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 Chillum Road: Hit and run collision – 4:45am. Officers responded for the report of a single vehicle collision. When they arrived they located a 2003 Ford Windstar van that had struck a power pole. The driver of the vehicle had fled the scene prior to the officers’ arrival. The pole was moved several inches and cracked about half way up. The vehicle was impounded. PEPCO responded to the scene to brace the pole and advised that the pole would have to be replaced.
2900 block of Allison Street: Vehicle impound – 8:45am. Officers impounded a 1996 Honda Odyssey van that had an MSP pick up order for the tags due to a safety equipment violation.
Chillum Road and Queens Chapel Road: Hit and run collision – 2:20pm. Officers investigating a hit and run collision learned that a 2003 BMW traveling south on Chillum Road struck a 2001 Toyota while the Toyota was attempting to turn into the shopping center. The driver of the BMW fled the scene in his car but the driver of the Toyota was able to take a photo of the driver. Officers located the address of the BMW’s driver but were unable to locate him there. Their investigation is continuing.
4000 block of Bunker Hill Road: M/V collision – 1:10am. Officers investigating a single vehicle collision spoke with the driver of a 1999 Chevy who told then that he lost control of his vehicle and slid into the fence of a private residence. The homeowner was notified and the driver was issued several traffic citations.
4400 block of 29th Street: Returned missing person – 1:05pm. Officers spoke with the parents of a juvenile male whom they previously reported missing to DC police. Officers located the juvenile and returned him back to his parents safe and unharmed. His information was removed from NCIC missing persons files and MPD was notified.
One Municipal Place: Warrant service – 3:20pm. Officers stopped an intoxicated man for a field interview and learned that he had an open arrest warrant through Prince George’s County for failing to appear in court. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Traffic – 9:45pm. Officers stopped a 2004 Ford after a license plate reader alerted them that the vehicle’s registration was suspended and there was a pick up order for the tags. Further investigation revealed that the driver did not have a license and his driving privileges were suspended. The driver was issued several traffic citations and the vehicle was impounded.
2700 block of Arundel Road: Vandalism to auto – 4:40pm. The owner of a 2012 Toyota told officers that he returned to his vehicle this afternoon and discovered that someone had scratched the vehicle’s paint down both driver’s side doors.
3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Emergency petition - 7:05pm. A man walked into the police station and told officers that he wanted help because he was hearing voices that the police wanted to kill him. Officers observed that he had a strong odor of PCP about his person. He was taken into custody and transported to Washington Adventist Hospital for emergency medical and psychiatric treatment.
4200 block of Russell Avenue: Vehicle impound – 8am. Officers impounded a 2006 Nissan after it was discovered parked in a handicapped space without a handicapped parking permit.
4200 block of 28th Street: Vehicle impound – 9am. Officers impounded a 2006 Suzuki for displaying tags that expired back in May of this year.
3000 block of Queens Chapel Road: Stolen vehicle - 6pm. The owner of a 2015 Honda told officers that she came out to her vehicle this evening and discovered it had been stolen.
4700 block of 31st Place: Stolen Auto (recovered) – 12pm. Officers were notified that a 2005 Ford E-350 truck reported stolen from the 4700 block of 31st Street back on October 27th was recovered in the 4100 block of Suit Road in District Heights. At the time it was located the vehicle had damage to the ignition and both tags were missing. No arrests were made and the owner was notified of the recovery.
30th and Allison Streets: Assault – 2:45am. The victim told officers that he was walking north on Arundel Road when he observed an unknown black male (suspect) wearing a multicolor hooded jacket walking south on Arundel Road. When the victim saw the suspect he crossed the street and ran east on 30th Street. The suspect chased after the victim and when he caught him he grabbed his coat and a physical altercation ensued. The victim called out for help and a passing motorist stopped to render aid. The suspect fled the scene on foot into the Queens Manor Apartments complex and disappeared. Officers searched the area for the suspect with negative results. The victim was not injured, refused EMS treatment and was taken back to his residence.
3100 block of Chillum Road (7-11): Assault – 3:15pm. The victim told officers that she was trying to drive out of the 7-11 parking lot as another vehicle was trying to enter. Apparently the two were in each other’s way and a verbal altercation ensued between the two drivers. The victim said that the other driver slapped her car mirror and hit her in the face as he drove away. Officers located the suspect vehicle in the area and obtained the driver’s information. Both parties were advised of their options with a District Court Commissioner.
3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Warrant service – 9:55pm. Officers patrolling with an automated license plate reader received an alert for a 2005 Ford Focus with a suspended registration and a pick up order for the tags. Officers stopped the vehicle and further investigation revealed that the driver had an open arrest warrant through Prince George’s County for failing to appear in court on a charge of driving without a license. The driver was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. His vehicle was impounded.
3400 block of Newton Street: Robbery – 11:25pm. The victims (2) told officers that they were walking down Newton Street when they noticed two males following them. The victims said that the males rapidly approached them from behind and one of them produced a handgun and demanded their property. The suspects stole personal property from each victim before fleeing on foot down 34th Street into DC via Monroe Street and then unknown. Suspect #1 was described as a black male; 25-35 YOA; 5’7” tall; with shoulder length dreads wearing blue jeans, and a black jacket armed with a handgun. Suspect #2 was described as a black male; 25-35 YOA; 5’10” tall; 200lbs; wearing a red and white shirt, blue jeans and a blue hat.
3500 block of Newton Place: Robbery – 11:15pm. Officers were taking the above robbery report fwhen they were approached by a man who said that he had also been robbed minutes earlier. He said that as he was driving into his parking lot he noticed a red Dodge 4-door sedan with black rims parked the wrong way. When he started go walk to his residence one of the subjects in the vehicle got out, produced a handgun and demanded his property. The suspect went through his pockets and stole a quantity of cash and his car keys. The suspect returned to the red sedan which was occupied by two other men and the three fled the area down Newton Street to 34th Street and then unknown. The victim described his assailant and his companions as three black males wearing dark clothing. PGPD air units tracked a suspect vehicle into DC where DC officers stopped it. The victim could not identify the driver as one of his assailants. PGPD robbery detectives are investigating both robberies in conjunction with other robberies in the District I area that have similar suspect and vehicle descriptions.
4100 block of 30th Street: Death report – 9:40am. Officers responded for the report of an unconscious person. When they arrived they were met by EMS personnel who said that they had administered CPR on a 57 year old male for twenty minutes without success and pronounced him dead at 9:40am. The decedent’s wife told officers that she checked on him this morning at about 6am and he was complaining of chest pains. At about 9am she discovered him unconscious and unresponsive and called 911. Officers found no sign of foul play and the State Medical Examiner advised that they would not respond to the scene due to the decedent’s health history and that his remains could be released to the family for final arrangements.
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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