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Brick Thrown at Unlawful Filming Suspect’s Front Door

by ARLnow.com — May 29, 2012 at 1:45 pm 5,370 115 Comments

A brick was thrown at the front door of a man accused of unlawfully filming his ex-girlfriend as she slept, then sending the photo to her.

The incident was reported around 11:30 last night, May 28, in the Radnor – Fort Myer Heights neighborhood. According to the police report, a brick was thrown at — but did not break — the front door of an individual accused of burglary, stalking and unlawful filming on May 13. Police would not confirm the identity of the victim, but the charges referenced in the report match those lodged against a 27-year-old Arlington man, whose trial is scheduled for June 27.

The brick had a note with the words “sleep tight” attached to it, according to Arlington County police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck.

  • novasteve

    TREV!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Southeast Jerome

    Dont worry Trev, I got your back!

  • CW

    Did the brick smell like garlic?

    What is a PROPER SLICE?

    Inquiring minds want to know.

    • drax
      • WeiQiang

        That is not THE MOST PROPER slice

        • nom de guerre

          Not the MOST, but at least THE PROPER SLICE

          http://www.theproperslice.com/

          • WeiQiang

            If it’s not D.O.C., it’s THE MOST CORRUPT slice.

    • KalashniKEV

      It most definitely was not a PROPER SLICE, because if it was, he would have to leave Arlington County.

  • SomeGuy

    So ArlNow is entirely comfortable identifying a victims this time around, even when it’s just an educated guess who the victim is?

    Peculiar application of standards.

    • Andrew

      It is acceptable if the victim is a male.

  • Tre

    I heard Lifetime was pursuing the made for TV movie rights

  • nom de guerre

    I suspect that this story will light up the comments.

  • http://purple.com/purple.html Captain Pup McPuppo

    yesssssss more trevornews, keep us in the know ARLnow!!!

    • Scott

      Keeps the pageviews up

  • JohnB2

    Not a smart move, if it was done by Trev’s victim. The note will likely have prints, if anyone thought to check for them. Could something like this be used to undermine the case against him? Like showing that the victim is/was instigatory?

    • South Awwlington

      Maybe she’s the Single White Female…trying to frame him.

      Gasp!

  • South Awwlington

    I have to LOL at all of the Trev comments on here. There also plenty of other stereotypes of the DC population at large. It seems ok to use this one but not other???!!

    por que?

    • brian

      What in the world are you talking about? I don’t understand your point.

      What stereotype are you implying with the usage of the name “Trev” ?

      • South Awwlington

        Kidding right? Have you read the associated comments since this story was first floated?

        • brian

          I didn’t read all 316 comments. I probably missed what you are referring to then.

          • South Awwlington

            For your convenience, please use the “find” function in your web browser and search for the following in the comment thread: brah, bro, proper slice, garlic breath, brown flip flops, etc.

          • Z

            The tiniest violin plays for him, bra. PROTEIN AND BENCHPRESS BRO!!

          • South Awwlington

            I love my fellow arlnow geeks, but some of you are hypocrites. Do you know that or don’t you care?

  • Swag

    Stay classy, Arlington.

  • nom de guerre

    I believe that since this is such a high profile case, the police will be performing Gas chromatography–mass spectrometry testing on the brick, note and any other evidence. They probably will also be looking for DNA and any traces of powdered garlic. They will also be looking at any potential video surveillance including the DARPA unmanned drone.

    • Richard Cranium

      They didn’t need the drones – there was an undercover cop masquerading as a masturbating homeless guy across the street at the time of the incident.

      • nom de guerre

        That is an absolute “vibrant” comment-adj. Pulsing or throbbing with energy or activity.

      • WeiQiang

        Undercover brah was just polishing the bollards.

  • ArLater

    Well atleast we know it wasnt an ArlNow commentator. Had it been the note would have read, “Sleep tight, brah”

    • Cletus Van Damme

      Best “pizza story” related comment on this thread thus far…

    • bacon

      Great point; and it would have been soaked in garlic before being tossed.

