Wednesday, September 30, 2015

What Hurricane Joaquin might mean for the Washington, D.C., region

PGC OEM Brief: Hurricane Joaquin - September 30th

Tropical Storm Joaquin has been updated to a Hurricane as of 0800 hours today, September 30th.

Currently there is variation in the models as to where and when Joaquin will make landfall. Some models place it coming onshore at the Eastern Shore of Maryland, while others take it farther up the coast or out into the ocean. The models are expected to converge over the next 24-36 hours, we will make sure to share this information with you as we receive it.

Regardless if Joaqiun makes landfall at the Eastern Shore or elsewhere along the East Coast, the NWS has high confidence that heavy rain and flooding is expected to BEGIN Thursday night and last through Monday for the entire state of Maryland. Rain totals across the state will be 5-10 inches over the weekend, with some places receiving higher amounts. Storm surge coastal flooding and freshwater flooding are also expected to occur.

Prince George's County Office of Emergency Management will continue to monitor the situation and develop situational awareness packages that will be shared with local governments. We will have more updates for you beginning tomorrow morning.  Please continue to monitor social media and your local news stations for updated weather information.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Police Report: September 20-26

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.

September 26th:

2700 block of Upshur Street: Vehicle impound – 2:30am. Officers impounded a 2003 Land Rover for displaying tags that expired in August of 2014.

4100 block of 30th Street: Theft from auto – 10:30am. The owner of a 2011 Chevy Cruze told officers that sometime between 6pm on the 24th and the time she called police someone stole the rear tag off her vehicle.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation (x2) – 10:50am. Officers issued each of two men a criminal citation for loitering.

September 25th:

4500 block of 34th Street: M/V collision – 10:10am. An officer patrolling the area was stopped at a stop sign behind a 2007 International truck. The truck backed up and struck the officer’s police vehicle causing disabling damage to the vehicle’s hood and front end. Further investigation revealed that the driver of the truck was not licensed to operate a commercial vehicle, the truck did not have required insurance, and the tags displayed on the truck belonged on another vehicle. The driver was issued the appropriate citations, the tags were seized for return to MVA and the vehicle was impounded.

September 24th:

3700 block of Shepherd Street: Vehicle impound – 8:20am. Officers impounded a 2001 Honda for displaying expired tags. They also discovered that the tags were issued to another vehicle and there was an MSP pick up order for the tags that was issued in November of 2013.

4300 block of Eastern Avenue: Recovered stolen vehicle – 6:30pm. Officers were notified by DC police that their officers recovered a 2012 Lexus RX that was stolen from the BP gas station back on September 4th. The vehicle was found in the 4300 block of Barker Street, SE and was operable other than a broken front windshield. The tags that were on the vehicle when it was stolen had been removed from the vehicle and are still outstanding.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Vandalism – 11:25pm. Officers spoke with the resident who told them that he was putting his daughter to bed and felt something gritty on top of her bed sheets. He turned on the lights to see what it was and discovered that it was broken shards of glass. He inspected the window and observed a hole in the window and the window blinds and located a 9MM projectile on the floor next to the bed. He said that he was unsure when this might have happened as he last checked the window on the 20th around 5pm. The interior of the apartment as well as the area outside the building was searched for possible shell casings with negative results. The projectile was collected and turned into evidence.

September 23rd:

3200 block of Otis Street: Vehicle impound – 11:45am. Officers impounded a 2016 Chevy Impala parked at an expired meter and displaying DC tags that were registered to another vehicle.

4400 block of 29th Street: Death report – 7pm. Officers spoke with the girlfriend of a deceased 54 year old man. She had not been able to contact him during the day, went to check his welfare and found him deceased in his living room. She said that he had been experiencing flu-like symptoms for about a week and was under a doctor’s care for hypertension and high cholesterol. Officers contacted the State Medical Examiner and PGPD homicide detectives and determined that the man died of natural causes and no foul play was involved.

3300 block of Buchanan Street: Vandalism – 8:45pm. Officers met with the resident who told them that at about 6:15pm a projectile came through her window, struck a cabinet door and her refrigerator and landed on her floor. Officers recovered a possible 9mm projectile for evidence. Officers canvassing the area found no shell casings and no one reported hearing the sound of shots.

September 22nd:

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road (Family Dollar): Theft – 9:40am. The store clerk told officers that a black male store and picked up a shopping basket. He proceeded to fill the basket with Dove soap and leave the store without paying. She said that the suspect got into a black Chrysler car with Virginia tags and leave the area in an unknown direction.

