Monday, April 30, 2012

Police Report: April 22-28

April 28th:

Arundel Road and 31st Street: Found property – 8:30am. Officers on patrol found a Maryland license plate “2AE4091” in the roadway. The tag had not been reported lost or stolen at the time it was found. The tag was delivered to the MRPD property vault for safekeeping.

4100 block of 28th Street: Stolen motorcycle – 2:30pm. The owner of a 2000 Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle reported that sometime between 10:30am on April 27th and 12:30pm today someone stole his motorcycle off his rear deck. The victim said that the bike had been parked with a wheel lock attached.

April 27th:

4000 block of 36th Street: Theft – 12:45pm. The victim told officers that sometime between April 25th at 11am and the time he called police someone stole a heater pump valued at approximately $3,000.

3200 block of Perry Street: Vandalism – 3:15pm. The resident told officers that sometime this morning someone spray painted the words “MOE 3131” on his rear fence.

32nd and Upshur Streets: Found property – 4:50pm. Officers met with a citizen who turned in a Ziploc bag containing a laptop computer they found near the intersection. Officers took custody of the computer for safekeeping. A check of NCIC stolen article files revealed that the computer had not been reported lost or stolen.

3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Warrant service – 11:20pm. Officers conducting parking enforcement were accosted by a man who began yelling at them to stop writing parking tickets and do some real police work. After the man refused to move on after several requests to do so he was stopped for a field interview. During the interview the officers learned that he had three open arrest warrants through Montgomery County for failing to appear in court on charges of driving while intoxicated and driving without a license; and for possession with intent to distribute a CDS. He was arrested on the open warrants and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. 

April 26th:

3600 block of Perry Street: Warrant service – 9pm. On April 20th officers transported a man under the influence of PCP to Washington Adventist Hospital for emergency medical treatment. Officers subsequently obtained an arrest warrant for the man charging him with disorderly conduct and other offenses. At about 9pm tonight officers on patrol located the man and arrested him on the warrant. He was delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3800 block of 34th Street: Theft – 10:35pm. Officers spoke with an employee of the laundromat and learned that at about 10am she checked the coin and bill compartments of the washing machines and discovered that they were empty. Officers were unable to find any damage to the machines. The reporting person stated that she is the only one other than the property manager that has the keys to the money compartments.

Russell Avenue and Eastern Avenue: Vehicle impound – 3:25pm. Officers impounded a 2002 Chevy Trailblazer for display of improper tags. Officers handling the impound also learned that the vehicle’s registration was suspended and there was an MVA pickup order on the tags.

3700 block of Rhode Island Avenue (Mount Rainier Post Office): Armed robbery – 5:50pm. Officers responded for the report of an armed robbery that had just occurred. A postal employee told the officers that he was unloading a postal truck in the rear parking lot when he was approached by two armed men who demanded the “money drop bags.” The employee told his assailants where the bags were located. The suspects took the bags and fled the area on foot down 37th Place and then right on Perry Street. A search of the area for the two suspects proved negative. U.S. Postal Inspectors handled the incident and are leading the investigation. The suspects were described as black males wearing all dark clothing with bandanas covering their faces. Both were armed with handguns.

3300 block of Chillum Road (7-11): Theft – 9:40pm. Officers responded for the report of a misdemeanor theft. The store clerk told the officers that an individual came into the store, grabbed several food items off the shelves and fled the store without paying for the items. Officers discovered that the thief came to the store on a bicycle but left it behind when he fled with the stolen goods. Officers seized the bike for evidence and while they were taking it to the police station for storage two individuals that were with the first suspect came into the store and stole several packs of cigarettes. Those two then fled on foot to the rear of the store. All three suspects were described as black males, 20-25 years of age wearing all dark clothing. One of them was described as having a long braided hair style.

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 11:45pm. Officers issued a woman a criminal citation for urinating in public.

April 25th:

3500 block of 32nd Street: Vandalism to auto – 7:10am. The owner of a 2006 Hyundai Sonata told officers that sometime between 9:30pm on April 24th and the time she called police this morning someone had broken out a window on her vehicle and rummaged through the interior. Nothing was taken from the vehicle.

3200 block of Upshur Street: Vandalism to auto – 8:20am. The owner of a 2007 Toyota Prius told officers that sometime between 7pm on April 24th and the time he called police this morning someone had broken out a window on his vehicle and rummaged through the interior. Nothing was taken from the vehicle.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 7:05pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking an alcoholic beverage in a public place.

