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Arlington Police Beat 3/4/21 edition

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News of crime and punishment in Arlington over the past week.

VIOLENT FELON IN POSSESSION OF FIREARM:

* On Feb. 24 at 5:15 p.m., an officer investigating a “hit” from a license-plate reader in the 800 block of Army Navy Drive found the associated vehicle unoccupied.

Investigation revealed that the vehicle was displaying a fraudulent temporary tag, and was determined to have been reported out of Prince George’s County, police said.

At 6:08 p.m., police made contact with two individuals as they returned to the vehicle, and detained them without incident. A search of the vehicle yielded marijuana and two firearms, police said.

One suspect – 31-year-old Shawn Eubanks of the District of Columbia – was arrested and charged with violent felon in possession of a firearm, unauthorized use of a vehicle, felony possession with intent to distribute marijuana and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He was held without bond.

The second suspect – 34-year-old Deontay Curtis of District Heights, Md. – was arrested and charged with violent felon in possession of a firearm, felon carrying a concealed weapon and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and was held without bond.

* On Feb. 25 at 10:50 p.m., police conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle at 15th Street South at Richmond Highway. During the course of the investigation, it was determined that the driver of the vehicle did not have a valid license.

During an inventory of the vehicle prior to towing, officers recovered a firearm that was determined to be stolen, as well as an expanded magazine, police said.

The suspect – 28-year-old Kelvin Hamlett of the District of Columbia – was arrested and charged with receiving a stolen firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted violent felon, driving without a license and operation of a motor vehicle with improper registration. He was held without bond.

CARRYING A CONCEALED WEAPON:

* On Feb. 25 at 9:07 p.m., an officer on patrol in the 1500 block of Richmond Highway observed an improperly registered vehicle exiting a garage and effected a police stop, police said.

The driver of the vehicle was determined to be unlicensed, and during a search of the vehicle, a firearm and marijuana were found.

The suspect – 32-year-old James Hobbs of the District of Columbia – was arrested and charged with carrying a concealed weapon, no operator’s license and improper registration. He was released on a summons.

ROBBERY:

* On Feb. 19 at 7:45 p.m., an individual entered a business in the 1100 block of South Hayes Street and began to attempt to conceal merchandise, police said.

The victim confronted the suspect, who pushed past her and fled prior to police arrival.

The suspect is described as a black male, 5’7”.

* On Feb. 24 at 1:09 a.m., police were dispatched to a report of a fight in progress in the 3500 block of Fairfax Drive.

During investigation, police determined that an individual entered a business and began selecting items. The clerk refused the sale, citing restriction on the sale of alcohol during overnight hours.

A verbal dispute escalated to a physical altercation, and after leaving, the suspect re-entered the business and a second altercation took place.

Arriving officers took the subject into custody.

The suspect – 26-year-old Fabian Mungal of Fairfax – was arrested and charged with robbery and drunk in public, and also was served with a warrant out of Fairfax County.

The victim sustained what police described as minor injuries.

BURGLARY/UNLAWFUL ENTRY:

* On Feb. 17 at 11:47 p.m., a business in the 2300 block of Columbia Pike was burglarized. Nothing was reported taken.

The suspect is described as a black male, 5’10”, with a goatee.

* Sometime between Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. and Feb. 19 at 7:30 a.m., someone attempted to enter a business in the 5100 block of Lee Highway, but was unsuccessful.

* On Feb. 18 at 9:37 p.m., an individual known to the victim forced entry to a home in the 1000 block of South Frederick Street, police said. Damage was caused.

While police were on the scene investigating, the suspect returned to the home, and was taken into custody without incident.

The suspect – 30-year-old Adrian Springs of the District of Columbia – was arrested and charged with unlawful entry and destruction of property.

* On Feb. 19 at 7:30 p.m., a home in the 2600 block of Franklin Road was burglarized. Damage was caused, but nothing was reported taken.

* On Feb. 20 at 2:29 p.m., an individual observed another person enter a construction site in the 1600 block of North McKinley Road and steal building supplies.

The victim confronted the suspect, who then left the scene but returned two subsequent times.

The suspect is described as a black male, 5’10” or 5”11”.

* On Feb. 20 at 2:30 a.m., the resident of a home in the 900 block of North Stuart Street observed an individual open their door. The victim rushed to the door and shut it, at which point the suspect fled.

The suspect is described as a black male, 25 to 35 years old, 5’11” to 6’4”.

* On Feb. 21 at 2:55 a.m., a home in the 1800 block of North Cameron Street was burglarized. Damage was caused but nothing was reported taken.

* On Feb. 21 at 11 a.m., a business in the 4200 block of Wilson Boulevard was burglarized. Items of value were taken.

The suspect is described as a male with a light complexion.

GRAND LARCENY:

* Sometime between Feb. 18 at 6:30 p.m. and Feb. 19 at 7:50 a.m., an individual gained entry to an unlocked vehicle in the 4900 block of Columbia Pike, and located the keys to a second vehicle.

The suspect then stole the second vehicle which later was recovered in Fairfax County.

JUVENILE IN CUSTODY ON HOST OF FELONY CHARGES:

* A juvenile suspect is facing charges of conspiracy to commit a felony, burglary, eluding and motor-vehicle theft following a series of property-related crimes that occurred on the morning Feb. 20

At approximately 5:07 a.m., police were dispatched to the report of a vehicle tampering in the 2000 block of North Cameron Street, after an individual reported seeing four individuals associated with a Chevrolet Camaro trying door handles of parked vehicles in the area.

A responding officer located the suspect vehicle, with two other vehicles following closely behind, and attempted a traffic stop. The drivers disregarded the officer’s signal and fled the scene at a high rate of speed, police said.

Additional officers attempted to stop the vehicles on North Culpeper Street, where the driver of a sedan with Maryland temporary tags accelerated toward them, attempted to strike an officer who was on foot, and crashed into a police cruiser. No officers were injured.

The suspects fled the area onto Lee Highway, where officers located the vehicles and initiated a pursuit.

The Camaro crashed into the median in the 2400 block of Washington Boulevard and, following a brief foot pursuit, the driver was taken into custody.

The third involved vehicle, a black Mercedes, was located unoccupied in the 100 block of North Edgewood Street. A perimeter was established and officers, with aerial support from the United States Park Police, conducted an extensive search for the driver with negative results.

The investigation revealed the Camaro had been stolen earlier in the morning from the 900 block of North Livingston Street. An additional vehicle on North Livingston had been entered, rummaged through and cash was stolen.

The Mercedes was determined to be stolen from the 1800 block of North Cameron Street. Upon speaking with the victim, it was learned that the suspects had entered a separate unlocked vehicle, located a garage door opener and made entry into their residence from the garage. Once inside, the suspects stole a purse containing keys to the Mercedes and fled the scene in the vehicle before being located by officers.

This incident is being investigated as related to a similar residential burglary reported on Feb. 19. 

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