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Police: ‘Serial Flasher’ Suspect Arrested

Arlington County Police have arrested a man who they say is the serial flasher responsible for a series of incidents dating back to 2017.

Fairfax County resident Santiago Rodriquez Campos, 34, has been charged with indecent exposure and sexual battery in connection to a Aug. 29, 2017 incident in which, according to police, he exposed himself to a woman and then brushed up against her.

Charges are also pending for a series of indecent exposure incidents in the Rosslyn and the Radnor-Fort Myer Heights area, according to ACPD. Police say the arrest was made by a regional fugitive task force and is the result of an “intensive investigation.”

More from a police press release:

The Arlington County Police Department has charged 34-year-old Santiago Rodriquez Campos of Fairfax County with sexual battery and indecent exposure for his role in an incident stemming from 2017. Campos is linked to a series of indecent exposures and additional charges in Arlington County are pending.

At approximately 12:15 a.m. on August 29, 2017, police were dispatched to the report of an indecent exposure. Upon arrival, it was determined that a female victim was walking in the area when an unknown suspect approached her from behind, exposed his genitals and brushed against her. The suspect then fled the area on foot prior to police arrival.

Following an intensive investigation into the indecent exposure series, Santiago Rodriquez Campos was arrested by the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force on the evening of August 9, 2018, at his residence in Fairfax County. He is being held in the District of Columbia where he is facing additional charges.

The investigation into Santiago Rodriquez Campos is ongoing. Anyone with information related to this investigation is asked to contact Detective J. Echenique of the Arlington County Police Department’s Special Victims Unit at [email protected] To report information anonymously, contact Arlington County Crime Solvers at 866-411-TIPS (8477).

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Crime Report: Serial Flasher Strikes Again?

A pair of indecent exposure incidents in the Rosslyn area is may be linked to a serial flasher who has been at it since the beginning of the year.

Both incidents, which were reported to police an hour apart, happened Thursday night in the Radnor-Fort Myer heights neighborhood. Both times, a woman witnessed a man exposing himself and masturbating.

The suspect descriptions differ, and are not do not match up precisely with the serial flashing suspect, but the suspect behavior is similar.

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

INDECENT EXPOSURE, 2018-06140250, 1300 block of Fort Myer Drive. At approximately 10:20 p.m. on June 14, police were dispatched to the report of an exposure just occurred. Upon arrival, it was determined that the female victim was walking in the area when she observed a male suspect exposing himself and masturbating. The suspect then approached the victim and touched her inappropriately before fleeing the area on foot. The suspect is described as a male, approximately 5’6, in his mid 20’s, with an average build, approximately 120 lbs., wearing dark grey sweatshirt and dark pants, with a hood pulled tightly around his face. The investigation is ongoing.

INDECENT EXPOSURE, 2018-06140269, 1300 block of N. Meade Street. At approximately 11:19 p.m. on June 14, police were dispatched to the report of a peeping. Upon arrival, it was determined that the female victim was inside her residence when she noticed movement outside her window and observed an unknown male suspect exposing himself and masturbating outside the window. The suspect is described as a tall white male, with a muscular build, wearing a maroon or dark red short sleeved shirt and jeans. The investigation is ongoing.

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

ROBBERY BY FORCE (late), 2018-06190271, 935 N. Stafford Street. At approximately 9:00 p.m. on June 19, police were dispatched to the late report of a robbery by force. Upon arrival, it was determined that at approximately 2:00 a.m. on June 19 an unknown male suspect approached two male victims in the parking lot of a business. As they were entering their vehicle, the suspect threatened them with a glass bottle and demanded cash. After the victims complied with the suspect’s request, he fled on foot. The suspect is described as white male, approximately 6’2″, in his late 20’s or early 30’s, with black, medium length hair, an unshaven face, wearing a long sleeve white shirt with the sleeves rolled up and gray pants. The investigation is ongoing.

