Monday, November 24, 2014

Police Report: November 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.

November 22nd:

Nothing significant to report.

November 21st:

2400 block of Arundel Road: MIR – 8:30am. The reporting person told officers that he had been involved in a minor traffic collision in the parking lot of the Varnum Street 7-11 at about 5:45am this morning. He said that as he was providing his personal information to the other driver the other driver became upset and threw him to the ground. Officers viewed the store’s security camera footage  and saw nothing to support the reporting person’s account of what allegedly occurred.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Fraud – 3:30pm. The victim told officers that she was taken for $350 by a man from Nigeria who offered to rent her a house in Silver Spring via Craig’s List.

3700 block of 37th Street: Burglary – 3:50pm. The resident told officers that he returned home to discover that the house had been ransacked and several items of his personal property stolen. Officers discovered that those responsible broke into the home through the side door which is accessed via the kitchen and driveway. It appeared that a brick was used to break a window pane in the door which enabled the suspect (s) to unlock the door. Officers processed the scene for evidence with negative results.

3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Theft – 4:25pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for misdemeanor theft after store employees detained him for shoplifting three cans of an alcoholic beverage. The merchandise was returned to the store and the man sent on his way.

3800 block of 34th Street: Vehicle impound – 11:20pm. Officers impounded a 2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser that had become disabled due to a broken axel and was blocking the roadway.

November 20th:

3100 block of Chillum Road: Armed robbery – 1:50am. The store clerk told officers that a black male (5’8”; about 35-37 years of age; wearing a long green coat, dark gray pants and a black ski mask) came into the store, produced a revolver and demanded that the clerk remove the cash drawers and place them on the counter. The victim complied and the suspect removed the cash from the drawers. The suspect also demanded Newport Cigarettes and the clerk provided the suspect with approximately 10 packs of cigarettes in a bag. The suspect then fled on foot to the rear of the business.

3100 block of Chillum Road: Traffic – 11:10am.Officers stopped a 2000 Ford Expedition after an ALPR alerted them that the vehicle’s tags were suspended and there was a pick up order for the tags. Further investigation revealed that the driver did not have a license. The driver was issued several traffic citations and the vehicle was impounded.

November 19h:

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Home invasion – 7:20am. Officers were notified by PGPD that a victim if a robbery was at Queens Chapel Road and Chillum Road. When the officers arrived on the scene they spoke with the victim who claimed that he was walking his dog and was robbed by five unknown black males wearing hooded sweat shirts. Further investigation revealed that the victim’s version of the incident did not match with the evidence found at the scene. Officers discovered that the suspects entered the victim’s apartment through the front window. Once inside they assaulted the victim in a bedroom. When the victim fled the apartment the suspects apparently fired shots him as he fled. The incident is under investigation by PGPD CID detectives and is believed to be connected to the victim’s selling of narcotics.

3800 block of 32nd Street: Theft – 9:30am. The victim told officers that sometime between 9pm on the 18th and 7am this morning someone stole four landscaping bricks out of his yard. He said that this was the second time in the past few days that bricks had been stolen. No evidence as to those responsible was found.

3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Theft – 2:15pm. The victim told officers that he left his car unlocked as he went briefly into a store. When he returned he discovered that someone had entered the vehicle and stole his handicapped placard from inside the glove box.

3100 block of Bunker Hill Road: Fraud – 8:20pm. The victim told officers that he was contacted via social media by a man claiming to be an entertainer’s cousin. The man said the entertainer needed to give away money to those in need as part of his court ordered probation and he was authorized to give the victim $800. The scam involved the victim putting $800 on a pre-paid credit card with the suspect adding an additional $800 and returning it to the victim. The victim obtained the card and gave the information to the suspect. The suspect downloaded the money off the card and that was the last the victim heard from him. 

November 18th:

37th and Otis Streets: Traffic – 2am. Officers stopped a 2010 VW jetta for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the tags were suspended, there was a pick up order for the tags and the driver’s license was suspended. The driver was issued several traffic citations, the tags were seized for return to MVA and the vehicle was impounded.

4100 block of Rainier Avenue: Theft – 8:40am. The victim told officers that he awoke to find his 32 inch flat screen television missing from his living room. During the officers’ investigation they obtained sufficient evidence to apply for and receive an arrest warrant for the victim’s cousin charging him with theft of the TV.

3300 block of Buchanan Street: Vehicle impound – 9:30am. Officers impounded a 1994 Toyota Celica that was unregistered and had no license plates attached.

3200 block of Perry Street: Hit and run collision – 1pm. The owner of a 2004 Infinity told officers that she came out to her vehicle and discovered that an unidentified vehicle struck the left rear quarter panel of her vehicle and fled in an unknown direction. The damage to the victim’s vehicle is minor, and the vehicle is drivable.

2900 block of Allison Street: EPS – 2:25pm. Officers investigating a possible assault were confronted by a man who was suffering from the effects of PCP intoxication. When the officers attempted to speak with him he stuttered that he was fine and fled the apartment building. Officers were able to apprehend him and take him into custody only after deploying a Taser. He was taken to Washington Adventist Hospital and released to medical personnel for treatment.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Theft – 4:40pm. The resident told officers that he arrived at his apartment to discover that the door was ajar. When she went inside she smelled smoke and saw that all of her windows were open. She also discovered several personal items and a quantity of cash missing. Further investigation revealed that the door was open because fire/rescue personnel forced it open to fight a fire caused by food on the stove. No evidence was identified in the theft.

November 17th:

4700 block of 27th Street: Assault – 7:30am. A 14 year old boy (victim) told officers that on November 14th he got into a verbal argument with another student (suspect) while on the school bus. When the two got off the bus the suspect punched the victim in the face and head multiple times with a closed fist. Fire/rescue personnel responded but the victim refused medical treatment. On the 16th the victim complained of headaches and was taken to Children’s Hospital where he was treated for a concussion. Charges against the suspect are pending.

3200 block of Queenstown Drive: Domestic assault – 2:20pm. Officers spoke with the victim who said that she and her boyfriend became involved in an argument over text messages. The argument turned physical and the boyfriend hit her once in the nose with his hand. The officers observed some swelling to the victim’s nose and under her right eye but she refused medical treatment. The boyfriend was arrested, charged with domestic assault and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. A domestic violence lethality screen was conducted, however the victim declined to speak with a counselor.

November 16th:

3300 block of Buchanan Street: Vehicle impound – 12:15pm. Officers impounded a 2000 Toyota Corolla that had been previously marked for 48-hour towing. Officers patrolling with an automatic license plate reader received an alert that a 1997 Nissan Maxima had suspended tags and a pick up order for the tags. The tags were seized for return to MVA and the vehicle was impounded.

