Monday, June 16, 2014

Police Report: June 8-14

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.

June 14th:

2300 block of Varnum Street (7-11): Theft – 5:25am. A store clerk told officers that he left his cell phone in the restroom. Sometime between midnight and 3am several people used the restroom. When the clerk went to retrieve his phone he discovered that it had been stolen.

3000 block of Queens Chapel Road (Rainier Manor) : Death – 5:15am. The caretaker of a 92 year old female told officers that she found the woman unresponsive. Fire/rescue personnel responded and pronounced the woman deceased. The State Medical Examiner determined that the woman’s death was from natural causes and authorized her remains released to her guardian.

4100 block of 31st Street: Theft – 10:30am. The owner of a green Sirrus Specialized Sport bicycle told officers that he placed the bike in his driveway while he cut his grass. When he finished he went to retrieve the bike and discovered that it had been stolen.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: 2nd degree assault – 12:05pm. Officers responded to Advanced Auto parts for the report of a woman hiding in the store. When the officers arrived the woman told them that she was hiding from the father of her children after he assaulted her. Officers searched the area for the suspect and were able to locate and arrest him. He was charged with 2nd degree domestic assault and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Theft from auto – 5:55pm. The owner of a 2013 Toyota Rav4 told officers that sometime between 9pm on June 11th and the time she called police someone stole a rear taillight assembly off her vehicle.

June 13th:

3300 block of Bunker Hill Road: Theft from auto – 10am. The owner of a 2001 Chevy Ventura told officers that she parked he vehicle and was gone for about twenty minutes. When she returned she discovered that someone had shattered out the vehicle’s front passenger window and stole her purse from inside. No witnesses or evidence were identified.

June 12th:

2500 block of Arundel Road: Stolen vehicle – 6:20am. The owner of a 2001 Dodge Caravan told officers that sometime between 7pm on the 11th and the time he called police someone stole his van. No evidence was recovered at the scene. At about 6:40am officers were notified by DC police that they had recovered and impounded the victim’s van. The victim was advised of the recovery.

4600 block of 27th Street: Theft from auto – 8:50am. The owner of a 2003 Mercedes told officers that sometime prior to his call to police someone broke into his vehicle by smashing the driver’s side window. Once inside the thieves stole two laptop computers. No evidence as to those responsible was identified.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Attempt stolen auto – 5:35pm. The owner of a 2001 Dodge Caravan told officers that sometime prior to his call to police someone tried to steal his vehicle. There was damage to the driver’s door lock and ignition consistent with an attempted theft. No evidence as to those responsible was identified.

June 11th:

3600 block of Oak Lane: Recovered stolen vehicle – 8:15pm. The resident told officers that she discovered an abandoned Dash 50cc motor scooter in her back yard. Further investigation revealed that the scooter had been previously reported stolen from an address in Prince George’s County. The scooter was impounded for safekeeping.

June 10th:

2400 block of Chillum Road: Traffic – 1am. Officers stopped a 2002 Nissan Maxima for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the tags on the vehicle belonged to a different 2002 Nissan and were suspended. The driver was issued multiple traffic citations. The tags were seized for return to MVA and the vehicle was impounded.

2700 block of Upshur Street: Burglary – 3:30pm. A neighbor called to report that an adjacent apartment door was open and it appeared to have been kicked in. Officers checked the apartment and found no one inside. The bedroom had been ransacked and the resident said that several items of his personal property had been stolen. Other than the reporting person no witnesses were identified and no evidence recovered.

4100 block of 31st Street: Warrant service – 6:10pm. Officers investigating a possible missing juvenile ran a warrant check on the juvenile’s mother. The check revealed that she had an open arrest warrant through Prince George’s County for failing to appear in court on charges of driving without a license. She was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. The juvenile was located and returned to the custody of a parent.

June 9th:

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Dog bite – 11:20am. The victim told officers that as she was walking along Rhode Island Avenue a small black and brown dog aggressively approached her and bit her on her right thigh. Officers were able to locate the dog and its owner and also notified PG Animal Control for follow-up.

