Police Investigate Armed Robbery on Custis Trail

by ARLnow.com April 3, 2013 at 11:35 am 5 Comments

Arlington County Police Department badgeThe Arlington County Police Department is investigating an armed robbery that occurred on the Custis Trail near Ballston last night.

The incident happened on the bike trail near Glebe Road around 10:20 p.m.

According to police, two suspects knocked a man off his bike and stole his cell phone while brandishing a handgun. A U.S. Park Police helicopter was called in to search for the suspects, who fled on foot, but police were unable to track them down.

From a police press release:

The Arlington County Police Department’s Homicide/Robbery Unit is investigating an armed robbery that occurred on the Custis Bike Trail yesterday evening.

At 10:20 p.m., two unknown subjects attempted to block the Nelly Custis bike trail when the first victim was riding by on his bicycle. The victim was able to get away, but noticed one of the subjects brandishing a handgun. Shortly after the first incident, a second victim attempted to pass by, but was knocked off of his bike by both suspects and a firearm was brandished. Both suspects then took the victim’s cell phone and fled eastbound on Custis Trail by foot. The victim was transported to the Virginia Hospital Center with non-life-threatening injuries that he sustained during the attack.

A U.S. Park Police helicopter and the Arlington County Police Department’s K-9 Unit assisted with efforts to locate the subjects, but both subjects remain at-large. The first suspect is described as a white male, around the age of 25 and approximately 5’8” tall and 185 lbs. Suspect one was wearing a dark puffy winter jacket and dark pants. The second suspect is described as a male of an unknown race, approximately 6’0” tall and 200 lbs. Suspect two was wearing a dark jacket and dark pants at the time of the incident.

If anyone has information on the identities and/or whereabouts of these individuals, please contact Detective Christine Everest of the Arlington County Police Department’s Homicide/Robbery Unit at 703.228.4180 or at [email protected]. To report information anonymously, contact the Arlington County Crime Solvers at 866.411.TIPS (8477).

  • ArmedCyclist

    the data show that biking is not particularly unsafe. Per hour, its not much less safe than driving. Riding in the street is necessary if you want to go more than one block due to intersections – riding in the street the whole way has been shown to be safer than crossign intersections from side paths. Whether riding in a travel lane is safer than riding in a striped bike lane is debatable and mostly depends on conditions – but is certainly not reckless. Deliberately riding close to a cyclist to force them out a lane they have the legal right to be in is reckless driving, and could be assault. If using a gun against someone commiting asault is justified, then shooting a driver “cleaning” a could be justified.

    • kalashnikev

      I question your “data.”

      The problem with the bike lanes is that they share the same space with cars. In the event of a collision, a car is always going to win. To improve safety, we need to install a series of flexible bollards that could serve as a reference to keep cyclists in the bike lane and cars in the street. I know that bollards are a controversial topic in Arlington though, because they prevent cyclists from reaching “kill speed.”

  • kalashnikev

    If deadly force criteria are met, then I say have at it.

  • kalashnikev

    A training facility is definitely needed… but I’m surprised they don’t have an indoor range in the basement of Police HQ??? That’s like building a Firehouse with no kitchen or a Prison with no laundry facility.

  • This is the third incident in the past few months. The last robbery occurred in broad daylight!


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