The Arizona Republic reported last month that Caleb Laieski faces 13 charges in Arizona stemming from an alleged sexual relationship with a boy under the age of 15, a felony even though Laieski himself was a minor at the time. According to Laieski, he has a “consensual relationship” with a 14-year-old boy when he was 16 or 17.
Laieski rose to national prominence in 2010 when he spoke out against the bullying of gay teens in the Phoenix area. He later lobbied Congress to pass anti-discrimination legislation and spoke with President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden about issues affecting gay youth.
Laieski, 18, was hired by Arlington County as a 911 dispatcher trainee in May. He was placed on administrative leave for three weeks after the county learned about the charges against him, but he’s now back on the job in an administrative capacity, according to Capt. Adrienne Quigley, Deputy Director of the Arlington Emergency Communications Center. He will continue to work in an administrative capacity pending the outcome of the legal proceedings in Arizona, said Quigley.
“We’re just going to let the criminal justice system run its course,” she said.
The incident happened Friday afternoon at a residence in the Alcova Heights neighborhood. The upper portion of man’s ear was severed, but he was “very uncooperative” and wouldn’t tell police what happened, according to Arlington County Police Department spokesman Dustin Sternbeck.
Police do not have any suspects in the case.
From this week’s Arlington County crime report:
MALICIOUS WOUNDING, 3600 block of S. 3rd Street. At 2:00 pm on November 29, an intoxicated male subject’s ear was severed in a fight. An investigation is ongoing.
Earlier this week, someone lit a field marker flag on fire at Long Bridge Park, causing minor damage.
ARSON, 400 block of S. Long Bridge Drive. Between 3:00 pm on December 2 and 7:00 am on December 3, an unknown subject lit one of the field markers on a soccer field on fire. No suspect description is available.
Police are also investigating a report of a woman being sexually assaulted after leaving a bar in the Courthouse neighborhood last Sunday night.
The woman was intoxicated at the time, can’t remember details of the alleged incident and reported it three days later, according to Sternbeck. There are no suspects in the case.
“The investigation is ongoing,” Sternbeck said.
SEXUAL ASSAULT, 1400 block of N. Courthouse Road. Between 10:30 pm on November 24 to 12:07 am on November 25, a female victim reported she was allegedly sexually assaulted after leaving a bar. An investigation is ongoing.
The rest of this week’s crime report, after the jump. All named suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Note that ACPD is now including case numbers and basic details of minor incidents in its crime report.
This week’s Arlington County crime report contains a number of burglaries.
Police managed to arrest three suspects during one of the burglaries, which took place in an apartment complex community room. From the crime report:
BURGLARY, 2900 block of S. Glebe Road. On November 17 at 12:50am, a witness reported three individuals breaking into a community room. The three subjects were apprehended inside the community room in possession of marijuana, burglarious tools, and a stolen credit card. The subjects were all charged with Burglary, Possession of Burglarious Tools, Credit Card Theft, Credit Card Fraud, and Possession of Marijuana. The subjects were identified as Edwin Hercules-Torres, 21, of Alexandria, VA, Soami Salmeron, 22, of Alexandria, VA, and Jose Depena-Echevarria, 19, of Alexandria, VA.
The rest of the crime report, after the jump.
Police received a call around 12:40 a.m. on Wednesday saying that the suspect, later identified as Victor Solano, was attempting to drive his Chrysler 300 into the yard of a garden style apartment near the 4600 block of 20th Road N., near the Lee Heights Shops.
In the process of trying to back out of the yard, he reportedly struck two vehicles and then drove away. One of the struck vehicles was occupied and the person inside called 911, according to Arlington County Police Department spokesman Dustin Sternbeck.
Police saw Solano’s vehicle nearby and attempted a traffic stop, but he struck another vehicle and the police cruiser, then fled in his vehicle, according to Sternbeck. A police chase ensued.
Another officer saw Solano’s vehicle during the police pursuit and managed to stop him briefly between a police cruiser, a fence and a power pole near 16th Street N. and N. Culpeper Street. The officer got out of his cruiser and gave verbal commands, but Solano allegedly ignored the commands. Instead, police say Solano accelerated, jumped the curb and ran over the officer’s foot. He then allegedly struck the same police cruiser he had hit earlier and again fled.
