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Crime Report: Window Washer Falls onto Sidewalk

by ARLnow.com August 1, 2012 at 1:25 pm 5,904 69 Comments

A window washer is clinging to life after plummeting about 7 stories onto the sidewalk while working on a Rosslyn office building.

The incident was detailed in this week’s Arlington County crime report, although it’s not being investigated as a crime. Arlington County Police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck said investigators believe the victim forgot to clip in his safety harness. He stepped over an edge, fell, and landed on the sidewalk near the entrance to the offices of WJLA (ABC 7).

INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENT, 07/27/12, 1000 block of Wilson Boulevard. At 11:10 am on July 27, a worker fell approximately from the 7th floor while cleaning windows. Victim is currently in critical condition.

Also in this week’s crime report, a Nauck resident’s glass door was shattered by an apparently stray bullet.

MISSILE INTO OCCUPIED DWELLING, 07/29/12, 2100 block of S. Oxford Street. At 3:40 am on July 29, victim had the front glass door shattered by a bullet fired by an unknown suspect.

The rest of the crime report, after the jump.

ROBBERY, 07/28/12, 1800 block of N. Oak Street. At 3:17 am on July 28, the victim was talking on her cell phone when an unknown suspect pushed her to the ground and stole her phone. Suspect is described as young, black male, approximately 6’0 tall, thin and wearing a white T shirt and red shorts.

SOLICITATION OF PROSTITUTION, 07/30/12, 4100 block of S. Four Mile Run Drive. On July 30 at 11:10 pm, a traffic stop uncovered two subjects involved in prostitution. Upon police interview, it was learned the prostitute admitted to a crack abuse problem and had unprotected sex in the backseat with the subject for $20 to purchase the drug. Michael Anthony Proctor, 51, of Alexandria, VA, was released on a summons for Solicitation of Prostitution and Using a Vehicle to Promote Prostitution.

DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY (SERIES), 07/28/12, 800 block of S. Oakland Street. At 12:40 am on July 28, a suspect was seen breaking mirrors and windows on multiple vehicles. Arrested was Jose Diaz-Cabrera, 28 of Arlington

HOMICIDE, 07/28/12, 3200 block of S. Columbia Pike. Between 2:00 pm and 11:56 pm on July 27, the owner of a business was murdered. The investigation is ongoing.

ARMED ROBBERY, 07/25/12, 4700 block of Columbia Pike. At 8:45 am on July 25, two subjects armed with a gun and knife forced an employee of a check cashing business inside the store and emptied the contents of two safes. The subjects fled the scene on foot with approximately $37,600 in cash. The suspects are described as Hispanic males, approximately 5’8″-10″ tall, with medium builds and short dark hair. One was wearing a white tshirt and sunglasses and the other subject had a black tshirt with sunglasses.

PEEPING, 07/30/12, 4200 block of Wilson Boulevard. At 8:20 pm on July 30, an unknown male subject was watching a juvenile female use the restroom from over the top of the bathroom stall at a mall restaurant. The subject fled the scene and is described as a white male, in his 50’s, with shoulder length grayish brown hair. He was wearing baggy blue jeans, light colored button down shirt and had black head phones around his neck.

BURGLARY, 07/26/12, 1400 block of N. Quinn Street. Between 10 am and 7:30 pm on July 26, an unknown subject(s) entered a first floor apartment through an unlocked kitchen window. Various items were reported stolen to include a laptop, camera and money. There is no suspect(s) description.

BURGLARY, 07/30/12, 900 block of S. Rolfe Street. Between 11:30 pm on July 29 and 1:05 am on July 30, the victim discovered her residence had been broken into and items stolen by an unknown suspect.

BURGLARY, 07/30/12, 2600 block of S. Veitch Street. Between 11:15 pm on July 29 and 3:15 am on July 30, the victim discovered her residence had been broken into and items stolen by an unknown suspect.

BURGLARY, 07/29/12, 500 block of S. 24th Street. Between 7:00 am on July 26 and 10:00 pm on July 29, the victim discovered her residence had been broken into and items stolen by an unknown suspect.

