Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Police Report: October 21-27

October 27th:

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

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

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

October 26th:

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

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

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

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

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

October 25th:

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

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

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

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

October 24th:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 23rd:

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

October 22nd:

Nothing significant to report.

October 21st:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, October 29, 2012

Pepco crew repairs arcing power lines in front of MRPD.

The crew responded within an hour of us notifying them of the problem!

City of Mount Rainier Storm Operations

From the City Manager:

The City of Mount Rainier is open today and will remain open the remainder of the day. Please note that this City of Mount Rainier and the City of Seat Pleasant are the only local governments open to our knowledge in Prince George’s County as of this communication. All Federal and DC Government Offices are closed as well as Metro Bus and Rail service. The State of Maryland is also closed and Governor O’Malley has issued warning for people to stay indoors. I elected along with ACM Jackson to keep the offices open today since the height of storm with severe wind gusts is not expected until 5pm this evening through all day tomorrow. We will notify both Fox 5 and WUSA 9 of the City of Mount Rainier closure tomorrow. We have already been experiencing limited cell phone usage and disruption in the alarm service at City Hall.

Today, all public works and public safety personnel are on duty as well as civilian, administrative and management staff. Tomorrow the schedule is as follows:

1. Essential personnel will be on duty: this includes all public safety personnel including civilian staff. All public safety personnel will be on duty around the clock (i.e., 24 HOURS) beginning with today. Public Works will be on duty as well the management team.

2. The police station will be open 24 hours. All persons needing assistant or that have questions should call the police station at 301-985-6980 or 6590.

3. All emergencies should be called into 911.

4. The police station has enough fuel should there be a power outage to last for three (3) days.

5. The nearest shelter is at Ritchie Coliseum on the campus of the University of Maryland, College Park. There has been no notification of the Northwestern HS shelter on Adelphi, Road Hyattsville, MD as all schools are currently closed. There are cases of water at both City Hall and the Police Station.

6. Everyone should ensure that their residence has at a minimum a three day supply of non-perishable food items, water, bleach, and wipes.

Please note that wind gusts are expected up to 70-90 MPH. During heavy wind and rain, the Public Works Department staff will be unable to remove or cut tree limbs until safe to do so. PEPCO will also not send out crews to repair downed power lines during heavy wind gusts.

On Wednesday, we hopefully will be back to full operation should the severe weather improve. Please contact us should you have any questions.

Please take every precaution to be safe.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Preparation

There is an increasingly strong possibility that hurricane Sandy will affect the City and the Metro region beginning Sunday evening and extending into Tuesday. The MRPD has made preparations to have all officers available for duty during the storm and will be patrolling the City to identify hazards and other safety concerns. The Chief will provide regular updates via Twitter (@MRPDChief) as the storm develops and progresses. You can also check the department’s Facebook page (City of Mount Rainier Police Department) and the Chief’s Blog (www.mrpdchief.blogspot.com) for additional information as it becomes available.

Please take the time over the next couple of days to ensure that you, your loved ones and your property are prepared. The Hurricane Safety Checklist published by the Red Cross provides excellent information that will help you prepare for whatever Sandy has in store for us. http://www.redcross.org/images/MEDIA_CustomProductCatalog/m4340160_Hurricane.pdf

An excellent source of information on Sandy’s progression is provided by the Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang. You can read their updates on the CWG Blog at  http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang. You can also get their updates on Twitter (@capitalweather) or at Capital Weather Gang on Facebook.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Possible East Coast Storm Next Week

From the Capital Weather Gang:

There is potential for a significant to historic East Coast storm next week, but there is also potential for no storm. For the D.C. area, the most likely impacts would be wind and rain if there’s a storm, with perhaps a snow threat in the mountains. Of all locations, the beaches are most likely to be affected (possible impacts: coastal flooding, beach erosion).Stay tuned to forecasts over the coming days. It will probably take until mid-to-late week or even longer for forecasters to have a decent handle on this complicated weather scenario.

Police Report: October 14-20

October 20th:

3400 block of Taylor Street: Vandalism to auto – 9:50am. The owner of a 2006 Mini Cooper told officers that sometime between 6pm on the 19th and the time she called police someone used a hard object to “key” (scratch) the entire driver’s side of the vehicle.

