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.
Queens Chapel Road and Buchanan Street: Hit and run collision – 11:20am. The owner of a 2012 Honda truck told officers that as he was turning off Buchanan Street onto Queens Chapel Road an unidentified vehicle struck his truck in the rear quarter panel and fled. The victim was not able to provide a description or a tag number for the striking vehicle.
3200 block of Queenstown Drive: Warrant service – 1:55am. Officers responded to assist Queenstown Security with a suspicious person. Further investigation revealed that the individual had an open arrest warrant through Prince George’s County for failing to appear in court. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
4100 block of 29th Street: Found property – 7:30am. A resident found a Maryland license plate in her yard. Officers took possession of the plate and are attempting to locate the owner of the vehicle on which it belongs.
Chillum Road and Queens Chapel Road: Motor vehicle collision – 8:55am. Officers investigated a traffic collision between a 1997 Toyota Camry and a 2008 Lexus RX350. The officer learned that the driver of the Lexus was making a left hand turn out of a parking lot and struck the Toyota. There were no injuries.
3400 block of Eastern Avenue: Warrant service – 12pm. Officers responded for the report of a domestic dispute. During their investigation they learned that the female half had an open arrest warrant through Prince George’s County for failing to appear in court. She was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
3800 block of 34th Street: 2nd degree assault – 1:30pm. Officers responded for the report of an assault that had just occurred outside the Alife Dollar Food mart. While enroute to the call the officers received a lookout for the suspect and when they arrived they identified the suspect from the lookout and detained him. Further investigation revealed that the suspect, a 14- year old juvenile, assaulted a store employee when the employee confronted him about shoplifting. The juvenile was also found to be in possession of some stolen candy from the store. He was arrested, charged with theft and assault and delivered to the custody of the Cheltenham youth facility pending Juvenile Court action.
Queens Chapel Road and Chillum Road: Motor vehicle collision – 6:45pm. Officers investigated a traffic collision between a 2006 Toyota Camry and a 2007 GMC truck. The officer learned that the driver of the GMC was backing up and struck the passing Toyota. There were no injuries.
3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Warrant service – 8:45pm. Officers responded for the report of a domestic dispute. During their investigation they learned that the male half had an open arrest warrant through Prince George’s County for contempt of court for failing to make child support payments. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 4:20pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking an alcoholic beverage in public.
2700 block of Upshur Street: Missing person – 3:50pm. Officers spoke with the father of a 17- year old boy. The father told the officers that his son was assigned by the State to wear an ankle monitor and not leave the house, but earlier in the day he cut off the device and left home. The juvenile’s information was entered into NCIC missing persons files. State authorities had been notified by the father prior to his reporting the incident to MRPD.
2700 block of Webster Street: Residential fire – 8:30pm. Officers responded for the report of a fire in an occupied apartment. While enroute to the call they were told that there was a man acting erratically outside the apartment building. When the officers arrived they found the man sitting on the back of a fire truck. He had sustained a burn on his left foot and a cut on his wrist, but was unable to respond to questions about his injuries or his involvement in the fire. He was transported to Med Star for treatment. Prince George’s County fire investigators responded to the scene to take over the investigation.
Nothing significant to report.
2300 block of Varnum Street (7-11): Shoplifting – 1:40am. The store clerk told officers that two black males (NFD) entered the store and stole $14 dollars worth of candy. Officers canvassed the area for the two suspects with negative results.
3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Disorderly conduct – 8:25am. Officers responded for the report of a man harassing people as they walked past him on the sidewalk. The officers located the man and found that he was intoxicated and disorderly. After numerous attempts to get the man to calm down and move on were unsuccessful he was arrested, charged with disorderly conduct and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
3300 block of Chillum Road (7-11): Threats – 11:25am. A store employee told officers that he had been threatened with harm by a former employee. The current employee’s supervisor was a witness to the incident and asked officers to file a report documenting the threats.
