Crime Report: Effort to Recover Stolen Bike Backfires

by ARLnow.com January 24, 2013 at 1:00 pm 5,139 44 Comments

(Updated on 1/25/13) A cyclist’s effort to recover his stolen bike backfired last week. The man was punched in the face and had the new bike he was riding at the time stolen.

The incident took place on a Thursday morning, near the Whole Foods store in Clarendon. From this week’s Arlington County crime report:

ROBBERY, 01/17/13, 2700 block of N. Wilson Boulevard. At 10:26 am on January 17, a victim identified his stolen bicycle on the front rack of a bus. The victim placed his current bike in front of his stolen one on the rack and boarded the bus. The victim rode the bus one stop, got off, and then removed both bicycles from the bus rack. While doing this, the victim was confronted by a subject. The subject punched the victim in the face and then proceeded to steal the victim’s new bicycle. The victim was able to take pictures of the suspect. The suspect is described as a 35 year old black male, 6’0″ tall and 180 lbs. At the time of the incident, the subject was wearing black pants, a dark jacket, a dark skullcap, and light Nike shoes.

Also in this week’s crime report, a victim was punched and threatened by a pair of robbers.

ROBBERY, 01/20/13, 4200 block of N. 2nd Street. At 12:08 am on January 20, a victim was sitting in an area between two apartment buildings when two unknown subjects began to walk towards him. As the subjects walked by the victim, suspect one punched the victim in the face. The victim fell to the ground, but got back up to his feet. Suspect two then grabbed the victim and took him to the ground. Both subjects continued to punch and kick the victim. One of the subjects then pulled out a folding knife and threatened to kill the victim if he did not give them money. The victim stated that his belongings were in his backpack that had fallen to the ground. As the subjects walked over to the victim’s backpack, the victim fled the scene. The subjects took the victim’s backpack and fled southwest by foot. Suspect one is described as a Hispanic male, approximately 5’10” tall and 160 lbs. He was wearing a black jacket and black pants during the incident. Subject two is described as a Hispanic male, approximately 5’7″ and 170 lbs. He was wearing a light colored jacket and dark pants. Both subjects are described as being in their early to mid 20’s.

The rest of the crime report, after the jump.

SEXUAL ASSAULT, 01/18/13, 2500 block of N. Washington Boulevard. At 4:31 pm on January 18, a subject approached a victim on a bus. The subject sat down next to the victim and began saying vulgar things to her. The victim asked the subject to stop speaking and to move away. The subject reached over and inappropriately grabbed the victim’s breast. After hearing the victim yell, the bus driver pulled over and called the police. Aaron Darnell Alexander, 28, of no fixed address, was arrested and charged with sexual assault and battery. He is being held on a $3,500 secure bond.

BURGLARY, 01/21/13, 5100 block of N. 16th Street. Between 7:30 am and 3 pm on January 21, an unknown subject broke into a residence. There were no signs of forced entry. The subject stole several items, and is believed to have been seen leaving the house by foot. The subject is described as an older white male with white hair, and is approximately 5’10” tall.

BURGLARY, 01/21/13, 1200 block of N. Kensington Street. Between 10:30 am on January 20 and 9:09 am on January 21, an unknown subject(s) broke into an apartment building. The subject(s) used a tool to force the front door open. Washing machines in the basement of the building appeared to be tampered with. It is believed that the subject(s) attempted to steal the coins from the washing machines, but was unable to gain access. There is no suspect(s) description.

BURGLARY, 01/20/13, 300 block of N. Glebe Road. Between 6:45 am and 6:30 pm on January 20, an unknown subject(s) broke into an apartment. There were no signs of forced entry, but items were removed from the apartment. Surveillance footage is being reviewed to investigate potential suspects.

BURGLARY, 01/19/13, 4000 block of N. 5th Street. Between 9:45 am and 5:01 pm on January 19, an unknown subject(s) broke into a residence. The subject(s) gained entry by cutting a window screen and opening a window. Some items and cash were missing from the residence. There is no suspect(s) description.