4300 block of Russell Avenue: Vandalism to auto – 10am. The owner of a 2005 Nissan told officers that he came out to his vehicle this morning and discovered the rear hatch door glass broken out. Nothing was stolen from in or on the vehicle and no evidence was recovered.

One Municipal Place: Criminal citation – 10:30am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 1:50pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

4000 block of 31st Street: Fraud – 5:10pm. The victim told officers that upon checking her bank account she discovered a fraudulent charge made with her husband’s debit card. The charge was made at a grocery store in Charles County and the sheriff’s department requested her to file a police report with her local PD so they could initiate an investigation and obtain video footage of the fraudulent transaction.

4200 block of 28th Street: Fraud – 5:15pm. The victim told officers that he made an online purchase and was instructed to wire funds to North Carolina to complete the transaction. He wired the money through Western Union and never received the goods his merchandise. Attempts to contact the seller were met with negative results. He was instructed by Western Union to obtain a police report so they could investigate further.

September 21st:

4300 block of Russell Avenue: EPS – 7pm. Officers responded for the report of an armed man in the hallway of an apartment building. When the officers arrived they observed several residents of the building as well as the building next door outside due to the disturbance caused by the man in question. The officers entered the building and walked up to the third floor where they were confronted by the man who was brandishing a large knife. Officers gave the subject numerous commands to drop the knife and he refused to comply. When he stepped towards officers with the knife in a raised positon the officers deployed a Taser. The Taser temporarily incapacitated him and after a brief struggle the officers finally got him into custody. He was transported to Washington Adventist Hospital and released to the medical staff for an emergency psychiatric evaluation.

September 20th:

4200 block of Kaywood Drive: Theft from auto – 12:15pm. The owner of a 2015 Chevy Malibu told officers that sometime between 9pm on the 19th and the time he called police someone stole the front passenger side rim and tire off his vehicle.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: EPS – 8pm. Officers received a call from the grandmother of a 29 year old man who was concerned that her grandson came home under the influence of narcotics. When officers spoke to the man they observed that he was not coherent and appeared to be under the influence of CDS. He was taken into custody and transported to a local hospital for emergency medical treatment.

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.

See or Hear Something?

Say Something!

We WANT to be bothered! Call 301-985-6565/6566.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Police Report: September 11-19

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.

September 19th:

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Warrant service – 4am. Officers patrolling with an automated license plate reader received an alert on a 2006 Ford Expedition with suspended registration. Officers stopped the vehicle and learned that the driver did not have a driver’s license. Further investigation revealed that a passenger was wanted by the United States Marshall’s Service for a probation violation stemming from a sexual assault. The driver was issued the appropriate citations and the passenger was arrested and delivered to the custody of DOC. The vehicle was impounded. 

4200 block of 34th Street (Rear): Illegal dumping – 12:40pm. The reporting person told officers that he is in the process of remodeling a home and had a large dumpster delivered to the rear of the residence to dispose of trash and debris. He stated that when he left the property on the 18th at about 5:00pm the dumpster only had trash he had placed in it. When he returned this afternoon he discovered that someone had dumped mattresses, a TV and other miscellaneous items in the dumpster.

3500 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 8:25pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

One Municipal Place: Criminal citation – 9pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

2200 block of Varnum Street: Criminal citation – 10:50pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage.

September 18th:

Nothing significant to report.

September 17th:

2900 block of Allison Street: EPS – 11:10am. Officers for the report of a juvenile attempting to commit suicide. Upon arrival officers met with a juvenile female who was unhappy with her living arrangements and was threatening suicide. No actual attempt was made of suicide nor were any visible signs of trauma located. The juvenile was transported to Washington Adventist Hospital for an emergency psychiatric evaluation. Child Protective Services was contacted and apprised of the juvenile’s situation for follow-up services.

September 16th:

4600 block of 31st Place: Recovered stolen auto – 10am. Officers were notified by DC police that their officers recovered a 2001 Chrysler Town & Country in the 3000 block of Gainesville Street SE that had been stolen from an address in the 4600 block of 31st Place back on September 7th. The vehicle had damage to the ignition but was in drivable condition. Both tags were still attached to the vehicle and no arrests were made.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 12:25pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage.

2700 block of Upshur Street: Theft – 3:25pm. The victim told officers that he was expecting a package to be delivered to his residence this afternoon. When he got home he discovered an empty, open box by his apartment door.

