Police say two men knocked on a door of a home near the water treatment plant in south Arlington over the weekend and claimed to be representatives of a utility company. After the elderly resident let the men in, they locked her in a room while they stole valuables.
ACPD says residents who question the identity of someone claiming to be a utility representative should call the utility company to verify they are who they say they are.
The department issued the following press release about the weekend robbery:
The Arlington County Police Department’s Homicide/Robbery Unit is warning the public about a recent robbery scheme.
On Saturday, June 21, 2014, two suspects knocked on the door of a residence in the 700 block of S. 31st Street at approximately 3:22 p.m. and claimed they needed to perform repair work for a utility company. The elderly female victim allowed the men to enter the residence, where one of the subjects confined her to a room while the other subject rummaged through the remainder of the house. After concealing valuables, the two suspects fled the scene on foot and remain at-large.
Suspect one is described as a white or Hispanic male in his twenties, approximately 5’6″ and 160 lbs. He was wearing a Nike blue t-shirt and had a chipped front tooth. Suspect two is described as a Hispanic male in his twenties, approximately 5’1″ and 145 lbs.
If anyone has information on the identity and/or whereabouts of these individuals, please contact Detective Trainer of the Arlington County Police Department’s Homicide/Robbery Unit at 703.228.4185 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. To report information anonymously, contact the Arlington County Crime Solvers at 866.411.TIPS (8477).
If you are confronted with a similar situation or claim, make sure to verify that it is actually your utility company. Residents can do this by directly calling the number on your latest bill or by finding the number on the utility company’s main website. Never allow anyone into your home without proper identification.
After making a verification call, if you find that you were a victim of a scam or were a target, please file an online police report at http://www.arlingtonva.us/departments/police/incident/new/start-report.html or call the non-emergency police line at 703.558.2222.
The incident took place around 4:50 p.m. Saturday afternoon on the 3800 block of 9th Street N., in the Virginia Square area. Police say Melvin Baxter, 57, grabbed the 87-year-old man by the neck and threw him to the ground before robbing him of the cash in his wallet and fleeing on foot.
“A witness immediately came to the assistance of the victim and contacted police, providing a detailed description of the assailant,” according to an Arlington County Police Department press release. “The victim sustained minor injuries and was treated by medics on scene. At approximately 5:00 p.m., an officer located and detained the suspect on the platform of the Ballston Metro Station.”
Baxter, a Capitol Heights, Md. resident, was charged with robbery and held without bond at the Arlington County Detention Facility.
Arlington County Police say the three men robbed a woman of her purse at a hotel on the 2000 block of Jefferson Davis Highway, near Crystal City, around 11:30 p.m. this past Saturday. As they were running away, one of the suspects accidentally left a couple of things behind.
“As the subjects were fleeing, one dropped his wallet and cell phone, which were recovered by security,” according to the police report.
The butter-fingered suspect was arrested after he went back to the hotel to try to find his belongings, according to Arlington County Police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck. Another was arrested at his home a short time later.
“Muqtadir Mustafa, 19, of Arlington, Va. and Andre Costa, 19 of Arlington, Va. were arrested and charged with robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery,” the police report said.
A third suspect, whose identity is now known to police, remains at large.
Police say the 27-year-old victim was taking out the trash last Friday night in the Arna Valley View neighborhood near S. Glebe Road. When he returned to his apartment, four alleged, would-be robbers forced their way in.
As two of the suspects rifled through his things, the victim said there was a brief struggle and he was able to draw a pistol. The suspects then reportedly dropped everything and ran off.
From this week’s Arlington County crime report:
ROBBERY BY FORCE, 140602055, 2700 block of S. Adams Street. On May 30 at 11:30 pm, a 27 year old victim was allegedly forced into his apartment by four subjects and robbed of his wallet and cellphone. The victim brandished a firearm and the suspects dropped his belongings and fled on foot. Suspect one is described as a black male in his twenties, approximately 6’1″ and 210 lbs. He was wearing a light blue t-shirt, light blue jeans, and white Nike sneakers. Suspect two is described as a black male in his twenties, approximately 5’9″ and 155 lbs. He was wearing an oversized green polo t-shirt, brown khakis, and brown boat shoes. Suspect three is described as a Hispanic female in her mid twenties approximately, 5’3″ and 130 lbs with green eyes and black hair. She was wearing a black blouse and checkered pants. Suspect four is described as a black female in her mid twenties approximately, 5’2″ and 120 lbs with a long red wig. She was wearing a purple dress with brown boots.
