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.
3800 block of 33rd Street: Emergency petition – 2:45am. Officers responded for the report of an individual who wanted to commit suicide and was armed with a knife and a hatchet. Upon arrival the officers encountered the man on the front porch. He was in possession of the weapons, however he discarded them when the officers approached. He told the officers that he wanted to harm himself because he was depressed over relationship issues. He was taken into custody, transported to Washington Adventist Hospital and released to the custody of the medical staff for a psychiatric evaluation.
3100 block of Chillum Road: Criminal citation – 3:20am. Officers on patrol observed a disturbance in the roadway. Further investigation revealed that two men were intoxicated and appeared to have engaged in a physical altercation. One of the men had facial injuries but was uncooperative and refused medical attention. Officers discovered that the second man had open containers of an alcoholic beverage in his vehicle. He was issued a criminal citation for the violation and officers are investigating to determine if assault charges can be filed.
3200 block of Queens Chapel Road: Citizen robbery – 5:10am. Officers were flagged down by a woman who wanted to report a robbery that occurred on or about October 21st 2015. She told the officers that she was robbed of her jewelry at knife point. During the alleged robbery the suspect was able to ascertain the victim’s phone number and has been sending pictures of himself to her. The victim said she was scared and that was the reason she waited so long to report the incident to police. The officers documented the incident and the information was forwarded to the Prince George’s County Investigative Unit.
4100 block of 28th Street: Theft from auto – 9:35am. The owner of a 2013 Acura reported that someone broke into his vehicle through the driver’s side rear window and stole several items of his personal property from the back seat.
4400 block of 29th Street: Parking violation – 12:30pm. Officers responded for the report of un unauthorized vehicle parked in a residential handicapped space. Officers contacted the vehicle’s owner and requested that she move her car. The owner refused because she has concerns about the validity of the assigned space. Officers issued the vehicle a parking citation. The officers noted that there is an ongoing neighbor dispute about street parking and their efforts to mediate the situation were unsuccessful.
3400 block of Bunker Hill Road: Strong arm robbery – 3:05pm. The victim told officers that he was giving four individuals directions when he was attacked, hit by a brick, and had his cell phone stolen. The suspects fled to a gas station located at 38th Street and Rhode Island Avenue where officers located and detained them. The victim positively identified the four suspects as his assailants. They were arrested and taken to Prince George’s County Investigative Unit for questioning. Several hours later officers learned from investigators that the victim was in fact the perpetrator in the incident. He was charged with 1st degree assault.
3000 block of Queens Chapel Road: Traffic – 11:45am. Officers stopped a 1999 Ford for driving in the wrong lane of traffic. Once the vehicle was stopped the driver fled from the vehicle on foot. Officers gave chase and apprehended him several blocks away. Further investigation revealed that the driver did not have a valid license and the vehicle was displaying tags issued to another and was uninsured. The driver was arrested, issued several traffic citations and the vehicle was impounded.
3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation (x2) – 1:15pm. Officers issued each of two men a criminal citation for disorderly conduct.
3200 block of Queenstown Drive: MIR – 4pm. The reporting person told officers he works as a special police officer in DC and lost is SPO license somewhere between his residence and the bus stop a few blocks away.
3200 block of Queenstown Drive: Fraud – 4pm. The victim told officers that an unauthorized individual opened a Dish Network account in his name over a year ago. The victim was only made aware of the situation when he received a letter from a collection agency. The incident was documented and will be investigated by Dish Network’s fraud department.
33rd and Perry Streets: Vehicle impound – 8:20am. Officers impounded a 2002 Volvo that had been previously marked for 48-hour towing.
4600 block of 29th Street: Vehicle impound – 8:50am. Officers impounded a 1996 Toyota for displaying tags that expired in September of 2014.