  • Ashton Heights

    Not cool, brahh

  • Quoth the Raven

    Had bollards been installed in front of Trev’s house, they would have deflected the brick.

    • speonjosh

      So terrible, it’s funny.

  • Newsnoob

    They should have taken a photo of the brick, and emailed it to him.

  • Southeast Ben

    Oddsmakers:
    Odds Trev is an daily Arlnow reader – 6:1
    Odds Trev’s Arlnow reading increased after his incident – EVEN

  • drax

    TREVTERP.

  • Ronnie

    no ties to either party in this case but….

    can’t help but think back to the original post and comments and remember why it’s such a wonderful idea to allow personal information to be published when there hasn’t been a trial and only one side of the story is out. Regardless of his acts or guilt… he hasn’t been convicted of anything yet and this site provided the basic information and forum to conduct a 21st century witch hunt and flogging in the town square, which not so surprisingly escalated back into the real world. Whether or not the personal information posted in the story and comment section facilitated this act, greater caution must be exercised.

    This guy, regardless of whether or not he is/isn’t a guilty and a d-bag, has been run through the mud and has now had bricks thrown at his house before he even goes to trial… awesome.

    • drax

      The person who threw the brick is responsible.

      The people who posted the comments are responsible for the comments.

    • Anon

      I now see the err and real consequences of my anon forum postings

    • CW

      Tar and feather, more like marinara and garlic.

    • first

      You know, people would be more forgiving if he had just slid his brah a slice.

    • Freethinker

      The person who threw a brick at his door was almost certainly a friend or family member of the girl he had allegedly been terrorizing. Maybe even the girl herself.

      Do you really believe someone who was not very close to the situation read the article on here and then decided to go commit this act on Trevor’s door?

      • Greg

        I think it’s entirely possible, if not likely.

        All it takes is 1 drunk person out of the thousands who read the previous article to think it’s a good idea and decide to take justice into their own hands.

        You saw the lengths people went to in the comments to figure out who the guy was, where he worked, where he lived, what he looked like, etc. Some people had a very unhealthy fascination with him or with vigilante justice (or both!).

        I wouldn’t doubt it whatsoever.

    • brian

      arrest records are public. in the old days, those things called newspapers would have “police records” section of arrests.
      this is now the new newspaper

      • speonjosh

        And
        A) You would have had to go looking for it.
        B) It would not usually come with the name of the suspect, just a description.
        C) There wouldn’t have been the opportunity for others to add their own (unverified) commentary to the police records section.
        D) The reporter and editor responsible for printing the information would have had their jobs on the line should mistakes have been made.

        The two are analogous, to a point. But there are so many differences in the way they work that it is reasonable to think that a different set of rules might apply.

        • dk

          In the small town where I grew up, the local paper always printed the week’s arrests, including not just names but addresses of suspects. I think that was pretty common practice. And I never had to go looking for it, the newspaper landed on my (parents’) front step.

          Just yesterday, I realized something related: Believe it or not that same paper used to print the addresses of kids whose pics were featured. I found a clipping showing me and a classmate at the 8th grade science fair (1979), and the caption said, “DK, of 57 Richardson Avenue, and Ann Smith, of 28 Main Street….”

          Imagine a paper doing that these days!

          • Tabs

            Also, no more “new baby” announcements, because one stolen newborn is too many.

    • fauxnews

      Where’s Paul Wickre when we need him??

  • sam

    HAHAHAHA

  • CW

    I was going to make another snarky comment, but I got distracted, and I gave in and bought that $3.5M, 10,800 square foot house in Country Club Hills they were advertising on the side of the page here.

    • http://purple.com/purple.html Captain Pup McPuppo

      that advertising gets me all the time. buying these places on a whim.

    • first

      Damn, I was going to get that house.

      • CW

        Still has to pass inspection; if it lacks a pizza oven capable of cooking a PROPER SLICE and if the seller won’t pay for the installation of one, the deal is falling through.

        • first

          make sure the garlic dispenser conveys with the house.

