Hyattsville Man Arrested Saturday After Seven Hour Police Standoff

The man barricaded himself in his apartment after fleeing the scene of a hit-and-run accident.

A seven-hour-long standoff ended peacefully on Saturday when 28-year-old Hyattsville resident Orlando Crockett surrendered to Prince George's County Police.

Sometime before 11:00 a.m. on Saturday morning Crockett, who was driving an ice cream truck, struck a mail truck near the 6900 block of Hawthorn Road in Hyattsville and fled the scene of the accident, retreating to his apartment, said Cpl. Mike Rodriguez of the Prince George's County Police.

Crockett fled approximately a block away to his townhome on the 2900 block of Kent Town Place, where he remained for the next six hours until police were able to convince him to surrender peacefully, said Rodriguez.

"He surrendered and was transported to get a mental health evaluation," said Rodriguez.

According to Rodriguez, traffic violation and assault charges are pending, but no injuries were reported either as a rusult of the hit-and-run or the police standoff.

Mark Ferguson March 26, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Shame, shame, shame. 2900 Kent Town Place, home of "Hyattsville resident Orlanda Crockett," is 3.1 miles from the nearest boundary of the City of Hyattsville; Kent Town Place is in Landover. I expect that kind of error from the Post or the Gazette; but the Hyattsville Patch??!!??
Mark Ferguson March 26, 2012 at 10:14 PM
For that matter, Hawthorn Street is in Landover, too, intersecting Kent Town Place next to the 2900 block. There is no Hawthorn Road anywhere in Prince George's County.
J.W. Hampton March 27, 2012 at 11:18 AM
It's lazy reporting, Mark. A failure to do due diligence in checking facts and addresses (basics really) before publishing the story.
Mark Ferguson March 27, 2012 at 11:32 AM
Well, I think the issue is the same old (old!) story - that the address *was* checked, and "Hyattsville, MD" was listed as the City & State even though it is nowhere near the City of Hyattsville. Thank you United States Postal Service. But my point is, that of all organizations, the Hyattsville Patch should be most sensitive to this vexing situation. And the repetition of stories like this, with sensational screaming headlines like "Hyattsville Man Arrested After Seven Hour Standoff" in a 30-point font leads people to think that Hyattsville is the kind of place where that sort of thing happens, even though it isn't.
Jenni Pompi (Editor) March 27, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Hi, all. This error is fully mine and you have my apologies. By way of explanation, I'm guest editing for a couple of days while your exceptional editor Micheal takes a few days off. I've nowhere near his expertise on Hyattsville, but am doing the best I can to watch the shop in his absence. Rest assured, your fine editor will be back with you tomorrow.
jeannette dixon March 27, 2012 at 05:06 PM
hyattsville,landover all the same stuff happens everywhere so dont blame her
Shani March 27, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Michael Theis corrected a similar oversight in the past by editing the headline and text of the article to correct the false impression that the suspect and crime took place within the incorporated City of Hyattsville, the region this Patch site regularly covers. Those of us who notice this sort of thing really appreciated it.


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