Monday, January 9, 2012

Gasoline Theft from Autos-Community Advisory

Over the last month the Takoma Park Police Department has investigated multiple reports for gasoline being taken from vehicles in the 7400 block of New Hampshire Avenue. The unknown suspect(s) are stealing gasoline by using a drill to puncture the vehicle gas tank and then draining the fuel. These thefts have occurred predominantly in the overnight hours. At this time there is no suspect information.


Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to please call us at 301.270.1100.

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If you see a crime in progress and need to contact the Takoma Park Police, please call 301-270-1100. If you need to report an emergency that involves the need for fire or rescue services, you must call 9-1-1.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Gas Station Theft from Auto - Community Advisory

On December 27, 2011, at 11:10 a.m., a theft from auto occurred in the 6300 block of New Hampshire Avenue (Sunoco Gas Station). The suspect entered the victim’s vehicle through an unlocked door and took property. The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 6’0, 180 lbs., early 20’s, with brown hair. The suspect was a passenger in a silver, new model Acura TL with unknown tags. Once the suspect obtained the victim’s property, he entered the passenger side of the described vehicle and fled the area southbound on New Hampshire Avenue. There is no description for the driver of the suspect vehicle.

Investigation continues under case #11064590. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to please call us at 301.270.1100.

You can now use your cell phone to send a tip to the Takoma Park Police Department and remain 100% anonymous.

* Text to 847411

* Type TPPDTIP at the beginning of your message.

* Type your message including as much detail as possible to ensure that your tip is thoroughly investigated.

* Send your tip, knowing that you are helping to reduce crime in your community while remaining 100% anonymous.

You can also now send a tip using the Takoma Park Police Department's Facebook page. In the left hand column you will find a link to "submit a tip." Your tip is important and CAN make a difference!

If you see a crime in progress and need to contact the Takoma Park Police, please call 301-270-1100. If you need to report an emergency that involves the need for fire or rescue services, you must call 9-1-1.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Takoma Park Police Department Weekly Crime Report: 12/9/11 - 12/22/11

*Two weeks of incidents*

Ward 1:

Robbery

400 blk. of Philadelphia Ave., on Friday, December 16 at 11:50 a.m., officers responded to a robbery that occurred earlier. Two unknown male suspects approached a female victim after following her from the Takoma Metro Station. The suspects forcibly grabbed the victims’ purse and fled in an unknown direction. The victim was uninjured.

Larceny from Auto

7300 blk. of Takoma Ave., on Tuesday, December 13 at 8:08 a.m., officers responded to a theft that occurred overnight. Unknown suspect(s) used a screwdriver to break the vehicle window and stole property.

Larceny

7100 blk. of Willow Ave., on Sunday, December 18 at 10:21 a.m., officers responded to a theft that occurred overnight. Unknown suspect(s) stole license plate tag stickers from a vehicle.

Unit blk. of Holt Pl., on Friday, December 9 at 2:08 a.m., officers responded to a theft that occurred earlier. Three unknown male suspects were observed removing property from a vacant house.

Unit blk. of Holt Pl., on Sunday, December 11 at 2:44 p.m., officers responded to a theft that occurred overnight. Unknown suspect(s) stole animal traps from a property.

Ward 2:

Robbery

6900 blk. of New Hampshire Ave., on Saturday, December 10 at 3:47 p.m., officers responded for a robbery in progress. A known male suspect attempted to steal the male victims’ vehicle while the victim was inside paying for gas. The victim confronted the suspect and a struggle ensued. The suspect stabbed the victim with a knife multiple times during the struggle before fleeing in a different vehicle. Officers arrived on scene and pursued the suspect vehicle. The suspect crashed the vehicle and was spotted by a responding officer and confronted. A struggle ensued between the suspect and officer. The officer deployed a taser on the suspect, but it was ineffective. An additional unit arrived on scene and fearing for the officer’s safety was forced to shoot the suspect. The suspect succumbed to his injuries at the scene. The victim was transported to the hospital with major injuries.

Assault

6800 blk. of New Hampshire Ave., on Monday, December 12 at 3:30 a.m., officers responded to an assault that just occurred. A known male suspect assaulted a female victim during an argument that turned physical. The suspect fled the scene before units arrived.

Ward 3:

Robbery

6700 blk. of Westmoreland Ave., on Monday, December 12 at 10:27 p.m., officers responded to a robbery that just occurred. Two male suspects approached a male victim as he walked, assaulted the victim, and removed property. The victim suffered minor injuries.

Residential Burglary

6500 blk. of 4th Ave., on Wednesday, December 14 at 3:24 p.m., officers responded to a burglary that occurred earlier. Unknown suspect(s) entered through an open garage and forced entry into the interior door. Once inside the suspect(s) removed property.