4300 block of Kaywood Drive: Carjacking – 8:35pm. The victim told officers that she parked her 2014 Hyundai Sonata across the street from her apartment and began to walk to her building. She noticed two individuals walk up behind her, one of whom stopped her while the second grabbed her arm and forcibly removed her purse. She said that the first suspect was holding what she perceived as a handgun. Both suspects fled the area in the victim’s vehicle. A canvas of the area for the suspects was negative and PGPD CID/Robbery detectives responded to assist in the investigation. On September 17th DC police detectives contacted CID/Robbery and notified them that DC officers recovered the stolen Hyundai in the 3900 block of Minnesota Avenue. They arrested a juvenile who was driving the vehicle at the time of the stop and was possibly involved in another robbery at the time. The juvenile waived his rights and admitted to his involvement in the carjacking. The victim was shown a six-person photo array and positively identified the juvenile as one of the individuals who stole her vehicle. The juvenile was charged as an adult with the carjacking and is awaiting extradition to Maryland.

September 15th:

4100 block of Rainier Avenue: Theft – 7:45am. The victim told officers that he put his cell phone on the living room table around 9pm the previous evening before falling asleep. When he awoke this morning he discovered that the phone was missing. The victim said that his roommate had two friend over and he suspects one of them may have stolen the phone.

3100 block of Arundel Road: Recovered stolen auto 2:45pm. Officers were notified by DC police that on August 3rd their officers recovered a 2001 Dodge Caravan in the in the 100 block of Varnum Street NE that had been stolen from an address in the 3100 block of Arundel Road on August 2nd. The vehicle was recovered in drivable condition and no arrests were made.

4200 block of Rainier Avenue: Theft – 5:50pm. The victim told officers that he returned home and discovered that his computer was missing from the living room chair. The victim was asked if anyone else had a key, and he said that a friend has a key. The friend stated that he did not use key or go to the victim’s house today. Officers inspected the interior and exterior of the house with no signs of forced entry.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Theft from auto – 6:30pm. The victim told officers that he returned to his vehicle this evening and discovered damage to the vehicle door locks on the passenger side of the vehicle as well as the rear door lock.  The victim inspected the inside of the vehicle and discovered several grey totes containing clothing items for sale as souvenirs had been stolen. The victim advised that the container was very heavy and that those responsible had to have a vehicle to transport the goods. The value of the merchandise is estimated at $5,000-$6,000.

3300 block of Chillum Road: M/V collision – 11:20pm. Officers investigating the collision determined that the driver of a 2000 Ford Expedition for unknown reasons crossed the double yellow line and struck a 2004 Expedition. The driver of the 2000 Expedition was transported to Prince George’s Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

4700 block of 25th Street: Assault – 11:20pm. Officers responded for the report of a family dispute. When they arrived they knocked on the door several times and received no response. The officer then heard a woman’s loud scream form behind the door. Officers fearing for her well being kicked in the door and observed a woman striking another woman in the face with a closed fist. The two were separated and the suspect was arrested and charged with 2nd degree assault. She was delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville without further incident. 

September 14th:

One Municipal Place: Criminal citation – 9:55pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for urinating in public.

3800 block of 34th Street: Attempt theft – 11:45pm. The store clerk told officers that two men came into the store. One of the men, described as a black male with dark skin, 5’10” tall and about 170lbs. distracted the clerk while the second suspect loaded up a bag with detergent. When the clerk realized what was happening he came out from behind the counter to confront the man. The man immediately dropped the bag and both suspects fled the store. All merchandise was recovered inside the store.

September 13th:

3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Attempt burglary – 4am. Officers patrolling on foot heard an alarm sound and saw a man fleeing towards Eastern Avenue. They stopped the man who appeared to be intoxicated. The man said that he accidentally fell into the door at Party Time Liquors. The officers investigated further and saw that the door glass was broken. Officers contacted the owner of the store who was able to view the surveillance video of the front door. The video showed that the subject covertly approached store, looked both ways, then deliberately ran into door trying to gain entry by breaking the glass but fled when alarm sounded. With the addition of the surveillance video officers applied for an arrest warrant charging the man with attempted burglary.

3700 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Vandalism – 7am. Officers responded to the post office for the report of a vandalism. Upon arrival they observed that the entrance glass door had been broken out by using a newspaper container. There were no suspects or witnesses on scene. The service lobby was still secured and access to the area behind the service counter was still secured.  U.S. Postal Police were notified and responded.

