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.
3600 block of Oak Lane: Possible sexual assault/warrant service – 12:35pm. Officers spoke with a woman who told them that she was hanging out inside a vehicle drinking and talking with a male friend. At one point the man began to kiss and undress her. When a passing vehicle approached the victim stopped the encounter and got out of the vehicle. Officers tried to get additional details of the incident from the woman but she refused to cooperate any further. While interviewing the possible sexual assault the officers learned that the victim had an open arrest warrant through the state of Virginia for possession of cocaine. She was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
4500 block of 31st Street: Miscellaneous incident (MIR) – 11:15pm. Officers responded for the report of a man who was possibly suicidal. A friend of the man received a text message from him that indicated he would harm himself if the friend did not call him back. Officers, familiar with the man from previous encounters, spoke with him and determined that he was intoxicated and looking for attention and not suicidal.
2200 block of Varnum Street: Traffic – 9:30am. Officers stopped a 2000 Nissan Maxima for a traffic violation. Further information revealed that the vehicle’s registration was suspended and there was an MSP pick-up order for the tags. The driver was issued several State citations, the tags were seized for return to MVA and the vehicle was impounded.
3700 block of 34th Street: Traffic – 10:45am. Officers patrolling with a mobile license plate reader were alerted to a 2005 Dodge Stratus that had a suspended registration with an MSP pick-up order for the tags. The tags were seized for return to MVA and the vehicle was impounded.
3800 block of 31st Street: Protective order – 12:30pm. Officers responded to assist with the service of a protective order. The officers located the individual named in the order and effected service.
3300 block of Arundel Road: Traffic – 4:45pm. Officers patrolling with a mobile license plate reader were alerted to a 2007 Dodge Ram truck that had a suspended registration with an MSP pick-up order for the tags. Officers issued the driver several State traffic citations, seized the tags for return to MVA and impounded the vehicle.
3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Traffic – 8:20pm. Officers stopped a 200e Cadillac CTS for a traffic violation. Further information revealed that the vehicle’s registration was suspended and there was an MSP pick-up order for the tags. The driver was issued several State citations, the tags were seized for return to MVA and the vehicle was impounded.
3249 Rhode Island Avenue: Warrant service – 1:45pm. Officers responded to interview a woman who wanted to surrender on an open arrest warrant. The officers confirmed the existence of the warrant which was obtained by Metro Transit Police on August of 2008 charging the woman with 2nd degree assault. She was arrested and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Warrant service – 8pm. Officers stopped a 2001 Ford for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver had an open arrest warrant through Baltimore County for failing to appear in court on a charge of driving without a license. He was issued several State traffic citations, arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
3500 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Traffic/warrant service – 3:55am. Officers stopped a 2000 Ford Expedition for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver did not have a valid license. He was issued five State traffic citations and released. The passenger, who also did not have a valid license, told the officers that the vehicle belonged to his wife and that she was presently enroute to claim the vehicle. When the wife arrived officers checked to make sure that she had a valid license. They discovered that although her license was valid she had an open arrest warrant through Howard County for failing to appear in court on a charge of theft under $1,000. She was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. The vehicle was impounded.
4100 block of 29th Street: Found property – 11:05am. Officers recovered a purse that was later identified as belonging to a woman living on 33rd Street. When officers contacted the woman she said that she had misplaced her purse. She came down to the police station and retrieved her purse.
Queens Chapel Road and Chillum Road: Hit and run collision – 4:40pm. Officers investigated a hit and run collision between a 2007 Toyota Camry and a 2003 Nissan Altima. They determined that the driver of the Toyota backed into the Altima. The drivers were in the midst of exchanging insurance information when the driver of the Toyota got into his car and fled the scene. The investigation to identify the driver of the Toyota is continuing.
4500 block of Eastern Avenue (BP station): Theft from auto – 8:25am. The victim told officers that she pulled into the BP gas station and parked at a gas pump. She went to the cashier’s window to pay for fuel and when she returned to her vehicle she discovered that her purse had been stolen from the front passenger seat. Upon further investigation officers determined that a newer model light color four door vehicle, possibly a Hyundai pulled up next to the victim’s vehicle. A man described only as a black male wearing black clothing got out of the suspect vehicle, took the victim’s purse then fled the area in the suspect vehicle.
4200 block of Rainier Avenue: Residential burglary – 12:50pm. Officers spoke to the owner of the house who said that she left her home for about an hour between 10:15 and 11:15 this morning. When she returned home she noticed that a window was ajar. When she checked the rest of the house she discovered that an electronic gaming console and some US currency had been stolen. Officers found several unsecured access points to the home, however a definitive location where entry was made could not be positively identified. Officers believe there’s a possibility that the theft was committed by a known acquaintance of the victim but are presently unable to substantiate the theory.
Bunker Hill Road and 29th Street: Emergency petition – 9:20pm. Officers responded for the report of a man who was either intoxicated or in medical distress. Officers located the man and observed that he was having trouble maintaining his balance and was unresponsive to questioning. Upon further investigation the officers determined that the man was under the influence of PCP. He was taken into custody and transported to a local hospital where he was released to the medical staff for treatment.
3300 block of Chillum Road: Theft from auto – 11:05am. Officers on patrol were flagged down by the owner of a 1997 Nissan Altima. She told the officers that sometime between 9pm on February 2nd and the time she contacted the officers someone stole the rear tag off her vehicle.
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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