Monday, January 30, 2012

Be Safe on Ice

Walking to and from parking lots or between buildings during the winter requires special attention to avoid slipping and falling. Slips and falls are some of the most frequent types of injuries especially during the winter months.

No matter how well the snow and ice is removed from parking lots or sidewalks, you will still encounter some slippery surfaces when walking outdoors in the winter. It is important for everyone to be constantly aware of these dangers and to learn to walk safely on ice and slippery surfaces.

Keep these important safety tips in mind:

• In cold temperatures, approach with caution and assume that all wet, dark areas on pavements are slippery and icy.
• During bad weather, avoid boots or shoes with smooth soles and heels. Instead, wear shoes or boots that provide traction on snow and ice; boots made of non-slip rubber or neoprene with grooved soles are best.
• Use special care when entering and exiting vehicles; use the vehicle for support.
• Walk in designated walkways as much as possible. Taking shortcuts over snow piles and other frozen areas can be hazardous. Look ahead when you walk; a snow or ice covered sidewalk or driveway, especially if on a hill, may require travel along its grassy edge for traction.
• Point your feet out slightly like a penguin! Spreading your feet out slightly while walking on ice increases your center of gravity.
• Bend slightly and walk flat-footed with your center of gravity directly over your feet as much as possible.
• Extend your arms out to your sides to maintain balance.
• Keep your hands out of your pockets. Hands in your pockets while walking decreases your center of gravity and balance. You can break your fall with your hands free if you do start to slip.
• Watch where you are stepping and GO S-L-O-W-L-Y!!
• Take short steps or shuffle for stability.
• Wear a heavy, bulky coat that will cushion you if you should fall.
• Try to avoid landing on your knees, wrists, or spine. Try to fall on a fleshy part of your body, such as your side.
• Try to relax your muscles if you fall. You’ll injure yourself less if you are relaxed.

Police Report: January 22-28

January 28th:

3300 block of Buchanan Street: 1st degree rape – 2:40 am. The victim told investigators that she was walking through the Queenstown Apartments when a man described as Latino, 22024 years of age, 5’6” tall, 175 lbs., wearing a black hat, blue jeans, a gray sweatshirt and a black vest approached her from behind and brandished a knife. The suspect forced her into some nearby bushes where he sexually assaulted her. PGPD Special Crimes detectives responded to take over the investigation.

34th Street and Rhode Island Avenue: Traffic/vehicle impound – 11:40 pm. Officers stopped a 2006 Dodge Durango for an equipment violation. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle’s registration was suspended and there was an MSP pick up order on the tags. The tags were seized for return to MVA and the vehicle was impounded. The driver was issued the appropriate traffic citations and released.

January 27th:

3100 block of Bunker Hill Road: Trespassing – 12:30 pm. Officers responded for the report of suspicious activity at a vacant house. When the officers arrived a search of the house revealed an adult male and an adult female living in the house. The owner of the house could not be contacted and the two individuals were sent on their way and warned not to return. Officers are continuing to investigate the incident along with Code Enforcement.

4200 block of 31st Street: Theft over $500 – 3:20 pm. The victim told officers that someone has been using the victim’s ATM card to make unauthorized purchases and ATM cash withdrawals. Officers along with the finical institution’s fraud unit are continuing to investigate the crime.

2500 block of Queens Chapel Road: Attempt theft from auto – 10:45 pm. The victim told officers that he had just parked his 1999 Plymouth Voyager minivan by his apartment. A few minutes later his girlfriend looked out the window of their apartment and saw a man rummaging through the van. When the two yelled at the man he got into a waiting dark colored four door sedan (possibly a Dodge Intrepid) and fled the area. The victim inspected his vehicle and found that nothing was missing. The suspect was described as a black male about 6’ tall and 180 lbs. wearing dark clothing.

Upshur Street and Russell Avenue: Traffic/vehicle impound – 11:05 pm. Officers stopped a 2000 Ford Taurus for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle’s registration was suspended. The driver was issued several traffic citations and released. The vehicle was impounded.

January 26th:

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Property damage – 8:30 am. The owner of a 1999 Toyota Corolla reported that her vehicle was damaged by wood that fell off another vehicle.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Warrant service – 12:10 pm. Officers on patrol stopped and arrested a man who had an open arrest warrant through the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office. The warrant was for failing to appear in court on a charge of disorderly conduct. The original charge/arrest was made by MRPD officers in the 4000 block of 34th Street here in Mount Rainier.

30th and Allison Streets: Suspicious situation/possible attempted child abduction – 2:30 pm. MRPD officers were contacted by a resident whose daughter came home and told him that someone followed her after school and attempted to lure her into his vehicle. Further investigation revealed that as the child was walking home from Thomas Stone Elementary she noticed that a vehicle was following her. The child became frightened and began to run home. The man driving the car got out and shouted for the child to come to him several times. The child could not give a description of the man, but described the car as a purplish colored Dodge Charger or Chrysler 300. A search of the area for the vehicle proved negative.

January 25th:

3600 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Traffic/vehicle impound – 2 am. Officers patrolling with a mobile license plate reader received an alert on a vehicle with a suspended registration. The officers stopped the vehicle and confirmed that the vehicle’s tags were suspended and that there was an MSP pick-up order on the tags. The vehicle was impounded and the tags were seized for return to MVA. The driver was issued several traffic citations and released.

4200 block of 28th Street: Warrant service – 10:50 am. Officers responded for the report of a suspicious male removing trash from private property. Further investigation revealed that the man had the homeowner’s permission to remove the trash; however the officers determined that he had an open arrest warrant through the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office for theft over $1,000. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

4315 Russell Avenue: Vehicle impound – 3:25 pm. Officers patrolling a vehicle stopped to check a 1998 Dodge Durango with its rear passenger window open. Upon checking the vehicle the officers saw that it had damage to the ignition module consistent with an attempted theft. The tags on the vehicle came back to a DC address and the vehicle had not been reported stolen. The vehicle was impounded for safekeeping until the owner can be identified.

