Saturday, October 14, 2017

PGPD Investigates Fatal Pedestrian Collision in Seat Pleasant


The Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit is investigating a fatal pedestrian collision in Seat Pleasant Friday evening. The victim is 63-year-old Wayne Tonio Davis of Kendrick Road in Suitland. The driver of the vehicle that struck Davis remained on the scene. The driver of a second vehicle that collided with the back of the first vehicle did not remain on the scene. Investigators are working to identify and locate that second driver. Preliminarily, it does not appear that the fleeing vehicle also struck the victim or contributed to the collision involving the pedestrian.

On October 13th, at approximately 7:30 pm, patrol officers responded to East Capitol Street and Yost Place for a collision involving a pedestrian. The victim was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. The driver of the vehicle that struck the victim was taken to a hospital for an evaluation.

The preliminary investigation reveals Davis was struck as he tried to cross East Capitol Street. Preliminarily, it does not appear he was in a crosswalk. 

Investigators are working to identify the driver who fled the scene. The fleeing car is described as a sedan, possibly a Buick. It may have front-end damage.

Anyone with information on this investigation is asked to please 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, text “PGPD plus your message” to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone or go to www.pgcrimesolvers.com.



Thursday, October 12, 2017

PGPD Searches for Missing Teen

Update October 15, 2017: Cortney Freeman has been safely located. 


 Cortney Freeman

The Prince George’s County Police Department is seeking the public’s help in finding a missing teen. She is identified as 15-year-old Cortney Freeman. She was last seen in the 6100 block of Westchester Park Drive in College Park at about 3:30 am on October  10, 2017.

Freeman is described as an African American female, 5’7”, and 200 pounds. She was last seen wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt, blue shorts and grey / orange shoes.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Regional Investigation Division – Northern Region at (301) 699-2601.

Officers Proudly Wearing Badges Marking Breast Cancer Awareness Month



It’s estimated that one in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. Almost all of us know someone who is either right now or has in the past bravely battled this disease. In a show of our unwavering support to those affected by breast cancer, Prince George’s County Police Officers are proudly wearing pink badges to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Our officers purchased more than 500 of the badges, helping raise more than $2,500 for Susan G. Komen Maryland.

 

One of our officers, Sergeant Sonya Lancaster, is a breast cancer survivor. Please take a moment to hear her thoughts on the PGPD badges and the effort to raise awareness and funding for those impacted by this disease. We thank Sergeant Lancaster for bravely sharing her story.


On Friday, Chief Hank Stawinski will present a check for the money raised by the sale of the pink badges to a representative of Susan G. Komen Maryland. The presentation will take place at 11:00 am at the “Chief on the Go” event at the National Harbor. We hope residents across the county join us on Friday. 

Detectives Release Surveillance Video of Thieves Targeting Cars at Gas Station




Please take a moment to watch this surveillance video from a gas station in Camp Springs. On the video, a thief sneaks up to a car as the unsuspecting driver is pumping gas. Within seconds, the suspect snatches an item from the front seat and then quietly gets back into the getaway car. Two cars were targeted at this gas station. 



Here are close-up photos of one of the suspects sneaking up to a car on October 10th at about 7:30 am in the 5800 block of Allentown Way.


(actual car)

The suspects are linked to four thefts from cars at three separate gas stations on Tuesday, one on Allentown Way, a second on Allentown Road and a third station on St Barnabas Road. In each case, the suspects were driving the car in the above photograph described as a silver BMW with a possible temporary tag. The same vehicle is now linked to two additional thefts at gas stations on Wednesday. If anyone has information on this investigation, please call 1-866-411-TIPS or 301-868-8773.


We are urging residents to always lock their car doors when pumping gas or walking into a store, even if for just a brief moment. This reminder is part of our department’s ongoing effort to stop all thefts from cars. Thieves are stealing items from cars and other vehicles across the county. Please make their crimes harder to commit by locking car doors, hiding valuables or if possible, take them with you when you get out of your vehicle.  And if you see anything suspicious, please always calls 911.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Detectives Release Image of Person of Interest in District Heights Homicide

Jason Blake

Homicide Unit detectives today released a photo of a man they’d like to talk to in connection with a recent homicide in the city of District Heights. He’s 38-year-old Jason Rashad Blake. His last known address is in the 6600 block of Kipling Parkway in District Heights. He’s an acquaintance of the victim, 51-year-old Charles Wyche of Sero Estates Drive in Fort Washington.

