Sunday, September 21, 2014

PGPD Suspends Officer After Assault Charge

A Prince George's County Police Officer is suspended after the Baltimore Police Department charged him with second degree assault on Saturday, September 20, 2014. Police Officer Michael O’Connell was off duty at the time of his arrest. 

Our Special Investigation Response Team (SIRT) launched an administrative investigation after learning of the arrest.  Officer O’Connell is currently suspended with pay pending an administrative hearing.

O’Connell has been employed by the PGPD for three years, and is currently assigned to the Bureau of Patrol. 
For more information, please contact the Baltimore Police Department's on-call public information officer at 410-396-2012.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

PGPD to Conduct Sobriety Checkpoint

The Prince George’s County Police Department’s Special Operations Division will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint on Friday, September 19, 2014, from 9:00 pm to 3:00 am. Officers will be focusing on the northern portion of the county.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014


Video Game Store Robberies

Please take a moment and watch this surveillance video. It begins by showing three suspects walking around outside of a store in the 5700 block of Silver Hill Road in District Heights on September 12, 2014. The suspects then pull down masks and walk into the video game store. One of the suspects had a gun. The suspects demanded cash from the register. Before leaving the store, the three grabbed merchandise. If you recognize either of these suspects or have information on this case, please call 301-772-4905. You can also call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS. A cash reward is being offered in this case.

A few days later, another video game store was robbed. On September 16, 2014, at about 11:00 am, two suspects targeted a store in the 6200 block of Livingston Road in Oxon Hill. The suspects wore masks that partially covered their faces. One of the suspects pulled out a gun and demanded cash. The suspects grabbed cash and merchandise before running out of the store. Detectives are looking into whether the two cases are connected.

Robbery Suspect

Do you recognize this suspect? He’s wanted in connection with an armed robbery in Mount Rainier on September 12, 2014. Our investigation reveals this suspect and a second suspect robbed a man of cash in the 3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue. One of the suspects had a weapon. After the robbery, the two suspects ran south on Rhode Island Avenue toward the District.

Convenience Store Robbery

Robbery detectives are also actively searching for these armed robbery suspects. The two men robbed a convenience store in the 6800 block of Race Track Road in Bowie on August 29, 2014. The suspects pointed a gun at an employee and demanded cash. They then ran from the store. If you have any information on this case, please call 301-772-4905.

Arson Suspect

The Office of the Fire Marshal for Prince Georges County in conjunction with the Prince Georges County Police Departments Arson Task Force is investigating a 2nd Degree Arson.  On September 8, 2014, at about 4:00 am, the suspect started a fire inside a trash can in the 4800 Block of Marlboro Pike.  Investigators are asking for help in identifying the suspect shown in the above video.  Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect and/or his whereabouts is asked to call the Office of the Fire Marshal for Prince Georges County at 301-306-5686.  Callers wishing to remain anonymous can contact Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS.

PGPD Honors Patrol Officers of the Month

Whether we’re in the midst of a heat wave or in the depths of winter, our patrol officers suit up to serve and protect the residents of Prince George’s County. Each day, those officers do good work. Here are the Patrol Officers of the Month for July.

District I Patrol Officer of the Month
Corporal Jason Smith 

Corporal Jason Smith was honored for finding a hit-and-run driver in College Park. The driver had just struck and killed a pedestrian on July 6, 2014. Corporal Smith recognized that the fleeing driver may head to the Capitol Beltway, so he headed that way and was able to find and arrest the driver.

District II Patrol Officer of the Month
Corporal Christopher Wood

On July 24, 2014, Corporal Christopher Wood responded to Lake Arbor Way for a report of vandalism to a car. While canvassing the area, Corporal Wood saw two people carrying a flashlight and a backpack walking near the area of the vandalism. Corporal Wood made an investigative stop and was given consent to search the backpack. Inside, he found an Apple Macbook Pro computer, an Apple iPad and mail in a third person’s name.  It was soon discovered that the computer belonged to a theft victim. The victim advised that he left his backpack inside his car. The two suspects were arrested.

District II Patrol Officer of the Month
Police Officer Joshua Hitchens

On July 14, 2014, Police Officer Joshua Hitchens was on patrol in Largo when he spotted a suspicious car. As he walked up to the car, he saw a man inside asleep in the driver’s seat. The keys were in the ignition and the engine was running. Officer Hitchens then saw an open alcoholic beverage on the front passenger seat. The officer asked the man to step out of the car at which time Officer Hitchens smelled alcohol on his breath. The man was arrested. A search of the car revealed a handgun under the front driver’s seat and a magazine with 16 rounds.

District III Police Officers of the Month
Police Officer First Class David Rustin

Police Officer Steven Frey
On July 23, 2014, Police Officer First Class David Rustin and Police Officer Steven Frey were dispatched to the 7700 block of Landover Road for the report of a suspicious man with a child. Once on scene, the officers began speaking with the man who provided a false name and date of birth. One of the officers took out his phone and looked up a blog with information about a child abduction reported by Metro Transit Police. Both officers agreed the man they were talking to was the suspect. The suspect then tried to run away while still holding the child. The officers ran after him and were able to take him into custody. The child wasn’t hurt and was reunited with her mother.

District IV Police Officer of the Month
Corporal Kevin Brooks Sr.

On July 20, 2014, Corporal Kevin Brooks conducted a traffic stop in the 3300 block of Branch Avenue in Temple Hills. The car was being driven without headlights on at night. After stopping the car, Corporal Brooks detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the car. Further investigation revealed seven white pills of suspected morphine, a two- liter bottle of suspected liquid codeine and a scale. The front passenger had a marijuana cigarette. A bag was also recovered containing 127 grams of suspected marijuana and a loaded handgun with the serial number removed. The driver was arrested and the passenger was issued a criminal citation for possession of marijuana.

District V Police Officers of the Month
Police Officer First Class Scott Weisbrod

Police Officer Orlando Treadwell

On July 20, 2014, Police Officer First Class Scott Weisbrod and Police Officer Orlando Treadwell were called to Clinton Way in Clinton for the report of a suspicious vehicle. When they arrived, the car was gone, but the officers continued to patrol in the area. A short time later, the suspicious vehicle sped by the officers. POFC Weisbrod and Officer Treadwell were able to catch up to the car moments after the occupants left it parked in a nearby driveway. The two suspects were quickly caught near the car.  Inside the car was a loaded handgun on the driver’s floor board. The gun had been stolen in an earlier burglary. Both suspects were arrested.

District VI Police Officer of the Month
Police Officer Michael Risher

On July 5, 2014, Police Officer Michael Risher responded to Cherry Hill Road in Beltsville for an unknown trouble. Once on the scene, a witness told Officer Risher a woman had just been stabbed, the victim’s child was inside the home and the suspect may still be on the scene. With the assistance of a squad member, a room to room search was conducted. Officer Risher forced entry into a basement room where the victim and child were hiding. Officer Risher saw the victim’s extensive injuries and used tools from his newly-issued trauma kit to try to stop the bleeding. The officer had just been trained to use the trauma kit days earlier. The victim was rushed to a hospital where doctors stated that Officer Risher likely saved the victim’s life.

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