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.
2500 block of Allison Street: Property damage – 8:50pm. A witness reported that she saw a black male about 9-11 years of age break a window of an apartment and then flee on foot. Officers searched the area for the kid with negative results. The property office was contacted so that maintenance could respond and secure the window.
3300 block of Chauncey Place: Property damage – 9:50pm. Officers spoke with apartment security personnel who, while patrolling the area, discovered that someone had shattered the glass out of an apartment door. No evidence was recovered and maintenance was notified to respond and repair the door.
3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: EPS – 10:05pm. Officers contacted a man who was acting erratically and appeared to be under the influence of PCP. EMS responded to examine the man and found that he was suffering from high blood pressure and an erratic heartbeat. He also had dilated pupils, a blank stare, and was unaware of his surroundings. He was taken into custody and transported to Washington Adventist Hospital where he was turned over to medical staff for treatment.
3300 block of Otis Street: Warrant service – 2:30am. Officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver was not licensed and had an open arrest warrant for trespassing through PG Sheriffs. He was issued several traffic citations, arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
3000 block of Taylor Street: Hit and run collision – 4pm. The owner of a 2008 Chevy told officers that he heard a loud scraping noise outside and when he investigated he noticed that his vehicle had been sideswiped. He also said that the collision occurred on the 19th and not today. No suspect info or vehicle description was observed or reported. Officers did not canvas the area for the striking vehicle as they reasoned it had plenty of time to leave the area.
3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: M/V collision – 9:55pm. The reporting person told officers that while driving his foot slipped off the brake pedal because it was wet from the rain causing his vehicle to strike a parked blue van with NY tags.
4200 block of Kaywood Drive: Theft from auto – 5:15am. The owner of a 2016 Ford Fusion told officers that someone broke the right front passenger window to gain entry into her rental vehicle. Once inside they stole two wallets, assorted credit cards, a blank checkbook, a health care card, and two hundred fifty dollars in U.S. currency.
3249 Rhode Island Avenue: Warrant service – 12:10pm. A man came into the police station to surrender on an open arrest warrant. The warrant was confirmed and the man was arrested and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
2700 block of Webster Street: Burglary – 1:40pm. The resident told officers that he heard a loud noise coming from the living room. He went to investigate and saw a man trying to climb in through the living room window. The resident yelled at the man and he pulled out a black and silver hand gun and then ran off behind the apartment building in an unknown direction. The resident said that the suspect did not point the gun at him and did not make full entry to the apartment. Officers searched the immediate area on foot for the suspect with negative results. K-9 and air support units responded to assist in the search but did not deploy after the resident advised that he couldn’t identify the suspect if they apprehended him. He could only describe the suspect as a black male wearing a white t shirt and dark blue jeans. PGPD detectives responded to interview the resident and begin a follow-up investigation.
3100 block of Chillum Road: Vehicle impound – 4:15am. The driver of a 1995 Chevy Tahoe had just parked his vehicle to go into a local store. At that time officers learned that the vehicle’s registration was suspended with a pick up order on the tags. The driver was charged accordingly, the tags were seized for return to MVA and the vehicle was impounded.
3400 block of Bunker Hill Road: Burglary – 1:35pm. The reporting person showed officers where someone had broken into a vacant house causing damage to the back porch and kitchen doors. Noting was reported stolen and total damage was estimated at $600.
4200 block of Russell Avenue: Theft from auto – 2pm. The owner of a 2008 Chevy Impala reported that sometime between 9:30pm on the 17th and the time he called police someone stole both rear wheels/tires off his vehicle.
3700 block of Bunker Hill Road: Theft – 8:05pm. The resident told officers that someone stole two oriental lilies from her front yard between 10am and 7:30pm today.
3300 block of Chillum Road: EPS – 4:45am. Officers observed an individual standing close to the roadway yelling obscenities and acting erratically with passing motor vehicles. When the officers approached to check his welfare he became very combative and disorderly and was speaking and acting very incoherently. He was taken into custody, transported to Washington Adventist Hospital and released to medical personnel for an emergency psychiatric evaluation.
3200 block of Chillum Road: Assault – 5:10am. Officers responded for the report of a disturbance involving a cab driver. When the officers arrived they observed a man striking the cab driver while the driver was attempting to keep hold of the man to prevent him from fleeing. Further investigation revealed that the cabbie picked-up the man in DC and drove him to the location of the assault. Upon arrival the man tried to flee without paying his fare. The man was arrested, charged with assaulting the driver and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
3800 block of 33rd Street: EPS/2nd degree assault – 5:30pm. Officers responded for the report of disorderly individual. They were able to locate the man sitting on a porch. While questioning him it became apparent that he was not in a right state of mind and EMS personnel were summoned to the scene. When the ambulance arriving the man agreed to go to the hospital and entered the ambulance on his own. While the paramedics were preparing to transport him to the hospital he suddenly lashed out and tried to physically assault one of the medics. Officers had to deploy a Taser to get the man under control. He was then restrained and transported to a local hospital for treatment. Officers filed for criminal charges against the man with the District Court Commissioner.
