(Updated at 9:15 a.m.) A theft suspect in Pentagon City ran onto the tracks Sunday afternoon, causing major delays for riders.
The theft was reported around 2 p.m., from a store on the 1200 block of S. Hayes Street, a block that includes the Pentagon City mall and the Pentagon Centre shopping center.
The man was spotted by officers at the Pentagon City Metro station and fled onto the tracks. Officers were unable to locate him during their initial search, but he was seen again at the Metro station around 4:45 p.m. Arlington County police along with Metro Transit Police and Pentagon police were then able to establish a perimeter and take him into custody.
Trains were halted in the area and a shuttle service established before the suspect, a 27-year-old Maryland man, was finally taken into custody.
More from ACPD and social media:
LARCENY (Significant), 2021-07180152, 1200 block of S. Hayes Street. At approximately 2:08 p.m. on July 18, police were dispatched to the report of a larceny. Upon arrival, it was determined that the suspect entered a business, allegedly selected merchandise and left without paying. The suspect fled from responding officers into the Pentagon City Metro and entered the tracks. The tracks were searched with negative results. At approximately 4:42 p.m., the suspect was observed inside the Pentagon City Metro. A perimeter was established, and with the assistance of Metro Transit Police and Pentagon Force Protection Agency, the suspect was taken into custody and transported to an area hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. While in custody, he provided false information to officers regarding his identity. Deallen Price, 27, of District Heights, MD was arrested and charged with Grand Larceny, False ID to Avoid Arrest, Obstruction of Justice and Trespassing.
Blue/Yellow Line Delay: Expect delays in both directions due to an unauthorized person on the tracks at Pentagon City.
— Metrorail Info (@Metrorailinfo) July 18, 2021
Pentagon city metro and Pentagon metro stations closed and trains on blue and yellow lines delayed. pic.twitter.com/Xyc39x8WF8
— ZaidBenjamin زيد بنيامين (@ZaidBenjamin5) July 18, 2021
UPDATED: Blue/Yellow Line Delay: Svc suspended btwn Nat'l Airport & L'Enfant Plaza/Arl Cem due to a person on the tracks outside Pentagon City. Shuttles established.
— Metrorail Info (@Metrorailinfo) July 18, 2021
All stranded @wmata passengers got off the train at Pentagon City with no one needing help from @ArlingtonVaFD. But the person in the tunnel was arrested at the Pentagon Station & is apparently injured. @MetroTransitPD, @ArlingtonVaPD & Pentagon PD all on the scene. @ARLnowDOTcom pic.twitter.com/JRuIkIG6D4
— Dave Statter (@STATter911) July 18, 2021
Monday’s Arlington crime report included a number of other notable incidents, including:
- A woman was arrested Friday afternoon after robbing a store at the Pentagon City mall and handing the stolen items to a teen boy while fleeing into the Pentagon City Metro station.
- A man drove onto the sidewalk and struck a man he had recently argued with at a Buckingham area restaurant early Sunday morning.
- A man in his 50s or 60s exposed himself to a man along Wilson Blvd in Ballston Friday afternoon, then started masturbating and following the victim while continuing to masturbate.
- A man grabbed a woman inappropriately and pulled her towards him, while she was sitting outside a business in the Clarendon area early Saturday morning.
More from the Arlington County Police Department, below.
ROBBERY, 2021-07160106, 1100 block of S. Hayes Street. At approximately 2:20 p.m. on July 16, police were dispatched to the report of a robbery by force. Upon arrival, it was determined that the female suspect entered a business and allegedly began concealing merchandise into her backpack. An employee confronted the suspect outside the store and she physically pushed him repeatedly before fleeing towards the parking garage. Responding officers located the suspect at the Metro and attempted to take her into custody. Following a brief struggle, the suspect was taken into custody, as well as an unknown male suspect. The investigation revealed that upon entering the Metro, the female suspect attempted to give the male suspect, who was determined to be a juvenile, the backpack containing the merchandise and urged him to flee the area. The male juvenile was also accompanied by a female juvenile. Monica Barnes, 47, of No Fixed Address, was arrested and charged with Robbery, Resisting Arrest, and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor (x2). Petitions are pending for the juvenile suspect. The male juvenile suspect and the female juvenile were released to a guardian.
MALICIOUS WOUNDING, 2021-07180059, 200 block of N. Glebe Road. At approximately 2:31 a.m. on July 18, police were dispatched to the report of a trouble unknown. Upon arrival, officers met with the male victim who was being treated on scene by medics. The investigation determined that between 1:00 a.m. and 1:30 a.m., the suspect began active aggressively towards other patrons inside a restaurant. A verbal argument ensued which escalated into a physical altercation outside the establishment. The suspect allegedly produced a knife and when a female bystander who was known to the suspect attempted to intervene, she suffered an injury. The suspect and female bystander left the area. A short time later, the suspect returned to retrieve his vehicle and drove onto the sidewalk, striking the male victim whom he had the previous altercation with. The suspect is described as a Hispanic male with a thin build, approximately 19 to 24 years old, 5’7″ tall with short black hair. The suspect vehicle is described as an older model black Honda Civic. The investigation is ongoing.
INDECENT EXPOSURE, 2021-07160105, 4200 block of Wilson Boulevard. At approximately 2:04 p.m. on July 16, police were dispatched to the report of an exposure. The investigation determined that the unknown male suspect exposed himself to the male victim and allegedly began masturbating. The victim then left the area and the suspect followed behind, exposing himself and masturbating for a second time before fleeing the area. Arriving officers canvassed the area with negative results. The suspect is described as a White male, approximately 50 to 60 years old, 5’4″ tall with a slim build and gray hair. He was wearing all black clothing, blue and white hat and a black and orange face mask at the time of the incident. The investigation is ongoing.
SEXUAL BATTERY (late), 2021-07170045, Wilson Boulevard at N. Herndon Street. At approximately 2:32 a.m. on July 17, police were dispatched to the late report of a sexual battery. Upon arrival, it was determined that at approximately 1:50 a.m., the victim was sitting outside of a business when she was approached by the unknown male suspect who sat down beside her. The suspect began to engage her in conversation and proceeded to grab her inappropriately and attempted to pull her towards him with his other hand. The victim then got up and ran towards a witness. The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, approximately 200 pounds, 5’7″ to 5’9″ tall with dark colored hair and a round face, wearing a red t-shirt, and pushing a dark colored bicycle. The investigation is ongoing.
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