Friday, December 21, 2012

Police Report: December 16-20

The Mount Rainier Police Department’s weekly report is not intended to be a listing of every incident or call for service handled by the police department, but merely a general summary of incidents that may be of interest to the community. Some reports may be outside the date parameters due to extended investigations or other circumstances. Some cases are not included at all due to ongoing investigations.

December 20th:

4300 block of Russell Avenue: Theft from auto - 11am. The owner of a 2005 Ford Explorer reported that sometime between December 18th and the 20th someone stole the handicapped placards from inside his vehicle. Officers could find no sign of forced entry into the vehicle.

2700 block of Arundel Road: Forced entry – 11:35am. Officers responded for the report of a medical alarm coming from inside an apartment. When the officers arrived they received no answer at the door and called for fire/rescue and apartment management to respond and assist with a forced entry. Entry was made and the apartment was found unoccupied. Management secured the front door.

2700 block of Webster Street: Vandalism to auto – 11:15pm. The owner of a 2003 Chevy Malibu told officers that sometime prior to her call to police someone damaged the rear passenger window of her vehicle. The owner said that nothing had been stolen from in on her vehicle.

December 19th:

4500 block of Eastern Avenue (BP station): Theft from auto – 8:45am. The victim told officers that as she was inserting her credit card to pump gas she heard a door close. She turned around to see a man entering a dark grey, newer model Mercedes. She looked inside of her vehicle and discovered that her purse had been stolen from the rear passenger side floor board. The suspect was described as a black male, 20-25 years of age, 6’ tall with his hair in braids pulled back in a pony tail. Officers recovered the station’s security camera surveillance footage and observed the suspect get out of the Mercedes, enter the victim’s vehicle and remove her purse.

4000 block of 33rd Street: Possession of CDS – 2:10pm. Officers responded for the report of an illegally parked vehicle occupied by two suspicious individuals. When the officers arrived they found the vehicle and stopped the occupants for a field interview. During the interview the driver was found in possession of approximately seven grams of marijuana. He was arrested, charged accordingly and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. The passenger was released and sent on his way.

3300 block of Otis Street: Recovered stolen auto – 7:10pm. DC police notified MRPD that their officers recovered a 2006 Toyota Highlander reported stolen from the 3300 block of Otis Street on September 23rd, 2012. The vehicle was found in the 1800 block of 34th Street, NE and no arrests were made.

December 18th:

4100 block of Rainier Avenue: Residential burglary – 9:20pm. The homeowner told officers that he discovered that sometime between 8:30am and 12pm this morning someone broke into his residence through an unsecure dining room window. Once inside the suspect(s) stole several bottles of liquor, a laptop computer and a quantity of cash before fleeing the area. Nothing was damaged in the home and officers did not recover any useful evidence.

3400 block of Newton Place: Citizen robbery – 10:40pm. Officers responded for unknown trouble. Once on the scene the officers met with three individuals who were the victims of a robbery that had just occurred. Due to a language barrier (Chinese) officers were initially unable to communicate with the victims but were eventually able to locate a Maryland State Trooper with the requisite language skills. Through the translator the officers learned that the three victims were returning home when they were accosted by a black male suspect wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and a black mask. The suspect displayed a handgun and demanded one of the victim’s money. The suspect forced the victims into their apartment and had them lay on the floor. Three additional black male then entered and all four suspects ransacked the apartment. The four stole numerous items of the victims’ personal property and a quantity of cash before fleeing the apartment. All suspects got into a pickup truck and fled the area in an unknown direction. PGPD robbery detectives responded to the scene to assume a follow-up investigation. During a canvass of the area officers located a registration card that belonged to a Chevy Silverado pick-up truck that had been stolen from an address in the County earlier in the day. No additional evidence was recovered and none of the victims were injured during the robbery.

December 17th:

34th and Upshur Streets: Vehicle impound – 6:55am. Officers responded for the report of a single vehicle collision. When the officers arrived they discovered a 1992 Honda Civic stopped in the middle of the roadway with no tags attached. The vehicle had extensive front end and passenger side damage. The vehicle had not been reported stolen to any local law enforcement agency. The vehicle was impounded for safekeeping.

4600 block of 30th Street: Theft from auto – 7:20am. The reporting person told officers that sometime between 5pm on the 14th and the time he called police someone entered his Comcast work van and stole several items of his work tools from inside. No evidence was recovered from the vehicle.

3300 block of Buchanan Street: Stolen vehicle – 8am. The owner of a 1997 Ford van told officers that sometime between 6:30pm on the 15th and the time he called police this morning someone stole his vehicle.

4500 block of 30th Street: Missing person – 12:15pm. The mother of a 17 year old female told officers that her daughter failed to return home as expected from her place of employment. The girl was last seen on December 16th at about 9am. Her information was entered into NCIC missing persons files. At about 8:45pm officers received a report that the girl had returned home and responded to her residence for a follow-up report. The officers interviewed the girl and learned that the reason she had not returned home was because she said she had been abducted from the Friendship Heights area of DC. She said that she was hit in the head from behind, lost consciousness and later woke up tied to a chair at a location in Arlington, VA. She was able to make contact with her boyfriend who picked her up in Arlington and brought her home. MRPD officers found no apparent evidence of injury and fire/rescue personnel transported her to Providence Hospital for a checkup. MPDC detectives took over the abduction investigation at the hospital. Their initial investigation revealed that the alleged abduction occurred on the Maryland side of Friendship Heights in Montgomery County. DC detectives referred her to MCP for further investigation.

December 16th:

3700 block of Wells Avenue: DWI – 1:30am. Officers responded for the report of an occupied suspicious vehicle blocking the driveway of a private residence. When the officers arrived they found the vehicle in question and with the driver behind the wheel. Further investigation revealed that the driver was impaired by alcohol and unable to complete standard field sobriety tests. She was arrested for DWI and her vehicle was impounded.

Citizens are reminded to PLEASE call and report suspicious activity. Even if you choose not to provide your name or other personal information, we still need your help as extra eyes and ears in the community.

See or Hear Something?

Say Something!

We WANT to be bothered! Call 301-985-6565/6566.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

A few holiday travel tips

Before you leave:

• Place interior/outdoor lights, televisions and radios on timers. Make sure your lights are timed for appropriate hours.

• Unplug your garage door opener and lock the rails from the inside.

• Inspect your home prior to departure and make sure all windows and doors are locked and secure. This should also include storage areas.

• Make sure you secure outdoor items such as bicycles, toys, outdoor grill, etc.

• Unplug all appliances to include TV, stereos, computers, toasters, and microwave ovens to prevent damage in case of an electrical storm or power outage.

• Make sure the last person out of the house locks the door. Then make a check of the outside to make sure everything is secure.

When you return:

• If you arrive early please notify the MRPD to cancel your house check. If you anticipate a longer trip or delay, call to extend your house check.

• Resume your mail, subscription and deliveries.

• Inspect your home both interior and exterior. Report any criminal acts to the MRPD immediately.

• Plug your garage door device in. Remember to remove the lock from the rail. Failure to do so may result in damage to the device and rails.

• Immediately inspect all billing statements upon arrival from your bank or credit card company. Report any suspicious activity immediately to the MRPD and your financial institution.

MRPD delivers holiday baskets for needy families.




Monday, December 17, 2012

Death by Impared Driving

Crime Tip

If you will be traveling this holiday season, don't use social media sites to announce to the world that you will be away from home. Don't post about your trip until after you return.

Police Report: December 9-15

December 15th:

3300 block of Buchanan Street: Motor vehicle collision – 12:45am. Officers responded for the report of a vehicle blocking the roadway. When the officers arrived they found the vehicle in question occupied by a man who was asleep in the driver’s seat. Further investigation revealed that the man had backed into a parked vehicle. Officers also found an open container of an alcoholic beverage in the vehicle. The driver was cited for open container and blocking the flow of traffic. His vehicle was impounded.

4100 block of Russell Avenue: Motor vehicle collision/emergency petition – 4:35am. Officers responded for the report of a man down. Upon arrival the officers learned that an individual was involved in a minor motor vehicle collision and was not injured. Further investigation revealed that the man failed to pay full time and attention and struck a parked vehicle causing minor damage. He was issued a traffic citation and his vehicle was impounded. During the officers’ investigation they observed that the driver was acting very emotionally and made comments about wanting to go to jail or someone was going to die. The driver was very distraught about a recent death of a family member. He was taken into custody and transported to Washington Adventist Hospital where he was released to medical personnel for an emergency psychiatric evaluation. 

