Suspect and Murdered Wife Both Marines — “A woman found dead in [an Arlington] hotel room on Saturday and the man arrested in connection with her murder are both U.S. Marines… The two were seen earlier in the evening at the Marriott while attending their unit’s military ball to commemorate the Marine Corps’ 243rd birthday.” [Newsweek, Task and Purpose]
Arlingtonian Named ABC 7’s Hero of the Week — “In his dedication to the community, Aaron Codispoti switches gears constantly — in the truest sense of the word. He manages a team of more than a thousand people within the State Department, volunteers as an auxiliary police officer with Arlington County — often on bike patrol — and organizes blood drives twice a year.” [WJLA]
Crafthouse Going National — Ballston restaurant Crafthouse is taking its craft beer and elevated pub food formula national. The company, which also has locations in Fairfax and Reston, is preparing for rapid expansion via franchising. [Reston Now]
Local Entrepreneurs Mostly Looking Forward to Amazon — Though Amazon’s anticipated arrival in Crystal City could come with rent and hiring challenges, local entrepreneurs are mostly looking forward to the excitement and amenities the tech giant will bring to the area. [Forbes]
Amazon May Make Defense Hiring Harder — “If Amazon.com Inc. puts part of its second headquarters in Crystal City — as signs are pointing to this week — it could make defense hiring in the region even more competitive. The Seattle-based e-commerce and cloud computing company is already pursuing new deals in the defense and intelligence sectors, industry execs tell The Wall Street Journal, and an expanded presence in Greater Washington — home to thousands of government contractors — would put a strain on a market stretched by a dearth of workers holding proper security clearances.” [Washington Business Journal]
Police Looking for Driver Who Brandished Gun — Arlington County Police are investigating a road rage incident along Columbia Pike in which one driver “pulled over, exited his vehicle, and following a verbal dispute, allegedly brandished a firearm and threatened the other driver.” [Arlington County]
The incident happened last Tuesday shortly after 11 a.m. on the 4000 block of Columbia Pike, just east of S. George Mason Drive.
Police were called and located the vehicle and the suspect nearby, according to the latest Arlington County Police Department crime report.
BRANDISHING, 2018-07030092, 4000 block of Columbia Pike. At approximately 11:17 a.m. on July 3, police were dispatched to the report of a brandishing just occurred. Upon arrival, it was determined that following a verbal dispute between drivers, the suspect brandished a BB gun at the victim before fleeing the scene in his vehicle prior to police arrival. The victim was not injured. Arriving units canvased the area and, based upon a description of the vehicle provided by the victim, located the suspect vehicle and suspect nearby. Jose Del Cid Sanchez, 34, of Washington, D.C., was arrested and charged with Brandishing a Firearm and released on a summons.
The rest of this past week’s crime report highlights, including some that we’ve already reported, is below.
BURGLARY (late), 2018-07030201, 1600 block of S. Joyce Street. At approximately 7:21 p.m. on July 3, police were dispatched to the late report of a burglary. Upon arrival, it was determined that between 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., an unknown suspect(s) gained entry to a residence and stole items of value. There is no suspect description. The investigation is ongoing.
MALICIOUS WOUNDING, 2018-07050034, 5100 block of Columbia Pike. At approximately 3:32 a.m. on July 5, police were dispatched to the report of an assault just occurred. Upon arrival, it was determined that a verbal dispute between the victim and suspect escalated to physical violence, resulting in the victim being struck multiple times and suffering lacerations. The suspect fled on foot prior to police arrival. A lookout was broadcast and units canvased the area with negative results. The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 6’1″, 160 lbs., with a low haircut, wearing khaki pants and no shirt. The investigation is ongoing.
