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ACPD: Pickup truck driver runs red light, almost strikes pedestrian, then threatens him with gun

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Arlington County police are investigating a pair of early morning incidents involving guns over the weekend.

The first happened shortly after midnight on Saturday, when a pickup truck driver allegedly ran a red light, nearly struck a pedestrian who was crossing the road, and then brandished a gun during a dispute with the pedestrian.

The incident happened near Thomas Jefferson Middle School, at the intersection of 2nd Street S. and S. Glebe Road. That’s a block from where the driver of a truck struck and killed a woman last summer.

More, below, from today’s Arlington County Police Department crime report.

BRANDISHING, 2023-03180012, 2nd Street S. at S. Glebe Road. At approximately 12:20 a.m. on March 18, police were dispatched to the report of an attempted robbery. Upon arrival, it was determined the victim was crossing the roadway when the driver of a white pickup truck allegedly ran a red light and almost struck him. A verbal dispute ensued between the victim and suspect, during which the suspect exited the vehicle and brandished a firearm. When the victim called police, the suspect disconnected the call before reentering the vehicle and fleeing the scene. The victim was not injured. The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, approximately 5’3″, 150 pounds, approximately 30-40 years old, with short black hair and a mustache, wearing a white short-sleeved shirt and blue jeans. The investigation is ongoing.

Also in the crime report, police are investigating an early morning Sunday incident in which the passenger of a car allegedly fired gunshots into the air near the county sewage plant along S. Glebe Road.

SHOTS FIRED, 2023-03190050, S. Glebe Road at S. Hayes Street. At approximately 3:20 a.m. on March 19, police were dispatched to the report of shots heard. Upon arrival, it was determined a witness was walking in the area when he observed the passenger of a passing vehicle discharge a firearm into the air. Responding officers recovered evidence in the roadway confirming shots had been fired. Officers canvassed the area for any injuries or property damage yielding negative results. The suspect vehicle is described as a white sedan with heavily-tinted windows. The investigation is ongoing.

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