2400 block of Arundel Road: Assist fire/rescue personnel – 10:25pm. MRPD officers assisted fire/rescue with the forced entry into a third floor apartment. Smoke was coming from inside the apartment and no one was home. Entry was made and the source of the smoke was found to be food on the stove.

April 24th:

4600 block of 25th Street: Vehicle impound – 9:05am. MRPD officers impounded a 1996 Dodge Stratus for failure to display registration plates while parked on a City street.

3700 block of Wells Avenue: Criminal citation (x2) – 3:40pm. Officers issued two men criminal citations for trespassing on CSX railroad property.

April 23rd:

2700 block of Upshur Street: Vandalism to auto – 2:45pm. The owner of a 2004 Cadillac told officers that he observed his passenger side window broken out and a light blue Town and Country van bearing a partial Pennsylvania tag of HSX parked on the passenger side of his Cadillac. When the driver and the passenger in the van made eye contact with the victim they immediately fled the area. Their last known direction of travel was westbound on Eastern Avenue.  Nothing was stolen from inside the victim’s vehicle, however the passenger side window had been smashed out and there was damage to the dashboard.

3700 block of 36th Street: Burglary – 7:45pm. The resident told officers that when he returned home at about 6pm he unlocked the dead bolt on the front door, went inside and noticed that his bedroom door was broken. When he checked the bedroom he discovered that a quantity of US currency had been stolen.  (V) Entered the bedroom and noticed that $2200.00 was missing.  Officers were unable to determine how the thieves got into the residence since all doors and windows were secure. No evidence was recovered.

3800 block of 34th Street: Warrant service – 10pm. Officers stopped to investigate a suspicious individual. Further investigation revealed that the man had two open arrest warrants through the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office, both for failing to appear in court on traffic related charges. He was arrested on the warrants and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

April 22nd:

3249 Rhode Island Avenue: Found property – 10:25pm. Officers were flagged down by a concerned citizen who had found a girl’s Disney Huffy bike at the corner of 34th Street and Rhode Island Ave. Officers stored the bike at the police station for safekeeping.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

National Drug Take Back Initiative

The Mount Rainier Police Department continues its support of and participation in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Drug Take Back Initiative which takes place this Saturday, April 28th between the hours of 10am and 2pm. Residents can bring their old, unused or unwanted prescription and over the counter medications to the police station for safe disposal.

Please take this opportunity to help our environment by safely disposing of these medications rather than discarding them into our water supplies and landfills.

PEPCO Utility Pole Replacements

PEPCO has advised the City that they will be working for the next 6-8 months on replacing old and rotten utility poles on every street in the southern region of the City (i.e., Bunker Hill Road to Arundel Road). This project is being undertaken due to what PEPCO describes as poor feeder performance (an unacceptable 2%) and because of numerous power outages during inclement weather events. Residents will be notified 12-48 hours prior to any scheduled disruption in service. 

The work is scheduled for 12 hour shifts Monday-Wednesday, 1/2 day on Thursday, and no work is scheduled on Friday.

Affected residents with concerns or complaints should contact either the City Manager or the Assistant City Manager who will in turn contact our PEPCO representatives.

Police Report: April 15-21

April 21st:

2700 block of Upshur Street: 1st degree assault – 12:55am. The victim told officers that she had been assaulted by her boyfriend at an address in DC. She drove to a relative’s house on Upshur Street to notify police. The suspect followed the victim to Upshur Street and assaulted her a second time as she was trying to leave in her vehicle. The officers were able to locate the suspect who fled from them, on foot, back into DC. The officers were able to apprehend the suspect and he was turned over to MPD officers who charged him as a fugitive from justice. MRPD officers obtained an arrest warrant for the man charging him with 1st degree assault and other crimes. The process to have the man extradited back to Maryland has begun.

3249 Rhode Island Avenue: CDS possession – 2:20pm. Officers stopped to investigate a 2002 Pontiac that was illegally parked in front of the police station. When the officers approached the vehicle they saw the front seat passenger in the process of rolling a marijuana cigarette. They also noted a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. The man was arrested and a search of his person incident to arrest revealed that he was in possession of an additional quantity of marijuana and crack cocaine. Further investigation showed that he also had an outstanding warrant through the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office for failure to pay court fines. He was charged accordingly and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. Rolling a joint while illegally parked in front of a police station – sometimes police work is just not that difficult!

