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.
Chillum Road and Queens Chapel Road: Warrant service – 1:55am. Officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver had an outstanding warrant through Prince George’s County for driving without a license. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
3000 block of Arundel Road: MIR – 1:05pm. Officers responded for the report of unattended children walking outside near the Mount Rainier Nature Center. The officers located the children and learned that they were 4 years old and 7 years old. Officers took the children back to their residence where they spoke with their grandfather who was looking after them. He admitted that he allowed them to go to the Nature Center. He was informed that they were too young to be unattended. The mother of the children was contacted by phone and advised of the situation.
4300 block of Kaywood Drive: Vehicle impound – 1:45pm. Officers impounded a 2004 Chevy for failing to display valid registration plates. A check of the vehicle identification number revealed that the tags that were supposed to be on it were expired and had a pick up order for them.
4300 block of 30th Street: Recovered stolen tag – 4:10. A resident told officers that while walking her dog she found a DC temporary license plate in the roadway. She turned the tag in to police who discovered that it had been reported stolen from an address in DC on July 8th. DC police were notified of the recovery.
3100 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Missing person – 4:30pm. A woman told officers that she is the guardian of her 14 year old niece whom she has not seen for several days. She further explained that the girl went to stay with her uncle in Baltimore for a few days, and then with a friend in Burtonsville. The guardian last knew that her nephew picked up her niece on June 28th and she believes she is with the nephew at a residence in Baltimore; however, she has not been able to get in touch with family members to speak to her. The incident was documented and the niece’s information was entered into NCIC as a missing person.
3100 block of Chillum Road: Traffic – 7:40pm. Officers stopped a 1995 Honda Civic for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that that the driver did not have a valid driver’s license. He was charged accordingly and his vehicle was impounded.
3800 block of 33rd Street: Stolen vehicle (recovered) – 2am. Officers were notified by PGPD that the work truck stolen from the 3800 block of 33rd Street on the 9th was recovered in the 4300 block of R Street in Capitol Heights. The vehicle was reported to be in drivable condition with ignition damage and both tags attached. No arrests were made and the reporting person was notified of the recovery.
4200 block of 30th Street: Theft from auto – 12:30pm. The owner of a 2011 Hyundai told officers that while helping a neighbor with some exterior home painting he saw a black male get out of his vehicle holding his wallet that he had left in the center console. The victim said that he chased the suspect on foot but lost sight of him on Upshur Street running east. The victim described the suspect as a black male with short hair in his 20s; 5’10” tall; wearing a white t-shirt and gray exercise pants.
3800 block of 33rd Street: Stolen vehicle – 6:30am. The reporting person told officers that he parked his work truck in front of his residence at about 4:30pm on the 8th. When he came out to go to work this morning he discovered that the truck had been stolen.
4700 block of 27th Street: Theft from auto – 7:40am. The owner of a 2010 Chevy told officers that he came out to his vehicle this morning and discovered that the rear driver side tire had been stolen.
3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 9:25am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.
3400 block of Newton Street: Vehicle impound – 9:45am. Officers impounded a 2015 BMW for displaying an unregistered Virginia dealer tag.
3800 block of 33rd Street: Domestic assault – 10:15am. The victim told officers that the father of her child stayed with her last night and this morning she confronted him with a text she found on his phone from another woman. This led to a physical altercation between the two. The victim sustained visible trauma to her hands, and since she is 29 weeks pregnant she was transported to Prince George’s Hospital for a precautionary check-up. A lethality assessment was completed and victim did not screen in. The man was arrested, charged with 2nd degree domestic assault and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
One Municipal Place: Criminal citation – 12:10pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.
2200 block of Varnum Street (Family Dollar): 1st degree assault – 11:25pm. The victim told officers that while making a delivery to the store a verbal altercation ensued between him and a store employee. During the altercation the employee threatened to cut the victim with a box cutter he was holding. The altercation was captured on video provided by the store’s surveillance cameras. The employee was arrested, charged accordingly and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
3400 block of Otis Street: Theft from auto – 2:30pm. The owner of a 2002 Cadillac told officers that she was in a hurry to get into her office and left her vehicle unlocked with her purse on the front seat. When she went back for her purse she discovered it had been stolen.