Kaywood Place and Kaywood Drive: M/V collision – 1pm. Officers investigated a collision between a 2010 Honda Civic and a 2001 BMW X5. Their investigation revealed that the driver of the Honda failed to yield the right-of-way to the BMW causing the collision. The officers also learned that the Honda’s tags were suspended for a compulsory insurance violation with a pick-up order on the tags. It was impounded and the tags seized for return to MVA.

4000 block of 35th Street: Vehicle impound – 4pm. Officers patrolling using a mobile license plate reader received an alert on a 2003 Mercury Sable for a suspended registration. The suspension was confirmed and the vehicle was impounded. The tags were seized for return to MVA.

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue (police station): Found property – 6:40pm. A woman came into the police station to turn in a birth certificate she found in the 3300 block of Chauncey Place. Officers are attempting to contact the owner to return it to him/her.

3800 block of 32nd Street: Burglary – 9:25pm. Officers responded to assist the residents with checking their home after they discovered an unusual open window. Further investigation revealed that an unknown suspect(s) got into the home through an unlocked rear window. Once inside those resp0onsible ransacked the house and stole a quantity of U.S. Currency before fleeing.  The incident took place between the hours of 12:45pm and 8:30pm.

3800 block of 34th Street: Vandalism to auto – 10:10pm. The owner of a 2012 Honda Civic told officers that sometime between 9pm and 10pm that someone smashed out the vehicle’s rear passenger side window and damaged the door with a brick.

October 19th:

2700 block of Webster Street: Theft from auto – 6:10am. The owner of a 1998 Nissan minivan told officers that sometime between noon on the 18th and the time he called the police someone broke into his van through a driver’s side window and stole several items of his personal property from inside.

3100 block of Buchanan Street: Theft from auto – 6:55am. The owner of a 2004 Cadillac DeVille told officers that sometime between 9:30pm on the 18th and the time he called police someone broke into and ransacked his vehicle. Nothing was stolen from inside but the thieves stole all four wheels and tires off the vehicle before fleeing the area.

3800 block of 34th Street: Theft from auto – 8am. The owner of a 2006 Scion told officers that while she was in the process of dropping her daughter off at daycare she momentarily left her vehicle unsecured. As she was leaving the daycare facility her daughter told he that she had seen a boy take her purse from inside the vehicle. The woman went to her vehicle and verified that someone had indeed stolen her purse from under the driver’s seat.

3400 block of Newton Street: Burglary – 10:55am. Officers responded for the report of a burglary in progress. When they arrived the complainant told them that he had seen three Hispanic males, 15-17 years of age, trying to break into a vacant house. The three suspects had fled the area prior to the officers’ arrival and were unable to be located or identified further.

3800 block of 31st Street: Burglary – 11:40am. Officers spoke with the homeowner who said that he left his house at about 10:30am and returned about an hour later to find that someone had broken in and ransacked the home. Officers determined that those responsible removed an exterior rear window screen and entered through the unlocked window.

4300 block of 28th Place: Theft – 8:15pm. Officers on patrol were flagged down by a citizen who reported the theft of three of his bicycles. The victim told officers that at around 8:15pm on October 17th he placed the three bikes, unsecured, in the basement of his apartment building. When he returned for the bikes at about 8:15pm on the 18th he discovered them missing. He said that all three bikes were manufactured by Raleigh and had custom two tone striped paint jobs; one white and red; one white and black; and the third was white and blue.

October 18th:

3800 block of 34th Street: Vandalism – 11:50pm. Officers responded to speak with the manager of the Mount Rainier Laundromat. The manager told the officers that her assistant closed the facility at about 10pm. When the manager returned at about 11:15 she discovered damage to the change machine. She said that no money was stolen from the machine and officers found no forced entry into the building.

October 17th:

4600 block of 27th Street: Reckless endangerment – 11:20am. Officers responded for the report of shots fired. Upon arrival a citizen told them that she saw a man run into an apartment building who she said had fired several shots from a handgun. Officers searched the building but were unable to locate the man. A canvass of the area revealed that a single gunshot had shattered the rear passenger side window of a 1995 Mercury Sable. Officers did not locate or identify anyone who may have been injured by the gun fire.

