Police Arrest Suspect After Foot Pursuit Near Ballston

by ARLnow.com May 2, 2011 at 12:35 am 7,088 20 Comments

(Updated at 1:10 a.m.) A U.S. Park Police helicopter helped Arlington County police search for a suspect near Ballston tonight.

Police were investigating a possible attempted sexual assault just before midnight when a man took off running. After police lost track of him, the helicopter and a K-9 unit were called in to help search a neighborhood just west of Ballston Common Mall.

Around 12:50 a.m., police located the suspect, who took off running again. Officers were able to catch up with him and take him into custody outside the church at N. Carlin Springs Road and N. Thomas Street.

Photo courtesy @navidsm

  • Geoff

    I just noticed this helicopter flying in circles over my neighborhood with its spotlight on. This is the first place I came to see if anyone knew what it was. I’m not entirely sure what that says about me, or about your site 🙂

    It probably mostly says that the helicopter is really f’ing loud and you guys usually seem to be on top of things as they happen around here.

  • Becky


  • Sarah

    i kept wondering why i keep hearing something like a helicopter..wierd

  • Derp

    well we know who it isn’t…

  • Thomas


  • i wish i could “like this”!

  • ….i mean “like this” to the ‘well we know who it isn’t’ – not the crime or helicopters. #fail.

  • Megan

    Sounds like the helicopter has left – any updates?

  • Josh

    heard the helicoptor go over here in clarendon and was definitely headed out of the area.

  • Megan

    I thought it was about all the people down at the capitol or at Fort Meyer…

  • Megan

    No, it was too centered around Ballston. Too many newsworthy events for one night…

  • PotentialSlacker

    Thanks for settling my couriousity!!

  • BallstonResident

    Thanks for the update — I also had the helicopter with the search light circling my house for an hour or so late last night and this is the only place I’ve found any information on what was happening!

  • Hunkles


  • Thanks ArlNow! I was also wondering what that sound was last night.

  • Sherlock Holmes

    I live on N. Thomas Street and I heard the helicopters above my apartment building look out the window to see a tall man running by my window. I called it in and not even two minutes later cops and dogs were running in the same direction. They caught the man at the church two apartment buildings down from where I spotted him. Good job ARL Police!!

  • dynaroo

    Good job, Sherlock.

  • outoftowner

    I also heard this guy run by my building on N. Thomas around 12:40. I figured the helicopters were a DC, security thing. Craziness.

  • Dev

    I woke up last night and heard some loudness outside, but I figured it was an Osama is dead celebration…oh well. Maybe Arlington’s “A” for walkability isn’t such a great thing after all.

  • Boom! Roasted

    Has anyone seen FREDTERP?


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