The rest of this week’s crime report, after the jump. All named suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty.
On Monday afternoon, an alleged thief stole two items from the Clarendon Apple Store and fled the scene in a customized BMW coupe.
From this week’s Arlington County crime report:
ROBBERY, 140324046, 2700 block of N. Clarendon Boulevard. On March 24 at 4:10pm, an unknown suspect fled the Apple Store with two items without paying. He fled the scene in a early nineties model dark blue BMW coupe, with a slightly faded bumper and lower body kit. The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, approximately 35 years old, and was wearing blue jeans, a light grey hooded sweatshirt with a black jacket on top and tan Timberland boots at the time of the incident.
Early Saturday morning, two men at Darna Lounge (946 N. Jackson Street), near Clarendon, allegedly flashed badges and claimed to be police officers.
IMPERSONATING A POLICE OFFICER, 140322003, 900 block of N. Jackson Street. On March 22 at 12:43am, police responded to a report of two bar patrons displaying badges and claiming to be officers. Samuel Wesley Aples, 40, of Alexandria, VA was charged with impersonating a police officer and private security violations. He was held on a $5000 bond. Austin James Jones III, 30, of Woodbridge, VA was charged with private security violations and was released. Both were banned from the establishment.
The rest of the crime report, after the jump. All named suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty.
A man was beaten and robbed after inviting a woman he had met online to his apartment.
According to this week’s Arlington County crime report, the tattooed woman and an accomplice assaulted the 31-year-old victim at his apartment in the Douglas Park neighborhood near Randolph Elementary School.
ROBBERY, 140315006, 4300 block of S. 12th Street. On March 14 at 11:30 pm, a 31 year-old male victim invited a female subject to his apartment that he had met online. She arrived to the residence and made a phone call to another male subject, who arrived and physically assaulted the victim. The victim had his wallet and cell phone stolen. Suspect one is described as a white female, approximately 5’4”, 120 pounds with blonde hair and tattoos all over her arms. She was wearing a pink shirt and black tights at the time of the incident. Suspect two is described as a black male, approximately 6’2”, 200 pounds with short hair and was wearing a black shirt at the time of the incident.
The rest of this week’s crime report, after the jump.
The incident happened around 4:30 p.m. on the 900 block of N. Stuart Street, about a block away from Ballston Common Mall.
The suspect — Zachary DeWulf, 22, of Springfield, Va. — allegedly pushed a 65-year-old man down while he was trying to withdraw money from an ATM and stole the man’s two wallets. According to police, that’s when two witnesses took action.
“Two patrons of an adjacent shop witnessed the robbery and immediately chased the suspect on foot,” according to a police press release. “During the chase, one of the witnesses was able to flag down an Arlington County officer, who joined the chase and apprehended the suspect shortly after in a parking lot in the 4200 block of Fairfax Drive.”
The victim was not hurt. Dewulf was charged with robbery. He’s currently being held at the Arlington County Detention Facility after his bond was denied.
The incident happened on the 1200 block of N. Herndon Street, about two blocks from the Clarendon Metro station, according to the crime report.
“At 12:20 am on January 31, a 28 year-old male victim was stopped by two subjects on the sidewalk. One of the subjects held the victim’s throat while the other subject went through his pockets,” the crime report states. “The suspects fled the scene on foot with the victim’s keys.”
“Suspect one is described as a Hispanic male, approximately 5’9” tall and 160 lbs. He was wearing a red Under Armour sweatshirt and blue jeans at the time of the incident,” the report continues. “Suspect two is described as a Hispanic male, 5’9” tall and 160 lbs, wearing a black sweatshirt and jeans.”