3800 block of 34th Street: Theft – 1:50pm. The victim told officers that while she was walking along 34th Street when a black male with no shirt and blue jeans walking past her. As the man passed he stole her cell phone from inside her back pocket. The victim was unaware of the theft until a witness told her. The suspect fled the area in an unknown direction and officers could not locate him during a subsequent canvass of the area.

June 8th:

One Municipal Place: Criminal citation – 8am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for trespassing. The man had previously been issued repeated loitering warning notices.

4100 block of 31st Street: Found property – 2:30pm. Officers responded to take custody of several items of personal property found by a resident. The property was returned to the owner who told officers that it had been inside his car when it was stolen in Brentwood.

3500 block of Wells Avenue: Possession of synthetic marijuana - 3:20pm. Officers stopped to check the welfare of two individuals sleeping in a vehicle. Further investigation revealed that one of the occupants was in possession of synthetic marijuana. He was arrested, charged accordingly and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. The second occupant was found in possession of drug paraphernalia. She was issued a criminal citation and sent on her way.

3600 block of Perry Street: Attempted burglary – 4:20pm. The resident told officers that he returned home to discover that someone tried unsuccessfully to break into his home through the front door. There was minor damage to the door. The scene was processed for evidence and there were no witnesses identified.

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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Monday, June 09, 2014

Police Report: June 1-7

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.

June 7th:

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: EPS – 7:30am. Officers responded for the report of an individual with known mental issues acting erratic and possibly off his medication. When the officers arrived they determined that the man was in need of medical attention and transported him to Washington Adventist Hospital for a medical evaluation.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 2pm. Officers issued a man criminal citations for disorderly conduct and possession of an open alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle.

Case Number: 14-1393

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 2pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for trespassing.

3300 block of Chillum Road: Warrant service – 8pm. Officers stopped a 2001 Ford truck for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver had a suspended license and an open arrest warrant through MSP for the same violation. He was charged accordingly, arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. His vehicle was impounded for safekeeping.

June 6th:

3900 block of Bunker Hill Road: Possession of synthetic marijuana - 8am. Officers stopped two suspicious individuals for a field interview. During the interview one of the men was found in possession of synthetic marijuana and a concealed deadly weapon (knife). He was arrested, charged accordingly and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3900 block of Bunker Hill Road: Traffic – 11:30am. Officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver did not have a license. She was issued the appropriate citations and her vehicle was impounded.

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 1:30pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

One Municipal Place: CDS arrest – 1:45pm. Officers stopped a man who they observed drinking an alcoholic beverage. While speaking with the man the officers determined that he was possibly under the influence of heroin. Further investigation revealed that he was in possession of ¼ gram of heroin and drug paraphernalia. He was arrested, charged accordingly and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3300 block of Chillum Road: Traffic – 8:10pm. Officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver did not have a license. He was issued the appropriate citations and her vehicle was impounded.

June 5th:

3700 block of 36th Street: Vehicle impound – 8:40am. Officers impounded a 2002 Acura TL that had West Virginia license plates that expired in February of 2013.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Emergency petition – 9:15am. Officers responded for the report of a suspicious female at the bus stop. When the officers arrived they saw the woman walking in and out of traffic talking to herself. The officers were forced to physically take the woman into custody to keep her from injuring herself. Fire/rescue personnel responded and transported her to Washington Adventist Hospital for an emergency psychiatric/medical examination.

3700 block of Bunker Hill Road: Theft – 8:50pm. The reporting person told officers that she left the keys to her vehicle on the roof of the vehicle when she went into her house to retrieve her child’s car seat.  When she got back to the car she discovered that her keys had been stolen. No witnesses to the theft could be located.

Queenstown Drive and Chauncey Place: Criminal citation (x2) – 11:45pm. Officers issued each of two men a criminal citation for trespassing. Both men had been previously banned from the property.

June 4th:

3600 block of Oak Lane: Vehicle impound – 8:55am. Officers impounded a 2003 Ford Explore for displaying expired registration plates. The plates expired in September of 2013.

4000 block of 29th Street: Vehicle impound – 10:25am. Officers impounded a 1998 Lincoln Town Car for failing to display registration plates.

