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.
3000 block of Queens Chapel Road: EPS – 1:10am. Officers responded for the report of a man passed out in front of an apartment building. The officers located the individual who was unresponsive. When they got him to come around he was unable to answer basic questions and showed that he was not in the correct state of mind. He was taken to a local hospital and released to medical personnel for an emergency medical/psychiatric evaluation.
3500 block of Otis Street: Stolen auto – 8:30am. Officers learned that the victim/owner of a 2001 Honda Odyssey started his van to warm it up. While the vehicle was running a woman and a man jumped into the vehicle and drove off with it. The victim, accompanied by his cousin, saw the van being stolen and got into another vehicle and gave chase. As he was pursuing his van he saw it slow down and watched the male suspect jump out of the passenger side. The victim chased him on foot and was struggling with him trying to hold him. The female suspect continued to drive the van and turned down Cedarcroft Place in Brentwood which is a dead end. The cousin blocked the van so it could not exit the street. At that time the woman drove down the sidewalk were she struck a house disabling the vehicle and proceeded to flee on foot. Officers located the female a short time later in the 3600 block of Rhode Island Avenue and took her in to custody. She was charged with motor vehicle theft and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. The male suspect was found to have an open warrant from January of 2014 charging him with motor vehicle theft. He was arrested, charged with stealing the van and other charges, and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
2300 block of Varnum Street (7-11): Theft – 6:20pm. Officers spoke to the store clerk who said that a customer came into the store, concealed several items of merchandise in his pants and left the store without paying for the items. Officers found the man in the parking lot still in possession of the stolen items. He was arrested, charged with theft on a criminal citation and released.
3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 9:30am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.
3600 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 12:15pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.
3700 block of Wells Avenue: Robbery – 3:30pm. The victim told officers that he was walking down Wells Avenue when he was approached by three black males aged 20-30. The three males stopped him and one of them pointed a gun at his head and demanded his money. He surrendered cash from his wallet and pockets. All three suspects immediately fled towards Perry Street where they got into a silver van parked at 37th and Perry and drove off towards 38th Street then unknown. Officers canvassed the area in search of the suspects with negative results. The victim was taken to PGPD to be interviewed by District I robbery detectives.
3700 block of 36th Street: Burglary – 4:20pm. Officers were notified by PGPD detectives that a laptop computer stolen in a burglary back on April 23rd was recovered at the Super Pawn Pawnshop in Laurel. The detectives notified the owner/victim of the recovery.
One Municipal Place: Disorderly – 9am. Officers stopped to issue a woman a criminal citation for drinking in public. The woman became disorderly and refused to cooperate with the officers. A struggle ensued and officers were forced to deploy a Taser to get the woman under control and under arrest. She was charged with drinking in public, disorderly conduct and assaulting two police officers before being remanded to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. One officer was treated for a minor injury at Washington Adventist Hospital.
4000 block of 34th Street: Theft – 12:35pm. The resident reported the theft of a red bin that her children placed on the curb two weeks ago.
4300 block of 28th Street: Tampering – 6:40pm. The reporting person told officers that she saw a group of juveniles open the driver side door of a 2013 Buick with DC tags. When she yelled at the group they all ran away in an unknown direction. Officers inspected the vehicle and found no damage; and surmised that it may have been left unlocked by the registered owner.
4100 block of 31st Street: Protective order – 11:55pm. Officers served a protective order on a woman that had been obtained by her son. She left the property in compliance with the order.
2900 block of Allison Street: Returned runaway – 8:30am. Officers learned that a 16 year old boy reported missing by his father on November 24th returned home on December 3rd. The teen was in good condition and had been staying at a friend’s house in Riverdale.
3100 block of Queens Chapel Road (Family Dollar): 1st degree assault – 11:20am. Officers responded for the report of a theft that had just occurred. When they arrived they learned that a woman had dropped her wallet in the Family Dollar store earlier in the day. She left her name and phone number with the store manager in case anyone returned it. A short time later a man (victim) stated that he found the wallet and turned it into the store. Store employees notified the woman, and when she came in to retrieve her wallet discovered that $50 was missing. She located the man who turned in the wallet to the store and demanded her money back. When he said that he didn’t have her money a physical fight ensued. The man punched the female several times to get her away from him whereupon the woman slashed the man’s arm with a bottle causing approximately a 10-inch deep laceration. Officers placed the female under arrest, charged her with 1st degree assault and other charges and delivered her to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
3400 block of Eastern Avenue: Fraud – 2:15pm. The victim told officers that she was defrauded out of $1,000 by a man purportedly representing her mortgage company. When the man called and requested another thousand she became suspicious and call the company directly. The mortgage company conducted their own investigation and determined that it was fraud and not one of their representatives.
3800 block of 34th Street: Possession with intent to distribute a CDS – 11:40pm. Officers patrolling the area observed a group of individuals loitering outside the Alife Market wearing ski masks. The officers stopped and conducted a filed interview with the individuals and discovered that one of them, a 17 year old male juvenile was in possession of marijuana, a digital scale, and packaging material. He was arrested, charged with PWID and released to his parents pending Juvenile Court review.
4200 block of Kaywood Drive: Vehicle impound – 12:05am. Officers impounded a 2007 Hyundai Sonata for displaying DC tags that expired in April of 2013.
4100 block of 29th Street: Burglary – 3:30pm. The resident told officers that he returned home this afternoon after being gone a couple of days and discovered that a rear bedroom window was ajar and the lock broken. When he inspected the home he found that a laptop, TV, headphones and a digital camera had been stolen. Officers processed the scene for evidence and PGPD burglary detectives were notified.
4700 block of 27th Street (rear parking lot): Robbery – 7:30pm. The victim told officers that as he was arriving home he was followed into the lot by a light colored, possibly a Dodge Charger or Chrysler 300. Once he got out of his car two suspects exited the suspect vehicle, one of whom produced a handgun and demanded he empty his pockets. The suspect with the handgun stole his cell phone and told him to lie on the ground. He complied and the suspects got back into the car (driven by a third suspect) and fled the area in an unknown direction. A search of the area for the suspects and their vehicle was negative. PGPD robbery detectives responded to the scene to interview the victim and begin a follow-up investigation. Suspect #1 was described as a black male in his 20’s, 5’10’’ tall with a thin build, wearing a dark hoodie, armed with a black semi-auto handgun. Suspect #2 and suspect #3 were both described as a black males 5’10’’ tall with a thin build.
3700 block of 36th Street: Warrant service – 11:55p. Officers stopped to investigate a vehicle parked in the middle of the block. Their investigation revealed that it was occupied by an individual wanted for threats of arson by Prince George’s fire investigators. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
Nothing significant to report.
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