3600 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Motor vehicle collision – 6:20pm. Officers responded for the report of a collision involving a motorcyclist. When the officers arrived they learned that the motorcyclist laid his motorcycle down in order to avoid colliding with a vehicle which was making a legal U-turn. The motorcycle sustained minor damage and the there were no reported injuries.

2400 block of Chillum Road: Traffic – 9:55pm. Officers stopped a 2006 Dodge Charger for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver had a suspended license. She was issued the appropriate traffic citations and her vehicle was impounded.

3300 block of Chillum Road: Traffic – 11:55pm. Officers stopped a 2001 Jeep Cherokee for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle was not properly registered. The driver was issued the appropriate traffic citations and his vehicle was impounded.

December 14th:

3500 block of Perry Street: Emergency petition – 10:30pm. Officers responded for the report of a disturbance in the street. When they arrived they confronted a woman obviously under the influence of PCP. She was extremely impaired and although fully awake was unresponsive to the officers’ attempts to provide assistance. She was taken into custody and transported to Washington Adventist Hospital where she was released to medical personnel for treatment.

December 13th:

3000 block of Shepherd Street: Theft – 12:20pm. A resident came into the police station to report the theft of a package delivered to his residence. The victim told officers that UPS delivered the package to his front porch on December 3rd. When he came home that day he discovered that the package had been stolen.

Buchanan Street and Queens Chapel Road: DWI – 8:30pm. Officers responded for the report of a collision between a car and a bus. When the officers arrived they found the driver of the car still in his vehicle and saw open bottles of vodka inside the vehicle. Further investigation gave officers reasonable suspicion that the driver was under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested and transported to the Maryland State Police barrack in College Park for a blood alcohol test. The test revealed a BAC of .24, which is three times the legal limit for intoxication. Officers also learned that the driver’s license was suspended for a DWI/DUI charge on September 16th, 2012. He was charged with DWI, transported to his place of residence and released. His vehicle, a 2012 Chevy Impala, was impounded.

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Emergency petition – 10:45pm. Officers on patrol observed a man walking along the block screaming wildly and acting erratically. Before officers could stop the man on the street he entered Party Time Liquors and began to create a disturbance. As officers escorted the man out of the store he began swinging his fists and arms at them. Officers were forced to deploy pepper spray to get the man under control and in custody. He was transported to Washington Adventist Hospital and released to medical staff for treatment.

 December 12th:

Nothing significant to report.

December 11th:

2400 block of Chillum Road: Warrant service – 9:35pm. Officers on patrol were stopped by a man who told them he possibly was the subject of an open arrest warrant. Further investigation revealed that he did indeed have an open warrant through Charles County for traffic related charges. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of Charles County Sheriff’s Deputies.

December 10th:

4600 block 25th Street: Theft from auto – 7:55am. The owner of a 2008 Nissan Sentra told officers that sometime between 6:30pm on the 9th and the time she called police someone smashed out the front passenger window of her vehicle and stole a quantity of household paper products from inside.

3800 block of 31st Street: Emergency petition – 7:10pm. Officers responded for the report of a man removing his clothes in a neighbor’s front yard. When the officers arrived they recognized the man as an habitual PCP user who was again under the influence of the drug. He was taken into custody and delivered to medical personnel at Washington Adventist Hospital for treatment.

December 9th:

4500 block of Eastern Avenue (BP station): Stolen auto – 3:35pm. The owner of a 2006 Infinity G35 told officers that while speaking with some friends he left his car keys in the ignition and his vehicle running. The owner observed an unknown male enter his vehicle via the driver’s side door and flee the area with the vehicle west on Eastern Avenue. A search of the area failed to locate the vehicle or the thief.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Good advice courtesy of the Howard County Police Department

Police are asking residents to review their holiday purchases and shipments to determine if any packages are missing. If you have shipped a gift to a family member, confirm with the recipient that it has arrived. If the delivery company reports that the package was delivered, but you believe it may have been stolen, take the following steps:

• Check the back or side door to see if the delivery was left at another location. Check with neighbors to see if the package was delivered to the wrong address.
• Call the delivery company to confirm it was delivered.
• Report the incident to police by calling 301-985-6565/6566.

To prevent thefts, police encourage residents to follow these tips:

• Track shipments, and try to be home when they are scheduled to arrive.
• If you won’t be home, have the shipment delivered to your work, if possible, or ask the delivery company to leave the package in a discreet location, such as a back door.
• Ask a neighbor to take the package inside until you get home.
• Be aware of suspicious people and vehicles. Delivery drivers are asked to be aware of vehicles following them.
• If you notice suspicious behavior, call 911 immediately. Make note of any vehicle’s make, model, tag number and direction of travel.

‘Gift Cards for Guns’ collection in Prince George’s County on Saturday


by Maggie Gazeli Fard, The Washington Post

A “Gift Cards for Guns” collection event will be held in Prince George’s County on Saturday.

County police will collect firearms in exchange for gift cards valued up to $100.

The event is part of an effort to reduce gun violence in the county, officials said.

The collection will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 601 8th Street, Laurel.

Participants must place any guns, unloaded, in the trunk of their cars. A uniformed police officer at the site will provide further instructions.

The guns do not have to be functional. Ammunition will also be collected, police said.

This is the third “Gift Cards for Guns” event of the year. About 300 guns have been turned in so far, police said.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

1-800-Sober Ride Can Save Your Life!

Twenty five percent of all drunk driving deaths occur in the month of December. Over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays there is a 40-60% spike in alcohol-related traffic fatalities.

Don’t drink and drive this holiday season!

Remember YOU choose your ride. Either a free ride in a police cruiser under arrest or free ride home in a cab.

From December 14th to January 1st you can call 1-800-Sober Ride for a free taxi ride home.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Police Report: December 2-8

The Mount Rainier Police Department’s weekly report is not intended to be a listing of every incident or call for service handled by the police department, but merely a general summary of incidents that may be of interest to the community. Some reports may be outside the date parameters due to extended investigations or other circumstances. Some cases are not included at all due to ongoing investigations.

December 8th:

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Vehicle impound – 4am. Officers on patrol came upon a 2006 Nissan Maxima stopped in the traffic circle. Further investigation revealed that the driver and passenger were asleep in the front seats. Both individuals were awakened and officers determined that neither party could safely operate the vehicle. The vehicle was impounded and the occupants sent on their way.

3400 block of Perry Street: Stolen vehicle – 9:10am. The owner of a 2008 Ford truck told officers that she left the vehicle running while she was opening the front door of her residence. While she was away from the vehicle an unknown individual stole the truck and fled the area north on Perry Street. The victim was unable to provide a description of the thief.

4200 block of Russell Avenue: Found missing juvenile – 3:25pm. Officers responded for the report that several family members were detaining a juvenile previously reported missing to DC police. Further investigation revealed that the juvenile also had warrants for escape and family offenses in DC. Officers took the juvenile into custody and transported her to MRPD headquarters where she was released to the custody of officers and agents assigned to the MPD/FBI Child Exploitation Task Force. 

3300 block of Chauncey Place: Theft from auto – 4:30pm. The owner of a 2002 Chevy Suburban told officers that sometime between 9:30am on December 6th and the time he called police someone stole a pull bar and some lights off the outside of his vehicle. No evidence was recovered at the scene.

December 7th:

Nothing significant to report.

December 6th:

3100 block of Buchanan Street: Vehicle impound – 9am. Officers impounded a 1999 Mazda Miata that had been parked for an extended period of time displaying DC registration plates that expired in 2010.

December 5th:

3800 block of 31st Street: Emergency petition – 7:35pm. Officers responded for the report of two men fighting in a front yard. Further investigation revealed that one of the men was under the influence of PCP. He was taken into custody and transported to Washington Adventist Hospital where he was released to medical personnel for emergency treatment.

December 4th:

2700 block of Arundel Road: Recovered stolen auto – 1:15am. Officers patrolling with a mobile license plate reader received an alert on a 1997 Honda Accord. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle had been reported stolen on October 10th from a residence in Montgomery County that had been burglarized. MCP was notified of the recovery and the vehicle was impounded for safekeeping.

