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Crime Report: Dirty Cab Drivers Edition

by ARLnow.com October 13, 2011 at 8:00 am 3,000 32 Comments

In this week’s Arlington County crime report, there were two incidents of male cab drivers trying to get fresh with their female passengers.

ASSAULT AND BATTERY, 10/07/11, 800 block of N. Randolph Street. On October 7 at 3 am, a cab driver touched a woman on her arms and legs, as well at attempted to kiss her without her consent. He is described as a white Middle-Eastern male in his 40’s, 5’7” with a heavy build. He was wearing a white and blue plaid button-up shirt.

SEXUAL BATTERY, 10/10/11, 5000 block of Carlin Springs Road. On October 8 at 11:40 pm, a woman moved to the front seat in a cab because the cab driver asked for better directions. The driver then touched her breasts. The woman fled when they reached her destination. The suspect is described as a slightly overweight Indian male in his mid to late 20’s, with dark hair and a full beard.

The rest of the crime report, after the jump.

MALICIOUS WOUNDING, 10/06/11, 2400 block of S. Shirlington Road. On October 6 at 9:30 pm, a man stated that he was assaulted by several unknown suspects.

MALICIOUS WOUNDING-ARREST, 10/07/11, 200 block of N. Thomas Street. On October 7 at 2:40 pm, a man stabbed another man in an apartment. Danny Stevenson, 46, of Arlington, was charged with Malicious Wounding. He was held without bond.

MALICIOUS WOUNDING, 10/10/11, 1100 Arlington Boulevard. On October 10 at 2 am, a homeless woman stated that a male acquaintance that is also homeless stabbed her in the leg regarding a disagreement over a cell phone.

MALICIOUS WOUNDING, 10/10/11, 6000 block of N. 9th Road. On October 9 at 8 pm, a woman shut a door on her ex-husband’s hand, causing severe injury.

MALICIOUS WOUNDING-ARREST, 10/11/11, 1500 block of N. Quincy Street. On October 11 at 12:45 pm, a man attacked another man walking on a bike trail. Erik Maliksi, 38, of Fairfax, was charged with Malicious Wounding. He was held without bond.

ROBBERY, 10/07/11, 2600 block of Jefferson Davis Highway. On October 7 at 4 pm, an unknown man argued with two parking garage attendants. The suspect then displayed a handgun and stole cash from the parking kiosk. The suspect is described as an 18 year-old white Hispanic male, 5’7” and 150 lbs. He was wearing a white tank top, jeans, and displayed numerous tattoos on his arms.

ROBBERY, 10/11/11, 1400 block of Lee Highway. On October 11 at 8:30 pm, four unknown men stole items from a man waiting at a bus stop. The suspects were all African American young men around 18 years old.

CONCEALED WEAPON-ARREST, 10/06/11, 6600 block of N. 18th Street. On October 6 at 9 pm, two men were found trespassing. One subject had a concealed handgun and one subject was in possession of marijuana. Gerald Covarrubias, 23, of Centerville, was charged with Possession of a Concealed Deadly Weapon, Trespassing and Drinking in Public. Tracy Haskins, 22, of Alexandria, was charged with Possession of Marijuana, Trespassing and Drinking in Public. He was released on summons.

ASSAULT AND BATTERY-ARREST, 10/08/11, 1000 block of N. Highland Street. On October 8 at 1:20 am, a woman assaulted a female bartender and threw several bottles damaging bar property. Susana Bonanno, 25, of Burke, was charged with Assault and battery and Destruction of Property. She was held on a $3,000 bond.

ASSAULT AND BATTERY-ARREST, 10/09/11, 1300 block of N. Courthouse Road. On October 9 at 11:50 am, one man assaulted another. Mohamed Bennani, 37, of Poolesville, MD, was charged with Assault and Battery. He was held on a $3,500 bond.

