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: Found property – 12:45am. Officers patrolling in front of the police station found a wallet that had either been lost or discarded. The wallet was placed into property pending a claim by the owner.
3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Traffic – 8:30am. Officers stopped a 2015 Nissan for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver had a suspended license. He was issued the appropriate citations and his vehicle was impounded.
2500 block of Allison Street: Trespassing – 12:50pm. Officers responded for a report of a man sleeping in the laundry room. They located the man, discovered that he did not live in the apartment complex and cited him for trespassing. He was sent on his way without further incident.
4400 block of 28th Place: Vehicle impound – 12:15am. Officers responded for the report of two men performing repairs on a Chevy Cobalt and blocking the roadway. When the officers arrived they learned that the vehicle’s registration was suspended and there was a pick up order for the tags. The tags were seized for return to MVA and the vehicle was impounded.
3200 block of Upshur Street: Sexual assault – 9:15am. The victim told officers that she was sexually assaulted by a man who entered her home on the false pretense of being an immigration officer checking on her status. The victim said that the man forced her into a bedroom and attempted to have sex with her. She was able to break free and flee the house. The suspect also fled in an unknown direction. The victim was able to provide a description of the suspect and several photos of him she took on her cell phone along with the suspect’s cell phone number. PGPD detectives were able to get the suspect’s name from the victim’s information and she was able to positively identify him. Detectives are in the process of locating and charging the suspect.
28th and Shepherd Streets: Warrant service – 12:19am. Officers stopped a 1994 Nissan truck for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver had no license and he had an outstanding arrest warrant through Prince George’s County for failing to appear in court on a charge of driving without a license. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. The vehicle was also impounded.
2900 block of Allison Street: Assault – 7:50am. The victim told officers that a man threatened him with a knife after accusing him of stealing drugs and money from his apartment. After a brief altercation the victim was able to get away and call police. Officers canvassed the area for the suspect and detained an individual matching his description. The victim was able to positively identify the suspect as the man who threatened him with a knife. Two folding knives were recovered from the suspect when he was stopped. The suspect was arrested and charged with 1st degree assault and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
4100 block of Rainier Avenue: Attempt burglary – 4:05pm. The resident told officers that she left home at about 1:30 this afternoon and secured the residence when she left. When she returned at about 4pm she discovered that the front door and door frame were broken. The residence was checked and the victim said that nothing appeared to be missing. It was undetermined whether entry was gained into the home.
3800 block of 32nd Street: Vandalism – 6:55pm. The resident told officers that she returned home this evening and discovered that someone had put super glue into both front door locks and the rear door lock. She was forced to climb through an unlocked window to get into her house. She said that there did not appear to be any other damage or evidence that anyone had gained entry into the home.
2400 block of Chillum Road: Traffic – 9:10pm. Officers stopped a 2002 Mazda for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver did not have a license. He was issued several traffic citations and the vehicle was impounded.
4300 block of Russell Avenue: Attempt theft from auto – 3:11am. Officers responded for the report of a tampering in progress. When they arrived they interviewed the complainant who said that she heard noises coming from the parking lot that sounded like someone taking hubcaps off a vehicle. Officers located a 2008 Infinity with large bricks on the ground on both sides of the vehicle. Upon closer inspection the officers saw that four lug nuts were removed from each of the vehicle’s wheels with only the locking lug nut holding them on. The owner was notified of the attempted theft and advised to call MRPD if he discovered further damage.
4500 block of 34th Street: Warrant service – 3:45am. Officers stopped a 2015 Ford for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver did not have a license, was in violation of the vehicle’s rental agreement and had an open arrest warrant through the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office for 2nd degree assault. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. The vehicle was impounded for safekeeping.
3300 block of Buchanan Street: Theft from auto – 1:50pm. The owner of a 2012 Toyota told officers that his vehicle was impounded by a private tow company employed by apartment management because they didn’t see his parking permit displayed. When he got his vehicle back from the tow company he noticed that his parking permit placard was missing.
2900 block of Taylor Street: Theft from auto – 6:15pm. The owner of a 2012 Toyota told officers that she came out to her vehicle this morning and discovered that the vehicle’s interior had been ransacked and the spare change she had inside had been stolen. There were no signs of forced entry to the vehicle and the owner said that it was possible that the vehicle doors had been left unlocked.
4700 block of 30th Street: MIR – 12:20pm. Officers responded to assist fire/rescue personnel with an overdose. Upon arrival they found a woman who family members said had taken multiple pills after an argument with a family member. Fire/rescue transported her to Prince George’s Hospital Center for treatment.
4200 block of 29th Street: Theft from auto – 12:40pm. The owner of a 2003 Honda told officers that she parked her vehicle in her driveway unsecured and went inside her residence. When she returned a few minutes later and discovered that her purse had been stolen from inside her vehicle. The vehicle was processed for evidence with negative results and there were no witnesses.
3200 block of Queens Chapel Road (Little Caesars Pizza): Trespassing – 1:30pm. The manager told officers that a male customer was disrupting the business and had been asked several times to leave the premises. The man was told to leave in the presence of the officers and he continued to refuse the manager’s request. He was arrested, charged with trespassing and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 3pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.
Arundel Road and 31st Street: Hit and run collision – 11:55pm. A 2015 Honda Civic was traveling down Arundel Road crossing 31st Street when it was struck by a 2000 Honda Civic. The force of the impact caused the newer Civic’s airbag to deploy whereupon the driver lost control and crashed into a telephone pole. The driver of the striking vehicle fled the scene on foot towards Queens Chapel Road. The striking vehicle was found to have a damaged steering column but had not been reported stolen at the time of the collision. All attempts to locate the 2000 Civic’s owner were unsuccessful.
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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