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Salvation Army Opens Shelter to Serve Human Trafficking Survivors

The Salvation Army is opening a new, 24-hour shelter for survivors of human trafficking, a resource the charity is billing as the first of its kind in the D.C. area.

Leaders with the group’s National Capital Area Command say they can’t reveal where, exactly, the new shelter is located in the region in order to protect the people they’re trying to serve. But they held a ribbon-cutting for the new facility all the same today (Wednesday) at the organization’s Arlington headquarters in Alcova Heights.

“This strikes at the heart of the core values of the Salvation Army,” said Maj. James Hall, the charity’s commander for the D.C. region. “We believe this is the best way we can make a difference on a transformative issue addressing injustice.”

Hall added that the entire effort is being paid for by private donations. He’d originally hoped to win grant funding for the shelter, but struck out on that front.

State Sen. Dick Black (R), who represents Prince William and Loudoun in the General Assembly, commended the effort as an essential one to deal with a “rapidly increasing problem” around the region.

He placed most of the blame for that trend on gang members crossing the Mexican border, which he believes has “literally become a torrent pouring into the country” even as data show net migration levels falling in recent years.

“Runaway children are so easily preyed upon by these people,” Black said.

Kyla Conlee, the shelter’s director, says the new facility will have about half a dozen staff members in all, with two “on call” at all times if someone who’s recently escaped a sex or labor trafficking situation needs help.

She says the shelter will have eight bedrooms, and will be open to both men and women looking for a place to stay. Conlee notes that the facility will only be able to house people for up to 10 days at a time, but her staff plans to work with a network of other charitable organizations to find a more permanent living situation during their stays.

“The most immediate need someone has coming out of a trafficking situation is: where am I going to sleep that first night?” said Stuart Allen, a federal prosecutor in D.C. “I can’t take them in. Law enforcement can’t take them in… But now, victims will have a place to go that first night they need those services.”

Conlee added that her staff will work with local emergency rooms to provide basic medical care for their clients, and even more advanced care for victims of sexual assault. She also wants to offer them the basics at the facility, like new clothes and food, and plans to rely on the community for donations.

Anyone interested in making a donation can drop off goods at the Salvation Army’s Arlington center at 518 S. Glebe Road.

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Morning Notes

Another Heat Advisory Today — “Heat Advisory again for… Tuesday from noon to 8 p.m. due to the continuous heat. Remember to stay hydrated, limit strenuous outdoor activities, and wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.” [Twitter]

New School Board Chair — At its meeting last night, the Arlington School Board elected Reid Goldstein as chair and Tannia Talento as vice chair for the 2018-2019. [Twitter]

State Department Employee Guilty of Child Porn Production — An Alexandria man who worked for the U.S. State Department in Arlington has pleaded guilty to “producing child pornography, in part by using his work-issued cellphone.” Skydance MacMahon “worked with a woman in Canada to shoot explicit photos and videos of five children inside her home, federal prosecutors say.” [NBC Washington]

Vets Hiking to Arlington National Cemetery — Despite blistering heat, two veterans are hiking 150 miles from the gravesite of legendary Marine Chesty Puller, in Middlesex County, Virginia, to the gravesite of decorated World War II soldier Audie Murphy at Arlington National Cemetery. [WUSA 9]

Arlington Remembers World War I — “Veterans of six U.S. military conflicts were on hand June 28 as the Arlington Historical Society paid homage to county residents who fought, and died, in what was termed – ultimately incorrectly – the war to end all wars.” [InsideNova]

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Crime Report: Boy Playing in Park Touched Inappropriately

A man touched a boy inappropriately while he was playing in a park last week, police say.

The boy was playing in Doctor’s Run Park, near Randolph Elementary School, on the morning of Wednesday, June 20, when a man approached and touched him in a sexual manner, according to a crime report. The suspect then fled on foot.

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

SEXUAL BATTERY (late), 2018-06200138, 1300 block of S. George Mason Drive. At approximately 1:30 p.m. on June 20, police were informed of the late report of a sexual battery. At approximately 9:45 a.m. while the juvenile victim was playing in the park, an unknown male suspect approached the victim and touched him inappropriately before fleeing on foot. The suspect is described as an older dark skinned male, with a medium build, little facial hair and wearing a black, gray and white shirt, black pants and gray shoes. The investigation is ongoing.

