Officers will obtain an arrest warrant for the CDS charge at a later date.

Monday, December 05, 2011

Police Report: November 27 - December 3

November 27th:

2300 block of Varnum Street (7-11): Theft – 1:30 am. The store’s night clerk told officers that three black males entered the store, removed three sandwiches valued at $14.37 from the refrigerated display and left the store without paying for them.  

3800 block of 37th Street: Suspicious situation – 1:25 pm. A resident called police to report that on November 25th he noticed what appeared to be human remains on his front porch. Representatives from the Prince George’s County Police homicide unit and the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Baltimore responded to examine the remains. It was determined that the remains were not human and most probably belonged to a large animal possibly a deer.   The medical examiner recovered the remains for further testing. 

3500 block of Otis Street: Vandalism to auto – 2:30 pm. Officers responded for the report of shots fired. The reporting person told officers that he had heard something whizzing past him and assumed it was a gun shot. Officers searched the area for evidence of shots fired and found none. They did however locate a 2005 Dodge Caravan with a broken rear window. The van was searched for a possible projectile with negative results. 

2500 block of Queens Chapel Road: Vandalism to auto – 1 pm. The owner of a 1997 Toyota Camry told officers that sometime between November 26th at 7 pm and November 27th at 1 pm someone broke the right door mirror off his vehicle.  

4100 block of 29th Street: Miscellaneous incident report – 5:15 pm. The complainant told officers that she noticed the words “no way” spray painted on her basement floor. One of her roommates said that he saw the words on the basement floor on the 24th and was going to remove them. The complainant said that there didn’t appear to be any forced entry into the residence. There were two cans of spray paint on a counter but the complainant did not know if they belonged to another roommate that was not home at the time. 

November 28th: 

3000 block of Buchanan Street: CDS arrest – 4 pm. Officers responded for the report of three suspicious subjects possibly involved in CDS activity. When the officers arrived they detained two of the individuals but the third fled the scene on foot. After a brief foot chase he was apprehended. Officers discovered that he was in possession of a small quantity of marijuana. He was charged with possession of a CDS and released to his legal guardian. 

3401 Bunker Hill Road: Trespassing – 9:20 pm. Officers were called to investigate two individuals who forced their way into a vacant apartment. When the officers arrived they met with the building manager who said that the two were possibly in an apartment that had been shut down by Prince George’s County for code violations. The manager authorized the officers to force entry into the apartment where they found the two individuals hiding. The manager elected not to press charges against either man but both were warned not to return to the property or they would be arrested for trespassing.  

November 29th: 

4200 block of 31st Street: Theft – 9:50 am. The victim reported that she became aware of the theft of over $600 from her personal bank account. The bank has been contacted for documentation of the charges so that further investigation can take place. 

November 30th: 

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Motor vehicle collision – 7 am. A vehicle driving south on Rhode Island Avenue collided with a vehicle going northbound. Investigation revealed that the S/B driver failed to yield the right of way to the N/B vehicle in the traffic circle. Both vehicles sustained minor damage and there were no injuries. 

4500 block of eastern Avenue (BP station): Found property – 8:30 am. Officers retrieved a black wallet found at the BP station. The owner of the wallet was contacted, returned to the BP station and officers returned his wallet to him. The owner said that his credit cars, cash and driver’s  license were still in his wallet. 

2200 block of Varnum Street: Lost property – 12 pm. A woman came into the police station to report that she lost her wallet containing personal items of identification and cash. She could not remember where or when she lost her wallet. 

December 1st: 

4100 block of 33rd Street: Vehicle impound -8:30 am. Officers were called to investigate the report of a vehicle blocking a private driveway. The officers determined that the tags issued to the vehicle belonged to another vehicle and the vehicle itself was unregistered. The vehicle was impounded and the tags seized for return to MVA. 

2300 block of Varnum Street: Criminal citation – 9:30 am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage. 

2400 block of Chillum Road: Warrant arrest – 11 am. Officers stopped a 2001 Lexus GS430 for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver had an open arrest warrant through the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. Prior to his release to DOC he was issued three State traffic citations for the original traffic violation. 

