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.
Nothing significant to report.
3500 block of Bunker Hill Road: Theft from auto – 9am. The owner of a 2016 Ford Explorer told officers that he came out to his vehicle this morning and discovered that someone had smashed out the rear passenger side window and stole a GPS unit from inside.
3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Suspicious person – 2:30pm. The resident told officers that she heard a knock at her door but did not answer it. She heard the door knob move for several minutes like someone was trying to manipulate the lock but the person did not get inside and eventually left. The person was described as a tall black male in his 30s with shoulder length hair and wearing a black shirt.
3800 block of 34th Street: Criminal citation – 3:15pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.
4300 block of Russell Avenue: Malicious burning – 3:20pm. Officers responded after receiving information that someone had set a small fire in a basement boiler room. A resident heard the fire alarm and extinguished the fire prior to the officers’ arrival. Officers inspected the scene and found damage to the door lock to the boiler room and freshly burnt material, possibly cardboard, on the floor. Officers also discovered traces of freshly burnt material in two storage rooms, but no major structural damage. The Prince George’s County Fire Marshall’s office was notified and several investigators responded and took over the investigation.
3700 block of 36th Street: Vandalism to auto – 7:50am. The owner of a 1999 Ford truck told officers that he came out to the vehicle this morning and discovered a large crack in the windshield. The cause of the damage was undetermined.
3700 block of Rhode Island Avenue: M/V collision – 4:20pm. The driver of a 2013 Nissan failed to control his speed and rear ended a 2011 Mercedes traveling in the same lane. The driver of the Nissan was cited accordingly. Both vehicles were drivable after the collision.
3300 block of Buchanan Street: Domestic assault – 12:45am. Officers responded for the report of a domestic argument. When they arrived they learned that a boyfriend and girlfriend with two small children had gotten into a verbal argument. The male half was intoxicated and said that he wanted to go to jail. When the officers told him that he had not committed any crime that would warrant his arrest he said that they would be called back out later. As officers were leaving the female half came running outside advising officers that she had just been assaulted. The male half had smacked her in the face and pushed her. When officers returned the male half was waiting to go to jail. He was placed under arrest, charged with 2nd degree domestic assault and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Burglary – 7:15am. The resident told officers that she locked and secured her apartment when she left home on March 14th at about 7am. When she returned home that evening her apartment door was still secured but a play station was missing from the living room along with other personal items and jewelry that had been in her bedroom. Officers believe that entry was made through an unlocked window (2nd floor apartment).
2700 block of Webster Street: Vehicle impound – 9:20am. Officers impounded a 2003 BMW that was displaying tags that expired in May of 2015.
3700 block of 34th Street: Criminal citation – 2:55pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.
4000 block of 36th Street: Burglary – 9:30am. The victim told officers that a man renovating an apartment locked and secured the apartment at about 7pm on March 11th leaving several power tools in the living room. When he returned today he discovered the front door unlocked and his tools stolen. Evidence showed that entry was probably made by jimmying a lock on one of the windows. Evidence was also identified that may link this burglary to others in the area believed to have been committed by a small group of individuals who frequent the area.
2700 block of Webster Street: Stolen/recovered vehicle – 10:35am. The owner of a 2012 Ford truck told officers that he came out to the truck this morning and discovered it had been stolen. The truck was equipped with a GPS tracker and it was located in the 2400 block of Evarts Street, NE. DC police responded and located the vehicle unoccupied. MRPD officers gave the owner a ride to Evarts Streets to get his truck which was found to have a defeated door lock and ignition. All of the copper pipe and welding tanks were missing along with all the owner’s tools.
3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Burglary – 12:30pm. The resident told officers that she was lying in bed and heard a knock at the door. She heard the apartment door open and a man walked into her bedroom. As soon as the man saw her he ran out of the apartment. The victim said that she was pretty sure she locked the door. There were no signs of forced entry and the victim believes the man had a key. Management was contacted and requested to change the locks. PGPD Detectives were also notified.
3200 block of Otis Street: EPS – 2:15pm. Officers responded for the report of a man lying on a vehicle. Officers located the man and observed that he appeared to be under the influence of PCP and was not able to answer basic questions. He was taken into custody without incident, transported to a local hospital and released to the medical staff for treatment.
3400 block of Newton Street: Fraud – 3pm. The victim told officers that back on February 1st he received a paycheck in the mail while he was in jail. He said that when he was released he learned that his brother in law took the check from his mail box and cashed it at a local Cash Check Depot on Queens Chapel Road. The victim stated that he is unsure if he wishes to pursue charges but wanted the incident documented.
3800 block of 30th Street: Disorderly – 11:10pm. Officers responded for the report of two people arguing in the street. When they arrived they learned that two women were in a verbal dispute over relationship issues. One of the women had taken the other’s cell phone and refused to give it back. The officers tried repeatedly to get the woman to return the cell phone but she refused. She was placed under arrest for disorderly conduct and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. The phone was returned to its owner.
3000 block of Arundel Road: Vandalism to auto – 7:20am. The owner of a 2007 Hyundai told officers that she came out to her vehicle this morning and discovered the passenger side rear view mirror was broken off.
3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Traffic – 12:15pm. Officers stopped a 2006 Toyota for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver had been drinking. He failed a field sobriety test on the scene and a breathalyzer test administered at the PGPD District I station. He was charged with DUI and released. His vehicle was impounded for safekeeping.
3700 block of 37th Street: 2nd degree assault – 12:25pm. The victim told officers that she and her adult son got into a verbal argument over money. During the argument her son threw a rock at her that hit her in the right eye. She sustained a minor abrasion and refused medical treatment. She was advised of her options with a District Court Commissioner and encouraged to seek a protection order against her son.
3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: EPS – 9:30pm. Officers responded for the report of an unknown trouble. When they arrived they encountered an adult male who was under the influence of PCP and suffering from other medical issues. EMS personnel responded and attempted to take the man to a medical facility for treatment. The man resisted the EMS personnel and the MPRD officers whereupon the officers were forced to deploy a Taser to get him under control. EMS transported him to Washington Adventist Hospital for emergency medical and psychiatric evaluation and treatment.
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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