An arrest has been made in connection to the sneaker store arson and burglary on Columbia Pike last Friday (April 13).
Jimmy Andrews, 44, of no fixed address, has been charged with arson, arson while committing a felony, burglary, and grand larceny.
He was arrested while “walking in the area of Columbia Pike at S. Walter Reed Drive,” according to police, at about 4 a.m. this morning (April 19).
Legends Kicks & Apparel, the business that was burglarized and set alight, is approximately 360 feet from where the suspected arsonist was arrested.
Patrol officers observed Andrews and noted that he matched the suspect’s description, according to the Arlington County Police Department. Andrews was “found to be in possession of an item of value allegedly belonging to the victim business,” according to an ACPD press release.
On Tuesday (April 17), police released a video showing the suspect walking along Columbia Pike and spilling merchandise along the sidewalk.
Andrews is being held without bond.
Photo courtesy of Arlington County Police Department
The Arlington County Police Department has released surveillance video of a man suspected in an arson case along Columbia Pike.
The man is accused of breaking into the Legend Kicks and Apparel store early last Friday morning, stealing merchandise and then setting the store on fire. Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the blaze after being alerted to it by a passerby.
In the video released by police (above), the man can be seen ambling down Columbia Pike after exiting the store. A bag full of apparently pilfered merchandise breaks as he approaches the camera. As the man bends down to pick it up, a portion of his rear end is blurred by police.
Legend Kicks is a relatively new store but had quickly grown a loyal customer base, particularly among younger people.
“They were getting quite a following by ‘sneakerheads’ in the area,” one nearby resident told ARLnow.com. “They had some very valuable stock. It’s such a shame.”
Man Charged in Pike Apartment Fire — A 27-year-old Arlington man has been charged in connection with Saturday’s apartment fire on Columbia Pike. Police say Demetrius Antonio Taylor got in a verbal dispute with a woman, assaulted her, lit a carpeted floor mat on fire, pushed an infant in a stroller towards the fire and fled the scene. He faces a litany of charges including arson, felony child endangerment and two counts of assault on law enforcement, after becoming combative in a police department interview room. [Arlington County]
Man Dies in Motorcycle Wreck Following Pursuit — A Woodbridge man died early Sunday morning after crashing his motorcycle while being pursued by Virginia State Police. The pursuit started after a “BOLO” broadcast for a motorcycle seen traveling at a high rate of speed on I-395 in Arlington County. [Potomac Local, WTOP]
ACFD Battles Falls Church Blaze — Firefighters from Arlington County and Fairfax County battled a house fire on Railroad Avenue in the City of Falls Church early Sunday morning. The homeowners were displaced by the fire, which was “mostly confined to the basement.” ACFD provides firefighting services to Falls Church under contract. [Falls Church News-Press]
Northam, Perriello to Mingle With Arlington Dems — Ralph Northam, the Democratic candidate for governor, will be the featured guest at an Arlington County Democratic Committee happy hour on Wednesday, Aug. 23 at Pamplona in Clarendon. Tom Perriello, who lost in the gubernatorial primary to Northam, will be featured at the annual ACDC Labor Day Chili Cookoff at the Lyon Park Community Center on Monday, Sept. 4. [InsideNova, InsideNova]
Flickr pool photo by Kevin Wolf
Someone tried to light a door on fire at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses church in the East Falls Church neighborhood of Arlington this morning.
The fire was set using a flammable substance just before 10 a.m., according to Arlington County Fire Department spokesman Lt. Jason Hart. The fire damaged the door — an entrance to the church sanctuary — and some surrounding bushes but did not spread beyond that.
Investigators from the Fire Marshal’s Office are still on scene this afternoon, gathering evidence.
This is the second such arson case currently being investigated in Northern Virginia, Hart said; a similar fire was recently set at a Jehovah’s Witnesses church in the Falls Church section of Fairfax County.
Arlington authorities are coordinating the investigation with their Fairfax County counterparts, according to Hart.
Fire on Ballston Sidewalk — Last night around 6:45 p.m., Arlington County police and firefighters responded to a fire on a sidewalk in Ballston, near the intersection of 9th and N. Stuart Streets. Initial reports suggested that a woman had deliberately set something on fire. No injuries were reported. [Twitter]
Metro Police Seeking Man Who Set Fire at Station — Metro Transit Police are looking for a man who lit something on fire in the Pentagon City Metro station Wednesday morning. The man is later seen on video boarding a train and displaying a sign. [WTOP]
Smoke Closes Pentagon City Station — Smoke in a tunnel near the Pentagon City Metro station prompted a large emergency response and a temporary closure of the station last night. The smoke was caused by an electrical issue. [Washington Post, Twitter, Twitter]
Urban Chicken Issue Still Clucking — The issue of whether Arlington should allow more households to raise egg-laying hens in their yards isn’t quite dead yet. The issue was raised briefly at an Arlington Civic Federation meeting and county staff say they’re willing to consider it if residents bring it up again. [InsideNova]
Investigators believe the small fire, inside a bathroom at the Inova Urgent Care clinic (3263 Columbia Pike) was an act of arson. And it may be part of a string of intentionally-set small fires.