Larceny from Auto

6400 blk. of New Hampshire Ave., on Wednesday, December 14 at 8:56 a.m., officers responded to a theft that occurred earlier. Unknown suspect(s) pulled alongside the victims’ car while it was parked at the gas pump, opened the victim’s unlocked car door, and removed the victim’s purse from the front seat. The suspect vehicle then fled southbound on New Hampshire Avenue.

Residential Burglary

7100 blk. of Poplar Ave., on Sunday, December 18 at 11:57 a.m., officers responded to a burglary that occurred earlier. Unknown suspect(s) broke a rear window to a residence and stole property.

Larceny

300 blk. of Lincoln Ave., on Sunday, December 18 at 12:48 a.m., a female 16 was arrested for stealing a cell phone.

6500 blk. of New Hampshire Ave., on Saturday, December 10 at 7:23 p.m., officers responded to a robbery that just occurred. Two unknown male suspects entered a business armed with handguns and demanded money at gunpoint. The clerk complied and the suspects fled in an unknown direction. The clerk was uninjured.

Ward 4:

Larceny from Auto

100 blk. of Ritchie Ave., on Wednesday, December 14 at 10:00 p.m., officers responded to a theft that occurred overnight. Unknown suspect(s) opened an unlocked car and stole property.

100 blk. of Geneva Ave., on Tuesday, December 13 at 9:41 a.m., officers responded to a theft that occurred overnight. Unknown suspect(s) entered an unlocked vehicle and stole property.

Auto Theft

7500 blk. of Maple Ave., on Wednesday, December 14 at 4:24 p.m., officers responded to an auto theft that occurred earlier. Unknown suspect(s) stole a purple 1997 Dodge Caravan by unknown means.

7600 blk. of Maple Ave., on Sunday, December 11 at 11:42 p.m., officers responded to an attempted auto theft that just occurred. Unknown suspect(s) gained entry and attempted to punch the ignition to a white 1998 Chrysler Town & Country but were unsuccessful.

Ward 5:

Assault

8200 blk. of Houston Ct., on Saturday, December 10 at 5:53 p.m., officers responded to an assault in progress. A known male suspect assaulted two female victims during an argument that turned physical. The suspect fled the scene before units arrived.

Ward 6:

Robbery

Intersection of University Blvd. and New Hampshire Ave., on Friday, December 16 at 5:44 p.m., officers responded to a robbery that just occurred. Two suspects approached a male victim after the victim finished an ATM withdrawal and asked if he would like to buy a cell phone. The victim said no at which point one suspect brandished a knife and demanded the victims’ money. The victim complied and the suspects fled in a small white SUV toward Kennewick Avenue. The victim was uninjured.

7400 blk. of New Hampshire Ave., on Sunday, December 11 at 3:29 a.m., two males 28, 59, and a female 23, were arrested after assaulting officers attempting to break up a large fight.

Commercial Burglary

7500 blk. of New Hampshire Ave., on Thursday, December 15 at 9:04 a.m., officers responded to a burglary that occurred overnight. Unknown suspect(s) pried a window open to gain access to the business. Once inside property was rummaged through however nothing was taken.

Larceny

7800 blk. of Lockney Ave., on Thursday, December 15 at 12:26 a.m., officers responded to a theft that occurred earlier. The victim noticed a missing piece of jewelry after a cleaning crew had just left the residence.

Arrests:

900 blk. of University Blvd., on Monday, December 19 at 12:17 a.m., a male 42 was arrested for consuming alcohol in public.

1100 blk. of University Blvd., on Saturday, December 17 at 2:13 a.m., a male 25 was arrested for possession of cocaine.

Intersection of Philadelphia Ave. and Takoma Ave., on Saturday, December 17 at 1:09 a.m., a male 27 was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.

6700 blk. of Cockerille Ave., on Monday, December 12 at 10:44 p.m., a male 19 was arrested for possession of marijuana.

900 blk. of University Blvd., on Sunday, December 11 at 12:02 p.m., a male 25 was arrested for drinking alcohol in public.

900 blk. of University Blvd., on Saturday, December 10 at 11:42 p.m., a male 33 was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.

900 blk. of University Blvd., on Saturday, December 10 at 8:30 p.m., a male 31 was arrested for concealing a machete while inside a business.

8200 blk. of Houston Ct., on Saturday, December 10 at 2:34 a.m., a male 33 was arrested for driving a stolen vehicle.

900 blk. of University Blvd., on Saturday, December 10 at 12:13 a.m., a male 27 was arrested for possession of cocaine.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Prince George's County Police Seeking Good Samaritans for Takoma Park Police-Involved Shooting - Community Advisory

**Taken from a Press Release issued by the Prince George's County Police Department**

The Prince George’s County Police Department is seeking two Good Samaritans who assisted with a traffic accident that led to a Takoma Park Police Department-involved shooting.

