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.
3100 block of Webster Street: Dog bite -3:20pm. The victim, a Direct TV installer, told officers that he was bitten by the resident’s dog which appeared to be a boxer/pit bull mix. Then victim was treated by fire/rescue personnel and PG Animal Control responded to impound the dog.
3700 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Warrant service – 9:15pm. Officers stopped a 2009 Nissan Altima for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver’s license was suspended and the passenger had two open arrest warrants through Montgomery County for unauthorized use of property and contempt of court. The driver was issued four State traffic citations and released. The passenger was arrested and delivered to the custody of DOC in Upper Marlboro. The vehicle was impounded for safekeeping.
4000 block of 36th Street: MIR – 11:10pm. Officers responded to the PGPD District I police station to take a report of an armed robbery. The alleged victim told officers that he was attacked by two black males as he was walking to his car. He said that one of the men displayed a hand gun and both suspects began punching him. The two were able to get the victim’s car keys before he was able to get away. When he returned to his car he discovered it missing. While MRPD officers were interviewing the alleged victim a PGPD officer approached and asked to interview the alleged victim. After a short interview he was placed under arrest by the PGPD officer. The officer positively identified him as the driver of a vehicle that fled from the officer as he tried to initiate a traffic stop. The man bailed out of his allegedly stolen car and got away on foot. PGPD impounded the vehicle as abandoned. MRPD officers are evaluating the case to determine if further false statement charges should be filed.
4200 block of 34th Street: Hit and run collision – 10:15am. The owner of a 2004 Chevy Malibu told officers that sometime prior to her call to police a second, unidentified vehicle struck her parked vehicle and fled the scene without stopping to provide the required identifying information. No evidence that would assist in identifying the striking vehicle was found at the scene.
3000 block of Queens Chapel Road: Attempt vehicle theft - 4pm. The owner of a 2007 Dodge van told officers that he left his vehicle parked and secured on December 6th just prior to his being admitted to a local hospital. The owner said that he left the vehicle in the care of his sister during his absence. The sister notified the owner that when she checked on the vehicle today she observed that the rear driver’s side door was open and the ignition had been tampered with. The officers observed that the ignition damage was consistent with an attempted theft. A search of the surrounding area identified no evidence.
4700 block of 31st Place: Vandalism to auto – 12:55am. The owner of a 1994 Oldsmobile told officers that sometime between 3pm in the 13th and the time she called police someone used part of a brick to smash out the vehicle’s driver’s side window. The owner said that nothing appeared to have been stolen from inside.
4600 block of 25th Street: Vandalism to auto – 11:20am. The owner of a 2004 Ford Explorer told officers that sometime between 12:30am this morning and the time he called police someone smashed out his vehicle’s rear window. The owner said that nothing appeared to have been stolen from inside.
3200 block of Queens Chapel Road: Strong arm robbery – 2:30pm. The victim told officers that as she was walking along Queens Chapel Road talking on her iPhone a man came up from behind her and tapped her on the shoulder. When she turned around the man grabbed her cell phone. The victim struggled with the man to hold on to her phone but she was overpowered and the man then fled on foot. The victim observed the suspect running towards a group of workers that were in the area and the group was able to surround the suspect and stop him. The victim retrieved her cell phone and the suspect was able to get away and flee the area. Officers located an electronic key that the suspect dropped as he fled. The key led the officers to an apartment in the 2900 block of Allison Street where they learned the identity of the suspect. While officers were investigating the robbery they received a call that someone had broken into a vacant apartment in the 2900 block of Allison Street. The officers, assisted by PGPD officers, surrounded the apartment and were able to apprehend one individual. That individual, a juvenile, turned out to be the person who robbed the woman of her cell phone on Queens Chapel Road. He was arrested, charged as a juvenile with robbery and burglary and released to his legal guardian pending Juvenile Court disposition.
2900 block of Allison Street: Burglary – 5:25pm. Officers responded for the report of a burglary to a vacant apartment. The apartment was found to be the same apartment where the juvenile suspect was arrested a couple of hours earlier. Management employees told the officers that maintenance changed the apartment’s locks and secured the entrance door after the officers cleared the area the first time. When maintenance employees returned to the apartment at about 5:25pm the discovered that someone had pried open the door to get inside. The apartment was vacant but there was a strong odor of recently burned marijuana permeating the apartment. Maintenance re-secured the door. Officers are conducting a follow up investigation and have a possible suspect.
4700 block of 30th Street: Theft – 3:15am. The victim reported that sometime prior to his call to police someone stole a camera from inside his residence. There was no evidence of forced entry into the residence, and nothing else of value was reported stolen.
4300 block of 28th Place: Warrant service – 9am. Officers responded for the report of a person sleeping in the laundry room. Officers located the man in question and upon further investigation learned that he had an open arrest warrant through the District of Columbia Superior Court for escape. The warrant was obtained when the man, now an adult, was still a juvenile. He was arrested and delivered to the custody of the juvenile detention facility in Cheltenham.
3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Residential burglary – 1pm. Officers met with the resident who said that sometime between 10pm on February 8th and the time she called police someone entered her apartment and stole all of her electronics and furniture. The officers’ investigation identified information that would tend to refute the resident’s claims. The investigation is continuing.
30th Street and Arundel Road: Citizen armed robbery – 1:05am. The victim told officers that he was approached by a black male suspect wearing a hooded sweatshirt. The suspect implied that he had a weapon inside the pocket of his sweatshirt and demanded the victim’s valuables. The victim complied and the suspect fled the scene. A police K-9 team from the Greenbelt City PD responded and tracked the suspect for several blocks but lost the track at Webster Street and 28th Place. PGPD robbery detectives responded to handle the follow up investigation and gave the victim a ride to his residence after their initial investigation was completed. The victim was not injured during the robbery.
3600 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Traffic – 10:50pm. Officers stopped a 2001 Mitsubishi Montero for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver had a suspended license and the vehicle’s tags were suspended and there was an MSP pick-up order for the tags. The driver was issued two State traffic citations and released. The vehicle was impounded and the tags seized for return to MVA.
3800 block of 32nd Street: Miscellaneous incident (MIR) – 3:10pm. Officers responded to check the welfare of a resident who had not been heard from in about two weeks. Officers checked the residence and did not locate the individual. The residence was secured and nothing suspicious could be found. Officers checked with numerous local hospitals with negative results.
2500 block of Allison Street: Theft – 9pm. The resident/victim told officers that she left her apartment at about 11:30 am on February 2nd. When she returned on Friday the 11th she discovered a watch missing from her bathroom. The victim said that on Wednesday the 6th a representative from Water Save was in her apartment with permission from the rental office.
3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Traffic – 11:45pm. Officers stopped a 1995 Buick for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver did not have a license. He was issued four State traffic citations and his vehicle was impounded.
3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Traffic/vehicle impound – 3pm. Officers stopped a 1997 Honda Civic for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver had a suspended license and the vehicle’s registration was suspended. The vehicle was impounded and the driver was issued the appropriate traffic citations.
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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