BURGLARY (ATTEMPT), 07/27/12, 2800 block of N. Scott Street. Between 5:00 am and 9:38 am on July 27, unknown suspect attempted to break into the victim’s residence.

BURGLARY (ATTEMPT), 07/29/12, 3700 block of N. Wakefield Street. Between 4:00 am and 4:17 pm on July 29, unknown suspect attempted to break into the victim’s residence.

BURGLARY (ATTEMPT), 07/29/12, 3300 block of N. 22nd Street. Between July 24 and 8:30 pm on July 29, unknown suspect attempted to break into the victim’s residence.

LARCENY FROM AUTO (SERIES), 07/26/12, 1000 block of N. Highland Street. Between 10:00 pm on July 25 and 7:59 am on July 26, multiple vehicles were broken into and items stolen by an unknown suspect.

LARCENY FROM AUTO (SERIES), 07/28/12, 6000 block of N. 19th Street. Between 7:30 pm on July 27 and 7:30 am on July 28, multiple vehicles were broken into and items stolen by an unknown suspect.

LARCENY FROM AUTO (SERIES), 07/31/12, 800 block of Army Navy Drive. Between 11 am and 4pm on July 31, numerous vehicles were broken into while parked in the garage at the Pentagon City mall. Items reported stolen were GPS devices, money and other electronics. There is no suspect description.


07/29/12, 2012 Jeep, Gray MD 4AK0032, 1200 block of N. Herndon Street
07/28/12, 2006 Kawasaki Ninja Motorcycle, Silver VA 731920, 1200 block of N. Herndon Street
07/27/12, 2001 KTM Motorcycle, Orange VA 736270, 1200 block of N. Herndon Street
07/27/12, 2004 Dodge Caravan, Blue VA DLH-5347, 1200 block of N. Herndon Street
07/30/12, VA JVF9659, 2003 Toyota Corolla, Tan, 6200 block of N. 18th Street
07/30/12, VA KFP1056, 2006 Lexus RX 400h, Beige, 3500 block of S. Utah Street

  • Richard Cranium

    I’m sure not parking on N. Herndon Street any time soon.

  • CW

    Why is this crime?

    • bman

      Maybe someone actually unclipped his harness when he wasn’t looking.

    • Hope he is ok

      All unattended deaths in VA are homicides until proven otherwise. He did not die but is critical, so that is why. Osha takes over this investigation.

  • Not good

    My heart goes out to him and his family.

  • X

    Terrible news, I hope his/she makes it.

  • Tom

    Ever notice how 90% of the crimes take place in northern Arlington or in Crystal city, yet people are always harping as though Columbia Pike is the unsafe part of Arlington? I’m starting to think they’re just trying to delude themselves into thinking their higher rents and mortgages aren’t totally foolish.

    • bman

      and shirlington/4 mile is south

    • Hank

      Ever notice how people make up statistics to try and make North Arlington look just as bad as South Arlington?

      • Tom

        “Just as bad as South Arlington”?!! Are you fu**ing kidding me? This is how deluded you people have gotten? Jesus, even just counting the number of events on streets with the “N.” prefix gives you 12, with the number of all other events being 10. And many of those occurred in the metro corridor vacinity or north of it. “Just as bad?”! Try way worse, math-wiz.

        • SouthPikeGuy

          Inability to count to 23 in a rant about someone’s math acumen. smh

          • drax

            One of the 23 lacks an N or S, though it’s obviously in S. Arlington. So his count was correct.

          • SouthPikeGuy

            Nope, he said “all other events”, which would include the subset without a N or S.

            But thanks for playing.

          • jackson

            Congratulations! You won a small portion of an internet debate on a semantic technicality! Someone’s getting dessert tonight!

          • SouthPikeGuy

            Yes, and you and others felt the need to point that out and challenge an insignificant point.

            Was that your point?