December 2nd: 

2310 Varnum Street (7-11): Theft – 9:40 am. Officers spoke with the store manager who reported that a black male entered the store and stole two 9.9 oz bottles of Starbucks Coffee drinks. The suspect fled store in an unknown type of vehicle possibly displaying Virginia tags. 

3300 block of Perry Street: Warrant arrest – 10:30 am. Officers observed a man loitering on the property of a closed business consuming an alcoholic beverage. Further investigation revealed that he had an open warrant through the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office for trespassing. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. 

3700 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 8:10 pm. Officers stopped a 1991 Toyota for an equipment violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver had a suspended driver’s license and was in possession of an open alcoholic container. He was issued several State traffic citations as well as a criminal citation for the alcohol violation. His vehicle was also impounded.  

4500 block of 34th Street: Child custody dispute – 7 pm. The complainant told officers that she had legal custody of her sister’s two juvenile children. The paperwork she presented to officers indicated that the children’s mother voluntarily granted temporary custody of her children to her sister. Social Services was contacted and it was determined the dispute was a civil issue and would be followed up by Social Services.  

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Motor vehicle theft – 10 pm. The driver of a delivery vehicle told officers that he left his vehicle running while he retrieved a food delivery. While he was away from the vehicle three undescribed Hispanic males stole it. 

December 3rd: 

4200 block of Kaywood Drive: Theft of/from auto – 6:45 am. Officers responded for the report of a tampering in progress. The complainant stayed on the phone with the dispatcher and described two men were trying to steal her vehicle. When the officers arrived they stopped one of the men immediately and the complainant, still on the phone, directed the officers to the second individual who was still inside her vehicle. When the officers took the second man into custody they discovered that he was sitting on a sawed off shotgun. Further investigation revealed that the subjects had stolen one vehicle from an address in the City and broken into at least four other vehicles. Officers were able to recover most of the stolen property as well as the stolen auto. Both subjects arrested, charged with multiple theft and firearm offenses and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville where they were jailed on a no bond status.  

3800 block of 31st Street: Death investigation – 3 pm. Officers responded for the report of a natural death. Upon arrival they were met by family members who said that their mother had passed away. They said that the woman suffered from several medical problems prior to her death. Officers along with the state medical examiner’s office conducted an investigation and found no signs of foul play. The decedent’s remains were released to the family and the funeral home.  

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Tobacco sales violation – 9:45 pm. Officers received several complaints that a business was selling individual cigarettes in violation of State tobacco laws. Officers spoke to management about the complaint and were assured that the business was in full compliance with the law and had a valid tobacco sales license.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Annual Holiday Food Drive

The Prince George’s County public safety departments will be hosting their annual holiday food drive this Saturday December 3rd from 9 am to 12 pm; and Monday through Thursday December 5th through the 8th from 9 am to 3 pm.  Folks are asked to come by the Bunker Hill Fire Station and drop off non perishable food items to benefit needy families here in Mount Rainier and across Prince George’s County. For more information please contact Captain Jimmy Stoots here at the police station at 301-985-6580 or by email at jstoots@mountrainierpd.org.

4000 block of 34th Street to close for repairs

After several inspections it has been determined that the hole in the center of the road in front of 4010 34th Street is seriously undermining the stability of the roadway. After consultation with WSSC and the Prince George’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation, it appears for now that the repairs are solely the responsibility of the City until further investigation reveals otherwise.

In an effort to ensure the safety of our residents and those who use 34th Street, the necessary repair work will be carried out starting Monday December 5th. As a result, the 4000 block of 34th Street will be closed to vehicular traffic for the duration of the repairs. At this time we do not know how long the street will be closed as the scope of work is not yet known. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Police Report: November 20-26

November 20th:

3200 block of Arundel Road: DWI – 3:10 am. Officers stopped a vehicle for failure to stop at a stop sign. While interviewing the driver officers observed that he showed signs of intoxication. He failed a roadside sobriety test and was arrested. He was transported to the MSP barrack in College Park for a breathalyzer test, the results of which showed ne had a BAC of .17. He was charged with DWI and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

4500 block of 31st Street: Theft from auto – 10:05 am. The owner of a 2010 Toyota Tundra told officers that sometime between 9 pm on the 19th and the time he called police someone smashed out the front passenger side window stole the vehicle’s stereo and airbags.

