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Crime Report: Fighting Back Edition

by ARLnow.com September 8, 2010 at 4:16 pm 2,277 25 Comments

Occasionally, victims fight back and give the bad guys what was coming to ’em. Such was the case early Sunday morning when a man approached two women who were walking home in the Buckingham neighborhood.

Police say the man lifted one woman’s skirt and touched her inappropriately. Then, the woman punched him, and two men chased him off.

More details on the suspect from this week’s Arlington County crime report:

SEXUAL BATTERY 09/05/10, 4200 block of N. Pershing Drive. On September 5 at 2 am, two women were walking on the sidewalk when an unknown man approached them. He lifted one woman’s skirt and touched her under the skirt. She punched him, and two men chased the suspect off. The suspect was a white Hispanic male in his early 30’s, 6′ and 180 lbs. He was wearing a blue and white plaid shirt with black jeans and black shoes.

The rest of the crime report, after the jump.

ASSAULT ON POLICE-ARREST 09/04/10, 1000 block of S. Rolfe Street. On September 4 at 3 am, an intoxicated subject assaulted a police officer during his arrest. Michael Houston, 23, of Arlington, was charged with Assault on Law Enforcement, Resisting Arrest and Drunk in Public. He was held on a $3,000 bond.

ASSAULT AND BATTERY-ARREST 09/04/10, 3400 block of Wilson Boulevard. On September 4 at 2:20 am, an intoxicated man punched another subject. Sean Enright, 23, of Turnersville, NJ, was charged with Assault and Battery and Drunk in Public. He was released from jail when sober.

ASSAULT AND BATTERY-ARREST 09/05/10, 3100 block of Clarendon Boulevard. On September 5 at 1 am, a man assaulted a bouncer. Matthew Nieman, 27, of Arlington, was charged with Assault and Battery. He was held on a $3,000 bond.

ASSAULT AND BATTERY 09/05/10, 900 block of S. Buchanan Street. On September 5 at 11:40 am, a man assaulted his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend.

PEEPING TOM 09/06/10, 1700 block of N. Barton Street. On September 6 at 1:35 am, a man was seen looking into an apartment window. The suspect was a white Hispanic male wearing a black shirt.

BURGLARY 09/02/10, 2100 block of Key Boulevard. Between 9:30 am on September 1, and 2:30 pm on September 2, a subject forced entry through the front door of the victim’s apartment, and stole personal and electronic items.

BURGLARY 09/01/10, 6600 block of Little Falls Road. Between 9 pm on August 31, and 6 am on September 1, an unknown subject entered a school and stole several guitars. There is no suspect description.

BURGLARY 09/02/10, 4700 block of N. 25th Street. On September 2 between 7:55 am and 5:30 pm, an unknown subject forced entry through a window and entered a house. Several items of jewelry were stolen. There are no known suspects.

BURGLARY 09/03/10, 3600 block of S. 14th Street. Between 10:30 am on September 2, and 8:30 pm on September 3, an unknown suspect entered a house by removing a window air conditioning unit. Several dollars and some jewelry items were stolen. There is no suspect description.

BURGLARY-ARREST 09/07/10, 600 block of N. Vermont Street. On September 7 at 1:30 pm, police responded to a possible burglary in progress. Two subjects were located, and one was arrested. Darryl Nicholas, 23, of Upper Marlboro, MD, was charged with Burglary. He was held on a $2,500 bond.

COMMERCIAL BURGLARY 09/02/10. 3800 block of Fairfax Drive. Between 9 pm on September 1, and 8 am on September 2, an unknown subject forced entry through a reception door of an office suite. Several computers were stolen. There are no known suspects.

COMMERCIAL BURGLARY 09/04/10, 1200 block of N. Glebe Road. Between 8 pm on September 3, and 9:20 am on September 4, a subject entered the business and stole U.S. currency. The suspect is unknown.

COMMERCIAL BURGLARY 09/06/10, 5100 block of Lee Highway. Between 11:15 pm on September 5, and 11:45 pm on September 6, an unknown suspect entered a business through a bathroom window. Money was stolen and there are no known suspects.

COMMERCIAL BURGLARY 09/07/10, 1000 block of N. Glebe Road. Between 5 pm on September 2, and 7 am on September 7, an unknown subject entered and office suite and stole lap top computers. There are no known suspects.

ATTEMPT BURGLARY 09/07/10, 1800 block of N. Quinn Street. On September 7 at 10:40 pm, an unknown subject removed the screen from an apartment window. When the resident saw a person outside the window and yelled, the suspect fled. There is no description.

LARCENY FROM AUTO (SERIES) 09/07/10, 3100 block of N. 20th Street. Between 9 pm on September 6, and 7 am on September 7, an unknown subject broke into at least two cars in the same parking lot. There are no known suspects.

DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY (SERIES) 09/01/10, 1200 block of N. Stuart Street. On September 1 between midnight and 10 am, an unknown subject vandalized at least six vehicles. There is no suspect information.

STOLEN AUTO 9/02/10 VA XLP 8879 1998 Chevy Prism, green 4200 block of N. Carlin Springs Road

  • Arlingtonian

    For all the debates between North and South Arlington, almost every week it seems like North Arlington has significantly more and worse crime. Is there a reason for that?

    • Greg

      The crime in North Arlington seems to concentrate along the busy Ballston-Rosslyn metro line… most of South Arlington is not served by metro stations.