3700 block of 36th Street: False report – 2:10pm. Officers were stopped by a man who said that several men had just stolen his car. He pointed out a red Toyota Camry that was driving north on Rhode Island Avenue. Officers were able to stop the vehicle and detain the driver and three passengers. Further investigation revealed that the driver did not have a license and was charged accordingly. The vehicle’s owner was brought to the scene and identified the driver as a relative who he knew was unlicensed. He also said that he did not like the other individuals in the vehicle so he made a false report in order to get them stopped. The man was charged by citation with making a false report of a crime.

3500 block of Upshur Street: Warrant service – 4pm. Officers patrolling with an automated license plate reader were alerted to a 2002 Ford the owner of which had an open arrest warrant through Anne Arundel County for failing to appear in court on multiple traffic charges. The officers lost sight of the vehicle temporarily but were able to locate it parked in a driveway. They also found the owner and arrested him on the warrant. He was released to the custody of DOC in Upper Marlboro.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Vandalism – 5pm. Officers responded for the report of a broken window at the Crown Insurance Co. When they arrived they observed the lower store front window broken. Officers contacted a business representative who responded to secure the business. No evidence or witnesses were identified. 

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Vandalism – 5pm. Officers responded for the report of a broken window at the library. When they arrived they observed the lower front door window broken out and laying inside the building. Officers were unable to make contact with any person from the library system and could not determine if anything was missing or out of place. Public Works personnel responded to secure the front door as best they could until library maintenance personnel could be notified and respond.

3300 block of Buchanan Street: 2nd degree assault – 8:50pm. Officers responded to Washington Adventist Hospital for a report of a domestic assault that occurred earlier. Nurses at the hospital told the officers that the victim came to the hospital to be treated for back pain as a result of being assaulted by her boyfriend the night before; and that the victim was afraid to go home considering the possibility of the boyfriend still being there. Officers offered to take the victim home and make sure the boyfriend was not there and she refused. She was also offered a ride to the Commissioner’s office to apply for a protective order and refused. A Domestic Violence Lethality Screen was completed and the victim did not screen in according to protocol. She did not want to speak with a councilor as she had already been in contact with social services.

September 12th:

2700 block of Webster Street: Stolen vehicle – 9:15am. The owner of a 2015 Nissan told officers that he came out for his vehicle this morning and discovered it had been stolen. He said that he may have dropped the vehicle’s keys next to it on Thursday the 10th when he came out one of the tires. No additional evidence or witnesses were identified.

3300 block of Shepherd Street: Recovered stolen auto – 11:35pm. Officers patrolling with an automated license plate reader were alerted to a 2014 Ford Focus reported stolen from Avis Rental Car through Montgomery County PD. While waiting for a tow truck to impound the vehicle a woman walked up with the keys and got inside. She was arrested, charged with auto theft and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3300 block of Shepherd Street: Disorderly conduct (x2) – 11:35pm. While officers were taking a woman into custody for auto theft (see above) two men came up and began to disrupt and interfere with their investigation. Both were instructed numerous times to leave and they continued to cause a disturbance. They were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and interfering with a law enforcement officer. One of the men was delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville and the other to DOC in Upper Marlboro.

September 11th:

4300 block of Russell Avenue: MIR – 8:10am. Officers responded for the report of a person sleeping on the building’s roof. Further investigation revealed that it was a juvenile female who was on the roof with friends, lost track of time and fell asleep. She was transported to MRPD where her parents were contacted and responded to claim her.

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Traffic – 10:10am. Officers patrolling with an automated license plate reader were alerted to a 2013 Toyota with suspended registration (insurance violation) and a pick up order for the tags. Officers stopped the vehicle and issued the owner/driver a citation for driving with suspended registration. The tags were seized for return to MVA and the vehicle was impounded.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation (x2) – 10:30am. Officers issued each of two men a criminal citation for drinking in public.

4500 block of Eastern Avenue (BP station): Fraud – 12pm. Officers responded for the report of a cab driver attempting to pay with a counterfeit $20 bill. When he was told the bill was a fake he said that he got it as payment for a fare two nights prior. The bill was seized for evidence and Treasury agents notified of the seizure.

3100 block of Chillum Road: Criminal citation – 5:45pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage.

3800 block of 34th Street (Alife Market): Criminal citation – 6:10pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for trespassing. He had been previously banned from the store.

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.

See or Hear Something?

Say Something!

We WANT to be bothered! Call 301-985-6565/6566.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Police Report: September 6-10

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.

