Monday, July 29, 2013

Police Report: July 21-27

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.

July 27th:

4700 block of 27th Street: Stolen vehicle – 6:35am. The owner of a 2001 Oldsmobile told officers that sometime between 7pm on the 26th and the time he called police someone stole his vehicle. At about 4:00pm officers were notified that the vehicle had been located and recovered in the 1700 block of Buchanan Street, NE. At the time of recovery the vehicle had front end damage and a damaged ignition. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle was involved in a hit and run collision on Queens Chapel Road in Hyattsville at about 8:30pm on the 26th

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 10am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage.

3200 block of Otis Street: Fire – 2:05pm. Thanks to a tweet from a council person MRPD was notified of a working fire in a first floor apartment. Fire/rescue personnel were on scene when the officers arrived and had the fire under control. The fire chief told the officers that the fire likely started from an electrical problem in the apartment. There were no reports of injury to residents or firefighters.

4200 block of 30th Street: Property damage – 5:30pm. Officers responded for the report of a possible attempted burglary. The officers interviewed the residents who said that they had been sitting at their kitchen table when they noticed someone walk by their front door. When they went to investigate they found that the door had been forced open and was damaged. Officers spoke to neighbors who were sitting outside and all reported that they did not see or hear anyone try to break into the victim’s residence. The officers came to the conclusion that the residents got locked out and forced entry and needed a report for their landlord.

July 26th:

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Vehicle impound – 8:10am. Officers on patrol stopped to check on a 1996 Honda Accord with New York tags. Further investigation revealed that the tags on the vehicle belonged on a 1930 Ford and the vehicle itself was not registered in any state. The tags were seized for return to MVA and the vehicle was impounded.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Traffic – 12:30pm. Officers stopped a 2001 Ford Mustang for a traffic violation. During the stop the officers learned that the tags and the registration sticker on the vehicle belonged to another vehicle. The driver was issued several State citations and the vehicle was impounded.

4300 block of 28th Place: Burglary – 6:15pm. The resident told officers that he left home at about 9:15pm this morning. When he returned this evening he discovered that the front door to his apartment had been kicked in. Nothing appeared to have been stolen from inside and the resident said that he suspects that his ex-boyfriend may have broken in looking for some of his belongings.

3700 block of 37th Street: Criminal citation (x2) – 7:10pm. Officers issued both a man and a woman criminal citations for drinking in public.

3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Check fraud – 7:25pm. Employees at Party Time Liquors told officers that a woman came into the store and attempted to cash a fraudulent, altered check. When the employees refused to cash the check the woman fled the store. The woman left several forms of her identification behind when she fled. Officers used this information to obtain a criminal summons for her arrest from the Hyattsville District Court Commissioner.

July 25:

4600 block of Eastern Avenue: Theft – 10:20pm. The complainant told officers that earlier in the day he had a confrontation with his partner at the BP station on Eastern Avenue. During the confrontation someone stole his backpack which contained several hundred dollars worth of medication. The complainant did not know who may have stolen the backpack and a canvass of the area failed to identify evidence or witnesses.

July 24th:

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue (Thrifty Rental Car): Recovered stolen trailer – 2:55pm. Officers responded to check on a utility trailer that employees found abandoned on the business’s lot. Further investigation revealed that the trailer had been reported stolen from an address in Charles County back on May 10th. Officers believe that the trailer probably just got lost in the Penske rental system.

3100 block of Varnum Street: Attempt stolen auto – 10:30pm. The owner of a 1992 Jeep Cherokee told officers that sometime prior to his call to police someone tried, unsuccessfully, to steal his vehicle. Officers observed that the ignition had been damaged consistent with an attempted theft. No evidence or witnesses were identified.

July 23rd:

4500 block of 34th Street: Traffic/vehicle impound – 8:55am. Officers stopped a 2004 BMW after receiving an alert from a mobile license plate reader that the vehicle’s tags were suspended. The suspension was verified and the vehicle was impounded and the tags seized for return to MVA. The driver was issued several traffic citations.

3800 block of 33rd Street: Vandalism to auto – 4:25pm. The owner of a 2000 Ford Explorer told officers that sometime between 9pm on the 22nd and the time she called police someone slashed both tires on the driver’s side of her vehicle.  The owner said that she did not see anyone around her vehicle but did say that she has been in a recent dispute with her upstairs neighbor.

4500 block of 34th Street: Storehouse B&E - 10:15pm. The owner told officers that sometime between 8:30pm and the time he called police someone broke a window to his garage, gained entry and stole a Craftsman lawn mower. 

July 22nd:

4500 block of 34th Street: Traffic/vehicle impound – 12:15pm. An officer patrolling with an automatic license plate reader received an alert on a vehicle with stolen tags. Further investigation revealed that the tags were off of a vehicle that was reported stolen by the driver and subsequently recovered without the tags on it. The vehicle that the driver was currently operating was unregistered. The driver was issued several citations, the vehicle was impounded and the tags were removed from the vehicle for return to MVA.

