Crime Report: Rape Reported at Restaurant

by ARLnow.com September 12, 2012 at 2:35 pm 8,461 86 Comments

Police are investigating a possible rape at a restaurant in Crystal City.

A woman told police she was raped by an acquaintance early on the morning of Friday, Sept. 7. Arlington County Police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck would not name the establishment where the alleged rape took place, but described it as a “bar/restaurant” on the 500 block of 23rd Street S.

Sternbeck said the woman was brought to the hospital for examination after reporting the crime. No arrests have been made so far, he said.

“We’ve spoken with the alleged suspect and the victim,” said Sternbeck. “It remains under investigation.”

From this week’s Arlington County crime report:

RAPE, 09/07/12, 500 block of S. 23rd Street. Between 2:30 and 3 am on September 7, a female victim was sexually assaulted and raped by a known suspect. The incident remains under investigation.

The rest of the crime report, after the jump.

UNLAWFUL WOUNDING, 09/11/12, 2900 block of S. Glebe Road. At 2:45 am on September 11, a man was stabbed during an altercation with his girlfriend. The victim was treated for numerous superficial wounds to his face and left arm. Kim Rene Gaines, 47, of Arlington, VA, was arrested and charged with unlawful wounding. She was held on a $3,500 secure bond.

INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENT, 09/05/12, 2200 block of N. Pershing Drive. At 1:40 pm on September 5, a construction worker was electrocuted when he came in contact with a electrical line. CPR was initiated on scene and he was transported to Virginia Hospital Center, where he was pronounced dead.

BURGLARY, 09/05/12, 4200 block of S. 29th Street. Between 5 pm on September 3 and 8 am on September 4, an unknown suspect(s) stole items inside a vehicle located in an impound lot. There is no suspect(s) description.

BURGLARY, 09/06/12, 2200 block of N. Clarendon Boulevard. Between 9 pm on September 5 and 8:20 am on September 6, an unknown subject(s) entered two locked businesses and stole laptops. There is no suspect(s) description.

BURGLARY, 09/08/12, 1300 block of Jefferson Davis Highway. Between 7:45 am and 11:55 pm on September 7, a victim returned to her hotel room to discover various medications missing. There is no suspect description.

BURGLARY, 09/12/12, 900 block of S. Oak Street. Between 9:30 am and 11:55 am on September 11, an unknown subject(s) entered a residence through a window and stole various items to include a .45 caliber pistol, electronic equipment and jewelry. There is no suspect(s) description.


09/07/12, GA YC35KK, 2010 Kawasaki Ninja X10R, Black, 2400 block of S. 24th Road
09/07/12, VA KLM8171, 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser Convertible, Cream, 5500 block of N. Lee Highway
09/08/12, VA JCJ5214 (tags only), 3300 block of S. Potomac Avenue
09/09/12, VA XMR8470 (tags only), 500 block of S. 14th Road
09/09/12, VA XHB5105 (tags only), 1500 block of N. Taft Street
09/09/12, VA KMW8016 (tags only), 1800 block of N. Culpeper Street

  • nom de guerre

    raped by an acquiescence?
    acquaintance, maybe?

    • Todd Akin

      See I told you all! if it wasn’t acquiesence it would have all been shut down.

    • yes, that was a typo

      • Sigmund Freud

        They always are.

      • Tabs

        Not to nitpick, but it bothers me when anyone claims “typo” when they mean predictive text error, word choice confusion, or just a plain old spelling or grammatical error.

        And it bothers me more when a journalist does it.

        • CW

          Isn’t a “plain old spelling” error the definition of a typo?

          • Norm Crosby

            Malapropism, maybe?

        • Tabs

          And oh yeah, what Sigmund said.

          • Tabs

            CW, oh my friend. No.

            If you can’t spell, it’s not a typo.

          • CW

            Seems like we’re using differing definitions of “spelling error” then. I am talking about cases where the proper spelling is known, but keyboard mashing produces an error. If you’re talking about someone who genuinely thinks the word is “suprise”, for example, then I get what you’re saying.

          • MO

            Don’t you have more important things to worry about?

          • Tabs

            Don’t you have more important things to do?

          • MO

            Well, you say that you don’t mean to nitpick and then you nitpick, twit! An no, I didn’t have a more important thing to do than outline the absurdity of your comment and how it adds nothing to this dialogue.

  • Arlington Lawyer

    “she was raped by an acquiescence….”

    Do you mean acquaintance? Please tell me you meant acquaintance?

