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.
3700 block of 37th Street: Emergency petition – 2:50am. Officers on patrol discovered a man lying on the sidewalk yelling and screaming. They quickly determined that he was under the influence of PCP. Fire/rescue personnel responded and transported the man to Washington Adventist Hospital. Once at the hospital the man became very combative and tried to violently fight with the police and hospital security. He was placed in restraints and released to the hospital staff for treatment.
4200 block of 32nd Street: Hit and run collision – 9:45am. The owner of a 1997 Saturn reported that sometime between 1:30am this morning and the time he called police an unidentified vehicle collided with his Saturn causing damage to the front driver’s side quarter panel, driver’s side view mirror, left rear quarter panel and right rear tire and rim.
4600 block of 29th Street: CDS possession – 1pm. Officers on patrol stopped to interview two men who appeared to be under the influence of either alcohol or drugs. Further investigation revealed that one of the men was in possession of CDS paraphernalia. He was issued a criminal citation for the violation and sent on his way. The second man was found to be in possession of 3.5 grams of the synthetic drug known as Scooby Snacks. He was arrested for the violation, charged accordingly and released to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
4200 block of 34th Street: Vandalism to auto – 4:25pm. A witness told officers that she saw a juvenile kick the driver’s side rear quarter panel of a 2013 Honda. The juvenile fled the area towards the playground at 34th and Upshur Streets. The witness followed him there and took his picture for identification. Officers were able to locate and identify the juvenile and take him into custody. Officers took him home to release him to his parents after he admitted to the damage. Once at home he denied kicking the car and his parents became combative and argumentative as the officers attempted to explain the situation. Receiving no cooperation from the parents the juvenile was charged with destruction of property on a juvenile petition. He was released to his parents pending juvenile court action.
3249 Rhode Island Avenue: Identity theft – 11:45am. The victim came into the police station to report that someone had filed income taxes in her name, using her identity and address but with different financial data. She discovered this information when she attempted to file her taxes and was sent notice by the Internal Revenue Service.
3400 block of Newton Street: CDS possession – 4:50pm. Officers on patrol stopped to interview a man who was obviously under the influence of either alcohol or drugs. Further investigation revealed that the man was under the influence of marijuana and was also in possession of the drug. The CDS was seized and the man was arrested, charged with CDS possession and released to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
3700 block of Shepherd Street: Criminal citation – 6:15pm. Officers responded for the report of a suspicious person possibly involved in drug activity. When the officers arrived they stopped a man for questioning and discovered that he was in possession of marijuana. He was issued a criminal citation for possession of the drug and sent on his way.
Chillum Road @ Queens Chapel Road: Vehicle impound – 8:35pm. Officers impounded a 1997 Ford F-150 truck and a 2009 Hyundai Accent following a M/V collision. The Hyundai was not drivable after the collision and the Ford was driven by a man who did not have a license.
One Municipal Place: Warrant service – 6:15am. Officers stopped a 2001 GMC Yukon for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver had a suspended license and an open arrest warrant through Prince Georges County for driving an uninsured motor vehicle. He was arrested, charged accordingly and delivered to the custody of DOC In Hyattsville.
3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: M/V collision – 7:55am. Officers responded to a traffic collision between a 2008 GMC Yukon and a 2002 Cadillac SLS. The drivers of both vehicles gave conflicting stories as to how the collision occurred and neither of their stories was consistent with the damage to the vehicles. Officers completed a State collision report form (MAARS) and sent the drivers on their way.
3200 block of Chillum Road: Warrant service – 5pm. Officers patrolling with an automatic license plate reader were alerted to a 2009 Honda Odyssey the owner of which had a suspended license. The officers stopped the vehicle and identified the driver as the owner with the suspended license. They also learned that she had an open arrest warrant through Prince George’s County for driving on a suspended license. She was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
3300 block of Buchanan Street: Vehicle impound – 12:45pm. Officers patrolling with an automated license plate reader were alerted to a 1998 Ford truck that had a suspended registration and an MSP pickup order for the tags. The tags were seized for return to MVA and the vehicle was impounded.
57th Avenue and Jefferson Street: Mutual aide to Bladensburg PD – 6:50pm. Bladensburg PD officers responded to a fight in progress. Upon their arrival they became involved in a foot chase with several subjects. As the subjects were running one of them brandished a handgun and fired a shot. Officers were able to apprehend the subjects safely. MRPD officers were requested to assist in transporting two arrestees to the Bladensburg Police Station.
3100 block of Chillum Road: Traffic – 4:25am. Officers stopped a 2005 Buick for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver’s license was suspended. He was issued several traffic citations and his vehicle was impounded.
3600 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 8:45am. Officers stopped two men for riding a single bicycle in an erratic manner and without wearing required safety equipment. Further investigation revealed that one of the men was in possession of approximately 1.5 grams of marijuana. He was issued a criminal citation for the violation and both men were sent on their way.
