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.
One Municipal Place: Criminal citation – 10:40am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.
3000 block of Buchanan Street: Destruction of property – 12:05pm. The victim told officers that she and her baby’s father had several people over to their apartment last night. Some of their guests got drunk and out of hand. At about 1am someone broke two windows from the inside of her apartment, one in the living room area and one in the bedroom. She could not advise who did it.
3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Vehicle impound – 2:15pm. Officers patrolling the area came upon a 2015 Dodge Caravan and noticed that the driver was suffering from a medical emergency. He was transported by EMS to Providence Hospital for treatment. The van was towed for safekeeping.
3200 block of Queens Chapel Road: M/V collision – 8:20pm. The owner of a 2014 Ford Fiesta pulled into the gas station to make a purchase. She got out of the vehicle without securing it in park and it began to drive away by itself. She tried unsuccessfully to re-enter the car to get control of it but was unsuccessful and was dragged across the parking lot as the car struck three other cars before coming to rest in some bushes. EMS responded and transported the woman to Prince George’s Hospital for treatment of severe injuries to her left leg.
3200 block of Queenstown Drive: Property damage – 8am. The owner of a 2015 Kia told officers that someone/something hit her vehicle causing scratches to the passenger side rocker panel. She believes that the damage was caused by the lawn maintenance company mowing the adjacent grass area but did not witness the damage.
3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue (Balbuena/Lucero Travel): Fraud – 2:50pm. Two victims came into the police station and reported that they purchased airline tickets for travel to Veracruz, Mexico back on May 24th. When they tried to confirm the tickets for their trips they learned that the seats had never been reserved with the airlines.
4100 block of 28th Street: Recovered stolen auto – 5:45pm. Officers were notified that a 2003 Ford truck that was reported stolen from the 4100 block of 28th Street back on June 30th had been located and recovered by PGPD at about 1pm today. The vehicle was located near the intersection of Beaver Heights Lane and Addison Road. Both registration plates had been removed from the vehicle and no arrests were made. The owner was notified of the recovery.
4600 block of 27th Street: Missing person – 6:45pm. The mother of a missing juvenile female came into the police station to get assistance in finding her daughter. Although the girl was supposed to be with her father in North Carolina Mom had reason to believe that she was in Mount Rainier. Officers responded to the suspected address, located the missing girl and returned her to the custody of her mother.
2700 block of Allison Street: Theft from auto – 7:50pm. The owner of a 2008 GMC truck told officers that sometime between 11am on July 5th and 1am on July 6th someone entered his unlocked truck and stole his Galaxy 6 cell phone valued at $500.
3400 block of Perry Street: Robbery – 10:30pm. The victim told officers that he was walking through the municipal parking lot when he was approached by a black male riding a bicycle. The suspect stopped, produced a handgun and demanded the victim’s money and cell phone. The victim complied and the suspect fled the area in an unknown direction. The victim described the suspect as a dark skin black male in his early 20s with short hair and wearing all dark clothing. Detectives from the Prince George’s County Police Robbery Suppression Team responded to the scene to conduct a follow-up investigation.
2700 block of Allison Street: 2nd degree assault – 1:35am. The victim told officers that he came out of his apartment building to smoke a cigarette. While doing so he noticed a black truck parked across the street and a man who he did not know pacing up and down the street. The man walked up to the victim and struck him in the face causing a small cut on the right side of his eye. The two fought briefly before the suspect got into the black truck and drove away. EMS responded and transported the victim to a local hospital for treatment of his injury. The officers canvassed the area for the suspect and his truck with negative results.
3500 block of Perry Street: Fraud – 4:15pm. The victim told officers that she received a call from someone who she believed to be a collections agent for Pepco. The subject identified herself as Courtney Sims and told the victim that she needed to pay $500 in order to avoid disruption of her Pepco service. The victim wired $500 through Money Gram at the CVS on Queens Chapel Road. She became suspicious and called Pepco which had no knowledge of the payment transaction. The victim is in the process of following up with Money Gram’s fraud department.
3400 block of Bunker Hill Road: EPS – 7pm. Officers responded for the report of a man causing a disturbance in the roadway. They located the man lying in the road in an incoherent state. Believing the man to be under the influence of PCP the officers summoned EMS to transport him to Washington Adventist Hospital for emergency medical treatment.