RECEIVING STOLEN PROPERTY-ARREST, 10/06/11, 2400 block of S. Shirlington Road. On October 6 at 11 pm, officers located a stolen vehicle with several occupants. Earnest Hanible, 40, of Alexandria, was charged with Receiving Stolen Property and held on an $8,000 bond. Mark Filed, 44, of Alexandria, was charged with Possession with the Intent to Distribute Cocaine, Possession of Heroin, and Possession with Intent in a School Zone. He was held without bond.

BURGLARY, 10/05/11, 6300 block of Washington Boulevard. On October 5 between 8:30 am and 7:30 pm, an unknown person broke into a residence and stole jewelry. There are no known suspects.

ATTEMPT BURGLARY, 10/08/11, 1000 block of S. Frederick Street. On October 7 between 11:30 am and midnight, an unknown person attempted to break into an apartment through a window. There is no suspect description.

LARCENY FROM AUTO (SERIES)-ARREST, 10/11/11, 2500 block of N. 20th Street. On October 11 at 3 am, police located a group of men breaking into area vehicles. Two suspects were charged and the investigation is on going. Franklin Hernandez, 18, of Arlington, and Carlos Ferrufino, 22, of Arlington, were both charged with Grand Larceny. They were held without bond.

DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY (SERIES)-ARREST, 10/06/11, 2400 block of S. Lowell Street. On October 6 at 11 pm, police found a man damaging four vehicles on the same street. Martin Walker, III, 20, of Largo, MD, was charged with four counts of Destruction of Property. He was held without bond.

STOLEN VEHICLES

10/10/11, VA KCV5065, 2009 Toyota Corolla, white, 3100 block Wilson Boulevard

  • Rosslynite

    You consider sexual assault and battery being frisky? I guess rape is just being a horndog.

    • Joe

      Calmmm down. Calm downn. It’s just a title to entice readers.

      • Dudeler

        No, I had the same reaction. “Frisky” is lighthearted and has the effect of minimizing what is an assault. (I’m sure that wasn’t the intent, but it is how it comes off.) If the victim had been raped, would the headline be “Randy Male Edition”?

        Why not go change this to “Sexual Assault Edition”?

        • Randy

          I take offense to that.

    • AllenB

      I agree with Rosslynite… the title of the article makes light of two sexual assaults… not cool.

      • Thes
        • AllenB

          Exactly my point. Sexual assault isn’t “lively, frolicsome or playful.”

          • Clearly, we were using the slang definition of frisky, which has a sexual connotation. Since everybody doesn’t seem to like that, though, we’ve changed the headline.

          • Southeast Ben

            Are middle eastern cab drivers dirty or something? (enter sarcasm). I am saddend by the need to change the title.

          • I am also saddened that the title was changed. People chill.

            What these two cabbies needed was a good slap in the face and a kick between the legs. Who in their right mind sits in the front seat of a cab with a stange man? And why are women out alone at 3 AM?

            I’m not blaming women for these events, but I don’t get the sense many THINK before they put themselves in jeopardy.

          • South Arlington

            Lauren:

            Re: Women being alone at 3am. Let’s adopt a rule where women have to be escorted by a male relative at all times. Works for Saudi Arabia.

            Point being, one shouldn’t be asking why women are out at 3am. Instead, one should be asking “Why are these criminals assaulting women and how can we stop it?”

          • Skeptical

            I had the same squick reaction when I clicked through to the story and saw that it was about guys trying to fondle and kiss women who were paying them for a ride, no more, no less.

            How much do we know about the requirements for getting a hack license in Arlington anyway? A few nights ago I was talking to a woman who was waiting for a cab. We saw his dome light while he was some distance away. turning off a main road, and he promptly executed three bonehead maneuvers in succession, including going into reverse on a four-lane divided, nearly causing a crash twice. I actually suggested she call another cab, but she wanted to get where she was going.

      • Steve

        Well, we have all sorts of double standards in society. rape or molestation of a woman is a tragedy and a crime, and the same of a man is the punchline of a joke, especially about prison.

