Monday, June 26, 2017

Police Report: June 18-24

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.

June 24th:

4200 block of 30th Street: Vehicle impound – 4:30pm. Officers impounded a 1997 Toyota that had been previously marked for 40-hour towing.

3300 block of Bunker Hill Road: Criminal citation – 10:35pm. Officers issued each of two men a criminal citation for disorderly conduct.

June 23rd:

4200 block of 28th Street: Carjacking – 2:20am. Officers were notified that a carjacking occurred about an hour prior. While responded to meet with the victim PGPD plainclothes officers located the vehicle occupied by two individuals and followed it into DC. The two abandoned the vehicle in the 600 block of Edgewood Road and were promptly taken into custody by DC police. PGPD detectives are handling the follow-up investigation and extradition of the suspects back to Maryland.

3300 block of Chauncey Place: Theft from auto – 8am. The owner of a 2017 Ford Fusion reported that sometime overnight someone stole the tags off her vehicle.

3500 block of Otis Street: Criminal citation – 10:15am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

3300 block of Buchanan Street: Missing person – 11:30pm. The mother of a 13 year old boy told officers that he had a verbal argument with his older sister over taking the trash out. Afterwards he told his mother that he was going to the store but did not return home. Officers canvassed the neighborhood for the boy with negative results. PGPD detectives are following up and officers will be checking back with the mother regularly until the boy is located or returns home.

June 22nd:

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: EPS – 9:10am.  Officers responded for the report of a disorderly individual. When they arrived and spoke with the man they determined that his disorderly conduct may be related to a mental condition. He was taken into custody and transported to Prince George's Hospital for an emergency psychiatric evaluation. At about 7pm officers obtained a criminal summons for the man charging him with disorderly conduct, failure to obey a reasonable lawful order and disturbing the peace. ​

3200 block of Queens Chapel Road: Commercial burglary – 2:25pm. The victim told officers that someone stole money from his backpack after he had placed it in a secured employee workroom. When his boss pulled the surveillance video he discovered that on June 15th at about 3am an adult black male looked inside the workroom window, manipulated the door-lock and took the victim's backpack. The suspect opened the backpack, took the money that was inside of it, and stashed the backpack inside a dryer unit nearby. He then fled on foot out the back door of the laundromat.         

3300 block of Buchanan Street: 2nd degree assault – 8:30pm. Officers attempted to get an intoxicated man to leave an apartment where he was not wanted and not a resident. The man resisted the officers' attempts to escort the man from the building. He was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and 2nd degree assault and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

June 21st:

One Municipal Place: Assault – 7:40am. The victim told officers that an intoxicated Hispanic male grabbed her breast. She said that he did the same to several other women at the bus stop. Investigation revealed that the other victims and the suspect had left the area prior to the officers' arrival. The victim did not want to give her name or file a report. A canvas of the area for the suspect was completed with negative results.

2700 block of Arundel Road: Criminal citation – 9am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for illegal dumping.

4200 block of 31st Street: Theft – 9:25am. The victim told officers that sometime overnight someone stole his Surly long haul trucker road bike from his backyard. The bike was described as black with white lettering "SURLY", a USB light mounted on the front, a Topeak rack on back and a trailer hitch mounted on the rear axle.

3300 block of Chillum Road: Lost property – 3pm. A man came into the police station to report that he had lost his Honduras passport and US Visa.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 10:10pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

June 20th:

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Suspicious person – 11:10am. Officers were alerted to a man walking in the area with a handgun in his waistband and was seen going into the Mount Rainier library. Officers from PGPD and Hyattsville PD assisted with taking the man into custody and recovered a black BB gun from his right waistband.  Prince George's County Police took over this incident due to the location belonging to Prince Georges County.

3200 block of Queens Chapel Road: Commercial armed robbery (Little Caesar's) – 7:40pm. The victims told officers that two black males (one armed with a handgun the other armed with a knife and both wearing masks) came into the store and announced a robbery. The suspects obtained store funds and a customer's cell phone before fleeing out of the back of the store towards the Queenstown apartment complex. PGPD detectives and a forensics team responded to take over the investigation.

3300 block of Chillum Road (7-11): Theft – 10:40pm. Store employees told officers that two black males entered the store and stole about $10 worth of merchandise before fleeing the area in a waiting vehicle.

3100 block of Windom Road: Missing person – 9:15am. The spouse of a 48 year old man reported that he failed to pick him up at the Hyattsville Metro Station as planned. When the spouse got home he discovered that the missing person had been gone from home for some time. Officers found the last known location of the man's cell phone was on I95 opposite the laurel rest stop. Maryland State Police checked the location but did not locate the man. At about 3:30pm MRPD officers made contact with the Ocean County Sheriff's Office in New Jersey. A member of their department located the missing person in his vehicle which was parked at the Mantoloking Bridge parking area. The man was transported to a local hospital for emergency medical and psychiatric evaluations. 

June 19th:

3100 block of Windom Road: Missing person – 9:15am. The spouse of a 48 year old man reported that he failed to pick him up at the Hyattsville Metro Station as planned. When the spouse got home he discovered that the missing person had been gone from home for some time. Officers found the last known location of the man's cell phone was on I95 opposite the laurel rest stop. Maryland State Police checked the location but did not locate the man. At about 3:30pm MRPD officers made contact with the Ocean County Sheriff's Office in New Jersey. A member of their department located the missing person in his vehicle which was parked at the Mantoloking Bridge parking area. The man was transported to a local hospital for emergency medical and psychiatric evaluations. 

