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ACPD: Theft suspect pushed store employee, assaulted police officer

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A 39-year-old Arlington man with a notable criminal history is facing more charges after an incident over the weekend.

Police say Anthony Jeffers, Jr. tried to steal items from a store on the 4900 block of Columbia Pike — a block that includes a 24-hour 7-Eleven location — around 10:30 p.m. this past Saturday.

A physical confrontation with a store employee ensued, followed by a scuffle with an arresting officer that resulted in injuries to the officer and the suspect, according to Arlington County police.

More, below, from the latest ACPD crime report.

ASSAULT ON POLICE, 2024-03300250, 4900 block of Columbia Pike. At approximately 10:39 p.m. on March 30, police were dispatched to the report of a larceny in progress. Upon arrival, it was determined the male suspect allegedly entered the business, concealed merchandise and attempted to exit without payment when an employee confronted him. The suspect then pushed the employee, stole additional merchandise and left the store on foot. A lookout was broadcast and a responding officer observed an individual matching the description of the suspect in the area. The officer then attempted to detain the suspect, who actively resisted arrest, and assaulted the officer before he was taken into custody with the assistance of additional responding officers. The officer and the suspect sustained minor injuries that did not require medical attention. During a search of the suspect’s person incident to arrest, suspected narcotics were recovered. Anthony Jeffers Jr., 39, of Arlington, Va. was arrested and charged with Assault on Police, Robbery, Assault and Battery, Obstruction of Justice and Possession of Schedule I/II Narcotics. He was held without bond.

Jeffers has previously been in the news for several incidents in Arlington.

In 2021 he was charged with sexual battery after following a woman onto an elevator in the Virginia Square neighborhood and touching her inappropriately. He pled guilty was sentenced to 4 months in jail, with another 8 months suspended, according to court records.

Last year Jeffers and another man were arrested after allegedly walking down the middle of N. Glebe Road near Ballston while drunk. Charges against Jeffers were subsequently dropped, according to court records. The other man arrested with Jeffers posted bond and was arrested a few months later after allegedly stealing an Arlington ambulance and crashing into some 20 vehicles during a wild police chase.

Most recently, Jeffers was charged with resisting arrest in Arlington on Feb. 9 and was released pending his next court date, scheduled for this Wednesday, April 3, records show.

Jeffers also has a criminal history in Fairfax County that includes theft, drug and resisting arrest charges. He was arrested on March 18 and charged with petty theft, resisting arrest and spitting in public, according to court records. He was released pending a scheduled court date of May 29.

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