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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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