Vida Fitness Coming to Rosslyn Development — “Vida Fitness has signed a lease for 27,000 square feet at The Highlands in Rosslyn… The Highlands is a 1.2-million-square-foot mixed-use development from D.C.-based developer Penzance. The project’s groundbreaking [was Wednesday] and the first phase is slated for completion in the second quarter of 2021.” [Commercial Observer, Twitter]
Naked Man at Va. Square Metro Station — A naked man walked into the Virginia Square Metro station during yesterday evening’s rush hour. Police quickly responded, took the man into custody and requested medics to the scene to evaluate him for a possible drug overdose. [Twitter]
Survey: Road Improvements Wanted — “The public has an improving view of the Arlington government’s commitment to care of local roads, but there continues to be significant room for improvement, according to an updated customer-satisfaction survey. Only 55 percent of residents surveyed believe county roads are in satisfactory condition, while 23 percent are unsatisfied with the local government’s efforts and 23 percent are on the fence.” [InsideNova]
Stabbing on Patrick Henry Drive — A person was stabbed along the 3000 block of Patrick Henry Drive near the Arlington border last night. The victim’s injuries were reported to be life threatening, according to Fairfax County Police, which used its helicopter in an attempt to find the suspect. [WJLA, Twitter]
No Lottery Jackpot, But… — A $10,000 Mega Millions lottery ticket was sold at a 7-Eleven store in South Arlington. A single ticket in South Carolina matched all the numbers for the $1.6 billion jackpot in Tuesday’s drawing. [InsideNova]
Nearby: McLean Islamic Center Vs. Zoning Restrictions — The McLean Islamic Center is challenging county-imposed restrictions on worship and parking, which limit attendance “to mitigate the MIC’s impact on the surrounding neighborhood.” [Tysons Reporter]
Flickr pool photo by Michael Coffman
(Updated at 10:50 a.m.) As rumored, a 7-Eleven store will be replacing the former Lee-Lex Service Center along Lee Highway.
The service center closed in 2016 and is currently being torn down. A recently-posted sign on the fence surrounding the property says that a new 7-Eleven store will be coming soon.
Property records show that the property at 5747 Lee Highway was purchased in January 2017 for $1.65 million by an LLC associated with the home address of the owner of a D.C.-based architecture firm.
According to the chain’s website, there are existing 7-Eleven stores at 2525, 3901, 4505, 5030 and 6730 Lee Highway.
A 7-Eleven on Lee Highway in Cherrydale will close by the end of the month, and local residents are concerned for the future of other business nearby.
Multiple anonymous tipsters said they heard the 7-Eleven at 3901 Lee Highway will close. One said the new landlord is refusing to sign a new lease with the convenience store. Former landlord Kostas Kapasouris sold the properties earlier this year, and confirmed in an interview Tuesday morning that the 7-Eleven will close by the end of June.
County property records indicate that Naqibullah M. Ismail bought the shopping plaza and the stores across N. Pollard Street from it in February. The plaza sold for $3 million, according to those records. Ismail, an Arlington resident whose LinkedIn page says he is the CEO of an Afghanistan-based contractor to the Dept. of Defense, did not respond to requests for comment.
Kapasouris also owned the buildings that housed Billy’s Cheesesteaks, Bistro 29 on one side, and the former Drug Fair building, which houses Sun & Moon Yoga, Sterling Frames, Company Flowers and almost housed the NOVA Firearms gun store until its lease was cancelled in 2015. He said the other stores should “hopefully” stay open for the foreseeable future.
Jim Todd, president of the Cherrydale Citizens Association, said that while all he has heard is “second hand or rumor” around the stores’ future, he hopes any possible redevelopment plans are consistent with previous guidelines approved for the area.
