News of crime and punishment across Arlington.
** A 46-year-old woman of no fixed address has been charged with murder and a 48-year-old man of no fixed address faces conspiracy charges following the shooting of a man along Columbia Pike.
Arlington police on Feb. 26 at 7:42 a.m. were dispatched to the 3600 block of the Pike for a report of a suspicious vehicle with an unresponsive male inside. Officers located the vehicle and determined that the man was dead.
During the course of the investigation, detectives developed suspect descriptions and obtained arrest warrants. The two suspects were taken into custody near a bus stop at Columbia Pike and South Quincy Street the morning of Feb. 27.
April Puckett, 46, was charged with murder, use of a firearm in commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a felon. James Harris, 48, was charged with conspiracy to commit murder.
The suspects were held without bond in the Arlington County Detention Facility.
ASSAULT ON POLICE:
** On Feb. 28 at 8:55 a.m., officers dispatched to a report of a disorderly subject in the 5000 block of Columbia Pike encountered a suspect who allegedly had approached an individual and struck him in the face.
The victim sustained injuries that were described as minor and did not require medical treatment, police said.
The suspect continued to act disorderly and resisted arrest, police said. During a struggle, an officer deployed a taser-like device, and the suspect then was taken into custody without further incident.
The suspect – 30-year-old Burchell Peters of Arlington – was transported to a local hospital. Once medically cleared, he was charged with assault-and-battery on police, assault-and-battery and drunk in public.
** On March 2 at 11:28 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 1100 block of South Hayes Street for a report of a larceny in progress.
Responding officers observed three suspects fleeing and ordered them to stop, police said. According to police, a struggle ensued and one of the suspects attempted to strike an officer.
An officer sustained injuries that were described as minor, and was transported to a local hospital for treatment.
The first suspect – 21-year-old Andrew Richardson of the District of Columbia – was charged with two counts of assault on police and one count each of obstruction of justice and petty larceny.
The second suspect – 36-year-old Melissa Bosley of an unknown address – was arrested and charged with two counts of assault on police and one count each of obstruction of justice and petty larceny.
The third suspect – 23-year-old Marquise Jones of an unknown address – was charged with petty larceny and identity theft.
All three suspects were held without bond.
ATTEMPTED MALICIOUS WOUNDING:
** On March 2 at 1:37 a.m., an individual had exited a business in the 4900 block of Columbia Pike when another individual, who was standing outside, attempted to engage him in conversation, police said.
During the event, the suspect allegedly brandished a box cutter and attempted to strike the victim, police said, before fleeing on foot.
The suspect – 41-year-old Jose Amaya of unknown address – was arrested and charged with attempted malicious wounding and drunk in public.
** On Feb. 27 at 12:35 p.m., two individuals met in the unit block of North Columbus Street for a prearranged sale of a vehicle, police said.
During a test drive, the suspect brandished a firearm, threatened the victim and demanded property. The victim was able to exit the vehicle before the suspect fled in the vehicle with the victim’s phone and wallet.
No injuries were reported.
The suspect is described as a black male, 25 to 35 years old, 5’8” to 5’10”, with black hair. The stolen vehicle is described as a gray 2012 Nissan Maxima.
** On Feb. 27 at 1:26 a.m., an individual had been in her parked vehicle at South Courthouse Road and 4th Street South when she became involved in a verbal dispute that escalated when the suspect allegedly strangled the victim, police said.
When the victim attempted to exit the vehicle, the suspect attempted to pull her back inside, police said. A brief struggle ensued before the victim was able to remove herself from the vehicle and alert a witness, police said.
The suspect then fled the scene on foot, but officers located him at his residence and took him into custody without incident, police said.
The suspect – 33-year-old Maurice Daniels of Arlington – was arrested and charged with abduction and strangulation.
The suspect was transported to a local hospital for treatment of injuries described as non-life-threatening.
** On Feb. 26 at 2:25 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 1500 block of Wilson Boulevard for a report of a fight in progress.
Officers determined that one individual approached another and asked to use his phone. A verbal dispute then ensued, during which time the suspect pushed the victim to the ground before fleeing the scene with the phone.
The victim sustained injuries described as minor, and was treated at a local hospital.
The victim is described as a Middle Eastern male, in his 40s, 5’10”, 150 to 160 pounds, with short black hair.
** On Feb. 28 at 11:15 a.m., an individual drove to a business in the 4100 block of South Four Mile Run Drive and allegedly became involved in verbal dispute with an employee, during which he made threatening statements, police said.
The suspect then walked back toward his vehicle, retrieved a bag and brandished a firearm, police said. The suspect then knocked the victim’s phone out of his hand, striking him in the process, before leaving in his vehicle, police said.
Warrants for brandishing and assault-and-battery were obtained for the suspect.
** On Feb. 18 at 4 a.m., an business in the 1800 block of North Lynn Street was burglarized. A safe containing an undisclosed amount of cash was taken.
** On March 2 at 12:25 a.m., an individual in the 4100 block of 3rd Road North was awakened by the sound of the door to his residence opening.
Another resident confronted the suspect – described by police as intoxicated – who fled the scene.
Damage was reported to two window screens.
The suspect is described as a black male, 40 to 59 years old, 5’5” to 5’7”, 150 pounds.
RECOVERED STOLEN AUTO:
- On Feb. 26 at 10:49 a.m., Arlington officers observed two individuals enter a vehicle in the 300 block of Army Navy Drive that had been reported stolen during a carjacking in Maryland.
Police deployed stop-sticks in an attempt to stop the vehicle, but the driver continued to flee onto the northbound Interstate 395 Express Lanes.
A pursuit was initiated, and with the assistance of Virginia State Police, the vehicle was stopped and the occupants were detained.
The driver – 18-year-old William Harris of Capitol Heights – was transported to a local hospital and, after being medically cleared, was charged with receiving stolen goods, carrying a concealed weapon, eluding and driving without a licence.
He was held without bond.