(Updated at 1:15 p.m.) A man has been badly injured after jumping off a bridge while running from Arlington County police.
The incident happened around 11 p.m. Tuesday on Shirlington Road, between the Shirlington and Nauck neighborhoods
The man was pulled over after being spotted driving recklessly on I-395, weaving in and out of traffic and driving on the shoulder at an excess rate of speed, according to Arlington County Police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck. He exited the highway at Shirlington and pulled into an Exxon parking lot.
After stopping the car, the man got out and started running, shouting that officers would have to shoot him to stop him, Sternbeck said. While fleeing he jumped from the Shirlington Road bridge over Four Mile Run and fell onto rocks some 20 feet below.
The man was still breathing but was bleeding profusely from a “severe head injury” in which brain matter could be seen, according to scanner reports. He was transported to the trauma center at George Washington University hospital.
The car the man was driving was reported to be a rental car. Police say he was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the incident.
No word yet on the man’s identity, but police said he is 37 years old and from Fort Washington, Maryland. He’s currently listed in critical condition, clinging to life but unresponsive, we hear.
The Shirlington Road bridge was closed in both directions for a period of time while investigators documented the scene.
Ahmad El-Khatib, 31, was arrested Sunday morning at a friend’s apartment building on the 800 block of N. Randolph Street. Police say El-Khatib had been out with friends in D.C. Saturday night and came back to his friend’s building.
Around 3:40 a.m., a 13-year-old boy who was sleeping in the club room of the building was awakened to find a stranger touching him in appropriately, said Arlington County Police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck. The teen immediately fled the room and reported the incident to a family member, who was working as the building’s overnight concierge.
The concierge reviewed surveillance footage and found that the incident had been caught on video, Sternbeck said. Later that morning, when El-Khatib was leaving the building, an employee identified him as the suspect in the video and called police. El-Khatib was arrested on scene, said Sternbeck.
El-Khatib, an Annandale resident, has been charged with aggravated sexual assault and is being held without bond.
El-Khatib is listed as the “founding director” of the NUR Center, an Islamic education, recreation and cultural center with locations in Loudoun County and on Carlin Springs Road in Falls Church. The center offers Montessori classes for ages 3-9, along with after school activities for ages 5-12 and youth day and summer camps.
Also on the NUR Center website, El-Khatib is listed as the coach of a martial arts team based at Abingdon Elementary School, in Arlington’s Fairlington community. On his LinkedIn profile, he’s listed as the “program director” of the NUR Center and a company called Arlington Day Camps LLC.
A website for Arlington Day Camps has the following biography for El-Khatib:
Ahmad El-Khatib has directed art, fitness, and enrichment camps in the DMV area for over 10 years. His programs have been offered at Fairfax County Rec Centers, Sport and Health Clubs, Abingdon Elementary, Drew Model School, Lyles Crouch Traditional Academy, and Randolph Elementary. In 2010, he founded the NUR Center, a Montessori School and After-School recreation center for children and adults. His working partnerships with local schools gave him the ability to establish strong relationships with some of the areas most extraordinary teachers. In September 2013, with the support of his staff and community, he established Arlington Day Camps in an effort to provide quality and affordable camps during school holidays and teacher work days.
A phone number listed for El-Khatib went straight to a full voicemail box. An employee at the NUR Center in Loudoun County did not have any information on El-Khatib’s arrest, and an email to the company has not been returned. Attempts to reach Mary El-Khatib, who’s listed as a NUR Center co-founder and a former Arlington Public Schools teacher, were also unsuccessful.
Arlington County Police have arrested a suspect in the April 17 stabbing death of Aurora Highlands resident Bonnie Delgado Black.
Police arrested 46-year-old David Black, the victim’s ex-husband, earlier today following a grand jury indictment. He’s charged with first degree murder and burglary.
Last month police searched Black’s house — which was several blocks from his estranged wife’s home, where she was found dead — and removed bikes and other items as evidence. Speaking to television reporters at the time, neighbors said they were nervous to have Black still living in the community.
Bonnie Black was a psychologist who did contract work for the FBI. She was found stabbed to death after her young children were found wandering outside her home by a neighbor.
