Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Police Report: June 26 - July 2

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.

July 2nd:

3400 block of Eastern Avenue: Warrant service – 2:55am. Officers responded for the report of an unwanted guest. Officers found the man in question in the backyard trying to hide in a shed. Further investigation revealed that he had an open arrest warrant through Montgomery County for failure to appear in court. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

4300 block of 31st Street: Vandalism to auto – 7:45am. The owner of a 2015 Jeep Cherokee told officers that she witnessed a former girlfriend throw rocks at her vehicle causing scratches to the left rear door and rear hatch back. Officers confirmed the damage and advised the owner to seek charges against the woman from a District Court Commissioner.

One Municipal Place: Disorderly – 8:40am. Officers stopped to speak with a man they saw drinking an alcoholic beverage. The man quickly walked away from the officers and refused commands to stop. At one point the man turned on the officers, took a combative stance and threatened to do them harm. Additional officers arrived to assist and the man was taken into custody safely. He was charged with drinking in public and disorderly conduct and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3300 block of Otis Street: Vandalism - 8:45am. Officers responded for the report of vandalism to a vacant house. The construction supervisor showed the officers where someone had vandalized two rooms in the basement. The supervisor was unsure when the vandalism occurred since he had not been in the house in about two weeks. No evidence or witnesses were identified and the owner was notified of the damage by the supervisor.

2900 block of Allison Street: Tampering with a M/V – 11:45am. A mail carrier told officers that a man approached her and asked her if she had anything inside of the truck. She responded ‘no’ and drove to the 2900 block of Allison where she parked to continue delivering mail. When she later came out of an apartment building she saw that the man had followed her and was standing at the back of the mail truck using a pair of pliers to try and get inside.  Ms. Mitchell called 911 and a postal service supervisor for help.  She then saw the man take the mirror of the truck and break the glass window on the right side of the truck. He subsequently walked away down Allison Street. Officers canvassed the area and located the man and the mail carrier positively identified him. He was charged with tampering and other charges and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

2700 block of Webster Street: Violation of a protective order – 12:15pm. The reporting person told officers that she had a temporary protective order against her boyfriend barring him from the residence. When she returned from a trip out of state she discovered that her boyfriend, in violation of the protective order, has entered the apartment, took his personal belongings and scattered her belongings about the apartment. The boyfriend was not present when the officers responded so the woman was advised of her options with a District Court Commissioner.

2900 block of Allison Street: Tampering with a M/V – 11:45am. A mail carrier told officers that a man approached her and asked her if she had anything inside of the truck. She responded ‘no’ and drove to the 2900 block of Allison where she parked to continue delivering mail. When she later came out of an apartment building she saw that the man had followed her and was standing at the back of the mail truck using a pair of pliers to try and get inside.  Ms. Mitchell called 911 and a postal service supervisor for help.  She then saw the man take the mirror of the truck and break the glass window on the right side of the truck. He subsequently walked away down Allison Street. Officers canvassed the area and located the man and the mail carrier positively identified him. He was charged with tampering and other charges and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3500 block of Perry Street: Vandalism to auto – 9:30pm. A Metropolitan Police Commander reported that she came out to her assigned marked MPD police vehicle and discovered that the right front passenger window had been smashed out. Nothing was missing from inside the vehicle and no evidence/witnesses were identified.

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Traffic – 10:40pm. Officers patrolling the area saw a woman park a 2007 Ford Escape in front of the police station. When she got out of the car the officers saw that she could barely walk or stand and was obviously under the influence of an intoxicant. She went into Party Time Liquors and when she returned to her vehicle and tried to drive away the officers stopped her. She failed standard field sobriety testing and was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. She was delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville and her vehicle was impounded.

33rd Street and Bunker Hill Road: Criminal citation – 11:15pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

July 1st:

3600 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Vehicle impound – 1am. Officers patrolling with an automated license plate reader were alerted to a vehicle that had an MSP pick up order for the tags. Officers stopped the vehicle, a Volkswagen, and learned that the tags that generated the hit belonged on a Mercedes and the Volkswagen was unregistered. The driver’s license was suspended as well. The tags were seized for return to MVA, the driver was issued several traffic citations and the vehicle was impounded.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Criminal citation – 9:30am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

One Municipal Place: Criminal citation – 9:50am. Officers issued a woman a criminal citation for drinking in public.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Traffic – 10:35am. Officers stopped a 2014 Hyundai for running a red light. Further investigation revealed that the driver’s license was suspended. He was issued citations for the red light violation and driving on a suspended license. His vehicle was impounded for safekeeping.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Traffic – 4pm. Officers stopped a 2011 Mitsubishi for displaying expired temporary tags. Further investigation revealed that the driver’s license was suspended. He was issued citations for driving on expired tags and driving on a suspended license. His vehicle was impounded for safekeeping.

June 30th:

3700 block of Chauncey Place: 2nd degree assault – 12:05am. Officers responded for the report of a 911 hang-up. When they arrived they learned that a man and woman had been involved in a domestic argument that turned physical. During the argument the male half grabbed the woman by the face and forcefully squeezed it ordering her to shut up. Officers placed the man under arrest. He was charged with 2nd degree assault and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

4100 block of 28th Street: Stolen vehicle – 8:40am. The owner of a 2003 Ford trick told officers that he parked and secured his vehicle at about 11:30pm on the 26th. When he came out to use it this morning he discovered it had been stolen.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 12:30pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

3600 block of Eastern Avenue: Missing person – 5:55pm. The family members of a 45 year old man reported him missing. They said that no one has seen or heard from him since June 25th at about 1am and that he has no known health problems. His identifying information was entered into the NCIC missing persons database.