4200 block of 29th Street: Vehicle impound – 11am. Officers impounded a 1994 Nissan Pathfinder that was found to be unregistered and displaying tags that were not valid.

2900 block of Arundel Road: Stolen vehicle – 2:30pm. The owner of a 2001 Dodge Caravan told officers that sometime between 7pm on the 3rd and the time he called police someone stole his vehicle. No evidence or witnesses were found.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Warrant service – 2pm. Officers responded to the Beauty Depot for the report of a theft in progress. When they arrived they were told that two females came into the store and attempted to steal two hair pieces. The two left the store and were located by the officers and stopped for questioning. The officers learned that one of the women had an open warrant out of DC for violation of probation that was filed prior to her turning 18. She was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of the girl’s detention facility in Laurel pending extradition to DC.

4200 block of 28th Street: Fraud – 2:30pm. The victim told officers that he was contacted by his financial institution and advised that someone used his debit card at various locations spending over $1,500. The victim confirmed for the bank that the transactions were not made by him and the bank canceled the card.

4000 block of 33rd Street: Theft – 7:10pm. Officers responded to check the welfare of the female occupants of a vehicle. When the officers arrived they confirmed that the females were fine. However they also learned that one of the girls had her cell phone and some currency stolen from her purse by an acquaintance earlier in the day. Officers documented the incident and advised her to seek charges at the court commissioner.

June 3rd:

3800 block of 34th Street: Criminal citation – 1:15pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for possession of a small amount of marijuana.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road (Advanced Auto): Criminal citation – 2:30pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for trespassing.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 3:45pm. Officers issued a man two criminal citations – one for urinating in public and one for possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage.

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Fraud – 7:10pm. The victim came into the police station to report that on or about May 30-31 her credit card was used without her authorization at a 7-11 in Mount Rainier. She provided a copy of the transaction for verification. A police report documenting the theft was completed so that VISA’s fraud department could investigate the incident.

4000 block of 34th Street (ZZ Pizza): Disorderly – 9:35pm. Officers responded for the report of a disorderly man inside the restaurant. The store manager told the officers that the man tried to obtain food without paying for it. When asked to pay for his order the suspect became belligerent and started throwing items around in the store. The suspect was located about a block away and arrested for disorderly conduct.

June 2nd:

3200 block of Queenstown Drive: 1st degree domestic assault - 9:25am. The victim told officers that her boyfriend, uninvited, came into her apartment with her spare keys and began to hit her with an open hand and choked her almost to the point of unconsciousness. After pleading with the suspect to let her go to work, he allowed her to leave the apartment but said, “If you change the locks on the door or go to the Police, I will kill you.” MRPD officers completed a domestic violence lethality assessment and notified PGPD’s Domestic Violence Unit. After DVU detectives interviewed the victim they applied for and received a felony domestic assault warrant for the suspect. Efforts are underway to locate and arrest him.

3200 block of Queenstown Drive: Robbery – 9:25am. The victim, a 13 year old juvenile, told officers that as he was walking to his school bus stop he passed three Hispanic males, one of which he knew by name only. As he passed the three he was tackled from behind and held down while the three stole his cell phone. The victim sustained minor scrapes and bruises during the robbery and said that he was not otherwise assaulted and no weapons were displayed by his assailants. All three suspects attend Hyattsville Middle School with the victim. PGPD robbery detectives were called to conduct a follow-up investigation.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Trespassing – 1:45pm. Officers responded for the report of two intoxicated males sleeping in front of a store front. One of the individuals was transported to the hospital due to his level of intoxication. The second individual was awakened and began creating a disturbance. The officers learned that he had been previously issued a loitering warning notice barring him from the property. As the officers were writing a trespassing criminal citation he became increasingly disorderly and eventually had to be arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and trespassing. 

3800 block of 34th Street: Criminal citation – 2pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for possessing an open container of an alcoholic beverage in a public place.

3100 block of Varnum Street: Theft – 7:15pm. The homeowner told officers that sometime on May 31st someone stole several chairs off her front porch. No witnesses/evidence could be identified.