3500 block of Shepherd Street: Attempt burglary – 2:45pm. Officers responded for an activated residential alarm. When the officers arrived they checked the lower access areas of the residence (doors and windows) which were secure and undamaged. Further investigation revealed that someone attempted to gain access into the home by climbing the lower (kitchen area) roof and breaking an upper bedroom window. Broken glass was scattered about the lower roof area but it appeared that those responsible did not get into the house. Bladensburg Police Communications personnel attempted to notify the resident by phone but were unsuccessful. At about 4:10pm officers responded back out to the residence and met with the home owner who said that nothing appeared to have been stolen. . The officers processed the attempted point of entry and were able to retrieve prints from the upper bedroom windows.
3000 block of Bunker Hill Road: Theft from auto – 5:55pm. The owner of A 2001 Nissan came into the police station to report that someone broke into his trunk of his vehicle and stole a small carryon luggage bag which contained his work ID.
2900 block of Arundel Road: Theft – 7:40pm. The victim told officers that she came home and found her wallet on the living room floor. When she investigated further she discovered that a quantity of US Currency and two cell phones were missing from her bedroom. She told the officers that she suspects that her daughter is responsible for the theft since they are currently not on good terms and her daughter is the only other person that has access to the apartment.
3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Possession of CDS – 9:50pm. Officers stopped a 2015 Nissan for driving erratically. Further investigation revealed that the driver was under the influence of PCP. Officers recovered a pack of Newport cigarettes from the vehicle’s inner console which contained a cigarette that had been dipped in liquid PCP. Because of the driver’s physical condition fire/rescue personnel responded and transported her to Providence Hospital for emergency treatment. Traffic and criminal charges are pending. Her vehicle was impounded for safekeeping.
3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 8:10am. Witnesses alerted officers to a man who was consuming an alcoholic beverage. Officers verified the information and issued the man a criminal citation for drinking in public.
3300 block of Perry Street: Criminal citation – 8:15pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.
4600 block of 27th Street: Vehicle impound – 8:55am. Officers impounded a 2004 Honda for displaying Virginia tags that expired in March of this year.
3200 block of Shepherd Street: Warrant service – 9:10am. Officers responded for the report of a man on the premises in violation of a protective order. When the officers arrived the man had fled the scene in a red Ford Taurus. Further investigation revealed that the man had an open arrest warrant through the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office for 2nd degree assault. Officers canvasses the area and located the man sitting in the vehicle in the 3200 block of Shepherd Street. He was arrested without incident and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. The vehicle was returned to its owner.
One Municipal Place: Criminal citation – 11:30am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.
3000 block of Queens Chapel Road: Criminal citation (x3) – 5:35pm. Officers issued each of three men a criminal citation for trespassing on Rainier Manor property that was conspicuously posted against trespassing.
2700 block of Allison Street: Vehicle impound – 11:25pm. Officers impounded a 1997 Chevy for displaying tags that expired in November of 2014.
3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Warrant service – 12:35am. Officers patrolling with an automatic license plate reader received an alert on a 2012 Honda Accord that indicated the registered owner had an outstanding warrant through Prince George’s County. Officers stopped the vehicle and confirmed the warrant that was for contempt/failure to pay child support through the Sheriff’s Office. The owner was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. The vehicle was impounded.
3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: 2nd degree assault – 8:15pm. The victim told officers that he encountered 13 black males who were hanging out in the area. He said that he struck up a conversation with a couple of the individuals whereupon a couple of the individuals told him that no one likes him and he is not allowed in the area. At that point seven of the individuals punched and kicked him, and when the assault was over he left and walked home. The victim sustained minor injuries and refused medical attention. The victim told the officers that he only knows one of the suspects who lives in the area; and, he alluded to the fact that the dispute may have been over the buying and selling of cigarettes but would not elaborate further.
