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.
3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Warrant service – 12:30am. Officers on patrol were approached by a man asking them to check to see if he had any open arrest warrants. As fate would have it, he had an open warrant for failing to appear in court on traffic related charges. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
34th Street and Rhode Island Avenue: Strong arm robbery – 6:40am. Officers patrolling the bus stop saw a black male rob a man of his cell phone. When the suspect saw that the officers saw him commit the robbery he got into a 2005 Nissan and tried to flee the area by backing up 34th Street towards Bunker Hill Road. He didn’t get very far when he crashed the vehicle into a light pole which spun the vehicle into a building. He then tried to flee on foot but was quickly apprehended by the officers. He was charged with several crimes including robbery and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. The investigation revealed that there was a second suspect in the vehicle who fled on foot after the crash. A K-9 search for that suspect was unsuccessful. The arrestee’s vehicle was impounded for evidence purposes.
4500 block of Eastern Avenue (BP Station): Theft from auto – 10:30am. The victim told officers that she was pumping gas when she realized that she forgot to lock her vehicle. When she turned around to do so, she saw a black male inside the vehicle stealing her purse. The man jumped into a white Honda Pilot occupied by two other black males and fled down Varnum Street towards 22nd. The victim attempted to pursue the suspect but could not keep up with him.
4500 block of 32nd Street: Fraud – 11:05am. The victim told officers that on the morning of September 3rd he discovered that someone used his debit card information to make an online purchase. He contacted the bank and had the card and transaction cancelled. The victim wanted the incident documented.
4300 block of 28th Place: Vehicle impound – 1pm. Officers impounded a 2001 Ford Expedition that was displaying tags that expired in March of this year.
3100 block of Buchanan Street: Criminal citation (x4) – 3:30pm. Officers issued each of four men a criminal citation for drinking in public.
4000 block of Cedar Lane: Found property – 3:35pm. Officers responded to take possession of a handgun found by an individual. The gun turned out to be a cap gun and was recovered as found property and marked for destruction.
3300 block of Chillum Road: Domestic – 11:25pm. Officers responded for the report of a husband/wife domestic dispute. There were no signs of a physical dispute and neither party was injured. They were both advised of their options with a District Court Commissioner.
3400 block of Bunker Hill Road: Criminal citation – 2:30am. Officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that a passenger in the vehicle was in possession of a small quantity of marijuana. He was issued a criminal citation for the violation and sent on his way.
3800 block of 33rd Street: Vehicle impound – 12:45pm. Officers impounded a 1998 Honda Accord after an ALPR hit showed the vehicle’s registration was suspended and there was a pick up order for the tags.
3000 block of Queens Chapel Road: Traffic – 2:55pm. Officers stopped a 1997 Honda Civic for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver did not have a license. The vehicle was subsequently impounded and the diver charged accordingly.
3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Trespassing -6:45pm. Officers responded for the report of suspicious subjects hanging around in the entranceway of a business. Officers detained two individuals and learned that one of them, a juvenile, had been previously banned from the business. He was charged with trespassing via a juvenile petition and released pending Juvenile Court disposition. The second individual was advised against trespassing and sent on his way.
3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: CDS possession – 9pm. Officers stopped a 2011 Audi for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver had smoked marijuana about an hour prior to being stopped and was still in possession of about 16.9 grams of marijuana. He was arrested, issued several traffic citations, charged with CDS possession and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
2500 block of Queens Chapel Road: Hit and run collision – 4:50pm. Officers on patrol witnessed a traffic collision. The driver of the at-fault vehicle fled the scene at a high rate of speed but officers were able to stop the vehicle and detain the driver. Further investigation revealed that the driver did not have a license. He was arrested, charged accordingly and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
3500 block of Bunker Hill Road: Criminal citation – 7:45pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage in public.
3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Warrant service – 11pm. Officers patrolling the area saw two men fighting. The officers broke up the fight and further investigation revealed that one of the participants had an open arrest warrant through the United States Marshalls Service for carrying a prohibited weapon. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Upper Marlboro.
3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Attempt stolen vehicle/possession of CDS – 12:05am. Officers responded for the report of an attempted auto theft. When the officers arrived they contacted the owner of a 1988 Chevy Caprice who was holding a man he caught trying to steal his car. Officers placed the man under arrest and a search of his person revealed that he was in possession of five baggies of marijuana. He was charged with attempt theft of a motor vehicle, rogue and vagabond and possession of a CDS. He was turned over to DOC personnel in Hyattsville.
4000 block of 35th Street: Destruction of property – 7:10pm. The resident told officers that sometime between 4pm on the 1st and 4pm today someone broke the wooden panels on the property’s backyard fence. No evidence/witnesses could be identified.
2700 block of Webster Street: Theft from auto – 7:20pm. The owner of a 2008 BMW told officers that sometime between 9pm on August 29th and 12pm on the 30th someone ransacked the interior of her vehicle and stole several items of her personal property. There were no signs of forced entry into the vehicle. No evidence/witnesses were identified.
2700 block of Webster Street: Theft from auto – 9:05am. The owner of a 2015 Audi RS5 told officers that she came out to her vehicle this morning to discover that all four wheels and tires had been stolen. She also discovered the passenger side window broken out and numerous items of her personal property had been stolen from inside the vehicle. She said the theft occurred sometime overnight since she parked the vehicle around midnight. No evidence/witnesses were identified.
4300 block of 28th Place: Theft from auto – 11:05am. The owner of a 2013 Buick told officers that a neighbor contacted him and said that someone had stolen all four wheels and tires off his vehicle. The theft occurred sometime between 3:30am this morning and the time the victim called police. No evidence/witnesses were identified.
3100 block of Queens Chapel Road (Joe’s Carryout): Trespassing – 10:30pm. Officers charged a juvenile with trespassing after having previously warned him twice to stay off the property. The juvenile was released to his foster parents on the scene pending Juvenile Court action.
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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