Arlington, VA

The would-be victim of an armed robbery in Ballston managed to get away thanks to some dirt.

The incident happened around 9:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30. A 6’2″ tall, 250 lbs man with a .45 caliber handgun tried to rob a victim at gunpoint, according to police, but his robbery was foiled when the victim threw dirt in the suspect’s face.

From this week’s Arlington County crime report:

ARMED ROBBERY, 11/30/12, 1100 block of N. Taylor Street. At 9:30 pm on November 30, a suspect allegedly attempted to rob a victim at gunpoint. The victim was able to throw dirt at the suspect and run away. The subject fled the scene in the opposite direction. The suspect is described as a black male in his late 30’s, approximately 6’2″ tall and 250 lbs. He had a full beard and was wearing a shiny black shirt and black pants. The weapon was described as a black .45 caliber handgun.

Also in the crime report, a man wearing a black leather jacket, white hat and white gloves allegedly punched a woman in the face and took her cell phone in Crystal City.

ROBBERY, 12/01/12, 2100 block of S. Jefferson Davis Highway. On December 1 at 7:35 pm, a victim was allegedly punched and then robbed of her cell phone by an unknown subject. The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, approximately 30 years old. The subject was wearing a black leather jacket, a white hat, and white gloves during the incident.

The rest of the crime report, after the jump.

ROBBERY, 12/02/12, 1200 block of S. 23rd Street. Between December 1 at 11 pm and December 2 at 8 am, an unknown subject entered a residence through the garage. The subject stole two cell phones, a wallet, and money. There is no suspect description.

MALICIOUS WOUNDING, 11/28/12, 4300 block of N. Wilson Boulevard. At 7 am on November 28, two male employees got into a verbal dispute at work. The verbal confrontation escalated and the suspect poured a bucket of boiling water onto the victim in addition to hitting him several times. A fellow employee separated the two males and the police were called. The victim was taken to Medstar where he was treated for burns. James Anthony Muse, 55, of Arlington, Va. was arrested and charged with malicious wounding. Muse is currently being held without bond.

SEXUAL BATTERY, 11/28/12, 2700 block of N. Greenbrier Street. At around 7:45 pm on November 28, an unknown suspect inappropriately touched a young woman while she was running on the Yorktown High School track. The suspect has been described as a 40 year old Hispanic male with a muscular build. During the time of the incident, the suspect was wearing a blue muscle shirt and dark shorts.

SEXUAL BATTERY, 11/30/12, 10 block of S. Glebe Road. At 4:25 pm on November 30, a victim was shopping in a store when a suspect inappropriately touched the victim and whispered vulgar comments in her ear. The suspect was holding the victim against him for several minutes until the victim was able to break free. Police located the suspect nearby. Laurence Allan Watkins, 40, of no fixed address was arrested and charged with abduction and sexual battery. He was held without bond.

BURGLARY, 11/30/12, 2900 block of N. Key Boulevard. At 3:42 pm on November 30, a burglary was reported at a vacant home. An unknown subject(s) broke through the east side door. No items have been reported missing at this time. There is no suspect(s) description.

INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENT, 11/30/12, 3700 block of N. 27th Street. At 11:00 am on November 30, police responded to an industrial accident. A worker was struck by one of the trusses of a crane while working on an unfinished roof and fell 40 feet onto the ground. The victim sustained several broken bones and was transported to George Washington Hospital for treatment. The injuries do not appear to be life threatening.


11/29/12, VA WZB3442, 1999 Honda Civic, Red, 3900 block of N. Fairfax Drive
12/01/12, VA XAU7165, 2001 Mercedes-Benz, Gold, 500 block of N. Oxford Street


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