The incident happened around 10:45 this past Friday night. According to police, the tow truck driver — who was working for a private company, not Arlington County — was in the process of towing a vehicle from the 2900 block of S. Glebe Road for a parking permit violation when the vehicle’s owner approached him.
“The subject pulled a pistol on him forcing the victim to release the car,” according to the police report. “The subject fled the scene and was located a short time later by police.”
Arlington County Police Department spokesman Dustin Sternbeck said Woodbridge resident William Eugene Jones Jr., 36, was spotted by officers close to the original crime scene after a lookout was broadcast.
Jones Jr. was arrested and charged with robbery, use of a firearm in committing a felony, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, brandishing and possession of a concealed weapon. He was held without bond.
According to police, the suspect approached the 15-year-old victim around 8:25 p.m. in the 5100 block of 8th Road S. and put him in a choke hold. The suspect demanded the victim’s Nike Foamposite shoes, shoved the victim and then fled.
The victim was not seriously injured and was not transported to the hospital.
Police describe the suspect as a dark skinned Hispanic male with a light beard, approximately 5’10”, 160 pounds and around 20 years old. At the time of the incident he was wearing a black jacket and dark pants. Another person was with the suspect at the time of the robbery, but was not directly involved in the incident. The second person is described as a light skinned male, approximately 6’2” with a heavy build. At the time of the incident he was wearing a black jacket and dark jeans and had a black backpack with him.
Anyone who may have information regarding the robbery is asked to call the police non-emergency number at 703-558-2222.
Arlington police are investigating a home invasion robbery that occurred overnight.
According to a police report, the robbery took place on S. Montana Street, between Kenmore Middle School and the border with Falls Church. A suspect broke into a home around 3:00 a.m. and robbed a victim at knifepoint in his bedroom.
From the Arlington County Police Department:
ROBBERY/HOME INVASION, unit block of S. Montana Street. At 3:08 am on November 22, a suspect entered a third floor bedroom and demanded money from a 50 year-old victim at knifepoint. The suspect was able to get cash and the victim’s ATM card before fleeing the scene. Surveillance footage caught the suspect attempting to withdrawal money from a nearby ATM. The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 5’8” tall and 160 lbs. He was wearing a brown mask, long sleeve shirt and dark pants with paint spots on them.
The leader of a smash-and-grab robbery crew that committed more than 20 robberies around the D.C. area, including one at the Tourneau store in the Pentagon City mall, has received a lengthy jail sentence.
District resident Walter Douglas, 34, was sentenced to 20 years in prison and, along with his co-defendants, ordered to pay $1.25 million in restitution. From the U.S. Attorney’s office:
Walter Douglas, 34, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced today to 240 months in prison for his role in a series of smash-and-grab robberies. Douglas and his co-defendants were also ordered to pay $1,251,978.75 in restitution to the victims of these robberies.
Dana J. Boente, Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Valerie Parlave, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office; Colonel Edwin C. Roessler Jr., Fairfax County Chief of Police; M. Douglas Scott, Arlington County Chief of Police; and J. Thomas Manger, Montgomery County Chief of Police, made the announcement after sentencing by United States District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema.
Douglas pleaded guilty on August 8, 2013. According to court documents, Douglas was a leader of a smash-and-grab robbery crew that committed over twenty robberies in the Washington, D.C. area and elsewhere. The crew entered various high-end retail establishments as a group, and through force and intimidation, stole merchandise from the stores. Douglas and his crew stole over $1,000,000 in merchandise during the robbery spree from retailers such as Tourneau, Cartier, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Neiman Marcus.
This case was investigated by the FBI and the Fairfax County, Arlington County, and Montgomery County Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Jonathan Fahey and Special Assistant United States Attorney Edward Reilly prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.
