Monday, April 30, 2012

"Running the Beat" - Langley Park (Photo Gallery)

(L to R) Major Robert Brewer, County Executive Rushern L. Baker, Assistant Chief Kevin Davis
Academy Class calls out cadence during the run
County Executive Rushern L. Baker addresses Session 121
Running along Merrimac Drive in Langley Park
"Running the Beat"...making communities safe one mile at a time!

Photos Courtesy of the Prince George's County Police Department

Media Availability - PGPD to Announce “Take 30 for Traffic”

Prince George’s County Police Department Assistant Chief Kevin Davis will announce the department’s new “Take 30 for Traffic” plan. The traffic & pedestrian safety enforcement strategy covers ten locations across the county. This is a part of the Prince George’s County Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative.
Who: Assistant Chief Kevin Davis, Prince George’s County Police Department

When: Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Time: 11:00 a.m.

Where: Parking Lot of Quiznos
            8310 Annapolis Road
            New Carrollton, Maryland

For more information, call the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Media Relations Division at 301-772-4710. Members of the media are invited to attend.





Saturday, April 28, 2012

PGPD Locates Critical Missing Teenager - Raekwon Armoni Martin

UPDATE
Raekwon Armoni Martin was located in Anne Arundel County on Saturday, April 28, 2012, at 1:30 p.m.  He was found safe and sound. 

Raekwon Armoni Martin
     Prince George’s County, Maryland…The Prince George’s County Police Department’s District II Investigative Section is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a critical missing teenager identified as 13 year-old Raekwon Armoni Martin. He was last seen on Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at approximately 11:45 p.m., leaving his residence located in the 14600 block of Briarley Place in Upper Marlboro on a black Trex bicycle. Martin was observed by a friend in the Accokeek/Fort Washington area on Thursday, April 26, 2012 in a blue Dodge Stratus with Maryland tags of 7AN7835. He has not been seen or heard from since.


     Martin is a black male with a medium complexion. He is approximately 5’5” and weighs approximately 126 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a white tank top and purple basketball shorts.

     Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Martin is asked to call the Prince George's County Police Department’s District II Investigative Section at (301) 390-2160.

PGPD Announces Arrest in Murder in District Heights

Nathan Cedric Rogers
     Prince George’s County, Maryland…The Prince George’s County Police Department’s Homicide Unit has arrested Nathan Cedric Rogers in connection with the murder of Jasmine Nichelle Moss in District Heights.

     On April 27, 2012, police responded to the 7100 block of Mason Street, District Heights, for a suspicious vehicle. Officers discovered the body of a black female who was identified as Moss, 23, of the 4900 block of Maury Place, Oxon Hill. Moss and Rogers were involved in a relationship. It was also discovered that she was pregnant.

     Homicide detectives identified Rogers, 22, of the 6900 block of Halleck Street, District Heights, as the suspect in this case. Rogers will be charged with first degree murder.

     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/ and submit a tip online.

Police Seek Assistance in Locating Critical Missing Teenager - Raekwon Armoni Martin


Raekwon Armoni Martin 


     Prince George’s County, Maryland…The Prince George’s County Police Department’s District II Investigative Section is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a critical missing teenager identified as 13 year-old Raekwon Armoni Martin.  He was last seen on Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at approximately 11:45 p.m., leaving his residence located in the 14600 block of Briarley Place in Upper Marlboro on a black Trex bicycle.  

     Martin was observed by a friend in the Accokeek/Fort Washington area on Thursday, April 26, 2012 in a blue Dodge Stratus with Maryland tags of 7AN7835.  He has not been seen or heard from since. 

     Martin is a black male with a medium complexion.  He is approximately 5’5” and weighs approximately 126 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.  He was last seen wearing a white tank top and purple basketball shorts.

     Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Martin is asked to call the Prince George's County Police Department’s District II Investigative Section at (301) 390-2160.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Prince George's County Police will be "Running the Beat"

     In support of the county-wide Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative the Prince George’s County Police Department will be “Running the Beat” in Langley Park. The Langley Park event will be a two mile run. Officers will participate in the first of six runs through the identified focus areas. The focus areas are: Langley Park, East Riverdale/Bladensburg, Suitland/Coral Hills, Kentland/Palmer Park, Hillcrest Heights/Marlow Heights and Glassmanor. The purpose of this effort is to engage the community and be a visible presence in these neighborhoods. Members of the community and media are encouraged to cover this event, as well as participate.


Who:      Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III
               Prince George’s County Police Assistant Chief Kevin Davis
               Members of PGPD
               PGPD Recruit Class

When:    April 30, 2012

Time:     7:30 a.m.