September 10th:

3800 block of 34th Street (Alife Market) (supplement): Theft – 9:30am.Officers investigating the theft that occurred at about midnight last night reviewed the store’s surveillance video of the incident. They were able to positively identify the suspect and obtained a warrant for his arrest charging him with misdemeanor theft. At about 5pm officers located him in the 3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue and arrested him on the warrant. He was delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville without incident.

4100 block of Rainier Avenue: Attempt burglary – 5:35pm. The resident came home and discovered that the screen and window of her bedroom window were broken and laying on the back deck. The window lock was still intact and holding the window closed. It did not appear as if those responsible were able to get into the house and nothing was reported stolen. The scene was processed with one possible print collected. A neighbor said that he saw two black males in the backyard of another house in the block and believes that they were trying to break into that house as well.  The possible suspects were described as:

1)      Black male; 18-25 years of age; 6’ tall; 150lbs.; wearing a yellow stripe shirt;

2)      Black male; 18-25 years of age; 6’ tall; 155lbs.; wearing a white shirt, black shorts and a fisherman style hat.

September 9th:

3700 block of 34th Street: Criminal citation – 11:40am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: M/V collision – 12:40pm.  Officers investigating the collision found that a 2011 BMW was traveling east in the traffic circle. A Metro bus entered the circle, crossed into the BMW’s lane and collided with it. There were no injuries and there was minimal damage to both vehicles.

4000 block of 37th Street: Burglary – 6:05pm. The resident told officers that she and her son left home at about 8:30 this morning and must have left the back door to the residence unlocked. When she returned home this evening she discovered that someone had tried to pry her front door open causing significant structural damage to the door. She also discovered that both the back door and screen door were ajar. There was no damage to either door. She victim checked her back yard and found the gate open and her dog missing. She was able to locate the dog in the neighborhood and upon checking the house did not find anything missing.

4000 block of 30th Street: Attempt burglary – 7:55pm. The resident told officers that he left home at about 10 this morning and left all the windows unlocked and the rear windows open to get fresh air in the house. When he came home this evening he discovered a back window open and the window screen pulled off. He inspected the house and found nothing missing. He credited his dog with deterring those responsible from entering the house.

3800 block of 34th Street (Alife Market): Theft – 11:55pm. The store clerk told officers that he bagged several food items for a customer. Once the items were bagged the customer took the bag and left the store without paying.  The suspect was described as a black male, 6” tall, 200 lbs., 23-27 years of age, wearing black shorts and a white shirt. He was last seen walking north on Bunker Hill Road.

September 8th:

2800 block of Shepherd Street: Vehicle impound – 9:20am. Officers impounded a 2004 Acura for displaying tags that expired in June of 2015.

3200 block of Queenstown Drive: Hit and run collision – 2:55pm. The owner of a 2014 Nissan told officers that he came out to his vehicle at about 10:30 this morning and discovered fresh damage to the rear bumper. Damage appeared consistent with the vehicle being struck by a second unknown vehicle that failed to remain at the scene.

3600 block of Rhode Island Avenue (St. James Church): Destruction of property – 4pm. The reporting person told officers that sometime between 5pm on September 3rd and 9am on the 4th someone broke the front office window. Damage to the window was slight. There were no signs of entry into the building and nothing was reported missing.

4400 block of 28th Place: Warrant service – 7:25pm. Officers responded for the report of a man sleeping in front of an apartment building. They located and awakened the man. Further investigation revealed that he had an open arrest warrant through the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office for failing to appear in court on a trespassing charge. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3800 block of 35th Street: Criminal citation – 8:55pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

September 7th:

4600 block of 31st Place: Stolen vehicle – 8:15am. The owner of a 2001 Chrysler told officers that he came out for his vehicle this morning and discovered it had been stolen sometime overnight. No evidence/witnesses were identified.

4100 block of 34th Street: Hit and run collision – 8:50am. The owner of a 2002 Dodge told officers that he came out to his vehicle and discovered that it had been hit and damaged by another vehicle that failed to remain at the scene. No evidence/witnesses were identified.

3000 block of Arundel Road: Emergency petition – 5:45pm. Officers responded for the report of a hit and run collision involving a pedestrian. When they arrived they learned that a man had run up to a black sedan and was struck by the vehicle as it pulled away. The man appeared disoriented and became combative with the officers. After a brief struggle he was taken into custody and transported to Prince Georges Hospital for treatment.