3400 block of Eastern Avenue: 1st degree assault – 7:30 pm. Officers responded for the report of a woman who had been assaulted with a knife. Upon arrival the officers located the victim who told them that she and her teenage daughter had a disagreement that resulted in the daughter slashing her in the face with a knife. Fire/rescue personnel responded and treated the victim for her injury. The daughter was charged with 1st degree assault via a juvenile petition.

4000 block of 37th Street: EPS – 7:20 pm. Officers responded for the report of a violent domestic with one party attempting suicide. When the officers arrived they found and restrained a woman who was upset, aggressive and saying that she wanted to die. Witnesses told the officers that the woman had been drinking and smoking CDS and had tried to hurt herself prior to the officers’ arrival. Fire/rescue personnel responded and transported the woman to Washington Hospital Center where she was released to medical personnel for evaluation and treatment.

January 24th:

3700 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Warrant service – 1:43 am. Officers stopped a 2004 Mercury for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver had an open arrest warrant for violating the terms his court probation for possession with the intent to distribute marijuana. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

4990 Rhode Island Avenue: Warrant service – 2:45 pm. An MRPD officer attending District Court on other matters was notified by a Maryland Parole & Probation agent that a person for whom the officer had obtained an arrest warrant for possession of CDS was in the agents’ office. The officer met with the agent, identified the wanted person and arrested him on the warrant. He was escorted to DOC and released to their custody.

4800 block of Ft. Totten Street, NE: Recovered stolen auto – 3 pm. Officers from the Metropolitan Police Department notified MRPD that they had recovered a 2001 Chrysler Town & Country minivan reported stolen from the 3100 block of Queens Chapel Road on January 23rd. No arrests were made at the time of the recovery.

January 23rd:

2200 block of Varnum Street (Kaywood Liquors): Fraud – 4:40 pm.  The owner of Kaywood Liquors told officers that on three separate dates he cashed checks for an individual made out to the individual by a reputable local business.  The owner later learned that the checks were fraudulent and that they had been stolen and forged. Officers are in the process of obtaining a warrant for the individual.

3100 block of Chillum Road: CDS arrest – 9:55 am. Officers stopped a 1995 Olds Cutlass for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle was unregistered and the driver was in possession of marijuana. He was arrested, charged with CDS possession and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. The vehicle was impounded for safekeeping.

3800 block of 33rd Street: Warrant service – 11 am. Officers responded for the report of a theft in progress. When they arrived they located and stopped two individuals who were loading old air conditioning units into a van. Further investigation failed to develop sufficient probable cause to arrest the two for theft; however one of the individuals had an open arrest warrant through Prince George’s County for failing to appear in court on a charge of driving an uninsured vehicle. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Stolen auto – 11:30 am. The owner of a 2001 Chrysler Town & Country minivan reported that sometime between 9 pm on January 22nd and the time he called police someone stole his vehicle.

January 22nd:

2700 block of Allison Street: Stolen auto – 8:30 am. The owner of a 1997 Plymouth Voyager minivan reported that sometime between 9 pm on January 21st and 6 am today someone stole his vehicle.

3200 block of Queenstown Drive: Attempted stolen auto – 8:40 am. The owner of a 2005 Dodge Stratus showed officers where sometime between 1 am on January 21st and the time he called police someone broke into his vehicle and tried, unsuccessfully, to steal the car by damaging the ignition module.

4300 block of 28th Place: Vehicle impound – 10:10 am. Officers on patrol discovered a 2004 VW Passat that had damages consistent with a collision with another vehicle. Further investigation revealed that the vehicles registration had been flagged and there was an MSP pick-up order on the tags. The vehicle was impounded and the tags were seized for return to MVA.

4300 block of 28th Place: Stolen tag – 2:45 pm. The owner of a 2004 Chevy Suburban reported that sometime between 2 am this morning and the time he called police someone stole the temporary Maryland license tag off the vehicle.

3300 block of 33rd Street: Attempted theft from auto - 3:40 pm. The owner of a 2003 Ford Escape reported that sometime between 10 pm on January 20th and the time she called police someone entered her vehicle and rummaged through the glove box. There was no damage to the vehicle, no evidence of forced entry and nothing stolen.

2200 block of Varnum Street (Family Dollar): Criminal citation – 6:50 pm. Officers were alerted to a suspicious individual placing items into his pockets inside the store. When the individual came out of the store officers approached and asked him about the items. He was found in possession of a stick of deodorant and a pair of gloves that he did not pay for. The items were returned to the store and he was issued a criminal citation for misdemeanor theft and sent on his way.

3249 Rhode Island Avenue: Found property – 6:55 pm. A citizen came into the police station to turn in a DC identification card and other miscellaneous property she found in the 3100 block of Rhode Island Avenue. The items were placed into the police property vault for safekeeping.

 

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Police Report: January 15-21

January 21st:

3100 block of Arundel Road: Attempted stolen vehicle – 8:20 pm. The owner of a 2006 Chrysler Town & Country Van reported that sometime prior to her call to police someone tried to steal her van. There was damage to the driver’s door handle and ignition consistent with an attempted theft.

4100 block of 31st Street: Warrant service – 10:20 pm. Officers responded for the report of a domestic dispute. The male half told the officers that he had a protective order against his former girlfriend who was sitting in her vehicle outside his residence. The officers checked the validity of the protective order and found that it had expired. They also learned that the girlfriend had two outstanding arrest warrants through the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office for 2nd degree assault and trespassing. She was arrested on the warrants and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

January 20th:

3000 block of Bunker Hill Road: Theft – 10:30 pm. The resident reported that on or about December 27th she had a party at her house attended by several friends and acquaintances. On January 15th she discovered several items of her personal property missing. There were no signs of forced entry into the home and the victim could suggest no possible suspects.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Criminal citation – 3:20 pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for possession of narcotics paraphernalia.

