Two men who were allegedly caught inside a business during a burglary, but initially refused to come out, prompted a large police response over the weekend
The incident happened around 1:30 a.m. Saturday on the 2500 block of Wilson Blvd, roughly between Clarendon and Courthouse.
Police, after being flagged down and told 0f the possible burglary, spotted the men inside the business and ordered them to come out. After they refused a standoff ensued, and the U.S. Park Police helicopter and a SWAT team were called in.
“As Emergency Response Team officers prepared to make entry to the building, one suspect surrendered himself to police and was taken into custody without further incident,” said today’s Arlington County Police Department crime report. “The second suspect was located inside a closet during a search of the building and taken into custody without further incident.”
Two Arlington men, ages 46 and 34, were arrested and now face several burglary-related charges.
Police did not reveal which business was burglarized.
FINAL: ACPD has taken two suspects into police custody.
— ArlingtonCountyPD (@ArlingtonVaPD) December 12, 2020
Photo via Google Maps
Complaints over helicopter noise in Arlington are likely to soon be better tracked by the federal government.
On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a veto-proof version of the $740 billion National Defense Authorization Act, and it includes a provision directing the Secretary of Defense to “develop a process to receive, track, and analyze complaints of military rotary wing aircraft noise in the National Capital Region that are registered on the noise inquiry websites of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and Dulles International Airport.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says that the NDAA will be approved before the end of the year, while questions remain if President Trump will attempt to veto it.
Congressman Don Beyer tweeted that the addition of the language to the NDAA and its passage is a win for the region. Helicopter noise has long been a topic that he’s worked on, and over the summer Beyer wrote in an email to ALXnow that his office consistently receives a high volume of helicopter noise complaints.
“We get calls about airplanes on approach and departure to and from DCA, and increasingly about military helicopters across the region, many of which fly in and out of Fort Belvoir,” Beyer wrote. “I had a town hall on the issue a few years ago in Fairlington, which has been particularly affected, and it was clear that people wanted ways to track and report noise complaints, and to have a forum for ongoing discussion about ways to mitigate that noise which would include input from the local community.”
The NDAA we just passed in the House gives the troops a raise, renames bases formerly named after Confederates, and does a lot more.
There's also a section with a win on something I've been pushing on for my constituents– addressing helicopter noise in the capital region: pic.twitter.com/yNQ4WtqRUz
— Rep. Don Beyer (@RepDonBeyer) December 9, 2020
Beyer recently joined a number of D.C.-area lawmakers in asking for the Defense Department to study helicopter noise in the area.
The noise issue has been a growing concern for years. Last year, the U.S. Army revealed one reason for some extra noise: it was conducting a secret operation that required the use of Blackhawk helicopters.
Flickr pool photo by John Sonderman
Update at 1:50 p.m. — The missing man has been found along Army Navy Drive, near 28th Street S., according to police radio traffic. He was located as a result of ACPD’s Project Lifesaver technology.
Earlier: Arlington County police are looking for a missing senior in Crystal City, Pentagon City and other surrounding neighborhoods.
Police are using Project Lifesaver equipment in the search and are being assisted by the Fairfax County Police Department helicopter, according to scanner traffic. The Del Ray area of Alexandria is also being searched.
The man — who’s 5’10”, Hispanic and in his late 70s — went missing around noon, and is considered to be endangered.
He was “last seen wearing a black long sleeved shirt and a burgundy polo, khaki pants and a brown hat with a black rim… in the area of the 800 block of 23rd Street S.,” said an Arlington Alert text. “Anyone with any information please contact the Arlington County Emergency Communication Center at 703-558-2222.”
More from an Arlington County Police Department social media post:
Mr. Iraheta visited the Pentagon Centre at Pentagon City earlier today and is known to frequent the City of Alexandria. @FairfaxCountyPD helicopter is assisting with a search of the area.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact police.
