Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Guidance For Drone Operators in Prince George’s County

In light of Monday's arrest of a 24-year-old College Park man whose personal drone almost collided with a Prince George's County Police Helicopter while in flight, we would like to remind the public of the following critical information.   

While drones are easily acquired for purchase, drone operators must adhere to strict rules surrounding their actual use.  

All drones must be registered with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) which is responsible for investigation and enforcement of restricted airspace violations. 

Prince George’s County lies completely within the National Capital Region (NCR) restricted airspace which is particularly important with respect to drone flights. 

We are providing a map to explain current laws, rules, and regulations.

The majority of our county lies within the Federal Aviation Administration's designated Flight Restricted Zone (FRZ) where drone flights are completely prohibited.

(The red circle in map reflects the Flight Restricted Zone.)  

However, a small portion of the county lies within the Special Flight Rules Area (SRFA) where drone flights are limited to daylight hours and no higher than 400 feet above ground level.

(The yellow circle in map reflects the Special Flight Rules Area.)



If you own a drone, it's critical to know where you are and the relevant rules specific to your location before you operate the drone.

Illegal use of drones can put lives at risk.  Our helicopter pilots had to perform evasive maneuvers to avoid colliding with the drone in Monday's incident.   When drones are seen being flown in the restricted no fly zone or witnessed being flown against regulations as noted above, our officers are notified and we do respond.  If, and, when the operator is identified, they face serious consequences including arrest and could be charged federally.   


If you are a drone hobbyist and would like more information please go to faa.gov or call 1-866-TELL-FAA (866-835-5322.) 

Monday, April 24, 2017

PGPD Arrests Drone Operator in College Park

 Trevon Miller

Our Homeland Security Division has arrested a suspect after he was caught flying a drone in restricted airspace in the area of the five-alarm fire in College Park today. The suspect is 24-year-old Trevon Miller of Baltimore Avenue in College Park.

On April 24th around 12:30 pm, our police helicopter was flying to assist firefighters as they worked to contain the massive fire. While assisting, the suspect flew his privately-owned drone into the direct flight path of our helicopter. The pilot performed evasive maneuvers and was able to prevent a collision. The suspect who was piloting the drone was located and arrested by officers on the ground.


Miller is charged with interfering with police and fire response, along with reckless endangerment. Detectives will consult the Federal Aviation Administration for consideration of additional criminal charges. 

The Federal Aviation Administration has established rules for hobbyists to operate drone devices inside of any restricted airspace.  The National Capital Region is considered restricted airspace.  It is also illegal to fly a drone within five miles of an airport. 


We would like to remind our residents to be mindful of specific laws when operating a drone device and to check with the Federal Aviation Administration regarding any questions on appropriate use of these devices. Anyone who observes suspicious or dangerous drone use is urged to call 911. 

PGPD to Participate in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Initiative


This Saturday, the Prince George’s County Police Department, along with the Drug Enforcement Administration, will be collecting potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction. The effort is part of the “National Prescription Drug Take-Back Initiative.”

The PGPD will have three collection locations on Saturday. The medications do not need to be in their original packaging. We will not be able to accept liquids or needles/injectable pens. This collection service is free and anonymous. 

 PGPD collection locations:  

*District I Station at 5000 Rhode Island Avenue in Hyattsville 

*District III Station at 7600 Barlowe Road in Palmer Park 
*District IV Station at 5135 Indian Head Highway in Oxon Hill

When:   Saturday, April 29, 2017


Time:    10:00 am – 2:00 pm

PGPD Taking Part in Regional Terror Attack Preparedness Exercise

We would like to inform county residents about a training exercise we are participating in this Wednesday. Law enforcement agencies across the region are taking part. The exercise is designed to prepare for the possibility of a terror attack. The exercise will be staged at six sites including two locations in Prince George’s County.

Residents who live in and drive around Bowie and Cheltenham will likely see an increased police presence throughout the day Wednesday as part of the exercise.


This full-scale exercise is being organized by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. Here is additional information regarding the exercise: http://bit.ly/2pcJYag


Thursday, April 20, 2017

PGPD Searches for Missing Woman

Updated April 24, 2017: Ms. Johnson has been safely located in Virginia. 


The Prince George’s County Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in searching for a missing person. She is identified as 72-year-old Helen Johnson.