4500 block of Eastern Avenue (BP station): Theft from auto – 3pm. The owner of a 2010 Honda CRV was inside the gas station paying for gas when another customer told her there was someone inside her vehicle. She ran outside to investigate and saw a black male get out of her car, get into a black Audi with tinted windows and temporary tags and flee the parking lot. The victim got into her vehicle and tried to follow the suspect vehicle and get the tag number but was unsuccessful. The victim said that the man stole her purse containing the usual personal items.

34th and Upshur Streets: Vandalism to auto – 5:50pm. The owner of a 2006 Toyota Camry told officers that she was driving down 34th Street approaching Upshur when she observed a rock strike her vehicle. When she stopped she saw several juveniles fleeing the area in different directions. A search of the area for the juveniles proved negative.

34th Street and Rainier Avenue: Hit and run motor vehicle collision – 9pm. The owner of a 1997 Dodge caravan reported that sometime prior to her call to police an unknown vehicle struck her van causing damage to the rear driver’s side.

April 20th:

4500 block of Eastern Avenue (BP station): Theft from auto – 9:30am. The victim told officers that while she was putting air in her front driver’s side tire a man opened the rear passenger door to her vehicle and stole her purse. She described the man as a black male with long dreads and said that he jumped into a waiting silver Chrysler 300 with temporary tags and fled.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Emergency petition – 9pm. Officers responded for the report of a man running through traffic screaming. When the officers arrived they tried to speak with the man but he continued to run in circles screaming. The officers were familiar with him from past encounters and suspected that he was again under the influence of PCP. Officers were able to get him under control and he was transported to Washington Adventist Hospital for emergency medical treatment.

3200 block of Arundel Road: 1st degree assault – 10:40pm. Officers responded for the report of an unwanted guest. When they arrived they learned that the victim and her live in boyfriend got in to a verbal argument. The argument became progressively worse and the boyfriend pulled out a knife and assaulted the victim threatening to kill her. Other household members were able to convince the suspect to leave by telling him the police were on their way. Officers discovered a small laceration on the victim’s neck and recovered the knife the man used. Officers obtained an arrest warrant for the man charging him with attempted 1st and 2nd degree murder; 1st and 2nd degree assault; armed robbery; robbery; theft less than $1,000; and assault with a dangerous weapon.

April 19th:

4200 block of 28th Street: Warrant service – 12:05pm. Officers responded to attempt to locate a person who had an open arrest warrant through the Takoma Park Police Department. The subject was located, arrested on the warrant and turned over to officers from Takoma Park PD.

3800 block of 35th Street: Robbery – 2:25pm. The victim told officers that she was approached by a man who struck her in the head with a cement rock. The man proceeded to steal her purse and flee the area towards the 3700 block of Rhode Island Avenue. Fire/rescue personnel responded and transported the victim to Prince George’s Hospital for treatment of her head injury. Officers searching the area recovered the victim’s cell phone and other evidence. PGPD robbery detectives responded to conduct a follow-up investigation. The suspect was described as a black male in his 20’s, 5’8” tall with a slim build, wearing blue jeans and a gray hooded sweatshirt with the hood up.

April 18th:

4200 block of Eastern Avenue: Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle - 10:30am. The owner of a 2000 Dodge truck notified officers that he had obtained an arrest warrant for a man who borrowed his truck back on March 18th and failed to return it.

3249 Rhode Island Avenue: Fraud – 4:25pm. A man came into the police station to report that, while attempting to file his income taxes, he learned that someone had used his social security number and had already filed and received his refunds.

April 17th:

3500 block of Newton Place: Missing person – 12:30pm. The mother of a 17 year old male reported that her son had left home and had not returned for two days. Officers completed a missing person report. At about 4:20pm officers received a return call advising that the son had returned home and was in good health. Officers spoke with him and learned that he had been at his girlfriend’s home.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Assault on a police officer – 6:50pm. Officers patrolling the area of the bus terminal received a call that a man who was a suspect in the attempted strong arm robbery that occurred on April 16th was at the bus stop. The officers spotted the man and when they approached him he immediately fled on foot. Officers were able to catch the man in the 3700 block of 34th Street.  A brief struggle ensued before he could be subdued and placed under arrest. A search of his person incident to the arrest revealed that he was in possession of marijuana. He was transported to DOC in Hyattsville for charges and processing. While at DOC the subject attempted to assault a second MRPD officer while being searched. He was charged with two counts of assault on a police officer and possession of CDS. He was released to the custody of DOC. PGPD detectives were called to interview the man about his involvement in the strong arm robbery.

