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Police: Marymount Student Charged with Easter Sunday Threat

An 18-year-old Marymount University student has been charged with making a bomb threat against the campus.

Police say Samuel Nwalozie, a D.C. resident, posted the threat via social media. The university’s main campus in north Arlington was evacuated the morning of Easter Sunday — which was also April Fools’ Day — while officers and bomb dogs swept the school’s grounds and buildings.

“The investigation determined there was never a physical threat to the safety of the students, staff of campus,” Arlington County Police said in a press release Monday afternoon.

The school was closed for the holiday weekend at the time.

Nwalozie is being held without bond at the county jail in Courthouse.

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The Arlington County Police Department has arrested a suspect for his involvement in a bomb threat at Marymount University. Samuel Nwalozie, 18 of Washington, D.C. was arrested and charged with Communicated Threats to Bomb a Structure. He is being held in the Arlington County Detention Facility without bond.

At approximately 8:49 a.m. on April 1, police were dispatched to the 2800 block of N. Glebe Road for the report of a bomb threat posted on social media. Arriving officers immediately began an intensive investigation and a possible suspect description was developed based upon information contained in the social media post and information provided by a witness. Police attempted to locate the suspect on campus and contact him unsuccessfully. The campus of Marymount University was subsequently evacuated while officers continued to investigate. Shortly after 12:00 p.m. the suspect was taken into custody by police just outside of campus. Out of an abundance of caution, EOD K9s continued to sweep campus prior to its re-opening. The investigation determined there was never a physical threat to the safety of the students, staff of campus.

This remains an active criminal investigation and anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective J. Bamford at 703-228-4197 or [email protected] To report information anonymously, contact the Arlington County Crime Solvers at 866.411.TIPS (8477).

Update at 3:15 p.m. — Marymount University issued the following statement about the arrest Monday afternoon.

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UPDATED: Bomb Threat Prompts Evacuation of Marymount University

Update at 3:15 p.m. — The all clear was given around 1:30 p.m. and Marymount’s campus was reopened, according to police. The threat that prompted the evacuation was posted on social media, according to the university.

Earlier: One suspect has been taken into police custody after a bomb threat prompted the evacuation of Marymount University.

Bomb dogs are sweeping the north Arlington campus “out of an abundance of caution,” according to the Arlington County Police Department. Students and others on campus have been evacuated to a nearby park.

The threat comes on both April Fool’s Day and Easter Sunday. The university is closed through Tuesday due to the Easter holiday, according to an academic calendar.

ACPD is asking the public to avoid the area as the investigation continues.

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Morning Notes

Reaction to Las Vegas Shooting — Reactions from local officials are beginning to come in in response to the mass shooting at a Las Vegas concert, which is now the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. “Will the corporate gun lobby please wake up? #PrayersAreNotEnough #HowManyMore?” tweeted state Sen. Adam Ebbin (D). Meanwhile, a “gun violence prevention roundtable” planned today in Alexandria, with former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and Captain Mark Kelly, has been cancelled “in light of today’s events.” [Twitter, Twitter]

Stats Behind Arlington’s Millennial Growth — The growth rate of Arlington’s millennial population between 2007 and 2013 was 82 percent, the highest in the nation. Meanwhile, development and transportation stats bear out how Arlington is growing and attracting young people. For instance, only 44 percent of Arlington’s population drives alone to work, compared to the 76.4 percent national average. [Bisnow]

Conservative Reporter vs. Donut Store Employee — Ashley Rae Goldenberg, a reporter for the conservative Media Research Center who goes by the Twitter handle @Communism_Kills, says she was harassed on Twitter by an employee of the new Dunkin’ Donuts store in Virginia Square. [Twitter]

Bomb Threat at Rosslyn BuildingUpdated at 11:15 a.m. — Someone called 911 with a bomb threat against an office building on the 1100 block of Wilson Blvd Thursday evening. That is the same block as TV station WJLA (ABC 7). No explosives were found during a police search of the building. [Patch, Arlington County]

Teen Provides Art to the Formerly Homeless — Allison Stocks, a 15-year-old sophomore at Yorktown High School, founded a nonprofit that takes donations of art and then provides it to those “making the transition from homeless shelters into permanent housing,” thus helping to cover bare walls and make their new home feel more homey. [Washington Post]

Local Gamer Raises Money for Hurricane Relief — In the wake of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, local resident Scott Jones helped raise more than $1,700 for disaster relief by broadcasting a 24-hour video game marathon from his Arlington apartment. Jones is one of numerous gamers who have used their gaming skills to raise serious cash for charitable causes. [Los Angeles Times]

Sports Pub Employees to Stand During Anthem — Late last week the Crystal City Sports Pub (529 23rd Street S.) sent a press release to broadcast outlets saying that its employees would “stand united for the national anthem” during Sunday’s football games. [WJLA]

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Bomb Threat Received at Police Headquarters

Someone phoned in a bomb threat to the county’s Emergency Communications Center in Courthouse yesterday morning.

