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Arlington Police Beat, 3/18/21 edition

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News of crime and punishment across Arlington this week.


  • On March 6 at 6:41 p.m., police were dispatched to the 1200 block of South Hayes Street for a report of a disorderly subject inside a business.
    Police determined that an employee confronted the suspect after observing him enter the store for a second time and conceal merchandise. A struggle ensued and the suspect threatened the employee as he fled the scene, police said.

According to police, the victim was able to point out the suspect when he was boarding a bus. A search of the suspect uncovered narcotics, police said.


The suspect – 44-year-old Arvid Thomas of the District of Columbia – was arrested and charged with robbery, possession of a controlled substance and obstruction of justice. He also was served with two outstanding warrants from Fairfax County, and was held without bond.

  • On March 8 at 10:26 p.m., an individual entered a business in the 3400 block of Washington Boulevard, began selecting merchandise and placed it in a duffle bag.

According to police, an employee confronted the suspect as he exited the business. The suspect pushed the employee and a brief struggle ensued.

The suspect then began removing the merchandise from the bag, causing a glass bottle to break, then fled on a bike with some of the items prior to police arrival.

The suspect is described as a black male, in his 50s, 5’8”, 150 pounds, with gray and black hair.


  • On March 9 at 2:23 p.m., individuals were inside a business in the 3000 block of Washington Boulevard when they observed an individual exposing his genitals.

The suspect – described as a male, 5’7” to 6 feet tall and skinny – fled prior to police arrival.


  • On March 6 at 10:04 a.m., police were dispatched to the 700 block of North Wayne Street for a report of an office in a residential building being burglarized.

On March 9 at 6:48 a.m., a business in the 4400 block of Wilson Boulevard was entered, and items were tampered with. An employee confronted the suspect, who was in possession with a key fob and was attempting to gain access to secure areas, and requested he leave, police said.

At 11:08 a.m., police were dispatched to the 4600 block of Fairfax Drive for a report of a larceny, and determined that the same suspect allegedly stole items from an office, tampered with items and gained entry to vacant rooms.

The suspect – 38-year-old Yohannes Gebreyesus of Arlington – was arrested with the three counts of burglary, three counts of unlawful entry and one count of petty larceny (three or more offenses). He was held without bond.

  • Sometime between March 9 at 5 p.m. and March 10 at 4 a.m., a home in the 1700 block of 26th Street South was burglarized.

Four firearms, personal items and a wallet containing cash were taken.

While canvassing the area, police located damage to a nearby residence, where the suspect attempted to force entry but was unsuccessful.


  • On March 8 at 12:32 a.m., police received a license-plate-reader lookout for a vehicle previously reported stolen out of Maryland.

An officer observed the vehicle enter Arlington on Interstate 395 northbound, and with the assistance of additional units, a traffic stop was initiated.

During the course of the investigation, the vehicle was confirmed as stolen, and what police described as “distribution quantities” of marijuana were located, as well as controlled substances and stolen credit cards.

The first suspect – 28-year-old Shonda Williams of Baltimore – was arrested and charged with unauthorized use of a vhicle and possession with intent to distribute marijuana. The second suspect – 39-year-old Nicole Clifford (no address provided by police) was arrested and charged with several counts of possession of controlled susbstances and two counts of credit-card theft.

The suspects were held without bond.

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