Crime Report: Brandishing in Ballston

by ARLnow.com October 20, 2010 at 2:23 pm 2,332 19 Comments

The following item from this week’s Arlington County crime report might make you think twice before honking the horn, even if the other guy is clearly in the wrong. This happened less than a block from the Ballston Metro station.

BRANDISHING 10/16/10, 4200 block of Fairfax Drive. On October 16 at 6:30 pm, a man honked his vehicle horn at three males crossing against a traffic light. One of the subjects lifted his shirt and displayed a handgun. The suspect is described as an African American man in his 20’s wearing a red jacket and a skullcap.

The rest of the crime report, including a brandishing in south Arlington, after the jump.

BRANDISHING 10/18/10, 1600 block of S. Glebe Road. On October 18 at 12:30 am, a group of men vandalized the vehicle of another man. When confronted, one subject lifted his shirt to display a handgun, before fleeing the area. The suspects are white Hispanic males in their late 20’s.

ROBBERY 10/16/10, 1200 block of S. Eads Street. On October 16 at 10 pm, a man brandished a weapon at a woman walking, and stole her shopping bag. The suspect is described as an African American male in his 30’s, 5’10” with a thin build. He was wearing all black clothing.

PEEPING TOM-ARREST 10/19/10, 1600 block of n. Colonial Terrace. On October 19 at 10 pm, a man was seen looking into a residence. Police apprehended the suspect. Juan Eleodoro Cortes, 27, of Arlington, was charged with Peeping into an Occupied Dwelling. He was held on a $2,500 bond.

BURGLARY 10/15/10, 4400 block of S. 6th Street. On October 15 at 8 pm an unknown subject entered a house and stole various items. There are no known suspects.

BURGLARY 10/15/10, 4000 block of N. 9th Street. On October 15 between 7 pm and 10:30 pm, an unknown subject stole electronics from an apartment. There is no suspect description.

BURGLARY 10/13/10, 1900 block of S. Arlington Ridge Road. Between 4:30 pm on October 6, and 5 pm and October 13, an unknown subject entered a house and stole various items. There are no known suspects.

BURGLARY 10/14/10, 1600 block of S. Eads Street. Between October 8, and 11:30 pm on October 13, an unknown subject currency from an apartment. There is no suspect description.

ATTEMPT BURGLARY 10/16/10, 1700 block of N. Troy Street. On October 16 at 6 am, a woman saw an unknown man attempt to enter her apartment through her bedroom window. He fled when she screamed. There is no suspect description.

ATTEMPT COMMERCIAL BURGLARY 10/16/10, 300 block of N. Glebe Road. On October 16 between 2 am and 8:30 am, an unknown subject broke a glass door at a business. There is no suspect description.

LARCENY FROM AUTO (SERIES) 10/14/10, 2300 block of Jefferson Davis Highway. Between 10 pm on October 6, and 7 pm and October 14, an unknown subject broke a car window on at least two vehicles and stole various items from the vehicles. There are no known suspects.

LARCENY FROM AUTO (SERIES) 10/16/10, 1000 block of N. Barton Street. Between 7:30 pm on October 15, and 6 am on October 16, an unknown subject broke a car window on at least two vehicles and stole various items from one car. There are no known suspects.

LARCENY FROM AUTO (SERIES) 10/19/10, 1500 block of S. Joyce Street and 1300 block of S. Arlington Ridge Road. Between 8:30 pm on October 18, and 7 am on October 19, an unknown subject removed the tire and rim from two vehicles in the same area. Both vehicles were BMWs. There is no known suspect.

STOLEN AUTO 10/13/10 VA 575541 2009 Yamaha motorcycle, black 3000 block of Spout Run Parkway

STOLEN AUTO 10/18/10 MD CA3C9C 2004 Hyundai Elantra, white 3300 block of S. Utah Street

  • Lou

    Ok, a couple of days ago (I’m thinking Monday), I saw a group (5-10 males) come out of the Ballston metro around 6:30ish, and stroll right across Fairfax, against the light, and basically threaten cars to hit them. They walked by 7-11 and kept going. Sounds a little similar to the brandishing description. If you go through that area a lot, you know the locals, you know the kids, and then you know when people just look or act out of place. This was the latter.