BURGLARY, 01/18/13, 900 block of N. Frederick Street. Between 11:15 am and 11:30 am on January 17, three unknown subjects were seen breaking into the rear entrance of a house. Entrance was made into the rear porch area only. The suspects fled through the backyard by foot. Suspect one is described as a 16-17 year old black male, wearing a blue and red skullcap and a gray sweatshirt. Suspect two is described as an 18-30 year old black male that was wearing a light green jacket with a hood. Suspect three is described as an 18-30 year old black male that was wearing a black jacket with a hood.

BURGLARY, 01/17/13, 5000 block of N. 10th Street. Between 9:30 am and 3:10 pm on January 17, a victim came home and found the basement door was forced open. There were several items stolen, consisting of electronics and cash. There is no suspect(s) description.

LARCENY FROM AUTO (SERIES), 01/20/13, 3900 block of S. Cathedral Lane. Between 7:30 am and 10:30 am on January 20, an unknown suspect(s) broke the passenger side window of a locked vehicle and stole several items. The driver side front window of another vehicle parked on the same street had been shattered, but nothing in that car was stolen. There is no suspect(s) description.

DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY (SERIES), 01/19/13, 3900 block of N. 14th Street. Between 12 am and 1:53 pm on January 19, several parked vehicles were damaged. Broken mirrors, windows, and dented frames of at least seven vehicles were found. No items appeared to be missing from any of the vehicles. There is no suspect(s) description at this time.


01/20/13, MD 53412M8, 2008 Ford Econoline Van, White, 1200 block of S. Nash Street
01/21/13, VA XTW4749, 2009 Toyota Scion, Silver, 2200 block of S. Columbia Pike

  • John

    These reports always make me feel validated for spending the extra $400-1000/month in rent to live in good old safe North Arlington away from that criminal element down in South Arlington…. Wait 🙁

    • PikeHoo

      Your comment alone makes me think your more likely to be assaulted by your neighbors than a criminal.

    • Alex

      Been in S. Arlington for over 10 years without any incidents. See crime reports in N. Arlington, too. Don’t think location is the only factor here. 😛

      • b0rk

        If anything, the lack of metro stops keeps S. Arlington safer.

  • Douglas Parker

    Damn. I feel bad for the victim. Just reading that has me wanting revenge on their behalf.

  • Mike Honcho

    Bicyclists trying to stand up for themselves is funny. Nancy should call ACPD next time, and forego losing his 3rd bicycle.

    • jjj

      You obviously have never called ACPD. I have called 911 to report an ongoing burglary and yep you guessed it, no one came. I left after waiting in the cold for 20 minutes

      • brendan

        that sucks. i’ve gotta say that my experience has been the exact opposite. Every time i’ve called acpd, they show up almost immediately, often in force. In the district it sometimes takes 10-15+ minutes, unless you’re by the capitol in which case the cap police will arrive within a few minutes.

        • AL

          You must live in North Arlington.

      • Mike Honcho

        Sounds like you stood around and watched your burglary, unlike this bicyclist. Nice attempt at comparing apples and oranges. Response times are gonna vary by call volume, and severity. Your burglary takes a backseat to a lot of higher priority incidents (more dangerous).

        • jjj

          yeah I stood around as opposed to…? leaving and not reporting? interfering and getting punched in the face or worse? I was walking through a residential area in arlington and saw the burglary. Definitely should take a back seat to all of the shootings in the area though, I agree.

  • R. Griffon

    The victim was able to take pictures of the suspect.

    ARLnow should try to get a hold of those pics and post them!

    • John Fontain

      But won’t that “embarrass” the poor perpetrator?

  • Rosslynite

    “allegedly” stolen bike.

  • Paul

    So, we shouldn’t be surprised that someone who had already committed one crime (bicycle theft, to wit: grand larceny) would commit a second and a third (assault and grand larceny.) In the Commonwealth of Virginia the threshold for larceny is $200. Grand larceny will earn you a stay as a guest of Commonwealth for 1-20 years, for each count. My advice is not to confront such a person, unless you are willing to escalate the level of violence.

  • john

    How the heck did he make it away with two bicycles? And no one else doing anything?