Early yesterday (Tuesday) morning, meanwhile, police investigated a shooting in the Courthouse area — blocks from ACPD headquarters — that apparently stemmed from a road rage incident.

A man suffered a non-life threatening gunshot wound and the suspect is still at large.

MALICIOUS WOUNDING (late), 2018-06260028, 1100 block of N. Courthouse Road. At approximately 2:23 a.m. on June 26, police were dispatched to the report of a person with a gun. Arriving units searched the area, but were unable to locate the suspect or reporting party. At approximately 2:46 a.m., police were dispatched to Virginia Hospital Center for the report of a person with a gunshot wound. During the course of the investigation, it was determined that the victim was driving in the area when another vehicle began to follow him after a traffic infraction. The suspect vehicle then closely approached the victim’s vehicle while stopped and the suspect brandished a firearm and fired a shot at the victim, causing non-life-threatening injuries. The suspect is described as a black male with a medium complexion with short, black hair and a goatee wearing a gray tank top. The suspect vehicle is described as a silver Honda Accord. The investigation is ongoing.

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

ASSAULT ON LAW ENFORCEMENT, 2018-06260181, 1200 block of S. Hayes Street. At approximately 3:55 p.m. on June 26, police were dispatched to the report of a larceny just occurred. Upon arrival, two suspects in possession of allegedly stolen merchandise were located at the metro and detained. During the course of the investigation, one subject was determined not to be involved in the larceny and released. The second subject in possession of stolen merchandise became combative and allegedly kicked and spit at officers multiple times while they attempted to detain her. Niccole Berry, 26, of No Fixed Address, was arrested and charged with Assault & Battery on Law Enforcement (x3) and Petit Larceny. She was held on no bond.

BURGLARY (late), 2018-06260053, 700 block of 12th Street S. At approximately 7:49 a.m. on June 26, police were dispatched to the late report of a larceny. Upon arrival, it was determined that between 12:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m. on June 26, an unknown suspect(s) forced entry to a building under construction, causing damage, and stole numerous items of value. There is no suspect(s) description(s). The investigation is ongoing.

BURGLARY, 2018-06210004, 1200 block of S. Scott Street. At approximately 12:51 a.m. on June 21, police were dispatched to the late report of a larceny. Upon arrival, it was determined that at between 3:00 p.m. on June 20 and 12:00 a.m. on June 21, an unknown suspect(s) gained entry to a residence and stole items of value. There is no suspect description. The investigation is ongoing.

BURGLARY, 2018-06210133, 6300 block of 29th Street N. At approximately 1:20 p.m. on June 21, police were dispatched to the report of a burglary just discovered. Upon arrival, it was determined that between 7:50 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., an unknown suspect(s) forced entry to a residence, causing damage, and stole numerous items of value. There is no suspect description. The investigation is ongoing.

BURGLARY, 2018-06210143, 5600 block of 32nd Street N. At approximately 2:19 p.m. on June 21, police were dispatched to the report of a burglary just discovered. Upon arrival, it was determined that between 10:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. an unknown suspect(s) forced entry to a residence, causing damage, and stole items of value. There is no suspect description. The investigation is ongoing.

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Morning Notes

Crystal City Tops HQ2 Poll — The combined Crystal City-Potomac Yard site is the most likely D.C. area landing spot for Amazon’s second headquarters, according to an online poll conducted by the Washington Business Journal. Meanwhile, D.C., Virginia and Maryland officials are teaming up to promote the region as the HQ2 search continues. Amazon fever has even entered the world of local business conferences: an event dubbed “HQmania” is scheduled to be held in Rosslyn next month. [Washington Business Journal, WAMU, DCA Live]

Rosslyn Lands Nonprofit HQ — “It’s been a good week for Rosslyn. First came the news that Gerber, a Nestle subsidiary, would relocate its headquarters and 150 jobs from New Jersey to 1812 N. Moore St. And Friday, we learn that a D.C.-based global nonprofit has decided to cross the Potomac into Arlington.” [Washington Business Journal]

ART Bus Stop Vandalized — Someone smashed two of the windows on an ART bus stop in the Long Branch Creek neighborhood late last week. [Twitter]