Where:   Parking Lot of Regency Furniture
               8003 New Hampshire Avenue
               Langley Park, Maryland 20783

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

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Suspect Arrested in Daycare Assault and Theft

    
UPDATE
Mickel Tyrone Young, of the 4000 block of Vine Street in Capitol Heights, has been charged with 1st dgree assault, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, malicious destruction of property, and tresspassing. 


     The Prince George’s County Police Department has arrested 26 year-old Mickel Tyrone Young in connection with the assault and theft of a vehicle at a daycare center in Landover.


26 Year-Old Mickel Tyrone Young

     On Thursday, April 26, 2012, at approximately 10:30 a.m., Young entered the “It’s a Family Affair” daycare center, located in the 300 block of Garrett Morgan Boulevard in Landover, where he asked to use the telephone.  When the staff refused, Young became violent.

     A security guard working at the daycare went to retrieve a baseball bat and confronted Young.  Young took the bat from the security guard and began to assault him with it before leaving the daycare.  Young returned to the daycare, retrieved the bat, and began breaking windows.  He took an employee’s car keys, and fled in their vehicle.

     District III patrol officers located the stolen vehicle in the area of Barlowe Road and Village Green Drive where they apprehended Young.  At the time of the apprehension, Young appeared to be under the influence of a dangerous substance.

     Young was transported to the District III police station where he remained violent, kicking a hole in a wall and assaulting three officers who tried to control him.  He was taken to a local hospital for an emergency psychological evaluation.

     The security guard, an adult male, was transported to a local hospital where he remains in stable condition.  No children witnessed the incident or were harmed. 

     Young has been charged via a warrant. 

Suspect Wanted in Bank Robbery in District Heights

UPDATE
The suspect shown in the surveillance photos is wearing a uniform shirt belonging to "Knight Protective Service" of Lanham

     The Prince George’s County Police Department is investigating the robbery of the Wells Fargo bank located in the 5800 block of Silver Hill Road in District Heights that occurred on Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at approximately 10:23 a.m. The suspect is shown in surveillance photos.    

     Anyone with information that may assist in this investigation is asked to call CRIME SOLVERS at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or CID-Robbery Unit at (301) 772-4905 as soon as possible. Please refer to case number 12-116-1034. Whenever information is given to the Prince George’s County Crime Solvers Line, you do not have to leave your name. A REWARD of up to $1000.00 is being offered for the tip that leads to the arrest and indictment of the suspects responsible for this robbery.


 


Chief of Police Reacts to Court of Appeals DNA Collection Opinion

     This week the Maryland Court of Appeals issued an opinion in Alonzo Jay King v. State of Maryland finding unconstitutional the portion of the Maryland DNA Collection Act authorizing DNA collection from arrested persons.


     The act permits law enforcement to collect DNA samples from those arrested and charged for crimes such as murder, rape, robbery, assault, and burglary. Collected samples are compared by the FBI's CODIS (Combined DNA Index System) database to unsolved crimes nationwide. In Prince George's County alone, several violent crimes have been solved thanks to this reliable forensic tool. The law has also helped to exonerate those held for crimes they did not commit.

     Most notably, the 2003 double murder of Suitland Florist owner Mary Frances McDonald, 76, and her longtime friend and employee, Madeline "Mattie" Thompson, 73, was closed thanks to this public safety crime fighting legislation. A 1985 Temple Hills rape case closed in 2004 after a DNA sample was obtained during an arrest nearly two decades later.

     "Several violent criminals would otherwise still be on the streets of Prince George's County if not for this critical law enforcement tool," said Chief of Police Mark Magaw. “Our capacity to protect our residents has been enhanced by this legislation.”

     Jurisdictions throughout the State of Maryland are prepared to comply with this Court of Appeals' ruling.

Prince George’s County Police Sponsor Homes for “Christmas in April”


Prince George’s County, Maryland… The Prince George’s County Police Department is sponsoring the 24th annual “Christmas in April” program, part of a non-profit organization that repairs homes for low-income and disabled homeowners at no cost to them.  Since 1989, members of the PGPD have volunteered their time to help rebuild and repair homes in communities in Prince George’s County.  The event will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2012, starting at 8:00 a.m.