FELONY HIT & RUN (Significant), 2018-07080071, I-66 at N. Scott Street. At approximately 4:41 a.m. on July 8, Arlington County Police responded to an accident with injury on eastbound I-66 near the Key Bridge. Upon arrival, it was determined the suspect failed to yield to a Secret Service officer, entered the eastbound lanes of I-66 traveling westbound and struck another vehicle head-on. The driver of the suspect vehicle fled the scene on foot. A perimeter was established and Fairfax County Police Helicopter conducted an aerial search for the suspect with negative results. Due to the crash, the passenger of the suspect vehicle was unable to exit the vehicle. Upon seeing flames originating from the vehicle, arriving Arlington County officers pulled the passenger from the vehicle to safety. He was transported to George Washington University Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the victim vehicle was transported to Virginia Hospital Center with non-life threatening injuries. Warrants were issued for Victor Ebai, 28, of Springfield, VA for Felony Hit and Run and Felony Eluding.
ASSAULT ON LAW ENFORCEMENT, 2018-07050205, 1100 block of Wilson Boulevard. At approximately 6:32 p.m. on July 5, police were dispatched to the report of a larceny in progress. An arriving officer identified the suspect, who was allegedly in possession of stolen goods that were visible in his backpack, based upon a lookout and attempted to stop the suspect. The suspect ignored the officer’s commands and fled the area on foot. A brief foot pursuit ensued and the suspect eventually stopped running. The officer issued lawful commands to the suspect, to which he did not comply and continued to challenge the officer. The officer then attempted to deploy his taser unsuccessfully, however, the suspect complied and got on one knee on the ground. When the officer attempted to handcuff him, the suspect continued to struggle with the officer, knocked the handcuffs away and fled on foot again. A second foot pursuit ensued and the officer was able to take the suspect to the ground. The suspect resisted the officer’s attempts to control him and repeatedly pulled the officer’s hand away from his radio and interfered with his microphone, preventing him from communicating his location to dispatch. The suspect continued to be combative, attempting to strike the officer with a closed fist multiple times. Despite the suspect grabbing the officer’s hand as he attempted to use his O.C. spray, the officer was able to successfully deploy the spray, preventing the suspect from further resisting arrest. With the assistance of an additional arriving officer, the suspect was then taken into custody. The officer sustained minor injuries and was transported to an area hospital for evaluation. Lamont Witherspoon, 41, of No Fixed Address, was arrested and charged with Petit Larceny: 3+ Offense, Possession of Burglarous Tools, Assault on Law Enforcement, Attempting to Disarm a Law Enforcement Officer of a Chemical or Impact Weapon, Obstruction of Justice (x2), Preventing an Emergency Call, and served with an outstanding warrant for Grand Larceny. He was held on no bond.
SEXUAL BATTERY, 2018-07080036, 3100 block of Wilson Boulevard. At approximately 1:53 a.m. on July 8, police were dispatched to the report of an assault. Upon arrival, it was determined that the victim was inside a business when an unknown male suspect approached her from behind and grabbed her buttocks. The suspect is described as a black male in his 30’s, approximately 5’4″, slightly overweight, with a round face and dark brown shoulder length hair. The investigation is ongoing.
BURGLARY (late), 2018-07060049, 2700 block of N. Pershing Drive. At approximately 6:00 a.m. on July 6, police were dispatched to the report of a burglary just discovered. Upon arrival, it was determined that at approximately 3:45 a.m., two unknown suspects forced entry to a business and stole items of value. There are no suspect descriptions. The investigation is ongoing.
BURGLARY (late), 2018-07080198, 1200 block of S. Scott Street. At approximately 6:38 p.m. on July 8 police responded to the report of a burglary just discovered. Upon arrival, it was determined that between 9:15 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., an unknown suspect(s) forced entry to a residence and stole items of value. There is no suspect(s) description. The investigation is ongoing.
BURGLARY, 2018-07080101, 3100 block of Columbia Pike. At approximately 10:23 a.m. on July 8, police were dispatched to the report of a larceny just occurred. Upon arrival, it was determined that the victim remotely observed a male suspect force entry to their business and steal items of value. After exiting the business, the suspect located a taxi and fled the area. During the course of the investigation, police were able to determine the identity of the driver of the taxi and make contact with him. The driver returned to the scene, but the suspect had exited the vehicle prior to the taxi’s return to the scene. The suspect is described as a black male, 40-50 years old, approximately 5’10”-6’0″, 150 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes. The investigation is ongoing.
