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ArlingtonPolice Beat, 10/14/21 edition

Police Beat, 10/14/21 edition

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  • On Oct. 4 at 11:50 p.m., police responded to the 1600 block of Wilson Boulevard for a report of a suspected hit-and-run incident.

According to police, investigation revealed that two individuals became engaged in a verbal dispute outside of a business, and during the incident, the suspect struck the victim with his vehicle before fleeing the area.

The victim was transported to a local hospital for what were described as serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

The suspect is described as a black male, heavyset, with long dreadlocks. The vehicle is described as a silver Chevrolet sedan.


  • On Oct. 1 at 5:40 p.m., an individual was returning to his parked vehicle in the 1200 block of South Hayes Street when a man known to him put a suitcase in front of the vehicle and demanded that the victim give him money in exchange for removing it.

A verbal dispute ensued, and the suspect struck the driver before fleeing, police said.

A warrant for attempted robbery by force was obtained for the suspect. The victim sustained injuries described as minor, and did not require medical attention.

  • On Oct. 5 at 12:42 p.m., an employee of a store in the 700 block of North Glebe Road observed an individual attempting to leave with unpaid merchandise. Upon confronting the individual, a knife was brandished and the employee was verbally threatened, police said.

Investigation revealed that the suspect in this incident had been involved in previous robberies at the same store, police said.

The suspect – 43-year-old Jamia Gunner of the District of Columbia – was arrested and charged with three counts of robbery and three counts of petty larceny.

  • On Oct. 6 at 4:08 p.m., an individual approached two others at North Highland Street at Clarendon Boulevard and stole a computer device from their table, police said.

The victims followed and confronted the suspect, who struck them several times before dropping the device and fleeing on foot.

The suspect – 28-year-old Michael Vasquez of no fixed address – was arrested, charged with two counts of robbery by force, and was held without bond.

The victims sustained injuries described as minor. They declined medical treatment.

  • On Oct. 6 at 9:25 p.m., police were flagged down by an individual in the 2300 block of South Fern Street who reported that, about 30 minutes earlier, he was walking in the area when he was approached from behind by two men who pressed a hard object into his back and demanded his possessions.

The suspects took the victim’s jewelry before leaving the scene on foot. They are described as Hispanic males.


  • During patrol on Oct. 4 at 4:01 p.m., Arlington officers at 28th Street South at South Meade Street were alerted to a vehicle reported stolen out of Prince George’s County, Md.

The suspect was working on another vehicle in front of the vehicle believed to be stolen, police said, and was found with the keys to the allegedly stolen vehicle in his possession.

During the course of investigation, a rifle, ammunition magazine and ammunition were found in the vehicle.

The suspect – 26-year-old Thomas Gibson of the District of Columbia – was arrested and charged with possession of stolen goods, possession of a firearm on school grounds, possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon, and removing/altering the serial numbers of a firearm.


  • On Oct. 5 at 3:35 p.m., an individual was walking in the area of South George Mason Drive at South Buchanan Street when he was approached by two juveniles who attempted to engage in a physical altercation with him, police.

During the incident, one suspect brandished a BB gun and the other produced a knife, police said.

The victim told the two suspects he did not wish to fight, and they left the area on foot.

Responding officers located the juveniles and recovered the BB guns. The suspects were released to guardians while the investigation continues, police said.


  • On Sept. 28 at 12:25 p.m., a resident of the 200 block of North Thomas Street reported an individual looking into her bathroom window before fleeing on foot.

The suspect is described a black male.


  • Sometime on Sept. 29 or 30, a home in the 800 block of South Greenbrier Street was burglarized. Personal property and electronics were taken.
  • On Oct. 2 between 1 and 2 p.m., a home in the 600 block of South Carlin Springs Road was burglarized. A wallet was taken, and fraudulent charges later were found on a credit card belonging to the victim.
  • On Oct. 3 at 1:20 a.m., a resident of the 1000 block of South Frederick Street was awakened by a noise coming from within her apartment. Upon investigation, she observed an unknown man standing inside the property.

According to police, the suspect attempted to engage the victim in conversation, then left when the resident asked him to.

Responding officers determined that the suspect had forced entry into the property.

Later that day, the suspect – 27-year-old Silfredo Antonio Castillo Canales of Arlington – was located and arrested. He was charged with breaking and entering and was held without bond.

  • On Oct. 7 at 4:50 a.m., an individual living in the 4500 block of 31st Street South was awakened by the sound of a loud banging. Upon investigation, she determined that a back door to her apartment was open and damaged.

It is unclear if entry was gained. No items were reported taken.

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