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Man Charged With Firing Shot in a Building

A man is facing charges after police say he fired a shot inside a residential building in the Ballston area.

Police arrived at a building on the 3900 block of Fairfax Drive just before 1 a.m. last Friday after a person inside reported hearing a loud noise, then found a small hole in the wall and a metallic object.

During their investigation, police determined that a man in a neighboring apartment had been cleaning a gun and it accidentally discharged, shooting a bullet into, and creating damage to, the other apartment.

Police charged 28-year-old Alexander Kreitle with discharging a firearm into an occupied building.

No injuries were reported from the incident.

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Crime Report: BB Gun Bandit in Nauck

Police are looking for a man who shot up a vehicle with a BB gun in the Nauck neighborhood last week.

The incident happened Wednesday night along S. Shirlington Road. Police responded to a parking lot for a report of gunshots. They arrived and found a vehicle damaged by BBs, but the suspect had already fled and could not be located.

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

DISCHARGE FIREARM/MISSILE INTO OCCUPIED BUILDING, 2018-03070203, 2200 block of Shirlington Road. At approximately 8:10 p.m. on March 7, police were dispatched to the area after a witness reported hearing shots fired inside a parking garage. Arriving officers canvased the area and located a vehicle with damage from a BB gun. The suspect fled the scene prior to police arrival. No injuries were reported. The suspect is described as a black male with curly, reddish dreads, wearing a black jacket. The investigation is ongoing.

The rest of the crime report, after the jump.

BURGLARY, 2018-03090114, 400 block of Army Navy Drive. At approximately 10:23 a.m. on March 9, police were dispatched to the report of a larceny. Upon arrival, it was determined that between 5:00 p.m. on March 8 and 6:30 a.m. on March 9, an unknown suspect(s) forced entry to a construction site and stole numerous items of value. There is no suspect description. The investigation is ongoing.

ATTEMPTED BURGLARY (late), 2018-03100113, 4700 block of 21st Road N. At approximately 11:03 a.m. on March 10, police were dispatched to the late report of an attempted burglary. Between 7:00 a.m. on March 9 and 7:00 a.m. on March 10, an unknown suspect(s) attempted to force entry to a residence, causing damage to the door. There is no suspect(s) description. The investigation is ongoing.

UNLAWFUL ENTRY (late), 2018-03110062, 2800 block of Arlington Boulevard. At approximately 6:35 a.m. on March 11, police were dispatched to the report of suspicious circumstances. Upon arrival, it was determined that at approximately 4:50 a.m., a known suspect entered the victim’s residence and tampered with items inside. The victim awoke to the noise as the suspect was leaving the residence. The investigation is ongoing.

BURGLARY, 2018-03080280. 1900 block of N. Westmoreland Street. At approximately 10:30 p.m. on March 8, police were dispatched to the report of a larceny from auto. Upon arrival, it was determined that the victim observed an unknown suspect inside his vehicle. The victim verbally confronted the suspect, causing the suspect to flee on foot. Nothing was reported missing from the vehicle. Upon further investigation, the victims discovered the suspect had also entered their home and stole items of value. Officers canvased the area and a K-9 track was initiated with negative results. There is no suspect description. The investigation is ongoing.

BURGLARY, 2018-03070040, 800 block of 19th Street S. At approximately 6:20 a.m. on March 7, police were dispatched to the report of a breaking and entering just discovered. Upon arrival, it was determined that between 12:00 a.m. on March 6 and 5:30 a.m. on March 7, an unknown suspect forced entry to a residence, causing damage to the property, and stole numerous items of value. There is no suspect description. The investigation is ongoing.

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Shots Fired Sunday Night in Nauck

Someone fired gunshots at a group of four juveniles walking down the street in the Nauck neighborhood last night.

Police did not report a possible motive for the Sunday night shooting, only saying in a crime report that a vehicle with three males inside approached, shots were filed “in the direction of the juveniles” and the suspects drove off. The kids were unhurt.

More from an Arlington County Police Department crime report:

ATTEMPTED MALICIOUS WOUNDING, 217-12030213, 24th Street S. at Shirlington Road. At approximately 8:16 p.m. on December 3, police were dispatched to the report of shots fired. Upon arrival, it was determined that four juveniles were walking in the area when they were approached by a vehicle with three black males inside. One of the occupants of the vehicle brandished a firearm and fired shots in the direction of the juveniles. The vehicle fled the scene prior to police arrival. It is described as a large black van or SUV. There is no suspect(s) description. The juveniles were uninjured. Officers canvased the area with negative results. The investigation is ongoing.

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Police: Shots Fired in Ballston Apartment Building

Gunshots were fired, apparently accidentally, in a Ballston apartment building early Tuesday morning.

