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by ARLnow.com — December 8, 2016 at 1:55 pm 0

Robbery suspects Jorgito Cruz, 37, of Alexandria and Alexander Ruiz, 21, of Puerto Rico (photo courtesy ACPD)

Two men armed with guns tried to rob a jewelry store in Lyon Park last night, according to police, but wound up empty-handed and in jail.

Police say Jorgito Cruz, 37, of Alexandria and Alexander Ruiz, 21, of Puerto Rico tried to rob Sacramento Jewelers on the 2700 block of Washington Blvd just before 5:45 pm.

“Two masked suspects brandishing firearms entered a jewelry store and attempted to restrain one of the employees,” according to an Arlington County Police Department press release. “A struggle ensued between the employee and the suspects, causing the suspects to flee the area by vehicle.”

Police got a quick break in the case when someone noticed a suspicious vehicle stopped along I-395 shortly after the robbery “and provided critical information” that ultimately led investigators to the suspects, who were arrested in the Alexandria section of Fairfax County just before midnight.

Both Cruz and Ruiz are being held in the Arlington County jail without bond.

From an ACPD press release:

The Arlington County Police Department has arrested and charged two suspects for their role in an armed robbery. Jorgito Cruz, 37, of Alexandria VA and Alexander Serpa Ruiz, 21, of Puerto Rico were arrested and charged with attempted armed robbery, abduction, conspiracy to commit armed robbery and use or display of a firearm during the commission of a robbery. Both suspects are being held in the Arlington County Detention Facility on no bond.

At approximately 5:44 p.m. on December 7, officers were dispatched to the report of an armed robbery in the 2700 block of Washington Boulevard. The investigation revealed that two masked suspects brandishing firearms entered a jewelry store and attempted to restrain one of the employees. A struggle ensued between the employee and the suspects, causing the suspects to flee the area by vehicle.

During the course of the investigation, a witness driving on I-395 noticed a suspicious vehicle and provided critical information to the Emergency Communication Center. Utilizing the information provided by the witness, evidence located at the scene and information obtained during witness interviews, detectives developed suspect descriptions. Officers from the Arlington County Police Department’s Tactical Unit and the Fairfax County Police Department took the two suspects into custody in the Alexandria portion of Fairfax County.

Anyone with information related to this investigation is asked to contact Detective G. Seibert of the Arlington County Police Department’s Homicide/Robbery Unit at 703-228-4199 or [email protected] Information may also be provided anonymously through the Arlington County Crime Solvers hotline at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).

by ARLnow.com — December 7, 2016 at 1:15 pm 0

Police car lightsArlington County police responded to Clarendon this past Friday morning for a reported sexual battery incident.

A woman told officers that she had been touched inappropriately by a man who sat next to her on a bus.

From this week’s Arlington County Police Department crime report:

LATE SEXUAL BATTERY, 2016-12020127, 3100 block of Clarendon Boulevard. At approximately 10:49 a.m. on December 2, officers responded to the report of a late assault. A female victim boarded a bus and a male subject sat next to her. During the course of the bus ride, the male subject touched the female victim inappropriately. The suspect is described as a black male in his late thirties, approximately 5’0″-5’5″ tall and weighed 140-200 lbs. He was wearing dark brown pants and a light brown jacket.

The rest of the crime report, after the jump.

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by ARLnow.com — December 6, 2016 at 2:15 pm 0

Two people were taken to the hospital following a two-vehicle crash in the Yorktown neighborhood this afternoon.

The crash was reported around 1:30 p.m. at the intersection of Yorktown Blvd and N. George Mason Drive.

An elderly male driver was disoriented after the crash and had to be assisted out of his vehicle, according to scanner traffic. He and the other driver, an adult female, were transported to the hospital via ambulance. The injuries were not considered to be serious.

One of the vehicles, a Honda sedan, smashed into a utility pole after the initial crash, shattering the mid-section of the pole and downing numerous utility lines across both roads.

George Mason Drive is blocked at the crash scene, as is Yorktown Blvd east of the intersection.

by ARLnow.com — December 6, 2016 at 1:45 pm 0

Willbrod Frank Lukamilwa (photo courtesy ACPD)Arlington County Police are looking for additional victims of a man they say is a repeat fraudster.

Willbrod Frank Lukamilwa, 42, is accused of using a friend’s credit cards after stealing them from her home near Columbia Pike.

He has also falsely represented himself as a medical professional to defraud victims hoping to obtain employment, police say.

ACPD issued the following press release Tuesday morning.

