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.
3600 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Traffic – 4:10am. Officers stopped a 2012 Nissan Altima for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle’s registration was suspended and there was a pick up order for the tags. The tags were seized for return to MVA and the vehicle was impounded.
2500 block of Queens Chapel Road: Assault – 4:50pm. Officers responded for the report of a domestic assault. The victim told the officers that her brother, who was under the influence of a CDS, became violent and choked her and struck her repeatedly. The suspect fled the scene prior to the officers’ arrival. The officers completed a lethality assessment and transported the victim to the Commissioner’s office to petition for a protective order. A warrant was obtained for the suspect’s arrest.
3700 block of 34th Street: Disorderly conduct/assault on police – 1pm. A citizen alerted officers to a man who was lying unconscious in the street. Officers found the man and were able to awaken him. Once awake he became extremely violent towards the officers and appeared to be under the influence of a CDS. The man assaulted one of the officers as they tried to get him under control. Officers were eventually forced to deploy a Taser weapon to get the man under arrest. Fire/rescue personnel transported him to Washington Adventist Hospital for medical treatment. Once he was released from the hospital he was charged with disorderly conduct and assault on an officer. He left in the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
3100 block of Queens Chapel Road (Family Dollar): Theft – 7pm. The store manager told officers that three black males in their early 20s came into the store and stole twelve bottles of Gain laundry detergent. The three were last seen going toward the grocery store across the street. The manager was unable to rewind the security video so that officers could get a description of the suspects.
3100 block of Perry Street: Attempted burglary – 12:05am. The resident told officers that at about 11:40pm she heard a window break in the rear of her residence. She investigated and discovered that a rear bedroom window was cracked and pushed in. Further investigation revealed that at an unknown person removed the screen to the window, placed a chair under the window and attempted to gain entry to the residence.
3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Disorderly conduct/assault on police – 8:40am. Officers stopped to interview a man seen drinking in public. When the officers approached him he became very hostile and began shouting obscenities at the officers. Repeated attempts to get him to calm down were unsuccessful. At one point he exposed himself and urinated in front of the officers. When the officers tried to arrest him he kicked an officer in the leg while resisting arrest. He was finally taken into custody and transported to DOC in Hyattsville where he was charged with assaulting a police officer, disorderly conduct, drinking in public and urinating in public.
3200 block of Chillum Road: 2nd degree domestic assault – 12:50pm. The victim told officers that she and her boyfriend had a verbal argument about text messages that he had in his cell phone. She further advised that at some point he became combative and began to choke her and forced her to the living room floor. Officers observed that the victim had visible scratches and bruises on the left side her neck. The boyfriend was placed under arrest, charged with 2nd degree domestic assault and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
4200 block of 30th Street: Missing person – 12:30pm. The daughter of a 58 year old man reported her father missing. A short while after the report was taken the daughter called Communications and said that she had located her father down the street near the park. The man was suffering from multiple health issues but other than signs of weakness and his health related symptoms, there appeared to be no signs of foul play or any other visible trauma. Fire/rescue personnel transported him to a local hospital for treatment.
3100 block of Queens Chapel Road (Beauty Depot): Criminal citation – 2:30pm. Officers responded for the report of a shoplifting that just occurred. Store employees gave the officers a description of two of the individuals involved. Officers searched the area and found the two and after a brief foot chase was able to apprehend both, one of whom was a juvenile. The adult was charged via citation with theft and possession of a small amount of marijuana. The juvenile was charged with theft via a Juvenile Court petition.
3800 block of 34th Street: Vandalism to auto – 6:35pm. The owner of a 2007 BMW stopped officers to report that sometime between 7pm on the 3rd and 6:30 today someone “egged” her vehicle.
3400 block of Newton Street: Unlawful fireworks – 9:50pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for unlawful possession and lighting of fireworks.
3200 block of Queenstown Drive: Attempt vehicle theft – 1:45am. Officers received a call that Queenstown Security had two subjects stopped that were tampering with a vehicle. Upon further investigation the officers determined that the two men had broken into a vehicle and attempted to steal it. The suspects were arrested, charged accordingly and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
Queens Chapel Road and Chillum Road: Traffic – 7:45am. Officers stopped a 2003 Nissan Murano for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver did not have a valid license. He was cited accordingly and his vehicle was impounded.
3100 block of Taylor Street: Vandalism to auto – 8am. The reporting person told officers that sometime between 8pm on the 2nd and 7:30 this morning someone smashed out the front passenger window of his neighbor’s 2000 Honda Civic. The owner is currently out of town so it is unknown if anything was taken from inside the vehicle.