3800 block of 31st Street: MIR – 1:20pm. Officers were contacted in reference to a possible of assault of a vulnerable adult. Officers were informed that a physically challenged adult female showed up at her care center with a swollen eye. She told employees that she was assaulted by her mother several days prior. The incident is being investigated by adult protective services. A follow up investigation is underway by the police department as well.

3710 36th Street: Theft from auto – 1:40pm. The owner of a 1999 Ford Windstar told officers that sometime between 6:30pm on the 19th and the time she called police someone stole the registration expiration sticker off of her rear license plate.

3300 block of Chillum Road: Strong arm robbery – 7:25pm. The victim told officers that he had just cashed at the Western Union office on Queens Chapel Road. While the victim was there a man asked him for 50 cents. The victim told him he did not have 50 cents, however once had completed cashing his check he gave the man 50 cents. The victim walked home via Little Cesar’s Pizza, and once home he was again confronted by the man from Western Union. A brief conversation occurred between the two after which the victim went into the building. The man followed him, ripped open the victim’s cargo pants pocket and stole his money. The suspect then fled the building in an unknown direction. 

3400 block of Eastern Avenue: Attempt burglary – 10pm. The resident/victim told officers that a friend/witness saw a man (suspect) standing by the victim’s rear basement door. The witness asked the suspect what he was doing whereupon the suspect fled the area. The witness chased the suspect but eventually lost track of him. When the victim inspected his residence he discovered that the suspect had pried some boards off a basement window in an attempt to gain entry into the residence. The suspect was not successful and the victim was unable to determine if any property or valuables were missing. The suspect was described as a black male with dreadlock style hair; 18-25 years of age; 6’1” tall; 170 lbs; wearing dark clothing.

4200 block of 31st Street: Emergency petition – 10:50pm. Officers responded for the report of a domestic dispute. When they arrived they discovered a man who was depressed, angry and suicidal and had become angry and violent with his family. Officers were able to calm him down and take him into custody. He was transported him to a local hospital where he was released to medical personnel for an emergency medical evaluation.

July 21st:

3200 block of Varnum Street: Theft – 6pm. The resident/victim told officers that sometime between July 19th at 7:30pm and when he returned this evening someone stole his Xbox along with several accessories and games.  He said that he shares the residence with a roommate who denied taking the property. No forced entry into the home could be identified.

3000 block of Queens Chapel Road: Missing person – 10:15pm. The wife of a 92-year old Alzheimer patient reported her husband missing. Within two hours the man returned home unharmed.

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.

See or Hear Something?

Say Something!

We WANT to be bothered! Call 301-985-6565/6566.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Police Report: July 14-20

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.

July 20th:

3400 block of Newton Place: Recovered stolen vehicle – 7:35am. Officers responded for the report of a 2010 Dodge van parked opposite the flow of traffic. When the officers arrived they discovered that the vehicle’s keys were still inside. An NCIC stolen check came back negative and the vehicle was impounded for safekeeping. At about 12:15pm officers were notified that the owner had reported the vehicle stolen from an address in DC. DC police and the owner were notified of the recovery.

4100 block of Rainier Avenue: Burglary – 8:30am. Officers responded for the report of a storehouse burglary that had just occurred. The officers received a lookout for a male suspect while enroute and were able to locate and detain him. The owner positively identified the suspect as the man who broke into his garage (twice) and made himself at home. The suspect was charged with storehouse breaking and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

2500 block of Arundel Road: Theft from auto – 12:10pm. The owner of a 2000 Lexus told officers that sometime between 2am this morning and the time he called police someone smashed out the front passenger side window and stole a radio/DVD/navigation system from inside. No evidence or witnesses were identified.

3200 block of Queenstown Drive: Warrant service/criminal citation – 4pm. Officers responded for the report of two individuals drinking in public. When the officers arrived they saw the two men drinking and detained them in order to issue each a criminal citation. Further investigation revealed that one of them had an open arrest warrant through Prince George’s County for failing to appear in court on a charge of burglary. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. Both men were issued criminal citations for drinking in public.

July 19th:

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Loitering warning notice (x3) – 8:40am. Officers issued each of three men a loitering warning notice barring them from the area for 30 days.

3300 block of Chillum Road: MIR – 2:55pm. Officers responded for the report of an 8-year old boy that had drowned in the Queenstown apartment’s swimming pool. When the officers arrived they learned that a lifeguard had pulled the unconscious child from the pool after being notified by another child that he was not breathing. The lifeguard administered CPR to the child and resuscitated him. The boy was treated on the scene by fire/rescue personnel and transported to Children’s Hospital for further medical treatment and is expected to make a full recovery. The boy’s mother was located and accompanied her son to the hospital.

3200 block of Shepherd Street: Emergency petition – 4:15pm. The mother of a 28-year old man notified officers that her son had not taken his medication for several days and was acting strangely. The officers found the man who was obviously under the influence of some type of narcotic. Fire/rescue personnel responded and transported him to Washington Adventist Hospital for emergency medical treatment.

3300 block of Chillum Road (7-11): Criminal citation – 7:30pm. Officers responded for the report of a misdemeanor theft that had just occurred. When the officers arrived a store clerk pointed out the man that had stolen several items from the store. Officers stopped the man, recovered the stolen items and issued him a criminal citation for misdemeanor theft.

