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Crime Report: Woman Robbed While Walking from Ballston Metro

by ARLnow.com October 18, 2012 at 10:45 am 7,087 42 Comments

A woman had her purse forcefully stolen from her while walking home from the Ballston Metro station around 10:00 Tuesday night. From this week’s Arlington County crime report:

ROBBERY, 10/16/12, 1100 block of N. Utah Street. On October 16 at 9:56 pm, a female victim was walking home from the Ballston Metro station when she was attacked by a male subject and had her purse stolen. The victim chased the man briefly on foot until she lost sight of him behind a row of townhouses. The suspect is described as a black or Hispanic male, approximately 5’8″ tall and very heavy set, with a bald head. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, grey sweatpants and white sneakers at the time of the incident.

The rest of this week’s crime report, after the jump.

ATTEMPTED ARMED ROBBERY, 10/12/12, 1400 block of S. Hayes Street. At 10:18 am on October 12, a subject brandished a firearm in an attempt to rob a sales associate at Nordstrom’s of jewelry. The victim hit a panic alarm and the suspect fled the scene on foot without any merchandise. The suspect is described a black male, approximately 6’0″ tall and 230 lbs. He was wearing a black bubble vest with a red shirt and had a black hat with sunglasses on at the time of the incident.

BURGLARY, 10/16/12, 3800 block of N. Wilson Boulevard. Between 7:30 pm on October 15 and 10:10 am on October 16, an unknown subject(s) broke into a business through a back door and stole a 36″ Sharp flat screen TV and at least 10 pairs of shoes. There is no suspect(s) description.

BURGLARY, 10/16/12, 1000 block of N. Arlington Boulevard. Between 9am and 6 pm on October 15, an unknown suspect(s) entered a victim’s residence and stole a Bose iPod docking station. There is no suspect(s) description.

BURGLARY, 10/13/12, 500 block of S. 26th Street. Between 8 am and 5 pm on October 11, an unknown suspect(s) entered a residence and stole items to include a laptop, watch and money. There is no suspect(s) description.

BURGLARY, 10/15/12, 1600 block of N. Fort Myer Drive. Between 6 pm on October 12 and 8:30 am on October 15, an unknown suspect(s) forced entry into an office suite and stole two laptops. There is no suspect(s) description.

COMMERCIAL BURGLARY, 10/13/12, 2300 block of S. Jefferson Davis Highway. Between 6:30 pm on September 26 and 7 am on September 27, an unknown suspect(s) climbed through the ceiling to gain access to a A/V office at a hotel and stole a video projector. There is no suspect(s) description.

LARCENY FROM AUTO (SERIES), 10/10/12, 1000 block of N. Highland Street. Between 11:30 pm and 8:15 am, an unknown suspect(s) broke into numerous vehicles located in a condo building parking garage. Numerous items were stolen to include loose change and electronics. There is no suspect(s) description.


10/10/12, VA XKW 8248, 2008 Ford F150 , White, 2700 block of N. Lee Highway
10/13/12, VA XFZ2040 (tags only), 300 block of N. Stafford Street
10/15/12, VA JZE4142, 2004 Acura MDX, Gray, 1100 block of N. Vernon Street

  • CrystalMikey

    Someone really likes them some Bose.

  • drax

    Oh, and time for an unknown suspect(s) roundup!

    • SomeGuy

      If we can round them up, hopefully they can then help us determine which addresses need fixing.

  • QED

    ‘talking home’ ?

    • drax

      = talking on your cell and not looking out for danger

  • b-money

    The Ballston Metro has gotten shady as heck lately.

  • Sherriff Gonna Getcha

    so 1100 Utah I guess is closer to Washington Blvd than to the metro, but either way, thats a bold move. Again, more of a reason we need to see some bike cops around the metro corridor.

    • Greg

      I looked at a townhouse almost exactly where she was robbed. Glad I moved to Clarendon instead.

      • drax

        Because there’s no crime in Clarendon!

      • JamesE

        Good move, no one gets robbed in Clarendon

      • drax

        LOL, according to this map, Clarendon has a higher crime rate than Ballston.


