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.
35th Street and Bunker Hill Road: EPS/attempt auto theft – 3:40pm. Officers responded for the report of a woman sitting in a vehicle that did not belong to her. When the officers arrived they saw the woman trying to start the car with a set of keys that didn’t belong to it. The woman initially refused to get out of the car but the officers were eventually able to assist her getting out. The officers found her to be in an altered state of mind so they transported her to a local hospital for an emergency evaluation. Officers have applied for criminal charges against the woman for attempt auto theft.
3200 block of Queenstown Drive: Theft from auto – 9:30pm. The victim told officers that she placed several bags of kid’s clothes in her vehicle to take to the laundry mat and went back inside her apartment to retrieve more clothes. When she returned to her vehicle she discovered that the bags of clothes had been stolen.
3200 block of Otis Street: Vehicle impound – 7:45am. Officers impounded a 2009 Nissan Altima for numerous registration related issues.
2300 block of Varnum Street (7-11): 2nd degree assault – 8am. Officers were called to the 7-11 for an assault that had just occurred. The victim told the officers that as he was leaving the store a man held the door shut blocking his exit. The victim exchanged words with the man and forced the door open. The man grabbed the victim and struck him in the face. The man then got on a bicycle and fled the area towards Queens Chapel Road.
3200 block of Varnum Street: Destruction of property – 8:30am. The resident told officers that sometime between 1am and 2am this morning someone threw a brick at one of her front windows breaking it.
3400 block of Eastern Avenue: CDS possession – 10:50am. Officers responded for the report of two subjects using drugs in the alley. When the officers arrived they stopped both men and found one of them in possession of cocaine. He was arrested, charged accordingly and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
2700 block of Arundel Road: Vandalism – 7:30pm. Officers responded for the report of a burglary that occurred earlier. The victim told the officers that she locked and secured her apartment at about 2:30pm and when she returned she discovered the front door ajar. There were no signs of forced entry into the apartment and no signs that anyone had entered. However, the door was damaged to the point where it could not be secured properly. Maintenance was notified of the damage.
3200 block of Queens Chapel Road (Little Caesars): Counterfeit currency – 8:30pm. Officers responded for the report of a woman attempting to use counterfeit currency to make a purchase. Officers questioned the woman and found her in possession of a counterfeit note. The note was seized and the US Secret Service was contacted for follow-up. The investigation is ongoing.
4300 block of 28th Place: Stolen vehicle (recovered) – 9:30am. Officers were notified by DC police that they recovered a 2002 Dodge Caravan that was stolen from the 4300 block of 28th Place back on January 25th. The van was found in the 2000 block of Fendall Street, NE. No arrests were made and the owner was notified of the recovery.
4100 block of 30th Street: Residential burglary – 2:35pm. Officers responded for the report of a burglary that had just occurred. A witness told officers that he observed three suspects walking from a residence carrying several items. He said the three got into a red Honda Civic and left the scene. Officers encountered the Honda when it almost crashed into a responding MRPD cruiser and the officers chased the vehicle until it finally crashed at Gaines Alley and 38th Street. The driver fled the scene on foot after the crash but officers were able to detain and arrest the other two suspects. After a search and brief foot chase the driver was located and arrested. Officers searched the Honda and recovered several items that had been stolen from the residence on 30th Street. The owner responded to the District I police station where he positively identified the items as those stolen from his home. PGPD detectives assumed responsibility for charging all three suspects as they were also wanted for additional burglaries in the area.
3300 block of Chillum Road: Criminal citation – 9:10pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for possession of an alcoholic beverage in a public place.
4300 block of Russell Avenue: Criminal citation – 9:35pm. Officers responded for the report of two individuals loitering in the basement of an apartment building. When the officers arrived they discovered two subjects in the basement consuming alcoholic beverages. Both were known to the officers and had previously been advised against trespassing on the property. Both subjects were issued criminal citations for trespassing and escorted off the property.
One Municipal Place: Emergency petition – 6pm. Officers responded for the report of a man acting in a strange manner. Officers located the man and immediately recognized the tell tale signs of PCP intoxication. When the officers tried to speak with the man he fled the area discarding a quantity of PCP as he went. Officers gave chase and became engaged in a physical altercation with the suspect. A TASER was used to get the man under control and under arrest. He was transported to a local hospital for medical attention related to the Taser deployment. Officers recovered the PCP and charged the man with possession of a CDS.
2400 block of Arundel Road: Fire on a stove – 2:30pm. Officers responded for the report of an activated fire alarm and the smell of smoke coming from inside an apartment. Fire/rescue personnel also responded and after several unsuccessful attempts to contact the residents the apartment door was forced open. Once inside fire/rescue personnel discovered that the smoke was caused by unattended food cooking on the kitchen stove. The problem was corrected and apartment maintenance was contacted to repair the 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.
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