    • arlingtongal

      And right on Wilson Blvd in the middle of the day?? What was the bus driver doing?

    • Deadite

      I for one will not risk getting myself stabbed or beat up trying to rescue some random dude’s bike. Sorry.

  • A few corrections to the crime report:

    LARCENY FROM AUTO (SERIES), 01/20/13, 3900 block of S. Cathedral Lane should be N. Cathedral Lane

    ROBBERY, 01/20/13, 4200 block of N. 2nd Street should be N. 2nd Road

  • ArlingTony

    So did he get his original bike back? Was the guy who punched him and stole the bike the same guy who allegedly stole the first bike and he just followed this guy off the bus? Did anyone on the bus see all of this go down? So many questions!

    This sort of thing would never happen on a streetcar.

  • Swag

    Nice to see a white guy as a suspect for once. Equal opportunity ftw.

    • John Fontain

      It’s gotta be tough to be a law abinding black guy walking the streets of Arlington.

      • John Fontain


  • Really

    Should have locked his bike to the other bike and called the Po Po.

    • b0rk

      The suspect carried them both off anyway, after punching the victim in the face. He should have locked them both to the rack if anything and then called the fuzz.

  • DCBuff

    Cycling version of the stabbing that took place several months back at Wilson and Jackson over a car.

  • Lance Armstrong

    If only that cyclist had been on PEDs, he’d had been strong to take that dude!

  • meh..

    Vigilante Justice Fail

  • PearDPea

    That bike story is amazing if true.

  • novasteve

    Poor poor beta male. That story kind of reminded me of the guy in London who handed he pants over to his mugger..

  • South Awwlington

    A.) That’s ballsy to re-steal something and to also steal another item.
    B.) Pip-Squeek should make sure he can handle himself no matter what comes at him cause you just don’t know.
    C.) Self-righteous thieves are worse than self-righteous bicyclists.

  • Batman

    Duder shoulda just tailed the guy and taken some pictures, and avoided the knuckle sandwich. Still though, the suspect should be easy enough to pick up. Not many people riding the bus at that hour, so all the cops need to do is ask the bus driver what stop he got on at. They have a picture of him, so just roll up to that stop at the same bat-time, same bat-place, and and put the handcuffs on. Anyone dumb enough to punch a guy in the face at 10:30 am on Wilson Blvd in front of a bus driver is dumb enough to use the same bus stop the next day.

  • Shinobi Warrior Jones

    A cyclist’s effort to recover his stolen bike backfired last week. Instead of getting the bike back, the man was punched in the face and had the bike he bought to replace the stolen bike taken, as well.


    • Waycroft Mike

      Yeah, this is EXACTLY what came to mind when I read the first paragraph as well. That’s my bike, Punk!

  • Naked Man

    I need a special seat when I ride a bike.

    Also, why don’t they do an expose on mitten sales. They’re always sold in pairs. That’s not fair because I only need 3 mittens when I’m cold. This is discrimination.

  • Debo

    “That’s my bike punk! What? you want some of this too old man?”

  • novasteve

    Followup to the bicycle story: The victim was later kidnapped and brought to a local high school where he was shoved in a locker, given a wedgie and a swirlie.

  • Jake

    To the victor goes the spoils. Sad bike guy may a poor assessment of his situation. Life does not reward such miscalculations. It must suck being small and/or weak.

  • Jack

    Perhaps need more Arlington Police even more than a new aquatic center and trolley line — not to suggest they have the same price tag.

    • Hank

      If the perp had access to a trolley, maybe he wouldn’t need to steal a bike.

  • YTK

    Maybe he should have just taken out his bike lock and locked both bikes together before he called 911

    • Caat Grrrl

      I’ve heard of people doing that in DC.

  • Caat Grrrl

    To the dude on N 2nd St – Good job. You did exactly the right thing. Get those morons to focus on something other than you and run in the opposite direction. I’m sorry you got beat up, but you are not dead, and that counts for a lot. I hope they catch the creeps.

  • Kramer

    What’s worse is he made off with my armoire too…


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