        • Greg

          You believe statistics. I’ll believe what I read and see. I’m more likely to get in a bar fight in Clarendon, but I’m more likely to get assaulted by a homeless person, robbed at gunpoint, or doused with a molotov cocktail in Ballston.

          You pick your poison. I’ll pick mine.

          • But…..

            I am not too sure I can take much more “vibrancy” ……

        • Scuurd of Ballston

          Its time to move back to PG county

  • MC 703

    Cmon you liberal sissies! Post a race description for once. #SMDH

  • confused

    “The victim chased the man briefly on foot until she lost sight of him behind a row of townhouses. ”


  • Hoodston

    It’s really strange how Ballston has recently become a really bad area with loiters and shady characters. I say let big brother in and start installing cameras all over the area like the do in London.

    • HighViewPunk

      Definitely. With multiple bike thefts there every week you’d think cameras would pay for themselves.

      • drax

        Yep, might as well put a “Free Bikes” sign up there.

    • Right of Center

      Build a Whole Foods at the bus depot and they’ll all go away.

  • DCBuff

    A flat screen TV and at least 10 pair of shoes? What kind of business would have those? And, what kind of criminal would steal those?

    • WeiQiang

      Tennis Factory.

    • SomeGuy

      A backdoor bandit.

      • drax

        Does he escape via Humpback Bridge?

  • KalashniKEV

    Ballston has always been slummy. Clarendon is next. It will move from west to east like a ghetto tsunami unless something is done.

    • SomeGuy

      “ghetto tsunami.” Colorfully phrased!

      • darsasx

        VIBRANTLY phrased, even

      • CW

        Sounds like the name of a cocktail.

    • HighViewPunk

      We should build jetties in Virginia Square.

    • MC 703


      Seal up the metro exits?

      Buy all the homeless people bus fare to Jacksonville?

      • KalashniKEV

        Attack the head of the beast- reverse the Progressive agenda and return to sanity… or risk greater menace, higher taxes, and lower quality of life.

      • Sherriff Gonna Getcha

        you read my mind. I will personally put down cash for one way bus fare to Jacksonville

        • sunflower

          “Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown has categorically ruled out using the old Armory building as the site of a day center for homeless people, after consideration of the site riled nearby residents”

    • WeiQiang

      … and Rosslyn is posh?

      • KalashniKEV

        About as posh as we got…

        Unless you think a view of the capitol skyline is inferior to a view of:

        Bums peeing on the street- Courthouse
        Ex-Frat boys peeing on the street- Clarendon
        Women being robbed and sexually assaulted- Ballston

  • Brandon

    Does Arlington have a police department? If it does, it must exist on another plane of existence. A plane of existence separate from that of Ballston. Because I know if I ran a police department in Arlington, I would put some of it in Ballston.

    • CW

      The police department here is purely reactionary. They sit in their cars handing out sticker violations until someone tries to firebomb the mall, and then they’re like “Sigh, guess we’d better go get the guy.” Arlington doesn’t do patrols or beats.

  • Deadite

    Random question, but does anyone know why there was a guy getting arrested outside of Whole Foods last night at around 6:30?

  • Overlee Fan

    Please bring this issue up with the County Board! The mall area is turning into a real mess, and getting worse every day.

    Tell Mary Hynes about it, bend her ear tonight (thursday the 18th) at 7:30 p.m. She will be appearing at Ressurection Lutheran church on Washington Blvd in the Westover area. Mary Hynes is the current County Board Chair.

    go to http://www.leewayoverlee.org

    for information. Plenty of parking on Washington Blvd.

  • justin

    Just bulldoze that mall and put condos there with a grocery store to compete with Harris Teeter. Add some high-end shops worthy of the type of people who can afford to spend $2000 for a small, mediocre “luxury” studio. Also, close the Metro.

    • Lee-n-Glebe

      The persistent problem with razing the unsuccessful mall is the successful office building sitting on top of it.

  • Right of Center

    Love the quote in Ar


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