October 16th:

3200 block of Shepherd Street: Armed robbery – 7:35pm. Officers responded for the report of a person calling for help. When they arrived they were met by the victim who had multiple contusions to his head and face from an assault. The victim told officers that as he was walking along Shepherd Street towards 33rd he noticed to unknown black males walking behind him. As he continued walking one of the males grabbed him by one of the straps on his book bag, pulled out a black medium size handgun and demanded he surrender his book bag. The victim began to scream for help whereupon the suspect struck him several times about the head and face with the handgun while the second suspect began kicking him. Several neighbors came out to assist the victim and the suspects fled the area on foot down Shepherd Street onto 34th Street making their escape. The suspects were not able to get the victim’s book bag and did not take any of his other belongings. A Hyattsville PD K-9 responded and tracked the suspects to the 3900 block of 34th Street where the track was lost. PGPD robbery detectives responded to assume a follow-up investigation. The victim was transported to Prince George’s Hospital Center for treatment of his injuries. 

3100 block of Upshur Street: Burglary – 10:50pm. The resident told officers that he came home to discover that numerous items inside his house were scattered about the floor. He also said that he found the kitchen window above the sink wide open and its safety device broken. The resident inspected his home and said that nothing of value appeared to be missing.   

October 15th:

3200 block of Bunker Hill Road: Vehicle impound – 10:30am. Officers on patrol observed a 2008 Huawin scooter with no registration parked on the sidewalk with ignition damage. Officers could not locate or identify the owner and impounded the scooter for safekeeping

2500 block of Queens Chapel Road: Vehicle impound – 4pm. Officers impounded a 2006 Nissan Altima with expired registration plates. The plates had expired in June of 2012 and had been suspended for an emissions violation since December of 2010.

One Municipal Place: Lost property – 5:15pm. Officers took a report of a lost passport. The owner of the passport was advised to contact the U.S. Passport Office for a replacement.

2400 block of Chillum Road: Traffic/Vehicle impound – 9:45pm. Officers stopped a 1995 Chevy truck for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver did not have a license. He was issued four traffic citations and released. His vehicle was impounded.

October 14th:

3200 block of Varnum Street: Violation of protective order – 1:20pm. Officers responded for the report of a man standing in a yard shouting obscenities at a resident. When the officers arrived the resident showed them that he had a protective order barring the man from his property issued by the District Court. The officers verified the order and arrested the man for violating it. He was delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville without further incident.

2700 block of Queens Chapel Road: Vandalism to auto – 4pm. Officers spoke with the reporting person who said that at about 1:30am this morning she saw a man wearing no shirt running up and down the street talking to himself. This afternoon she was told by a neighbor that the same man came back and broke into her father’s vehicle. The reporting person and her father inspected the vehicle, verified that its windshield had been shattered and several items of personal property had been stolen from inside. No evidence could be recovered that would assist in identifying the man who committed the crime.

2300 block of Varnum Street: Theft – 8pm. The owner of a Grant Escape bicycle told officers that at about 4pm he secured his bike to a stop sign while he went to attend church. When he returned for the bike he discovered that the stop sign had been pulled from the ground and his bike stolen.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Police Report: October 7-13

October 13th:

3200 block of Queenstown Drive: Missing person – 8:50pm. The reporting person told officer s that while living in Greenbelt over fourteen months ago he returned home from a stay in the hospital to find that his 26 year old daughter had removed all of her belongings and moved out. The man said that he was advised by another daughter who resides in Canada to report his daughter missing because no one in the family has heard from or seen her since. The daughter’s information was entered into the NCIC missing persons files.

October 12th:

4100 block of 28th Street: Theft from auto – 8:30am. The owner of a 2005 Honda Accord told officers that sometime between 6:30pm on October 11th and the time he called police someone entered his vehicle and stole a power adapter from inside. The victim told officers that the vehicle was not locked during the time period when the crime occurred.

2800 block of Taylor Street: Theft from auto – 9:10am. The lessee of a 2012 Mazda told officers that when she came out to the vehicle this morning she discovered that someone had broken out the rear passenger side window. Nothing was taken from inside and no evidence was recovered.

2800 block of Taylor Street: Vehicle impound – 10:10am. Officers impounded a 2003 Chevy S10 truck for displaying expired Georgia registration plates.

3200 block of Varnum Street: Vandalism to auto – 11:50am. The owner of a 2002 Chevy Impala told officers that sometime prior to his call to police someone flattened one of the tires on his vehicle.

