Update at 1:20 p.m. — The missing boy was found around 1 p.m., according to police. He was located on the roof of Williamsburg Middle School.
Earlier: Arlington County Police are calling in resources from Virginia State Police to help search for a missing 12-year-old boy.
Police say Eli Check, 12, was last seen early this morning at his home on the 3400 block of N. Emerson Street, near Williamsburg Middle School in the Rock Spring neighborhood.
Check, who is transgender and identifies as male, was last seen dying his hair black, according to police.
“We’re worried about his safety,” said ACPD spokesman Capt. Bruce Benson.
At least one K-9 unit is involved in the search of the neighborhood around the boy’s home, Benson confirmed. Police are also asking for the public’s help.
From a press release issued shortly after noon today:
The Arlington County Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a 12 year old boy. Eli Check of Arlington, was last seen at his home in the 3400 block of N. Emerson St. at 2 a.m. on Monday, October 24, 2016.
Eli was last seen in his home dying his hair black. He is white, weighing 85 lbs. and is 5’0″ tall. He may be wearing light colored blue jeans with multiple, multi colored patches on the legs.
Eli is transgender, female to male, and it is possible he may present as a female. Eli’s legal name is Eliana Check.
Anyone who has information about Eli is asked to call the Arlington County Police Department immediately at 703-558-2222.
The suspect in this morning’s incident was wearing a gray sweatshirt and a clown “skull” mask, according to a police lookout. It was initially reported that the suspect was wielding an axe; later it was reported that it was actually a skateboard.
Multiple kids reported seeing the “clown.” Police are now searching for the suspect around the park and up and down the trail.
Most elementary and middle school students in Arlington do not have school today due to parent-teacher conferences.
Update at 11:40 a.m. — Another witness told officers that the suspect was a teenager with red hair, whom she saw take off the mask and run off with two other teen boys, according to police radio traffic.
Update at 4:50 p.m. — One lane of northbound Glebe Road has been reopened, but major backups on Glebe are being reported.
Update at 4:30 p.m. — Firefighters say they’ve located the likely source of the smoke, in a mechanical room. No fire was found. Units are starting to clear from the scene.
Arlington County firefighters have shut down Glebe Road at Wilson Blvd as they investigate why the second floor of the Ballston Common Mall Macy’s store has filled with smoke.
Numerous fire department units are responding to the scene, but so far the source of the smoke has not been found. No flames have been seen and firefighters are checking the building’s HVAC system.
Drivers should expect traffic impacts in the area.
— LincolnACFD (@LincolnACFD) August 17, 2016
Units on scene at the long-time local business report that there’s a significant amount of blood on the floor of the pharmacy. Initial reports suggest that a woman, who’s currently talking to police at the pharmacy, stabbed an intoxicated man out of self-defense.
Police are searching for the stabbing victim, who fled the scene after the incident, possibly on a stolen moped.
Update at 5:25 p.m. — Police have located the man who was stabbed, and the moped, near the Arlington Career Center on Columbia Pike, according to scanner traffic. The man has an injury to his hand.
Update at 9:45 a.m. — ACPD has released the following crime report about this incident.
GRAND LARCENY AUTO (significant), 160804038, 2400 block of S. Shirlington Road. At approximately 4:30 p.m. on August 4, police were dispatched to the report of a fight. The investigation revealed that the victim and suspect got into an argument that escalated into a physical fight. During the fight, the male suspect took off his belt and began hitting the female victim with it. The victim broke a beer bottle and slashed the victim’s hand. The suspect then stole the victim’s moped that was parked and fled. The suspect struck a vehicle during his escape, and continued to flee on foot. The suspect was later apprehended in the area and taken into custody. Gregory Donnell Graham, 46, of Arlington VA, was arrested and charged with assault and battery, grand larceny (Auto), and hit and run.
MISSING JUVENILE: Assist PD in locating 11 y/o Aaron Meyerson. Last seen near Taylor Elementary wearing blue shirt. pic.twitter.com/mMSAryWJaO
— ArlingtonCountyPD (@ArlingtonVaPD) June 6, 2016
Update at 1:30 p.m. — Arlington Public Schools has released the following update on what happened from Harold Pellegreen, the principal of Taylor Elementary:
Dear Taylor Families:
Earlier today, one of our Taylor students, Aaron Meyerson, went missing before school. Aaron and his parents had been in a meeting with a teacher this morning and he became upset and ran out of the meeting room and school. Aaron’s mother followed him, but he ran into the woods behind Taylor and she lost sight of him. The office was notified and we immediately called 911 for assistance to locate Aaron.
Fortunately, a short time later, Aaron was found safe and, after being checked out by the Arlington County Fire Department as a precaution, he was reunited with his mother. I want to stress that this was never related to the incidents that have occurred in the community recently involving strangers, and we regret if some peopled mistakenly connected today’s incident with those earlier reports. We are relieved that Aaron was found unharmed and has been returned to the care of his family.
I want to thank the Arlington County Police Department for their quick response and the many Taylor families and neighbors who came out to help search for Aaron.
