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 Queens Chapel Road: Theft – 12:15pm. The victim told officers that she was walking home from Checkers when a black male wearing a green jacket, blue jeans and a black hat walked up behind her, snatched her iPhone out of her hand and fled the area. A canvass of the area failed to locate the suspect.
4400 block of 32nd Street: Vandalism to auto – 1:15pm. The owner of a 2003 Jeep Cherokee told officers that sometime between 9:40am and 1pm on March 1st someone damaged the rear driver’s side bumper of his vehicle. A witness told the victim that he saw a gray pickup truck pulling away from his jeep but could not tell if the pickup caused the bumper damage.
3700 block of 35th Street; 3400 block of Newton Street: 1st degree assault (x2) – 7:40pm. The victim told officers that as she was sitting in her vehicle a man approached and accosted her with a handgun through the driver’s side window. The victim immediately accelerated her vehicle away from the suspect and as she was driving away the suspect ran after her and fired one shot at her vehicle. The shot did not hit either the victim or her vehicle and the victim said she last saw the suspect running away on 35th Street towards Perry Street. The victim described the suspect as a black male, 17-20 years of age, 5’6” tall, 105 lbs., wearing a black hoodie, dark jeans, and a black mask over his face. As the officers were responding to this assault, they received a second call for a 1st degree assault that had just occurred in the 3400 block of Newton Street. The victim in that case gave officers the same description of the suspect as did our first victim and said that this time the suspect fired a shot at him as well. A K-9 team from Greenbelt PD responded and tracked the suspect to the area of 37th and Otis Streets where the dog lost the track. PGPD detectives and evidence technicians responded and recovered several items of evidence. Neither victim was injured.
3300 block of Chillum Road: Armed robbery / 1st degree assault – 3:05am. Officers responded for the report of a fight at the 7-11. Upon arrival they discovered a man suffering from multiple knife wounds. Further investigation revealed that the victim was getting into his car when he was approached by the suspect who demanded his wallet. When he turned around the suspect stabbed him in the stomach. The two became involved in a physical altercation during which the suspect was able to steal the victim’s wallet and flee the area on a bicycle. The victim was transported to Washington Hospital Center for treatment of his non- life threatening injuries.
3300 block of Bunker Hill Road: Vandalism to auto – 12:25pm. The owner of a 2004 Toyota Corolla told officers that sometime between 12:30pm and 11pm on February 28th someone dented and scratched her vehicle’s rear driver’s side door and fender and broke off the driver’s side mirror. The owner said that she delayed reporting the incident because she didn’t know she needed a police report to file a claim with her insurance company. No evidence was recovered at the scene.
3500 block of Newton Place: Recovered stolen auto – 12:01 am. MRPD officers were notified by DC police that they recovered a 1992 Toyota Camry that was stolen during an armed carjacking on December 23rd, 2012 in the 3500 block of Newton Place in Mount Rainier. The vehicle was found in the 2600 block of 22nd Street, NW. No arrests were made and the vehicle was impounded for safekeeping.
4200 block of 28th Street: Emergency petition – 12:30am. Officers responded to check the welfare of a woman whose daughter said was acting strangely and throwing things out of her apartment window. When the officers arrived they observed the woman’s behavior and determined that she should be checked by a doctor. She was taken into custody and transported to Washington Adventist Hospital where she was turned over to medical personnel for treatment.
2400 block of Chillum Road: Traffic – 9:25am. Officers stopped a 2003 Mercury for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle’s tags were suspended. Officers issued the driver the appropriate citations, seized the tags for return to MVA and impounded the vehicle.
4200 block of 34th Street: Traffic – 12:20pm. Officers stopped a 2002 Chevy Express for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver did not have a license. He was issued the appropriate traffic citations and the vehicle was impounded.
3300 block of Perry Street: Disorderly - 6:35pm. Officers responded for the report of 30-50 loud and disorderly juveniles. When the officers arrived they located the group who were attempting to make a music video. Officers determined that there was no permit for the function and requested the juveniles to disperse. In the process of the officers trying to peacefully disperse the crowd one subject became unruly and disorderly. He was subsequently arrested, charged with disorderly conduct and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
3600 block of Perry Street: Emergency petition – 12:35am. Officers on patrol stopped to check the welfare of a man who they suspected was under the influence of a CDS. Further investigation revealed that the man was under the influence of PCP. He was taken into custody and transported to Washington Adventist Hospital where he was turned over to medical personnel for treatment.
3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 11:15am. At about 7am officers stopped to interview a man at the bus stop who appeared to have been drinking. He told the officers that he was waiting for a bus. The officers advised him not to loiter at the bus stop and went on their way. At about 11:15am the officers returned to the bus stop and found the man still there, this time highly intoxicated. When he refused to leave the area he was arrested, transported to Hyattsville DOC where he was charged, processed, issued a criminal citation for trespassing and released. At about 12:30pm officers again checked the bus stop and saw the same man, still intoxicated, waving at them. He was arrested a second time and transported to DOC in Hyattsville where he was charged with trespassing and failure to obey a lawful order. This time he was left in the custody of DOC.
Nothing significant to report.
34th and Upshur Streets: 1st degree assault – 11:55pm. The victim told PGPD officers that he was walking to his home when he was accosted by the suspect who he identified as his mother in law. The suspect began assaulting the victim and stabbed him in his lower back with an unknown object before fleeing the scene in an unknown SUV. The victim was taken to Prince George’s Hospital for treatment of his non- life threatening wound. PGPD detectives responded to the hospital where the victim gave a complete statement of the assault. Detectives were able to obtain an arrest warrant for the suspect charging her with 1st degree assault and other crimes. Both the initial report and the follow-up investigation were handled by PGPD. MRPD had no knowledge of the incident until PGPD reported it in their morning report.
4500 block of 29th Street: Stolen auto – 9:45am. The owner of a 1995 Lexus told officers that sometime between 9:30pm on February 22nd and 10am on the 23rd someone stole his vehicle. There was some confusion on the victim’s part as to how to report the theft which explained the 2-day delay in filing the report.
3500 block of Otis Street: Vandalism to auto – 4:30pm. The owner of a 2012 Dodge Charger told officers that sometime between 3pm on the 24th and the time he called police someone vandalized his vehicle’s driver’s door. No evidence was recovered at the scene.
3300 block of Chillum Road: Traffic – 4:30am. Officers stopped a 2005 Scion because it matched the description of a vehicle associated with a shooting that had just occurred. After verifying that neither the vehicle nor the driver was involved in the crime the officers discovered that the driver did not have a valid license. He was issued the appropriate traffic citations and the vehicle was impounded. A passenger in the vehicle, who was highly intoxicated, refused to cooperate with the officers’ investigation. He became extremely disorderly and aggressive with the officers and had to be restrained. He was charged with disorderly conduct and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Theft – 7:25pm. Officers responded for the report of a theft from the Family Dollar store that had just occurred. Store employees said that two juveniles came into the store and stole several bags of candy. The officers located the juveniles in question and took them back to the store where they returned the stolen merchandise. Store management elected not to press charges against either juvenile but both were banned from returning to the store.
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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