“Whatever happens, we hope that any redevelopment that might be coming follows the design guidelines set out in the Cherrydale Revitalization Plan and the Cherrydale Neighborhood Conservation Plan, and promotes the vision for the future of Lee Highway set out by the Lee Highway Alliance,” Todd said. “We also want to express our support for and continue to work with Kostas and all our locally-owned Cherrydale businesses.”
7-Eleven media relations staff did not respond to requests for comment.
The 7-Eleven at 2815 S. Wakefield Street was robbed by a group of three suspects, one of whom had a gun, according to police. No one was hurt during the robbery.
The same store, located down the hill from the Fairlington neighborhood, was robbed by a pair of suspects in October 2015.
More from an Arlington County Police Department crime report:
ROBBERY, 2017-03220254, 2800 block of S. Wakefield Street. At approximately 10:49 p.m. on March 22, officers were dispatched to the report of an armed robbery. Three unknown suspects approached a store, however one remained outside while the other two suspects entered. Once inside, one suspect displayed a firearm and demanded money from the register. All three suspects then fled the area with an undisclosed amount of cash and items of value. The first suspect is described as a white male, possibly Hispanic, approximately 5’05”-5’11” tall, weighing approximately 150-180 lbs, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, khaki pants and white shoes. The second suspect is described as a white male, possibly Hispanic, approximately 5’05”-5’11” tall, weighing approximately 150-180 lbs, wearing a tan jacket, blue jeans and white shoes. There is no physical description for the third suspect.
Photo via Google Maps
The Lee-Lex Service Center, a well-reviewed, long-time automotive business at the corner of Lee Highway and N. Lexington Street, has closed.
Lee-Lex’s website, which has remained largely unchanged for the past 12 years, says that the service center has “been a good neighbor in our Arlington community since 1978 and consistently receive[d] excellent ratings by consumer magazines.”
The service center was open for part of last week but closed just before Thanksgiving. This morning the shop’s technicians were clearing out their belongings and preparing to move to nearby service centers; signs were being posted on the windows, to let customers know who moved where.
Sources tell ARLnow.com that the property is being purchased by Southland Corporation, the parent company of 7-Eleven. It could not be immediately confirmed that a 7-Eleven store would be replacing the service center.
Photo (top) via Google Maps
A car slammed through the front of the 7-Eleven store at 3901 Lee Highway in Cherrydale Friday night.
The crash happened just before 10 p.m. No injuries were reported.
This morning the large plate glass window shattered by the car was boarded up, awaiting replacement.
— John (@JohnVasapoli) July 16, 2016
— Arlington Fire (@ACFDPIO) July 16, 2016
The Lucky Seven convenience store in Nauck closed after a fire in the summer of 2012, but the brand is now making a comeback.
The 7-Eleven at the corner of Shirlington Road and 24th Street S., which opened in 2014, has dropped its corporate affiliation and is now being rebranded as Lucky Seven.
The store closed over the weekend to facilitate the changeover. It was open on Monday, but many shelves were bare and the store was only accepting cash.
We’re told that the owner of the 7-Eleven was the owner of the Lucky Seven store and that the owner decided to make the switch after the expiration of the store’s contract with 7-Eleven. More products are expected to hit the shelves within the next week — and Slurpee-like machines and other convenience store staples are expected to be installed as well.
Update at 1 p.m. on June 4 — The store will open on Thursday, June 16, 7-Eleven’s Christopher Decre said Saturday.
Earlier: A new 7-Eleven store appears ready to open any day now in Clarendon.
The store is located at 3137 Wilson Blvd, in the former Public Shoe Store space, next to CVS.
The convenience store’s interior appears to be mostly completed, though shelves have yet to be stocked. A stylized “7-Eleven” sign, in keeping with the building’s architecture, was recently mounted above the entrance.
Asked if they knew when the store would be opening, a pair of construction workers working on the entrance replied, “mañana.” Thus far, 7-Eleven has not responded to a request for comment.
Public Shoe Store in Clarendon, which first opened its doors in 1938, will close after Saturday, Feb. 27 to make way for a new 7-Eleven store, according to the daughter of store owner S.H. “Doc” Friedman.
