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.
3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Vandalism to auto – 11:35am. The owner of a 2009 Mitsubishi told officers that she came out to her vehicle this morning and discovered the passenger side window shattered. Nothing was reported stolen from inside.
3400 block of Eastern Avenue: Trespassing – 12:25pm. Officers responded to the alley behind the 3400 block of Eastern Avenue for the report of a man urinating on the property owner. When the officers arrived they spoke with the victim who said that he was approached by the suspect who was irate, cursing and threatening to do him bodily harm. The victim asked the suspect to leave his property several times but he refused and began to urinate on him. The officers located the suspect and arrested him. He was charged with trespassing and other offenses and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
3100 block of Queens Chapel Road (Beauty Depot): Theft – 1:50pm. The store clerk told officers that four black females came into the store, took several pieces of merchandise and fled the store without paying for them. The clerk gave the officers a description of the suspects and they were located nearby, identified and released. Officers conducted a follow up investigation and located video footage from the store which positively identified the females as being the subjects involved and showed them stealing wigs from the mannequins and several other beauty supply items. The officers applied for arrest warrants on the two adult females and submitted a J-1 charging document on the two juvenile females to the State’s Attorney’s Office juvenile division. Officers are also reviewing the store’s video footage from yesterday’s theft to see if the individuals charged today was involved in that crime.
3000 block of Queens Chapel Road: M/V collision – 2:55pm. The owner of a 2006 Honda told officers that she had been in a minor traffic collision with a GMC truck. The truck was apparently trying to make a turn and struck her side mirror causing minor damage. The truck fled the scene without stopping to provide identification.
3100 block of Chillum Road: Disorderly – 1:25am. Officers patrolling the area stopped to interview two individuals who were yelling obscenities at them. One of the individuals fled the area when the officers approached but the other confronted one officer in a threatening manner continuing to yell profanity. The man grabbed the officer’s arm whereupon the officer forcibly took him to the ground to place him under arrest. While the officer was trying to handcuff him he spit at the officer and tried to strike him with a closed fist. Once the officer got the man in custody a spit mask was placed over his mouth and he was placed in the officer’s police vehicle for transport to DOC. While in route the man was able to get his feet above the dashboard and kicked the windshield of the police car causing damage to the windshield, dash lights, and the laptop computer. Hyattsville City Police were notified and responded with a prisoner transport vehicle to get the man to DOC without further incident. He was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and other charges and delivered to the custody of DOC.
3100 block of Queens Chapel Road (Beauty Depot): Theft - The store clerk told officers that several black females came into the store. After looking around briefly one of the females reached over the counter and took approximately ten bundles of synthetic hair. The group then fled the store without paying for the merchandise. The officers obtained security camera footage of the incident and a follow-up investigation is being conducted to try and identify the suspects.
3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Warrant service – 12am. Officers patrolling with an automated license plate reader were alerted to a 2000 Lincoln Town Car with a suspended registration. Officers stopped the vehicle and learned that the driver had an open arrest warrant. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. The vehicle was impounded.
One Municipal Place: Warrant service – 10am. Officers stopped to interview a woman suspected of having an open container of alcohol. Further investigation revealed that she had an open arrest warrant through the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office. She was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Upper Marlboro.
3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Lost property – 3:20pm. A man reported that he lost his wallet somewhere in the area in front of Party Time Liquors.
3200 block of Chillum Road: EPS – 4:15pm. Officers responded for the report of a domestic argument. When they arrived they learned that a man threatened his sister with a knife during the argument. The woman said that her brother suffers from a mental disorder and did not know if he had taken his prescribed medication today. The man was taken into custody and transported to Washington Adventist Hospital and released to medical personnel for an emergency psychiatric evaluation.
2500 block of Arundel Road: Missing person (returned) – 7:55pm. The father of the 13 year old girl reported missing yesterday told officers that she was located in the basement area of the apartment building where she lives.
3100 clock of Queens Chapel Road (Family Dollar): Attempt theft – 8pm. The store clerk told officers that she observed a man putting body wash products in a black trash bag. Once the man noticed the clerk watching him he put the items back on the shelf and left the store.
4300 block of 31st Street: Theft – 2:40pm. The home owner told officers that he recently evicted a tenant from the property. After the eviction he did a walkthrough of the house and verified that four window air conditioners were still present. He returned to the property this morning and discovered that all four A/C units had been stolen. The previous tenant did not provide a forwarding address.