November 21st:

3100 block of Buchanan Street: Vehicle impound – 10:40 am. Officers impounded a 2002 Dodge Caravan for displaying registration stickers issued to another vehicle.

3100 block of Buchanan Street: Vehicle impound – 10:40 am. Officers impounded a 2002 Ford Taurus for displaying expired registration plates.

November 22nd:

4100 block of Russell Avenue: Theft from auto – 8:30 am. The owner of a 2006 Chrysler 300 reported that sometime between 4 pm on November 19th and this morning someone stole the license plates off his vehicle.

4500 block of Eastern Avenue (BP station): Theft from auto – 9:05 am. The victim told officers that she left her vehicle unlocked and unattended when she went inside to pay for gas. When she returned to her vehicle she discovered that someone had stolen her purse from inside.

3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 11 pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking an alcoholic beverage in public.

3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Warrant service – 11 pm. Officers stopped to interview an intoxicated female found sitting on the ground. Further investigation revealed that she had an open arrest warrant through Takoma Park. She was arrested on the warrant and taken to DOC in Hyattsville for processing. Once at DOC officers attempted to obtain a copy of the warrant from Takoma Park PD, however TPPD could not locate the warrant. Since the warrant could not be serves the woman was released from custody and returned to where she was originally arrested.

November 23rd:

3200 block of Shepherd Street: Vehicle theft – 4:35 pm. The owner of a 1999 Dodge Durango told officers that sometime between 9 am this morning and the time she called police someone stole her vehicle from in front of her residence.

3500 block of Otis Street: Trespassing/destruction of property – 11 pm. Officers responded for the report of a group of disorderly subjects fighting near the laundry room. When the officers arrived they saw the group start to disperse and one individual run into the laundry room. They found the man hiding in the laundry and determined that he forced his way into the room by kicking the door open. He was arrested, charged with trespassing and destruction of property and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

November 24th:

4300 block of Russell Avenue: Domestic assault – 12:10 pm. Officers responded for the report of a domestic argument. When they arrived the found the couple in question and observed that the female half had visible signs of being assaulted during the argument. The male half was arrested, charged accordingly and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

November 25th:

3700 block of 37th Street: Criminal citation – 9 pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking an alcoholic beverage in public.

3300 block of Bunker Hill Road: Stolen vehicle – 10:45 pm. The owner of a 1998 Jeep told officers that sometime between 7:30 and 10:30 pm someone stole her vehicle.

3800 block of 34th Street: Criminal citation – 11:45 pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking an alcoholic beverage in public.

November 26th:

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 10:50 pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking an alcoholic beverage in public.

4500 block of Eastern Avenue (BP station): Theft from auto – 1:05 pm. The owner of a 1996 Ford Crown Victoria told officers that she parked her vehicle to put air in her tires. She said that while she was on the passenger side of her vehicle someone entered the driver’s side and stole her purse off the front seat. Witnesses described a 4-door sedan, possibly either green or blue in color that drove off the lot shortly after the theft as possibly being involved.

4000 block of 36th Street: Domestic assault – 7 pm. A woman came into the police station to report that she had been assaulted earlier in the day. She told officers that she and her boyfriend got into an argument this morning. During the argument the boyfriend became enraged and physically assaulted her. She sustained an injury to her left eye for which she was treated at Providence Hospital. She told officers that she did not want to press charges against her boyfriend, but she did not want to go back to his apartment and had nowhere else to go. Officers completed a lethality assessment interview with the victim, put her in contact with the Family Crisis center and advised her of her options with a District Court Commissioner.