        • Westover

          Someone steals CDs from my car, big whoop, sucks but whatever. Someone tries to kill me or sell me six year old drugs in a park, we got issues. N>S

          • drax

            Dumbing Deviancy Down.

          • You’re right.

            The drugs are much better quality in North Arlington.

            That blow is fresh out of the balloon up there. No six year old drugs in the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor.

        • Westover

          South side of the county is so bad, they even rip off the cop cars.

          Give it up for northside living!!!!!

        • John

          Forget the math. South Arlington has much more muggings, robberies, and more crime in general. That’s because of the demographics. Anybody with half a brain would rather take an evening stroll down Lee Hwy or Wilson than The Pike or Four Mile. Especially in the parks. Wake up. Just cause you saved 50,000.00 buying on the wrong side of town, don’t be blind. You get what you pay for.

          • Jackfan

            “wrong side of town”? Are you kidding Who the heck are you? Only on this site does a crime report turn into a pi**ing contest about who lives in the “better” neighborhood. What pieces of work you all are.

    • U ROY

      You got that right!

    • Guy LeDouche

      Not that I care about the idiocy of the North Arlington vs South Arlington squabbles on here since I live exactly in the middle on Arlington Blvd, but I will say I would rather have the property crimes (and the cell phone “robbery” and peeping at Ballston) that are in the above report that took place in North Arlington over the murder, armed robbery and prostitution that is listed above that took place on Columbia Pike and Four Mile Run. Not saying any crime is good, but this week’s winner of the worst crime activity is definitely the south.

      • doug

        which side of 50? crime ridden death trap side…or homogenized yuppie shopping paradise side?

    • internet tourettes

      This is not all of the crimes reported to the police but rather a “selection” of curated incidents from Dusty. I don’t know if it is possible to get the true statistics but I think that you would find that there are considerably more crimes committed than those reported in these reports.

    • tumblebum

      As you probably know 87.4% of statistics is made up on the spot.

  • South Awwlington

    Whats going on with the 1200 block of N Herndon?

    • Ashton Heights

      that’s where the dog park is, and the new affordable housing complex. There goes the neighborhood.

    • SomeGuy

      A minivan, a Jeep, and two motorcycles were reported stolen.

      • UA

        Is that a car dealership?

        • drax

          I looked it up on Google. It had the answer.

        • Jackson

          Was that the beer pong house?

      • South Awwlington

        Yeah I got that part. Just wondered if this was common for the area, if a particular home was targeted, someone opened the parking garage door and didn’t close it etc.

    • Georgethecat

      60% of the time it works every time.

  • Guh!

    Does it make a noise?

    • D'oh!

      I’d like to find out if you would.

      • Guh!

        Come at me, bro.

        • D'oh!

          I’m not quick to get offended, but your joke is in seriously poor taste.

          • Guh!

            Save it with the bio. Just bring many Chick-fil-A sammiches. Because, speaking of taste, I’m hungry.

      • Mary-Austin

        me too!

  • SomeChick

    And the sky is blue, grass is green, dirt is brown and rents start at 2k/month.

    Thanks Capt. Obvious.

    • SomeChick

      /\/\/\ to SomeGuy

      • SomeGuy

        I was answering his question, SomeChick. Not everyone reads carefully before commenting. Just like not everyone comments carefully either, which you’ve done an excellent job of demonstrating.

  • bman

    $20? YO! So that’s the going arlington rate?

    • SomeGuy

      Good point. It was only $10 on Columbia Pike last month.

      Anyone know why only one subject is listed in the prostitution crime? Wouldn’t both the solicitor and the prostitute be charged?

    • Dee

      Nooo! unprotected too? That’s Naaasty !

      • Trapper John

        I would have to agree unprotected is really, really not cool. He’s 51 he’s not that old to not care so it could be another reason why he went without protection. Besides with rates that low you really should not be going for that. Low rates do tell you something. Also ACPD seems to really take this prostitution thing seriously LOL. It’s like they are terrorists!

        • Tabby_TwoTone

          If some man is having unprotected sex with a prostitute (male or female), he is very likely to have done it before, and may well have as many STDs (including HIV and HepC) as the crack-addicted prostitute.