January 19th:

Nothing significant to report.

January 18th:

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Warrant arrest – 1:25 am. Officers stopped a 1999 Toyota for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that a passenger in the vehicle had two open arrest warrants through Prince Georges County for failing to appear in court on charges of driving while suspended and driving an uninsured vehicle. He was arrested on the warrants and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. The driver was issued three traffic citations and sent on his way.

3800 block of 34th Street: Warrant arrest – 3 pm. Officers stopped a 1997 Toyota Camry for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver had five open arrest warrants through Prince George’s County for failing to appear in court on charges of driving on a suspended license. She was arrested on the warrants and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. Her vehicle was turned over to a friend.

3200 block of Buchanan Street: Attempted stolen auto – 6:25 pm. Officers received a call for a 2006 Chrysler minivan abandoned in the roadway. Further investigation revealed that someone had tried to steal the van by damaging the driver’s side door lock and the ignition system. The vehicle was impounded for safekeeping.

January 17th:

4200 block of 32nd Street: Vandalism to auto – 4:10 pm. The owner of a 2000 Ford Taurus reported that sometime prior to her call to police someone broke the driver’s door handle and lock. Those responsible did not get into the vehicle and nothing was reported stolen/missing.

4300 block of 29th Street: Vehicle impound – 8:15 pm. Officers impounded an unregistered 2008 Land Rover parked in the driveway of a vacant property.

34th and Otis Streets: Warrant arrest – 8:40 pm. Officers stopped a man who, from past contacts, they suspected had an open warrant. The officers’ suspicions were confirmed and Communications advised them that he had an open arrest warrant through Prince George’s County for armed robbery and violation of probation. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

January 16th:

4300 block of Russell Avenue: Attempted stolen auto – 9:30 am. The owner of a 2000 Toyota Sienna told officers that sometime between 8 pm on January 13th and the time he called police someone broke into his vehicle by breaking the passenger side door lock. Once inside those responsible broke the ignition module in an attempt to steal the vehicle. They were not successful.

January 15th:

3200 block of Queenstown Drive: Fight – 12:05 am. Officers responded for the report of a fight that was possibly domestic related. When the officers arrived they found several individuals who had been involved in the fracas which they determined stated when a man struck a woman in the face that refused to dance with him. All participants were uncooperative with the officers and either would not or could not identify their assailants. One individual was taken by fire/rescue personnel to Washington Adventist Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Police Report: January 8-14

January 14th:

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: DWI – 12:10 am. Officers stopped a vehicle they observed driving erratically. Further investigation revealed that the driver was under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested and transported to MSP in College Park for a breathalyzer test. The test showed that his BAC was .16 or twice the legal limit. He was charged accordingly and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

Chillum Road and Queenstown Drive: Hit and run collision – 9:05 am. The owner of a 2007 Chevy Tahoe reported that sometime between midnight and the time she called police an unknown second vehicle struck her Tahoe. The Tahoe’s driver side mirror was knocked off during the collision.

2900 block of Allison Street: CDS arrest – 12:15 pm. Officers stopped a 1997 Ford Crown Victoria for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver had a suspended license and was in possession of marijuana. He was arrested, charged accordingly and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

January 13th:

4600 block of 25th Street: Stolen auto (supplement) – 2:40 pm. On December 23rd parking enforcement officers impounded a 2001 Honda Civic for displaying expired tags. On January 6th the owner of the Honda reported the vehicle stolen to Prince George’s County Police. MRPD officers assisted PGPD in clearing up the confusion and the vehicle was removed from NCIC stolen vehicle files.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Mail fraud – 1:15 pm. Officers spoke with the victim who said that she had received a letter notifying her that she had won $125,000. The letter included a check for $3,875 to cover taxes on the winnings and instructions that she was to cash the check and then send the money to an address in London, England via Western Union. Several days after complying with this process she was informed by her bank that the check she cashed was no good.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Lost property – 7:25 pm. Officers spoke with the reporting person who said that while she was making a purchase at the Family Dollar store she set her phone down on the counter. When she left the store she failed to take the phone along with her. When she went back to retrieve her phone it was gone.

January 12th:

3249 Rhode Island Avenue (MRPD): Warrant service – 4:35 pm. A man came into the police station to inquire about a missed court date. Further investigation revealed that he had been charged with DWI and had missed his initial court date last July. There was an open arrest warrant for his failure to appear in court on the DWI charge. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Traffic arrest – 10:30 pm. Officers stopped a 1995 Honda Civic for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver did not have a license and the vehicle’s tags were suspended. The man was arrested on traffic charges and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. His vehicle was impounded for safekeeping.

3600 block of Perry Street: EPS/warrant service – 11:05 pm. Officers responded for the report of two individuals fighting. Upon arrival the officers found and separated the two men. One of the men was violent and under the influence of a CDS and the officers were forced to use pepper spray to get him under control and under arrest. He was transported to Washington Adventist Hospital and turned over to medical personnel for emergency medical evaluation and treatment. The second subject was found to have an open arrest warrant through the Washington County Sheriff’s Office for failing to appear for a paternity test as ordered by the court. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Upper Marlboro.

January 11th:

4400 block of 28th Place: Vehicle impound – 10:35. Officers impounded a 1995 Toyota Camry for being parked on a City street displaying expired tags.

