Friday, July 29, 2011

REMINDER - National Night Out

Please come out and celebrate National Night Out next Tuesday, August 2nd. This year’s National Night Out will be held on the grounds of the Mount Rainier Nature Center  located at the intersection of 31st Street and Arundel Road between 6 pm and 9 pm.

Bring your family and friends and enjoy an evening of live entertainment, plenty of food, and lots of fun things to do for the whole family. Entertainment this year is provided by the Proverbs Reggae Band and we will have pony rides for the kids, and the ever popular Chubbzy the Clown will be there to entertain and paint your face!

 

I hope to see everyone next Tuesday night. I have it on good authority (National Weather Service) that the temperature should be in the low 90s or high 80s, so come celebrate a break in the heat with your friends and neighbors at National Night Out!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Police Report: July 17-24

July 17th:

3600 block of Eastern Avenue: Stolen auto – 10:10 am. The owner of a 1997 Jeep Cherokee told officers that he had a party and there were several intoxicated persons at his residence. One patron of the party asked for a ride home due to being intoxicated but the victim refused. The subject then asked permission to sleep off his intoxication in the victim’s vehicle. The victim supposedly declined then placed the keys on the table. When the victim woke up the vehicle and the keys were gone. The victim is unsure who took the vehicle. He believes it was the patron who asked for the ride but does not know for sure.

30th and Upshur Streets: Hit and run collision – 12:40 pm. Officers investigated a hit and run collision between a Metro bus and a 2004 Honda Accord. The bus struck the Honda, which was illegally parked, and fled the scene. With the assistance of Metro PD officers were able to identify the driver of the bus. He was charged with leaving the scene of a property damage collision.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Residential burglary – 7:20 pm. The resident reported that sometime between 12 pm and the time of the report someone broke into her apartment and stole a flat screen TV, a gaming system and a laptop computer. Officers determined that the thieves made entry to the apartment by removing a window air conditioner unit.

4100 block of 29th Street: Warrant service – 8:40 pm. Officers responded to a citizen’s report of a suspicious vehicle parked in the block. The officers found the vehicle and interviewed the driver. During the interview the officers discovered that the driver had an open arrest warrant through Prince George’s County for failing to appear in court on a charge of driving without a license. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

July 18th:

37th Street at Eastern Avenue: Person struck by a train – 12:35 am. Officers received a call to assist DC fire rescue personnel with a report of a pedestrian on the train tracks. When the officers arrived they discovered a man lying beneath a stopped CSX train freight train. The man had been struck by the train and was in critical condition. Fire/rescue personnel transported the man to Medstar. The investigation is being handled by MPD, CSX, and DC fire rescue.

2700 block of Webster Street: Recovered stolen auto – 8:40 am. On July 16th the owner of a 2004 Toyota Camry reported that sometime between 8:30 am on July 5th and 11:45 am on the 16th someone stole her car. The victim told officers today that the vehicle had not actually been stolen; rather she parked it on Russell Avenue and had forgotten where she parked it.

3000 block of Chauncey Place: Attempt stolen auto – 9:40 am. The owner of a 2004 VW Jetta told officers that when she came out to her car she discovered that the driver’s side door was slightly ajar, the driver’s seat was moved and the key won’t start the car. Officers did not observe any signs of forced entry, or obvious signs of damage to the ignition. 

4300 block of Kaywood Drive: Vandalism to auto – 11 am. The owner of a 2004 Lincoln Town car reported that sometime between 10 am on July 13th and the time of the report someone smashed out a driver’s side window and rummaged through the vehicle. MRPD officers patrolling the area on July 14th noticed the broken window but were unable to contact the owner who was out of town. The owner confirmed that other than the broken window, nothing appeared to have been stolen from inside.

31st and Perry Streets: Stolen auto – 9 pm. The owner of a 1992 Mercury Sable reported that sometime during the previous night her car was stolen.

July 19th:

3100 block of Windom Road: Lost property – 11:20 am. Officers interviewed a resident who wanted to report that sometime between April and May of this year he lost his passport. He believes that the loss occurred during the move to his current residence.

4600 block of 27th Street: Vehicle impound – 2:20 pm. Code Enforcement officers impounded a 1997 Jeep Cherokee for displaying expired Virginia registration plates.