4000 block of 30th Street: Attempt burglary – 1pm. Witnesses told officers that they saw three black males push in a window air conditioner unit and flee the area. The suspects were not successful in getting into the residence. The owners, who were out of town, were contacted and advised of the incident. The officers were able to secure the home and a canvass of the area for the suspects was negative.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Disorderly – 7:40pm. Officers responded for the report of a domestic. When they arrived they tried to speak with the male half who was highly intoxicated. He was uncooperative and left the apartment and became disorderly when he got outside. Attempts to get him to calm down and leave the area were unsuccessful. He was arrested, charged with disorderly conduct and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

4100 block of Kaywood Place: Armed robbery – 9:30pm. The victim told officers that he was walking to his apartment when an unknown black male approached him and grabbed him by the throat from behind. The suspect produced a handgun and demanded the victim’s wallet. The victim replied that he did not have a wallet so the suspect patted him down and stole his cell phone. The suspect then fled on foot up Kaywood Drive towards Russell Avenue and then unknown. The victim described his assailant as a black male in his 30’s;  6’01” tall; 220lbs; wearing dark pants, a dark color jacket with a logo on the front breast and a black winter hat; armed with a large frame semi automatic handgun. A search of the area for the suspect proved negative.

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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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Police Report: November 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.

November 15th:

2700 block of Upshur Street: Stolen vehicle (recovered) - 2:10am. Officers received a request from DC police to respond to an address on Upshur Street and ask the owner of a 2005 Buick Lacrosse if he knew where his vehicle was. Officers contacted the owner and learned that he had parked the vehicle outside his residence and had it had obviously been stolen. DC officers recovered the vehicle in the 3800 block of 24th Street SE. The vehicle was found to have a broken window, a defeated ignition and all four wheels missing. MPD impounded the vehicle and the owner was notified.

Chillum Road and Arundel Road: M/V collision – 3:40am. Investigation revealed that a 2012 Dodge Charger stopped at a traffic light was rear ended by a 2000 Honda Accord. There were no injuries reported. The Honda was disabled from the collision and towed from the scene. The Honda’s driver was issued several traffic citations.

3800 block of 32nd Street: Theft – 1:05pm. The owner reported that sometime between 8am on the 12th and the time he called police someone stole two rocks called garden papers from his front yard.

4600 block of 25th Street: Hit and run collision – 4pm. The owner of a 1995 Ford Explorer reported that sometime between 6pm on the 14th and the time he called police his vehicle was struck by a second, unknown vehicle that failed to remain at the scene. Officers determined that the striking vehicle most likely made a turn off of Arundel Road on to 25th Street before striking the Explorer. No evidence or witnesses were identified.

4300 block of 28th Place: Hit and run collision – 5:50pm. The owner of a 2011 Toyota Camry reported that sometime between 4:45pm and 5:50pm today her vehicle was struck on the driver’s side by an unknown vehicle that failed to remain at the scene. No evidence or witnesses were identified.

4600 block of 29th Street: Domestic – 7:30pm. Officers spoke with a woman who said that she and her boyfriend were involved in an argument over her cell phone. She said that during the argument the boyfriend pulled her hair. Officers spoke to the male half and learned that he was intoxicated. They escorted the man from the residence. Lethality assessment screening forms were completed and the incident was documented.

3300 block of Bunker Hill Road: Domestic – 9:25pm. Officers spoke with a woman who said that she and the father of her children got into a verbal argument after he dropped the kids off at her residence. She said that as he was leaving he pushed her. There were no signs of injury. Lethality assessment screening forms were completed and the incident was documented.

3000 block of Arundel Road: Domestic – 8:45pm. Officers responded for the report of a domestic physical altercation in progress. When they arrived they learned that the parties had been involved in a verbal argument. Further investigation revealed that the female half had called her sister and told the sister that she had been assaulted in order to speed up the sister’s response to come and pick her up. Officers completed lethality assessments on both parties and documented the incident. The female half elected to leave for the night with her sister.

November 14th:

3000 block of Queens Chapel Road: Attempt stolen auto – 9:45am. The owner of a 2007 Dodge caravan told officers that sometime between 4pm on the 13th and the time he called police someone broke into his vehicle. The investigation revealed that those responsible defeated the driver’s door lock and broke the ignition and steering column in an attempt to steal the van.

4300 block of 28th Street: Vehicle impound – 2:30pm. Officers impounded a 2000 Ford Expedition for displaying tags that expired in May of this year and was uninsured.

3800 block of 34th Street: Property damage – 4pm. The owner of a 2007 Volvo reported that sometime between 2pm and 4pm on the 9th something or someone damaged the vehicle’s bumper. Officers could not determine the cause of the damage.

3400 block of Newton Street: MIR – 5pm. The complainant told officers that she did not feel comfortable in her own home because of conflicts she was having with her grandson. The complainant requested that officers speak to her grandson and help mediate the issues. Officers spoke to the grandson and tried to assist. 

3700 block of 35th Street: Burglary – 5:20pm. Officers responded for the report of a burglary that occurred earlier at a rooming house. One of the residents told officers that  she returned to the house at about 3:30pm to discover that the door between the basement and the main floor was forced open. Upon further investigation she discovered that her bedrooms and been ransacked but nothing was apparently missing. A second tenant discovered that his bedroom door had been forced open and a quantity of cash was missing. Officers were unable to determine a point of entry to the residence. All exterior doors were secure when the tenants arrived home. PGPD Burglary detectives were contacted in reference to the incident. The incident is still under investigation.

November 13th:

Nothing significant to report.

November 12h:

2300 block of Varnum Street (7-11): Theft – 2:40am. The store clerk told officers that a dark skin black male wearing a black skull cap, a black leather jacket, and blue jeans came into the store. As the man walked around the store he put about nine bars of Dove soap, four bottles of Febreze, four bottles of Lysol all purpose cleaner, four bottles of Formula 409 Cleaner and three jars of Maxwell coffee in his pants and fled out of the store in an unknown direction. A canvass of the surrounding areas was conducted with negative results.

November 11th:

3300 block of Buchanan Street: Vehicle impound – 12:20pm. Officers patrolling with an ALPR were alerted to a 1995 Lincoln Town car that had a suspended registration and a pick up order for the tags. The tags were seized for return to MVA and the vehicle was impounded.

3200 block of Shepherd Street: Domestic – 9pm. The victim told officers that when she dropped her children at her husband’s house he began to argue over a car seat. She said that during the argument he pushed her down, dragged her by her legs out of his bedroom, and attempted to push her down some steps. The landlord of the house intervened and separated the two. The victim returned to her home and called police. Officers completed a domestic violence lethality screen. She spoke with a counselor from the Family Crisis Center and received information on how to protect herself in the future. The victim was transported to the District Court Commissioner’s Office, where she filed for charges against the suspect and applied for a protective order.