On October 1st, at about 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 outside in an alleyway suffering from a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

Preliminarily, detectives do not believe this was a random crime. A reward of up to $25,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest and indictment 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), text “PGPD plus your message” to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone or go to www.pgcrimesolvers.com and submit a tip online.

WANTED WEDNESDAY

Wanted Wednesday Arrest


We’re starting Wanted Wednesday with an arrest in a case we highlighted two weeks ago. Detectives have now charged 36-year-old Larry Deloatch of the 6000 block of Parkland Street in District Heights with a recent robbery in the parking lot of a bank. The robbery occurred outside of a bank on Silver Hill Road in District Heights on September 22nd.  


The investigation reveals the suspect approached the victim, grabbed money from him and then ran away. The victim is an employee of a convenience store. Through investigative efforts, detectives were able to identify Deloatch as the suspect and take him into custody. He’s now charged with robbery and theft.

Convenience Store Theft


Detectives are working to identify this suspect. He’s wanted for a theft at a convenience store on Baltimore Avenue in Beltsville on September 27th. Our investigation reveals he took a wallet left behind by another customer. If you recognize him, please call 301-937-0910.  

Suspect Linked to Multiple Robberies
video

Please take a moment to review this video of a suspect now linked to multiple robberies. In this case, he targeted a drugstore in the 7000 block of Marlboro Pike in District Heights on October 5th.


The bundled-up suspect approached the registers and demanded cash. Detectives believe he is responsible for five robberies in the county since the end of August. 

Anyone with information on his identity is urged to call 301-772-4905 or Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS. A cash reward is being offered.

Robbery Suspects

We’re also asking our community to call us about a robbery in Upper Marlboro. This trio of suspects targeted a convenience store on Crain Highway on October 10th. In addition to stealing cash, these suspects stole dozens of packs of cigarette. Please call 301-7724905 or 1-866-411-TIPS with any information on this case.
Breaking and Entering Suspect


Do you know where we can find him? Our detectives are searching for 21-year-old Kenneth Washington of of Ridgecrest Drive in Suitland for a recent breaking and entering. They’d like to talk to him about the crime that took place at a home on Ridgecrest Drive in Suitland. A TV was stolen from the home. Please call our detectives at 301-868-8773 or 1-866-411-TIPS with any information.

Robbery at Convenience Store


We’re also working to arrest this suspect who robbed a convenience store on Auth Road in Camp Springs on October 6th. The suspect carried a handgun during the crime. It’s believe this suspect has committed multiple robberies. Please call our detectives at 301-772-4905 or Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS with any information on how we can track down this suspect.
  

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

WANTED WEDNESDAY

Homicide Investigation



We’re starting Wanted Wednesday this week with a request to our community for any information in a homicide investigation from 2016.  The victim, 28-year-old Karl Anthony Sellers, was shot and killed nearly one year ago. On November 14th, 2016, at about 10:30 pm, officers with the Bladensburg Police Department were called to the 5000 block of 57th Avenue to help a man with a suspected medical emergency. The officers found the victim inside of an apartment building and discovered he was suffering from a gunshot wound to his upper body. He was pronounced dead a short time later. We would like to provide his family with answers and are asking anyone with information to please call 1-866-411-TIPS. You will not have to give your name.



Burglary Investigation


Next up, we’re sharing pictures of two suspects linked to a burglary in Laurel. The home on Dove Circle was broken into on September 19th.  A credit card taken during that burglary was later used at a drugstore in the county.  Anyone with information on this burglary is asked to please call 301-937-0910.


Attempted Robbery Investigation


Detectives are also working to identify these two suspects. They’re wanted in connection with an attempted robbery in Fort Washington. The preliminary investigation reveals the suspects approached a victim and demanded money. The victim was also pushed to the ground. The suspects ran away without any money. If you recognize either suspect, please call detectives at 301-749-5064 or Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS. A cash reward is available. 


Theft Suspect


The suspect is this photo is linked to a theft on Old Baltimore Pike in Beltsville on September 27th. During that theft, a power washer and leaf blower were stolen. Anyone with information on this case is asked to please call 301-937-0910.

PGPD Investigating Fatal Collision in Accokeek

The Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit is investigating a fatal collision in Accokeek. The victim is 57-year-old Johnnie Tyson Jr., of Doctor Andrews Way in Indian Head.

On October 3rd, at about 12:05 am, patrol officers were called to Indian Head Highway at Livingston Road for the report of a single car crash.

The preliminary investigation reveals Tyson was traveling southbound on Indian Head Highway when, for reasons which remain under investigation, he crossed into the northbound lanes and struck shrubbery before coming to a rest. He was pronounced dead on the scene.


