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.
4000 block of 37th Street: Burglary – 10:30am. The reporting person told officers that a private contractor doing work at a vacant residence secured the structure and left the area at about 9pm on February 1st. When the reporting person returned to the residence this morning he discovered that the basement door had been kicked open and an air conditioning unit and a hot water heater had been stolen from inside. No evidence was recovered from the scene and no witnesses could be located.
4100 block of Kaywood Place: Armed robbery – 4:45pm. The victim told officers that as he was performing maintenance on his vehicle he was approached by the suspect who he described as a black male, 5’8” – 5’9” tall, 170 lbs., with dreadlock style hair and wearing blue jeans and a black North face jacket. The suspect displayed a 38 caliber revolver and demanded the victim’s money. Out of fear for his safety the victim surrendered a quantity of cash and his cell phone to the suspect who fled the area west on Kaywood Drive. A canvass of the area failed to locate the suspect. PGPD robbery detectives responded to interview the victim and assume a follow-up investigation.
3000 block of Arundel Road: Warrant arrest – 12:35am. Officers responded for the report of a domestic dispute. When the officers arrived they determined that the dispute between the parties was not domestic related. Both were advised of their legal options. Upon further inquiry the officers learned that one of the involved individuals had an open arrest warrant through Prince George’s County for failing to appear in court on a charge of driving on a suspended license. She was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
4500 block of 31st Street: Emergency petition – 8:05am. Officers received a phone call from a woman stating that she was receiving suicidal text messages from her father. Officers responded to the father’s residence and spoke with him. During the conversation officers became concerned for his welfare, filed a petition for an emergency psychological evaluation and transported him to a local hospital for the evaluation.
3200 block of Chillum Road: Stolen vehicle – 2:10pm. The owner of a 2001 Dodge Caravan told officers that sometime between 8:30am this morning and 1:30 this afternoon someone stole his vehicle. No evidence that could help identify those responsible was recovered and no witnesses were located.
3300 block of Chillum Road: Lost child – 7:40am. Officers responded to the Queenstown Apartments management officer after an employee found an unattended male toddler wandering the property with no adult supervision. With assistance from about ten PGPD patrol officers, officers went building by building until the boy’s apartment was located. The officers interviewed the boy’s aunt who said that the boy apparently dressed himself, put on his coat and left the apartment while she was sleeping.
3400 block of Otis Street: Assault – 10:15am. The mother of a 13 year old child came into the police station to report that her son was assaulted by a fellow student. The juvenile assailant is currently serving a suspension from school for a previous assault on the victim. Officers notified the victim’s school and attempts to contact the assailant’s parents were unsuccessful. The investigation is continuing.
4200 block of Russell Avenue: Motor vehicle collision – 1:10pm. Officers documented a collision between a 2006 Dodge Stratus and a 2008 Dodge Caliber. The investigation revealed that the Stratus was backing out of a parking space when it collided with the Caliber. There were no injuries.
4100 block of Rainier Avenue: Suicide – 1:45pm. Officers responded for to assist fire/rescue personnel with a man who was not breathing and unresponsive. When the officers arrived they learned that the man was suffering from a self-inflicted gunshot to his chest. Fire/rescue personnel transported the man to Prince George’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 2:35pm.
4300 block of Kaywood Drive: Threats – 5pm. The victim told officers that she has been receiving text messages from an individual threatening to do her bodily harm. Based on the content of the messages she showed the officers they counseled her about her options with the District Court Commissioner.
3700 block of 37th Street: Residential burglary - 11:55am. Officers responded for a residential burglar alarm. When the officers arrived they discovered a rear kitchen window open and a side door unsecured. Officers searched the residence and discovered that someone had ransacked the front bedroom. When the homeowner arrived he went through the hose and told officers that several items of jewelry had been stolen. Officers processed the scene for evidence and recovered one small fingerprint that was submitted for identification. The homeowner told the officers that the kitchen window may have been left unsecured.
4500 block of 34th Street: Fraud – 1:20pm. The victim told officers that she received a letter in the mail stating that she had applied for a credit card to purchase a computer and the credit card company needed additional information in order to process her application. The victim notified the credit card company that she did not make any such application. She also notified the credit bureau and placed an alert on her credit report. The victim did not suffer any monetary loss and the credit card’s loss prevention unit is investigating the matter.
Nothing significant to report.
3200 block of Queens Chapel Road: Theft from auto – 7:20am. The victim told officers that she was pumping gas into her 2005 Toyota Sequoia when she saw a black male open the unlocked passenger side door of her vehicle and steal several items of her personal property. The suspect was described as about 5”6” tall, 170 lbs., and wearing a black and blue jacket. A search of the area for the suspect proved negative.
2300 block of Arundel Road (Grand China): Warrant service/trespassing – 3:30pm. Officers responded for the report of four individuals trespassing on the restaurant’s property. When the officers arrived they discovered that one of the individuals had an open arrest warrant through Prince George’s County for failing to appear in court on a charge of trespassing. He was arrested on the warrant. A second individual had the odor of PCP about his person and became disorderly and combative with the officers when they tried to question him. After a brief struggle officers were able to get him under control and under arrest. He was charged with trespassing, resisting arrest and hindering a law enforcement officer. Both individuals were delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
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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