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Crime Report: Man Drunkenly Breaks into Clarendon Home, Assaults Occupants and Neighbors

A Falls Church man is now facing a series of charges after police say he drunkenly forced his way into an apartment and assaulted its occupants.

Police received a call around 3 a.m. after a woman living along the 1200 block of N. Fillmore Street in Clarendon was woken up by a visibly intoxicated man “speaking incoherently” at her front door. He was subsequently identified as 25-year-old Daniel Fay.

The woman told police that she “closed the door and [Fay] left momentarily, but returned, and forced his way past the victim into her residence.”

“A neighbor arriving on scene to assist, as well as the victim and an additional occupant of the residence, were allegedly assaulted while attempting to control the suspect until police arrival,” police said.

Fay was then arrested and charged with drunk in public, unlawful entry, and three counts of assault and battery. He’s being held without bond at the county jail, and is set for a hearing on those charges on Friday (Oct. 19).

Full details from a county crime report:

UNLAWFUL ENTRY, 2018-10140059, 1200 block of N. Fillmore Street. At approximately 2:51 a.m. on October 14, police were dispatched to a burglary in progress. Upon arrival, it was determined that the victim was awoken to noise and upon investigating, located an intoxicated unknown male subject at her door speaking incoherently. She closed the door and the subject left momentarily, but returned, and forced his way past the victim into her residence. A neighbor arriving on scene to assist, as well as the victim and an additional occupant of the residence, were allegedly assaulted while attempting to control the suspect until police arrival. Daniel Fay, 25, of Falls Church, Va., was arrested and charged with Drunk in Public, Assault & Battery (x3) and Unlawful Entry. He was held on no bond.

Below are the rest of the highlights from this week’s crime report, including some we’ve already reported.

BURGLARY, 2018-10160087, 900 block of S. Orme Street. At approximately 9:24 a.m. on October 16, police were dispatched to the report of a breaking and entering just occurred. Upon arrival, it was determined that the victim heard noise inside her residence. When she went to investigate, she observed that an unknown suspect had gained entry to the residence and stolen items of value. There is no suspect description. The investigation is ongoing.

BURGLARY (late), 2018-10130073, 3200 block of Lee Highway. At approximately 6:43 a.m. on October 13, police were dispatched to the late report of breaking and entering. Upon arrival, it was determined that at approximately 2:18 a.m. on October 13, three unknown suspects forced entry to a business and stole the keys to multiple vehicles. During the course of the investigation, it was determined that two vehicles were stolen from the property. Suspect One is described as a young black male, possible in his early 20’s, wearing a black sweatshirt, a black hat, ripped jeans and blue shoes. Suspect Two is described as a young black male, possibly in his early 20’s, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, dark jeans and white shoes. Suspect Three is described as a young black male, possibly in his early 20’s, wearing a black shirt with a hood, grey jeans and white shoes. The investigation is ongoing.

BURGLARY (late), 2018-10120109, 5500 block of  Columbia Pike. At approximately 10:37 a.m. on October 12, police were dispatched to the late report of breaking and entering. Upon arrival, it was determined that an unknown suspect(s) forced entry to a business and stole an undisclosed amount of cash and items of value. There is no suspect(s) description. The investigation is ongoing.

BURGLARY, 2018-10100050, 6700 block of 19TH Road N. At approximately 5:35 a.m. on October 10, police were dispatched to the report of suspicious circumstances. Upon arrival, it was determined that the victim heard noise originating from the backyard and upon investigating, located damaged property. As officers canvased the neighborhood, they began receiving reports of a naked man observed in the area. Officers located the suspect in the 2100 block of N. Westmoreland Street and commanded him to stop. The suspect fled on foot into a residence where he locked himself inside a bathroom with a male victim. The male victim was unharmed and able to unlock the door at which time officers took the suspect into custody without further incident. As the investigation continued, officers located additional victims and determined the suspect had allegedly attempted or successfully gained entry into residences as well as locations where property was damaged. The suspect was transported to Virginia Hospital Center for medical evaluation. With the assistance of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the suspect was identified as Kahlil Martin, 25, of No Fixed Address. He was charged with Burglary (x2), Attempted Burglary, Abduction and Destruction of Property (x2).

BURGLARY, 2018-10110180, 700 block of N. Daniel Street. At approximately 4:27 p.m. on October 11, police were dispatched to the report of breaking and entering. Upon arrival, it was determined that between 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., an unknown suspect(s) forced entry to a residence, causing damage, and stole an undisclosed amount of cash and items of value. There is no suspect(s) description. The investigation is ongoing.