Arlington County firefighters responded to several suspicious small fires Sunday and Monday, including two set 20 minutes apart.
“There have been an uptick in small fires in the county,” said Lt. Jason Hart. “We have not tied them together yet, it’s still under investigation.”
After Monday’s bathroom fire, Arlington police put out a lookout call for a woman with a facial hair, who was suspected of setting the fire. Based on the description relayed over the radio, the woman was detained and questioned, but was ultimately released due to lack of evidence, Hart said.
In this week’s Arlington County crime report, a local man was arrested for arson after allegedly setting a series of leaf piles on fire.
ARSON-ARREST, 11/14/11, 3100 block of N. Vermont Street. On November 14 at 9:45 pm, a man set a series of seven of brush fires. Joseph Warsowick, 31, of Arlington, was arrested for Arson. He was held on a $1,750 bond.
Also this week, a bus driver helped to protect a woman from a pair of would-be armed robbers.
ATTEMPT ROBBERY, 11/15/11, 4800 block of Columbia Pike. On November 15 at 6:30 pm, two unknown men attempted to rob a woman at a bus stop by brandishing a knife. The victim fled on a bus and the driver would not let the suspects on board. The suspects were both African American males, 40-50 years old.
The rest of this week’s crime report, after the jump.
ASSAULT AND BATTERY, 11/10/11, 1400 block of Arlington Boulevard. On November 10 at 5:50 am, an unknown man grabbed a woman around the waist as she was jogging. Subject fled when victim screamed. Suspect is described as an African American male between 20-30 years old, 5’10” with a medium build. He was wearing dark clothing.
ABDUCTION, 11/10/11, 4500 block of Four Mile Run Drive. On November 10 at 11:30 pm, a woman was walking home and talking on her cell phone, when an unknown man grabbed her by the neck. The victim screamed and fought back. The suspect fled. He is described as a white Hispanic male in his 30’s, 5’4″ and 145 lbs. He was wearing a black jacket, jeans, and wore metallic sunglasses.
MALICIOUS WOUNDING, 11/11/11, 1800 block of Wilson Boulevard. On November 11 at 12:50 am, a man was found in the road with serious facial injuries. The victim has no knowledge of the assault, and there are no known suspects.
MALICIOUS WOUNDING, 11/11/11, 5500 block of Columbia Pike. On November 11 at 3:15 am, a man was filling a newsstand when unknown man approached him. The suspect attempted to rob him and brandished a knife. The suspect is described as 30-year-old African American male, 6’0″ and 220 lbs.
MALICIOUS WOUNDING-ARREST, 11/13/11, I-395 South at Washington Boulevard. On November 13 at 3:40 am, a woman was assaulted by two male acquaintances inside a vehicle. Daniel de la Vega, 22, of Arlington, and Walter Reyes, 21, of Arlington, were arrested for Malicious Wounding. They were held without bond.
ATTEMPT MALICIOUS WOUNDING-ARREST, 11/12/11, 800 block of S. Greenbrier Street. On November 12 at 10:30 am, a man chased an adult female family member and threatened her with a knife. John Herbert, 63, of Arlington, was arrested for Attempted Malicious Wounding. He was held without bond.
ATTEMPT MALICIOUS WOUNDING, 11/14/11, 900 block of S. Buchanan Street. On November 14 at 9:00 pm, an unknown man attempted to cut victim with a knife. The suspect is described as a white Hispanic male in his early 20’s, 5’7″ wearing dark clothing.
SEXUAL BATTERY-ARREST, 11/13/11, 4200 block of N. Fairfax Drive. On November 13 at 5:45 pm, subject grabbed a 17-year-old female and pushed himself into her chest. Simba Kundert, 42, of no fixed address, was arrested for Sexual Battery and held without bond.
ASSAULT ON POLICE-ARREST, 11/15/11, 3000 block of Columbia Pike. On November 15 at 7:30 pm, a man disregarded a banning notice and was subsequently arrested. Keith Franklin, 45, of no fixed address, was arrested for Drunk in Public, Assault and Battery on Law Enforcement, Trespassing and Indecent Exposure. He was held on a $10,000 bond.
ASSAULT AND BATTERY-ARREST, 11/11/11, 2800 block of Wilson Boulevard. On November 11 at 1:30 am, a man assaulted another man in a bar. Andrew McCoy, 22, of Fairfax Station, was arrested for Assault and Battery. He was released on a $1,200 bond.
BURGLARY, 11/09/11, 800 block of S. 19th Street. On November 9 between 9:30 am and 8:45 pm, an unknown subject entered a house and stole numerous items. There is no suspect description.
COMMERCIAL BURGLARY, 11/10/11, 800 block of N. Glebe Road. Between 2 pm on November 9 and 4 am on November 10, an unknown person broke into a construction site and stole copper wiring. There are no known suspects.
COMMERCIAL BURGLARY, 11/14/11, 4300 block of Wilson Boulevard. Between 6 pm on November 11, and 8:30 am on November 14, an unknown suspect stole tools from a locked storage area.