Police say Solano eventually wrecked his vehicle around 18th Street N. and N. Cameron Street, then attempted to flee on foot. Two police officers took him into custody, and he was transported to Virginia Hospital Center with minor bumps and bruises.
The officer whose foot was run over was also transported to the hospital for X-rays. He sustained minor injuries but is expected to remain on duty. The officer who was in the cruiser that was hit twice did not sustain injuries.
Solano has been charged with DUI, reckless driving, felony eluding and assault on a police officer.
Ruth Antuanet Miller, 35, originally from Peru but now an Arlington resident, pleaded guilty to Conspiracy to Commit Sex Trafficking by Force, Fraud and Coercion. She admitted to trafficking at least five victims.
Miller admitted in a statement filed in federal court that from May 2011 through July 2013, she was the leader of a criminal enterprise that prostituted women at hotels and motels around Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church and in Fairfax County.
Some of the women involved were undocumented immigrants. Miller coerced some of them into prostitution by claiming she had ties to immigration agencies in the United States, and she could have the women removed from the country if they refused to engage in prostitution. Other women were told they would be arrested by local law enforcement agencies if they did not perform sex acts for money. Miller also claimed to have affiliation with a street gang and implied the women would be harmed if they didn’t comply.
Miller reported keeping half of the money the victims earned from prostitution while the victims kept the other half. Co-conspirators assisted Miller with operations such as booking hotel rooms, transporting the victims, collecting money and advertising on the internet.
The Arlington County Police Department and the City of Falls Church Police Department assisted Homeland Security Investigations and the Fairfax County Police Department with the investigation.
Miller will be sentenced on March 28, 2014, and faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.
According to Arlington County Police Department spokesman Dustin Sternbeck, 36 vehicles had their tires slashed. Each vehicle had one or two tires slashed and no other damage has been found on the vehicles.
Police received slashed tire reports from residents on a number of blocks in the neighborhood, with large concentrations along the 1800 block of N. Culpeper Street, the 1900 block of N. Dinwiddie Street and along N. 19th Street. Some vehicles were parked in the street and others were in driveways. Police were at the scene for hours this morning to check out each new report as residents exited their houses and discovered the damage.
At this time, it does not appear that there is a connection among the types of vehicles targeted, as was the case when Priuses were vandalized in July. It’s too early to tell if the Hall’s Hill incident is related to the incident with the Priuses, or to another tire slashing spree that happened in the Arlington View neighborhood in August.
So far police do not have any suspects in this case. Anyone who may have seen suspicious activity in the Hall’s Hill neighborhood overnight is asked to call the police non-emergency number at 703-558-2222.
Photo via @ArlingtonVaPD
There were only three items listed in this week’s Arlington County crime report.
The list “is not a definitive list of criminal activity and is subject to change upon investigation,” according to police.
BURGLARY, 11/07/13, 1200 block of S. Eads Street. Between 8:30 am on November 6 and 5:30 pm on November 7, an unknown subject(s) entered a residence and stole two laptops and two Nooks. There is no suspect(s) description.
INDECENT EXPOSURE, 11/07/13, 900 block of N. Pollard Street. At 1:38 am on November 7, a female victim reported a male subject exposing himself through a window for the second time in a week. The suspect is described as a light skin black male with “bulging” eyes, and in his late 20s to early 30s. He was wearing a black winter coat at the time of the incident. A suspect has been identified.
11/12/13, VA, 1998 Ford E-250 Van, Blue
5200 block of N. Wilson Boulevard
For the second time in a week, a suspect with “bulging eyes” exposed himself in front of a Virginia Square apartment building.
From this week’s Arlington County crime report:
INDECENT EXPOSURE, 11/07/13, 900 block of N. Pollard Street. Between 1:35 am and 1:38 am on November 7, a female victim reported a male subject exposing himself for the second time in a week. The suspect is described as a light skin black male with “bulging” eyes, and in his late 20s to early 30s. He was wearing a black winter coat at the time of the incident. The investigation is ongoing.
The rest of the crime report, after the jump. All named suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty.
Someone smashed a police cruiser’s windshield in the Columbia Heights neighborhood last Thursday.