    • SomeGuy

      If there’s acquiescence, it might not be “legitimate rape.”

      • Maggie


  • DarkHeart

    How many bar/restaurants at that location?

    • Kat


      • well

        On the 500 block? No, there’s really not several.

        • Meg

          Yes, there are several. I just counted 16.

    • Willowy

      Quite a few.

      • DarkHeart

        I was thinking between 4th and 5th.

    • South Awwlington

      My money is on the CCR.

  • John Fontain

    Regarding the rape, the crime report states the victim was raped, but then continues by noting the incident is still under investigation. I hate to nitpick on wording here, but if the police have already concluded the victim was raped, why are they still trying to determine whether she was in fact raped?

    • drax

      They haven’t found the suspect yet, perhaps?

      • CW


        • Nag


        • drax

          They haven’t caught the suspect, I mean. He is known, but at large. That could explain the “still under investigation.” Since it doesn’t mention an arrest, that’s probably it.

      • Swag

        “We’ve spoken with the alleged suspect and the victim,” said Sternbeck. “It remains under investigation.”

        They tend to be slower on the arrests when it’s a he said/she said between acquiescences. And if you’re f—ing in the bathroom of a bar, it’s safe to assume that one or both were completely trashed.

        • drax

          Ah, never mind.

          “Under investigation” probably means they don’t know if they have enough evidence for an arrest then.

      • John Fontain

        you mean the “known” suspect that police already interviewed?

      • Maggie

        Uh, they’ve talked to the victim and the suspect!

        • drax

          My bad.

    • GodFila

      Waiting to see if check cleared…

  • subtle… really…

    “but described it as a “bar/restaurant” on the 500 block of 23rd Street S.”

    So, someone had the $12.99 lunch steak special?? Then wanted a bit more?? It’s a Restaurant in Crystal City… flip that around and somehow you still get CCR. 🙁

    • Crystal City Restaurant is on the 400 block of 23rd Street

      • b

        how do you know?

        • WeiQiang

          The address is 422 23rd St South.

          • drax

            Joke went over your head, WQ.

          • WeiQiang

            ah. indeed.

            I had this same discussion yesterday, so I missed that

          • GodFila

            I was pretty sure you have never been there… HA

          • WeiQiang

            Actually, several times … “good cheeseburgers”. Used to go with colleagues. After my brother helped me move to the area, I took him there. Go-go bars – str8 or not – are a sort of novelty that really neveer appealed. I’ve come to not like the idea of them because of the scenes that the dancers can get mired in.

    • nom de guerre

      Next door to “Young Chow Restaurant.”

    • Meg

      I just counted and there are 16 restaurants on the 500 block. So no, that does not narrow it down for the curious.

  • drax

    Was it Freddy’s?

    No. Not likely.

  • Drunk_IrishChick

    Was Big Ben intown?

    • Josh S

      I’m gonna go out on a limb here and speculate that DrunkIrishChick is none of the above. (Well, not usually drunk….)

  • Rae

    I am absolutely disgusted by the rape “jokes” on this thread in the comments.

    Grow up.

    • Tabs


    • SomeGuy

      Which “jokes” in particular? I don’t see anything offensive here.

      • Rae

        “Was Big Ben in town?…Was this at Freddys? No. Not likely.” etc.

        • SomeGuy

          I.e. trying to fill holes… in the story?

          • Rae

            I’m sure “Was Big Ben in town” and “He got the steak and wanted a little more” are pertinent plot points to the story. -_- Don’t be naive.

          • SomeGuy

            The naivete could be on the part of you and the jokesters who assume the perp is male.

          • Rae

            Who said the perp was male? Just you so far…

          • MO

            I bet you love your three cats.

          • drax

            I saw that.

        • drax

          How is “Freddy’s” a rape joke? You didn’t get it, did you?

    • novasteve

      The rape of men has always been the punchline of jokes.

    • R0bespierre

      I was just thinking that this thread needed a sprinkling of righteous indignation. Thanks!

  • New Canaan

    It may not have been a legitimate rape.

    • Nag

      the female body may not have ways to shut the whole thing down

  • SomeGuy

    “Unlawful wounding” seems like a minor charge for someone who stabs a significant other, presumably multiple times. I suspect a guy would get much more serious charges if the roles were reversed.

    • John Fontain

      Where does the law draw the line between unlawful wounding and lawful wounding?

      • SomeGuy

        Perhaps accidental (like on a sports field) is lawful but inadvertent? Not sure what the statute says, and too lazy to look it up.

