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 Otis Street: Criminal citation – 1:15am. Officers responded for the report of a large, out of control party. As officers were clearing the apartment of party goers one man became uncooperative and disorderly. He was issued a criminal citation for disorderly conduct and sent on his way.
4000 block of 35th Street: Burglary – 1pm. A realtor told officers that she was at a vacant home for a final sale inspection and discovered that someone had broken into the home through a rear basement door. Once inside those responsible stole some of the home’s copper piping; and CDS paraphernalia was located in the kitchen. No evidence/witnesses were identified and the real estate company made arrangements for someone to come out and secure the home.
3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Hit and run collision – 5:40pm. A woman trying to cross Queens Chapel Road was struck by a 2001 Chevy that fled the scene. The woman sustained head and leg injuries and was transported to a local hospital for treatment. Her injuries were not considered life threatening. Officers were notified by Hyattsville City Police that they had the suspect vehicle stopped in the 3400 block of Hamilton Street. MRPD officers responded and confirmed that the vehicle was the one who struck the pedestrian. The driver was arrested, charged with leaving the scene of a personal injury collision and other charges and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. Her vehicle was impounded.
3700 block of 34th Street: Theft of services – 7:25pm. A Pepco employee told officers that he was checking a residential meter and discovered that someone had rewired the meter so that it did not register electric usage. The residents released two pit bulls into the yard to try and prevent the Pepco employee from checking the meter. Animal Control was notified to respond to check on the dogs. The residents located the missing electric meter and the Pepco employee was able to reinstall it and reconnect electric service. The case was turned over to Pepco investigations for further action.
3700 block of 34th Street: Domestic assault – 9pm. MRPD officers were notified by DC police that a pregnant woman had been assaulted by the father of her unborn child. Officers interviewed the woman at Providence Hospital and learned that she and her boyfriend got into an argument and he struck her with a closed fist several times in the face. The victim was able to make it to the hospital where she was treated and released. Officers advised her of her options with the District Court Commissioner and she declined to answer questions for a lethality assessment.
3700 block of 34th Street: Stolen vehicle – 8:10am. The owner of a 2000 Ford told officers that sometime between 6:30pm on the 15th and the time he called police someone stole his vehicle. No evidence/witnesses were identified.
3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation (x2) – 1:40pm. Officers issued each of two men a criminal citation for drinking in public.
2300 block of Varnum Street (7-11): Warrant service – 10:15pm. Officers responded for the report of a man causing a disturbance inside the store. Officers located the man and upon further investigation learned that he had an open arrest warrant through Takoma Park. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
4100 block of Russell Avenue: Lost property - 10:15am. The mother of a Northwestern H.S. student came into the police station and reported that back on the 13th her daughter left her purse on her school bus. The mother contacted the school bus depot and the bus was searched but the purse was not found.
3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Found property – 10:25am. A man came into the police station to turn in a Hyattsville Middle School student ID he found on Rhode Island Avenue. The ID was placed into property pending return to the student.
3800 block of 30th Street: Theft from auto – 10:20am. The owner of a 2011 Hyundai told officers that she came out to her vehicle this morning to discover that someone had broken in through a driver’s side window and stole the power cord to her Garmin GPS. No evidence/witnesses were identified.
3500 block of Shepherd Street: Burglary – 12:35pm. The resident told officers that she left her residence for a little over an hour this morning. When she returned she discovered that the front door had been pried open and her purse and some makeup items had been stolen from inside.
3100 block of Queenstown Drive: Vehicle impound – 1:20pm. Officers impounded a parked 2001 GMC Sierra displaying tags that expired back in August of 2014.
3800 block of 34th Street: Warrant service – 2:30pm. Officers stopped to cite a man for urinating in public. Further investigation revealed that he had three open arrest warrants through Prince George’s County for failing to appear in court on trespassing and disturbing the peace charges. He was cited for urinating in public, arrested on the warrants and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
4200 block of Russell Avenue: Attempt burglary – 4:50pm. The resident told officers that he came home to his apartment to discover that someone tried to pry the front door open causing damage to the door and lock. Those responsible did not get into the apartment and nothing was stolen. There were no witnesses and no evidence was recovered.