ROBBERY BY FORCE (late), 2018-06180243, 4200 block of 2nd Road N. At approximately 11:25 p.m. on June 18, police were dispatched to the report of a possible assault in progress. Upon arrival, no victims or suspects could be located. At approximately 1:11 a.m. on June 19, police were dispatched to the report of a possible breaking and entering in progress at the same location. During the course of that investigation, the victim from the initial call for service was located. It was determined that at approximately 11:00 p.m., the victim was walking in the area when he was approached by three unknown male suspects who began asking him questions. When the victim declined to respond and attempted to walk away, he was grabbed and assaulted by the suspects, who then stole items of value from him and fled the scene on foot prior to police arrival. Suspect One is described as a black male with a thick mustache. Suspect Two is described as a medium build Hispanic male. Suspect Three is described as a skinny Hispanic male with tattoos on his arms. The investigation is ongoing.

BURGLARY (late), 2018-06140040, 2300 block of N. Columbus Street. At approximately 4:03 a.m. on June 14, police were dispatched to the report of a breaking and entering just occurred. Upon arrival, it was determined that approximately 10-15 minutes prior to police arrival, the victims were awoken by noise inside the residence and observed an unknown individual fleeing on foot. During the course of the investigation, it was determined that an unknown suspect gained entry to the victims’ residence and vehicle, causing damage to the residence, and tampered with items inside the vehicle. Nothing was reported missing from the vehicle or residence. There is no suspect description. The investigation is ongoing.

ATTEMPTED BURGLARY, 2018-06150240, 4400 block of 31st Street S. At approximately 7:10 p.m. on June 15, police were dispatched to the report of a suspicious person. Upon arrival, it was determined that the female victim was inside her residence when she heard two voices demanding she let them into her residence and attempting to forcibly gain entry. The suspects left without gaining entry after the victim yelled that she was calling the police. There are no suspect descriptions. The investigation is ongoing.

ATTEMPTED BURGLARY, 2018-06170064, 1600 block of S. Glebe Road. At approximately 4:21 a.m. on June 17, police were dispatched to the report of an audible alarm. Upon arrival, it was determined that an unknown suspect(s) forced entry to a business, causing damage. Nothing was reported stolen from inside the business. There is no suspect(s) description. The investigation is ongoing.

RECOVERED STOLEN VEHICLE, 2018-06170161, 2800 block of 21st Road S. At approximately 3:00 p.m. on June 17, an officer on routine patrol observed a vehicle cut off another vehicle and repeatedly swerve in the travel lane on I-395. The vehicle, which appeared to also have a flat tire, then exited at the S. Glebe Road exit. A subsequent check of the tag indicated the vehicle had previously been reported stolen out of Fairfax County. The officer initiated a traffic stop and, with the assistance of other units arriving on scene, both occupants of the vehicle were taken into custody without incident. During the course of the investigation, the passenger of the vehicle was found to be in possession of marijuana and released on a summons. The driver of the vehicle, Eyael Gebreyesus, 21, of No Fixed Address, was arrested and charged with Receiving Stolen Goods, Driving with a Revoked License and Giving False Identity to Law Enforcement While Detained.

PEEPING (late), 2018-06150301, 1800 block of N. Quinn Street. At approximately 10:42 p.m. on June 16, police were dispatched to the late report of a peeping. Upon arrival, it was determined that the female victim was informed by a neighbor, who, while outside walking in the area, witnessed an unknown male suspect looking into the victim’s residence. The suspect is described as a male wearing all black clothing. The investigation is ongoing.

BURGLARY, 2018-06140076, 2100 block of N. Pollard Street. At approximately 9:25 a.m. on June 14, police were dispatched to the report of possible breaking and entering of a business. Upon arrival, it was determined that between 7:00 p.m. and 9:20 a.m. an unknown suspect(s) forced entry to a business, causing damage, and stole numerous items of value. There is no suspect description. The investigation is ongoing.

BURGLARY, 2018-06140227, 200 block of N. Cleveland Street. At approximately 8:10 p.m. on June 14, police responded to the report of a burglary just discovered. Upon arrival, it was determined that between 7:15 a.m. and 6:45 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.

 

ROBBERY, 2018-06130159, 2700 block of Clarendon Boulevard. At approximately 3:10 p.m. on June 13, police were dispatched to the report of a larceny just occurred. Upon arrival, it was determined that a loss prevention officer observed two suspects enter a business, begin browsing and then conceal merchandise. Suspect One took multiple pieces of merchandise, exited the business and was approached by loss prevention, at which point a brief struggled ensued before the suspect fled on foot. Suspect Two remained inside the business, but fled on foot with stolen merchandise when approached by loss prevention. Suspect One is described as a black male, approximately 16-20 years old, roughly 5’11, approximately 140 lbs., with short, puffy-like hair, wearing a hooded sweatshirt, a white t-shirt and dark pants. Suspect Two is described as a black male, approximately 16-20 years old, roughly 5’11, approximately 140 lbs., with short, puffy-like hair, wearing a green/gray sweater and dark pants. The investigation is ongoing.