Arlington Man Charged With Statutory Rape — A 47-year-old Arlington man was arrested at his home last month and charged with the statutory rape of a minor in North Carolina. The man arranged meeting the minor in North Carolina via the messaging app Kik, which is popular with teens. [Fox 8]

Local Columbine Survivor Addresses Student Protesters — “Salli Garrigan was in music class when the sound of gunshots reverberated through the halls of her high school… Garrigan, now 35 and an Arlington resident, stood Friday before a crowd of D.C.-area students gathered on the U.S. Capitol lawn and told them when she was their age, she didn’t know how to make her voice heard.” [Washington Post]

Long Bridge Park Field Renovations Starting — Work is set to begin today on new turf for Long Bridge Park’s heavily-used Field No. 3. The field is expected to be closed for 45 days. [Arlington County]

Past and Present School Board Members Gather — On Thursday, the Arlington School Board held its last meeting at the Arlington Education Center building next to Washington-Lee High School. The board room and administrative offices are moving to the Syphax Education Center along Washington Blvd. To mark the last meeting, past and current School Board members members gathered for a photo. [Twitter]

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JUST IN: Fairfax Teacher Arrested in Arlington on Child Pornography Charges

A 56-year-old of the Columbia Forest neighborhood, near Columbia Pike, has been arrested on child pornography charges.

Arlington County Police say that the suspect, Robert Keith Rowe, lived in Arlington but was a teacher at Sandburg Middle School in Fairfax County. Online records suggest he was a chair of the school’s math department.

Rowe is being held without bond at the Arlington County jail in Courthouse.

More from an ACPD press release:

Detectives with the Arlington County Police Department’s Special Victims Unit have charged 56-year-old Robert Keith Rowe of Arlington, VA with Possession of Child Pornography. He is being held without bond in the Arlington County Detention Facility.

An Arlington County detective assigned to the regional Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force began an intensive investigation into the online activities of Mr. Rowe after receiving a tip about possible criminal behavior. Following the execution of a search warrant at his residence in the 1200 block of S. Forest Street on the morning of March 15, Mr. Rowe was taken into custody. Evidence collected at the scene resulted in the charge against him.

Mr. Rowe is currently a teacher at Sandburg Middle School in Fairfax County. At this time, detectives have not located evidence to suggest he has had inappropriate contact with children. This remains an ongoing and active criminal investigation and anyone with information about Mr. Rowe that may be pertinent to this case is asked to contact either Detective G. Sloan at 703-228-4198 or [email protected] or Detective H. Molina at 703-228-7037 or [email protected] To report information anonymously, contact the Arlington County Crime Solvers at 866.411.TIPS (8477).

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Crime Report: Man Accosts Girl Near Westover

Arlington County police are looking for a man who “made a sexually inappropriate comment” to a girl under the age of 18 near the Westover neighborhood.

The incident happened last Thursday afternoon, according to this week’s ACPD crime report.

SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES (late), 2018-01110206, 5600 block of N. Washington Boulevard. At approximately 6:47 p.m. on January 11, police were dispatched to the late report of a suspicious person. Upon arrival, it was determined that at approximately 2:30 p.m., a juvenile female victim was walking in the area when an adult male approached her on foot and made a sexually inappropriate comment before fleeing the scene. The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 5’5″ to 5’11” tall with an average build, and a black beard. He was wearing a red baseball hat and blue jeans at the time of the incident. The investigation is ongoing.

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

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MALICIOUS WOUNDING BY CAUSTIC AGENT, 2018-01160204, 1500 block of N. Colonial Terrace. At approximately 7:31 p.m. on January 16, police were dispatched to the report of an assault that had just occurred. Upon arrival, it was determined that as the victim was returning to his residence, he located an unknown dark colored SUV in his driveway. The male driver exited the vehicle and sprayed the victim with a caustic substance before fleeing the scene in the vehicle. The victim was treated on scene by medics for minor injuries. The suspect is described as a white male wearing a mask and black jacket. The investigation is ongoing.

ROBBERY, 2018-01160087, 1400 block of S. Hayes Street. At approximately 11:40 a.m. on January 16, police responded to the report of an armed robbery that had just occurred. Upon arrival it was determined that the male victim was walking in the area when he was approached by three unknown suspects who implied they had a weapon and demanded the victim’s belongings. When the victim attempted to photograph the suspects, they fled the area on foot. Responding officers canvased the area and located three suspects matching the victim’s descriptions. Petitions will be sought for the three juvenile suspects.

