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Four Arrested After Restaurant Melee

by ARLnow.com January 3, 2012 at 3:50 pm 6,540 47 Comments

Four men were arrested Friday night after a large fight broke out at Las Delicias Restaurant, on the 1600 block of S. Walter Reed Drive.

Police say a group of men assaulted several people at the restaurant around 9:30 p.m. One of the victims was assaulted with a shovel, causing a serious leg injury, according to police.

One suspect, 35-year-old Carlos Diaz of Woodbridge, was charged with malicious wounding. Three other suspects — Ricardo Palacios, 28, of Fairfax; Jose Machuca, 38, of Woodbridge; and Juan Machuca, 40, of Woodbridge — were all charged with assault by mob. All suspects were held without bond.

Following the fight and the arrests, police used crime scene tape to cordon off part of the restaurant’s front patio, where chairs and tables could be seen strewn about. Police then took photos of the scene and towed away a white pickup truck from the parking lot.

Hat tip to Brendan L.

  • Jose Tejada

    I hope ICE checks them out.

    • Dwigt

      Arlington does not do cooperate with them.

      • Zoning Victim

        Arlington doesn’t have any choice unless they don’t want to bother to positively identify someone they arrest because ICE receives information directly from the FBI when a set of fingerprints is run through the FBI’s system and the report is sent back to the requesting police department. Arlington County has simply chosen not to participate in immigration enforcement, which is really smart, because we need more people who attack other human beings with shovels in Arlington County and the United States.

        • drax

          And only illegal immigrants hit people with shovels.

          • Zoning Victim

            Your words, not mine.

    • j

      Mara Salvatrucha Trece?

  • 1234

    I could swear that isn’t the first time there’s been an “assault by mob” at las Delicias (which is anything but “delicias”). Google isn’t helping me find the previous instance though.

    • 1234

      HA! Found it! May 2009: ASSAULT BY MOB-ARREST, 1600 block of S. Walter Reed Drive. On April 27 at 8 p.m., three men assaulted a man sitting on a restaurant patio. The suspects were located by police and were all charged with assault by mob and drunk in public. They were held without bond.

    • drax

      Their tamales are pretty good.

      • JamesE

        Worth a shovel to the leg?

        • drax

          Oh yeah!

          • brian

            if anyone takes a shovel to my leg, they are getting capped

          • drax

            You obviously haven’t tasted them.

          • Josh S

            lighten up, Francis…

    • Zoning Victim

      I’ve eaten there many times; their food is really good.

  • Las Delicias Neighbor

    I’ve taken my shovel to Las Delicias countless times, yet I’ve never felt the urge to swing it at a dude’s leg. Uncool, man. Uncool.

  • Always Right

    Were they legals?

    • Gene Pool

      The US only recognizes the word “immigrant”. They FAIL to distinguish between legal and illegal. That would be discrimination.

      • Josh S

        Tell that to the arson victims in LA.

        • Steamboat Willie

          I thought that Russian guy was here on a legal tourist visa

          • HayCaramba

            Thought he was german….

          • Josh S

            I think he went off because he was pissed that the US was going to deport his mom…..

  • FourMileRunner

    Las Delicias tax delinquency up to $27,422 and now this. Rough month.

    • Richard Cranium

      I think, generally, when a small business gets >$20k behind, they’re La Toast-a.

      • Tabs

        We should start an ArlNow readers club around venues that make news on the site.

        • GloriaEstaban

          Arlington Forever! I love my hood! I’m a refugee from Loudoun County where nothing happens!

        • Just Me

          Tabs great idea, that could be fun.

  • Tabs

    That place has to have illegal activity to have survived so long.

    I’d like to see a deli open up there, or maybe a fresh seafood place.

    • Mr. T

      or a crossfit gym

      • Tabs

        They’d never go for it. Not enough of an audience on Walter Reed.

        • Josh S

          How about a Bob’s Big Boy?

  • Mr. T

    what if the shovels were incorporated in the WOD’s?

  • I remember

    back in the day (way way back in the day) this place used to be a vietnamese restaurant

    • Just Me

      Wasn’t that also the Weeny Benny or something like that?

      • ArlingtonWay

        No. Weenie Beenie is up by Shirlington. You are confused perhaps because both have a large number of illegal hispanic day laborers loitering outside littering and pissing on the ground.

        • Lou

          There was another Weenie Beenie on Jefferson Davis Highway, across from the Potomac Yard. The building is still there, I think it is a pizza place or something. My dad used to take me down there to watch the trains come over the hump and we would get Weenie Beenie.

        • Zoning Victim

          Huh? I live very close to there and pass by it several times a day. I’ve never seen a “large number of illegal Hispanic day laborers” hanging around or relieving themselves in public. Not everyone who is Hispanic and works in a construction job is an illegal.

          • drax

            The day laborer shelter/pickup area is across the street. They may not pee, but they sure hang out.

          • Zoning Victim

            Sorry, I should have been more specific, I was referring to Las Delicias. I certainly understand the criticism about the crowd around the Weenie Beenie, but it’s nothing at all like that outside Las Delicias.

    • Arlingtoon

      When I first moved into the neighborhood (1982) it was an old High’s store. It wasn’t self-serve; rather there was a horseshoe-shaped counter around the perimeter of the store, with all the goods stocked behind the counter. You had to tell the clerk what you wanted and he’d go get it and bring it to you. Quaint, I suppose, but not particularly efficient.

      • Your post brought up some great memories of High’s. I thought they were long belly up. Out of curiosity, I just did a search. The company is alive and well, with stores primarily in Baltimore and northern MD. Next time I get up that way I’ll have to stop in one, but I suspect they are much different now.

        • drax

          Used to go to High’s all the time as a kid.

  • lovenortharl

    Great idea tabs… make a facebook group page!

  • Hank Hill

    and you wonder why people avoid Columbia Pike. No trolley will make a difference.

    • drax

      You realize this isn’t on Columbia Pike, right?

      • brian

        you spoke too soon about columbia pike! lol

    • stephanie

      Who avoids Columbia Pike? Who cares if they’re illegals? You people are all crazy. As if drunken fights don’t break out every Friday night in Clarendon. I witnessed two my last night in Georgetown. So really, get a life and stfu.


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