News of crime and punishment across Arlington.
ASSAULT ON POLICE:
•• On June 11 at 9 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 1100 block of South Hayes Street and were met be security personnel, who advised them that a woman had been smoking inside the building and management wanted her banned from the building.
Officers located the individual and asked her to leave the premises, but during the interaction, the suspect became combative and struck an officer in the face, police said.
As the suspect continued to strike officers, she was taken into custody with the assistance of another responding officer, police said.
The suspect – 46-year-old Sequita Merritte of Hyattsville – was arrested and charged with two counts of assault-and-battery on police. She was held without bond.
•• On June 16 at 11:27 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 2400 block of Richmond Highway for a report of an adult male suffering a stab wound.
Investigation revealed that the suspect approached the victim and a verbal confrontation escalated into physical violence.
According to police, the suspect fled before the arrival of officers. A search of the area, involving a police helicopter, did not turn up the suspect.
The suspect is described as a black male, 30 to 40 years old, with a thin build and shoulder-length dreadlocks.
The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment of injuries described as serious but non-life-threatening.
•• On June 16 at 3 p.m., an individual was in a retail store in the 1100 block of South Hayes Street when he began picking up stacks of shirts, police said.
When an employee intervened, the suspect pushed her and fled the scene with stolen merchandise.
The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 18 years old, with short black hair.
•• On June 16 at 9:04 p.m., a man and woman were involved in a verbal confrontation in a parking lot in the 5000 block of 7th Road South when the man allegedly pushed the woman out of the way, entered the woman’s car and attempted to move it, police said.
The woman then pulled the man out of the vehicle and he pushed her, causing her to fall to the ground, police said.
A security guard intervened and separated the parties, police said. The suspect then re-entered his vehicle, described as a white van, and fled the scene, police said.
According to police, the suspect allegedly struck the victim’s vehicle and a sign on the property, and drove toward the security guard, causing him to dive out of the way.
The suspect is described as an Hispanic male, 25 to 30 years old, 170 to 190 pounds, with a beard described as neatly trimmed.
RECKLESS HANDLING OF A FIREARM:
•• On June 15 at 7:45 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 300 block of 23rd Street South for a report of a firearm discharge.
Responding officers determined that a man was cleaning his firearm when it discharged, resulting in a gunshot wound to his hand.
The victim was treated by medics, then transported to an area hospital with injuries described as non-life-threatening. No other property damage or injuries were reported.
The investigation is ongoing, police said.
•• On June 10 at 12:21 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 200 block of South Glebe Road for a report of an assault with injury involving a weapon, police said.
Upon arrival, officers located the suspect inside a business and gave him verbal commands, which he ignored, police said.
As officers attempted to take him into custody, a struggle ensued, police said. Officers deployed a Taser and were able to take the suspect into custody, police said.
Investigation determined that, after purchasing merchandise, the suspect selected an additional item and consumed it without paying. Upon being confronted by an employee, the suspect allegedly grabbed him, brandished a hammer and swung it toward the victim, police said. The suspect then struck a glass display case with the hammer, causing it to break, police said.
The suspect – 44-year-old Brian Driver of no fixed address – was arrested and charged with attempted malicious wounding, robbery, obstruction of justice and destruction of property. He was held without bond.
•• On June 11 at 11:11 p.m., two individuals entered a business in the 4600 block of King Street, went behind the counter and began to steal merchandise before fleeing, police said.
During the incident, one of the suspects made a gesture implying he had a firearm, police said.
The suspects are described as black males, wearing all-black clothing and driving a white SUV.
•• On June 9 at 10:45 p.m., an individual was inside his home in the 1100 block of Arlington Boulevard when he heard a door open. Upon investigation, he observed a man inside, and told him to leave.
Nothing was reported stolen.
The suspect is described as a black male, 5’10”, with short black hair, wearing casual clothing and carrying a satchel.
•• On June 14 between 2 a.m. and 7:30 a.m., a home in the 1500 block of North Colonial Terrace was burglarized. The suspect stole a set of car keys and took a car parked in the driveway.
There were no signs of forced entry.
The vehicle is described as a black 2001 Lexus RX300 with Pennsylvania license plates.
•• On June 15 at 12:07 p.m., an individual entered an open garage of a home in the 3300 block of John Marshall Drive and stole a bicycle.
The suspect is described as a black male, 18 to 20 years old, with short dreadlocks. The bicycle is described as neon yellow in color.