ROBBERY, 2018-10110209, 100 block of N. Thomas Street. At approximately 7:07 p.m. on October 11, police were dispatched to the report of a robbery by force. Upon arrival, it was determined that the victim was allegedly assaulted and threatened before being forcibly robbed of his cell phone, backpack and other belongings by three male suspects he had previously agreed to meet with. During the incident, the victim suffered minor injuries that did not require medical treatment.  Arriving officers established a perimeter and canvased the area with negative results. Investigative efforts by officers on scene identified two suspects and information regarding the third suspect. Later in the evening, an officer on routine patrol located individuals matching the descriptions of the suspects in the 4300 block of Wilson Boulevard. Two of the individuals were positively identified and taken into custody without incident. The third suspect remains outstanding and is described as a black male. Petitions for Robbery, Conspiracy to Commit Felony, and Assault or Battery By Mob were obtained for the two juvenile suspects. The investigation is ongoing.

RECOVERED STOLEN VEHICLE, 2018-10120007, 1900 block of Jefferson Davis Highway. At approximately 2:30 a.m. on October 12, an officer on routine patrol located a parked vehicle matching the description of a lookout for a vehicle that had been reported stolen from the area approximately 90 minutes prior. The officer attempted a traffic stop by activating his emergency equipment but the driver failed to stop. The officer disengaged and relayed the driver’s direction of travel to units in the area. The driver crashed the vehicle in the 2800 block of Potomac Avenue and attempt to flee on foot. An officer commanded the suspect to stop, which he complied with, and took the suspect into custody without incident. Alex Fenner, 20, of No Fixed Address, was arrested and charged with Grand Larceny: Motor Vehicle Theft and Eluding. He was held on no bond.

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Police: Bluemont Traffic Stop Leads to Brief Scuffle Between Officer, Driver

An Arlington man is now facing a series of charges after he allegedly got into a scuffle with police following a heated argument during a traffic stop.

County police say officers pulled over 20-year-old Charles Contreras along the 900 block of N. Burlington Street in Bluemont around 2 p.m. Friday (Oct. 12).

They say they noticed him driving with a cracked windshield, then he committed a “traffic offense” of some kind.

Once police pulled him over, Contreras and other occupant of the car, 19-year-old Lamar Contreras, “quickly exited the vehicle and allegedly advanced toward the officer, while yelling expletives,” police said. The officer ordered both men to return to the car, and they eventually agreed.

When more police arrived at the scene of the incident, officers noticed a child in the back seat of the car “in an improperly secured car seat,” and both men “continued to yell and exhibit disorderly behavior inside the vehicle” as police evaluated what happened.

Officers eventually asked Charles Contreras to leave the car, and he “became physically combative and pushed an officer.” Police were eventually able to arrest him after the brief scuffle.

He’s now facing charges of assault and battery on a law enforcement officer, traffic lane violation, defective equipment, and child restraint violation. Contreras is set for a Wednesday (Oct. 17) hearing on those charges in Arlington General District.

Full details from a county crime report:

ASSAULT AND BATTERY ON POLICE, 2018-10120161, 900 block of N. Burlington Street. At approximately 1:55 p.m. on October 12, an officer on routine patrol observed a vehicle with a cracked windshield commit a traffic offense. The officer initiated a traffic stop, and upon the vehicle stopping, two occupants quickly exited the vehicle and allegedly advanced toward the officer, while yelling expletives. The officer issued lawful commands for the occupants to return to the vehicle, which they obeyed. The officer then observed a child in the backseat of the vehicle in an improperly secured car seat. The suspects continued to yell and exhibit disorderly behavior inside the vehicle. After additional officers arrived on scene, the driver was asked to exit the vehicle, however, upon exiting, became physically combative and pushed an officer. With the assistance of additional officers on scene, the driver was taken into custody. The child was not harmed during the incident. Charles Contreras, 20, of Arlington Va., was arrested and charged with Assault & Battery on Law Enforcement, Traffic Lane Violation, Defective Equipment, and Child Restraint Violation. The passenger, Lamar Contreras, 19, of Arlington, Va., was issued a summons for Obstruction of Justice.

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Police: Man Runs Naked Through East Falls Church, Breaks into Several Homes

Arlington police arrested a man last week after he allegedly ran naked through an East Falls Church neighborhood, breaking into several homes and damaging property along the way.

