Monday, December 11, 2017

Detectives Investigate Homicide in Town of Seat Pleasant

Prince George’s County Police Department Homicide Unit detectives are investigating a homicide that occurred in the town of Seat Pleasant Friday. The victim is 30-year-old Jerry Merritt of Clovis Avenue in Seat Pleasant. A reward of up to $25,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case.


On December 8th, at about 12:45 pm, Seat Pleasant Police officers and Prince George’s County patrol officers responded to the 400 block of 69th Place for the report of a shooting. When they arrived, the officers discovered the victim outside suffering from gunshot wounds. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. Responding officers also located an additional victim suffering from a gunshot wound. He was also taken to the hospital for treatment of what are believed to be non-life-threatening injuries.


Detectives are working to identify a suspect(s) and motive in this case.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Homicide Unit at 301-772-4925. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), or go online at www.pgcrimesolvers.com, or use the “P3 Tips” mobile app (search “P3 Tips” in the Apple Store or Google Play to download the app onto your mobile device.)

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

PGPD Investigating Shooting of 11-Year-Old Boy in Suitland



Prince George’s County Police Department detectives continue to actively investigate the shooting of an 11-year-old boy inside of a home in Suitland Tuesday evening. As of noon on Wednesday, the victim remains in critical condition.


The shooting took place at approximately 6:30 pm at a home in the 3000 block of Bellamy Way. The preliminary investigation reveals the young boy was in the care of an adult neighbor at the neighbor’s home at the time he was shot. The victim was shot one time in the upper body. The involved adult, a 33-year-old man, told detectives he was putting the gun away and was holding the handgun when it fired one time, striking the victim. The neighbor is the legal owner of the handgun.


Following the shooting, we have now learned the involved adult grabbed the child and ran to the boy's residence next door and alerted the boy's mother who was at home.  The man then drove the victim and his mother to nearby Joint Base Andrews in search of urgent  medical care. The involved adult is retired from the military and has been cooperating with our detectives. After receiving emergency medical care at Joint Base Andrews, the victim was taken to Children’s National Medical Center.


When detectives complete their investigation into this shooting, the findings will be presented to the State’s Attorney’s Office to determine whether any criminal charges will be filed. 

WANTED WEDNESDAY


Package Theft Caught on Surveillance Camera


We’re starting Wanted Wednesday with video of a supect wanted for stealing a package off the front porch of a home in Beltsville. Please watch as the suspect walks up to the door, looks around and then grabs the package. We’re asking our community to assist us in identifying this suspected thief. The theft occurred on November 17th at a home on Cherry Hill Court. Please call 301-937-0910 with any information on his identity. 


Package Theft Investigation

 
Detectives are also working to identify this suspect wanted for snatching a package from a home in Capitol Heights. This time the theft occurred on November 29thon Southern Avenue. The preliminary investigation reveals the suspect walked up to the victim’s door and after no one answered the door, the suspect picked up the package and fled the area in the pictured car. Please call 301-390-2169 with any information on this investigation.  

Here are some suggestions to help stop these types of thieves:

*If possible, pick up the ordered item at the store

*Ship the item to your workplace

*Have a neighbor keep an eye out for the item if you know you won’t be home during the delivery window

*Have the item sent to a friend or family member who is home during normal delivery hours

*If possible, ship the item to an Amazon Locker, UPS Office, FedEx Office or Post Office

*Require a signature at the time of delivery


Search for Suspect

We’re searching for this suspect who tried to rob a business in Forestville on December 1st shortly before noon. The preliminary investigation reveals he demanded money from an employee at the business in the 6600 block of Marlboro Pike. He ultimately ran from the store without any cash. Please call 301-772-4905 or 1-866-411-TIPS with information on his identity.





Detectives believe the same suspect also targeted a supermarket in Forestville on December 2nd. The armed suspect demanded cash from an employee. The employee complied. Anyone who may have information on this robbery that occurred at 8:15 am, please call detectives at 301-772-4905 or 1-866-411-TIPS.


Armed Robbery Investigation
Detectives are asking for the community’s assistance to identify this robbery suspect who targeted a convenience store in Temple Hills. The suspect walked in to the store on Branch Avenue on November 29th and demanded cash. Once the suspect got the money, he ran from the store. Please call 301-772-4905 or 1-866-411-TIPS with any information that could help detectives with this investigation.