  • speonjosh

    Should physical harm ever come to anyone as a result of this whole affair, I wonder what portion of the blame ARLnow will be willing to accept?

    • drax

      Zero.

      • Scott

        Correct

    • http://www.arlnow.com ARLnow.com

      We reported on a crime report item earlier this month, as did two other local media outlets. For some reason, our article received an unprecedented amount of attention for a purely local story. As with the crime blotter in any other publication in the country, suspects identified by police are innocent until proven guilty. We try to allow commenters to freely discuss crime articles, but step in when they take things too far by threatening retribution or releasing non-public personal information about the suspect or the victim.

      That someone apparently decided to try to take the role of a judge and jury into their own hands by engaging in an act of vandalism and intimidation is despicable. By reporting that police are aware of and investigating this crime, we hope that it will discourage others from doing the same thing.

      That said, we reject any notion that ARLnow.com — or any other media outlet — should censor articles to protect the identity of those accused of crimes, as long as that information is being publicly released by police.

      • Kathy

        Here Here!!

        • CW

          What’s over there? Or did you mean “hear, hear”?

          • Tabs

            Thank you.

      • SomeGuy

        You’re proactively identifying a victim here in your article here that even the police wouldn’t confirm for you. Yet you proactively deleted comments that identified a victim in the previous case.

        That might begin to explain why your readership gets confused by the “policies” here.

        • drax

          He didn’t identify anyone. He wrote “the charges referenced in the report match those lodged against a 27-year-old Arlington man…” Which is true.

          • Baffled

            You are kidding me, right? Using a hyperlink to an article where the mentioned man is not only identified but his picture is posted is most certainly identifying the victim in this crime. These two crimes are separate incidents and should be treated that way. The same “policies” that were used to protect the victim in the previous article should be applied here. The notion that ARLnow would be absolved of any responsibility from fallout of these sensationalized and borderline slanderous articles that have been written about these two cases is humorous. While freedom of press is one of our nations greatest freedoms, it still must be used in a responsible manner that does not endanger anyone.

          • drax

            No it is not.

            If you can’t read, that’s your problem. It’s your assumption, not what he wrote.

            All ArlNow owes us is accurate information. What we do with it is our responsibility.

          • Baffled

            Defamation of Character lawsuits have been won on much less than the grammatical semantics to which you are referring. It is very clear as to what the writer of this article was trying to infer by linking his previous article.

          • Andrew

            Got to get the page views, brah!

        • No sense

          I’m guessing that the policies are less fixed policy, and more guidance coming from general principles of journalistic integrity.

          Compare the types of crimes – one personal and one *arguably* property. It is no stretch of the imagination to suppose that the victim of a personal crime (with potentially sexual undertones) will have a stronger interest in maintaining their anonymity than will the victim of the property crime. In many states “rape shield” laws exist protecting the identity of an accuser for certain types of sexual offenses.

          Finally, here the victim could be determined by looking at other information, such as the address in the incident report, even if his name was redacted. It’s a matter of the public record.

          Not that I’d be enjoying all that attention though…

      • Ronnie

        Fair enough. disagree with some of your viewpoints but respect that you all put a significant amount of thought and effort into reporting and moderating stories such as this.

        I have no idea who this guy is, the details of what happened and whether or not he is at fault, but before ‘justice’ even takes place he’s already been served an incredibly harsh punishment and had his name permanently tarnished.

        • http://www.arlnow.com ARLnow.com

          It’s a fact of life that information can live forever online and is instantly searchable. If a suspect of a crime is acquitted, can prove it, and emails us with said proof, however, we offer to remove their name and request that Google refresh the page cache. This won’t remove their name from the original police crime report on the county website, which can also be found via search engines, but it’s something we do in recognition of the fact that suspects are innocent until proven guilty, and are entitled to an extra measure of privacy if not convicted.

          • speonjosh

            “Extra measure of privacy?”

            You can’t be writing that with a straight face.