From an ACPD press release:
The Arlington County Police Department’s Homicide/Robbery Unit and Tactical Unit have taken David Black, 46, of Arlington, VA, into custody pursuant to an indictment issued by a special investigative grand jury. These charges stem from the murder of his estranged wife, Bonnie Black which occurred on April 17, 2015 in the Aurora Highlands neighborhood of Arlington County. The indictment and subsequent bench warrant charges him with one count of first degree murder and one count of burglary while armed with the intent to commit a felony.
A neighbor discovered the victim’s two young children wandering outside of the home in the early morning hours of April 17, 2015. At 7:50 a.m., Arlington County Police responded to the 1100 block of 18th Street South where officers discovered the 42 year-old female victim deceased inside her residence.
A special investigative grand jury was convened by the Arlington County Circuit Court and heard evidence and testimony surrounding the murder of Bonnie Black. Today that grand jury returned an indictment against David Black and he was arrested without incident.
The incident happened around 2:45 a.m. Monday. Police say a man wearing a brown coat and a backpack broke into the Rosslyn Children’s Center (RCC), at 1401 Wilson Blvd, and stole two laptops and a hard drive.
From this week’s Arlington County crime report:
BURGLARY, 151026013, 1400 block of N. Wilson Boulevard. At approximately 2:45 a.m. on October 26, an unknown subject(s) entered the Rosslyn Children’s Center and stole two laptops and an external drive. The suspect is described as a male wearing a brown coat and backpack at the time of the incident.
RCC was in the news two weeks ago for its plan to move to a new location in Rosslyn.
The rest of the crime report, after the jump.
The incident happened between 2:45 and 3:30 p.m., on the 1100 block of S. Quincy Street, near Columbia Pike.
Police say Michael Howard, an Arlington resident, was seen masturbating inside his apartment while peering at children at a nearby playground though a window.
Howard is a registered sex offender, according to police, something investigators learned after his arrest. He was charged with public masturbation and held without bond.
Police say a man and a woman robbed the convenience store on the 2800 block of S. Wakefield Street around 10:15 p.m. on Tuesday. They also allegedly assaulted a 55-year-old man who works at the store.
“The first suspect is described as a black male in his thirties, approximately 6’2″ and weighed 225 lbs, He was wearing a black zip-up hoodie, black sweatpants, black hat, black/red sneakers, and gloves.,” according to an Arlington County Police crime report. “The second suspect is described as a black female in her late twenties, approximately 5’5″ and weighed 130 lbs. She was wearing a black puma sweatshirt, black leggings, and black sneakers.”
The store is popular with residents of Shirlington and the nearby Fairlington neighborhood.
The incident was reported around 11:30 a.m. in Benjamin Banneker Park, near East Falls Church, according to Arlington County Police.
Police say “an unknown male subject was seen standing naked in the bushes” along the W&OD trail. A man walking his dog saw the man and called police.
The suspect is described as “a Hispanic or Middle-Eastern male, with dark hair and a slim-build.” There were no additional reports of the man being seen by other trail users.
“It appears to be an isolated incident at this point,” said Arlington County Police Department spokesman Dustin Sternbeck.
The temperature in Arlington around 11:30 Saturday morning was a chilly 55 degrees.
Police do not believe this incident is connected to any other previously-reported crime along the trail. Earlier this year a man tried to sexually assault a woman on the trail in Glencarlyn Park, and a few years ago a string of indecent exposure incidents along the trail prompted police to issue warnings to trail users.
The enforcement action will target motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians caught breaking traffic laws in Ballston, East Falls Church and Crystal City. It’s part of a fall bicycle and pedestrian safety awareness program.
With the days getting shorter and daylight saving time ending Sunday, pedestrian and bicyclist safety is an important law enforcement focus. Most fatal pedestrian accidents occur after dark.
From an ACPD press release:
Between October 27-29, 2015, the Arlington County Police Department’s Special Operations Section will be out promoting the 2015 Fall Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety Awareness Program in the Ballston, East Falls Church and Crystal City areas.