Police say Kahlil Martin, 25, was spotted running nude along the 6700 block of 19th Road N. around 5:30 a.m. last Wednesday (Oct. 10).

Officers received reports that Martin tried to break into several homes in the area, and was successful in some cases, and damaged some property. When police tracked Martin down along the 2100 block of N. Westmoreland Street, he then ran into a home “where he locked himself inside a bathroom with a male victim,” police said.

The man inside the bathroom was able to unlock the door, allowing officers to arrest Martin, who was then transported to the Virginia Hospital Center for a medical evaluation. Police charged him with two counts of burglary and destruction of property, and one count each of attempted burglary and abduction.

The incident was not connected to another instance of a naked man running near Claremont Immersion School earlier that same day, according to police spokeswoman Ashley Savage.

Martin is set for a Nov. 15 hearing in Arlington General District Court on those charges.

Full details from a county crime report:

BURGLARY, 2018-10100050, 6700 block of 19TH Road N. At approximately 5:35 a.m. on October 10, police were dispatched to the report of suspicious circumstances. Upon arrival, it was determined that the victim heard noise originating from the backyard and upon investigating, located damaged property. As officers canvased the neighborhood, they began receiving reports of a naked man observed in the area. Officers located the suspect in the 2100 block of N. Westmoreland Street and commanded him to stop. The suspect fled on foot into a residence where he locked himself inside a bathroom with a male victim. The male victim was unharmed and able to unlock the door at which time officers took the suspect into custody without further incident. As the investigation continued, officers located additional victims and determined the suspect had allegedly attempted or successfully gained entry into residence as well as locations where property was damaged. The suspect was transported to Virginia Hospital Center for medical evaluation. With the assistance of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the suspect was identified as Kahlil Martin, 25, of No Fixed Address. He was charged with Burglary (x2), Attempted Burglary, Abduction and Destruction of Property (x2).

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Morning Notes

Big Tree Fall on Car — A large tree fell across 8th Street S. late last week, crushing a parked car and causing a widespread power outage. [Twitter]

Local NAACP Reflects on Progress — “The Arlington NAACP’s 71st-anniversary Freedom Fund Banquet was a chance to look back on progress, but also to press for vigilance so it doesn’t slip away… The banquet on Oct. 13 drew a large crowd to the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel.” [InsideNova]

Rosslyn LED Art Unveiled — “Cliff Garten Studio is pleased to announce, ‘Gravity and Grace,’ a site-specific large-scale LED public artwork integrated into the architecture of JBG SMITH’s Central Place Plaza in the Rosslyn neighborhood of Arlington.” [LiveDesign]

Yorktown Tied for First — “With an important homecoming victory over the visiting Langley Saxons in Oct. 12 football action, the Yorktown Patriots (4-3, 2-0) upped their winning streak to three to remain tied for first place in the Liberty District.” [InsideNova]

ACPD Again Holding Take-Back Day — “On Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Arlington County Police Department, Arlington County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 16th opportunity in seven years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.” [Arlington County]

Flickr pool photo by Tom Mockler

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ACPD Expands Push to Make County Bar Scene Safer — County police are making their “Arlington Restaurant Initiative” permanent after piloting the program earlier this year. The initiative involves working directly with local bars to promote responsible alcohol service and reduce crime. [Arlington County]

Prepare for Years-Long Memorial Bridge Lane Closures — As part of extensive renovation work that’s involved complete shutdowns of the bridge, federal officials say they need to shut down three of the bridge’s six lanes, and a sidewalk, from now through 2021. [NBC4]

Sun Gazette Endorses John Vihstadt for County Board — Arlington’s weekly paper supports the independent incumbent for the lone Board seat on the ballot this fall, arguing that Democrat Matt de Ferranti deserves consideration but has not “made much of an attempt at telling the electorate what, specifically, the incumbent has done wrong in the past four years.” [InsideNova]

Metro Leaders Show Little Interest in Service Increases — With debate heating up over Metro’s strategy to lure back riders, a WMATA Board meeting turned contentious today. One member charged that “it would be crazy for this authority to simply run more trains in off-peak times chasing additional passengers.” [Washington Post]

Flickr pool photo via wolfkann

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Crime Report: Man Walks Into Rosslyn Business, Sits Down and Exposes Himself

Police are looking for a man who walked into a Rosslyn business, sat down and exposed himself.

The incident happened last Wednesday around 8 p.m. Police say the man “touched himself inappropriately” before fleeing the scene on a bike.

