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.
4200 block of 29th Street: Disorderly – 2:30am. Officers responded for several reports of a loud and disorderly individual. When the officers arrived they located the man and after getting him to calm down issued him a criminal citation for disorderly conduct. He was sent on his way without further incident.
3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Loitering – 8pm. Officers issued a man a loitering warning notice after observing him sitting under the ‘no loitering’ sign for 30 minutes.
3700 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Emergency petition – 9:45pm. An officer on patrol observed a man running next to his police vehicle twirling his shirt above his head. Additional officers responded and they were able to get him under control and in custody. Further investigation revealed that he had been smoking “Scooby Snax Kush,” a bath salt substance that is known to induce PCP-like effects. He was taken into custody and transported to Washington Adventist Hospital where he was released to medical personnel for treatment.
3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Emergency petition – 2:40pm. Officers responded for the report of a man standing near the traffic circle singing, dancing, swearing at passersby and taking off his clothing. When the officers arrived they immediately noted that he was under the influence of PCP and were forced to deploy an electronic control device to get him under control and under arrest. He was transported by fire/rescue personnel to Washington Adventist Hospital where he was released to medical personnel for treatment.
3700 block of 36th Street: CDS possession – 3:35pm. Officers stopped to interview a suspicious person. As the officers approached him, he discarded a black bag and started to run away. The officers were able to catch him after a short foot pursuit and were forced to deploy pepper spray to get him under control and under arrest. Further investigation revealed that he was in possession of a vial containing liquid PCP with a street value of about $1,600. He was taken to Washington Adventist Hospital for decontamination from the pepper spray. When he was released he was charged with possession with intent to distribute a CS and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
3500 block of Perry Street: Emergency petition – 7:30pm. Officers on patrol observed a man sitting on the steps of City Hall 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 released to medical personnel for treatment.
4000 block of 36th Street: Emergency petition – 10pm. Officers responded for the report of a disorderly male banging on the door of the building. When the officers arrived the located the man and immediately determined that he was under the influence of PCP. He fled from the officers when they approached and after a foot chase and an electronic control device deployment they were able to get him under control and under arrest. He was transported to Washington Adventist Hospital where he was released to medical personnel for treatment.
4500 block of 32nd Street: Open door – 9:05am. Officers responded for the report of an open rear basement door to a vacant house. Officers checked the residence and determined that no one was inside. The owner of the house was unable to be contacted. Mount Rainier Code Enforcement was notified of the incident.
2700 block of Webster Street: Theft from auto – 12:20pm. The owner of a 2010 Toyota Corolla told officers that she was notified by apartment management that her vehicle had been broken into. She said that she does not drive the vehicle very often because it her husband’s car and he is out of the country. She last checked the vehicle on April 23rd about 8pm and noticed no damage at that time. Further investigation revealed that MRPD officers responded to a report of two individuals breaking into the vehicle at about 5:45am this morning. At that time the officers could not locate the suspects (one being a tall black male wearing a hooded sweatshirt) or the owner of the vehicle.
3300 block of Buchanan Street: Destruction of property – 7pm. Officers responded for the report of a domestic dispute. When they arrived they located a male and a female arguing in the parking lot. During the argument the female got into her vehicle and rammed the male’s vehicle causing damage to the front bumper of the man’s vehicle heavy damage to hers. She was arrested, charged with destruction of property and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
2300 block of Varnum Street (7-11): 2nd degree assault – 11:05pm. Officers responded for the report of an assault that had just occurred. When the officers arrived they were met by an employee who said that he was cleaning a coffee machine when he was approached by a black male. Without warning the black male punched him in the chest with a closed fist and then pushed him into a stack of drinks. After the assault the suspect fled the store in a black Hyundai Sonata. After reviewing the store’s security camera footage the officers identified the suspect and a follow up investigation is underway to bring charges against him for 2nd degree assault.
4000 block of 36th Street: Warrant service – 2pm. Officers received a call from a concerned parent that there was a party involving several juveniles at her residence while she was not home. She contacted police and requested they remove everyone from the residence with the exception of her two daughters. Officers are familiar with the location from previous calls for service and were aware that an individual with multiple open warrants for robbery often hangs out there. When the officers arrived they were granted entry and discovered the wanted subject in question in a bedroom. He was arrested on the warrants and delivered to the custody of the youth detention facility in Cheltenham. The other partiers had left the apartment prior to the officers’ arrival and only the arrested and the complainant’s two daughters remained. A return call to the complainant was made notifying her of the outcome.
3800 block of 31st Street: Theft – 9:50pm. The owner of a Fiance road bike told officers that sometime between 9pm and 9:45pm someone stole the bike off his front porch. The owner had left it there temporarily and had not secured it. The bike is a road style bike that is black with blue stripes and hot pink inner rims.
2900 block of Queens Chapel Road: Possession of CDS/resisting arrest – 11pm. Officers observed a group of subjects loitering and drinking. When the officers approached the group one of them attempted to flee on foot and refused to obey commands to stop. He was apprehended while trying to dispose of suspected cocaine. He refused to submit to arrest and assaulted one of the officers as he attempted to get away. Officers were forced to deploy an electronic control device in order to get the subject under control and under arrest. He was charged with possession of CDS, resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
4300 block of 30th Street: Residential burglary – 12:25am. The resident told officers that she left home for an appointment and was gone from about 1pm to 5pm on the 22nd. She returned home and did not realize her home had been entered until approximately midnight when she called police. She said that she could not remember if she locked the door when she left. Officers did not locate a point of entry into the home and there were no signs of forced entry. Several items of the woman’s personal property were taken.
2900 block of Allison Street: Attempt citizen robbery – 8:15pm. Officers responded for the report of a fight in progress. When they arrived they discovered that one of the participants was actually the victim of an attempted robbery. His assailant accosted him from behind and tried to forcibly go through his pockets. The victim resisted and sustained injuries to the right side of his face and mouth but refused medical treatment at the scene. When the suspect failed to obtain any of the victim’s property he fled the area in an unknown direction. Neither the victim nor the two security officers who were on duty a couple blocks away could provide a description of the suspect.
3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Theft – 6:55pm. An employee of the Potomac Fish House told officers that she was approached by a man who identified himself as a Pepco employee. The man told her that her electric bill was overdue and she needed to pay it immediately. She was told to put the money on a pre-paid Visa card. She did so and gave the card to the suspect who promptly left the store. After the man left the victim became suspicious and tried to call him on the cell phone number he gave her. There was no answer on the phone. The victim did not give a description of the thief and did not notice if he left the area on foot on in a vehicle.
4000 block of 37th Street: Vandalism to auto – 9:30pm. The owner of a 2006 Dodge Stratus showed officers where someone had smashed out his vehicle’s windshield with a large rock. No evidence was recovered and no witnesses were identified.
4200 block of 30th Street: Possession of CDS – 7:25am. Officers responded for the report of a man sleeping in the grass. The officers located the man who, when he was awakened, said that he did not know where he was. He also said that he had been out drinking the night before and was just sleeping it off. Further investigation revealed that he was in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. He was arrested, charged accordingly and 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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