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.
3200 block of Buchanan Street: Hit and run collision – 4:44pm. The owner of a 2005 Honda told officers that he parked his vehicle in good condition this morning at about 10:30. When he returned to the car this afternoon he discovered damage that was consistent with being struck by a passing vehicle. The damage appeared superficial and no additional evidence/witnesses could be found.
4600 block of 27th Street: Vehicle impound – 9:05am. Officers patrolling with a mobile license plate reader were alerted to a 2002 Lexus with an MSP pick up order for the tags due to a compulsory insurance violation. The tags were seized for return to MVA and the vehicle was impounded.
3200 block of Arundel Road: Stolen/recovered vehicle – 10:25am. The owner of a 2006 Ford van told officers that he came out to his vehicle this morning to discover that it had been stolen. He also said that he did not lock the vehicle when he parked it last night and that there was about $900 worth of construction materials inside. Officers took a report and entered the vehicle into NCIC stolen vehicle files. At about 7pm officers were notified that one of their officers recovered the vehicle in the 4900 block of Newton Street in Bladensburg. The owner was notified and retrieved his vehicle. It is not known if the construction materials were in vehicle when it was recovered.
3100 block of Chillum Road: CDS possession – 12:10pm. Officers stopped a 2011 Subaru for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that a female passenger was in possession of marijuana and CDS paraphernalia in quantity and packaging sufficient to sustain a charge of possession with intent to distribute the drug. She was arrested, charged accordingly and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. The driver’s license was determined to be suspended and he was issued the appropriate citations and released. The vehicle was impounded.
3700 block of 34th Street: Recovered stolen vehicle – 7pm. Officers were notified that the 2000 Ford van reported stolen from the 3700 block of 34th Street back on January 16th had been recovered by PGPD officers in the 2400 block of 57th Place in Hyattsville. No arrests were made and the vehicle was released to the owner.
3000 block of Upshur Street: M/V collision – 9:40pm. Officers responded for the report of a vehicle that had crashed into a house. Witnesses told the officers that they saw a 2015 Honda driving at a high rate of speed and fail to stop at the stop sign at Rainier and Upshur. The vehicle failed to negotiate a left turn onto Upshur and lost control striking the curb and a fence and finally coming to rest after it hit a private residence. The uncooperative driver was issued numerous traffic citations and his vehicle was impounded.
4000 block of 34th Street: Citizen robbery – 11:40pm. The victim told officers that he was approached by two black males, one of whom produced a handgun and demanded his property. The victim turned over $7 in cash and the two suspects fled the scene towards Shepherd Street. A Greenbelt City K-9 team responded and tracked the suspects to the area of Volta Avenue and Rhode Island Avenue where they lost the track. PGPD Air 1 also responded to assist with the search for the suspects. PGPD robbery detectives responded to begin a follow-up investigation.
Nothing significant to report.
3100 block of Queens Chapel Road (Western Union): Commercial armed robbery – 10:05am. The teller told officers that a black male, approx. 45-50 years of age, wearing a beige/tan jacket) passed her a note demanding cash. The man implied he had a bomb in a bag he was carrying and that if she refused he would detonate the bomb. The teller gave the man cash and he left the business leaving the alleged bomb on the sidewalk outside the front door. The Prince George’s County fire department’s bomb squad responded and determined that there was no explosive device inside the bag. PGPD CID detectives responded to assume the follow up investigation and Forensic Services responded to process the scene for evidence. Video evidence was recovered from Western Union and a neighboring business.
3500 block of Shepherd Street: Domestic – 9:10pm. Officers responded for the report of a domestic disturbance. Once on the scene the officers learned that there had been a verbal argument between a husband and wife. No physical altercation ensued. The wife completed a domestic violence lethality assessment and screened in positive. She spoke with a counselor at the Family Crisis Center. Officers also advised her of her options with a District Court Commissioner.
4100 block of Kaywood Drive: Citizen armed robbery – UPDATE. MRPD was notified today that PGPD robbery detectives have obtained an arrest warrant for a man who robbed a resident at gun point back on November 16, 2014. Officers are looking for Emmett Leon Kemp. Kemp is a black male with a DOB of 12/20/1977 and a last known address of 1134 Wahler Place, SE, Washington DC. Anyone with information about Kemp’s whereabouts should call the Regional Investigation Division – North / RST / at 301-699-2601.
4000 block of 36th Street: Warrant service – 11:45am. Officers responded for the report of several juveniles loitering in a laundry room. Officers found the individuals and learned that one of them had an open Writ of Body Attachment through the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office. He was arrested on the Writ and his parents were notified of his arrest. He was transported to the juvenile youth facility in Cheltenham and released to their custody.
3300 block of Buchanan Street: Attempt stolen vehicle/theft from auto – 6:15pm. The owner of a 2002 Honda CRV told officers that he came out to his vehicle this evening to discover that the right rear passenger vent window and ignition were broken. The victim also noticed that his vehicle was missing the battery, radio, assorted tools and an infant seat. No evidence/witnesses were identified.
3300 block of Chauncey Place: Theft – 7:30pm. The victim told officers that she dropped a load of clothes in the washing machine in the laundry room. When she came back for her clothes she discovered that they had been stolen.
2700 block of Arundel Road: Citizen robbery – 12:30am. The victim told officers that he was approached by two black males in their late teens. The two produced knives and demanded his property. The victim surrendered his back pack and cell phone and both suspects fled the area. A Greenbelt City PD K-9 team responded and tracked the suspects to 28th Place and Russell Avenue where the track was lost. PGPD robbery detectives responded to begin a follow-up investigation.
29th and Taylor Streets: Vehicle impound – 2am. Officers responded to check on a suspicious vehicle called in by a resident. The officers determined that the paper tag on the vehicle had an unreadable expiration date and a check of the vehicle identification number showed that the vehicle was unregistered. The vehicle was subsequently impounded.
3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Trespassing – 1:10pm. Officers responded to the Pan Lourdes Bakery for the report of a man refusing to leave. The store clerk told the officers that the man came in and wanted to use the bathroom and was told there were no public facilities. He became disorderly and refused to leave. The officers asked the man to leave and when he refused he was arrested, charged with trespassing and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
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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