2900 block of Queens Chapel Road: Stolen vehicle – 11am. The victim told officers that he came out to the loaner car he received from his dealer and discovered it had been stolen. Officers contacted the dealership and learned that the vehicle was equipped with a GPS unit. The GPS indicated that the vehicle was parked in the 3200 block of Laurel Fort Meade Road in Anne Arundel County. Fort Meade Police located the vehicle and found that it had no ignition damage but did have extensive front end damage. They impounded the vehicle and notified the dealership of the recovery.

June 18th:

4400 block of 28th Place: Vandalism – 1:40am. Officers responded for the report of a black male throwing bricks/rocks at a second floor apartment window. Witnesses reported seeing the suspect committing the crime. Officers developed a suspect from previous calls at the address and the witness positively identified the suspect. Further investigation is underway to locate and charge the suspect with destruction of property.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Domestic – 1:35pm. Officers met with a woman who had obtained a temporary peace order against a man who was presently inside her hair salon. Once he was served with the order he left the area without incident. The Return of Service was faxed to the Prince George's County Sheriff's Office.​

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?

Say Something!

We WANT to be bothered! Call 301-985-6565/6566.

 

 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Prince George's County - Summer Pet Safety

Practice Proper Pet Protection during the Summer Heat
Prince George’s County shares hot weather tips to keep pets safe and alive
in high summer temperatures
LARGO, MD – Excessive high temperatures can be dangerous not only to humans, but to your furry companions as well. With the hot, steamy days of summer upon us, you can help keep your pets safe, cool, healthy and happy during the high-heat of summer with a few helpful tips from the Prince George’s County Animal Management Division (AMD).
  • Remember! It’s against the law in the State of Maryland to leave pets in an unattended vehicle. On an 85-degree day, the temperature inside a car with the windows opened slightly can reach 102 degrees within 10 minutes. After 30 minutes, the temperature can reach 120 degrees. Overheating can kill an animal; NEVER leave your pet alone in a vehicle, even with the windows open or the air conditioning running.
  • Consider giving your pet a summer haircut to a one-inch length to help prevent overheating, but avoid shaving your dog to protect them from sunburn. Also, take them to the vet or local pet clinic for a summer checkup.
  • Walk your dog in the early morning or evening. When the temperature is very high, hot asphalt can quickly burn the paw pads of dogs. If possible, walk your pet in the grass. If you’re planning outdoor activities with your pet, remember to carry extra water and a container for them to drink from.
  • Take special precautions with pets that are old, overweight or have health disorders. Snub-nosed dogs (Bulldogs, Pekingese, Boston Terriers, Lhasa Apsos, Shih Tzus) or animals with flat faces (Pugs, Persian cats) have compromised respiratory systems and are more susceptible to heat stroke since they cannot pant effectively. These pets, along with overweight animals and those with heart or lung diseases, should be kept cool in air-conditioned rooms as much as possible.
  • Pets can get dehydrated quickly, so give them plenty of fresh, clean water when it’s hot or humid outdoors. Make sure your pets have a shady place to get out of the sun. If you notice signs of overheating in your pets—excessive panting, difficulty breathing, increased heart rate—get help from your veterinarian immediately.
  • Don't forget about your livestock companions. Make sure you provide them with plenty of water as livestock animals, including horses and donkeys, can consume 10 to 20 gallons of water per day.
Additional resources and information on keeping your pet healthy and safe in hot weather is available through the Prince George’s County Animal Management Division at (301) 780-7200 or www.princegeorgespets4us.com.

For more information, contact:
Lauren A. Kinard, Public Information Specialist
Prince George's County, Department of the Environment
lakinard@co.pg.md.us; (301) 883-5957

Friday, May 26, 2017

Police Report: April 30 - May 6

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.

May 6th:

4200 block of Kaywood Drive: Hit and run collision – 4:35pm. The owner of a 2002 Nissan Maxima told officers that he came out to his vehicle and discovered that the driver’s door had been sideswiped leaving a paint transfer and a dent in the door. The incident occurred sometime after he parked the vehicle on the 5th at about 6:30pm. No evidence or witnesses were identified.

3500 block of Otis Street: Missing person – 9:10pm. The mother of a 17 year old female told officers that she had not seen her daughter since about 10:30am on May 3rd. Mom went on to say that although she has not physically seen her daughter she has been in constant contact with her via text messages; however, she has been unable to convince her to return home. 

May 5th:

4200 block of Russell Avenue: Vehicle impound – 2:50pm. Officers impounded a 2007 Saturn for displaying tags that expired in January of this year. At about 9pm the owner of the vehicle came into the police station and provided proof of current registration. The tags and the vehicle were released to him.

3800 block of Buchanan Street: Sexual assault – 4pm. Officers took a report of an alleged sexual assault on a female juvenile that occurred back on April 30th. The victim was transported to the PGPD Sexual Assault Unit to be interviewed as part of a follow-up investigation.

May 4th:

3000 block of Queens Chapel Road: Death report – 6:45am. Officers were called to assist EMS with a deceased male. A 93 year old male was found unresponsive and was pronounced dead at about 6:45am. The State Medical Examiner responded to the scene, confirmed that the man died from natural causes and released the decedent’s remains to his family for final arrangements.

May 3rd:

3500 block of Otis Street: Vehicle impound – 3:30pm. Officers impounded a 1999 Mercury Grand Marquis that had not been moved for several weeks and was displaying tags that did belong to the vehicle.