Officers will be at the following locations:
October 27th – Fairfax Drive & N. Monroe Street from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
October 28th – 1700-1900 block of N. Sycamore Street from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
October 29th – 1500-2300 block of Crystal Drive from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
This enforcement detail is part of the 2015 Street Smart Pedestrian, Driver, and Bicyclist Safety Campaign which runs from October 26, 2015 through November 15, 2015. Officers will ticket motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians who violate traffic laws.
These programs are set up to carry out education and enforcement campaigns throughout the year in order to ensure everyone shares the roads safely. Pedestrians and bicyclists account for a quarter of the traffic fatalities in the region, nearly 90 deaths per year.
Motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians are reminded to pay attention to one another and always proceed with caution and care for each other’s safety.
The incident happened around 8 a.m., at the intersection of S. Buchanan Street and 9th Street S.
Police say they responded to a report of a smoldering car at the intersection. The smoldering quickly turned into flames, as captured in a photo taken by a police officer.
Arlington firefighters responded to extinguish the blaze. A county fire marshal also responded, to investigate the cause of the fire.
Photo courtesy ACPD
Police say four women tried to steal items from a store, then sprayed pepper spray at the employees as the fled.
From this week’s Arlington County crime report:
ROBBERY, 151020023, 1100 block of S. Hayes Street. At approximately 10:01 a.m. on October 20, four unknown subjects entered a retail store and attempted to steal several items. As they were fleeing, one of the subjects sprayed two employees with pepper spray. The first suspect is described as a black female in her twenties, with an average height. She was wearing a tan hat, black jacket, maroon pants, and brown UGG boots. The second suspect is described as a black female in her twenties, with an average height. She was wearing shiny black leggings and a multi-colored jacket. The third suspect is described as a black female in her twenties, with an average height. She was wearing a knit cap, a hooded jacket, jeans, and black boots. The fourth suspect is described as a black female in her twenties, with an average height. She was wearing a black hat, jeans, and black boots.
The rest of the crime report, after the jump.
ROBBERY, 151021003, 4400 block of S. 31st Street. At approximately 1:00 a.m. on October 21, a 48 year-old male cab driver was assaulted and robbed by an unknown male subject. The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his twenties with a thin build. He was wearing a grey hoodie and dark jeans at the time of the incident.
ROBBERY, 151014058, 4300 block of N. 2nd Street. At approximately 10:40 p.m. on October 14, an unknown male subject robbed a 50 year-old male victim of his wallet. The suspect is described as a black male in his twenties, approximately 5’7″-5’9″ tall and was wearing a grey sweatshirt at the time of the incident.
ROBBERY, 151019027, 700 block of N. Glebe Road. At approximately 3:00 p.m. on October 19, a loss prevention officer was assaulted while trying to stop two subjects from shoplifting. Yesenia Yvette Echegoyen, 19, of Falls Church, Va, was arrested and charged with robbery and conspiracy to commit larceny. Kelly Michelle Fuentes, 19, of Alexandria, Va, was arrested and charged with grand larceny, conspiracy to commit larceny, and providing false identification.
ROBBERY, 151019020, 1700 block of S. Clark Street. At approximately 1:20 p.m. on October 19, an unknown male subject robbed a 28 year-old female victim of her phone. The suspect is described as a black male in his early twenties, approximately 5’8″ tall and weighed 160-180 lbs. He was wearing a green jacket and black pants at the time of the incident.
LARCENY FROM AUTO (series), 151016022, 2000 block of S. Eads Street. Between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. on October 15, an unknown subject(s) entered several vehicles in a one block
BURGLARY, 151020027, 100 block of N. Thomas Street. An unknown subject(s) forced entry into a community center and stole a computer monitor. There is no suspect(s) description.