July 20th:                       

3300 block of Chillum Road (7-11): Theft – 1:40 am. A store clerk told officers that two men walked into the store and helped themselves to cigarettes and scratch-off lottery tickets. The men put the merchandise into a plastic bag and left the store without paying for the items. The suspects did not say anything to store employees and displayed no weapons.   The men were last seen getting into a red full size van occupied by two females. No license plate was seen and the clerk was not sure of the van’s direction of travel. 

34th Street and Rhode Island Avenue: Traffic collision – 11:05 am. A 1999 VW GTI and a 2009 Dodge Charger were involved in a collision in the traffic circle. The driver of the Charger was charged with failing to yield the right of way.

34th and Varnum Streets: Hit and run collision – 3:25 pm. The owner of a 2008 Honda Civic reported minor damage to her vehicle from being struck by an unidentified second vehicle that fled the scene.

July 21st:

Bunker Hill Rd and 36th Street: Motor vehicle collision – 7:40 am. A 2002 Suzuki truck was driving south on Bunker Hill Road when it struck a low lying tree branch. The vehicle became stuck and Public Works had to remove the tree branch in order to free the truck and clear the street.. 

4500 block of Eastern Avenue: Theft – 9:10 am. The victim told officers that while at the BP station she realized her wallet was missing and believes that someone took it out of her purse. Officers reviewed the surveillance video and never observed anyone close enough to the victim to accomplish the theft.

3700 block of Wells Avenue: Theft – 10:45 am. The residents told officers that that they purchased 12 garden gnome statues and placed them in their yard. The statues were all accounted for when the residents went to bed at about 1:30 am. When they awoke at about 6:30 they discovered that eight of them had been stolen.

2400 block of Arundel Road: Vandalism to auto – 6:20 pm. The owner of a 2005 Mitsubishi reported that sometime during the overnight hours of July 17-18 someone slashed two of her vehicle’s tires.

July 22nd:

4500 block of 34th Street: CDS possession – 11:55 pm. Officers patrolling the area of Thomas Stone Elementary School observed a 1999 Volvo parked behind the school with no lights on. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle was occupied by three men who were all found to be in possession of marijuana. They were arrested, charged accordingly and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Stolen auto - 12:30 am. The owner of a 2003 Ford F-250 truck reported that sometime stole his truck sometime between 10 pm on the 21st and the time he called police.

July 23rd:

4600 block of 30th Street: Carjacking – 1:20 am. The owners of a 2006 Dodge Charger reported that they had just parked their vehicle when they were approached by two black males, both described as being in their 20s, 6’0” tall and wearing black masks. The two suspects displayed handguns and demanded the victims’ property. The two then stole the victims’ car and fled the area in an unknown direction. The victims were not injured during the incident. At about 1:45 am officers were called to the 2700 block of Arundel Road by fire/rescue personnel who were engaged in putting out a fire which had fully engulfed a 2006 Dodge Charger. Once the fire was extinguished the officers learned that it was the same vehicle that was taken in the carjacking. PGPD detectives responded to take over the follow-up investigation.

3800 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 9:05 am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

4600 block of 27th Street: Theft from auto – 11:40 am. Officers responded for the report of a theft from auto that was in progress. When the officers arrived they learned that a black male described as approximately 14 years of age, 5’5” tall and about 125 lbs had just stolen several items from the victim’s vehicle. One of the victim’s family members was pursuing the victim on foot and the officers joined in the pursuit. After an extended foot chase the suspect made good his escape. 

4300 block of Eastern Avenue: Residential burglary – 3:30 pm. The resident told officers that sometime between 1 am and 2:45 pm today someone kicked in the door and rummaged through his apartment, however nothing was stolen.

4500 block of Eastern Avenue (BP station): Theft from auto – 6:30 pm. The victim told officers that while she was inside the station paying for her gas a black Dodge Charger drove up and a black male exited the passenger seat. The man entered her vehicle, took her purse, and got back in to the vehicle and fled. Witnesses described the thief only as a black male.