RECOVERED STOLEN VEHICLE, 2018-06130222, Route 110 East at I-395. At approximately 7:31 p.m. on June 13, a license plate reader lookout was broadcast for a vehicle stolen during an armed carjacking in Leesburg, V.A. Responding officers observed a vehicle matching the description of the lookout in the area of I-66 Eastbound at Sycamore Street. Officers effected a traffic stop just prior to Route 110. Devonta Skinner, 25, of Warrenton, VA was taken into custody on the outstanding warrant and also charged with Revoked Operator’s License.

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Morning Notes

Fundraiser for Family in Need — Money is being raised online for an Arlington woman and her two school-aged sons after her husband — their dad — passed away from stomach cancer. The De Leon Ordonez family was very active with the Barrett Elementary School community, volunteering “countless hours of time and energy” to the school and the PTA. “Please donate to help them get back on their feet,” wrote Del. Patrick Hope. [YouCaring, Twitter]

Tenant-Landlord Guidelines Changed — “County Board members on May 22 approved revisions to the guidelines that developers either can or must follow – depending on the specific circumstance – if they are renovating residential properties and displacing tenants in the process. The revisions… will provide many tenants with more notice and, in some cases, higher relocation payments if they find themselves displaced.” [InsideNova]

Turtle Causes Flight Delay at DCA — A flight from Reagan National Airport to Chicago had its departure delayed a few minutes due to a turtle on the runway. [WUSA 9]

Radnor/Fort Myer Heights Profiled — WaPo has published another profile of an Arlington neighborhood and this time around it’s the Radnor/Fort Myer Heights neighborhood, just south of the Rosslyn and Courthouse Metro stations. The neighborhood’s civic association president said the neighborhood is “concerned about increased density” from development, “want it reasonable” and “open to affordable housing and diversity.” [Washington Post]

County May Hold Discussion of School Construction Costs — “Members of the [Arlington County] government’s audit committee are seeking to hold a summertime discussion of the high costs of Arlington school construction, hoping to piggyback on a report due out in coming weeks from the school system’s auditor. The audit committee has ‘made overtures’ to school officials about holding a joint community forum – date and place still undetermined – to discuss the findings of the report.” [InsideNova]

Ribbon Cutting for New Crystal City Office — Helicopter manufacturer Bell has opened a new office — its “Advanced Vertical Lift Center” — in Crystal City. A ribbon cutting was reportedly held yesterday. The new office “is designed for the company’s military customers, partners and policy makers to ‘interact with technology that is defining the future of vertical lift.'” [Rotor & Wing]

Photo courtesy Jeremy Galliani

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ACPD Investigating Additional Indecent Exposure Incidents

Update at 6 p.m. — ACPD says that the same suspect is believed to be responsible for at least nine separate indecent exposure incidents, all in the same general area.

“The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his 20’s or 30’s, 5’8″ to 5’10” tall with a medium build,” police said in an updated press release. “In several incidents, the suspect was reported to be wearing dark clothing with a hat or hood pulled tight around his face.”

Earlier: Two additional indecent exposure incidents were reported over the weekend and the suspect might be a repeat offender.

Like previous incidents, both happened in the Radnor-Fort Myer Heights neighborhood, near Rosslyn and Courthouse, and involved a suspect wearing a hoodie with the hood up.

The first was reported around 10:30 p.m. Sunday on the 1900 block of Clarendon Blvd, while the second was reported just before 11:30 p.m. Sunday on the 1200 block of N. Meade Street.

In the second instance, the man exposed himself and started masturbating in front of a woman in a parked car.

Asked yesterday if the cases might involve the same suspect, an Arlington County Police Department spokeswoman said both have been “referred to our Special Victims’ Unit for additional investigation and to determine if the cases are linked.”

The department is asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect.

