Thursday, February 15, 2018

Detectives Investigate Fatal Shooting in Capitol Heights

Detectives with our Homicide Unit are conducting an investigation into the fatal shooting of 37-year-old Joseph Maurice Ward of Medway Street in Silver Spring. A reward of up to $25,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case. Tipsters will never have to give their name.

On February 14
th, at approximately 4:20 pm, patrol officers were called to the 1300 block of Oates Street in Capitol Heights for a welfare check. Upon their arrival, the officers discovered Ward suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was located outside near a vacant house and was pronounced dead on the scene.

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

If anyone has information relevant to this investigation, they are asked to please call detectives 301-772-4925.  Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), or go online at, 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, February 14, 2018

Wanted Wednesday

Pizza Shop Robbery

We’re starting Wanted Wednesday this week with our active search for a suspect who brazenly robbed a pizza shop in Clinton. Please take a good look at these photos – please call us with any information that could be helpful tracking him down. This suspect walked into the shop on Old Alexandria Ferry Road on February 12th at about 8:15 pm. Once inside, he struck an employee and demanded cash. He then ran away. We are offering a cash reward in this case. Please call 301-772-4905 or 1-866-411-TIPS. 

Tobacco Store Robbery

These two suspects are wanted for robbing a tobacco store in Suitland. Surveillance cameras got a good look at one of their faces. The pair robbed the store on Silver Hill Road on February 6th shortly after 10:00 pm. Please call 301-772-4905 or 1-866-411-TIPS with information. You could earn a cash reward. 

Liquor Store Theft

Our detectives are working to identify these two supsects who are wanted in connection with a theft at a liquor store in Beltsville. This theft took place on January 30th at the store in the 11000 block of Baltimore Avenue. Please call 301-937-0910 with any information on their identities.

Package Theft Investigation

Thanks to a home surveillance system, we know what he looks like – now we just need this suspect’s name. He’s wanted for snatching a package off a front porch in Bowie. The theft occurred on February 2nd on Dunwood Valley Drive. The suspect was seen driving a newer-model Nissan Sentra. We are offering a cash reward in this case. Please call 301-390-2174 or 1-866-411-TIPS with any information. 

Robbery Suspect

This suspect is wanted for robbing a drugstore in Clinton. He targeted the store on Woody Terrace on February 11th shortly before 10pm. Please call 301-772-4905 or 1-866-411-TIPS with any information that could help detectives. 

Gas Station Robbery

We’re actively working to identify this armed suspect who robbed a gas station in Berwyn Heights. This took place on February 10th at about 5:45 pm. The suspect fled the business after getting money. Detectives can be reached at 301-772-4905 or 1-866-411-TIPS. A cash reward is being offered. 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

New PGPD Police Cadet Program for High School Graduates: Earn While You Learn and Get A Head Start On Your Career

Prince George’s County Police Chief Hank Stawinski and Prince George's Community College announced the launch of a brand new inaugural PGPD Police Cadet program.  The PGPD cadet program is unlike any other in the DC Metro area as it will afford selected applicants the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in police work while they earn college credits AND earn a salary with benefits.   The cadets will be granted administrative leave to take classes together as a group at Prince George’s Community College.  Once they complete the 2 ½ year program, cadets must apply to become Prince George’s County Police officers.  The end result will be a more experienced and mature young police officer ready to serve and protect the residents of Prince George’s County.  

“At the end of this process we take a young person from our community who is interested in becoming a police officer, we give them gainful employment, and the invaluable opportunity to learn about law enforcement, what it really is - as opposed to what is portrayed on television and the movies - which are two totally different things and they start earning those college credits towards their associate degree before entering the police academy when they turn 21,” explained Chief Stawinski.

Major Terence Sheppard, Commander of the PGPD Training academy said, "There are other cadet programs in this region, but our cadet program is unique in the fact that we are tailoring it for individuals to continue their education.  We are going to be doing things that no other cadet programs in our area are able to do.  Our cadets are going to be doing things like crime scene searches, collecting evidence, and taking fingerprints.  The possibilities are endless.  Our Chief said he didn’t want our cadets sitting around with nothing to do. We want to give them the opportunity to do as much as they possibly can during this 2 ½ year period before they actually enter the academy.”

PGPD cadets will earn about half the credits necessary for their associate degree, and then, once in the police academy, they'll earn the remaining half and graduate from the training academy as Prince George's County Police officers with associate degrees in criminal justice.

“We are so thankful to our thoughtful and tremendous partner in the Prince George's Community College. This is an invaluable collaboration and critical investment in our own community,” said Chief Stawinski.  

"Prince George's Community College is honored to partner with the Prince George's County Police Department to offer the Police Cadet Program," said Dr. Yvette Snowden, associate Vice President for Workforce Development and Continuing Education, Prince George's Community College.   "Police officers are critical to our community; and Prince George's Community College will serve as a foundation for providing critical thinking skills required to be a county police officer.  We are thrilled to be a fundamental part in shaping these cadets to be our future leaders in law enforcement."

Anyone between the ages of 17 ½ and 19 ½ with their high school diploma or who expects to graduate high school in May must meet certain criteria in order to be considered for the PGPD cadet program including a 2.5 GPA or better, a background check, physical test, and must possess a valid driver's license.  For the job description, candidate criteria, and application, please click on the link below. The application process is now open.

Friday, February 9, 2018

PGPD Investigating Fatal Hit-and-Run Involving Pedestrian in Oxon Hill

UPDATE February 10, 2018: The victim is identified as 27-year-old Kenard Hawkins of no fixed address. Investigators are still working to locate the striking vehicle. It's described as a white pickup truck that had a ladder on the top or side.

The Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit is investigating a fatal pedestrian hit-and-run in Oxon Hill.  Investigators are actively working to identify the victim who is an African American male approximately in his 30s. Investigators are also working to locate the striking vehicle which fled the scene. It’s described as a white pickup truck that had a ladder on the top or side. 

On February 8th, at about 7:00 pm, patrol officers were called to the intersection of St. Barnabas Road and Wheeler Road for the report of a pedestrian collision. The victim was taken to the hospital where he died a short time later.

The preliminary investigation indicates the pickup truck was turning left onto Wheeler Road from eastbound St. Barnabas Road when it struck the victim who was in a crosswalk.

Anyone with information is asked to call the 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, 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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