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Crime Report: Autumn Arson Edition

by ARLnow.com November 16, 2011 at 4:33 pm 4,059 33 Comments

In this week’s Arlington County crime report, a local man was arrested for arson after allegedly setting a series of leaf piles on fire.

ARSON-ARREST, 11/14/11, 3100 block of N. Vermont Street. On November 14 at 9:45 pm, a man set a series of seven of brush fires. Joseph Warsowick, 31, of Arlington, was arrested for Arson. He was held on a $1,750 bond.

Also this week, a bus driver helped to protect a woman from a pair of would-be armed robbers.

ATTEMPT ROBBERY, 11/15/11, 4800 block of Columbia Pike. On November 15 at 6:30 pm, two unknown men attempted to rob a woman at a bus stop by brandishing a knife. The victim fled on a bus and the driver would not let the suspects on board. The suspects were both African American males, 40-50 years old.

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

ASSAULT AND BATTERY, 11/10/11, 1400 block of Arlington Boulevard. On November 10 at 5:50 am, an unknown man grabbed a woman around the waist as she was jogging. Subject fled when victim screamed. Suspect is described as an African American male between 20-30 years old, 5’10” with a medium build. He was wearing dark clothing.

ABDUCTION, 11/10/11, 4500 block of Four Mile Run Drive. On November 10 at 11:30 pm, a woman was walking home and talking on her cell phone, when an unknown man grabbed her by the neck. The victim screamed and fought back. The suspect fled. He is described as a white Hispanic male in his 30’s, 5’4″ and 145 lbs. He was wearing a black jacket, jeans, and wore metallic sunglasses.

MALICIOUS WOUNDING, 11/11/11, 1800 block of Wilson Boulevard. On November 11 at 12:50 am, a man was found in the road with serious facial injuries. The victim has no knowledge of the assault, and there are no known suspects.

MALICIOUS WOUNDING, 11/11/11, 5500 block of Columbia Pike. On November 11 at 3:15 am, a man was filling a newsstand when unknown man approached him. The suspect attempted to rob him and brandished a knife. The suspect is described as 30-year-old African American male, 6’0″ and 220 lbs.

MALICIOUS WOUNDING-ARREST, 11/13/11, I-395 South at Washington Boulevard. On November 13 at 3:40 am, a woman was assaulted by two male acquaintances inside a vehicle. Daniel de la Vega, 22, of Arlington, and Walter Reyes, 21, of Arlington, were arrested for Malicious Wounding. They were held without bond.

ATTEMPT MALICIOUS WOUNDING-ARREST, 11/12/11, 800 block of S. Greenbrier Street. On November 12 at 10:30 am, a man chased an adult female family member and threatened her with a knife. John Herbert, 63, of Arlington, was arrested for Attempted Malicious Wounding. He was held without bond.

ATTEMPT MALICIOUS WOUNDING, 11/14/11, 900 block of S. Buchanan Street. On November 14 at 9:00 pm, an unknown man attempted to cut victim with a knife. The suspect is described as a white Hispanic male in his early 20’s, 5’7″ wearing dark clothing.

SEXUAL BATTERY-ARREST, 11/13/11, 4200 block of N. Fairfax Drive. On November 13 at 5:45 pm, subject grabbed a 17-year-old female and pushed himself into her chest. Simba Kundert, 42, of no fixed address, was arrested for Sexual Battery and held without bond.

ASSAULT ON POLICE-ARREST, 11/15/11, 3000 block of Columbia Pike. On November 15 at 7:30 pm, a man disregarded a banning notice and was subsequently arrested. Keith Franklin, 45, of no fixed address, was arrested for Drunk in Public, Assault and Battery on Law Enforcement, Trespassing and Indecent Exposure. He was held on a $10,000 bond.

ASSAULT AND BATTERY-ARREST, 11/11/11, 2800 block of Wilson Boulevard. On November 11 at 1:30 am, a man assaulted another man in a bar. Andrew McCoy, 22, of Fairfax Station, was arrested for Assault and Battery. He was released on a $1,200 bond.

BURGLARY, 11/09/11, 800 block of S. 19th Street. On November 9 between 9:30 am and 8:45 pm, an unknown subject entered a house and stole numerous items. There is no suspect description.

COMMERCIAL BURGLARY, 11/10/11, 800 block of N. Glebe Road. Between 2 pm on November 9 and 4 am on November 10, an unknown person broke into a construction site and stole copper wiring. There are no known suspects.

COMMERCIAL BURGLARY, 11/14/11, 4300 block of Wilson Boulevard. Between 6 pm on November 11, and 8:30 am on November 14, an unknown suspect stole tools from a locked storage area.

ATTEMPT COMMERCIAL BURGLARY, 11/12/11, 3400 block of Wilson Boulevard. On November 12 at 6 pm, a business owner heard unknown suspects on roof of the business attempting to enter the building. There is no suspect description.

UNLAWFUL ENTRY-ARREST, 11/13/11, 2200 block of Arlington Boulevard. On November 13 at 5:30 am, an intoxicated man broke a window to a hotel room so he could enter and go to sleep. Gary Nesbitt, 29, of College Park, MD was arrested for Drunk in Public, Unlawful Entry and Destruction of Property. He was held on $1,000 bond.

  • novasteve

    Wow how little modern criminal law has to do with common law. Setting fire to bushes is arson? I suppose breaking a fridge is burglary?

    • Just the Facts

      Virginia stays quite true to the common law, for a modern political entity:

      Code of Virginia: § 1-200. The common law.
      The common law of England, insofar as it is not repugnant to the principles of the Bill of Rights and Constitution of this Commonwealth, shall continue in full force within the same, and be the rule of decision, except as altered by the General Assembly.

