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BREAKING NEWS — Arrests Made in 2009 Murder

by ARLnow.com — June 13, 2011 at 2:20 pm 5,876 23 Comments

(Updated at 4:00 p.m.) Police have made two arrests in the 2009 murder of Carl Diener.

Diener, a 57-year-old Lyon Village resident, was found lying dead on a Clarendon street early on the morning of Dec. 29, 2009. Late last year, friends and family held a vigil to mark the one year anniversary of Diener’s death, and to draw public attention to the police department’s continued effort to find clues about the case. With today’s announcement, those efforts seem to have paid off.

The two men arrested are both in their early 20s. One was arrested in Montgomery County, Md. and the other was arrested in the District, according to police.

Patti Diener Lough, Carl’s sister, says she hopes the arrests will help her family and the community feel safer.

“I’m just thrilled,” she told ARLnow.com. “The Arlington County Police obviously didn’t consider this a cold case. I don’t believe that they would be making an arrest if they didn’t have information that was going to stick.”

“I am just glad that we’re going to have some more information” about the case, Diener Lough added. “It doesn’t change anything. Nothing can bring Carl back, of course. But it will allow the family and the Arlington community to process this and feel better and safer.”

Diener Lough said the arrests support what she has believed all along — that the murder a “crime of opportunity” by multiple assailants who did not know Carl.

Here’s the press release from the Arlington County Police Department.

The Arlington County Police Department’s Homicide/Robbery Unit announces several arrests related to the homicide that occurred on December 29, 2009. At 2:50 a.m. that morning, medic units and police responded to a call regarding an injured man lying on the street in the 3200 block of N. 13th Street. They located Carl Diener, 57, an Arlington resident, deceased.

Detectives have conducted an extensive investigation over the past year and a half and obtained warrants charging Roger K. Clark III, 20, of Severn, Maryland, and Javon Martin, 24, of Washington D.C. with Murder. Roger Clark III, was arrested on June 6, 2011, and Javon Martin was arrested on June 8, 2011. They are pending extradition to Virginia.

“I am extremely pleased with our detectives’ investigation,” stated Arlington County Police Chief M. Douglas Scott, “It illustrates that there are no “cold cases” in Arlington; we continue to investigate crimes long after they occur.”

Diener’s death was a shock to the Clarendon community. His family, friends, and concerned business owners took up a collection of $25,000 for information that would lead to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for his death. They also held several vigils and benefits in his memory.

The Arlington County Police Department would like to thank the men and women of the Washington Field Office of The Federal Bureau of Investigation, The United States Marshals Service, the Montgomery County Police Department and the Metropolitan Police Department for their assistance in locating these fugitives.

Anyone who has additional information about this case is asked contact Detective Rosa Ortiz at (703) 228-7402. Det. Ortiz can also be contacted via e-mail at rortiz@arlingtonva.us. Witnesses can also call the Arlington Police Tip-Line at (703) 228-4242.

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  • charlie

    fantastic news and amazing police work.
    do we know why? random? targeted?

    • NOVApologist

      According to WTOP, the victim was not known to the assailants.

  • LP

    Awesome news!

    Agree with Charlie, would be curious about the details/motive.

  • http://twitter.com/ClarendonBlvd ClarendonBlvd

    Well done, ACPD et al., but still sad it occurred in the first place.

  • ArlResident

    So glad to know his friends and family will finally be able to get some closure. My heart goes out to them right now. Thanks ACPD!

  • Stu Pendus

    Pretty stunning. I’ll expect the full narration from Bill Kurtis this fall.

  • Whitney Wilson

    Great news. I assume the police must be pretty sure about this, and hope they have the right people.

  • Kmr

    Great news

  • John Stephens

    “No cold cases”… how about the murder of Paul Zeller? Five years…

    • Melissa

      They simply mean that cases aren’t forgotten… “we continue to investigate crimes long after they occur.” I’m sure there is a detective still assigned to the Zeller case.

      • Cesar

        I hope so. I pinged the Arlington PD’s public affairs officer last summer about Paul Zeller’s case — never received a reply. It both saddens and burns me that that his senseless murder has not been solved.

  • brendan

    wow. great news.

    very curious to hear how they linked these two.

  • Tabby

    Finally. RIP Carl.

  • CrystalMikey

    Great job ACPD and everyone involved.

  • CW

    I can’t believe that it has been 1.5 years since this happened…great police work or a tipster doing the right thing.

  • NrNy2ArlVa

    If memory serves me correctly that would be 2 murders in 2009 and now 2 murders solved. Excellent work ACPD.

  • chris

    “…Late last year, friends and family held a vigil to mark the one year anniversary of Diener’s death, and to draw public attention to the police department’s continued effort to find clues about the case. With today’s announcement, those efforts seem to have paid off.” How are the vigil and the arrests connected?

    • Rosslynite

      Maybe keeping public focus resulted in a tip to the police.

    • Maria

      “and to draw public attention to the police department’s continued effort to find clues about the case.”

  • The Native

    Guilty until proven innocent.

  • Dressage Queen

    Thank you ACPD, great work. Glad to know how hard you work to keep the county safe and when something does happen you work until they are caught. I am most impressed. THANK YOU!!!

  • Shane

    Uh, people, these people have been ARRESTED. Not tried. Not convicted by a jury of their peers. Merely arrested.

    Let’s wait to give kudos until IF it checks out that these people actually DID it.

  • http://ipoficlothing.com nick

    innocent until proven guilty

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