— ArlingtonCountyPD (@ArlingtonVaPD) December 8, 2020
(Updated at 2:45 p.m.) Officers on the ground and a helicopter overhead searched for a criminal suspect near Rosslyn this morning.
Police were investigating a “domestic incident” this morning around 9 a.m. when they spotted the suspect and he took off running. He was able to evade officers after running down the Custis Trail and then through the woods in the area of the MOM’s Organic Market on Lee Highway, according to scanner traffic.
The exact nature of the incident for which the suspect is wanted is unclear.
The man reportedly changed clothes while on the run. Numerous Arlington County Police and U.S. Park Police officers, including at least one K-9 unit, looked for the man on the ground. The U.S. Park Police Eagle 1 helicopter was also overhead, helping to search from the air.
The search was largely called off by 10:45 a.m., though police remained on scene investigating.
N11PP, a Bell Helicopters 412, is circling over North Highlands, Arlington at -150 feet, speed 67 MPH, squawking 5131, 0.06 miles from North Adams Park #N11PP https://t.co/i6suC7ic7A pic.twitter.com/Bns7qyO9tQ
— Advisory Circular DC (@SkyCirclesDC) November 18, 2020
— Samer Farha (@samerfarha) November 18, 2020
This morning’s suspect search follows another helicopter-assisted suspect search last night, in the Courthouse area, following an attempted sexual assault.
Update at 9:40 a.m. — Mystery solved: the helicopter was being used for aerial photography of Rosslyn.
We were taking aerial photos of Rosslyn. pic.twitter.com/OwB1fbhYaL
— VSIAERIAL (@vsi_aerial) November 5, 2020
Earlier: A helicopter was circling near the Rosslyn area around lunchtime today (Wednesday), though it’s unclear what exactly it’s doing.
The helicopter belongs to a private aviation company that works on projects for utility companies and government agencies. The same chopper has been conducting other flights around parts of Virginia over the past couple of weeks, and was reportedly spotted over Old Town Alexandria last year.
Today’s flight originated at Manassas Regional Airport, according to flight tracking websites.
Private aircraft traffic in close proximity to D.C. is tightly regulated and mostly limited to airlines going to and from Reagan National Airport. Some exceptions are made, however, for flyovers, aerial filming and other special purposes.
More from Twitter:
— Helicopters of DC (@HelicoptersofDC) November 4, 2020
N894HA, a Bell 206-B-3, is circling over North Highlands, Arlington at 950 feet, speed 54 MPH, squawking 4613, 0.01 miles from Bay-Eva Castle #N894HA https://t.co/Flrs2YdQv6 pic.twitter.com/oiO9Dwazel
— Advisory Circular DC (@SkyCirclesDC) November 4, 2020
Anyone know what the low-flying helicoper has been doing over the area between Courthouse and Rosslyn for at least the last-half hour? @ARLnowDOTcom
— Ria Galanos (@cscheerleader) November 4, 2020
Hey #AvGeeks … anyone know who owns a Bell Jet Ranger helicopter, registration N894HA? It’s flying low-level around Old Town Alexandria, which is usually restricted to only military and law enforcement helicopters 🚁 pic.twitter.com/Df6uNaGQ0b
— Marcus Weisgerber (@MarcusReports) October 2, 2019
Va. Coronavirus Cases Skewing Younger — “Gov. Ralph Northam said during a press conference today that local health officials are pointing to a “significant shift” of people in their 20s or younger getting COVID-19.” [Tysons Reporter]
Northam Announces New Restrictions — “Gov. Ralph Northam is rolling back reopening in Hampton Roads as cases there surge but stopped short of doing so statewide. Gov. Northam’s announcement came after a private meeting Tuesday with Dr. Deborah Birx, the Coronavirus Response Coordinator for the White House. Virginia was her last stop on a five-state tour… she came to all of these states with the same message: put additional mitigation measures in place before things get worse.” [WAVY, InsideNova, Commonwealth of Virginia]
Bill May Tackle Local Helicopter Noise — “A local addition to the National Defense Authorization Act — a $740 billion bill approved through the House and Senate and headed to the White House — would require the Pentagon to establish a helicopter noise abatement group for the region… The amendment was sponsored by Rep. Don Beyer (D) would also require the Pentagon to establish a noise inquiry website.” [ALXnow]
County Wants to Become More ‘Age Friendly’ — “With AARP’s recent approval of Arlington’s Age Friendly Action Plan, Building an Age Friendly Community, the County is now entering a three-year process to achieve the plan’s goals and objectives — and enhance the County’s standing as a livable community for people all ages.” [Arlington County]
Nearby: Falls Church Unveils New Permit — “To help businesses and non-profits cope with the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Falls Church Recreation and Parks Department has created the Temporary Outdoor Commercial Activity Permit. Certain parks and amenities can be rented for commercial activities like exercise classes and children’s entertainment.” [City of Falls Church]
Photo courtesy Geoff Collins
Four people were taken into police custody early Sunday morning after a license plate reader alerted an officer to a reported stolen vehicle.