    • Let’s Be Free

      Population is about 60/40 North vs. South so that explains some of the discrepancy. Property crimes are tilted towards North Arlington (follow the money), crimes of passion/violence are prevalent in the South.

      • Neighbor

        The metro stations definitely play a part, although they certainly aren’t the only factor. I know that crime (robbery and larceny) around Springfield Mall, although never non-existent, really shot up when they built the metro stop there. There have been a number of articles in the WaPo on this.

    • Let’s Be Free

      Also crimes committed at places where the Feds have jursidiction (concetrated in the South) like the Pentagon Reservation, GW Parkway, National Airport, Arlington National Cemetery, Fort Myer, National Guard Readiness Center, Foreign Affairs Training Center, etc. get miscreants into a different criminal justice sytem.

  • charlie

    well oddly there are 5 stations in south arlington and six in north arlington. so there are 20% more stations. is there only 20% more crime.
    so the crime isn’t about metro stations isn’t it then about density and how many people live here?

    • Greg

      I agree, the number of metro stations doesn’t really explain things, but the crime concentrated along the corridor was just an observation I’ve made over the past few years from the weekly crime maps. Are the high-density areas attractive to criminals? I thought that high density areas were typically safer…

    • david

      More bars. No offense to people in S. Arlington but I hardly ever hear anyone excited about going out in Crystal City.

    • Will

      Arlington Cemetery: not a likely spot for neighborhood crime.
      Pentagon: also not a likely spot for crime to branch from.
      Pentagon City: probably as likely as Ballston-Rosslyn corridor.
      Crystal City: probably as likely as Ballston-Rosslyn corridor.
      National Airport: again, not a likely spot for neighborhood crime.

      So along the Ballston-Rosslyn corridor you have many stops where droogs could branch out into neighborhoods, do their crimes, and jump back onto the metro.

      Could still be a correlation.

    • Greg

      Thank you for that Will. Also, as pointed out by a recent article, most of the crime is committed by non-Arlington residents… It would be interesting to see this analysis stratified by North and South. I wonder if most of the crime in S. Arlington is committed by residents… and non-residents in the North?

      • Deb

        Yes, south Arlington is where all the criminals live. It’s not possible that people who live elsewhere are coming in off the highways.

        • Arlingtonian

          Agreed Deb, especially when you see crimes like the N. 25th St. one above or the Bishop O’Connell crime that are nowhere near the Metro corridor.

          • S. Arl. resident

            Actually Bishop O’Connell is about 2 blocks from the Sycamore St. metro stop.

      • charlie

        I would agree that the bars are probably more likely the problem. And yes many of the people seem to be from elsewhere — at least the dumb ones who get in trouble.
        I would disagree somewhat with Will’s assessment of crime possibilities at other stations —
        Arlington Cem. — crime is crime. i think the remoteness of the station could lead to problems but also the high number of tourists (also vulnerable)
        Pentagon City — actually has a HUGE crime problem due to the shopping centers.
        National Airport — also challenge the issue of labeling crime. I would be curious if they have problems in the garages.

        i think it is the bars.

  • lll

    Yep. That’s why I moved to Southie from Clarendon. So I could get robbed by my own neighbors instead of people from across the river or from the other side of Route 50. Please. If we could figure out why and where crime happens there wouldn’t be any. Considering the severity of the crimes on the list, all of Arlington should consider itself lucky. Be safe…

  • fatkidspecial

    10 years ago it might have been relevant mapping crime by north/south geographic boundaries, not so much anymore. The police district map, while useful for enforcement purposes isn’t really a good way to look at crime distribution/occurrence. zoning, neighborhoods, etc. are probably the best bet for looking at geographic distribution in arlington.

    metros, bars, density, income levels, income level difference of neighboring communities/municipalities, etc. all contribute to crime. trying to divvy up the county by route 50 is a little simplistic don’t you think?

  • S. Arl. resident

    What I find amazing is that some large local newspapers almost always identify crime incidents in “South Arlington” versus crime incidents north of Rt. 50 as “Arlington.” Makes you wonder…..

    • charlie

      the north/south issue isn’t just Arlington. it is worldwide. i’d love someone to figure it out and explain it.
      northern germany v southern germany; northern afghanistan v southern; northern india v southern; north vietnam v south; north ethiopa v south. northern california v southern
      it just keeps going…

  • Darwin

    I like how we are the smallest county in America and can still find geographic division! Come on Arlintonians lets talk about how much better we are than DC and Fairfax!

    Oh and good for that woman! I wish the men would have done more than “chase the guy off”.

  • Darwin

    Oh and what sort of lame criminal steals a 1998 Chevy Prism?!!! Talk about setting your sights low no matter what your profession!

    • fatkid

      you can’t judge me. it was better than walking.

    • Neighbor

      Hey, the 1998 Chevy Prism in my neighborhood is like a 3-Series BMW in Clarendon! It seems to be the preferred method of travel when the buses aren’t running, your bike gets stolen, or you don’t feel like walking. Perfect for 5 dudes on the go.

    • Darwin

      Apparently the 1992 Ford Probe next to it must have had “The Club” on it!

      • fatkidspecial

        actually had an ’89 ford probe base model. was one of the best cars i’ve ever owned.

        this prism ain’t bad either, although the owner has a horrible taste in music. never knew there was such a thing as barbara streisand live bootlegs. nothing to strip really so probably going to drop it off in pg next week.

  • Wanted to mention that SpotCrime and MyLocalCrime is mapping this data.


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