More from an ACPD crime report:

INDECENT EXPOSURE, 2018-05060211, 1900 block of Clarendon Boulevard. At approximately 10:25 p.m. on May 6, police were dispatched to the report of a possible exposure. The witness described the individual as a possible black male wearing a dark hoodie. No additional information was provided by the witness regarding the incident. Upon arrival, officers established a perimeter and canvased the area with negative results. The investigation is ongoing.

INDECENT EXPOSURE, 2018-05060226, 1200 block of N. Meade Street. At approximately 11:20 p.m. on May 6, police were dispatched to the report of a possible exposure. Upon arrival, it was determined that the female victim was inside her parked vehicle when she observed an unknown male suspect approach her vehicle. Once in front of her vehicle, the suspect exposed himself and began masturbating. The victim then drove away. The suspect is described as a male, approximately 6’0″ tall and weighing 165 pounds. He was wearing a hoodie with the hood pulled tight around his face at the time of the incident. The investigation is ongoing.

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Police Seek Public’s Help Identifying Repeat Indecent Exposure Offender

(Updated at 8:05 p.m.) The Arlington County Police Department is asking for tips from the public to identify a man they say has repeatedly exposed himself in the Radnor-Ft. Myer Heights neighborhood, near Courthouse and Clarendon.

The suspect is reported to have approached several victims while exposing himself.

Police describe the suspect as a Hispanic male in his 20s or 30s, standing at 5’8″ to 5’10” tall with a medium build. The suspect, during several incidents, reportedly wore “dark clothing with a hat or hood pulled tight around his face.”

Police have linked five separate indecent exposure incidents on four different days to the same suspect “based on witness interviews and evidence collected.”

The incidents, according to police, occurred at the follow dates, times and locations:

  • January 26, 2018, 10:35 p.m., N. Rolfe Street at 16th Street N.
  • February 9, 2018, 9:48 p.m., 1800 block of 16th Street N.
  • February 13, 2018, 11:00 p.m., 2700 block of Clarendon Boulevard
  • March 3, 2018, 11:58 p.m., 16th Street N. at N. Rhodes Street
  • March 3, 2018, 11:35 p.m., 1900 block of Clarendon Boulevard

The incidents all occurred within approximately a mile of one another, more or less along Clarendon Boulevard. Other indecent exposure incidents have been reported nearby in recent weeks, but were not included in the ACPD press release. However, a police spokesperson tells ARLnow that detectives’ preliminary investigation leads them to believe these two most recent incidents will also end up being included in the same case based on the location and suspect description.

More from the press release:

The Arlington County Police Department is sharing these crime prevention tips to help keep you safe as you travel in the area. Remain alert and aware of your surroundings at all times. Whenever possible, walk with another person and stay in well-lit, high traffic areas. Limit your use of devices that may distract you or impede your vision or hearing. If you see something suspicious or are the victim of a crime, contact the Emergency Communications Center as soon as possible by calling 703-558-2222 or 9-1-1 in an emergency.

If anyone has information on the identity of this individual or details surrounding these incidents, please contact Detective J. Echenique of the Arlington County Police Department’s Special Victims Unit at [email protected] To report information anonymously, contact the Arlington County Crime Solvers at 866.411.TIPS (8477).

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Photos: Trash Truck Smashes into Cars Near Rosslyn

(Updated at 12:10 p.m.) A trash truck smashed into a half dozen cars near Rosslyn this morning.

The crash was reported just after 11 a.m., at the intersection of N. Nash Street and the Arlington Blvd access road, in Ft. Myer Heights.

The truck was going up the steep hill on N. Nash Street when it lost its momentum and started rolling down, according to Arlington County Fire Department spokesman Capt. Ben O’Bryant.

On the way down it struck five vehicles, destroyed part of a stone wall and came to a stop in an apartment building parking lot. It also pushed at least one vehicle over a retaining wall and onto the street and sidewalk below.

Police and firefighters are on scene and the intersection is closed to traffic during the cleanup. The driver of the truck is currently being evaluated for injuries, O’Bryant said.

Photos via @idlelupino, Google Maps

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UPDATED: Hundreds Without Power in Rosslyn, Courthouse Area

Update at 9:45 a.m. — Power has not been fully restored. According to the Dominion website, 282 customers are still without power. Restoration is currently expected by 1 p.m.

Earlier: Hundreds of Arlington residents are without power in the Courthouse and Rosslyn areas.

