A late-night knock on the door led to a robbery and sexual assault in a south Arlington hotel room, according to information released by police today.
On Saturday night, investigators say a man knocked on the door of a hotel room at the Best Western (2480 South Glebe Road). When one of the two women who were inside the room at the time opened the door, the man forced his way in. He sexually assaulted one of the women then made off with electronics and money, according to a police statement.
Update on 8/19 — Fox 5 reports that the victims were a mother and daughter — in their 50s and 70s — visiting from Canada.
From the press release:
The suspect is described as an African American male approximately 40 years old, 5’8″ and 180 lbs. He appeared unshaven and was wearing a grey t-shirt with a design on it, tan cargo shorts, white shoes and a black baseball cap.
Anyone who has information about this robbery or the identity of the suspect is asked to call the Detective Donald Fortunato of the Arlington County Police Department at (703) 228-4197. Det. Fortunato can also be reached by email at Dfortunato@arlingtonva.us.
Witnesses can also call Arlington County Crime Solvers at 866-411-TIPS (8477). Crime Solvers offers a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest. Callers to Crime Solvers do not have to give their names and do not need to testify in court.
We’re learning more about the mysterious Mad Rose Tavern, coming soon to 3100 Clarendon Boulevard.
Mad Rose will be “an American style restaurant and bar with about 150 indoor seats, two bars, great food, and great times,” according to a new Facebook page.
The owners hope to open the restaurant “sometime this fall.” They also hope to open an outdoor patio at some point this spring. It promises to be “one of the largest patios in all of Arlington,” according to the page.
Mad Rose is opening on the ground floor of a Clarendon office building that houses SoBe Bar & Bistro, Mister Days Sports Rock Cafe, Pacers Running Store and offices of the Defense Intelligence Agency.
An demolition permit for 4,000 square feet of interior space has been posted in the window of the future restaurant.
In 2009, Arlington police arrested 4,599 individuals for crime ranging from eluding to homicide. Of those, only 1,731, or 37.6 percent, listed Arlington as their city of residence.
The remaining 62.4 percent either lived elsewhere or did not list a fixed address.
According to police, 538 individuals listed no fixed address — which amounts to 11.7 percent of all arrests.
Comparable statistics were not available from neighboring jurisdictions.
The drive around Arlington wasn’t terrible during this morning’s deluge — nothing like the dozen drivers who had to be rescued due to rising water in the District.
There were patches of bad traffic, though.
The ART 41 route was delayed due to slow traffic on Glebe Road.
Currently, as the rain has returned for a brief reprise, I-66 westbound is very slow through Arlington. At 10:00 the Key Bridge remains backed up, along with traffic in Rosslyn.
And in sad news for hungry office workers, the District Taco cart is sitting today out because of the rain.
How was your commute this morning?
Arlington County Fair Starts Today — The Arlington County Fair will get off to a soggy start today. The gates will open from 5:00 to 10:00 tonight for outdoor activities. The indoor festivities (vendors and such) will get underway tomorrow night.
Hillside Park Still A Work in Progress – TBD takes a look at Rosslyn’s Hillside Park, which is being revamped courtesy of a local developer. The work is behind schedule, but is expected to be completed in the fall.
Conte’s Group Rides Still Attracting Crowds — With only a couple of police-escorted group bike rides to go for the year, more than 100 cyclists gathered in Ballston last night for the weekly Conte’s-sponsored event. More from the Ode Street Tribune.