4200 block of 28th Place: Domestic assault – 8:55pm. Officers responded for the report of a physical domestic dispute in progress. When the officers arrived they found evidence that a man had assaulted a female inside their apartment. The man was arrested, charged with domestic assault and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

April 16th:

3700 block of 36th Street: Vandalism to auto – 3pm. The owner of a 2003 Buick told officers that sometime between 3pm on the 15th and 2:30pm today someone entered her vehicle and ransacked the inside. The officers were not able to determine a point of entry into the vehicle and nothing was stolen.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Attempt strong arm robbery – 7:30pm. The victim told officers that he was walking along Rhode Island Avenue when he was approached by four black male teenagers who asked him if he had any money. When he replied that he did not the four attacked him punched him repeatedly. While the victim was being assaulted one or more of the males went through the victims’ pockets and removed his wallet and belongings. Witnesses were able to scare off the attackers and call for help. The victim did not end up losing any property, and he was transported to the hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in the assault.

April 15th:

34th Street and Rhode Island Avenue: Vehicle impound – 4:30am. Officers impounded a 1999 Oldsmobile after it became disabled as the result of a motor vehicle collision.

4600 block of 27th Street: Warrant service – 12:30pm. Officers responded for the report of a domestic dispute. When the officers arrived they discovered that the male half of the argument had an open arrest warrant through Prince George’s County for 2nd degree assault. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

4500 block of Eastern Avenue: Theft from auto – 2:10pm. The victim told the officers that as she was pumping gas into her 2005 Kia Optima someone entered the vehicle through the unlocked driver’s door and stole her purse.

3300 block of Perry Street: Criminal citation – 10:55pm. 11pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage in public.

3100 block of Perry Street: Criminal citation (x2) – 11pm. Officers issued each of two men a criminal citation for possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage in public.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Police Report: April 8-14

April 14th:

3200 block of Perry Street: Vandalism – 12pm. Officers spoke to the resident who told them that sometime between the morning of April 12th and the time she called police someone painted a message threatening her son on her back fence. The message appeared to be related to local “3131” gang members. The PGPD Gang Unit is assisting MRPD with the investigation.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Robbery – 1:25pm. Officers responded for the report of a panic alarm at the Beauty Depot. When the officers arrived they spoke with a cashier who said that she had just been robbed at gunpoint. She said that a man who she could not describe walked up to the counter, displayed a handgun and demanded the contents of the cash register. She complied with his demand and he walked out of the store and fled in an unknown direction. The store’s video surveillance system provided no useful information about the suspect’s identity. PGPD robbery detectives and crime scene technicians responded to gather evidence and conduct a follow-up investigation.

3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 9:20pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for possessing an open container of alcohol inside a motor vehicle.

April 13th:

3700 block of 37th Street: Warrant service – 6:50pm. Officers responded for the report of an assault. When the officers arrived they detained two individuals for questioning. Neither individual admitted to being involved in nor witnessing the alleged assault. However, one of the individuals was found to have an open arrest warrant through the Montgomery County Police for failing to appear in court on a charge of 2nd degree assault on a law enforcement officer. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

April 12th:

Nothing significant to report.

April 11th:

4000 block of 29th Street: MIR – 2pm. An employee of New Way Ministry called to report the receipt of a threatening letter. The employee told the officers that he receives threatening mail all of the time due to the type of work the Ministry does. However he had received a letter from a man in Wisconsin that contained a couple phrases that disturbed him. He asked officers to document the incident.

3249 Rhode Island Avenue: EPS – 4pm. A juvenile male came into the police station requesting medical help. He told officers that he suffers from several disorders and that his medication is not regulating him properly. Officers contacted the juvenile’s parents and assisted them in getting the juvenile into a medical facility for evaluation.

4300 block of 31st Street: Found property – 4:10pm. Officers took possession of a bicycle that was found in a resident’s yard. The resident told the officers that the bike was not his and did not know the owner.

2500 block of Arundel Road: DWI – 2:05am. Officers stopped a 1999 Lincoln for several traffic violations including driving without headlights illuminated. Further investigation revealed that the driver was under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested, charged with DWI/DUI and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

April 10th:

4000 block of 34th Street: Identity theft – 9:15am. The victim told officers that he was notified by IRS authorities that someone used his social security number to file a return with IRS. The victim told the IRS and MRPD that he has never authorized anyone to use his social security number.