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

INDECENT EXPOSURE, 2018-10030258, 1800 block of N. Oak Street. At approximately 8:14 p.m. on October 3, police were dispatched to the report of an exposure. Upon arrival, it was determined that at approximately 7:40 p.m., an unknown suspect entered a business and sat down in a chair. The suspect then exposed himself and touched himself inappropriately. The suspect fled on his bike after the employee informed the suspect she was calling police. The suspect is described as a black male, 35-40 years old, approximately 5’10”, 215 lbs., with black and blonde dreadlocks falling below shoulder length, some facial hair, wearing a dark t-shirt and blue jeans. The bike is described as a gray and black mountain bike. The investigation is ongoing.

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

ASSAULT AND BATTERY ON POLICE, 2018-10080019, Crystal Drive at 20th Street S. At approximately 2:14 a.m. on October 8, officers on routine patrol observed a vehicle make an illegal U-turn and attempted a traffic stop. One of the officers had previously cited the driver for operating without a valid license and his license remained suspended at the time of this incident. During the investigation, the suspect allegedly refused to exit the vehicle, attempted to lock himself inside and did not comply with the lawful commands of the officers. Officers removed the suspect from the vehicle and placed him under arrest. A search incident to arrest located a concealed weapon on the suspect’s person. While being transported to booking, the suspect affected a leg lock on an officer causing both to fall. Michael McClanahan, 32, of Clinton, Md., was arrested and charged with Assault and Battery on Police, Carrying a Concealed Weapon, Obstruction of Justice and No Operator’s License. He was held without bond.

ARMED ROBBERY, 2018-10080179, 900 block of Army Navy Drive. At approximately 7:21 p.m. on October 8, police were dispatched to the report of a robbery just occurred. Upon arrival, it was determined that the victim was allegedly robbed of his cell phone at gunpoint by three male suspects he had had previously agreed to meet with. During the incident, the victim suffered minor injuries that did not require medical treatment. Arriving officers established a perimeter and two suspects, matching the descriptions provided by the victim, were located and taken into custody. Fairfax County Police Department’s Helicopter Unit responded, and a K9 track was initiated, but yielded negative results in locating the third suspect. The third suspect is described as a dark-skinned black male, approximately 5’9″-5’10”, wearing a red hooded sweatshirt with a shirt underneath and black pants. Amir Lynch, 18, of Sterling, Va., was arrested and charged with Robbery. Petitions were obtained for Robbery, Brandishing of a Firearm and Possession of a Schedule I/II Controlled Substance for the juvenile suspect. The investigation is ongoing.

PEEPING, 2018-10060254, 2800 block of 9th Street S. At approximately 10:07 p.m. on October 6, police were dispatched to the report of a subject peeping into windows. Upon arrival, it was determined that the suspect was observed peeping into a residence and crouching behind a bush to avoid being seen. When an arriving officer attempted to make contact with the suspect, he fled on foot. A brief foot pursuit ensued before the suspect was taken into custody without incident. Alexei Rodriguez, 44, of No Fixed Address, was arrested and charged with Peeping/Spying into a Dwelling.

BURGLARY, 2018-10060248, 1400 block of 28th Street S. At approximately 9:25 p.m. on October 6, police were dispatched to the report of a burglary just discovered. Upon arrival, it was determined that the victims left the residence for a short period, during which time an unknown suspect(s) gained entry to the residence and stole items of value. There is no suspect description. The investigation is ongoing.

UNLAWFUL ENTRY, 2018-10060049, 3200 block of 24th Street S. At approximately 3:45 a.m. on October 6, police observed suspicious activity inside a vacant residence. Units established a perimeter and attempted to make contact with the suspects. Three suspects were then observed fleeing on foot from the residence by officers maintaining the perimeter. Two suspects were located and taken into custody by perimeter units. A third suspect remains outstanding. Bernard Posey, 18, of Arlington, Va., was arrested and charged with Unlawful Entry and Possession of Marijuana. Joshua Hueston, 22, of Arlington Va., was arrested and charged with Unlawful Entry. The investigation is ongoing.

ATTEMPTED UNLAWFUL ENTRY, 2018-100500120, 4100 block of Round Hill Road. At approximately 12:10 p.m. on October 5, police were dispatched to the late report of breaking and entering. Upon arrival, it was determined that between October 3 and October 4, an unknown suspect attempted to gain entry to a residence unsuccessfully, causing damage. Nothing was reported missing from the residence. There is no suspect description. The investigation is ongoing.