3500 block of Perry Street: Warrant service – 11:40pm. Officers responded for the report of an occupied suspicious vehicle. The officers located the vehicle and interviewed the driver. During the interview they learned that he had an open arrest warrant through the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. The vehicle was left legally parked and secured on the street.
3000 block of Queens Chapel Road (Rainier Manor): Death report – 4:20am. Officers responded to assist EMS with a death. EMS told officers that when they arrived they found a 72 year old man who had died from an apparent heart attack. The decedent’s girlfriend to the officers that he came out of the bathroom holding his chest and collapsed. EMS was unable to revive him. The medical examiner responded to the scene and determined there were no signs of foul play and believed the man’s death was from natural causes. His remains were transported to the ME’s office in Baltimore for post mortem.
4600 block of 31st Place: Vehicle impound – 9:05am. Officers impounded a 2013 Scion for displaying tags that expired back in September of 2015.
4700 block of 31st Place: Hit and run collision – 9:15pm. The owner of a 2004 BMW told officers that he came out to his vehicle this morning and discovered minor damage to the bumper. While speaking to the BMW’s owner the owner of a 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix discovered similar damage to her vehicle. Both vehicle’s damages could be attributed to an unknown striking vehicle that fled the scene.
3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 10:30am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.
3300 block of Otis Street: Criminal citation (x3) – 1:05pm. Officers issued each of three men a criminal citation for drinking in public.
3100 block of Queens Chapel Road (Advanced Auto): Theft – 1pm. The store manager told officers that two black males came into the store, one of whom began walking around the store asking questions in an attempt to distract employees. The second subject took two Club anti-theft devices and both subjects fled the store without paying for the items. The two were last seen towards the rear of 3110 Chillum Road.
One Municipal Place: Criminal citation – 9:30pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.
2500 block of Arundel Road: Warrant service – 10am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public. While issuing the citation the officers learned that the subject had an open warrant through Prince George’s County for failing to appear in court on a charge of malicious destruction of property. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
Queens Chapel Road and 25th Street: M/V collision – 3pm. Officers investigating a traffic collision determined that the driver of a 2004 Saturn was making a left turn from Queens Chapel Road onto 25th Street and struck a 2015 Dodge Dart on Queens Chapel Road. The driver of the Saturn was charged with causing the collision. Neither driver was injured. Both vehicles were disabled and were towed from the scene.
2700 block of Arundel Road: Vehicle impound – 4:40am. Officers impounded a 2007 Audi for being parked in such a manner as to block the roadway.
3200 block of Perry Street: Theft from auto – 9:45am. The owner of a 2012 Hyundai told officers that she came out to her vehicle this morning and discovered that change from the ashtray and an iPhone from the armrest area has been stolen. She said that it was possible that she left the doors unlocked when she came home last night. There were no signs of a forced entry to the vehicle and it was processed for evidence with negative results.
3300 block of Chauncey Place: Domestic – 10:40am. The victim told officers that she and her husband got into an argument during which he physically pushed her around the apartment demanding money. The victim retreated to a bedroom to call police, and while talking with the Dispatcher her husband came into the room, snatched the phone away from her and left the house. The officers advised the victim of her options with the District Court Commissioner and transported her to the Commissioner’s office to apply for a protective order.
Queenstown Drive and Buchanan Street: M/V collision – 5:45pm. Officers investigating a traffic collision learned that the driver of a 2006 Toyota Corolla failed to stop at a stop sign and struck a 2008 Toyota Camry on the passenger side. There were no injuries. Both vehicles were disabled from the collision and had to be towed from the scene.
2700 block of Upshur Street: Sound of shots – 6:20pm. The witness told officers that she heard 4-6 gun shots coming from outside her apartment. When she looked outside she saw a white Infinity SUV leaving from in front of her building towards Russell Avenue. She said that she believes that the vehicle belongs to someone her daughter knows. PGPD detectives responded to begin a follow-up investigation. A search of the area turned up two 40 caliber shell casings that were recovered for evidence.
2300 block of Arundel Road: EPS – 11:15pm. Officers patrolling the area came upon an incoherent man lying on the ground in a fetal position. Out of concern for his safety and welfare he was transported to Washington Adventist Hospital and released to the medical staff for evaluation and treatment.
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