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Crime Report: Sexual Assault Near Rosslyn Metro

by ARLnow.com — September 20, 2012 at 8:30 am 5,139 87 Comments

A deaf and mute woman was sexually assaulted and robbed near the Rosslyn Metro station early Saturday morning.

The woman had walked out of the Metro station and was looking for a taxi when a man, possibly homeless, touched her inappropriately and took her money, according to police. Officers had to use written communication in order to gather details about the crime, since the woman could not hear or talk and was unable to communicate with sign language, police said.

From this week’s Arlington County crime report:

SEXUAL ASSAULT / ABDUCTION / ROBBERY, 09/15/12, 1700 block of N. Moore Street. At 2:05 am on September 15, a female victim states she was sexually assaulted by an unknown suspect as she was walking from the Rosslyn Metro Station to find a cab. The suspect also robbed the victim of $45 cash. The suspect is described as black male with a thin build and beard. He was wearing all grey clothing at the time of the incident.

The rest of the crime report, after the jump.

MALICIOUS WOUNDING / STRANGULATION / ABDUCTION / PREVENTING 911 FROM BEING CALLED, 09/16/12, 2300 block of S. 24th Road. Between 8 and 9:15 pm on September 16, an argument turned into a physical altercation between a female victim and her boyfriend. The victim was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. William Allen Kennedy, 53, of Arlington, VA, was arrested and charged with malicious wounding, strangulation, abduction and preventing 911 from being called. He is currently being held without bond.

ASSAULT BY MOB, 09/15/12, 1900 block of N. Sycamore Street. On September 15 at 9:20 pm, three suspects assaulted their keg bus driver over a financial dispute. Two of the suspects were identified and arrested. Matthew ——, 23, and Cory —-, 23, both of Arlington, VA, were arrested and charged with assault by mob. Both were held without bond. Update on 4/2/13 — Charges against the suspects have been dropped, court records show.

MALICIOUS WOUNDING, 09/11/12, 1600 block of N. George Mason Drive. At 8:23 pm on September 11, a subject suffering from a gunshot wound to his right foot was found at the Virginia Hospital Center ER entrance by hospital staff. The subject refused to provide information to police and it was learned through a fingerprint scanner he was a fugitive from justice out of DC. Isaiah Green, 22, of Capitol Heights, MD, was taken into custody and awaits extradition. The suspect is being held without bond.

ROBBERY, 09/13/12, 3100 block of Lee Highway. On September 13 at 10:06 AM, an unknown suspect forcefully grabbed the victim’s recent purchases, including a filled prescription of Oxycodone. The suspect is described as a white, possibly Hispanic male, approximately 5’7, 160 lbs.

BURGLARY, 09/15/12, 2200 block of N. 19th Street. Between 5:33 am on September 14 and 4:42 am on September 15, a suspect is known to enter a residence on several occasions due to home video surveillance. The homeowners were unsure if any items were taken. Timothy Russell, 20, of Arlington, VA, was arrested and charged with two counts of burglary. He is being held without bond.

BURGLARY, 09/15/12, 1300 block of N. Herndon Street. Between the morning hours of September 14 and 10 am on September 15, an unknown subject entered a vacant home and stole copper pipes and other metals belonging to the property owner. There is no suspect description.

UNAUTHORIZED PHOTO/TAPING, 09/12/12, 2800 block of N. Beechwood Circle. A female foreign exchange student discovered nude photographs that her host father took of her without permission or knowledge. The victim returned to her native country and the investigation continues.

DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY (SERIES), 09/13/12, 4900 block of S Chesterfield Street. Between 7:00 pm on September 12 and 7:30 am on September 13, an unknown subject(s) broke windows on multiple vehicles. There is no suspect(s) description.

STOLEN VEHICLES

09/13/12, 2000 Mazda MPV Van (no tags) Green, 2500 block of S. Shirlington Road
09/16/12, VA (victim unsure of tag #), 2004 Yamaha R6 Motorcycle, Blue, 4200 block of S. Campbell Avenue
09/17/12, VA TX73418, 2010 Ford E250 Van, White, 1600 block of N. Queen Street

  • Razbo Oscar

    What a scumbag

  • SomeGuy

    In last week’s report, a woman STABBED her boyfriend and got just “Unlawful Wounding.” This week, a guy gets into a “physical altercation” with his girlfriend, and they hit him with malicious wounding, strangulation, abduction and preventing 911 from being called.

    Do ACPD quotas only count male suspects?

    • drax

      Did the woman strangle, abduct, or prevent 911 from being called?

      • SomeGuy

        I don’t know. But let’s just start with one of the charges: last week, “a man was stabbed during an altercation with his girlfriend.” That would suggest similar circumstances to “a physical altercation between a female victim and her boyfriend.”

        Yet one gets charged with “unlawful wounding” and the other with “malicious wounding.”

        Was the stabbing from last week done out of benevolence? Or was there malice?

        I guess we don’t know from the report.

        But I think it’s worth questioning how our police officers use their considerable discretion. So I do.