BURGLARY (late), 2018-01130141, 300 block of 23rd Street S. At approximately 12:33 p.m. on January 13, police were dispatched to the late report of a breaking and entering. Upon arrival, it was determined that cash and items of value were stolen from the victim’s residence. During the course of the investigation, officers developed a possible suspect description and recovered items of value belonging to the victim. Kulbaira Stoddard, 48, of Arlington, VA, was arrested and charged with Burglary and Grand Larceny.

BRANDISHING, 2018-01130170, 800 block of S. Florida Street. At approximately 3:06 p.m. on January 13, police were dispatched to the report of suspicious persons. Upon arrival, it was determined that a group of four subjects known to the victim knocked on the victims’ apartment door. The victim and subjects then became engaged in a verbal dispute outside the apartment, which escalated when one of the subjects allegedly brandished a firearm. No injuries were reported. The subjects fled the scene prior to police arrival and a canvas of the area by responding officers was negative. The suspect who brandished the firearm is described as an Ethiopian male, approximately 18 years old, with scruff on his face. The other three subjects are described as a Middle Eastern male between the ages of 17 and 21; a black male between the ages of 17 and 21, wearing a green jacket and jeans; and a light skinned female wearing a grey sweater. The investigation is ongoing.

ROBBERY, 2018-01160091, 1100 block of S. Hayes Street. At approximately 12:30 p.m. on January 16, police were dispatched to the report of a strong armed robbery. Upon arrival it was determined that four unknown suspects entered a business and stole items of value. A male employee confronted the suspects and was pushed during a brief struggle. The suspects fled the scene prior to police arrival. Suspect One is described as a black male wearing boots, dark colored pants, a black hooded sweatshirt and a green jacket. Suspect Two is described as a black male wearing black track pants and a black hooded sweatshirt. Suspect Three is described as a black male wearing sneakers, blue jeans and a black jacket. Suspect Four is described as a black male wearing sneakers, black pants and a black hooded sweatshirt. The investigation is ongoing.

BURGLARY (late), 2018-01140160, 5000 block of Carlin Springs Road. At approximately 4:07 p.m. on January 14, police were dispatched to the late report of a burglary. Upon arrival, it was determined that between December 8 and January 14, while the homeowner was out of town, items of value were removed from the residence. There is no suspect description. The investigation is ongoing.

SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES (Significant), 2018-01120112, 3000 block of Wilson Boulevard. At approximately 11:11 a.m. on January 12, police responded to the area for the report of a skimming device located inside an ATM. Upon arrival, it was determined that between 4:30 p.m. on January 11 and 10:30 a.m. on January 12, an unknown suspect placed the device inside the machine. There is no suspect description. The investigation is ongoing.

MALICIOUS WOUNDING, 2018-01100004, 2700 block of Washington Boulevard. At approximately 12:53 a.m. on January 10, police were dispatched to the report of a fight in progress. Upon arrival, it was determined that a verbal dispute between known individuals escalated when the female suspect struck the male victim, resulting in multiple lacerations. The victim was treated on-scene by medics. A warrant for Malicious/Unlawful Wounding was obtained for the female suspect.

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Pimp Pleads Guilty to Sex Trafficking Teen in Arlington

A man who forced a 16-year-old girl to work as a prostitute in an Arlington County hotel pleaded guilty yesterday to sex trafficking a minor.

According to documents filed in federal court, Andrew Lee Thompson II, aka “Slim,” 34, of Florida, brought the girl to Arlington after meeting her in Arizona.

While in Arlington, a security guard called police after seeing multiple men go in and out of two rooms at a hotel, identified by WUSA 9 as the Best Western on S. Glebe Road near I-395.

“When law enforcement investigated, they found evidence of prostitution related activity in the hotel rooms and recovered the minor victim,” said a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. “After arresting Thompson, law enforcement found tattoos on his body bragging about his pimping activities, including on his arm and across his chest.”

Thompson also trafficked the girl in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and elsewhere in Virginia for prostitution dates, then collected the money. Thompson worked alongside two co-defendants, Delberta McKenzie and Rachel Robillard, prosecutors say, using prostitution ads posted online.