ROBBERY, 2018-10040006, 2000 block of Clarendon Boulevard. At approximately 1:05 a.m. on October 4, police were dispatched to the report of an armed robbery just occurred. Upon arrival, it was determined that an unknown suspect entered a business, approached the front counter and requested to purchase merchandise. As the employee retrieved merchandise from behind the counter and presented it to the suspect, the suspect lifted his shirt, displaying a firearm, and demanded the employee give him cash. The suspect then fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash and merchandise. The victim was not injured. The suspect is described as a black male with a medium skin tone, approximately 6’0″-6’3″, with a medium build, wearing a red shirt on top of his head, a black rag covering his hair, a black short-sleeved t-shirt, black pants, and basketball shoes. The investigation is ongoing.

BURGLARY, 2018-10040203, 2100 block of S. Kenmore Street. At approximately 7:16 p.m. on October 4, police were dispatched to the late report of a larceny. Upon arrival, it was determined that between approximately 3:00 p.m. and 7:08 p.m. on October 4, a known suspect gained entry to the victim’s residence and stole items of value. The investigation is ongoing.

BURGLARY (late), 2018-09030127, 2400 block of S. Walter Reed Drive. At approximately 4:34 p.m. on September 3, police were dispatched to the late report of breaking and entering. Upon arrival, it was determined that between July 17 and August 30, an unknown suspect(s) gained entry to the victim’s residence and stole items of value. There is no suspect(s) description. The investigation is ongoing.

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Man Shot by Arlington Police Appears to Have Struck a Plea Deal

An Arlington man shot by police after he allegedly tried to ram officers with his van appears to have struck a deal with county prosecutors to avoid a trial.

Court records show that Steven Best now has a Nov. 5 plea hearing set for Arlington County Circuit Court. He’s facing a single charge of the attempted malicious wounding of a law enforcement officer, after a grand jury agreed there was enough evidence to indict him on Sept. 24.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Theo Stamos, the county’s top prosecutor, declined to comment on the contents of Best’s plea deal, other than to confirm that there is indeed a hearing scheduled for next month. Best’s family did also not reply to a request for comment, and neither the prosecution nor the defense has filed any paperwork involving the plea as of yet.

Police claimed that Best tried to flee the scene of a May 3 traffic stop just off Columbia Pike, near the intersection of 12th Street S. and S. Edgewood Street, nearly striking Officer Ryan Reese in the process. Police then opened fire on Best, and his lawyers say he was shot half a dozen times as he drove away.

Yet Best has steadfastly maintained his innocence since the incident, arguing in court filings and an online fundraiser organized by his family that he was trying to surrender when police began shooting at him.

He claimed that he only drove away out of confusion and fear for his life, and didn’t mean to attack the officers involved. Police originally charged with two counts of trying to assault the officers, subsequently reduced to one after a review by prosecutors.

Best’s attorneys claimed in court documents that surveillance video from nearby businesses would provide “exculpatory evidence” to bolster his claims of innocence, and they demanded access to video footage to help prove his case.

Court filings don’t make it clear whether they were able to successfully secure that footage, or what it showed.

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Cops Nab Naked Man Running Near Elementary School

A man who was running around naked near Claremont Immersion School was taken into police custody this morning.

Police responded to S. Buchanan Street around 11:15 a.m. for a report of a man who was possibly suffering a mental health emergency in the neighborhood around the elementary school. Officers reportedly observed the man running down the middle of the street without clothes on and jumping atop at least one vehicle.

The man was “safely taken into police custody” after a few minutes, according to the Arlington County Police Department. There were no reports of any violent or threatening behavior during the incident.

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Death Investigation in Alexandria Near Arlington Border

A death investigation is being conducted in Alexandria just across the Arlington border.

Police say skeletal human remains were found yesterday in a wooded area behind a shopping center on the 4700 block of King Street, near the Northern Virginia Community College Alexandria campus and several blocks from Wakefield High School.

More from an Alexandria police press release:

The Alexandria Police Department is conducting a death investigation in the 4700 block of King Street on Tuesday, October 9, 2018.

Shortly before 5 p.m, police were dispatched for skeletal remains of a human found in a wooded area behind a business. The remains were located and will be transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

This investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Detective Loren King at 703.746.6689.