2900 block of Allison Street: Emergency petition – 8:45pm. Officers responded to assist fire/rescue personnel with a subject who was threatening them and acting irrationally. When the officers arrived they witnessed the man threaten to kill the EMS personnel. He was taken into custody and transported to Washington Adventist Hospital for an emergency psychiatric evaluation.

September 6th:

4000 block of Cedar Lane Alley: Sound of shots – 8:50am. At about 1am this morning officers responded for the report of the sound of shots. No evidence was found at the time of the original call. At about 8:50am a resident found several spent handgun casings in the alley. Officers recovered the casings for further investigation.

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Recovered stolen auto – 9:20pm. Officers observed a 2001 Chevy Tahoe parked in a dimly lit parking lot with all four wheels/tires missing and the interior partially stripped. Further investigation revealed that it had been reported stolen from an address in DC on August 27th. The vehicle was impounded and DC police and the owner were notified.

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.

See or Hear Something?

Say Something!

We WANT to be bothered! Call 301-985-6565/6566.

SAFETY ALERT/AVISO DE SEGURIDAD

Over the past three weeks, there have been 3 attempted sexual assaults near the hiker/biker trail along the Anacostia tributary. One incident occurred ON September 10th near Magruder Park and the other two happened near the West Hyattsville Metro Station. While we cannot confirm that these incidents are connected, the general description of the suspect is similar:  Hispanic male, short black hair, approximately 5'7"-5'9",  19-30 years of age.

In all three incidents the suspect attempted to drag the victim into the woods. The incidents have occurred late at night (12:20am) and early in the morning (7:15am).

For your safety, please take extra precautions when using the trail system. T ell your friends or family the route you will be taking.   If possible, do not walk or jog alone.  Carry a whistle and carry a cell phone.  Do not wear a headset. Stay alert, be observant.  Report all suspicious activity to 301-985-5060.

For more safety tips, go to: http://www.pgparks.com/Your_Parks/Trails/Tips_for_Trail_Safety.htm

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En las ultimas tres semanas, han estado tres intentos de asaltos sexuales cerca el camino de caminar/montar bici por el afluente del Anacostia. Un intento ocurrio ayer cerca el Parque Magruder y los otros ocurrieron cecra el Metro de West Hyattsville. No podemos confirmar que los incidentes son conectado, pero la descripciones del sospechoso son semejantes: Hombre, Latino, pelo corto y negro, apoximadamente 5'7"-5'9", entre 19 y 30 años de edad.

En las tres incidentes el sospechoso ha probado lleva la victima adentro del bosque. Han ocurrido tarde en la noche y temprano en la mañana.

Para su seguridad, tenga cuidado extra cuando usandos los caminos. Diga a sus amigos y familia la ruta que va a tomar. Si es posible, no camina ni corre solo. Lleve un silbato y telefono. No lleva audiophonos en sus orejas. Reporte toda actividad sospechosa a 301-985-5060.

Para mas consejos de seguridad, visite: http://www.pgparks.com/Your_Parks/Trails/Tips_for_Trail_Safety.htm

Thursday, September 10, 2015

WSSC - Water Improvement Project in Mount Rainier

NOTICE from the City of Mount Rainier......

 

WSSC Water Improvement Project in Mount Rainier

Mount Rainier, MD— Thursday, September 3, 2015 —Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) discovered 100 year old wooden pipes as they excavated and prepared to place modern ductile iron pipes to update the water infrastructure in the City of Mount Rainier. In the 1940's the water system was switched from wood pipes to the iron pipes that currently transport water throughout the city. Since the wooden pipes are not currently in use, services including water and sewer will not be interrupted during this project. Today's work on 34th Street is part of a WSSC project to replace a total of 2.5 miles of pipes in the city. Residents should be aware that when necessary, alternate routes and parking will be made available, and access to the businesses on 34th street will not be restricted by the pipe replacement. "The 34th Street business corridor is the main hub of our city and a center of vitality," remarked City Manager, Larry Hughes, "the pipe replacement is a necessary update and will provide improved water service."

 

Positive Impact

The City of Mount Rainier and its residents will benefit from more reliable water service as an outcome of the water improvement project. Modern pipe technology allows for updated house connections, and the ability to swiftly locate the source in the event of a leaking pipe. The WSSC estimates that the water improvement project will be fully completed within 18 months. When the project is completed, residents should expect improved water infrastructure and services. Video is coming shortly!