10/13/15, VA WZC2026, 2009 Acura TL, Black
3000 block of S. Abingdon Street
10/15/15, VA WTC3422, 2014 Kia Optima, Black
3600 block of S. Glebe Road
10/15/15, VA VFX7309, 2001 Ford, Green
300 block of N. Piedmont Street
10/19/15, VA WTS9485, 1998 Jeep Cherokee, White
1100 block of S. Eads Street
GRAND LARCENY, 151014021, 700 block of N. Glebe Road
GRAND LARCENY, 151014022, 1100 block of S. Hayes Street
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 151014024, 600 block of N. Glebe Road
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 151014028, 900 block of N. Stuart Street
LARCENY, 151014030, 100 block of S. Old Glebe Road
VANDALISM, 151014031, 3700 block of N. Delaware Street
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 151014042, 600 block of N. Glebe Road
GRAND LARCENY, 151014043, 2300 block of S. Glebe Road
LARCENY FROM AUTO, 151014048, 3800 block of S. 7th Street
GRAND LARCENY, 151014049, 1100 block of S. Hayes Street
PETIT LARCENY, 151014053, 2900 block of S. Quincy Street
ASSAULT, 151015005, 3300 block of N. Wilson Boulevard
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 151015010, 4900 block of S. Columbia Pike
ASSAULT, 151015014, 5800 block of N. Washington Boulevard
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 151015020, 500 block of S. Army Navy Drive
GRAND LARCENY, 151015034, 700 block of N. Glebe Road
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 151015048, 1200 block of N. Queen Street
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 151016001, 500 block of S. Walter Reed Drive
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 151016007, 1200 block of S. Courthouse Road
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 151016002, 5200 block of S. 8th Road
LARCENY FROM AUTO, 151016012, 1300 block of S. Nash Street
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 151016013, 2300 block of S. Nash Street
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 151016014, 2300 block of S. Nash Street
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 151016015, 1300 block of S. Army Navy Drive
LARCENY FROM AUTO, 151016016, 1300 block of S. Army Navy Drive
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 151016018, 1200 block of S. Army Navy Drive
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 151016019, 1200 block of S. Army Navy Drive
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 151016020, 1300 block of S. Army Navy Drive
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 151016021, 1300 block of S. Army Navy Drive
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 151016023, 2300 block of S. Nash Street
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 151016024, 2300 block of S. Nash Street
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 151016025, 2300 block of S. Nash Street
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 151016027, 2300 block of S. Nash Street
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 151016051, 900 block of S. George Mason Drive
PETIT LARCENY, 151016052, 3900 block of N. Wilson Boulevard
LARCENY, 151016061, 4100 block of N. Vacation Lane
EMBEZZLEMENT, 151016072, 1400 block of S. Hayes Street
GRAND LARCENY, 151016075, 1100 block of S. Hayes Street
GRAND LARCENY, 151016076, 1000 block of S. Hayes Street
GRAND LARCENY, 151016077, 700 block of N. Glebe Road
ATTEMPTED LARCENY FROM AUTO, 151016086, 1600 block of S. Joyce Street
GRAND LARCENY, 151017016, 1100 block of S. Hayes Street
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 151017020, 1100 block of S. Army Navy Drive
PETIT LARCENY, 151017021, 5100 block of S. 8th Road
PETIT LARCENY, 151017029, 700 block of N. Glebe Road
GRAND LARCENY, 151017040, 1100 block of S. Hayes Street
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 151018001, 500 block of S. 14th Road
GRAND LARCENY, 151018007, 4900 block of S. Columbia Pike
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 151018009, 2800 block of N. Wilson Boulevard
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 151018014, 3000 block of N. Washington Boulevard
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 151018018, 1100 block of N. Arlington Boulevard
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 151018019, 1300 block of S. Army Navy Drive
GRAND LARCENY, 151018022, 1700 block of S. 13th Road
TAMPERING WITH AUTO, 151018023, 1100 block of S. Rolfe Street
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 151018024, 1100 block of N. Irving Street
LARCENY FROM AUTO, 151018025, 1100 block of S. Rolfe Street
LARCENY, 151018026, 1100 block of S. Hayes Street
TRESPASSING, 151018030, 2700 block of S. Glebe Road
CREDIT CARD THEFT, 151018031, 1200 block of N. Fillmore Street
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 151018044, 1900 block of S. Arlington Ridge Road
LARCENY FROM AUTO, 151018054, 3800 block of N. 9th Street
COUNTERFEIT, 151019018, 800 block of S. Army Navy Drive
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 151019023, 1300 block of S. Rolfe Street
LARCENY FROM AUTO, 151019024, 2200 block of N. Clarendon Boulevard
GRAND LARCENY, 1000 block of S. Hayes Street
PETIT LARCENY, 151019033, 1700 block of N. Moore Street
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 151019035, 5200 block of N. Yorktown Boulevard
PETIT LARCENY, 151020015, 5200 block of N. Yorktown Boulevard.
