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.