November 10th:

3500 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Traffic – 2:40am. Officers stopped a 1997 Toyota for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver’s license was suspended. He was issued several traffic citations and his vehicle was impounded.

2500 block of Allison Street: Assault – 3:30am. A cab driver told officers that he picked up a fare in DC and delivered him to the 2500 block of Allison Street. When they arrived the fare refused to pay and punched the driver in the face. The fare was still on the scene when the officers arrived and was clearly intoxicated. He was arrested, charged with assault and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

4700 block of 25th Street: Vehicle impound – 2:50pm. Officers patrolling with an ALPR were alerted to a 2001 Chevy truck that had a suspended registration and a pick up order for the tags. The tags were seized for return to MVA and the vehicle was impounded.

3300 block of Shepherd Street: Vehicle impound – 2:50pm. Officers patrolling with an ALPR were alerted to a 1998 Honda Civic that had a suspended registration and a pick up order for the tags. The tags were seized for return to MVA and the vehicle was impounded.

November 9th:

3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Traffic – 2:55am. Officers stopped a 2014 Chevy Camaro for a traffic violation. As they were speaking to the driver about the violation they smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. Further investigation revealed that the driver was in possession of marijuana and CDS paraphernalia. He was issued the appropriate citations and sent on his way.

3800 block of 33rd Street: Vehicle impound – 10:25am. Officers patrolling the area observed a silver Porsche that had been parked in the same location for over twenty four hours. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle’s registration was suspended for VEIP on September 23rd. The vehicle was issued a parking citation and impounded.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Traffic – 10:50am. Officers investigating a property damage traffic collision learned that the driver of the striking vehicle did not have a license. He was arrested and charged accordingly.

4100 block of 31st Street: Theft from auto – 9:25am. The owner of a 2005 Infinity told officers that sometime between 5am this morning and the time he called police someone stole the temporary license tag off his vehicle.

4000 block of 33rd Street: Stolen vehicle (recovered)  – 8:50am. The owner of a 2002 Dodge Caravan told officers that sometime between 11pm on the 8th and the time he called police someone stole his vehicle. Officers subsequently received a call from DC police and they advised that they had found the victim’s vehicle at about 6:30 this morning. The victim was notified of the recovery.

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: November 2-8

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.

November 8th:

3500 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Vehicle impound – 12:45pm. Officers impounded a Chevy Impala for displaying expired registration plates.

3100 block of Buchanan Street: Mutual aid to PGPD – 2:45am. Officers received a lookout for an armed man who fled on foot from PGPD officers. While searching for the suspect MRPD officers detained a man matching the suspect’s description. PGPD officers responded and positively identified him and placed him under arrest. While searching the area incident to the arrest officers found the loaded handgun discarded by the suspect.

November 7th:

Nothing significant to report.

November 6th:

4700 block of 30th Street: Vehicle impound – 8:30am. Officers patrolling with an automatic license plate reader were alerted to a 2009 Saturn, the registration of which was suspended for insurance and emissions violations. The tags were seized for return to MVA and the vehicle was impounded.

3800 block of 34th Street: Vehicle impound – 11:15am. Officers patrolling with an automatic license plate reader were alerted to a 2013 Chevy Impala, the registration of which was suspended for insurance violations. The tags were seized for return to MVA and the vehicle was impounded.

3200 block of Queenstown Drive: Identity theft – 12:15pm. The victim reported that because of discrepancies in his Comcast account he discovered that someone had opened multiple fraudulent accounts in his name at other businesses. The victim needed a police report of the identity theft in order to begin the process of restoring his credit.

November 5th:

2300 block of Varnum Street: Suspicious person – 3:55am. Officers responded for the report of a man trying to enter the store wearing a ski mask and possibly armed with a handgun. Officers canvassed the area for the suspect with negative results. The store’s video showed the suspect at the front door but no weapon was seen and he did not enter the store.

4300 block of Kaywood Drive: Attempt theft from auto – 7:40am. The owner of a 2005 Dodge Magnum told officers that sometime overnight someone smashed out his car’s front passenger window and ransacked the interior. He said nothing was stolen and there was no evidence/witnesses identified.

4300 block of Kaywood Drive: Vehicle impound – 11:15am. Officers patrolling with an automatic license plate reader were alerted to a 2006 Nissan Altima, the registration of which was suspended. The tags were seized for return to MVA and the vehicle was impounded.

3200 block of Bunker Hill Road: Identity theft – 4:35pm. The victim came into the police station and told officers that he learned that on October 21st an unknown subject went into Shady Grove Hospital and used his identity to receive medical treatment. The victim said that he did not give anyone consent to use his information and does not know who would have done so.

4400 block of 28th Place: Attempt theft from auto – 7:40am. The owner of a 2004 Acura TL old officers that sometime between 4:30pm on the 4th and 5pm today someone smashed out his car’s front passenger window and ransacked the interior. He said nothing was stolen and there was no evidence/witnesses identified.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Traffic – 9:15pm. Officers stopped a 2002 Dodge Stratus for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver had two open alcoholic beverages between his legs and his license had been previously revoked. He was arrested, charged accordingly and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. His vehicle was impounded.

3100 block of Chillum Road (7-11): Theft – 10:40pm. The store clerk told officers that three men came into the store, one a black male wearing a gray hoodie, one an Hispanic male wearing a black jacket and the third an Hispanic male wearing a gray jacket. The clerk said that the three men picked out a box of nachos, five Red Bull energy drinks and four cold cut sandwiches and walked out of the store without paying for them leaving the area in an unknown direction. A search of the area for the three was negative.

November 4th:

3100 block of Varnum Street: M/V collision – 3:30pm. The reporting person told officers that he saw a blue vehicle, make and model unknown with a partial tag of 7473, run up on the curb and damage the traffic sign. The vehicle then fled south on Varnum street and turned right on to 31st street where it was last seen.

4000 block of 35th Street: Vehicle impound – 1:15pm. Officers on patrol observed a 2005 Nissan XTerra that was displaying Texas tags that expired in October of 2013. The vehicle has been previously marked for towing and was impounded.

4000 block of 37th Street: Criminal citation – 12:35pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for possessing an open container of an alcoholic beverage in a public place.

4000 block of 35th Street: Assault – 7:55pm. The victim told officers that she and another woman had been in a verbal altercation that turned physical. During the altercation the victim was bitten on her finger by the other woman. The victim was advised of her options with a District Court Commissioner.