3200 block of Varnum Street: Emergency petition – 3:20pm. Officers responded for the report of a man standing in a yard with a large knife under his coat. When the officers arrived they stopped the man for questioning. During questioning the man was found to have a knife with an 11” blade strapped across his upper body. He appeared to be rambling about some gang activity from which he was protecting himself. Officers contacted the man’s Grandmother who said that she was just leaving the Hyattsville District Court Commissioner’s office and had in her possession a petition for an emergency psychiatric evaluation signed by a judge.  The petition had been issued on the grounds that the man was suffering from dementia and not taking his medication. Officers took the man into custody and transported him to Washington Adventist Hospital where he was released to medical personnel.

3700 block of 36th Street: Burglary – 6:25pm. Officers met with the resident who told them that when she returned home from work she noticed that the side basement window was open and that the screen had been removed.  With assistance from Hyattsville City Police, officers searched the residence to make sure there was no one inside. Once the residence was safe the resident walked through the house and determined that it had been ransacked and several items of her personal property had been stolen.

October 11th:

3800 block of 35th Street: Traffic/Criminal citation – 9:30pm. Officers stopped a 2002 Mercury Sable for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver was in possession of an open, 40oz bottle of an alcoholic beverage. He was issued a criminal citation for possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle and one traffic citation. He was sent on his way after the officers determined he was sober enough to drive.

October 10th:

4400 block of 28th Place: Recovered stolen auto – 7am. Officers on patrol received a LoJack alert for a stolen Chrysler 300 with Maryland tags in the 2200 block of Varnum Street. Officers began a search for the vehicle and finally located it in the 4400 block of 28th place. The vehicle was impounded for safekeeping.

4200 block of Kaywood Drive: Recovered license plates – 11:30am. Officers patrolling with a mobile license plate reader received an alert on a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. The alert showed that the vehicle’s registration was suspended for an insurance violation and there was an MVA pick up order on the tags. The tags were seized for return to MVA and the vehicle was released to the owner.

4300 block of Russell Avenue: CDS arrest – 4:10pm. Officers responded for the report of a suspicious vehicle in the neighborhood. Officers stopped the vehicle in question and learned that the driver was under the influence of alcohol. He refused to submit to alcohol testing and was arrested. A search of his person and his vehicle subsequent to arrest revealed he was in possession of approximately 40 grams of crack cocaine (street value about $8,000) and over $7,000 in cash. The vehicle and the cash were seized as evidence. The man was charged with DWI/DUI and possession of a CDS with the intent to distribute and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. Officers have instituted forfeiture proceedings on the vehicle and the cash.

4300 block of 28th Place: Theft of a license plate – 6:55pm. The owner of a 2008 Toyota Camry told officers that sometime between 5:20pm on October 9th and the time she called police someone stole the rear license plate off her vehicle.

3800 block of 34th Street: Vehicle impound – 9pm. Officers responded for the report of a vehicle on fire. When they arrived they were met by fire/rescue personnel who had already extinguished the fire. The vehicle was a total loss and the owner had the vehicle towed from his property by a private tow company.

3200 Block of Rhode Island Avenue: Warrant service – 9:25pm. Officers stopped a 2002 Chrysler Sebring for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that a passenger in the vehicle had an open arrest warrant through Prince George’s County for theft. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. The driver was issued the appropriate traffic citations and released.

October 9th:

4300 block of Kaywood Drive: Theft over $500 – 12:10pm. The victim came into the police station to report the theft of jewelry from her apartment sometime between September 2nd and October 6th this year. She told officers that during that time she had several guests visit her home but could not be sure if any of them was responsible for the theft; and that there were no instances of forced entry into the home during the time period.

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue (MRPD): Warrant service – 7:25pm. On October 5th officers investigated a burglary/assault in the 3700 block of 35th Street. As a result of their investigation a warrant was obtained for the suspect’s arrest charging him with 2nd degree assault and burglary. At about 7:25pm today the suspect came into the police station to surrender on the warrant. He was arrested and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville without incident.

October 8th:

Nothing significant to report.

October 7th:

4600 block of Chillum Road: Traffic/vehicle impound – 1:45am. Officers stopped a 2005 Scion for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver did not have a license. He was issued several traffic citations and sent on his way. The vehicle was impounded.