4200 block of Russell Avenue: Stolen vehicle – 5am. The owner of a 2011 Chevy Tahoe told officers that sometime prior to his call to police someone stole his vehicle. A canvass of the area identified no witnesses or evidence as to those responsible for the theft.

December 3rd:

4300 block of Russell Avenue: Theft 2:25pm. Officers spoke with the resident who said that she placed items of her personal jewelry on a shelf in her bedroom closet at about 9pm on November 2nd. She further stated that two Kaywood Apartments employees were performing maintenance in her apartment and after they left she discovered that her jewelry had been stolen. The investigation into the theft is continuing.

3200 block of Queenstown Drive: Recovered property – 5:35pm. The reporting person told officers that she came into possession of a Ruger 357 magnum handgun when her father passed away. She further stated that she and her husband wrestled over the gun during a domestic argument earlier in the day and that afterwards her husband took the weapon and went to her mother’s house in Hyattsville. MRPD officers with assistance from Hyattsville City PD officers were able to obtain possession of the weapon. It has been secured for safekeeping at MRPD.

December 2nd:

3000 block of Queens Chapel Road: Vehicle impound – 7:40pm. Officers stopped a 1997 Toyota Corolla for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver had a suspended license. He was issued several traffic citations and the vehicle was impounded.

Citizens are reminded to PLEASE call and report suspicious activity. Even if you choose not to provide your name or other personal information, we still need your help as extra eyes and ears in the community.

See or Hear Something?

Say Something!

We WANT to be bothered! Call 301-985-6565/6566

Friday, December 07, 2012

The Family Crisis Center Needs Your Help

You may have heard about the tragic death of Kasandra Perkins, shot several times by her boyfriend, Kansas City Chiefs linebacker, Jovan Belcher. Kasandra was killed after an argument related to her attending a concert. Her 3-month old daughter was in the home when her mother was murdered.

Many women – just like Kasandra Perkins – fear for their lives and the Family Crisis Center of Prince George’s County is here to help them. Our organization provides safe shelter and therapeutic services so abused women can escape the violence in their lives and move toward economic self-sufficiency. We also facilitate groups for men who abuse, holding them accountable for the violence they inflict on their partners, and teaching them alternative strategies to deal with their anger and need for control. This year alone we have provided safe shelter to hundreds of women and children at our Safe Passage Emergency Shelter, our staff has responded to thousands of hotline calls, and numerous abusers have attended our anger management groups.

During the holiday season, would you please consider making a donation to the Family Crisis Center? We need your help to continue to provide abused women and their children with a safe place to live when the people they love hurt them.

A gift of $105 to the Family Crisis Center provides food and shelter for a woman or her child for one week. Your financial support will make a significant difference in the lives of women and children.

How can you help?

Please consider mailing a check to The Family Crisis Center at:

Family Crisis Center of Prince George’s County
3601 Taylor Street
Brentwood, MD 20722

Thank you for helping us provide a safe place for women who fear for their lives and the lives of their children.

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Police Report: November 25th - December 1st

The Mount Rainier Police Department’s weekly report is not intended to be a listing of every incident or call for service handled by the police department, but merely a general summary of incidents that may be of interest to the community. Some reports may be outside the date parameters due to extended investigations or other circumstances. Some cases are not included at all due to ongoing investigations.

December 1st:

4700 block of 25th Street: Recovered stolen auto – 4:20am. MRPD officers were notified my DC police that they recovered a 2002 Cadillac Deville that was stolen from the 4700 block of 25th Street on November 24th. No arrests were made and the owner was notified of the recovery.

2500 block of Allison Street: Residential burglary (vacant apartment) – 9:55am. Officers were called to the scene by management officials who were conducting a final inspection of a vacant apartment prior to new tenants moving in. Management discovered that two men had broken into the apartment through a rear window and were still inside. By the time MRPD officers arrived the two men had fled the apartment and were nowhere to be found. Officers are continuing to work with management employees to identify the two suspects.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Trespassing – 2:25pm. Officers patrolling the shopping center identified one individual loitering who was previously banned from the property. He was arrested, charged with trespassing and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: 1st degree assault (stabbing) – 4:25pm. Officers from PGPD and Metro Transit PD responded for the report of a stabbing at the bus stop in the 3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue. When officers arrived they discovered a man suffering from a deep laceration to his neck. Fire/rescue personnel responded and transported the man to Prince George’s Hospital for emergency treatment. Witnesses gave officers a description of the man’s female assailant and a search of the area located her at 37th Place and Rhode Island Avenue. She was positively identified by several witnesses, arrested and charged with numerous crimes including 1st degree assault and attempted murder. The victim is expected to survive his wound.

2200 block of Varnum Street: Hit and run collision - 6:15pm. Officers responded for the report of a hit and run collision that had just occurred. Officers learned that the victim’s legally parked 2006 Toyota had been struck by a 2007 Ford SUV. When the victim attempted to speak with the driver of the Ford he drove off down Varnum Street towards Russell Avenue. Officers obtained the Ford’s tag number and the investigation is continuing.

34th and Tilden Streets: Hit and run collision – 11:25pm. The owner of a 1999 Cadillac Deville told officers that the vehicle was legally parked on Tilden Street at the corner of 34th Street. The owner came out to the vehicle this evening and discovered that an unidentified vehicle had struck the rear quarter panel of the vehicle causing minor damage.

November 30th:

3200 block of Perry Street: Residential burglary (supplement): 5:30pm. Officers were advised that PGPD detectives located and recovered a laptop computer taken from the residence in a recent burglary. The laptop was returned to the victim.

4500 block of Eastern Avenue (BP station): Theft from auto – 7:50am. A woman told officers that when she went to the station’s window to pay for fuel someone entered the rear passenger compartment of her vehicle and stole her purse. She described the thief only as a black male who fled the scene as a passenger in a dark color Infinity SUV.

4300 block of 28th Place: Trespassing – 9:15am. Officers patrolling the area were flagged down by management employees who complained about several subjects sleeping in the basement of an apartment building. Officers located two individuals in the basement; one of whom was in possession of CDS paraphernalia. Both individuals were banned from the property as trespassers and possession of narcotics paraphernalia charges are pending.

4200 block of 34th Street: Vehicle fire – 2:40pm. A Pepco electrical contractor was replacing telephone poles when one of their vehicles caught fire. Fire/rescue personnel responded and extinguished the fire. The vehicle was destroyed and a private residence was damaged.  The cause of the fire has not been determined.

3249 Rhode Island Avenue: Warrant service – 6pm. A man came into the police station to surrender on an open warrant. Officers learned that he was wanted in Prince George’s County for possession with the intent to distribute narcotics. He was arrested and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

November 29th:

3200 block of Otis Street: Missing person – 12:20am. The reporting person told officers that her mother had failed to return home from her Washington, DC work location. The mother’s information was entered into NCIC missing persons files. At about 3:30am officers were notified that the mother had returned home safe and sound. Her info was removed from NCIC.

3200 block of Chillum Road: Theft from auto – 10:30am. The owner of a 1997 Ford Escort reported that sometime between noon on the 26th and the time she called police someone stole the validation stickers off her rear license plate. No evidence was recovered from the area or the vehicle.

November 28th:

3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Emergency petition – 5:50pm. Officers responded to Party Time Liquors for the report of a man who tried to steal an employee’s jacket. The suspect had left the store prior to the officers’ arrival. The officers obtained a description of the man and during a search of the area the officers located him in the 3700 block of 35th Street. The man was acting erratically and told officers he wanted to kill himself. He was taken into custody and transported to Washington Adventist Hospital where he was released to the custody of medical personnel for an emergency psychological evaluation.

November 27th:

4600 block of 25th Street: Recovered stolen vehicle – 8am. Officers on patrol were flagged down by a gentleman who told them that his 1997 Plymouth Voyager van had been stolen and that he had located it. He said that the vehicle was stolen sometime between 10:30pm on November 16th and the time he called police this morning. He told officers that he searched the immediate area for his van and found it in a rear parking lot in the 2700 block of Arundel Road. The van had damage to the driver’s door lock and ignition and it appeared that it had become disabled as the result of striking a pole. The vehicle’s in-dash stereo was missing and presumed stolen.