Fast Food Restaurant Robbery
Suspect 1

Suspect 2

These two suspects are wanted for robbing a fast food restaurant on Sargent Road back on November 30th. The preliminary investigation reveals the armed suspects jumped the counter and demanded money. Once they got cash, they ran from the business. Please call 301-772-4905 or 1-866-411-TIPS. A cash reward is being offered.


Convenience Store Robbery

Suspect 1

Suspect 2

Robbery unit detectives are working to identify and arrest these two suspects wanted for robbing a convenience store in Landover Hills. This robbery took place on December 4th at about 3:00 am. If you have any information on their identities, please call 301-772-4905 or call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS. You will not have to give your name and could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,500.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Surveillance Video of Robbery Suspects Targeting Convenience Stores


Prince George’s County Police Department Robbery Unit detectives are actively working to identify and arrest two suspects now linked to three armed robberies in the county in the last week. The suspects are targeting convenience stores. In each case, it’s believed one suspect acts as a lookout while the second suspect commits the robbery. Detectives believe these same suspects are robbing stores in neighboring jurisdictions as well.



This is surveillance video of one of the suspects making a purchase at one of the targeted convenience stores just minutes before that same store was robbed. This video was taken at approximately 6:35 am at the store in the 6300 block of Allentown Road in Temple Hills. The suspect is seen making a purchase and then leaving the store. A few minutes later, a second suspect robs the store. The unmasked suspect seen in this video is wearing clothing that appears to be the same clothing as the suspect who robbed another convenience store a few days earlier in Oxon Hill.  

These are the two other robberies in Prince George’s County linked to these same suspects:

*November 28th at 3:00 am – 6100 block of Oxon Hill Road in Oxon Hill
*November 27th at 11:05 pm – 9700 block of Brandywine Road in Clinton


  (November 28th)                         (November 27th)

A handgun was used in all three robberies. The getaway car in two of the robberies is pictured below. It’s a 2003 white Toyota Corolla with DC tags EB7779.


We are offering a cash reward for information that leads to an indictment in these cases. Anyone who has information that may be critical to this investigation is urged to call 301-772-4905. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), or go online at www.pgcrimesolvers.com, or use the “P3 Tips” mobile app (search “P3 Tips” in the Apple Store or Google Play to download the app onto your mobile device.) 

Citizens’ Police Academy & Young Adult Citizens’ Police Academy Graduate Today




Prince George’s County Police Chief Hank Stawinski will congratulate the 47 graduates of our Citizens' Police Academy Session #41 and the 12 members of our Young Adult Citizens’ Police Academy Session #4 at a ceremony Tuesday evening.
These programs offer citizens and young adults an opportunity to learn extensively about the Prince George’s County Police Department. Representatives from nearly every division interact with the classes, giving details about their division and taking questions.

Who:    Prince George’s County Police Chief Henry P. Stawinski III

             Prince George’s County Police Command Staff

             Citizens' Police Academy Session #41

             Young Adult Citizens’ Police Academy Session #4



When:  Tuesday, December 5, 2017



Time:    6:00 pm



Where:  Police Services Complex

              7600 Barlowe Road

              Palmer Park, MD



Members of the media are welcome to attend. 

Friday, December 1, 2017

Chief Stawinski Takes “Chief On The Go” To The Children for the Holidays



Every month, Chief Hank Stawinski takes his office out into communities across the county for a day.   The “Chief On The Go” events are spent meeting neighbors and answering your questions.  The events also serve as a great opportunity for residents to meet their district police station command staff.  This month, the Chief is going to do things a bit different in the spirit of the holidays.  The Chief will spend time with area children.  In December, we are hosting two major holiday events, the Cora Rice Christmas Party for Deserving Children and Toys for Tots where the Chief will rub elbows with our younger residents, answer their questions, and deliver too many hugs to count.  For grown ups who would like to participate as volunteers at either of these events, please reach out to Sgt. Dadzie at 301 -909-7127.

December 2016


Chief Stawinski will resume “Chief On The Go” in January 2018. 
Have a safe and happy holidays! 