4700 block of 27th Street (Queens Manor Apartments): Assist fire/rescue personnel – 9:30am. Officers responded to assist fire board with the odor of smoke coming from one of several apartments in the building. Firefighters had to force entry into the leasing office and an adjacent apartment to find out where the smoke odor was coming from. No fire was located and the damage was confined to the doors of the units forcibly entered by the fire department.

Mount Rainier sees lowest number of crimes in a decade


Decrease due to active residents, enforcement, officials say

Timothy Sandoval, The Gazette

Mount Rainier’s reported crimes have dropped to their lowest point in 10 years, according to data released earlier this month by the city’s police department.

From January through September of this year, the number of reported crimes in the city was 228 — the lowest total in nearly a decade. At its highest point in 2003, the total number of crimes was 475 at the end of September, with the number jumping to 648 by the end of the year, according to the police department.

Larceny, burglary and auto theft are the crimes that have decreased the most since last year, according to the data. Crimes such as assault and robbery were up slightly compared to the same time period last year.

The next lowest total was 272 at the end of September in 2009, with the number at 370 by the end of the year, according to police.

The figure is below the 10-year average of 357 crimes committed from January to September, police said.

“People should know that Mount Rainier is a safe city and they should not worry about relocating here and starting businesses here,” said Police Chief Michael Scott. “I am very proud of that.”

The police department includes Scott and 16 officers. The city is one of the most densely populated in Maryland, with around 8,100 people living in a little over a half-square mile area. Many residents live in multifamily apartment dwellings and crime is usually high in living situations such as those, Scott said.

“Granted, we still have some problems here and there,” he said. “But we are very happy with our progress.”

Scott said the reduction in crime can be credited to the department targeting areas with a high level of crime. Police have also increased their emphasis on traffic enforcement, which he said has netted the majority of arrests for officers.

“Traffic enforcement is the key for us to be visible,” Scott said. “It tells the bad guys that cops are out there working.”

Aside from enforcement, Scott said that increased development, a higher number of businesses, and an influx of young professionals to the area has contributed to crime reduction.

Relations between the city police and residents have improved as well, Scott said.

“Our residents had a perception that if you called the police, you were bothering them,” he said. “I have said that you guys pay us to ride around out here and respond to things when you call us. You can’t bother the police.”

Community groups have sprung up across the city looking to report crimes and ensure that the city is safe, Scott said.

Mount Rainier resident Rick Ruggles said he started a community group in January 2011, which sought to clean up the city and improve safety for residents.

Ruggles schedules monthly walks with the goal of meeting new neighbors and cleaning up trash. Police officers have also joined in walks with residents, he said.

“The best way to prevent crime is to know your neighbors,” he said. “I have more awareness of who the people are around the neighborhood. Those are some of the positive effects of having a group.”

Ruggles said residents have started to be more active about reporting suspicious activity to the police.

“More people are now aware that the police do not consider their call a nuisance call,” he said.

Mount Rainier Councilwoman Ivy Thompson (Ward 2) said she thought the reduction was caused by a combination of the good police work, active citizens and development across the city.

“Any reduction is a significant accomplishment,” Thompson said. “I am very pleased with the statistics and we hope to see these numbers continue to go down.”

Thursday, October 11, 2012

DNA Database Leads Police to Mt. Rainier Murder Suspect

Police make arrest in seven-year-old Mount Rainier murder case with help of FBI database.
Michael Theis, Hyattsville Patch
A routine search of an FBI DNA database led police to the arrest of a suspect in the murder of a Mount Rainier man which happened seven years ago.

Back in May 17, 2005, 49-year-old Reginald Taborn was found stabbed to death is in his home on the 3300 block of Buchanan Street in Mount Rainier.

At the time, investigators working the case collected a number of items found at the scene for DNA testing.

The case went cold for seven years until recently, when a routine search of the FBI Laboratory Federal Convicted Offender DNA Database produced a match. The hit led police to 41 year-old Marcus Levi Brown, of the 1200 block of 7th Street. Brown, an acquaintance of Taborn, was arrested yesterday and stands charged with second degree murder.

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Police Report: September 30 - October 6

October 6th:

3700 block of 34th Street: Vehicle impound – 2:10am. Officers impounded a 2005 Acura TL for parking in a no parking zone. The vehicle had been parked illegally for some time and already been issued a parking ticket for the violation.

