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Crime Report: Three Men Try, Fail to Snatch Woman’s Purse Near Clarendon

A group of three men tried to take a woman’s purse near Clarendon early last Thursday morning, but were unsuccessful and instead ended up running away.

Police say the group approached the woman, threw her to the ground and tried to take the purse, but she fought back and the suspects fled empty-handed.

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

ATTEMPTED ROBBERY, 2018-05100029, N. Irving Street at Clarendon Boulevard. At approximately 2:39 a.m. on May 10, police were dispatched to the report of an assault just occurred. Upon arrival, it was determined that the female victim was walking in the area when she was approached by three male suspects. The victim continued walking and was again approached by the three suspects. One suspect grabbed the victim around the neck and threw her to the ground, while the other two suspects attempted to steal her purse. The victim was able to fight back and the suspects fled the area prior to police arrival. Nothing was stolen from the victim and she did not require medical attention. Suspect One is described as a black male with a thin build and black hair, wearing a black shirt and dark jeans. Suspect Two is described as a heavyset black male, wearing dark clothing. Suspect Three is described as a dark-skinned Hispanic male with an average build, wearing dark clothing. The investigation is ongoing.

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

ROBBERY (late), 2018-05110046, 900 block of S. Dinwiddie Street. At approximately 4:30 a.m. on May 11, police were dispatched to the late report of an armed robbery. Upon arrival, it was determined that the victim was walking in the area when he was approached by four suspects who threatened him and demanded his possessions. One suspect brandished a knife during the incident. The suspects stole the victim’s possessions and physically assaulted him before fleeing the area on foot. All four suspects are described as Hispanic males, approximately 18 years old. The suspect who brandished the knife was wearing a yellow shirt and multi-colored jeans and one of the suspects was described as having darker skin than the other three suspects and dark hair that was bleached in the front. The victim was transported to the Virginia Hospital Center with non-life threatening injuries. The investigation is ongoing.

BURGLARY, 2018-05130179, 2900 block of S. Glebe Road. At approximately 8:06 p.m. on May 13, police responded to the report of a suspicious subject attempting to gain entry into the victim’s residence. The suspect fled the scene prior to police arrival and responding units were unable to locate the suspect. At approximately 8:40 p.m., police were dispatched to another unit in the same building for the report of a larceny of a purse. Upon arrival, it was determined that the victim was inside her residence when she heard a knock at her door. When she cracked the door open to see who was there, the suspect pushed open the door and entered the residence. While inside the residence, the suspect began examining the victim’s possessions, requested money from the victim and attempted to engage her in conversation. The victim declined to give the suspect money and he left the residence. Upon his exit, the victim determined that a purse was stolen from inside the residence. The suspect is described as a black male who spoke with an accent, in his early to mid-30’s, approximately 5’3″ to 5’6″, wearing a black v-neck t-shirt. The investigation is ongoing.

SEXUAL BATTERY, 2018-05110042, 500 block of N. Quincy Street. At approximately 3:20 a.m. on May 11, police were dispatched to the report of a sexual assault. Upon arrival, it was determined that a known suspect allegedly touched the victim inappropriately. During the course of the investigation, it was determined that the suspect was also wanted out of Henrico, VA. Horace Holland, 61, of No Fixed Address was arrested and charged with Sexual Battery. He was held on no bond.

UNLAWFUL ENTRY (late), 2018-05110333, 300 block of N. Piedmont Street. At approximately 11:41 p.m. on May 11, police were dispatched to the report of a possible break-in to a residence. Upon arrival, it was determined that the victim returned home at approximately 10:00 p.m. and heard someone leaving the residence through the front door. Upon investigation, the victim observed an unknown suspect fleeing the residence. Nothing was reported missing from the apartment. The suspect is described as a light skinned male, approximately 5’11”-6’0″, approximately 150 lbs., with short black hair, wearing gray sweatpants, no shirt, and no shoes. The investigation is ongoing.