“We’ll have an open house from noon to 6 that afternoon to say goodbye to our friends and customers and to give them a chance to say ‘happy retirement’ to Doc,” Karen Friedman Widmayer tells ARLnow.com.
The store was originally slated to close last summer, but lease negotiations and planning stretched longer than expected. After Public Shoe Store closes, a new 7-Eleven store will move in following some interior construction and exterior changes. Friedman, 82, is retiring from the shoe business but is leasing the space at 3137 Wilson Blvd to the convenience store.
Widmayer described the lease as “long term,” but declined to provide other details. She said the space would have been challenging for a restaurant and 7-Eleven was “very accommodating” and “terrific to work with.” The store is planning a “fitting” art deco-style sign, she said.
Public Shoe Store reopened over the weekend after closing due to the blizzard. The store is still “stocked with comfort and orthopedic shoes and sandals plus lots of good sale shoes,” Widmayer noted. Customers and well-wishers are both welcome to stop by between now and the 27th, she said.
There were, however, three separate robberies of two 7-Eleven stores reported. Two of the robberies occurred at the tail end of the blizzard.
ROBBERY, 160120044, 3600 block of Columbia Pike. At approximately 9:07 p.m. on January 20, two unknown male subjects robbed a 7-11 of an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspects then fled on foot. The first suspect is described as a black male in his twenties with a medium build. He was wearing a black hooded jacket, black pants, and black sneakers. The second suspect is described as a black male in his twenties with a medium build. He was wearing a black hooded jacket, black pants, and black sneakers.
ROBBERY, 160124002, 3600 block of S. Columbia Pike. At approximately 12:20 a.m. on January 24, two unknown male subjects robbed a 7-11 of an undisclosed amount of cash. The first suspect is described as a black male, wearing a black jacket with the hood up, white strings hanging from the neck, black gloves, and black pants. The second suspect is described as a black male, wearing a black jacket with a hood, black gloves, and black pants.
ROBBERY, 160124008, 4500 block of N. Lee Highway. At approximately 4:55 a.m. on January 24, a male subject assaulted a 7-11 employee and stole several cigarettes. Mariano Lagdameo, 42, of Arlington VA, was arrested and charged with robbery, obstruction of justice, possession of schedule I/II substance, and drunk in public.
The rest of this week’s crime report, after the jump.
MALICIOUS WOUNDING, 160120025, 3900 block of N. 17th Street. At approximately 12:00 p.m. on January 20, a fight ensued following a verbal altercation. A 19 year-old male victim was transported to Virginia Hospital Center for non-life threatening injuries. The investigation is ongoing.
ATTEMPTED ROBBERY, 160122016, 4200 block of N. Pershing Drive. At approximately10:11 a.m. on January 22, an unknown male subject pushed a 62 year-old female victim to the ground and attempted to steal her purse. The victim screamed causing the subject to flee the scene without the purse. The suspect is described as a black male in his late teens, wearing dark clothing and a bright green beanie.
LATE ROBBERY, 160121020, 800 block of S. Frederick Street. At approximately 9:30 p.m. on January 20, three unknown subjects assaulted a 45 year-old male victim and stole his vehicle. The first suspect is described as a male, approximately 5’5″, and was wearing a black jacket. The second suspect is described as a male, approximately 5’5″, and was wearing a green jacket. The third suspect is described as a female, approximately 5’6″, and was wearing a red jacket.
COMMERCIAL BURGLARY, 160120016, 1900 block of N. Fort Myer Drive. At approximately 7:02 a.m. on January 20, an unknown male subject forced entry into a business and stole several items of value. The male suspect was wearing jeans, a black winter jacket, a black hat, and blue gloves at the time of the incident.