2900 block of Queens Chapel Road: Theft – 7:30 pm. The victim called officers to report that on July 22nd he refused to give an acquaintance a ride home because he was intoxicated and did not want to drive. The man became upset and proceeded to vandalize the victim’s vehicle and stole his laptop. The victim advised that he was reluctant to pursue charges against the man but wanted to document the incident with police. 

3600 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Warrant service – 11 pm. Officers were called to the residence for the report of a domestic. They learned that the male half of the disturbance had left the scene prior to their arrival. The officers searched the area for the man and were able to locate and detain him. Further investigation revealed that he had an open arrest warrant through Montgomery County for contempt of court. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

34th Street and Windom Road: Recovered stolen auto – 11 pm. Officers initially responded for the report of a hit and run motor vehicle collision. When they arrived they discovered that the striking vehicle, a 1992 Toyota Land Cruiser, was still on the scene but the driver had fled. Further investigation revealed that the Toyota has just been reported stolen from an address in Prince George’s County. The vehicle was impounded.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Police Report: July 10-16

July 10th:

3700 block of Rhode Island Avenue: DUI arrest – 12:10 am. Officers stopped a 1994 Honda Civic for a traffic violation. While speaking to the driver the officers suspected he was under the influence of alcohol. He submitted to standard field sobriety testing and failed the tests. He was arrested, charged with DUI/DWI and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

Chillum Road and Buchanan Street: Warrant service – 3 am. Officers stopped a 1999 Volvo for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the drive had an open arrest warrant through Prince George’s County for failing to appear in court on a charge of driving without a license. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

4200 block of 28th Street: Residential burglary – 11:05 am. Officers received a call that an individual was climbing into an apartment through a bathroom window. The officers later learned that this suspect, one into the apartment opened the front door to allow a second suspect to get inside. Once on the scene the officers saw both suspects fleeing the apartment on foot and engaged in a foot pursuit. Both suspects were able to avoid apprehension. The resident responded to the scene and, after inspecting his apartment, told the officers that the suspects had put a game console and a laptop into a book bag, however they did not succeed in stealing the items in their haste to evade the officers. One of the suspects lost his shoes during his flight and officers recovered them for evidence. The officers were also able to recover several latent fingerprints from the scene.

2700 block of Allison Street: Vandalism to auto – 5 pm. The owner of a 2004 Mercury reported that sometime between 8 am on July 8th and 3 pm today someone vandalized the car’s driver’s side door. The damage was apparently done by a sharp object and was not consistent with that of a collision with another vehicle.

July 11th:

3200 block of Queens Chapel Road: Criminal citation – 1:45 am. Officers stopped a 1999 Pontiac Grand Am for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver did not have a driver’s license and there was an open container of an alcoholic beverage inside the vehicle. The driver was issued a traffic citation for driving without a license and a criminal citation for having an open alcohol container in a motor vehicle. The vehicle was impounded.

July 12th:

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 11:50 am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking an alcoholic beverage in public.

July 13th:

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 9:30 am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking an alcoholic beverage in public.

3200 block of Chillum Road: Vandalism to auto – 1:20 pm. The victim told officers that she was driving north on Chillum Road just prior to the intersection of Buchanan Street when she heard a loud crash and realized her windshield was smashed and a small rock was stuck in the glass. The rock was a piece of quartz approximately 2-3 inches in diameter, and it appears that the rock was thrown at the victim’s vehicle by someone from the driver’s side.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Warrant service – 2:20 pm. Officers arrested a man on an open warrant issued through Prince George’s County for possession of CDS paraphernalia.

4300 block of Russell Avenue: Attempt stolen auto – 2:30 pm. The owner of a 1992 Honda Civic reported that sometime between 3 am and 7 am this morning someone pried open the right front door and tried to steal the car by damaging the ignition.

July 14th:

3200 block of Buchannan Street: Stolen auto – 12:25 pm. The owner of a 2002 Volkswagen Golf reported that his vehicle was stolen from in front of his residence sometime between July 11th and July 12th.