Police officers will be working at the following houses:

4205 72nd Avenue                     13203 Cleveland Lane
Landover Hills, MD  20784       Fort Washington, MD  20744

9814 Ridge Street                     9664 Gwynndale Drive
Lanham, MD  20706                 Clinton, MD  20735

1116 Drum Avenue                  5318 Brewer Road
Capitol Heights, MD  20743      Beltsville, MD  20705

1820 Porter Avenue
Suitland, MD  20746 

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

PGPD Trains for Civil Disturbances



On April 24, 2012, the PGPD conducted Civil Disturbance Training. This entailed officers that are a part of the Civil Disturbance Unit to conduct constant, up to date training to ensure all involved are aware of the PGPD’s current practices and regulations as it relates to this aspect of policing.

The day began with a classroom style lecture where instructors discussed the PGPD philosophy when handling civil disturbance incidents. PGPD rules and regulations were thoroughly reviewed with the officers.

The second part of the day consisted of field exercises. These exercises included simulated scenarios. The scenarios were made to be as realistic as possible. The realism included the PGPD recruit class “acting” as a rowdy crowd. A helicopter and loud noises were also provided to add to the chaotic circumstances that may be encountered.

“We want our personnel to be ready for every aspect of handling a civil disturbance,” says Major Peter Eliadis, Commander, Special Operations Division. 







Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Suspect Wanted for Bank Robbery in District Heights

     The Prince George’s County Police Department is investigating the robbery of the Wells Fargo bank located in the 5800 block of Silver Hill Road in District Heights that occurred on Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at approximately 10:23 a.m.  The suspect is shown in surveillance photos.

     Anyone with information that may assist in this investigation is asked to call CRIME SOLVERS at
1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or CID-Robbery Unit at (301) 772-4905 as soon as possible.  Please refer to case number 12-116-1034. Whenever information is given to the Prince George’s County Crime Solvers Line, you do not have to leave your name. A REWARD of up to $1000.00 is being offered for the tip that leads to the arrest and indictment of the suspects responsible for this robbery.

 
 

Critical Missing Man (Noel George Walters) Located

UPDATE
The Prince George's County Police Department has located 77 year-old Noel George Walters. He was found safe this afternoon in Washington, D.C.




     Prince George’s County, Maryland…The Prince George’s County Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a critical missing person identified as 77 year-old Noel George Walters. He was last seen this morning, at approximately 8:00 a.m., walking from his residence located in the 4300 block of Sarasota Place in Beltsville, Maryland. He has not been seen or heard from since.


     Walters is described as a black male with medium complexion. He is approximately 5’6”, about 156 pounds, with gray hair. He was last seen wearing a black baseball cap, black jacket, black jeans and penny loafer shoes. Walters suffers from dementia, high blood pressure and glaucoma and needs his medication.

     Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Noel George Walters is asked to call the Prince George's County Police Department’s District VI Investigative Section at (301) 937-0910.

Police Investigate Murder on Addison Road South


Prince George’s County, Maryland…The Prince George’s County Police Department’s Homicide Unit is investigating the murder of Ronald Jarohn Minor in District Heights, Maryland.    

On April 24, 2012, at 8:18 p.m., patrol officers responded to the 1600 block of Addison Road South for the report of a shooting.  Upon arrival, officers discovered Minor, 18, of the 6900 block of Walker Mill Road, District Heights, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound.  He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.  Detectives are working to identify the suspect(s) and establish a motive in this case.  The investigation is ongoing.

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/ and submit a tip online.

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Initiative


Prince George’s County Maryland… The Prince George’s County Police Department will be participating in a nationwide initiative seeking to prevent increased pill abuse and theft.  On Saturday, April 28, 2012, from 10:00 A.M. until 2:00 P.M., the Prince George’s County Police Department, along with the Drug Enforcement Administration (D.E.A.) and the United States Department of Justice (USDOJ), will be collecting potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction.

The Prince George’s County Police Department will have three collection points:
District I Station at 5000 Rhode Island Avenue in Hyattsville
District III Station at 7600 Barlowe Road in Palmer Park
District IV Station at 5135 Indian Head Highway in Oxon Hill

The Prescription Drug Take-Back Initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  The D.E.A. cites studies that show a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, often from a home medicine cabinet.  In addition, many citizens do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away – both potential safety and health hazards.

This event will offer the opportunity for the community to surrender any expired, unused, or unwanted prescription medications.  This service is free and anonymous; no questions asked.  For more information, contact the Community Services Division at (301) 909-7126 or go to http://www.dea.gov/ .

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Prince George's County Police Want You to Be an Explorer

Prince George’s County, Maryland…The Prince George’s County Police Department’s Community Services Division will be recruiting young men and women to become Law Enforcement Explorers on Saturday, April 28, 2012, during the Draft Party at FedExField. Explorers will be available to provide information about the program.