          • Thes

            Longtime followers of ArlNow will be able to recall at least one incident where a suspect was arrested for a somewhat sensational crime, which was reported in ArlNow in considerable detail (and I would add, with an editorial tone that was much more presumptive of guilt) including a photo and full name of the arrestee, and for which there is now little if any record left of the matter on the Internets — including government websites. I’m actually a little bit impressed that it was scrubbed out so well.

            In that incident, as well, some commenters were happy to presume guilt. They were wrong.

            While I have no doubt that those wrongly accused and then acquitted would prefer to return to anonymity if it can be manufactured, I wonder sometimes if an “even bigger story” of innocence to counteract the one about the arrest would better serve the public and teach people that not everyone arrested is guilty. In other words — the acquittals go out with a whimper not a bang.

          • Scott

            So is the solution that Arlnow should only report on arrests by which they themselves can prove guilt? Someone being arrested and charged with a crime is public domain information and newsworthy. Those taking issue with Arlnow are taking issue with the mechanism of the Internet, the immediate access to Google someone, and Internet forums and comment threads. Maybe we should further lay blame on the Internet and Google. But that seems as far fetched as faulted a local news website for reporting on local news.

          • Thes

            What I was talking about in my comment is that the public rarely seems to hear much about the exonerations after the arrests. So people get a skewed view of how common or uncommon they are.

            Consider all those stories coming from The Innocence Project. There you have people who were not merely arrested, but tried and sentenced, in some cases to execution, who were in fact innocent of the crime. If that many innocent people have been wrongly convicted, imagine how many innocent people have been merely wrongly arrested.

            Maybe ArlNow could do more than just give a bland statement of “all suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty” but actually link to sites like The Innocence Project so people know it’s a serious chance to be true. After all, ArlNow purports to want to educate the public about… things.

          • drax

            “In that incident, as well, some commenters were happy to presume guilt. They were wrong.”

            Yes, and that was THEIR fault.

            There is a very good public purpose for the police publishing info about arrests. Imagine if they could arrest people in secret and never report it to the public? Is that what you want? I don’t think so.

          • WeiQiang

            I concur with the idea of throwing sunlight on the arrests. VA has some of the LEAST … ok, THE MOST LEAST transparent laws governing police accountability in the nation. I agree that we wouldn’t like the alternatives … heck, I don’t like the present state.

          • Josh S

            The point is that ARLnow must decide what to publish and what not to. And how to publish it. Frankly, I’m even more amazed at the decision to publish the story about the Lyon Park guy who fired a shot – we already have one sordid example of how ARLnow folks react to these kinds of stories and seem almost to gleefully pursue ridiculing and publicly shaming someone who they have never met, don’t know, don’t know the details of the alleged crime, etc. And now ARLnow throws another piece of meat to this crowd? For what purpose? THey are somehow alerting the public to crimes being committed in the interest of public safety or some bs? I don’t think so.
            Someone else brought up the notion that newspapers have been publishing the police blotter for years. Yes, crime committed, time, date, location, brief description. Takes about two lines. If you are really concerned / interested, you seek it out and then do whatever it is you do with that information. If this is the service / model that ARLnow is attempting to mimic, then close down the comments for that story. Because there is no debate taking place in the comment threads on these stories. There is no exchange of viewpoints, attempts to persuade, etc. It’s just frat boy level ridicule, crude jokes, etc.

      • MC 703

        Is ARLnow going to start publishing the weekly DUI list every Monday morning?

        • speonjosh

          I think ARLnow makes some good points and I admit I’m still conflicted as to what I think here.

          I’ll also admit that any misgivings I might have rest on all of these ARLnow comments / blog posts making any difference in the lives of anyone involved in these two crimes. It is possible that none of those involved are even aware of the existence of ARLnow, let alone the extended jeering, belittling, and character assassination that has gone on here. In which case, none of this matters.

          But if all of this has been read by the original victim, the original perp, and/or the person who threw the brick. then one has to wonder whether it has affected them and/or inspired them. Or will inspire them. Now, I’m not one of these people who thinks you can blame Nine Inch Nails for people killing themselves. But ARLnow, being a hyper-local site, sometimes has more of a feel of a mob, and perhaps a mob of your peers can influence behavior. Especially when the mob is diving into your personal business and dirty laundry, stuff you most likely are pretty ashamed of.

