Thursday, October 30, 2014

Chief Magaw Announces Suspensions of Two Officers After Indictments

Two Prince George’s County Police officers remain on suspension after being indicted in separate cases by a grand jury on Thursday.  

Police Officer First Class Charles Pickard faces charges of assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office. The allegations involve conduct which occurred while Officer Pickard was on duty on November 12, 2013.

The Prince George’s County Police Department’s Internal Affairs Division launched an administrative and criminal investigation after learning of the incident through a routine, internal use of force review. Officer Pickard’s police powers were suspended on November 14, 2013. He remains suspended with pay pending the outcome of the criminal proceedings.

Pickard has been employed by the PGPD for six years and was assigned to the Bureau of Patrol. 
  
Police Officer First Class Jerry Thomas faces charges of misconduct in office. The allegations involve conduct which occurred while Officer Thomas was on duty in late 2012.

The Internal Affairs Division launched an administrative investigation in early 2013, following a routine, internal use of force review. When the administrative investigation was complete, the investigation was forwarded to the State’s Attorney’s Office. Officer Thomas’s police powers were suspended in November of 2013.  He remains suspended with pay pending the outcome of the criminal proceedings.

Thomas has been employed by the PGPD for five years and was assigned to the Bureau of Patrol.

 “I want to make it clear to our community, that these cases were not brought about as a result of citizen complaints. Through our Internal Review Process, the Police Department identified conduct that was presented to the grand jury which has led to the indictments today of two of our officers. I respect the grand jury's decision and now the judicial process will decide the facts of these matters. I want to assure the residents of our county that we are dedicated to transparent and ethical policing. Our community has my word that this, and their safety, are my overriding goals,” said Chief Mark Magaw.

Chief Magaw along with Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks will address these indictments today outside of the Prince George’s County Courthouse in Upper Marlboro. The news conference is set for 2:00 pm.

For more information, please contact the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office at 301-952-2848.

Tips For Staying Safe This Halloween


It’s Trick-or-Treat time!  To help parents and children in our community have an enjoyable Halloween, we offer the following safety tips:

For Trick-or-Treaters and Parents: 
  • Wear a costume that makes it easy for you to walk in and to be seen in.
  • An adult should always accompany smaller children.
  • Older children should travel in groups.
  • Know the route your child intends to take, and set a time that they should return home.
  • Carry a flashlight and make sure that some sort of reflective material is incorporated into the costume.
  • Utilize sidewalks when available and try to stay in well-lit areas. Never dart out between parked cars. Always cross at corners and crosswalks.
  • An outside light on front of a house is usually a sign that trick-or-treaters are welcome. Avoid going to houses that are not lit.

For Drivers:
  • Drive slowly! Be aware that young trick-or-treaters may dart out from between parked cars.
  • Do not drive a vehicle while wearing a mask of any sort. Your visibility could be obscured.
  • Stop at all crosswalks.

We hope your Halloween is both enjoyable and safe.

For more information, please contact the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Media Relations Division at 301-772-4710.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

PGPD to Hold Car Seat Check in Beltsville


Please mark your calendars. The Prince George’s County Police Department and the Prince George's Community Federal Credit Union Maryland Kids In Safety Seats (KISS) will hold a car seat check this Saturday. The event is free and open to the public.

Certified car seat technicians will ensure that car seats and boosters are properly installed. All car seats must be installed upon arrival. Appointments are not necessary. Each car seat check takes about 30 minutes. If possible, please bring the manufacturer’s manuals for the vehicle and car seat.

Who:        Prince George’s County Police Department
                Prince George’s Community Federal Credit Union
                Maryland Kids In Safety Seats (KISS)

When:      Saturday, November 1, 2014

Time:       10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Where:     Prince George’s Community Federal Credit Union
                6985 Muirkirk Meadows Rd.
                Beltsville, MD 20705
              
For more information, please contact the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Media Relations Division at (301) 772-4710.

WANTED WEDNESDAY

Sub Shop Robbery

Robbery unit detectives want to find the two men who brazenly robbed a sub shop on October 19, 2014. The armed robbery in the 6700 block of Annapolis Road was caught on surveillance video. The two suspects jump the counter and head for the back room and confront two employees. One of the suspects grabs cash from the register. A suspect also searches an office looking for valuables. After grabbing cash and other items, the two suspects jump back over the counter and run from the store. If you have any information that could help our detectives find these suspects and close this case, please call 301-772-4905 or Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS.



Armed Robbery



Detectives are looking for the suspect in these photos. He’s one of two suspects wanted for robbing a victim in the 1400 block of Doewood Lane in Capitol Heights on October 20, 2014, at about 11:30 pm. After stealing cash from the victim, the suspects ran away. The victim was not hurt. If you know the identity of this suspect, please call 301-772-4480 or Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS. You will not have to give your name.



Carjacking at Carwash


Investigators also want to find the two suspects who carjacked a victim at a car wash in the 5000 block of Marlboro Pike in Capitol Heights. The incident was caught on surveillance camera. The suspects ran up to the car as the victim stood nearby. The victim wasn’t hurt. An employee who was in the car at the time the suspects approached managed to safely escape before they sped off. Have info on this case? Please call 301-772-4480.



Bike Theft Suspect

Siri, can you help us catch a bike thief? Detectives are working to find this man in connection with the theft in the 2200 block of Queens Chapel Road. The preliminary investigation reveals the suspect stole the bike from outside a home. If you know the suspect’s name or where we can find him, please call 301-699-2601.

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