4300 block of Kaywood Drive: Theft from auto – 10:40am. The owner of a 2001 Buick Century told officers that sometime between 11pm on the 2nd and the time he called police someone stole all four wheels and tires off his vehicle.
4700 block of 31st Place: Vehicle impound – 8:30pm. Officers received a call from the parking enforcement officer alerting them to a 1996 Lexus possibly displaying stolen tags. Officers located the vehicle and confirmed that the affixed tag was previously reported stolen from an address in DC. The tag was recovered and the vehicle impounded.
2300 block of Queens Chapel Road: M/V collision – 10:40am. Officers responded for the report of a motor vehicle collision. When they arrived they found a 2013 Ford Explorer flipped over on its roof and a 2012 Toyota with heavy front end damage. Their investigation revealed that the driver of the Explorer failed to yield the right of way to the Toyota while making a left turn off Queens Chapel Road. Neither driver required medical attention at the scene. The driver of the Explorer was issued a traffic citation for causing the collision.
2500 block of Arundel Road: Armed robbery – 12:30pm. The victim came into the police station to report that he had been robbed at gun point on July 1st. He said that at about 11:15pm he walked into his apartment building and was met by a man who asked to use his cell phone. Seconds later a second man appeared, produced a handgun and ordered the victim to his knees. The first suspect went through the victim’s pockets and stole his wallet and cell phone. Both suspects then fled the scene in an unknown direction. The victim said that he delayed in reporting the incident because he was shaken up by the incident.
3300 block of Chillum Road: M/V collision – 4:45pm. Officers investigated a single vehicle collision and determined that the driver of a 1995 GMC truck lost control of his vehicle and left the roadway. The vehicle went up onto the sidewalk and knocked down several trees and a sign before coming to rest. There were no injuries.
2400 block of Chillum Road: Traffic – 7:55pm. Officers stopped a 2009 Mercedes C300 for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver’s license was suspended as the result of DUI offenses. Officers also located several open containers of alcohol in the vehicle. The driver was arrested, charged accordingly and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. His vehicle was impounded.
3100 block of Chillum Road: 2nd degree assault – 11pm. The victim told officers that he stopped to get fuel at the Sunoco station. While fueling a man on a bicycle approached him and accused the victim of almost hitting him. The man proceeded to punch the victim and push his elderly mother. The suspect then fled the scene in an unknown direction. The victim described the suspect as a black male, 18-22 years of age, with short curly hair, a thin build, and wearing no shirt, jean shorts and red checkered boxers. Officers searched the surrounding area for the suspect with negative results.
One Municipal Place: Criminal citation – 10:15pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for urinating in public.
3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Theft – 3:15pm. The victim came into the police station and told officers that while he was inside an electronics store he observed a black male with dreads approach his bicycle and ride off with it in the direction of 34th Street. The victim attempted to chase the suspect but was unsuccessful. He described his bike as black in color but was unable to give any other detail.
4600 block of 25th Street: Vandalism – 10:15pm. The resident told officers that someone threw a brick through his back bedroom window falling into his daughter’s bed where she was sleeping. The daughter was not injured and the victim did see who may have thrown the brick. The victim did say that earlier in the day there was a lot of yelling in an adjacent apartment and he thinks this might be in retaliation for that incident.
4600 block of 29th Street: 2nd degree domestic assault – 5:20am. The female half of a domestic assault told officers that she and her boyfriend were fighting and that he threatened her with a kitchen knife. Further investigation revealed that the female was the aggressor and it was she who attacked her boyfriend. The boyfriend had proof of the incident by recording it with his cell phone. The female was arrested, charged with domestic assault and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
4200 block of Russell Avenue: Missing person – 6:30pm. The mother of a 15 year old boy told officers that her son had left home on the 28th and had not returned. She said that this was the fifth day this month that he has left home. She also said that her son has been charged with several robberies in the area. The boy’s information was entered into NCIC missing persons files.
3300 block of Chauncey Place: Strong arm robbery – 9:45pm. The victim told officers that as he was walking home from Joe’s Carryout he was grabbed by a black male. The suspect went through the victim’s pockets and stole a quantity of cash and other personal belongings before fleeing the area towards Queens Chapel Road. PGPD robbery detectives responded to the scene and began a follow up investigation. On July 2nd PGPD detectives developed a suspect in the case and obtained a warrant for his arrest. The suspect has not yet been located.
2500 block of Arundel Road: Hit and run collision – 11:30am. The owner of a 2008 Hyundai Sonata told officers that sometime between 10:30pm on the 28th and the time he called police someone backed into his vehicle causing damage to the hood. No evidence or witnesses were 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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