The robbery happened around 1 a.m. on the 5700 block of 10th Road N., a block or two from the Custis Trail. The woman was not harmed and the suspects fled in a pickup truck, police said.
More from an Arlington County Police Department crime report:
ROBBERY, 2018-02040017, 5700 block of 10th Road N. At approximately 1:00 a.m. on February 4, police were dispatched to the report of a robbery by force. Upon arrival, it was determined that a female victim exited her vehicle and was walking to her residence when she was approached by two male suspects, who demanded her purse and money. The two suspects stole the victim’s purse and other items of value and fled in a dark blue two-door pickup truck driven by a third suspect. Responding officers canvassed the area with negative results. Suspect One is described as a medium-skinned black male, approximately 5’8-5’10, medium build, in his early 20’s, wearing a black cap, a long black jacket with a hood, with a beige jacket underneath and black shoes. Suspect Two is described as a black male. There is no description of the third suspect. The investigation is ongoing.
Also over the weekend, a Purcellville man was arrested and charged with drunkenly brandishing a gun at a security guard in Crystal City.
BRANDISHING, 2018-02030233, 200 block of 18th Street S. At approximately 9:37 p.m. on February 3, police were dispatched to the report of a brandishing. Upon arrival, it was determined that a security guard was patrolling the area on foot when a male suspect walked past him. The security guard looked back and observed the suspect allegedly brandishing a firearm at him. Responding officers canvased the area and located a suspect matching the description provided by the victim. Trevor Burns, 23, of Purcellville, VA, was arrested and charged with Brandishing a Firearm, Carrying a Concealed Weapon, Carrying a Concealed Handgun Under the Influence of Alcohol and Drunk in Public.
Nothing was reported stolen during the hold up, which happened around 7:45 p.m.
More from the crime report:
BRANDISHING, 2017-12220221, 5200 block of Yorktown Boulevard. At approximately 7:41 p.m. on December 22, police were dispatched to the report of a suspect holding an individual at gunpoint. Upon arrival, it was determined that three victims were walking in a park when a male suspect jumped out from the bushes and brandished a firearm. The suspect forced the victims onto their knees and threatened them, before dismissing two of the victims. The suspect instructed the third victim to empty his pockets before dismissing him from the scene. None of the victims were injured and nothing was stolen from the contents of the third victim’s pockets. Units canvased the area with negative results. The suspect is described as a young, white male, in his late teens or early twenties, wearing a black jacket, blue jeans and a black mask.
The rest of this past week’s crime report highlights, including some that we’ve already reported, after the jump.
ROBBERY, 2017-12220160, 1700 block of McKinley Road. At approximately 3:26 p.m. on December 22, police were dispatched to the report of a bank robbery just occurred. Upon arrival, it was determined that an unknown suspect entered a bank, approached the counter and passed a note to the bank teller claiming to be armed and demanding money. The suspect fled on foot prior to police arrival. Nobody inside the bank was injured. Units established a perimeter and canvased the area with negative results. The suspect is described as as a chubby white male, 40-50 years old, approximately 5’6, wearing a gray winter hat, dark red coat and blue jeans. The investigation is ongoing.
ROBBERY, 2017-12220252, 1600 block of S. Glebe Road. At approximately 11:55 p.m. on December 22, police were dispatched to the report of an armed robbery just occurred. Upon arrival, it was determined that two unknown suspects entered a business, brandished firearms, and demanded everyone to the back of the business. The suspects stole items of value from the business before fleeing. Units established a perimeter and a K9 track was conducted with negative results. None of the victims were injured. Suspect One is described as a black male in his early 20’s, approximately 5’10, with a slim build, medium skin tone, short, brown hair, dark brown eyes, a black jacket, black pants, a black mask and black gloves. Suspect Two is described as a black male in his early 20’s, approximately 5’7, with a medium build, medium skin tone, wearing a black jacket, black pants, a black mask and black gloves. The investigation is ongoing.