Treasurer Makes Deal for iPark Refills — Arlington County Treasurer Frank O’Leary has struck deals to allow the county to refill iPark devices, while adding more devices to the cache that can be used to replace non-functioning units. The county paid $10,000 to the bankrupt manufacturer of the devices for the codes necessary to add value without additional authorization or payment to the company. The move comes about a month and a half after the company’s bankruptcy suddenly prevented the county from refilling the devices. [Sun Gazette]
Man Gets 10 Year Sentence for Custis Trail Robbery — A 23-year-old D.C. resident has received a 10 year sentence for a robbery on the Custis Trail that left a jogger with a head injury and lingering cognitive effects. The attacker and his 17-year-old brother, who’s expected to receive a 1.5 to 3 year sentence, were both arrested as they fled toward the Ballston Metro Station. The victim, a 55-year-old personal trainer, says he still suffers from headaches, nightmares and memory loss. [Washington Post]
Remembering Allison’s Tea House — From the 1920s to the 1950s, Allison’s Tea House, at 1301 S. Arlington Ridge Road, was “a coveted neighborhood restaurant… that had been visited by dignitaries including Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt.” The restaurant’s iconic stone well house was preserved after the restaurant and its grounds were redeveloped into an apartment building in the 1960s. It still stands, and is used as storage for the apartment’s swimming pool. [Preservation Arlington]
ACPD Participating in Drug Take-Back Day — The Arlington County Police Department is participating in National Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday. From 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at fire stations No. 1, 8 and 9, officers will collect expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. “The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked,” police say in a press release. [Arlington County]
Flickr pool photo by Wolfkann
Arlington County Police are looking for two women suspected of stealing cosmetics from a CVS store and pepper spraying two employees who tried to stop them.
The alleged robbery took place at 3:30 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 23, at the CVS Pharmacy at 256 N. Glebe Road in Buckingham. This afternoon, police released surveillance images from the store in an effort to solicit the public’s help in identifying the suspects.
From an ACPD press release:
The Arlington County Police Department’s Burglary/Larceny Unit is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying and locating two suspects involved in a larceny and assault incident at a CVS Pharmacy store.
The suspects entered the CVS Pharmacy, located in the 200 block of N. Glebe Road, at 3:30 a.m. on September 23, 2013. Suspect one was captured on surveillance video placing numerous cosmetic items in two handbags. Suspect two was serving as a lookout in the aisle. After securing the items, suspect one proceeds to the self checkout and pretends to pay for the items. When she attempts to exit the store, an employee confronts her and she discharges pepper spray in his face. A second employee attempts to intervene and she is also pepper sprayed. The suspects fled the scene in an unknown type vehicle.
Suspect one is described as a black female in her 20’s, approximately 6’0” tall and 180 lbs. She was wearing green pants, a white t-shirt and tan flats at the time of the incident. Suspect two is described as a black female with a thin build. She was wearing a blue jean jacket and black yoga style pants.
If anyone has information on the identity and/or whereabouts of these individuals, please contact Detective James Stone of the Arlington County Police Department’s Burglary/Larceny Unit at 703.228.4245 or at email@example.com. To report information anonymously, contact the Arlington County Crime Solvers at 866.411.TIPS (8477).
Fisette Weds Long-Time Partner — Arlington County Board member Jay Fisette married long-time partner Bob Rosen last week. After 30 years together, the couple tied the knot in a low-key ceremony at All Souls Unitarian Church in the District. Fisette and Rosen’s union will not be recognized in Virginia, but Fisette said he thinks that same-sex marriage will be legalized in the Commonwealth within five years. [Sun Gazette]
Smash-and-Grab Lookout Sentenced — The man who served as a lookout in a series of smash-and-grab robberies in the D.C. area, including this robbery at the Tourneau store in Pentagon City, has been sentenced. Floyd Davis, 43, was sentenced to 7 years in prison for his role in the crimes. [Washington Post]
Reevesland Group Refines Proposal — A group that wants to convert the historic Reeves farmhouse into an agricultural learning center for school children has submitted a proposal to Arlington County. The group says its volunteers will lower the cost of necessary renovations to the building by 30 percent. It has offered to operate the center and make it available to Arlington Public Schools. In exchange, the group wants the county to pay for renovations (about $700,000), ongoing maintenance costs and utilities. [Sun Gazette]
Library Seeks Info on Mystery Football Photo — Arlington Public Library’s Center for Local History is seeking more information about a photograph found at a local home. The photo shows a group of men wearing early 20th century football equipment, posing in front of a school. [Arlington Public Library]
Flickr pool photo by BrianMKA