The threat was made just before 9 a.m. on July 5. It prompted a sweep of the building, which houses the Arlington County Police Department’s headquarters and the local courts. No explosives were found.

A similar threat was made last September on police headquarters. No explosives were found that time either.

From an ACPD crime report:

BOMB THREAT, 2017-07050054, 1400 block of N. Courthouse Road. At approximately 8:57 a.m. on July 5, an anonymous subject called in and stated there was a bomb in the building. Multiple units responded to the scene and conducted a search for a device with negative results.

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Crime Report: Bomb Threat in Rosslyn Office Building

(Updated at 11:35 a.m.) An office in Rosslyn received a bomb threat last week, but no explosives were found.

The incident happened Wednesday morning on the 1100 block of Wilson Blvd. There are two office buildings on that block, though police did not specify which one was affected. The business that received the threat was education-related, we’re told.

Police say the bomb threat was received via a letter, which was found by an employee. No threats were found during a K-9 sweep of the building.

More from this week’s Arlington County Police Department crime report:

BOMB THREAT, 2017-05310114, 1100 block of Wilson Boulevard. At approximately 10:36 AM on May 31, police responded to the report of a bomb threat. The investigation determined that an employee discovered a letter alleging there was an explosive device inside the building. A K-9 sweep of the building was conducted with negative results. There is no suspect(s) description.

The rest of the past week’s crime report highlights, including some that we’ve already reported, after the jump.

ASSAULT ON LAW ENFORCEMENT, 2017-06050215, 3000 block of Columbia Pike. At approximately 6:05 p.m. on June 5, officers responded to the report of a group of disorderly subjects refusing to leave a restaurant, as requested by store management. As officers were attempting to conduct their investigation and ban the subjects from the property, one subject became combative and shoved an officer resulting in a physical struggle. Derrell Taylor, 27, of Washington D.C., was arrested and charged with assault and battery on law enforcement, obstruction of justice, and failure to I.D. He was held on a $5000.00 secured bond.

BURGLARY, 2017-06030129, 600 block of N. Jefferson Street. At approximately 12:00 p.m. on June 3, officers responded to the report of a breaking and entering. Upon arrival, it was determined between 8:30 p.m. on May 23 and 10:00 a.m. on June 3 an unknown suspect(s) entered a residence and stole items of value. There is no suspect(s) description.

MALICIOUS WOUNDING, 2017-06020044, Columbia Pike at S. Rolfe Street. At approximately 3:06 a.m. on June 1, officers responded to the report of a malicious wounding. Upon arrival, it was determined that following a physical struggle between a male victim and an unknown male suspect the male victim suffered a laceration. The suspect then fled the scene on foot. The victim was transported to George Washington University Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. A helicopter search was conducted with negative results. The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his 30’s, approximately 5’3″ tall and was wearing a striped shirt and jeans.

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DEVELOPING: Bomb Squad Investigating Threat in Douglas Park

Update at 5:05 p.m. — The fire department said 16th Street S. is reopened after the investigation of a bomb threat earlier this afternoon. The scene has now been turned over to Arlington police, and the house being investigated for the possible bomb was deemed safe.

Earlier: Emergency crews closed 16th Street S. between S. Quincy Street and S. Pollard Street in the Douglas Park neighborhood while they investigate a bomb threat.

At around 3 p.m., police had contact with a person threatening self-harm near S. 16th Street and Quincy Street. Police said the person then indicated a house in the area may contain an explosive device. The person was removed from the scene, police said.

While the bomb squad investigates the threat, police evacuated neighbors and are preventing vehicles and pedestrians from entering the area. Also on scene was a fire truck and medic from the Arlington County Fire Department as well as a half-dozen police cruisers.

“We’re just taking all precautions,” a fire department spokeswoman said at the scene.

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Bomb Threat Prompts Police Investigation in Crystal City

Police car lightsSomeone phoned in a bomb threat to a building in Crystal City earlier this week, prompting a police search.

The threat was called in to a residential building on the 1900 block of S. Eads Street — the same block as the large Crystal House apartment complex — just after 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22.

Arlington County Police officers with bomb-sniffing dogs swept the building, but no explosives were found. The building was not evacuated.

Police are still looking for the person who called in the threat.