4400 block of 31st Street: Residential burglary – 7:30pm. Officers responded for the report of several juveniles inside a vacant house. When the officers arrived they forced entry into the house through the back door and arrested all four of the juveniles involved. Each was charged with 4th degree burglary and destruction of property and released to the custody of their respective parent/guardian pending Juvenile Court action.
3100 block of Arundel Road: 1st degree assault/contact shooting – 9:15pm. Officers responded for the report of a man suffering from a gunshot wound. When they arrived they found the man, who had been shot at least once. He was transported to Washington Adventist Hospital for treatment of his injuries, which are considered non- life threatening. PGPD detectives responded both to the scene of the shooting and to the hospital to interview the victim and take over the investigation.
4300 block of Russell Avenue: Vehicle impound – 8:30am. Officers impounded a 2001 VW Jetta for displaying registration plates that expired in 2011.
4500 block of 29th Street: Vandalism to auto – 9:45am. The reporting person told officers that she came out to her 2013 Dodge Avenger rental car this morning and discovered damage to the front passenger window. The vehicle was processed for evidence with negative results.
4000 block of 34th Street: Stolen vehicle (recovered) – 1:10pm. Officers responded for the report of a suspicious man pushing a motorcycle down the street. When they arrived they found the motorcycle/ scooter lying on its side. While conducting the investigation the bike’s owner called to report that it had just been stolen. The motorcycle was returned to the owner and a canvass for the suspect was negative.
4000 block of 37th Street: Residential burglary – 12:35pm. The resident told officers that he came home and discovered that someone had broken into his home through a basement window. He checked the house and found that numerous electronics items had been stolen. It appears that the suspect(s) gained entry through the basement window and left out the basement’s rear door with the victim’s property.
3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Lost/stolen tag – 3pm. Officers spoke with a woman who told them that she either lost her front tag or it had been stolen. She suspected that the loss/theft occurred near her residence in DC, however DC police refused to take a report since she discovered the tag missing while here in Mount Rainier. MRPD officers took the report so the tag could get entered into NCIC and to save her any more aggravation.
3300 block of Chillum Road (7-11): Shoplifting – 3:15pm. Store employees told officers that an unidentified individual entered the store and stole approximately $24 dollars worth of DVD’s.
3600 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 4:45pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking an alcoholic beverage in public.
4300 block of 28th Place: Vandalism to auto – 10:25pm. The owner of a 2012 Dodge Avenger told officers that she parked her vehicle for a short period of time and when she returned she noticed that the front passenger side window was broken. Nothing was stolen from on or inside the vehicle.
4500 block of Eastern Avenue: Emergency petition – 12:30am. Officers responded for the report of a suspicious person at the BP station. When they arrived they found the man in question and stopped him for a field interview. During the interview the man said that he had not taken his court-ordered medications and felt he was going to do something stupid. Officers also learned that he had been entered into NCIC as a missing person from a mental group home in New York City on May 7th. Officers took the man into custody and transported him to Washington Adventist Hospital for treatment and evaluation. Officers notified the group home’s duty supervisor that he had been found and where he had been taken. The supervisor said that he would contact the hospital to advise them of the medications the man was supposed to be taking; and would contact the courts in NY to arrange for his return to their jurisdiction.
3200 block of Varnum Street: Vandalism – 2:05am. The resident told officers that while he was sleeping someone broke his bedroom window and two other windows in his house. Neither the resident nor the officers learned what was used to break the windows; and no suspects were identified.
3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Traffic – 4:10am. Officers stopped a 1998 Toyota Corolla for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver did not have a license. He was issued several traffic citations and released. His vehicle was impounded for safekeeping.
4400 block of 30th Street: Residential burglary – 1:10pm. A real estate agent showing the house walked in to discover two black males run out of the back door. The agent finished showing the house to her prospective buyer before notifying the police. Officers determined that the two suspects broke in through the rear door during the overnight hours and spent the night. The house was not processed due to the fact that the realtors cleaned up the glass and trash prior to the officers’ arrival.
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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