3600 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Traffic – 10:25pm. Officers stopped a 2007 GMC Envoy after receiving an ALPR alert that the vehicle’s tags were suspended. Further investigation revealed that the driver’s license was suspended. She was issued multiple traffic citations. The vehicle’s tags were seized for return to MVA and the vehicle was impounded. Because the driver had a small child in the vehicle with her, officers gave them a ride home.

November 3rd:

4700 block of 25th Street: Theft from auto (supplement). On October 27th the owner of a 2004 GMC van reported that both tags had been stolen off her vehicle. On today’s date Bladensburg PD officers stopped the van and saw that the tags that had been reported stolen were attached to the vehicle. Further investigation revealed that the victim reported the tags as stolen after a dispute with her ex-boyfriend who now owns the vehicle. The tags were recovered and removed from NCIC. The investigation is still ongoing and charges against the victim for false reporting are forthcoming.

4000 block of 29th Street: Child abuse (supplement). On October 24th officers took a report of child abuse involving a 15 year old who had been locked outside his apartment. Officers obtained an arrest warrant charging those responsible for the child’s treatment with various crimes.

4100 block of Russell Avenue: Attempt burglary – 2:35pm. The resident returned home to discover that she could not get into her apartment because of heavy damage to the front door and door lock. There was evidence that someone took a pry took to the door in an attempt to break in and damaged the door in the process. Building maintenance responded to replace the door and door locks.

4100 block of Russell Avenue: Burglary – 2:35pm. The victim of the above attempted burglary pointed out to officers that a downstairs apartment had the same damage to its door. Officers checked that apartment and found that it had been ransacked. The tenants responded and told officers that each of them were missing several personal items that had been during the burglary.

4000 block of 36th Street: Burglary – 7:05pm. The resident told officers that she returned home to discover the home’s rear window open and the interior ransacked. Officers determined that those responsible propped barrels and a fence gate up against the residence to gain entry into the window. The window was processed for evidence. A further canvas of area revealed no further information.

2700 block of Arundel Road: Attempt stolen auto – 10pm. The owner of a 2006 Chrysler van told officers that she returned to her vehicle to find her its headlights on and the ignition module hanging out of the steering column. The attempt theft occurred sometime after 7pm this evening. No evidence or witnesses were identified.

November 2nd:

4600 block of 25th Street: Domestic – 4am. Officers intervened in a domestic dispute between an intoxicated woman and her boyfriend. The woman had come home late from a party and became involved in a verbal argument. Officers were able to get a family member to remove her from the residence for the night to avoid further conflict. A domestic violence lethality assessment screen was conducted and the incident documented.

25th Street and Arundel Road: Hit and run collision – 8:30am. The owner of a 1999 Mazda told officers that he came out to his vehicle this morning and discovered that it had suffered heavy front-end damage. The damage was consistent with a collision with another vehicle that remains unidentified.

3800 block of 34th Street: Destruction of property – 11:10am. The store owner told officers that he refused to give a man merchandise on credit. The man became irate and left the store but returned a few minutes later and cracked one of the store’s windows. The man is reported to be a regular customer and officers are continuing to investigate the crime.

4200 block of Kaywood Drive: Domestic – 8::45pm. Officers responded for the report of a domestic dispute. When they arrived they learned that the parties were involved in a verbal argument over property that was pawned. Officers found that no physical encounter occurred. They completed a domestic violence lethality assessment screen and documented the incident.

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.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Police report: October 26 - November 1

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.

November 1st:

3600 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Animal bite – 9:45am. The owner told officers that his dog had escaped from the yard, was struck by a car and sustained a broken leg. When the owner tried to pick up the dog it bit him and subsequently bit his wife. Animal control responded to the scene and took possession of the dog to euthanize it at the owner’s request.

3100 block of Shepherd Street: Commercial burglary – 10am. The reporting person told officers that someone had broken into the church’s trustee room and ransacked it. The reporting person went on to state that the room was last seen intact at about 9pm on October 29th when the church was left unsecured for the trick or treating event. It is the reporting person’s belief that the incident happened during that time. Nothing was taken as there is no currency kept at the location.

4100 block of 31st Street: MIR – 12:51pm. Officers assisted a man with serving a temporary protective order against his brother. The brother retrieved some personal belongings and left the residence.

October 31st:

3500 block of Bunker Hill Road: Theft from auto – 11:40am. The owner of a 2013 Nissan Altima told officers that sometime between 1am on the 31st and the time she called police someone smashed out the vehicle’s front window and stole a bag of audio tapes and a bag of makeup from inside.

3100 block of Perry Street: Theft from auto – 12:35pm. The owner of a 2008 Ford Explorer told officers that she parked her vehicle in good condition at about 11:30pm on the 30th. When she returned to the vehicle this afternoon she discovered the door to the vehicle open and a laptop computer missing from inside. The victim is unsure if the vehicle was locked when she last left it.

2700 block of Webster Street: Domestic – 4:15pm. Officers responded for the report of a domestic dispute and upon arrival learned that a couple had been involved in a heated argument over a cell phone. There were no signs of a physical encounter between the two subjects. Officers completed a lethality screening and advised both parties of their options. The female decided to leave the residece at that time.

October 30th:

One Municipal Place: Criminal citation – 1:35am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for disorderly conduct.

4300 block of 31st Street: Theft from auto – 7am. The owner of a 2014 Cadillac told officers that he came out to his vehicle this morning to find it up on blocks and all four wheels and tires missing. He also said that the rear window was smashed out and there was damage to the driver’s door lock. He said that whoever was responsible also stole several items of his personal property from inside the vehicle. No evidence was recovered and no witnesses were identified.

4000 block of 29th Street: Property damage – 2:55pm. The resident told officers that a group of neighborhood kids were playing and kicked a ball breaking a window. The leasing office instructed him to get a police report to document the damage.

4300 block of 28th Place: Stolen auto – 12:35pm. The reporting person told officers that her father’s 1999 Cadillac Seville had been stolen. She said that the vehicle was being used by a friend who discovered it missing.

3200 block of Bunker Hill Road: Burglary6:45pm. The resident told officers that she returned home from work to find her rear door forced in and a piece of the door frame lying on kitchen floor. The residence was searched by the officers and processed for latent evidence with negative results. The home was in such disarray from being rummaged through that the resident could not advise if anything had been stolen. She said that she would call back once she had checked the house thoroughly. A canvas of area neighbors was conducted with negative results.

4500 block of Eastern Avenue (BP station): Property damage – 8:05pm. The owner of a 2010 Toyota Camry told officers that he parked his vehicle and went inside the BP station to make a purchase. When he returned to his vehicle he discovered damage to one of its quarter panels. Further investigation revealed no further information.