From an ACPD crime report:

BOMB THREAT, 2017-02220081, 1900 block of S. Eads Street. At approximately 8:38 a.m. on February 22, an unknown subject called in a bomb threat. A K9 sweep was conducted with negative results. There is no suspect description. The investigation is ongoing.

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Crime Report: Bomb Threat at Police Headquarters

Police car lightsSomeone phoned in a bomb threat to the county’s Emergency Communications Center in Courthouse yesterday afternoon.

The threat prompted a sweep of the building, which houses Arlington County Police headquarters and local courts. No explosives were found.

From an ACPD crime report:

BOMB THREAT, 160920028, 1400 block of N. Courthouse Road. At approximately 1:19 p.m. on September 20, an anonymous subject called in and stated there was a bomb in the building. Multiple units responded to the scene and conducted a search for a device with negative results.

Also in this week’s crime report is a case where a language barrier foiled a robbery.

The incident happened on the 4700 block of Columbia Pike on Friday afternoon. Police say the victim couldn’t understand what the suspect was saying, although he did apparently imply that he had a weapon.

ATTEMPTED STRONG ARM ROBBERY… At approximately 3:15 p.m. on September 16, an unknown male approached a male victim and made threats implying that he had a weapon. There was a language barrier between the suspect and the victim. The suspect fled on foot. While on scene an additional victim came forward alleging a similar described suspect attempted to rob him of his personal belongings. The suspect is described as a light skinned male, possibly Middle-Eastern or Hispanic, approximately 5’8″ tall with a large build. He had a bald head and was wearing an orange shirt and black shorts. The investigation is ongoing.

The rest of the past week’s crime report highlights, including a few that we’ve already reported, after the jump.

BURGLARY (LATE), 160919014, 1100 block of S. Hayes Street. At approximately 9:45 a.m. on September 19, officers responded to the report of a late burglary. The investigation revealed that an unknown subject forced entry into the business and stole several items of value. The suspect is described as a black male dressed in a gray suit, white shirt, dark tie, grey hat and brown shoes.

BREAKING & ENTERING, 160919013, 700 block of S. Dickerson Street. Between September 17 and September 19, an unknown subject(s) forced entry into several storage units. No property was reported stolen at this time. There is no suspect description.

ROBBERY, 060917060, unit block of N. Glebe Road. At approximately 3:35 p.m. on September 17, a male subject entered the victim’s vehicle through the passenger side door and took her wallet from inside her purse. When the victim confronted the suspect, he brandished a knife. The suspect fled the area in a white four door sedan occupied by three additional suspects. Over the weekend, detectives identified and charged  two suspects involved in the robbery. Lakeia Ward, 34, of Washington DC and Tykia Thomas, 27, of Washington DC were arrested and charged with robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, larceny with intent to sell and destruction of property. The investigation into the identity of the additional suspects is ongoing.

COMMERCIAL BURLARY, 160919006, 2300 block of N. Pershing Drive. At approximately 5:05 a.m. on September 19, police were dispatched to an activated burglary alarm. Two unknown suspects forced entry into the business and fled prior to police arrival. No weapons were taken during the burglary. The investigation is ongoing.

RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY, 160916028, 1400 block of S. Rolfe Street. Between 2:00 p.m. on September 14 and 11:16 a.m. on September 16, an unknown subject(s) forced entry into a residence and stole numerous items of value. There is no suspect(s) description.

RECOVERED STOLEN AUTO, 160915034, 1000 block of  N. Glebe Road. At approximately 4:45 p.m. on September 15, an officer conducted a traffic stop. It was determined that the vehicle was reported stolen and the suspect had a suspended license. Jamal Dominique Hassan, 23, of no fixed address, was arrested and charged with grand larceny auto and driving suspended/revoked third offense. He is being held without bond.

ASSAULT ON POLICE, 160915045, 1100 block of N. 19th Street. At approximately 8:33 p.m. on September 15, officers responded to the report of a disorderly subject. Upon arrival, officers determined that following a verbal altercation the male subject slapped the victim in the face several times. When officers attempted to place the subject into custody, the subject resisted and spit on an officer.  Mohammed Alotaibi, 28, of no fixed address, was arrested and charged with assault & battery and assault on police.

ATTEMPTED BREAKING & ENTERING, 160915011, 1200 block of S. Clark Street. Between 4:00 p.m. on September 14 and 6:00 a.m. on September 15, an unknown subject(s) attempted to gain entry into a locked business but was unsuccessful. There is no suspect(s) description.

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Crime Report: Gunshot and Bomb Threat

Police car lightsA bomb threat called into the Arlington County courthouse building yesterday prompted a sweep with bomb-sniffing dogs.