The incident happened around midnight. Police say the driver of the stolen car took off after the officer attempted a traffic stop, then bailed out and fled on foot — along with three other vehicle occupants — near the intersection of 9th Street S. and S. Oakland Street, in the Alcova Heights neighborhood near Columbia Pike.
Police established a perimeter and the Fairfax County Police helicopter was called in to assist with the suspect search. Eventually, all four suspects were apprehended, including the alleged driver — who was found in the backseat of a car that tried to drive through the search area.
More from an Arlington County Police Department crime report:
RECOVERED STOLEN VEHICLE, 2020-05020209, 9th Street S. at S. Oakland Street. At approximately 11:46 p.m. on May 2, an officer was alerted to an LPR hit on a vehicle previously reported stolen out of Washington, D.C. The officer attempted a traffic stop, however, the driver eluded. The driver eventually stopped the vehicle at 9th Street S. and S. Oakland Street and all four occupants fled on foot. Arriving officers apprehended three of the suspects. A perimeter was established and a helicopter responded to assist with the search for the outstanding suspect. A vehicle entered the perimeter with an individual in the rear seat matching the suspect description. The vehicle was stopped and the fourth suspect was apprehended without incident. Three of the occupants were released and charges are anticipated at a later date. The fourth suspect and alleged driver, Avery Robinson, was arrested and charged with Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle, Possession of a Concealed Weapon, Possession of Stolen Goods, Eluding and Obstruction of Justice. He was held on a secured bond.
Numerous locals noted the circling chopper and took to social media to ask what was going on.
Police attempted a traffic stop on a stolen vehicle. The driver refused to stop and the 4 occupants bailed out at S. 9th and Oakland Street. Officers apprehended 3 suspects. The helicopter assisted with the search of the fourth suspect who was eventually taken into custody.
— ArlingtonCountyPD (@ArlingtonVaPD) May 3, 2020
N211FX, a Bell 429, is circling over Alcova Heights, Arlington at 1025 feet, speed 87 MPH, squawking 0271, 0.07 miles from Arlington Baptist Church #N211FX https://t.co/M2H9K5BqIb pic.twitter.com/hsbcYwATSD
— Advisory Circular DC (@SkyCirclesDC) May 3, 2020
A search for a suspect wanted for armed robbery prompted police helicopter activity over Arlington early Thursday morning.
An officer spotted the wanted suspect near the intersection of Wilson Blvd and N. Garfield Street in Clarendon shortly before 12:30 a.m. Upon seeing the officer about to make a traffic stop, the suspect pulled his car over, bailed out and took off running, according to Arlington County Police.
The Fairfax County Police helicopter was called in to help search for the suspect. Despite the chopper circling the area for some 30-60 minutes — as seen in the flight path map above — the suspect was not found and the search was called off.