WSSC has given the City an Approximate Timeline for Residents to follow.  It is as follows:

 

Timeline

Street

Approximate Start Date

Approximate End Date

34th Street

July 15

October 12

Taylor Street

November 23

January 15

37th Street

January 18

February 17

Tilden Street

July 15

November 20

40th Street, Webster Street, Volta Avenue, Utah Avenue, 39th Place

July 15

November 6

*Approximate dates that are subject to change

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Police Report: August 30 - September 5

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.

September 5th:

4200 block of 30th Street: Warrant service – 2:25am. Officers stopped a 2006 Honda after learning that the registered owner had an open arrest warrant. Further investigation revealed that the warrant was still active out of Takoma Park for failing to appear in court (FTA) on a charge of driving without a license. He was arrested and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

September 4th:

3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 2:50am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage in a public place.

3800 block of 34th Street: Theft – 12:35am. The store clerk told officers that two men came into the store and took a case of Dove soap and a case of feminine products and left the store without paying for them. Officers will follow-up with the store owner in the morning to review the video surveillance recordings and try to identify the thieves.

4500 block of Eastern Avenue (BP station): Stolen vehicle – 6:50am. The owner of a 2012 Lexus told officers that she left her vehicle unlocked and running when she went inside the station to make a purchase. When she returned to her vehicle she saw it being driven away down Varnum Street.

September 3rd:

3800 block of 33rd Street: Vehicle impound – 8:44am. Officers impounded a 2004 Subaru that was displaying tags that expired in June and had an MSP pick up order for the tags.

One Municipal Place: EPS (supplement) – 9am. On August 20th officers took a man into custody who was under the influence of a synthetic drug. He was transported to Washington Adventist Hospital for emergency treatment. On August 25th officers applied for an arrest warrant charging him with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. Officers were notified this morning that the Commissioner issued a criminal summons charging the man with both crimes.

4300 block of 34th Street: Traffic – 11am. Officers stopped a 2004 GMC for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver’s license was suspended. He was arrested, charged accordingly and remanded to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3200 block of Otis Street: Theft from auto – 12:45pm. A woman came into the police station to report that a bag was stolen from inside her vehicle. She said that she parked the vehicle and left it unsecured for about 15 minutes with the bag on the front seat. When she returned the bag had been stolen.  

4000 block of 30th Street: Suspicious person – 9:35pm. Officers responded for the report of a suspicious person knocking on doors. The officers found the man who said that he was soliciting for PEPCO. He was advised of the City Code requiring him to have a permit and sent on his way.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Vehicle impound – 7:40pm. Officers impounded a 2002 Ford that was displaying tags that expired on August 31st and had an MSP pick up order for the tags that was issued May 10th.

2300 block of Varnum Street: EPS – 11:45pm. Officers encountered a suspicious man standing in the grass near a child’s playground. As they approached him they smelled a strong odor of PCP about his person and observed that he was acting erratically and had dilated pupils and slurred speech. EMS personnel responded and transported the man to Washington Adventist Hospital for emergency medical treatment. Officers seized a vial containing 1.21 ounces of PCP and the remaining 6.4g of a 10g package of Bizarro synthetic CDS from the man before he was transported to the hospital. Officers are in the process of obtaining charges against the man for possession of the drugs.

September 2nd:

Nothing significant to report.

September 1st:

3500 block Perry Street: Criminal citation – 9:30am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for urinating in public.

3400 block of Newton Street: Theft – 2:30pm. Officers responded for the report of a suspicious individual described as a black male wearing all black clothing trespassing in back yards in the area of 33rd and Perry Streets. The area was checked with negative results. A short time later officers received an anonymous tip from a concerned citizen who observed a man fitting the description leave the back yard of a residence in the 3300 block of Otis Street with a red VIP model scooter. The witness said the suspect was last seen heading south on 34th Street towards Newton Street. Officers canvassed the area and observed the suspect pushing the scooter on Newton Street. The suspect made eye contact with the officers and walked away from the scooter. Officers detained the suspect until they were able to locate the scooter’s owner who verified that it had been stolen from his yard. The suspect was arrested, charged with theft and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3200 block of Bunker Hill Road: Theft – 3:15pm. The property owner told officers that his property was in good condition when last he left it on August 18th. When he came to check the property today he noticed that 5-6 pieces of siding had been stolen from the exterior of the house.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 3:05pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage in a public place.