About 780 Dominion customers are in the dark on a frigid Sunday night, according to the power company’s website. The outage is between Route 50 and Clarendon Blvd, within the Radnor-Fort Myer Heights civic association boundaries.

The cause of the outage is reported to be under investigation and restoration is estimated between 7-11 p.m.

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UPDATED: SWAT Team Responds to 911 Call Reporting Hostage Situation, Finds Nothing

(Updated at 10:45 a.m.) Numerous Arlington County Police officers, SWAT team members and the county bomb squad were on the scene of an incident in the Radnor/Fort Myer Heights neighborhood Thursday morning.

Police were spread across several blocks, in the area of several apartment buildings and the Quarterdeck restaurant. Several roads were closed in the area.

A resident described the incident to ARLnow.com as a “possible hostage situation.” Later Thursday morning, police confirmed that they had received a 911 call from an individual falsely claiming to be holding a family hostage.

More from an ACPD press release:

At approximately 6:05 a.m. on August 17, the Emergency Communications Center received an anonymous call from a subject claiming to be holding a family hostage in the 1200 block of Ft. Myer Drive. Due to the elevated level of threat by the caller, the Arlington County Police Emergency Response Team and Arlington County Fire Bomb Squad were deployed. Members of the SWAT Team made contact with the occupants of the residence and during the course of the investigation, it was determined that no crime had occurred. A protective sweep of the residence was conducted with negative results. The all clear was given at approximately 8:48 a.m.

Reporting false information to the police is a crime. The investigation into the identity of the caller is ongoing. Anyone with information related to this investigation should call the Arlington County Police Department at 703-558-2222. Tips can also be provided anonymously to Arlington County Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS.

The incident may be a case of “swatting,” which is defined as “the action or practice of making a prank call to emergency services in an attempt to bring about the dispatch of a large number of armed police officers to a particular address.”

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story mistakenly identified today’s day of the week as Wednesday instead of Thursday.

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Rosslyn, Clarendon Construction Projects in Various Stages of Completion

(Updated August 16, 10:40 a.m.) With the summer almost at an end, several construction projects in Rosslyn and Clarendon are moving along.

In Clarendon, despite a small fire in May that prompted a major response from the Arlington County Fire Department, the Ten at Clarendon apartment building is open for business on 10th Street N.

A spokeswoman said the 143-unit luxury residential community was completed last month and residents are moving in. Also in July, the building added virtual reality tours for its new apartments .

In Rosslyn, a new six-story condo building is starting to rise in place of an aging low-rise apartment complex. The project, now called “Key and Nash” in signs posted nearby, will add 63 units at the corner of Key Blvd and N. Nash Street.

The project by Reston-based developer NVR, Inc., the parent company of homebuilder Ryan Homes, looks to be well on the way to completion.

Close by, demolition of the former Wilson School is over, and now workers have cleared the ground to start to lay the foundations for the new building.

The new school at 1601 Wilson Blvd, which will house the H-B Woodlawn and Stratford programs, is scheduled to open in fall 2019 and house 775 students across both programs.

But less than a block away, there appears to have been little progress as of yet on the proposed redevelopment of the 39-unit Queens Court apartment complex at 1801 N. Quinn Street.

The County Board approved in February a project by the local nonprofit Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing to bring 249 committed affordable units in a 12-story building.

And in Radnor-Fort Myer Heights, work is continuing on two new residential buildings and a rebuilt substance-abuse recovery facility. Crews and a variety of heavy machinery are on site at the project, known as Gables Pointe 14, at 1307 N. Rolfe Street. The 370 apartments in two buildings, underground parking and an 8,000-square-foot shared park are set to be complete in 2020.

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Crime Report: Man Flashes Multiple Women in Rosslyn Area

A man exposed himself to women twice within a span of about 15 minutes Monday night.

The incidents happened around 10 p.m. in the Rosslyn and Radnor-Fort Myer Heights neighborhoods.

Police say the flasher first exposed himself to a female victim at the intersection of Clarendon Blvd and N. Rhodes Street. Police then received another call for a similar incident on the 1200 block of N. Queen Street.