4600 block of 27th Street: Attempt vehicle theft – 3:55pm. The owner of a 2002 Hyundai told officers that sometime between 10am and the time she called police someone tried to steal her vehicle. Officers discovered damage to the vehicle’s ignition consistent with an attempted theft but were unable to determine how those responsible got into the vehicle.

4600 block of 29th Street: Vehicle impound – 4pm. Officers patrolling with a mobile license plate reader received an alert on a 1998 BMW. The alert revealed that the vehicle’s registration was suspended and there was an MVA pick up order for the tags. The tags were seized for return to MVA and the vehicle was impounded.

3200 block of Chillum Road: Hit and run M/V collision – 7:50pm. The owner of a 2006 Mitsubishi Gallant reported that sometime prior to her call to police her vehicle had been struck by a second vehicle that failed to remain at the scene for identification. The victim’s vehicle sustained minor damage and no evidence was recovered at the collision scene.

3400 block of Otis Street: Attempt vehicle theft – 11:25pm. The owner of a 2005 Dodge Stratus told officers that he observed two individuals attempting to steal his vehicle. When the owner yelled at the two they got into an older model silver Lincoln with paper tags attached and fled the scene. The victim’s vehicle sustained minor damage where the suspects attempted to gain entry. A search of the area for the suspects and their vehicle was negative.

November 26th:

2700 block of Upshur Street: Stolen/recovered auto – 2am. The owner of a 2005 Buick Lacrosse told officers that sometime between 5pm on the 25th and the time he called police someone stole his vehicle. No witnesses or evidence was identified at the scene. At about 10am this morning officers on patrol discovered the vehicle parked in the 4300 block of 30th Street. Both tags were still attached and the only damage to the vehicle was to the driver’s side rear window. The vehicle was impounded for safekeeping and the owner was notified of the recovery.

3800 block of 34th Street: Theft from auto – 8:35am. The owner of a 2001n Chevy Astro van told officers that at about 8am she parked her vehicle in front of the Laundry Mart and went inside. When she returned to her vehicle about a half hour later she discovered that someone had stolen the purse that she left on the front passenger seat.

4500 block of 32nd Street: Fraud – 3:10pm. Officers took a report from a woman who told them that she had been working with her bank to try and determine who fraudulently stole funds from her bank account back on October 21st. The bank advised her that she needed to file a report with the police in order to further the investigation.

2700 block of Webster Street: Armed robbery – 3:10pm. A man came into the police station to report that he had been robbed at knife point on November 19th. The victim told officers that he was approached by three black males. One of the men produced a knife and stole the victim’s book bag containing his cell phone and laptop computer. PGPD robbery detectives were notified of the incident.

November 25th:

3200 block of Chillum Road: Assault – 1am. Officers responded to the 7-11 for the report of an assault that had just occurred. When the officers arrived they observed several juveniles running from the store. The officers stopped the juveniles and upon further investigation learned that two of them had assaulted a store clerk by splashing hot coffee on him and kicking him repeatedly. Both juveniles were arrested, charged with assault and released to the custody of their respective parents pending Juvenile Court action.

Citizens are reminded to PLEASE call and report suspicious activity. Even if you choose not to provide your name or other personal information, we still need your help as extra eyes and ears in the community.

See or Hear Something?

Say Something!

We WANT to be bothered! Call 301-985-6565/6566.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Sheriff’s Deputies Arrest Armed Carjacking Suspects


Upper Marlboro, MD… The Prince George's County Sheriff’s Warrant/Fugitive Division reported the arrests today of Francis Holmes and James Gross on related arrest warrants obtained by Prince George's County Police Detectives on November 23, 2012 for an Armed Carjacking that occurred on Thanksgiving.

According to the warrants, Holmes and Gross approached a male victim after he parked his vehicle in the 3200 block of Taylor Street in Mount Rainier. As the victim exited his vehicle, one of the suspects pointed a silver handgun at him and demanded his wallet, cell phone, and the keys to his vehicle. The victim complied with the demands, and was able to remove his daughter from the vehicle before the suspects took the car and fled the scene. The victim and a witness later identified the suspects during the police investigation.

Deputies investigating the whereabouts of Holmes and Gross were led to the 2900 block of Bunker Hill Road where both suspects were located and apprehended without incident.

Both suspects were transferred to PGPD District I Detectives for further investigation and charged with Armed Carjacking, Carjacking, First and Second Degree Assault, Armed Robbery, Robbery, Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony, Felony Theft, and Illegal Possession of a Firearm.

For more information contact the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Press Information Office at 301-780-2773.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Police Report: November 18-24

November 24th:

4700 block of 25th Street: Stolen auto – 7:50pm. Officers met with the owner of a 2002 Cadillac Deville. The owner told the officers that he met with two individuals who had agreed to buy his vehicle. After one of the individuals test drove the vehicle he gave the owner a quantity of cash as payment for the vehicle. Before the owner realized that the cash he received did not match his sale price, and was possibly counterfeit, the two suspects fled in his vehicle and disappeared into DC. Officers were unable to locate the vehicle or the suspects and a lookout was broadcast to MPD. Officers contacted the US Secret Service in regards to the counterfeit bills and they will conduct a follow-up investigation.

4600 block of 27th Street: Warrant service – 11:45pm. Officers responded to Providence Hospital for the report of a domestic assault that occurred earlier. The victim told officers that she had been assaulted by her husband at their residence in Mount Rainier. Officers transported the victim to the District Court Commissioner’s Office where she obtained a protective order and an arrest warrant for her husband charging him with 2nd degree assault. Officers located the man at his residence, served the protective order and arrested him on the warrant. He was delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

November 23rd:

4600 block of 29th Street: Stolen auto – 4:55pm. The owner of a 2006 Chrysler 300C told officers that sometime between 6pm on the 22nd and the time he called police someone stole his vehicle. No evidence or witnesses to the theft were identified.

November 22nd:

3200 block of Taylor Street: Carjacking – 10:20am. The victim told officers that he had pulled into his driveway and was in the process of taking his 2 year old daughter out of the back seat when he was approached by two black male suspects. Suspect #1 produced a silver handgun and demanded the victim’s wallet, keys and phone. The victim complied and both suspects got into the victim’s vehicle and fled the scene towards 31st Street. Neither the victim nor his daughter was injured during the incident. PGPD robbery detectives responded to the scene to assume the follow-up investigation. On November 23rd at about 2:15pm PGPD detectives traced the victim’s stolen cell phone to an address in the 6800 block of Forest Terrace in Hyattsville. Further investigation led to the positive identification of and arrest warrants issued for James Gross (DOB 12/1/1993) and Francis Holmes (DOB 3/10/1994).

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 11:30pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for urinating in public.

November 21st:

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Assault – 4am. The victim told officers that while he was riding his bicycle he was approached b y five Hispanic males in a small gray vehicle. One of the males in the vehicle struck the victim in the buttocks with a baseball bat and fled the area. The victim was not seriously injured and refused medical treatment. A search of the area for the vehicle and the suspects proved negative.

November 20th:

3700 block of 36th Street: Emergency petition – 8pm. Officers responded for the report of several individuals smoking CDS. When the officers arrived they identified one individual who was obviously under the influence of PCP. He was taken into custody and transported to Washington Adventist Hospital and released to medical personnel for emergency treatment.

November 19th:

3700 block of 36th Street: Missing juvenile – 12pm. The mother of a 14 year old boy called to report her son had been missing from the family home since 12pm on November 18th. The juvenile is a perpetual runaway. His information was entered into NCIC missing persons files.

2700 block of Upshur Street: Tampering – 4pm. Officers responded for the report of four juveniles tampering with the driver’s side door lock of a Toyota Camry. The citizen who called in the incident confronted the juveniles and they fled the area before officers arrived. Officers contacted the owner of the vehicle and notified her of the damage. A search of the area for the juveniles proved negative.

November 18th:

4700 block of 27th Street: Child neglect – 3:30am. Officers responded for the report of a four year old child left home alone. Officers arrived and found the child unharmed and in good condition. They subsequently learned that the child had been left in the custody of her aunt. The aunt left home for unknown reasons while the child was sleeping. Child protective Services was contacted and will conduct a follow-up investigation.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Protective order service – 9:20am. Officers responded to assist an individual with the service of a temporary protective order. The officers located the individual to whom the order was directed and served him accordingly. They also stood by while the victim collected his belongings and safely left the premises. Officers notified the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office that the order had been served.