January 10th:

4200 block of 34th Street: Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle (recovered) – 7:50 pm. On January 5th the owner of Thrifty Rental Car obtained an arrest warrant for an individual for failing to return a rental car per his contract. PGPD officers notified MRPD that their officers had recovered the vehicle and arrested the renter pursuant to the warrant.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: CDS arrest (supplement) 1:40 am. Officers were contacted by Prince Georges County Department of Corrections staff and informed that the female arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute a CDS on January 8th was not who she said she was. She had given MRPD officers, the court commissioner and DOC officials a false name and false date of birth. The DOC staff discovered her real name and that she was a 13 year old juvenile. After considerable effort on the part of the State’s Attorney’s Office, a District Court judge and a Circuit Court judge the juvenile was released from adult detention into the custody of her grandmother pending Juvenile Court action.

4700 block of 31st Place: Returned missing person – 10 pm. The mother of the female juvenile reported missing on January 9th called to say that her daughter had returned home safe and sound. She told her mother that she had been staying at her best friend’s house. Her information was removed from NCIC.

3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Theft over $500 – 8 am. The resident told officers that he had an acquaintance stay the night at his home. When the resident woke up he noticed that his friend was leaving. When asked why, the friend appeared nervous and said he had a funeral to attend. After his friend was gone he noticed that his new iPad 2 missing. The resident was advised how to pursue charges and the iPad was entered into NCIC as stolen.

4200 block of 31st Street: Miscellaneous incident – 11:45 am. Officers responded for the report of an individual allegedly acting violently because he did not take his prescribed medication. Officers found the man acting normally and not a present danger to himself or others. Family members were however afraid of his past and potential behavior. The family was provided with a list of contacts that could assist them with the situation. The subject also voluntarily went to the hospital to get evaluated and new medication.

29th and Webster Streets: Hit and run collision – 12:35 pm. The owner of a 2008 Chevy Trailblazer reported that sometime between midnight and 9 am today her vehicle was struck by another vehicle that failed to remain at the scene. Officers discovered white paint on the victim’s vehicle but not other evidence that would help identify the striking vehicle.

January 9th:

2200 block of Varnum Street: Vehicle Impound – 2:50 am. Officers impounded a 1997 Mercury Mountaineer because the tags on the vehicle had expired in August of 2011.

4200 block of 28th Street: Attempted stolen auto – 8:20 am. The owner of a 2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser told officers that she had been out of town on vacation since December 23rd. When she returned she discovered that someone had broken into her vehicle and tried to steal it by damaging the ignition. She also discovered that several of her personal items had been stolen from inside the vehicle.

4400 block of 28th Place: Vehicle impound – 12:10 pm. Officers impounded a 1991 Buick Park Avenue because it was displaying suspended registration plates and had an MSP pick up order on the tags.

3000 block of Arundel Road: Attempted stolen auto – 7:45 pm. The owner of a 2005 Dodge Stratus told officers that sometime between 6:50 and 7:30 pm today someone broke the vehicle’s door lock an ignition module in an unsuccessful attempt to steal the his car.

4700 block of 31st Place: Missing person – 11 pm. The mother of a 14 year old female reported that her daughter did not return home as expected after school. The mother said that her daughter had attended school today and was seen at the mall around 4:30 pm after school. The child’s information was entered into the NCIC missing persons database.

January 8th:

4600 block of 27th Street: Theft – 2:15 pm. An employee of the Queenstown Apartments reported the theft of several items from his desk drawer located in the maintenance office. The employee said that he last saw the items back on December 27th when he was making travel arrangements. There was no forced entry into the desk and no other evidence could be found.

3200 block of Perry Street: Found property – 4 pm. The resident turned in a .38 caliber handgun that she found in her back yard. The weapon was not in any stolen property database and officers could not determine the identity of its owner.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: CDS arrest – 7:15 pm. Officers responded for the report of a fight. When the officers arrived they saw several baggies of marijuana being thrown from an apartment window. When the resident let the officers into the apartment they immediately smelled the odor of marijuana coming from inside. The officers found six individuals sitting on the floor in space approximately eight by ten feet with no furniture in it. There was a backpack on the floor that was open containing seven (7) baggies of marijuana sealed in red plastic baggies. Officers arrested a female who was in possession of the backpack and charged her with possession with intent to distribute a CDS. She was delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

New Foreclosure Rescue Scheme

Escalating foreclosures provide criminals with the opportunity to exploit and defraud vulnerable homeowners seeking financial guidance. One of the newest foreclosure rescue schemes, according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), is known as a "forensic loan audit." In exchange for an up-front fee of several hundred dollars, so-called forensic loan auditors, mortgage loan auditors, or foreclosure prevention auditors who are backed by forensic attorneys, offer to review mortgage loan documents.

The documents are reviewed to determine whether a homeowner's lender complied with state and federal mortgage lending laws. The "auditors" claim you can use the audit report to avoid foreclosure, speed up the loan modification process, reduce the loan principal, or even cancel the loan. According to the FTC and its law enforcement partners, there is no evidence that forensic loan audits will help get a loan modification or any foreclosure relief. To make their pitch, this new breed of foreclosure rescuer looks for homeowners in distress, especially those already facing foreclosure.

For more information see the Consumer Affairs website at http://www.consumeraffairs.com/news04/2011/12/dont-fall-for-a-loan-audit-scam.html

Friday, January 13, 2012

Email scams and fraud

If you get any suspicious emails sent from an unknown user, with poor grammar and misspellings, or someone asking for assistance outside of the country remember that these are common red flags for scams and fraud. Resources for reporting fraud can be found at http://www.ic3.gov.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

10 Easy Steps to Keep Police Officers Safe on the Road

Here are 10 easy steps you can take to make our roadways safer for officers and others and to help decrease officer injuries and fatalities. Please remember these every time you're out on the road. Do your part to keep our officers safe!