          The original story really had little news value, beyond shock, titillation, sensationalism, etc. Publishing it had little value beyond providing chum for the sharks. Unless this was ARLnow’s intent, I still don’t see why it was published.

        • Aaron

          That would be a fantastic idea. I would read it each Monday and google any of the interesting names to see if I know them socially or if they work in positions of public trust.

          Some of you people have serious deficiencies in your understanding of what is public information and what is private.

        • Scott

          Would you take issue with weekly DUI lists being published every Monday morning? It looks like Arlnow is paying attention and that very thing may continue to drive tons of traffic for their site just as these Trevor articles do.

  • WeiQiang

    Get brick off my lawn, brah!

  • first

    11:30 PM on a Monday night? Arlnow readers are asleep in bed. Had to be one of his 20-something bar hopping peeps waisting time before Letterman’ monologue.

    • MC 703

      You must’ve been in bed by 9. No brahs in their 20s watch Letterman or Leno. Just Conan, Colbert or Stewart.

      • WeiQiang

        … but if they don’t wrap up playing CoD: Black Ops II by 11, will they DVR Stewart?

        • MC 703

          Nah bra – they’ll catch clips online later or something if they show up on Buzzfeed

      • first

        Boy am I old and outta touch.

        I made the comment in front of a bunch of people a few weeks ago “Was it over when the Germans b8mbed Pearl Harbor?” and someone looked at me in amazement and said “I think you mean Japanese,” as if he were trying to help and not embarass me.

        I explained it was from a movie, but he didn’t buy it.

        • speonjosh

          What movie?

          • WeiQiang

            … wasn’t that from ‘Hangover’? Sounds old school.

          • Josh S

            This was intended as humor, right?

          • WeiQiang, Rush Chairman

            indeed, brah … I saw the original “Pearl Harbor” joke in a thee-AY-ter. Probably saw Animal House five times.

        • Freethinker

          What’s Pearl Harbor?

          • sunflower

            you mean “who is”

  • Mack

    Sleepy’s needs a new marketing campaign.

  • Adam Friedberg

    While the jury is still out, can someone please post the pictures he took? ArlNOW is in major need of some more boob shots.

    • Tabs

      You first.

  • jason b

    Why has no one reported a holiday weekend Trevor sighting? Come on, someone must have seen Trevor out and about this past weekend.

    I mean first weekend out of jail, he must have gone out for a drink or two and some pizza. Where did he go, what was he drinking, what did he eat and at what time, and how long did he stay? These are questions we need to know.

    • speonjosh

      Don’t forget to report what he was wearing, whether his watch was up to snuff and what flavor of Axe he had on.

    • WeiQiang

      TMZ had a suspected sighting at the ‘Big Hunt’. Not confirmed. I think brah is trying to kick it low.

    • Str8Atown

      Sighted in Dewey, appeared sober.

  • Wrecks

    I don’t know…as I think about it more, it seems that irrespective of the previous alleged crime, that the party in question here, is indeed the victim, NOW. And, if it is ARLNow’s policy to protect the identity of victim’s (in general), that they’re applying a double standard here and hiding behind the fact that because one might be able to sleuth out this information elsewhere, there’s no reason to censor it here. Ultimately, it appears that ArlNow values some victim’s privacy more than others.

  • Captain Rock

    Why would someone throw a brick at a door? Why not a window?

    • Captain Scissors

      I was wondering the same thing myself

      • Captain Paper

        Not a lot of brain power on the part of the thrower is my guess. Ditto the victim.

    • Greg

      Because they missed?

  • Southeast Ben

    Not sure, but it sort of feels like readers are protecting Trev and now going after ArlNow and the brick thrower. Leave ArlNow alone. Who cares about a brick thrower? No denying the fact that a guy who takes pics of chicks who aren’t looking is a perv – fact

    • not your bro

      You don’t know the facts in the case, only the allegations – fact.

