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.
2500 block of Arundel Road: Domestic – 12:15am. Officers were flagged down by a woman needing assistance. She told the officers that she believes her son was high on PCP earlier and broke a window in her apartment where they live. She requested that officers respond with her to check on the welfare of her apartment. When they got to the apartment they discovered that the son had not only broken a window but destroyed much of the apartment and furniture inside. The woman responded to the District Court Commissioner’s Office and obtained a temporary protective order removing her son from the residence. MRPD officers along with the Prince Georges’ County Sheriff’s Office were able to serve the protective order.
2900 block of Queens Chapel Road: Stolen vehicle – 7:05am. The owner of a 2007 Dodge Caliber told officers that she came out to her vehicle this morning and discovered that it had been stolen sometime overnight.
4500 block of Eastern Avenue: MIR – 12:50am. Officers hearing the sound of gun fire and canvassed the area for the source. They located a man riding a mini motorcycle and stopped him for questioning. He was found not involved in the gunfire, however he was issued several traffic citations and the motorcycle was impounded.
3200 block of Queens Chapel Road: M/V collision – 10:55am. The owner of a 2014 Toyota Camry told officers that his vehicle was parked on the Sunoco gas station lot when a taxi cab backed into it causing minor damage. The driver of the cab got out, looked at the damage and fled without providing his identification. Through investigation officers were able to identify the driver of the cab. They contacted him and had him return to the scene where he was charged accordingly.
3700 block of 35th Street: Vehicle impound – 11:55am. Officers impounded a 2003 GMC for displaying DC tags that expired in November of 2013.
2300 block of Varnum Street (7-11): Theft – 12:05am. The store clerk told officers that a person came into the store and stole just over $13 worth of food and drink before fleeing on foot towards Eastern Avenue.
4500 block of 30th Street: Theft from auto – 9:30am. The owner of a 2002 Cadillac told officers that he came out to his vehicle this morning to discover his wallet had been stolen from inside the vehicle. He said that he had inadvertently left his car unlocked when he parked it last evening.
3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 8:25am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.
3700 block of Wells Avenue: Vandalism to auto – 8:55am. The owner of a 2010 Lexus told officers that he came out to his vehicle this morning a discovered a dent in the driver’s door that wasn’t there the night before.
3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue (Lucero Travel): Fraud – 9:30am. The victim came into the police station and reported that he purchased six (6) round trip airline tickets to El Salvador on March 4th for travel on June 8th. On June 6th he tried to confirm the tickets for the upcoming trip he learned that the seats were reserved but never purchased.
3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue (Lucero Travel): Fraud – 9:30am. The victim came into the police station and reported that he purchased airline tickets on April 17th for travel on a future date. When he went to confirm the tickets for the upcoming trip he learned that the seats were reserved but never purchased.
3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue (Lucero Travel): Fraud – 9:30am. The victim came into the police station and reported that she purchased eight (8) airline tickets on March 23rd for travel on a future date. When she went to confirm the tickets for the upcoming trip she learned that the seats were reserved but never purchased.
4400 block of 28th Place: Indecent exposure – 11:30am. The victim told officers that she was working in an apartment building hallway when a man came into the building. She said he was talking on a cell phone and appeared to be waiting for someone. After a short time the man took the broom from her, pulled down his pants and started to fondle his penis. When the victim used her phone to call the police the suspect fled. The victim said that a few minutes later she saw the suspect drive by the building in a gray colored Chevrolet Impala. Officers canvassed the area for the suspect and/or his vehicle with negative results. The suspect was described as a black male about 25 years old, 5’6” tall, 150lbs. with shoulder length hair. He was wearing a white t-shirt and green pants.
3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 8:20am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.
4100 block of 34th Street: M/V collision – 9:20pm. The driver of a 1999 Nissan Quest lost control of his vehicle, possibly due to mechanical problems, and struck the rear end of a parked Mercedes causing a chain reaction collision with two other vehicles, a car and a motorcycle. The driver was charged accordingly.
4400 block of 28th Place: Recovered stolen auto (supplement) – 11:05am. Officers were contacted by the owner of a 2008 Honda Civic that was stolen from the 4400 block of 28th Place back on June 2nd. He told the officers that he was notified by DC police that their officers recovered his car in the 800 block of G Street at about 9am this morning. He responded to the location of recovery and took possession of his car. Both tags were attached, no arrests were made and there was minor damage to the front passenger wheel.
2500 block of Arundel Road: Robbery – 2:30am. Officers were flagged down by a man running down the street wearing no pants. The man told the officers that he had just been robbed in the rear parking lot of an adjacent apartment building by three individuals who fled on foot. The victim told the officers that he met a woman on an internet dating site and made arraignments to meet her for sex at the parking lot. Once the female had the victim’s attention two black males approached the victim’s vehicle and demanded his money, phone, keys and pants. The victim complied and all three suspects fled the area. The female suspect was described as black, in her mid- 20s, 5”2” tall, 130lbs, wearing a gray dress. The first male suspect was described as black, in his mid- 20s, 5’6” tall, 230lbs, with a goatee and no shirt. The second male suspect was described as black with goatee-style facial hair, in his mid- 20s, 5’7” tall, 150lbs, wearing a white t-shirt and a white bandana around his face.
3600 block of Eastern Avenue (Alafia Baptist Church): Commercial burglary – 10:30am. The reporting person told officers that he locked and secured the church building on June 4th at about 9:30pm. When he returned this morning he discovered that a crawl space window was broken out. Upon further investigation he learned that two laptops, two cameras and three microphones had been stolen. The main entry door was also found to have been damaged. Officers processed the scene for evidence and PGPD burglary detectives were notified.
3400 block of Bunker Hill Road: Traffic – 12:25pm. Officers stopped a 2011 Jeep Cherokee for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle’s registration was suspended and there was an MSP pickup order for the tags. The driver was charged accordingly, the tags were seized to be returned to MVA and the vehicle was impounded.
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.
See or Hear Something?
We WANT to be bothered! Call 301-985-6565/6566.