Serious Crime Down by 4% in Takoma Park; Chief Promotes Officers - Welcomes New Employees and Weekly Crime Report 3/14/14 – 3/27/14

As will be noted in the 2013 Annual Takoma Park Police Crime Report, which has recently been completed, serious crime is down by 4% in Takoma Park in 2013 from 2012. There has been some increases in some types of serious crimes (burglaries) from the five year average. This trend has also been happening in surrounding jurisdictions as well. Police are actively working to reduce this small spike and have engaged the community and surrounding jurisdictions to help. All other types of serious crime are down from their five year average by close to 20% (excluding a single homicide) from 2012.

On March 5, 2014, Chief Alan Goldberg announced officer promotions. Cpl. Charles Hoetzel and Cpl. Jerome Erwin were both promoted to Sergeant; Pfc. Joseph Butler, Pfc. Matthew Barber and Pfc. David Quante were all promoted to Corporal.

The Takoma Park Police Department currently has two cadets in training at the Montgomery County Police Training Academy; they are expected to graduate in September 2014.

Two new dispatchers have also been hired: Yohanna Molina and Daniel Bushman. Both are currently training in their positions.

Congratulations to all of the promotees and welcome to our newest employees!

Weekly Crime Report 3/14/14 – 3/27/14

Arrests:

8000 block of Maple Avenue, on Sunday, March 16, at 7:43 am, a male, 33, was arrested for Driving under the Influence (DUI).

7400 block of New Hampshire Avenue, on Wednesday, March 19, at 8:55 pm, four males, two aged 19 and the other two 22 and 34, were issued criminal citations for Possession of Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS) Marijuana.

8100 block of Roanoke Avenue, on Thursday, March 20, at 8:45 pm, two males, ages 19 and 36, were arrested for 2nd Degree Assault and Disorderly Conduct.

2300 block of Drexel Street, Adelphi, Maryland, on Friday, March 21, at 8:11 pm, a male, 47, was arrested by the Special Assignment Team (SAT) for open warrants for False Statement to an Officer, Theft and Child Support issues. Warrants were outstanding in the City of Takoma Park, Calvert County and Anne Arundel County.

Maryland 650 at Merwood Drive, on Saturday, March 22, at 2:50 am, a male, 22, was arrested for an outstanding warrant. Takoma Park Police were patrolling the area of New Hampshire Avenue and Holton Lane when an officer observed a subject make an illegal u-turn. A traffic stop was conducted and it was revealed that the subject had an open warrant through Anne Arundel County for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and theft over $1,000.

7400 block of New Hampshire Avenue, on Sunday, March 23, at 12:16 am, a male, 19, was arrested for Disorderly Conduct and Displaying a weapon.

Ward 1:

7600 block of Takoma Avenue, on Friday, March 14 at 3:00 pm, officers responded to Montgomery College and issued a criminal citation to a male, 23, for possession of an alcoholic beverage on school property.

7000 block of Carroll Avenue, on Sunday, March 16 at 8:34 pm, officers responded for a theft of services from Roscoe’s Pizza.

7400 block of Cedar Avenue, on Wednesday, March 19 at 5:31 pm, officers responded for a fraudulent telephone scam.

7100 block of Willow Avenue, on Tuesday, March 25 at 8:14 pm, officers responded for a strong arm robbery, assault and theft under $500.

Ward 2:

300 block of Ethan Allen Avenue, on Saturday, March 15 at 9:38 am, officers responded for an auto theft and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Investigation identified two suspects, both males, one age 48 and other age unknown, and warrants were issued for their arrests.

7500 block of Carroll Avenue, on Sunday, March 16 at 11:06 pm, officers responded for a theft from auto and destruction of property.

7600 block of Carroll Avenue, on Wednesday, March 19 at 12:19 pm, officers responded for a theft of property from the Washington Adventist Hospital (WAH).

Unit block of Manor Circle, on Saturday, March 22 at 9:56 am, officers responded for a second degree assault.

6900 block of Prince George’s Avenue, on Wednesday, March 26 at 3:16 pm, officers responded for a theft over $1,000.

Ward 3:

6300 block of New Hampshire Avenue, on Thursday, March 20 at 7:02 pm, officers responded to the Advance Auto Parts Store for a theft.

300 block of Circle Avenue, on Wednesday, March 26 at 11:06 am, officers responded for a fraud.

6500 block of Allegheny Avenue, on Wednesday, March 26 at 4:58 pm, officers responded for a theft under $1,000.

Ward 4:

7500 block of Maple Avenue, on Wednesday, March 19 at 10:18 am, officers responded for a check cashing scam.

7700 block of Maple Avenue, on Thursday, March 20 at 11:24, officers responded for a stolen vehicle.

7500 block of Maple Avenue, on Thursday, March 20 at 8:50 pm, officers responded to the front of the Black Lion Grocery Store for an armed robbery and assault.

7600 block of Maple Avenue, on Friday, March 21 at 5:41 pm, officers responded for a vandalism to vehicle.

Ward 5:

8100 block of Roanoke Avenue, on Monday, March 24 at 9:32 am, officers responded for a stolen vehicle.

Ward 6:

7400 block of New Hampshire Avenue, on Saturday, March 15 at 3:22 am, officers responded for an armed robbery, theft under $1,000, first degree assault and reckless endangerment. Five suspects robbed two victims of their property and assaulted them. The suspects were described as (1) Hispanic male, 35-38 years old, last seen wearing black clothing; (2) Hispanic male, 30-33 years old, last seen wearing black clothing; (3) Hispanic male, 30-35 years old, last seen wearing black clothing; (4) Black male, last seen wearing black clothing; and (5) Black male, last seen wearing black clothing. All five suspects were carrying black handguns.

1000 block of University Blvd., on Saturday, March 15 at 12:03 pm, officers responded for vandalism to vehicle.

1300 block of University Blvd., on Monday, March 17 at 8:18 am, officers responded for a theft from Walgreens.

7400 block of New Hampshire Avenue, on Sunday, March 23 at 3:45 pm, officers responded for a stolen vehicle.

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