3200 block of Bunker Hill Road: Vandalism – 8:05pm. The reporting person told officers that a resident was served with a peace order on October 29th by PG Sheriffs. The resident returned this morning and turned on all the water and the oven, placed thumb tacks all over the floor and smashed pumpkins all over the floor. The suspect was not on the scene when officers arrived and an investigation into charges of destruction of property is underway.

October 29th:

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Assault – 8:50pm. Officers responded for the report of a large fight in progress. When they arrived the participants had dispersed. The officers were able to locate one participant who was suffering from a head wound. He refused to cooperate with the officers and appeared to be under the influence of PCP. Fire/rescue personnel responded and transported him to a local hospital for treatment.

3100 block of Otis Street: Criminal citation (x2) – 10am. Officers issued each of two men a criminal citation for drinking in public.

3100 block of Chillum Road: Stolen auto – 11:50am. The owner of a 2000 Dodge van told officers that he came out to his vehicle this morning and discovered that it had been stolen sometime overnight. No evidence/witnesses could be identified.

4000 block of 36th Street: EPS – 4:15pm. Officers responded for the report of a man firing a handgun into the air. The man had retreated into his home prior to the officers’ arrival. After some coaxing the man came out, surrendered to the officers and told them that the gun was in a bedroom under a pillow. The gun was located and seized for evidence. Because of the man’s mental condition he was transported to Washington Adventist Hospital and released to medical personnel for an emergency psychiatric examination.

3300 block of Chauncey Place: Attempt stolen auto -7:45am. The owner of a 2006 Dodge Caravan told officers that he came out to his vehicle this morning to discover damage to the vehicle’s ignition and the passenger side door lock damaged. Vehicle was processed for evidence with negative results.

October 28th:

4100 block of 30th Street: Theft from auto (supplement) – 1;20am. Officers were notified that DC police officers had recovered the license plates stolen from a 2000 Ford Ranger truck back on October 19th. The plates were found attached to an unoccupied stolen vehicle in the 2800 block of 17th Street SE. The tags were recovered and logged as property in DC.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Injured person – 9:40am. A woman told officers that she was walking along the sidewalk when she tripped on a metal object and fell. The female refused medical attention but requested the incident documented.

3000 block of Arundel Road: Domestic – 4:35pm. A woman reported that she has been allowing the father of her child to stay in her apartment in violation of a protective order. She accused the man of absconding with her television. She was advised that she needed to seek charges against the man through the District Court Commissioner.

October 27th:

3500 block of Newton Place: Suspicious vehicle – 2:15am. Officers responded to check on a vehicle that was parked with the doors open and no one around. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle was not stolen but the keys were in the ignition. The officers seized the keys for safekeeping and locked and secured the vehicle.

2800 block of Taylor Street: Theft – 1:10am. The victim told officers that when he got home a former girlfriend was waiting for him. He told the woman to leave the house and she became irate and stole his car keys and cell phone as she left. When he went to his vehicle to get the woman’s information for the officers he discovered that it had been rummaged through and his cell phone had been left inside. The victim applied for and received an arrest warrant from the District Court Commissioner. 

3300 block of Chillum Road: Criminal citation – 3:05am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for possession of several open alcoholic beverages in public.

3200 block of Chillum Road: Domestic9:50am. Officers responded for the report of a domestic dispute and learned that there was an ongoing dispute between roommates. One party claimed she had been assaulted but changed her story multiple times and had no signs of injury. Officers documented the incident, completed a lethality assessment screen and advised the parties of their options with a District Court Commissioner.

4000 block of 34th Street: Dog bite – 12:45pm. The victim told officers that he was walking his dog when another dog (a Chow) ran up and bit him on his lower leg and began fighting with his dog. The victim was able to get away, secure his own dog at home and return to contact the owner of the Chow.

4600 block of 29th Street: Theft from auto – 1:05pm. The owner of a 1991 Olds Cutlass told officers that she came out to her vehicle this afternoon to discover that someone had stolen the month expiration sticker off the rear tag.

2900 block of Bunker Hill Road: Littering – 4pm. The complainant told officers that he was driving behind a Hyundai Elantra when he saw the driver throw a plastic fruit cup out of the window. The complainant honked the horn and gestured to the driver about the littering and the driver became irate and started to curse and yell. Children who where passengers in the vehicle then began to thrown more trash out the back windows of the vehicle. The complainant at that time exited the area to avoid a confrontation.

4700 block of 25th Street: Theft from auto – 5:30pm. The owner of a 2004 GMC van told officers that sometime between 6pm on the 26th and 6am this morning someone stole both license plates off his vehicle.

4300 block of 28th Place: Vehicle impound – 5:50pm. Officers ticketed and impounded a 2014 Honda Civic for being parked in a reserved handicapped space.

3200 block of Queens Chapel Road: Vandalism to auto – 6:25pm. The owner of a 2003 Mercedes told officers that he sometime between 8pm on the 24th and 8am this morning someone scratched the hood of his vehicle.

October 26th:

4200 block of 34th Street: Property damage – 6:25pm. The owner of a 2001 Chevy told officers that as she was driving west on 34th Street she heard the sound of glass shattering and realized that the sound was her rear driver side window. Officers examined the damage and could not identify the cause of the breakage.

3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Property damage – 2:10am. The owner of a 2013 Chevy told officers that she parked her vehicle at around 1am. When she returned about an hour later she discovered that the rear quarter panel had been struck and pushed inward.

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.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Police Report: October 19-25

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.

October 25th:

33rd and Perry Streets: Criminal citation (x2) – 9:15pm. Officers issued both a man and woman criminal citations for drinking in public and urinating in public.

3300 block of Perry Street: Criminal citation (x2) – 9:40pm. Officers issued each of two men a criminal citation for possession of open alcoholic beverages inside a motor vehicle.

October 24th:

3300 block of Bunker Hill Road: Warrant service – 12:20am. Officers stopped two suspicious men for a field interview. During the interview officers discovered that one of the men had an open arrest warrant through Prince George’s County for 2nd Degree Assault. He was subsequently arrested and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

4000 block of 29th Street: Child abuse – 6:45pm. After a verbal altercation with his mother and a physical altercation with the mother’s live-in boyfriend a 15 year old boy was locked, naked, outside his apartment. Officers had fire/rescue personnel force entry into the apartment where the boy was able to obtain clothes and other personal belongings. Arrangements were made to deliver the boy to the temporary custody of his grandmother. Officers have applied for an arrest warrant charging the mother and her boyfriend with child abuse.

3400 block of Eastern Avenue: Vehicle impound – 10:30pm. Officers impounded a 2007 Chevy Impala for displaying tags that expired in November of 2013.

