Crime Report: Pulling Guns on the Ritz

by ARLnow.com May 9, 2012 at 2:30 pm 71,997 97 Comments

(Updated at 3:00 p.m.) A man was arrested outside the Pentagon City Ritz-Carlton hotel early Wednesday morning after police say he became upset at the hotel’s rates and brandished two handguns.

The incident started around 1:30 a.m. when the intoxicated man entered the luxury hotel, asked for a room, and became incensed at the high rates, according to Arlington County Police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck. The man also asked whether he could be served alcohol, but was denied, Sternbeck said.

The man then left the hotel and allegedly brandished two handguns when confronted by a security guard. Police were called and the man was taken into custody by officers with their guns drawn. Police recovered two guns, each with rounds in the magazine and the safeties off, according to Sternbeck. Police say one of the guns, a .45-caliber pistol, was cocked and loaded.

From this week’s Arlington County crime report:

BRANDISHING A FIREARM, 05/09/12, 1200 block of S. Hayes Street. On May 9 at 1:30 am, a subject under the influence of alcohol and upset with hotel rates, brandished two handguns towards a security guard. Andrew Dziuk, 29, of Centreville, VA, was arrested and charged with brandishing a firearm, reckless handling of a firearm and drunk in public.

Weekday rates for the hotel posted online range from $339.00 to $669.00 per night.

The rest of the crime report, after the jump.

ABDUCTION WITH INTENT TO DEFILE, 05/03/12, 600 block of N. Vermont Street. On May 3 at approximately 9 pm, a female victim was walking her dog when a unknown male subject grabbed her from behind and sexually assaulted her. A struggle ensued and the victim was able to flee the scene to seek assistance. Police located the suspect a short time later at the Ballston Common Mall attempting to change into clothes he had stolen. Nathaniel Lovett, 27, of no fixed address, was arrested and charged with abduction with intent to defile, grand larceny and trespassing. He is being held without bond.

RAPE, 05/08/12, 3800 block of S. Columbia Pike. A victim was raped in January 2012 by a known male. The victim was 30 weeks pregnant at the time. The suspect has not been located and is described as a Hispanic male, approximately 5’0″ tall and heavy set.

BURGLARY, 05/02/12, 3600 block of N. 22nd Street. Between 9:45 am and 12:15 pm on May 2, an unknown subject entered the residence. Suspect is described as a white male, 5’7″ and was wearing blue jeans and blue polo shirt at the time of the incident.

BURGLARY, 05/04/12, 1000 block of S. Quebec Street. Between 10:30 am on April 30, and 11:55 am on May 4, an unknown subject entered an apartment and stole various items to include a TV, VCR and mattress. There is no suspect description.

BURGLARY, 05/06/12, 1500 block of S. George Mason Drive. Between 12 pm and 10 pm on May 5, an unknown subject entered an apartment and stole various items to include an iPod, three pre-paid phones and $20 cash. There is no suspect description.

BURGLARY, 05/06/12, 4800 block of N. 20thStreet. Between 4:30 pm on May 5 and 9:40 am on May 6, an unknown subject entered a house under construction and stole various power tools. There is no suspect description.

BURGLARY, 05/07/12, 1100 block of N. Ohio Street. On May 7 at 11:15 am, an unknown subject entered a residence through the back door while the homeowner was working in the front yard. When the victim came inside, she confronted the suspect and he fled the scene with her purse. The suspect is described as an Asian male, mid 20’s, medium build with black hair. He was wearing dark pants and jacket with a red undershirt.

UNLAWFUL ENTRY, 05/04/12, 2500 block of S. Arlington Mill Drive. On May 3 at 4:50 pm, an unknown female subject accepted and signed for a delivery of flowers in the victim’s apartment. There is no suspect description.

LARCENY FROM AUTO (SERIES), 05/07/12, 800 block of S. Army Navy Drive. Between 11:15 am and 12:45 pm on May 7, an unknown subjected broke into numerous vehicles and stole items to include, GPS’s, clothing and luggage. There is no suspect description.


05/03/12, VA 666701, 2002 Honda CBR Motorcycle, White, 2500 block of N. 20th Road
05/08/12, VA AEC4242, 2000 Jeep Cherokee, Black, 5100 block of S. 11th Street
05/08/12, VA 641618, 2009 Honda ATC B60 Motorcycle, White, 3600 block of N. 10th Street
05/08/12, VA 659428, 2006 KTM Motorcycle, Orange, 2100 block of N. Scott Street
05/07/12, CA 71127C1, 2011 Dodge Ram, White (RECOVERED), 3000 block of S. Columbia Pike
05/07/12, VA WZC1961 (Tag Only), 5500 block of Columbia Pike
05/06/12, VA MATI (Tag Only), 1500 block of S. George Mason Drive

  • Highlander Harrry

    Funny, I saw someone pull a gun at the Highlander for the same reason.