        • drax

          Serious, Someguy, this is absurd.

          You actually think we can tell that they should both be charged with the same crime based on nothing but this?

          Stop it already.

          • SomeGuy

            Please direct me to where I said they should be charged with the same crime, drax. I don’t see it anywhere in my comments, so let’s talk about who’s making assumptions.

            You are being absurd. Stop it already.

          • drax

            Oh, so you’re just “questioning” whether they should get the same charge, not “saying” it. Is that your ridiculous quibble?

          • SomeGuy

            You seem to be the one quibbling.

            Please explain what’s ridiculous about asking how/when discretion may or may not be used by an officer when charging a criminal.

          • Maria

            Officers don’t charge people for crimes.

          • drax

            Please tell us why you think discretion was used.

          • SomeGuy

            An officer’s decision to get out of the bed in the morning, as well as every other proactive thing he does is at his discretion. It is reasonable to assume that an unenslaved person has a degree of latitude in how he/she operates.

          • SomeGuy

            That said, you’re avoiding my very direct question: what’s ridiculous about asking how/when discretion may or may not be used by an officer when charging a criminal.

          • drax

            It’s ridiculous to look at those two reports and think that it’s possible that the cops used discretion to favor a female, when it’s much more likely that it was simply different circumstances. The information you have from these crime reports is not even remotely enough to suggest that it was discretion. But hey, nothing wrong with asking questions. By all means, ask. Go investigate for us and let us know what you find.

          • SomeGuy

            I think what I’m reading is that you agree I made no accusations. You agree that I was posing a question. And since you’ve stated there’s nothing wrong with asking questions, you likely also now agree that your calling my question “absurd” was, itself, absurd.

            I appreciate how you came around. I just wish I didn’t have to type so much to get you here.

          • drax

            It’s a stupid question. How’s that?

          • SomeGuy

            I don’t think it’s stupid to ask questions about police procedures and how police police themselves. I accept that you disagree.

          • Maria

            Guess it got lost in the shuffle when I said it the first time. Police officers don’t charge people with crimes. They arrest people for what they perceive to be crimes, then a prosecutor looks over the reports and files charges if deemed appropriate. I realize it doesn’t change the essence of what you’re asking, but it might help you to understand that people are not charged with a crime until there has been at least a basic investigation into what happened, hence drax’s point that it is less likely about “discretion” and more about “different circumstances.”

          • SomeGuy

            Maria, I didn’t acknowledge your comment, but I appreciate. Your description is my basic understanding of how it works, and I used imprecise language when attributing the “charging” to police officers. My point was that the officers have discretion with what they write up in the report and how it frames their basis for whichever crimes they want to allege. And certainly their writeups and recommendations influence the prosecutor and what actually gets “charged.” That’s what I was referring to.

    • Victim

      Whats the quota for SomeGuy commenting on stuff he has no idea about?

      • SomeGuy

        I expressed an idea I had about this.

    • Ballston

      It’s highly unlikely that they have a quota on strangulation arrests

  • G Clifford Prout (now moderated for extra purity)

    You need to some quick copy editing before the mob jumps on that first sentence in the 2nd para.

    And still moderated ughh

    • ArlNow Purity Police

      We’re keeping an eye on you.

    • drax

      Hey, the rest of us are locked out of the “Man Dies on Toilet” story too. It’s killing us all.

      • G Clifford Prout (now moderated for extra purity)

        Concentrate on cornholing.

  • MC 703

    Since they knew the guy’s name, I wonder if Timothy Russell was a former room mate who came back to get his stuff and his former room mates wanted to eff him over with ACPD more than willing to help.

    • SomeGuy

      When I read “homeowners,” I was thinking of a home-owning couple who caught the neighbor kid snooping or something. Yours is an interesting theory.

    • Wrong

      Dapite The Barenaked Ladies making it seem like an acceptable practice, that IS illegal. There are legal ways to retrieve your belongings. But I highly doubt your scenario relates to this crime.

      • Wrong

        Despite

  • CW

    There is a homeless guy who matches that exact description that I’ve seen in the R-B corridor for years. He carries grocery bags. May not be the same guy, but…

    • Dee

      Don’t about 70% of the black homeless guys fit his description?

    • Regis

      Are you talking about the guy with the hardhat and handtruck?

      • CW

        No, I am talking about one very recognizable individual who usually wears all sweats, has a pretty long beard, and carries plastic grocery bags.

  • WeiQiang

    Can I suggest that we all put down our mobile devices while we’re walking? Maybe someone might have observed this crime in progress – or we can prevent a future one – if we’re aware of what’s going on around us.

    • SomeGuy

      I support this. Not purely from the crime prevention angle, but moreso for encouraging general awareness and non-obliviousness. I’m thinking of pedestrians with earbuds in and/or phones in hand who walk slowly or stand in the way while completely unaware of how inconsiderate they’re being.

      • WeiQiang

        I wasn’t going to mention the convenience, consideration, and individual safety benefits, but – come to think of it – those are also ways in which we can help our neighbors and fellow commuters.