The Arlington County Police Department’s Financial Crimes Unit is investigating a suspect charged in a fraud case and are seeking additional victims. Willbrod Frank Lukamilwa aka Frank Wilbert Ramaphosa, 42, of an unknown address, has been arrested and charged with unlawful entry, credit card larceny, and credit card fraud.

At approximately 4:30 p.m. on November 28, officers responded to the 2500 block of S. 9th Road for the report of a burglary in progress. Through the course of the investigation, officers determined that the suspect, Willbrod Frank Lukamilwa, had unlawfully entered the female victim’s apartment while she was away. He had befriended the victim several weeks prior. The suspect was found to be in possession of and had completed transactions with the victim’s credit cards.

In June 2016, Lukamilwa was arrested by Montgomery County Police for committing a theft scheme in Maryland. In 2012, Lukamilwa met the victim in that case and fraudulently represented himself as “Head of Nursing” at a local hospital. Lukamilwa told the victim that he could help him enter a nursing program. Over three years, Lukamilwa accepted $13,500 in “tuition” from the victim at various locations in Montgomery County. Once Lukamilwa received the money, he stopped communicating with the victim.

The suspect has a history of fraud schemes and detectives believe there may be additional victims. The suspect is known to befriend men and women under the reuse that he is a doctor or is associated in the medical field. He may make promises of obtaining employment for the victims in exchange for a monetary fee. No employment is ever secured. Lukamilwa may also defraud individuals by gaining their trust and then beginning to borrow large sums of money, without the intent to repay.

Anyone with information related to this investigation is asked to call Detective P. Marseilles at 703.228.4237 or [email protected] To report information anonymously, contact the Arlington County Crime Solvers at 866.411.TIPS (8477).

by ARLnow.com — December 2, 2016 at 2:40 pm 0

Jingle Bell Run logoA number of road closures are planned Saturday morning for the 2016 Jingle Bell Run/Walk 5K.

The race, which benefits the Arthritis Foundation, kicks off at 9 a.m. tomorrow in front of the Pentagon Row shopping center (1101 S. Joyce Street).

Via ACPD:

The Arlington County Police Department will close South Joyce Street and sections of Army Navy Drive for the 2016 Jingle Bell Run/Walk 5k on Saturday, December 3, 2016.

The affected streets are listed below:

  • South Joyce Street between South 15th Street and Army Navy Drive will be closed from 5:30 AM until 11:00 AM.
  • Army Navy Drive between South Joyce Street and South 25th Street will be closed from 7:00 AM until 11:00 AM.

Race attendees are encouraged to use Metro, however; if driving as a participant or spectator please utilize the parking garage at the Pentagon City Mall.

Street parking in the area will be restricted. Motorists should be on the lookout for temporary “No Parking” signs. Illegally parked vehicles may be ticketed or towed. If your vehicle is towed from a public street, call 703-558-2222.

by ARLnow.com — December 1, 2016 at 10:10 am 0

Christmas trees (Flickr pool photo by John Sonderman)

Per Student Spending Questioned — Arlington Public Schools is again being questioned about why it has the highest per-student costs — $18,957 — of any suburban D.C. jurisdiction. Fairfax County, the largest school system in the state, has a per-student cost of $14,432. [InsideNova]

Woman’s Tireless TSA Protest — Alyssa Bermudez, a former Army staff sergeant and Bronze Star recipient, has been tirelessly protesting in front of Transportation Security Administration headquarters in Pentagon City, claiming that she was sexually harassed and fired for complaining about it. Other complaints and a lawsuit point to an alleged culture of harassment within the agency. [Washington Post]

ACPD Officers Meet Shaq — NBA great Shaquille O’Neal visited with D.C. area police yesterday on Capitol Hill to raise awareness of the dangers of driving while under the influence of drugs. Several ACPD officers were photographed with the 7’1″ O’Neal. [Twitter, Twitter]

AFAC Needs New Van — The Arlington Food Assistance Center is seeking donations to help it buy a new cargo van, after one of its old vans broke down while on a grocery run. [Fox 5, AFAC]

LiveSafe Launches Navy Pilot ProgramArlington-based startup LiveSafe has launched a six-month pilot program with a big client: the U.S. Navy. LiveSafe’s app will be used by sailors in Hampton Roads, Va. and in Rota, Spain “in an effort to prevent sexual assaults and combat other destructive behaviors before they happen.” [Stars and Stripes]

Arlington Man Tweets Hillary Sightings — Arlingtonian Adam Parkhomenko, a long-time Hillary Clinton aide and booster, is helping grieving Democrats by turning the former presidential candidate into a “wandering folk hero.” He’s doing so via a social media account that keeps track of photos of Clinton “in the wild” since she lost the election. [Vanity Fair]

Flickr pool photo by John Sonderman

by ARLnow.com — December 1, 2016 at 9:20 am 0

1600 block of N. Kent Street (photo via Google Maps)Arlington County Police are investigating a death in Rosslyn.