Officer Michael Lesesne (Center) as an Explorer

Law Enforcement Exploring is a worksite-based program for young men and women who are between the ages of 14 and 20 years old. For young men and women who are interested in careers in the field of law enforcement, the Explorers program offers fun-filled, hands-on activities that promote the growth and development of adolescent youth.


Officer Michael Lesesne as a Prince George's County Police Officer

Photo Courtesy of Daniel J. Gross, Gazette


Who:      Prince George’s County Police Department’s Law Enforcement Explorers

When:    Saturday, April 28, 2012

Time:     11:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Where:  FedExField
              Club Level, Section 336
              Landover, Maryland


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


Monday, April 23, 2012

Prince George's County Police Announce Arrests in Murder Investigations

Tyrone Antwan Lewis, 26 years old

On April 23, 2012, Tyrone Antwan Lewis was charged via warrants with the murders of Justin Antonio Isaacs and Edmund Akofio-Sowah. Kelvin Delonte Walker, Jr. was also charged via a warrant with the murder of Justin Antonio Isaacs.




On October 10, 2011, officers responded to 2100 block of Iverson Street, Hillcrest Heights, for a report of a shooting. Officers located the victim Isaacs, on the front steps of the location suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. Lewis and Walker were developed as suspects and subsequently charged with the murder of Isaacs.

Kelvin Delonte Walker, 22 years old


On January 26, 2005, officers responded to the 400 block of St. Margaret’s Drive, Capitol Heights, for a call of a motor vehicle accident with injuries. Officer discovered that a white taxicab collided with an unoccupied vehicle parked in the driveway. It was learned that the driver, Edmund Akofio-Sowah, was inside the cab suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. Lewis was charged with the murder of Akofio-Sowah.




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 annoymous 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/ and submit a tip online.

PGPD Makes Arrests in Weapons and Drug Case


This month, Prince George’s County Police received a drug complaint for a residence in the 1700 block of Barrington Court, Bowie, Maryland. The District II Special Assignment Team and the Narcotic Enforcement Division conducted an investigation. A search and seizure warrant was obtained and executed on April 20, 2012.
WALLS-WHITE, Dmitri Vidal (Bond $150,000)


The following items were seized:

• 7 long guns

• 8 handguns

• Several hundred rounds of ammunition

• 2 ballistic vests

• 1 NASA badge
WALLS, Bryan Anthony (Bond $50,000)

• Approximately 500 grams-marijuana

• Approximately $800 counterfeit money

• Approximately $400 U.S. currency seized








 
COLEMAN, Sheila Shermick (Bond $50,000)


 
 
 
The investigation is ongoing.

Media Availability - PGPD to Update Murder Investigations


The Prince George’s County Police Departments will be available for updates on active murder investigations. 

Who:            Captain Joseph Hoffman, Assistant Commander
                    Criminal Investigations Division
                       
When:           Monday, April 23, 2012

Time:              3:00 p.m.

Where:           Police Services Complex
                      7600 Barlowe Road
                      Palmer Park, Maryland

Members of the community and media are invited to attend.  For more information, call the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Media Relations Division at (301) 772-4710.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Arrest Made in Temple Hills Murder


The Prince George's County Police Department has arrested Joshua Barlow, 19, in connection with the murder of Latoya Debina Hall in Temple Hills, Maryland.  On April 18, 2012, Hall, 30, of the 2400 block of Fort Drive, Suitland, Maryland, was found unresponsive and pronounced dead.  She was located in a vacant apartment in the 4000 block of 28th Avenue, Temple Hills, Maryland.  Barlow, also of the 4000 block of 28th Avenue, was developed as a suspect.  On April 20, 2012, Barlow was taken into custody and charged with first degree murder.  He was remanded to the Prince George's County Department of Corrections on a no bond status.  Robbery appears to have been the motive.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Prince George's County Police Homicide Unit at (301)772-4925.

Maryland State Delegate Vallario Avoids Serious Injury in Vehicle Collision


On April 20, 2012, at approximately 9:30 p.m., in the 14200 block of Brandywine Road (near Brandywine Fire Station), Delegate Joseph F. Vallario, Jr. was involved in a vehicle accident. Three vehicles were involved. Delegate Vallario was treated for minor injuries and released from Prince George’s Hospital Center. Delegate Vallario was not at fault in the accident. The driver, who was at fault, was cited. 