Thompson faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum penalty of life in prison. He will be sentenced on February 9, 2018.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, announced the guilty plea with Arlington County Police Chief Jay Farr and Andrew Vale, the Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office.

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ACPD Arrests Man Suspected of Lewd Conduct in View of Children

Arlington County Police have arrested a man suspected of masturbating in public while staring at children.

The incident happened last Friday evening, just off Columbia Pike. Police say the 61-year-old man was watching children play at a playground, on the 900 block of S. Buchanan Street, while engaging in the lewd conduct.

“An unknown male suspect was observed masturbating behind a tree while watching children playing,” according to an ACPD crime report issued earlier this week. “The suspect fled on foot when approached by an adult in the area.”

Jose Sanchez, of no fixed address, has since been arrested and charged with masturbating in a public place, a police spokeswoman said today. He was held without bond.

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Crime Report: D.C. Man Charged With Sexual Battery After Grabbing Girl at Mall

A D.C. man has been arrested and charged with sexual battery after an incident at the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City mall yesterday.

Just after noon police were called for a report of a man who had grabbed a teenage girl’s buttocks in the mall, according to scanner traffic.

Based on witness statements, police identified a suspect and took him into custody.

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

SEXUAL BATTERY, 2017-08220140, 1100 block of S. Hayes Street. At approximately 12:18 p.m. on August 22, police were dispatched to the report of a possible assault. Upon arrival, it was determined that a male suspect  allegedly touched a minor inappropriately while inside a store. During the course of the investigation, officers identified a possible suspect based on the description provided by witnesses. The suspect was located in the area and taken into custody without incident. Rivera Barmett, 26, of Washington D.C. was arrested and charged with sexual battery. He was held without bond.

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

UNLAWFUL ENTRY, 2017-08220056, 3800 block of Columbia Pike. At approximately 5:53 a.m. on August 22, police were dispatched to the report of a possible breaking and entering. Upon arrival it was determined that a female victim was awoken to an unknown suspect inside her residence. The suspect fled the scene after being confronted by the victim. The victim was not injured and nothing was reported missing. The suspect is described as a black female, approximately 5’9″ – 6′ with an average build and brown curly hair in a pony tail. She was described as wearing a white dress with a flower design at the time of the incident. The investigation is ongoing.

WANTED SUBJECT, 2017-08200173, 2100 block of Wilson Boulevard. At approximately 3:12 p.m. on August 20, an officer on routine patrol observed a wanted subject in the area of 15th Street S. and N. Courthouse Road. When officers attempted to stop the subject, he fled on foot into the Courthouse Metro Station and boarded a train heading west. A lookout was broadcast and an officer responding to the Clarendon Metro Station observed the subject attempting to exit the station. The subject was then taken into custody without incident. Joshua Brown, 25, of Centreville, VA was served with two outstanding warrants and was charged with possession of controlled paraphernalia.

RECOVERED GRAND LARCENY AUTO, 2017-08190273, 4800 block of Columbia Pike. At approximately 10:00 p.m. on August 19, an officer on routine patrol observed a traffic infraction. Upon further investigation, it was determined that the vehicle was reported stolen out of North Carolina. Manuel Martinez, 36, of Annandale, Virginia was arrested and charged with Possession of Stolen Property, Obstruction of Justice and No Operators License. Gerber Galeas Romero, 51, of Fairfax, VA was arrested and charged with Possession of Stolen Property. Jose Martinez, 41, of Alexandria, VA was arrested and charged with Possession of Stolen Property and Obstruction of Justice.

ATTEMPTED CARJACKING, 2017-08200083, 1800 block of N. Quinn Street. At approximately 5:48 a.m. on August 20, police responded to the report of an attempted carjacking. Upon arrival it was determined that an unknown suspect approached the victim inside his parked vehicle and attempted to open the driver’s door. After failing to gain entry, the suspect struck the vehicle’s windshield with an unknown object and fled the area on foot. The victim was not injured. Responding officers established a perimeter and canvased the area with negative results. The suspect is described as a black or Hispanic male with a large build, shot hair and beard. He was wearing a dark t-shirt and jeans. The investigation is ongoing.