Police Report: November 13-19

November 13th:

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Vandalism to auto – 5:25 am. The owner of a 1991 Honda Accord told officers that sometime between 8:20 pm on November 12th and the time she called police someone broke out the driver’s side and rear passenger windows of her vehicle.

3700 block of 37th Street: Theft from auto – 11:40 am. The owner of a 1999 GMC Denali told officers that sometime between 10 pm on November 12th and the time he called police someone stole the passenger side rear view mirror off his vehicle. The suspect(s) tried unsuccessfully to steal the driver’s side mirror.

November 14th:

4200 block of 34th Street: Located runaway – 10:40 am. At the request of Virginia police MRPD officers responded to check for the presence of a runaway juvenile. The juvenile was located at the home of her aunt. The juvenile’s mother was contacted and advised that her daughter was safe. The mother said that she would make arrangements to pick up her daughter at a later time/date.

November 15th:

2300 block of Varnum Street (7-11): Theft – 1:20 am. Store employees told officers that a black male described as bald, 5’9” tall, 190 lbs. and wearing a long brown jacket came into the store and stole approximately $44 worth of merchandise. The suspect fled the area in a white SUV on Arundel Road towards Russell Avenue. A search of the area failed to locate either the vehicle or the suspect.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road (Family Dollar): Fraud – 6:25 pm. An unknown individual called into the store and told the clerk that he was the Family Dollar regional manager. The suspect told the clerk to cash a $200 Western Union gift card and provide him with the card number so that he could pay a tow company for towing the company’s truck. He said he would be by later to sign the receipts. When the suspect did not come into the store the clerk called the regional office and spoke with the real regional manager who advised that he never called and authorized any such transaction.

November 16th:

4100 block of 31st Street: Suspicious situation – 5:55 pm. Officers responded for the report of an attempted carjacking. The victim told officers that he was sitting in his 2010 Toyota Rav4 parked in his driveway when a man described as a black male, 5’ 8” tall, 120 lbs, wearing a blue sweater vest over a white shirt and a black ski mask opened his driver’s side door, pointed a finger at him like it was a gun and ordered him to get out of the car. The victim said that he and the suspect just stared at each other for about 5 seconds and no other words were exchanged. The suspect then closed the door and ran to a dark colored full size van parked in the street behind the victim’s car, jumped into the passenger side and the van fled north on 31st Street.

3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Theft – 8 pm. Officers interviewed a man who told them that he was at the Urban Eats Cafe on November 11th and had placed his bag containing his Apple iPad on a chair. He said that when he returned home he noticed that the iPad was missing from his bag. He was able to track the iPad using his own software to a location in Arlington County, Virginia and contacted the police in that jurisdiction to investigate the theft. He was advised that he needed a local police report to continue the investigation.

November 17th:

Kaywood Place at Kaywood Drive: Warrant arrest – 3:30 am. Officers issued a vehicle a parking citation and while placing the citation on the windshield noticed a man in the driver’s seat. Further investigation revealed that the man had an open arrest warrant through the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office for failing to appear in court on a charge of driving an uninsured vehicle. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3200 block of Queens Chapel Road: Domestic dispute – 12:10 pm. Officers responded for the report of a man violating a court protection order. Once on the scene the officers observed the man running from the apartment building. After a short foot chase they were able to catch and detain him. Once the protection order was verified the man was arrested for violating the order and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Warrant arrest – 10:20 pm. Officers stopped a 2008 Cadillac for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver’s license was suspended and a passenger in the vehicle had an open arrest warrant through Prince George’s County for failing to appear in court on a violation of probation charge and for theft under $100. The driver was issued several traffic citations and released at the scene. The passenger was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

November 18th:

3300 block of Chillum Road (7-11): Disorderly person – 12:15 am. Officers responded for the report of a disorderly intoxicated man harassing customers as they entered and exited the store. Officers escorted the man out of the store and warned him not to return or he would be arrested for trespassing. Officers were called back to the store at 1 am because the man had returned and was opening various items prior to paying for them. Officers advised the man he was under arrest and a brief struggle ensued as he resisted arrest. During the struggle the man sustained a small cut over his left eye and was taken to Washington Adventist Hospital for treatment. Doctors at the hospital refused to release the defendant from their care because they discovered he had a blood alcohol content of .4 (5 times the legal limit).

