News of crime and punishment across Arlington this week.
CARRYING CONCEALED WEAPONS:
* On Feb. 14 at 12:14 a.m., an officer on patrol observed a suspicious vehicle and made contact with the occupant, police said.
During the course of the investigation, a firearm was located inside the vehicle, police said.
The suspect – 37-year-old Cory Perry of Woodbridge – was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and was released on a summons.
* On Feb. 16 at 8:35 p.m., an officer on patrol in the 300 block of 23rd Street South observed a suspicious vehicle, made contact with the occupants and determined that a firearm and marijuana were inside the vehicle, police said.
The suspect – 28-year-old Alahaji Mansaray of New Carrollton – was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, removing or altering serial numbers on a firearm and possession of marijuana. He was released on a summons.
* On Feb. 14, police were dispatched to a report of an indecent exposure in the 3200 block of Lee Highway.
Investigation revealed that the incident had occurred the previous Sept. 14, when a girl was walking in the area when a man inside a vehicle called out to her and asked for directions.
As the victim was showing directions on the phone, the suspect grabbed the device from her hands. As she got closer to the window, she observed the suspect’s pants were down and he was masturbating.
The victim retrieved her phone and the suspect fled the scene at a high rate of speed. He is described as a black male, 35 to 40 years old, driving a black Honda CRV.
* On Feb. 13 at 4:40 p.m., police were dispatched to the 900 block of Army Navy Drive for a report of four individuals walking through a parking lot, apparently casing vehicles.
Responding officers determined that the vehicle being used by the suspects had been reported stolen from Maryland.
Officers established a perimeter and took the suspects into custody.
Jeremiah Diggs, 18, of the District of Columbia was arrested and charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Romel Howard, 18, of the District of Columbia was charged with possession of a Schedule V substance. A juvenile was charged with possession of marijuana.
* On Feb. 16 at 3:16 a.m., three or four suspects forced entry to a business in the 1600 block of South Glebe Road, causing damage and stealing a cash register.
* On Feb. 16 at 4:12 a.m., police responded to a report of an attempted burglary of a business in the 6000 block of Wilson Boulevard.
Entry was not gained, but during the course of investigation, police determined that a business nearby had been entered, with damage caused.
Nothing was reported stolen from either business.
* Between Feb. 16 at 9:30 p.m. and Feb. 16 at 5:30 a.m., four suspects forced entry to three businesses in the 5500 block of Wilson Boulevard, causing damage and stealing cash registers from two of the establishments.
* Between Feb. 16 at 11 p.m. and Feb. 17 at 7:16 a.m., a business in the 3200 block of Columbia Pike was burglarized. A cash register (later recovered), cash and electronics were taken.
* On Feb. 17 around 3:33 a.m., five suspects attempted to force entry to a business in the 1000 block of South Walter Reed Drive before fleeing in a red vehicle.
Nothing was reported missing, but damage was caused.
The suspects are described as young white or Hispanic males.
* On Feb. 19 at 2:22 a.m., two businesses in the 5000 block of Columbia Pike were burglarized. A cash register was stolen from one business; the suspects attempted to steal cash registers from the other.
The suspects are described as males driving a burgundy Lincoln NKZ sedan with Texas license plates.
ARLINGTON MAN ARRESTED IN FAIRFAX AFTER ALLEGED ROBBERY SPREE:
* An Arlington man was arrested by Fairfax County police and is facing charges in connection with a series of recent armed robberies in that county.
Detectives from the Fairfax County Major Crimes Bureau determined that, in three of the four robberies, the suspect approached the victim, displayed a firearm and took personal property. In the other case, the suspect took a victim’s purse by force.
On Feb. 17, officers from the Franconia, Mason and West Springfield district stations were conducting a surveillance operation in Annandale when officers from the Mason District’s Neighborhood Patrol Unit observed a man matching the suspect’s description based on previously obtained surveillance footage. Upon further investigation, officers developed probable cause to arrest the man, identified as Tevago Bell, 32, of Arlington, police said.
Bell was found to be in possession of a BB gun at the time of his arrest, police said.
Bell was taken to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center and charged with four counts of robbery and three counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. He was held without bond.