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