3700 block of 37th Street: 1st degree assault – 11:45 pm. Officers responded for the report of a domestic dispute involving a knife. Once on the scene they encountered an intoxicated man armed with a knife. Once the man was in custody they learned that he became upset over money missing from his room. He armed himself with the knife and attempted to cut the victim. He was arrested without further incident, charged with first degree assault and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. The victim was uninjured.

November 19th:

4600 block of 25th Street: 4th degree burglary – 11:40 am. Officers received a report from the leasing office for returned trespassers. Officers were able to detain two of the individuals and further investigation revealed that they broke into a vacant unit, causing damage to the apartment. One of the two was also found to be in possession of four master keys that opened the building’s exterior doors. Both were arrested, charged with 4th degree burglary and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

4200 block of Kaywood Drive: Vandalism to auto – 6:50 pm. The owner of a 2007 Toyota Tundra reported that she came out to her vehicle and discovered damage to her vehicle’s passenger side door. The damage was consistent with key marks.

3200 block of Queens Chapel Road: Warrant arrest – 11:25 pm. Officers on patrol observed an individual known to have an open warrant obtained by MRPD for trespassing. A field interview was conducted and it was confirmed the suspect detained was the wanted subject. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Maryland drivers may now add up to 3 emergency contacts to their driver's license record

Maryland drivers can now add three emergency contacts to their driver’s license so police will know who to call if a collision occurs. The emergency contact information is stored electronically on an individual’s driver’s license and will be available only to authorized law enforcement personnel.

You can go to the MVA’s website at www.mva.maryland.gov and add your three emergency contacts in just a few minutes. You will need your driver’s license number to complete this process.

1. Go to the website: http://www.mva.maryland.gov/
2. Go to “On-line Transactions” (upper left) & click on “More”
3. Click on “Emergency Contacts” (bottom of left column)
4. Follow the prompts

Monday, November 14, 2011

Police Report: November 6-12

November 6th:

3200 block of Perry Street: House fire – 1:25 am. Officers on patrol observed smoke coming from a private home. Upon arrival the officers saw that all occupants had exited the residence and the upstairs portion of the house was fully engulfed in flames as Fire Rescue arrived on the scene. The fire was extinguished without any further damage to the surrounding homes. The home has been boarded up and secured.

3200 block of Chillum Road: Theft from auto – 6:50 am. The owner of a 1998 Ford Ranger told officers that sometime between 11 pm on November 5th and this morning around 6:30 am someone had broken the side passenger window to gain entry into his vehicle and stole an aftermarket car stereo.

Arundel Road and 30th Street: Hit and run collision – 9:10 am. The owner of a 2010 Toyota Camry told officers that sometime during the overnight hours a second unidentified vehicle struck his car and fled the scene.

4000 block of 36th Street: Disorderly conduct/vandalism to auto – 9:25 am. Officers responded for the report of a vandalism to auto. Upon arrival they encountered the victim who advised that sometime overnight someone slashed all four tires on his 2000 Ford Focus. The victim was very upset and hostile. As the officers were speaking with him he became very vulgar and started to cause such a scene that many people were coming outside of their residences. Officer’s attempts to calm the man failed. He was subsequently arrested, charged with disorderly conduct and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3200 block of Arundel Road: Theft from auto – 10:30 am. Officers responded for the report of a theft from auto. The victim told the officers that at 5:49 am a black male and black female entered the victim’s unlocked Toyota Camry and rummaged through it. The suspects were not successful in removing anything from the vehicle because there was nothing of value left inside. The subjects then fled on foot. 

Varnum and 34th Streets: Hit and run collision – 2:30 pm. The owner of a 2008 Honda Civic told officers that a black in color full size SUV made a left turn onto Varnum Street from 34th Street striking her legally parked vehicle. The vehicle fled the scene in an unknown direction.

