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 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.
Nothing significant to report.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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