          • Pointer-outer

            You’d better have some stats to back up that “very likely” allegation or our resident “provide a cite” or “you’re wrong” poster will be very, very upset.

  • McNulty

    Arlington is turning into Baltimore…..

    • confused

      and baltimore is turning into arlington – at least parts of it are – bike paths, frozen yogurt, and condos

      And theyve already got light rail

      • South Awwlington


        • Trapper John

          I’m so going to buy baltimorenow.com on Go Daddy!

  • U ROY

    Yeah, I love reading the comments.


    Stop crying and read the July 2012 crime report from PG.

    • CW

      The difference being that we’re not paying to live in PG, or Iraq for that matter.

    • UA

      LOL.. Its 5 pages long.

    • Ashton Heights

      My mortgage is $4,000 p/m so that I do not have to live in PG county.

      • U ROY

        Wow, I’m really impressed! I don’t care how much you pay for your mortgage. Stop crying, crime happens and Arlington crime is nothing.

  • Ted

    It was an accident, not a crime.

  • Tabby_TwoTone

    “Upon police interview, it was learned the prostitute admitted to a crack abuse problem and had unprotected sex in the backseat with the subject for $20 to purchase the drug. Michael Anthony Proctor, 51, of Alexandria, VA, was released on a summons for Solicitation of Prostitution and Using a Vehicle to Promote Prostitution.”

    Yeah, he or she (the prostitute) has really chosen to live this way, it’s just a lifestyle/job! Everyone should just leave them alone. It’s *consensual*.

    • Skeptical

      I’m thinking that any woman who has soberly decided that prostitution is an appealing occupation, does not select to sell the goods in the backs of cars for $20.

      Crack addicts need help (not prison). Guys who would risk unprotected sex because the price is only $20 need a reality check. People who want to buy and sell sex at a fair market rate are probably off the police radar, but I figure they’re doing it, so why stop the discussion at CRIME when the same transaction happens in the back of a Corolla??

      • SomeGuy

        My opinion is that they both need help. But either they are both perps (prostitute and solicitor) or both victims (desperate for drugs and desperate for sex). I don’t see how anyone could see one as the victim/perp and not the other as the same.

        That said, it’s not clear to me why the authorities would only publish one name.

      • Tabby_TwoTone

        Doesn’t say whether the prostitute is male or female.

    • Guy LeDouche

      I’m not one who would say its two consenting adults so leave them alone, but I do think that the prostitute in question most likely did make a choice to live this way. Probably turned to prostitution to support the crack habit and she/he was most likely not forced to start smoking crack but chose to do so. I just personally never buy that argument. Individual responsibility for the choices you make…if you never smoke crack you won’t become addicted to it (barring the rare case of a crack baby and the even more unlikely case that the kid would remain addicted to crack throughout all of adolescence and into adulthood). And screw the “environment” you grew up in argument…plenty of people grew up in the same or worse situations as these adicts and never used drugs.

      • Richard Cranium

        Don’t become a crack-addicted prostitute. Get DirecTV.

      • Tabby_TwoTone

        I agree that someone has made a choice to do drugs.

        On the other thread about prostitution, there were a few who felt that prostitutes choose it as a job because it pays better than McDonald’s. And that the john and prostitute are consensual partners just like two people who meet each other and find each other attractive.

        • Henry

          I did say hat, and it’s true. Go find a hooker (backpage/escorts is a good start), call her and ask her why she doesn’t simply work at McD’s instead of hooking. Crack-addicted or not, if some version of “hooking pays better” doesn’t come up in the answer, I’ll buy you lunch.

          As I said, resorting to something illegal to earn money doesn’t necessarily mean you’re a victim.

          • Tabby_TwoTone

            WAIT a darned minute.


            I call BS.

            Who does crack anymore? No. I don’t think it’s even available.

            Meth and prescription pain killers, that’s where it’s at.

  • Chimichanga

    Pictures please!


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