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.
4300 block of 28th Place: Vehicle impound – 10:45am. Officers patrolling using a mobile license plate reader were alerted to a 1999 Ford Expedition that had a suspended registration and an MSP pick up order for the tags. The tags were seized for return to MVA and the vehicle was impounded.
4300 block of 28th Place: Warrant service – 4:45pm. Officers responded for the report of several individuals loitering in the basement of an apartment building. Officers discovered two individuals in the basement. Further investigation revealed that one of them 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.
2300 block of Varnum Street: Assault – 12:25am. Officers spoke with a man who said that his girlfriend had just assaulted him. The man said that the two got into an argument while driving in his girlfriend’s car. The girlfriend stopped the car, struck the victim several times in the face, pushed him out of the car and drove off. The victim was advised of his options with a District Court Commissioner.
4200 block of Russell Avenue: Burglary – 12:10pm. Officers responded for the report of a burglary that had occurred earlier. When the officers arrived they observed that the front door of the apartment had been forced open and there was a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside. With the assistance of PGPD investigators officers seized drug paraphernalia from inside the apartment and determined that the burglary was drug related.
4500 block of 34th Street: Missing juveniles – 6pm. Officers were notified by the mother of two children that neither of them had come home from school and their whereabouts were unknown. The mother said that she did not get word that Thomas Stone Elementary was closing two hours early and when she arrived at the normal time both of her children had left. Officers along with numerous PGPD uniformed officers and detectives began a search for the children. At about 9pm the children were located in good health and unharmed when they walked home to their apartment. They had been at a friend’s house playing video games.
3400 block of Newton Street: Recovered stolen auto – 10:45am. A Parking Enforcement Officer discovered a 2003 Ford truck with a damaged ignition. Further investigation revealed that the truck was previously reported stolen from an address in Virginia. The vehicle was impounded for safekeeping and the owner was notified of the recovery.
3000 block of Arundel Road: Assault – 7:55pm. Officers responded and took a report of an assault on a 7 year old boy. From what the officers could gather the child was assaulted by another juvenile as he walked to his apartment. The victim’s mother did not wish to allow officers to speak with her son without her being present and she was very uncooperative with the officers. A next door neighbor told officers that she witnessed the assault but refused to give any information for fear of getting involved. The victim appeared to be in good health and spirits and told the officers he did not need medical attention. Officers canvassed the area for additional witnesses who could provide some useful information but found none. The juvenile who committed the assault was nowhere to be found and no evidence was recovered.
Nothing significant to report.
3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Traffic/vehicle impound – Officers stopped a 2001 Jaguar for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the tags affixed to the vehicle had been issued to another vehicle and the Jag was currently unregistered. The driver was issued several traffic citations, the tags were seized for return to MVA and the vehicle was impounded.
2400 block of Arundel Road: Trespassing – 11:25am. Officers responded for the report of a suspicious person sleeping in the basement of an apartment building. When the officers arrived the officers found the man described by the complainant. Further investigation revealed that the man was suffering from a serious injury to his leg and had an open arrest warrant through Prince George’s County for trespassing. He was transported to Prince George’s Hospital for treatment of his injury. The Sherriff’s Office was notified to take him into custody on the warrant upon his release from the hospital.
3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Attempted armed robbery – 7:35pm. The victim told officers that he was sitting in his car talking with a friend when he was approached by two black males. One of the men opened the car door, pulled out a handgun and demanded the victim’s wallet. The victim’s friend immediately got out of the passenger side of the car and fled while telling for help. The victim told his assailant that he did not have a wallet whereupon the suspect struck the victim several times in the face with the gun before fleeing the area across Queens Chapel Road. The victim and a witness described the suspects as two black males in their mid 20s, 5’8” tall and wearing dark clothing – one of whom was armed with a silver revolver. A search if the area for the suspects was negative. Fire/rescue personnel transported the victim was transported to Washington Adventist Hospital for treatment of the injuries he sustained during the incident. PGPD robbery detectives responded to the hospital to interview the victim and begin the follow-up investigation.
3200 block of Queens Chapel Road: Traffic/vehicle impound – 10:10pm. Officers stopped a 2006 Honda Accord for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver did not have a license or other identification. The driver was arrested and charged with driving without a license and other charges. His vehicle was impounded for safekeeping.
4200 block of 32nd Street: Parking complaint – 12:50pm. Officers responded for the report of a possible abandoned vehicle. When they arrived they discovered a 2000 Dodge Caravan parked with no tags attached. Officers were able to locate the vehicle’s owner who agreed to move the vehicle and get it properly registered in Maryland.
3600 block of Newton Street: Recovered stolen auto – 2pm. Officers on patrol stopped to inspect a suspicious Ford truck. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle had been previously reported stolen from an address in Prince George’s County outside the City. The vehicle was impounded for safekeeping and the owner and PGPD were notified of the recovery.
3100 block of Taylor Street: Theft – 5:45pm. The victim told officers that she had recently taken a flight on Southwest Airlines. The airline lost her luggage. When she contacted Southwest today they told her that they found her luggage and dropped it off hat her residence at 6:15am this morning. The victim was unable to locate the luggage anywhere at her residence.
Nothing significant to report.
Citizens are reminded to PLEASE call and report suspicious activity. Even if you choose not to provide your name or other personal information, we still need your help as extra eyes and ears in the community.
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