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.
3200 block of Varnum Street: Assault – 8:30am. Officers arrested a 52- year old man who had pushed and assaulted his 79- year old mother. He was charged with assault and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
3400 block of Bunker Hill Road: Vehicle impound – 9:40am. Officers impounded a 2002 Nissan Altima because its registration expired in January 2014. There was also an MSP pick up order for the tags for an emissions violation.
3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 2pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for urinating in public.
4300 block of 28th Place: Theft – 3:30pm. The resident told officers that that she was supposed to have a package delivered from the Post Office on May 15th 3pm but never received it. She checked with the mailman and he said that he left the package at her door when it was supposed to be delivered.
3500 block of Perry Street: Criminal citation – 4:40pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.
3400 block of Perry Street: Warrant service – 4:35pm. Officers stopped two individuals who appeared to be intoxicated. Further investigation revealed that one of the men had an open warrant through Prince George’s County for possession of marijuana and obstructing. He arrested and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
3700 block of 34th Street: Criminal citation – 6:20pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.
3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Stolen vehicle – 6:45pm. The owner of a 2001 Dodge Caravan told officers that sometime between 5:30am this morning and the time she called police someone stole her vehicle. No evidence or witnesses were identified.
3100 block of Chillum Road: Suspicious situation – 9:30pm. Officers responded to assist Queenstown security with a juvenile they had detained outside the 7-11. Security told the officers that they saw the juvenile discard a handgun he had concealed on his person. The gun turned out to be a plastic toy gun. The juvenile was also found in possession of a GPS unit that was stolen from an automobile in DC about two months ago. PGPD robbery detectives responded to the scene to conduct a more thorough follow up investigation and took custody of the juvenile. MRPD officers contacted the owner of the GPS to let him know how to retrieve his property.
Bunker Hill Road at 34th Street: Hit and run collision – 3:50am. The owner of a 2006 Honda Accord told officers that she was awakened by the sound of a vehicle collision and her vehicle alarm going off. She victim went outside to investigate and found that her vehicle had been struck by an unknown vehicle that failed to remain at the scene.
4200 block of Kaywood Drive: Vehicle impound – 11:15am. Officers patrolling with automatic license plate reader were alerted to a 1999 Toyota Camry that had a suspended registration and an MSP pick up order for the tags. The vehicle was impounded and the tags seized for return to MVA.
2700 block of Webster Street: Vehicle impound – 11:45am. Officers patrolling with automatic license plate reader were alerted to a 2003 Chevy Malibu that had a suspended registration and an MSP pick up order for the tags. The vehicle was impounded and the tags seized for return to MVA.
One Municipal Place: Warrant service – 1:10pm. Officers on foot patrol observed a subject with an open alcoholic container. Upon further investigation it was learned that the subject had an open arrest warrant out of Prince George’s County for violation of probation. He was arrested and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
2700 block of Queens Chapel Road: Warrant service – 1:45pm. Officers stopped to issue an occupied vehicle a parking citation. Further investigation revealed that the occupant had an open arrest warrant out of Charles County for failing to appear in court. She was arrested and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. The vehicle was impounded for safekeeping.
4000 block of Cedar Lane Alley: Warrant service – 6:25pm. Officers responded for the report of a group of subjects drinking. The officers found four individuals drinking, two of which were on private property. The other two were given warnings. One of the four was found to have an open warrant through Prince George’s County for hindering and obstructing. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
3200 block of Chillum Road: Burglary– 12:37am. The resident told officers that he came home to discover that a piece of jewelry was missing. As he was looking through his apartment for the item he discovered several other items missing. Officers found no evidence of forced entry into the victim’s apartment. He told the officers that he always leaves a key above his door because his father gets locked out often. The key, he said, was not where he had left it. Officers did not recover any evidence and a canvass of the building failed to identify any witnesses. The victim believes that contract painters working in the building are responsible for the crime. PGPD detectives were advised of the crime and will be assisting with a follow-up investigation.
3300 block of Chillum Road (7-11): Theft – 3:15am. The store clerk told officers that two unidentified black males walked into the store, helped themselves to several food items and left store without paying for them. The men were last seen walking towards Queens Chapel Road.
3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 9:20am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.
3100 block of Queens Chapel Road (Advanced Auto Parts): Theft – 12:20pm. Store employees told officers that two black males walked into the store, grabbed numerous items and fled the store without paying for them. The two suspects were last seen leaving the parking lot in a vehicle and the employees were unsure if a third suspect was driving.
3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Criminal citation – 3pm. Officers responded to assist Queenstown security personnel with a suspicious person. Further investigation revealed that the man in question was in possession of a small amount of suspected cocaine. He was issued a criminal citation for the violation, banned from the property and sent on his way.
3700 block of Rhode Island Avenue: M/V collision – 9:10pm. Officers responded to assist fire/rescue personnel with a traffic collision with injuries. When the officers arrived medics were attending to the driver of a 2001 Ford F150 truck that had collided with a tree and struck a parked vehicle. Further investigation revealed that the driver’s failure to properly control his vehicle contributed to the collision. The officer also learned that the driver’s license was suspended. Once medics determined that the driver did not need further medical attention officers arrested him for the license violation and delivered him to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. His vehicle was impounded. The owner of the vehicle that was struck responded to the scene and was given all pertinent information.
4600 block of 25th Street: Vandalism to auto – 6:15am. The owner of a 2002 Ford F250 told officers that sometime between 3pm on the 13th and 5:15 this morning someone pulled out the fuel hose to the gas pump mounted in the bed of the truck and sprayed fuel on the truck. The fuel pump switch was also found damaged. No additional damage was discovered and the vehicle was otherwise operable.