    • Ron Brown

      I don’t see anything suggesting protecting this guy in particular. But i think there are serious problems with the trial by internet phenomenon that has occurred here. His face and name have been plastered all over accompanying some pretty awful accusations. Whether or not they’re true, and regardless of whether or not the google cache is wiped, he’s paying a pretty significant price before ever going to trial. I think ArlNow does a remarkable job in their efforts to provide accurate and fair reporting, however…

      I really think that allowing comments and giving out the details provided to police by one side of a domestic dispute is simply not fair to do to anyone. The police should certainly consider withholding making public information from this kind of dispute before a trial, given the ramifications it can have. 14k of this guys neighbors have now read some pretty awful accusations. And unless you have a diva lawyer like Gloria Allred who chooses to fight cases in the media rather than the courtroom, he’s likely being told by his lawyer(s) to wait until trial to say anything in his own defense. Meanwhile the anonymous commentariat lights torches and bangs the war drum, posting all kinds of ridiculous rumors and hearsay regarding the individuals involved.

      Really not trying to defend this individual and perhaps in cases where police catch a person w/ gun in hand or they admit guilt, it’s legit to offer names and pictures… I know publishing all this info was bread and butter for the old media mediums, but i don’t think what happened with the original post really reflects the values of our community or our concept of justice.

      I do not want to question the victim in this case, but it is a common occurrence in domestic disputes where hearts are broken, nerves raw and emotions high, that one side of the story is vastly different than the other and seemingly despicable acts occurred in a much different way than presented to the police. I don’t know either person, and know nothing other than what was in arlnow’s reporting, but i’m just saying… stranger things have happened and this guy has already been tar and feathered in front of 14k+ neighbors (not sure on uniques)… a hefty price to pay before ever seeing a courtroom.

      It is tough arguing for patience and restraint when some of what’s alleged here is really frickin despicable, but… It’s kinda like the death penalty in Texas with their kangaroo courts and politically elected judges, someone innocent is going to get caught up in this at some point, if they haven’t already. What if they are a truly good person and simply can’t take seeing their name be associated with awful charges and spread across a well-trafficked media outlet with people throwing gas on the fire in the comments section…? enormously damaging to their life and God forbid they end up hurting themselves.

      Will say it again, I think we are better people than this and our concept of justice is greater than what is occurring w/ this whole mess.

  • Roquer

    Pretty lucky guy I’d say. The thrower could’ve knocked on his door and thrown the brick when the door opened. Guess the thrower was just making a lite point

  • Trevor’s Gym Partner

    Trevor was spotted at Seacrets this past weekend in Ocean City. Turns out, he brought two boxes of pizza into the bar and was trying to get females to lick parmesan cheese off his chest but in actuality the cheese was garlic powder. It seems Trevor still can’t tell the difference.

    Also as people were drinking, some bro’s came up to him and wanted to lunch real hard on the pizza Trevor had brought. Trevor then said he wasn’t bro’s with them but they were just brah’s so therefore the pizza could not be shared. The bro’s persisted with trying to lunch on Trevor’s pizza and Trevor became upset.

    Out of frustration, Trevor secretly took photo’s of the bro’s with their shirts off and then texted it to them later saying that he was going to show everybody what poor triceps those bro’s had if they didn’t stop trying to lunch on his pizza.

    Seems Trevor is still up to his old tricks.

    • Trevor’s Gym Partner

      BTW – The above obviously is made up and is not true. Don’t want to be on ARLNOW tomorrow for slander

      • BallstonsBoy

        We all know it was made up because Trevor definitely knows the difference between garlic powder and parmesan cheese, he simply prefers to make it rain garlic.

    • Ella Fitzgerald

      Close … it was not Seacrets. It was Secrets in SW.

      This has not been confirmed, however.

  • Trevor

    My name is Trevor, and I think I speak for all the other Trevor’s out there.

    WE ARE DISSAPOINTED IN YOU, CHANGE YOUR NAME

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