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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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