3200 block of Taylor Street: MIR – 12pm. Officers responded to assist the resident with the removal of an unwanted guest. The guest packed his belongings and left the house without incident.

2200 block of Varnum Street: Criminal citation (x3) – 8:30pm. Officers issued three individuals criminal citations for possessing open containers of an alcoholic beverage in a public place.

2200 block of Varnum Street: Warrant service – 9pm. Officers stopped a suspicious person for a field interview. During the interview the officers discovered that the man had an open arrest warrant through the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office for failing to appear in court on a misdemeanor theft charge. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

April 9th:

Nothing significant to report.

April 8th:

Nothing significant to report.

Police Report: April 1-7

April 7th:

3700 block of 37th Street: DWI – 1am. Officers stopped a 1993 Toyota Corolla for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver was under the influence of alcohol. She was arrested and charged with DWI/DUI. Her vehicle was released to a licensed, sober driver.

3300 block of Bunker Hill Road: Vehicle impound – 9:30am. Officers on patrol came upon a Chrysler 300 with heavy front end damage and keys in the ignition. The vehicle had not been reported stolen and the owner could not be contacted. The vehicle was impounded for safekeeping.

April 6th:

4500 block of Eastern Avenue (BP station): Theft from auto – 1am. The owner of a 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser reported that when she left her vehicle unlocked with her purse inside when she went in to pay for gas. When she returned she discovered that her purse had been stolen.

2700 block of Queens Chapel Road: Stolen auto – 10:10am. The owner of a 2004 Jaguar told officers that sometime between 8pm on April 1st and 9am on the 6th someone stole his vehicle.

3800 block of 34th Street: Theft – 1pm. The victim told officers that she left $5 in cash and her driver’s license on her desk. When she went to retrieve both she discovered them missing. She said that numerous employees and visitors were in and out of the location and could have taken it.

3800 block of 34th Street: Theft – 1pm. While taking the above unrelated theft report officers were approached by another employee who reported that $460 had been stolen from her desk drawer back on April 2nd at about 5pm. She said that she received a cash payment from a client and placed the money in her desk drawer. When she returned for the money later in the day she discovered that it had been stolen.

3800 block of 34th Street: Vandalism – 1pm. The reporting person told officers that she locked and secured the door to her office at about 11am. When she returned at about 1pm she discovered that someone had damaged the lock to her office door. It appeared as if someone tried to force entry into the office but did not succeed.

2400 block of Chillum Road: Vehicle impound -8:20pm. Officers stopped a 1996 Nissan Maxima for a traffic violation. Further investigation 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.

April 5th:

3300 block of Chillum Road: Lost property – 12:30pm. A resident called to report that she accidently threw away her Tanzania passport while cleaning her apartment. A police report was required in order to get her passport replaced.

4500 block of 34th Street: Trespassing – 6:20pm. Officers responded to assist PGPD with the report of juveniles playing on the roof of Thomas Stone Elementary. The roof and school ground was checked with negative results.

3800 block of 34th Street: Citizen robbery – 9pm. Officers responded for the report of an assault. While interviewing the victim the officers learned that six black males approached him from behind and attacked him. The victim was struck several times in the face and forced to the ground. One of the assailants stole the victim’s wallet and the group fled down 34th Street towards the traffic circle. The victim sustained minor injuries and refused treatment from fire/rescue personnel. He was unable to provide a description of the men who assaulted him. He was transported to PGPD District I to give a statement to robbery detectives who will handle the follow-up investigation.

3800 block of 34th Street: Criminal citation – 10:30pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage in a public place.

April 4th:

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 10:45am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage in public.

April 3rd:

4400 block of 31st Street: Vandalism to auto – 10:15am. The owner of a 2003 Honda Civic told officers that sometime between 7:30pm on the 2nd and 6:35am this morning someone damaged both door locks on his vehicle. It appeared as if someone attempted to gain entry by prying the door locks but failed.

Rhode Island Avenue and Perry Street: Hit and run collision – 11:20am. Officers were alerted to a damaged light pole and traffic sign at the intersection. They discovered that sometime during the overnight hours a vehicle had collided with the pole and sign and fled the scene.

April 2nd:

4100 Block of Russell Avenue: Vehicle impound – 10am. Officers impounded a 2008 Dodge Charger for displaying expired tags. The vehicle’s registration was suspended and there was an MSP pickup order on the tags.