01/20/16, MD 50430CE, 2001 Nissan Frontier, Green
800 block of S. Frederick Street
LARCENY FROM AUTO, 160120006, 6800 block of N. Williamsburg Boulevard
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 160120011, 6700 block of N. Williamsburg Boulevard
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 160120020, 5500 block of S. Columbia Pike
PETIT LARCENY, 160120023, 1100 block of S. Hayes Street
GRAND LARCENY, 160120029, 1000 block of S. Hayes Street
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 160120032, 2400 block of S. Glebe Road
SHOPLIFTING, 160120040, 1100 block of S. Hayes Street
GRAND LARCENY, 160121022, 3200 block of S. Columbia Pike
THREATS, 160121024, 1400 block of N. Courthouse Road
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 160121026, 600 block of N. Edison Street
EMBEZZLEMENT, 160121027, 700 block of N. Glebe Road
SHOPLIFTING, 160121029, 1100 block of S. Hayes Street
EMBEZZLEMENT, 160121033, 1100 block of S. Hayes Street
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 160122007, 1500 block of N. Key Boulevard
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 160122012, 2200 block of S. Crystal Drive
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 160122017, 2700 block of S. Nelson Street
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 260122022, 1400 block of S. 24th Street
PETIT LARCENY, 160122024, 1100 block of S. Hayes Street
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 160122031, 4300 block of N. Carlin Springs Road
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 160122033, 700 block of S. Florida Street
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 160122034, 1700 block of N. George Mason Drive
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 160124001, 2600 block of S. Vance Court
GRAND LARCENY, 160124014, 2800 block of N. Wilson Boulevard
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 160125001, 4500 block of S. Four Mile Run Drive
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 160125012, 2200 block of N. 12th Court
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 160125013, 700 block of S. Arlington Mill Drive
PETIT LARCENY, 160125015, 700 block of N. Glebe Road
PETIT LARCENY, 160125016, 3600 block of S. Columbia Pike
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 160125017, unit block of S. Glebe Road
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 160126001, 2300 block of N. 11th Street
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 160126008, 300 block of S. Army Navy Drive
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 160126018, 5600 block of N. Lee Highway
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 160126019, 2300 block of S. Columbia Pike
FRAUD, 160126021, 4300 block of N. Carlin Springs Road
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 160126024, 2100 block of S. Randolph Street
ASSAULT, 160126026, 1500 block of N. Wilson Boulevard
TRESPASSING, 160126027, 1700 block of N. Wilson Boulevard
GRAND LARCENY, 160127008, 3200 block of S. 24th Road
Update at 4:35 p.m. — Public Shoe Store is still open, says owner S.H. “Doc” Friedman’s daughter. “Public Shoe is still operating and will continue to do so for another few months,” Karen Friedman Widmayer said this afternoon. In April, Friedman told ARLnow.com that the store would close by the end of the summer.
A new 7-Eleven store is coming to the heart of the Clarendon business district.
Permits have been filed for a 7-Eleven at 3137 Wilson Blvd, the former Public Shoe Store, which
closed earlier this year is preparing to close after 78 years in business.
So far, it’s early in the permitting process and there’s no word as to when the store might open.
This will be the sixth 7-Eleven store within a half mile or so. The nearest store is a couple of blocks away, at 3000 Washington Blvd. Another is located at 2704 Washington Blvd, and three are clustered around the Virginia Square Metro station.
Hat tip to Chris Slatt
Police say a man and a woman robbed the convenience store on the 2800 block of S. Wakefield Street around 10:15 p.m. on Tuesday. They also allegedly assaulted a 55-year-old man who works at the store.
“The first suspect is described as a black male in his thirties, approximately 6’2″ and weighed 225 lbs, He was wearing a black zip-up hoodie, black sweatpants, black hat, black/red sneakers, and gloves.,” according to an Arlington County Police crime report. “The second suspect is described as a black female in her late twenties, approximately 5’5″ and weighed 130 lbs. She was wearing a black puma sweatshirt, black leggings, and black sneakers.”