May 2nd:

3500 block of Rhode Island Avenue: MIR – 9:25am. A Public Works employee was cutting grass when the trimmer/mower he was using kicked up a rock that shatters the rear passenger window of a 1999 Lexus. The owner of the vehicle was notified of the damage by phone.

3300 block of Chauncey Place: Burglary – 10:45am. The resident told officers that yesterday evening (May 1st) he went to use his iPad and discovered it missing. He checked the apartment and discovered additional items of family property and cash had been stolen. While checking the apartment he realized that he left a window to his apartment open while the family was away, and that he believes it was during this time that someone got into the apartment through the window and stole his property.

4300 block of Kaywood Drive: Vehicle impound – 11:15am. Officers impounded a 1997 BMW that was displaying a fraudulent expiration date sticker. The vehicle’s registration had expired back in 2015.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 5:15pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for possession of an open container of alcohol.

4700 block of 27th Street: Criminal citation – 8:50pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

May 1st:

4300 block of Kaywood Drive: Vehicle impound – 8:05am. Officers impounded a 2013 Kia that was unregistered and displaying expired tags.

4200 block of Eastern Avenue: Emergency petition – 1:55am. Officers responded for the report of an unwanted guest. When they arrived they encountered a man who was bipolar and making unwanted sexual overtures to the female resident. EMS responded and transported the man to Washington Adventist Hospital for an emergency psychiatric evaluation.

April 30th:

4100 block of 31st Street: Criminal citation – 1am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle.

4100 block of 31st Street: Emergency petition – 4:35pm. Officers responded for the report of a 15 year old with a knife. Once at the location the mother told the officers that her daughter was having another emotional episode. Officers took control of the girl and transported her girl to Children’s Hospital for an emergency psychiatric evaluation.

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?

Say Something!

We WANT to be bothered! Call 301-985-6565/6566.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Police Line-of-Duty Deaths 2016

Preliminary statistics released by the FBI show that 66 law enforcement officers were feloniously killed in the line of duty in 2016. This is an increase of 61 percent when compared with the 41 officers killed in 2015. By region, 30 officers died as a result of criminal acts that occurred in the South, 17 officers in the West, 13 officers in the Midwest, four in the Northeast, and two in Puerto Rico.
At the time the 66 law enforcement officers were fatally wounded:
§  17 were ambushed (entrapment/premeditation);
§  13 were answering disturbance calls (seven were domestic disturbance calls);
§  nine were investigating suspicious persons/circumstances;
§  six were engaged in tactical situations;
§  five were performing investigative activities;
§  four were conducting traffic pursuits/stops;
§  three were investigating drug-related matters;
§  three were victims of unprovoked attacks;
§  one was answering a robbery in progress call or pursuing a robbery suspect(s);
§  one was answering a burglary in progress call or pursuing a burglary suspect(s);
§  four were attempting other arrests.

Offenders used firearms in 62 of the 66 felonious deaths. These included 37 incidents with handguns, 24 incidents with rifles, and one incident with a shotgun. Four victim officers were killed with vehicles used as weapons.
Of the 66 officers killed, 50 were confirmed to be wearing body armor at the times of the incidents. Fourteen of the 66 slain officers fired their service weapons, and 10 officers attempted to fire their weapons. Three victim officers had their weapons stolen; one officer was killed with his own weapon.
The 66 victim officers died from injuries sustained in 56 separate incidents. Fifty-four of those incidents have been cleared by arrest or exceptional means.
In 2016, an additional 52 officers were killed in line-of-duty accidents, which are officer deaths that were found not to be willful and intentional. This is an increase of 16 percent when compared with the 45 officers who were accidentally killed in 2015. By region, 24 officers died from accidents in the South, 12 in the Midwest, nine in the West, five in the Northeast, and two in Puerto Rico.
Twenty-six of the officers died as a result of automobile accidents, 12 were struck by vehicles, and seven were fatally injured in motorcycle accidents. Three officers died in accidental shootings, two victim officers drowned, one died in an aircraft accident, and one victim officer was fatally injured when thrown from a horse.
Of the 26 officers who died due to automobile accidents, eight were wearing seatbelts. Eleven officers were not wearing seatbelts (five of whom were partially or totally ejected from the vehicles), and seatbelt use was not reported for seven of the officers who were killed in automobile accidents.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Attempt to Identify Commercial Burglary Suspects

At about 12:30am this morning the Terminal Marketplace located at 3414 Rhode Island Avenue was burglarized by at least two individuals. One or more of these individuals returned to the business later in the morning and stole additional merchandise. The store’s video surveillance system captured images of the suspects which are included below. Anyone with information about this crime or the identity of one or more of the suspects is encouraged to call Mount Rainier Police at 301-985-6580.


Monday, May 01, 2017

Police Report: April 23-29

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.

April 29th:

3100 block of Windom Road: Lost property – 10:25am. The reporting person told officers that she last saw her cell phone at approximately 1:30am when she returned home from an Uber trip and plugged it into the charger in her kitchen. When she went back for the phone sometime later it was no longer there. The victim said that the house was locked and secure. There were no signs of forced entry to the residence.

3700 block of Wells Avenue: MIR – 3pm. The victim told officers that five (5) campaign signs had been stolen from various properties but was unable to provide an exact date, time or locations. He added that about two weeks ago he was alerted by the City Manager that two of his campaign signs were found in the trash dumpster at the Public Works facility. He said that he obtained information from the City Manager and the Director of Public Works City employee was seen placing the signs in the dumpster. Three additional signs were located in the bed of a Mount Rainier City owned DPW vehicle. The victim indicated that City officials outside the Police Department have already begun their own internal investigation including interviewing other City employees and a possible suspect prior to notifying the police. The investigation is on-going.

