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ArlingtonPolice Beat, 12/9/21 edition

Police Beat, 12/9/21 edition

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News of crime and punishment across Arlington.


** On Nov. 25 at 11:51 a.m., an officer on patrol in the 1500 block of Wilson Boulevard was flagged down by employees of a business, who reported there was an individual allegedly making threats in the vicinity.

Another officer observed the suspect nearby and detained him on a charge of public drunkenness.


When officers attempted to search the suspect, he kicked an officer and a patrol vehicle, then attempted to bite an officer multiple times, police said. The suspect refused to identify himself, and initial attempts to determine his identity were unsuccessful.

The suspect – entered into court records as John Doe – was arrested and charged with two counts of assault-and-battery on law enforcement, as well as obstruction of justice and drunk in public. He was held without bond.

Employees of the business had the suspect banned from the premises.

** On Nov. 26 at 10:16 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 1100 block of South Hayes Street to assist with the removal of an individual described as intoxicated from within a closed business.

The individual was uncooperative and attempted to flee, and after being placed in custody, continued to act disorderly and spat at officers, police said. While being transported to a local hospital for medical clearance prior to booking, the suspect bit an officer’s finger, and later refused to exit the transport vehicle.

The suspect – 26-year-old Michael Webb Jr. of Landover – was arrested and charged with two counts of assault on police and drunk in public. He also was served with a warrant out of Fairfax County.

** On Dec. 3 at 2:17 a.m., police were dispatched to the 1300 block of North Barton Street, after two women reported that two males were walking closely behind them and remained close to their vehicle, making them uncomfortable to enter it.

While speaking with the woman, officers observed two subjects in the area and made contact, police said. One appeared to be under the influence and refused to comply with officers’ commands, and when he was placed under arrest for drunk in public, he became combative, police said.

The suspect – 45-year-old John Walker of Arlington – was arrested, charged with two counts of assault-and-battery on police, obstruction of justice and public intoxication, police said.


** On Nov. 25 at 6:12 p.m., an individual entered a business in the 1600 block of Wilson Boulevard, began looking at merchandise, then implied he had a firearm and demanded an employee provide cash from the cash register.
After receiving cash, the suspect fled, police said.

The suspect is described as a male, 5’10” or 5’11”, with light skin. He was driving a silver Subaru WRX.

** On Nov. 28 at 2 a.m., an individual was walking in the 2300 block of 11th Street North when has was approached by three suspects, one of whom demanded his wallet and cellphone.

When the victim refused, he was pushed to the ground and his jacket was stolen.

The first suspect is described as a black male, 6 feet tall. There is no description for the other suspects.


** On Nov. 26 at 3:45 p.m., a woman was in her home in the 3400 block of 25th Street South when an individual known to her attempted to gain entry by kicking the door and throwing rocks at the window.

** On Nov. 28 between 1:45 and 7:50 a.m., a home in the 4500 block of 31st Street South was burglarized. Cash, personal documents and car keys were taken.

The victim’s vehicle also had been rummaged through.

** On Nov. 28 at 1:55 p.m., an individual was inside a closed business in the 2300 block of North Pershing Drive when he heard a loud noise from the entrance. Upon investigation, he discovered the door had been forced open, but no entry was believed to have been made and no items were reported damages.

** On Dec. 1 at 10:20 p.m., an individual was inside a secure business in the 1600 block of South Eads Street when he observed a woman standing inside, police said.

The individual asked the woman if she needed assistance, and the suspect fled.

Investigation revealed that a master key to the business had been stolen several days prior to the incident.

The suspect is described as a heavyset female, 5’10” to 6 feet tall, with dark brown or black hair.

** On Dec. 1 at 11:30 p.m., residents of a home in the 2500 block of 20th Road North returned home to find that electronics and cash had been stolen.


** A Vienna police officer on Nov. 27 at 1:55 a.m. observed a man pacing in the middle of the road in the 100 block of Maple Avenue, E., and stopped to check on his welfare.

Upon interacting with the man, police determined there were two active warrants for his arrest in Arlington County. The officer also found the man was in possession of a pipe that contained a controlled substance, police said.

Police arrested the 52-year-old man with no fixed address and took him to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center, where authorities charged him with possession of a controlled substance and served him with the Arlington County warrants charging him with failure to appear in court on a narcotics-possession charge and failure to obey a court order on a narcotics charge.


** During the 2021 Thanksgiving statistical-counting period, preliminary data show there were four fatal traffic crashes statewide, Virginia State Police said Dec. 2.

This is the lowest number of traffic fatalities during Thanksgiving period in more than a decade, officials said.

“Although even one life lost is a tragedy, this Thanksgiving has given us something to truly be thankful for,” said Col. Gary Settle, Virginia State Police superintendent.

The fatal crashes occurred in Albemarle, Chesterfield, Fairfax and Spotsylvania counties. Of those crashes, one victim was a pedestrian and another was not wearing a seat belt.

In an effort to prevent traffic deaths and injuries during the Thanksgiving holiday, Virginia State Police participated in Operation CARE (Crash Awareness and Reduction Effort). Operation CARE is an annual, state-sponsored, national program during which state police increase their visibility and traffic-enforcement efforts during the five-day Thanksgiving period.

Troopers during the 2021 Thanksgiving Holiday CARE initiative cited 5,127 speeders and 1,565 reckless drivers statewide. Virginia troopers arrested 65 drivers for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs and cited 477 drivers for failing to buckle up themselves and/or juvenile passengers.

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