BURGLARY, 2017-12260158, 600 block of S. Carlin Springs Road. At approximately 11:53 p.m. on December 26, police were dispatched to the report of an audible interior alarm. Upon arrival, it was determined that an unknown suspect(s) forced entry to a business, causing damage. Nothing was reported missing. There is no suspect(s) description. The investigation is ongoing.
LARCENY/LARCENY FROM AUTO (series), 2017-12220113, 12220127, 12220131, 4600 block of 4th Street S., 4800 block of 8th Street S., 4400 block of 1st Street S. At approximately 12:41 p.m. on December 22, police were dispatched to the report of packages being taken off of porches. Upon arrival, it was determined that an unknown suspect was observed removing numerous packages from the front porches of residences and stole items of value from a vehicle. Units canvased the area and located several discarded items from the packages and vehicle. The suspect is described as a younger black male, wearing red headphones, a light denim jacket, a dark shirt, light jeans and brown shoes, carrying a black backpack. The investigation is ongoing.
UNLAWFUL ENTRY, 2017-1221094, 600 block of N. Irving Street. At approximately 3:45 a.m. on December 21, police were dispatched to the report of an unlawful entry. Upon arrival, it was determined that an unknown suspect entered a church overnight. Nothing was reported missing or damaged. The suspect is described as a white male, 300-350 lbs., approximately 5’10, with a beard and long, unkempt hair, wearing baggy, dark clothes and carrying a backpack. The investigation is ongoing.
UNLAWFUL ENTRY, 2017-12200018, 1100 block of N. Vernon Street. At approximately 2:10 a.m. on December 20, police were dispatched to the report of an unknown person who had entered a residence. Upon arrival, it was determined that an unknown male suspect entered an unlocked residence. A resident encountered the suspect inside the home and asked him to leave, which he complied with. The suspect was located by arriving officers nearby and taken into custody. Nothing was reported missing from the residence. Edgar Barrera, 25, of Lanham, MD, was arrested and charged with Unlawful Entry and Drunk in Public.
INDECENT EXPOSURE, 2017-12200271. 1300 block of N. Meade Street. At approximately 11:35 p.m. on December 21, police were dispatched to the report of an indecent exposure just occurred. Upon arrival, it was determined that the female victim was walking home when she noticed the male suspect walking behind her. When the victim stopped outside of her residence, the suspect walked beside her with his genitals exposed. The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 5’7, with a thin to average build, approximately 150 lbs., with short, trimmed facial hair, wearing a dark colored zip up jacket with the hood tied tightly around his face, and blue jeans. The investigation is ongoing.
(Updated at 2:55 p.m.) A man was taken into police custody at gunpoint in the middle of Columbia Pike this afternoon after a false report that he threatened someone with a gun.
The incident happened just before 2 p.m. near the intersection of the Pike and S. Glebe Road.
A 911 caller said the man had threatened him with a gun during some sort of confrontation, according to scanner traffic. According to Arlington County Police spokeswoman Ashley Savage, the incident started as a verbal confrontation between the caller and the man over the caller allegedly ogling the man’s girlfriend while the couple was stopped in their car on Glebe Road near the Bank of America.
Police, told that the man had a gun, rushed to the scene and conducted a traffic stop on a car matching the description relayed by the caller. Officers ordered the man out of the vehicle with his hands up and took him into custody in the middle of Columbia Pike.
Upon further investigation, officers determined that the man did not have a gun in his possession and was not armed during the confrontation, Savage said.
“Basically it was just a verbal dispute that escalated,” Savage said. The scene has been cleared and no charges have been filed.
The incident took place just after 4 p.m. at the intersection of N. Highland Street and Clarendon Blvd, near the Clarendon Metro station.
It all started when one driver reportedly cut off another. That led to a dispute in which one of the parties involved got out of his or her vehicle. It was at that point that a man in the other vehicle flashed a gun, Arlington County Police spokeswoman Ashley Savage said Thursday.
The man drove off and no one was injured. A pedestrian was caught in the middle of the dispute and served as a witness for police, Savage said. There was also a cell phone video and surveillance video of the incident.