Thursday, November 30, 2017

PGPD Arrests Police Impersonator Who Sexually Assaulted Victim


Prince George’s County Police detectives arrested and charged a suspect who sexually assaulted a victim while impersonating a police officer.
The suspect is 36-year-old Michael Leon Bell of the 4400 block of Dery Road in Upper Marlboro.

On November 26th at approximately 6:15 am, patrol officers responded to the 2100 block of Guilford Road in Langley Park. The officers spoke with the adult male victim who stated he had just been sexually assaulted by a man wearing a badge who had identified himself as a police officer.



The preliminary investigation reveals Bell, who was driving the pictured black 2007 Ford Crown Victoria, approached the victim in the 2300 block of University Boulevard. Bell had the badge hanging around his neck, identified himself as a police officer, asked for the victim’s ID, and then patted down the victim. Bell then told the victim the area they were in was dangerous and offered him a ride home. The victim accepted.


Bell then drove the victim to the 2100 block of Guilford Road where he climbed into the backseat with the victim. He then forced the victim to perform sexual acts. The victim was eventually able to escape the car. He took a picture of the car’s license plate as the suspect sped away.
The victim then called 911.

Based on the picture of the license plate, detectives identified the suspect. Evidence collected during the execution of a search warrant linked the suspect to the crime and also indicated there may be additional victims.  

Bell is charged with first degree rape, second degree assault, impersonating a police officer and additional charges.

Anyone who has information that may be critical to this case is urged to call the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Sexual Assault Unit 301-772-4908. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), or go online at www.pgcrimesolvers.com, or use the “P3 Tips” mobile app (search “P3 Tips” in the Apple Store or Google Play to download the app onto your mobile device.)

Package Thief Caught on Home Surveillance Camera






The holiday season is here. Many of us are buying presents and having them delivered to our homes. Unfortunately, this can be a busy time for thieves who steal packages from porches – often in broad daylight. In this home surveillance video, a suspect drives up, walks to the front door of a home and then helps himself to the box that had been delivered there. This happened on November 15th at a home on Westridge Place in Camp Springs.

Here are some suggestions to help stop these types of thieves:


*If possible, pick up the ordered item at the store

*Ship the item to your workplace

*Have a neighbor keep an eye out for the item if you know you won’t be home during the delivery window

*Have the item sent to a friend or family member who is home during normal delivery hours

*If possible, ship the item to an Amazon Locker, UPS Office, FedEx Office or Post Office

*Require a signature at the time of delivery


Anyone with information in the theft highlighted in the video is urged to call the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Regional Investigation Division at 301-794-5064. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), or go online at www.pgcrimesolvers.com, or use the “P3 Tips” mobile app (search “P3 Tips” in the Apple Store or Google Play to download the app onto your mobile device.)

 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Detectives Arrest Suspect in District Heights Homicide in October


Homicide Unit detectives identified and arrested a suspect in connection with a fatal shooting in the city of District Heights in October. The suspect is 37-year-old Davon Freeman of the 2300 block of Delano Lane in District Heights.

On October 1st, at approximately 10:50 am, District Heights Police officers responded to the 6500 block of Kipling Parkway for the report of an unconscious man. When they arrived, the officers discovered the victim, 51-year-old Charles Wyche of Fort Washington, outside in an alleyway suffering from a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

During the course of the investigation, detectives developed Freeman as the suspect. The preliminary investigation reveals he shot the victim during a robbery. The suspect and victim were acquaintances. 

Freeman is charged with first degree murder. He’s in the custody of the Department of Corrections on a no-bond status.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Homicide Unit at 301-772-4925. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), or go online at www.pgcrimesolvers.com, or use the “P3 Tips” mobile app (search “P3 Tips” in the Apple Store or Google Play to download the app onto your mobile device.)

WANTED WEDNESDAY


Cell Phone Store Burglary 



This suspect is wanted for a burglary at a cell phone store. This photo was taken at the targeted store in the 7000 block of Annapolis Road. Cell phones and phone accessories were taken during the burglary. If you recognize this suspect, please call us at 301-699-2601.   


Convenience Store Robbery   


This armed suspect is wanted for robbing a convenience store in Brandywine. This robbery happened on Monday shortly after 11:00 pm at the store in the 9000 block of Brandywine Road. The suspect grabbed the register till and ran out. If you have any information on this case, please call 1-866-411-TIPS or 301-772-4905. We are offering a cash reward.   