BURGLARY, 2017-08180074, 6000 block of Wilson Boulevard. Between 10:30 p.m. on August 17 and 5:45 a.m. on August 18, an unknown suspect(s) forced entry into a business and stole and undisclosed amount of cash. There is no suspect(s) description. The investigation is ongoing.

BURGLARY (late), 2017-08180202, 2600 block of Lorcom Lane. At approximately 4:56 p.m. on August 18, police were dispatched to the report of a late breaking and entering. Upon arrival, it was determined that an unknown suspect(s) entered a residence and moved items but nothing of value appeared to be missing. There is no suspect(s) description.

INDECENT EXPOSURE, 2017-08180307, 1900 block of Wilson Boulevard. At approximately 11:15 p.m. on August 18, police were dispatched to the report of an indecent exposure. Upon arrival it was determined that a male suspect on foot approached a female victim inside a vehicle and exposed himself. The suspect is described as a black male in his thirties, wearing a dark shirt and dark pants. The investigation is ongoing.

INDECENT EXPOSURE, 2017-08180311, 1500 block of N. Rhodes Street. At approximately 11:40 p.m. on August 18, police were dispatched to the report of an indecent exposure. Upon arrival it was determined that a female victim was walking into a residence when a male suspect approached her from behind and exposed himself. The suspect is described as a black male with an athletic build. He was wearing a dark colored sweatshirt with the hood pulled up and had a scarf covering part of his face. The investigation is ongoing.

BURGLARY, 2017-08170291, 600 block of S. Ivy Street. Between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. on August 17, an unknown suspect(s) entered a residence and stole various personal belongings of the resident. There is no suspect(s) descriptions.

ATTEMPTED ROBBERY, 2017-08150274, 1500 block of 16th Road N. At approximately 8:41 p.m. on August 15, police were dispatched to the report of an attempted robbery. The investigation determined that the female victim was walking in the area when she was passed by four males traveling on foot. As they passed one another, one of the males attempted to steal the victim’s cell phone. The victim was able to break free and contact police. The victim was not injured. Responding officers canvassed the area and located four subjects matching the victim’s description. Antwon Jackson, 18, of Suitland, MD was arrested and charged with Attempted Robbery. Petitions were sought for two juvenile suspects.

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Morning Notes

NBC4: County Agency Failed to Report Alleged Sex Abuse — “The I-Team found [Arlington County Child Protective Services] failed to notify state officials to revoke the license of a former Arlington Public Schools teacher whom they investigated for sexually abusing a former third grade student. The teacher was able to work as an assistant principal in the Prince George’s County Public Schools district for years because of the error.” [NBC Washington]

Jury Duty Process Starting Soon — The Arlington Circuit Court is starting its annual juror qualification process with questionnaires set to be mailed to randomly selected Arlington and Falls Church residents in early September. “These questionnaires are used to qualify residents for jury duty which begins January 1, 2018 and ends December 31, 2018,” according to a press release. [Arlington County]

Heat and Storms in Today’s Forecast — Expect sweltering temperatures today, with a heat index around 100, followed by the threat of potentially strong storms tonight, according to the National Weather Service. [Twitter]

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FBI Seeking Man Who Touched Girl at Cemetery — The FBI’s Washington Field Office is searching for a man who “inappropriately touched a girl as the two stood in a crowd during a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day.” [NBC Washington]

Task Force Recommends ‘Fleet Elementary’ — The task force charged with recommending a name for the new elementary school being built next to Thomas Jefferson Middle School has settled its choice: “Alice West Fleet Elementary.” Fleet was the first African-American reading teacher in Arlington’s public school system. The task force did not recommend transferring the name of Patrick Henry, a slave owner, from the current school, which will be transferring its students to new new school when it is complete. [InsideNova]

Bicyclist Group Calls Out Biking Bullies — In a blog post, the Washington Area Bicyclist Association is calling out aggressive male riders who yelled insults at a female bike commuter on two separate occasions on the Mt. Vernon Trail. “This sort of behavior is totally unacceptable,” the group said. [WABA]

Mt. Vernon Trail Upgrade Complete — The National Park Service has completed an upgrade to a portion of the Mt. Vernon Trail that runs through the Theodore Roosevelt Island parking lot. The upgrade includes a new crossing and speed table across the parking lot and the widening of the trail. [Greater Greater Washington]