A body was found this morning on the 1600 block of N. Kent Street, a narrow one-way that runs by the Rosslyn Spectrum theater.

At this point the death is not considered suspicious and is being investigated as a probable suicide, said Arlington County Police spokeswoman Ashley Savage.

Police are expected to remain on scene for some time, interviewing witnesses and conducting a death investigation.

Photo (top) via Google Maps

by ARLnow.com — November 30, 2016 at 11:45 am 0

Police car (file photo)A Maryland man has been arrested and charged with choking and assaulting a woman, then smashing her car’s windshield.

The incident happened late Monday night into early Tuesday morning, in the Barcroft neighborhood near Columbia Pike.

Police say the man and the woman knew each other.

From an Arlington County Police Department crime report:

TAMPERING WITH AUTO (significant), 2016-11290004, 5100 block of S. 8th Road. At approximately 12:10 a.m. on November 29, officers responded to the report of tampering with auto. Upon arrival, it was determined that a male subject assaulted a known female victim. After two witnesses broke up the altercation, the suspect left the residence and shattered the windshield of the victim’s vehicle. Ryan Victor Lane, 33, of Cockeysville MD, was arrested and charged with assault & battery, strangulation, and tampering with auto. He is being held without bond.

The rest of the past week’s crime report highlights — which are somewhat sparse thanks to the Thanksgiving holiday — after the jump.

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by ARLnow.com — November 29, 2016 at 3:50 pm 0

ACPD Fill the Cruiser event flyer 2016Despite the wet weather, Arlington police will still be holding their second annual “Fill the Cruiser” toy drive tonight.

Police are encouraging local residents to “help make the holidays bright for Arlington County children in need” via donations.

“The Arlington County Police Department is asking community members to donate new, unwrapped toys to bring holiday cheer to children ages 1 – 17,” the department said. “Donations will be distributed by the police department throughout the month of December.”

Tonight (Tuesday), from 6-8 p.m., police will be collecting donations at the following locations:

  • Lee Harrison Shopping Center (2425 N. Harrison Street)
  • Pentagon Row (1201 S. Joyce Street)
  • Shirlington Village (2700 S. Quincy Street)

The Shirlington collection is still happening despite the fact that the Shirlington light-up night was postponed until next week due to rain.

A separate collection will take place at Our Lady of Lourdes (830 23rd Street S.) on Wednesday, Dec. 7, from 6-8 p.m. For those who cannot get to any of the events, donations are also being accepted at police headquarters (1425 N. Courthouse Road) until Friday, Dec. 16.

by ARLnow.com — November 29, 2016 at 2:00 pm 0

Police officers at Yorktown High School (file photo)

A fight between two students but also involving one student’s parents broke out Monday morning just outside of Yorktown High School.

Arlington County Police responded to the school just before 11:30 a.m. for a report of a fight involving students, adults and a large crowd. The situation was deemed to be under control shortly after officers arrived on scene.

But police say this was more than just a standard-issue fight between two students. It was the result of an “ongoing dispute” and it involved two parents of one of the students and allegations of racial slurs being used.

“The incident stemmed from an ongoing dispute between students at Yorktown High School,” said Arlington County Police spokeswoman Ashley Savage. “There was a verbal altercation which turned physical when one juvenile subject struck the juvenile victim in the face. The victim did not require medical transport. At this time, there are no criminal charges but our School Resource Officer continues to work with the students, families and Yorktown High School administration regarding the incident.”

The parents “were involved in the dispute but not the physical fight, that was between two juvenile students,” Savage said, in response to an inquiry by ARLnow.com.

“There was alleged use of racial slurs during the verbal argument,” Savage added. “We have not been provided with any video of the incident.”

A post in a popular online message board for local mothers suggests that racial slurs were used by the student’s father, and that cell phone video of the fight exists, but the actual circumstances could not be confirmed by ARLnow.com, only the allegations.

Arlington Public Schools spokesman Frank Bellavia said school administration “is aware of the incident and is working with the families involved to address the situation.”

File photo

by ARLnow.com — November 28, 2016 at 11:25 am 0

Police car (file photo)What started as a routine traffic stop for speeding led to the arrest of three Maryland residents for allegedly stealing items from cars.

Police say the officer noticed stolen items in plain sight in the car after pulling it over on the 2300 block of S. Kenmore Street, in the Nauck neighborhood, early Wednesday morning.