3800 block of 35th Street: Warrant service – 8:10pm. Officers observed a man loitering in a posted no loitering area and stopped him for a field interview. During the interview the officers discovered that he had an open arrest warrant through Prince George’s County for failing to appear in court on a charge of driving without a license. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

July 18th:

3700 block of 35th Street: Emergency petition – 9:40pm. Officers responded for the report of a suspicious intoxicated male lying in a front yard. Upon arrival officers found the man who appeared to be under the influence of PCP. He was taken into custody and transported to Washington Adventist Hospital for emergency medical evaluation and treatment.

July 17th:

3000 block of Arundel Road: Theft from auto – 9:20am. The owner of a 2001 Jeep Cherokee told officers that he came out to his vehicle this morning to discover someone had smashed out the right side passenger window and stole the vehicle’s stereo and in-dash DVD player.

July 16th:

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Emergency petition – 9:25am. Officers from MRPD, PGPD and fire/rescue services responded for the report of a violent schizophrenia patient not taking his medications. The man’s grandmother told the officers that she no longer felt safe having him in the house. The man volunteered to go to the hospital for treatment and fire/rescue personnel put him in an ambulance for transport. Before he could be secured in the ambulance he jumped out and ran across Queens Chapel Road. After a brief pursuit he was captured and secured in the ambulance. He was taken to Washington Adventist Hospital and released to medical personnel for treatment.

July 15th:

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: CDS possession – 7:40pm. Officers responded to assist Queenstown security officers with a suspicious individual who was possibly under the influence of a CDS. When the officers arrived they detained the man for a field interview. During the interview the man was found to be in possession of approximately 4 grams of marijuana. He was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana.

3000 block of Arundel Road: Armed robbery – 10:25pm. The victim told officers that as she was getting her child out of her car she was approached by a black male brandishing a small black and silver handgun. The suspect placed the gun in the victim’s side and demanded her property. The victim surrendered her wallet and the suspect fled the scene on foot up 30th Street where he met a second individual who joined him in his flight. A Greenbelt PD K-9 team responded and tracked the suspects to the 4500 block of 31st Street where the dog lost the track. Witnesses told the officers that the two had come past them on 31st and that one of them was now riding a bike. Officers recovered a black t-shirt on 31st at Upshur that may have been discarded by one of the suspects. The victim was not injured and PGPD detectives will be handling the follow-up investigation. Suspect #1 was described as a tall black male with short hair wearing a black t-shirt and jeans and armed with a silver handgun, possibly a .380. Suspect #2 was described as a black male of medium height, short hair wearing a black t-shirt and jeans.

July 14th:

4000 block of 33rd Street: Recovered stolen auto – 12:35pm. Officers patrolling with a mobile license plate reader were alerted to a 1997 Pontiac Bonneville. The vehicle had been previously reported stolen from an address in DC. The vehicle was impounded for safekeeping and MPDC was notified of the recovery.

3800 block of 34th Street: Theft – 2:15pm. Employees at the Dollar Food Mart told officers that two juveniles who had been previously banned from the store came in and stole several items. As they were leaving they threatened the employees that they would come back and burn down the store. Officers identified both juveniles and charges for theft and threats are forthcoming.

2500 block of Queens Chapel Road: Welfare check – 7:55pm. Officers responded to check the welfare of an elderly man. Neighbors were concerned because they had been hearing loud music coming from his apartment since 5:30am this morning. Fire/rescue personnel responded to force entry into the man’s apartment. It turned out he was not at home. Apartment maintenance responded to re-secure the apartment door.

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.

See or Hear Something?

Say Something!

We WANT to be bothered! Call 301-985-6565/6566.

 

Monday, July 15, 2013

Police Report: July 7-13

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.

July 13th:

2500 block of Arundel Road: Warrant service – 4:35am. Officers stopped to investigate an occupied, double parked vehicle. Further investigation revealed that the driver had an open arrest warrant through Prince George’s County for failing to appear in court on a charge of driving without a license. She was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

4000 block of 34th Street: Recovered property – 10:05am. Officers recovered several .45 caliber shell casings found by a resident. No damage was reported and the casings match those recovered by officers on July 5th.

3300 block of Buchanan Street (PG Pool): Lost/stolen property – 8:15pm. Officers took a report of stereo equipment missing from a locked storage room.  There were no signs of damage to the door’s lock. The reporting person stated they are in the process of interviewing all employees about the missing property.

July 12th:

3700 block of 36th Street: Stolen auto – 12pm. The sister of a man who died in a recent house fire called to report her brother’s 2007 Cadillac missing. The vehicle was last seen in the man’s driveway during the period of July 6th through the 8th. Officers entered the vehicle’s information into NCIC. At about 8pm this evening PGPD notified MRPD officers that the vehicle had been located and recovered at an address in Largo. PGPD impounded the vehicle for safekeeping and the complainant was notified of the recovery.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Warrant service – 7:30pm. Officers on patrol observed a group of men loitering in area where citizens have complained about illegal drugs sales and prostitution. A field interview was conducted and one of the individuals was found to have an open warrant for failing to appear in court on a charge of possession with intent to distribute a CDS. H was arrested and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. The rest of the group was dispersed and advised against loitering in the area.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Emergency petition (x2) – 7:50pm. Officer responded for numerous reports of a man possibly under the influence of PCP. When the officers arrived they found the man in an agitated state consistent with his having ingested PCP. Officers were unsuccessful in their attempts to calm the individual and were forced to deploy a Taser weapon to get him under control and under arrest. While waiting for fire/rescue personnel to arrive on the scene officers were notified of a second individual, probably under the influence of PCP, running around naked. Officers searched the area and finally located and arrested the man in front of Thomas Stone Elementary School. The officers later learned that both individuals had been using PCP together until one decided to get naked and run away. No injuries were reported and both men were taken to Washington Adventist Hospital for medical treatment.

