Monday, April 27, 2015

PGPD Remembers Fallen Officer John J. Novabilski

Let us pause to remember our Fallen Hero from the Prince George’s County Police Department, Sergeant John J. Novabilski, lost April 26th, 1995 in an unprovoked ambush in George Sector.

Sgt. Novabilski was born on April 25, 1964, in Old Forge, Pennsylvania. He joined the Prince George's County Police Department on August 1, 1988, after serving three years with the Baltimore City Police De...partment. Upon completion of his Academy training, Sgt. Novabilski was assigned to the District III Station. He subsequently served at the District II Station before being transferred to District VI.

On the evening of April 26, 1995, Sgt. Novabilski was working a secondary employment assignment at Palmer's Restaurant at 7222 Martin Luther King, Jr. Hwy. in Kentland, Maryland. He was sitting in his marked police vehicle when the suspect approached him from behind and, without warning, opened fire with a MAC-11 assault weapon. Sgt. Novabilski was struck eleven times in the head and upper body. He was rushed to Prince George's Hospital Center where he was pronounced deceased.

Sgt. Novabilski served the Prince George's County Police Department for seven years and was the 21st member of this Agency to make the Ultimate Sacrifice. He was the 33rd law enforcement officer to give his life while serving this Profession within Prince George's County, Maryland.

At the time of his death, Sergeant John J. Novabilski was 31 years old and survived by his wife.


PGPD Conducting Death Investigation at Mitchellville Golf Course

The Prince George’s County Police Department is conducting a death investigation at a Mitchellville golf course. The decedent is 70-year-old Frank Andrew Bartee of Just Street in Northeast Washington. He had been reported missing in the District on April 25, 2015. Preliminarily, no foul play is suspected in connection with his death.

On April 26, 2015, shortly after 5:00 am, members of the Prince George’s County Fire Department responded to the Enterprise Golf Course on Enterprise Road for the report of a car fire. A golf course employee had spotted the fire when he arrived at work.

When members of the fire department extinguished the flames, they discovered Bartee outside of his car. He had suffered severe burns and was pronounced dead on the scene. Members of the Maryland-National Capital Park Police responded to the scene to assume the investigation along with Prince George’s County Police Department homicide detectives.

The preliminary investigation reveals Bartee drove his car onto the golf course and it became stuck in a muddy area. It appears the engine caught fire as Bartee’s attempted to free his car. Detectives are investigating why he initially drove onto the course.

Anyone with information about this incident 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 and submit a tip online. 

PGPD Sponsors Homes for "Christmas in April"

Chief Mark Magaw, command staff and members of the Prince George's County Police Department proudly participated in the annual "Christmas in April" event this weekend. "Christmas in April" is a non-profit organization that repairs homes for low-income and disabled homeowners. PGPD members first began volunteering with this great organization back in 1989.

Police officers who are skilled in home repair served as house captains. House captains were tasked with organizing volunteers and acting as the on-site managers. The PGPD worked on six homes. One home in each district station.

The homes were in Hyattsville, Forestville, Temple Hills, Beltsville and two were in Upper Marlboro. 

Friday, April 24, 2015

Suspect Found Guilty After PGPD Breaks Up Real Estate Scam

After the Prince George's County Police Department investigated a wide spread real estate scam and charged a suspect in the case, Quiana Johnson was found guilty.
On April 23, 2015, the Prince George’s County States Attorney’s Office announced 34-year-old Johnson, of Upper Marlboro, was found guilty of theft over $100,000 and conspiracy to commit theft over $100,000 for her involvement in the sale and acquisition of stolen homes in Prince George's County.
Our RID Commander Lt. Bud Duelley, who worked this case for a year and half, was featured on ABC's 20/20 in October of 2014.
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