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.
4100 block of 34th Street: Theft from auto/attempt credit card abuse – 9:10am. The owner of a 2007 Dodge Caravan told officers that he left his vehicle unlocked as he was helping unload/load items for the church. When he returned to his van he saw a tall, light skinned black woman in her 20’s or 30’s shut the driver’s door to his vehicle. The woman got into a greenish colored Ford, possibly a Bronco, and drive quickly away west on Bunker Hill Road. When the victim checked the van he discovered that his wallet, a GPS unit and a large quantity of US Currency had been stolen from inside. He was able to cancel his bank card but not before two attempts were made to use the card at the BP Gas station on Eastern Avenue and at the Shell station in the 1800 block of Rhode Island Avenue. The victim’s van was processed for latent prints with negative results.
3800 block of 31st Street: Vehicle impound – 8:15pm. Officers impounded a 2016 Dodge Ram truck for impeding the flow traffic.
3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: CDS possession – 9:40pm. Officers responded for the report of a suspicious person sleeping in the hallway of an apartment building. Officers recognized the man as one who they had previously arrested for trespassing on the property, assault and damaging a police vehicle. Further investigation revealed that he was in possession of two plastic bags containing more than 10g of marijuana. He was arrested, charged with CDS possession and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
Perry Street and Wells Avenue: Destruction of property – 7:05am. The owner of a 2011 Lexus SUV came into the police station and reported that he and another man had exchanged words because the man thought he was driving too fast through the neighborhood. The man became irate and threw a flashlight at his vehicle damaging the rear driver’s side. Officers later located a man matching the description of the suspect and questioned him about the incident. He admitted having words with the driver but denied throwing the flashlight. He was issued a criminal citation for destruction of property and sent on his way.
3000 block of Bunker Hill Road: MIR – 7:15am. Officers responded for the report of a theft from auto. Their investigation revealed that nothing was taken from the vehicle, but someone had ransacked the interior and the glove compartment.
3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Fraud – 10:15am. The victims told officers that they purchased over $2,000 worth of airline tickets from Lucero Travel on April 17th. On May 12th they called the airline to confirm the reservations and were told that the reservations had been canceled. The victims made several attempts to recover their money with negative results.
3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Uttering – 10:20pm. Officers responded for the report of a man trying to cash a fraudulent check. When they arrived the suspect was still in the store and they detained him. Further investigation revealed that he was trying to cash a TD Bank check issued to another person by the National Gallery of Art. Both the bank and the gallery verified that the check was fraudulent. He was arrested, charged with theft and uttering and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
4500 block of Eastern Avenue (BP station): Theft from auto – 6:50pm. The owner of a 2015 Hyundai Sonata told officers that she parked her vehicle on the station’s lot when she arrived for work. Sometime later she was told by a customer that both of her tags were missing off the car. No witnesses or evidence were identified.
4400 block of 28th Place: Vehicle impound – 10:10pm. Officers impounded a 2005 Honda Accord That was illegally parked and displaying tags that expired last February.
One Municipal Place: Strong arm robbery – 8:25pm. The victim told officers that he got off the bus and was standing at the bus shelter when he was approached by a black male suspect who engaged him in a conversation. The suspect asked him what he had on him and when he said he had nothing the suspect kicked him on the outside of his knee. As the victim fell to the ground a second black male suspect pushed him the rest of the way down. The victim said that the suspects hit him in the head several times before going through his pockets and stealing several items of his personal property including the backpack he was wearing. Both suspects fled the scene in an unknown direction. EMS responded to the scene and the victim refused treatment. PGPD robbery detectives responded to the scene to interview the victim and begin a follow-up investigation.
4700 block of 31st Place: Missing person – 1:25am. Officers responded with fire/rescue personnel for the report of an unconscious female in the hallway of an apartment building. Officers found her and she was identified her a 14 year old juvenile who was reported missing by her mother about two hours prior. The girl was transported to Providence Hospital for a checkup. Her mother was notified and responded to the hospital to pick up her daughter. Officers notified social services of the situation and they will follow up with the family.
3400 block of Eastern Avenue: Disorderly – 8:50pm. Officers responded for the report of a suspicious person, possibly under the influence of PCP. Officers located the woman on the DC side of Eastern Avenue and stopped her to check her welfare. She became loud and disorderly and the officers called for assistance from DC police and DC EMS. After the DC medics said she was OK DC released her. She came back into Mount Rainier and resumed her disorderly behavior. She was arrested, charged with disorderly conduct and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
3200 block of Queenstown Drive: Civil citation – 11:25pm. Officers issued a man a civil citation for possession of less than 10g of marijuana.