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

INDECENT EXPOSURE, 2017-06120295, Clarendon Boulevard at N. Rhodes Street. At approximately 9:50 p.m. on June 12, officers responded to the report of an indecent exposure. Upon arrival, it was determined an unknown male suspect exposed himself to a female victim. The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his mid-twenties, approximately 5’7″-5’8″ tall with a medium build. He was wearing a blue hoodie and cargo shorts. The investigation is ongoing.

INDECENT EXPOSURE, 2017-06120300, 1200 block of N. Queen Street. At approximately 10:01 p.m. on June 12, officers responded to the report of an indecent exposure. Upon arrival, it was determined an unknown male suspect exposed himself to a female victim. The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his mid-twenties, approximately 5’8″ tall and weighed 160 lbs. He was wearing a dark colored hat, black hooded sweatshirt, shorts and sneakers. The investigation is ongoing.

A police spokeswoman said the same suspect is believed to be responsible for both incidents, but there’s no word as to whether he may have committed other such indecent exposure crimes in the past.

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

ELUDING, 2017-06080029, Arlington Boulevard at S. Fillmore Street. At approximately 2:30 a.m. on June 8, an officer on routine patrol observed a vehicle traveling with no license plates and attempted to conduct a traffic stop by activating their emergency equipment. The driver refused to stop, increased their speed and fled from the officer. A vehicle pursuit was not initiated. Shortly after, the Emergency Communication Center was notified of a single vehicle crash involving the suspect vehicle. The juvenile suspect was taken into custody and petitions were obtained for felony eluding, possession of stolen property, no operating license and no registration.

MALICIOUS WOUNDING, 2017-06100293, 23rd Street S. at Jefferson Davis Highway. At approximately 11:23 p.m. on June 10, officers responded to the report of a fight. Upon arrival, it was determined following a verbal altercation a known male subject assaulted a male victim. The victim was transported to George Washington University Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Willie Lee Barksdale, 47, of Arlington VA, was arrested and charged with malicious wounding. He is being held without bond.

ARMED ROBBERY, 2017-06120175, 300 block of N. Thomas Street. At approximately 2:07 p.m. on June 12, officers responded to the report of an armed robbery. Upon arrival, the victim reported that an unknown male subject brandished a firearm and stole an undisclosed amount of cash from the victim. The suspect then fled the scene on foot. Responding units established a perimeter with negative results. The investigation is ongoing.

PEEPING, 2017-06120289, 3100 block of Wilson Boulevard. At approximately 8:49 p.m. on June 12, officers responded to the report of a peeping. Upon arrival, it was determined a female victim witnessed a male subject filming her inside a restaurant bathroom. The suspect then fled the scene. The investigation is ongoing.

 

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Man Gets 45 Years In Prison For 1999 Murder

Ludvin Estrada sentencedA man who fled to Guatemala to escape murder charges was sentenced to 45 years in prison Friday for a 1999 homicide in the Radnor/Fort Myer Heights neighborhood.

Ludvin Estrada, 41, was convicted of killing 27-year-old Eva Veliz on May 11, 1999. Police found Veliz dead inside the trunk of a car parked on the 1300 block of N. Pierce Street.

The pair were seen leaving together, after a night out, at approximately 2:45 a.m. on the day of the murder. At some point, the pair started arguing and Estrada strangled Veliz to death, prosecutors say.

Estrada then immediately fled to Guatemala.

Police issued a warrant for Estrada’s arrest, but were unable to find him in Guatemala. The Arlington County Police Department’s cold case unit took over the case in 2012.

A combination of case files, laboratory results and evidence from the crime scene led law enforcement authorities to Estrada in September 2016. He was then extradited to the United States.

More from ACPD:

A man who fled to Guatemala following the 1999 murder of Eva Veliz in the Radnor/Ft. Myer Heights neighborhood of Arlington County was sentenced in the Arlington County Circuit Court on Friday, March 17, 2017. Judge Daniel Fiore imposed the maximum judgement permitted by the plea agreement and sentenced Ludvin Estrada, 41, to forty-five years in prison.

On May 11, 1999, at approximately 4:33 p.m., Arlington County Police responded to the report of a 27-year-old female victim located deceased inside the trunk of a vehicle parked in the 1300 block of N. Pierce Street. The investigation revealed that on the evening prior the victim, Eva Veliz, and the subject, Ludvin Estrada, had been out dancing and were seen leaving together at approximately 2:45 a.m. on May 11, 1999. At some point during the evening, a verbal altercation ensued between the two and the subject strangled the victim causing her death. Estrada immediately fled to Guatemala.