The suspect in the case later voluntarily came to the police station and was issued a court summons, Savage said. His court date is set for March 10.
A jogger was robbed by the men around 12:30 p.m. on the trail near the Glebe Road bridge over I-66, according to ACPD spokesman Dustin Sternbeck. The victim struggled and was struck in the head — possibly with a pistol.
The men took a GPS watch and sunglasses and fled down the trail, Sternbeck said. A short time later, another trail user told police that one of the men pointed a silver handgun in his direction when he passed by.
Police notified Arlington Public Schools of the robbery and three nearby schools — Washington-Lee High School, Arlington Traditional School and Glebe Elementary — were placed in a secured state. Based on that initial notification from ACPD, an email alert sent to parents erroneously reported a shooting.
This afternoon, the Arlington County Police notified us of a robbery of a jogger that occurred on a nearby bike path. The report we received said that the incident also involved a shooting. As a precaution, we have secured the school building and all students are being kept inside.
Three men were apprehended outside the Ballston Metro station around 1:30 p.m., Sternbeck said. A handgun was recovered. The men are now being questioned by police.
“It was great police work… getting these individuals off the street,” Sternbeck said.
The robbery victim is currently being evaluated for injuries at Virginia Hospital Center.
(Updated at 9:50 a.m.) An elderly man mentioned as a suspect in this week’s Arlington County police report went missing today.
The man — reported to be 100 years old — was accused of brandishing a firearm after he allegedly pointed a shotgun at family members from the front porch of his home in the High View Park neighborhood. After the incident, which occurred on Tuesday morning, police confiscated the man’s weapons. He was not arrested, police say.
This morning, police were conducting a coordinated search for the man after a family member said he had gone missing. According to scanner traffic, the man has now been found, several blocks away from his house, safe and unharmed. From the crime report:
BRANDISHING A FIREARM, 11/13/12, 2100 block of Emerson Street. On November 13 at 10:15 am, an elderly male subject reportedly brandished a shotgun and aimed it at a family member following a verbal altercation. The weapon was not loaded and no one was injured. The subject did not flee the scene and police officers were able to appropriately handle the incident
The rest of this week’s crime report, after the jump.
BRANDISHING A FIREARM, 11/13/12, 4000 block of 4th Street. On November 13 at 2:30 am, an unknown subject was said to have brandished a gun and aimed it at a victim following a verbal confrontation. The subject fled the scene by foot. The suspect is described as a 6’3″ tall black male, approximately 20-24 years old, with short braided hair.
BURGLARY, 11/07/12, 3900 block of 4TH Street North. On November 7 at 12:12 am, an unknown subject(s) entered a residence through a window and stole two televisions. There is no suspect(s) description.
BURGLARY, 11/11/12, 1100 block of Hayes Street. Between November 10 at 11:35 pm and November 11 at 10:30 am, an unknown subject(s) entered a store at the Pentagon City Mall and stole several items of merchandise. There is no suspect(s) description.
BURGLARY, 11/12/12, 4000 block of 5th Street. On November 12 between 8 am and 7 pm, an unknown subject(s) entered an apartment through the back door and stole various items. Surveillance video captured the subject attempting to sell the stolen items at a local pawn store. The subject is described as a heavyset black male, approximately 6′ tall with dreadlocks.
BURGLARY, 11/13/12, 2900 block of Glebe Road. Between November 9 and November 13, an unknown subject(s) entered an apartment. The subject(s) vandalized and stole several items from the apartment. There is no suspect(s) description.
Police are looking for a construction worker who reportedly pulled a gun during an argument near Crystal City.
Initial reports suggest other construction workers were able to wrestle the gun away from the man after he brandished it during an argument at a construction site at Old Jefferson Davis Highway and S. Clark Street.
The man fled on foot wearing an orange reflective vest and a hard hat, which police have since located. Police are setting up a perimeter to try to find the man.
It’s unclear if the man was working at the Long Bridge Park construction site or on one of several other projects in the area.
Update at 9:45 a.m. — The search has been called off.