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Crime Report: Accusations Lead to Roommate Fight

by ARLnow.com August 22, 2012 at 1:45 pm 4,400 18 Comments


A man is in jail after allegedly beating up his roommate over money.

The incident happened yesterday (Tuesday) evening in the Nauck neighborhood. Police say a knife-wielding man beat up his roommate after accusing the victim of stealing several hundred dollars. Police responded and swarmed the area when a neighbor called police to report seeing the victim bleeding and hunched over outside the house, with the suspect standing by him with a knife in hand.

The victim — who wasn’t actually stabbed, according to police — was treated and released for minor injuries.

MALICIOUS WOUNDING, 08/21/12, 3600 block of S. Kemper Road. On August 21 at 4:35 pm, two roommates got into a dispute over money and a physical altercation ensued. One of the roommates pulled a knife and beat up the victim roommate, who had to be transported to a local hospital with minor injuries. Jose Alejandro Mendez Cruz, 19, of Arlington, VA, was arrested and charged with malicious wounding. He was held without bond.

On Sunday morning, meanwhile, a suspect cut a hole in the metal security gate of a Pentagon City store and stole $28 in loose change. Police say the suspect could have gotten away with much more — $700 in cash was sitting next to one of the registers.

BURGLARY, 08/20/12, 1100 block of S. Hayes Street. Between 9:40 pm on August 19 and 9:40 am on August 20, an unknown subject(s) cut a hole in a metal security gate and entered a business, opting to steal approximately $28 in loose change instead of the $700 in cash next to the register. There is no suspect(s) description.

The rest of this weeks’s Arlington County crime report, after the jump.

ROBBERY, 08/21/12, 2400 block of S. Glebe Road. At 9:45 pm on August 21, an unknown suspect threw hot coffee on the front desk attendant of a hotel, jumped the counter and stole a cash drawer with approximately $450 and a cell phone. The suspect fled the scene in a white sedan. A K9 track and US Park Police helicopter assisted in the search of the suspect, which yielded negative results. The suspect is described as a black male, 6’0″ tall and 170 lbs. He was wearing a black hat, reading glasses, black athletic jacket, white athletic shorts and white shoes at the time of the robbery.

ATTEMPTED ARMED ROBBERY, 08/19/12, 1100 block of S. George Mason Drive. At 3:25 am on August 19, two unknown subjects entered a convenient store in an attempt to rob the cashier. One subject brandished a firearm and demanded money. When the second subject entered the store, a firecracker exploded in his hand causing both subjects to flee the scene. Nothing was taken from the store. The suspect with the firearm was described as a white male, approximately 5’8″ tall with a medium build and black hair. He was wearing grey hoodie sweatshirt, a dark bandana around his face and black shorts. The second suspect was a black male, approximately 5’7″ tall with a average build and was wearing a white v-neck tshirt and dark shorts.

ATTEMPTED SEXUAL ASSAULT, 08/19/12, 2400 block of N. Custis Road. At 2:34 am on August 19, a female victim was walking home alone from the Courthouse Metro station when a male subject grabbed her from behind and forced her to the ground. The victim bit the subjects hand as he covered her mouth and then screamed for help, causing the subject flee the scene. The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 5’7″ tall, weighing 200 lbs. He was wearing a white button down shirt and blue jeans at the time of the incident.

IMPERSONATING A POLICE OFFICER, 08/19/12, 2600 block of S. Jefferson Davis Highway. On August 19 at 8:08 pm, a subject was taken into custody for impersonating a police officer at a car rental establishment. Anthony Brent, 35, of Alexandria, VA, was arrested and charged with impersonating a police officer and unlawful wearing of police insignia.

BURGLARY, 08/20/12, 6100 block of N. Washington Boulevard. Between 8:43 am and 1:35 pm on August 20, an unknown subject(s) entered a locked residence through a rear door and stole jewelry and silverware. There is no suspect(s) description.

BURGLARY, 08/19/12, 2700 block of Wilson Boulevard. Between midnight and 9 am on August 19, an unknown subject(s) entered a business and stole cash, iPad and laptop. There is no suspect(s) description.

BURGLARY, 08/18/12, 1600 block of Clarendon Boulevard. Between 12:30 and 5 pm on August 18, an unknown subject(s) entered an apartment and stole a laptop, camcorder and camera. There is no suspect(s) description.