MALICIOUS WOUNDING, 2018-05100171, 2300 block of Jefferson Davis Highway. At approximately 1:30 p.m., police were dispatched to the report of a fight in progress. Upon arrival, officers located a male victim suffering from a stab wound. The victim was transported to an area hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries. During the course of the investigation, officers determined that the victim confronted the tow truck operator as his vehicle was being towed from a gas station. A physical altercation ensued where the tow truck operator allegedly struck and stabbed the victim. Norman Brawner, 33, of Arlington, VA was arrested and charged with Malicious Wounding. He was held on no bond.

INDECENT EXPOSURE, 2018-05080221, 600 block of N. Glebe Road. At approximately 5:41 p.m. on May 8, police were dispatched to the report of an indecent exposure. Upon arrival, it was determined that the victim was walking in the area when he witnessed the male suspect masturbating inside of his vehicle. Brian Srey, 29, of Arlington, VA, was arrested and charged with Indecent Exposure.

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Morning Notes

Dog and Owner Help Foil Purse Snatching — Mazel was a very good boy. The miniature bull terrier and his owner chased down a purse thief in Clarendon Tuesday evening, retrieving the purse and all of its contents. The thief remains at large but the purse owner is very grateful to get her belongings back prior to a planned vacation. [NBC Washington]

Arlington Woman Plows Into Falls Church Store — A 41-year-old woman from Arlington drove her car through the sliding doors of a Falls Church Rite Aid store this past weekend, damaging shopping carts and an interior wall. She was arrested and charged with DUI. [Falls Church News-Press]

Planet Money Looks at I-66 Tolling — NPR’s popular Planet Money podcast took a look at the sky-high tolls now in effect during certain times on I-66. There is “a beautiful, econ 101 logic behind a toll that spikes when demand spikes,” the podcast explains. [NPR]

White Christmas Looks Unlikely — The odds are low that the Washington area ends its recent draught of white Christmases next week. However, some snow on Christmas Day appears to be a possibility. [Capital Weather Gang, Twitter]

Flickr pool photo by Jim Webster

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ACPD Arrests Two Purse Snatching Suspects in Clarendon

Police car (file photo)Arlington County Police have arrested two men for forcibly stealing purses from two women in the Clarendon area.

The incident happened just after 2 a.m. Sunday on the 2600 block of Clarendon Blvd, less than a block from the Whole Foods.

“Two female victims were walking in the area when three male subjects approached them from behind, shoved them to the ground, and took their purses,” according to an ACPD crime report. “The female victims, as well as witnesses, were able to provide police with detailed descriptions of the subjects.”

“Officers in the area identified two subjects matching the descriptions,” the crime report continued. “Christopher Reed, 29, of Alexandria VA, and Justin Payne, 28, of Springfield VA, were charged with robbery and held on no bond. The investigation into the third subject is ongoing.”

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Crime Report: Woman Robbed While Walking from Ballston Metro

A woman had her purse forcefully stolen from her while walking home from the Ballston Metro station around 10:00 Tuesday night. From this week’s Arlington County crime report:

ROBBERY, 10/16/12, 1100 block of N. Utah Street. On October 16 at 9:56 pm, a female victim was walking home from the Ballston Metro station when she was attacked by a male subject and had her purse stolen. The victim chased the man briefly on foot until she lost sight of him behind a row of townhouses. The suspect is described as a black or Hispanic male, approximately 5’8″ tall and very heavy set, with a bald head. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, grey sweatpants and white sneakers at the time of the incident.

The rest of this week’s crime report, after the jump.

ATTEMPTED ARMED ROBBERY, 10/12/12, 1400 block of S. Hayes Street. At 10:18 am on October 12, a subject brandished a firearm in an attempt to rob a sales associate at Nordstrom’s of jewelry. The victim hit a panic alarm and the suspect fled the scene on foot without any merchandise. The suspect is described a black male, approximately 6’0″ tall and 230 lbs. He was wearing a black bubble vest with a red shirt and had a black hat with sunglasses on at the time of the incident.