An unknown male caller phoned in the bomb threat Tuesday afternoon. No explosives were found.

From an Arlington County Police Department crime report:

BOMB THREAT, 160816032, 1400 block of N. Courthouse Road. At approximately 1:20 p.m on August 16, an unknown male subject called an office within the courthouse building and made a bomb threat. A K-9 sweep of the building was conducted with negative results. There is no suspect(s) description.

On Monday night, a resident in the Radnor/Fort Myer Heights neighborhood, near Rosslyn, reported hearing a loud “pop” inside their home.

Police arrived and found that a single gunshot had been fired into the residence. From ACPD:

MISSILE INTO OCCUPIED DWELLING, 160815043, 1200 block of N. Rhode Street. At approximately 9:17 p.m. on August 15, two residents heard a loud pop inside their residence. Upon police investigation, it was determined that a single gunshot round had entered the residence causing minor damage. Police conducted checks in the area and found no similar incidents. There is no suspect(s) description and the investigation is ongoing.

The rest of the past week’s crime report highlights, after the jump.

MALICIOUS WOUNDING, 160814041, 4100 block of N. Fairfax Drive. At approximately 7:15 p.m. on August 14, two known subjects got into an altercation with a male victim at a restaurant. All parties were then removed from the establishment by security. The known subjects followed the victim and assaulted him, causing non-life threatening injuries. The suspects fled the scene and officers located them a short time later. Patrick Bazan Tineo, 27, of Centreville VA and Jose Bazan Tineo, 26, of Arlington VA, were arrested and charged with malicious wounding. They are being held without bond.

ATTEMPTED MALICIOUS WOUNDING, 160812046, 1700 block of S. 12th Street. At approximately 10:40 p.m. on August 12, a victim reported being struck by a known individual who fled the area. A search by police was negative. Investigation is ongoing.

ATTEMPTED MALICIOUS WOUNDING, 160814008, 1-395 at Glebe Road. At approximately 2:57 a.m. on August 14, an officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop. The suspect vehicle then increased speed and attempted to strike the marked police vehicle. The suspect fled on foot. Warrants have been obtained for the suspect. Investigation is ongoing.

BURGLARY, 160815001, 4700 block of S. Columbia Pike. Between 11:30 p.m. on August 14 and 12:45 a.m. on August 15, an unknown subject forced entry into a business and stole an undisclosed amount of cash from a register. There is no suspect(s) description.

ATTEMPTED BREAKING & ENTERING, 160811052, 2600 block of S. Walter Reed Drive. Between 5:00 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. on August 11, an unknown subject(s) forced entry into a residence. Nothing was reported missing from inside the home. The investigation is ongoing.

PEEPING TOM, 160810010, 3900 block of N. Abingdon Street. At approximatley 6:08 a.m. on August 10, police were dispatched to the report of a suspicious person. Two neighbors reported witnessing a male pacing back and forth between houses, possibly looking into windows. The suspect fled the area once the victims witnessed him. A canvas of the area was conducted by police with negative results. The suspect is described as a black male, medium build, approximately 6’0″ tall. He was wearing dark clothing and a hooded sweatshirt.

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K-9 Units Responding to Bomb Threats at Noodles and Company

Police car lightsArlington County and Pentagon police are responding to two Noodles and Company restaurants in Arlington due to bomb threats.

According to initial reports, someone phoned in multiple bomb threats to the Noodles and Company restaurants at 2011 Crystal Drive in Crystal City and 1201 S. Joyce Street on Pentagon Row.

The restaurants have been evacuated, we hear, and bomb-sniffing dogs from the Pentagon Force Protection Agency are en route to sweep the area.

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Delays on Metro After Earlier Bomb Scare at Clarendon Station

ACPD K9 unitNormal service is starting to resume at the Clarendon Metro station after an earlier bomb scare.

Around 7:30 a.m., police and bomb squad units responded to the station for a report of a suspicious person who might have had explosives.

Bomb-sniffing dogs swept a Metro train at the station but did not find anything. The scene has since been cleared, although Metro riders should expect residual delays.

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Police Investigated Bomb Threat at Pentagon City Starbucks

ACPD K9 unitPolice investigated a bomb threat at a Starbucks in Pentagon City late last week.

The incident happened around 8 a.m. on Friday, Arlington County Police said today, after a Starbucks employee found a threatening note on the floor.

“Business was being conducted as usual when officers arrived,” ACPD spokeswoman Ashley Savage said. “K9s swept the store periodically throughout the day with negative results. There is no suspect description.”

