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Crime Report: Serial Groper Strikes Again

by ARLnow.com August 18, 2011 at 8:45 am 4,503 23 Comments

In this week’s Arlington County crime report, the serial groper who targets Eastern European lifeguards strikes again.

 SEXUAL BATTERY, 08/12/11, 3400 block of S. Utah Street. On August 12 at 9:20 am, an unknown man approached a female lifeguard from behind while she was unlocking the pool gate and touched her breasts. The suspect was a white male between 25 and 35 years of age, 5’10” with a medium, muscular build. He was wearing a light blue t-shirt, khaki knee length shorts, a dark blue baseball cap and large black sunglasses.

That same day — Friday, Aug. 12 — a man in a van exposed himself to a teenage boy in the Buckingham neighborhood.

EXPOSURE, 08/12/11, 4200 block of N. Henderson Road. On August 12 at 7 am, a 17-year-old male was walking to the high school when and unknown man in a vehicle exposed himself to the juvenile. The suspect was driving a brown van and was described as a white male in his 40’s, with a chubby face, a “buzz cut” and glasses.

The rest of this week’s crime report, including the world’s most innocuous series of car break-ins, after the jump.

TAMPERING WITH AUTO (SERIES), 08/10/11, 6500 block of N. 28th Street. Between 9 pm on August 9, and 7 am on August 10, an unknown subject entered at least ten unlocked vehicles in the same area and stole a minor amount of change. There is no suspect description.

MALICIOUS WOUNDING, 08/10/11, 300 block of N. Thomas Street. On August 10 at 11:45 pm, two unknown males on bicycles rode by a woman and shot her in the arm with a “BB” or pellet gun. The woman suffered minor injuries. The suspects were both African American men wearing athletic shorts and t-shirts.

ABDUCTION-ARREST, 08/14/11, 500 block of N. Piedmont. On August 14 at 2:30 am, a man repeatedly tried speaking to a woman walking home by herself. She rebuffed him and he kept following her. He ran up behind her and pinned her to a car before knocking her to the ground. She screamed and a bystander chased the suspect until police arrived. Fidencio Gonzalez, 25, of Arlington, was charged with Abduction. He was held without bond.

ROBBERY, 08/10/11, 1000 block of S. Jefferson Street. On August 10 at 8:30 pm, an elderly woman was walking into an apartment building when an unknown male stole her purse off her shoulder. The suspect is described as an African American male in his 20’s, 6’1″ with a thin build. He was wearing a white t-shirt and dark pants. He left the area in a dark colored Jeep Grand Cherokee.

ROBBERY, 08/10/11, 1100 block of S. Emerson Street. On August 10 at 10 pm, two unknown men robbed a taxi cab driver of his wallet while threatening him with a tazer type device. The suspects were both African American men in their mid-20’s. One was 5’5″with a heavy build, wearing a white t-shirt and black shorts. The second suspect was 5’11” with a medium build, wearing a black t-shirt, black pants and a black head covering.

BANK ROBBERY, 08/16/11, 3000 block of Washington Boulevard. On August 16 at 2:10 pm, an unknown man entered a bank. He announced a robbery and demanded money. The suspect then fled with cash. He is described as a white male around 50 years old, 5’9″ tall with a thin build. The suspect wore a light colored “driving” cap, a gray t-shirt, light colored pants and sunglasses .

ATTEMPT ROBBERY-ARREST, 08/16/11, 2100 block of Clarendon Boulevard. On August 16 at 1 am, a woman was attempting to withdraw money from an ATM when a man wrapped his arm around her neck and demanded money, She broke free and canceled the transaction while yelling for help. Witnesses followed the suspct until police arrived. James Williams, 26, of no fixed address, was charged with Attempted Robbery and Grand Larceny (a previous warrant). He was held without bond.

BURGLARY, 08/13/11, 200 block of N. Edison Street. On August 13 between noon and 5:30 pm, an unknown subject broke a chain lock on a door to a residence. No items were stolen from the house.

BURGLARY, 08/16/11, 2900 block of N. 23rd Street. On August 16 between 6 pm and 6:30 pm, an unknown subject walked into an unlocked screened-in porch and stole a laptop from a purse. There is no suspect description.

COMMERCIAL BURGLARY, 08/10/11, 700 block of N. Glebe Road. On August 10 at 5 am, a man entered a department store and stole cash from registers. The suspect is a white male wearing all dark clothing and a black baseball cap.