        Curious, once again, why ArlNow chooses to post some mugshots but not others. E.g., the guy who was charged with “domestic assault and battery” a few weeks ago when his GF tried to enter his residence got a feature story with his mugshot posted, yet the female stabber here gets just the brief right out of the generic police report.

        • John Fontain

          Makes sense regarding accidental injuries such as those from sports. I hadn’t even thought of that. I just thought it was humorous that the term unlawful wounding implied there was also lawful wounding (as in, you wound someone on purpose but the wound isn’t too severe so it’s lawful).

          • drax

            Like non-statutory rape.

        • Michael H.

          A wound in a voluntary contact sport could be intentional and lawful. For example, people would generally assume that minor injuries are going to happen in a game of football or even soccer. (Players do crash into each other when chasing after the ball.)

          All the participants assume the risk of the sport as long as the actions are foreseeable as part of the sport. (If someone went off the deep end and brought a knife to a game, obviously that is not assumed to be part of the sport.)

      • CW

        Wait, what happened to “malicious wounding”? That was the term du jour for just about any violent act circa a couple months ago. Was this one unlawful but not malicious? Like she really thought she was doing the guy a favor, so there was no malice. But it’s not legal to stab someone, so they had to give her the lesser charge?

        • SomeGuy

          Nothing malicious about it. Some people express their love in different ways, and as long as they’re female, that’s okay.

          Could there be a double standard in how severely ACPD applies charges? Maybe arresting and charging females doesn’t count as much toward the proactivity quota?

        • Meg

          Two completely different crimes. “Unlawful wounding” would be causing bodily injury without intent. “Malicious wounding” means that there was intent. For example, if two people are drunk and scuffling, and one starts flailing around an umbrella and accidentally pokes the other person’s eye out, that’s unlawful wounding.

          • CW

            So if I am fighting with my boyfriend and I am holding a knife that I picked up because I am fighting, and I just happen to stab him “numerous” times, then there clearly was no intent or malice? Thanks, counsel, it’s all clear now.

          • Meg

            “numerous superficial wounds” — I rather doubt that she was wielding a knife if the wounds were “superficial”. From what I understand, use of an actual weapon is commonly what pushes it into the far more serious “malicious wounding” category.

          • CW

            Ok, that makes more sens than the intent/no intent argument.

  • JimPB

    ARLNow.Com report would been more accurate to say something like “a woman claimed that she was raped.”

    Sounds like this could be a “She says, he says” episode.

    There probably isn’t an audio surveillance recording to establish whether the women said “No” or equivalent words.

    Unless the woman has physical injuries that could have occurred in connection with a sexual assault, her claim, even if true, may be difficult if not impossible to legally establish.

    Very sorry for the woman. But a reminder: in general, women are at greater risk of sexual assault from persons known to them than from strangers.

    • Quoth the Raven

      Jim, not sure where your opinion is coming from, but to state the obvious: there are plenty of successful prosecutions of rape where there are no physical injuries. There could be witnesses, for example. Or, she might just be a really credible witness. Frankly, many rapes don’t involve any physical injuries. That doesn’t mean they can’t be prosecuted.

  • Id

    If it is still under investigation then it an alleged rape. The guy has not been convicted. Innocent until proven guilty, right? The article does not even say if the guy was charged. You need more facts.

    • SomeGuy

      Despite nearly everyone’s assumptions here, the perp could be female. Curious to see where Tabs’ aggressive man-hatred would be redirected in that scenario. Bartender who served the perp?

      • Former John

        I’m going to defend tabs here. Her initial comment was directed towards a gramattical error not hatred towards men.

      • jackson

        I would be willing to take the bet that the alleged attacker is not a female.

        • RIchard Cranium

          I would be willing to bet that someone making an educated guess might reasonably speculate that, were you to take that bet, you might quite possibly stand a decent chance of winning it.

          Hypothetically speaking, of course.

      • Tabby_TwoTone

        “Curious to see where Tabs’ aggressive man-hatred would be redirected in that scenario”

        Finding you repellent and stupid does not = “aggressive man-hatred.” (Not sure if the misplaced hyphen changes your intended meaning, whatever it may be.)

        ArlNow.com, are you OK with SomeGuy’s personal attacks? It seems to be able to post nasty personal stuff without consequence.

  • kj

    What’s wrong with you people?

    • Regis

      This place needs some serious overhaul.

  • Mary-Austin

    So um…who steals a PT Cruiser convertible??

    • jackson

      Someone’s lesbian aunt? The one with the sweet mullet.


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