The Starbucks was reported to be on the 1100 block of S. Joyce Street, at the Pentagon Row shopping center. Friday (April 1) was April Fool’s Day.

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UPDATED: Bishop O’Connell High School Evacuated Due to Threat

Update at 6 p.m. — Arlington County Police have issued the following statement about today’s incident.

Staff at Bishop O’Connell High School contacted an Arlington County Police School Resource Officer after they received a bomb threat that was telephoned to the school.  After the school was evacuated, canine resources from the US Park Police, WMATA Metro Transit Police, and Pentagon Force Protection Agency assisted Arlington County Police canine in conducting a thorough and systematic search of the school.

Students were able to be evacuated by school staff with the assistance of Arlington County Police Officers and they were sheltered in nearby Tuckahoe Elementary School, who was having a Parent-Teacher conference day.

There was no evidence of any explosives or hoax devices and the school was deemed clear a short time later.

It appears that this bomb threat may be related to similar threats in the region based on their nature and timing. We will work closely with the other affected jurisdictions to investigate these incidents.

Update at 2 p.m. — Students are now being allowed back into Bishop O’Connell.

Update at 1:10 p.m. — The evacuated students from the high school have been moved from the football field to Tuckahoe Elementary School, across the street. K-9 units from Metro Transit Police, U.S. Park Police and Pentagon police have arrived on scene to aid in a sweep of the school. 

Update at 1:05 p.m. — Tuckahoe parents were sent a text message saying the school was being secured in connection with the Bishop O’Connell incident and evacuation.

In addition to O’Connell and George Mason High, evacuations are also underway due to threats received at five other schools in Northern Virginia, NBC 4 reports: Herndon High School in Herndon, McLean High School in McLean, The Potomac School in McLean, Stone Bridge High School in Ashburn and Falls Church High School in Falls Church. (We’ve since updated this list as NBC 4 corrected its article.)

Earlier: Bishop O’Connell High School is being evacuated due to a bomb threat, ARLnow.com has learned.

Police and K-9 units are en route to the private Catholic school.

The evacuation was reported just minutes after another local high school — George Mason High School in Falls Church — was evacuated due to a bomb threat.

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Morning Notes

Clarendon Metro station and 3100 Clarendon Blvd

Arlington Police HQ Evacuated Due to Bomb Threat — The Arlington County Police headquarters in Courthouse was evacuated for several hours Saturday night after police received an “automated phone call” that made a bomb threat. Bomb-sniffing dogs got a “preliminary hit” but a sweep of the building came up empty. [WJLA]

Arlington’s MLK Tribute — Arlington County held its 47th annual tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. on Sunday. County Board members were among those in attendance, honoring Dr. King. [WTOP]

Tax Bills Could Be Going Up — Unless the Arlington County Board lowers the property tax rate, the tax bill for the average homeowner will be going up to a record $6,011. The average assessed value of residential properties in Arlington increased 2.8 percent year-over-year. [InsideNova]

Tour of Ballston Tech Office — Ballston-based cybersecurity firm ThreatConnect has grown to more than 100 employees and is continuing to expand. The company’s “hip headquarters… comes complete with some beautiful design work and creative Star Wars-centric accents.” [DC Inno]

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UPDATED: Yorktown High School Evacuated After Receiving Bomb Threat

(Updated at 1:55 p.m.) Yorktown High School students, faculty and staff were evacuated after the school received a bomb threat.

Shortly after noon, the school received a call from a “computerized-automated voice” that said “I have a bomb on me,” said Arlington County Police Department spokesman Dustin Sternbeck.

Students were evacuated to the school’s stadium while K-9 units from Arlington, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority and the CIA searched the school.

The dogs did not find anything suspicious, but officers were posted by each of the school’s entrances as students re-entered Yorktown, Sternbeck said. Students and teachers were allowed back in around 1:35 p.m.

Arlington Public Schools sent the following notes to parents about the situation:

At approximately 12 p.m. today, Yorktown High School received an automated telephone bomb threat. As a precaution, all students and staff have been evacuated. Police have responded and are currently doing a search of the building. Everyone is safe and we will provide an update as soon as we have more information.

A short time ago, Arlington Police completed their search and have given the all clear. Students are now moving back into the building and classes are resuming. We appreciate everyone’s fast response and cooperation as well as the support of our Arlington County Police Department.

Yorktown High School was not the only Virginia school to receive a bomb threat. Approximately 10 minutes after Yorktown received the bomb threat, a school in Prince William county received the same phone call, Sternbeck said.

Arlington schools do not receive bomb threats very often, he said.

“We get them at malls more frequently than at schools,” Sternbeck said.

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