2500 block of Arundel Road: Missing person (runaway) – 7:15pm. The father of a 13 year old girl reported his daughter as a runaway. He said that he believes that the girl left after a verbal altercation between the two over the usage of a cell phone to contact a male subject in Jamaica. This is the second time the girl has runaway in the past four days.
4600 block of 29th Street: Theft from auto – 7:40am. The owner of a 2015 Nissan called to report that she came out to her vehicle this morning and discovered someone had stolen the rear tag.
3200 block of Arundel Road: Vehicle impound – 8:20am. Officers impounded a 2000 Honda that was displaying expired temporary tags that belonged on a Chevy Monte Carlo.
One Municipal Place: EPS – 9am. Officers stopped a suspicious individual in the alley behind City Hall. After verifying that he was not wanted he was sent on his way. A few minutes later they saw the man touch a female subject standing at the bus stop and she smacked him. Further investigation revealed that the man had a mental disorder and was deemed to be a danger to himself/others. He was transported to Washington Adventist Hospital and turned over to hospital staff for an emergency psychiatric evaluation.
4500 block of 30th Street: Stolen vehicle – 12:30pm. The owner of a 1992 Acura told officers that he parked his vehicle at about 12:15am this morning. When he came back for the vehicle this afternoon he discovered that it had been stolen. No evidence/witnesses were identified.
2700 block of Allison Street: MIR – 3:20pm. Officers responded to check the welfare of a student who had not been to school. The officers were met at the door by the juvenile who was home alone and verified that she was OK. Officers spoke with the child’s parent by phone and was told that he was going to send her back to school on the 6th. The school has pursued court action against the parents for not sending the child to school. A Child Protective Services case manager was assigned to follow-up with the parents.
3500 block of Newton Place: MIR – 4:15pm. A woman came into the police station and told officers that she and her neighbor began receiving letters from several banks and government organizations addressed to persons who do not reside at their residences. She showed the officers three letters from the Maryland MVA that each contained a valid driver’s license issued to persons who did not live there. Officers took custody of the letters/licenses and will follow up with the Maryland State Police and the MVA. The neighbor received two letters from the IRS, one containing a Peruvian passport, the other containing an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number in the name of a person she did not know. Officers collected the letters for a follow-up investigation.
3200 block of Queenstown Drive: Attempt burglary – 8:40pm. Officers responded for the report of a burglary in progress. When they arrived they spoke with the residents who said that a black male tried to break in to their apartment through the bathroom window. When one of the victim’s went to the window with a baseball bat the suspect fled the scene. Officers canvassed the area for the suspect with negative results. The bathroom window frame was processed for evidence also with negative results.
3000 block of Arundel Road: Disorderly conduct/possession of CDS – 9:20pm. Officers responded for the report of a domestic dispute. When they arrived they spoke with the female half who said that she let a man stay with her for a few days, however, when she asked him to leave, he refused and went into the bedroom and refused to come out. After the man refused officers’ repeated commands to come out of the bedroom a brief struggle ensued and the man was finally taken into custody and removed from the apartment. A search incident to arrest revealed that he was in possession of a synthetic CDS. He was charged with disorderly conduct and possession of the CDS and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
Chillum Road and Queens Chapel Road: M/V collision – 3:40pm. The driver of a 2008 Ford Explorer told officers that she was approaching the intersection from the Chillum Road service lane and began to stop. She saw a bicyclist with a cell phone in hand approaching the service lane that failed to pay attention to oncoming traffic at which point the cyclist was struck by the Ford. Fire/rescue personnel responded and transported the bicyclist to a local hospital for treatment of his non- life threatening injuries.
4000 block of 29th Street (MR Quick Stop): Theft – 3:45pm. The store clerk told officers that a group of five juvenile males came into the store and proceeded to take several items of merchandise off the shelves and out of the refrigerator. The group ran out of the store without paying for the items crossing Eastern Avenue into the District of Columbia. The store’s surveillance video showed that the suspects were wearing hoodies and had on masks to conceal their identities. The total value of the stolen goods was about $47.
4200 block of 32nd Street: EPS – 5:10pm. Officers responded to assist fire/rescue personnel with a combative, intoxicated female. Officers tried to question the woman and get her to calm down without much success. She was eventually taken into custody and transported to Washington Adventist Hospital where she was released to medical staff for emergency evaluation and treatment.
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