Johnson was last seen in the 5600 Helmont Drive in Oxon Hill on April 10th, at 4:00 pm. Ms. Johnson could be driving a gray Ford Taurus, bearing Maryland registration 4ALD25.

Not Actual Car 

Johnson is described as an African American female, 5’5”, and 150 pounds. She was wearing a light colored top and a long blue jean skirt.


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Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Regional Investigation Division – Southern Region at (301) 749-5064.

Detectives Arrest Suspect in Fatal Shooting of Jan Cotto

The Homicide Unit arrested the suspect wanted for the fatal shooting of 51-year-old Jan Cotto earlier this month in Capitol Heights. The suspect is 30-year-old Christopher Carl Green of no fixed address. Cotto was killed as she walked near her home. Detectives believe she may have been walking to a Metro station to head to work. The victim and suspect were acquaintances.

On April 6th, at about 11:00 pm, patrol officers responded to the 200 block of Zelma Avenue for the report of a shooting. When they arrived, the officers found the victim outside suffering from gunshot wounds. She died a short time later at a hospital.

Preliminarily, detectives believe the shooting stemmed from a robbery attempt. Green is charged with first and second degree murder and related charges. He is in the custody of the Department of Corrections on a no-bond status. 


Anyone with information 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), text “PGPD plus your message” to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone or go towww.pgcrimesolvers.com and submit a tip online.

One Suspect in College Park Homicide in Custody; Video Released of Two Additional Suspects

William George Moore, Jr.


Homicide Unit detectives have arrested and charged one of three suspects wanted in connection with a fatal shooting at a College Park apartment building late last month. The arrested suspect is 31-year-old William George Moore, Jr., of the 2100 block of Cameron Drive in Dundalk. He’s charged with first degree murder in the fatal shooting of 36-year-old Rawle Farley on March 26th.

Detectives today also released new surveillance video of the three suspects walking into the victim’s apartment building just prior to the shooting. Moore is the first suspect who walks in and is wearing red. Investigators are asking the community to help identify the two additional suspects who follow Moore into the building on Milestone Way.

The investigation reveals Farley was shot during a robbery. A second victim was also hurt but survived his injuries. The suspects and victims were acquaintances.


A reward of up to $25,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest and indictment is this case. Tipsters do not need to ever give their names. Anyone with information is asked to please call the our Homicide Unit at 301-772-4925. Callers who want to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), text, “PGPD plus your message” to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone or go to www.pgpolice.org and submit a tip online. 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

PGPD Alerts Landover Neighborhood After Man is Captured on Camera Exposing Himself

Update April 19, 2017: The suspect is in custody and being questioned.


The Prince George’s County Police Department wants residents of the Maple Ridge Apartments in Landover to be aware of a man seen exposing himself in the community. Residents who see this man are urged to immediately call 911.


Additional patrol officers are now assigned to monitor the complex in the 2200 block of Brightseat Road. On three occasions in recent weeks, the man was seen exposing himself. No one has been reported injured in any of these incidents.


Investigators would like to talk to the man in this photo in connection with this investigation. Investigators would also like to talk to anyone with information on this investigation. Please call us at Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS.

WANTED WEDNESDAY

Suspect Commits Two Robberies in One Day

The surveillance photos give us a good look at the man now linked to two robberies last Friday.  At 4:10 pm on April 14th, he robbed a car wash in the 4000 block of St. Barnabas Road in Temple Hills.
    (actual car)

Following the robbery, the investigation reveals he got into a passenger seat of this car. It’s described as a silver, early 2000s Chrysler Sebring.
Earlier that morning, the same suspect is wanted for robbing a convenience store one block away – in the 5000 block of St. Barnabas Road. If you have any information on either case, please call our Robbery Unit detectives at 301-772-4905 or 1-866-411-TIPS. A cash reward is available.



Homicide Investigation
Homicide Unit detectives released a composite sketch of the victim who was fatally stabbed on Sunday. Investigators are asking for the community’s help in identifying her so we can notify her loved ones. Detectives also released photos of the victim’s clothing, to include a knit cap, a shirt, jeans and her socks. On April 16th, around 8:25 am, patrol officers responded to the 3300 block of Springdale Avenue in Forestville. The victim had knocked on a resident’s door looking for help before collapsing in the front yard. The victim is an African American female, estimated to be between the ages of 20-23, 5’11” and 126 pounds. She did not have any scars, birthmarks or tattoos.  Anyone with information on this homicide is asked to call the Homicide Unit at 301-772-4925 or 1-866-411-TIPS.