34th and Webster Streets: M/V collision – 8:30pm. An officers responding to the naked man in front of Thomas Stone Elementary School was involved in a minor traffic collision. The driver of a 2012 Ford truck failed to yield the right of way to the police cruiser that had its emergency equipment activated. There were no injuries both vehicles sustained very minor damage.

July 11th:

One Municipal Place: Criminal citation – 9:30am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for urinating in public.

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Warrant service – 11:30am. Officers stopped a 2007 BMW for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver had a suspended license and an open warrant through the Prince Georges County Circuit Court for violation of probation. He was issued three traffic citations, arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 8:20pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Warrant service – 8:20pm. Officers investigating the above alcohol violation ran a criminal warrant check on the violator’s associate. The check revealed that the associate had an open arrest warrant through the Elkton, Maryland Police Department for failing to appear in court on a charge of driving without a license. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3700 block of 37th Street: Stolen property – 10pm. The owner of a silver Trek mountain bike told officers that after making some repairs to his bike he went inside his house for a short time leaving the bike on the front porch. When he came back he discovered that the bike had been stolen off the porch. Officers canvassed the area for the bike/thief with negative results.

3200 block of Queenstown Drive: Burglary – 10:40pm. Officers met with the resident/victim who told them that someone had forced their way into her apartment. Officers found that the front door was damaged and could not be secured. The victim said that she looked through the apartment and could not find anything missing. Officers found no useful evidence and the victim contacted maintenance to repair the door.

July 10th:

3700 block of 37th Street: Attempt stolen auto – 2:20pm. The owner of a 1991 Chrysler told officers that she came out to her car this afternoon to discover damage to the ignition. The damage was consistent with someone having tried to steal the vehicle. No evidence or witnesses could be located.

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Unauthorized use of a MV – 3:10pm. Officers met with the owner of Thrifty Rental Car regarding a rental vehicle that was not returned according to the rental contract. The owner rented a 2011 Hyundai to a woman on June 13th with a return date of June 16th. As of June 27th the vehicle had not been returned and the owner obtained an arrest warrant for the woman charging her with auto theft and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. The vehicle was entered into NCIC.

One Municipal Place: Criminal citation – 5:50pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for urinating in public.

July 9th:

3400 block of Bunker Hill Road: Criminal citation (X3) – 9:40am. Officers issued each of three men a criminal citation for drinking in public.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 10:55am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

34th and Tilden Streets: MV Collision – 1:30pm. Officers investigated a single-vehicle collision involving a 2002 Toyota Camry. Their investigation concluded that a 49 year old female was learning to drive and lost control of her vehicle. She struck a curb and then the side of a tree causing the vehicle to overturn. No one was injured in the collision. The Camry was impounded for safekeeping. 

2900 block of Shepherd Street: Vehicle impound – 5:40pm. Officers patrolling with a license plate reader were alerted to a 2010 Dodge Avenger displaying tags that were suspended for an insurance violation. There was also an MSP pick-up order for the tags. The tags were seized for return to MVA and the vehicle was impounded.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Warrant service – 7:10pm. Officers responded to assist Queenstown security personnel with a suspicious person. Further investigation revealed that the man in question had an open arrest warrant through Prince George’s County for failing to appear in court on a charge of driving without a license. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Disorderly conduct/indecent exposure – 10:50pm. Officers responded for the report of an intoxicated man who was exposing himself to female passersby. When the officers arrived the man fled on foot. As a canvass for the man progressed witnesses told the officers that the man could be found in the alley between the library and the bus terminal. They said that as females passed by the man would take down his pants and touch his penis while making sexual comments. Officers found the man and saw that he was highly intoxicated. He was arrested, charged with disorderly conduct and indecent exposure and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

July 8th:

3300 block of Perry Street: Vehicle impound – 9am. Officers patrolling with an automatic license plate reader were alerted to a 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer that had a suspended registration and an MSP pick up order for the tags. The vehicle was impounded and the tags seized for return to MVA.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: MV collision – 11:45am. Officers responded for the report of a motor vehicle collision. When they arrived their investigation revealed that a southbound 2013 Nissan Sentra stopped to yield the right of way to pedestrians crossing in a crosswalk. While stopped the Nissan was rear ended by a 2004 Jeep Liberty, which was in turn rear ended by a 2007 Honda Accord. There were no injuries reported. The drivers of the Jeep and the Honda were issued traffic citations for their faults in the collision.