A warrant was issued for Estrada in 1999 but efforts to locate him in Guatemala were unsuccessful. In 2012, the case was assigned to the Arlington County Police Department’s Cold Case Unit. Through a review of the case files, crime scene evidence and laboratory results detectives located additional information that verified Estrada’s involvement in the murder.

In September 2016, following a joint investigation by the Arlington County Police Department, the United States Department of State, the Department of Justice Office of International Affairs, the United States Marshals Service and Guatemalan Law Enforcement, Estrada was extradited to the United States to face charges in the 1999 murder of Eva Veliz.

“Today’s sentence is the culmination of years of dogged work and perseverance by Arlington’s law enforcement community.  A special thank you goes to Detective Rosa Ortiz who never, ever forgot about our victim.  Together with two dedicated prosecutors, Assistant Commonwealth Attorneys’ Stephanie Siegel and Lindsay Brooker, this defendant was finally brought to justice.” said Theo Stamos, Commonwealth’s Attorney.

Arlington County Deputy Chief Daniel J. Murray, Commander of the Criminal Investigations Division said, “More than a decade ago, Eva Veliz was taken from her loving family in a senseless act of domestic violence. While this case was never a whodunit, Ludvin Estrada’s decision to flee the country made this investigation much more complex. This case demonstrates our commitment to pursue cases, no matter how much time has passed. The message to criminals and the families of the victims is clear — Arlington County will not waver in our commitment to investigate and prosecute cold case homicides.”

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Resident Barricaded Herself in Bedroom As Knife-Wielding Burglar Tried to Get In

Police car (file photo)A burglary last night led in some very scary moments for a Fort Myer Heights resident.

The break-in happened just after 7:30 p.m., at an apartment building on the 1300 block of Fort Myer Drive.

“An unknown subject entered a female victim’s residence,” according to an Arlington County Police Department crime report. “The female victim was in a bedroom at the time and heard noises originating from the kitchen. The victim believed the subject retrieved a knife from the kitchen as he made his way towards her location.”

“The subject then tried to force his way into the bedroom but was unsuccessful in gaining entry,” the crime report continues. “The subject fled the scene shortly after. A K9 track of the area returned with negative results.”

The only description the victim was able to give officers was that the suspect was wearing gray shoes. Police say the investigation is ongoing.

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New Mixed-Income Apartment Building Opens Near Rosslyn

A new mixed-income apartment building that provides the amenities of market-rate residences, even though 40 percent of its units are committed affordable housing, has opened near Rosslyn.

The Union on Queen building is located at 1515 N. Queen Street, in the Radnor-Fort Myer Heights neighborhood, roughly equidistant to the Rosslyn and Courthouse Metro stations. It was partially funded with $6.8 million from Arlington’s Affordable Housing Investment Fund.

Work on the 12-story, 193-unit structure, built as a public-private partnership, began at the end of 2014. It was touted as a way to provide affordable housing for those who need it — those making up to 50-60 percent of area median income are eligible for the committed units — while also providing attractive apartments for market-rate tenants.

“What makes Union on Queen so unique is that it offers ALL residents the same award-winning levels of innovation, convenience, amenities and design synonymous with the Bozzuto name in some of DC’s most premier apartments,” a PR rep said. “While most mixed-income communities often lack the luxuries and appointments of market-rate residences, Union on Queen delivers outstanding levels of service and detail for everyone.”

“There are a lot of places that would say, ‘Dumb it down, cheaper, less efficient. It’s affordable housing in there,'” County Board Chair Jay Fisette said during the groundbreaking ceremony two years ago. “But that’s not the way this community works. We want every building to be indistinguishable from the next.”

More on the project, via a press release from developers Bozzuto and Wesley Housing Development Corporation, after the jump.

Teachers, police officers, city employees, fixed-income retirees and service industry workers will next to doctors, lawyers and DC politicos to deliver a truly diverse and integrated community for everyone, creating a sanctuary for all.

The Bozzuto Group and non-profit developer Wesley Housing Development Corporation today announced the opening of Union on Queen, a mixed-income, multifamily community in Arlington. The community offers 193 apartment residences, of which 78 (40 percent) are designated as affordable housing. Significant support was given to this project from Arlington County and the Virginia Housing Development Authority as well as from financial partners Capital One, Hudson Housing, Walker & Dunlop and Freddie Mac.