3700 block of 37th Street: CDS possession – 8:05pm. Officers issued a man a civil citation for possessing less than 10g of marijuana.

June 29th:

4300 block of Kaywood Drive: Stolen tag (recovered) – 5pm. Officers were notified that the Baltimore County Police recovered a vehicle tag that was stolen from a vehicle in the 4300 block of Kaywood Drive back on November 16, 2005. The tag was recovered in the 500 block of 3rd Avenue in Lansdowne, Maryland. There were no arrests made.

2700 block of Allison Street: Vehicle impound – 8:15am. Officers impounded a 2005 Ford Explorer for displaying Virginia tags that expired back in December of 2013. The vehicle is registered in Maryland but it is unknown where the proper registration plates were.

4200 block of Russell Avenue: Hit and run collision – 11:45am. Officers were flagged down by the owner of a 2002 Lexus about a hit and run collision. The owner said that he parked his vehicle legally and when he returned about twenty minutes later he found damage to the rear driver’s side bumper. No witnesses were identified.

3400 block of Newton Street: Fraud – 1:45pm. The victim told officers that he received several emails from Western Union advising that he had placed several transitions transferring funds to another individual. Upon further investigation the officers learned that someone used the victim’s personal information to send the funds. The victim did not lose any money however all of his personal information was used without his knowledge or consent.

4700 block of 31st Place: Recovered stolen auto – 4:20pm. The owner of a 2000 Chevy Silverado told officers that he had reported his vehicle stolen to PGPD on June 19th. He said that a female friend of his took the vehicle and returned it to him today. His insurance company told him that the truck was still listed as stolen. MRPD officers confirmed that the vehicle had been returned to the owner and removed it from NCIC stolen vehicle files.

3300 block of Chillum Road: Civil citation – 7:55pm. Officers issued a man a civil citation for possession of less than 10g of marijuana.

June 28th:

3800 block of 34th Street: Possession of CDS – 9:45am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for possession of less than 10g of marijuana.

June 27th:

3200 block of Chillum Road: Criminal citation – 9:40am. Officers responded for the report of several individuals trespassing in a vacant apartment. When they arrived they detained three individuals present in the apartment and issued each of them a criminal citation for trespassing. One of the individuals was in possession of a small amount of marijuana and was issued a civil citation for the violation. All three were sent on their way and advised against further trespass on the property.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: CDS possession – 1:15pm. Officers stopped a Ford Escape for a traffic violation. As they were speaking with the driver they smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. Further investigation revealed that the driver was in possession of a small amount of marijuana. He was issued a civil citation for the infraction and sent on his way.

4200 block of 31st Street: Welfare check – 12:15pm. Officers responded to check the welfare of a woman who had not been seen in several days. When they arrived they found the front door of the residence unsecured. They searched the home but did not find the woman at home. Bladensburg Communications contacted nearby hospitals in an unsuccessful attempt to locate the woman. The officers on the scene were unable to locate any family contacts for her. The house was in such a condition as to be virtually unlivable. Code Enforcement responded to address numerous code violations and begin the process to condemn the property.

4400 block of 28th Place: Vehicle impound – 2pm. Officers impounded a 2004 Volkswagen for displaying tags that expired in October of 2015.

One Municipal Place: Criminal citation – 3:40pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for urinating in public.

3700 block of 34th Street: Criminal citation – 4:20pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for urinating in public.

June 26th:

3100 block of Chillum Road: Traffic – 2:55AM. Officers stopped a 2004 Lexus for a traffic violation and learned that the driver’s license was suspended, the vehicle was unregistered and the tags belonged on another vehicle. The driver was issued several traffic citations and the vehicle was impounded.

3300 block of Chauncey Place: Missing person – 8:55am. The reporting person told officers that on June 24th she had an argument with her husband after which he left home. When he didn’t return she became concerned that something might have happened to him. Upon further investigation the man was located safe and in good condition. He told the officers he just wanted some time apart from his wife.

3100 block of Chillum Road: Forced entry – 3:05pm. Officers were called to assist Queenstown Apartments management in checking the welfare of a resident. The resident had fallen earlier in the week and his family was unable to contact him. When management tried to open the apartment door they found that it was secured with a door chain. Management cut the chain to get in but found no one home.

3200 block of Chillum Road: 2nd degree assault – 11:20pm. Officers were flagged down by a citizen who said that he had just been assaulted. The victim pointed to the suspect who could be seen walking away. Officers stopped and identified the suspect and determined that neither party sustained any injuries. The victim was advised of his options with a District Court Commissioner.

4500 block of Eastern Avenue (BP station): Attempt arson – 9:55pm. The store clerk told officers that a man came into the station and began pacing back and forth. The man took a pack of matches out of his pocket and grabbed a piece of cardboard and lit it on fire. He then reached under the safety glass and threw the burning cardboard at the clerk. The suspect fled on foot across Eastern Avenue into DC. The clerk was able to grab a bottle of water and put out the fire. The clerk described the suspect as a regular customer who had a scar on his face. The officers showed the clerk a picture of a man with whom they had dealt with previously in the area and the clerk positively identified him. Fire department investigators were advised of the crime and they will conduct a follow-up investigation to confirm the suspect’s identity and file the appropriate charges against him.

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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