3600 block of Perry Street: Theft from auto/recovered property – 11:30am. The reporting person told officers that she found a brown leather purse in her back yard. She did not know how long it has been in the yard. She said she went through a wallet she found in the purse but was unable to find anything that would help determine ownership. An officer took possession of the purse and while walking to his patrol he was stopped by the owner of the purse who said that it had been stolen from her vehicle on the 25th at about m10:20am. The purse was returned to her.

Arundel Road at 31st Street: CDS Possession – 8:35pm. Officers stopped a 2016 Toyota for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver was in possession of a clear glass mason jar in plain sight on the front passenger seat. The jar contained 21.4 grams of marijuana having a street value of $428. The driver was arrested, charged with CDS possession and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

April 28th:

3500 block of Newton Place: Stolen vehicle – 7:50am. The reporting person told officers that his work truck was stolen from the parking lot sometime overnight. He said the truck belongs to his boss, but was under his care and custody at the time of the incident.

3700 block of 34th Street: Warrant service – 8:15am. Officers stopped a man they observed in possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage. Further investigation revealed that the man had open warrants through Prince George’s County charging him with failure to appear in court on charges of 4th degree burglary, theft, trespassing on private property and CDS paraphernalia. He was issued a criminal citation for the alcohol violation, arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3800 block of 34th Street: Missing person (located) – 11:30am. Officers were notified that the 17 year old reported missing on the 27th was located at Northwestern High School by Hyattsville PD’s School Resource Officer.

3400-3600 block of Perry Street: MIR (supplement) – 4:30pm. The victim who reported the theft of ten of her campaign signs on the 24th called to say that she had discovered two additional signs had been stolen.

4500 block of 32nd Street: Child abuse – 7:55pm. The mother of a year old girl told officers that her child’s daycare provider texted her and said that the child had reached for a toy and it fell striking her in the face causing a bruise. The mother took the child to Providence Hospital to have her examined by the medical staff. The staff told the mother that the bruise the child suffered was inconsistent with a toy falling on her and that it was most likely caused by blunt force trauma. MRPD officers contacted Child Protective Services and their personnel will be assuming the follow-up investigation.

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 11:50pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

April 27th:

3300 block of Chillum Road: Domestic assault – 3:20am. The victim told officers that she and her boyfriend got into a verbal argument that turned physical.  She said he threw her to the floor and as a result she hurt her right wrist. EMS responded to treat her injury and she elected not to go to the hospital. The victim declined to speak with the crisis center but was given information on obtaining a protection order.

2700 block of Webster Street: Missing person – 7pm. The father of a 17 year old teen reported that his son had not returned home. He last saw his son in the 3800 block of 34th Street earlier in the day. The man said he does not know where his son is staying or who he is with but he is able to contact him by cell phone.

April 26th:

3100 block of Buchanan Street: Vandalism to auto – 9:25am. The owner of a 2006 Mitsubishi told officers that he came out to his vehicle this morning and discovered that the front windshield had been cracked sometime overnight. No evidence or witnesses were located.

4100 block Russell Avenue: Found property – 10:30am. Officers were stopped by a citizen who had found a wallet on the corner of Russell Avenue and Eastern Avenue. The citizen had been unable to return the wallet to its rightful owner so he turned it in to police. The officers placed the wallet into MRPD property storage for safekeeping.

3500 block of Perry Street: Found property – 11am. A citizen turned in a wallet he found in the 3500 block of Perry Street. The wallet was placed into MRPD property storage for safekeeping.

3400 block Rhode Island Avenue: Disorderly – 12:45pm. Officers responded for the report of a disorderly man at the bus stop. They located a man matching the description given by the reporting person. He told the officers that he was irritated that he could not get on the bus and began talking loudly and disturbing those around him. He calmed down and told the officers he would take the next bus.

2700 block of Queens Chapel Road: Domestic assault – 9:40pm. The victim told officers that she and her boyfriend got into a verbal argument that turned physical when he hit her in the face and kicked her in the head. The victim sustained minor injuries and refused medical treatment. She completed a lethality assessment screen and spoke with a counselor at the Family Crisis Center. The counselor advised the victim on how to obtain a protective order against her boyfriend.

April 25th:

3600 block of Perry Street: Theft from auto – 10:20am. The owner of a 2005 Chrysler van told officers that someone got into her vehicle and stole her purse. The van was parked in the victim’s driveway and entry was made through the unlocked driver’s side door. No evidence or witnesses were identified.

3400-3600 block of Perry Street: MIR (supplement) – 12:30pm. The victim who reported the theft of ten of her campaign signs on the 24th called to say that she had discovered three additional signs had been stolen.

One Municipal Place: Criminal citation – 12:35pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for urinating in public.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: MIR – 4:40pm. Officers responded for the report of a man stealing campaign signs. Upon arrival the officer met with the City’s Director of Code Enforcement who said that he observed the suspect remove a campaign sign and throw it on the ground. The suspect countered that he did not remove the sign and became highly agitated and began to yell and use profanity. Since there was no evidence of theft the man was sent on his way without further incident.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Assault – 5:55pm. Officers responded for the report of a fight in progress. When they arrived they interviewed the female victim who said that while waiting for the bus, the male suspect asked her for a cigarette lighter and she replied that she didn’t have one. The man then struck her in the face with a closed fist. The victim defended herself by punching the suspect several times to get him off of her. Several witnesses confirmed the victim’s version of events. She told the officers she wanted no further police action. Both parties were sent on their way.