Chillum Road and Queenstown Drive: Warrant service – 3:55am. Officers stopped a 2006 Ford Taurus for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver’s license was revoked and the passenger had two open arrest warrants through Montgomery County for traffic related charges. The passenger was arrested and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. The driver was issued the appropriate traffic citations and released. The vehicle was impounded.

2700 block of Arundel Road: Vehicle impound – 7:45am. Officers patrolling with an automatic license plate reader were alerted to a 2005 Dodge Neon that had a suspended registration and an MVA pickup order on the tags. The tags were seized for return to MVA and the vehicle was impounded.

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Vehicle impound – 3:05pm. Officers patrolling with an automatic license plate reader were alerted to a 2003 Lexus that had a suspended registration and an MVA pickup order on the tags. The tags were seized for return to MVA and the vehicle was impounded.

4000 block of 33rd Street: Warrant service/Possession of CDS – 8pm. Officers responded for the report of a group of individuals loitering in the street being loud and drinking. When the officers arrived they stopped the individuals in question for field interviews. Further investigation revealed that one of the individuals was in possession of marijuana. He was arrested, charged accordingly and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. Another member of the group was found to have an open arrest warrant through Prince George’s County for 1st degree assault. He was arrested and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville as well.

October 5th:

2500 block of Arundel Road:  The Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office Warrant/Fugitive Division arrested Jernard Cooke on an arrest warrant for attempted 1st degree murder. According to the warrant, on August 2nd of this year Cooke allegedly displayed a handgun and fired several shots at another man in the 2500 block of Arundel Road in Mount Rainer after a verbal dispute over a stolen cellular phone. Sheriff’s Deputies along with the U.S. Marshal’s Regional Warrant Task Force located Cooke in the 1200 block of Chillum Manor Drive in Hyattsville. Cooke was taken into custody and transported to the Prince George’s County Department of Corrections. Cooke is also charged with use of a firearm in the commission of a violent crime, second degree assault, and other handgun violations.

3700 block of 35th Street: Burglary/assault – 12:20am. Officers responded for the report of a woman being assaulted. Once on the scene the officers learned that an unidentified Asian male wearing no clothing tried to force his way into the victim’s home through the front door. The man was unable to get the door open so he broke through the front window and came into the living room. The victim, fearing for her safety, ran out of the house to a neighbor’s to get help. The man followed her and tackled her in a neighbor’s yard. Two witnesses yelled at the man and he fled the area down 35th Street towards Newton Square. PGPD detectives were called to assist in the investigation and while on their way to the scene they observed a naked Asian man in the 4000 block of Rhode Island Avenue. They were forced to deploy a Taser weapon to get the man in custody and under control. MRPD officers transported the victim to where the man was detained and positively identified him as her assailant. Officers determined that the man was under the influence of narcotics and MRPD officers transported him to Washington Adventist Hospital where he was detained for medical treatment. Officers are in the process of obtaining arrest warrants for the man charging him with burglary, assault and other crimes. Fire/rescue personnel treated the victim on the scene for minor injuries.

3200 block of Otis Street: Vandalism – 12:30am. The resident told officers that he was awakened by the sound of breaking glass. He discovered that someone had broken his bedroom with an unknown object and fled the scene. No evidence as to those responsible was recovered.

4200 block of Rainier Avenue: Theft from auto – 7:20am. The owner of a 2002 Honda Civic reported that sometime between 9pm on October 4th and the time she called police someone broke out the front passenger window and stole a GPS unit from inside.

3500 block of 37th Street: Miscellaneous incident – 7:50am. The residents told officers that a neighbor dumps a liquid that smells similar to urine near their vehicle and that the smell is bothering other residents in the area. Offices are unsure what he liquid is and are in the process of further investigating.

4200 block of Russell Avenue: Vandalism to auto – 8:50am. The owner of a 2011 Nissan Altima told officers that sometime between 11pm on October 4th and the time he called police someone smashed out a window to his vehicle and ransacked the interior. Nothing was reported stolen.

2500 block of Queens Chapel Road: Vehicle impound – 11:30am. Officers impounded a 2000 Ford Focus displaying DC tags that expired in May of 2010.