      Having said that, under the common law, it was perfectly legal to burn one’s own house down. As an apparent advocate of sticking to the common law, I’m sure you’d love that happening right next door.

      • drax

        Steve’s house is full of burning cigarettes so he might do that some day.

      • G Clifford Prout

        More important, did God speak to Joseph while the bush was burning?

        • Swag

          Yeah, he told Joseph to stop imagining things and put out the damn fire.

    • drax

      There is nothing the least bit different between the common law definition of arson and our modern one. Setting fire to anything, including forests or brush, has always been considered arson.

      • Judge Knot

        Simply not true.

        • Smark

          People lie on here all the time. Get used to it.

        • drax

          Yes, it’s true. But you can just say it’s not, or believe whatever you want. I can’t stop you.

          • Swag

            So novasteve is a serial arsonist for lighting so many cigarettes?

          • I set fire to logs in my fireplace all the time and I’m not breaking the law. That would fall into “anything”. But, I agree with you here to the spirit of your answer. I don’t think you meant “anything” to the all encompassing meaning of the word. If you look at the western wild fires that are set by people, there are arrests for arson.

          • drax

            Nobody said lighting cigarettes or logs in your fireplace was arson, guys.

          • Swag

            “Setting fire to anything. . . has always been considered arson.”

          • Judge Knot

            Read it and weep: http://law.jrank.org/pages/535/Arson-Legal-Aspects-Common-law-arson.html

            Burning of forests is not common law arson. Setting fire to “anything” is not arson. So, you are pretty much wrong.

          • drax

            I looked that the actual crime report more closely. I didn’t notice that he had apparently been burning leaves on his own property.

          • drax

            And now I see that maybe he was going around the street setting piles on fire that weren’t in his yard!

  • Lou

    Wow, this week must win the award for widest variety of crimes.

  • South ArlJD

    Back in my day everyone used to pile their leaves up and burn them. I remember my dad doing it where we lived in Fairfax in the 60s. Everybody was mighty miffed when the County said we couldn’t do that anymore.

    • MC 703

      Why burn them and create soot, smoke and a potential for brush fires or structure fires? The County recycles them into mulch that is distributed to residents free of charge. Sounds like WINS all around.

      • South ArlJD

        Yes, I’ve used the mulch. Not interested in burning leaves, that’s for sure. Not only was it very sooty and smoky, but I remember I used to get poison ivy from the leaf burnings every year because Dad would burn ALL the yard waste – leaves, branches, and poison ivy vines.

        The mulch is incredibly cheap, they’ll deliver it right to your driveway or sidewalk, and it’s awfully handy for replacing some of the lost topsoil in many of Arlington’s yards.

        • drax

          My trees deliver mulch directly to the ground, for free.

        • CW

          You guys do all realize that all the waste that is not turned into mulch is sent to an incinerator, right? The irony.

          • drax

            Only if it goes into the trash – which it shouldn’t. If Arlington does accept leaves in plastic bags in the waste stream, it should stop.

          • CW

            Do you know for a fact that 100% of the leaves are turned into mulch and other usable products? I’m not being sarcastic, I’m really curious. Thinking of all the leaves in the county, that seems like a lot; I would suspect that there would be excess which probably makes its way quietly to the incinerator.

      • Tabby

        Our neighbor (in the 70s) burned a bunch of leaves and “weeds”–unfortunately, there was poison ivy in there and he inhaled the smoke and ended up with poison ivy hives in his throat and lungs.

    • Tom Lang

      I remember leaf burning. At 7-Corners, next to the Howard Johnson’s and Giant, exiting off Rt. 7 looking westbound to 50, the valley at Annandale Road was so thick with leaf smoke you couldn’t see the McDonalds or to Graham Rd.

    • drax

      Clean air and fire safety sucks.

    • You can still burn leaves in quite a bit of the area and country. I personally would not do it even if I could. More so, I would not want my neighbors doing it because I may not even know they are doing it and they might walk away to answer the phone or something.

      • Quoth the Raven

        I’m with you — this area is just too densely populated, and with the wind, tons of leaves blowing everywhere, etc you’re just asking for trouble, no matter how careful you are.

  • CW

    These police report blurbs suck. Thank you ACPD. Of course no one would want to know useless details like 1) was this man arrested for setting fire to leaves in HIS OWN yard or someone else’s, or 2) how does attempted robbery + brandishing = malicious wounding?

    Actually, in general, what’s with all the malicious wounding? What happened to “assault”?

    • Joe Hoya

      The night the arsonist was arrested, someone set a pile of leaves on fire in front of my neighbor’s house in the Yorktown neighborhood. I suspect the arrestee was the culprit, as he was nabbed not too far from here.

      The blaze was going pretty good, as the fire department had to be called to put it out. It was a dangerous situation — the fire could easily have spread.

  • Where’s the Beef?

    Why does the County Attorney (prosecutor) fail to issue a weekly press release similar to the crime report?

    A simple factual based statement about what the outcome of criminal proceedings should be a regular press release. The police report is somewhat meaningless if the public cannot learn what happens after arrest. Maybe all the accused in Arlington are given keys to the county, affordable housing (with a green footprint), and free bike share passes and then sent on their merry way.

    Hey County Attorney’s office: watch a few episodes of Law and Order. In the first half of the show, the police arrest the alleged bad guy and in the second half the prosecutor seeks to prove the crime for which the person was arrested. The show is not over at the arrest stage as happens in Arlington.

  • A Family Friend

    It’s funny how people are quick to point fingers. I know Mr. Warsowick and can assure you, he is not a bad person. Contrary to the report, he was not doing it to endanger lives or property. Thanks.


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