4100 block of Kaywood Drive: Threats – 1:35pm. The victim told officers that a former employee called and made statements she perceived to be threatening. She was referred to the District Court Commissioners office for a protective order.

4500 block of Eastern Avenue (BP station): Warrant service – 3:15pm. Officers stopped a man for urinating in public. Further investigation revealed that he had an open arrest warrant through the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office for trespassing and disturbing the peace. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

4000 block of 32nd Street: Found property – 5:30pm. Officers spoke with a homeowner who said that his landscaper found a loaded .45 caliber handgun in some bushes on his property. The officers took possession of the weapon and secured it in the Department’s property vault. An NCIC check revealed that the gun was not stolen and attempts to identify the owner are continuing.

3700 block of Wells Avenue: Vandalism to auto – 7:15pm. The owner of a 2008 Toyota Corolla told officers that sometime between 6am and 6:30pm today someone damaged his rear window.

April 1st:

3300 block of Otis Street: Theft – 12:30am. The victim told officers that as she was waiting for a cab two black males ran up behind her and snatched her purse from her right shoulder. The two then fled the area on foot north on Otis Street. A search of the area for the two suspects proved negative.

4200 block of 28th Street: Theft from auto – 7pm. The owner of a 2003 Chevy Monte Carlo told officers that sometime prior to his call to police someone stole the front tag off his vehicle.

Monday, April 02, 2012

Police Report: March 25-31

March 31st:

One Municipal Place: Citizen robbery – 2:30pm. The victim told officers that as he was walking toward the B2 bus he was attacked by two men who assaulted him and took his book bag. After the assault the two suspects fled down 35th Street towards Otis. A search of the area for the two suspects proved negative. Fire/rescue personnel responded and treated the victim for his minor injuries, after which he refused transportation to a hospital for treatment. Metro Transit Police were called to the scene but were unable to speak with the victim since he had left the area prior to Metro’s arrival. Metro PD took over the investigation.

March 30th:

3300 block of Chillum Road (7-11): Theft – 2am. Store clerks told officers that a black male described as 40-45 years of age, approximately 5’10” tall and 200lbs entered the store, went behind the sales counter, stole 35 packs of Newport cigarettes, then fled the store on foot in an unknown direction. A canvass of the area for the suspect proved negative.

March 29th:

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 10:20am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage in a public place.

4200 block of Russell Avenue: Residential burglary – 10:45am. The residents told officers that sometime between 10:45pm on the 28th and 9:30am this morning someone broke into their apartment through a dining room window and stole a quantity of US currency.

2300 block of Varnum Street: CDS – 2:10pm. Officers stopped a suspicious man for a field interview. Further investigation led the officers to recover drug paraphernalia where the man was stopped. Charges are pending.

4600 block of 29th Street: Shots fired – 6:35pm. Officers responded for the report of shots fired. When they arrived they were initially unable to determine where the shots came from.  A witness approached the officers and told them black Lincoln drove up, fired shots at two men and fled the area. Officers canvassing the area spotted a vehicle matching the Lincoln’s description and when they tried to stop it, it fled into DC. During the chase officers were able to positively identify the rear seat passenger in the Lincoln. A follow-up call led the officers to an apartment where a stray bullet had broken a kitchen window. The resident was not injured by the stray round and there were no other injuries reported. Officers were unable to locate the two individuals who were the intended targets of the attack. Officers recovered two spent .380 caliber shell casings. The investigation is continuing.

4000 block of 36th Street: Returned missing persons – 10:40pm. Officers following up on the two missing juveniles from March 27th learned that both had returned home safe and uninjured. Their information was removed from NCIC files.

March 28th:

3000 block of Arundel Road: Warrant service – 8:05am. Officers responded for the report of an individual loitering in an apartment building. When the officers arrived they located the man in question on the third floor landing. A check through NCIC revealed that he had an open warrant through the Montgomery County Police Department 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.

4400 block of 28th Place: Theft from auto – 10:50am. The owner of a 1999 Toyota Corolla told officers that she came out to her vehicle this morning and discovered that sometime overnight someone had stolen the rear tag.

Russell Avenue and Eastern Avenue: Natural death – 12:25pm. Officers responded for the report of a sick or injured person. When they arrived they discovered an elderly man lying on his back unconscious and unresponsive. Officers immediately began CPR until relieved by fire/rescue personnel. The man was transported to Providence Hospital where he was later pronounced deceased by hospital staff. There were no signs of foul play and death was from natural causes. MPD was notified by the hospital staff to handle the death report.