3800 block of 37th Street: Vandalism to auto – 5:30pm. The owner of a 2001 Honda Civic showed officers where sometime between 7am and the time she called police someone damaged her vehicle’s driver’s side door and molding. It appeared that the damage was caused by some sort of pry tool. No further evidence was recovered.

3200 block of Perry Street: Found property – 5:10pm. Officers took a report of handgun ammunition that was found in a residential trash can. Their investigation revealed that the ammunition was discarded by mistake. The owner recovered the ammunition and secured it in his residence.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

PGPD Arrests Suspect in Mount Rainier Murder

The Prince George’s County Police Department arrested a suspect for the November 14, 2012, murder of 25 year-old Reginald McNeil. McNeil, of the 8400 block of Indian Head Highway in Fort Washington, was shot and killed in the 3800 block of 37th Street in Mount Rainier.

On November 15, 2012, police officers arrested 27 year-old Ronald Jefferson Short of the 2500 block of High Street in Southeast Washington. Short is charged with first degree murder and is being held on a no bond status.

Anyone with information on 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.

http://pgpolice.blogspot.com/2012/11/pgpd-arrests-suspect-in-mount-rainier.html

Monday, November 19, 2012

Police Report: Week of November 11-17

November 17th:

3200 block of Queenstown Drive: Vandalism to auto – 2:05pm. The owner of a 2001 Nissan Altima told officers that sometime between 11pm on November 14th and 9am on the 15th someone vandalized his vehicle’s rear bumper near the license plate bracket. The owner said that it appeared as if someone burned a hole in the bumper.

4000 block of 33rd Street: Emergency petition – 3:45pm. Officers were called to investigate a man who had been yelling and screaming in the back yard for about 45 minutes. When the officers arrived they found the man obviously under the influence of PCP.  He was taken into custody and transported to Washington Adventist Hospital where he was released to medical personnel for emergency treatment.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Recovered stolen auto – 5:30pm. MRPD officers were notified by MPD that their officers recovered a 2002 Dodge Caravan in the 7600 block of 13th Street, NW that was originally reported stolen from the 3100 block of Queens Chapel Road on November 13th. The van was in drivable condition and both tags were still attached. The vehicle was impounded for safekeeping and the owner was notified of the recovery.

November 16th:

4500 block of 29th Street: Theft from auto – 10:15am. The owner of a 2004 Ford Explorer told officers that she came out to her vehicle this morning and discovered a broken window on the passenger side. When she inventoried the vehicle’s interior she discovered that the purse she left on the floor had been stolen.

3300 block of Chillum Road: Theft – 3:10pm. Officers responded for the report of a theft that had just occurred. A store employee told the officers that six black males came into the store, filled their jacket pockets with merchandise and left the store without paying for the items.

4000 block of 36th Street: Fraud – 5pm. A resident called to report that she discovered that, over the past year, an unauthorized person has been using her bank card to purchase gasoline. All purchases were made at the same gas station. The investigation is on-going.

November 15th:

Nothing significant to report.

November 14th:

3800 block of 37th Street: Homicide – 4:40am. At about 4:40am Mount Rainier officers responded to the 3800 block of 37th Street for the report of a sound of shots. When the officers arrived about a minute later they discovered a man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Prince George’s County EMS responded and transported the victim to Prince George’s Hospital Center where he was pronounced dead. Detectives are working to identify the victim, any suspect(s) and a motive in this case.
Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division/Homicide Unit at 301-772-4925 or the Mount Rainier Police Department at 301-985-6580. Callers can remain anonymous by calling Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477). You may also text “PGPD plus your tip” to CRIMES (274637) on your mobile phone or go to http://princegeorgescountypolice.org/police and submit a tip online.

4300 block of Kaywood Drive: Stolen auto – 9am. The owner of a 2003 Dodge Dakota told officers that sometime prior to her call to police someone stole her vehicle. No evidence was identified or recovered at the scene.

2500 block of Allison Street: Trespassing – 11:25am. Officers received a call from a resident advising that someone had broken into a vacant apartment. When the officers arrived they discovered a broken window and an unsecured door but no one inside the apartment. No damage was done to the interior and maintenance personnel responded to secure the apartment.

3600 block of Perry Street: Emergency petition – 12:45pm. Officers responded for the report of a man who forced his way into his parent’s residence. When the officers arrived they found the man, who was obviously under the influence of PCP and took him into custody. He was transported to Washington Adventist Hospital where he was released to medical personnel for emergency treatment.

November 13th:

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Stolen vehicle – 11:20am. The owner of a 2002 Dodge caravan told officers that sometime prior to his call to police someone stole his vehicle. No witness(es) or evidence could be located.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Attempt warrant service – 5:15pm. An officer patrolling the area observed a subject known to have an open arrest warrant through the US Marshal’s Service. The officer attempted to detain and arrest the man but he resisted and a struggle ensued. During the struggle the man was able to knock the officer down and get away. A search of the area for the man proved negative.

3800 block of 37th Street: Residential burglary – 6:10pm. Officers responded for the report of a residential burglary that occurred earlier. The officers were met by the resident who said that she came home to discover several items of her personal property out of place. When she surveyed the rest of her home she found that someone had broken in through a rear bathroom window. She told the officers that the only item of value stolen was a small quantity of money. The house was processed for evidence and several latent fingerprints were obtained for analysis. PGPD burglary detectives responded to conduct a follow-up investigation.

4600 block of 33rd Street: Emergency petition – 7:55pm. Officers responded for the report of a man laying in a yard yelling and disturbing neighbors. When the officers arrived they found the man who was obviously under the influence of PCP. Fire/rescue personnel responded and transported the man to Washington Adventist Hospital where he was released to medical personnel for treatment.

November 12th:

3500 block of Newton Street: Theft from auto – 9:50am. The owner of a 2001 Toyota Corolla told officers that sometime prior to his call to police someone stole the front and rear license plates off his vehicle.

4600 block of 30th Street: Trespassing – 2:15pm. Officers responded for the report of a large group of juveniles entering a community laundry room. When they arrived they detained one of the juveniles involved. Further investigation revealed that the individual, a juvenile, had been previously banned from the property. He was arrested, charged with trespassing and released to the custody of a parent.

4300 block of Kaywood Drive: Theft from auto – 5:10pm. The owner of a 2004 Lexus told officers that sometime between 6:30pm on November 11th and 7:20am this morning someone stole the rear tag off her vehicle.

Queens Chapel Road and Chillum Road: Hit and run M/V collision – 11:15pm. The owner of a 2006 Toyota Sienna told officers that sometime prior to his call to police his vehicle was struck by a second vehicle that failed to remain at the scene. There were no witnesses to the collision and no evidence was recovered.

November 11th:

3400 block of Otis Street: Recovered stolen property – 7:50pm. Officers were alerted to the presence of a scooter lying in a grassy area with ignition damage and a flat rear tire. Further investigation revealed that the scooter had been previously reported stolen from an address in Fairfax, Virginia. The scooter was impounded for safekeeping and Fairfax PD and the owner were notified of the recovery.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Homicide - 3800 block of 37th Street

The Mount Rainier Police Department along with the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Homicide Unit is investigating the murder of an adult male that occurred in the City of Mount Rainier this morning.

At about 4:40am Mount Rainier officers responded to the 3800 block of 37th Street for the report of a sound of shots. When the officers arrived about a minute later they discovered a man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Prince George’s County EMS responded and transported the victim to Prince George’s Hospital Center where he was pronounced dead.

Detectives are working to identify the victim, any suspect(s) and a motive in this case.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division/Homicide Unit at 301-772-4925 or the Mount Rainier Police Department at 301-985-6580. Callers can remain anonymous by calling Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477). You may also text “PGPD plus your tip” to CRIMES (274637) on your mobile phone or go to http://princegeorgescountypolice.org/police and submit a tip online.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Police Report: November 4-10

November 10th:

4200 block of Kaywood Drive: Vandalism to auto – 1:10am. The owner of a 2005 Dodge Stratus told officers that sometime between 10:40am on November 9th and the time she called police someone damaged the driver’s side door lock on her vehicle.

