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ArlingtonPolice Beat, 12/2/21 edition

Police Beat, 12/2/21 edition

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  • On Nov. 23 at 3:41 p.m., officers were alerted to a parked, unoccupied vehicle in the 800 block of Army Navy Drive that was believed to be stolen out of Virginia, with a licence plate stolen out of Pennsylvania, police said.

Five suspects returned to the vehicle. Two were detained without incident; one fled on foot and was not located; and two fled in the vehicle.

During a pursuit, police deployed “stop sticks” that caused the rear tires of the vehicle to deflate, but the driver continued to travel around the area at a low rate of speed, police said. During the pursuit, the suspect vehicle hit a parked, unoccupied vehicle, police said.


With the assistance of Virginia State Police, the vehicle was stopped at 12th Street South and South Hayes Street. The driver was taken into custody without incident; the passenger fled on foot but was captured after a brief chase, police said.

As part of their investigation, police recovered two firearms, ammunition and suspected narcotics, police said.

The vehicle driver – 29-year-old Tiydre Edwards of the District of Columbia – was arrested and charged with grand larceny auto, possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, possession of a Schedule I/II controlled substance, felony eluding, receiving stolen goods, hit and run and driving without a license.

The vehicle passenger – 27-year-old Deyrel Ashton of the District of Columbia – was arrested and charged with two counts of a felon in possession of a firearm, two counts of a felon in possession of ammunition, two counts of possession of a firearm while in possession of Schedule I/II narcotics, two counts of carrying a concealed weapon, obstruction of justice, identity theft to avoid arrest, receiving a stolen handgun, possession of a firearm with an altered serial number and fugitive from justice.

A third suspect – 23-year-old Shaquille Scott of the District of Columbia – was arrested and charged with drunk in public.


  • On Nov. 19 at 1:22 p.m., a woman and her child were inside a parked vehicle in a parking garage in the 500 block of 12th Road South when a woman approached and attempted to take her car keys, police said.

A struggle ensued, during which time the suspect allegedly tried to remove the baby-carrier from the vehicle in an attempt to steal the vehicle.

The suspect fled the scene; there were no injuries.

The suspect is described as a black female, 25 to 30 years old.

  • On Nov. 19 at 3:21 p.m., two juveniles were walking in the 4100 block of 11th Street North when they were approached by five juveniles who threatened them and demanded their property. One of the suspects lifted his sweatshirt to display a firearm.

Personal property was taken before the suspects fled the scene. Responding officers located the suspects near the Ballston Metro station.

According to police, petitions were obtained for one suspect for use of a firearm in commission of a felony, robbery and brandishing a firearm near a school. The other suspects were released to parents or guardians as the investigation continues.


  • On Nov. 19 between 4 and 5 p.m., a juvenile was in a parked vehicle outside a business (she was unable to give a location) when a man approached her and engaged her in conversation, during which time he brandished a firearm before leaving.

The incident was reported to police that evening.

The suspect is described as a male of unknown race, 20 to 30 years old, 5’9”.


  • On Nov. 23 at 1:45 p.m., a woman was riding a bus in the area of South Arlington Mill Drive at South Taylor Street when a man sat next to her and attempted to engage her in conversation, police said.

The suspect then moved to set across the aisle from the victim, who saw him with his hands in his pants, allegedly masturbating.

The suspect is described as a black male.


  • On Nov. 18 at 6:25 p.m., a group of six suspects entered a residential building in the 700 block of 12th Street South through a parking garage.
    Once inside, the group was confronted by building staff and directed to leave. They departed before the arrival of police.
  • On Nov. 19 at 1:56 a.m., a resident of the 5700 block of 11th Street North was inside his home when he heard noise coming from his bathroom window. Upon investigation, he discovered suspects outside. They fled prior to police arrival.
  • On Nov. 22 at 6 a.m. and 3 p.m., a home in the 5400 block of 8th Road South was burglarized. Electronics, cash and personal items were taken.
  • On Nov. 23 at 8:19 p.m., two juveniles were inside their home in the 4100 block of 3rd Road North when they heard a noise coming from the front door.

When they went to investigate, the victims observed male and female suspects attempting to gain entry. The suspects fled when the victims yelled out.

The suspects are described as an Hispanic male, 5’4”, and an Hispanic female, 5 feet tall.


  • Between Nov. 19 at 6 p.m. and Nov. 20 at 6:46 a.m., five vehicles in the 4300 block of South Four Mile Drive had their windows broken out and were rummaged through.

During police investigation, it was determined that a vehicle in the 4200 block of South Four Mile Run Drive had been stolen. The vehicle later was located and recovered in another jurisdiction.


  • Fairfax County police have charged a 33-year-old Arlington man in connection with a shooting that occurred Nov. 20 at the Food Star supermarket at 5521 Leesburg Pike.

According to police, officers were called to the store at 6:43 p.m. by Harvey Coleman, of Arlington, after he reported to police he had shot someone in self-defense.

Officers found the victim, an adult man, inside the store suffering a gunshot wound to the upper body. Officers rendered aid until fire and rescue personnel arrived and transported the man to a nearby hospital.

The individual was hospitalized with injuries described as serious but non-life-threatening.

According to Fairfax police, detectives determined both men were patrons inside the store at the time of the incident.

“The victim had a brief interaction with Coleman, who then brandished a firearm,” police said in a statement. “The victim took a fighting stance and Coleman shot the man.”

Following several interviews and the review of surveillance footage, detectives have charged Coleman with malicious wounding and the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. He was arrested and held on a secure bond.

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