1. Focus on driving. Do not talk on your cell phone, eat, hunt for items in your vehicle or engage in other distractions while driving. Know the laws on distracted driving in your jurisdiction - and follow them.

2. Give officers room on the roadway. When you see or hear a police or other emergency vehicle with its lights and siren activated, slow down, move to the right and stop if possible. Once the emergency vehicle passes, do not follow the vehicle too closely - give it plenty of room.

3. Move over. When see you a police or other emergency vehicle stopped on the side of the roadway, slow down and, if possible, safely move one additional lane away from the stop. Forty-seven states have now enacted so-called "Move Over" laws, and violators can be ticketed.

4. Never drive on the shoulder of a highway. This is not only illegal but also dangerous, as police and other emergency vehicles often use the shoulder to get to traffic crashes and other incidents.

5. Watch officers' hands as they direct traffic.

6. Only drive when sober.

7. Drive within the speed limit.

8. Keep the volume on your car radio at a reasonable level.

9. Don't wear headphones while you drive.

10. Report drunk drivers.

http://www.nleomf.org/programs/drive/10-easy-steps.html

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Police Report: January 1-7

January 7th:

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Vehicle impound – 3 am. Officers impounded a 1993 Nissan Pathfinder after they learned that it was unregistered with MVA.

4200 block of Russell Avenue: Criminal citation – 3:44 am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for urinating in public.

3300 block of Chauncey Place: Attempted stolen auto – 7:45 am. The owner of a 2005 Dodge Stratus told officers that he came out to his vehicle this morning and discovered that someone broke into his vehicle and tried unsuccessfully to steal it. The thieves used a brick to break into the vehicle and broke the ignition module but were unable to complete the theft.

3200 block of Perry Street: Traffic/vehicle impound – 6:50 pm. Officers stopped a 2007 Chevy Tahoe after seeing it being driven erratically. Further investigation revealed that the driver was a diabetic in shock. Fire/rescue personnel responded and transported the driver to Washington Adventist Hospital for treatment. The driver was later issued a traffic citation for driving on a suspended license. His vehicle was impounded for safekeeping.

4300 block of 28th Place: Citizen robbery – 9:45 pm. Officers responded for the report of a citizen robbery that had just occurred. Upon arrival they were met by the victim who said that the two men, one armed with a knife, who had just tried to rob him, fled the area towards Arundel Road. The victim gave the officers a description of the two and officers began a search for them. Officers located and detained two men in the 2400 block of Arundel Road who matched the victim’s description. The victim positively identified the two as his assailants. One of the men was found in possession of a knife which the victim also identified. Both men were arrested, charged with attempted armed robbery and second degree assault and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

2900 block of Allison Street: Criminal citation – 9:10 pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage in a public place.

2900 block of Allison Street: Criminal citation – 9:25 pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for unlawful possession of an alcoholic beverage by a person under 21.

January 6th:

4200 block of 32nd Street: Vandalism to auto – 8:10 am. The owner of a 2009 Toyota Yaris told officers that sometime overnight someone smashed out the front passenger window of his vehicle. Nothing was stolen from inside.

4200 block of 32nd Street: Attempted theft from auto – 8:10 am. The owner of a 2008 Volkswagen Jetta reported that she came out to her vehicle this morning to find the front passenger window broken out. Nothing had been taken from inside but the glove compartment had been ransacked.

4200 block of 32nd Street: Theft from auto – 8:40 am. Officers on patrol discovered a 2009 Kia Spectrum with a broken left rear window. Officers located the owner of the vehicle, who, after inspecting her vehicle said that several items of her personal property had been stolen from inside.

4100 block of Kaywood Place: Theft – 5:15 pm. Officers met with the community manager of Kaywood Apartments in reference to a theft. The manager told officers that back in August another employee took a $300 Global Express money order deposit from a man who applied to rent an apartment. The man’s application was denied and he tried to get his deposit back. When the money order couldn’t be located the manager contacted Global Express to have the money order traced. Global Express responded that the MO had been cashed at Kay Liquors on October 4th. Further investigation revealed that the MO was cashed by the employee who took the original deposit. The employee was arrested, charged with theft and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

4600 block of 30th Street: 1st degree assault – 9:45 pm. Officers responded to interview the victim of a 1st degree assault. The victim told the officers that she was walking home from Queens Chapel Road when she saw a black male armed with a black handgun struggling with a black female. When the man saw the victim walking towards him he pointed the handgun at her. The victim fled the scene and said that as she ran away she heard three shots fired at her. Officers searched the area where the incident took place but found no evidence of shots having been fired.

4100 block of Cedar Lane Alley: 2nd degree assault – 10:30 pm. Officers patrolling the area observed a large group of young people drinking alcoholic beverages behind a shed. The officers also smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the area. When the officers approached the group one man came forward in an aggressive manner and through a 12 oz bottle of beer to the ground and started screaming at the officers. The officers observed that he was intoxicated asked him for his identification. He refused and continued to scream profanities at the officers. The officers informed him that he was under arrest for disorderly conduct whereupon he came at the officers with closed fists. The officers physically had to take the man to the ground where he struggled with the officers to get him under control and under arrest. He was charged with disorderly conduct and assault on a police officer and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

January 5th:

2700 block of Webster Street: Vandalism to auto – 7:40 am. The owner of a 2005 Honda Civic told officers that sometime between 7 pm on January 4th and the time she called police someone broke out a small rear passenger side window on her vehicle.

4500 block of 34th Street: Emergency petition – 12:35 pm. Officers responded for the report of a man exposing himself in front of Thomas Stone Elementary School. When the officers arrived they located the man who lying in the grass with his pants down and under the influence of PCP. He was taken into custody and transported to a local hospital for medical treatment and evaluation.