Update at 11:35 a.m. — The child has been found near the school, according to police. He appears to be uninjured but is being evaluated by paramedics, as a precaution, before being reunited with his parents.
Update at 10:45 a.m. — The U.S. Park Police helicopter and a Maryland State Police bloodhound are being brought in to assist with the search, according to scanner traffic.
Police, parents and school personnel are searching the neighborhoods around Taylor Elementary School for a missing student.
Arlington County Police say Aaron Meyerson, 11, walked away from the school this morning and hasn’t been seen since.
According to scanner traffic, the boy is known to climb trees and hang out near the Donaldson Run creek. Police have searched the area in and around the school, the creek, and the houses of the boy’s friends.
The search comes a week after ACPD warned of a man who was trying to lure children into his vehicle. There’s no connection between those incidents and today’s search, police say.
Update at 6:05 p.m. — Charges have now been filed in the case.
Fairfax County Police are investigating the death of a two-year-old girl who was found in the back of a car in Pentagon City.
Medics were called to the front of the Pentagon City mall, on the 1100 block of S. Hayes Street, around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday for a report of a child who was unresponsive in the back of a car and was being administered CPR. The girl was later pronounced dead.
An investigation determined that the girl had likely died in Annandale after being left in the back of the car all day by a caretaker.
From the Fairfax County Police Department:
Our initial investigation has determined that a male acquaintance of the child’s mother was supposed to drop three children off at two locations on the morning of April 20. It appears he dropped off two older children, ages 10 and 15, and then returned to the home in Fairfax County, not realizing that the two-year-old remained on the back seat of the car. Sometime later, the acquaintance got back in the car to pick up the children’s mother. When he arrived at her location in Arlington County, he looked in the back seat area of the car and saw the child. When he discovered that she was unresponsive, he immediately called 911.
So far, no charges have been filed in the case. The two older children are staying with a relative pending the results of the investigation.
“As detectives continue their investigation, they will consult with the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney for Fairfax County for a determination of criminal liability,” said police.
Arlington County Police are on scene of a stabbing in the Nauck neighborhood.
The incident happened just before 2 p.m. on the 2200 block of 24th Street S. Initial reports suggest a man was stabbed and the suspect was then chased down the street by two men.
The victim, however, is being uncooperative and no suspects are in police custody, according to scanner traffic.
The victim’s injuries are said to be non-life-threatening. He is being transported via ambulance to the trauma center at George Washington University Hospital.
Photo courtesy @toddmpost
Arlington County Police are conducting a death investigation in Bluemont Park (601 N. Manchester Street) this morning.
A body was found inside a van in the park’s parking lot, said ACPD spokeswoman Ashley Savage.
Foul play is not currently suspected but Savage said it is an “on-going investigation.”
Photo courtesy Dennis Dimick
A gun store offering “the largest selection of firearms inside the D.C. Beltway” is planning to open next month in Lyon Park.
NOVA Armory is coming to the ground floor of 2300 N. Pershing Drive, near Route 50 and Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall. Much of the store’s interior appears to already be built, based on a photo on NOVA Armory’s website.
The store says it expects to open in March, pending final licensing.
“NOVA Armory will provide D.C., Maryland and Virginia residents the lowest priced firearms guaranteed,” said a recorded announcement that plays when you call the store’s phone number. “With our one-of-a-kind showroom, you will be able to handle hundreds of firearms without the need for a salesperson.”
A county permit application indicates that the store has been granted a local business license and the land use go-ahead from Arlington’s planning department
“RETAIL-FIREARMS SHOP,” says the county staff comment on the permit application online. “PER ZA AND G. ACURIO IN COUNTY MANAGERS OFFICE TREAT AS ANY OTHER RETAIL SHOP.”
Last year an effort by a store called NOVA Firearms to open a location in Cherrydale resulted in a community outcry and national media attention. Eventually the store’s would-be landlord, facing community pressure and protests, cancelled the lease.
While similar in name, a Yelp listing for NOVA Armory (below) states that it’s not affiliated with Nova Firearms. The permit holder for the business, however, is listed as Dennis Pratte, a McLean gun dealer who at one point was reported to be the owner of Nova Firearms. A different man was said to be the owner of Nova Firearms during last year’s Cherrydale controversy.
The owners of NOVA Armory have been in the firearms industry for 20 years. They are active hunters and sporting arms enthusiasts that have decided to open a state-of-the-art showroom that allows customers to view and handle secured arms without the need of a sales person, thereby allowing you to shop in peace. While we will have consultants available to address your questions, we want to offer you a new and unique way to shop for your next firearm.
We will also offer free firearms transfers if we cannot provide you the same firearm for a cheaper price. We hope to be your go-to firearms resource.
Finally, while similar in name, we are not affiliated with any other firearms shops in the VA, DC or MD areas.
(Updated at 3:15 p.m.) Several traffic signals are out around Clarendon following a power outage that briefly affected much of the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor.
The outage was reported around 12:30 p.m. in Courthouse, Clarendon, Virginia Square and Ballston. Power was quickly restored in most places, though Dominion says just over 200 customers are still without power.
Restoration is at least initially expected between 4-6 p.m., according to Dominion’s website.
