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Crime Report: Crimes Against Women

by ARLnow.com February 1, 2012 at 5:43 pm 4,161 44 Comments

This week’s Arlington County crime report contained several incidents of frightening crimes against women. Among them:

RAPE, 01/25/12, 3000 block of Columbia Pike. Between 2 and 3 pm on January 25, a female victim was raped by a known suspect in a hotel room. The suspect is in custody.

ROBBERY, 01/27/12, 4100 block of N. Henderson Road. At 1:30 am on January 27, an intoxicated female walking alone was punched in the face by an unknown male suspect and her wallet was stolen. Only when the female victim screamed for help did the suspect flee the scene on foot. There is no suspect description.

SEXUAL BATTERY, 01/31/12, 1600 block of N. Arlington Boulevard. On January 31 at 8:30 pm, a female returning to her hotel room was confronted by a subject just outside her door in the hallway and was sexually assaulted. When the victim went to the front desk to report the incident, the suspect fled on foot. The suspect is described as a black male, late 20’s, approximately 160 lbs with a slender build. At the time he was wearing a navy blue knit cap and a one-piece navy blue jumpsuit.

ARMED CARJACKING, 01/31/12, 3400 block of S. 25th Court. Just after 7pm on January 31, two unknown suspects approached the female victim as she was exiting her vehicle, brandished a handgun and demanded her car keys. The victim’s purse was also taken and her credit cards were reportedly used in Prince George’s County shortly after the carjacking. The suspects are described as black males, 18-27 years old, approximately 6’ tall and 170-200 lbs.

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

AGGRAVATED SEXUAL BATTERY, 01/29/12, 2400 block of S. Lowell Street. On January 29 at 4:30 pm, a subject turned himself in related to a juvenile sexual assault that occurred in 2001. The suspect is being held without bond.

PEEPING TOM, 01/27/12, 2700 block of S. Veitch Street. Shortly after 6 am on January 27, a neighbor witnessed an unknown suspect looking into an apartment window of a female resident. The subject is described as a Hispanic male, between 5’8” and 6’ tall, with short black hair.

BURGLARY, 01/31/12, 2200 N. Wilson Boulevard. Between 9:20 pm on January 30, and 8:30 am on January 31, an unknown subject forced entry into the rear entrance of an office space and stole six Apple laptops. There is no suspect description.

FUGITIVE FROM JUSTICE, 01/28/12, Route 395 Northbound. On January 28 at 8:30 am, a traffic stop for a speeding vehicle yielded a wanted subject out of Prince George’s County, MD for theft, conspiracy and advertisement of credit services without a license. The vehicle the subject was driving was reported stolen as well. The suspect was taken into custody and the vehicle was recovered.

LARCENY FROM AUTO (SERIES), 01/27/12, 300 block of S. Glebe Road. At 4:15 am on January 27, a neighbor witnessed a subject entering numerous parked vehicles in the parking lot of an apartment complex. The subject was found on scene with various stolen items and arrested. The suspect was also wanted out of Fairfax County for felony embezzlement.

RECOVERED STOLEN AUTO, 01/26/12, 4000 block of N. 5th Street. At 11:30 pm on January 25, Advanced Towing recovered a stolen vehicle after receiving a call from the property management company located at 4320 N. Pershing Drive stating a non-permited vehicle was in their parking lot.

RECOVERED STOLEN AUTO, 01/28/12, 5600 block of S. 7th Street. Around 2:30 am on January 28, a stolen vehicle was located several blocks away from the victim’s residence. A small amount of cash was the only thing missing from the vehicle. There is no suspect description.

STOLEN VEHICLES

01/31/12, VA JTG1361, 2007 Lexus IS350, Red, 3400 block of S. 25th Court
01/23/12, DC DN8417, Tag Only (1), 2600 block of Shirlington Road
01/26/12, DL21533, Dealer Tag Only (1), 3200 block of N. 10th Street

  • Curious George

    tru dat

  • roquer

    those rapes, sexual assaults, robbery, armed car jacking….sure does make carrying a gun a lot easier to think about.

    • Dum Dum Guy at the Gates of Dawn

      I can see the headline now: “Victim Shot With Own Gun By Previously Unarmed Intruder”

      • Jimmy

        Wow. You are actually serious!?!?

      • KalashniKEV

        More like “Woman lays out would be rapist on the pavement- ACPD clears her on the scene and issues her a citation for out-of-date window sticker”

        • CW

          Oh Kev, you’re always going to be able to pull credentials on me because you’re military and I’m not, but I just can’t believe that in crimes like this, which usually come as a surprise, there is really usually the opportunity to create sufficient separation to defend one’s self in this manner. You think the attacker really usually yells “HEY!” and then slowly starts closing from 20 yards?

