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Arlington Police Beat, 9/8/22 edition

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STOLEN VEHICLE/ABDUCTION:

•• On Aug. 28 at 6:01 p.m., Arlington officers on patrol were flagged down by an individual who reported that his parked, idling vehicle had been stolen in the area of North Lynn Street and Wilson Boulevard with his child inside.

A lookout was broadcast for the vehicle and child to Arlington officers and those in surrounding jurisdictions.

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At approximately 6:20 p.m., officers with the Metropolitan Police Department reportedly located the stolen vehicle, with child inside, in the 2200 block of Fairlawn Ave., S.E., in the District of Columbia, Arlington police said. The child was reported as unharmed.

The suspect is described as black male.

Arlington police issued the vehicle owner, a 38-year-old Falls Church man, a citation for contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

MALICIOUS WOUNDING:

•• On Aug. 27 at 8:49 p.m., a juvenile male was running along the Custis Trail near the 4700 block of Washington Boulevard when he was stabbed, according to Arlington police.

Police said the suspect fled the scene on foot. A search of the area was conducted, including use of a police helicopter, but the suspect escaped.
The victim, who was taken to a local hospital with injuries described as serious but non-life-threatening, described the suspect as an Asian or Hispanic male.

•• On Aug. 29 at 7 p.m., individuals known to each other became involved in a verbal dispute in the 2100 block of Clarendon Boulevard that turned physical when the suspect allegedly stole the wallet and phone of a victim, Arlington police said.

During the incident, the suspect allegedly stabbed the victim before fleeing on foot.

The suspect later was stopped in a vehicle by police and taken into custody without incident. Both the suspect and the victim were transported to local hospitals for injuries described as non-life-threatening.

The suspect – 24-year-old Hannah Vance of Austin, Texas – was arrested and charged with malicious wounding and robbery. She was held without bond.

ROBBERY:

•• On Aug. 28 at 3:18 a.m., a man was sitting in the vicinity of the 4200 block of 2nd Road North when two individuals approached him, Arlington police said.

According to police, one suspect grabbed the victim by the shoulders while the second suspect stole his wallet. The first suspect then pushed the victim to the ground.

The victim grabbed the second suspect and attempted to prevent her from leaving the scene, police said. A struggle ensued, during which time the victim received injuries described as minor.

The suspects are described as a black male, 30 years old, with dreadlocks, and a black female, 30 years old, 5’5”, with a stocky build.

•• On Aug. 30 at 5:19 p.m., a man entered a business in the 300 block of North Glebe Road, concealed merchandise and attempted to leave without paying, Arlington police said.

An employee confronted the suspect and a verbal dispute ensued, at which time the suspect allegedly struck the victim before fleeing on a bicycle, police said.

The victim was treated on the scene for minor injuries, police said.
The suspect is described as a black male, 6’4”, 180 pounds.

•• On Aug. 31 at 1 p.m., an individual entered a business in the 2700 block of Clarendon Boulevard and requested assistance from an employee, Arlington police said.

When the employee returned with the requested merchandise, the suspect grabbed the items out of his hands and pushed past the employee to leave the store.

A second suspect was waiting outside the business; the two fled in a waiting vehicle, police said.

The suspects are described as a black male, in his early 20s, 5’2”, 100 to 120 pounds, and a black male, in his early to mid 20s, 170 pounds, The vehicle is described as an older model Toyota RAV4.

VEHICLE TAMPERING:

•• On Aug. 31 at 1:55 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 2700 block of 13th Road South for a report of a vehicle tampering in progress, Arlington police said.

Responding officers located a parked vehicle on South Walter Reed Drive at South Randolph Street matching the description provided, and observed three men enter the vehicle, police said.

Officers activated their emergency equipment and attempted a traffic stop, but the suspects fled from the scene at a high rate of speed, police said.

Additional officers responded, locating the unoccupied vehicle that had crashed in the 2600 block of 2nd Street South. Officers established a perimeter and located one suspect at 1st Place South and South Barton Street and the other two in the 100 block of South Wise Street. All were taken into custody.

A search of the vehicle resulted in the recovery of two catalytic converters with power tools, police said.

The suspects – 29-year-old Demetrius Edwards, 32-year-old Darius Madison and 34-year-old Tracy Williams, all of Chicago – were arrested and charged with a variety of offenses, including eluding, tampering with auto, larceny with intent to sell, possession of burglarious tools and hit-and-run.

LARCENY FROM AUTO:

•• Sometime on Aug. 31 between 12:01 a.m. and 7:05 a.m., unknown suspects stole approximately 11 catalytic converters from nine vehicles in the Colonial Village, East Falls Church, Highland Park-Overlee Knolls, Lyon Village, Rock Spring and Westover Village neighborhoods, Arlington police said.

Witnesses reported seeing three or four black males wearing bandanas at some of the incident locations, police said.

•• Sometime between Aug. 31 at 9:40 p.m. and Sept. 1 at 8:03 a.m., an individual or individuals smashed the driver’s-side windows of four vehicles in the 4200 block of 31st Street North and stole the airbags, Arlington police reported.

All vehicles were Hondas or Acuras, police said.

BURGLARY:

•• On Aug. 26 at 9:28 p.m., an individual attempted to gain entry to a home in the 4100 block of 4th Street North through a locked window, then fled, a resident said.

•• On Aug. 29 at 6 p.m., officers were dispatched to an attempted breaking-and-entering of a home in the 1500 block of Colonial Terrace. The victim reported that the incident could have occurred any time over the preceding three weeks.

Entry was not gained, and no items were reported stolen.

•• On Aug. 31 at 2 p.m., two women entered a home in the 4900 block of Old Dominion Drive. When the resident returned home approximately two hours later, it was noticed that a beverage had been left behind.

There were no signs of forced entry, and nothing was damaged or stolen.
The suspects are described as Indian females, 30 to 40 years old, with long hair.

CHARGES LEVIED IN CRASH THAT KILLED PEDESTRIAN IN SEVEN CORNERS:

•• A 26-year-old Falls Church woman has been charged in connection with a chain-reaction incident that left a 62-year-old Maryland man dead in the Seven Corners area.

Following investigation, Fairfax police charged Yansi Martinez Gonzalez with reckless driving and driving without a license in connection with the Aug. 18 incident, police said.

The incident occurred at 8:38 a.m. According to Fairfax police, Martinez Gonzalez made an improper lane change from the left lane of Wilson Boulevard in Seven Corners, hitting the side of a Volkwagen Jetta that also was traveling northbound.

According to police, the collision forced the Volkwagen off the roadway and into a parking lot in the 6200 block of Arlington Arlington Boulevard, where the victim – Albert Sweat – was walking. Sweat was transported to a local hospital but died of his injuries.

Based on initial investigation, detectives do not believe drugs or alcohol were involved. None of the drivers or passengers of the vehicles received injuries.

Martinez Gonzalez was released on a summons and has been scheduled to appear in court.

The Aug. 18 incident marked the 13th pedestrian-related fatality in Fairfax County for 2022. During the same period in 2021, there had been 10 such fatalities.

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