    • KalashniKEV

      You need a sword to kill the Highlander.

      • NomNom

        There can be only one! (enter Queen song)

        • nunya

          Who wants to live foreva.

          • JamesE

            Make sure to never watch the later sequels, I made the mistake of watching the 4th or 5th one which was direct to video and I have regretted it ever since.

          • Ivan

            Roger that. I figured there could be no improvement on the first one and stopped there! And a TV series, too? No way, dude!

      • Freddie Lives

        Gimme the prize!

  • JamesE

    A lot of motorcycles being stolen.

    • nom de guerre

      Speaking of motorcycles, I thought it might be polite and prudent to warn readers that Rolling Thunder XXV is scheduled for the last weekend in May so you could prepare your comments against or in support of the noise, traffic closures, use of local law enforcement, drinking, debauchery, patriotism, financial benefits to Arlington through spending, meals, hotel, and sales taxes, etc. Loud Pipes Save Lives!

      • WeiQiang

        Debauchery is taxed?

        • nom de guerre

          Only on the fifth Saturday of every other month.

      • DarkHeart

        When do we erect the statue of Marv to celebrate Arlington’s proud history of debauchery?

        • Quoth the Raven

          That’s well done.

      • dcktz

        Loud pipes are just a nuisance. Grow up.

        • jnsesq

          As a motorcycling enthusiast (for 49 years and counting!) I agree — having outgrown the youthful craving for decibels. (As with music when one matures, tone is more important than volume.)

          Loud pipes only irritate lives.

        • Undergraduate

          To you and the idiot below, neither of you could ride much. No question that pipes can be obnoxiously loud and there are riders who go out of ther way to “rap off.” But if you want to increase your chances of becoming road kill, ride a nice, silent motorcycle that none of the unconscious four-wheelers can hear coming. They’re certainly not looking for you.

          • drax

            I must disturb the peace to ride a certain kind of vehicle around!

  • TJ

    That unlawful entry about the flowers sounds like somebody needed an alibi for a forgotten anniversary.

  • CW

    Two guns, only one charge? What a deal!

  • DSS10

    Well the rates are kinda high ya know…..

    I bet he feels a lot safer carrying his guns, I bet the hotel clerk does (not).

    • yeah for freedom!

      NRA rocks!

      • Jack Kennedy

        helped zimmerman save his life from the thug

        • Detex

          let’s let the jury decide.

    • Mary-Austin

      So will this guy still be allowed to own a gun?
      I hope not but wouldn’t be surprised with our crazy ass gun laws

      • DSS10

        Of course, he was drunk with visible fire arms… I bet they gave them back too! I do give him points for trying to get a hotel room and not drinking and driving….

        “Andrew Dziuk, 29, was charged with brandishing a firearm, reckless handling of a firearm, and being drunk in public, Arlington County Police Spokesperson Dustin Sternbeck said.

        Dziuk entered the Ritz Carlton on South Hayes Street with two firearms visible on his waist early Wednesday morning, police say. He asked the front desk about a room. After he became upset about the room rate, he asked if they were still serving alcohol, police say. Hotel staff asked him to leave.

        Dziuk then left the hotel lobby and was outside the hotel when a hotel security guard approached him. At that point, the man waved the guns toward the security guard, police say. Police were called and they placed the man under arrest.”



        • Gov Scott

          Sounds like he was standing his ground !

      • KalashniKEV

        “Any person who has a felony charge pending or a charge pending for an offense that would be a disqualification for a permit who holds a concealed handgun permit may have such permit suspended by the court before which the charge is pending.”

        Drunk in Public is a Class 1 misdemeanor.
        Brandishing a firearm is a Class 1 misdemeanor (Felony in a school).
        Reckless handling is a Class 1 misdemeanor.
        Drunk CCW is a Class 1 Misdemeanor. (Not charged?)

        He still has his rights, as far as I can see…

        • KalashniKEV
          • Just the Facts

            Also, the WJLA story on the incident states that the handguns were clearly visible in his waistband so any concealed carry laws wouldn’t apply. Nowhere does it say he had a CHP.

          • drax

            Exactly. Thanks for looking that up.

        • CW

          I think you might be hurting your cause here…

          • CW

            @KEV – thanks on the edit, it was hung up presumably in “moderation” when I made my comment. Sanity prevails!!!