          • KalashniKEV

            No, he usually physically accosts the victim and says “Gimme yo… BANG, BANG, BANG, BANG, BANG, BANG, BANG, BANG, BANG, BANG, BANG, BANG, BANG, BANG, BANG, BANG Ka-thunk, clack, ching. “Hello, 911? I’ve just been the victim of an attempted robbery. Get here quick… and I see a car parked at an expired meter!”

          • I don’t know. In three of the four listings above I’d say drawing a handgun and planting the suspect would have been successful (as long as you were properly trained in the use of the handgun). If you have not been trained to use a gun then, yes, don’t carry one.

          • drax

            It’s impossible to say from what we know.

            Having a gun certainly increases your odds of shooting a criminal over not having one. (Though it also increases the odds of accidental shooting, of course).

          • KalashniKEV

            This is an absurd statement and you know it.

          • If this were true, criminals packing would be getting disarmed and getting “accidently shot” much more often than they are now.

          • CW

            I want to clarify a couple things. I don’t think that accidental shootings are an issue, and I am NOT an “anti”. My sole assertion is that the vast majority of the american civilian populace would not have the clarity of mind and physical dexterity during the time it takes for someone to surprise and physically assault them to draw, safety off, steady, fire. My assertion is a pragmatic, logistical one, NOT a policy one. I feel that in 100% of cases people SHOULD be able to defend themselves, I am just questioning as to the number of cases in which the logistics allow it to happen.

          • KalashniKEV

            CW, I read you LC. There are techniques for effectively drawing from grappling range, striking range, and projectile range. Whether one chooses to learn and become proficient at applying them is another thing.
            There are also a lot of variables always at play, and some chance/luck involved- an old lady, unpracticed, might be able to successfully draw and fire from the clinch to save her own life just as a young athletic professional gunfighter might get dropped by a young punk from across the street… perhaps as much as 5 seconds after alert.
            Self defense is a natural human right and we all at least deserve a fighting chance.

          • CW

            Thanks for clarifying. Agreed.

          • drax

            Wow, Kev.

            Which one? That we can’t know from the little info given in this crime report? I’d say so.

            That having a gun increases your chances of defending yourself with a gun? Duh. I thought you’d like that one.

            That having a gun increased the chances of an accidental shooting? Again, duh.

            Jeez, you’re really jerking the knee today.

          • drax

            I also am not “anti.” I believe in the right to self-defense, with a gun.

            Don’t be so, shall we say, trigger-happy, Kev.

          • KalashniKEV

            This is when the typical antis post their link to that 20/20 special where they picked random college kids, dressed them in huge, nighgown-esque, bigger-than-a-jersey undershirts and holsters with the retention cranked way high and placed them in a active shooter scenario. Yeah… they all got “marked” with simunitons.

            The participants have since come out and admitted it was rigged.

          • CW

            @OB – so you’re saying that either someone too drunk to remember her attacker or someone who turned to find a gun already pointed at her while leaving her car could have successfully drawn and fired?

          • I personally would not draw a weapon I have concealed when there is another gun pointed at me.

            The other choice depends upon the level of intoxication I suppose and how the wallet was obtained. If it were me, and I were sloppy drunk, I would not carry the weapon. However, if I were at BAC 0.08 I’d likely draw the weapon if the attacker demaded the wallet after hitting me. Instead of drawing the wallet, I’d draw the weapon and plant him.

            I can only speak for how I would react, because I don’t know any of the people in these situations. And, I did preface by saying if you don’t know how/when to use a gun don’t carry one.

          • CW

            Agreed on #1.

            With respect to #2 – it says he hit her and took her wallet. I doubt he hit her and then asket for her wallet. If he is already within striking quarters and has already shown physical superiority to the victim, do you really advocate drawing at that range? I guess this is my main beef. If a perp can show physical superiority and has already closed to this distance, isn’t the victim very likely to be disarmed?

          • Dum Dum Guy at the Gates of Dawn

            You would kill someone to avoid the loss of a bit of cash and the hassle of having to cancel and replace your credit cards?

          • Glebe Roader

            Response to Dum Dum Guy: YES

          • drax

            Dum Dum – hindsight is 20/20. You don’t know if you’re about to be just robbed, or killed. I wouldn’t want to find out the hard way.

          • Dum Dum: Yes. If hit in the face, robbed, or otherwise have some act of violence against me I would drop them in a heartbeat if the opportunity were there. People get killed for just handing over their wallet. You don’t know what a crimial is capable of, and don’t want to find out. Why assume they won’t hurt or kill you?