October 23rd:

2700 block of Webster Street: Theft from auto – 7:25am. The owner of a 2012 Toyota Camry told officers that sometime between 10:20pm last night and the time he called police someone stole the temporary tag off his vehicle.

4000 block of 34th Street (Oscar’s Flower Shop): Theft – 10:25am. The victim told officers that the suspect came into the store to pick up a previously ordered dress. The suspect paid for the dress and as she was leaving the store through the rear entrance she was seen stealing the victim’s purse. The suspect fled in a white Nissan Altima before the victim could confront her.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road (Advanced Auto Parts): Theft – 2:10pm. The store clerk told officers that a man came into the store and ordered several parts. The clerk retrieved the parts and as he was ringing up the sale the man asked for another part. When the clerk left the register to get the part the man gathered up the original parts and fled the store.

3100 block of Chillum Road: Suspicious person – 5pm. Officers responded for the report of a man with a gun hanging out in the 7-11 parking lot. When the officers arrived they identified the man in question who, upon seeing the officers fled on a bicycle. Officers chased the man who abandoned the bike and continued to flee on foot. As he did so he dropped a CO2 BB gun. Officers retrieved the firearm and were able to obtain information as to the suspect’s identity and where he lives. The incident is still under investigation with charges pending.

3500 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Traffic – 9:25pm. Officers stopped a 2004 Ford Focus for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver did not have a license. He was issued several traffic citations and the vehicle was impounded.

October 22nd:

Nothing significant to report.

October 21st:

3800 block of Upshur Street: 2nd degree assault – 4:55pm. The victim told officers that while she was in her back yard she reached over into the suspect’s yard to pet his dog.  The suspect came outside his house and began to yell derogatory remarks to her and then threw a stick at her.  The victim said that there had been tension between them since she reported him to Animal Control. The victim was advised of her options with a District Court Commissioner.

3700 block of 34th Street: Criminal citation – 9:05am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for possession of an open container of an alcohol in a public place.

October 20th:

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: DUI – 1:50am. Officers stopped a 2002 Honda Accord that was speeding and almost struck a police vehicle, several parked cars and a light pole. Further investigation revealed that the driver was under the influence of alcohol. She was arrested, charged accordingly and her vehicle was impounded.

3300 block of Chillum Road (7-11): Theft – 10:45am. The store clerk told officers that a man came into the store, removed several sandwiches from a shelf and obtained a soda from the fountain machine. He then placed the items on the sales counter as if to pay for them but instead of paying he grabbed the items and fled out the door.

4100 block of 28th Street: Theft from auto – 11:40am. The owner of a 2011 Dodge told officers that he returned to his vehicle this morning to discover that someone had rummaged through the glove box and stole several items of his personal property.

October 19th:

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: DUI – 12:45am. Officers stopped a vehicle that was driving without its headlights illuminated. Further investigation revealed that the driver was under the influence of alcohol. She was arrested, charged accordingly and her vehicle was impounded.

3200 block of Queens Chapel Road: Hit and run collision – 1am. The owner of a 2003 Toyota told officers that he parked his vehicle in the Sunoco gas station parking lot at about 10pm on the 18th. When he came back for the vehicle this morning he discovered damage to the driver’s door. Officers determined that the damage was likely caused by someone backing into the vehicle.

3200 block of Queens Chapel Road: M/V collision – 8:30am. Officers patrolling the area observed a 2004 BMW crash into the median strip. Further investigation revealed that the driver was turning from Chillum Road onto Queens Chapel Road when he spun the vehicle’s tires losing control causing the collision. The driver was also found to have a suspended driver’s license. He driver was charged accordingly and his vehicle was impounded.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: MIR – 12:05pm. Officers responded for the report of a domestic dispute. The female half told officers that she had been involved in an altercation with other family members over a cell phone and left her child behind when she left the scene. Officers assisted her in resolving the issue and completed a lethality assessment screen. During the investigation officers learned that one of the parties involved had been reported missing to Baltimore Police earlier in the day. BPD was contacted to report that he had been found.

4100 block of 30th Street: Theft from auto – 6:45pm. The owner of a 2000 Ford Ranger truck told officers that sometime between 4pm on the 18th and 5pm today someone stole both tags off his truck. No evidence/witnesses were identified.

4300 block of 28th Place: Vehicle impound – 7:05pm. Officers impounded a 2013 Buick after finding it illegally parked in a reserved handicapped space.

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, October 21, 2014

Questions and Answers About the Ebola Virus

This information was prepared by Joshua M. Sharfstein, M.D., Secretary, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and distributed to all Maryland State employees:

 

The recent news reports on the Ebola virus naturally raise concerns for everyone. This message provides some basic information about this infection, the recent outbreak in Africa, and steps we have taken to protect Marylanders.

 

The Ebola Virus is a virus that has caused small outbreaks in Africa for a number of years.  It is spread through direct contact with bodily fluids or secretions of someone who is ill.  It is not spread by someone who is not sick.  It is not spread through the air.  After exposure, it can take up to 21 days to develop symptoms.  Supportive treatment can help individuals recover.   Unfortunately, there is no vaccine or specific treatment, and even with supportive care, Ebola can be fatal.

 

This year, a large outbreak of Ebola has affected the West African nations of Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone.  Many nations, including the United States, are sending people and supplies to fight this outbreak.  Our hearts and prayers go out to those who are affected.  So far, one person who contracted Ebola from this outbreak has come to the United States.  He subsequently died, and, as of today, two of the health care providers who cared for him have contracted the infection. One of these was transported to the NIH clinical center.

 

A number of actions protect Marylanders from Ebola:

 

·         First, there are restrictions on travel for individuals in affected nations who are ill. 

·         Second, there are efforts to screen certain passengers upon arrival in the United States.

·         Third, our health care system can identify potential cases, isolate the individuals, and perform testing. 

·         Fourth, if there is a case in Maryland, hospitals can isolate the ill person and provide supportive care that may be lifesaving.  We will provide extra support to hospitals to protect the safety of our health care workers.

·         Fifth, our public health system can track down contacts of cases and prevent further spread.

·         Sixth, we are monitoring emergency departments  and working closely with hospitals and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

 

Because of these steps -- while it is possible that additional cases might appear in the United States, including Maryland -- it is very unlikely that there will be a significant outbreak here.   Strict adherence to infection control practices prevents the spread of the virus in healthcare settings.  The Health Department will work closely with leaders in infection control and CDC to support health care workers.

 

Misunderstanding about Ebola can lead to confusion and unnecessary fear.  If there are questions about Ebola, please direct the questions to experts at the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Please also consult the DHMH page on Ebola, http://dhmh.maryland.gov/ebola.