The shots were fired around 2 a.m. on the 1000 block of N. Vermont Street, according to Arlington County Police. No injuries were reported.

An ACPD crime report details what happened.

RECKLESS HANDLING OF A FIREARM (late), 2017-06130094, 1000 block of N. Vermont Street. At approximately 11:03 a.m. on June 13, officers responded to the report of a suspicious circumstance. Upon arrival, it was determined that at approximately 2:00 a.m. a resident heard a loud noise and later discovered two bullet holes in a shared wall of his residence. Police responded, conducted an investigation which is ongoing at this time.

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DEVELOPING: Police Investigate Shots Fired Call on N. Adams Street

(Updated 4:55 p.m.) A man has been found dead inside a residence on N. Adams Street where police were investigating a shots fired called.

There is no threat to the public, according to Arlington County Police, and the investigation is ongoing.

Police said sheriff’s deputies were serving an eviction notice when they heard a single gunshot.

Officers responded to reports of gunshots being heard on the 2000 block of N. Adams Street, near the Lyon Village neighborhood, around noon Tuesday.

Department spokeswoman Ashley Savage said police were trying to determine whether shots were fired from inside the building.

A local resident reported seeing nearly a dozen police cars at the nearby intersection with Lee Highway.

According to scanner traffic, police were joined in the investigation by sheriff’s deputies, and were searching inside the apartment building as well as around its perimeter. Other officers were directing vehicles around the scene and pedestrians going in and out of the building lobby.

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Police: Man Fired Gunshots in Air Near Pentagon

Shots fired response in Pentagon City (courtesy photo)A man fired several gunshots in the air a block from a main entrance to the Pentagon reservation, according to an Arlington County Police crime report.

The shots were fired during a fight between two groups outside the Doubletree hotel on Army Navy Drive in Pentagon City.

No one was hurt and so far no arrests have been made, according to police.

From the crime report:

DISCHARGE OF A FIREARM, 160925005, 300 block of S. Army Navy Drive. At approximately 1:00 a.m. on September 25, police were dispatched to the report of shots fired. The investigation revealed a physical confrontation between two groups had ensued and one male subject discharged a firearm several times into the air. The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 6’2″ tall and wearing a black cap, light blue shirt, and blue jeans. There were no injuries reported.

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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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Police Investigating Reported Gunshot Fired in East Falls Church

2600 block of N. Winchester Street (photo via Google Maps)Arlington County Police are investigating a report of a gunshot fired in the East Falls Church area this morning.

The incident happened around 8 a.m. on the 2600 block of N. Winchester Street, not far from the W&OD Trail.

Multiple people reported hearing a gunshot to police. One person reported hearing a woman screaming and seeing a group of men speed off immediately after hearing a loud bang.

“Police were dispatched to a report of a possible discharge of a firearm,” confirmed ACPD spokeswoman Ashley Savage. “Arriving officers located the occupants of the home and are attempting to interview witnesses at this time. This is believed to be a domestic incident and there are no reported injuries. This is an active investigation and our officers remain on scene.”

Photo via Google Maps

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Military Drill Prompts Shots-Fired Call to ACPD

Police car lightsArlington County Police responded with lights and sirens blaring to a report of shots fired near the intersection of Route 50 and N. Pershing Drive this afternoon, only to figure out that it was almost certainly from a drill at the military base across the street.

Police responded around 2:15 p.m. for a report of a man firing shots at the Days Inn motel, as relayed by a caller who was driving by on Route 50.

Responding officers quickly determined that the shots were almost certainly from what was described as “a 21-gun salute” drill at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, and that the woman who called had heard the shots echoing off the hotel, according to scanner traffic. The woman also reported a suspicious-looking man walking down the highway at the time.

No evidence of gunfire was found at the hotel.

As of 2:30 p.m., police were clearing the call. The incident happened as a gun store prepares to open on N. Pershing Drive, just down the block from the motel, prompting safety concerns from community groups.

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Shot Fired During Home Invasion Robbery in Ashton Heights

Police car lightsEight people were robbed and a shot was fired during a home invasion robbery in Ashton Heights early this morning.

The incident happened around 2:40 a.m. on the 700 block of N. Lincoln Street, not far from the Arlington Arts Center and the Virginia Square Metro station.

Police say eight people were hanging out in a home recording studio when one went outside to smoke a cigarette. As that individual went back inside, two men entered the house and told the crowd that they were being robbed. The victims initially thought it was a joke, and that’s when one of the suspects fired a gunshot into the ceiling, according to Arlington County Police spokeswoman Ashley Savage.

