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Crime Report: Armed and Dangerous Edition

by ARLnow.com August 3, 2011 at 4:10 pm 3,643 30 Comments

Guns were involved in two notable incidents from this week’s Arlington County crime report.

Last Wednesday, an argument in the Pentagon City mall food court turned dangerous when a man brandished a handgun at three teenagers. Police say the suspect was accompanying a pregnant woman at the time.

BRANDISHING, 07/27/11, 1100 block of S. Hayes Street. On July 27 at 9:20 pm, a group of three teenage males argued with a male and female couple in the food court. The male brandished a handgun at the teenagers before leaving the area. The suspect is described as a white male with brown hair in his mid-30’s, 5’10’ and 200 lbs. He was wearing a black polo shirt and jeans. He was in the company of a pregnant white female in her early 30’s. She was wearing a long black dress.

On Monday, two suspects surprised a group of guys playing poker in a Rosslyn apartment when they burst in, displayed a handgun and took everybody’s money.

ROBBERY, 08/01/11, 1100 block of Arlington Boulevard. On August 1 at 1:50 am, numerous men were in an apartment conducting a poker tournament. Two unknown men entered the apartment, displayed a gun and demanded money and the victim’s wallets. One suspect is described as an African American male in his mid-20’s, 6’2” and skinny. He wore a red bandana over his face and a red Washington national baseball cap. The second suspect was an African American male, 5’8”, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and a red bandana.

The rest of this week’s crime report, after the jump.

MALICIOUS WOUNDING, 07/29/11, 4300 block of Columbia Pike. On July 28 at 10:30 pm, a man stabbed an acquaintance in the leg with a knife when they disagreed over money. The suspect is known.

MALICIOUS WOUNDING, 07/30/11, 4200 block of Four Mile Run Drive. On July 30 at 2:30 am, a subject hit a man in the back of the head with a bottle, possibly to prevent him from striking his girlfriend. All subjects located at the incident were intoxicated.

BANK ROBBERY, 07/29/11, 900 block of N. Stuart Street. On July 29 at 10 am, an unknown male demanded money at a bank. He fled after receiving cash. The suspect is described as an African American male in his late 40’s, 5’6” with a medium build. He wore a white short-sleeve polo shirt, light colored pants, a white baseball cap and dark shoes. The suspect also had a light colored towel draped over his shoulder.

ROBBERY, 08/02/11, 4800 block of Columbia Pike. On August 2 at 12:30 am, an intoxicated man stated that two unknown men pulled him from his car, assaulted him and stole his wallet and phone. One suspect is described as an African American male between 30 and 40 years old. The second suspect was a white male between 30 and 40 years old.

ASSAULT BY MOB, 07/31/11, 2900 block of S. Glebe Road. On July 31 at 12:30 am, several men assaulted an intoxicated male outside of a restaurant/bar. The suspects are unknown.

SEXUAL BATTERY, 07/31/11, 1300 block of N. Utah Street. On July 31 at 9:50 pm, a 16 year-old female was walking when an unknown man approached her from behind. He hugged her from behind and touched her breasts. When she screamed, he ran from the area. The suspect is described as a 5’7” male wearing a t-shirt

ASSAULT AND BATTERY, 07/27/11, 100 block of N. Glebe Road. On July 27 at 8:50 pm, an unknown man punched a man walking down the street. The suspect is described as a white Hispanic male, wearing a red polo shirt and jeans.

ASSAULT AND BATTERY, 07/29/11, 2300 block of Jefferson Davis Highway. On July 29 at 3 am, a woman driving a vehicle and three unknown males in the middle of the street had a verbal disagreement. One male threw a beer bottle at the car and it bounced inside, striking the female. The suspect that threw the bottle was a white male.

ASSAULT AND BATTERY, 07/30/11, 5000 block of Columbia Pike. On July 30 at 2:30 pm, a woman attempted to steal drinks from a store and was confronted by an employee. The suspect threw a soda, striking the victim. The suspect is described as an African American female wearing a yellow shirt with flowers on it and white pants.