Robbery Investigation 



These two suspects also targeted a convenience store. On Sunday morning around 5:30 am, the two suspects walked into a store in the 6200 block of Suitland Road in Suitland and demanded cash. They stole cash and cigarettes. 



They sped away in the pictured white van. Please call 301-772-4905 or Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS with any information. A cash reward of up to $2500 is available and your identity will remain a secret.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Detectives Arrest Sports Trainer for Sexual Solicitation of High School Student

Detectives arrested a Baltimore man in connection with sending an inappropriate photo to a high school student. The suspect is 26-year-old Carl Joseph of the 600 block of Harwood Avenue in Baltimore. He worked with one of the girls basketball teams at Gwynn Park High School in Brandywine as a volunteer trainer. He is not a Prince George’s County Public Schools employee.

PGPD investigators learned of the incident from Prince George’s County School Security officials. The preliminary investigation reveals that earlier this month Joseph texted a photo of his full body including his genitals to the victim. A student who was aware of the photo notified a teacher. Joseph was arrested Monday and is charged with solicitation of a minor and displaying obscene nude pictures.

Anyone with information in this case is urged to call the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Children and Vulnerable Adult Unit at 301-772-4930. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), or go online at www.pgcrimesolvers.com, or use the “P3 Tips” mobile app (search “P3 Tips” in the Apple Store or Google Play to download the app onto your mobile device.)

Sunday, November 26, 2017

PGPD Investigates Domestic-Related Murder/Suicide in Landover

The Homicide Unit is investigating a domestic-related murder/suicide in Landover. The victim is 2-year-old Joseph Wang of Jumpers Court in Glen Burnie. The suspect is 34-year-old Yu Song of the 400 block of Jumpers Court in Glen Burnie. The suspect is the victim’s mother.

On November 25th, at about 10:00 pm, a family member called 911 asking officers to conduct a welfare check at a home in the 1700 block of Countrywood Court. When the officers arrived, they found the suspect and victim inside of a townhouse. Both were pronounced dead on the scene. The suspect and victim died of asphyxiation. 

The preliminary investigation reveals the mother killed her young son then took her own life. 

The motive is under investigation.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Homicide Unit at 301-772-4925. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), or go online at www.pgcrimesolvers.com, or use the “P3 Tips” mobile app (search “P3 Tips” in the Apple Store or Google Play to download the app onto your mobile device.)

Friday, November 24, 2017

PGPD Investigates Fatal Pedestrian Collision in Adelphi


The Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit is investigating a fatal collision involving a pedestrian in Adelphi Thursday night. The victim is 40-year-old Serge Deumeni of Gerrards Hope Drive in Bowie. The preliminary investigation reveals the victim was struck by two vehicles. The driver of the first car remained on the scene. The driver of the second car did not stay on the scene. Investigators are working to identify the second driver. 
 
On November 23rd, at about 7:30 pm, patrol officers were called to the intersection of New Hampshire Avenue and Metzerott Road for the report of a pedestrian collision. The victim was found deceased in the roadway.  
 
The preliminary investigation reveals Deumeni attempted to cross New Hampshire Avenue when he was struck by the first car. The second car then struck the victim. 
 
Anyone with information is asked to call the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit at 301-731-4422. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), or go online at www.pgcrimesolvers.com, or use the “P3 Tips” mobile app (search “P3 Tips” in the Apple Store or Google Play to download the app onto your mobile device.)

Detectives Investigate Homicide in Town of Forest Heights

Prince George’s County Police Department Homicide Unit detectives are investigating a homicide that occurred in the town of Forest Heights Thursday. The victim is 20-year-old Aaron Taylor of Chloe Drive in Oxon Hill. A reward of up to $25,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case.

On November 23rd, at about 6:00 am, patrol officers responded to the 100 block of Cree Drive for the report of a suspicious car parked in the area. When they arrived, the officers discovered the victim inside of a car suffering from a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

Detectives are actively working to identify a suspect(s) and motive in this case.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Homicide Unit at 301-772-4925. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), or go online at www.pgcrimesolvers.com, or use the “P3 Tips” mobile app (search “P3 Tips” in the Apple Store or Google Play to download the app onto your mobile device.)

