Tuesday, October 31, 2017

PGPD Investigates Fatal Collision in Upper Marlboro


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The Prince George’s County Police Department’s Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit is investigating a collision in Upper Marlboro that resulted in the death of 73-year-old Isiah Pugh of the 900 block of Forest Drive in Oxon Hill.

On October 24, 2017, at about 1:10 pm, patrol officers were called to the 15900 block of Marlboro Pike for a vehicle collision into a building.

The preliminary investigation reveals the driver of a car heading southbound on Old Crain Hwy attempted to make a right turn onto Marlboro Pike. The driver lost control of the vehicle and struck the side of a building. Six people were taken to the hospital with injuries. Mr. Pugh succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead this afternoon.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit at 301-731-4422. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477); online at www.pgcrimesolvers.com or the “P3 Tips” mobile app (search “P3 Tips” in the Apple Store or Google Play to download the app to your mobile device).

Thousands of Citations and Multiple Arrests During Ongoing Indian Head Highway Traffic Initiative

As part of our ongoing efforts to reduce unsafe driving along Indian Head Highway, we have partnered with the Maryland State Police to provide enhanced traffic enforcement. This initiative started in early September, 2017.

In just 6 weeks, our combined efforts resulted in more than 3,100 traffic citations, along with multiple arrests. One of these arrests took place October 23rd around 8:00 am. While conducting traffic enforcement in the area of Indian Head Highway and Old Fort Road, one of our officers observed a car traveling at a tremendous speed. When the officer was finally able to catch up to the car, it was determined that the car was traveling 116 miles per hour. In that area, the speed limit is just 55 miles per hour.

Upon speaking with the driver, our officers observed that there was young child in the front passenger seat that was not in any type child safety seat. There was also a 6-month-old baby in the rear seat. While investigating, our officers determined that the driver had been pulled over multiple times for speeding and did not have a valid license. This area is also a construction zone. The driver was arrested and faces multiple traffic charges.

Additionally, more than 175 commercial vehicle inspections have been conducted along Indian Head Highway during this timeframe.

The PGPD and MSP will continue to focus on enforcing traffic laws on this busy roadway in our ongoing commitment to keeping all county roadways safe.  If you see unsafe driving behavior, please do not hesitate to call 911.





Monday, October 30, 2017

PGPD Searches for Missing Woman

Update Friday, November 10th: Ms. Alexander has been safely located.

Update Monday, October 30th: The new picture shows what Ms. Alexander was last seen wearing.

Murle Alexander

The Prince George’s County Police Department is seeking the public’s help in finding a missing woman. She is identified as 49-year-old Murle Martha Alexander. She was last seen in the 8500 block of Annapolis Road in New Carrollton at about 10:00 am on October 28, 2017.

Alexander is described as an African American female, 5’04”, and 187 pounds. She was last seen wearing a purple sweater, black pants, black shoes and a black knitted winter hat.

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

Friday, October 27, 2017

PGPD Searches for Missing Woman

Update October 30, 2017: Rita Todaro has been safely located.


The Prince George’s County Police Department is seeking the public’s help in finding a missing woman. She is identified as 55-year-old Rita Elvira Kate Todaro. She was last seen in the 11000 block of Evans Trail in Beltsville at about 11:00 am on October 23, 2017.

Todaro is described as a Caucasian female, 5’07”, and 180 pounds. She may be driving a green 1999 Honda Civic with Maryland Registration “9FJS44”, similar to the below pictured car.



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.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Wanted Wednesday

Brazen Sub Shop Robbery

Robbery Unit detectives want to find and arrest this supsect who robbed a sub shop with a large knife. He targeted the business on October 20th shortly after it opened for the day. The suspect demanded cash and then ran from the business in the 10000 block of Campus Way South in Upper Marlboro. If you have any info on this case, please call 301-772-4905 or 1-866-411-TIPS. We are offering a cash reward.

