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.
4300 block of 28th Place: Hit and run collision – 1:35am. The owner of a 1999 Toyota Camry told officers that he came out to his vehicle and found damage to the front end. A witness stopped and told him that they had seen a gold colored Chevy Suburban back into his vehicle. No further evidence was identified and the witness failed to identify themselves before leaving the scene.
4000 block of 34th Street: Vehicle impound – 9:45am. Officers impounded a 1999 Saab 95 for displaying tags that expired in October of 2013.
2700 block of Webster Street: Vehicle impound – 11am. Officers impounded a 2009 Chevy Traverse for displaying temporary tags that expired in November of 2013.
3200 block of Chillum Road: Hit and run collision – 11:10am. The owner of a 2000 Nissan Maxima told officers that he came out to his vehicle this morning to discover damage to the vehicle’s front driver’s side corner. The damage was consistent with a hit and run by a second, unknown vehicle.
3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Warrant service – 12:50pm. Officers stopped to check the welfare of a man sleeping or passed out at the bus stop. Further investigation revealed that he was intoxicated and had an open arrest warrant for failing to appear in court on a trespassing charge. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
4000 block of 32nd Street: Citizen robbery – 6:55pm. Officers responded for the report of a robbery that had just occurred. When the officers arrived they learned that several juveniles were playing basketball at MRES when one of them was approached by an older juvenile who demanded that he remove his shirt and shoes. When the victim refused the suspect assaulted him and took his property by force. The suspect then threatened to burn the victim with a lighter unless he would empty his pockets. The victim complied and the suspect took a quantity of US Currency and his cell phone before fleeing the school on foot. Members of the victim’s family were able to locate and detain the suspect until police arrived. The suspect was arrested and charged accordingly.
2200 block of Varnum Street: Medical emergency – 10:35pm. Officers responded for the report of a man possibly having a heart attack. When they arrived they learned that fire/rescue personnel had already taken the man to a local hospital for treatment of a serious heart attack. Officers later learned that he was pronounced dead at the hospital. Officers assisted in securing the decedent’s vehicle and with transporting his family to the hospital.
3200 block of Arundel Road: Vehicle impound – 9:10am. Officers impounded a 2000 Toyota Avalon for not displaying registration plates and having a suspended registration.
4200 block of Kaywood Drive: Theft from auto – 5:30pm. The owner of a 1996 Toyota Camry told officers that sometime between 3am this morning and the time he called police someone stole the front tag off his vehicle.
3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 7pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public. After receiving the citation he attempted to get into a vehicle and drive away. The officers advised him that it would not be in his best interest to drive a vehicle in his condition and he left the area on foot. A few minutes later the officers heard a woman scream and observed the man assault a woman, punching her several times. When the officers intervened they learned that he had asked the woman to drive his vehicle and began assaulting her when she refused. The man was arrested, charged with 2nd degree assault and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. His vehicle was impounded.
3800 block of 35th Street: Criminal citation – 8:30pm. Officers on bicycle patrol came across a man drinking an alcoholic beverage in public. He was issued a criminal citation and sent on his way.
3800 block of 35th Street: Emergency petition - 10:10pm. Officers responded for the report of a group of men fighting. When the officers arrived they found that most of the men had fled the area, however two remained. Both men were intoxicated and one was suffering from lacerations to the face and head. He was unable to answer simple questions and refused medical treatment. Because of the nature of his condition the officers took him into custody and transported him to a local hospital where he was turned over to medical personnel for treatment of his injuries. The second man was sent on his way without incident. About forty minutes later officers were called back to the area for the report of damage to a 2013 Toyota Prius. The owner of the vehicle said that during the fight one of the men kicked his vehicle causing part of the molding to crack. There was no way to determine which of the men caused the damage.
