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.
3500 block of Perry Street: Found property – 8am. Officers on patrol came across an abandoned Toshiba 23” TV/DVD player. The item had not been reported lost or stolen so officers stored the device in the MRPD property room for safekeeping.
3700 block of 36th Street: Domestic/assault on a police officer – 8:30pm. Officers responded for the report of a domestic dispute. The female half told officers that her baby’s father came over to take their child with him for a visit. The woman refused because the father was intoxicated and the father left the scene. While officers were talking with the mother, the father returned and got into a verbal altercation with another Mount Rainier officer that turned physical. Officers were forced to user a Taser weapon to get the man under control and under arrest. The man was arrested and transported to Prince George’s Hospital for treatment and two MRPD officers were also treated for injuries sustained in the altercation. All parties were released from the hospital and the arrested person was charged with assault on a police officer and other charges.
4300 block of Kaywood Drive: Criminal citation – 9:30pm. Officers issued each of two men a criminal citation for trespassing.
3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 10:50pm. Officers stopped to investigate a 2001 Chevy Impala that was illegally parked. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle was unregistered and the tags it was displaying belonged on a 1996 Mercury. While the officers were checking the vehicle’s registration they were approached by a man who said that the vehicle was not his but the tags were. He was also in possession of an open container of Paul Mason brandy. He was issued a criminal citation for the open container violation. The tags were seized for return to MVA and the vehicle was impounded.
3100 block of Arundel Road: Vehicle impound – 11:30am. Officers ticketed and towed a 1996 Mazda for parking on a snow emergency route and obstructing snow plowing.
2300 block of Varnum Street (7-11): Theft – 4:45pm. The store clerk told officers that three black males described as 16-20 years of age came into the store, picked up several items and fled the store without paying for them. The suspects were last seen heading into the Kaywood Gardens apartment complex. Officers canvassed the area for the suspects with negative results.
4300 block of 28th Place: Warrant service – 8:50am. Officers responded for the report of a man sleeping in the basement of an apartment building. When they arrived they located the man and upon further investigation they learned that he had an open arrest warrant for failing to appear in court on a traffic charge. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
During the course of the day, officers impounded thirteen (13) vehicles – ten (10) for parking on a snow emergency route; and three (3) for displaying expired tags and/or having a suspended registration. Officers issued 38 snow emergency route citations.
Arundel Road at 25th Street: M/V collision – 8:30pm. A Metro Bus traveling southbound on 25th Street side swiped a parked 2008 Ford Mustang causing moderate damage.
3200 block of Chillum Road: Theft from auto – 2:25pm. The owner of a 2002 Nissan Altima reported that sometime between 9:30pm on the 9th and the time she called police someone stole the expiration sticker off her rear license plate.
4000 block of 33rd Street: Recovered property – 3:20pm. Officers were alerted to an abandoned tool box on the sidewalk. The owner could not be immediately identified so the box was placed into the department’s property storage for safekeeping.
3500 block of Newton Place: Theft from auto – 5:35pm. The owner of a 2006 Ford van reported that sometime between 11:30pm on the 9th and the time he called police someone broke into the vehicle through the front passenger window and stole a GPS unit from inside.
4000 block of 32nd Street: Theft from auto – 6:15pm. The owner of a 2012 Toyota Prius reported that sometime between 3am and 9am today someone stole the rear license plate off her vehicle.
Buchanan Street and Queens Chapel Road: Vandalism to auto – 8:05pm. The driver of a cab told officers that he picked up a fare in the 3100 block of Queens Chapel Road. The cabbie said that when he got to the intersection of Queens Chapel Road and Buchanan Street there was a large crowd. The passenger asked the victim to pull the cab over, because he knew some of the people in the crowd. The passenger then encountered a person in the crowd that didn’t like him and that person (suspect) proceeded to break the rear right door window of the cab. The cabbie immediately drove across Queens Chapel Road to get himself and his passenger out of harm’s way. The passenger told officers that he does not know the suspect - just that he had seen him before. The only clothing description the passenger could give was for a black male dressed in dark clothing. A canvass of the area was conducted with negative results.
4600 block of 29th Street: Stolen vehicle – 11am. The owner of a 2000 Dodge Caravan told officers that at about 2:15am this morning he parked his vehicle in a rear parking lot in the Queens Manor Apartment complex. When he returned for his van at about 9:30am he discovered it had been stolen. No evidence/witnesses could be identified.
4200 block of 31st Street: Theft from auto – 1:50pm. The owner of a 2006 Toyota Rav4 reported that sometime between 11pm on the 7th and the time she called police someone stole the expiration sticker off the rear license plate.
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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