3300 block of Buchanan Street: Protective order – 9:35pm. Officers assisted a man with serving as protective order against his child’s mother. Officers were able to serve the woman with her copy of the order and she left the apartment with her children without incident. A copy of the return of service was faxed to the Prince George’s County Office of the Sheriff.

4000 block of 36th Street: 1st degree assault – 10:30pm. Officers responded for the report of a 911 hang up call with sounds of a struggle in the background. When they arrived they discovered a man (victim 1) physically restraining a woman on the ground and yelling for help. Officers separated the two and an investigation revealed that the woman became violent and physically assaulted one of her young sons (victim 2) and his father (victim 1). EMS transported victim 2 to Children’s Hospital for treatment of his injuries. The father told the officers the woman had not been faithfully taking her psychiatric medications for about the last two weeks. He said she had also been drinking and doing drugs before getting into an altercation while walking home. The suspect became irate and attacked victim 2 repeatedly with a closed fist to the face causing visible injuries to his upper lip and nose, and struck him with a bottle on his head causing a physical lump to appear on his head and a bloody laceration to the right side of his head near his eye/ear. As victim 1 tried to stop the attack the suspect struggled with him and bit him on the left arm. None of the victims’ injuries was life threatening. The woman was arrested, charged with 1st and 2nd degree assault and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

Queenstown Drive and Chillum Road: Emergency petition – 11:40pm. Officers responded for the report of a violent domestic dispute. With the help of a citizen the officers were able to locate the individuals involved in the domestic. The male half of the dispute immediately began shouting and making irrational and delusional statements. Officers gave the suspect several verbal commands to calm down, all of which he refused. When the officers tried to pat him down for weapons he resisted and a brief struggle occurred before he was able to be handcuffed and brought under control. Once in custody the man continued behave irrationally and asked the officers repeatedly to kill him. Based on his violent and irrational behavior he was taken into custody and transported to Washington Adventist Hospital for an emergency psychiatric evaluation. 

April 24th:

3400-3600 block of Perry Street: MIR – 9:10am. The victim reported that ten (10) of her campaign signs had been stolen over the course of the last 24 hours. The victim said that she spoke with many of the property owners on whose property the signs were posted and they all reported that they did not take the signs down. One person reported seeing a black female walking a small dog on Perry Street near 37th Street carrying one of the signs at about 1:40pm on April 23rd but there was no additional suspect information.

4200 block of 34th Street: Warrant service – 10:55am. Officers responded to investigate a residential alarm. When they arrived they located a man inside who said he entered his girlfriend’s residence without her knowledge. His girlfriend was contacted and declined to press charges, however a wanted check revealed that the man had three open warrants through Prince George’s County for traffic violations. He was arrested on the warrants and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3100 block of Chillum Road: Vehicle impound – 3:45pm. Officers impounded a 1990 Dodge Ram that was unregistered and displaying tags issued to another vehicle.

3600 block of Eastern Avenue: Assault – 6:20pm. Officers spoke with the victim who told them that the father of her children with whom she resides struck her in the head and right hand with an aluminum fry pan.  The woman had a laceration to her middle finger but refused medical assistance on the scene. The suspect had left the scene prior to the officers’ arrival. A lethality assessment screen was completed and the victim did not screen in and did not want to speak to a counselor. The officers transported her to the District Court Commissioner’s Office so she could obtain a protective order. The officers obtained an arrest warrant for the suspect charging him with 2nd degree domestic assault.

April 23rd:

3500 block of Perry Street: Vehicle impound – 11:50am. Officers impounded a 1997 Saab for multiple registration violations.

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?

Say Something!

We WANT to be bothered! Call 301-985-6565/6566.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Come out for Mount Rainier Day - May 20th


Police Report: April 16-22

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.

April 22nd:

4600 block of 25th Street: Domestic assault – 11:15pm. The victim told officers that she had been assaulted by her husband and locked out of her apartment. She said she believed that her husband was still inside the apartment and refused to answer the door; and, her 7 year old son was still in the apartment as well. After multiple attempts to have the victim’s husband open the door officers had to force entry into the apartment. Officers found the child unharmed but the victim’s husband was not present. It was later discovered the man took the victim’s car and left the scene prior to the officer’s arrival. The victim completed a domestic violence lethality screen and obtained 2nd degree assault charges against her husband. The victim was treated by EMS on scene.

April 21st:

2900 block of Arundel Road: Domestic – 12:20am. Officers responded for the report of a violent domestic dispute. The reporting person was unsure which apartment, but said that it was coming from an upstairs apartment. Officers checked the building and heard the sounds of the domestic but repeated knocks on the apartment door went unanswered. Fearing that one or both parties may have been injured and that exigent circumstances existed, a decision was made to force entry into the apartment. Once inside the officers located both parties in a bedroom. They both admitted to yelling at each other, but insisted that no physical altercation took place. Neither party would answer as to why they not would come to the door while the officers announced their presence repeatedly. After ensuring that no one was injured the female half of the argument called Lyft and left the apartment.

April 20th:

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Recovered stolen vehicle – 12:20am. Officers patrolling with a license plate reader were alerted to a 2016 Nissan that had been reported stolen. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle was reported stolen from the 3200 block of Queenstown Drive to MRPD on April 10th. Attempts to contact the registered owner by phone were unsuccessful so the vehicle was impounded for safekeeping. The owner will be notified by mail of the recovery.

