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 – 2:40am. Officers patrolling with an automated license plate reader received an alert that the registered owner of a 2001 Hyundai had an open arrest warrant. Officers stopped the vehicle and learned that the owner was in the vehicle but not driving and no longer had the open warrant. However, the driver of the vehicle was found to have a suspended driver’s license and two open warrants - one through the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office for theft, and one through the MSP Barrack in Easton for failing to appear in court on a charge of driving on a suspended license. The driver was subsequently arrested and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
4600 block of 25th Street: Stolen vehicle (unfounded) – 2:55am. The owner of a 1997 Honda Civic reported that at about 1:30am this morning he discovered that his vehicle had been stolen. Officers took the report and entered the vehicle’s information into NCIC. At about 6am officers learned that the vehicle had not been stolen but had been impounded by PGPD officers for a parking violation. MRPD had the vehicle removed from NCIC.
3100 block of Queens Chapel Road (rear parking lot): Attempt strong arm robbery – 3:45am. The victim told officers that he had just been dropped off by an Uber driver when he was approached by a young Hispanic male who demanded that he surrender his cell phone and wallet. The suspect hit the victim in the face and a struggle between the two ensued. During the struggle a second suspect got out of a waiting car and punched the victim in the face and kicked him several times. Both suspects then got into the waiting vehicle and fled. The victim did not surrender his property and refused medical attention. Both suspects were described as Hispanic males in their late teens to mid- twenties and associated with a red, late 90’s Nissan Sentra.
4500 block of Eastern Avenue: Theft from auto – 11:40am. The victim told officers that she was pumping gas with her two children in the car. She heard the children scream and when she turned to see what they screamed about they told her that a man had just taken a bag out of the car. The victim observed a black male wearing a red hooded sweatshirt jump into a red, newer model Nissan and flee down Eastern Avenue towards Queens Chapel Road. Officers could not locate the suspects’ vehicle but learned that the same vehicle committed a theft in Hyattsville several minutes later.
4300 block of Kaywood Drive: 2nd degree assault – 10:50am. The victim told officers that she and her brother got into a verbal argument over the sale of a cell phone. As the argument got heated their mother stepped in to separate the two and the victim left the apartment. As she was leaving her brother hit her with a broom stick and then fled. The victim showed no signs injury and was advised of her options with a District Court Commissioner.
2300 block of Varnum Street (7-11): Counterfeit money – 5:15pm. The store clerk told officers that a customer tried to purchase merchandise with a counterfeit $20 bill. The customer said that she got the bill from her cousin who received it in change from another 7-11. The bill was confiscated and logged as property. The Secret Service was notified.
2200 block of Varnum Street: Warrant service – 10:50pm. Officers stopped a 2001 Toyota for a traffic violation and learned that the driver had a suspended driver’s license, the vehicle’s registration was suspended with a pick up order on the tags, and the driver had an open arrest warrant through Prince George’s County for a traffic violation. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. The vehicle was impounded.
3100 block of Varnum Street: Vehicle impound – 12:50am. Officers impounded a 2007 Ford truck for blocking a private driveway.
4500 block of 32nd Street: Vehicle impound – 8:35am. Officers impounded a 1997 Dodge for displaying tags that expired in May 2015.
3300 block of Chillum Road: Traffic – 2:45pm. Officers stopped a 2015 Dodge for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver’s license was suspended. He was arrested and charged with the violation and his vehicle was impounded.
3100 block of Arundel Road: MIR – 6:40pm. Officers responded for the report of an assault. The mother of a young boy told the officers that a female juvenile injured her son’s arm. Officers spoke with both children and determined that no assault had occurred. The injury to the boy’s arm occurred while both were playing with a swing on a nearby playground.
3400 block of Newton Street: Violation of an ex parte order – 7:35pm. The reporting person told officers that she was granted a final protective order against her son with which he had been previously served. When she tried to leave her residence this morning she found her son sitting on the front porch. He then tried to force his way into her residence but she was able to close the door and call police. The man has left the residence before officers arrived but after a brief search they were able to locate him in the 3800 block of Rhode Island Avenue. He was arrested, charged with violating the ex parte order and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
3300 block of Chauncey Place: Fraud – 10:10am. A woman called to report that she received a call from a collection company demanding payment on an unpaid Verizon account that she did open or authorize. Officers also contacted the collection company and advised their customer service representatives of the situation.
