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ArlingtonPolice Beat, 4/7/22 edition

Police Beat, 4/7/22 edition

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** On March 28 at 6:02 p.m., officers responded to the 1000 block of South Hayes Street for a report of shoplifting.

During the course of the investigation, the suspect – who had been detained by loss-prevention officers – provided false identifying information, but officers were able to determine his identity, police said.


After being taken to booking, the suspect began to act disorderly, make threatening statements and spit on an officer, police said.

The suspect – 24-year-old Ronald Thomas of Brandywine, Md. – was arrested and charged with assault on law enforcement, trespassing, identity theft and shoplifting. He was held without bond.

The suspect also was served with outstanding warrants from the Arlington County Sheriff’s Office and Fairfax County.


** On March 27 at 11:26 p.m., police responded to a reported hit-and-run in the 300 block of 23rd Street South.

According to the investigation, a man and woman left an establishment without paying their bill. A security guard made contact with them outside the establishment and requested that they return to pay. The suspects refused and entered their vehicle, police said.

As the security guard was documenting the license plate, the male suspect allegedly reversed the vehicle, almost striking the security guard and hitting a parked vehicle before fleeing the scene. No injuries or significant property damage were reported.

The suspects are described as a black male, in his early 40s, 5’10” or 5’11”, 200 pounds, with mustache and goatee, and a black female, 5’6”, 160 pounds.


** On March 25 at 12:57 a.m., a man entered a business in the 1100 block of South George Mason Drive and stole a pack of cigarettes.

As the suspect exited into the parking lot, an employee confronted him and a verbal dispute ensued. The suspect struck the employee in the face before fleeing on scene, police said.

The victim sustained injuries described as non-life-threatening, and did not require the treatment of medics.

The suspect is described as a black male, 6 feet tall, 250 pounds.

** On March 27 at 2 p.m., a verbal dispute in the 2700 block of South Adams Street escalated into a physical confrontation, during which time a juvenile was assaulted and had his phone stolen.

Responding officers located the suspect vehicle, initiated a traffic stop and took the suspects into custody without incident, police said.

The first suspect – 21-year-old Neftaly Staff of Arlington – was arrested and charged with robbery and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and was held without bond. A petition was sought for the juvenile suspect.

** On March 27 at 11 p.m., an individual was walking in the 3100 block of 10th Road North when he was approached from behind by a male suspect who grabbed him by the shoulder, produced a knife and demanded his wallet and phone.

After receiving the items, the suspect fled. He is described as a black male, in his mid 20s to early 30s, 5’10” to 6 feet tall, 150 pounds.

** On March 31 at 12:33 p.m., officers were dispatched to a report of a shoplifting incident in the 1400 block of South Hayes Street.

Investigation revealed that an individual entered the business, concealed merchandise in his bag and attempted to leave without paying before being confronted by an employee, police said.

The suspect was banned from the property and released on a summons for petty larceny.

At approximately 1:33 p.m., police were dispatched to a report of an assault in the 1200 block of South Hayes Street.

According to police, the same individual entered into another business and attempted to leave without paying for clothing items when two loss-prevention employees confronted him.

A brief struggle ensued, during which time the suspect allegedly pushed and struck both employees, police said.

The suspect – 26-year-old Adrian Chavez Gonzalez of Cheltenham, Md. – was arrested and charged with two counts of robbery, trespassing and shoplifting. He was held on a secure bond.


** Sometime between March 22 at 2 p.m. and March 25 at 4:39 p.m., an apartment in the 4900 block of 9th Street South was burglarized.

Electronics and household items were taken.

** On March 24 between 10 a.m. and noon, the garage of a home in the 2600 block of South Joyce Street was burglarized. Numerous power tools were taken.

The suspects are described as a white male and white female, each 20 to 30 years old.

** On March 28 between 3:40 and 10:30 p.m., a home in the 600 block of South Walter Reed Drive was burglarized. Personal items, power tools, clothes, electronics and cash were taken.

** Sometime between March 30 at 9 p.m. and March 31 at 5:15 a.m., a home in the 2800 block of South Abingdon Street was burglarized. A purse with cash, credit cards and personal documentation was taken.

** On April 1 at 3:05 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 3200 block of Langston Boulevard for a report of a burglary in progress.

Responding officers observed the front glass door to the business shattered and the suspect inside, police said. Officers entered the business and took the suspect into custody.

The suspect – 24-year-old Abdul Satar of Falls Church – was arrested with unlawful entry, destruction of property and public drunkenness. He was held without bond.


** On March 25 at 10:02 a.m., Arlington fire and rescue personnel were dispatched to the 900 block of South Columbus Street for a report of a male suffering from cardiac arrest outside a residential building.

The individual was pronounced dead on the scene.

According to Arlington police, a U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force squad – consisting of members from the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Marshals Service – were attempted to serve an arrest warrant at the residence.

Members of the task force knocked at the door and identified themselves, police said. The suspect then attempted to exit the residence through a window and fell, they said.

The county’s office of chief medical examiner will determine the formal cause of death.

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