The victims were robbed of cash and electronics. Police believes they were targeted by the robbers.

“This appears to be a targeted incident and we do not believe there is a threat to the public at large,” Savage said.

“Suspect one is described as a black male in his twenties, approximately 5’9″ with a thin build wearing all black clothing with white scarf,” according to a crime report. “Suspect two is described as a black male in his twenties, approximately 5’8″ with a thin build wearing all black clothing. Investigation is ongoing.”

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UPDATED: Road Closures, School Security Heightened Due to Shots Fired Investigation

Police car lightsUpdate 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:

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Shot Fired During Armed Robbery in Crystal City

Police car lightsA gunshot was fired during an armed robbery in Crystal City early this morning.

The robbery happened on the 2400 block of S. Eads Street around 12:30 a.m. Police say two Arlington men, ages 32 and 33, were walking to their car from a nearby restaurant when a man crossed the street and engaged them in conversation. The man then pulled out a gun and demanded cash.

The victims emptied their pockets and then ran away. For an unknown reason, the suspect then fired a single gunshot, striking the side of the CVS Pharmacy building. No one was hurt.

A K-9 unit and the U.S. Park Police Eagle 1 helicopter responded to help in the ensuing search for the suspect. The suspect was not found, but the shirt he was wearing at the time of the robbery and the victims’ phones and keys were recovered a short distance away.

In all, the suspect made off with about $20 to $30, according to Arlington County Police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck.

The suspect is described as a 45-50 year-old black male, approximately 5’4″ and 140 lbs. He was wearing a black and red horizontal-striped shirt and brown shorts.

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Police: Man Upset With Loud Party Fires Gunshot

A man who was “irritated with loud noise from a party” fired a gunshot into the air when some party-goers approached him, according to an Arlington County Police crime report.

The incident happened around 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 21, on the 3000 block of S. Randolph Street in Shirlington.

The man, who was intoxicated, was upset that a “drinking party” in his apartment building was making a ruckus, even after he asked the party-goers to quiet down, according to ACPD spokesman Dustin Sternbeck. Frustrated, the man began filming the party with his cell phone from the building’s courtyard.

Four people from the party then approached the man, according to Sternbeck. Feeling “threatened,” the man took out a pistol from his waistband and fired a single gunshot into the air, Sternbeck said; the party-goers scattered, and the man placed the gun on the ground waited for police to arrive. Nobody was injured.

Patrick John Kelley, 32, was arrested and charged with brandishing a firearm and reckless handling of a firearm. He was held on a secured bond.

The shell casing from the shot was found, but the bullet was not recovered, Sternbeck said.

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Fugitive With Bullet Wound to Foot Arrested at Hospital

A wanted Maryland man was arrested at Virginia Hospital Center last week after he showed up with a bullet wound to his foot.

The incident happened just before 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11. The man was found on the ground at the hospital’s Emergency Room entrance, with a gunshot wound to his right foot, according to a police report. He was brought inside and treated by hospital staff.

When police showed up to interview the man, he refused to provide information about what happened. It was at that point that a fingerprint scan revealed that the man was actually a fugitive wanted for a crime in the District of Columbia.

Police arrested 22-year-old Isaiah Green of Capitol Heights, Md. As of last week he was being held without bond and was awaiting extradition.

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Crime Report: Window Washer Falls onto Sidewalk

A window washer is clinging to life after plummeting about 7 stories onto the sidewalk while working on a Rosslyn office building.

The incident was detailed in this week’s Arlington County crime report, although it’s not being investigated as a crime. Arlington County Police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck said investigators believe the victim forgot to clip in his safety harness. He stepped over an edge, fell, and landed on the sidewalk near the entrance to the offices of WJLA (ABC 7).

INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENT, 07/27/12, 1000 block of Wilson Boulevard. At 11:10 am on July 27, a worker fell approximately from the 7th floor while cleaning windows. Victim is currently in critical condition.

Also in this week’s crime report, a Nauck resident’s glass door was shattered by an apparently stray bullet.

MISSILE INTO OCCUPIED DWELLING, 07/29/12, 2100 block of S. Oxford Street. At 3:40 am on July 29, victim had the front glass door shattered by a bullet fired by an unknown suspect.

The rest of the crime report, after the jump.

ROBBERY, 07/28/12, 1800 block of N. Oak Street. At 3:17 am on July 28, the victim was talking on her cell phone when an unknown suspect pushed her to the ground and stole her phone. Suspect is described as young, black male, approximately 6’0 tall, thin and wearing a white T shirt and red shorts.