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, text “PGPD plus your message” to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone or go to www.pgcrimesolvers.com.

Detectives to Canvass Bladensburg Neighborhood in 2016 Homicide


This evening, Homicide Unit detectives will canvass a Bladensburg neighborhood in their investigation into the fatal shooting of a man in November of 2016. The victim is 28-year-old Karl Anthony Sellers of Oak Street in Cheverly.

On November 14th, 2016, at about 10:30 pm, officers with the Bladensburg Police Department were called to the 5000 block of 57th Avenue to help a man with a suspected medical emergency. The officers found the victim inside of an apartment building and discovered he was suffering from a gunshot wound to his upper body. He was pronounced dead a short time later.

Detectives continue to actively investigate this fatal shooting and are working to establish a motive and identify suspect(s).

The canvass is scheduled for 6:00 pm today and will begin in the 5000 block of 57th Avenue. 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 names.


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), text “PGPD plus your message” to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone or go to www.pgcrimesolvers.com and submit a tip online.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Press Conference 10/3/2017


Letter to the Community from Prince George's County Police Chief Hank Stawinski

To the Community of Prince George's County,

Since the beginning of my tenure as Chief of Police I have provided specific facts regarding matters that impact you as soon as I have them. I am writing today to inform you that the United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division has chosen to initiate a pattern and practice investigation into allegations of discrimination against Hispanics and African Americans in violation of Title VII with respect to their employment in sworn positions on our police department. I was notified of this on Saturday, September 30, 2017.  

Upon my appointment as Chief of Police in January of 2016, I accepted the greatest amount of responsibility for this institution, and the men and women who serve, that any individual can hold. I and the Department will cooperate fully and completely with this investigation and will provide any and all requested information to the Civil Rights Division without reservation.

I was informed on October 24, 2016 that a complaint had been filed with the Department of Justice in March of 2016. On October 25, 2016 a letter requesting information and offering cooperation was written to the Department of Justice at my direction and hand carried to the Civil Rights Division. In the months that followed, questions about this complaint were repeatedly directed to me. To demonstrate our good faith efforts to the community and in keeping with my commitment to transparency, on February 9, 2017 I directed the Department’s media relations director to release to the public the first letter to the Department of Justice dated October 25, 2016. A second letter was sent to the Department of Justice on May 18, 2017. As of today’s date, neither I nor the Department has ever been provided with the complaint. I do not fault the Department of Justice for this. I took this matter very seriously and I sought to take action on your behalf independent of the complaint. In order to gather facts and understand perceptions that would inform my decision making, I immediately had personal conversations and held meetings with many of you who are reading this. I then approached the Fraternal Order of Police and together we did two specific things.

First, on April 7, 2017 we jointly convened the Panel for Promotions, Discipline, & Practices. As of today it has met 8 times. It was deliberately composed of sworn and retired members of the Department as well as academics, county officials, and community members from outside the Department representing all points of view. The goal of the Panel is to obtain facts and gain insights into perceptions about the Department and then provide specific guidance to me to correct issues identified during the process. Second, on June 1, 2017 we began publishing the outcomes of internal disciplinary cases quarterly so that all members of the Department would know the results and to dispel perceptions that “nothing was done.” Both initiatives will continue.

I have the highest expectations of this institution and of all who serve it. I know very well the toll that this profession takes on you who serve. I have acted only to build trust in the Prince George’s County Police Department. If it is demonstrated that structures or practices of this institution negatively impact any of you without cause, I will end them. I welcome this new opportunity to further advance this work.

Yours Very Respectfully,
Hank Stawinski, Chief of Police

            October 3, 2017

PGPD Investigating Fatal Collision in Oxon Hill

The Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit is investigating a fatal collision in Oxon Hill. The victim is 68-year-old Ben Walker, Jr. of Monroe Street in Arlington, VA.  

On September 17th, at about 7:00 pm, patrol officers were called to the intersection of Indian Head Highway and Wilson Bridge Drive for the report of a collision involving a motorcycle and a car. Walker, who was on the motorcycle, was hurt in the collision. He died of his injuries on September 26th.

The investigation reveals Walker was traveling northbound on Indian Head Highway and the involved car was traveling southbound on Indian Head Highway. Preliminarily, it appears the driver of the involved car made a U-turn at Wilson Bridge Drive causing Walker to collide with the back of the car. The driver and passengers of the car were not injured.

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, text “PGPD plus your message” to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone or go to www.pgcrimesolvers.com.


