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.
Rhode Island Avenue and Perry Street: M/V collision – 1:50am. Investigation revealed that a man was driving his 2002 Acura north on Rhode Island Avenue and struck a curb in the traffic circle. The vehicle continued onto the grassy median and struck another curb at Perry Street knocking the pedestrian crosswalk sign out of the ground. The vehicle was inoperable and towed from the scene. The driver was issued several traffic citations and released.
3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 10:45am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.
3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Warrant service/criminal citation – 3:20pm. Officers responded for several reports of people loitering. They stopped one individual and issued him a loitering warning notice. About 20 minutes later the man was found in violation of the notice and was issued a criminal citation for trespassing. Another man was interviewed and officers learned that he had an open arrest warrant through Prince George’s County for failing to appear in court on a theft charge. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
4400 block of 28th Place: M/V collision - 12:15am. Officers on patrol observed a black SUV driving without headlights strike a parked vehicle. Officers stopped the SUV and learned that the driver did not realize she had struck another vehicle. They also learned that she did not have a valid license and the vehicle's registration was expired. The driver was issued several traffic citations and her vehicle was impounded.
3200 block of Queenstown Drive: Criminal citation (x4) – 10:45pm. Officers issued each of four men a criminal citation for drinking in public.
2800 block of Taylor Street: MIR - 2pm. Officers responded to assist DC Police in searching for a blue Ford Crown Victoria driven by a man possibly involved in a kidnapping that occurred in the 2200 block of 33rd Street in DC. MPD officers spotted the vehicle and pursued it into Mount Rainier. The vehicle was located unoccupied by MPD officers in the back yard of a house in the 2800 block of Taylor Street unoccupied. A canvass was conducted by MPD, Prince George’s County PD and MRPD. The driver later returned to the scene and was identified as the suspect. The vehicle was impounded and the suspect was transported to MPD 5th District for further questioning. At this time it is unknown if any criminal charges will be filed.
4100 block of 30th Street: Vehicle impound - 11:05 am. Officers impounded a 2002 Chevy for blocking a private driveway.
Nothing significant to report.
4600 block of 30th Street: MIR – 10:50am. A woman called to report that her 2001 Chevy Tahoe had been stolen. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle had not been stolen. It had been repossessed by the lien holder.
4300 block of Kaywood Drive: Domestic – 8:25am. The victim told officers that she got into a verbal argument with her son’s father. The argument turned physical when the man grabbed the victim by her neck and threw her on the bed. The man left the apartment prior to the officers’ arrival. Officers conducted a domestic violence lethality screen and the victim did not screen in. The victim was advised of her options and asked if she wanted a ride to the District Court Commissioner’s Office which she refused. The victim said that she would call back if she changed her mind.
3400 block of Bunker Hill Road: House fire – 8:15pm. Officers were flagged down and told that a rooming house was on fire. Officers attempted to enter the structure to check for residents but were blocked by heavy smoke and fire. One of the residents told officers that everyone had made it out OK.
Fire/rescue personnel arrived on the scene and quickly got the fire under control. Fire investigators responded to the scene and were able to determine that the fire was accidental and probably started from a space heater too close to flammable liquids. Representatives of the American Red Cross also arrived and assisted the victims with hotel rooms in College Park and with food and clothing. Representatives from Begal Fire & Water arrived on the scene to secure the building; and, Mount Rainier Public Works employees along with Maryland State Highway officials responded out to salt and sand the roadway to keep the roadways from icing.
3300 block of Otis Street: Death – 8:30pm. The decedent’s girlfriend told officers that she last saw him alive at about 3:15am this morning when she left the house. She returned home at about 5pm and having not heard from the decedent by about 8:15pm she pried open his bedroom door and found him lying in bed not breathing. Fire/rescue personnel responded and pronounced him dead. Further investigation revealed that the decedent exhibited no visible trauma and officers located several items of CDS paraphernalia in the bedroom. Officers preliminarily determined that no foul play contributed to the man’s death. PGPD homicide detectives responded to assist with the investigation. The State Medical Examiner responded and took custody of the decedent’s remains for post mortem examination.
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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