4000 block of 36th Street: Attempt residential burglary – 11:30am. Officers responded for the report of an attempted B&E. When the arrived they discovered where someone used a hammer to break two windows and remove two screens in an attempt to enter the residence. The property manager found a hammer that had been thrown in the grass in the back yard and the officers seized it for evidence. No entry was made into the residence and nothing was stolen.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Theft – 12:30pm. The victim told officers that she was walking with her daughter in the area of Luskins Plaza when a man walked up behind them and snatched an Apple iPhone out of her child’s hand and fled the scene. The victim told the officers that she could not give a good description of the suspect but said he was part of a group of males that hang out in the area every day. Hyattsville City officers assisted MRPD with a search of the area with negative results.

3500 block of Perry Street: Emergency petition – 3:20pm. Officers responded for the report of a man running in and out of traffic and lying in the roadway. Once on the scene the officers located the man who began shouting obscenities and said he wanted to die. Fire/rescue personnel responded to the scene and transported the man to Washington Adventist Hospital where he was released to medical personnel for treatment and a psychological examination.

November 9th:

3000 block of Arundel Road: Stolen auto (unfounded) - 6:40am. The owner of a 2004 Mercedes reported that she lost the keys to her vehicle several days ago. She said that when she came out for her vehicle this morning it had been stolen. Further investigation revealed that PGPD officers impounded the vehicle as abandoned from an address on Addison Road in Capital Heights on November 8th at 10:55am.  

3600 block of Perry Street: Criminal citation – 9am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage in a public place.

4600 block of 29th Street: Theft from auto – 9:40am. The owner of a 1991 Nissan Sentra told officers that at about 8:30 he came out to warm up his vehicle prior to leaving home. He said that he left the vehicle running and the keys in the ignition while he went back inside his apartment. When he returned to his vehicle he discovered that someone had broken out a rear passenger window and stolen his keys.

2500 block of Arundel Road: Malicious burning – 4:20pm. Officers on patrol observed smoke coming from the rear of an apartment. They found the source of the smoke as a fire coming from several trash containers. Fire/rescue personnel responded and distinguished the fire. The cause of the fire remains under investigation and there were no injuries.

November 8th:

3700 block of 36th Street: Animal complaint – 9:45pm. Officers responded for the report of one dog attacking another. When the officers arrived they learned that a man was out walking his bulldog when the dog attacked and killed a neighbor’s Chihuahua. PG Animal Control officers were contacted and advised that they would conduct an investigation on November 9th to determine what charges, if any, should be filed against the owner of the bulldog. On November 9th Animal Control officers seized the bulldog as a part of their investigation.

3500 block of Perry Street: Warrant service – 12:10am.  Officers patrolling the area observed a man who they knew from prior knowledge had an open arrest warrant for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. The man was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

4500 block of 31st Street: Residential burglary – 10:45pm. The homeowner told officers that she left for work at about 8:20am this morning. When she returned she discovered that someone had broken into her home through a rear kitchen window. Once inside those responsible stole a quantity of US currency before fleeing the residence through the kitchen door.

November 7th:

4300 block of Russell Avenue: Vandalism to auto – 7am. The owner of a 2000 Chevy Blazer told officers that sometime between 6:30pm on the 6th and the time she called police someone ripped the windshield wipers off her vehicle and scratched the doors. No evidence was recovered and there were no witnesses to the crime.

2700 block of Webster Street: Recovered stolen auto – 8:55am. A Mount Rainier Parking Enforcement officer conducted a registration check of a vehicle that had not moved in 48 hours. The check revealed that the vehicle was reported stolen to the Metro Transit Police on October 26th. The vehicle was impounded for safe keeping and Metro Transit Police were notified.

4000 block of 32nd Street: Residential burglary – 4:25pm. Officers responded for the report of a burglary in progress. When the officers arrived they found a first floor window and a second floor window open in the back of the house. Once the perimeter of the house was secure officers located a ladder under the front porch and used the ladder to get into the house through the open first floor window. The subsequent search of the house failed to locate anyone inside. Witnesses told the officers that one of the two suspects entered the house through an unsecured per door off the back porch. Once inside he opened a window to let the second suspect in. When the homeowner arrived on the scene she did a walk through off the house and told officers there did not appear to be anything missing. PGPD detectives and evidence technicians responded to conduct a follow-up investigation. The evidence techs were able to obtain several useful latent prints for further analysis.

2900 block of Allison Street: Trespassing – 5:30pm. Officers responded for the report of a group of individuals inside an abandoned basement apartment. When the officers arrived they observed 11 individuals in the apartment. Before the officers could make entry into the apartment three of them were able to get away through two broken windows. The other eight were apprehended while still in the apartment.  All eight, three adults and five juveniles were charged with trespassing. The adults were charged via criminal citation. The juveniles were charged via juvenile petition and released to their individual parents/guardians. 

November 6th:

4100 block of Rainier Avenue: Suspicious persons – 12pm. Officers were contacted by a resident who told them that two black males had knocked on her door and asked for “Kevin.” The witness told them there was no one there by that name and the two left the area. The witness called MRPD to report the suspicious subjects and officers began a search of the area in an attempt to locate them. During the search officers discovered one of the two on the front porch in the 4100 block of Rainier Avenue and the other walking in the side yard. Officers stopped them for a field interview. During the interview the officers discovered that they were in possession of a backpack containing items recently stolen in a burglary in Brentwood. Officers also discovered a loaded Ruger 45 caliber handgun that had been discarded on the sidewalk beside the house. A check of the gun revealed that it had been stolen in a burglary, also in Brentwood, on October 10th. Both men were placed under arrest and transported to PGPD District 1 for processing and further investigation by PGPD detectives. Both will be preliminarily charged with burglary and illegal possession of a handgun. 

November 5th:

2700 block of Allison Street: Traffic/vehicle impound – 1:15am. Officers stopped a 2002 Toyota Corolla for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle’s registration had expired in June. The driver was issued the appropriate traffic citations and the vehicle was impounded for safekeeping.

3600 block of Perry Street: Residential burglary – 8:35am. Officers responded for the report of a residential alarm coming from the front door. Officers secured the house and summoned a Hyattsville PD K-9 unit and officers from Bladensburg PD to assist with a search of the house. The search failed to locate anyone inside. When the homeowner arrived she told officers that she was in the process of relocating and that most of her belongings were boxed up ready to move. She said nothing appeared to have been stolen. Officers determined that the point of entry was through the rear door however, there were no signs of forced entry.

4000 block of 36th Street: Residential burglary – 7pm. Officers took a report of a burglary that occurred earlier. The resident told officers that she left home at about 5pm on November 3rd. When she returned home this evening she discovered a 44 caliber handgun missing from one of her filing cabinets. Officers found no evidence of forced entry into the apartment and nothing else was reported stolen. The handgun was entered into NCIC stolen property records.

4300 block of Eastern Avenue: Destruction of property – 7:30pm. The resident told officers that he invited several friends and family members to his residence. During the get together his brother became very intoxicated and was asked to leave. The resident also left and when he returned he discovered significant damage to his front door. Another family member told him that his intoxicated brother returned to the apartment and tried unsuccessfully to kick the door open. The resident was referred to the District Court Commissioner should he decide to press charges against his brother.

November 4th:

3200 block of Chillum Road: Traffic/possession of CDS – 1am. Officers stopped a 1992 Pontiac for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver did not have a license and was in possession of marijuana. He was issued the appropriate citation for the traffic violation and arrested and charged with possession of a CDS. He was delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville and the vehicle was impounded.

2500 block of Queens Chapel Road: Vehicle impound – 8:30am. Officers patrolling with a mobile license plate reader received an alert on a 2000 Ford Focus. The alert identified the tags as having been expired since 2010. The tags were seized for return to MVA and the vehicle was impounded for safekeeping.

4300 block of Kaywood Drive: Forced entry – 4:35pm. Officers were called to the scene by fire/rescue personnel in reference to a forced entry they had to make into an apartment for a medical emergency. Once entry was made fire/rescue realized they had entered the wrong apartment. Officers contacted management from the complex and advised them of the incident.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Hit and run collision – 4:30pm. The owner of a 2006 Nissan Altima reported damage to her vehicle consistent with being struck by a second, unknown vehicle that fled the scene.