 

The CDC has posted Frequently Asked Questions about Ebola at http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/outbreaks/2014-west-africa/qa.html.  We also strongly encourage people to get vaccinated against the flu. Vaccination locations can be found on the DHMH website at http://t.co/0d5AVjAqcr.

 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Police Report: October 12-18

October 18th:

2400 block of Arundel Road: Vehicle impound – 8:40am. Officers impounded a 2002 Suzuki after an ALPR alert indicated that the vehicle’s registration was suspended and there was a pick up order for the tags.

3200 block of Chillum Road: Vehicle impound – 2:40pm. Officers impounded a 1995 Toyota after an ALPR alert indicated that the vehicle’s registration was suspended and there was a pick up order for the tags.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Disorderly conduct – 11:05pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for disorderly conduct.

October 17th:

4700 block of 27th Street: Traffic – 11am. Officers stopped a 2007 Honda Civic for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle’s registration was suspended as was the driver’s license. The tags were removed for return to MVA, the vehicle was impounded and the driver was issued the necessary traffic citations.

4100 block of Russell Avenue: Natural death – 12:10pm. Officers responded with fire/rescue personnel to a report of a 76 year old female who was in medical distress. Fire/rescue personnel treated the woman but she could not be resuscitated and was pronounced deceased. No foul play is evident or suspected and the State Medical Examiner responded to conduct the necessary investigation.

35th Street and Bunker Hill Road: Hit and run collision – 7pm. The owner of a 2004 BMW motorcycle reported that on October 10th a vehicle backed into his motorcycle knocking it over. The owner’s wife observed the incident and advised that the striking vehicle was a white sedan.

4600 block of 27th Street: Stolen vehicle (supplement) – 11pm. Officers were notified by communications personnel that the2004 Honda Odyssey that was reported stolen on October 16th was repossessed, not stolen.

October 16th:

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Traffic – 12:30am. Officers stopped a 2014 BMW X5 after observing the driver talking on a handheld cell phone. Further investigation revealed that the driver did not have a license and was under the influence of alcohol. He failed the standard field sobriety testing and was arrested. He was charged with DUI and several other traffic violations; and he was issued a criminal citation for having an open container of alcohol in a vehicle.

4300 block of 28th Place: EPS – 5am. Officers responded for the report of a domestic dispute. When they arrived they learned that the victim had been assaulted by another female who was under the influence of alcohol and pain medication. Fire/rescue personnel responded and transported the woman to Washington Adventist Hospital and released her to medical personnel for emergency treatment. The victim was advised of her options with the District Court Commissioner.

4600 block of 27th Street: Stolen vehicle – 8:15am. The owner of a 2004 Honda Odyssey told officers that sometime between 10:45pm last night and the time she called police someone stole her van. No evidence/witnesses were identified.

3300 block of Buchanan Street: Theft from auto – 4:40pm. The owner of a 2001 Toyota Solara told officers that sometime between 1pm this afternoon and the time she called police someone stole the front license plate off her vehicle.

October 15th:

3800 block of 33rd Street: Sound of shots – 6:40pm. Officers responded for the sound of three shots fired. When they arrived witnesses pointed out the house from where the sound of shots came. The officers searched the area and located a man the roof. Further investigation revealed that the man lived there and that the sound witnesses heard was his banging metal pipes at a raccoon that had eaten through his roof.

October 14th:

4200 block of Russell Avenue: Vehicle impound – 9:30am. Officers impounded a 2002 Jeep Cherokee for displaying expired registration plates.

2700 block of Allison Street: Vandalism to auto – 10:30am. The owner of a 2014 Honda Civic told officers that he came out to his vehicle this morning and discovered some small scratches on the front corner of the bumper of his vehicle. Officers could not determine if the scratches were from a vehicle or fixed object and there was no paint transfer.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Traffic – 12:15pm. Officers patrolling with an automatic license plate reader received an alert that the registration on a 1996 Honda Accord was suspended with a pick up order for the tags. Officers stopped the vehicle, issued the driver the appropriate citation, seized the tags for return to MVA and impounded the vehicle.

3000 block of Upshur Street: Attempted fraud – 1:25pm. The reporting person told officers that a man contacted him on the phone, claimed to be with the Federal Department of Education and offered to give him a grant for $8,200. The man asked that the reporting person purchase a $220 prepaid credit card, call him back with the information and then he could processes the check. The reporting person recognizing the scam hung up and called police.

3700 block of 37th Street: Found property – 4:30pm. A woman cleaning out her deceased father’s belongings discovered a very old CS gas canister. Fire/rescue personnel responded and took possession of the canister for destruction.

3100 block of Varnum Street: EPS – 6:20pm. Officers responded for the report of a man who was depressed and possibly suicidal. After interviewing the man and his family members officers determined that he was in need of a psychiatric evaluation. He was voluntarily taken to a local hospital and released to medical personnel.

October 13th:

2700 block of Webster Street: Warrant service – 9:30am. Officers patrolling with an ALPR were alerted to a 2005 Nissan Altima. The alert indicated that the vehicle’s owner had an open arrest warrant for failing to appear in court. The owner was located, arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

4100 block of Russell Avenue: Lost property – 11am. A woman called to report that she had lost her wallet. She said she inadvertently left it on the roof of her car when she went into her residence. When she went back to retrieve her wallet it was nowhere to be found.

4300 block of 28th Place: Vehicle impound – 12:15pm. Officers patrolling with an ALPR received an alert on a 2005 Chevy Avalanche that had a suspended registration and a pick up order on the tags. The tags were seized for return to MVA and the vehicle was impounded.

3300 block of Buchanan Street: Recovered stolen auto – 5:25pm. Officers received a call that a stolen Dodge Caravan may have been seen by the family member of the victim in the area of Buchanan Street and Chillum Rd. Officers canvassed the area and located the vehicle which had been reported stolen from an address in Bladensburg at about 10pm on October 12th. The victim sent a representative to the scene to take possession of vehicle.

3500 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 10:40pm. Officers out on a traffic stop were approached by a man who said that the vehicle they had stopped was his and he wanted to know what was going on. Officers told the man to return to his vehicle and they would come and speak with him about the stop. The man became very irate, verbally combative and refused to obey the officer’s commands to return to his vehicle. When additional officers arrived on the scene the man calmed down. He was later issued a criminal summons for failing to obey a lawful order and released. The driver of the stopped vehicle was found to be in possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana. He was issued a civil citation for the violation and released.

