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.
One Municipal Place: Criminal citation – 12:30pm. Officers on bicycle patrol observed a man drinking an alcoholic beverage in a public place. The man was issued a criminal citation for the violation and sent on his way.
3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 1pm. Officers on bicycle patrol observed a man drinking an alcoholic beverage in a public place. The man was issued a criminal citation for the violation and sent on his way.
3700 block of 33rd Street: Vehicle impound – 12:25pm. Officers patrolling with a mobile license plate reader got a hit on a 2010 Chevy Cobalt that had an MSP pickup order for the tags. The tags had been suspended for a compulsory insurance violation. The tags were seized for return to MVA and the vehicle was impounded.
3800 block of 34th Street: Theft – 4pm. The reporting person told officers that she had taken the change machine money from the Laundromat that she manages for D. L. Management and hid the money throughout her house. She left home for a brief period and returned to discover the money missing. Officers learned that the kitchen window of the residence had been left open by a contractor who was working in the home and their investigation revealed no forced entry and no latent evidence. The reporting person told the officers that she suspects that a former employee may have taken the money.
3300 block of Queens Chapel Road: 2nd degree assault – 11:45am. Officers responded for the report of an assault that occurred on July 30th. The victim told the officers that he was stopped and assaulted by two Queenstown Security officers. MRPD is continuing to investigate the incident, identify the two officers involved and determine if criminal charges are warranted.
2700 block of Webster Street: Theft – 12:20pm. The victim told officers that she ordered several items from an online vendor. UPS tracking information indicated that the items were delivered to her home on July 30th but she never received them.
3800 block of 33rd Street: Warrant service – 1:40am. Officers responded for the report of a suspicious person knocking on a neighbor’s door. The suspect, who lived across the street, was sent on his way and warned not to return. A few minutes later officers were notified that the suspect was back knocking on the neighbor’s door. This time the officers ran a wanted check on the suspect and learned that he had an open arrest warrant through Carroll County. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
Rhode Island Avenue and Eastern Avenue: MV collision – 7:15am. The driver of a 1998 Volvo attempted to make a left turn from the parking lane on Rhode Island Avenue onto Eastern Avenue. In so doing, the Volvo struck a 2002 Toyota Camry that was making a legal turn onto Eastern Avenue from the right turn lane. The driver of the Volvo was cited accordingly.
2700 block of Webster Street: Burglary – 1:05pm. The residents told officers that they left their apartment at about 8:30 this morning and upon returning discovered that the front door had been forced open. When they inspected their apartment they discovered that various electronic and clothing items had been stolen.
3500 block of Bunker Hill Road: Strong arm robbery – 1:25pm. MRPD officers along with PGPD responded to the Bunker Hill Fire Station for the report of a robbery that had just occurred. The victim told officers that he was approached by three juvenile males who began punching him with their fists. The three knocked the victim to the ground, went through his pockets, stole his wallet and fled the scene on foot. Officers canvassing the area found the victim’s wallet a short distance away and identified a witness to the incident. The witness was able to give the officers the names of all three suspects. Within a short time officers had all three in custody and the victim positively identified all three as the ones who robbed him. The suspects were arrested and transported to PGPD District I for interviews. All three admitted to their involvement in the robbery. They were charged as juveniles and delivered to the custody of Boys Village. The arrest of these individuals took three very dangerous juveniles off the streets of our community. Juvenile #1 had prior arrests for truancy and assault and had an open arrest warrant for 2nd degree assault. Juvenile #2 had priors for truancy, assault and theft and had an open arrest warrant for felony theft. Juvenile #3 had priors for burglary, theft and assault.
3700 block of 34th Street: Vandalism to auto – 11:20pm. The owner of a 2002 Toyota Sienna told officers that she parked her vehicle at about ten minutes prior to hearing a neighbor repeatedly sounding the horn on their vehicle. The owner said that she believes the neighbor was trying to get her to move her vehicle because it was blocking the neighbor’s vehicle. When she went outside to move her car she discovered that the left rear tire was flat. She said she suspects that her neighbor is responsible for flattening the tire but no evidence to that effect could be found.
3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation(x2) – 1pm. Officers issued a criminal citation to each of two men for drinking in public.
3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Theft – 11:50pm. A woman contacted MRPD regarding the theft of several items of her personal jewelry. The theft allegedly occurred during the period of November 2012 through today. The victim believes that an acquaintance took the items. Officers advised the victim to contact the District Court Commissioner to pursue a criminal summons for the suspect.
3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Traffic – 3:25am. Officers stopped a 1997 Ford Taurus for a safety violation. Further investigation revealed that the tags displayed on the vehicle were not registered to it and that the vehicle itself was unregistered. The driver was issued several State citations and the vehicle was impounded.
3400 block of Eastern Avenue: Property damage – 10:13am. The resident told officers that when she returned from vacation on July 20th she noticed damage to her front door. She said nothing was stolen from inside the house and has not been able to speak with her roommates about the damage.
3200 block of Buchanan Street: Stolen vehicle – 10:25pm. The reporting person told officers that she parked and secured her brother’s 1996 Dodge Stratus when she left for an out of town trip on July 26th. When she returned today she discovered the vehicle missing. Her brother told her that he did not have the vehicle and that all the keys to it were accounted for. The vehicle was entered into NCIC as stolen.
3300 block of Chillum Road: Strong arm robbery (UPDATE – ARREST). PGPD detectives conducting a follow-up investigation on a citizen robbery that occurred on July 22nd developed three suspects. The victim was able to positively identify all three suspects as the men who robbed him. All three were arrested and during post arrest questioning admitted to their involvement in the robbery. They were delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
2300 block of Varnum Street (7-11): Theft – 6am. Store employees told officers that a man came into the store during the employee’s shift change. When the employees opened the cash register to remove the shift’s proceeds the man walked behind the sales counter, removed the cash from the open drawer and fled the store. The store manager followed the suspect and saw him get into a burgundy colored Dodge caravan and flee the area. The manager got the tag number of the van and officers later learned that the van had been recently reported stolen to Metro Transit Police. Officers were able to obtain several photographs of the suspect from surveillance cameras and the investigation is continuing. CASE UPDATE - ARREST: On August 1st DC police located and stopped the stolen Dodge Caravan the suspect used as a getaway vehicle. They arrested the suspect and during questioning he admitted to stealing the money from the 7-11. He also admitted to about ten robberies in DC.
3200 block of Queenstown Drive: Warrant service – 6:50pm. Officers responded to assist Queenstown security officers with a trespasser. Further investigation revealed that the man had an open arrest warrant through Prince George’s County for 2nd degree assault. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
4100 block of 33rd Street: Strong arm robbery – 7:40pm. The victim told officers that as she was walking to her car she was approached by a man who attempted to engage her in conversation. The man grabbed the victim’s purse and tried to forcibly take it from her. The victim resisted but after a brief struggle the suspect pushed the victim to the ground and fled on foot with her purse. The suspect ran towards 33rd Street and was last seen getting into a white Dodge Caravan which fled the area. The victim sustained minor scratches and scraped and refused medical treatment. PGPD robbery detectives responded to the scene to interview the victim and take over the investigation.
3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Traffic – 10:10pm. Officers responded to assist DC police with a vehicle they had stopped for driving recklessly. Officers discovered that the driver of the vehicle had a suspended license. He was issued the necessary traffic citations and his vehicle was impounded.
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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