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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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