BURGLARY, 08/17/12, 4700 block of N. 1st Street. Between 5 pm on august 16 and 1:15 pm on August 17, an unknown subject(s) entered a locked residence and stole a safe and a computer. There is no suspect(s) description.

BURGLARY, 08/15/12, 5000 block of S. Chesterfield Road. Between 7 am and 3 pm on August 15, an unknown subject(s) pried open a dead-bolted door and stole cash from a residence. There is no suspect(s) description.

BURGLARY (COMMERCIAL), 08/17/12, 2400 block of N. Lee Highway. Between 12:45 and 1:15 am on August 17, two subjects broke into a gas station and stole cigarettes, cigars, lighters and condoms. Police witnessed the crime from a parking lot across the street. After a brief foot pursuit the subjects were taken into custody. Elmer Randall, 25, of Arlington, VA, and Camron David Rashed, 20, of no fixed address, were arrested and charged with burglary, petit larceny and possession of burglarious tools.

BURGLARY (COMMERCIAL), 08/16/12, 2000 block of S. Jefferson Davis Highway. Between 5:50 pm on August 15 and 9:30 am on August 16, an unknown subject(s) entered a business and stole two laptops. There is no suspect(s) description.


08/21/12, VA 707302, 2008 Honda CBR1000 Motorcycle, White and Black, 2700 block of S. Veitch Street
08/20/12, VA XBK4335, 2006 Ford Econoline, White, 2100 Crystal Plaza Arcade Parking Garage
08/19/12, VA 733978, 2007 Suzuki GSXR600, Blue and White, 2600 block of S. Uhle Street
08/16/12, VA 576979, 2006 Yamaha YZF R6 Motorcycle, Blue, 3500 block of S. Stafford Street

  • Hank

    “…two subjects broke into a gas station and stole cigarettes, cigars, lighters and condoms.”

    – Shoot, a fella’ could have a pretty good weekend in Vegas with all that stuff. – Major TJ Kong

    Is the guy in the photo rockin’ a rat tail?

    • Quoth the Raven

      Where have all the rat tails gone?

      • awesomepossum

        Where have all the VIBRANCY & SOUTH ARLINGTON rants gone?

  • craig

    why are all these sportbikes stolen every week? are they easy to start with a generic key? Or are these people just picking them up and putting them in trucks?

    • spaghetti

      I’d like to know how they are stolen as well

    • curious george

      Easy to strip for untraceble parts.

      I think there was a Cops-like reality show on last week where sport bikes were being stolen for parts.

      • Elmer

        We have police bait cars. What about some bait sportbikes? Plus, if they could track the stolen bait sportbike, they might come up with outfit(s) that are reshopping the parts. This has been done with cars being stolen for parts.

    • Tom

      Because people don’t chain lock their motorcycles like they should. It is ridiculously easy to pick up a motorcycle and load it into a van or truck, never to be seen again. I lock mine up to a large fixed object, hence, I still have my lovely motorcycle.

  • bum

    Bet that perp just needed a sock full of nickels to rob a bank with. $700 is chump change.

  • YTK

    “On Sunday morning, meanwhile, a suspect cut a hole in the metal security gate of a Pentagon City store and stole $28 in loose change.”
    Reminds me of the Woody Allen movie- “Take The Money and Run” where he cut a perfect circle into the glass front of a jewelry store to get to the goodies on disply– BUT then saw in the reflection of the glass, half the town lined up on the sidewalk watching him, so he nonchelantly tucks the circle of glass under his arm and walks away……

  • Rick

    Whomever left 700 dollars next to a cash register is probably looking for a new job after that story got out…

  • South Awwlington

    stay klassy Arlington.

  • South Awwlington

    Speaking of this neighborhood, are there plans to continue Shirlington Crest to the northwest along Four Mile to S Oxford?

    • WeiQiang

      Trying to lay out your funicular?

    • Stating the Obvious

      I doubt it. Shirlington Crest at Nauck was built when residents of Dunbar Homes cooperative agreed to sell the property to a developer. Expanding that development would involve buying out dozens of individual homeowners along Four Mile Run.

  • LB

    You know the burglar is reading this crime report saying “Doh!”

    • Reader

      If the burglar can read…

  • G Clifford Prout (now moderated for extra purity)

    Certainly glad to know we have a “convenient” store in Arlington.


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