News of crime and punishment across Arlington.
** On Oct. 27 at 11:30 p.m., Arlington police and fire personnel were dispatched to the 5000 block of Yorktown Boulevard after an American flag that was flying from a single-family home was set on fire.
A passerby notices the fire and extinguished it with a garden hose.
It was at least the second such incident in the past two weeks.
** On the morning of Oct. 28, resident of the 3300 block of North Brandywine Street reported that an American flag and flagpole has been burned overnight, at least the third such incident in the past two weeks.
** On Oct. 26 at 1 p.m., an individual entered a business in the 700 lock of North Glebe Road and began concealing merchandise, police said.
A store employee observed the suspect and attempted to stop him from leaving. The suspect struck the employee in the head and exited with the merchandise, police said.
Arriving officers located the suspect – 41-year-old Charles Simms of the District of Columbia – who was arrested and charged with robbery by force and possession of a Schedule I controlled narcotic, and also was served with an outstanding warrant out of the Arlington County Sheriff’s Office. He was held without bond.
** On Oct. 27 at 1:57 p.m., three individuals entered a store in the 1100 block of South Hayes Street and began concealing merchandise, police said.
A store employee observed the incident and alerted another employee. A brief altercation ensued when the employees attempted to prevent the suspects from fleeing, which they did.
The first suspect is described as a black male, in his late 20s, 6 feet tall to 6’2”, with a skinny build. The second suspect is described as a black male, 5’3”, in his mid to late 20s, 120 to 130 pounds. The third suspect is described as a black male, in his mid to late 20s, 6 feet tall to 6’2”, 130 to 140 pounds.
** On Oct. 28 at 12:38 p.m., a man entered a store in the 1100 block of South Hayes Street and began asking about the price of various items.
According to police, when the employee went to assist another shopper, the suspect began grabbing items off the shelf in an attempt to steal them. When the employee confronted the suspect, he fled on foot with the merchandise.
The suspect is described as a black male, 6 feet tall to 6’3”.
** On Oct. 23 at 9:36 p.m., a woman was looking for parking at South Hayes Street and 12th Street South when she became engaged in a verbal altercation with a woman who was accompanied by two men, police said.
According to police, after the woman parked her vehicle, one of the male suspects approached her, lifted his shirt and displayed a firearm, which he then brandished in her direction.
The suspect is described as a black male, in his early 20s, 5’7” to 5’11”, 170 pounds.
** On Oct. 22 at 7:55 p.m., an employee of a building in the 1700 block of North Pierce Street alerted police to an individual acting disorderly in the building.
Arriving officers determined that the individual had become involved in a verbal dispute with a group of individuals, during which time the group began throwing rocks at him.
The suspect then allegedly brandished a knife and exposed his genitals.
A witness to the event was provided with information about obtaining warrants against the suspect.
** On Oct. 23 at 12:19 a.m., a woman was in her bedroom in the 2400 block of 3rd Street North when she heard noise origination from a window.
Upon opening the blinds, the resident observed an individual walking away from the window.
The suspect is described as an Hispanic male, 5’9” to 5’11”.
** On Oct. 23 at 12:40 a.m., an off-duty police officer heard individuals forcing entry into a secure residential building in the 900 block of South Dinwiddie Street, then observed them enter the building, police said.
The officer went to investigate and observed the suspects opening packages, police said. Upon seeing the officer, the suspects fled on foot.
With the assistance of arriving officers, one juvenile suspect was located and taken into custody. Petitions against him are pending.
The case is similar to two others reported in the building within the week.
** On Oct. 26 at 6 p.m., a home in the 1400 block of 28th Street South was burglarized, with entry gained through a window. The suspect is described as a white male.
LARCENY FROM AUTO:
** Sometime between Oct. 26 at 10 p.m. and Oct. 27 at 7 a.m., approximately five vehicles in the 1000 block of South Jefferson Street were entered and their airbags stolen.