2300 block of Arundel Road: Domestic – 2pm. Officer were called to the scene to serve a temporary District Court protection order. The individual for whom the order was intended was located and served his copy of the order. The order was then faxed to the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Department.

March 27th:

4000 block of 36th Street: Missing person (x2) – 1:05am. The mother of two juvenile females reported that her daughters left for school at 9am this morning and failed to return as expected. She said that this was the second time this month that her daughters failed to return home, the first time was on March 17th. A search of the area for the girls proved negative and their information was entered into NCIC missing persons files.

3500 block of Shepherd Street: Traffic collision/emergency petition – 7:45pm. Officers responded for the report of a single vehicle traffic collision. Their investigation revealed that a 2000 GMC Yukon ran a stop sign and then struck a parked car in the yard of a private residence. After field sobriety testing the driver was found to be under the influence of PCP and not sufficiently coherent to sign an advice of rights form or citations. He was taken into custody and transported to Washington Adventist Hospital where he was released to hospital staff for treatment and evaluation. Several charges will be filed against the driver once he his released from the hospital.

4100 block of Russell Avenue: Carjacking – 8:30pm. Officers spoke with the owner of a 125cc Yamaha dirt bike who said that he had listed his bike for sale on Craigslist. An alleged buyer called the owner and asked to meet him in the 4100 block of Russell Avenue so he could look at the bike. When the buyer/suspect arrived he produced a silver handgun and took control of the bike. At that point a second suspect arrived and the two got on the bike and fled the area south on Russell Avenue. A search of the area failed to locate the bike or the two suspects. PGPD robbery detectives responded to take a detailed statement from the victim and begin a follow-up investigation.

March 26th:

4600 block of 27th Street: Domestic assault – 11:15am. The victim in this case told officers that at about 11am she got into a verbal argument with her live-in boyfriend. The argument deteriorated and the boyfriend hit her several times in the face, threw her on the floor and kicked her several times before fleeing the residence. The officers advised the victim of her options with a District Court Commissioner and offered to give her a ride to the Commissioner’s office and assist her with obtaining the proper paperwork. She refused the officers’ assistance.

2400 block of Arundel Road: Vandalism to auto – 11:55am. The custodian of a 2002 Ford van told officers that sometime between March 23rd at 5pm and the time he called police someone dented the front passenger door of the vehicle. It appeared to the investigating officers that the damage was caused by a dent puller tool. No other evidence was found. The owner of the van was notified of the damage.

3200 block of Arundel Road: Miscellaneous incident – 1:15pm. Officers met with the reporting person who told them that his home surveillance system recorded two persons walking down the side walk looking into parked cars.  One of the two walked into the RP’s driveway and entered his vehicle, but since there was nothing of value inside the vehicle the individual got out of the vehicle and left the area. The RP gave a copy of the video to the officers for follow-up.

4300 block of Russell Avenue: Emergency petition – 9:40pm. Officers responded for the report of an individual trying to commit suicide with a knife. When the officers arrived they found the man in a bathroom holding a knife to his throat. He told the officers that if they came near him he would cut himself. The officers immediately deployed a Taser weapon to keep him from harming himself. He was taken into custody and transported to Washington Adventist Hospital where he was released to hospital staff for treatment and evaluation.

One Municipal Place (bus terminal): Citizen robbery – 10:35pm. MRPD officers responded to assist Metro Transit Police with a citizen robbery that had just occurred. The victim told officers that he was sitting at the bus terminal when a four black males and one female began going through his coat pockets. His assailants stole a debit card and a quantity of cash from the victim and fled the area. MRPD officers located several possible suspects in the 3700 block of 35th Street and stopped them for questioning. The victim was brought to the scene but could not positively them. They were sent on their way. Metro Transit PD took responsibility for reporting and investigating the crime.

March 25th:

4700 block of 27th Street: Disorderly conduct – 1:50pm. Officers were in the area investigating the report of shots fired when they came across an intoxicated man having a loud argument with a female companion. The man was so loud several residents came out of an adjacent apartment building to check on the commotion. The suspect was ordered repeatedly to lower his voice and to calm down but refused to do so. He was arrested, charged with disorderly conduct and disturbing the public peace and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. As to the initial call for shots fired, no evidence could be found of any shot being fired.