2700 block Upshur Street: M/V collision – 5pm. While riding on Upshur Street the operator of a 1998 Sunl scooter collided with a parked 2005 Honda CR-V. The operator sustained facial injuries in the collision and was transported by EMS to Providence Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

3500 block of Newton Street: Lost property – 7pm. The reporting person came the Mount Rainier Police Department to report his lost Nigerian passport. He told officers the last time he physically had possession of his passport was back in November of 2016 shortly after travelling outside the United States. He said he was unsure where he may have lost the passport. He victim was provided a police report number advised to contact his embassy.

April 19th:

4000 block of 29th Street: Burglary – 1:50pm. The resident told officers that she returned from work and discovered that her former roommate’s belongings were gone. She said that she noticed a bedroom window had been opened and believed this was the point of entry since the doors were still locked when she got home. She said that she believes that it was her former roommate who broke in and took her own property. There was no damage and nothing belonging to the resident’s was taken.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Attempt stolen auto – 3:20pm. The owner of a 2002 Toyota Rav4 reported that she came out to her vehicle this afternoon and discovered damage to the ignition and the glove compartment ransacked. She said that there was nothing missing and that she may have forgotten to lock the vehicle. At the owner’s request the vehicle was not processed for evidence.

April 18th:

32nd Street and Rainier Avenue: Drunk driver – 9am. Officers stopped to check the welfare of a man who was passed out behind the wheel of a running vehicle. Further investigation revealed that he had been drinking and failed standard field sobriety testing. He refused to submit to a chemical test for alcohol. He was arrested and charged with DUI. His vehicle was impounded for safekeeping. 

Case Number: 17-0904

3300 block of Chillum Road: Theft from auto – 10:45am. The owner of a 2015 Chrysler told officers that he came out to his vehicle this morning and discovered that someone had broken out the front passenger side window. He checked the interior of his car and found that his older model iPhone 5 had been stolen.

April 17th:

3800 block of 32nd Street: Drunk driver – 12:35am. Officers responded for the report of a vehicle that had struck a curb. Upon arrival the officers found a Hispanic male passed out in the driver’s seat of a 2002 Ford Explorer. Further investigation revealed that the driver was under the influence of alcohol and admitted to having four drinks. He failed all standard field sobriety testing and was arrested for DUI. He was transported to the Greenbelt Police Department where he submitted to a breathalyzer test. The test revealed he had a blood alcohol concentration of .19, over twice the legal limit for intoxication. He was charged with DUI released.

April 16th:

4300 block of 34th Street: Drunk driver – 4:50am. Officers stopped a 2016 Toyota after observing it being driven in an erratic manner. Further investigation revealed that the drive was under the influence of alcohol and failed all standard field sobriety testing. He was transported to the University of Maryland Police Department when he submitted to a breathalyzer test. The test revealed he had a blood alcohol concentration of .22 almost three times the legal limit for intoxication. He was charged with DUI and numerous traffic violations and released. His vehicle was impounded for safekeeping.

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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Police Report: April 9-15

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.

April 15th:

3800 block of 33rd Street: Death report – 7:40am. Officers responded at the request of EMS personnel for deceased elderly female. The woman's husband told the officers that he last saw his wife alive at about 10pm last night. When he checked on her this morning he discovered her unresponsive and called EMS. The deceased had several known ongoing medical conditions; and there were no obvious signs of trauma or foul play. The medical examiner and PGPD Homicide were notified and both declined to respond. The body was removed by Gasch's Funeral Home for final arrangements.

3500 block of Shepherd Street: Found property – 11:25am. Officers took possession of a knife that a resident found in his back yard.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Warrant service – 11:25am. Officers responded for the report of two women doing drugs. Further investigation revealed that one of them had an open arrest warrant through Montgomery County for failing to appear in court. She was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Upper Marlboro.

3200 block of Chillum Road: Criminal citation – 4:15pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage in a public place.

Chillum Road and Queens Chapel Road: Criminal citation – 11:50pm. Officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. The driver gave the officers a false name and identification because he believed he had an open arrest warrant, which he did not. He was issued several traffic citations and a criminal citation for giving the officers a false name.

April 14th:

2700 block of Webster Street: Vehicle impound – 8am. Officers impounded a 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander for displaying an expired Texas temporary tag.

3400 block of Bunker Hill Road: Criminal citation – 7:50pm. Officers stopped to investigate a vehicle stopped in the roadway and found the driver asleep behind the wheel. The officers roused the driver and attempted to ascertain if he OK to continue operating the vehicle. He became loud, disorderly and uncooperative. He eventually calmed down enough so that the officers could issue him a criminal citation for disorderly conduct. He was sent on his way without further incident.

4000 block of 35th Street: Hit and run collision – 11:30am. Officers arrested a man after he was identified as the driver of a vehicle that struck a woman's car and fled the scene without stopping. The victim got the striking vehicle's tag number and gave the information to the officers. The driver was located, still in his vehicle, parked at his residence.

April 13th:

Nothing significant to report.

April 12th:

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 8:50am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

3500 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Theft from auto – 10:25am. The owner of a 2000 Ford F150 told officers that he came back to the vehicle after attending church and discovered his handicapped parking placard had been stolen. No signs of forced entry into the truck were found.