Robbery Investigation
The suspect in these photos is wanted for committing an armed robbery at a mini mart in the 2000 block of Brooks Drive in District Heights. This robbery happened late last month on March 23rd. If you recognize this suspect, please call 301-772-4905 or 1-866-411-TIPS.










Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Detectives Seek Community’s Help to Identify Homicide Victim

Update April 21, 2017: The victim has been identified as 17-year-old Te'yja Chase of Rena Road in Suitland. Please call 1-866-411-TIPS with any information regarding this case. A cash reward is available. 

 Homicide Unit detectives today released a composite sketch of the victim who was fatally stabbed on Sunday. Investigators are asking for the community’s help in identifying her so we can notify her loved ones. Detectives also released photos of the victim’s clothing, to include a knit cap, a shirt, jeans and her socks.


 On April 16th, around 8:25 am, patrol officers responded to the 3300 block of Springdale Avenue in Forestville. The victim had knocked on a resident’s door looking for help before collapsing in the front yard. The victim and the resident did not know one another.  

The victim is an African American female, estimated to be between the ages of 20-23, 5’11” and 126 pounds. She did not have any scars, birthmarks or tattoos.

Detectives are actively working to identify the suspect(s) and motive in this investigation. A reward of up to $25,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case.


Anyone with information on this homicide 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), text “PGPD plus your message” to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone or go to www.pgcrimesolvers.com and submit a tip online.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Detectives Investigate Homicide in Forestville

Homicide Unit detectives are investigating a fatal stabbing on Sunday. Investigators are working to identify the victim and then notify her loved ones. Her name will be released once that’s taken place.

On April 16th, around 8:25 am, patrol officers responded to the 3300 block of Springdale Avenue to assist a woman who had been stabbed. The victim died at a hospital a short time later.

Detectives are working to identify the suspect(s) and motive in this investigation.


Anyone with information on this homicide 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), text “PGPD plus your message” to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone or go to www.pgcrimesolvers.com and submit a tip online.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Detectives to Canvass for Information in Fatal Shooting of Jan Cotto


This evening, Homicide Unit detectives will canvass a Capitol Heights neighborhood as they continue to investigate the fatal shooting of Jan Cotto. The 51-year-old was shot and killed last week as she walked near her home. Detectives believe she may have been walking to a Metro station to head to work in the District. A reward of up to $25,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case. Tipsters will never have to give their names.

On April 6th, at about 11:00 pm, patrol officers responded to the 200 block of Zelma Avenue for the report of a shooting. When they arrived, the officers found the victim outside suffering from gunshot wounds. She died a short time later at a hospital.

Detectives are working to identify a suspect(s) and motive in this case. The canvass will begin at 6:00 pm in the 200 block of Zelma Avenue.

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), text “PGPD plus your message” to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone or go to www.pgcrimesolvers.com and submit a tip online.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

PGPD Searches for Missing Man

UPDATE April 13, 2017: William Butler has been safely located in Washington, D.C. He is now back home with his family. 


The Prince George’s County Police Department is seeking the public’s help in finding a missing man. He is identified as 66-year-old William Butler. He was last seen in the 6200 block of Oxon Hill Road in Oxon Hill, MD at about 2:30 pm on April 11, 2017.

Bulter is described as an African American male, 5’10”, and 240 pounds. He was last seen wearing a blue hat, black & tan striped polo shirt, black jeans and black dress shoes.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Regional Investigation Division – Southern Region at (301) 749-5064.

WANTED WEDNESDAY

Commercial Armed Robbery
We’re starting Wanted Wednesday this week with surveillance photos of a suspect wanted in connection with an armed robbery. He robbed a Metro PCS store on April 5th around 12:50 pm in the 8900 block of Woodyard Road. Please take a close look at these pictures and call 301-772-4905 or 1-866-411-TIPS with any information. There is a cash reward available.





Theft Investigation
Detectives are also investigating the theft of a video game system and various video games from the Game Stop in the 3100 block of Queens Chapel Rd. The theft took place on March 13th around 1:40 pm. Our detectives can be reached at 301-699-2601 or 1-866-411-TIPS.





Theft Investigation 


Detectives are looking for this suspect and this minivan in connection with a theft in Capitol Heights. The suspect targeted a home in the 5200 block of Addison Road on April 5th and stole a generator.   If you recognize this suspect, please call 301-390-2160 or Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS.

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