3800 block of 37th Street: Hit and run collision – 7:25am. The owners of two separate properties told officers that an unidentified motor vehicle crashed into their fences and fled the scene. There were no witnesses identified, however there was debris from a vehicle left at the scene.
4200 block of Kaywood Drive: Property damage – 5:50pm. The owner of a 2010 Honda told officers that he came out to his vehicle and discovered scratches to the rear bumper. Officers determined that due to the way the vehicle was parked the damage was likely caused by a landscaper trimming the grass. The owner was advised to contact apartment management and his insurance company.
2700 block of Upshur Street: Theft from auto – 7:20pm. The victim told officers that she locked a Nikon camera in the trunk of her Mercedes after she last used it on Mother’s Day. When she went to retrieve it today it was not in the trunk. The lock on the truck didn’t appear to have been tampered with.
3500 block of 37th Street: Vandalism to auto – 11:30am. The owner of a 2004 Honda Accord told officers that she had her vehicle towed from the parking lot of a restaurant in Hyattsville at about 8:30 last night because it wouldn’t start. The tow company was instructed to tow the vehicle to the 3500 block of Newton Place. The tow company kept the vehicle overnight and left it in the 3500 block of 37th Street this morning. When the owner went out to her car she discovered extensive damage to the roof, back window and left rear door. Another officer who witnessed the vehicle being dropped off by the tow truck observed that the damage had been done prior to delivery. The actual location of incident is still unknown.
3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue (Party Time): Bad check – 3:50pm. The store clerk told officers that a man came in and tried to cash a check the clerk identified as fraudulent. When the clerk refused to cash the check the man left the store in the company of an individual driving a 2013 Chevy with DC tags. The clerk provided the officers copies of the suspect’s DC identification card, the fraudulent check and photos from the security camera. The signature on the id and check match. The officers submitted an application for statement of charges against the suspect charging him with uttering and theft.
4500 block of 31st Street: EPS – 7:45pm. Officers responded for the report of a suspicious person. Officers found the man in question and discovered he had ingested PCP and had slurred speech and could barely keep his eyes open. Officers had to support him to keep him from falling and injuring himself. He was taken into custody and transported to Washington Adventist Hospital for emergency medical treatment.
2400 block of Allison Street: Rape – 6am. The victim told officers that her former boyfriend let himself into her apartment using a key he still had from when the relationship ended. He entered her bedroom and committed the crime. He slept in front of her closed bedroom door to prevent her from escaping while he slept. He assaulted he a second time in the morning before she was able to call for help and finally escape the apartment. The suspect stole the victim’s car and two cell phones as he fled the area. PGPD detectives interviewed the victim and learned that she had an active protective order against the suspect and obtained warrants for his arrest. MRPD officers completed a domestic violence lethality assessment and placed her in contact with counselors at the Family Crisis Center. At about 2:50pm MRPD officers responded back to the area after they received information that the suspect had returned. He was located driving the victim’s car and arrested without incident. He was transported to PGPD CID for processing.
3800 block of 33rd Street: Noise complaint/fireworks – 11am. A resident came I into the police station to complaint about noise coming from a house of 33rd Street, specifically two loud explosions that occurred this past Saturday May 7th. Officers went to the house and spoke with a man who said that his brother, the owner of the house, was setting off fireworks. He apologized for the disturbance and said he would ensure that no more fireworks would disturb the neighborhood.
34th Street and Rhode Island Avenue: M/V collision – 3:50am. Officers came upon a 2011 Hyundai that had crashed into a PEPCO pole adjacent to the traffic circle. The driver and passengers had all exited the vehicle safely and the driver told the officers that he must have fallen asleep while driving. None of the occupants wanted medical attention. The vehicle was towed from the scene PEPCO responded to assess the damage to their pole.
4200 block of Rainier Avenue: Found property – 1:15pm. A resident told officers that he found a small rusted cast iron single shot hand gun when he was cleaning under his porch. Since he had just moved into the neighborhood he could not provide any further information about the property. The gun was placed in storage at MRPD.
4500 Block of 31st Street: MIR – 8:50pm. Officers responded for the report of several shots being fired. Several citizens said they heard the gun fire but did not see anyone fire the shots. Officers canvassed the area and recovered 6, .45 caliber shell casings, all on 31st Street. There were no injuries or property damage found anywhere in the area.
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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