Queens Chapel Road and Chillum Road: M/V collision – 11:30am. Officers investigating a personal injury collision learned that a woman driving a 1999 Dodge Caravan made a left turn from Chillum Road onto Queens Chapel Road. While making the turn she was briefly distracted and collided with an oncoming 1999 Ford truck. The woman was issued three traffic citations and transported to a local hospital for evaluation. Her vehicle was impounded for safekeeping.
2300 block of Varnum Street (7-11): Theft – 12:20pm. The store clerk told officers that a heavy set female wearing a red sweat suit came into the store with several other subjects. The clerk recognized the female from a theft incident that occurred yesterday so she followed her around the store watching as she placed several food items into her jacket. The clerk confronted her and she became irate and began shouting profanities in the store. The clerk told her to leave the store and as she was leaving she took several other food items on her way out. Officers were able to locate the suspect at the corner of Varnum Street and Eastern Avenue and saw that she was still in possession of the items stolen from the store. She was taken back to the store where she was positively identified by the clerk. Since the female was a juvenile she was charged with theft she was issued a juvenile charging document (J-1) and referred to the Juvenile States Attorney’s Office for further disposition.
4400 block of 28th Place: Burglary – 1:10pm. The resident told officers that he can home to find his apartment ransacked and numerous items of his personal property and cash stolen. The resident said that he secured his apartment door when he left at about 6:40am this morning and it was still secured when he returned. There were no signs of forced entry. Officers dusted the apartment for prints with negative results.
4100 block of 34th Street: Possible burglary – 4:55pm. The reporting person told officers that he was watching the house for a friend. When he checked the house on the 14th he found that it was secure and undamaged. When he came by to check it today he discovered the rear door pushed in. He notified the owner by phone and until the owner returns neither could advise if anything was stolen from inside.
3300 block of Buchanan Street: Robbery – 7:15pm. Officers responded for the report of a man being harassed by two individuals asking for money. Further investigation revealed that the suspects attempted to rob the victim at knife point. Officers searched the area and were able to locate and detain both suspects. The victim positively identified the two as those who tried to rob him. Since the crime occurred on M-NCPPC property the suspects were released to the custody of Park Police for further investigation and charges.
5300 block of Mary A Court, Bladensburg: Mutual aid – 4:45pm. Officers responded to a mutual aid request from the Bladensburg Police Department involving a shooting that had just occurred. MRPD officers assisted in securing the crime scene and maintaining the perimeter.
2300 block of Varnum Street (7-11): Theft – 11:05pm. The store clerk told officers that a male and female entered the store, picked up several pieces of merchandise in the store and left the store without making any attempt to pay for the items. The suspects were last seen in the 2200 block of Varnum Street walking towards Eastern Avenue.
3300 block of Chillum Road: Citizen robbery – 6:40am. The victim told officers that he was waiting for a ride when he was approached by a black male who starting yelling at him. Since he did not speak English the victim could not understand what the suspect was saying. The suspect pulled out a handgun, placed it to the victim’s side and stole his backpack and the content of his pockets. The suspect then fled on foot in an unknown direction. The suspect described the suspect only as a black male.
One Municipal Place: EPS – 11:45am. Officers handling a loitering complaint at the bus stop spoke with a man who became very irate and agitated and made threats of physical violence against the officers. The officers questioned the subject’s mental state and determined that he should be evaluated by medical personnel. He was taken into custody and transported to Prince George’s Hospital for an emergency psychiatric evaluation.
3200 block of Chillum Road: Theft from auto – 4:45pm. The owner of a 1996 Toyota Corolla told officers that sometime between 6:30pm on the 10th and 8:30am this morning someone entered his vehicle, ransacked the glove box and stole a set of keys.
3700 block of 36th Street: Assault – 9:25pm. The victim told officers that a man known to him got out of a gold colored Toyota and walked up to him. The suspect produced a knife and held it to the victim’s throat and threatened to kill him. The suspect got back into the car and drove away. Upon further investigation officers learned that the suspect is having an affair with one of the victim’s relatives and it is believed that the suspect was trying to intimidate the victim into not revealing the affair. The investigation is continuing.
3100 block of Chillum Road (7-11): Theft – 11:35am. The store clerk told officers that a black male described as 30-40 years of age came into the store and stole several food items. The suspect fled the store in an unknown direction.
3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: EPS – 7:10pm. Officers responded for the report of a man acting erratically and being off his medication. The man’s grandmother said that he has psychiatric disorders, is known to use PCP had not taken his medication in several days. He was taken into custody and transported to Washington Adventist Hospital where he was released to medical personnel for evaluation.
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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