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Police Investigate Incident at Capital One Bank in Ballston

by ARLnow.com July 19, 2011 at 3:37 pm 4,864 23 Comments

Update at 5:00 p.m. — “This occurred outside the bank near the ATM in the mall,” Arlington Police spokeswoman Det. Crystal Nosal tells ARLnow.com. “It does not appear to be hazardous at this time and was not a robbery or attempted bank robbery.”

Update at 4:20 p.m. — We’re told that tests have revealed the substance to be “non-hazardous.” At least one patient was transported to the hospital, however.

Police are investigating an incident at the Capital One bank on the ground floor of the Ballston Common Mall (4100 Wilson Blvd).

According to initial reports, an unknown man entered the bank and splashed a “caustic liquid” in the face of two female bank employees. The employees reportedly suffered a burning sensation and the inability to open their eyes. Police are looking for the man, who fled the scene.

Paramedics treated the employees and a hazmat team responded to try to identify the substance. At this time the injuries are not reported to be serious.

  • Take it down a notch

    Terrible. The people who work at that branch are always very friendly and helpful. I hope they catch the guy soon.

  • Donkey Icon

    Was the man white, black, hispanic, asian? Little help here.

    • Glebe Roader

      Why? Are you going to go looking for him?

      • Sam

        Perhaps a physical description would be beneficial to anyone that may see him.

      • PikerShorts


    • Tre

      That should really crack the case open, Dexter.

  • Geebs

    Whats with all the bank robberies/incidents lately? On top of that… seems like they always get away. Makes no sense to me.

    • Sam

      It’s cheaper to file a claim against an insurance company for stolen money and minor injuries than it is to employ security guards.

  • Henry



    • charlie

      i think we have our suspect.
      henry, you have no idea what happened and your comments are low even for the usually snarky crowd in here.

      • Henry

        Besides the fact that it’s a joke, my “low” comment can’t be too far off the mark, as “We’re told that tests have revealed the substance to be “non-hazardous.””

        • Skeet

          So is urine.

          • Henry

            Pretty sure ammonia counts as a hazardous substance. If it was anything remotely dangerous, such as urine, the police would be patting themselves on their collective back for having saved the woman on time.

          • PikerShorts


            And that’s assault, brotha.

          • Henry

            Patting themselves on the back, or throwing a “strange liquid at someone”? The strange liquid is indeed assault and battery (I think), but the water comment was a joke. People need to lighten up, the lady’s fine.

  • RonaldMcDonald

    Skeet Skeet…

    • Henry

      I’m gonna be angry if you don’t call this guy “low”, charlie =P

      • RonaldMcDonald

        I my god, I have —- in my eyes…

        Police, Police

        • Henry

          Maybe it was the caps lock that drew his ire. Ah well, I’ll let it slide.

        • Tre

          Ever since Ronald was forced into retirement he’s been a bit vulgar

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  • Rick

    Well if it was coffee I can guarantee you it wasn’t hot, anything in that branch takes forever. He (or she) probably spent 10 minutes in line for the privilege to do what they did.

  • Flying Spaghetti Monster

    It was probably that old guy in the Ballston mall who rants at people and tries to claim all the tables in Hobo Hollow, oops, I mean the Food Court for himself.


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