2900 block of Upshur Street: DWI/DUI arrest – 8:20 pm. Officers on patrol observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed fail to stop at a stop sign. As officers attempted to catch up to the vehicle the vehicle failed to stop at several more stop signs and was driving erratically. Officers were able to get the vehicle stopped and further investigation revealed that the driver was highly intoxicated. He was arrested and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. A passenger was also highly intoxicated and was consuming an open alcoholic beverage. He was issued a criminal citation and released. The vehicle was impounded for safe keeping.

November 7th:

3300 block of Chillum Road: Vehicle impound – 5:15 am. Officers on patrol observed a 1992 Honda Accord unoccupied and running in the parking lot of the 7-11. Attempts to locate the owner/operator were negative. The vehicle was impounded for safekeeping. 

4400 block of 31st Street: Theft - 8:20 am. The victim told officers that sometime during the previous night her boyfriend stole a credit card from her purse. She discovered the theft when she tried to use the card for a gasoline purchase this morning.

3500 block of Newton Place: Theft from auto – 9 am. The owner of a 2000 Chevy Venture reported that sometime between 7:30 pm on November 6th and the time of the report someone smashed out the driver’s side window and stole the in-dash stereo system from the vehicle.

3700 block of Wells Avenue: Vandalism to auto – 11:10 am. The owner of a 2003 Isuzu Rodeo reported that sometime between 4:30 pm on November 6th and the time of the report someone used an unknown tool to put scratches on virtually the entire vehicle.

4200 block of 30th Street: Warrant service – 2:45 pm. Officers stopped a 2000 Infinity G35 for running a stop sign. Further investigation revealed that the driver did not have a valid license and had an open arrest warrant through Prince William County, Virginia charging him with three counts of burglary and three counts of grand larceny. He was issued several traffic citations, arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville to await extradition to Virginia.

November 8th:

2400 block of Chillum Road: Traffic/vehicle impound – 9:30 am. Officers stopped a 2011 Ford Crown Victoria for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver did not have a valid license; and, he was not authorized to drive the vehicle because it was rented to another person through Enterprise Car Rental in Hyattsville. The driver was issued several State traffic citations and the vehicle was impounded for safekeeping.

3800 block of 34th Street: Criminal citation – 1:15 pm. Officers issued a woman a criminal citation for drinking an alcoholic beverage in public.

2700 block of Webster Street: Burglary – 6:30 pm. The victim/resident told officers that sometime between 7 am this morning and the time she called police someone entered her apartment and stole forty dollars in U.S. Currency. There were no signs of forced entry into the apartment.

4200 block of 31st Street: Theft from auto – 7:15 pm. The owner of a 1994 Ford Escort reported that sometime between 10:30 pm on October 24th and 9 am on October 25th someone entered his unlocked vehicle and stole several items of his personal property. The owner said that he didn’t report the incident at the time it occurred because he thought the theft happened in another jurisdiction.

November 9th:

2310 Varnum Street: Destruction of property – 6:35 am. Officers met with a Red Box technician who advised that sometime during the overnight hours someone damaged the touch screen to the DVD machine. The machine remained intact and nothing was stolen.

4200 block of Rainier Avenue: Theft from auto – 6:35 am. The owner of a 1996 Toyota Corolla told officers that sometime between 11 pm on November 8th and the time she called police someone ransacked the interior of her vehicle and stole $20 in US Currency. There were no signs of forced entry into the vehicle.

4200 block of Rainier Avenue: Found property – 6:45 am. A concerned citizen turned in a wallet containing various medical cards and a driver’s license. The wallet was submitted to property for return to its owner.

3100 block of Chillum Road: Vandalism to auto – 7 pm. The owner of a 2007 GMC Yukon told officers that sometime between 6:20 pm and the time he called police someone broke out the rear passenger window of his vehicle.

3700 block of 37th Street: Welfare check – 7:40 pm. Officers were called to the home of an elderly resident who they found to be in a weak and frail condition. The man’s residence also had no electricity. He was taken by fire/rescue personnel to Providence Hospital for a medical evaluation. Prince George’s County Adult Protective Services was notified and will follow up.