Union on Queen offers a community of market rate apartments and affordable apartments during a time when there is growing demand for mixed-income housing in the Washington metropolitan area. As one of the few mixed-income housing developments in Arlington, the community plays a pivotal role in helping fulfill Arlington County’s Affordable Housing Master Plan while inspiring other developers to build multi-income communities.

At Union on Queen, housing is “affordable” to households earning 50 percent and 60 percent of area median income. By creating mixed-income communities with affordable housing options, teachers, police officers and f’irefighters, as well as low-income renters such as service workers with jobs essential to the community (restaurant staff, retail clerks, cashiers, daycare workers, hairdressers, maintenance technicians and security guards), or retired people living on Social Security income, can live in the neighborhoods where they work.

Union on Queen is located at 1515 N. Queen Street in downtown Arlington, with easy access to Route 50, 1-66 and the George Washington Parkway. This 12-story, LEED Silver certified development is considered a transit-oriented community because of its proximity to the Orange, Blue and Silver Metro lines at the Rosslyn and Courthouse stations which quickly connects residents to the Washington metropolitan area.  It is a short walk to the many excellent restaurants, shopping and entertainment options in neighboring Georgetown and Rosslyn.

“Bozzuto’s commitment to creating a sanctuary for all, regardless of income levels, is realized through the Union on Queen community. Union on Queen is an exceptionally designed project that offers our residents many choices and caters to many lifestyles. The thought and consideration given to the design, materials and amenities speaks to a sense of pride that all residents in this community will share,” said Toby Bozzuto, president and CEO – Bozzuto.

“This community welcomes everyone no matter where they fall on the economic scale,” stated Shelley Murphy, president – Wesley Housing Development.  “Working with our partners at Bozzuto and Arlington County, we are creating stabilized neighborhoods with quality living arrangements for residents with mixed-incomes and for families. This development is significant in Arlington County’s Affordable Housing Master Plan and provides housing that is affordable for a broad range of Arlington residents.”

“Union on Queen provides wonderful updated and new apartment homes to hundreds of Arlington families.  It also represents the next generation of housing affordability because it is better integrated into the surrounding community, has features that will help its residents save money with access to more ways to get to and from work, and helps to strengthen our economy,” said Arlington County Housing Director David Cristeal.

“We’re thrilled that Union on Queen is welcoming its first residents, an important milestone in the county’s effort to increase the availability of affordable housing,” said Ed Delany, senior vice president, Community Finance, Capital One.  “Affordable housing helps strengthen communities, and partnering to play a role in that process is exciting.  This is particularly the case when it involves a project such as Union on Queen, which embodies how the availability of top tier design and sustainability can reach across income levels.”

Union on Queen’s well-designed floor plans include studio apartments as well as one, two, and three bedrooms. Its numerous amenity spaces encourage neighbors to socialize and interact. The community’s outdoor living areas flow seamlessly into a landscaped patio with comfortable seating surrounding large outdoor kitchens next to an inviting fire pit and green space. The expansive rooftop deck, with bocce court, fireside lounge, coffee bar and kitchen, offers incomparable views of the United States Capitol building.

Union on Queen was designed by architectural firm Davis Carter Scott, with interior design by Design Works. Bozzuto Construction Company served as the general contractor.

For more information on Union on Queen, including leasing details and a list of its outstanding array of amenities, please visit Union on Queen.

Photos by Samantha Moore

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Cyclist Struck by Car, Seriously Hurt Near Courthouse

A driver struck and seriously injured a bicyclist this afternoon near Courthouse.

The crash happened shortly before 4 p.m. at the intersection of Fairfax Drive and N. Queen Street, in the Radnor/Fort Myer Heights neighborhood.

A woman in a Nissan sedan struck the adult male cyclist near the entrance to Route 50. The car’s windshield shattered from the force of the impact on the passenger side of the vehicle. Damage was also visible on the side and hood of the car.

The cyclist was transported via ambulance to the trauma center at George Washington University Hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. Officers remained on scene to investigate the crash, said Arlington County Police spokeswoman Ashley Savage.

The driver remained on scene. No word yet on whether any charges will be filed.

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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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