4400 block of 28th Place: Recovered stolen auto – 11:35am. Officers conducting neighborhood patrols using an automatic license plate reader were alerted to an unoccupied 1997 Toyota that had been previously reported stolen to Metro Transit Police. The vehicle was recovered and impounded for safe keeping.

4400 block of 28th Place: Vehicle impound – 12:05pm. While investigating a stolen auto officers received a complaint of a vehicle missing an expiration sticker from the license plate. A check through MILES/NCIC showed that the vehicle’s registration expired in January of 2012. The vehicle was issued a parking citation and impounded.

2800 block of Taylor Street: Hit and run collision – 1:10pm. The owner of a 1999 Lexus reported minor damage to his vehicle. The investigation determined that a second, unidentified vehicle struck the victim’s vehicle while backing and left the scene without providing required identification. The victim’s vehicle sustained minor damage.

3000 block of Arundel Road: Vehicle impound – 2:30pm. Officers patrolling with an automatic license plate reader were alerted to a 2000 Chevy Cavalier that had a suspended registration and an MSP pick up order for the tags. The vehicle was impounded and the tags seized for return to MVA.

4200 block of 31st Street: Found property – 3:25pm. Officers responded to recover several .45 caliber shell casings found by a resident. The resident told the officers that he remembered possibly hearing several gun shots in the early morning hours of July 5th but did not notify the police. The casings were recovered and to date no reports have been filed for damage to property resulting from gunfire

3800 block of 34th Street: Commercial armed robbery – 4:40pm. Officers responded for the report of unknown trouble, but upon arrival they learned that the store owner/victim was robbed at gun point. Victim told the officers that a young black male wearing a ski masked brandished a handgun and ordered a customer to lie on the floor. The suspect then went behind the sales counter accosted the owner with the gun and ordered him to empty the register. The owner complied and placed the cash contents of the register into the suspect’s backpack. The suspect then fled the store on Bunker Hill Road and then down Cedar Lane Alley. PG County CID detectives responded to the scene and took over the follow-up investigation. 

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Criminal citation – 8:10pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

July 7th:

2700 block of Allison Street: Citizen armed robbery – 3:35am. The victim told officers that as he was walking to his apartment building he was accosted by two black males. One of the men brandished a handgun and demanded the victim surrender is phone, wallet and keys. The victim complied and the two then fled the area on foot in an unknown direction. Suspect #1 was described as a black male; 22-27 years of age; 6’0” tall; heavy build with a light skin tone, afro style hair; and wearing jeans. Suspect #2 was described as a black male; 17-23 years of age; 6’0” tall; slim build with a light skin tone; and wearing jeans and a black ski mask.

3500 block of Shepherd Street: Vandalism to auto – 12:10pm. The owner of a 2007 VW EOS told officers that he came out to his vehicle and discovered a possible gunshot hole in the vehicle’s hood. He said that the damage occurred sometime between 8pm on the 6th and Noon on the 7th when he notified police. 

4600 block of 29th Street: Vandalism to auto – 8pm. The owner of a 2009 Dodge Journey told officers that sometime between 1pm and 6pm today someone punctured all four tires on his vehicle. No witnesses to the crime could be identified and no evidence was recovered.

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.

See or Hear Something?

Say Something!

We WANT to be bothered! Call 301-985-6565/6566.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

51 Law Enforcement Fatalities Nationwide in the First Half of 2013

According to preliminary data compiled by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, 51 law enforcement officers have been killed in the line of duty during the first half of 2013. This is a 9 percent increase over the same period in 2012.

Traffic-related fatalities were once again the leading cause of officer deaths, with 18 officers killed in the first half of 2013, matching the same period in 2012.

Firearms-related fatalities were the second leading cause of death among our nation’s law enforcement officers in the first half of 2013, dropping 11 percent with 17 fatalities compared to 19 in the same period last year. Of the 17 firearms-related fatalities, seven officers were killed in ambush attacks—the most of any circumstance of fatal shootings in 2013. This is the second year in a row in which ambushes were the leading cause of deaths. During this same time period in 2012, four officers were shot and killed in ambushes.

The first half of 2013 saw a 60 percent increase in other causes of officer fatalities unrelated to firearms or traffic. Sixteen officers died in the first half of 2013 compared to ten in the 2012 period. Job-related illnesses, such as heart attacks, drastically rose in the first half of 2013, with ten officer deaths compared to two officers during the same time period in 2012.

Forty-seven fallen officers were male and four were female. Their average age was 42 years, with 14 years of service. On average, each officer left behind two children.

Read the full report at www.LawMemorial.org/ResearchBulletin.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Internet Scam Awareness

The Internet Crime Complaint Center (www.ic3.gov) continues to receive complaints about calls from individuals with strong accents and common names claiming to be with "tech support" from a well known software company.

These callers claim there is a virus on the victim's computer that is causing it to send error messages. In order to get access to the victim's computer, the caller states that only they can resolve the issue. They convince the victim to allow them to scan the computer’s operating system remotely. Victims watch the caller examine their files and "find" the virus. The perpetrators indicate that they can remove the virus - for a fee - and ask the victim for their credit card details. Victims who grant remote access subsequently experience computer difficulties from malware installed on their system. Victims who give out their credit card information become victims of fraud and theft.