Non-fatal Shooting Investigation

Our detectives are asking for the community’s assistance in identifying these three suspects. They’re wanted in connection with a non-fatal shooting in Temple Hills on Saturday. The shooting occurred shortly before midnight in the 3200 block of Naylor Road. The victim was shot in the leg. Preliminarily, it appears one of the suspects got into an argument with the victim prior to the shooting. They were last seen driving a tan-colored Chevy Impala. Anyone who recognizes these suspects is urged to call 301-292-5300.

Burglary Suspect

We’re also looking for 30-year-old William Pickeral Jr. He’s wanted in connection with a residential burglary in Accokeek on September 12th in the 1000 block of Accokeek Road. Pickeral is known to frequent the 15000 block of Livingston Road in Accokeek. Anyone with information on where we can find him is asked to call 301-856-3130.

Robbery Investigation

Our last case this Wanted Wednesday is a case we first brought you back in May. We’re still actively searching for these three suspects who are wanted for robbing a pharmacy in in the 8200 block of Oxon Hill Road. The investigation reveals the suspects stole several different varieties of prescription medications. This robbery took place on May 10th. If you have any information on this case, please call 301-772-4905 or Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS. A cash reward is available. 

Detectives Release Video of Person of Interest in Sexual Assault in City of Bowie

Updated October 26, 2017.  Detectives have identified and spoken with the man in this video. He is not believed to be involved in this sexual assault. Investigators continue to actively investigate this case and urge anyone with information on a suspect to be call 1-866-411-TIPS. A cash reward is available and you will not need to give your name.

Canvass in Bowie Neighborhood Planned for This Evening



Prince George’s County Police detectives today released video of a man on a bicycle who they would like to talk to regarding a sexual assault in the City of Bowie.

On October 23rd, at about 4:30 pm, a man grabbed a woman who was jogging in the area of Jennings Mill Drive and Jennings Lane. The suspect sexually assaulted the victim on a playground. She was able to break free from the suspect who then ran from the area.

The suspect is described as an African American male, heavy set and was wearing a gray-hooded shirt and black pants.

This evening, detectives plan to canvass the neighborhood where the assault occurred in an effort to gather additional information. The canvass is planned for 5:00 pm.  


Anyone with information on this case is urged to call the Sexual Assault Unit at (301) 772-4908. Callers can remain anonymous by calling CRIME SOLVERS at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477). You may also text “PGPD plus your tips” to CRIMES (274537) on your cell phone or go www.pgcrimesolvers.com and submit a tip online.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

PGPD Investigating Fatal Collision in Laurel

The Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit is investigating a fatal collision in Laurel on Monday evening. The victim is 46-year-old Lucia Espirtu-Cortez of Avery Drive in Laurel.

On October 23rd, at approximately 5:25 pm, patrol officers were called to the intersection of Laurel Bowie Road and Bowie Road for the report of a collision involving two vehicles. Espirtu-Cortez was rushed to a hospital where she died a short time later. The driver and a second occupant in the victim’s vehicle suffered what appear to be non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the second vehicle also suffered what appear to be non-life threatening injuries. 

The preliminary investigation reveals the victim was riding in a van that was traveling northbound on Laurel Bowie Road when the driver attempted to make a left turn onto Bowie Road. The second vehicle, which was traveling southbound on Laurel Bowie Road, collided with the van.  

Anyone with information is asked to call the Prince George’s County Police Department’s 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 23, 2017

PGPD Searches for Missing Teen

UPDATE: Ms. Bettis has been located in good health.


Daniele Bettis


The Prince George’s County Police Department is seeking the public’s help in finding a missing teen. She is identified as 16-year-old Daniele Easter Bettis. She was last seen in the 4100 block of Yearling Court in Upper Marlboro at about 10:00 pm on October 22, 2017.

Bettis is described as an African American female, 5’10”, and 134 pounds. She was last seen wearing a green sweater, blue jeans and grey shoes.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Regional Investigation Division – Central Region at (301) 772-4911.


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