The Mount Rainier Police Department’s weekly report is not intended to be a listing of every incident or call for service handled by the police department, but merely a general summary of incidents that may be of interest to the community. Some reports may be outside the date parameters due to extended investigations or other circumstances. Some cases are not included at all due to ongoing investigations.
2700 block of Allison Street: Stolen vehicle – 6:15pm. The owner of a 1997 Plymouth van told officers that he lent his vehicle to a friend. The friend left the vehicle running and unattended whereupon it was stolen by an unidentified black male. The friend was issued a traffic citation for unattended motor vehicle. While investigating the vehicle theft officers learned that the vehicle’s owner had an open arrest warrant through the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
2500 block of Queens Chapel Road: Assist fire/rescue – 10:25pm. Officers were called to assist fire/rescue with a forced entry into a maintenance storage room due to a report of smoke coming from the room. Entry was made and no fire was discovered.
4200 block of Russell Avenue: Attempt burglary (x2) – 10:30am. Officers took reports of the attempted burglary of two adjacent apartments. Those responsible tried to pry open the front doors of the apartments but in both cases they were unsuccessful due to the doors being dead bolted.
4500 block of 32nd Street: Stolen vehicle – 7:40am. The owner of a 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe told officers that she left her vehicle running while she went back to her residence to get a jacket. When she returned to her vehicle it was gone. There were no witnesses, no suspect lookout and no evidence left behind.
4500 block of 31st Street: Recovered stolen auto – 7:45am. Officers responded for the report of a suspicious vehicle unattended and running. When the officers arrived they located the vehicle in question. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle had been reported stolen from an address in DC on December 26th. The vehicle was impounded for safekeeping and DC police were notified of the recovery.
4000 block of 36th Street: Domestic – 4:55pm. Officers responded for the report of a domestic dispute. When they arrived they interviewed both parties and learned that the two had had a verbal argument that turned into a physical confrontation. The female half of the domestic told officers that she did not feel safe with her boyfriend in the home and was escorted to the District Court Commissioner’s Office where she obtained a protective order. Officers returned to the residence with the victim, served the boyfriend with the protective order and stood by until he gathered his things and left the residence.
Nothing significant to report.
3600 block of Bunker Hill Road: Stolen vehicle – 12:00pm. The owner of a 2002 Ford E-150 van told officers that sometime between 8:30pm on the 24th and the time she called police someone stole his van. There was no record of the vehicle being impounded or repossessed and no evidence was recovered at the scene.
2200 block of Varnum Street (7-11): Warrant service – 12:08pm. Officers responded for the report of a man shoplifting in the store. When the officers arrived they stopped the man who they found in possession of several items but had no money to pay for them. Further investigation revealed that he had an open arrest warrant through the Charles County Sheriff’s Office for theft. He was arrested on the warrant and transported to DOC for processing. Once at DOC officers discovered that the man had a skin infection that required immediate medical attention. He was transported to Doctor’s Hospital where he was admitted for treatment. Charles County Sheriffs were notified and the hospital staff was advised to contact them prior to releasing the individual.
3200 block of Chillum Road (7-11): 2nd Degree assault – 3:45am. Officers spoke with the victim who told them that she was walking out of the store to her vehicle when an unknown male approached her and struck her in the face. The victim said that she saw the man previously yelling at other females in the parking lot and that she could identify him if she saw him again. The man was last seen fleeing the area down Chillum Road towards Buchanan Street. A search of the area for the man proved negative. The victim sustained minor injuries and did not require medical treatment on the scene.
3100 block of Queens Chapel Road (Sunoco station): Theft from auto – 12:25pm. The victim told officers that as she was pumping gas a gray Honda with unknown tags pulled up next to her vehicle. A man, described only as a black male, got out of the Honda entered the unlocked passenger compartment of the victim’s vehicle and stole her purse off the front passenger seat. The man and the Honda were last seen fleeing the area north on Queens Chapel Road.
3800 block of 33rd Street: Attempted suicide – 6:30pm. A 13-year old boy attempted to commit suicide by hanging. Family members found the child and called fire/rescue personnel. Fire/rescue treated the victim on the scene and transported him to Children’s Hospital for emergency treatment. He was unconscious but in stable condition at the time of the officers’ report. PGPD detectives were notified and will be conducting a follow-up investigation along with PG Child Protective Services.
3500 block of Newton Place: Carjacking – 6:35pm. Officers responded for the report of a carjacking that had just occurred. The victims, one male and one female, told the officers that as they were sitting in their 1992 Toyota Camry they were approached by two men wearing masks – one on the driver’s side of the vehicle and one on the passenger side. The suspect on the driver’s side (suspect #1) displayed a silver semi-automatic handgun and ordered the victims out of the car. As the male victim got out of the car suspect #1 struck him in the face leaving him a large bruise, swelling under his left eye and a bloody nose. Once both victims were out of the car suspect #2 stole the victims’ vehicle and suspect #1 fled the area on foot towards Eastern Avenue. PGPD robbery detectives responded to the scene to take over the investigation.
Nothing significant to report.
4000 block of 33rd Street: Search and seizure warrant – 5:30am. MRPD officers assisted PGPD narcotics enforcement officers with the execution of a search and seizure warrant at a private residence. Numerous items of narcotics paraphernalia and a quantity of marijuana were seized during the search. Two adult males were arrested and delivered to DOC for charges and processing.
3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: CDS possession – 7:45pm. At about 6:10pm officers on patrol stopped a suspicious male in front of Joe’s Carryout for a field interview. When the interview was completed the man was sent on his way after being advised not to return to the property or his presence would be considered trespassing. At about 7:45pm officers observed the man back in front of the store. A second interview was conducted during which the officers discovered the man was in possession of approximately 10 grams of marijuana. He was arrested, charged accordingly, and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
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