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Halloween Crime Report: Pools of Blood Found Near Ray’s Hell Burger

by ARLnow.com | November 1, 2012 at 5:40 pm | 7,634 views | 28 Comments

Halloween in Arlington was relatively quiet, but it was not without a few notable crimes.

The first incident started out as a mystery right out of a horror movie: several pools of blood were found this morning within a one block radius of Ray’s Hell Burger in the Rosslyn area.

One was found on the sidewalk along Wilson Boulevard, between N. Rhodes Street and N. Quinn Street.

Then, two more were reportedly found in the parking lot and elevator of an apartment building on the 1800 block of N. Quinn Street. Also at the scene: a bloody CVS bag with shampoo and cat food in it, according to a witness.

At first, police were baffled by the blood — no one had called the night before to report any nefarious acts in the area. One nearby resident even told police he had been up all night with the window open and hadn’t heard a thing. Eventually, though, investigators located the source of the gore: a man who lived in the apartment building in which the blood was found.

The man — who’s in his late 20s, according to Arlington County Police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck — had a broken nose and a pair of black eyes. He didn’t remember much from the night before, but confirmed that he had been out drinking at nearby Red Hot and Blue, then left the restaurant and took a Lunesta sleeping pill. It was at that point that his memory got fuzzy. Police believe he got into some sort of altercation, but robbery was likely not the motive — he still had all his money and credit cards with him.

Police photographed and collected samples at the blood pools and then called the fire department to hose them down. Because the man couldn’t remember what happened, police don’t have much to go on in terms of finding a suspect.

“The investigation is ongoing,” Sternbeck said.

In Ballston, meanwhile, Halloween revelry took a dark turn when an intoxicated man hopped behind the bar of a restaurant on the 600 block of N. Glebe Road (in Ballston Common Mall) around 11:30 last night.

A female bartender confronted the man, at which time he grabbed a bottle of Amaretto and swung it at her, according to police. The bartender sustained a cut to her leg and was taken to Virginia Hospital Center. The man, identified as 30-year-old Jorge Zunagua of Alexandria, was detained by security, arrested and charged with malicious wounding.

Elsewhere in Arlington, a couple of instances of mischief were reported. One house was egged and one of its windows was somehow broken as a result, according to Sternbeck. He was unable to say where in Arlington the house was located.

In Virginia Square, pranksters rearranged the numbers on a gas station sign to suggest that regular unleaded gasoline was $7.43 per gallon. A passerby informed the manager of the station (Japanese Auto Service) of the prank.

Photo (bottom) courtesy James Webster

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  • http://www.arlnow.com ARLnow.com

    To be clear, no blood was found at Ray’s itself. It’s just the most notable local landmark on the block.

  • Quackers

    Oddly, sales at the service station increased, as status-conscious Arlington consumers concluded that it must be “luxury” gas with which to fill their SUVs.

  • B22201

    Explains some blood I saw on the ground near the 1776 Wilson building. Thought it was paint since the place is new. . . guess it wasn’t.

  • James

    You tell by the gas station sign that the pranksters we’re too bright.

    Plus gasoline is always more expensive then Regular.

    • James

      weren’t

      • Deadite

        Still not right, bud.

  • Isn’t it ironic

    “You tell by the gas station sign that the pranksters we’re too bright.”

  • Zelora

    I thought for a minute there they were going to find a very clean but dead cat, lured with the cat food, washed with the shampoo, and then (cut throat noise: Ssssssssshkkkkk!) sacrificed for ritual purposes. Glad to know it was only a drunken human.

    • KathyInArlingtonVA

      What a disgusting thought. Guess you are not an animal lover.

  • Bob

    Rosslyn heights strikes again

  • JMB

    He didn’t remember much from the night before, but confirmed that he had been out drinking at nearby Red Hot and Blue, then left the restaurant and took a Lunesta sleeping pill. It was at that point that his memory got fuzzy.

    …he also doesn’t remember where he parked his red Ford minivan.

  • Clouseau

    Just a theory. The bloody CVS bag also contained an empty carton of eggs. The homeowner, from address unknown, whose home was egged caught up with the 20-something dbag and had a little whoop ass.

  • Internet Tourette’s

    The first rule about fight club is….

  • Internet Tourette’s

    Better get Newt to that gas station stat!

  • sam the cat

    Late breaking – A run on 8.03 / gal gas has occurred as it was rumored to prevent random auto flipping.

  • CaddyMaster

    Police photographed and collected samples at the blood pools and then called the fire department to hose them down.

    If only Brian Doyle Murray was in charge…

    • Ren

      HA! I totally got it. : )

  • Hank

    What kind of weirdo goes out for a night of some serious drinking at Red Hot and Blue? It’s just one step up from getting rocked at the Chili’s bar.

  • YTK

    Who needs to take a sleeping pill after getting soused???

    • Mandy

      I do!

    • Keith Moon and Jimi Hendrix

      We did?

      • CM

        Still too soon!

  • JohnB2

    Was the Ballston restaurant Union Jacks or Rock Bottom? I think Baileys was closed that night due to the power outage and fire alarm.

  • PoolsOfBlood

    Proof Arlco does NOT need the Longbridge aquatic center

  • PoolsOfBlood

    Near Rays Hell burger?

    So I take it most folks order ‘rare”?

  • Mick

    The more I read this, the more surreal it seems.

    I thought it was a prank piece about Halloween when I first read it yesterday.

    Now it seems more like a stream-of-consciousness piece by a devotee of Hunter S. Thompson.

    Maybe it’s just lame writing, I dunno.

    • Ryan

      This is useful, thank you.

  • Billy

    This has to be the most bizarre thing I’ve ever read. Who drinks to the point of oblivion at Red, Hot, and Blue? And did this guy take the lunesta before he left the restaurant?

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