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.
Nothing significant to report.
2400 block of Arundel Road: MIR – 8:30am. The reporting person told officers that he had been involved in a minor traffic collision in the parking lot of the Varnum Street 7-11 at about 5:45am this morning. He said that as he was providing his personal information to the other driver the other driver became upset and threw him to the ground. Officers viewed the store’s security camera footage and saw nothing to support the reporting person’s account of what allegedly occurred.
3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Fraud – 3:30pm. The victim told officers that she was taken for $350 by a man from Nigeria who offered to rent her a house in Silver Spring via Craig’s List.
3700 block of 37th Street: Burglary – 3:50pm. The resident told officers that he returned home to discover that the house had been ransacked and several items of his personal property stolen. Officers discovered that those responsible broke into the home through the side door which is accessed via the kitchen and driveway. It appeared that a brick was used to break a window pane in the door which enabled the suspect (s) to unlock the door. Officers processed the scene for evidence with negative results.
3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Theft – 4:25pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for misdemeanor theft after store employees detained him for shoplifting three cans of an alcoholic beverage. The merchandise was returned to the store and the man sent on his way.
3800 block of 34th Street: Vehicle impound – 11:20pm. Officers impounded a 2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser that had become disabled due to a broken axel and was blocking the roadway.
3100 block of Chillum Road: Armed robbery – 1:50am. The store clerk told officers that a black male (5’8”; about 35-37 years of age; wearing a long green coat, dark gray pants and a black ski mask) came into the store, produced a revolver and demanded that the clerk remove the cash drawers and place them on the counter. The victim complied and the suspect removed the cash from the drawers. The suspect also demanded Newport Cigarettes and the clerk provided the suspect with approximately 10 packs of cigarettes in a bag. The suspect then fled on foot to the rear of the business.
3100 block of Chillum Road: Traffic – 11:10am.Officers stopped a 2000 Ford Expedition after an ALPR alerted them that the vehicle’s tags were suspended and there was a pick up order for the tags. Further investigation revealed that the driver did not have a license. The driver was issued several traffic citations and the vehicle was impounded.
3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Home invasion – 7:20am. Officers were notified by PGPD that a victim if a robbery was at Queens Chapel Road and Chillum Road. When the officers arrived on the scene they spoke with the victim who claimed that he was walking his dog and was robbed by five unknown black males wearing hooded sweat shirts. Further investigation revealed that the victim’s version of the incident did not match with the evidence found at the scene. Officers discovered that the suspects entered the victim’s apartment through the front window. Once inside they assaulted the victim in a bedroom. When the victim fled the apartment the suspects apparently fired shots him as he fled. The incident is under investigation by PGPD CID detectives and is believed to be connected to the victim’s selling of narcotics.
3800 block of 32nd Street: Theft – 9:30am. The victim told officers that sometime between 9pm on the 18th and 7am this morning someone stole four landscaping bricks out of his yard. He said that this was the second time in the past few days that bricks had been stolen. No evidence as to those responsible was found.
3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Theft – 2:15pm. The victim told officers that he left his car unlocked as he went briefly into a store. When he returned he discovered that someone had entered the vehicle and stole his handicapped placard from inside the glove box.
3100 block of Bunker Hill Road: Fraud – 8:20pm. The victim told officers that he was contacted via social media by a man claiming to be an entertainer’s cousin. The man said the entertainer needed to give away money to those in need as part of his court ordered probation and he was authorized to give the victim $800. The scam involved the victim putting $800 on a pre-paid credit card with the suspect adding an additional $800 and returning it to the victim. The victim obtained the card and gave the information to the suspect. The suspect downloaded the money off the card and that was the last the victim heard from him.
37th and Otis Streets: Traffic – 2am. Officers stopped a 2010 VW jetta for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the tags were suspended, there was a pick up order for the tags and the driver’s license was suspended. The driver was issued several traffic citations, the tags were seized for return to MVA and the vehicle was impounded.
