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.
3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Aggravated assault – 12:25pm. Officers responded for the report of a man with a knife threatening people. When the officers arrived they spoke with a victim who said that the man became angry when he tried to negotiate the purchase of cigarettes. The man produced a silver knife and swung it at the victim. The victim fled the scene so as not to be injured. Officers located the suspect and found him in possession of a silver knife. The victim positively identified him as his assailant. The man was arrested, charged accordingly and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
3800 block of Chauncey Place: Property damage – 1:25pm. The resident told officers that he returned home to discover that his living room window had been broken out. There was no evidence to suggest a burglary was attempted.
3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 3:50pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for possession of narcotics paraphernalia; and a citation for urinating in public.
3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue:Warrant service – 4:15pm. Officers stopped a man for possession of an open container of beer. Further investigation revealed that he had an open arrest warrant through Prince George’s County for possession with intent to distribute a CDS. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
2200 block of Varnum Street: DUI – 12:15am. Officers stopped a2014 Audi A4 for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver was under the influence of alcohol. He was transported to the University of Maryland PD for a breath test. The test revealed that his BAC was .21. He was charged accordingly and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. His vehicle was impounded for safekeeping.
2300 block of Varnum Street (7-11): Shoplifting – 7:55am. Officers were called to the 7-11 for the report of a shoplifting that had just occurred. The officers obtained a description of the suspect from the store clerk and were able to locate him near Eastern Avenue. The suspect was positively identified as the man who stole several food items. He was charged with theft and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
4000 block of 35th Street: Theft – 11:30am. The owner of a red Jamis Commuter bicycle told officers that her bike was stolen off her front porch sometime between May 26th and June 9th.
2900 block of Queens Chapel Road: Vehicle impound – 7:10am. Officers impounded a 1997 Honda Civic that was unregistered and displaying illegal tags.
4700 block of 25th Street: M/V collision – 9:40am. Officers impounded a 2013 Chevy Malibu because it became disabled after striking a decorative fence. The driver had accidentally hit the gas instead of the brake and the collision ensued.
3200 block of Queens Chapel Road: Warrant service – 6:20pm. Officers observed a man who they knew from prior experience to have an open arrest warrant for failure to appear in court. After confirming the warrant the officers arrested the man and delivered him to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
4300 block of Russell Avenue: EPS – 7:50pm. Officers responded for the report of an unresponsive man in a vehicle. Officers received additional information that the man was suffering from PTSD and depression and had overdosed on medication in an attempt to harm himself. Officers were able to wake the man and summon fire/rescue personnel for transport to the hospital. He was released to medical personnel for treatment and evaluation.
4000 block of 36th Street: Stolen vehicle – 7:15am. The owner of a 1997 Ford Crown Victoria told officers that sometime between midnight and the time he called police someone stole his vehicle. No evidence/witnesses were identified.
4400 block of 29th Street: Attempt theft/theft from auto – 7:30am. The owner of a 1996 Toyota Corolla told officers that sometime between 9:30pm on the 17th and the time he called police someone broke into his vehicle. Those responsible pried the dash apart in an attempt to steal the stereo but were unsuccessful. At the same time the owner of a 2003 Toyota Echo approached the officers and told them that someone also broke into her vehicle and was successful in stealing a USB mobile charger from inside.
3200 block of Arundel Road: Recovered stolen auto – 10:50am. Officers patrolling with an LPR were alerted to a 2005 Lincoln Aviator. They stopped to investigate and discovered that the vehicle’s interior had been completely removed. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle had been reported stolen from an address in DC back on June 8th at about 2:30am. The vehicle was impounded and DC police were notified of the recovery.
3300 block of Buchanan Street: Vandalism to auto – 12:30pm. The owner of a 2000 Honda Accord told officers that sometime between 10:30pm and the time he called police someone damaged the vehicle’s rear passenger side vent window.