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle – 1:30 pm. Officers were notified by the owner of Thrifty Rental car that he had obtained an arrest warrant from the District Court Commissioner for an individual who failed to return a rental car as per the terms of his contract.

2300 block of Varnum Street (7-11): Theft – 9:35 pm. Officers were patrolling the area of the 7-11 when they observed a store employee chasing an individual who had just stolen merchandise from the store. Officers joined the chase and apprehended the individual after he ran into the Laundromat on 22nd Street. The individual was identified as a juvenile who stole a 12 pack of soda. With the assistance of the juvenile’s parents the situation was resolved.

4300 block of Kaywood Drive: Warrant arrest – 10:20 pm. Officers responded for the report of a domestic disturbance. Further investigation revealed that the male half had an open arrest warrant through Montgomery County for failing to pay fines and costs relating to a court case. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

January 4th:

4100 block of 31st Place: Vehicle impound – 8:20 am. Officers impounded a 1988 BMW for displaying expired registration plates. There was an MSP pickup order on the tags and they were seized for return to MVA.

2500 block of Queens Chapel Road: Stolen auto – 9:50 am. The owner of a 2002 Dodge Caravan came into the police station to report that his vehicle had been stolen. According to the owner the theft occurred sometime between 7:30 pm on January 2nd and 9:30 am this morning.

4300 block of 28th Place: Vandalism – 11:15 pm. Officers spoke with a woman who told them that her former boyfriend came to her residence to pick up some of his belongings. After leaving, the boyfriend remembered some things he forgot and called to ask his girlfriend if he could return. She told him he would have to come back another time. At that point someone, probably the boyfriend, threw a rock at one of her windows breaking the glass.

January 3rd:

3700 block of 35th Street: Natural death – 8:30 am. A 53 year old man was discovered deceased in his apartment. Representatives from the State Medical Examiner’s Office and PGPD Homicide Unit detectives responded to the scene to assist with the investigation. Preliminary evidence indicated no evidence of foul play and the medical examiner said that death was from natural causes. The ME took custody of the decedent’s remains for a postmortem examination.

4500 block of Eastern Avenue: Theft from auto – 1:20 pm. The victim told officers that while she was pumping gas someone entered her vehicle through the passenger side door and stole her purse.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Disorderly conduct – 4:20 pm. Officers stopped to interview a man who was yelling and screaming and blocking the entrance to a business. Officers’ efforts to get the man to calm down and leave peacefully were unsuccessful. He was arrested, charged with disorderly conduct and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

2400 block of Chillum Road: Warrant arrest – 8:10 pm. Officers stopped a 2006 Acura TL for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that a passenger in the vehicle had two open arrest warrants. One warrant was through Montgomery County for failing to appear in court on a charge of driving without a license. The second was for conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise through the Federal Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The passenger was arrested on the warrants and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. In addition, the driver was driving on a learner’s permit. He was issued several traffic citations and released at the scene. The vehicle was impounded.

January 2nd:

4200 block of 30th Street: Vandalism to auto – 2 pm. Officers responded for the report of vandalism to a 2000 Infinity G20. The officers were met by the vehicle owner’s son who said that sometime between 2 pm on January 1st and the time he notified police someone smashed out the vehicle’s back window. The man said that his father’s car was in his custody because his father was in the hospital. Officers also noted that the vehicle’s tags were due to expire on the 3rd and advised to son to have them renewed as soon as possible.

3300 block of Buchanan Street: Stolen auto – 5:15 pm. The owner of a 2003 Chrysler minivan told officers that sometime between 11 am and 5 pm today someone stole her vehicle.

4300 block of Russell Avenue: Attempt theft from auto – 7:35 pm. The owner of a 2006 Dodge Neon told officers that as she was walking out to her vehicle she saw a white Jeep Cherokee pulled up next to it and stop. She then saw a black male get out of the Jeep and hit her driver’s side door lock with a brick and was able to get inside. The man tried unsuccessfully to steal items from inside the car and when he saw the owner approaching he quickly got back into the Jeep and fled the area towards Queens Chapel Road. The owner said that there were two other black males inside the jeep but she was unable to get a good enough look at them to provide a description.

One Municipal Place: Warrant service – 9:10 pm. Officers located and arrested a man on a warrant for possession with intent to distribute a CDA they obtained on December 28th.

January 1st:

3800 block of 30th Street: Discharge of a firearm/reckless endangerment – 12:01 am. Officers heard a plethora of gunshots close to where they were patrolling. Upon further investigation they located the three individuals responsible for the shots. The three were in possession of an AR15-type assault rifle, a Glock semi-automatic pistol, a revolver and a shotgun. The assault rifle had been previously reported stolen through the St. Albans, WV Police Department. All three individuals were arrested, charged accordingly and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

2300 block of Varnum Street (7-11): Warrant Service/Criminal citation – 2:40 am. Officers responded for the report of a theft that had just occurred from the 7-11. Officers obtained a description of the thief and located him a short distance away. Further investigation revealed that he was still in possession of the items he stole and he had an open arrest warrant through Prince George’s County for failing to appear in court on a charge of disturbing the peace. He was arrested on the warrant and issued a criminal citation for the misdemeanor theft. He was delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Vehicle impound – 8:20 pm. Officers impounded a 1994 Buick Century for being parked on a City street with expired registration plates.

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Police Report: December 25-31

December 31st:

3800 block of 34th Street: Recovered stolen auto – 2:25 am. Officers received information from DC police that they had recovered a 2011 Chrysler 200 that had been reported stolen from the 3800 block of 34th Streets on December 20th. The vehicle was found at 14th and Lawrence Streets, NE. No arrests were made.