    • Dobbs

      Maybe those in Georgetown were right in fighting the Metro and the “undesirables” it would bring.

      • KM

        Agreed – the metro, mall and buses all contribute to bringing the worst kind of a-holes into the area. They have no business in the neighborhood.

  • bob

    Rosslyn Heights: center of the crime universe. A rapist in Colonial Village, a peeper in Colonial Terrace. Really. The center.

    • Ross Lyn

      Three words: Key Blvd. Apts.

      • NovaBrian

        When was the rape in Colonial Village? I live in Colonial Terrace. Ugh!

  • 240gawlf

    Serves as a reminder: sometimes I get lazy and leave my CCW at home when Im making short trips around. Its important to remember that although Ballston is a nice area, sometimes the filth and scum filter up here to prey on the easy pickins. Keep your situational awareness high and have a means to defend yourself and you’ll be fine.

    • Bringmetheyuppies

      Let my permit expire when I moved here. Looks like its time to go take the stupid course again.

      • Clarendude

        Do they teach you anything in the course about the recommended way to deal with the brandishing situation described in this article ? If you are carrying concealed and some guy lifts his shirt to show you his piece, are you to show him yours ? Or only if yours is bigger ? Or what?

        • 240gawlf

          Are you being facetious or is it just your natural imbecility peeking through? If an idiot on the street is brnadishing a weapon, what stop him from walking down the block and carjacking you for your Prius and executing you and your passengers. The point of carrying isnt to brandish back at this scum, its to have a means to save your life if he actually decides to use his wepaon.

          • Clarendude

            Thanks for the response. Do you think open carry be more likely to deter some ‘scum’ from trying something in the first place ? You don’t need a permit for that or take a “stupid course”.

        • Kalashnikev


          You seem to be defending gangbanger scum with your previous post… are you a member of MS-13, the Bloods, or perhaps the Crips?

          As soon as he “clears cover” with the intent to harm you, it’s a RACE to see who can get their lead on target faster. It’s your life or his. If you cower and hope he’s not in the mood to kill you, well then you’ve just given away your neighborhood to a criminal organization.

        • Bill

          I believe that brandishing is likely illegal in a situation like this. Either carry concealed, or open carry.

  • 240gawlf

    Personally, I’m not a proponent of open carry. My thought on the matter is that there’s no reason to attract undue attention to yourself. While open carry could provide a certain deterrent, it also makes everyone aware that you are armed. In a predominantly liberal, urban area like Arlington, that’s just asking for harassment from the local PD. I don’t begrudge the folks that do do it, but personally, I’d choose not to.

    Concealed is much more suited for daily life. If Im not violating the law, its no one’s business to know that I’m armed, and that’s how I like to keep it.

    The ‘stupid’ course wont make you an expert on the law or proficiency of firearms, but neither is it a waste of time for someone with no training or familiarity with firearms. For folks that do have extensive firearms knowledge and experience, it is in many respects a ‘stupid’ course. In fact,for .mil folks, the Commonwealth will allow you to substitute a copy of your DD214 in lieu of a training course.

    • Kalashnikev


      I CCW most days, but never open carry. It’s nobody’s business.

  • MariaC

    It was probably Zimmie breaking bad.

  • Really?

    This individual has a clear right, expressed in the second amendment of our infallible Bill of Rights, that he has the right to carry, show, and threaten others with his gun if he feels like it. Love it or leave it.

    Oh wait… he was a Black? Never mind.

    • 240gawlf

      What exactly is the point you’re trying to make? I would bet you a car load of money that this misunderstood, disenfranchised, urban youth had a previous criminal record and this wasn’t his first skirmish with the law. Furthermore, there is a great chance that he also has a FELONY conviction in his background which would not only preclude him from having a CCW, but possessing a firearm at all. This has nothing to do with him being black, its about a piece of trash illegaly possessing and brandishing a firearm.

      Oh wait, if only Virginia were more enlightened, like its progressive neighbors in DC and Maryland – then they would pass some ‘sensible’ gun laws (i.e. disarming the law abiding public). Since gun crime is unheard of in the utopias of Baltimore and D.C., I cant fathom why the state lawmakers in Virginia don’t follow suit.

      • Kalashnikev


        Don’t waste your time, Really? is just a troll with nothing to contribute. (likely a child)


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