FRAUD, 151020020, 300 block of N. Thomas Street
GRAND LARCENY, 151020029, 1100 block of S. Joyce Street
FRAUD, 151020031, 3700 block of N. Lee Highway
LARCENY FROM AUTO, 151020043, 1800 block of N. George Mason Drive
GRAND LARCENY, 151020044, 1000 block of S. Hayes Street
EMBEZZLEMENT, 151020051, 1400 block of S. Hayes Street
GRAND LARCENY, 151020052, 700 block of N. Glebe Road
GRAND LARCENY, 151020054, 1000 block of S. Hayes Street
TRESSPASSING, 151021001, 1900 block of S. Jefferson Davis Highway
LARCENY, 151021007, 1300 block of S. Army Navy Drive
The Sunoco gas station at the corner of N. Glebe Road and Washington Blvd was robbed earlier this afternoon by two suspects, one of whom has a gun, according to police.
While police try to track down the suspects, nearby Washington-Lee High School has been placed in “secure the school” mode, which usually means that exterior doors are locked and students are not allowed outside.
Around 2 p.m., police released a surveillance image of a robbery suspect, taken inside the Sunoco’s convenience store.
Last week, at least four cars were broken into and one was reported stolen in Fairlington. All of the cars broken into were unlocked, and the car that was stolen was reportedly unlocked with the keys left in the ignition.
Also last week, items were stolen from a number of cars within a one block radius of the 2000 block of S. Eads Street, in the Crystal City area, according to a crime report.
This past weekend, at least 16 cars were broken into in the City of Falls Church, according to the Falls Church News-Press.
Arlington County Police are continuing to remind residents to lock their cars and to not leave any valuables in plain sight within the vehicle when it’s parked.
Anthony Gordon was found unconscious in his cell at the detention facility in Courthouse on Aug. 22. Despite efforts to revive him, he was pronounced dead after arriving at Virginia Hospital Center.
In a press release (below), police say they determined that Gordon had “an extensive history of medical issues” and died of “natural causes.”
Arlington police are still investigating the death of 53-year-old Edward Straughn — who was found unresponsive in his cell at the jail earlier this month.
The investigation of the in-custody death of 48 year-old Anthony Gordon on August 22, 2015, by the Arlington County Police Department’s Homicide/Robbery Unit has concluded. In conjunction with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, it has been determined that Gordon died of natural causes due to an extensive history of medical issues.
Deputies with the Arlington County Sheriff’s Office found Gordon unconscious in a medical unit cell in the early morning hours of August 22, 2015. Resuscitation efforts were performed by deputies and nurses on scene prior to Gordon being transported to Virginia Hospital Center where he was pronounced deceased at approximately 3:41 a.m.
Gordon was convicted of a third offense of assault and battery of a family member and was sentenced to five years.
This incident marked the first in-custody death since February 2013. It was determined by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in the 2013 incident that the inmate had died of natural causes.
Police say a 26-year-old man suffered two large wounds after being struck in the face with a wine bottle.
From this week’s Arlington County crime report:
MALICIOUS WOUNDING, 151010037, 4000 block of N. Lorcom Lane. At approximately 9:30 p.m. on October 10, a 26 year-old male victim was struck in the face with a wine bottle during a BBQ, causing two large lacerations to his head. The victim was transported to Virginia Hospital Center with non-life threatening injuries. Melissa Michelle Fredericks, 43, of Arlington VA, was arrested and charged with malicious wounding.
The rest of the crime report, after the jump.
Update 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:
@ARLnowDOTcom A bunch of FPS vehicles just went tearing out of a nearby office with lights and sirens going.
— Loopy Smith (@jonzie5647) October 15, 2015
— Jack Hogan (@ousooners28) October 15, 2015
— Daniel Kaniewski (@dankandc) October 15, 2015