Friday, April 20, 2012

Two Teens Charged in Fairmont Heights High School Assaults


The Prince George’s County Police Department has charged two teenaged girls in connection with a fight that occurred this morning at Fairmont Heights High School.  The altercation is believed to have stemmed from a previous dispute about a wig. One girl has been charged with first degree assault after she stabbed the other girl who initiated the incident. The girl, who was charged with first degree assault, has been committed to a juvenile detention center. The girl, who was stabbed, was transported to a local hospital where she remains in critical but stable condition and was charged with second degree assault.  A paring knife was recovered at the scene. 

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact the District III Investigative Section at 301-772-4910.

Suspect Wanted for Commercial Armed Robbery in Largo

The Prince George’s County Police Department Robbery Unit is working to identify the suspect shown in these surveillance photographs. On April 19, 2012, at approximately 3:52 p.m., the suspect committed a armed robbery at the Radio Shack located in the 900 Largo Center Drive in Largo.  The suspect entered the store, produced a handgun, and demanded items.  He fled the scene with property and money from the store.  No one was injured during the incident. 


Anyone with information that may assist in this investigation is asked to call CRIMESOLVERS at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or the Robbery Unit at 301-772-4905 as soon as possible. Please refer to case number 12-110-1880. Whenever information is given to the Prince George’s County Crime Solvers Line, you do not have to leave your name. A REWARD of up to $1000.00 is being offered for the tip that leads to the arrest and indictment of the suspects responsible for this robbery.

DUI Task Force to Conduct Sobriety Checkpoint in Temple Hills

     Prince George’s County, Maryland… The Prince George’s County Police Department’s Special Operations Division will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint on Friday, April 20, 2012, from 9:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. in the 5000 block of St. Barnabas Road in Temple Hills.


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

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Prince George’s County Police to Conduct Spring Car Seat Check-up


Prince George’s County, Maryland… The Prince George’s County Police Department, in partnership with the Prince George’s Community Federal Credit Union, will conduct a car seat check-up on Saturday, April 21, 2012, at the Prince George’s Community Credit Union.  The car seat check-up is free and open to the public. 

Certified car seat technicians will check for recalls, ensure that child passenger car seats and boosters are installed correctly, and that the harness and vehicle installation are correct for the child.  The service takes about 30 minutes and involves drivers, parents and caretakers in the check-up.  The Prince George’s Community Federal Credit Union will replace the first five car seats that have been recalled or that are unsafe.  All car seats must be installed upon arrival at the car seat check-up site.  Appointments are not necessary.   

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

When:              Saturday, April 21, 2012

Time:               9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Where:            Prince George’s Community Credit Union
 6985 Muirkirk Meadows Dr. – Parking Lot
                         Beltsville, MD 20705

            Other car seat safety checkups are scheduled for May 19 and June 29.  Locations and times for these events to be announced.
                       
For more information, call the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Media Relations Division at 301-772-4710. 

Police Seek Assistance in Locating Critical Missing Person

Noel George Walters

Prince George’s County, Maryland…The Prince George’s County Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a critical missing person identified as 77 year-old Noel George Walters.  He was last seen this morning, at approximately 8:00 a.m., walking from his residence located in the 4300 block of Sarasota Place in Beltsville, Maryland.  He has not been seen or heard from since.
Walters is described as a black male with medium complexion.  He is approximately 5’6”, about 156 pounds, with gray hair.  He was last seen wearing a black baseball cap, black jacket, black jeans and penny loafer shoes.  Walters suffers from dementia, high blood pressure and glaucoma and needs his medication.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Noel George Walters is asked to call the Prince George's County Police Department’s District VI Investigative Section at (301) 937-0910.

Police Investigate Murder on 28th Avenue

Prince George’s County, Maryland…The Prince George’s County Police Department’s Homicide Unit is investigating the murder of 30-year-old Latoya Debina Hall in Temple Hills, Maryland.

On April 18, 2012, at approximately 2:37 p.m., patrol officers responded to the 4000 block of 28th Avenue, Temple Hills, Maryland for a report of an unresponsive female. Upon arrival, officers found Hall, unresponsive in a vacant apartment. Hall, of the 2400 block of Fort Drive in Suitland, was pronounced dead on the scene. Detectives are currently working to identify a suspect(s) and motive in this case.

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/ and submit a tip online.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Chief Mark Magaw to Appear on “NewsTalk” on NewsChannel 8


Chief Mark Magaw will appear on NewsTalk on NewsChannel 8 on Thursday, April 19th.  


Who:         Chief Mark Magaw,
                   Prince George’s County Police Department
                   
When:        Thursday, April 19, 2012
                                                                  
Time:          10:00 a.m.