4000 block of Russell Avenue: Residential burglary – 7 am. The resident told officers that she went to investigate a suspicious noise coming from her living room. She observed a black male described as 5’10” tall, 160 lbs., wearing black pants, a black shirt and a red scarf wrapped around his face crawling through the living room window. The resident yelled at the man and fled out the front door of the apartment. The man followed her and pushed her down the stairs, stepped over her and fled on foot towards Eastern Avenue.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Disorderly conduct – 8:40 am. Officers patrolling the area observed an intoxicated man who appeared to be causing a disturbance. When the officers approached the man to speak with him he pulled out his genitals and started to urinate towards officers. He was arrested, charged with disorderly conduct and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. 

3000 block of Taylor Street: Citizen armed robbery – 1:25 pm. The victim told officers that as he was walking from a friend’s house he was approached by two black males. Both men produced handguns and demanded the victim’s property. The two ransacked the victim’s backpack and stole several items of his personal property. The suspects then slowly walked down the street heading in the direction of Kaywood Apartments. Suspect #1 was described as a black male, 5’5” tall, 125 lbs. with braided hair and armed with a handgun. Suspect #2 was described as a black male, 6”1” tall, 165 lbs., also armed with a handgun.

3200 block of Varnum Street (7-11): Citizen armed robbery – 5:25 pm. The victim told officers he was returning movies to the RedBox machine outside the 7-11 when two black males approached him, displayed handguns and demanded his property. The victim surrendered his wallet and the two then slowly walked away towards 22nd Street. The victim’s description of his assailants matched the description of the two men who robbed a man in the 3200 block of Taylor Street four hours earlier (see above).

2300 block of Varnum Street: Vehicle impound – 7:35 pm. Officers patrolling with a mobile license plate reader received a hit on a vehicle that had suspended registration plates. The officers stopped the vehicle, confirmed that the tags were suspended and learned that there was an MSP pickup order on the tags. The driver was issued several traffic citations, the tags were seized for return to MVA and the vehicle was impounded.

December 30th:

3200 block of Queenstown Drive: Assault – 12:01 am. Officers responded for the report of an assault. When the officers arrived they interviewed a woman who said that her male roommate choked her after a verbal altercation. The victim was advised of her options with a District Court Commissioner.

3600 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Vehicle impound – 2:40 am. Officers stopped a 2003 Honda Accord for a traffic violation. They subsequently learned that the driver’s license was suspended as the result of a DWI charge from back in September. The driver was issued four traffic citations and his vehicle was impounded.

Kaywood Gardens Apartments: Vandalism/thefts from auto – 7 am – 2 pm. Officers responded to the area of Kaywood Gardens apartment complex for reports of vandalism to and thefts from multiple vehicles throughout the complex. The officers’ investigation revealed that sometime during the previous night possibly several suspects went through the complex and vandalized five vehicles in an attempt to get inside.  These suspects also broke into an additional twelve vehicle and stole various items from inside each. The least valued theft consisted of 56 cents from a center console.

December 29th:

3700 block of 36th Street: Criminal citation – 7:35 pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for possessing an open container of an alcoholic beverage in a public place.

December 28th:

3700 block of 35th Street: CDS/emergency petition – 10:35 pm. Officers responded for the report of unknown trouble and a woman screaming. When the officers arrived they discovered a man and a woman engaged in a physical altercation in the back yard of a private residence. The officers separated the two and determined that both were under the influence of PCP. Both were taken into custody and delivered to doctors at Washington Adventist Hospital for medical treatment. The officers also discovered that the male half was in possession of eleven (11) individual baggies of marijuana with a combined weight of approximately 14.3 grams; and the female half had an open arrest warrant through Prince George’s County. The Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office was notified to take the female into custody on the warrant when she was released from the hospital. Officers obtained an arrest warrant for the male half charging him with possession with intent to distribute a CDS. He will be arrested on the warrant when he is released from the hospital.

December 27th:

3500 block of Newton Street: Warrant service – 8:30 am. Officers responded to serve an arrest warrant on a man wanted by the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office on a charge of failing to appear in court. The officer located the man sleeping in a back bedroom. He was arrested without incident and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3200 Block of Rhode Island Avenue: Warrant service – 10:15 am. A man came into the Mount Rainier police station to surrender on two warrants for his arrest. Officers confirmed the existence of the warrants, both for theft. The man was arrested and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

4500 block of Eastern Avenue (BP station): Theft from auto – 11:30 am. The owner of a 2009 Ford Fusion left her purse inside her unlocked vehicle when she went inside to pay for gas. When she returned to her vehicle her purse was gone. Witness told the officers that they saw two suspicious 16 year old (about) black males walking quickly away from the area towards 22nd Street about the time of the theft.

December 26th:

2900 block of Allison Street: Emergency petition – 10:25 pm. Officers responded for several reports of a naked black male running in and out of traffic.  When they arrived the located the man in question and identified him from numerous past contacts. He was under the influence of PCP and had a cut lip that required medical attention. Fire/rescue personnel responded and transported him to Washington Adventist Hospital where he was turned over to medical personnel for treatment.

December 25th:

4100 block of 31st Street: Criminal citation – 3:45 am. Officers responded for the second time to a report of loud music coming from inside a private residence. Officers could hear the music over a block away as they responded. The resident was issued a citation for the noise infraction. About a half hour after the officers left Communications received a call from a man who identified himself only as Mr. Claus. Mr. Claus wanted to thank the officers for quieting the noise so that neighboring children could finally get to sleep.