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Burglary Investigation Update

The two arrests made by MRPD officers on election day have so far resulted in the closure of five burglary cases. Three in Mount Rainier and two in Brentwood.

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Burglary Arrest

At about 1pm this afternoon MRPD officers received a call for suspicious persons in the 3100 block of Webster Street. While searching the area officers discovered the suspects on the front porch of of a house in the 4100 block of Rainier Avenue. Officers stopped the two and upon further investigation determined that the two were in the process of breaking into the home when the officers arrived. The two were found in possession of items that had been stolen in a Brentwood burglary earlier in the day and in possession of a loaded Ruger 45 caliber handgun taken in a Brentwood burglary back in October. The two were arrested and will be preliminarily charged with burglary and possession of the stolen handgun. Custody of the two was transferred to PGPD District I detectives for interrogation and additional charges. The two are being looked at as suspects in the rash of burglaries we have experienced over the past month.

Monday, November 05, 2012

Police Report: October 28 - November 3

November 3rd:

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 10:30am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking an alcoholic beverage in a public place.

November 2nd:

3700 block of 36th Street: Returned missing person – 7:30am. Officers responded for the report of a missing juvenile. Once on the scene the officers identified the juvenile as having been reported missing through the Alexandria, VA police department. The juvenile was in good physical condition and he was returned to the custody of his parents. Alexandria PD was advised of his recovery and removed his information from NCIC missing persons files.

3300 block of Buchanan Street (M-NCPPC bike trail): Citizen robbery – 12:15pm. Officers responded for the report of a robbery where four pedestrians were robbed by three black males on the bike trail behind Queenstown Apartments. Park Police responded and assumed responsibility for the investigation. MRPD officers assisted with a search of the area and recovered one of the victim’s backpack and cell phone along with a BB gun that was used by one of the perpetrators. MRPD also developed possible suspect information that was relayed to Park Police detectives.

3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Check fraud – 7:30pm. Officers responded for the report of an individual attempting to cash a fraudulent check. An employee told the officers that a woman came into the store and wanted to cash a check issued by an insurance company. The employee contacted the insurance company and was told that the check was fraudulent. The woman had fled the store prior to the officers’ arrival and could not be located.

3700 block of 34th Street: Disorderly – 11pm. Officers patrolling the area came upon a man comsuming an alcoholic beverage and yelling and screaming. When the officers approached the man he became even louder disturbing other patrons and residents in the area. Efforts to get the man to control his behavior were unsuccessful and he was arrested, charged with disorderly conduct and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

November 1st:

3600 block of Oak Lane: Found property – 4:35pm. Officers responded to a citizen report of a bicycle left under a loading dock. When the officers arrived they found a Trek 7000 bicycle in the location described by the reporting person. Further investigation revealed that the bike was purchased on October 12th from King Pawn in Bladensburg. Representatives from King Pawn gave the officers the name and address of the man who purchased the bike. The bike was impounded for safekeeping and a letter was sent to the purchaser advising him how to recover his property.

3400 block of Newton Street: Residential burglary – 5:45pm. The resident told officers that when he arrived home he noticed that his basement door had been kicked in. Officers secured a perimeter around the house and, with the assistance of Bladensburg PD officers entered and searched the house. Once the house was secured officers did a walk through with the resident and determined that those responsible entered through the basement door but were unable to access the main part of the house. The resident did not report anything stolen. PGPD detectives responded to interview the resident and begin a follow-up investigation. No evidence was recovered.

October 31st:

3700 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Warrant service – 12:05am. Officers stopped a 1999 Jeep Cherokee for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver had a suspended license and an open arrest warrant for driving without a license. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Upper Marlboro.

4500 block of 34th Street: 2nd degree assault – 5pm. The victim told officers that while he was traveling on 34th Street towards Arundel Road by wheelchair, he noticed a man walking towards him. As the two approached each other the man demanded that the victim move from the side walk. When the victim refused to move, the suspect struck him in the face. The victim fought off the suspect who fled the area in an unknown direction. The victim refused medical treatment at the scene. A search of the surrounding areas for the suspect proved negative.

4200 block of 28th Street: Warrant service – 4pm. Officers stopped a man who fit the description of a suspect in a citizen robbery that had occurred a few minutes earlier in DC. The man was not positively identified as being involved in the robbery; however officers learned that he had an open arrest warrant through Prince George’s County for failing to appear in court on a charge of trespassing. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. The man’s identifying information was given to DC investigators for follow-up on the robbery case.

Bunker Hill Road and Eastern Avenue: Warrant service - 9:55pm. Officers stopped a man for a field interview. During the interview they discovered that he had an open arrest warrant through Prince George’s County for failing to appear in court on a charge of telephone misuse. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

October 30th:

2300 block of Queens Chapel Road: Emergency petition – 3:05am. Officers stopped to investigate a suspicious vehicle. Further investigation revealed that a man inside the vehicle was under the influence of PCP and a danger to himself and other people. He was taken into custody and transported to a local hospital where he was released to medical personal for emergency treatment. The vehicle was impounded for safekeeping.

4600 block of 29th Street: Warrant service – 11:30am. Officers responded for the report of several individuals loitering in the area. When the officers arrived they stopped several of them for field interviews. During the interviews officers learned that one of them had an open arrest warrant for failing to appear in court on a charge of trespassing. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Upper Marlboro.

2300 block of Arundel Road: Panhandling – 4:55pm. Officers responded for the report of three individuals who had been stopping people and asking for money. When the officers arrived they located and stopped the three for interviews. During the interviews officers found that all three were in possession of property believed to have been stolen in a recent theft case. One of the subjects also had a BB gun concealed in his waist band and is believed to be involved in robberies in the area. Officers photographed all three individuals and obtained their identifying information. Officers then contacted PGPD detectives and are working with them to see if any or all of the individuals are connected to ongoing criminal investigations.

3500 block of Bunker Hill Road: Residential burglary – 7:50pm. Officers responded for the report of a burglary that had just occurred. When they arrived they spoke with witnesses who said that they had seen two men coming out of the back of a home carrying various items.  The witnesses yelled at the two men and they dropped what they were carrying and fled on foot. Officers established a perimeter around the home and a Greenbelt PD K-9 unit responded to assist with a search of the area. Due to the recent rains the K-9 was unable to establish a viable track. Three PGPD detectives from District I responded to investigate the burglary and members of the PDPG forensics unit responded to process the scene for evidence. Several items of both physical and latent evidence were collected for analysis. Officers determined that entry into the home was made by breaking through a rear window. Witnesses described the two suspects as 1) a black male, 18-20 YOA, 6’tall with a thin build wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt with a t-shirt underneath and a knit stocking cap. 2) a black male, 18-20 YOA, 5’10” tall wearing all dark clothing to include a hooded sweatshirt or jacket.

3100 block of Chillum Road: Vehicle impound – 10:15pm. Officers responded for the report of a suspicious vehicle. The complainant stated that the vehicle was stopped at the curb and several juveniles were seen running from it. Officers identified the vehicle as a 2005 Pontiac Grand Am and evidence suggested that it may have been stolen; however, a check of NCIC stolen vehicle files showed no record of theft. Officers impounded the vehicle for safekeeping pending further investigation.

October 29th:

3700 block of 36th Street: Theft from auto – 7:15am. The owner of a 2003 Chevy Malibu told officers that sometime between 4pm on the 28th and the time he called police someone broke out the vehicle’s front passenger window and stole the in dash stereo, a portable GPS unit and a watch.

2700 block of Upshur Street: Stolen vehicle – 3pm. The owner of a 2006 Buick Lucerne told officers that sometime between 7am on the 29th and the time he called police someone stole his vehicle. No evidence of those responsible remained at the scene.

2300 block of Varnum Street (7-11): 2nd degree assault – 5:30pm. Officers responded for the report of a store employee who had just been assaulted. The assailant reportedly fled the area on foot in an unknown direction. Officers canvassed the area and stopped a man fitting the suspect’s description. The victim was brought to the scene but was unable to identify the man as his assailant. A continuing search of the area was negative for additional suspects. The victim was not sufficiently injured to require medical attention.