4100 block of Rainier Avenue: Theft – 8:40am. The victim told officers that he awoke to find his 32 inch flat screen television missing from his living room. During the officers’ investigation they obtained sufficient evidence to apply for and receive an arrest warrant for the victim’s cousin charging him with theft of the TV.
3300 block of Buchanan Street: Vehicle impound – 9:30am. Officers impounded a 1994 Toyota Celica that was unregistered and had no license plates attached.
3200 block of Perry Street: Hit and run collision – 1pm. The owner of a 2004 Infinity told officers that she came out to her vehicle and discovered that an unidentified vehicle struck the left rear quarter panel of her vehicle and fled in an unknown direction. The damage to the victim’s vehicle is minor, and the vehicle is drivable.
2900 block of Allison Street: EPS – 2:25pm. Officers investigating a possible assault were confronted by a man who was suffering from the effects of PCP intoxication. When the officers attempted to speak with him he stuttered that he was fine and fled the apartment building. Officers were able to apprehend him and take him into custody only after deploying a Taser. He was taken to Washington Adventist Hospital and released to medical personnel for treatment.
3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Theft – 4:40pm. The resident told officers that he arrived at his apartment to discover that the door was ajar. When she went inside she smelled smoke and saw that all of her windows were open. She also discovered several personal items and a quantity of cash missing. Further investigation revealed that the door was open because fire/rescue personnel forced it open to fight a fire caused by food on the stove. No evidence was identified in the theft.
4700 block of 27th Street: Assault – 7:30am. A 14 year old boy (victim) told officers that on November 14th he got into a verbal argument with another student (suspect) while on the school bus. When the two got off the bus the suspect punched the victim in the face and head multiple times with a closed fist. Fire/rescue personnel responded but the victim refused medical treatment. On the 16th the victim complained of headaches and was taken to Children’s Hospital where he was treated for a concussion. Charges against the suspect are pending.
3200 block of Queenstown Drive: Domestic assault – 2:20pm. Officers spoke with the victim who said that she and her boyfriend became involved in an argument over text messages. The argument turned physical and the boyfriend hit her once in the nose with his hand. The officers observed some swelling to the victim’s nose and under her right eye but she refused medical treatment. The boyfriend was arrested, charged with domestic assault and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. A domestic violence lethality screen was conducted, however the victim declined to speak with a counselor.
3300 block of Buchanan Street: Vehicle impound – 12:15pm. Officers impounded a 2000 Toyota Corolla that had been previously marked for 48-hour towing. Officers patrolling with an automatic license plate reader received an alert that a 1997 Nissan Maxima had suspended tags and a pick up order for the tags. The tags were seized for return to MVA and the vehicle was impounded.
4000 block of 30th Street: Attempt burglary – 1pm. Witnesses told officers that they saw three black males push in a window air conditioner unit and flee the area. The suspects were not successful in getting into the residence. The owners, who were out of town, were contacted and advised of the incident. The officers were able to secure the home and a canvass of the area for the suspects was negative.
3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Disorderly – 7:40pm. Officers responded for the report of a domestic. When they arrived they tried to speak with the male half who was highly intoxicated. He was uncooperative and left the apartment and became disorderly when he got outside. Attempts to get him to calm down and leave the area were unsuccessful. He was arrested, charged with disorderly conduct and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
4100 block of Kaywood Place: Armed robbery – 9:30pm. The victim told officers that he was walking to his apartment when an unknown black male approached him and grabbed him by the throat from behind. The suspect produced a handgun and demanded the victim’s wallet. The victim replied that he did not have a wallet so the suspect patted him down and stole his cell phone. The suspect then fled on foot up Kaywood Drive towards Russell Avenue and then unknown. The victim described his assailant as a black male in his 30’s; 6’01” tall; 220lbs; wearing dark pants, a dark color jacket with a logo on the front breast and a black winter hat; armed with a large frame semi automatic handgun. A search of the area for the suspect proved negative.
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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