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

WANTED WEDNESDAY

Theft at Liquor Store

We’re starting Wanted Wednesday with a theft case in College Park. Our investigation reveals the pictured suspect stole several bottles of liquor from a store in the 8000 block of Baltimore Avenue. This theft occurred on November 12th. Please call 301-699-2601 with any information on this case.


Robbery Investigation
We’re also asking for our community’s assistance in identifying three suspects wanted in a robbery in Landover on November 8th. In this case, the suspects approached the victim on 75th Avenue and assaulted him causing minor injuries.  They then took the victim’s property before fleeing the area. Anyone who recognizes the suspects in these photos is urged to call 301-772-4425 or 1-866-411-TIPS. A cash reward is available.


Restaurant Theft
 
We’re also searching for this suspect who snatched a purse at a restaurant in Langley Park. This occurred on November 11th at the business in the 7000 block of Riggs Road. Please call 301-699-2601 with any information on this theft.

Detectives Investigate Homicide in City of District Heights

Detectives are investigating a homicide in the city of District Heights Tuesday night. The victim is 23-year-old Rondell Foo of District Heights Parkway in District Heights.

On November 21st, at about 9:20 pm, patrol officers with the District Heights Police Department responded to the 6300 block of Sunvalley Terrace for the report of a shooting. When they arrived, the officers discovered the victim outside suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

Detectives are working to identify a suspect(s) and motive in this case.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Homicide Unit at 301-772-4925.  Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), or go online at www.pgcrimesolvers.com, or use the “P3 Tips” mobile app (search “P3 Tips” in the Apple Store or Google Play to download the app onto your mobile device.)


Toys for Tots Toy Drive Underway at PGPD


The gym at Prince George’s County Police headquarters is filling up fast with boxes of toys – including hundreds of new bikes. The PGPD is once again proudly partnering with the United States Marine Corps Reserves in hosting the Toys for Tots program in Prince George’s County. Every Christmas season the program collects new and unwrapped toys and distributes them to families in need.  

Donations are now being accepted for this year’s toy drive. Please visit https://edgewater-md.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/default.aspx to find drop-off locations and to register to receive toys. The toys collected by the PGPD and our partners will be distributed in December to those who have pre-registered. 

Monday, November 20, 2017

PGPD Suspends Probationary Officer After Assault Charge in DC

 
A probationary Prince George's County Police Officer is now suspended after the Metropolitan Police Department charged him with assault with a dangerous weapon.  Probationary Police Officer Zaid Abed was off duty at the time of his arrest early Sunday morning

Officer Abed is currently a probationary officer assigned to the Bureau of Patrol.  After graduating from the academy, officers are placed in a probationary status for their first year.  Abed’s been employed by the PGPD for 11 months.

Our Special Investigation Response Team (SIRT) of our Internal Affairs Division launched an administrative investigation after learning of the arrest. 

For more information regarding the criminal investigation, please contact the Metropolitan Police Department.

 

PGPD Investigating Fatal Pedestrian Collision


The Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit is investigating a fatal pedestrian collision in District Heights that occurred on Sunday evening.

 The pedestrian killed is 57 year old Lorraine Lawrence of District Heights. 

 At 6:22pm on November 19th, patrol officers were called to the 6000 block of Druid Place in District Heights for a collision between a car and a pedestrian.   Lawrence was taken to the hospital where she was pronounced dead. 

 The circumstances of this case and the events leading up the fatal collision are under investigation.  Preliminarily, we know that there was an earlier collision between a car and a SUV at County Road and Marlboro Pike.  For reasons which remain under investigation, the two vehicles stopped at the location on Druid Place.  Lawrence who was a passenger in the SUV got out of the vehicle and was standing behind the other car when the driver of that car backed up and hit Lawrence.  The driver of the striking vehicle remained on scene and called 911.    
  
Detectives are in the very early stages of the investigation, but anyone with information is asked to call the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit at 301-731-4422. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS, or go online at www.pgcrimesolvers.com, or use the “P3 Tips” mobile app (search “P3 Tips” in the Apple Store or Google Play to download the app onto your mobile device.)

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