Where:       NewsChannel 8
                   1100 Wilson Boulevard
                    Arlington, VA  22209

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

Highlights from Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative

 Chief Magaw participated in the Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative (TNI) this morning at  Glassmanor Elementary School.  The goal of the initiative is to improve the quality of life through a thriving economy, great schools, safe neighborhoods and high quality healthcare.
Chief Magaw with reporter 

Chief Magaw discussing the Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative 

Photos courtesy of PGPD








Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Prince George’s County Police Chief Mark Magaw will announce the PGPD’s role in the Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative



Prince George's County, Maryland … The Prince George’s County Police Department will participate in the announcement of the Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative.
 
 The goal of the Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative (TNI) is to improve the quality of life through a thriving economy, great schools, safe neighborhoods and high quality healthcare.  Chief Magaw will announce PGPD’s role in this initiative.  Six areas of the County have been identified:

o East Riverdale/Bladensburg
o Glassmanor
o Hillcrest Heights/Marlow Heights
o Kentland/Palmer Park
o Langley Park
o Suitland/Coral Hills

Who: Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III
Prince George’s County Police Chief Mark Magaw
Other County Officials

What: Announcement of PGPD’s role in the TNI
                       
When:      Wednesday, April 18, 2012
                                 
Time:         11:30 A.M.

Where:       Glassmanor Elementary School
1011 Marcy Avenue
Oxon Hill, Maryland

Members of the media are encouraged to attend.  For more information, contact the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Media Relations Division at (301)-772-4710.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Critical Missing Man (Earman Lee Sessoms) Located


Earman Lee Sessoms


UPDATE
The Prince George's County Police Department has located 70 year-old Earman Lee Sessoms.  He was found safe this afternoon in Beltsville, Maryland.

Prince George’s County, Maryland…The Prince George’s County Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a critical missing person identified as 70 year-old Earman Lee Sessoms. He was last seen yesterday morning, at approximately 11:40 a.m., walking from his residence located in the 6100 block of Carter Avenue in Lanham.

Detectives learned Sessoms, before leaving his residence, said he wanted to go to North Carolina.  He has not been seen or heard from since.

Sessoms is a black male with a dark complexion.  He is approximately 5’8”, about 200 pounds, with gray and brown hair.  He was last seen wearing a plaid brown shirt. Sessoms suffers from dementia and is in need of his medication.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Earman Lee Sessoms is asked to call the Prince George's County Police Department’s District II Investigative Section at (301) 390-2160.

Media Availability - Update on Incident in Aquasco

Prince George’s County, Maryland… PGPD is currently investigating an incident that occurred in Aquasco, Maryland, where several people were assaulted at a birthday party. Corporal Mike Rodriguez will be providing updates on the investigation of the incident.

Who:     Corporal Mike Rodriguez, Public Information Officer
             Prince George’s County Police Department

When:    Monday, April 16, 2012

Time:     7:00 p.m.

Where:   Police Services Complex
              7600 Barlowe Road
              Palmer Park, Maryland

Members from the media are invited to attend. For more information, call the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Media Relations Division at (301) 772-4710.

Police Seek Assistance in Locating Critical Missing Person (Earman Lee Sessoms)


Earman Lee Sessoms


Prince George’s County, Maryland…The Prince George’s County Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a critical missing person identified as 70 year-old Earman Lee Sessoms. He was last seen yesterday morning, at approximately 11:40 a.m., walking from his residence located in the 6100 block of Carter Avenue in Lanham.

Detectives learned Sessoms, before leaving his residence, said he wanted to go to North Carolina.  He has not been seen or heard from since.

Sessoms is a black male with a dark complexion.  He is approximately 5’8”, about 200 pounds, with gray and brown hair.  He was last seen wearing a plaid brown shirt. Sessoms suffers from dementia and is in need of his medication.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Earman Lee Sessoms is asked to call the Prince George's County Police Department’s District II Investigative Section at (301) 390-2160.

Wanted for Commercial Armed Robbery in Seat Pleasant




The Prince George’s County Police Department is working to identify the suspect shown in the above surveillance photographs. On April 15, 2012, at approximately 9:15 p.m., the suspect committed a robbery at the Family Dollar located at 5927 Martin Luther King Hwy, Seat Pleasant Maryland.

Anyone with information that may assist in this investigation is asked to call CRIME SOLVERS at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or CID-Robbery Unit at 301-772-4905 as soon as possible. Please refer to case number       12-106-2706. Whenever information is given to the Prince George’s County Crime Solvers Line, you do not have to leave your name. A CASH REWARD OF UP TO $1000.00 is being offered for the tip that leads to the arrest and indictment of the suspects responsible for this robbery.