While the suspect made a clean getaway, another vehicle occupant was arrested and charged with drug possession and identity theft, police said.
More from ACPD:
NARCOTICS VIOLATION (Significant), 2020-04090001, Wilson Boulevard at N. Garfield Street. At approximately 12:22 a.m. on April 9, an officer on patrol observed a vehicle believed to be occupied by a known wanted subject. As the officer prepared to make a traffic stop, the subject pulled his vehicle over and fled the scene on foot. A perimeter was established and the area was searched with the assistance of Fairfax County Police Helicopter. The search concluded with negative results. The subject is described as a Hispanic male in his 30s, approximately 5’7″ tall with dark facial hair. He was wearing glasses, a black hoodie, black shirt and jeans at the time of the incident. Two additional occupants of the vehicle were detained by officers on scene and, following the investigation, one was arrested and charged. Cindy Tosti, 29, of Alexandria, Va. was charged with Possession of a Scheduled I/II Controlled Substance and Identity Theft. She was held on no bond. The investigation is ongoing.
The subject is believed to be wanted in Virginia for a previous armed robbery. Based on the preliminary investigation, there is no reason to believe he is currently armed. Anyone observing suspicious activity in the area is asked to contact police.
— ArlingtonCountyPD (@ArlingtonVaPD) April 9, 2020
Photo courtesy Stephan P.
Amazon Not Giving Up on HQ2 Helipad — “The list of nongovernmental aircraft the Transportation Security Administration permits to fly inside the [Flight Restricted Zone], besides commercial fights to and from Reagan National, is basically nonexistent… In a statement, Amazon suggested it hasn’t given up. ‘We recognize there are several layers of approval for such a feature, and will continue to work with Arlington County and other relevant stakeholders as we determine its feasibility for our Arlington HQ,” the statement read.” [Washington Business Journal]
Pentagon Helipad to Get New Tower — “The Department of Defense has designs on building a permanent air traffic control tower to help guide aircraft landing at the Pentagon and is seeking a contractor to carry them out.” [Washington Business Journal]
County Concerned About Peak Trail Usage — “We’ve noticed the trails are pretty crowded between 3pm-6pm. To help stop the spread of COVID-19, we suggest finding a less busy time to walk, bike, or run on the trails or to find an alternate route.” [Twitter]
Mexicali Blues Closed, For Now — Clarendon mainstay Mexicali Blues has shut down its carryout business and is closing temporarily. [Twitter]
Candidate Blasts County’s Coronavirus Response — “Audrey Clement, who has been running campaigns for elected office for more than a decade, said last week that the County Board failed to use its powers to force restaurants to close in the earliest days of the crisis.” [InsideNova]
Va. Senators Seek Local News Funding — “U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) joined their Senate colleagues in a letter calling for funding to support local journalism and media to be included in any future COVID-19 relief package.” [Press Release]
Video: YHS Orchestra Plays Remotely — “Vivaldi: Concerto for Strings in D Major, RV 121 (1st movement) by the members of the Yorktown High School Chamber Orchestra during the COVID-19 pandemic.” [YouTube]
Arlington County firefighters and the U.S. Park Police helicopter helped rescue a man suffering an apparent medical emergency along the Potomac River Sunday evening.
The rescue happened around 6 p.m., on the rocks below 44th Street N. A portion of Chain Bridge Road was temporarily closed during the emergency response, which involved firefighters repelling down to the patient, who was ultimately hoisted onto the helicopter.
“A bystander called 911 to report what appears to be an adult male lying near the water’s edge,” Arlington County Fire Department spokesman Justin Tirelli tells ARLnow. An “ACFD technical rescue team made their way to the patient and rendered medical care to a 40 year old male who suffered an apparent medical emergency. [The] helicopter was used because the terrain made it very difficult to lift the patient manually.”
The man was reported by rescuers to be in stable condition.
Several boats, including a D.C. Police boat, also responded to the scene. A video of the rescue is below and more photos can be found here.