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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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Trail Between Doctor’s Run, Randolph ES Nears Completion

The trail connecting Doctor’s Run Park and S. George Mason Drive to Randolph Elementary School is expected to be complete by the end of the year.

The project, funded with Neighborhood Conservation money, will realign the trail that runs between the park and the school, widening it and decreasing its slopes in several areas, according to its county project page. The trail will be lit until 6:00 p.m. to coincide with Randolph’s after school programs.

The new trail will also connect with the 12th Street S. bike boulevard that goes from street to trail at S. Quincy Street. When complete, county Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Manager David Goodman told ARLnow.com a HAWK signal will be installed at the intersection of George Mason Drive and 13th Street, where the trail connector meets the road. The improvements will also include a pedestrian

“There are some improvements we’re doing on either end of this connector that are going to tie this all together,” Goodman told ARLnow.com.

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Police: Man Pulls Machete on Dog Bite Victim

A Chihuahua (photo by Paul Komarek)Arlington County police are looking for a man who allegedly pulled a machete on someone who was just bitten by his Chihuahua.

The incident happened around 9:00 Friday night at Doctor’s Run Park, in the Douglas Park neighborhood. The male victim had hopped a fence at the park to retrieve a ball when he was bitten by a Chihuahua, according to Arlington County Police Department spokesman Dustin Sternbeck.

The victim confronted the dog’s owner, who was at the park with a large group of people. The owner of the dog became agitated and tried to punch and kick the victim, Sternbeck said. Then the man allegedly went to his car, retrieved a machete, and threatened the victim with it.

A female acquaintance of the suspect convinced him to put the knife away and leave the scene, Sternbeck said. The victim escaped the confrontation with only minor scratches from the dog bite.

The suspect is described by police as “a Hispanic male, 5’5″, with black hair and brown eyes, and approximately 150 pounds and 40 years old.” Anybody with information about the man or the incident is asked to call Arlington County police at 703-558-2222.

File photo via Paul Komarek/Wikipedia

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Sewage Release Reported in Doctors Run

Sewage has leaked from a private building into Doctors Run, also known as Doctors Branch, Arlington County said Wednesday morning.

The county is advising people and pets to avoid contact with the stream, a tributary of Four Mile Run, until further notice. From an Arlington Alert:

The Arlington County Department of Environmental Services reports the possible release of sewage from a private building into the storm drains system. They are advising that humans and pets avoid contact with the water in Doctors Branch from Alcova Heights Park located at South 8th st. and George Mason Drive to Four Mile Run at Barcroft Park for several days to allow flushing of the stream.

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