July 15th:

3100 block of Buchannan Street: Shooting – 12:13 am. Officers responded to the area for the report of shots fired. Once on the scene they identified a victim and several of her friends/witnesses who had been shot at by a known individual. They reported that they had been at a party on Sargent Road when another group of individuals including the suspect, known only as “George,” came in uninvited. The victim and her friends left the party and were followed by the suspect and several of his associates. The victim/friends stopped to drop off one of their group at an address in the 3100 block of Buchanan Street where they were confronted by the suspect and his associates. After a verbal dispute the suspect and his associates became involved in a physical altercation with another group of males. The victim said that while the fight was going on she saw the suspect pull out a silver revolver. When she saw the gun she ran across the street to an open field in fear for her safety. The victim said that while she was running away she looked back and saw the suspect “George” fire two shots into the air and then point the gun in her direction and fire three more times. After firing a total of 5 shots the suspect got into either a green Lincoln or a Gold Ford Explorer and both vehicles fled the scene with all of the individuals who started the altercation. No one was injured from the shooting. PGPD detectives responded to the scene and interviewed the victim and the witnesses. The area was canvassed for additional victims and witnesses with negative results. The victim and her friends are cooperating with PGPD in the follow-up investigation.

3300 block of Chauncey Place: Theft – 7:45 pm. The victim told officers that he bought a new iPhone and then placed an ad on Craig’s List to sell the phone. As a result of the ad he made arraignments to sell the phone to an unknown individual. The victim met the individual in the parking lot of his apartment and the individual asked to see the phone. When the victim handed the phone to the individual he drove off the phone without paying for it.

July 16th:

2700 block of Webster Street: Stolen auto – 11:45 am. The owner of a 2004 Toyota Camry reported that sometime between 8:30 am on July 5th and the time of the report someone stole her car.

3200 block of Otis Street: Possible drug activity – 4:25 pm. Officers received a complaint about possible drug activity at a house on the block. Officers conducted surveillance on the property at various times in an attempt to confirm or dispel the complaint’s suspicions. After a period of time officers did not observed any suspected drug activity. They then spoke to the home owner and his son and informed them of the complaints. They were informed that the police department will continue to monitor the residence for possible drug activity. The owners of the residence insured officers that there would be no further activity and that they understood the legal ramifications that can be taken if they were found to be selling or using drugs or allowing others to use or sell drugs on their property.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Theft from auto – 10:40 pm. The owner of a 1994 Nissan Altima reported that sometime between July 14th at 7 am and the time of the report someone entered his vehicle and stole the in-dash radio. Officers were unable to determine how the thieves got into the car to accomplish the theft.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Police Report: July 3-9

July 3rd:

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Pedestrian struck – 7:10 pm. The driver of a 2010 Ford Fusion told officers that on July 2nd at about 8:40 am he struck a pedestrian as he was backing out of a parking space. The pedestrian was not injured and refused the driver’s request to notify police. However, the driver’s insurance company required a police report to document the incident.

4300 block of Kaywood Drive: Vandalism to auto – 11:55 am. The reporting person told officers that someone flattened three tires on to her mother’s 1999 Honda Accord and possibly poured sugar into the gas tank. Further investigation revealed that the incident might be domestic related. A possible suspect was identified but there was no probable cause for arrest.

4000 block of 36th Street: Stolen auto – 3:45 pm. The owner of a 1994 Dodge truck reported that while he was taking tools from his truck to a back yard job someone stole the vehicle. The owner said that the truck was left unattended for about 30 minutes while he was working and that he had left his keys on the driver’s seat and the passenger door open.

July 4th:

Nothing significant to report.

July 5th:

29th and Shepherd Streets: Criminal citation – 1 am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for possessing an open container of alcohol inside a motor vehicle.

4400 block of 34th Street: Traffic arrest – 3:40 am. Officers stopped a 2006 Nissan Sentra for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver was a 15 year old female without a driver’s license. The juvenile was arrested, issued several traffic citations and later released to the custody of her mother. The vehicle was impounded.

4400 block of Windom Road: Property damage – 11:35 am. A 5 year old juvenile was riding a scooter when he lost control and struck a parked 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. The parents of the juvenile and the owner of the vehicle settled the matter privately.

3300 block of Buchanan Street: Domestic dispute – 9:40 am. Officers settled a domestic dispute between two individuals who had been arguing. The female half of the argument alleged that the male half hit her, but there was no evidence warranting arrest of the man. The two individuals were sent on their separate ways.