ATTEMPT COMMERCIAL BURGLARY, 11/12/11, 3400 block of Wilson Boulevard. On November 12 at 6 pm, a business owner heard unknown suspects on roof of the business attempting to enter the building. There is no suspect description.
UNLAWFUL ENTRY-ARREST, 11/13/11, 2200 block of Arlington Boulevard. On November 13 at 5:30 am, an intoxicated man broke a window to a hotel room so he could enter and go to sleep. Gary Nesbitt, 29, of College Park, MD was arrested for Drunk in Public, Unlawful Entry and Destruction of Property. He was held on $1,000 bond.
A 13-year-old girl was touched inappropriately while walking home from school on Tuesday. From this week’s Arlington County crime report:
SEXUAL BATTERY, 06/21/11, 5500 block of Columbia Pike. On June 21 at 2:50 pm, a 13 year-old girl was walking home from school when an unknown male jogged toward her and touched her chest. The victim yelled and ran home. The suspect is described as a white Hispanic male in his 40’s of average height and build. He had a shaved head and was wearing a loose fitting blue t-shirt with white writing on the front and khaki shorts.
The rest of the crime report, including a man accused of setting his roommate’s car on fire, after the jump.
ARSON-ARREST, 06/22/11, 2600 block of Washington Boulevard. A man set fire to his roommate’s vehicle. Police located the suspect a short time later. John Hall, 26, of Arlington, was charged with Burning Personal Property and Use of Fire Bombs/Explosive Materials. He was held without bond.
BANK ROBBERY, 06/20/11, 2000 block of Wilson Boulevard. On June 20 at 3:30 pm, an unknown man entered a bank displaying a handgun. He demanded money, and once he received cash, fled. The suspect is described as an African American male in his late 20’s, 5’10” and 160 lbs. He was wearing black pants, a black hooded sweatshirt with sliver markings on the front, and a mask covering most of his face.
ASSAULT ON POLICE-ARREST, 06/14/11, 1600 block of N. George Mason Drive. On June 14 at 2:30 pm, a hospital patient assaulted a doctor. When police arrested the suspect, she resisted arrest and bit an officer. Marilene Lunnie, 59, of Falls Church, was charged with Assault and Battery and Assault and Battery on Law Enforcement. She was released on her own recognizance.
ASSAULT ON POLICE-ARREST, 06/22/11, 1400 block of S. Hayes Street. On June 21 at 5:30 pm, police were called to the mall for a disorderly group of females. Two 17 year olds were stopped. They lied about their identities and one assaulted a police officer. They were transported to detention.
BURGLARY (SERIES), 06/20/11, 1100 block of N. Utah Street. On June 20 between 3 pm and 5 pm, an unknown subject entered two residences in the same block and stole numerous items. There are no known suspects.
BURGLARY, 06/20/11, 3700 block of N. 7th Street. On June 20 between 1:45 pm and 4:45 pm, an unknown subject forcibly entered an apartment. Various items were stolen. There is no suspect description.
BURGLARY, 06/20/11, 6100 block of Lee Highway. On June 20 between 6:45 am and 5 pm, an unknown subject entered an unlocked residence and stole a computer and bicycle. There are no known suspects.
COMMERCIAL BURGLARY, 06/20/11, 700 block of N. Glebe Road. On June 19 at 7:30 pm, a man hid in a mall store after closing and stole money from the cash registers. The suspect is described as an African American male in his late 20’s.
EXPOSURE (SERIES)-ARREST, 06/19/11, 1600 block of Clarendon Boulevard and 1000 block of N. Daniel Street. On June 19 at 12:30 am, a woman was walking home when she observed a male sitting in the front passenger seat of a parked vehicle exposing himself. At 1:15 am, a different woman was walking from the metro when a man exposing himself confronted her. She ran from the area and called the police. Officers located the suspect in a vehicle matching the description of the first incident. King Cleveland Reed III, 39, of Alexandria, was charged with two count of Indecent Exposure. He was held on a $3,000 bond.
LARCENY FROM AUTO (SERIES), 06/17/11, Arlington Ridge Neighborhood. Between 7 pm on June 16 and 7 am on June 17, an unknown subject entered at least five unlocked vehicles in the same neighborhood. Various items were stolen and there is no suspect description.
LARCENY FROM AUTO (SERIES), 06/19/11, 800 block of Army Navy Drive. On June 18 between 5 pm and 9 pm, an unknown subject broke into at least two vehicles and stole various items. There are no known suspects.
6/15/11, Untagged, 2006 Roketa scooter, red, 700 block of S. Wayne Street
6/15/11, WA 963214, 2006 Kawasaki motorcycle, blue, 3500 block of S. Ball Street
6/15/11, VA 570790, 2007 Yamaha motorcycle, gray, 3000 block of S. Randolph Street
6/16/11, VA XNV1105, 2002 Toyota 4runner, gold, 3100 block of S. 6th Street
6/17/11, VA ZBL8987, 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee, green, 2300 block of N. 11th Street
6/17/11, VA 661360, 2006 Suzuki motorcycle, blue, 2200 block of Crystal Drive