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ArlingtonPolice Beat, 12/23/21 edition

Police Beat, 12/23/21 edition

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** On Dec. 16 at 12:26 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 3100 block of Wilson Boulevard for a report of an individual who had been removed by security from an establishment but was attempting to re-enter.

Officers observed the suspect involved in a verbal dispute with other individuals; when officers made contact, the suspect was uncooperative and aggressive, police said.


When officers attempted to take the suspect into custody, he actively resisted, kicked an officer several times and attempted to flee before being arrested, police said.

The suspect – 33-year-old Luke Buchanan of the District of Columbia – was arrested and charged with drunk-in-public, obstruction of justice and assault-and-battery on police. He was held without bond.

While police were on the scene investigating that incident, a man who was uninvolved approached an officer from behind and attempted to strike her in the back of the head, police said.

Other officers intervened, and as they attempted to take him into custody, he continued to act disorderly and resisted arrest, police said.

The suspect – 29-year-old Luis Vasquez of no fixed address – was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, obstruction of justice and assault-and-battery on police. He was held without bond.

** On Dec. 17 at 10:04 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 2300 block of 25th Street South for a report of a dispute.

During the investigation, officers located one of the individuals and attempted to speak with him, but he ran from the scene, police said. A short time later, officers attempted to take the suspect into custody, but he was non-compliant and resisted arrest, scratching the face of an officer and attempting to grab his firearm, police said.

After being taken into custody, the suspect spit on another officer, police said.

The suspect – 22-year-old Orlando Quintanilla of Arlington – was arrested and charged with domestic assault-and-battery, strangulation, attempting to disarm a law-enforcement officer and two counts of assault-and-battery on police.


** On Dec. 16 at 9:09 p.m., an individual was exiting Yorktown High School when he became engaged in a verbal dispute with other juveniles, police said.

According to police, the victim entered a vehicle and the group continued to yell at him while striking the vehicle. The victim exited the vehicle and confronted the group, at which time one of the suspects assaulted him and damaged his phone before fleeing.

The victim was treated on the scene for injuries described as non-life-threatening.


** On Dec. 14 at 10:30 a.m., an individual witnessed a man looking into the window of an apartment in the 700 block of North Monroe Street. The suspect fled when noticed.
The suspect is described as a white male, 5’8” to 5’10”, with a thin build.


** Sometime between Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 13 at 7:30 a.m., a vehicle was stolen in the 2100 block of 18th Street North, police said.

An officer on patrol in the area of Wilson Boulevard and North Rhodes Street observed the vehicle around 7:55 a.m., with four individuals inside.

As the officer approached the vehicle, the suspects attempted to flee on foot. One suspect was apprehended, police said, and additional suspects were captured by responding officers.

The only adult suspect – 18-year-old Berket Wube of Arlington – was arrested and charged with motor-vehicle theft and no driver’s license. The three juveniles were released to guardians pending completion of the investigation.


** On Dec. 13 at 1:35 a.m., an individual entered a business in the 800 block of North Glebe Road and stole electronics.

** On Dec. 14 at 3:40 a.m., police were called after security personnel at a hotel in the 1400 block of Crystal Drive reported that one individual was attempting to force entry to a room and a second was attempting to tamper with a phone line.

Security personnel escorted the suspects to the lobby, but they fled prior to police arrival.

It later was determined that the first suspect was a guest at the hotel who had overstayed the period he had paid for and left behind suspected narcotics, burglarious tools and previously stolen items.

The second suspect was described as a white male, 5’5”, 140 pounds, with scratches on his face.

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