This crime, commonly known as "social engineering" has been on the rise in neighboring states. Residents, business owners and City employees should be alert for this type of scam. Never give anyone access to your computer that you didn’t call for assistance.

Also, if you do not personally look up and call the technical support number for a hardware or software company (Gateway, Dell, Symantec, McAfee, etc.) do not call any number that pops up on your PC’s screen. 

Monday, July 08, 2013

Police Report: June 30 - July 6

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.

July 6th:

3200 block of Otis Street: Theft – 1:30am. The resident told officers that sometime between 11:30pm on the 5th and the time she called police someone came onto her front porch and stole her bicycle.

The bike is described as a Giant brand mountain bike, gray in color with black fenders and a carrier rack.

July 5th:

3600 block of Rhode island Avenue: Animal complaint – 12:50am. Officers were flagged down by a citizen who reported a dog that had been struck by a vehicle. Officers located the dog that was still alive but suffering from significant wounds. They located a 24 hour emergency veterinarian in DC and transported the dog there for treatment. Officers were unable to locate the dog’s owner so they posted its description on the local Yahoo list serve in hopes that the owner will come forward. The dog is described as small/medium size, possibly a Pomeranian.

3300 block of Chillum Road: Criminal citation – 2:35am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for urinating in public.

4200 block of Rainier Avenue: Theft – 11:20am. The resident told officers that her roommate pointed out that the statue of the Virgin Mary that was in her back yard was missing. She said that she had not noticed the statue missing and that her roommate told her it has been gone since before June. She said that she believes someone may have taken the statue for safe keeping, and she has posted flyers around the neighborhood in hopes that the statue is returned. The statue is 4’ tall, made of concrete and is enclosed in a wooden shrine.

3700 block of 35th Street: Criminal citation – 1:40pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 2:10pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

Alley 19 between 35 and 36th Streets: Warrant service – 3pm. Officers stopped a man to issue him a criminal citation for drinking in public. Further investigation revealed that a man accompanying him had an open arrest warrant through Prince George’s County for failing to appear in court on charges of CDS possession. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. The man drinking the alcoholic beverage was issued a criminal citation for the violation and sent on his way.

July 4th:

2400 block of Chillum Road: Traffic – 5am. Officers stopped a 2000 Ford Expedition for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver did not have a license. He was issued several traffic citations and his vehicle was impounded.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Warrant service – 12:30pm. Officers on patrol came upon a man known to have an open arrest warrant. The warrant, charging him with trespassing and failure to obey a lawful order, was confirmed and he was arrested and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3200 block of Queens Chapel Road: Traffic – 7:15pm. Officers stopped a 2001 Chevy Impala for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle’s registration was suspended and the driver did not have a valid driver’s license. The driver was issued several traffic citations and the vehicle impounded.

2310 Varnum Street (7-11): Shoplifting – 8:55am. The store manager told officers that a man came into the store, took three cans of lighter fluid and left the store without paying for them. The suspect was described as a black male with long dreads; 17-21 years of age; 5’6” tall; 160 lbs; wearing a white t-shirt and dark shorts. Officers searched the area for the suspect with negative results.

July 3rd:

2714 Webster Street: Emergency petition – 12:50am. Officers responded for the report of a naked man lying in the street. The officers located the man and discovered him in a very violent state. Fire/rescue personnel responded to the scene to assist the officers in getting the man under control. Officers were eventually forced to deploy a Taser weapon to get the man under sufficient control to enable fire/rescue to transport him to the hospital. Once at the hospital medical personnel had to sedate and shackle him in order to begin medical treatment. While searching the man for his identification the officers found a synthetic marijuana/spice compound called Bizzaro Kush in his pocket. Officers could not identify the man and he was released to medical personnel as a John Doe.

4300 block of 28th Place: Vandalism to auto – 12:20pm. The owner of a 2013 Jeep told officers that sometime between 9pm on the 2nd and the time he called police someone vandalized his vehicle by scratching the rear passenger side door. No witnesses/evidence could be identified.

4400 block of 28th Place: Criminal citation – 8:15pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Theft from auto – 10:50pm. Officers met with the victim who said that she left her purse and cell phone inside her vehicle when she went inside Party Time to make a purchase. She left her vehicle unlocked and when she returned she discovered the purse and phone had been stolen.

July 2nd:

3600 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation (x2) – 8:15am. Officers issued each of two men a criminal citation for drinking in public.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 8:55am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

4600 block of 27th Street: MIR – 8:20pm. Officers responded for the report of a man with a gun. When the officers arrived they spoke with the complainant who said that a man pointed a gun at him while he was speaking with a group of friends. The complainant said that his assailant appeared to be under the influence of PCP and fled into an apartment. Officers were unable to locate the suspect at the apartment or anywhere nearby. The complainant was advised of the fact and left the area.

3700 block of 34th Street: Emergency petition – 8:25pm. Officers responding to a separate call for service found a female walking in the road dressed down to her underwear and shouting. Officers approached the woman and smelled the odor of PCP about her person. When asked if she had been smoking PCP she said that she had smoked it and marijuana earlier in the evening. The woman was taken into custody and transported to Washington Adventist hospital where she was released to medical personnel for treatment.