LARCENY FROM AUTO (SERIES), 08/16/11, 2100 block of N. Westmoreland Street. On August 16 between 12:30 am and 3 am, an unknown subject stole items from least four vehicles in the same block. There is no suspect description.

DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY (SERIES), 08/13/11, 800 block of N. Quincy Street. Between 7:30 pm on August 12, and 8 am on August 13, an unknown subject slashed tires on at least four vehicles in the same block. There is no suspect description.

  • SaveDaveMcKenna

    Just noticed the crime map feature. Cool! Maybe we should replace the bankrobber icon with a pic of Mike Damone.

    • Tom

      Me too. Makes me glad I live on the Pike, where the rent’s cheaper, the crime’s lower, and transportation is cheaper than in N. Arlington.

      • of course

        Transportation is only cheaper because there’s little convenience…

        • Tom

          I’ll take an extra 10 minutes/day commuting to save $2/day and $500/month rent, and spare myself the trauma of having my car stolen, being flashed in a park, having my apartment burglarized, getting mugged/assaulted, etc.

  • Bluemontsince1961

    Carry pepper spray, spray the SOB square in the face, kick the lowlife in a “strategic spot”, and once it is immobilized, call the cops and lock him up!

  • G Clifford Prout

    They never describe exactly what the flashers are flashing. I think that would be a very important identifier. Inquiring minds want to know.

    • Are you serious?

      What do you think they’re flashing? Man-boobs?

      • Ben


        • G Clifford Prout

          I really wanted to find a way to work this photo into today’s dialogue.

          • Southeast Ben

            Would have been appropriate for yesterday’s “Deep Throat” article.

  • Ben

    Kudos to the bystander who chased the abduction guy.

    • KalashniKEV


  • CW

    1) “Striks”.

    2) Did he expose himself WHILE driving the van? Or did he stop, open the door, jump out, expose, jump back in, and drive off? Two images, both quite interesting.

    • JamesE

      He exposed himself while ghost riding the whip

    • Fixing that, thanks.

  • Arlwhenever

    Something is very wrong when we are importing European lifeguards for the summer when there is widespread unemployment, including 40 percent unemployment among young minorities, many who live just across the river in DC.

    • Stu Pendus

      No, it’s actually something very, very right. And by “right”, I mean hot.

    • Clarendon Cruiser

      I’ve befriended quite a few of these eastern european lifeguards over the years.

      They are well qualified, trained and reliable. Their companies guarantee this or else they are on a quick flight back to Serbia, Poland, Bosnia, Ukraine, Russia, etc…

      They make minimum wage or below that, while their parent service companies rake the overhead. They also live four to a bedroom in a two bedroom apartment for 3-4 months while they are here.

      Bottom line is that they are reliable and cheap, and many apartments and condos will only hire through those companies.

      These service companies will always win by lowering the wages on the lifeguards.

    • KalashniKEV

      The sad fact is a lot of today’s youth are unemployable due to physical limitation (obesity) or criminal history… there is also a moral deficiency created by entitlement programs.

      I would trust the Eastern European lifeguards (hot or not, male or female) over inner city youth any time.

      • Tabby

        There’s also a built-in reliability factor. “Inner city kids” (cough) or preppy suburbanite US high school and college kids usually bail on summer jobs by early August (so they can chill out for the rest of the summer). Those who are in school (in E. Europe or Russia) don’t start school until late September so the timing works out better as well.

    • Guest

      Two reasons, from what I know from my HOA:

      1. Most American teens can’t work the extended pool season — they wouldn’t be available for full-time work in May and would need to stop working mid-late August. Pools in Fairlington, for example, open Memorial Day weekend and close in mid-September.

      2. The contractors are paid a flat wage – no overtime pay necessary. Cheaper than American labor.

  • NoArl

    If you go all the way outside the beltway (Burke, Centreville, etc) there are plenty of “preppy American kids” lifeguarding at the neighborhood pools.

    It’s all the smaller, apartment pools in Arlington and DC that use Eastern Europeans on the J1 Visa program as lifeguards for the Summer at the tiny one-guard pools that no one wants to work at. It’s harder for them to quit because if they do they have to go straight home!

  • roquer

    The touching of the lifeguard is a serious issue, but, at least it isn’t another guy cutting women with his box cutter, like at Tyson’s.


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