The store is popular with residents of Shirlington and the nearby Fairlington neighborhood.
The incident happened at the 7-Eleven store on S. Carlin Springs Road across the street from Kenmore Middle School. Police say the trio entered the store late Monday night, stole some booze and shoved the clerk on their way out.
From this week’s Arlington County crime report:
ROBBERY, 150811004, unit block of S. Carlin Springs. At approximately 11:30 p.m. on August 10, two juvenile suspects and an adult suspect entered a 7-11 and stole alcohol. When confronted by a clerk they pushed him aside and fled. Richard William Shelton, 25, of Arlington VA, was arrested and charged with robbery and 6 counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The juveniles were released in the custody of their parents.
The rest of the crime report, after the jump.
ROBBERY, 150810047, 4200 block of N. Fairfax Drive. At approximately 6:20 p.m. on August 10, a male victim met with two suspects to sell a belt that he had posted in an ad. Officers detained the two suspects after they attempted to steal the belt and flee. Isaiah Ellis, 18, of Washington D.C., was arrested and transported to booking where the Magistrate issued warrants for Robbery and Identity Theft to Avoid Arrest. The second juvenile suspect was transported to the juvenile detention facility and a robbery petition will be obtained.
ROBBERY, 150807036, 2700 block of N. Clarendon Boulevard. At approximately 12:05 p.m. on August 7, a male subject attempted to steal a USB flash drive from the Apple Store. When confronted by loss prevention officers the suspect attempted to flee but was detained. Nathaniel H. Harris, 56, was transported to booking and a warrant was issued for Robbery and Habitual Larceny Felony. He is being held without bond.
ATTEMPTED SEXUAL ASSAULT, 150808041, 1900 block of N. Highland Street. At approximately 2:45 a.m. on August 8, a 29 year-old female victim was attacked from behind by an unknown suspect while she was walking home. The suspect placed a pillowcase over the victims face and threw her to the ground. The victim kicked the subject and screamed, causing the suspect to flee. The suspect is described as a black or dark skinned Hispanic male, approximately 5’8″-5’10” tall with an average build.
BURGLARY, 150806004, 900 block of S. 26th Street. At approximately 7:45 a.m. on August 6, a 44 year-old female victim woke up to two male suspects in her residence. The victim screamed, startling the suspects, and they fled the scene. The first suspect is described as a black male approximately 5’10” and weighing 155 lbs. He was wearing a long sleeve fitted grey shirt and blue jeans. The second suspect is described as a black male approximately 6’0″ and possibly wearing a black shirt.
ATTEMPTED BURGLARY, 150809016, 700 block of N. Abingdon Street. At approximately 5:25 a.m. on August 9, a 26 year-old female victim woke up to a Hispanic male knocking on her front door. The suspect returned the victims lost wallet and attempted to enter the residence uninvited. The suspect is described a Hispanic male in his twenties, approximately 5’7″-5’9″ tall and weighed 140-160 lbs. He was wearing an orange short sleeve collared shirt and dark denim pants at the time of the incident.
GRAND LARCENY AUTO, 150808065, 100 block of S. Old Glebe Road. At approximately 8:10 p.m. on August 8, a stolen vehicle request went out in cruisers based on a LPR hit in the area. Officers responded and found a male suspect standing outside of the stolen vehicle. Jonathan Marquis Grimes, 22, of Washington D.C., was transported to booking and taken before a Magistrate. A warrant for Grand Larceny Auto was issued and Grimes is being held without bond.
