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.
34th Street and Arundel Road: Traffic collision/EPS – 10:50pm. Officers responded to investigate a two-car collision. Once on the scene they determined that the striking vehicle was a 2006 Cadillac occupied by the driver and a front seat passenger. Both men were immediately identified as being under the influence of PCP. Additional officers responded and the two were removed from the vehicle. They were transported to Washington Adventist Hospital and released to the medical staff for treatment. A search of the vehicle revealed a partially smoked cigarette that was laced with PCP and an empty glass vile used to hold liquid PCP. The Cadillac was impounded for safekeeping. The driver of the vehicle that was struck was also transported to Washington Adventist Hospital for treatment of his minor, non- life threatening injuries.
4000 block of 31st Street: Theft – The victim told officers that sometime overnight someone stole a bicycle off her front porch that had been hand built by her husband. The bike was described as having been assembled using a Specialized frame set (1982 vintage) with a white noodle-shaped seat and handlebars wrapped with black bat tape finished with twine.
3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: EPS - 12:10am. Officers patrolling the area observed a man on the DC side of Eastern Avenue yelling and screaming showings signs that he was likely under the influence of PCP. As the officer was calling the incident in to Communications the man ran at the officer’s vehicle. The officer, fearing for his safety deployed a Taser weapon to get the man under control and in custody. The man was transported to a local hospital and released to the medical staff for treatment.
3600 block of Bunker Hill Road: Traffic – 8:50am. Officers stopped a 2000 Honda Civic for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver only had a learner’s permit and no other licensed driver was in the vehicle. He was issued a number of State citations and his vehicle was impounded for safekeeping.
4300 block of 28th Place: Vehicle impound – 11:30am. Officers impounded a 2001 Ford for displaying North Carolina tags that expired in November of 2015.
3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: CDS possession – 2:25pm. Officers stopped a 2015 Nissan after observing it being driven erratically. Further investigation led the officers to believe the driver was under the influence of PCP, although he told them that he was a diabetic. EMS responded and transported him to Providence Hospital where he was released to the medical staff for treatment. A search of the vehicle revealed that the driver was in possession of marijuana as well as cigarettes that had been dipped in liquid PCP along with a glass vial containing suspected liquid PCP. The vehicle was impounded for safekeeping and the officers applied for an arrest warrant charging the driver with various CDS related crimes.
3300 block of Chauncey Place: Robbery – 10:40pm. The victim told officers that as he was walking to his apartment building he was accosted by two suspects with guns who demanded he surrender his cell phone and money. As he complied with their demands he noticed two other suspects hiding nearby also armed with guns. Once the first two suspects had the victim’s property all four suspects fled the area on foot towards the 3200 block of Queens Chapel Road. With the assistance of Hyattsville PD officers a perimeter was set up and one of their K-9 teams tracked the suspects to the laundromat at 3299 Queens Chapel Road where the track was lost. PGPD robbery detectives responded to the scene to interview the victim and start a follow-up investigation. Officers will also follow-up with the laundromat manager to see of any video evidence was captured.
4400 block of 28th Place: Stolen vehicle – 5:20am. The owner of a 2008 Honda Civic told officers that he came out to his vehicle this morning and discovered it had been stolen sometime after he had parked it at about 12:30am.
3800 block of 33rd Street: Criminal citation – 10:10am. Officers issued a woman a criminal citation for urinating in public.
4100 block of 28th Street: Theft – 11am. The victim told officers that one of her family members left a red child’s bike in the end of her driveway on May 30th at about 4pm. When the child went back to use the bike the next day the bike was missing. At that time the victim also discovered that a grey boy’s bike had also been taken from the same location.
4400 block of Russell Avenue: EPS – 9pm. Officers responded for the report of a man down on the sidewalk. When they arrived they discovered the unconscious man and it was immediately apparent that he was under the influence of PCP. Officers also located another man in close proximity that was also under the influence of PCP. Both men were taken into custody and transported to a local hospital and released to the medical staff for treatment.
4100 block of 28th Street: Burglary – 1:35pm. Officers responded for the report of a burglary in progress. Upon arrival the spoke with the resident who said he had just returned home and entered the house from a side door. He heard noise coming from the front of the house and went back outside and called police. Officers checked the residence with negative results. Further investigation determined that the suspects forced entry into the house through a front window. They rummaged through the house and stole several pieces of jewelry before fleeing back through the window to avoid the resident.
3800 block of Eastern Avenue: EPS – 5:20pm. Officers responded for the report of a man under the influence of PCP. When they arrived they found the man in question and when they tried to talk with him he became agitated and took a combative stance toward the officers. When the officers tried to take him into custody a struggle ensued and a Taser weapon was deployed to assist in getting the man under control. The Taser was marginally effective and the struggle continued until additional officers responded to assist. Once the man was under control and in custody EMS responded to treat him and transport him to Washington Adventist Hospital for treatment.
3200 block of Chillum Road: EPS – 4:55pm. The mother of a 31 year old man told officers that her son was on several different medications, and had a history of mental illness. She stated he has not taken his meds in over ten days and was very combative. Officers located the subject hiding under an inflatable mattress in the living room and he ignored the officers’ attempts to communicate. Officers attempted to move the subject so EMS personnel could provide aid to him and he became violent and began to struggle. He was forcibly taken into custody. He was transported by EMS to Washington Adventist Hospital and released to the hospital staff for treatment.
4000 block of 36th Street: Theft – 7:10pm. A cab driver told officers that he picked up a fare at the West Hyattsville Metro Station. When he dropped her off she went into her apartment building to get a credit card for payment. When she returned the card was declined and she went back inside and did not return with another form of payment. Officers canvassed the building but could not locate the woman.
One Municipal Place: Criminal citation – 11:50am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.
3200 block of Otis Street: Vehicle impound – 12:10pm. Officers impounded a 2103 Nissan for parking in a permit only handicapped parking space.
3600 block of Eastern Avenue (Allafa Church): Burglary – 3:40pm. The pastor told officers that someone broke into the church after the evening service was concluded and stole the offering money that had been placed into the offering box inside the worship hall. Investigation revealed that those responsible broke into the church through a basement window. No other evidence or witnesses were identified.
3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 4:20pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for urinating in public.
One Municipal Place: Criminal citation – 4:40pm. Officers responded for the report of a man exposing himself. They located the man in question who was heavily intoxicated and whose pants were unfastened and his private parts exposed. He was issued a criminal citation for the violation. EMS personnel responded to evaluate him because of his level of intoxication and decided to transport him to Washington Adventist Hospital for medical treatment.
4000 block of 36th Street: EPS – 4:30am. Officers responded for the report of a suspicious person. When they arrived they discovered a man under the influence of a CDS passed out in the street against the gutter. He was unable to answer basic questions due to his impaired condition. EMS personnel responded and transported him to a local hospital for emergency medical treatment.
4000 block of 36th Street: Vehicle impound – 7:35am. Officers responded for the report of abandoned property in an apartment building hallway. One item of property was a set of keys to a 2007 Dodge Dakota truck that was parked illegally. The owner could not be located so the officers took the keys and impounded the truck for safekeeping.
3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 12:15pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for disorderly conduct.
3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Theft – The reporting person told officers that he mistakenly left his wallet on the sales counter. When he returned for his wallet it was missing and the store clerk told him that several customers had come through the store since he left.
3800 block of 34th Street: Criminal citation – Officers issued a man a criminal citation for urinating in public.
Nothing significant to report.
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