A cash reward of up to $1000.00 is being offered.

Wanted for Commercial Armed Robbery in Suitland




The Prince George’s County Police Department is working to identify the suspect shown in the above surveillance photographs. On April 15, 2012, at approximately 9:48 p.m., the suspect committed a robbery at the Wendy’s Restaurant located at 5425 Silver Hill Road, Suitland ,Maryland.

Anyone with information that may assist in this investigation is asked to call CRIME SOLVERS at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or CID-Robbery Unit at 301-772-4905 as soon as possible. Please refer to case number       12-106-2795. Whenever information is given to the Prince George’s County Crime Solvers Line, you do not have to leave your name. A CASH REWARD OF UP TO $1000.00 is being offered for the tip that leads to the arrest and indictment of the suspects responsible for this robbery.

A cash reward of up to $1000.00 is being offered.

Friday, April 13, 2012

UPDATE: Investigates Police-Involved Shooting in Temple Hills

On April 12, 2012, at approximately 3:00 a.m., officers responded to 3107 Good Hope Avenue for a burglary in progress. Once on scene, officers were immediately confronted by a man fleeing the scene. He ran from the officers, hid behind a parked car and then reappeared, acting in a bizarre manner. He threw himself on the ground and when approached by the officers, he acted as if he was pulling a gun from his waistband.

Based on his actions, the officers believed he had a gun. One of the two officers discharged her service weapon. None of the rounds struck the suspect. As he was taken into custody, he stated that he wished the police would have killed him because he didn’t want to go back to jail.

Further investigation revealed that inside the apartment, the suspect stabbed a male resident numerous times. The victim was transported to a local hospital in critical condition. The exact nature of the relationship is unclear but the men know each other.

The suspect is identified as Joseph Barrington Halsey, 23, of the 2000 block of Addison Road South, District Heights, Maryland. A warrant, in connection with the stabbing, has been obtained charging him with attempted first degree murder, attempted second degree murder, first degree assault, second degree assault and reckless endangerment.

The involved officer is identified as Police Officer First Class Tyisha Gage, a five year veteran, assigned to the Bureau of Patrol, District IV.  She has been placed on administrative leave in accordance with departmental policy.




Thursday, April 12, 2012

PGPD Investigates Police-Involved Shooting in Temple Hills


Joseph Barrington Halsey, 23
2000 blk Addison Rd. South, District Heights, Md.



On April 12, 2012, at approximately 3:00 a.m., officers responded to 3107 Good Hope Avenue for a
burglary in progress.  Once on scene, officers were immediately confronted by a man fleeing the scene. He ran from the officers, hid behind a parked car and then reappeared, acting in a bizarre manner.  He threw himself on the ground and when approached by the officers, he acted as if he was pulling a gun from his waistband.

Based on his actions, the officers believed he had a gun. One of the two officers discharged her service weapon. None of the rounds struck the suspect. As he was taken into custody, he stated that he wished the police would have killed him because he didn’t want to go back to jail.

Further investigation revealed that inside the apartment, the suspect stabbed a male resident
numerous times.  The victim was transported to a local hospital in critical condition. The exact nature of the relationship is unclear but the men know each other.

Joseph Barrington Halsey (Current Photo)
The suspect is identified as Joseph Barrington Halsey, 23, of the 2000 block of Addison Road South, District Heights, Maryland. A warrant, in connection with the stabbing, has been obtained charging him with attempted first degree murder, attempted second degree murder, first degree assault, second degree assault and reckless endangerment. 

The involved officer is a five-year veteran assigned to the Bureau of Patrol. She is currently on administrative leave in accordance with departmental policy.  The investigation is ongoing.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Wanted for Attempted First Degree Murder & Attempted Armed Robbery


Hakim Omar Johnson , 22, 5'6"/160 lbs
4200 blk. Barker Lane S.E. Wash. D.C.
ARMED & DANGEROUS



The above listed suspect is wanted for an Attempted 1st Degree Murder and an Attempted Armed Robbery that occurred in the 2300 Block of Southern Avenue, Temple Hills, Maryland.  On February 14, 2012 at 4:31 a.m., patrol officers responded to the 2300 Block of Southern Avenue for a report of an armed robbery.  Upon arrival, the victim advised he was the victim of an attempted armed robbery where the suspect fired at least three (3) rounds at him.  District IV Robbery Suppression Team (RST) was able to identify Hakim Omar Johnson as the suspect.  An arrest warrant was obtained on the suspect for attempted 1st degree murder and related charges, Warrant #D111175455.  The suspect frequents the Fort Washington, Oxon Hill, Temple Hills, and SE Washington, DC areas.
 