3000 block of Queens Chapel Road: Trespassing/vandalism – 11:05pm. Officers responded for the report of a man that had just smashed out the glass of the front doors to the Rainier Manor building. Further investigation revealed that a known trespasser was denied entry to the building by a family member. The subject became angry and kicked in the door glass and broke the door frame. The man entered the building but had fled the area by the time the officers arrived. It was also learned that the man has two outstanding warrants now for failing to appear in court on trespassing charges. Officers are in the process of charging him with an additional count of trespassing and destruction of property.
3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Criminal citation – 9:25pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.
3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Traffic – 6am. Officers stopped a 2003 Cadillac for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver’s license was suspended. She was issued the appropriate traffic citations and her vehicle was impounded.
Queens Chapel Road and 25th Street: M/V collision – 9:05am. The driver of a 2003 Toyota Prius failed to yield the right of way to a 1994 Chevy van causing the collision. A female passenger in the Prius was transported to a local hospital for a checkup after sustaining minor injuries. Both vehicles were able to be driven from the scene.
4200 block of Kaywood Drive: Theft from auto – 12pm. The owner of a 1989 Chevy Caprice told officers that sometime between 11pm on the 28th and 7am this morning someone removed the cover off his car and stole the rear historic license plate.
4500 block of Eastern Avenue: Commercial robbery – 3:05am. Officers received a call for an individual acting hysterically. Upon arrival officers found the store clerk standing outside the store. It was learned while the store clerk was sleeping on the floor behind the register four black males pulled up to the store in a white Ford pickup truck. Three suspects using pry tools gained entry into the store. The suspects also pried open the door to the cashier’ station where they encountered the victim. The suspects assaulted the victim and two suspects removed one of the store’s ATM. The suspects also stole an unknown amount of money from the cash register and the suspects stole an unknown amount of cigarettes. PG County CID was notified and EMS treated the victim on the scene for minor injuries to his head. The suspects fled in an unknown direction of travel.
Suspect #1: B/M, 21-25, 5’10”, 150 lbs, black mask, black gloves, all dark clothing, black semi-automatic handgun
Suspect #2: B/M, 20-21, 5’7”, 160 lbs, black mask, black gloves, all dark clothing
Suspect #3: B/M, all dark clothing, red gloves
Suspect #4: Unknown (remained in vehicle)
Weapon: Black semi-automatic handgun, yellow crow bar, large screwdriver
Suspect Vehicle: 2003-2009 white 4Dr Ford F250, unknown tags
3700 block of 34th Street: Recovered stolen auto – 7:45am. Officers responded for the report of a partially disassembled vehicle blocking the roadway. Upon arrival they found a 1994 Nissan ZX in the roadway that had been partially stripped. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle was reported stolen from an address in DC back on April 18th. There were signs that the vehicle had been pushed off of Eastern Avenue onto 34th Street before it was abandoned. The vehicle was impounded and DC police was notified of the recovery.
2300 block of Varnum Street (7-11): Warrant service – 3:15pm. Officers on patrol observed a man in a vehicle who they knew had an open arrest warrant through Prince Georges County for violation of a peace order. When the vehicle stopped at the 7-11 the officers approached the vehicle and arrested him without incident. He was delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
3500 block of Newton Street: Criminal citation (x6) – 12:45am. Officers issued each of six men a criminal citation for drinking in public.
3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue (Oasis Food Market): Open door – 1:25pm. Officers responded for the report of a suspicious situation and upon arrival found the business’s door unsecured. Officers checked the interior of the store and found no issues. The store was secured and management contacted.
4300 block of 34th Street: Traffic – 2:45pm. Officers stopped a 2007 Chevy Cobalt for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver was under the influence of marijuana and in possession of drug paraphernalia. He was issued the appropriate traffic citations and a criminal citation for drug paraphernalia. His vehicle was impounded.
3700 block of 37th Street: Criminal citation (x2) – 4:10pm. Officers issued a woman two criminal citations, one for possession of two marijuana cigarettes and one for possession of narcotics paraphernalia.
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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