3600 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 12:15pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

4200 block of 32nd Street: 2nd degree assault – 1:10pm. The victim told officers that she and her child's father got into a verbal argument. When she tried to walk away the man grabbed her, choked her and bit he face before fleeing the scene. Officers canvassed the area for the man and located him as he was trying to get into a neighbor's house. He was arrested, charged with 2nd degree domestic assault and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

4000 block of 29th Street: MIR – 2:20pm. Officer spoke with a DC police detective who was investigating a shooting that allegedly occurred in the 700 block of S Street, NW. The victim told the detective that he had been shot in the arm and purchased materials to treat his wound at a local CVS. The detective contacted the CVS and learned that the victim made no such purchase and that DC's ShotSpotter system had not detected any shots fired in the area where the shooting allegedly occurred. The victim then changed his story and said the shooting took place in Mount Rainier. The victim was very uncooperative with the DC detective. No evidence of the scooting could be traced to Mount Rainier. PGPD detectives were notified and will follow up with their counterparts in DC.

3800 block of 33rd Street: Assault – 4:20pm. Officers responded for the report of a neighbor dispute. When they arrived they learned that a man threw a brick through the window of his neighbor's house and damaged the neighbor's fence. Officers apprehended the man in his front yard as he urinated on his front steps. He was arrested, charged with assault and other charges and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

4200 block of Kaywood Drive: Theft – 8:15pm. The victim reported that he was scheduled to receive a package containing a Florida temporary tag. When it did not arrive as expected he contacted the carrier and was told that it was mistakenly delivered to an address on Russell Avenue. He repeatedly tried to contact the resident at that address but was unsuccessful. Florida MVA officials told him he needed a police report so they could send him a replacement tag.

3700 block of Shepherd Street: Vehicle impound – 8:30pm. Officers impounded a 1999 Nissan Altima for parking on and blocking the sidewalk.

April 11th:

2300 block of Varnum Street: Criminal citation – 11:25am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage in a public place.

3600 block of Shepherd Street: Warrant service – 6pm. Officers stopped a man they knew had an open arrest warrant for second degree assault. The warrant was verified and he was delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

April 10th:

4300 block of 28th Place: Stolen auto (supplement) – 8:55am. Officers were notified by DC police that a 1997 Dodge reported stolen from the 4300 block of 28th Place on April 9th had been recovered after have been involved in a hit and run collision. Officers contacted the owners of the vehicle and advised them of how to recover their vehicle from DC.

3200 block of Queenstown Drive: Stolen vehicle – 10:55am. The owner of a 2016 Nissan Altima told officers that he came out to his vehicle this morning and discovered it had been stolen. No suspect or evidence was identified.

3800 block of 34th Street: Theft – 1:25pm. The store clerk told officers that two men came into the store and stole several items of merchandise. Officers reviewed security camera footage and found that Suspect #1 was a black male approximately 30-40 years of age, 5-11, 210 pounds, short black hair, wearing a green jacket , green shirt, dark pants with a red belt. Suspect #2 was described as a black male approximately 30-40 years of age, 5-11 240 pounds, short black hair, trimmed beard, wearing a green hoodie with a red emblem on the front and gray sweat pants. The value of the stolen items is approximately $13.

3700 block of Wells Avenue: Civil citation – 8:50pm. Officers issued a man a civil citation for possession of less than 10g of marijuana.

Russell Avenue and Taylor Street: 1st degree assault – 10:05pm. MRPD officers stopped to investigate a vehicle parked in a handicapped space on Russell Avenue at Taylor Street. A check of the vehicle's tag revealed that it was not registered. When the officers approached the vehicle they saw that it was occupied by four individuals – the driver, a front seat passenger and two rear seat passengers. The officers saw one of the rear seat passengers make a move to conceal something under his seat and told him to place his hands in clear view on the seat back in front of him. At that point the driver put the vehicle in in drive and began to flee the scene. The driver stopped, put the vehicle in reverse and intentionally drove the vehicle directly at one of the officers. The officer took an evasive step to avoid being struck however the driver was able to strike the officer with the vehicle nearly knocking him to the ground. The vehicle and its occupants fled into DC and the officers pursued the suspects' vehicle where it crashed in the area of 14th and Hamilton Streets, NW. The driver and front seat passenger fled the crash on foot. MPDC air and K-9 units assisted in a search for the driver but he was able to avoid apprehension and remains at large. MRPD officers were able to apprehend the passenger and a search of the backpack he was carrying revealed that he was in possession of approximately 184 grams of marijuana individually packaged for distribution. MPDC officers took custody of the front seat passenger pending CDS distribution charges and extradition back to Maryland. The two rear seat passengers were also detained by MPDC pending similar charges. Once identified the driver will be charged with a variety of offenses including felony assault on a police officer. The suspect's vehicle was seized and will be processed for evidence. PGPD detectives were notified and will be assisting in the investigation. The MRPD officer who was struck sustained minor injuries only and did not require medical attention.​

April 9th:

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 12:25am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

4300 block of 28th Place: Stolen auto – 10:05am. The owner of a 1997 Dodge told officers that he left his vehicle running while visiting a friend in the friend's apartment. When he came back to his vehicle he discovered it had been stolen. No evidence or witnesses were located.

2500 block of Queens Chapel Road: M/V collision/vehicle impound – 1:05pm. Officers impounded a 1996 Honda after it had been involved in a hit and run collision where it struck a 2015 Dodge. Attempts to locate the driver of the striking vehicle were negative.

3700 block of 35th Street: Theft – 10:15pm. Officers interviewed the homeowner who had rented a room to a man whom she wanted evicted. She was advised that this was a landlord/tenant civil matter and that she had to give the man a 30-day notice to vacate. The homeowner then reported that she suspected that the man stole $50 from her room which he denied. The homeowner was advised of her options with a District Court Commissioner.

