Our patrol officers suit up each day to serve and protect the people of Prince George’s County. Their good work too often goes unnoticed. Here are the Patrol Officers of the Month for April.
District I Police Officer of the Month
Police Officer Arturo Navarro
On April 15, 2014, Police Officer Arturo Navarro responded to an apartment in Hyattsville for a burglary in progress. The suspect broke in through the dining room window, while a mother and her two young children were inside. They were able to escape unharmed. Police Officer Navarro arrived just as the mother and children were running from the apartment and saw the suspect chasing them. After seeing PO Navarro, the suspect tried to run away. Officer Navarro quickly caught and arrested the suspect.
District II Police Officer of the Month
Police Officer Mohamed Magassouba
On April 5, 2014, Police Officer Mohamed Magassouba responded to Palamar Drive in Lanham for the report of a single car crash. The car was reportedly on fire. After arriving on the scene, PO Magassouba found two people trapped inside the burning car. Officer Navarro was able to pull out both the driver and passenger and quickly extinguished flames on their bodies with his gloved hands. Both were taken to a hospital with serious injuries, but they survived thanks to Officer Magassouba’s courageous actions.
District III Police Officer of the Month
Corporal Renaldo Mason
On April 4, 2014, Corporal Renaldo Mason responded for a domestic dispute. A woman reported that her boyfriend was armed with a handgun and was following her car as she tried to drive to a police station. Corporal Mason quickly responded to the area and spotted the suspect as he was driving on Donnell Drive in Suitland. Corporal Mason was able to safely stop and arrest the man without incident. A loaded handgun was recovered from the suspect’s car.
District IV Police Officer of the Month
Police Officer Stephen Price
On April 12, 2014, Police Officer Stephen Price was on routine patrol when he saw three men loitering in the parking lot of a hotel. After stopping to investigate, one of the men ran away. Officer Price ran after him and saw a handgun fall from the man’s pants. The suspect was quickly caught and arrested. The handgun was also recovered. Detectives were ultimately able to link all three men to a robbery.
District V Police Officers of the Month
Police Officer Garry Allen
Police Officer Gregory Powell
On April 5, 2014, Police Officers Gary Allen and Gregory Powell responded for a burglary in progress in Temple Hills. The officers were familiar with the address, having been called there before for domestic disputes. As they arrived on the scene, Officers Allen and Powell saw a man running from the home and enter a nearby car. The officers tried to stop the car with two men inside before it began moving. The suspects were determined to flee and used their car as a weapon. The suspects sped toward the officers, striking one of them, before speeding away from the scene. During the encounter, both officers discharged their service weapons. The suspects split up and were later located and arrested at two different hospitals where they sought treatment.
District VI Police Officer of the Month
Police Officer Rebecca Sprague
On April 24, 2014, Police Officer Rebecca Sprague responded to an armed robbery in Laurel. As officers responded to the area, the victim reported that the suspects ran towards a footpath in a nearby wooded area. Being very familiar with her beat, Officer Sprague drove to where she knew the footpath ended. As she approached the area, she saw three men on the footpath who matched the description of the robbery suspects. As she moved closer, all three ran away. After a long chase, Officer Sprague arrested one of the suspects without incident. She was also able to provide lookout information and direction of travel for the remaining suspects, which led to additional officers finding and arresting them.