Friday, July 20, 2012
City police directed to conduct more patrols of area around Hyattsville theater after deadly rampage in Aurora.
In the wake of a horrific mass-shooting at a premier screening in Aurora, CO of The Dark Knight Rises which left 12 people dead and 71 people suffering from gunshot wounds last night, Hyattsville police say they will be stepping up patrols around the Regal Royale theater in Hyattsville. According to Chris Purvis, public information officer for the Hyattsville City Police Department, an email sent to city police officers earlier today contained instructions for all shifts to conduct directed patrols in and around the movie theater and to be on the lookout for people acting suspiciously. The Huffington Post has full, continuing coverage of the shooting in Aurora. Regal Entertainment Group, the company which owns the Regal Royale Theater in…
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Council discusses sexual harassment lawsuit behind closed doors.
If you tuned into last night's Hyattsville City Council meeting wondering if there would be any reaction to the recently filed federal lawsuit alleging sexual harassment on the city police force, keep wondering. City council did discuss the lawsuit, filed last month by former Hyattsville police officer Marsha Lessard, but only behind closed doors at the tail end of the meeting. Council members unanimously approved a motion to enter closed session to discuss the case with city attorney Richard Colaresi, among other topics. After the meeting, which ended around 11 p.m. following the hour-and-a-half long closed session, city council members were reluctant to talk about the case in any detail as they filed out of council chambers. Police …
Monday, July 16, 2012
Hyattsville's legal insurance provider wants police supervisors to take classes on how to spot and stop police misconduct.
Tonight, in the face of four open federal lawsuits against the Hyattsville City Police Department, the City Council will consider funding a new round of training programs designed to help supervisors spot and put a stop to police misconduct. The two-and-a-half day training program, entitled Early Warning System: Managing Misconduct for Supervisors, will review the history of police misconduct in the United states as well as law enforcement ethics, police corruption, and early intervention systems to appropriately respond to reports of police misconduct. The training will also cover police sexual misconduct, examining seven profiles of sexual abuse by police and discussing prevention strategies. The training also includes a session on how …
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Twenty-eight years ago Private Robert King became the first–and so far only–Hyattsville police officer to die in the line of duty. His death still carries lessons for the department today.
After 28 years, the death of a Hyattsville police officer still resonates within the city police department. Under a weeping, gray sky, a dozen police officers and surviving family members and colleagues gathered at Fort Lincoln Cemetery on Monday morning to pay respect to Private Robert King, the only member of the Hyattsville City Police Department to give the last full measure in service to his community. Led in prayer by Fr. James Stack from St. Jerome's Catholic Church, the group volunteered warm remembrances of a man equally devoted to his family as well as his job. King died on June 18, 1984 after crashing his police motorcycle while in pursuit of a stolen motorcycle. He was only 27 years old, and he left behind a wife and a two…
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
The Hyattsville City Police Department wants to purchase two motion sensing cameras to identify, apprehend and deter graffiti vandals.
Put yourself in the mind of a graffiti vandal looking to add your tag to some blighted back alley brick wall frequently defaced by spray paint. You approach the scene at night under the cover of darkness, shaking your aerosol paint can, ready to leave your mark. Then suddenly you are blinded by a bright flash of light while a detached voice cracks through the nighttime quiet. "Stop! This is a restricted area and your photograph was just taken. We will use it to prosecute you. Leave the area now!" Would you stick around to leave your tag? Officials with the Hyattsville City Police Department don't think so, and for that reason they are trying to purchase two new automated cameras which they hope will help to identify, apprehend and deter…
Saturday, April 28, 2012
In this week's crime map, Hyattsville police respond to two reports of inappropriate grabbing.
In a week which saw yet another violent sexual assault take place in Hyattsville, city police also responded to two incidents of groping. The gropings both occured in the vicinity of the Mall at Prince George's. The first incident happened on Monday, April 16 at 6:30 a.m. According to information provided by the Hyattsville City Police Department, a person walking in the 6500 block of Belcrest Road was grabbed inappropriately by an unknown suspect who then fled towards East-West Highway. Then, three days later on Thursday, April 19 at 8 p.m., another person walking in the 3300 block of East West Highway was groped by an unknown suspect who then fled. The details were revealed in a weekly crime report released by city police. The map, …
Friday, March 30, 2012
A man dressed as a courier robbed residents at a home on Hamilton Street in Hyattsville Friday.
Hyattsville City Police are asking residents to be cautious after a man dressed as a courier invaded a home on the 4000 block of Hamilton Street Friday morning. According to a Nixle alert put out by the City of Hyattsville, the suspect is describe as a light-skinned black male, 5 feet, 11 inches tall, medium build. He was dressed in an official uniform from a well-known delivery company, although city staff would not releasing the name of the company. The suspect displayed a black semi-automatic handgun and took a small amount of cash and some personal items from the home, according to the alert. Police believe he had an accomplice. Communications manager Abby Sandel said police are asking that if residents are expecting a delivery, they …
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Among the crimes reported last week, a victim was stabbed during an assault and robbery near Nicholas Orem Middle School.
Among the notable items in this week's Hyattsville City Police Department crime report is a stabbing near Northwestern High School. According to police, on about 4:30 p.m. on March 12, the victim was confronted by five unknown suspects as he crossed the parking lot of Nicholas Orem Middle School. They knocked him to the ground and began hitting and kicking him. It was only when the victim returned home that he discovered that he had been stabbed. A call to Sgt. Chris Purvis, HCPD's public information officer, has not yet been returned. As ususal, the crime map is above and the raw data is below. Report covers the period between March 11 and March 18, 2012.
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Local roundup of crime reported to the Hyattsville Police Department
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Saturday, January 14, 2012
Between Dec. 24 and Jan. 12 there were 19 reports of theft at the Mall at Prince George's. Other crimes are listed below. Dec. 24 Breaking and entering, burglary at the 5600 Block of 31st Avenue around 7 a.m. Theft from vehicle at the 5700 Block of 38th Avenue around 12:30 p.m. Dec. 25 Simple assualt at the 4200 Block of Oglethorpe Street around 8:30 a.m. Dec. 26 Armed robbery, home invasion at the 5700 Block of 29th Avenue around 7 p.m. Dec. 27 Vehicle theft at the 3300 Block of Chanucey Place around 6:20 a.m. Dec. 28 Breaking and entering, burglary at the 4100 Block of Queensbury Road around 8:45 a.m. Dec. 30 Theft from vehicle at the 4000 Block of Madison Street around 6:30 a.m. Theft from vehicle, this time at the the 5500 Block of …
Monday, July 18, 2011
A driver was ejected from a car and taken to a local hospital for treatment. Another driver and passenger were treated for non-life threatening injuries.
About 4:30 a.m. on Sunday two cars collided at the intersection of Belcrest Road and Queens Chapel Road, resulting in one person being ejected from their car and sustaining severe injuries, police said. Upon arriving on the scene, Hyattsville police found that one of the cars involved tried to turn left from northbound Queens Chapel onto Belcrest Road when it was hit by another vehicle traveling southbound on Queens Chapel Road. The driver of the first vehicle was ejected from a car and taken to a local hospital for treatment, police said. The other driver and passenger were treated for non-life threatening injuries. Police aren’t yet aware of alcohol was involved. Because of the nature and extent of injuries to the driver of the first car…