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Crime Report: Effort to Recover Stolen Bike Backfires

(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

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