BURGLARY, 10/16/12, 3800 block of N. Wilson Boulevard. Between 7:30 pm on October 15 and 10:10 am on October 16, an unknown subject(s) broke into a business through a back door and stole a 36″ Sharp flat screen TV and at least 10 pairs of shoes. There is no suspect(s) description.

BURGLARY, 10/16/12, 1000 block of N. Arlington Boulevard. Between 9am and 6 pm on October 15, an unknown suspect(s) entered a victim’s residence and stole a Bose iPod docking station. There is no suspect(s) description.

BURGLARY, 10/13/12, 500 block of S. 26th Street. Between 8 am and 5 pm on October 11, an unknown suspect(s) entered a residence and stole items to include a laptop, watch and money. There is no suspect(s) description.

BURGLARY, 10/15/12, 1600 block of N. Fort Myer Drive. Between 6 pm on October 12 and 8:30 am on October 15, an unknown suspect(s) forced entry into an office suite and stole two laptops. There is no suspect(s) description.

COMMERCIAL BURGLARY, 10/13/12, 2300 block of S. Jefferson Davis Highway. Between 6:30 pm on September 26 and 7 am on September 27, an unknown suspect(s) climbed through the ceiling to gain access to a A/V office at a hotel and stole a video projector. There is no suspect(s) description.

LARCENY FROM AUTO (SERIES), 10/10/12, 1000 block of N. Highland Street. Between 11:30 pm and 8:15 am, an unknown suspect(s) broke into numerous vehicles located in a condo building parking garage. Numerous items were stolen to include loose change and electronics. There is no suspect(s) description.

STOLEN VEHICLES

10/10/12, VA XKW 8248, 2008 Ford F150 , White, 2700 block of N. Lee Highway
10/13/12, VA XFZ2040 (tags only), 300 block of N. Stafford Street
10/15/12, VA JZE4142, 2004 Acura MDX, Gray, 1100 block of N. Vernon Street

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Crime Report: How Did He Get Away? Edition

How did a slightly overweight 18-year-old manage to steal an elderly woman’s purse in or around the Rosslyn Metro station during the evening rush hour on a Wednesday — and apparently get away with it? The brazen crime was reported in this week’s Arlington County crime report.

ROBBERY 03/09/11, 1700 block of N. Moore Street. On March 9 at 5:30 pm, an unknown man stole a purse from an elderly woman with a walker. The suspect is described as an African American male around 18 years old, 6′ and 200 lbs. with a round face. He was wearing a red and black flannel shirt and dark pants. A teenage African American female was also seen with the suspect.

The rest of the crime report, after the jump.

ROBBERY-ARREST 03/09/11, 300 block of N. Glebe Road. On March 9 at 10 pm, two men approached a man standing outside his building. The suspect assaulted him and stole several items. One suspect was apprehended by police. Ricardo Brown, 45, of Waldorf, MD, was charged with Robbery. He was held without bond.

ROBBERY 03/13/11, 800 block of Army Navy Drive. On March 13 at 7:15 pm, a woman was walking through the mall parking garage when an unknown subject grabbed her cell phone from her hand. The suspect was an African American male.

ROBBERY 03/15/11, 1800 block of N. Quinn Street. On March 15 at 8 pm, a woman was walking when three teenage males approached her. One suspect grabbed her purse from her shoulder and then fled the area. The suspects were African American males between 14 and 16 years of age.

ASSAULT AND BATTERY WITH A VEHICLE 03/11/11, 2200 block of Arlington Boulevard. On March 11 at 10 am, two subjects inside a vehicle argued. When the male exited the car, the female driver struck him with it. The suspect is known and warrants are pending.

ASSAULT AND BATTERY ON POLICE-ARREST 03/14/11, 1300 block of N. Danville Street. On March 14 at 10:45 pm, officers arrested a shoplifter wanted out of another jurisdiction. The suspect assaulted an officer while being placed under arrest. Tamela Kenney, 43, of no fixed address, was charged with Assault and Battery on Law Enforcement and Resisting Arrest. She was held without bond.