        • Just the Facts

          Drunk in public is a class 4 misdemeanor, fine only, no jail.

          • Just the Facts

            § 18.2-388. Profane swearing and intoxication in public; penalty; transportation of public inebriates to detoxification center.

            If any person profanely curses or swears or is intoxicated in public, whether such intoxication results from alcohol, narcotic drug or other intoxicant or drug of whatever nature, he shall be deemed guilty of a Class 4 misdemeanor.

          • SCB

            Are you kidding? This is how far down the rabbit-hole we have gone? So when you are drunk you cannot swear? What, do we live in North Korea? This is pathetic… and we call ourselves “Americans”… Pathetic.

        • drax

          Proving Mary-Austin’s point. It seems to me that brandishing, even misdemeanor brandishing, should affect the right to carry.

          • KalashniKEV

            A conviction of brandishing (within 3 years) will disqualify your CCW. Not sure about OC though…

            It was said before the Gravelly Point rally that even a slung rifle goes from “carried” to “brandishing” if your hand touches it.

  • Ben

    Anyone know what happened at the corner of 13th St and N Hudson yesterday around 7PM?

    I came home to see a half a dozen cop cars at the intersection and a gentleman in cuffs.

  • CourthouseChris

    Clearly the solution is more guns.

    • citizen

      I concur. If only the Hotel staff was well armed he could have made a citizen’s arrest and it would have ended sooner!

      Why don’t the liburuls get that!? 😉

      • KalashniKEV

        Death-in-place just isn’t an option for some of us.

    • whatever

      And the solution includes readily available concealed guns.

      Thank goodness for the NRA.

      • KalashniKEV

        I think what you all really mean to say is, “Thank goodness for the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights.”

        • SCB

          But make sure you do not swear when you are intoxicated in public. Yeah, right.. This is North Korea and it’s time flag wavers like you woke up. By any chance have you seen the newly leaked internment document? Google FM 3-39.40 (and yes it states it’s for US citizens if the Saudi-plant of a president signs an executive order)… Wake up already and stop playing these silly little unconstitutional technocratic games. This thread looks pathetic and our forefathers are rolling in their graves as we throw each other in jail over technicalities. We have more in jails than Russia and China combined and you fools yuck it up patting each other on the back as you detail out the North Korean guidelines you all must live under here in the oh-so-free America. WOW. You folks are so far down the brainwashed hole it just may be too damn late for America.

  • Pablo

    Well he did finally get accommodations for the night at a considerable discount.

    • j

      Finally! a funny comment on this site.

      • Pable

        Gracias. Try the veal. We’re here all week.

      • Tabs

        That’s a rough 29.

  • justme

    BURGLARY, 05/04/12, 1000 block of S. Quebec Street. Between 10:30 am on April 30, and 11:55 am on May 4, an unknown subject entered an apartment and stole various items to include a TV, VCR and mattress. There is no suspect description

    Really, a VCR – odd not only that they still had one, but that someone actually STOLE it!!

    • Ron Jeremy

      Sounds to me like Nathaniel Lovett is back out on the street … if anyone sees a guy toting a TV, VCR and mattress toward 7-11, please call ACPD.

    • Tom

      Yeah, that’s like stealing a 8-track deck.

  • NomNom

    What is with the RAPE entry? The woman finally reported a rape that occurred in January 2012? Is it necessary to mention the pregnancy because she might have just given birth?

    • Headbanger

      What kind of sorry excuse 4 a dog did she have? As fat as i’m concerned any dog that won’t protect it’s owner when it’s owner is being attacked is worthless & should b shot!

  • Tumblebum

    Finally, a consumer advocate with some chutzpa!

    • cole

      Actually, the quick thinking hotel clerk seeing the gun(s) probably sensed danger, and not wanting to put the guests or the employees of the hotel at risk, told the man that the rates were high to dissuade him from staying. Quick thinking and uber-chutzpa on the part of the clerk. He’s not a consumer advocate, he’s a stupid drunk!

  • Southeast Jerome

    wait for Corey to get on here complaining about the rents.

  • Mongo

    MANG! This guy and “the rent is too damn high” guy should team up, it sounds like they have similar platforms. FREDTERP

  • Al Gore

    I’m all for CWPs but send this asshat to prison. There’s a reason you can’t be drunk and carry.

  • Fred Astaire

    If you’re drunk and you don’t know where to go to
    Why don’t you go where the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City sits,
    Shootin’ up the Ritz.