Monday, October 2, 2017

PGPD Searching For Suspect Who Sexually Assaulted Young Girl

Update October 4, 2017:  Detectives have determined that this reported sexual assault did not occur. The girl told a family member she saw a similar crime on a television show. The investigation is closed. 


Our detectives worked tirelessly to investigate this report and to follow it through to its conclusion. Every sexual assault reported to the Prince George’s County Police Department is handled with the upmost seriousness.  We remind the public that if you have been the victim of a sexual assault, we always urge you to please come forward and to report it, so that our detectives can thoroughly investigate, charge those responsible, and help keep this community safe.

The Prince George’s County Police Department is actively working to identify and arrest the man who sexually assaulted a young girl as she walked home from her school bus stop. This occurred on September 28th at approximately 2:30 pm at Devon Hills Drive at Grasmere Court in Fort Washington.

The preliminary investigation reveals the suspect grabbed the victim, pulled her between two cars, and then inappropriately touched her. The victim was able to then break free and run away.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male about 5’8”, 260 pounds, with black hair, a mustache, wearing a green shirt and black boots. This is the only reported case of this nature.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Regional Investigation Division at 301-749-5064. 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 towww.pgcrimesolvers.com and submit a tip online.

Detectives Investigate Homicide in City of District Heights

Prince George’s County Police Homicide Unit detectives are investigating a homicide in the city of District Heights on Sunday. The victim is 51-year-old Charles Wyche of Sero Estates Drive in Fort Washington. Preliminarily, detectives do not believe this was a random crime. A reward of up to $25,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case.

On October 1st, at about 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 outside in an alleyway suffering from a gunshot wound. 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), text “PGPD plus your message” to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone or go to www.pgcrimesolvers.com and submit a tip online.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

PGPD Investigating Fatal Pedestrian Collision in College Park

The Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit is investigating a fatal collision involving a pedestrian in College Park Sunday morning. The victim is 18-year-old Maria Fisher of Eagles View in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.  
On October 1st, at about 6:20 am, patrol officers were called to the intersection of Baltimore Avenue and Campus Drive for the report of a pedestrian collision. The victim was found in critical condition and transported to the hospital where she died a short time later.  
The preliminary investigation reveals Fisher attempted to cross the northbound lanes of Baltimore Avenue when she was struck by a SUV. The driver remained on the scene. He was not hurt. Investigators are working to determine the circumstances of this collision including whether the victim was in a crosswalk.   
Anyone with information is asked to please 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, text “PGPD plus your message” to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone or go to www.pgcrimesolvers.com.

PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY POLICE “SHINE THE SPOTLIGHT ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE” MONDAY NIGHT IN COUNTYWIDE EFFORT TO RAISE AWARENESS

National Harbor and Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center are joining with us!

On Monday, October 2nd, we are uniting across the county in a stand against domestic violence. 


In partnership with the women and men of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 89, Prince George’s County Crime Solvers, and the Prince George’s County Police Foundation, our department is placing large spotlights in the parking lots of all of our 7 district stations and headquarters Monday night


The huge beams of light will be seen for miles. While purple is the designated color for domestic violence awareness campaigns, purple beams of light don’t show as well in the night sky, so we are using massive white searchlights as we “Shine the Spotlight on Domestic Violence.”

The spotlights will illuminate after sunset around 7:00pm and will be seen until around 10:00pm.

Please click on the two videos we shared with our community as we work to inform our residents about the spotlights, and more importantly, why we are doing this. Please feel free to share on your so
cial media platforms. 



We are also extremely happy to announce that National Harbor and Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center are joining us in our event Monday night. National Harbor will light the Capital Wheel purple and the Gaylord National Resort and Convention will light their towers purple as we all shine the light on domestic violence.   



This is all in concert with the Prince George’s County Sheriff's Office which is lighting the County Administration Building purple Monday night.

This is truly a countywide effort to bring hope to the victims of domestic violence and to put the perpetrators of such on notice that we will shine a light on their crimes.   

Any questions or request for interviews Monday, please contact the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Media Relations Division at 301-772-4710 or Media Relations Division Director Jennifer Donelan at 240-695-7489.  

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

PGPD Searches for Missing Teen

UPDATED October 4, 2017: Ms. Ramirez has been located.

Gabriella Ramirez


The Prince George’s County Police Department is seeking the public’s help in finding a missing girl. She is identified as 13-year-old Gariella Ramirez. She was last seen in the 3400 block of Cherry Hill Court in Beltsville at about 12:30 am on September 25, 2017.

Ramirez is described as a Hispanic female, 5’3”, and 115 pounds.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Regional Investigation Division – Northern Region at (301) 937-0910.


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