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 36th Street: Assault – 10:50am. Officers responded for the report of a fight in progress. When they arrived they observed a man assaulting a male victim. Officers attempted to get the man to stop the assault without success and were forced to deploy a Taser weapon in order to get him under control and under arrest. Once the man was in custody the officers learned that he had also physically assaulted his sister prior to their arrival. The man was taken to a local hospital for a checkup and once cleared by medical personnel he was taken to DOC in Hyattsville where he was charged with two counts of 2nd degree assault and other charges. He was left in the custody of DOC.
4000 block of 34th Street: Criminal citation – 4:40pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.
4000 block of 36th Street: Burglary – 10:45pm. The resident told officers that they returned home to discover that someone had broken into her home and stole several personal and electronic items. The officers determined that entry was gained through an open upstairs window. Witnesses told the officers that at about 10:30pm they saw a Hispanic male, 18-20 years of age, walking around the victim’s home knocking on the windows. They then saw the suspect leave the area in a black Acura TL on Shepherd Street towards 34th Street.
3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Traffic – 2:25pm. Officers stopped a 2002 Ford Explorer for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver’s license was suspended and there was an MSP pick up order for the vehicle’s tags. The driver was issued several traffic citations and the vehicle was impounded.
One Municipal Place: Criminal citation – 4:40pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.
33rd Street and Bunker Hill Road: Criminal citation(x3) – 9:45pm. Officers issued each of three men a criminal citation for trespassing.
3200 block of Perry Street: 2nd degree assault – 6:45am. Officers responded for the report of an assault in progress involving two Hispanic men. Once on the scene officers located and stopped the two finding both to be very intoxicated. Through an interpreter the officers learned that the two had argued about the cleanliness of their house. One of the men chased the other out of the house with what was described as a knife. During the chase the unarmed man ran into a wall and injured the side of his face. He was treated by fire/rescue personnel and released. The armed man was found not to have a knife, just a piece of plastic coated cable. He had a small knot on his forehead and fire/rescue transported him to a local hospital for treatment as a precaution. Both men were advised that, when they sobered up, they could exercise their options with a District Court Commissioner.
One Municipal Place: Criminal citation (x2) – 8:15am. Officers issued each of two men a criminal citation for drinking in public.
3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Natural death – 12:15pm. Officers responded to check the welfare of a 79- year old woman who had not been seen in two days. Officers got a key to her apartment from management and upon entering found her sitting in a chair and unresponsive. Fire/rescue personnel responded, checked her vital signs and pronounced her dead at 12:35pm. The State Medical Examiner responded and determined that she died from natural causes. Officers determined that the decedent had no living relatives in the US so the Anatomy Board responded and took custody of the remains.
3700 block of 37th Street: Suspicious person – 12:55pm. Officers stopped an individual who was suspected of committing an indecent exposure. Further investigation revealed that he was suffering from schizophrenia and was on disability for the disease. He could not be positively identified as having committed any crime. Officers obtained his information and photo for further investigation and he was released.
4200 block of Russell Avenue: Trespassing – 2:45pm. Officers responded for the report of several juveniles banging on the front door of an apartment building. When the officers arrived they located two adults and nine juveniles trespassing in the building. All were issued warnings and the two adults were told to leave the property and released. Five of the juveniles were taken back to Northwestern HS and released to the school. The remaining four were taken home and released to their parents/guardians.
3400 block of Rhode island Avenue: Criminal citation – 8:50pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for urinating in public.
4000 block of 35th Street: Warrant service – 9:20pm. Officers patrolling the area due to resident complaints of drug dealing stopped two suspicious individuals for a field interview. During the interview they discovered that one of them had an open arrest warrant through the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s office for failing to appear in court on a charge of driving on a suspended license. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 6:35am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage.
3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Traffic – 9am Officers stopped a 2010 Chevy Camaro after observing that the tags were expired. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle’s insurance had been cancelled. The driver was issued the appropriate traffic citations and the vehicle was impounded.
3500 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Vehicle impound – 5:45pm. Officers patrolling with an automated license plate reader were alerted to a 2006 Ford had a suspended registration and an MSP pick up order for the tags. The tags were seized for return to MVA and the vehicle was impounded.
3100 block of Chillum Road: Loitering – 8:15pm. Officers were called to the store by the manager who complained that there were three suspicious individuals loitering out front. When the officers arrived the manager pointed out the three individuals in question and they were stopped for a field interview. None of them were wanted and they did not have any merchandise that belonged to 7-11. They were sent on their way after being warned against further loitering.
3200 block of Queenstown Drive: Miscellaneous incident (MIR) - 9:50pm. The owner of a 1999 Ford F150 truck told officers that his vehicle was towed by a private towing company on the 19th because it was parked blocking a fire lane. When he went to retrieve the vehicle from the tow company’s lot he discovered scratches in the paint along the driver’s side and passenger side rear fender. The tow company denied responsibility for the damage. The owner was advised that this was a civil matter and to speak with Queenstown Apartments management for possible resolution.
2700 block of Queens Chapel Road: Possession of a CDS with intent to distribute - 10:10pm. Officers stopped a 2004 Mercedes for a traffic violation. As they were speaking with the driver they smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. Further investigation revealed that the driver was in possession of a large quantity of cash and 263 grams of marijuana having a street value of $5,260. The officers also recovered numerous clear glassine baggies known for packaging and selling marijuana and a small weight scale covered in marijuana residue. The money, drugs and paraphernalia were seized as evidence and the vehicle was impounded. The driver was arrested, charged with possession with intent to distribute a CDS and other charges and released to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Warrant service – 7:20pm. Officers stopped to speak with a man who they knew had failed to appear in court on alcoholic beverage and obstruction charges. Further investigation revealed that the man had an open arrest warrant through Prince George’s County for failing to appear on those charges. He was arrested and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
3600 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Vandalism to auto – 7:30pm. The owner of a 2013 Honda Ridgeline told officers that back on the 17th there was a large party behind his residence with numerous individuals hanging around his vehicle. When he came out to his vehicle this evening he discovered scratches on the hood.
4700 block of 27th Street: Vandalism – 7:15am. The resident told officers that sometime between 8pm on the 17th and the time he called police someone threw a caulking gun through his apartment window. There was damage to the living room lower window pane and the outer screen above the window.
34th Street and Eastern Avenue: M/V collision – 1:30pm. The owner of a 2007 GMC truck was stopped on 34th Street waiting for the traffic signal to change. As she waited the Metro bus in front of her backed up and struck her vehicle causing minor damage.
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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