35th Street and Bunker Hill Road: Vehicle impound – 9:40am. Officers impounded a 1996 Chevy pickup truck for displaying registration plates that expired in February of this year. The vehicle had been previously marked for 48-hour towing.
34th Street and Rhode Island Avenue: Vehicle impound – 9:40am. Officers impounded a 2002 Honda motorcycle that was parked at an expired meter and not displaying registration plates.
4500 block of Eastern Avenue (BP station) : Criminal citation x2 – 3:15pm. Officers issued each of two women criminal citations for possession of marijuana.
4500 block of 34th Street (Thomas Stone Elementary School): Threats – 4:05pm. Officers met with the school principal who reported that the parent of a student threatened to harm three other students. The threats were made after school hours and stemmed from a dispute between the children. The principal has barred the parent from school grounds and officers are continuing to investigate the matter.
3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 4:05pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking an alcoholic beverage in a public place.
3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: CDS arrest – 4:50pm. Officers on patrol observed what they believed to be a drug transaction between two individuals. Officers stopped the two and found that one of them was exhibiting the symptoms and behavior of being under the influence of PCP. Officers took him into custody and a search incident to arrest revealed that he was in possession of a vial of liquid PCP and 4.2 grams of marijuana. He was charged with possession with intent to distribute a CDS and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 7:35pm. Officers on bike patrol observed a man on possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage. He was stopped and issued a criminal citation for the violation.
3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Traffic – 8:30pm. Officers stopped a 2001 Chevy van for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the tags were suspended by MVA back on May 2nd 2013 for failure to comply with emissions regulations. The driver was found to be unlicensed. He was issued several traffic citations, the tags were seized for return to MVA and the vehicle was impounded.
3800 block of 35th Street: Disorderly – 8:35am. Officers attempted to stop and question a man about loitering in a posted no loitering area. Further investigation revealed that the man had been previously issued a loitering warning notice prohibiting him from being in the area. When officers went to arrest him for the violation he became very loud, disorderly and combative. Officers had to physically restrain him to get him under control and under arrest. He was taken to DOC in Hyattsville where he was charged with disorderly conduct and trespassing.
3249 Rhode Island Avenue (MRPD): Emergency petition – 1:45pm. Officers responded to the police station lobby for a suspicious person who appeared to be under the influence of alcohol or CDS. The woman said that she wanted to hurt herself and felt sick. She was placed into custody and fire/rescue personnel responded to transport her to a local hospital for evaluation and treatment.
4600 block of 25th Street: Theft – 8:40pm. The victim told officers that a female acquaintance came to his apartment asking for money. When he told her that he had none she requested a ride to another location which the victim provided. When the victim returned home he discovered his wallet missing. The victim said that he could not remember if he noticed the wallet missing while his acquaintance was in his apartment.
Case update: On December 27th, 2013 at about 1:25am MRPD officers investigated a robbery/carjacking that took place in the 4600 block of 25th Street. Detectives from the PGPD Robbery Suppression Team took over the follow-up investigation of this crime. Their investigation has led to the arrest of one individual for the crime. A second individual has also been charged and there is an outstanding warrant for his arrest.
3300 block of Bunker Hill Road: Vehicle impound – 11:30am. Officers patrolling with a mobile license plate reader were alerted to a 2009 Jaguar XF that had a suspended registration and a pick up order for the tags. The tags were removed for return to MVA and the vehicle was impounded.
3200 block of Queenstown Drive: Warrant service – 1:45pm. Officers investigating a motor vehicle collision found that one of the drivers did not have a license and also had an open warrant through Montgomery County for driving without a license. He was arrested on the warrant and issued several citations in reference to the motor vehicle collision.
4000 block of 32nd Street: Theft from auto – 3:40pm. The owner of a 1997 Honda Civic told officers that sometime between 8pm on the 8th and 12:30pm today someone broke into his vehicle and stole an iPod from inside the center console. Officers determined that those responsible used some sort of pry tool to break into the vehicle through the passenger side window.
3800 block of 35th Street: Motor vehicle collision – 6:10pm. Officers responded for the report of a hit and run MV collision. During their investigation they determined that the damage was inconsistent with that of a hit and run. Further investigation revealed that the complainant let her sister drive her vehicle with a learners permit and the sister struck a concrete wall. The complainant was afraid to report the incident to her mother so they thought they would file a hit and run report. The incident was documented and the insurance carrier was contacted.
4600 block of 27th Street: Theft – 10:40pm. A Pizza Hut delivery driver told officers that when he arrived to deliver an order to an apartment he was met by a man in the lobby. The man took the bag from the driver and told him to leave. As the driver walked off the man followed him and told him to get in his vehicle or he would shoot him. The driver entered his vehicle, fled the area and called police. Officers canvassed the area for the suspect and were successful only in recovering the pizza delivery bag in a nearby dumpster. The driver described the suspect as a black male with dark skin; 5’10” tall; about 35 years of age; wearing a black skull cap, a black jacket and black jeans.
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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