November 10th:

4300 block of 28th Place: Citizen robbery – 9:20 pm. The victim told officers that he was walking down the foot path towards the Metro when he was accosted by two suspects. They threw him to the ground, stole his cell phone and key ring and fled the area in an unknown direction. The victim, who was highly intoxicated at the time the officers interviewed him, said that he did not get a good look at either of his assailants. 

November 11th:

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Disorderly conduct – 11:40 am. Officers investigated a report from several citizens and a metro bus driver that a man was swearing and yelling at them for no reason and that he was head towards 35th Street. Officers located the man and found him to be intoxicated and had slurred speech. He began to yell at the officers and refused to calm down and control himself. After several warnings the officers arrested him for disorderly conduct and delivered him to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

November 12th:

2700 block of Upshur Street: Theft from auto – 8:15 am. The owner of a 2003 Cadillac Deville reported that sometime between 9 pm on November 11th and the time he called police someone stole all four wheels and tires off his vehicle.

3300 block of Arundel Road: Vehicle impound – 4:40 pm. Officers impounded a 1998 Chrysler Sebring that was abandoned after a collision with a Pepco pole. 

3200 block of Queenstown Drive: Fraud – 8:20 am. The victim told officers that he responded to an ad on Craig’s List from the Red Bull Company. He contacted a person named Toni Parks about the ad which involved placing a Red Bull advertising sign on his vehicle for which he would be paid $400 per month. He was further told that he would be receiving a monthly check for $2,650. He was instructed to cash the check, retain his compensation of $400.00 dollars and send the remaining funds to a Michelle Garner at 120 West Main Mesquite, Texas 75150 via Western Union. The victim deposited the funds into his bank account on November 2nd and withdrew $2,250 on November 8th.  On November 9th he received a phone call from his bank that his account had been overdrawn due to the fraudulent check that was run through his account.

Monday, November 07, 2011

Emergency Alert System Test

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will conduct the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS). The national test will occur on Wednesday, November 9 at 2:00 PM ET/11:00 AM PT and will last 30 seconds. 

For more information about the nationwide Emergency Alert System test, please visit FEMA and the FCC.


On November 9 at 2 p.m. eastern, please remember: Don’t stress; it’s only a test.

Police Report: October 30 - November 5

October 30th:

4000 block of 29th Street: Vandalism to auto – 9:55 am. The owner of a 2011 VW Jetta told officers that she came out to her vehicle this morning and noticed a dent on the very bottom of the rear passenger driver’s side door. The damage did not appear to have been caused from contact with another motor vehicle, and the cause remains unknown.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Theft – 1:20 pm. The manager of the business told officers that while counting a sales register he discovered approximately $300 in cash missing. The manager and the officers reviewed the store’s security tapes and discovered that a suspect went behind the sales counter and removed the cash from the register while the clerk was assisting another customer. The suspect was not identifiable because he held an umbrella over his face during the theft. The security video was seized for follow-up investigation purposes and the investigation is continuing.

October 31st:

3700 block of 34th Street: Warrant service – 10:10 pm. Officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver had an open arrest warrant for failing to appear in court on a charge of driving on a suspended license. He was issued several traffic citations, arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3700 block of Rhode Island Avenue: CDS arrest – 10:45 pm. Officers stopped a 2000 Chevy S10 truck for an equipment violation. Further investigation revealed that a juvenile passenger in the vehicle was in possession of marijuana. He was arrested, charged via a juvenile petition and released to the custody of his parents. The driver was issued several traffic citations and sent on his way.

November 1st:

3200 block of Shepherd Street: Attempted burglary – 2:10 am. Officers responded to the report of a burglary in progress. Upon arrival officers spoke to the resident who stated that he heard and saw what appeared to be three black males wearing dark clothing trying to gain entry to his residence through a window. The suspects fled on foot prior to officer’s arrival. There were no signs of damage or entry into the residence.

