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.
4100 block of Rainier Avenue: MIR – 8:25am. While clearing the parade route for Mount Rainier Day officers encountered a vehicle in the no parking zone. Officers were able to make contact with the registered owner via phone. They learned that the owner was out of town and had been since before the signs were put up. Officers had the vehicle relocated around the corner by McDonalds Towing and the owner notified.
Rainier Avenue and Taylor Street: M/V collision – 8:50am. Officers investigating a M/V collision determined that a 1999 Kubota tractor rolled out of a driveway and struck a passing 2011 Ford Edge in the rear passenger door. A small child who was secured in a child safety seat when the collision occurred was treated by fire/rescue personnel and found to be uninjured.
4200 block of Rainier Avenue: Vehicle impound – 8:30am. While clearing the parade route in preparation for the Mount Rainier Day Parade officers encountered a 1999 Ford truck in the no parking zone. The owner was unable to be contacted. The vehicle was subsequently towed to clear the route.
3700 block of 37th Street: Recovered stolen auto – 9:20am. While clearing the parade route in preparation for the Mount Rainier Day Parade officers encountered a 1999 Dodge Caravan in the no parking zone. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle had been reported stolen to PGPD on May 11th. The vehicle was impounded and the owner notified.
3800 block of 34th Street: Criminal citation – 10:45am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for urinating in public.
One Municipal Place: MIR – 3:10pm. Officers working the Mount Rainier Day festival were flagged down by a concerned citizen who said that she saw a black male wearing shorts and no shirt with a handgun in his waistband. Officers canvassed the area and located a male fitting the description along with two juveniles in the rear alley of City Hall. All three were found to be carrying and concealing air soft toy guns. The kids had purchased the guns from a vendor at the event. The guns were confiscated and the three were educated about the dangers of carrying toys guns. The vendor was ordered to stop selling the guns and was banned from vending at future MR Day events.
3100 block of Queens Chapel Road (Family Dollar): Theft – 3:15pm. The store manager told officers that a female entered the store, selected merchandise and concealed it in her purse. The female then exited the store without making any attempt to pay for the merchandise. The manager confronted the suspect who denied stealing anything. The suspect got into a vehicle and fled the area towards Hyattsville.
4000 block of 35th Street: EPS – 10:55pm. Officers responded for the report of a possible fight in progress and a man hiding on the roof of a garage. The officers found the man hiding on the garage roof along with a group of men trying to get to the man to apparently assault him. The men fled the area when the officers arrived and the man on the roof refused to obey officers’ commands and fled on foot. Officers were able to apprehend him and determined that he was under the influence of narcotics and did not seem to be in a right state of mind. He was transported to a local hospital for medical treatment and an emergency psychiatric evaluation.
4300 block of 28th Place: Vehicle impound – 12:30am. Officers cited and impounded a 2013 Honda for parking in a reserved handicap space.
3800 block of 37th Street: Theft from auto – 10:25am. The owner of a 2010 Ford truck reported that someone stole the front tag off his vehicle. At about 8pm officers from the University of Maryland Police Department received an LPR hit for the tag. The tag was located affixed to the rear of a vehicle on campus. The tag was seized and the owner notified.
2900 block of Arundel Road: Theft from auto – 12pm. The owner of a 2006 Nissan Murano reported that someone stole the front tag off his vehicle.
3100 block of Perry Street: Attempt citizen robbery – 10:20pm. The victims parked their vehicle in front of their house and exited. As the female victim entered the front yard of the home, the suspect appeared from the lower outdoor stairwell of the house and pushed the female victim down. The male victim then began to fight with the suspect. The suspect struck the male victim in the face with a garden rake, which then broke. The suspect continually demanded property from the victims while assaulting them. The suspect also threw bricks and rocks from the victim’s yard at the victims during the incident before getting into a fist fight with the male victim. After the male victim tried to pull down the suspect s mask, the suspect then fled on foot down Perry Street towards Eastern Avenue making good his escape. The victims are owners of a nearby business and regularly bring home money from the store although no property was taken. The suspect was described as a tall black male in his 30’s, thin build wearing all dark clothing and a black ski mask.
4500 block of 32nd Street: Trespassing – 2:55pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for trespassing.
3700 block of 35th Street: Theft from auto – 5:10pm. The owner of a 2002 Ford truck told officers that a witness saw a black male enter the truck, take several items of the owner’s property and flee on foot towards the bus terminal. The witness alerted the owner to the theft and he chased after the suspect and was able to get his property back before the suspect made good his escape on the T18 bus.
3300 block of Buchanan Street: Theft from auto – 9:05pm. The owner of a 2006 Honda stopped officers and reported that someone had stolen the front tag off his vehicle.
3800 block of 33rd Street: Death report – 9:35pm. Fire/rescue personnel were called to the decedent’s residence because he was having an asthma attack. When they arrived they found the man in cardiac arrest from which he could not be revived. The decedent’s son responded and made arrangements for his father’s remains to be removed for final disposition.
3200 block of Queens Chapel Road: Theft from auto – 8:40am. The victim told officers that her purse was on the front seat of her vehicle prior to paying for her fuel purchase at the Sunoco station. She said her doors were unlocked and she was talking on the phone when she was pumping gas. When she drove to her apartment she realized her purse was missing.
3800 block of 34th Street: Criminal citation – 12:05pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for an alcohol violation.
3200 block of Queens Chapel Road: Theft from auto – 8:30pm. The victim told officers that she parked her vehicle and was away for about 30 minutes. When she returned she discovered several items had been stolen from inside. The victim was not sure if she had locked her vehicle while she was gone.
3600 block of Bunker hill Road: Vehicle impound – 1am. Officers impounded a 2005 Honda Accord for blocking a driveway.
2700 block of Allison Street: Forced entry – 2:10am. Officers assisted fire/rescue personnel with the forced entry into an apartment building. Fire/rescue needed to shut off a sprinkler valve after a resident attempted to kill a mouse and broke the fire sprinkler causing the apartment to flood.
One Municipal Place: Criminal citation (x2): 8:55am. Officers issued each of two men a criminal citation for drinking in public.
3800 block of 34th Street: Stolen vehicle – 9am. The owner of a 1997 Ford Taurus reported his vehicle was stolen sometime between 6pm on the 11th and the time he notified police.
3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Theft from auto – 12:05pm. The owner of a 2005 Toyota van reported that someone entered his unlocked vehicle and stole his residential parking permit.
3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Warrant service – 2:05pm. Officers arrested a man on an open warrant. When they took the man to DOC they discovered that the warrant had been recalled prior to the arrest. The arrestee was released from custody.
3700 Wells Avenue: Building fire – 3am. Officers discovered a fire on the roof of Built up Roofing and summoned fire/rescue personnel to extinguish the blaze. The fire was confined to the roof and there was no structural damage to the building.
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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