SEXUAL BATTERY-ARREST 03/09/11, 2400 block of Jefferson Davis Highway. On March 9 at 5:40 pm, a 17 year-old male touched a store clerk on her buttocks and a stole alcohol from the store. The juvenile was located by police and charged.

SEXUAL BATTERY 03/10/11, 1500 block of Key Boulevard. On March 10 at 7:40 am, a woman was walking on a sidewalk when an unknown man approached her from behind and grabbed her buttocks. The suspect is described as a white male, 25-30 years old, 6’3″ and 180 lbs. He was wearing a black jacket, gray pants, and black shoes with a red stripe.

LARCENY FROM A PERSON-ARREST 03/14/11, 2500 block of Shirlington Road. On March 14 at 8 pm, a young man allowed man and woman he did not know to use his cell phone. They walked away with it, and assaulted the victim when he tried to retrieve it. Police located the male suspect. Reginald Jacobs, 25, of Arlington, was charged with Larceny from a Person and Assault and Battery. He was held on a $5,000 bond.

GRAND LARCENY AUTO-ARREST 03/14/11, 1000 block of Walter Reed Drive. On March 14 at 1:30 pm, police located an occupied stolen vehicle. Stacy Willard, 18, of Arlington, was charged with Grand Larceny of an Automobile and Driving on a Revoked License. He was held without bond.

ASSAULT AND BATTERY-ARREST 03/13/11, 4200 block of N. 2nd Street. On March 13 at 8 am, a group of men were drinking and two of them engaged in a verbal argument. One subject hit the other in the head with a bottle. Francisco, Sis Toj, 32, of Arlington, was charged with Assault and Battery. He was held on a $1,250 bond.

LEWD BEHAVIOR 03/10/11, 3000 block of N. Harrison Street. On March 10 at 3 pm, a 14 year-old girl was walking from school when an unknown man made inappropriate statements to her. The suspect is a male with a dark complexion in his 20’s. He was 5’6″ and wearing jeans and a navy blue hooded sweatshirt.

UNLAWFUL ENTRY-ARREST 03/11/11, 3700 block of S. 2nd Street. On March 11 at 6 pm, police located a prostitute and a realtor inside a residence without permission. Dennis [REDACTED], 55, of Springfield, was charged with Unlawful Entry and Solicitation of Prostitution. He was held on a $5,000 bond.

COMMERCIAL BURGLARY 03/14/11, 1500 block of Wilson Boulevard. Between 6:30 pm on March 11, and 8:40 am on March 14, an unknown subject entered an office suite and stole computers. There are no known suspects.

ATTEMPT BURGLARY 03/13/11, 2000 block of Columbia Pike. On March 12 at 11 pm, an unknown subject attempted to enter an apartment by prying at the window. There is no suspect description.

ATTEMPT BURGLARY 03/15/11, 200 block of N. Piedmont Street. Between 7 am on March 14, and 7 am on March 15, an unknown subject attempted to enter an apartment by prying at a window. There are no known suspects.

LARCENY FROM AUTO (SERIES) 03/10/11, 2400 block of Wilson Boulevard. On March 10 between 8 pm and 9 pm, an unknown person broke into at least two cars in a gym parking lot. Several items were stolen. There are no known suspects.

LARCENY FROM AUTO (SERIES) 03/10/11, 1400 block of N. Quincy Street. On March 10 between 8 pm and 9 pm, an unknown person broke into at least two cars in a parking lot. Several items were stolen. There are no known suspects.

LARCENY FROM AUTO (SERIES) 03/14/11, 3900 block of Wilson Boulevard. On March 14 between 9 pm and 10 pm, an unknown person broke into at least two cars in a gym parking lot. Several items were stolen. There are no known suspects.

LARCENY FROM AUTO (SERIES) 03/15/11, 3500 block of S. Ball Street. Between 8 pm on March 14, and 6:30 am on March 15, an unknown person stole vehicle parts from at least two vehicles in the same garage. There is no suspect description.

DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY (SERIES) 03/14/11, 500 block of N. Norwood Street. On March 14 at 3:40 pm, two vehicles in the same block were found with scratch marks along the passenger side. There is no suspect information.

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