October 12th:

3800 block of 34th Street: Disorderly conduct – 12:15am. Officers stopped to investigate a vehicle that was parked outside the Alife Market. The vehicle was running, unoccupied and parked in front of a stop sign. As the officers tried to enter the store to locate the driver an intoxicated man blocked the door, became loud and disorderly and shouted obscenities at the officers. When the officers asked him to move he became even louder and more obnoxious with his comments.  The driver of the vehicle returned and the parking ordinance was explained to her. The disorderly man continued to refuse to calm down and leave the area. When the officers moved to arrest him he jumped onto a bicycle and fled the area. Officers pursued the man and he eventually lost control of his bike and collided into a police cruiser.  He tried to flee on foot but was quickly apprehended. He was transported to Washington Adventist Hospital for a checkup and when he was released from the hospital he was transported to DOC in Hyattsville where he was charged and released to their custody.

2300 block of Varnum Street: Citizen robbery – 1:55am. The victim told officers that as he was walking home he was approached by a black male who struck him and stole his jacket and two cell phones. As officers were questioning him about the details of the robbery he became increasingly irate and uncooperative. He stated that he was not going to speak further with the MRPD officers or robbery detectives from PGPD. He told the officers that he no longer needed assistance and walked off towards Eastern Avenue.

2300 block of Varnum Street: Warrant service – 2:30am. Officers stopped a man known to them to have an open arrest warrant for failing to appear in court. The warrant was confirmed and he was arrested and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

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, October 14, 2014

Police Report: October 5-11

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.

October 11th:

34th Street and Bunker Hill Road: Criminal citation – 5:55am. Officers stopped a 2003 Honda minivan for running a stop sign. Further investigation revealed that the driver had an open container of an alcoholic beverage inside the vehicle and within his reach. He was issued a traffic citation for the stop sign violation and a criminal citation for the alcohol violation.

3800 block of 34th Street: Attempted theft/2nd degree assault – 6:30pm. The store clerk told officers that two males came into the store and attempted to steal 10 boxes of candy. The clerk told them to return the candy and leave the store whereupon one of the males brandished a knife and threatened to kill the clerk. The clerk informed them that he was calling the police and they dropped the candy and fled the store. The investigation will continue when officers get access to the store’s video surveillance recording.

October 10th:

One Municipal Place: EPS – 6:35pm. Officers on patrol encountered a man obviously under the influence of PCP. At the officers’ direction fire/rescue personnel responded and transported him to Washington Adventist Hospital where he was released to hospital staff for treatment. 

4600 block of 30th Street: CDS paraphernalia – 10pm. Officers charged a 14 year old juvenile with possession of CDS paraphernalia. He was released to his stepfather pending Juvenile Court action.

3400 block of Eastern Avenue: Theft – 10pm. The victim told officers that sometime between 12:45 this afternoon and the time he called police someone stole two barrel cooking grills, a metal trash bin and several metal tent rods from his back yard. No suspects/witnesses could be identified.

October 9th:

31st and Perry Streets: Theft – 7:25pm. The reporting person told officers that on September 24th at about 6:45pm unknown suspects removed a plastic street barrier, loaded it into the back of a U-Haul truck and fled. The reporting person was unable to provide any suspect information. The incident was documented and under investigation.

4000 block of 35th Street: Domestic – 9:35pm. The reporting person told officers that she had a protective order against her ex-husband and that he has been sending her threatening emails in violation of the order. Officer’s assisted the reporting person in relocating to the court commissioner’s office where she filled for and received a warrant for his arrest.

October 8th:

4600 block of 29th Street: CDS possession – 2am. Officers issued a man a civil citation for possession of less than 10g of marijuana.

2900 block of Allison Street: Vehicle impound – 9am. Officers impounded a 2008 Nissan Altima that was not displaying tags and had a host of other registration issues.

3300 block of Otis Street: Theft from auto – 11:35am. The owner of a 2010 Toyota Corolla told officers that sometime between 10pm on the 7th and the time she called police someone smashed out the front passenger window of her vehicle and stole her wallet. Nothing else was taken from the vehicle.

4000 block of 34th Street: Traffic – 7:05pm. Officers stopped a 2001 VW Golf for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver did not have a license. He was issued multiple traffic citations and the vehicle was impounded.

3800 block of 34th Street: Criminal citation – 11:15pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for disorderly conduct.

October 7th:

2700 block of Webster Street: Property damage – 5:25am. The resident told officers that a former girlfriend called and asked to be let into his apartment. When he refused she came by and damaged the front entry door and door frame. She also broke the passenger side rear view mirror and scratched the driver’s door of his vehicle.

4200 block of 28th Street: Stolen vehicle – 2:25pm. The owner of a 2009 Kawasaki motorcycle told officers that sometime between 2am this morning and the time he called police someone stole his bike. He said that he secured the motorcycle with a front wheel lock when he parked it in front of his apartment building. No evidence/witnesses could be identified.

4300 block of Kaywood Drive: Theft from auto – 6pm. The owner of a 2002 Ford Expedition told officers that on October 3rd her daughter returned her vehicle to her. She later discovered several items of her personal property missing from inside the vehicle.

4300 block of 28th Place: Property damage – 7:40pm. The owner of a 2012 Nissan Altima told officers that he parked his vehicle in a space next to a burgundy sedan with 2 to 3 male subjects standing around it. As he walked to his building he heard a scraping sound and saw the sedan speeding off towards Arundel Road. He checked his vehicle and found the front bumper had been damaged. The owner could not provide additional details about the sedan or its driver/occupants.

3800 block of 35th Street: Criminal citation – 9:25pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for disorderly conduct.

October 6th:

3800 block of 35th Street: Traffic – 1:05am. Officers stopped a 2002 Nissan Quest for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver did not have a driver’s license. He was issued several traffic citations and released. His vehicle was impounded for safekeeping.

4300 block of 28th Place: Lost property – 4:30pm. The reporting person told officers that she last her cell phone on October 4th while getting out of her car. She was unsuccessful in trying to locate her phone using the Find My Phone app.

4300 block of Kaywood Drive: Criminal citation – 10:25pm. A woman called to report that there was a man at her front door masturbating. When officers responded they located and arrested him. He was transported to DOC in Hyattsville, processed, charged with indecent conduct by criminal citation and released.

October 5th:

3200 block of Chillum Road: Theft from auto – 2pm. The owner of a 1995 Honda Accord told officers that sometime between midnight last night and the time he called police someone threw a piece of concrete through the driver’s door window and stole an iPad and a stereo face plate from inside.

2800 block of Upshur Street: Vandalism – 7:50pm. The homeowners told officers that their tenant just moved out of the house. The owners discovered damage to the house that they need to have documented. They also wanted to know their options for pursing charges against the tenants. Offices assisted and documented the incident.

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.