3400 block of Newton Street: Theft – 7:40pm. The resident told officers that sometime prior to his call to police someone stole three bicycles from his back yard. No witnesses/evidence could be identified.

June 1st:

33rd Street and Bunker Hill Road: Arson – 12:20am. Officers responded for the report of several trash cans on fire. When they arrived they observed three City trash cans on fire at the corners of the intersection and a shopkeeper of a nearby business frantically trying to put out the fires. Officers spoke to the store owner who said that three black males around 18-20 years of age had just lit the cans on fire and fled on foot. Officers canvassed the area for the suspects and as they searched they discovered another can on fire at 34th Street and Shepherd Streets. Officers were able to locate the three suspects in the 3200 block of Shepherd Street and tried to stop them as they fled on foot. They were able to detain one of the suspects and he was positively identified by the witness as one of the subjects involved. He was arrested, charged accordingly and transported to DOC in Upper Marlboro. An investigation to identify the remaining suspects is continuing.

4200 block of Russell Avenue: Returned missing person – 11:20pm. The 15 year old juvenile reported as a runaway returned home. Officers interviewed the boy who said that his mother put him out and out of anger and frustration he decided to stay in the basement of the building. Officers found him in good health with no injuries. 

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.

See or Hear Something?

Say Something!

We WANT to be bothered! Call 301-985-6565/6566.

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Police Report: May 25-31

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.

May 31st:

4600 block of 27th Street: Vandalism to auto – 12:40am. The owner of a 2014 Chevy truck told officers that a group of 8-10 teenagers sprayed his truck and two other vehicles a dry chemical fire extinguisher. The teens than threw the fire extinguisher through the rear window of his truck. The group of teens fled the area on foot and a search for them proved negative.

4500 block of Russell Avenue: Warrant service – 10am. Officers patrolling with an automatic license plate reader were alerted to a 1999 Lexus GS300 that had a suspended registration. Officers stopped the vehicle and learned that the driver had a suspended license and had an open arrest warrant for driving on a suspended license through Prince George’s County. He was issued several citations, arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. His vehicle was impounded for safekeeping.

2400 block of Arundel Road: Burglary – 10:20am. Officers spoke with the reporting person who said that he has been checking on his girlfriend’s apartment while she is in the hospital. When checking this morning he discovered a TV missing. There were no signs of forced entry into the apartment. He also found a set of keys to the apartment that were left by one of his girlfriend’s acquaintances named “Lefty”. The investigation as to whether the acquaintance may be involved is continuing.

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue (Wireless): 2nd Degree Assault/Warrant Service – 2:55pm. The victim told officers that he let a man who lived above the business use a telephone because he was locked out of his apartment. After man finished the call the victim asked him to leave the store. The man became angry and assaulted the victim. Officers canvassed the area, located and arrested the man. Further investigation revealed that he had an open arrest warrant through the United States Marshalls Service for violation of probation. He was charged with 2nd degree assault, arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3800 block of 34th Street: Criminal citation (x2) – 4pm. Officers issued each of two men a criminal citation for drinking in public.

33rd Street and Bunker Hill Road: Warrant service – 7pm. Officers responded for a report of a large disturbance at Joe’s Movement Emporium. Upon arrival officers were met with several disorderly subjects who apparently had an altercation in the establishment. During the course of the investigation the officers’ learned that one of the subjects had an open warrant issued out of Baltimore City for assault. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC In Hyattsville.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Disorderly – 10:20pm. Officers responded to Joe’s Carryout for the report of several subjects drinking. Upon arrival the officers observed two subjects matching the description given by the complainant. Both subjects were being loud and disorderly causing a disturbance in the business. When officers tried to speak to them one of them became belligerent and fled on foot spilling his alcoholic beverage. Officers pursued the subject on foot and located him in the 2700 block of Queens Chapel Road where he was arrested and charged accordingly.

4200 block of Russell Avenue: Missing person (runaway) – 11:05pm. The mother of a 15 year old boy told officers that her son left home at about 10am 30th saying he was going to stay at a friend’s house at the Avondale Apartments on Queens Chapel Road and failed to return home. Officers checked the friend’s house for the boy with negative results. His information was entered into NCIC missing persons files.