      • drax

        Well, given that the victim in this case was deaf, you may have a point.

    • SHLady

      while I totally agree with this in general, at that time of night I doubt there were many people there.

  • Hollywood

    Disgusting. I am getting tired of hearing about these homeless people assaulting pedestrians. ACPD should round them up and drop them off in Maryland somewhere. Are these the types of characters we really want to attract to Arlington when we open up the new year-round homeless shelter in Courthouse???? I’d rather put that money towards keeping them out rather than bringing them in.

    • drax

      We could just segregate them – make them stay in certain neighborhoods. That’s worked before in Virginia, right?

      • Greg

        Send them to the boonies.

        • Regis

          +100

          Grant them a fixed quantity of land and a pack animal to help tend it. It would give them a chance to make a life for themselves and get them out of our way.

          • drax

            40 acres?

          • Joan Fountain

            And a mule.

        • JamesE

          Ashburn

      • Westover

        When and where did Virginia segregate homeless people?

        • drax

          It didn’t. It has segregated other people though.

          Is segregation wrong, or not?

          • Westover

            Thank you.

          • drax

            Is it wrong, or not?

          • ablkguyFROMarlva.

            step away from your comp, keyboard warrior, & relay your sentiments vocally.

          • Westover

            Hollywood is on to something. Like DC’s prostitute march across the bridge. Let someone else deal with them.

            Oh, but that is segregation though!! Maroon.

          • drax

            That’s the point, Westover. We haven’t – and we shouldn’t. Duh.

          • Westover

            Tweak your sarcasm meter. And look up segregation next time before you bring it up.

          • drax

            I know what segregation is, thanks.

          • Westover

            not sure you do.

          • drax

            The most common form of segregation is when you requirel a certain group of people not to live, or even enter, a certain place.

            Think about it.

          • Westover

            That’s wrong. You’re still being wrong about this. Stop it.

          • drax

            No, I’m not wrong about it. I’m dead right.

    • KalashniKEV

      We need to get this gentleman in some affordable housing ASAP, preferably near some high priced Cajun food and some abbey ales.

    • KalashniKEV

      That’s VIBRANT.

    • Hank

      Honestly, this is the first I’ve heard of someone being assaulted by a member of the vagabond population. It’s awful. Hope she’s recovers. But I don’t think this guy is representative of the homeless.

      • KalashniKEV

        Yeah, you never hear about people with “no fixed address” committing crimes against the good people of Arlington…

        Oh… wait…

        • drax

          How’s the foot healing?

          • KalashniKEV

            Huh?

      • WeiQiang

        Um, you didn’t read about the events in Whole Foods?

    • drax

      So, Hollywood, you’re saying we should round up and banish every group we think has a higher propensity for crime?

  • novasteve

    Wow, can’t wait for more homeless people to be here thanks to the year round shelter! great job guys!

    • KalashniKEV

      Open your wallet and get ready to show some love to the new “neighbors…”

  • craig

    What about 250,000 socially conscious and unified citizens all just stepping up and doing their part?

    • WeiQiang

      … well, there’s that.

  • BrianKal

    Lede item :WTF Arl

  • bb

    Anyone else see the guy dressed up in pirate gear getting arrested/ticketed last night in front of Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse?

    • drax

      Aaarg! Yesterday be Talk Like a Pirate Day. And fer some, it be Drink, and Get Arrested, Like a Pirate Day.

    • Tabs

      No! That sounds awesome. It was Talk Like a Pirate Day.

      • 7-11-bum

        Aaaarrrrgggghhhh! Would have paid to see that!

        • craig

          Aaaarrrrgggghhhhhrlnow.com why isn’t the pirate arrest the leading entry for today?

          • drax

            Aaaaaaarggggh. Wait for the next report, scallywag.

    • Arrg

      Now that’s an article that I would have loved to have read on Arlnow. I bet it was novasteve getting arrested for refusing to put his cigg out.

  • Having fun yet?

    ARLNow: I did not see anything in the police report describing the attacker as “homeless” or “possibly homeless,” as you wrote in the lede of the story.

    Where did you get that information? Dustin Sternbeck? If so, you need to say so.

    • Westover

      According to the victim.

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

      Yes, pretty much anything attributed to “police” ultimately came from Dustin Sternbeck, the current police Public Information Officer.

      • Having fun yet?

        OK – just so I’m clear – you got the facts from the police report, and the conjecture over the suspect’s housing situation over the phone?

        • Westover

          If you go to the police website and read the full incident description, it says he appeared to be homeless according to the victim.

    • KalashniKEV

      Arrrrrrrrrr… maybe it was a Pirate out to get some Booty!!

      :)

  • Mary-Austin

    This is so sad…makes me sick to my stomach to think people take advantage of people with disabilities like this.

  • Mittendorf

    No one picked up on the voyeuristic host father taking nude photos of the foreign exchange student? It doesn’t indicate whether the student is in high school or college but either way, that foreign exchange student program is doomed.

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