ASSAULT AND BATTERY, 07/31/11, 1800 block of N. Moore Street. On July 31 at 6:40 am, an unknown man refused to pay his cab fare and assaulted the cab driver. The suspect is described as an African American male, 5’7” and 160 lbs wearing all black clothing and Timberland boots. He was also carrying a green backpack.

BURGLARY, 07/28/11, 5000 block of S. Chesterfield Road. On July 28 at 12:50 am, a woman’s ex-boyfriend broke into her apartment and assaulted her.

BURGLARY, 07/31/11, 3100 block of N. 1stRoad. Between 2 am on July 29, and 5 pm on July 31, an unknown person stole various items from a residence. There is no suspect description.

BURGLARY, 08/02/11, 1500 block of Colonial Terrace. On August 2 between noon and 4 pm, an unknown subject entered an apartment and stole numerous items. There is no suspect description.

UNLAWFUL ENTRY, 07/27/11, 2500 block of S. Kenwood Street. On July 27 at 10 pm, police found two people inside a house for sale without permission. Jesse Roberts, 23, of no fixed, and Brittany Coleman, 19, of Arlington, were both charged with Unlawful Entry. They were each held on a $1,000 bond.

ATTEMPT BURGLARY, 07/27/11, 4800 block of N. 35th Road. Between 9 pm on July 26, and 7 am on July 27, an unknown person attempted to enter a house and damaged several doorknobs. There is no suspect description.

ATTEMPT BURGLARY, 07/29/11, 1200 block of S. Eads Street. On July 29 between 9:15 am and 6:30 pm, an unknown person attempted to enter and apartment and damaged a lock on the door. There are no known suspects.

ATTEMPT BURGLARY, 08/02/11, 1700 block of N. Queen Street. Between 2 pm on August 1, and 8 am on August 2, an unknown person attempted to gain access to secure areas in an apartment building and damaged the doors. There are no known suspects.

ATTEMPT BURGLARY, 08/02/11, 1700 block of N. Quinn Street. On August 2 at 3:15 pm, a man attempted to enter an apartment by removing the A/C unit from a window. The resident confronted the suspect and the suspect fled.

LARCENY FROM AUTO (SERIES), 07/30/11, 1600 block of N. Colonial Terrace. On July 30 at 8 am, two vehicles in the same parking garage were found missing all of their tires. There are no known suspects.

DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY (SERIES), 07/31/11, 1000 block of N. Daniel Street. Between 1 pm on July 30, and 10 am on July 31, an unknown person damaged two vehicles in the same block.

STOLEN VEHICLES

7/27/11, VA XCF4872, 1994 BMW sedan, black, 2400 block of S. Glebe Road
7/31/11, TX 62KWG9, 1998 Dodge Durango, maroon, 1000 block of N. Daniel Street
7/31/11, VA JDM2671, 2000 Jeep Cherokee, blue, 1100 block of Army Navy Drive

  • Yay

    Yay guns!

  • Wonderer

    I wonder if everyone playing poker was wearing blue bandanas.

    • Wonderer

      I can’t believe I wrote that sentence. Let’s try again:

      I wonder if all of the poker players were wearing blue bandanas.

      or

      I wonder if everyone playing poker was wearing a blue bandana.

      Sheesh.

  • Yay

    Yay grammar!!!

  • Rob

    I’d be interested in the backstory to the brandishing in the food court. Perhaps some teen thugs started harassing a redneck, who happened to be carrying?

    • G

      Yeah, I was thinking the same thing. You’d think a guy walking around with his pregnant wife or girlfriend wouldn’t just brandish his gun for no reason. If you are threatened and carrying legally, is it illegal to brandish your gun? Of course, the police are probably just trying to figure out the reason.

      • CW

        Virginia Code
        18.2-282.