4100 block of 34th Street: Theft – 6:30pm. The resident told officers that in order to redo the floors in her house she had to move the refrigerator and stove out onto the front porch on January 12th. When she returned to the house this afternoon she discovered both appliances had been stolen. No evidence/witnesses were identified.
4300 block of 28th Place: Lost property – 9pm. The reporting person told officers that he took a cab home from Prince George’s Plaza on January 8th. On January 11th he realized that he must have left his laptop computer in the cab since he did not have it in his possession.
3100 block of Buchanan Street: M/V collision – 11:05pm. The driver of a 2008 Mercedes attempted to park his vehicle when he accidentally hit the gas rather than the brake. The vehicle jumped the curb and struck the exterior wall of the apartment complex’s boiler room. The vehicle was disabled from the collision and had to be towed from the scene. The building was slightly damaged and Queenstown Apartments management and fire/rescue personnel responded to assess the damage.
4200 block of 28th Street: Recovered stolen auto – 3:15pm. Officers were informed by the owner that his 1999 Dodge Caravan reported stolen on December 29th was recovered by DC police after being involved in a crash in their jurisdiction. No arrests were made by MPD and the vehicle was impounded.
3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: EPS – 10pm. Officers responded for the report of a man needing medical attention. When the officers found the man he told them that he was not feeling well and made several statements in reference to hearing voices in his head telling him to hurt others and himself. He was transported to Washington Adventist Hospital and released to medical personnel for an emergency psychiatric evaluation.
2700 block of Arundel Road: Theft – 4:15pm. The victim told officers that she ordered a computer to be delivered to her apartment. She was notified that the package was delivered to another apartment in her building. She went to the other apartment and asked the resident for her package and the resident denied knowing anything about the package.
2900 block of Allison Street: Domestic assault – 6:50pm. The victim told officers that she was sitting in her living room when her boyfriend came into the room and hit her in the mouth. She ran to another room and called police. When the officers arrived they observed visible trauma on the victim’s face and arrested her boyfriend. He was charged with domestic assault and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. The victim was determined to be at risk after lethality assessment and spoke with a counselor at the FCC for shelter and assistance.
3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Hit and run collision – 7:20pm. The owner of a 2007 Lexus told officers that she parked her vehicle at about 6pm on January 7th. When she returned to her vehicle this evening she discovered that it had been struck by another vehicle that left the scene. Officers observed that a large section of the driver’s side quarter panel was dented consistent with being struck by another vehicle.
3800 block of 34th Street: Assist fire/rescue – 12:15am. Officers were called to assist fire/rescue personnel with the forced entry into a residence. They had been summoned due to a furnace making a funny noise. Fire/rescue personnel made entry and shut off the power to the furnace. The property owner was notified of the incident.
3400 block of Bunker Hill Road: M/V collision – 1:45pm. The driver of a Honda Civic parked his vehicle and opened the driver’s door to exit the vehicle. When he did a passing Honda Ridgeline struck the open door. Further investigation revealed that the Ridgeline was unregistered and was displaying tags issued to another vehicle. Citations were issued all around and both vehicles were impounded.
3800 block of 33rd Street: Attempt 2nd degree murder – 6:50pm. The victim bought a TV from a man and later learned that the TV didn’t work properly. The victim went to speak to the man about getting his money back and the two got into an argument. During the course of the argument the man stabbed the victim several times in the head and neck with a knife before fleeing the area. A family member transported the victim to a local hospital for treatment of his non- life threatening wounds. Officers located and arrested the man. He was transported to DOC in Hyattsville where he was charged with attempt 2nd degree murder and other charges.
3100 block of Buchanan Street: Stolen vehicle – 8:40pm. The owner of a 2001 Ford van told officers that sometime between 5pm on January 9th and 4:30pm today someone stole his vehicle. No evidence/witnesses were identified.
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