Arlington Sells Bonds at Low Interest Rate — Arlington County solds $185 million in bonds at a relatively low 2.5 percent interest rate. “The interest rate we received today is one of the lowest we’ve ever received,” County Manager Mark Schwartz said in a press release. “However, it is slightly higher than the rate we received last year.” [Arlington County]

Tight Race in Va. Gov. Primary — The two candidates battling it out in the Virginia Democratic gubernatorial primary are in the midst of a tight race. The race between Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam and Tom Perriello is being portrayed as a contest between an establishment figure (Northam) and a progressive darling (Perriello). Primary voters will go to the polls on Tuesday, June 13. [Washington Post]

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Police: Man Tried to Lure Boy into Car

Arlington County Police are looking for a man who tried to lure a boy into his car in the Yorktown neighborhood.

The incident happened around 8 a.m. this past Thursday, on the 3000 block of N. Harrison Street, not far from Yorktown High School. Police say a middle-aged man in a silver car asked the boy where he was going and whether he wanted a ride.

More from an ACPD crime report:

ENTICEMENT(Late), 2017-05250276, 3000 block of N. Harrison Street. At approximately 9:15 p.m. on May 25, police were dispatched to the report of an enticement. The investigation revealed that at approximately 8:00 a.m. on May 25, a juvenile male was walking in the area when an adult male subject in a silver four-door sedan pulled alongside him. The subject asked the juvenile where he was going and if he wanted a ride. When the juvenile responded no, the subject drove off in an unknown direction. The subject is described as a white male between 40-60 years old with gray hair. The investigation is ongoing.

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Police: Man Tried to Lure Girl Into Van With Promise of Candy, Dogs

Fairfax County police car lightsArlington County Police are investigating a reported child abduction attempt in Pentagon City.

The incident happened Monday around 4 p.m., near the Costco and Best Buy parking lot. Police say a 10-year-old girl was approached by a man after being dropped off by her school bus.

“The victim described the suspect as speaking with a British accent as he offered her candy and reported to have dogs inside his van,” police said in a press release. “When the victim refused, the suspect grabbed her backpack and jacket before the victim was able to escape. The suspect fled the area by vehicle.”

From the press release:

The suspect is described as a white male, possibly in his 20’s with black hair and wearing a black shirt and possibly red pants at the time of the incident. His vehicle is described as a white van with a sliding side door.

Police have increased patrols in the area. Anyone with information on the identity of this individual or details surrounding this incident is asked to contact Detective K. Bercovicz of the Arlington County Police Department’s Special Victims Unit at 703.228.4235 or at [email protected] To report information anonymously, contact the Arlington County Crime Solvers at 866.411.TIPS (8477).

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ACPD Warns of Suspects Who Ogle, Try to Lure Children

Arlington police carThe Arlington County Police Department is sounding the alarm about a number of suspicious incidents involving children and a lecherous man in a car.

The four incidents date back to April 7. Two incidents in April involved a man who tried to lure children to his home and then his truck. Two incidents in May involved a suspicious man in a vehicle — first a pickup truck, then a different type of vehicle — who drove by and ogled children who were walking home from school.

It’s unclear if the same suspect was involved in all four cases.

“The Arlington County Police Department is actively investigating these incidents,” ACPD said in a press release this afternoon. “Officers will continue conducting extra checks in the area of these incidents and there will be additional police presence during school dismissals.”

Both May incidents were reported to the police department well after they occurred, said ACPD spokeswoman Ashley Savage. Police are asking members of the public to report such occurrences as soon as possible.

“If anyone has information on the identity of the suspect(s) or the vehicle(s), please contact the Arlington County Police Department at 703.558.2222 or Detective Saundra Lafley at 703-228-4052,” said the press release. “Detective Lafley can also be reached by email at [email protected] To report information anonymously, contact the Arlington County Crime Solvers at 866.411.TIPS (8477).”

The full description of the incidents from ACPD is below.

At approximately 4:30 p.m. on April 7, an unknown male subject approached two children, a male and female, in the 5200 block of 8th Road S. and enticed them to accompany him home. The children refused. The subject then left the area in a dark colored, black or blue, pick-up truck. The female juvenile has noticed the unknown male subject watching her on three separate occasions. The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his thirties, approximately 5’6″ tall and weighed 160 lbs. He was wearing a black North Face sweater and blue jeans.