4000 block of 29th Street: (Mt. Rainier Quick Stop): Commercial robbery – 10:15pm. The victims told officers that they had just closed the business and were walking to their vehicles when they saw a blue 4-door Honda pull into the parking lot. Three men got out of the Honda, one of whom was wearing a mask and displaying a handgun. He approached the female victim, stole her purse and patted her down for additional valuables. The other two males approached the male victim, accosted him and stole his cell phone and the business’s currency deposit from his pockets. The three suspects got back into their vehicle (driven by a fourth suspect) and fled down Eastern Avenue towards Varnum Street. PGPD robbery detectives responded to the scene to conduct a follow-up investigation. The incident was captured by the business’s video surveillance system.
4200 block of 34th Street: Vandalism to auto – 12:35am. The owner of a 2013 Honda told officers that sometime between 1pm on the 3rd and the time she called police someone shattered her vehicle’s rear window. Further investigation found that no entry was made into the vehicle and all doors were still locked/secured.
3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: M/V collision – 3:35am. Officers investigated a single vehicle collision involving a 2005 Nissan. Their investigation revealed that due to a wet roadway and excessive speed the vehicle lost control and struck a pole while trying to negotiate the traffic circle. A female seated on the ground nearby stated that she was injured. Fire/rescue personnel responded and transported to Washington Adventist Hospital for treatment. The driver was cited accordingly and the vehicle was impounded.
3200 block of Queens Chapel Road (Little Caesar’s): Commercial burglary – 9:55am. Officers responded for the report of a burglary that occurred during the overnight hours. CCTV cameras captured the incident on video and revealed that a subject wearing a mask entered the store with a key and removed currency from the locked safe. Further investigation revealed that the suspect is a former employee who used his key and combination to access the safe and take the currency. PGPD detectives responded to the scene to assist with the follow-up investigation.
4200 block of Russell Avenue: Vehicle impound – 11:45pm. Officers impounded a 2000 Volvo S80 that had been previously marked for 48-hour towing because of expired tags.
3000 block of Queens Chapel Road: Theft from auto – 3pm. A man came into the police station to report that someone stole the front tag off his 2012 VW Passat sometime between 3pm on the 11th and 9am on the 12th. He did not give any additional information.
3300 block of Buchanan Street: Theft from auto – 5:30pm. A man came into the police station to report the theft of his vehicle’s parking permit. He told officers that the complex’s contract tow company towed his vehicle from the complex for displaying an expired parking permit. The victim said that he had a new permit in the vehicle when he parked and believes that someone stole it. The victim reported the incident to management to get a new permit and they requested the incident be documented by police.
3700 block of 34th Street: Attempt stolen auto – 10:40pm. Officers were flagged down by the owner of a 2001 Chrysler van who said that someone had tried to steal his vehicle sometime between 4pm on the 5th and when he contacted the officers. Further investigation revealed that those responsible defeated the driver’s door lock, destroyed the steering column and ignition and stole the in-dash radio.
34th Street and Bunker Hill Road: Assault – 1am. The victim told officers that while he was walking from 34th Street and Bunker Hill Road an individual came out of the bushes and attacked him. The victim could not provide a description of his assailant. EMS personnel treated the victim at the scene and advised him that he should go to the hospital for medical attention; however, the victim said he was fine and refused to go to the hospital.
3600 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Trespassing – 1:20pm. Officers responded to a call for subjects fighting. Upon arrival they encountered a man who was intoxicated and unable to keep his balance. The property owner told officers that the man was trespassing on his property which is properly posted against trespassing. Officers requested the man leave the premises and he refused. He was arrested, charged with trespassing and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
3300 block of Chillum Road: Vandalism to auto – 4pm. The owner of a 2015 Kia told officers that sometime between 3:30pm on the 3rd and the time she called police someone put numerous hairline scratches on all four quarter panels of her vehicle.
37th and Otis Streets: Theft – 6:55pm. The juvenile victim told officers that an unknown black male approached him at the skate park and asked if he could see his iPod to get the time. The victim agreed and when he handed it to the suspect the suspect then fled the area on a blue and black mountain bike. A search of the area for the suspect was negative.
3700 block of Rhode Island Avenue: CDS possession – 7:15pm. Officers issues a man a criminal citation for possession of 28.9g of marijuana and for drinking in public.
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