2300 block of Varnum Street (7-11): Armed robbery – 4:15am. Store employees told officers that while they were going about business as usual two black males entered the store wearing ski masks. One of the men produced a handgun and demanded money. The second man jumped over the counter and emptied the cash registers as the employees opened them. Both suspects then fled the store on foot up 22nd Street to a waiting vehicle. Suspect #1 was described as a black male, 20-25 years of age, 5’10” tall, 170 lbs, wearing a black jacket, blue jeans, a ski mask and armed with a blue semi automatic handgun. Suspect #2 was described as a black male 6’2” tall, 200 lbs, wearing blue jeans, a gray shirt and a ski mask.
3300 block of Buchanan Street: Motor vehicle collision – 4:35pm. Officers were called to investigate a two-vehicle collision. While speaking o the drivers involved the officers learned that the striking vehicle pulled out from a parking spot and struck a passing vehicle. The driver of the striking vehicle was found not to have a driver’s license or a properly registered vehicle. The vehicle was impounded and the driver was issued several traffic citations.
3800 block of 34th Street: 1st Degree Assault – 7:20pm. Officers responded for the report of a cutting. Upon arrival the officers observed a man sitting in a chair suffering from several deep lacerations to his chest. Further investigation revealed that the victim and the suspect were playing cards when an argument ensued. The suspect then pulled out a box cutter and slashed the victim’s chest several times. Fire/rescue personnel treated the victim at the scene and transported him to a local hospital for further treatment. The suspect is still at large.
3600 block of Eastern Avenue: Theft – 11:40am. The victim told officers that sometime prior to her call to police someone stole an old air conditioner from her back yard
3400 block of Bunker Hill Road: Criminal citation – 12:25pm. Officers on patrol stopped to investigate a group of suspicious individuals in the yard of a vacant house. During their investigation the discovered that one of the individuals was in possession of narcotics paraphernalia. The man was issued a criminal citation for the crime and sent on his way along with his companions.
3800 block of 34th Street: Motor vehicle collision – 9:40pm. Officers investigating a two-vehicle collision discovered that the driver of the striking vehicle did not have a driver’s license or own the 2008 Toyota Matrix he was driving. He was issued the appropriate traffic citations and the vehicle was impounded.
4200 block of Russell Avenue: Hit and run M/V collision - 9:50pm. The owner of a 2008 Volvo S40 told officers that she legally parked her vehicle at about 4:15pm. When she returned she discovered that a second vehicle struck her Volvo causing damage to the front passenger side fender. The striking vehicle failed to remain at the scene and was not identified.
Nothing significant to report.
3100 block of Queens Chapel Road (Beauty Depot): Theft – 2:15pm. A store employee reported that an unidentified individual came into the store and asked to see some hair products. The employee witnesses the individual place a hair piece into her purse and walk out of the store without paying for it. The suspect was last seen getting into a minivan with DC tags and fleeing the area on Queens Chapel Road towards Hyattsville.
4600 block of 27th Street: Domestic – 6:30pm. Officers on patrol were flagged down by a juvenile female who said that her father was chasing after her to give her a beating. While speaking with the child both her father and mother arrived on the scene and explained that neither of them directed any violence towards their daughter. It seems that the parents had just found out that their daughter had been suspended from school for two days for behavioral issues. She and her husband were trying to explain what type of trouble/problems that their daughter would experience if she did not get her schooling together. The parents were given information on how to contact social services for additional assistance and their daughter was released to their custody.
3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Suspicious package – 6pm. Officers received a complaint from a store employee about a suspicious individual leaving a black briefcase in the store. Officers interviewed the store employees and decided to contact PGFD/Bomb Unit. Bomb Unit investigators arrived on scene and checked the area and x-rayed the brief case. The case was found to be empty.
3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Disorderly conduct – 7pm. Officers maintaining traffic control in relation to the suspicious package incident reported above were approached by an intoxicated disorderly male. The man refused to comply with officers’ instructions to walk on an adjacent street due to the temporary street closure. He became irate and belligerent and created a large disturbance. He was subsequently arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and failure to obey a lawful order of a police officer.
2900 block of Arundel Road: Vandalism to auto: 6:10am. The owner of a 2005 Cadillac Escalade told officers that sometime during the overnight hours someone broke out the rear passenger of her vehicle.
3700 block of Wells Avenue: Vandalism – 12:10pm. Officers on patrol observed new graffiti spray painted on a vacant building. The officers were unable to contact the building’s owner but filed a report documenting the incident.
3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: CDS arrest – 3:40pm. Officers responded for the report of several disorderly males. When the officers arrived they identified the men involved and stopped them for a field interview. Further investigation revealed that two of the men were each in possession of over 30 grams of marijuana and one of them was in possession of $194 in cash. Both were arrested, charged accordingly and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
3300 block of Chillum Road: Traffic/vehicle impound – 10pm. Officers stopped a 2008 Mitsubishi lancer for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver did not have a valid license and was not the owner of the vehicle. The driver was issued five State traffic citations and the vehicle was impounded.
4000 block of 34th Street: 2nd degree assault – 11:35pm. Officers responded for the report of an assault involving two females. When the officers arrived they spoke with both women and learned that one of them struck the other in face and head after a verbal argument turned physical. They also discovered that the victim had obtained a protective order against her assailant as the result of a previous altercation; however, that order had not been served. The officers verified the order and served it on the assailant; and the victim left the residence to seek assault charges with a District Court Commissioner.
3100 block of Shepherd Street: Theft from auto – 7:30am. The owner of a 2009 Hyundai Sonata told officers that sometime between 11pm on May 11th and the time she called police someone entered her vehicle and stole an electronic item from inside. The victim said she discovered the theft when she came out to her vehicle and found the driver’s door ajar and the interior ransacked. Officers found no sign of forced entry into the vehicle.
3800 block of 31st Street: Vandalism to auto – 9:30am. The owner of a 2005 Chrysler 300 reported that sometime between 10pm on May 12th and the time she called police someone broke out her vehicle’s passenger side window and ransacked the interior. Nothing was reported stolen.
3300 block of Buchanan Street: Domestic – 12:35pm. Officers responded for the report of a verbal domestic dispute between a mother and her 16 year old son. During the argument the son became irate and proceeded to break numerous items of the mother’s property. After the incident the mother refused to allow her son back into her apartment. Officers contacted Child Protective Services and were able to place the child in temporary housing pending a disposition hearing in Circuit Court on May 14th. Officers also completed a destruction of property report for the items that were broken/damaged by the child.