May 30th:

4500 block of 32nd Street: MIR – 3:30pm. Officers responded for the report of several subjects arguing over drugs with one subject stating that someone wanted to shoot another person. When the officers arrived they discovered a group of teenagers playing video games in the garage. They spoke to the teens along with the adults and did not find any signs of drugs or weapons.

4600 block of 27th Street: Violation of a protection order – 2:30pm. The victim told officers that she has an active protection order against her husband who keeps circling the area on a bike violating the order. Officers could not locate the suspect and assisted the victim with obtaining charges against her husband at the District Court Commissioner’s office.

4500 block of 30th Street: Vehicle impound – 7:50pm. Officers patrolling the area discovered an unattended Baja dirt bike on the basketball court. The vehicle has no tags and was not reported stolen. It was impounded for safekeeping.

May 29th:

2700 block of Queens Chapel Road: Theft from auto – 5:05pm. The owner of a 2004 Nissan Xterra told officers that sometime prior to her call to police someone stole both tags off her vehicle.

2500 block of Arundel Road: Vandalism – 10am. The resident told officers that sometime prior to her call to police someone damaged her apartment door’s door knob.

May 28th:

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation (x2) – 4pm. Officers issued each of two men a criminal citation for trespassing.

3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Possession of CDS – 4:15pm. Officers stopped two men for a field interview. One of them appeared to be under the influence of either a CDS or alcohol. Further investigation revealed that he was in possession of synthetic marijuana. He was arrested and charged accordingly.

3800 block of 38th Street: Vehicle impound – 4:40pm. Officers stopped a group of five individuals for a field interview. During the interview the officers learned that one of the men had a suspended license. Officers impounded the vehicle he was operating and issued loitering notices to all five individuals.

3500 block of Newton Street: Theft - 9:30pm. The victim told officers that she was in the community laundry room and placed her phone on a counter. At some point three individuals came into the laundry room, one of whom left shortly thereafter. The victim said that the one who left stole her cell phone off the counter.  A canvass of the area for the suspect was negative.

May 27th:

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation (x2) – 7:40am. Officers issued each of two men a criminal citation for drinking in public.

2500 block of Allison Street: Vandalism to auto – 1:55pm. Officers responded for the report of a domestic dispute. When they arrived they interviewed the female half who said that she and her child’s father argued. The man became upset and kicked and scratched her car’s door. She was advised as to her options with the District Court Commissioner.

May 26th:

2900 block of Allison Street: Vandalism (x2) – 9:30pm. The resident told officers that he saw a group of teenagers break an apartment window with a tree branch in the 4600 block of 30th Street. A couple of minutes later he heard another window break and discovered it was one of the windows in his apartment. The group fled and the victim did not provide a useable description of any of the suspects.

3200 block of Chillum Road: Warrant service – 2:15pm. Officers stopped a 2003 Toyota Corolla for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver had an open warrant through Prince George’s County for failing to appear in court on a charge of driving without a license. He was arrested and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3300 block of Perry Street: Warrant service – 4:40pm. Officer stopped three individuals for a field interview. During the interview the officers learned that one of the men had an open arrest warrant through the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office for felony violation of probation and FTA driving on a suspended license. He was arrested and delivered to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department in Takoma Park.

2700 block of Webster Street: Vandalism to auto – 8:30pm. The owner of a 1999 Cadillac Deville told officers that sometime between 12pm on the 25th and 5am this morning someone dented the vehicle’s trunk and threw a piece of concrete through the rear window. No evidence or witnesses were identified.

May 25th:

3300 block of Chauncey Place: Attempt vehicle theft – 3:30pm. The owner of a 2006 Dodge Caravan told officers that she parked he vehicle on the 24th at about 4pm. When she returned to her vehicle this afternoon she discovered that it had been moved out of its parking space and the driver’s side door was ajar. When she entered the vehicle she noticed that the ignition was hanging out of the steering column. No evidence or witnesses could be identified.

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.

See or Hear Something?

Say Something!

We WANT to be bothered! Call 301-985-6565/6566.