3300 block of Chillum Road: Pedestrian struck – 8:30pm. Officers responded for the report of a man struck by a vehicle. When they arrived they learned that the man was crossing the street not at a cross walk. A vehicle executing a turn struck the pedestrian causing superficial injuries.

October 4th:

3300 block of Buchanan Street: Burglary/rapeARREST. MRPD officers were notified by PGPD detectives that they had obtained an arrest warrant for a man named Glenn Johnson charging him with the rape of a nine year old girl in the 3300 block of Buchanan Street back on August 10, 2007. Johnson had been stopped and interviewed by both MRPD officers and PGPD detectives at the time of the crime and investigators were able to get a DNA sample from him. The DNA results, finally obtained, positively identified Johnson as the rapist. He is currently incarcerated in DC for other crimes and has two additional warrants pending.

4300 block of Russell Avenue: Destruction of property – 4:10am. Officers responded for the report of a woman who had broken out a window. When the officers arrived they spoke with the resident who said that he denied a female acquaintance entrance into his apartment. She reacted to the denial by throwing a rock through his living room window. The resident refused to press charges against the woman and officers transported her to her residence to avoid any further conflict.

2700 block of Webster Street: Vandalism to auto – 7:50am. The reporting person told officers that sometime during the overnight hours someone dented and scratched the hood of her vehicle. Officers estimated the damage to the vehicle at $500.

October 3rd:

4600 block of 25th Street: Vehicle impound – 7:25am. Officers impounded a 2008 Lexus because it was unregistered and did not have any registration plates attached.

4600 block of 29th Street: Death report – 9:35pm. Officers were called to the scene by the daughter of a 54-year old woman who had been found unresponsive. Further investigation revealed that the woman has passed away sometime prior to her daughter’s arrival. The daughter told officers that her mother was a cancer patient under hospice care and her health had declined over the past few days. The State medical examiner and the decedent’s hospice nurse responded to the scene and verified that death was due to her medical condition. The decedent’s remains were released to her family and removed by their preferred funeral services director.

October 2nd:

4100 block of 29th Street: Traffic/vehicle impound – 12:15pm. Officers stopped a 2003 Saturn Vue 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 vehicle was impounded and the tags seized for return to MVA. The driver was issued several traffic citations and released.

One Municipal Place: Emergency petition – 9:10pm. Officers were flagged down by the mother of a 14 year old boy who told them that her son was acting erratically and had just assaulted his younger brother and sister causing both of them minor injuries. The boy’s mother told the officers that she did not feel safe around her son and feared for her younger children’s safety as well. She said that her son had threatened to kill her and his younger siblings once they arrived home. When officers tried to restrain the child he became combative with them and eventually had to be arrested and restrained to prevent him from inflicting further injury to the officers and his family members. Based on the overall circumstances officers transported the child to Washington Adventist Hospital and released him to the custody of medical personnel for an emergency psychological examination.

October 1st:

3800 block of 33rd Street: Loose dog – 7:20am. Officers responded for the report of a dog running at large. When they arrived they observed the dog in question and knew from prior contacts to whom it belonged. The owner was contacted and took the dog back to his property.

3700 block of 36th Street: Warrant service – 9:10pm. Officers stopped a 1999 Ford Explorer for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver had two open arrest warrants through the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office; one for failing to appear in court on a charge of driving without insurance and one for second degree assault. He was arrested on the warrants, issued three traffic citations and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

One Municipal Place: Criminal citation – 9:55pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking an alcoholic beverage in a public place.

4600 block of 30th Street: Armed robbery – 11:55pm. The victim told officers that as she was walking from her vehicle to her apartment she noticed was approached by a black male who she described as in his mid to late 30’s wearing a white long sleeve shirt, white shorts and black boots. The man followed her into her building and pulled out a large kitchen-type knife and demanded she give him the bag she was carrying. The victim surrendered the bag and the man fled the building on foot in an unknown direction. The victim was not injured during the robbery. PGPD detectives responded and took over the follow-up investigation.

September 30th:

Nothing significant to report.

Friday, October 05, 2012

Police Report: September 23-29

September 29th:

34th Street and Windom Road: Hit and run collision – 8:30pm. The owner of a 2011 Chevy Camaro told officers that while she was stopped at the stop sign a vehicle she could not describe crashed into the rear end of her vehicle. The striking vehicle immediately fled the scene of the collision. The owner was taken by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Her vehicle was legally parked and the keys returned to her.