At approximately 7:00 p.m. on April 19, an unknown male attempted to entice several children into his vehicle in the 5200 block of 30th Street N. The vehicle is described as an older model, navy blue pick-up truck with several dents and scratches. It was reported that the truck had a ladder on top of it and numerous tools in the bed. The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, approximately 40-50 years old, with medium length hair and was wearing a blue tattered tank top.

At approximately 3:25 p.m. on May 23, two female juveniles were walking in the 200 block of N. Park Drive when a dark blue pickup truck drove beside them as they were walking. The juvenile victims caught up to another pedestrian in the area and the vehicle drove off. The suspect did not speak to the victims. The suspect is described as a Hispanic male with light complexion and black hair.

At approximately 3:30 p.m. on May 25, a female juvenile victim was walking in the 1300 block of N. Stafford Street when a vehicle passed her traveling in the same direction. The vehicle slowed and appeared to be waiting for her. The juvenile victim turned around and walked in the opposite direction. The juvenile victim reported seeing the vehicle in the area on two additional occasions. On one occasion, the driver sounded his horn to gain the attention of the female victim and her friends. On another occasion, the vehicle was parked and the driver appeared to be watching her. The male subject is described as a heavy set Hispanic, Middle Eastern or Italian male, possibly in his 50’s with thinning black hair, big lips and small rimmed sunglasses. He was driving a newer model light blue, dark blue or black model sedan.

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Crime Report: One Arrest Made After Two Creepy Incidents Near High Schools

Arlington police carOne person was arrested and another is being sought by police as two disturbing incidents near Arlington high schools Tuesday evening.

The first occurred around 4:15 p.m., within a block of Wakefield High School. Police say a 28-year-old Arlington man was arrested after a 15-year-old girl witnessed him masturbating in his car.

From an Arlington County Police crime report:

INDECENT EXPOSURE, 160419045, 1900 block of S. George Mason Drive. At approximately 4:15 p.m. on April 19, while a female victim was walking she witnessed a male subject masturbating in his vehicle. Fredy Lisandro Guzman, 28, of Arlington VA, was arrested and charged with indecent exposure. He is being held on a secured bond.

A block away from Yorktown High School, around 7 p.m., police say a man in a pickup truck tried to lure some children into his vehicle.

At this time, police do not believe this incident is connected with a similar one that occurred earlier in the month in the Arlington Mill neighborhood.

ENTICEMENT, 160419051, 5200 block of 30th Street. At approximately 7:00 p.m. on April 19, an unknown male in a vehicle attempted to entice several children into his vehicle. The vehicle is described as an older model, navy blue pick-up truck with several dents and scratches. IT was reported that the truck had a ladder on top of it and numerous tools in the bed. The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his 40-50’s. He was wearing a blue tattered tank top.

Update at 4:35 p.m. — ACPD issued the following press release about the incident Wednesday afternoon.

The Arlington County Police Department would like to make the public aware of an enticement incident of three children on April 19, 2016.

The Arlington County Police Department is currently investigating an attempted enticement of three children, ages 8-11, while they were outside playing hide and seek yesterday evening. The incident occurred in the 5200 block of N. 30th Street around 7:00 p.m., when a male suspect driving an older model navy blue pickup truck approached the children and attempted to lure them into his vehicle. The children were all able to run away and seek immediate assistance.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, approximately 40-50 years old, with medium length hair and was wearing a blue tattered tank top.

If anyone has information on the identity of the suspect, please contact the Arlington County Police Department at 703.558.2222 or Detective Saundra Lafley at 703.228.4052.Det. Lafley can also be reached by email at [email protected] To report information anonymously, contact the Arlington County Crime Solvers at 866.411.TIPS (8477).

Later Tuesday night, along Columbia Pike, a woman was startled to find a man watching her in the bathroom stall next to hers.

PEEPING TOM, 160419021, 900 block of S. Highland Street. At approximately 11:38 p.m. on April 19, a female victim observed a male subject watching her in the restroom stall next to hers. The suspect fled the scene on foot. The suspect is described as a black male in his 30’s, approximately 5’10-6’0″ tall and weighed 170-200 lbs. He was wearing a white button up shirt, striped tie, tan pants, and dark shoes.

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