Prince George’s County Detectives are attempting to locate a black female who stopped to assist motorists involved in a multi-vehicle accident without realizing that one of the motorists was wanted by Takoma Park Police. That wanted motorist then attempted to carjack the woman’s red BMW. During the attempted carjacking, a Hispanic male came to her aid and engaged the suspect.

A Takoma Park Police patrol officer arrived shortly thereafter and struggled with the suspect as she attempted to apprehend the man. A second Takoma Park police officer, fearing for the safety of his partner, was forced to discharge his service weapon, striking the suspect. The man, identified as Keston David Lewis, 19, of the 700 block of Linden Oak Place in Odenton was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Police would like to talk with the Good Samaritans to learn more about the incident.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Homicide Unit at (301) 772-4925. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411 TIPS (8477), text “PGPD plus your message” to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone, or go to http://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/police/ to submit a tip online.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Arrest Made for Concealed Weapon - News Release

NEWS RELEASE
City of Takoma Park Police Department
* 7500 Maple Avenue * Takoma Park, Md 20912

For more information contact:
Public Information Officer (PIO)
Catherine Plevy, 301/891.7142 or 240/338.2901

December 11, 2011 (2:10 p.m.)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Chief Ronald A. Ricucci of the Takoma Park Police Department announces the arrest of Jose L. Flores, 31, of Riverdale, Maryland, for concealing a deadly weapon.

On December 10, 2011, at approximately 8:30 p.m., Takoma Park Police responded to the 900 block of University Boulevard, Takoma Park, Maryland (Tijuana’s CafĂ©), for the report of a male subject with a machete under his jacket. Upon arrival, officers made contact with the subject, later identified as Flores. During a search incident to arrest officers found a machete in Flores’ possession. After a struggle and resisting arrest, Flores was taken into custody.

Flores was arrested and charged accordingly. He was transported to the Montgomery County Central Processing Unit.

Takoma Park Fire - Fatality - Community Advisory

Walter Rave, age 66, died of complications from burn injuries sustained in a house fire at 29 Holt Place, Takoma Park, Maryland. The fire occurred on December 7, 2011 at 2:00 a.m.

The fire caused approximately $300K damage to the structure and $100K to the contents.

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue units arrived on the scene and found a large 2 story wood frame house with heavy fire on the front exterior with moderate extension to the interior. Mr. Rave was in the front yard.

Firefighters extinguished the fire with some difficulty due to the very large amounts of accumulated personal belongings inside the structure. Additionally, all exits other than the front door were either blocked by security bars, and an extensive amount of bamboo growth on the exterior of the home.

The victim was awakened by the fire. It is unclear how. With the front door being his only means of egress he was forced to pass through the large volume of fire on the front porch. In doing so he suffered extensive burn injuries to his body.

The fire originated in the engine compartment of a Toyota pick-up truck parked in the driveway. Radiant heat from this fire ignited either the nearby porch railing or ordinary combustibles on the porch. The fire is ruled accidental.

This is the fifth fire related death in Montgomery County in 2011.

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue's Fire and Explosive Investigations Section along with Takoma Park City Police are continuing the investigation.

*Taken from the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS)*

Armed Robbery - Community Advisory

On December 10, 2011, at approximately 7:32 p.m., Takoma Park Police responded to the 6500 block of New Hampshire Avenue (Jiffy Lube) for reports of an armed robbery. The victim was leaving the business when he was approached by two males dressed all in black and wearing ski masks, both armed with black pistols. He was ordered to re-open the business and the suspects demanded property. The two suspects then fled the business in an unknown direction. A K-9 track was attempted but with negative results. The victim did not suffer any physical injury.

The only descriptions of the suspects are that one was a white male and the other a black male, both wearing all black and both wearing ski masks.

Investigation continues under case #11061624. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to please call us at 301.270.1100.

You can now use your cell phone to send a tip to the Takoma Park Police Department and remain 100% anonymous.

* Text to 847411

* Type TPPDTIP at the beginning of your message.

* Type your message including as much detail as possible to ensure that your tip is thoroughly investigated.

* Send your tip, knowing that you are helping to reduce crime in your community while remaining 100% anonymous.

You can also now send a tip using the Takoma Park Police Department's Facebook page. In the left hand column you will find a link to "submit a tip." Your tip is important and CAN make a difference!

If you see a crime in progress and need to contact the Takoma Park Police, please call 301-270-1100. If you need to report an emergency that involves the need for fire or rescue services, you must call 9-1-1.