        It shall be unlawful for any person to point, hold or brandish any firearm or any air or gas operated weapon or any object similar in appearance, whether capable of being fired or not, in such manner as to reasonably induce fear in the mind of another or hold a firearm or any air or gas operated weapon in a public place in such a manner as to reasonably induce fear in the mind of another of being shot or injured. However, this section shall not apply to any person engaged in excusable or justifiable self-defense.

        I don’t know if “self” defense would also extend to the defense of one’s pregnant wife.

        • Sigh…

          What a dumb law. So you have to wait till some punk actually attacks you–and then you can shoot him? That’s preferable to merely showing him that you COULD shoot him, thus preventing his attack and averting a public shooting?

          • CW

            Well, I’m not a lawyer so I don’t know what the nuanced definition of “self-defense” is. I am not sure if there is a definition on the books or if it’s just something that has been established through a body of common law. But it could perhaps be the case that you can defend yourself from a perceived threat, and that would constitute self-defense. I just don’t know. I also, like I said, don’t know if it extends to defending another, although it would make logical sense.

            Are pregnant women afforded a protected legal status? Again, I do not know.

          • Michael H.

            Self defense generally has to be reasonable in comparison with the threat. If someone bumps into you, you can’t retaliate with the threat of deadly force. But if you reasonably perceive an IMMEDIATE threat of deadly force (someone pulls a gun on you), then you can respond with a similar level of force. (But if the attacker relents, you can’t track that person down the next day and threaten him with deadly force because of something that happened the day before.)

            We don’t know all of the details of this incident, so it’s impossible to say whether brandishing a weapon was “justifiable” or not. Maybe, maybe not.

        • Cyrus

          I’ve never seen the word “brandishing” in the same place so many times. Thank you ArlNow for enhancing our vocabulary.

  • BerryBerryCold

    If the police are going to make the assumption that black Americans are African then they should do the same for white Americans, and thus, call them European Americans.

    If not, when describing race, use the term black.

    • Lee-n-Glebe

      It’s a PC publishing thing. I don’t get it either. Whenever I hear cops talking to people at a scene, and I’ve been at a number of scenes, they always speak normally, whether interviewing potential witnesses or talking to each other. “What did the guy look like – was he a black guy or a white guy?” – I’ve heard this from cops of all races.

    • SamsontheCat

      I prefer you use my proper race: Anglo Slovak Hungarian German Irish American.

      • Harumph

        You people are ruining this country, with your bread puddig, kolaces, goulash, strudel, and corned beef.

        • CW

          Please open a buffet serving the aforementioned and I will keep you in business, I swear.

          • madisonmanor

            Isn’t that one of the etc. booths at the County Fair?

    • R

      Reminds me of an incident I saw when I witnessed a purse-snatching while on vacation in the Caribbean. A few of us were all standing there when the police officer (who was black) was talking to the vacationing American victim and when she described the perpetrator as “African-American” the officer starting laughing and said “You mean he was black…that is unless you know for sure he was an American of African descent.” We all started laughing and the woman just stood there looking completely confused. Just goes to show how ridiculously ingrained the excessive P.C. nonsense is in this country. A friend of mine who is black finds it comical that people right away call him african american, even though he was born here, his family immigrated from Holland by way of the Caribbean before that and most likely not Africa for 500 years prior. He always says he is an American above all and if he were to hyphenate it he would say he is Dutch-American.

      • Michael H.

        It’s not just PC-ness. Unfortunately, it’s possible to get into trouble in the work world if people misperceive that you harbor racist thoughts. Being unfairly labeled as a racist can cost innocent people quite a lot of money. So it’s partly self-preservation. Much better to have someone laugh at you for using the term “African American” than to lose a promotion or a key assignment simply because you used the term “black”.

    • Albino

      Obviously, white folks are just trying to be courteous; the message we get is that the vast majority of black people prefer to be called African American (although some have ancestry that doesn’t go back to Africa–at least not without first going through the Caribbean or somewhere else). It’s a matter of keeping the greatest number of people happy. Not that anyone seems to really mind “black”–far as I know.