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?

Say Something!

We WANT to be bothered! Call 301-985-6565/6566.

 

Police Report: March 31 - April 8

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.

April 8th:

3700 block of 35th Street: Emergency petition – 12:40am. Officers responded for the report of a naked male laying on the sidewalk. Officers found the man who appeared to be under the influence of a CDS. He was transported by EMS personnel to Prince George’s Hospital for emergency medical treatment.

3800 block of 31st Street: Emergency petition – 11:15am. Officers stopped to check the welfare of a man they saw walking in the middle of the street with no shoes and who seemed to be disoriented. The man was unable to answer simple questions. He was taken into custody and transported to Washington Adventist Hospital for emergency medical treatment.

April 7th:

3300 block of Buchanan Street: Vehicle impound – 8:45am. Officers impounded a 2004 Toyota that had been previously marked for 48-hour towing.

April 6th:

3000 block of Queens Chapel Road: 2nd degree assault – 1:15am. Officers responded for the report of an unwanted guest. When they arrived the victim said that a female guest was playing music too loudly and asked her to leave before the music disturbed neighbors. She responded by striking and kicking the victim several times. She was arrested, charged with 2nd degree assault and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3200 block of Queenstown Drive: Destruction of property – 4am. Maintenance employees reported that a man was kicking apartment doors. Officers found and detained the man who was positively identified as the one the employees saw breaking glass, kicking doors, and using a fire extinguisher to bang on doors. The man was arrested, charged with destruction of property and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

April 5th:

2300 block of Varnum Street: Lost property – 1:05am. A man called police to report that he had lost his Bangladesh passport. His embassy required that he file a police report before issuing him a new one.

3700 block of 37th Street: Criminal citation – 2:40pm. Officers issued a woman a criminal citation for possession of narcotics paraphernalia.

4700 block of 25th Street: Warrant service – 2:45pm. While conducting a welfare check on a resident officers encountered a man who they knew had an open arrest warrant through Montgomery County for failing to appear in court on a traffic charge. The man was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Upper Marlboro.

April 4th:

4400 block of 29th Street: Identity theft – 8:30am. The victim came into the police station and told officers that he received notification from his credit monitoring service that two separate internet retail accounts were opened in his name. He said that he is one the many federal employees whose information was compromised after a hacker accessed the Office of Personnel Management database.  He also said that no financial transactions had taken place on either account and that the accounts have been shut down.

3200 block of Queenstown Drive: 2nd degree assault/theft – 2:20pm. The victim told officers that she and the father of her children had an argument and she told him to leave her apartment. The suspect stole the victim’s cell phone and struck her with closed fist in the chest before fleeing the area.  The victim was advised of her options with a District Court Commissioner.

3200 block of Varnum Street: Theft from auto – 5pm. The victim told officers that he came out to his motorcycle this evening and discovered that the tag had been stolen.

April 3rd:

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 2:55pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

April 2nd:

2300 block of Varnum Street: Destruction of property – 5:15am. The reporting person told officers that she sold a man a package of cigars at about 4am. He returned about an hour and wanted a refund for the cigars. When she refused the refund the man became very angry, came into the store and knocked over several displays. The man got back in his vehicle and fled the scene. The customer was described as a black male, about 6 feet tall, 180 pounds with a receding hairline. He was last seen in a dark colored two door vehicle, possibly a Honda or Hyundai.

3300 block of Buchanan Street: Vandalism to auto – 7:45am. The owner of a 1997 Nissan told officers that he came out to his vehicle this morning and discovered that someone had smashed out the windshield and a side door window. No evidence as to who may have been responsible for the damage was found.

4700 block of 30th Street: Vehicle impound – 7:45am. Officers impounded a 1997 Toyota Corolla displaying DC tags that expired in December of last year.

4200 block of 28th Street: Vehicle impound – 2:30pm. Officers impounded a 2008 BMW 328i for parked blocking a private driveway.

April 1st:

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Recovered stole vehicle – 4:15am. Officers recovered a 1999 Toyota Camry that had been previously reported stolen to DC police back on March 29th. DC police were apprised of the recovery and the vehicle was impounded for safekeeping.

4600 block of 29th Street: Fraud – 12:25pm. The victim told officers that she was contacted by the suspect, Jeffery Bishop (most likely not his real name), who told her that he had a job for her and got her name from an employment website. The victim was sent a check for $3,350 and told to deposit it into her personal account. The suspect then told her to withdraw the funds and send it to the suspect’s account. Days later, the victim’s bank contacted her and told her that her account was overdrawn by $3,350. The victim also sent $450 by money gram for equipment to help with her job. The equipment never arrived. Further attempts to contact the suspect were negative and the number he provided was not in service.

3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Warrant service – 9:30pm. Officers stopped a 2005 Dodge truck after a mobile license plate reader alerted that the owner of the vehicle had an open arrest warrant. The officers confirmed the warrant that was through Prince George’s County for first degree assault. The man was arrested and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. His vehicle was impounded.

March 31st:

34th Street and Rhode Island Avenue: M/V collision – 2:50am. Officers saw a 2003 Toyota operating south on Rhode Island Avenue at a high rate of speed. A few minutes later they found the vehicle had crashed into the traffic circle with both front air bags deployed. Both the driver and passenger refused any medical treatment at the scene. The driver was issued several traffic citations and her 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?

Say Something!

We WANT to be bothered! Call 301-985-6565/6566.