3100 block of Shepherd Street: Theft – 6:30pm. The owner of a blue Mongoose mountain bike told officers that it was stolen from his back porch sometime between 7am and the time he called police. The thieves left a silver bike in its place. Officers were able to identify the owner of the silver bike and return it to her. The silver bike had been stolen sometime between 11pm last night (the 17th) and 7:30am this morning.
3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation (x2) – 11am. Officers stopped a man for drinking an alcoholic beverage in public. Further investigation revealed that he was also in possession of a small amount of marijuana. He was issued criminal citations for both violations and sent on his way.
31stand Taylor Streets: Criminal citation – 12:50pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for possession two open containers of an alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle. Field sobriety tests showed he was not intoxicated and was allowed to drive from the scene.
3400 block of Bunker Hill Road: Possession of CDS – 4:15pm. Officers stopped a 2002 Ford Explorer for an equipment violation (window tint). Further investigation revealed that a female passenger in the vehicle was in possession of marijuana and had an open arrest warrant through Prince George’s County for failure to appear in court. She was arrested on the warrant, charged with possession of CDS and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
2300 block of Varnum Street (7-11): Theft (shoplifting) – 11:10pm. The store clerk told officers that three young black males came into the store, grabbed approximately $27 worth of items off the store shelves and left the store without paying for them. They were last seen on foot towards eastern Avenue. A search of the area for the three youths was negative.
Chillum Road and Buchanan Street: DUI – 1am. Officers came upon a 2005 Nissan Murano illegally parked in the roadway. Further investigation revealed that the driver was intoxicated. He was arrested and charged accordingly. The vehicle was impounded for safekeeping.
3300 block of Chillum Road: Child neglect – 7:45am. Officers responded for the report of two toddlers who were outside of an apartment building unaccompanied by an adult. A passerby had discovered the children and could not ascertain where they lived. When the officers arrived they recognized the children from a similar encounter back in April. The officers took custody of the kids and brought them back to MRPD. Upon further investigation the officers were able to get the mother’s address from her employer. She was contacted and had no idea her children had walked away from her apartment. Since this was the second time the children were left unattended Child Protective Services was contacted for guidance. CPS told the officers to return the children to their mother and they would follow up at a later time. The mother responded to MRPD and took custody of the children.
4300 block of 29th Street: Identity theft – 2:50pm. The victim told officers that the IRS rejected her income tax return because her social security number had already been used to file a return. The IRS did not tell the victim the name of the person who filed the return or where it was filed.
4000 block of 37th Street: Identity theft – 4:10pm. The victim told officers that upon checking his credit report he discovered several unauthorized accounts and transactions. He needed a police report to document the fraud and to allow the credit reporting agency to investigate the incident.
4000 block of 29th Street: Theft from auto – 6am. The owner of a 2004 Nissan maxima told officers that sometime overnight someone broke into his vehicle through a front passenger window and stole a quantity of cash and a GPS unit from inside.
4000 block of 32nd Street: Theft from auto – 3:45am. The owner of a 2003 Lexus told officers that he heard his vehicle alarm go off and went to investigate. He found the vehicle’s trunk open and said that his in dash touch screen stereo and subwoofer were stolen from the vehicle. He also said that the front passenger window was damaged and that is how entry was made. Upon further investigation officers do not believe that the incident occurred at the time or location the victim stated. There were no signs that the incident occurred at the location and officers do not think the time frame is accurate. The incident was documented noting the officer’s discrepancies.
3300 block of Chauncey Place: Child sexual assault – 10:50am. Upon speaking to the parties involved officers learned that sometime on June 3rd two teenage girls ages 14 and 15 claimed that their stepfather sexually assaulted them. Officers contacted PGPD sex crimes detectives as well as the Office of Child Protective Services for assistance with the investigation.
4100 block of 31st Street: Theft – 2:25pm. The victim told officers that sometime between 11am on June 12th and the time he called police someone stole a purple and blue ladies model bicycle that was stored on a rack in his backyard.
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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