3700 block of 36th Street: House fire (fatality) – 10:30pm. MRPD officers responded for the report of a house fire. Once on the scene the officers discovered that the fire had started over an hour before they were notified of the event. Fire/rescue personnel had already extinguished the blaze and discovered that the 70 year old resident who lived on the third floor had suffered fatal burns. Fire investigators did not immediately identify the cause of the fire only that it started in the attic where the deceased resided. The State Medical Examiner responded and ordered the deceased’s remains taken to Baltimore for a post mortem examination. PGPD homicide detectives and forensic technicians also responded to investigate the death. Two additional residents of the home escaped the fire without injury.

July 1st:

4100 block of 32nd Street: Burglary – 10:05pm. The resident/victim told officers that sometime prior to her call to police a known suspect broke into her bedroom by breaking the outside window lock. Once inside the suspect stole several items of her personal property before fleeing the house. The suspect is a 17 year old juvenile and the victim’s former boyfriend. The boyfriend was seen leaving the premises by the victim as she returned home. The victim, also a juvenile, and her mother were advised of the procedure for obtaining a protective order against the suspect from the District Court Commissioner. Officers canvassed the neighborhood for the suspect with negative results.

June 30th:

3000 block of Queens Chapel Road: Missing person – 6:15pm. Officers learned that a 93 year old male suffering from Alzheimer’s was last seen at about 4:00pm while taking out the trash from his residence at Rainier Manor. With the assistance of officers from PGPD and Hyattsville City Police an extensive canvass of the area was conducted. After several hours officers were notified that Hyattsville City Police received a call for a man fitting the missing person’s description wondering around the area of 39th and Jefferson Streets. Officers shifted their canvass to that area and a short time later located the man in the 4000 block of Gallatin Street. He was examined by fire/rescue personnel and determined to be in good spirits and in good physical condition. He was then returned home. One MRPD officer remarked that the man was in better shape than the medics who examined him!

3200 block of Otis Street: Hit and run collision – 9:35. Officers investigated a hit and run collision and determined that an unknown vehicle failed to remain at the scene after striking two parked cars. There was no suspect vehicle description or further evidence found at the scene.

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.

See or Hear Something?

Say Something!

We WANT to be bothered! Call 301-985-6565/6566.

Children left in hot cars: A deadly combination that must stop

From the Capital Weather Gang - PLEASE READ
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/wp/2013/07/08/children-left-in-hot-cars-a-deadly-combination-that-must-stop/

Child and hot car safety tips – taken from meteorologist Jan Null:

·         NEVER LEAVE A CHILD UNATTENDED IN A VEHICLE. NOT EVEN FOR A MINUTE!

·         IF YOU SEE A CHILD UNATTENDED IN A HOT VEHICLE CALL 9-1-1 IMMEDIATELY.

·         Be sure that all occupants leave the vehicle when unloading. Don’t overlook sleeping babies.

·         Always lock your car and ensure children do not have access to keys or remote entry devices. If a child is missing, check the car first, including the trunk. Teach your children that vehicles are never to be used as a play area.

·         Keep a stuffed animal in the car seat and when the child is put in the seat place the animal in the front with the driver.

·         Or place your purse or briefcase in the back seat as a reminder that you have your child in the car.

·         Make “look before you leave” a routine whenever you get out of the car.

·         Have a plan that your childcare provider will call you if your child does not show up for school.

Monday, July 01, 2013

Police Report: June 23-29

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.

June 29th:

4100 block of 31st Street: MIR – 6:40am. Officers assisted fire/rescue personnel with the forced entry into a vacant residence to look for a water leak. The leak was discovered coming from a third floor bathroom.  WSSC responded to turn the water off and the owner was notified of the incident.

4000 block of 36th Street: Parking complaint – 3:20pm. Officers met with the complainant who insisted that a vehicle parked in front of his driveway be towed. The officer determined that the vehicle was not blocking the man’s driveway and therefore not subject to being towed. The officers attempted to locate the vehicle’s owner to try and have them move the vehicle slightly rearward to accommodate the complainant but they were unsuccessful. At this point the complainant became very upset and threatened to shoot the officers and called the officers several vulgar slurs. At that time officers left the premises. 

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 5:40pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking an alcoholic beverage in a public place.

Cedar Lane Alley and Upshur Street: Emergency petition – 6:45pm. Officers responded for the report of a man lying in the street. When the officers arrived they located the man and saw that he was acting in an incoherent manner consistent with being under the influence of narcotics, possibly PCP. Fire/rescue personnel responded and transported the man to a local hospital where he was released to medical personnel for treatment.

June 28th:

3700 block of 36th Street: Trespassing – 12:50pm. Officers responded for the report of a burglary in progress at an abandoned residence. Upon further investigation the officers discovered that a male and a juvenile female had entered the residence through an unsecured rear door. They were removed from the residence and sent on their way. Officers are trying to locate the property to see if charges can be filed. 

