Arlington Man Arrested on Gun Charge After FBI Raid

by ARLnow.com October 21, 2011 at 3:31 pm 7,009 36 Comments

(Updated at 3:50 p.m.) An Arlington resident has been arrested in connection with last night’s FBI raid in Cherrydale and last week’s discovery of buried weapons near I-66.

Rodney M. Gunsauley, 61, is charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. He’s currently being held without bond at the Arlington County jail, police say. Gunsauley was previously convicted of a fraud-related charge in 2000 2001, according to public records.

From an ACPD press release:

The Arlington County Police Department, along with the FBI, Washington Field Office, is investigating an incident where several weapons were found hidden near Patrick Henry Drive and I-66 on October 12, 2011.

A search warrant was executed on a residence in the 4000 block of N. 17th Street last night as part of the investigation. Rodney Gunsauley, 61, of Arlington, was charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. He is being held without bond in the Arlington County Detention Facility.

  • What’s his Felony

    Wonder what his felony conviction is for. Google him, and you find out he’s got a patent for using RFID.

    • Burger

      Umm….I’d guess fraud.

      Gunsauley was previously convicted on fraud-related charges in 2000, according to public records

    • drax

      No, not fraud – it comes from PTO records.

    • Googler

      CR01000319-00 GUNSAULEY, RODNEY MELVIN OBTAIN MONEY BY FALSE PRETENSE 12/28/2001 Trial – Judge With Witness

  • Greg

    Gunsauley accused of gun possession?? Seems like fate.

    • Tabby

      Like my friend’s gynecologist, Dr. Brest.

  • KalashniKEV

    I wonder what lead them from the cache to his house? Mailing label on the box?

    • Ben

      I’m guessing if he was a convicted felon – finger prints.

      • KalashniKEV

        Yeah. That would still be really sloppy. He probably could have kept them under his personal control and never been caught.

        • Quoth the Raven

          But criminals (if he is one) aren’t known for being wicked smart.

  • Michelle

    So what is the connection to the home owner who was charged with bribery? Or, is there no connection?

    • No connection that we’re aware of.

      • Congratulations to ARLnow for the coverage of this event. I did not see any other news outlet reporting on it. Job well done!

    • Chad

      Sounds the homeowner (landlord) just rented a place to this guy.

      • the homeowner is a known slumlord with several houses in the area and is known to rent to convicted felons and sex offenders in exchange for work done on his properties. This guy has lived there for at least 5-6 years

        • chefj

          Emily – Please pass along any confirmable information regarding the homeowner/landlord – I live in the area and have two children. If what you say is true, I need more information. Thanks,

          • drax

            There are no sex offenders listed as living there on the Va. database. There are several in 22207 though.

          • Emily

            The landlord has several homes in the area – there may not be any at this particular one (thank goodness) but he does have them do work on his properties so I know one was there a couple years ago. I check often as well on the database since I have a small child as well.

    • Ken

      I heard that Gunsauley was a tenant of the guy charged with bribery.

    • drax

      Just another denizen of crime in Cherrydale.

  • Rosslynite

    Who does this guy’s hair?

    • H.I. McDunnough

      The Maricopa County Maximum Security Correctional Facility For Men State Farm, Road Number 31, Tempe, Arizona!!

    • Tabby

      It screams “I think I still look 30! Oh, ladeeez!”

  • bob

    My god, why did they arrest Jim Fallows?

  • rick

    This is what Favola stated in the candidate forum the other night — after looking at this guys picture I’m with her!

    “Favola was again unequivocal, saying she was proud of the ‘F’ she received from the NRA

    “I feel very strongly that we have too many gun sales in this country, to people who are not mentally stable and should not be having access to guns,” Favola said. She went on to question why guns are allowed in Virginia’s bars and why localities like Arlington don’t have more power to regulate guns.”

  • Deb

    OK…why did he hide the guns by a middle school?…we all know schools are drug/gun free zones!

    Just being sarcastic…sorry….sometimes this stuff is sooooo crazy…even Fox News can’t make it up!

  • RespectingOthers

    I want this guy out of Arlington and the slumlord home owner OUT too…get them out of my neighborhood!!!!!!

    • Josh S

      Do you mean him, along with all the other convicted felons living in the county? Or just dumb people? Gun owners? Bad hair day sufferers? And what if they simply moved riiiiight across the county line? Would that be good enough? Or should they be moved out of the state, too?

      Inquiring minds want to know……

      • V Dizzle

        Right, and would that include those not yet convicted of any crime (remember, it is all alleged) or those that have been “rehabilitated” by the system already? Does fraud scare your children? Further, are blog post allegations regarding a landlord enough to throw them out…or is that simply slander?

  • Johnny Utah

    Bitter Beer Face!

  • Googler

    COME ON, Amateur reporting get the full scoop at VA Court Site!!!! Here’s the Arlington County conviction, look up other jurisdictions here:


    CaseNumber Defendant Charge Hear Date Status
    CR01000319-00 GUNSAULEY, RODNEY MELVIN OBTAIN MONEY BY FALSE PRETENSE 12/28/2001 Trial – Judge With Witness

    • V Dizzle

      So the first three charges were dropped. The last one, I’m not sure if that’s a conviction.

      • Googler

        same incident, couple charges got dropped after entering plea agreement. that’s the last one.. go to the site. do a little research


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