3200 block of Queenstown Drive: Missing person – 11:20am. The reporting person told officers that his 30 year old brother had been missing since November 13th. He said that when he last saw his brother he was depressed over losing his job and has an alcoholism problem. He does not know where his brother may have gone and said that his brother does not have a cell phone, credit cards and little cash. PGPD detectives were notified and requested to assist in the investigation.
3300 block of Chauncey Place: Theft – 2:40pm. The reporting person came in to the police station and told officers that he ordered a cell phone on eBay back on October 29th. The phone was supposed to be delivered within three days but it never arrived.
3300 block of Buchanan Street: EPS – 3:50pm. A woman told officers that her husband had not been taking his prescribed psychiatric medication and was acting angrily. Officers tried to speak with him but he barricaded himself in his bedroom and told the officers that he was unsure if he was going to hurt himself or his wife. The officers were able to gain entry to the bedroom and safely take him into custody. Fire/rescue personnel transported him to a local hospital where he was released to medical staff for an emergency psychiatric evaluation.
3800 block of 34th Street: Theft (shoplifting) – 12:40am. The reporting person told officers that a black male walked into the store, helped himself to one 16 ounce can of Red Bull and left the store without paying for it. The man came back a few minutes later and took two, 16 ounce cans of Red Bull and two 20 ounce cans of Red Bull and left the store without paying for those. The suspect was last seen going north on Bunker Hill Road. A canvass of the area was conducted with negative results. The value of the stolen property is estimated at $20.
4100 block of 34th Street: Burglary - 12am. The resident told officers that he returned to his home at about midnight and discovered one of the side windows was broken. Officers checked the house for suspects with negative results and determined that entry had been made through the broken window and the suspects left through the back door. The resident advised that two radios, a desktop computer and a laptop were stolen from the house. The house is currently unoccupied and this is the third time it has been broken into.
3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue (MRPD HQ): Warrant service – 2:20am. A man came into the police station to surrender on an open arrest warrant. Officers confirmed the existence of the warrant which was through Prince George’s County for assault. He was arrested and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
30th Street and Bunker Hill Road: EPS – 1:05pm. Officers patrolling the area observed a woman walking in the middle of the road and screaming. It was apparent from her condition that she was under the influence pf PCP. She was taken into custody, transported to Washington Adventist hospital and turned over to medical personnel for evaluation and treatment.
4300 block of Kaywood Drive: Theft – 1:25pm. The victim told officers that she had her 2015 Cadillac Escalade shipped to her family in Nigeria through a private company. The family reported that when the vehicle arrived it was missing its registration plates. The shipping company told her that the plates were not on the vehicle when they took possession of it. The plates were entered into NCIC as stolen.
4100 block of 29th Street: MIR – 4:30pm. The resident told officers that he received a text from his neighbor advising him that the police came to his property and left a black bicycle on his front porch. The resident said that the bike was not his and wanted to return it to police custody. Although no one from MRPD left the bike on the property we took custody of it and stored it for safekeeping.
4100 block of Russell Avenue: Fraud – 4:55pm. The victim told officers that she received a confirmation e-mail from Verizon for the purchase of a cell phone and accessories which she did make. She learned that someone used her social security number to access her Verizon account and make the fraudulent purchase. Verizon identified the transaction as fraudulent and canceled the order.
3800 block of 34th Street: Hit and run collision – 1:40am. Officers responded for the report of a collision that had just occurred. When they arrived they located a 2001 Chevy Venture that had been struck by what the driver described as a white Crown Victoria. The striking vehicle fled the scene down 34th Street towards Chillum Road. Officers canvassed the area but could not locate the suspect vehicle.
3100 block of Chillum Road: Theft (shoplifting) - 3:05pm. The store clerk told officers that a black male came into the store, selected several food items and placed them on the sales counter. He asked the clerk for two packs of cigarettes and when the clerk put the cigarettes on the counter the man grabbed all the items and fled the store without paying for them. The suspect was described only as a black male, 6”1” tall wearing dark clothing.
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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