4200 block of Russell Avenue: Attempt theft – 5:30 pm. The owner of a 2001 Buick Century told officers that sometime between 10:20 this morning and the time of the report someone entered and ransacked her car. The owner said that although her belongings were thrown about the vehicle, she could not determine if anything had been stolen.

July 6th:

3500 block of 35th Street: Theft from auto – 4 am. The owner of a 2001 Lincoln told officers that someone stole three wheels and tires off his vehicle. He said that he saw two white Hispanic males get into a white minivan and drive away from his vehicle. Neither the van nor the suspects could be located.

4200 block of 34th Street: Theft from auto – 4:15 am. The owner of a 1999 Cadillac Deville told officers that someone stole the left front wheel/tire off her car and left it sitting on a block. Further investigation revealed that the thieves also tried to steal the right front wheel/tire but were scared off when the vehicle’s alarm went off.

3200 block of Shepherd Street: Theft from auto – 7 am. The owner of a 2004 Honda Accord reported that someone had entered and ransacked the interior of the vehicle and stole $2.00 in coins and chairs worth approximately $50.00.

4100 block of 34th Street: Theft from auto – 8:20 am. The owner of a 2011 Kia reported that someone had entered and ransacked the interior of the vehicle and stole two rings worth approximately $800.

2700 block of Upshur Street: Theft from auto – 1 pm. The owner of a 1999 Lincoln Town car reported that sometime between June 24th and the time of the report someone stole a handgun, an iPod and several music CDs from inside the vehicle.

3300 block of Buchanan Street: Vehicle impound – 1:30 pm. Code Enforcement officers impounded a 2002 Mitsubishi Lancer for displaying expired tags.

2900 block of Allison Street: Vehicle impound – 1:50 pm. Code Enforcement officers impounded a 2010 Ford Excursion for displaying expired tags.

July 7th:

2900 block of Arundel Road: Stolen auto – 8 am. The owner of a 1997 Honda Civic reported that sometime between 7 pm on July 6th and the time of the report someone stole his vehicle.

3300 block of Buchanan Street: Attempt stolen auto – 9:30 am. The owner of a 1997 Honda Civic reported that sometime during the overnight hours someone tried to steal his vehicle by tampering with the ignition.

3000 block of Arundel Road: Theft from auto – 1:05 pm. The owner of a 2002 Nissan Maxima reported that someone stole the front tag off his vehicle.

3700 block of 37th Street: Storehouse burglary – 1:15 pm. The resident reported that sometime between July 4th and July 5th someone broke into his garage and stole a mountain bike worth $275 dollars.

Arundel Road and 30th Street: Hit and run collision – 10:30 pm. The owner of a 2000 Nissan Altima told officers that when she went out to her vehicle she discovered damage to the driver’s side that was not there when she parked it.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Towing dispute – 11 pm. Officers were flagged down by a tow truck driver attempting to impound a vehicle for double parking on private property. After hooking up the violator’s vehicle the owner of the impounded vehicle drove his vehicle off the tow truck before it could be secured. There was no damaged to the tow truck and the violator’s vehicle sustained minor damage.

July 8th:

3200 block of Queenstown Drive: Theft from auto – 4:40 pm. The owner of a 1990 Honda Accord reported that when he went to work this morning at about 6:20 am he noticed that the window to his vehicle was off its track. Upon closer inspection he realized that the ignition was damaged and someone went through the glove box and stole 10 music CDs.  

2900 block of Allison Street: Criminal citation – 8:15 pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for possessing an open container of alcohol in public.

July 9th:

2700 block of Allison Street: Warrant service – 12:30 am. Officers stopped a 2002 Acura MDX after it was seen fleeing the scene of a fight. Further investigation revealed that the driver had an open arrest warrant through Prince George’s County for 1st degree assault. The driver was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. His vehicle was impounded.

4000 block of 35th Street: Stolen auto – 12:20 pm. The owner of a 1999 Dodge Dakota reported that someone had just stolen his truck. The victim told officers that the truck was parked in front of his residence and he was loading up to go to work. He started the truck and went back into the house to get some other property when he heard his neighbor yell and the sound of a vehicle leaving.  When he looked he saw his truck going down 35th Street toward Bunker Hill Road. A witness described the suspect as a dark skin black male, about 5’10” tall, regular build with three inch long black hair; and wearing black pants and a white t-shirt with black print on it. The suspect held the front of the t-shirt over the lower half of his face during the theft. 