    • Waaaaycroft

      I used to do ontract work for the World Bank, IMF, and like organizations. The PC thing was to use “black” so as not to exclude Carribean Americans or Australian Aborigines. Always a quandry when speaking in person though.

      • Waaaaycroft

        or Caribbean Americans, rather. Me are good righter.

  • ClizzleDizzle

    Hey! I’m 5″7 male and sometimes I wear a t-shirt isn’t that funny?

  • JimPB

    Pulling out a gun to defend oneself and/or another is appealing from what is depicted in the media.

    But, it’s not so simple in real life.

    — guns can be taken by a bad guy(s) — e.g., stolen, taken by force.

    — is the gun being carried secure yet available for a quick draw and potential use (e.g., gun totters have shot themselves)? (When not in the possession of the gun-tooter, is the gun secure with accidental discharge.)

    — is the gun totter competent in handling his/her gun and a trained and accurate shooter under often “messy” real-life circumstances (not a shooting range)? (Presumably well-trained police officers often spray their fire (not their intention), as was the case a month or two ago in this area. Non-involved citizens can be hurt or killed.)

    — Are the serious, potentially lethal consequences of hitting someone with one or more bullets a response that is appropriate and commensurate with the insult/threat? The standard for the police is to defuse and use deadly force only in very limited circumstances. Should it be any less for gun tooting citizens?

    — Has an alternative been considered and pursued, e.g., a mace spray; a gun that discharges rubber bullets, perhaps concurrently with discharging mace and sounding an extremely loud alarm and automatically dialing 911 with a prerecorded message requesting assistance at the GPS provided location?

    • FC_United

      Why should any given citizen be forced to assume that what you happen to presume is just a normal assault battery isn’t about to become a murder? Or, to presume that some form of upsetting and costly disfigurement may not happen, like the loss of numerous teeth?

      The police reserve deadly force because they train in unarmed restraint. A normal citizen should not have to do that with their time just to stop an assault and battery (or murder?) which another decent citizen would never perpetrate in the first place.

      • ZoningVictim

        Yeah, assuming that the three teenagers were threatening him with bodily harm, my take on it would be three other people can easily kill someone or leave them in such bad shape that they’ll wish they were. If anyone thinks the police won’t use deadly force against even a single attacker who is threatening them with nothing but their fists, my dad was a police officer and I can tell you for a fact that you are wrong. No officer in his right mind is going simply hope they are better fighters than their attacker. Once that question has been answered, it’s too late. Police routinely use Tasers on people to subdue them. Tasers are considered deadly force in many states, and many states, including VA, don’t have much of a differentiation between Tasers that fire electrodes and any other projectile weapon.

        That said, juries are strange sometimes and you can’t predict the outcome of a trial. There was someone convicted of murder (I forget the actual charge) when he shot and killed his attackers. The reason the jury gave for convicting him when he was obviously defending himself was that his gun was loaded with hollow point bullets, so he obviously intended to kill his attackers. I can only assume that the jury was dumb enough to think that ball ammunition is less lethal.

    • ZoningVictim

      This is the funniest anti-carry post I’ve ever read, and that wasn’t a compliment. What if my rubber bullet shooting, mace dispensing, alarm sounding, 911 dialing, GPS enabled, non-existent self-protection device bounces off of the attacker and hits someone in the eye and blinds them, disperses a cloud of mace into the face of a pregnant lady who was walking nearby and causes an instant miscarriage and deafens her in one ear with its super loud alarm, dials 911 and uploads GPS directions that send the police the wrong way down a one way street? Then what? Start carrying Pootie Tang’s belt? I got to say the nay-no my brother.

      • Richard Cranium

        Pootie Tang, celery, beluga whales, etc.

  • Ballston

    If you pull it, use it.

  • nota again

    Getting to b more and more like DC with or without the bandana or the long butt pants.

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