4000 block of 36th Street: Forced entry – 7:55pm. Officers responded to assist fire/rescue personnel with the forced entry into a residence. Once inside the home the female resident was discovered in medical distress. She was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

October 28th:

3400 block of Bunker Hill Road: Residential burglary – 3:05pm. Officers responded for the report of a burglary in progress. When the officers arrived they were met by the homeowner who said that he left home briefly at 2:30pm. When he returned a half hour later he discovered the basement window open and the window screen removed. The homeowner entered the back door to the kitchen and upon hearing a loud noise and footsteps coming from upstairs immediately left the house and called police. MRPD officers assisted by Bladensburg officers and a PGPD K-9 unit set up a perimeter around the house and conducted a search of the house and surrounding area with negative results. The homeowner conducted an inventory and discovered that a knife and an unknown quantity of change had been stolen.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Police Report: October 21-27

October 27th:

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: M/V collision – 3:30am. Officers responded for the report of a 2-vehicle collision between a 2009 Jaguar and a 2011 Chevy Camaro. The driver of the Camaro sustained non- life threatening injuries and was taken to a local hospital for treatment. The driver of the Jaguar and a passenger both fled the scene on foot and were not identified; and the Jaguar driver was found at fault in the collision. Both vehicles were inoperable after the collision and were towed from the scene.

4600 block of 29th Street: Residential burglary – 9:15am. The residents told officers that they were awakened at about 3:40am by a loud noise. Thinking that the noise came from an adjacent apartment both residents went back to bed. Upon awakening at about 9:15am they discovered that someone had cut the window screens in the dining room. Investigation revealed that those responsible did not gain entry into the apartment. The scene was processed and several items of evidence were recovered. Nothing was reported stolen.

3000 block of Perry Street: Residential burglary – 4:25pm. The resident told officers that she left home for a brief period at about 2pm. When she returned home at about 3:40pm she discovered her front door open and the kitchen window broken out. Due to the condition of the home’s interior the victim could not advise if anything had been stolen.

October 26th:

4500 block of 34th Street: Stolen auto – 9am. The owner of a 2002 Nissan Altima told officers that sometime between 6:30pm on the 25th and the time she called police someone stole her vehicle. No evidence as to those responsible could be located at the scene.

3200 block of Upshur Street: Theft from auto – 11:25am. The owner of a 2002 Chevy Blazer told officers that sometime prior to her call to police someone entered her vehicle and stole several items of her personal property. Officers found no evidence of forced entry into the vehicle and no evidence was recovered.

2500 block of Arundel Road: Theft from auto – 4pm. The owner of a 2009 Kia Optima told officers that sometime prior to his call to police someone stole a side-view mirror from his vehicle.

3800 block of 31st Street: Residential burglary – 3:05pm. The resident told officers that when he returned home he discovered his kitchen window screen pulled out and the window propped open by a stick. As he surveyed his home he discovered several electrical cords missing along with a quantity of change. The scene was processed for evidence with negative results. District I detectives were notified and responded to conduct a follow-up investigation.

3400 block of Bunker Hill Road: Criminal citation – 11:05pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage in a public place.

October 25th:

3800 block of 35th Street: CDS possession – 2:05pm. Officers stopped a man who was occupying a motor vehicle and who was known to not have a driver’s license. Further investigation revealed that he was in possession of approximately one ounce of liquid PCP and a small quantity of marijuana. He was arrested, charged accordingly and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3200 block if Queenstown Drive: Vandalism – 5:30pm. The resident told officers that he returned to his apartment to discover that his door lock did not function smoothly. The officers inspected the lock and determined that someone used a pry-type tool around the lock mechanism causing the lock to become loose. Building management was notified.

3500 block of Shepherd Street: Residential burglary – 6:20pm. The resident told officers that sometime between 7:30am and 4pm today someone broke into his home and stole an electronic device. Officers determined that the suspect climbed on to the victim’s roof in the rear of the residence and entered through an unlocked window. Officers processed the scene and were able to recover latent fingerprint evidence.

3500 block of Shepherd Street: Attempt residential burglary – 6:10pm. The resident told officers that he returned home at about 4:40pm and discovered three rear window screens removed and damaged as well as damage to a window where a window air conditioner unit was mounted. The damage was consistent with someone trying to break into the home, however they were unsuccessful.

October 24th:

2700 block of Webster Street: Warrant service – 12:35pm. Officers responded for the report of a domestic dispute. Further investigation revealed that the female half off the dispute had an open arrest warrant through Montgomery County for failing to appear in court on a variety of traffic related charges. She was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Hit and run M/V collision – 2:55pm. The owner of a 2005 Chevy Malibu told officers that he parked his car in front of the Family Dollar Store. When he returned to his vehicle he discovered that it had been side swiped by a second, unidentified vehicle that failed to remain at the scene.

3200 block of Chillum Road: DUI arrest – 8:40pm. Officers stopped a 2001 Ford Mustang for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver was under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested, charged accordingly and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Theft from auto – 9:15pm. At about 5pm the owner of a 2000 Mercury Sable parked his car outside the Advanced Auto parts store leaving the windows down. When he got home he discovered that someone had stolen his cell phone from the passenger seat while he was in the store.

3700 block of 36th Street: Residential burglary – 9:15pm. The residents told officers that they left their home at about 6:40am this morning. When they returned at about 8:45pm they discovered that someone got into their home through an unlocked upstairs window and stole a quantity of U.S. Currency from a bedroom. Officers processed the scene and recovered latent fingerprints and a shoe print for evidence.

3200 block of Perry Street: Residential burglary – 10:20pm. The resident told officers that he secured and left his home at about 6:30pm. When he returned he discovered that someone had broken in through a basement window and stole numerous items of his personal property including a TV and a laptop computer.

4200 block of 31st Street: Residential burglary – 10:50pm. The resident told officers that she left and secured her home at about 5pm. When she returned at about 10:50pm she discovered that her basement door was wide open and lights were on that were not on when she left. Further investigation revealed that the suspect(s) broke out a window in the front door to get into the house and stole two laptops before fleeing the scene out the basement door.

October 23rd:

4600 block of 29th Street: Vandalism – 11:35pm. Officers responded for the report of shots fired. When they arrived they were met by a witness who told them that he heard several people running around outside his apartment building. As he walked out of the kitchen of his apartment he heard three shots and the breaking of glass. When he went back into the kitchen he noticed that the window had been shattered as a result of the shots. Officers canvassed the area for the shooter(s) with negative results and no other witnesses could be located. Officers recovered a small bullet fragment from the window sill. No injuries resulted from the shots and PGPD detectives were notified of the incident.

October 22nd:

Nothing significant to report.

October 21st:

2700 block of Queens Chapel Road: Theft from auto – 5:30am. The victim told officers that she and a female friend were at a club in DC when they got into an altercation with several men and women. When the two women drove home they were followed by those people and upon arriving at their apartment a second, this time physical, altercation ensued. During the altercation one suspect entered the victim’s vehicle and stole both of the women’s’ purses. All of the suspects then fled the scene in their respective vehicles. The victims described the suspects only as six black females and three black males.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Welfare check – 8:05am. At the request of concerned family members officers responded to check the welfare of a relative who they had been unable to contact and who suffered from a variety of medical issues. With assistance from fire/rescue personnel officers forced entry into the individual’s apartment and found her sleeping and in good health. Her relatives were advised of her condition.

2800 block of 33rd Street: Animal complaint – 9:30am. Officers responded for the report of a dog running loose. When they arrived they identified the dog as one they had encountered numerous times. They were able to contact the owner of the dog who secured the animal. County Animal Control was notified, yet again, of the incident.

4100 block of Russell Avenue: Hit and Run M/V collision – 1:30pm. The owner of a 2003 Honda Accord told officers that sometime between 6pm on October 20th and the time she called police someone broke the driver’s side mirror of her car. Officers determined that the damage was most likely caused by a second vehicle that failed to remain at the scene.

2400 block of Arundel Road: Theft from auto – 4:35pm. The owner of a 2008 Hyundai Accent showed officers where someone had stolen the complete driver’s side mirror of her vehicle. The thieves stole not only the mirror and its housing but also took the mirror’s motor and wiring. The theft occurred sometime between 8:30pm on the 20th and 6:25am this morning.

3300 block of Buchanan Street: Theft from auto – 6pm. The owner of a 2000 Ford Windstar van told officers that sometime between 4:30pm on the 19th and the time he called police someone smashed out the passenger side window and stole his in-dash radio.