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Morning Notes

Man Punched Outside Ballston Subway — A man was punched in the face outside the Subway on Fairfax Drive in Ballston yesterday. The assault occurred just before lunchtime and those flocking to the restaurant for footlongs had to step over splatters of blood on the sidewalk. No word yet on what prompted the fight nor whether the suspect, who reportedly fled into the Metro station, was later apprehended. [Twitter]

Tonight: Committee of 100 County Board Debate — The Arlington Committee of 100 will be holding a County Board debate tonight at Marymount University. The program, moderated by ARLnow’s Scott Brodbeck, will start at 8 p.m. after a meet and greet and dinner. [Committee of 100]

History of the W&OD Railroad — Before it was a bike and pedestrian trail, the W&OD was a regional railroad that transported goods and people across Northern Virginia. How would the area and our transportation problems be different if it had stayed a transit corridor, asks a GGW contributor. [Greater Greater Washington]

Local Social Media Influencer Profiled — Clarendon resident and mother of two Angelica Talan “has made a career out of building a loyal following on social media.” She blogs at Clarendon Moms and Angelica in the City and also has done some modeling and acting. [Arlington Magazine]

Tree Group Wants More Trees — The Arlington Tree Action Group replied on Twitter to a posting of the photo above: “Beautiful sky! It would look even better with more trees! #ArlingtonVA #trees.” [Twitter]

Nearby: Alexandrians Worry About Takeout Window — A proposed takeout window for a new Mexican restaurant on King Street prompted a protracted debate among members of the Alexandria city council. Said one opponent on the council, who ultimately lost out on a 4-3 vote: “I think this is maybe one small step in the direction of what we don’t want Old Town to become.” [Washington Business Journal]

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Police: Man Assaults Officer Following Crystal City Traffic Stop

A Maryland man is now facing a slew of charges after police say he tried to lock himself in his car, then threw an officer to the ground during a traffic stop.

Arlington County Police say that 32-year-old Michael Terrance McClanahan of Clinton, Maryland first attracted the attention of officers when he made an illegal U-turn while driving near the intersection of Crystal Drive and 20th Street S. around 2 a.m. Monday (Oct. 8).

Police pulled McClanahan over and discovered he was driving on a suspended license. When officers told him to leave his car, McClanahan “refused to exit the vehicle, attempted to lock himself inside and did not comply with the lawful commands of the officers,” police said.

Once officers were able to get him out of his car, they found he was carrying a concealed weapon and decided to arrest him. As they tried to take him in to custody, McClanahan managed to lock legs with one officer, “causing both to fall,” according to police.

He’s now charged with assault and battery on a police officer, carrying a concealed weapon, obstruction of justice and driving without a license, with a hearing set for Nov. 5 in Arlington General District Court.

McClanahan is currently being held without bond in the county jail.

Full details from a county crime report:

ASSAULT AND BATTERY ON POLICE, 2018-10080019, Crystal Drive at 20th Street S. At approximately 2:14 a.m. on October 8, officers on routine patrol observed a vehicle make an illegal U-turn and attempted a traffic stop. One of the officers had previously cited the driver for operating without a valid license and his license remained suspended at the time of this incident. During the investigation, the suspect allegedly refused to exit the vehicle, attempted to lock himself inside and did not comply with the lawful commands of the officers. Officers removed the suspect from the vehicle and placed him under arrest. A search incident to arrest located a concealed weapon on the suspect’s person. While being transported to booking, the suspect affected a leg lock on an officer causing both to fall. Michael McClanahan, 32, of Clinton, Md., was arrested and charged with Assault and Battery on Police, Carrying a Concealed Weapon, Obstruction of Justice and No Operator’s License. He was held without bond.

Photo courtesy of Arlington County Police Department

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Fugitive Led Police on High-Speed Chase on I-395 Before Arrest

(Updated at 8:50 p.m.) A man wanted for a series of credit card and vehicle thefts has finally been taken into custody after a high-speed chase that zoomed through Arlington.

Alton Thodos, who escaped from a Fairfax County motel two weeks ago while surrounded by police, drove a reportedly stolen SUV northbound on the HOV lanes of I-395 this morning, pursued by Fairfax County police. Arlington County officers and the Fairfax County police helicopter assisted pursuing officers as the chase continued northbound toward the 14th Street Bridge.

Before the chase crossed the bridge, an Arlington officer attempted but to use a “spike strip” to flatten the tires of the SUV, but Thodos managed to maneuver around it, according to scanner traffic. (The image above shows the chase just before it crossed the river.)

Officers lost sight of the SUV after crossing into the District, but the search continued and the pursuit later continued in D.C. and Maryland. Thodos, 32, was later arrested after a crash in District Heights, Md.