2300 block of Varnum Street: Warrant service - 9:50 am. Officers responded for the report of a person on the ground that had been assaulted. The officers found the man who was intoxicated and did not want to cooperate with the police. He initially told the officers that he was the victim of an assault as he was walking along the 2300 block of Varnum Street. Officers continuing their investigation later learned that it had been his brother who had assaulted him and that he did not was to press charges against his brother. Fire/rescue personnel responded to treat the victim’s injuries but he refused all medical treatment. The officers eventually learned that the victim had an open arrest warrant through Montgomery County for failing to appear in court on charges of driving without a license and DWI. He was arrested on the warrants and transported to Prince George’s Hospital for treatment. Once cleared from the hospital he was delivered to the custody of DOC in Upper Marlboro.

4300 block of 28th Place: Emergency petition – 7:55 pm. Officers responded for the report of a domestic disturbance. When they arrived they learned that a woman was in need of medical attention because, according to other family members present, she had not taken her required medication and had been drinking alcohol. The woman was violent and confrontational with the officers as they tried to reason with her. They were not successful so she was taken into custody and transported to Washington Adventist Hospital for emergency medical treatment.

2700 block of Upshur Street: Attempt theft from auto – 10:15 pm. Officers met with the owner of a 2006 Buick who told them that sometime prior to his call to police someone got into his vehicle and ransacked the interior. He said that nothing was stolen from inside.

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Police Report: December 18-24

December 24th:

3100 block of Chillum Road: Fraud – 11:25 am. A woman called to report that someone had made an unauthorized charge on her bank card at the 7-11 store on Chillum Road. Investigation revealed that the woman’s boyfriend was the one who made the charge so she elected not to press charges.

December 23rd:

2700 block of Webster Street: Domestic Assault – 11:10 am. Officers were called for the report of a domestic assault that had just occurred. The victim met the officers outside her residence and the officers saw that she was bleeding heavily from a laceration to her chin. She said that she had been assaulted by her boyfriend after an argument. The officers found the boyfriend about a block away and took him into custody for the assault. He was charged with aggravated domestic assault and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. The victim was taken to Washington Adventist Hospital by fire/rescue personnel for treatment of her injuries.

3200 block of Rhode Island AvenueVehicle impound – 3:45 pm. Officers responded for the report of a vehicle stopped in the roadway and blocking traffic. Officers contacted the driver of the vehicle and learned that he did not have a valid driver’s license. He was issued four traffic citations and released at the scene. His vehicle was impounded for safekeeping.

3600 block of Eastern Avenue: Domestic assault – 9:30 pm. Officers responded for the report of a domestic dispute. When they arrived they interviewed the female victim who said that she and her boyfriend got into a verbal argument that resulted in him hitting her in the face with a camera. The boyfriend was found to be very intoxicated and uncooperative with the officers. He was arrested, charged with domestic assault and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

4400 block of 29th Street: Traffic arrest – 10:50 pm. Officers stopped a 1998 Ford Escort for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver’s license was suspended. He was transported to DOC in Hyattsville and charged accordingly. His vehicle was impounded for safekeeping.

December 22nd:

33rd and Perry Streets: Criminal citation – 4 pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking an alcoholic beverage in public.

3400 block of Newton Street: Warrant service – 5:15 pm. Officer responded to attempt to pick up a man wanted on an outstanding felony warrant through the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office. He was located in the back yard of a private residence and arrested without incident. He was delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Emergency petition – 6 pm. Officers responded for the report of an individual smoking CDS. Upon arrival the officers located the man in question and determined that he was under the influence of PCP. He was taken into custody and transported to Washington Adventist Hospital where he was turned over to medical staff for examination and treatment.

2700 block of Webster Street: Theft over $500 – 10:15 pm. The resident told officers that sometime between 2pm on December 17th and 9 pm on the 22nd someone stole a laptop computer, a watch and a purse from inside her apartment.  There were no signs of forced entry into the apartment. The victim told officers that she suspects that her former roommate is responsible for the theft.

December 21st:

4300 block of 28th Place: Domestic dispute – 11:35 pm. Officers responded for the report of a domestic dispute. The dispute was over by the time the officers arrived and neither party required medical attention or wished to file charges against the other. Both parties were advised of their options with a District Court Commissioner.

December 20th:

3400 block of Perry Street: Warrant arrest – 12:25 pm. Officers responded for the report of a domestic fight in progress. When the officers arrived they discovered that the altercation was over and proceeded to interview the participants. A man involved in the incident was found to have two open arrest warrants through Montgomery County and the Maryland State Police, both for traffic related offenses. He was arrested on the warrants and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3400 block of Perry Street: Vehicle impound - 10:15 pm. Officers stopped a 2002 Mitsubishi Mirage for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver did not have a license. He was issued four State traffic citations and his vehicle was impounded.

December 19th:

3300 block of Chillum Road: Warrant arrest – 12:40 am. Officers stopped a 2007 Lexus 300 for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver had an open arrest warrant. The warrant was confirmed on the scene and the driver was arrested and transported to DOC in Hyattsville for detention. Once at DOC the officers were told by court commissioner that the warrant could not be served due to errors in the warrant case number. The individual was released from custody at the direction of the commissioner.

4200 block of 34th Street: DWI arrest – 8:55 pm. Officers stopped a 2004 Cadillac Escalade for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver was under the influence of alcohol. He refused blood alcohol testing. He was arrested, charged with DUI/DWI and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. The vehicle was impounded for safekeeping.

December 18th:

2200 block of Varnum Street (Family Dollar): Armed robbery – 11 am. A Family Dollar store clerk told officers that two black males, one armed with a black semi automatic handgun, entered the store. A third black male positioned himself at the front entrance as a lookout. While the clerk was ringing out a customer and had the register drawer open the two men inside the store announced a robbery. One of the men reached into the cash drawer and stole a quantity of cash after which all three fled the store. They were last seen leaving the area in a Ford pickup truck on 25th Street towards Queens Chapel Road. PGPD robbery detectives responded to assume a follow up investigation.