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – Officers issued two men criminal citations for drinking alcoholic beverages in public.

3200 block of Queens Chapel Road: DUI arrest – 9:05 pm. Officers stopped a 1999 Ford Crown Victoria for a traffic violation. While speaking to the driver the officers suspected he was under the influence of alcohol. He submitted to standard field sobriety testing and failed the tests. He was arrested, charged with DUI/DWI and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Vandalism – 10 pm. An apartment resident returning home discovered damage to his front door lock. Queenstown maintenance personnel responded to help the resident get into his apartment and repair the lock. No unauthorized entry was made into the apartment and nothing was stolen from inside.

Police Report: July 1-2

July 1st:

4000 block of 33rd Street: Theft from auto – 6:45 am. A GPS unit was stolen from inside of a 2005 Ford F150 truck. Thieves broke in through the driver’s side window.

2900 block of Arundel Road: Attempted stolen auto – 8:05 pm. The owner of a 1997 Honda Civic reported that someone broke into the vehicle causing damage to the front passenger window, steering column, ignition, and dash board.

July 2nd:

Queens Chapel Road and Chillum Road: Traffic – 12:20 am. Officers stopped a 2006 Range Rover for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the registration was suspended for a emissions and insurance violations. The driver was issued several citations, the tags were seized for return to MVA and the vehicle was towed by the owner’s private tow company.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: 2nd degree assault – 11:40 am. The victim, a store employee, told officers that when she tried to stop a female juvenile from stealing a $90.00 piece of merchandise the juvenile pepper sprayed her and fled the store. MRPD officers located and arrested the juvenile and recovered a 1oz can of pepper spray. The juvenile was released into the custody of her parents. The victim did not require medical attention.

34th Street and Tilden Street: Hit and run collision – 3 pm. The driver of a 1995 Honda Accord told officers that she was travelling on 34th Street when a vehicle in front of her stopped and rolled into her car causing minor damage. The striking vehicle fled the area via Tilden Street and was not located.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Vehicle impound – 2:35 pm. Code Enforcement officers impounded a 1993 Jeep for displaying expired registration plates. The vehicle had received a 48-hour towing notice before being impounded.

Saturday, July 02, 2011

Press Release

July 2, 2011

At about 6 am this morning an off-duty Mount Rainier Police officer was involved in a shooting in the Town of Capitol Heights, Maryland. The officer was apparently the victim of an attempted carjacking and fired his service weapon to defend himself against the attack. The suspect was struck multiple times in the upper body and was taken to an area hospital for treatment. The officer was also transported to a local hospital for injuries sustained in the attack. The Prince George’s County Police Department is handling the investigation.

Authority: Michael E. Scott, Chief of Police

Friday, July 01, 2011

Barricade Incident

Just before Noon this afternoon officers from the Metro Transit Police Department stopped a vehicle for a tag violation. While a Metro Transit officer was issuing the driver a citation the driver got back into his car and attempted to strike the officer with the car as he fled the scene. Metro officers tracked the man to an address in the 3800 block of 32nd Street where he barricaded himself inside the house. Metro PD set up a perimeter in the surrounding blocks and called their emergency services team to the scene to prepare for a possible forced entry into the house.

Once the perimeter was established MRPD officers responded, assessed the situation and took the lead in resolving the incident. MRPD officers were able to reach the suspect by phone and, after about 45 minutes were able to get the suspect to come out of the house and surrender peacefully. He was taken into custody and turned over to Metro PD for charges and processing.

I would like to thank Metro PD Captain Warren Donald and LT L.M. Biggs and their officers for their professionalism and cooperation in bringing this incident to a peaceful resolution.

Police Report: June 26-30

June 26th:

3400 block of Otis Street: Vehicle impound – 8 pm. Officers impounded a Honda 107cc dirt bike that was being ridden illegally by an individual who did not have a driver’s license.