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Morning Notes

Local Investment Firm CEO Arrested — Todd Hitt, the founder of Falls Church-based Kiddar Capital, was arrested by the FBI and charged with securities fraud last week. Hitt was developing a new company headquarters in Falls Church. He made headlines as a young housing developer in the 1990s for clashing with Arlington neighbors while building what residents dubbed “McMansions.” [Tysons Reporter]

More White Nationalist Posters Spotted — A reader says he saw more white nationalists posters around Clarendon over the weekend. The reader, who wished to remain anonymous, says he removed the posters after photographing them. [Twitter]

New 1100 Wilson Blvd Rooftop — “Monday Properties hosted a VIP event for real estate brokers Wednesday evening to showcase the 6,200-square-foot indoor-outdoor space atop the 31-story building, part of the two-building The Towers. It is being unveiled as landlords in Rosslyn and across Greater Washington seek to up their communal spaces to appeal to tenants who increasingly want more than just office space to attract and hang onto employees.” [Washington Business Journal]

Bamboo Removal This Week — “Arlington County contractors will be removing bamboo in Benjamin Banneker Park during the week of Oct. 8. Depending on weather conditions, treatment is expected to conclude by Friday, Oct. 12.” [Twitter]

Maryjane Arrested for Car Theft, Weed — “Police caught a woman named Maryjane in Ballston who they say stole a car in Fairfax County — and they also hit her with a marijuana charge.” [Patch]

Windfall for Ballston Company — “Arlington-based AvalonBay Communities Inc. expects to clear north of $450 million from the sale of a majority stake in five Manhattan apartment communities.” [Washington Business Journal]

2000th Morning Notes Post — This is Morning Notes post No. 2000. ARLnow.com launched in January 2010.

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Police Investigating Armed Robbery at Courthouse Store

A store in Courthouse was the scene of an armed robbery early Thursday morning.

According to a police report, a man walked into a business on the 2000 block of Clarendon Blvd around 1 a.m. and flashed a gun at a store clerk. He then ran off “with an undisclosed amount of cash and merchandise.”

The only business on that block open at 1 a.m. is a 7-Eleven store.

More from Arlington County Police:

ROBBERY, 2018-10040006, 2000 block of Clarendon Boulevard. At approximately 1:05 a.m. on October 4, police were dispatched to the report of an armed robbery just occurred. Upon arrival, it was determined that an unknown suspect entered a business, approached the front counter and requested to purchase merchandise. As the employee retrieved merchandise from behind the counter and presented it to the suspect, the suspect lifted his shirt, displaying a firearm, and demanded the employee give him cash. The suspect then fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash and merchandise. The victim was not injured. The suspect is described as a black male with a medium skin tone, approximately 6’0″-6’3″, with a medium build, wearing a red shirt on top of his head, a black rag covering his hair, a black short-sleeved t-shirt, black pants, and basketball shoes. The investigation is ongoing.

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Crime Report: Robber Steals Security Guard’s Gun

Police are investigating an unusual robbery that happened early Sunday morning along Columbia Pike.

The robbery happened outside of a business near the intersection of Columbia Pike and S. Four Mile Run Drive. Police say a man walked up behind an armed security guard and stole his gun while pushing him to the ground. He then assaulted a second victim before running off “with an undisclosed amount of cash.”

During the incident one of the victims “recovered the firearm stolen from the first victim,” according to police.

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

ROBBERY, 2018-09300031, 4800 block of Columbia Pike. At approximately 2:24 a.m. on September 30, police were dispatched to the report of a possible robbery by force. Upon arrival, it was determined that the first victim was patrolling a business as an armed security guard when the suspect approached him from behind, pushed him to the ground and stole his firearm. The victim ran after him and encountered two additional victims, who had been walking in the area when they were approached by the suspect, who demanded money and valuables. When one victim claimed to have no possessions of value, the suspect struck the victim and became engaged in a physical altercation with the second victim. During the incident, the victims recovered the firearm stolen from the first victim. The suspect then fled the scene on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.  The suspect is described as a tall, black male wearing black puffy jacket and jeans. One victim was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The investigation is ongoing.

Later Sunday, police responded to a report of a home invasion robbery in the North Highlands neighborhood near Rosslyn.

Just before 5 p.m., according to a crime report, residents encountered an armed man inside their home. The suspect allegedly stole cash and fled, but was later arrested by police while walking east on the Custis Trail.