   Anyone with information regarding this incident or who can provide information that could assist police in apprehending the Accused is asked to contact Det. Schweinsburg #3331 of the Prince George’s County Police Department, District IV Robbery Suppression Team at 301-749-5064.

Wanted for Commercial Armed Robbery in Oxon Hill




The Prince George’s County Police Department is working to identify the suspects shown in the above surveillance photographs. On March 20, 2012, at approximately 2:35 p.m., the suspects committed an armed robbery at the Tops Liquor Store located at 4422 Wheeler Road, Oxon Hill, MD.

  Anyone with information that may assist in this investigation is asked to call CRIME SOLVERS at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or the CID-Robbery Unit at 301-772-4905 as soon as possible. Please refer to case number 12-080-1473. Whenever information is given to the Prince George’s County Crime Solvers Line, you do not have to leave your name. A CASH REWARD OF UP TO $1000.00 is being offered for the tip that leads to the arrest and indictment of the suspect responsible for this robbery.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

PGPD Investigates Accidental Shooting of Six Year Old

On April 9, 2012, at 2:40 p.m., the Prince George’s County Police Department responded to the 6000 block of Arbutus Lane, Clinton, Maryland, for a shooting.  Upon arrival, the victim was found in a bedroom suffering from what appeared to be an accidental gunshot wound.  The victim was then transported to Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC, where he was pronounced dead.  Investigators have charged Raymond Allen Brown, who is a resident of the home, with Reckless Endangerment and Firearms-Access By Minors.  Investigation revealed that Brown had brought a handgun into the home.   No further information will be provided about the identity of the six year-old shooting victim at this time.  The handgun was recovered.  The investigation continues, to include the determination of the legal ownership of the handgun.

Police Continue Investigation into Police Involved Shooting

The Prince George's County police are continuing their investigation of the officer involved shooting that occurred in the 8100 block of Sheriff  Road.  The police academy recruits arrived on scene to assist  in the search.  During the search  some of the involved officer's equipment was found.

PGPD recruits search crime scene

Recruits search for evidence in wooded area

Looking for evidence

Updates on Significant Incidents over the Past 24 Hours



Prince George’s County, Maryland…Ms. Julie Parker will be providing updates on the investigations of significant incidents that have occurred in the past 24 hours.


Who: Julie Parker, Director, Media Relations Division,
                        Prince George’s County Police Department

When: Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Time: 12:00 p.m.

Where: Police Services Complex
7600 Barlowe Road
Palmer Park, Maryland

Members from the media are invited to attend.  For more information, call the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Media Relations Division at (301) 772-4710.
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Wanted for Commercial Armed Robbery in Landover



The Prince George’s County Police Department is working to identify the suspects shown in the above surveillance photographs. On April 6, 2012, at approximately 7:40 p.m., the suspects committed an armed robbery at the Exxon Gas Station located at 7545 Landover Rd, Landover, MD 20785

 Anyone with information that may assist in this investigation is asked to call CRIMESOLVERS at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or the CID-Robbery Unit at 301-772-4905 as soon as possible. Please refer to case number 12-097-2391. Whenever information is given to the Prince George’s County Crime Solvers Line, you do not have to leave your name. A CASH REWARD OF UP TO $1000.00 is being offered for the tip that leads to the arrest and indictment of the suspects responsible for this robbery.

PGPD Investigates Police Involved Shooting in Landover


On April 9, 2012, at approximately 7:00 p.m., a PGPD officer was investigating suspicious persons in the 8100 block of Sheriff Road, Landover, Maryland. At one point, the suspicious persons fled from the scene. An officer chased them and eventually caught one of the suspects. A confrontation ensued between the officer and the suspect. The officer used a Taser in an attempt to subdue the suspect. The Taser had no effect as the suspect was able to remove the Taser's prongs. The suspect then brandished a handgun. The officer, fearing for his safety, shot the suspect with his service weapon. The suspect was shot and killed. A handgun was recovered from the scene.  The suspect who was shot and killed has been identified as 26-year-old  Michael Anthony Bailey Jr. of the 1800 block of Gould Drive, District Heights, Maryland. 
Detectives are actively investigating this incident. The involved officer is Police Officer Terrence Garrett, a three-year veteran, assigned to the Bureau of Patrol, District III.  He has been placed on routine administrative leave in accordance with departmental policy.








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