3100 block of 28th Place: Recovered stolen auto – 5:45pm. Officers received a call to respond to the 3100 block of 28th Place to check for a stolen 2012 BMW. The vehicle had just been reported stolen to PGPD and was located via a GPS tracking system. The officers found the vehicle unoccupied and impounded it for safekeeping. PGPD and the owner were notified of the recovery.

2400 block of Chillum Road: Traffic – 9:05pm. Officers stopped a 2006 Ford Fusion for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver did not have a license. She was issued several traffic citations and the vehicle was impounded.

June 27th:

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road (Family Dollar): Shoplifting – 5:50pm. The store clerk told officers that a man came into the store, picked up a package of Tide laundry detergent and left the store without paying for it. A search of the area for the suspect proved negative.

3800 block of 35th Street: Emergency petition – 8:25pm. Officers along with fire/rescue personnel responded for the report of a man yelling and fighting with himself in the street. They located the man who tried to get away by climbing a telephone pole. Officers noticed a strong odor of PCP about the man’s person and they were forced to deploy a Taser weapon to get the man under control and under arrest. He was transported to Washington Adventist Hospital where he was released to medical personnel for treatment.

June 26th:

Nothing significant to report.

June 25th:

2900 block of Allison Street: Vehicle impound – 8:30am. Officers ticketed and impounded a 2007 Toyota Camry for being parked on a City street with expired tags.

4700 block of Russell Avenue: Attempt stolen auto – 9:35pm. The owner of a 2006 Dodge Stratus showed officers where someone attempted to steal her car by damaging the ignition. The would be thieves were unsuccessful and no further evidence was obtained.

2400 block of Arundel Road: Strong arm robbery – 12:35pm. Officers responded to the police station to interview the victim of an alleged robbery. The victim told the officers that, at about 3:10am this morning he was riding his bike in the 2400 block of Arundel Road when he was knocked of the bike by two unknown suspects. While on the ground the suspects threaten to assault him victim and went through his pockets stealing money, a photo ID, a credit card and a smart trip card. PGPD robbery detectives responded to interview the victim who was uncooperative and gave conflicting accounts on what had occurred. The victim was provided a police report number and the investigation was turned over to the county police.

4300 block of 30th Street: Stolen vehicle – 1:15pm. The owner of a 2000 Dodge Durango reported that her vehicle had been stolen from its parking spot in her driveway. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle had been improperly repossessed. The vehicle was returned to the owner.

3200 block of Queenstown Drive: Missing person (runaway) – 10:30pm. The mother of a 15 year old girl reported her daughter missing. The mother told officers that her daughter is a habitual runaway and was last seen on June 21st at about 1am. Mom said that her daughter has been known to stay with a boyfriend at an address in Hyattsville. Officers from the Hyattsville Police Department attempted to make contact with the boyfriend with negative results. The incident was documented and forwarded to the Prince George’s County Police for further investigation.

June 24th:

One Municipal Place: MIR – 2:10am. A male juvenile call police and said that he did not have a key to his apartment and had nowhere to go. After several unsuccessful attempts to contact the boy’s mother officers contacted Child Protective Services for assistance. CPS contacted the boy’s grandmother who said that her grandson, his mother and step father had been having family problems recently. CPS was able to find a foster family to take temporary custody of the boy.

4000 block of 37th Street: Missing person (runaway) – 8:30am. The mother of a 17 year old girl reported that her daughter had run away yet again and was last seen at about 8pm on June 21st. Officers entered the girl’s information into NCIC missing person files.

29th and Shepherd Streets: Hit and run collision – 11:40am. Officers responded for the report of a vandalism to auto. When the officers arrived their investigation determined that the damage to the owner’s 2011 VW Jetta was caused by a collision with a second, unidentified vehicle. There was no available witness information on the striking vehicle.

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Traffic – 5am. Officers stopped a 1998 Mercury Villager for having an operable brake light. Further investigation revealed that the driver did not have a license. She was issued several traffic citations and a repair order for the light. The vehicle was impounded for safekeeping.

June 23rd:

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: M/V collision – 3:30pm. Officers investigated a two-car collision that occurred in front of Party Time. The driver of a 2010 Toyota Corolla was traveling north on Rhode island Avenue when he lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a parked vehicle. The driver of the Toyota did not have a license and received several traffic citations. The owner of the Toyota was present in the vehicle at the time of the crash and was cited for knowingly allowing the driver to drive without a license.

4400 block of 28th Place: Attempt robbery – 10:35pm. The victim and a companion/witness were sitting in a vehicle when a man walked up to the driver’s side of the vehicle, implied he had a gun and demanded the victim’s wallet and money. The witness immediately got out of the car and fled across the street looking for help. The victim started the car and backed up to get away. The suspect was struck by the vehicle as it backed; however the suspect was apparently not injured from the collision as he was last seen fleeing on foot down 28th Place towards Arundel Road. PGPD detectives responded to the scene and obtained written statements from the victim and witness. The witness sustained a scratch on her knees from falling as she was running for help but refused treatment on scene by medical personnel. A follow up investigation will be handled by PGPD’s Northern Regional Investigation Division.

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.

See or Hear Something?

Say Something!

We WANT to be bothered! Call 301-985-6565/6566.