08/05/15, VA 20707M, 2011 Daix Moped, Red
4300 block of N. Henderson Road
08/03/15, VA 14761M, Longbo Moped, Blue
300 block of N. George Mason Drive
08/06/15, VA 23828M, 2008 Funway Moped, Red and White
1500 block of N. Fairfax Drive
08/07/15, VA VFV2067, 2003 Saturn Ion 4, White
5600 block of N. Wilson Boulevard
08/10/15, VA 3043P, 2008 Longbo Moped, Red
1200 block of N. Scott Street
08/11/15, VA WWN9800, 2000 Jeep Cherokee, Blue
1800 block of N. Underwood Street
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 150805016, 2600 block of S. Columbia Pike
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 150805019, 100 block of N. Thomas Street
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 150805022, 2300 block of N. Clarendon Boulevard
PETIT LARCENY, 150805030, 2300 block of S. 2nd Street
FRAUD, 150805031, 1400 block of N. Courthouse Road
GRAND LARCENY, 150805038, 1100 block of S. Hayes Street
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 150806003, 300 block of S. Glebe Road
GRAND LARCENY, 150806005, 5700 block of N. 15th Street
ATTEMPTED GRAND LARCENY, 150806016, 4300 block of N. 4th Street
GRAND LARCENY, 150806017, 2800 block of N. Clarendon Boulevard
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 150806037, 5000 block of S. Columbia Pike
ASSAULT, 150806040, 800 block of S. Greenbrier Street
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 150807002, 900 block of N. Stuart Street
PETIT LARCENY, 150807007, 3100 block of N. Lee Highway
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 150807004, 4400 block of S. 31st Street
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 150807008, 4200 block of N. Fairfax Drive
LARCENY, 150807023, 2000 block of S. Columbia Pike
STALKING, 150807027, 100 block of N. Wayne Street
LARCENY, 150807029, 1400 block of N. Courthouse Road
CRIMINAL TRESPASSING, 150807033, 1600 block of N. Mckinley Road
LARCENY, 150807047, 100 block of S. Old Glebe Road
PETIT LARCENY, 150807051, 1000 block of S. Hayes Street
LARCENY FROM AUTO, 150807060, 1100 block of S. 16th Street
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 150807063, 100 block of S. Old Glebe Road
ASSAULT BY MOB, 150807069, 900 block of S. Walter Reed Drive
DISORDERLY CONDUCT, 150807071, 100 block of S. Old Glebe Road
ATTEMPTED LARCENY, 150808001, 700 block of S. Courthouse Road
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 150808008, 1700 block of N. George Mason Drive
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 150808033, 1700 block of N. Hartford Street
GRAND LARCENY, 150808035, 1100 block of S. Hayes Street
GRAND LARCENY, 150808044, 1100 block of S. Hayes Street
GRAND LARCENY, 150808046, 3800 block of N. 9th Street
GRAND LARCENY, 150808047, 1100 block of S. Hayes Street
GRAND LARCENY, 150808053, 3100 block of N. Wilson Boulevard
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 150808057, 1400 block of S. Joyce Street
ID THEFT, 150808058, 1100 block of N. Highland Street
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 150808063, 900 block of S. Highland Street
GRAND LARCENY, 150808066, 1000 block of S. Hayes
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 150809005, 2000 block of S. Langley Street
OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE, 150809008, 3000 block of N. Wilson Boulevard
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 150809020, 3400 block of N. 21st Avenue
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 150809021, 4100 block of S. 31st Street
LARCENY, 150809022, 1200 block of S. Fern Street
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 150809023, 3600 block of N. 21st Avenue
UNLAWFUL ENTRY, 150809032, 1300 block of N. Buchanan Street
FRAUD, 150809035, 1000 block of N. Stafford Street
ASSAULT, 150809037, 4200 block of S. Campbell Avenue
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 150809038, 3000 block of S. 16th Road
LARCENY FROM AUTO, 150809045, 2700 block of N. Marcey Road
IDENTITY THEFT, 150809048, 900 block of N. Interstate 395
PETIT LARCENY, 150810008, 1500 block of S. Fern Street
LARCENY FROM AUTO, 150810013, 4300 block of S. Columbia Pike
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 150810023, 1000 block of N. Vermont Street