Traffic lights are out at the following intersections in and around Clarendon, according to scanner traffic. Police are setting up cones to help direct traffic.
- 10th Street and Washington Blvd
- 10th Street and Wilson Blvd
- 10th Street and Fairfax Drive
- 10th Street and Barton Street
More traffic signals are being reported out along Fairfax Drive and, separately, at the intersection of Old Dominion Drive and Lee Highway. An earlier traffic light outage at Washington Blvd and N. Kirkwood Street has reportedly been resolved.
As for what caused the power outage, one Twitter user in Courthouse reported hearing a “loud noise” before losing power, while others reported a tree down on wires and blown transformers at the intersection of 10th Street and N. Barton Street, near Barton Park.
Also, a smell of natural gas is being reported at 10th Street and Washington Blvd. The fire department and Washington Gas is responding to the scene.
— Shannon Croom (@ShannonCroom) February 24, 2016
@ARLnowDOTcom a tree fell on the wires
— michelle (@michelleebarr) February 24, 2016
@ARLnowDOTcom I heard from my son's teacher that two transformers blew up. Large part of Arlington w/o power.
— Reem Akkad (@reemakkad) February 24, 2016
— Audrey Kramer (@BrooklynAYK) February 24, 2016
@ARLnowDOTcom power still out in court house. At least in my building.
— Reem Akkad (@reemakkad) February 24, 2016
— Marisa (@maracasting) February 24, 2016
(Updated at 11:15 a.m.) Arlington County firefighters are on the scene of a house fire on the 1300 block of N. Nelson Street, a block from Washington-Lee High School.
The fire department was called around 10:15 a.m. after residents and passersby spotted smoke coming from the home’s attic.
The fire was extinguished quickly and no one was injured. Three people, including one disabled man, escaped from the house during the fire and are expected to be temporarily housed by the Red Cross.
The house has three apartments. Its roof partially buckled during the fire.
— Public Servant-33yrs (@CAPT258) February 3, 2016
The robbery occurred just after 5 p.m., at the Blue Ridge Partners gas and service station on the 2700 block of N. Pershing Drive, at the intersection with Washington Blvd.
Initial reports suggest that two men robbed the store, with one man displaying a small chrome pistol. Then men took cash, an iPhone and Newport cigarette cartons, before fleeing on foot to a nearby black SUV with tinted windows and Maryland tags and then driving off.
Both suspects are described as black males in their 40s with average builds. The first suspect is described as 5’9″, wearing a Washington Redskins jacket. The second is described as 5’10” with a black jacket and a black ski cap.
No one was injured in the robbery.
The Sunoco gas station at the corner of N. Glebe Road and Washington Blvd was robbed earlier this afternoon by two suspects, one of whom has a gun, according to police.
While police try to track down the suspects, nearby Washington-Lee High School has been placed in “secure the school” mode, which usually means that exterior doors are locked and students are not allowed outside.
Around 2 p.m., police released a surveillance image of a robbery suspect, taken inside the Sunoco’s convenience store.
Update at 1:55 p.m. — Fairfax County Police say they’ve determined that the shots fired call was the result of an active shooter drill. Road closures are being lifted and police are clearing the area.
Wakefield High School and Claremont Elementary are in a heightened state of security due to an investigation into shots fired across the county line.
Fairfax County Police say they’re investigating a shots fired call from the area around Skyline Towers and the Target on Route 7. The address is reportedly that of a federal law enforcement office.
“We are investigating a report of shots heard at 5109 Leesburg Pike,” FCPD said in a tweet. “Nothing confirmed. No suspect, no victims located at this point.”
Wakefield and Claremont have been placed in “secure the school” mode, according to scanner traffic. Arlington County Police have also shut down the intersection of George Mason Drive and Route 7, preventing traffic from entering Fairfax County.
Tweets from during the incident:
@ARLnowDOTcom A bunch of FPS vehicles just went tearing out of a nearby office with lights and sirens going.
— Loopy Smith (@jonzie5647) October 15, 2015
— Jack Hogan (@ousooners28) October 15, 2015
— Daniel Kaniewski (@dankandc) October 15, 2015
Update at 6:15 p.m. — The disabled train has been cleared and trains are no longer single tracking past the station, Metro says.
Earlier: A large scale fire department response has been dispatched to the East Falls Church Metro station for a report of smoke on a train.
Metro says that a Largo-bound Silver Line train has offloaded at the station after suffering a brake problem. Trains are now single tracking past the station.
Light smoke reportedly filled at least one of the train cars, according to scanner traffic.
Largo Town Center bound Silver Line train offloading at East Falls Church, brake problem. Trains holding behind. 547pm #wmata
— Metrorail Info (@Metrorailinfo) September 15, 2015
Orange/Silver Line: Single tracking through East Falls Church due to a disabled train at East Falls Church. Delays in both directions.
— Metrorail Info (@Metrorailinfo) September 15, 2015
Org/Sil Line: No longer single tracking. Residual delays continue in both directions due to an earlier train malfunction at E. Falls Church.
— Metrorail Info (@Metrorailinfo) September 15, 2015