June 27th:

4500 block of 29th Street: Strong arm robbery – 8:40 pm. Officers learned that the victim, a hearing impaired man, was approached by a black male on a black bicycle. The man pushed the victim down, went through his pockets and stole his cell phone. He then took the victim’s hearing aids and fled on the bike northbound on Arundel Road. The suspect was described as a black male in his 20’s wearing a black shirt and gray shorts riding a black bicycle.

2400 block of Chillum Road: Recovered stolen license plates – 7:50 pm. Officers patrolling the area with a mobile license plate reader (LPR) received a hit on a vehicle displaying stolen tags. The officers stopped the vehicle and determined that the license plated attached to it had been reported stolen from an address in Prince George’s County. They also discovered that the driver did not have a driver’s license. The driver was arrested and charged with theft and traffic charges and the vehicle was impounded.

2700 block of Queens Chapel Road: Possession of CDS – 11:10 pm. Officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. Further investigation led officers to discover a small quantity of crack cocaine in the vehicle. The driver was arrested and charged accordingly and the vehicle was impounded.

June 28th:

4100 block of 31st Street: Attempt theft from auto – 7:20 am. The owner of a 2005 Honda Accord told officers that she parked and locked her vehicle June 27th at about 7:30 pm. When she returned to her vehicle this morning she discovered that someone had entered the vehicle and ransacked the interior. Nothing was reported missing.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Theft from auto – 11 am. The owner of a 2008 Honda Accord reported that sometime during the overnight hours someone stole the rear license plate (NC tag ZYZ8771) off her vehicle.

June 29th:

4200 block of 34th Street: Theft – 10:15 am. The resident reported that sometime between 8 am on June 23rd and 7:30 am on the 24th someone stole a push mower that she had stored on her porch. During the conversation the victim gave officers the name of a possible suspect in the theft. The investigation is continuing.

3700 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Harassment – 12:30 pm. Officers were called to assist an employee of Optotraffic, Inc. The employee reported that over the course of the past two months he has been harassed by a man who has repeatedly talked to him and taken photos and video of him as he worked to maintain the City’s speed camera trailers. The employee told officers that on occasion the man has come with a few feet of him, harassing him verbally to the point where the employee now fears for his personal safety. Officers also spoke with the City’s parking enforcement officer who verified that he has witnessed these incidents in the past. Officers stopped the man to question him and he told officers that he had a legal right to photograph and video tape anyone at any time in a public place. Officers advised him that he indeed had those rights so long as they did not infringe on the employee’s personal safety. The employee was advised of his options with a District Court Commissioner.

4300 block of Eastern Avenue: Theft – 4:20 pm. The resident told officers that she returned home to discover her front door ajar, her apartment in disarray and a large quantity of US Currency missing from her bedroom. Officers spoke with the leasing manager of the complex who said that contractors installing new HVAC units were in and out of the victim’s apartment, as well as other units in the building, between the hours of 8 am and 3 pm today. The manager also said that all tenants were advised of the contractor’s schedule ahead of time. The officers got the names of the companies doing the HVAC work along with the Kaywood Apartments employee supervising the contractors for follow-up investigation purposes.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Warrant Service/vehicle impound – 10:15 pm. Officers stopped a VIP motor scooter for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the rider had an open arrest warrant through the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office for driving without a license. The man was arrested on the warrant, issued four State traffic citations and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. The scooter was impounded.

June 30th:

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Traffic/warrant service – 12:20 pm. Officers working a laser speed enforcement detail stopped a vehicle for exceeding the speed limit. Further investigation revealed that a passenger in the vehicle had an open arrest warrant for failing to appear in court on a charge of driving without a license. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. The driver was issued a State traffic violation for speeding and sent on his way.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Assault – 4:15 pm. Officers responded for the report of a fight in progress. Once on the scene the officers were met by a Metro Transit police officer who advised that he witnessed two men fighting. During the fight one of the men pulled out a knife and threatened to cut the other man. When the man with the knife saw the Metro officer approaching he dropped the knife. Both men surrendered without incident and were arrested, charged accordingly and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Runaway juvenile apprehended – 9 pm. Officers on patrol observed an unattended juvenile about 10 years of age walking along Rhode Island Avenue. The stopped to check the boy’s welfare and learned that he had been reported as a runaway from an address in Hyattsville. The boy’s parents were notified and responded to take custody of him.