Monday, April 23, 2018

Detectives Asking Community for Assistance in Identifying Man Who Exposed Himself in Lewisdale


Detectives with our Sexual Assault Unit are actively working to find and arrest the man who exposed himself in front of a young child. This occurred inside of a store in Lewisdale Saturday evening. Investigators plan to conduct a canvass today in an attempt to gather additional information.

On April 21st, at approximately 7:30 pm, patrol officers were called to the business in the 2200 block of University Boulevard East.

The preliminary investigation reveals a mother and her daughter had been shopping together. It appears while the mother was briefly facing away, the suspect exposed and touched himself in the view of the daughter. The suspect did not touch the young girl.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male with a beard. He wore blue jeans, a black and gray hat and gray shoes. The canvass will begin at 5:00 pm in the 2200 block of University Boulevard East.

Detectives are looking into whether a suspicious person report alleging a man exposed himself to a child in early March at the same store is related to this case. At that time, officers reviewed surveillance video and conducted a neighborhood canvass. A potential suspect was not identified nor captured on video.

Anyone with information that could help detectives is asked to please call our Sexual Assault Unit at 301-772-4908. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), or go online at www.pgcrimesolvers.com, or use the “P3 Tips” mobile app (search “P3 Tips” in the Apple Store or Google Play to download the app onto your mobile device.)

PGPD Investigates Fatal Collision in Adelphi


The Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit is investigating a fatal crash in Adelphi. The victim is 26-year-old Jose Hernandez-Rojas of Harriet Avenue in Baltimore.

On April 21st, at approximately 4:30 am, patrol officers responded to the 8500 block of Adelphi Road for a collision involving a single car.

The preliminary investigation reveals the car was heading northbound on Adelphi Road, when for reasons which remain under investigation, it left the roadway and struck multiple trees. The victim was pronounced dead on the scene. There were no passengers in the car.
   
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).

Friday, April 20, 2018

Two Suspects in Custody for February Homicide in Capitol Heights

Tre Branch                                Pierre Queen 
Homicide Unit detectives identified and arrested two suspects in connection with a homicide in Capitol Heights in February. The suspects are 25-year-old Tre Branch of the 4700 block of Omaha Street in Capitol Heights and 26-year-old Pierre Queen of the 900 block of 48th Street in Northeast DC. They’re charged with the fatal stabbing of 32-year-old Joseph Whack of no fixed address.

On February 4th, at approximately 11:20 pm, patrol officers were called to the 1300 block of Glacier Avenue to check on the welfare of a man in the roadway. When they arrived, they located the victim suffering from stab wounds. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

During the course of the investigation, detectives developed Branch and Queen as suspects. The preliminary investigation reveals the suspects stabbed the victim during a dispute. The suspects and victim were acquaintances.  The suspects are both charged with first and second degree murder and related charges. They are in the custody of the Department of Corrections on a no-bond status.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Homicide Unit at 301-772-4925. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), or go online at www.pgcrimesolvers.com, or use the “P3 Tips” mobile app (search “P3 Tips” in the Apple Store or Google Play to download the app onto your mobile device.)

PGPD Statement to Community About Ongoing Investigation Into Camera Investigation At a PGCPS Facility

On Monday April 16th, Prince George’s County Police Chief Hank Stawinski and Dr. Kevin Maxwell, CEO of the Prince George’s County Public School System, jointly announced the launch of a PGPD investigation into the placement of an apparent hidden camera inside an administrative office at a Prince George’s County Public school. 

In keeping with his pledge to the community to keep residents informed, Chief Stawinski wishes to update his community on the continuing investigation.  

PGPD detectives are in the process of conducting interviews and securing warrants, so they can analyze a recording system that was attached to a hidden camera device inside an office at a local public school.  By way of new information, the Baltimore Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation is assisting PGPD in the forensic examination of the data.

At this point in the investigation, it appears the camera had been placed in a single administrative office for several months.  The location was an office and not a locker room or bathroom.   As stated earlier, it appears that the camera captured only video and no audio. 

Chief Stawinski explained, “The interviews and forensic examinations are processes that will take some time before I am able to bring definitive information to our community.   I am asking for patience and understanding as my detectives conduct their work.  Once we arrive at a point where we can confidently draw conclusions as to why the camera was placed in the office, who placed the camera there, who authorized the surveillance, and what was captured on recording, I will be able to provide our community with answers insofar the release of information does not compromise any ongoing investigation.”

In our ongoing efforts to protect the identity of the person whose office was apparently surveyed, PGPD cannot release any further information as to the camera’s location.


“I want our community to know that if, at any point in our investigation, we discover information that needs to be brought to the attention of parents whose children attend the affected school, I will do so immediately,” said Chief Stawinski.     

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