    • Tabs

      *clap clap clap*

  • ArlingTony

    Nathaniel Lovett again? Time to go to the vet for a little snip snip.

  • alex1138

    Well the rates in jail are cheaper than the Ritz

  • Welder

    Crazy Ivan !

    • Josh S

      Nah, that was just a whale….

    • WeiQiang

      8:26 … bottom of the hour. Port or starboard?

  • Mel

    It’s only fair! Hotels rob you all the time only they have a license to steal…..

  • soarlslacker

    There is an Americana Hotel (3 blocks away) and a Holiday Inn (about 10 blocks away) on Eads St. A not drunk idiot would just ask…is there a less expensive hotel around here.

  • Other Side of the River
  • Johhny

    Maybe they’ll lower their rates now!

  • Clay

    The gun was cocked and load? I think you meant, “locked”. Gun wouldn’t be much good if it wasn’t.

  • Welcome, Drudge Report readers!

    • _T_G_E_O_A

      Can your servers handle this?

  • Joe Friday

    Even the media in America is illiterate: “was cocked and load”. Don’t people know how to read and write English anymore?

    • sammy

      I’m just glad they called it a magazine and not a clip

      • KalashniKEV

        Obama is going to band banana clips next term… and the shoulder thing that goes up.

        (stock up NOW!)

        • KalashniKEV


  • Allen

    Diversity and crime,Useless cops exceeding authority and making $$ for useless bureaucrats, yet another violation of our rights. The gov’t constantly violates our rights.
    They violate the 1st Amendment by caging protesters and banning books like “America Deceived II”.

    They violate the 4th and 5th Amendment by allowing TSA to grope you.

    They violate the entire Constitution by starting undeclared wars.

    Impeach Obama, support Ron Paul.

    Last link of “America Deceived II” before it is completely banned:


  • Garyg

    Whenever a writer is asked to report something about firearms, you might want to have someone with knowledge about firearms to write it.

    For example, what does “Police say one of the guns, a .45-caliber pistol, was cocked and load.” even mean? “…cocked and load . . ” does that mean anything? If it was a 1911 Cot .45 then it should say: cocked and locked. This means it has the hammer back and the safety is on. Typically, this is the correct way to carry this pistol.

    Maybe next time you guys could ask around to find someone who knows something about the topic?

    • Undergraduate

      If people were required to know something about what they’re doing, we wouldn’t have the current president, would we?

    • KalashniKEV

      Since the sentence before it clearly said the safety was “off” and it appears to be an obvious grammatical error, I took it to mean “cocked and loaded” i.e. rounds in the pistol. I also would ASSume that they really mean to say safety off, round in the chamber.

      Would you prefer they simply said “Condition Zero” and then only .000000001% of Arlingtonians would know *exactly* what they’re talking about?

      • nom de guerre

        Condition Zero: A round chambered, full magazine in place, hammer cocked, safety off.

  • SomeGuy

    ArlNow, why is the # of views/hits per story no longer displayed in the byline?

    • Technical issues. It should hopefully be coming back soon.

      • brendan

        counter not prepared for drudge link? congrats tho!

  • mike

    Rounds in the magazine? Really? Oh god, what are we to do, people are putting bullets into handgun magazines, but I thought they were suppposed to stay empty????

    Oh yea, hire an editor, it “cocked and loaded” not “cocked and load.”

    • or maybe

      “locked and loaded”

      • KalashniKEV

        Cocked and locked for me!

  • Shawn

    Funny…they seemed suprised that the guns were loaded? Even a drunk guy understands that a gun only works as intended when it’s loaded, otherwise It’s a bulky piece of metal that isn’t really good for anything except as a paper weight!

  • No surprise

    i don’t blame the guy.. those prices are insane!

  • Jim M

    Another page in “Profiles in Alcoholism.”

  • fraudster

    I guess you could say this is “PUTTIN’ ON THE RITZ” in reverse.

  • kcsparky

    Not a bright boy! It’s the Ritz……not a Motel 6.

  • Jack Boot

    If he was staying at Motel 6, he would pulling the gun for a different reasons.

  • Ken Takaga

    Not surprised. Today one can find a Ritz in almost any community or city. As a result, residents who live near the hotel and are generally unaware of the rates easily become incensed very quickly when the rates charged are higher than the Motel 6 a few blocks further away.

  • Freddie Lives

    Is that Zimmerman?

  • NowListenUp

    Two handguns! Who does this guy think he is, Yosemite Sam? Ooo I hate high room rates!!

  • Snarky Malarkey

    Secret Service agent, no doubt…


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