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: Missing person (runaway juvenile) – 12:30am. The mother of a 14 year old girl told officers that her daughter ran away from home at about 4:30pm on the 14th. The mother said that her daughter was experiencing some behavior problems and this was not the first time she had gone missing. Officers entered the daughter’s information into the NCIC missing persons file.
2700 block of Upshur Street: 2nd degree assault – 12:50pm. Officers responded for the report of a man dragging a woman down the street. Once on the scene witnesses told the officers that both parties had gone into a nearby apartment. The officers located both parties and learned that the two got into a verbal argument that turned physical. During the altercation the female half sustained minor injuries. The male half was arrested, charged with 2nd degree assault and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
Queens Chapel Rd and 30th Street: M/V collision – 11:55pm. Officers responded for the report of a bicyclist who had been struck by a passing vehicle. When the officers arrived they located a 15 year old male who was under the influence of alcohol. Further investigation revealed that the intoxicated teen was trying to ride his bike across Queens Chapel Road when he was struck by a passing vehicle. The driver of the vehicle stopped but continued on his way after the teen told him he was OK. The teen’s mother was located and she agreed that the boy did not need medical attention.
4500 block of 29th Street: Vehicle impound – 8:40am. Officers on patrol were flagged down by a citizen who alerted them to a 2003 Cadillac Escalade parked on the street displaying expired tags. Upon further investigation the officers discovered not only were the tags expired but there was a pick up order on them for insurance violations. The tags were seized for return to MVA and the vehicle was impounded.
2500 block of Queens Chapel Road: Citizen robbery – 12:50pm. The victim told officers that he looked out his apartment window and observed five black males 14-17 years of age tampering with his bicycle. He went down to his bike, confronted the juveniles and became involved in a verbal argument with one of them. During the argument another member of the group punched him in the face and stole his cell phone. All of the suspects then fled the scene on foot down 25th Street.
Nothing significant to report.
3200 block of Queenstown Drive: Assault – 11:15pm. The victim described to MRPD officers being assaulted by what appeared to be a member of the Queenstown Apartments security force. The assault took place on the foot path behind the complex leading to the Metro station. The security guard stopped the victim and handcuffed and searched him before issuing him a notice barring him from Queenstown property. After being released the victim took a photo of the security guard. The guard became upset that the victim took his picture and he took the victim’s phone, deleted the photos, removed the battery and gave the phone back to him. The guard then grabbed the victim and threw him down a hill. The victim described the guard as big and Hispanic. MRPD officers examined the bar notice but were unable to read the guard’s signature. A canvass of the apartment complex for the security guard was conducted with negative results. Officers will follow-up with Queenstown management to try and identify the guard so that appropriate charges can be filed with the District Court Commissioner.
Russell Avenue and 28th Place: Hit and run collision – 9:10am. The owner of a 2007 BMW told officers that he came out to his vehicle this morning and discovered damage to the front end. The damage was consistent with a second vehicle backing into the BMW. There were no witnesses and no evidence was obtained.
4100 block of Russell Avenue: Theft from auto – 12:55pm. The owner of a 2001 Mitsubishi Gallant told officers that sometime between 9:45pm on the 10th and the time she called police someone stole the Maryland temporary registration plate off her vehicle.
3600 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Theft from auto – 3:20pm. The owner of a 2008 Toyota told officers that sometime between 11pm on the 10th and 3am this morning someone stole her cell phone from inside her car. She said that she left the phone on the center console and the windows open.
4700 block of 27th Street: Residential burglary – 6:10pm. A resident told officers that sometime between 12:45pm and 6:10pm today someone entered his apartment and stole currency, jewelry and immigration documents. Officers could find no sign of forced entry into the apartment and no windows were found unsecure. The incident is still under investigation to determine if any of the three residents were involved in taking the missing property.
Queens Chapel Road and 30th Street: M/V collision – 6:15pm. Officers responded for the report of a pedestrian struck by a motor vehicle. The officers’ investigation revealed that a southbound 1997 Nissan Maxima was attempting to make a left turn onto 30th Street from Queens Chapel Road. The northbound traffic yielded to the vehicle so it could make its turn. As the vehicle was making the turn an oncoming cyclist failed to yield to the Nissan and collided with the rear passenger side door. Both the Nissan and the bicycle sustained damage and the cyclist was transported to a local hospital for treatment of non- life threatening injuries.
3400 block of Perry Street: CDS possession – 10:55pm. Officers on patrol were flagged down by a woman who said that she was being followed by a man. Officers stopped the man who they knew from previous incidents and who was under the influence of narcotics. Further investigation revealed that he was in possession of CDS and a concealed dangerous weapon (knife). He was arrested, charged accordingly and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
Nothing significant to report.
3500 block of Shepherd Street: Vandalism – 1:45am. Officers responded for the report of the sound of shots. When they arrived they observed a 2007 VW with the driver’s window and the left rear vent windows shot out. Upon closer inspection the windows appeared to have been shot out with a paint ball gun. Officers went to the owner’s residence to make notification of the damage and saw more paint ball stains on the house. The victim told the officers that he had not heard or seen anything earlier and did not have any idea who might be responsible to the damage. A search of the area for additional evidence, suspects or witnesses proved negative.
4300 block of 28th Place: Vandalism to auto – 9:20pm. Officers took a report of vandalism to a 2001 Ford Expedition. The owner told the officers that he had been in an argument with another man earlier. During the argument the man threatened to damage the owner’s vehicle. When the owner checked on his vehicle he discovered that the man had apparently made good on the threat and bent the vehicle’s fuel door. The owner was advised to contact a District Court Commissioner to see if charges for destruction of property could be issued.
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