Crime Report: Wine as a Weapon Edition

by ARLnow.com April 11, 2012 at 2:56 pm 3,856 26 Comments

The Days Inn on Columbia Pike is back on the Arlington County crime report this week. The motel, which has been the scene of at least three prostitution busts in the past several months, was the scene of a fight late last night.

MALICIOUS WOUNDING, 04/11/12, 3000 block of S. Columbia Pike. Between 10:30 pm on April 10, and 12:30 am on April 11, a known subject struck a victim in the head and face with a wine bottle during an argument in a hotel room. The victim sustained several lacerations and was transported to an area hospital. The suspect fled the scene and a warrant was obtained for malicious wounding.

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

MALICIOUS WOUNDING, 04/08/12, 2000 block of N. Kenmore Street. On April 8 at 2 am, a homeless man was sleeping in his car when a drunk subject began jumping on his vehicle. The victim attempted to drive away but the subject blocked the road. The victim exited his vehicle and a physical altercation ensued, causing both men to fall into a roadside ditch. The suspect was able to climb back to the road and attempted to flee the scene in the victims vehicle, striking him with the vehicle and crashing a short distance away. They began to fight once again and the victim pulled out a pocket knife and stabbed the suspect in his chest. The suspect fled the scene on foot and was located at his residence a short time later. He was transported to an area hospital for treatment. Andrew Lee, 24, of North Carolina was charged with attempted malicious wounding and unauthorized use of a vehicle.

BRANDISHING A FIREARM, 04/04/12, 3000 block of S. Abingdon Street. On April 4 at 12:55 pm, a male juvenile subject brandished a BB gun towards children on a playground and made threatening remarks. The subject fled the scene on foot and was apprehended a short time later by police. The subject was arrested and charged with brandishing a firearm on school property.

BURGLARY, 04/05/12, 3800 block of N. Fairfax Drive. Between 5:30 pm on April 4, and 9:30 am on April 5, an unknown suspect(s) entered a locked office and stole 4 laptop computers. There is no suspect description.

BURGLARY, 04/10/12, 2200 block of N. Pershing Drive. Between 3:30 pm on April 9, and 6:30 am on April 10, an unknown subject(s) broke into a storage room on a construction site and stole approximately 5,000 feet of copper wire. There is no suspect description.

OBSCENE SEXUAL DISPLAY, 04/05/12, 1000 block of S. Hayes Street. On April 5 at 11:30 am, the Loss Prevention Manager of a retail store witnessed an unknown subject masturbating in the middle of a restroom while looking into a stall at someone. The suspect fled the scene on foot when the police were called. The suspect is described as a black male, late 20’s, approximately 5’9″ tall and 160 lbs.

SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES, 04/08/12, Wilson Boulevard and N. Greenbrier Street. At approximately 1:09 am on April 8, officers located an adult male subject lying in the middle of the street with significant head trauma. Medics responded and transported the individual to an area hospital, where he underwent surgery to stop bleeding in his brain. At this time, it is unclear how the subject sustained these injuries and the investigation is ongoing.

  • PUP

    weird week of crime, jeez.

  • Rob Geeeee

    We need more wine control! NOW.

    • Richard Cranium

      Wine bottles don’t clobber people . . .

  • Mary-Austin

    The area around the Days on Columbia Pike would be cleaned up a lot by doing some redevelopment of the site across the street that includes the McDonald’s, 7-11, and the sketchy businesses behind them. Seems like there’s always creeps loitering around that area.

    • South Awwwlington

      I can’t believe that sketchy motel is still there. Some mornings I see families getting on my bus to head into the city and I want ask, “I bet this wasn’t what you were thinking?”

      • george

        Rincome Thai – located at the Days Inn – may not be the best Thai restaurant but it is decent, spacious, incredibly friendly place that has been in business there for decades. Good apps. Just don’t judge them on their pad thai.

    • FrenchyB

      I’m curious if you’ve ever set foot in either of the “sketchy businesses” behind the 7-Eleven. I can’t speak for El Puerto, but there’s nothing sketchy about Abi’s Azteca.

      • WeiQiang

        +1. Love Abi.

      • Mary-Austin

        Well aren’t we cultured.
        I was referring to the place behind the 7-11 that sells cell phone covers/soccer uniforms/random crap that looks a little sketchy. That little section (including the motel on the other side) is pretty dingy and probably needs to go.
        Besides, the streetcar riders will not find it cute and they get what they want.

        • FrenchyB

          The only businesses behind the 7-Eleven are two restaurants – Abi’s and El Puerto. If you’re referring to Venus Stereo and TVs (on the corner of Walter Reed and the Pike), it closed a couple months ago.

        • MC 703

          Well aren’t we obnoxious and generalizing. And you don’t even know what you’re talking about.

  • Rosslyn Loft Dweller

    Speaking of wine as a weapon, has anyone tasted that crap from Tareq and Michaele’s label?

    • i’m down with that

      No, just because it was Tareq & Michaele’s. And Michaele is now wit whatsizface from Journey.

  • JohnB

    Is there anything like a use permit needed for hotel occupancy like the dance hall license?

  • BC

    Must express some surprise that wine was anywhere near that hotel.

    • JohnB

      You can get a pretty “awesome” bottle of barefoot at the 7-11.

    • wino

      More likely to be something from my cellar:

  • Mongo

    MAN! Folks be strokin’ the bishop all over Arlington these days.

    • nom de guerre

      Spankin’ the monkey.

    • nunya


    • Flipper

      Floggin’ the dolphin

    • nom de guerre

      Chokin’ the chicken.

    • Nick

      That’s the same story arlnow covered a couple days ago – the “cruising” one.

  • Alex

    The Pike is in the news for all the wrong reasons as of late.

    • i’m down with that

      But northside Arlington is hankering for some of the Pike’s buzz, rattle & hum.

  • Numbers Sense

    The quality and pricing of the hotel makes it attractive to those individuals who have appeared in the news of late related to that area of the Pike. It is a dump. Perhaps putting pressure upon the owners to upgrade or sell to someone who will upgrade will help … price out the newsmakers of this variety.

    I do not like to walk at dusk or after dark anywhere on that section of the Pike… on either side of the street because of people that hang around with little to no discernible purpose for being there.

    While I agree there are small businesses that deserve to be supported in that pocket, the McDonald’s is not kept up, the parking lot is a mess, and, frankly, the 7-11 is much the same way. These are corporate names and, again, should be pressured to step up their game or sell the sites.


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