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Crime Report: Pulling Guns on the Ritz

(Updated on 12/23/21 at 11:10 a.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. [Name redacted], 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. [Name redacted], 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. 20th Street. 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

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