The three suspects are facing multiple charges for credit card theft and “trespass of a vehicle.”

From an Arlington County Police Department crime report:

LARCENY FROM AUTO (Series), 2016-1123021, 2300 block of S. Kenmore Street. At approximately 2:30 a.m. on November 23, an officer on routine patrol conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle traveling over the posted speed limit. In plain sight, officers located property allegedly stolen during a recent larceny from auto. Bizana Zo’ongola-Belinga, 19, of Bowie MD was charged with credit card theft (x3), conspiracy to commit credit card theft, possession of marijuana and trespass of a vehicle. Chima Nnaka, 19, of Mitchellville MD was charged with credit card theft (x3), conspiracy to commit credit card theft and trespass of a vehicle. Matthew Bea, 23, of Bowie MD was charged with credit card theft (x3), conspiracy to commit credit card theft, possession of burglarious tools and trespass of a vehicle. All suspects were held on secured bonds.

by ARLnow.com — November 26, 2016 at 12:50 am 0

(Updated at 11 a.m.) Arlington County Police are investigating a shooting in the Buckingham neighborhood, near Ballston.

A man was shot in the leg during a dispute and was transported to the trauma center at George Washington University Hospital, according to police. The man’s injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

There were no suspects in custody as of Saturday morning.

The shooting happened just after 11 p.m. Friday, outside of an apartment building on the 4300 block 4th Street N. Police remained on scene overnight, investigating the crime.

More from an ACPD press release:

On November 25 at approximately 11:07 p.m., Arlington County Police responded to a report of a shooting in the 4300 block of 4th Street N. Arriving officers located one male victim suffering from a gunshot wound to the leg. He was transported to George Washington University Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The initial investigation revealed that the victim and a witness were walking in the 4300 block of 4th Street N. when they came upon a dispute between two male subjects. One subject discharged a firearm, striking the victim in the leg. The subjects fled the area prior to police arrival. The shooting subject is described as a black male with a thin build wearing a black shirt and yellow pants at the time of the incident.

Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact Detective C. Riccio of the Arlington County Police Department’s Homicide/Robbery Unit at 703-228-4180 or [email protected] Information may also be provided anonymously through the Arlington County Crime Solvers hotline at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).

by ARLnow.com — November 23, 2016 at 11:00 am 0

Arlington police carAn 18-year-old Arlington man has been arrested and charged with stealing packages from an apartment mailroom in the Courthouse area.

The thefts were reported Monday afternoon.

From an Arlington County Police Department crime report:

BURGLARY, 2016-11210172, 2200 block of Fairfax Drive. At approximately 2:39 p.m. on November 21, officers responded to the report of a late burglary. A male suspect gained access to a mailroom inside of a secure building and opened several packages. Through the course of the investigation, officers were able to identify and arrest the suspect. Brayant Alberto Colin, 18, of Arlington VA, was charged with burglary and petit larceny.

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

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by ARLnow.com — November 22, 2016 at 2:30 pm 0

Police pedestrian enforcement on Columbia Pike (photo courtesy ACPD)

The Arlington County Police Department issued 20 citations and made one arrest during its pedestrian safety enforcement detail on Columbia Pike this morning.

The enforcement was conducted on the Pike at S. Oakland Street from about 10 a.m. to noon.

According to ACPD, 17 drivers “were stopped and issued a summons for failure to yield to the pedestrian,” while two were issued citations for not wearing a seatbelt and another was cited for not having a driver’s license.

One person stopped by officers was wanted for failing to appear in court for not having a driver’s license. That person was taken into custody, said ACPD spokeswoman Ashley Savage.

The department conducted a similar enforcement detail last week on Lee Highway at N. Edison Street and issued 15 citations for failure to yield, Savage said.

Via Twitter:

Photo (top) courtesy ACPD

by ARLnow.com — November 21, 2016 at 11:50 am 0

Police car lightsAn armed robbery was reported Saturday afternoon in the Aurora Highlands neighborhood near Crystal City.

Police say a man entered a dry cleaning business on the 700 block of 23rd Street S. just after 2 p.m. The suspect brandished a gun, demanded money and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The man then drove off in “newer model four-door sedan.”

The suspect is described as a 6’2″ black male, 250-270 lbs, in his 30s or 40s, according to Arlington County Police spokeswoman Ashley Savage.

From an ACPD crime report:

ROBBERY, 2016-11190173, 700 block of S. 23rd Street. At approximately 2:12 p.m. on November 19, an unknown male subject entered a business, brandished a firearm, and demanded money from the employee. The subject fled the scene in a nearby vehicle with an undisclosed amount of cash. The investigation is ongoing.

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