August 31st:

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Warrant service – 11:25pm. Officers patrolling with an automated license plate reader were alerted to a 2000 BMW with a suspended registration. Officers stopped the vehicle and confirmed the ALPR information. They also learned that the driver had an open arrest warrant through the Charles County Sheriff’s Office for failing to appear in court on a charge of theft over $100. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

August 30th:

3100 block of Arundel Road: Criminal citation – 2:15am. Officers stopped a woman who was walking in the roadway without a shirt on. She was allegedly in the process of approaching some men and trying to purchase CDS. She became loud, combative and belligerent and gave the officers a false name. She was arrested and taken to DOC for processing. Once at DOC officers learned her real name and issued her two criminal citations for disorderly conduct and making a false statement to a police officer.

3300 block of Bunker Hill Road: Assault - 2:30am. Officers responded for the report of a man bleeding. The officers arrived with EMS personnel and found the man. While he was being treated for minor injuries he told officers that he was in a bathroom and a Hispanic male hit him in the head with a bottle. EMS transported him to a local hospital for treatment. A canvas of area revealed negative results for the suspect or where the crime occurred.

3700 block of 34th Street: Suspicious person – 4:30am. The owner of a 2002 Ford told officers that she saw a man standing near her vehicle. The vehicle’s alarm went off and the man got into a vehicle parked on Otis Street and left the area towards Eastern Avenue. There was no damage to the vehicle or any evidence of a crime, the reporting person wanted the event documented.

3200 block of Otis Street: Vandalism to auto – 9:20am. Officers on patrol discovered a 2005 Mazda with a broken passenger side rear door window. There were glass fragments on the ground by the vehicle’s door. All doors to the vehicle were still locked. The owner responded and confirmed that nothing had been stolen from inside the vehicle and the damage occurred sometime after 11pm last night.

One Municipal Place: Criminal citation – 5:40pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for urinating in public.

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.

See or Hear Something?

Say Something!

We WANT to be bothered! Call 301-985-6565/6566.

Thursday, September 03, 2015

IRS Warns of Pervasive Telephone Scam

Apparently this scam has hit Mount Rainier in the past couple days. Please remember, the IRS will never – that’s never – call you and demand payment over the phone.

IRS Warns of Pervasive Telephone Scam

IRS YouTube Video: 
Tax Scams: English | ASL

IR-2013-84, Oct. 31, 2013

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today warned consumers about a sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants, throughout the country.

Victims are told they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. If the victim refuses to cooperate, they are then threatened with arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver’s license. In many cases, the caller becomes hostile and insulting.

“This scam has hit taxpayers in nearly every state in the country.  We want to educate taxpayers so they can help protect themselves.  Rest assured, we do not and will not ask for credit card numbers over the phone, nor request a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer,” says IRS Acting Commissioner Danny Werfel. “If someone unexpectedly calls claiming to be from the IRS and threatens police arrest, deportation or license revocation if you don’t pay immediately, that is a sign that it really isn’t the IRS calling.” Werfel noted that the first IRS contact with taxpayers on a tax issue is likely to occur via mail

Other characteristics of this scam include:

·         Scammers use fake names and IRS badge numbers. They generally use common names and surnames to identify themselves.

·         Scammers may be able to recite the last four digits of a victim’s Social Security Number.

·         Scammers spoof the IRS toll-free number on caller ID to make it appear that it’s the IRS calling.

·         Scammers sometimes send bogus IRS emails to some victims to support their bogus calls.

·         Victims hear background noise of other calls being conducted to mimic a call site.

·         After threatening victims with jail time or driver’s license revocation, scammers hang up and others soon call back pretending to be from the local police or DMV, and the caller ID supports their claim.

If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, here’s what you should do:

·         If you know you owe taxes or you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS at 1.800.829.1040. The IRS employees at that line can help you with a payment issue – if there really is such an issue.

·         If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to think that you owe any taxes (for example, you’ve never received a bill or the caller made some bogus threats as described above), then call and report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1.800.366.4484.

·         You can file a complaint using the FTC Complaint Assistant; choose “Other” and then “Imposter Scams.” If the complaint involves someone impersonating the IRS, include the words “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.

Taxpayers should be aware that there are other unrelated scams (such as a lottery sweepstakes) and solicitations (such as debt relief) that fraudulently claim to be from the IRS.

The IRS encourages taxpayers to be vigilant against phone and email scams that use the IRS as a lure. The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information.  This includes any type of electronic communication, such as text messages and social media channels. The IRS also does not ask for PINs, passwords or similar confidential access information for credit card, bank or other financial accounts. Recipients should not open any attachments or click on any links contained in the message. Instead, forward the e-mail to phishing@irs.gov.

More information on how to report phishing scams involving the IRS is available on the genuine IRS website, IRS.gov.