The incident happened around lunchtime. From this week’s Arlington County crime report:
VANDALISM, 10/24/13, 1000 block of S. Cleveland Street. Between 12:40 pm on October 24 to 1:00 pm October 24, a police cruiser’s windshield was shattered with a piece of concrete while parked on S. Cleveland Street. The investigation is ongoing.
Early this morning, a man with “bulging eyes” was seen masturbating in front of a Virginia Square apartment building.
INDECENT EXPOSURE, 10/31/13, 900 block of N. Pollard Street. On October 31 at 3:03am, a man was seen masturbating in front of an apartment building by the concierge. When police arrived, the man was gone. Officers searched the area, but were unable to locate the suspect. The suspect is described as a black or possibly Middle Eastern male in his 20’s – 30’s, “bulging eyes”, who was bald and possibly had facial hair. At the time of the incident the suspect was wearing a black coat.
The rest of this week’s crime report, after the jump.
A girl was raped in the Buckingham neighborhood last Thursday, according to this week’s Arlington County crime report.
A 35-year-old man was arrested for the crime and is known to the victim, cops say. Police are not releasing many details about the crime — like the victim’s age or the man’s relationship to the victim — saying such information would make it too easy to identify the victim.
From the crime report:
RAPE, 10/17/13, 300 block of N. Thomas Street. On October 17 at 11:10 am, a subject was taken into custody for the rape of a known juvenile victim. Carlos Diaz-Vincente, 35, of Arlington, VA, was arrested and charged with rape. He is being held on no bond.
The rest of this week’s crime report, after the jump. Named suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty.
A street fight in the Virginia Square area led to three arrests Monday night.
Police say three men in their 20s attacked another group of three men after they left a bar. From this week’s Arlington County crime report:
ASSAULT BY MOB, 10/14/13, 800 block of N. Pollard Street. On October 14 at 11:52pm, three male victims were assaulted in the street after they left a bar. Theodrose Encubahre, 22, of Arlington, VA; Adnan Naseer, 23, of Arlington, VA; and Amin Reza, 23, of Arlington, VA were all arrested for assault by mob and held without bail.
The rest of the crime report, after the jump. All named suspected are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
The incident happened near Ballston, just before 11:00 a.m. Saturday morning (Oct. 12). Arlington County Police say a 16-year-old boy was so upset about his mother’s refusal to let him use the tablet device, which is marketed by Amazon.com, that he struck her in the head with the pan.
The boy was charged with malicious wounding and destruction of property.
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The alleged incident happened just before midnight on Monday, on the 4500 block of Four Mile Run Drive.
Police say a 24-year-old woman woke up to find her roommate, 31-year-old Allister Kennedy, over her. She tried to fight him off but he still managed to sexually assault her, according to ACPD spokesman Dustin Sternbeck.
From this week’s Arlington County crime report:
SEXUAL ASSAULT, 10/07/13, 4500 block of S. Four Mile Run Drive. At 11:50 pm on October 7, a female victim was sexually assaulted by a roommate. The subject entered the victim’s bedroom while she slept, pinned her down and sexually assaulted her. Allister Kennedy, 31, of Arlington, VA, was arrested and charged with animate object penetration. He is being held without bond.
The rest of the crime report, after the jump. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Photo courtesy ACPD
Last Friday afternoon, a man was spotted masturbating in a van near Shirlington while watching women walking by.
From this week’s Arlington County crime report.
OBSCENE SEXUAL DISPLAY, 09/27/13, 2600 block of S. Arlington Mill Drive. On September 27 at 3pm, a victim reported a male subject masturbating in a vehicle, while looking at females who were walking past. The subject is a heavyset black male. The vehicle was described as a blue Toyota minivan with Maryland plates.
The rest of the crime report, after the jump.
The incident happened Monday afternoon in Pentagon City, reportedly at the Nordstrom Rack store (1201 S. Hayes Street) across from the mall. Police say a black male in his 30s was spotted masturbating in the shoe section of the store. He fled the scene before police arrived.
From the Arlington crime report:
INDECENT EXPOSURE, 09/30/13, 1200 block of S. Hayes Street. A male subject was observed masturbating in the shoe section of a retail store. The subject is described as a black male in his late 30s, approximately 5 feet 8 inches and weighing 150 pounds. The subject has short black hair and was wearing a black and red jacket with the word ‘Coogi’ on the back in red writing and red sneakers at the time of the incident. Further investigation is being conducted.