  • Southeast Ben

    I hope the women begin to remember the cabbie’s names that are posted on that plackard in the front of the cabs from now on.

    • LP

      Seriously?

      I couldn’t remember their names sober, I can’t even imagine trying to do it at 3AM.

  • Steve

    I’m no sherlock holmes, but perhaps having the name of the cab company might be useful? It’s not like there are that many cab companies here in arlington.

  • Ladies, carry a can of pepper spray. When he gets (frisky or dirty) pretend like you are getting lipstick out of your purse and then spray him in the eyes. He won’t ever do it again.

    • CW

      And then, blinded, he will drive into a pole and you will both die. Just kidding.

      I wholeheartedly support OB’s suggestion. Just wait until the vehicle is parked.

      Oh, and who gets in the front seat of a cab, alone? I guess the cabs here don’t always have the big reinforced divider that you see in NYC.

    • JimPB

      Spray paint can be highly effective as a deterrent AND it identifies the assailant.

  • Johnny Utah

    Let the record show that i support the new title change.

    “Crime Report: Dirty Cab Drivers Edition” Sounds about right.

  • CW

    I like the wild-west saloon brawl at Lyon Hall, complete with bottle-throwing!

  • Kirk

    Some of these cab drivers are flat-out crazy. A couple months ago I’m parked on 11th St. North, sitting in the car after getting back from using the Citibank ATM. Cabbie pulls up to next to me. Rolls down window. I roll down mine. He starts screaming at me in broken English that I’m in a no parking zone (I guess he wanted to roll through there to go right on red). Gets out of the car still screaming. I pointed him to the sign directly behind my car that states the parking right there is for Citibank customers. He continued to scream until I picked up my cell phone and told him I was going to call his cab company. Then he high-tailed it out of there. What is the matter with these people? Then there’s the DC cabbies…

    • CW

      One would think that there would be a business opportunity here. Start a cab company predicated on hiring non-insane, polite, drivers that respect both their patrons and the public.

      As a side not, cabbies don’t seem to understand that the people they are cutting off in traffic, endangering the lives of, driving into, etc., are NOT potential customers! Believe me, we are, and we’re paying attention. I have cab companies I will not patronize based on how I see their drivers act.

      • Chris

        Such as every single one with a DC tag, for example.

  • novasteve

    I can’t believe how anti diversity you people here are! shame on you!

    • KalashniKEV

      Immigrants commit the crimes that we won’t do!

  • JimPB

    Needed: A web site for reports of good and bad cab performances.

    • Kirk

      Arlingtoncabreport.com?

  • Arlingtonian

    What the hell are the women sitting there letting these bimbos “touch” them. If it were me, I’d immediately slap the driver & get out of the cab. None the less, I wouldn’t even sit next to the driver, at 3AM!? -.- Seriously. Arlington, is a safe area, in general, but that doesn’t stop the freaks to come out at night.

  • Arlingtonienne

    Seriously, I’ve had some scary, screwy cab experiences recently, especially in DC.

    I think the worst was coming home very late from work one night in DC (sober) and needing a cab from the metro to my S. Arlington house. I picked King Street knowing it was safer than Braddock and more likely to have cabs at 11:30pm than the Pentagon. Boy was that a bad idea…I waited 20+ minutes for a cab to show up and then the driver took TWO of us– including the man who had been asking uncomfortable, personal questions of me the whole time we were waiting, and who, thanks to the greedy driver, would now know where I live. I was terrified the whole ride home and sprinted into the house and locked the door. Creepy!

    • NorthArlingTim

      Definitely creepy. I realized long ago that the best thing to do is give the driver the address to a business or another building a block or two away. You don’t necessarily want the driver knowing where you live, either. Of course, I can do this, I live @ Courthouse – but unless I give them a physical address that they can punch into their GPS, they have no clue where they’re going. Glad you’re okay!

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