SOLICITATION OF PROSTITUTION, 07/30/12, 4100 block of S. Four Mile Run Drive. On July 30 at 11:10 pm, a traffic stop uncovered two subjects involved in prostitution. Upon police interview, it was learned the prostitute admitted to a crack abuse problem and had unprotected sex in the backseat with the subject for $20 to purchase the drug. Michael Anthony Proctor, 51, of Alexandria, VA, was released on a summons for Solicitation of Prostitution and Using a Vehicle to Promote Prostitution.

DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY (SERIES), 07/28/12, 800 block of S. Oakland Street. At 12:40 am on July 28, a suspect was seen breaking mirrors and windows on multiple vehicles. Arrested was Jose Diaz-Cabrera, 28 of Arlington

HOMICIDE, 07/28/12, 3200 block of S. Columbia Pike. Between 2:00 pm and 11:56 pm on July 27, the owner of a business was murdered. The investigation is ongoing.

ARMED ROBBERY, 07/25/12, 4700 block of Columbia Pike. At 8:45 am on July 25, two subjects armed with a gun and knife forced an employee of a check cashing business inside the store and emptied the contents of two safes. The subjects fled the scene on foot with approximately $37,600 in cash. The suspects are described as Hispanic males, approximately 5’8″-10″ tall, with medium builds and short dark hair. One was wearing a white tshirt and sunglasses and the other subject had a black tshirt with sunglasses.

PEEPING, 07/30/12, 4200 block of Wilson Boulevard. At 8:20 pm on July 30, an unknown male subject was watching a juvenile female use the restroom from over the top of the bathroom stall at a mall restaurant. The subject fled the scene and is described as a white male, in his 50’s, with shoulder length grayish brown hair. He was wearing baggy blue jeans, light colored button down shirt and had black head phones around his neck.

BURGLARY, 07/26/12, 1400 block of N. Quinn Street. Between 10 am and 7:30 pm on July 26, an unknown subject(s) entered a first floor apartment through an unlocked kitchen window. Various items were reported stolen to include a laptop, camera and money. There is no suspect(s) description.

BURGLARY, 07/30/12, 900 block of S. Rolfe Street. Between 11:30 pm on July 29 and 1:05 am on July 30, the victim discovered her residence had been broken into and items stolen by an unknown suspect.

BURGLARY, 07/30/12, 2600 block of S. Veitch Street. Between 11:15 pm on July 29 and 3:15 am on July 30, the victim discovered her residence had been broken into and items stolen by an unknown suspect.

BURGLARY, 07/29/12, 500 block of S. 24th Street. Between 7:00 am on July 26 and 10:00 pm on July 29, the victim discovered her residence had been broken into and items stolen by an unknown suspect.

BURGLARY (ATTEMPT), 07/27/12, 2800 block of N. Scott Street. Between 5:00 am and 9:38 am on July 27, unknown suspect attempted to break into the victim’s residence.

BURGLARY (ATTEMPT), 07/29/12, 3700 block of N. Wakefield Street. Between 4:00 am and 4:17 pm on July 29, unknown suspect attempted to break into the victim’s residence.

BURGLARY (ATTEMPT), 07/29/12, 3300 block of N. 22nd Street. Between July 24 and 8:30 pm on July 29, unknown suspect attempted to break into the victim’s residence.

LARCENY FROM AUTO (SERIES), 07/26/12, 1000 block of N. Highland Street. Between 10:00 pm on July 25 and 7:59 am on July 26, multiple vehicles were broken into and items stolen by an unknown suspect.

LARCENY FROM AUTO (SERIES), 07/28/12, 6000 block of N. 19th Street. Between 7:30 pm on July 27 and 7:30 am on July 28, multiple vehicles were broken into and items stolen by an unknown suspect.

LARCENY FROM AUTO (SERIES), 07/31/12, 800 block of Army Navy Drive. Between 11 am and 4pm on July 31, numerous vehicles were broken into while parked in the garage at the Pentagon City mall. Items reported stolen were GPS devices, money and other electronics. There is no suspect description.

STOLEN VEHICLES

07/29/12, 2012 Jeep, Gray MD 4AK0032, 1200 block of N. Herndon Street
07/28/12, 2006 Kawasaki Ninja Motorcycle, Silver VA 731920, 1200 block of N. Herndon Street
07/27/12, 2001 KTM Motorcycle, Orange VA 736270, 1200 block of N. Herndon Street
07/27/12, 2004 Dodge Caravan, Blue VA DLH-5347, 1200 block of N. Herndon Street
07/30/12, VA JVF9659, 2003 Toyota Corolla, Tan, 6200 block of N. 18th Street
07/30/12, VA KFP1056, 2006 Lexus RX 400h, Beige, 3500 block of S. Utah Street

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