3300 block of Buchanan Street: Vehicle impound – 9:50 am. Officers impounded a 1996 Toyota Camry for improper tags.

3800 block of 33rd Street: Theft under $500 – 3:55 pm. Officers responded for the report of a theft of keys. The victim stated that on October 31st around 4 pm he set a bag down outside his residence while he was carrying other items into his home. The bag contained personal items along with a set of keys belonging to his employer. When he returned for the bag a short time later he discovered that it had been stolen.

Queens Chapel Road and Chillum Road: DWI/DUI arrest – 9 pm. Officers responded to investigate a three-car motor vehicle collision. Their investigation revealed that an intoxicated driver rear ended a stopped vehicle at the red light causing the chain reaction collision. The driver was arrested for DUI, issued several citations and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

November 2nd:

3200 block of Varnum Street: Returned missing person – 1:15 pm. Officers responded to follow up on a previously reported missing person. They found that the individual had returned home voluntarily and was uninjured and in good health.

November 3rd:

4500 block of Eastern Avenue: Theft from auto – 8:15 am. The victim told officers that while she was pumping gas at the BP Station the suspect entered the driver’s side of her vehicle and stole several items of her personal property from inside. She said the black male (NFD) suspect got into a light green Nissan Altima with another black male and fled the scene.

4100 block of 31st Street: Juvenile arrest – 9 am. Officers stopped a juvenile male for a field interview. During the interview the juvenile gave the officers a fake name in order to conceal his identity. Further investigation revealed that the juvenile was wanted by DC juvenile services on an open custody warrant. He was arrested on the warrant and transported to MRPD. He was released into the custody of officers from the DC Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services.

3200 block of Queenstown Drive: Child abuse – 9 pm. Officers responded for the report of a child screaming in pain from a beating. Upon arrival the officers interviewed both the child and his mother and observed fresh bruises on both of the child’s arms from shoulder to forearms. Neither the child or his mother would tell the officers how the child came by the bruises. Officers contacted Child Protective Services and they were able to find safe accommodations for the child. CPS is conducting a follow-up investigation to determine what criminal charges, if any are warranted

November 4th:

3300 block of Chillum Road: 2nd degree assault – 10:20 am. Officers responded for the report of unknown trouble at the Family Dollar Store. Upon arrival the officers learned that an employee was involved in a domestic assault with her boyfriend in front of the 7-11 on Chillum Road. The victim sustained a large scratch to her neck but refused medical attention. During the assault the suspect took the victim’s phone. Officers were able to retrieve the victim’s property and the victim said she would be seeking assault charges on the suspect via a District Court Commissioner.

3100 block of Shepherd Street: Theft from auto – 11:45 am. The owner of a 2000 Buick Century told officers that sometime between 4 pm on November 4th and the time he called police someone stole all four of the center hubcaps off his vehicle.

November 5th:

4500 block of Eastern Avenue (BP station): Theft from auto – 12:25 pm. The victim told officers that while she was putting air in her car’s tires someone stole her purse and a mini camcorder from inside the vehicle. The victim was unable to provide any suspect information other than she saw a white vehicle fleeing the scene.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road (Advanced Auto Parts): Commercial armed robbery – 1:40 pm. Officers responded for the report of an armed robbery that had just occurred. Upon arrival they learned that three black males entered the store, one of whom acted as a lookout while the other two displayed semi automatic handguns and proceeded to have the cashiers open the registers. The suspects took an undetermined amount of cash before fleeing the store on foot. A canvass of the area for the suspects was negative. PG County Robbery Detectives arrived on scene to handle the investigation.

3500 block of Newton Place: Hit and run collision – 5:15 pm. The owner of a 2010 Honda CRV reported that sometime between 3 pm and the time she called police a second, unidentified vehicle hit her vehicle’s rear bumper and fled the scene.

3600 block of Bunker Hill Road: Vehicle impound – 11:40 pm. Officers received a report of a 2003 Honda Civic blocking a residential driveway. Officers were unable to identify and/or contact the vehicle’s owner. The vehicle was issued a parking violation notice and impounded.