3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Warrant service – 11:14pm. Officers responded to assist Queenstown security personnel with a trespasser. Further investigation revealed that the man in question had an open warrant through the Prince Georges County Sheriff’s Office for theft over $1,000. He was arrested in the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
3100 block of Chillum Road (7-11): Commercial robbery – 3:50am. Officers spoke with the store clerk who said that about 15 minutes before the police responded a black male entered the store and placed his belt in the door hinge to prop the door open. The suspect then approached the sales counter with his hand in his pocket as if he had a gun. The suspect demanded the cash from the register and a pack of Newport cigarettes. The clerk complied with the suspect’s demands whereupon the suspect fled the store. As he was leaving the suspect stole the cell phone accessory display case next to the entrance door. The suspect was last seen in a dark colored 4-door sedan driving towards Queens Chapel Road and on to Hyattsville. PGPD robbery detectives along with a forensics team responded to take over the investigation and gather evidence.
4200 block of Russell Avenue: Theft from auto – 1:50pm. The owner of a 2005 Toyota Camry told officers that sometime between 8pm on May 9th and 6:30am on the 10th someone stole the expiration sticker off the rear tag.
2400 block of Arundel Road: Burglary – 3:30pm. Officers responded for the report of a burglary that had occurred earlier. The resident came home to discover his apartment door partially open and waited for police to respond before entering. Officers checked the apartment and found no one inside but did observe that it had been rummaged through with closet and drawers open and various things tossed about. The resident noted that numerous electronic items had been stolen along with jewelry and shoes. PDPD detectives responded to conduct a follow-up investigation and the residence was processed for evidence.
3300 block of Chillum Road: Suspicious person – 5:25pm. Officers responded to talk with the father of a 10-year old boy. The man told officers that on May 12th an Hispanic male wearing blue pants and a white shirt with white print grabbed his son’s arm while the boy was walking home from school. The boy got scared and ran home to his mother’s house. He was unharmed in the incident. The mother did not report the incident to police due to custody issued with the father.
3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Criminal citation – 9:15pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for trespassing.
4400 block of 28th Place: Burglary – 10:25pm. The resident returned home to discover damage to her apartment’s door frame. Once inside she found the apartment ransacked and several electronic items and a quantity of jewelry had been stolen. Officers determined that the resident did not lock the top deadbolt lock when she left home this morning and those responsible were able to defeat the lower lock to gain entry.
4600 block of 29th Street: Armed robbery – 11:25pm. The victim told officers that while walking home from the West Hyattsville Metro station he noticed an older model gold Toyota drive up to him and stop. Suspects 1 and 2 got out of the vehicle, displayed handguns and demanded his property. The victim complied whereupon both suspects got back into the Toyota and fled the scene towards Varnum Street making good their escape. PDPD detectives responded to interview the victim and conduct a follow-up investigation
Suspect 1: B/M, 20’s, 5’11”, 180lbs, short hair, mustache, dark complexion, white t-shirt, shorts, Bucket hat, silver/black handgun
Suspect 2: B/M, 20’s, 6’0”, 200-215lbs, dreads, medium complexion, white t-shirt, jeans
Suspect 3: B/M (NFD) – remained in the vehicle during the robbery
Suspect 4: B/M driver of vehicle (NFD) – remained in the vehicle during the robbery
4300 block of Russell Avenue: Warrant service – 8:30am. Officers patrolling with an automatic license plate reader were alerted that the owner of an unoccupied vehicle had an open warrant for second degree assault. The warrant was confirmed through Communications and they were able to provide the address for the owner. Officers went to the address, located the owner and arrested him on the warrant. He was delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
One Municipal Place: Criminal citation – 12:20pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.
3000 block of Arundel Road: Service of a peace order – 5:45pm. Officers were flagged down by a man who needed assistance with the service of a peace order against another man who lived in his apartment. Officers located and served the order on the respondent. He gathered his personal belongings and left without further incident.
4400 block of 31st Street: Emergency petition – 8:50pm. Officers responded for the report of a woman who was contemplating suicide. The officers spoke with the woman’s husband and learned that she had overdosed on her prescribed depression medication and was intoxicated. She stating that she wanted to go to sleep and not wake up. The woman was taken into custody and transported to Washington Adventist Hospital where she was released to medical personnel for an emergency psychiatric examination.
3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Attempt citizen robbery – 11:50am. MRPD officers along with officers from the Hyattsville City Police Department and the Prince George’s County Police Department responded for the report of a citizen robbery. Upon arrival, patrol officers spoke with the victim who advised that he encountered Suspect #2 in the 3200 block of Hamilton Street. The victim and suspect #2 arranged a meeting for the victim to purchase marijuana from suspect #2. The victim and suspects #1 and #2 began walking to the 3100 block of Queens Chapel Road. Once there, Suspect #3 arrived carrying a black bag. Suspect #3 pulled an Uzi-style firearm from the bag and attempted to rob the victim. The victim struggled over the firearm with Suspect #3 whereupon all three suspects fled the scene on foot leaving the black bag behind. A search of the bag revealed that there was no firearm inside. A Hyattsville City Police Department K-9 unit responded and conducted a track which ended in the 3300 block of Buchanan Street. An investigator from PGPD’s Northern Regional Investigation Division responded to the scene and began the follow-up investigation. The black bag that was left at the scene was recovered as evidence. There was no property stolen from the victim and he suffered only minor injuries. The investigation is ongoing.
3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Criminal citation – 1:10pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for trespassing. He had been previously barred from the property.
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