September 28th:

4200 block of 34th Street: Theft – 9:15am. The owner of a Cannondale 15-speed bicycle reported that someone stole the bike from the rear of his driveway. The bike had been left there previously by the owner’s friend, but was not locked.

September 27th:

3800 block of 33rd Street: Recovered stolen auto – 5:50am. The owner of a 2009 Honda Civic told officers that sometime between 10pm on the 26th and 4:30am this morning someone stole his car. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle had been recovered and impounded by PGPD at about 4am. The vehicle was located in the 4500 block of Rhode Island Avenue and had been destroyed by fire.

4000 block of 33rd Street: Recovered stolen auto – 6:25am. The owner of a 1995 Cadillac reported that his vehicle, originally reported stolen to MRPD on August 8th had been recovered at an address in DC. The vehicle was impounded as abandoned and identified as stolen when it was towed. The owner was advised on the procedures for getting his car back.

3100 block of Arundel Road: Recovered stolen auto – 6:25am. MRPD officers were notified by Riverdale Park Police officers that they recovered a 1994 Dodge Caravan that was reported stolen from the 3100 block of Arundel Road on September 4th. The vehicle was in good condition with both tags attached and no arrests were made. The owner was notified of the recovery.

4000 block of 36th Street: Missing persons/returned – 9:15am. The mother who reported her two teenage daughters missing on the 26th called to let officers know that her younger daughter had returned home safe and sound. Her older daughter has yet to return.

September 26th:

4000 block of 36th Street: Missing persons – runaway – 7:30am. The mother of two teenage girls (16 and 17) reported that both her daughters ran away from home because they were not happy with her rules. The two girls allegedly were going to see their respective boyfriends and had not yet returned. Both girls were entered into NCIC missing persons files..

September 25th:

32nd & Webster Streets: Recovered stolen auto – 10:50am. A Parking Enforcement Officer stopped to check a 1999 Honda Accord parked in violation of a City ordinance. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle had been previously reported from an address in Prince George’s County outside the City. The vehicle was impounded for safekeeping and the owner was notified of the recovery.

3800 block of 33rd Street: Residential burglary – 5:55pm. The reporting person told officers that the resident of the home (her brother) had not been living in the house for some time due to illness. She said that when she checked on the house on September 19th at about 8am she discovered that someone had broken in, ransacked the house and stole several items from inside. The house could not properly be processed for evidence due to the amount of time that had elapsed between the time the crime was committed and when it was reported to police.

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 6:55pm. Officers issued a woman a criminal citation for drinking an alcoholic beverage in a public place.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 9:50pm. Officers on bicycle patrol issued a man a criminal citation for possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage in a public place.

September 24th:

3400 block of Newton Street: Theft from auto – 8:10am. The owner of a 1998 Toyota 4Runner told officers that sometime between 12:30pm on the 23rd and the time he called police someone entered his vehicle, ransacked the glove box and stole several items of his personal property. The were no signs of forced entry into the vehicle and no evidence was recovered.

September 23rd:

3200 block of Varnum Street: Traffic – 10:15am. Officers responded for the report of a man riding a dirt bike through the neighborhood. When the officers arrived they observed the man ride the bike into the back yard of a private residence. The man went into the house and refused to come out and speak with the officers. Officers went to the District Court Commissioner’s Office and obtained a criminal summons for the man charging him with numerous traffic offenses. While at the house the man’s dog was seen roaming the neighborhood. Unable to contact him about the dog, officers contacted Animal Control and turned the dog over to their custody.

4200 block of Kaywood Drive: Vehicle impound – 8pm. Officers patrolling the area observed a 2001 Saturn LS parked with heavy damage. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle was displaying tags issued to another vehicle and was not registered. The tags were removed for return to MVA and the vehicle was impounded.

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Crime Continues 10-Year Decline

The crime statistics for the month of September 2012 show a decrease of 24.25% in crime as compared to the same period in 2011.

The 23 Part I crimes reported during September 2012 is the lowest total for the month of September in the past ten years. Over those ten years the average number of Part I crimes reported from January through September is 357. The 228 so far in 2012 puts us 36% below the ten-year average. Since 2003 Part I crime is down 52% with 45% of the reduction coming since 2006.