PETIT LARCENY, 150810024, 2600 block of S. Columbia Pike
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 150810029, 4200 block of N. Fairfax Drive
GRAND LARCENY, 150810034, 3200 block of N. Fairfax Drive
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 150810042, 800 block of S. Quincy Street
LARCENY FROM AUTO, 150810044, 2800 block of N. Washington Boulevard
GRAND LARCENY, 150810048, 200 block of S. 18th Street
STRANGULATION, 150810049, 4200 block of S. Campbell Avenue
GRAND LARCENY, 150810051, 1000 block of S. Hayes Street
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 150810054, 3200 block of S. 24th Street
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 150811013, 2000 block of S. Columbia Pike
GRAFFITI, 150811020, 600 block of N. Glebe Road
VANDALISM TO AUTO, 150811024, 1900 block of N. Kent Street
FRAUD, 150811025, 1700 block of S. Taylor Street
HARASSMENT, 150811028, 2200 block of N. 19th Court
LARCENY BY FALSE PRETENSE, 150811031, 800 block of N. Randolph Street
GRAND LARCENY, 150811035, 1000 block of S. Hayes Street
CHECK FRAUD, 150811040, 900 block of S. 15th Street
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 150811042, 1200 block of N. Ft. Myer Drive
TRESPASSING, 150811044, 4100 block of S. Four Mile Run Drive
(Updated at 4:10 p.m.) A convicted felon put a knife to the throat of a 7-Eleven clerk in Lyon Park early this morning, then tried to carjack a delivery truck at gunpoint before ditching the gun and running off into the neighborhood, according to police.
The incident happened around 2:15 a.m., in the midst of this morning’s snow storm, at the 7-Eleven store at 2704 Washington Blvd.
Police say Antonius Sallis, 33, held up the store, putting a knife to the throat of a clerk with one hand while holding a handgun in his other hand. Sallis demanded Newport cigarettes and cash, then slashed the clerk’s neck before leaving the store, Arlington County Police said in a press release.
A delivery truck driver witnessed the robbery, police said, then was robbed himself. The driver told investigators that Sallis demanded his wallet and tried to steal the truck.
Police say the getaway was foiled when Sallis could not disengage the truck’s airbrake, at which point he took off running into the neighborhood.
Officers tracked him down and after a brief foot chase, Sallis was arrested, ACPD spokesman Lt. Kip Malcolm said. He’s charged with two counts of armed robbery, malicious wounding, abduction, carjacking and being felon in possession of a firearm.
Police and canine units searched for hours after the robbery to find the gun. Just before 3:00 p.m., an officer found it, along with “some other evidence” in the backyard of a house on the 300 block of N. Fillmore Street, Malcolm said.
“Officers during their evening shift briefing were told the suspected path the suspect traveled,” Malcolm said. “About two blocks behind the 7-Eleven, an officer spotted it.”
Sallis, who police say is homeless, is being held without bond in the Arlington County Detention Center.
Earlier, police said Sallis — who has retained a lawyer — was being uncooperative as officers searched for the weapon.
“We did searches with canines, patrolled the area… We’ve looked everywhere we can, but we’re only 360 police officers and not all of us are in,” Malcolm told ARLnow.com earlier today. “We’re asking the community to be mindful and look for the firearm. It could be in the snow, in a trash can, in a storm sewer.
“We’re most concerned about kids finding the firearm,” Malcolm said. “We really need to find this.”
Police recovered the knife and other evidence when they apprehended Sallis, Malcolm noted.
Photo courtesy Arlington County Police Department
The new 7-Eleven in the 2001 Clarendon Blvd building is now open for business.
The shop officially opened its doors last Monday on the ground floor of the building that will also house a specialty oil store and a body sculpting studio. It is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The store is corporate-owned, but the manager told ARLnow.com last week that if the store doesn’t carry something a customer wants, all someone has to do is ask “and I will get it for them.”
The new location is just a few blocks away from an existing 7-Eleven at 1625 Wilson Blvd.