BURGLARY WITH INTENT TO ROB, 2018-09300173, 2100 block of N. Troy Street. At approximately 4:49 p.m. on September 30, police were dispatched to the report of a home invasion. Upon arrival, it was determined that the victims were inside their residence when they heard a loud noise and went to investigate. The victims then encountered an unknown suspect brandishing a firearm. The suspect stole an undisclosed amount of cash and personal property before fleeing the scene on foot. Arriving officers established a perimeter and a lookout for the suspect was broadcast based on the description provided by the victims. Officers located a suspect matching the description walking east on the Custis Trail and took him into custody without incident. Angelo Shepherd, 30, of Washington D.C. was arrested and charged with Burglary with Intent to Rob, Possession of a Firearm by Convicted Felon, Possession of Ammunition by a Felon and Assault. He is being held on no bond.

This past Friday evening, meanwhile, police were called to the 3000 block of Clarendon Blvd in Clarendon for a report of a drunk man mooning passersby.

More from ACPD:

INDECENT EXPOSURE, 2018-09280217, 3000 block of Clarendon Boulevard. At approximately 5:25 p.m. on September 28, police were dispatched to the report of a drunk in public. Upon arrival, officers located the suspect and determined he was intoxicated and had exposed his buttocks to multiple people passing by. William Klugel, 62, of No Fixed Address, was arrested and charged with Indecent Exposure and Drunk in Public.

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

RECOVERED STOLEN VEHICLE, 2018-10020160, N. Glebe Road at N. Carlin Springs Road. At approximately 3:27 p.m. on October 2, an officer on routine patrol was alerted to a License Plate Reader hit on a vehicle previously reported stolen out of Fairfax County. Officers effected a traffic stop and as they attempted to make contact with the driver of the vehicle, the driver attempted to flee on foot, but was quickly taken into custody without incident. During the course of the investigation, it was determined that the driver of the vehicle was also wanted out of Fairfax County. Maryjane Melka-Doucette, 24, of No Fixed Address, was arrested and charged with Grand Larceny: Motor Vehicle Theft, Possession of Marijuana and Driving with a Suspended or Revoked License.

LARCENY FROM AUTO (series), 2018-10010055, 1300 block of S. Rolfe Street. At approximately 5:43 a.m. on October 1, police were dispatched to the report of a larceny from auto. Upon arrival, it was determined that between 10:00 p.m. and 5:43 a.m., an unknown suspect(s) gained entry to approximately 5, mostly unlocked vehicles, tampered with items and stole items of value. There is no suspect(s) description. The investigation is ongoing.

MALICIOUS WOUNDING, 2018-09280030, 1200 block of S. Arlington Ridge Road. At approximately 2:58 a.m. on September 28, police were dispatched to the report of a fight in progress. Upon arrival, it was determined that the suspect, who was not working as a rideshare or taxi driver, picked up the victim and three friends in Washington, D.C. After stopping to drop off the victim’s friends, the suspect continued, but refused to stop at the victim’s address or let the victim exit the vehicle. A verbal altercation ensued, which escalated and became physical. The victim and suspect exited the vehicle and the suspect struck the victim in the head, causing a laceration. Rick Ramey, 34, of Bryans Road, Md., was arrested and charged with Abduction and Malicious Wounding. He was held on no bond.

GRAND LARCENY (Significant), 2018-09280120,4100 block of S. Four Mile Run Drive. At approximately 11:34 a.m. on September 28, police were dispatched to the report of a hit and run. Upon arrival, it was determined the suspect had been sent home from his employment at a car wash due to showing signs of intoxication. The suspect returned to the car wash and, shortly after, drove a customer’s vehicle off the property, went over a median and struck a concrete piling and a parked vehicle. The suspect then exited the vehicle and fled the scene on foot back to the car wash. Rigoberto Folgar Hernandez, 61, of Arlington, Va., was arrested and charged with Grand Larceny: Motor Vehicle Theft, Destruction of Property, Hit and Run, and Drunk in Public. He was held on no bond.

UNLAWFUL ENTRY, 2018-09270042, 800 block of 22nd Street S.  At approximately 4:23 a.m. on September 27, police responded to the report of a breaking and entering in progress. Upon arrival, it was determined that a known suspect forced entry into the victim’s residence, causing damage. Once inside, the suspect came into contact with the victim, and they became engaged in a verbal dispute, prompting the victim to contact police. The suspect fled on foot prior to police arrival. The victim was not injured and nothing was reported missing from the residence. Warrants for Unlawful Entry, Trespass and Destruction of Property were obtained for the suspect.

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