          • KalashniKEV

            Dum Guy- yes, if you seek to do violence upon me or the people I care about, and/or deprive me of my wealth or property, then yes… that’s your last mistake on this earth.

            Because me just dying is not an acceptable outcome.

          • Zoning Victim

            Actually, I was just in a class a few weeks ago where the instructor, a former CIA agent, stated that studies of attempted rape cases have shown that 33% of women who fight back manage to fend off their attacker, which means 67% of them are still successfully raped; however, only 3% of women who were armed with a gun were successfully raped. I don’t know where the study the instructor sites in his classes comes from, but in looking for the source of those figures, I’ve found other studies that make similar statements about the effectiveness of firearms against rape (though without specifying percentages) and go on to state that even in cases where the firearm is wrestled from the victim, the assailant is no more or less likely to kill the victim than if she had not brandished a firearm to begin with. By contrast, kicking, biting, scratching and the like raised the likelihood of brutal submission.

        • Richard Cranium

          2 minutes later, the blond parking troll emerged from behind the Whole Foods and put a ticket on the woman’s car as she had just exceeded the time on her parking slip by 00:01.

  • JoshR

    “You would kill someone to avoid the loss of a bit of cash and the hassle of having to cancel and replace your credit cards?”

    You have so little self respect and dignity to allow yourself to be taken advantage of in a violent, potentially deadly, confrontation that you will capitulate without question?

    • Dum Dum Guy at the Gates of Dawn

      Why does Arlington County police recommend that if are the victim of a carjacking or robbery that you do not resist and that you should surrender your property? Do our county officers also have little self-respect and dignity? Or might they know something you don’t?

      http://www.arlingtonva.us/Departments/Police/citizens/reference/crime_prevention/PoliceCitizensReferenceCrime_preventionCarjacking.aspx

      http://www.arlingtonva.us/Departments/Police/citizens/reference/crime_prevention/PoliceCitizensReferenceCrime_preventionRobbery.aspx

      • UFCML

        Liability reasons, and nothing more than that.

        • Dum Dum Guy at the Gates of Dawn

          So if I have an off-the-record convesation with a police office he or she would advise me that the website guidance is all BS and that if I am confronted with a crime I should kill the perpetrator?

          • UFCML

            I answered your original question. You are more than welcome to waste your time with hypotheticals if you do not like the answer. Knock yourself out.

          • Dum Dum Guy at the Gates of Dawn

            If I knocked myself out, then I would have to shoot myself, apparently.

          • bringmetheyuppies

            Actually yeah. I saw a guy break into a car. I called the police and an undercover car came to my house. I went out and met him and while we were speaking the thief came back for more. The cop asked if I would go to court ( implying if I wouldn’t it wasnt worth the write up) I told him yes I would be in court and if that dude came after me I would put a bullet in his brain. The cop got out of his car to arrest him after a brief smile at me.

        • drax

          What liability reasons?

          No, it’s because they think resisting will get you hurt or killed. And that’s good advice–unless you have some kind of advantage, and are in a position to take it out and use it.

          • UFCML

            I agree with your basic points. So do you think the police website should reflect that thinking as well? If you believe there are times when a reasonably trained and equipped citizen could protect themselves against a perp, why does the police website not consider that reality?

          • It is better that way, to a point. If a perp thinks I’m unarmed and willing to hand over my wallet, he won’t be expecting me to drop him with a .38 round or two.

            Of course, if he expects we are all armed he’ll think twice about preying upon someone who is not weaker than he.

          • drax

            The solution is a wallet gun.

          • drax

            I don’t know. I only know that I don’t see how “liability” comes into play.

            I do think the advice assumes that most people aren’t carrying firearms though.

      • JoshR

        Good luck in life with your victim mentality. You have obviously made your choice to enable human predators with your weakness. Win or lose, I will have done something while you have already given up.

        • drax

          You have a point, Josh, but on the other hand, you can’t go around killing people for stealing your pencil or stepping on your lawn or whatever. There’s a limit to when deadly force is appropriate.

          • Trank the Fank

            You’re right. So next time someone approaches me and demands my wallet, I will immediately ask him/them to clarify his/their intentions. Once he assures me that he only wants my wallet and that he plans me no other physical harm, I will hand it over without putting 3 rounds into his/their gut/s.

            In my vast experience, most sidewalk robbers assure you up-front that they won’t harm you. Some will even sign an affidavit to that effect, if asked to do so politely.

      • KalashniKEV

        I’m sure ACPD is more than happy to come chalk out your corpse, take some pics, or even collect an interview and do a rape kit in the event that you’re a victim of crime.

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