Buchanan Street and Queenstown Drive: EPS/Disorderly Conduct – 10pm. Officers were notified that the warrant application that was submitted to the commissioner’s office on June 14th had been issued. The Commissioner granted charges for 2nd degree assault, disorderly conduct and fail to obey a lawful order of a police officer.
3700 block of 34th Street: Domestic assault – 8:45am. Officers responded for the report of a disturbance. When they arrived they discovered a domestic fight in progress. The officers observed the female victim partially clothed with visible injuries to her neck. Further investigation revealed that the two were arguing and when the female attempted to leave the male grabbed her by the neck causing her injuries. EMS personnel responded and transported the female to Providence Hospital for treatment. Her assailant was arrested, charged with domestic assault and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 7:10pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.
4300 block of 28th Place: Vehicle impound – 9:15pm. Officers cited and impounded a 2014 Honda for parking in a reserved handicapped space. The vehicle was later released to the owner without charge and the parking citation voided because it had a valid handicapped placard and the space was not properly marked as reserved for the person for whom the space was designated.
3300 block of Buchanan Street: Recovered stolen vehicle – 9pm. Officers were notified that a 1996 Honda stolen from the 3300 block of Buchanan Street on June 6th was recovered at Iago Ave and Heath Street in Capitol Heights. The tags registered to the vehicle were not on the vehicle at the time of recovery and are still outstanding.
3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Property damage – 10:30am. The owner of a 2014 Hyundai told officers that an SHA contractor cutting grass in the median kicked up a rock that shattered his driver’s side window. The owner was referred to the SHA claims department by the on scene SHA supervisor.
3200 block of Upshur Street: Burglary – 1:40pm. The resident told officers that she returned home to find her house ransacked and several items of her personal property stolen. It appears the suspect(s) entered through a rear bedroom window and ransacked each bedroom and a basement bedroom. There was no forced entry observed and it appears the suspect(s) exited out a side door via the kitchen. While conducting a neighborhood canvass officers spoke with a neighbor who said that at about 9:30am this morning they saw a black male in his 30’s approximately 5-11, 225lbs wearing a dark colored polo shirt with yellow stripes try and open their storm door. Their dog scared off the individual and he was seen walking to the rear of the victim’s residence. PGPD burglary detectives responded to the scene to gather evidence and assume a follow-up investigation.
One Municipal Place: 2nd degree assault – 3:30pm. The victim told officers that she and her boyfriend got into a verbal argument that turned physical. The boyfriend struck her in the face causing a small cut and swelling over her left eye. She refused medical treatment and was transported to the District Court Commissioner’s officer to prefer charges and obtain a protective order.
2700 block of Arundel Road: MIR – 8:25pm. Officers were alerted to a man down next to an apartment building. Officers found the man who was intoxicated and laying under a bicycle. Officers determined that the man needed medical treatment due to his level of intoxication and summoned EMS personnel who transported him to Providence Hospital for treatment. The owner of the bike came to the scene and retrieved it.
2700 block of Upshur Street: Assault – 11:05pm. The victim told officers that her 20 year old son had assaulted her and asked the officers to have the son leave the apartment. The son complied. The victim was advised of her options with a District Court Commissioner and transported to the Commissioner’s office to prefer assault charges and apply for a protection order.
3400 block of Shepherd Street: Vehicle impound – 12:40am. Officers patrolling the area discovered an unregistered 1996 Infinity displaying tags issued to another vehicle. The owner was located and verified that he had just purchased the vehicle and that it was not registered and had no insurance. The vehicle was impounded and the owner cited accordingly.
4300 block of Russell Avenue: Citizen robbery – 2:20pm. The victim told officers that he was approached from behind by a black male who was wearing a facemask and pointing a handgun at him. The suspect demanded the victim’s money and the victim gave him the $20 he had. The suspect then patted the victim down believing that he had more. When the suspect found nothing further he fled on foot to a purple minivan waiting down the block. The suspect was described as a black male; 18-20 YOA; 6’ tall; 200 lbs.; medium-dark skin tone; wearing a dark shirt, blue jeans and a black ski mask.
3100 block of Arundel Road (Nature Center): Assault – 3:30pm. The victim told officers that he was there for a soccer game after which a man struck him in the face with a beer bottle causing a laceration. Officers contacted EMS who responded to treat the victim’s injury. Maryland Park Police handled the investigation since they have supervisory jurisdiction on the Nature Center property.
Buchanan Street and Queenstown Drive: EPS/Disorderly Conduct - 6pm. Officers received a call for a Hispanic male that had just punched the windows of a vehicle and appeared to be under the influence of either alcohol or drugs. When the officers arrived witnesses said that the suspect had fled the area on foot. While the officers were canvassing for the suspect they received more calls for similar incidents further down the road. Calls were also coming in of the suspect possibly being armed with a knife and that he had physically assaulted several people. Officers continued to canvass and located the suspect hiding under a vehicle and obviously under the influence. The suspect refused to obey the officers’ commands and would not come out from under the vehicle. At that time a police K9 from Maryland Park Police who arrived on scene to assist bit the suspect in the leg. The suspect was then taken into custody by Mount Rainier and Prince George’s County officers. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment and an emergency evaluation due to his erratic behavior. Officers filed criminal charges against the suspect via a warrant application.
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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