News of crime and punishment across Arlington.
•• On July 22 at 11:22 a.m., two men became engaged in a verbal altercation in the 400 block of 23rd Street South, which escalated when one of the combatants threw a bottle toward the other and then physically assaulted him, Arlington police said.
The victim suffered what police described as serious but non-life-threatening injuries, and was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
Responding officers developed a suspect description based on witness interviews and evidence located at the scene, police said.
The suspect – 32-year-old Cleavon Hailes of the District of Columbia – was located in the 1800 block of Richmond Highway and charged with aggravated malicious wounding. He was held without bond.
•• On July 27 at 11:35 a.m., a man approached a vehicle at the intersection of Columbia Pike and South Veitch Street, struck the driver and sprayed both of the vehicle’s occupants with what was believed to be pepper spray, Arlington police said.
The suspect continued along Columbia Pike and approached two women walking in the area, assaulting one and spraying both with what was believed to be pepper spray, police said.
Responding officers took the suspect – 38-year-old Wade Westmoreland of no fixed address – into custody on four counts of malicious wounding by caustic agent and two counts of assault-and-battery. He was held without bond.
All victims were treated on the scene by responding medics, with three transported to a local hospital for further treatment, police said.
•• On July 29 at 4:52 a.m., a man was walking in the 2800 block of South Campbell Street when three juvenile males approached and assaulted him, Arlington police said.
The suspects then fled the scene on scooters, police said. The victim was transported to an area hospital for injuries described as serious but non-life-threatening.
The suspects are described as black males, wearing all-black clothing.
•• On July 22 at 3:23 p.m., an individual entered a business in the 1500 block of South Fern Street, went behind the counter and allegedly began stealing merchandise, police said.
When an employee attempted to stop the suspect, a struggle ensued, police said. The suspect pushed and kicked the employee before fleeing on foot.
Responding officers located the suspect – 43-year-old Sonny Haury of Morrow, Ga. – nearby. He was charged with robbery and was held without bond.
•• On July 23 at 5:19 p.m., a loss-prevention officer in the 1200 block of South Hayes Street observed an individual remove security tags from merchandise before exiting with the stolen items, Arlington police said.
When the loss-prevention officer confronted the man, the suspect pushed him and ran outside to a parked vehicle, police said. A second suspect then provided keys to the first, and the two fled in a vehicle, driving on the sidewalk and nearly striking the loss-prevention officer in the process.
The suspects are described as black males, one wearing a red-and-white hat and the other wearing a black-and-white hat.
•• On July 18 at 4:56 p.m., an individual was inside his home in the 2000 block of North Culpepper Street when he observed an unknown individual inside the home, police said.
The victim confronted the suspect, who fled the scene on foot with stolen electronics.
The suspect is described as a black male, 5’9”.
•• On July 23 between 6 and 9:30 p.m., an unescured home in the 300 block of North Thomas Street was burglarized. Personal property was taken.
•• On July 27 at noon, a resident entered a home in the 1600 block of Colonial Terrace and discovered items moved around inside the home and property not belonging there.
Nothing was reported stolen, and there were no signs of forced entry, police said.
•• On July 28 at 10:57 a.m., an individual attempted to force entry into a business in the 1900 block of South Eads Street before fleeing on a bicycle when a witness confronted him, police said.
Responding officers located the suspect in the 2000 block of South Fern Street and took him into custody without incident, police said.
The suspect – 57-year-old Dennis Miller of no fixed address – was arrested and charged with unlawful entry and possession of burglarious tools. He was held without bond.
LARCENY FROM AUTO:
•• Between July 27 at 8 p.m. and July 28 at 5:15 a.m., a suspect or suspects smashed the windows to 10 vehicles in the 1900 block of South Eads Street.
Airbags were stolen from seven of the vehicles and tires from two.
BATHROOM FIREWORKS SPARK HIGH-SCHOOL LOCKDOWN:
•• Arlington County police on July 19 locked down Washington-Liberty High School are a report of possible gunfire coming from a bathroom inside the school.
Police were dispatched to the school at 7:50 a.m., entered the school, began a search and discovered evidence of discharged fireworks.
The lockdown remained in place until the building was fully searched. Two juveniles were developed as suspects; police said petitions for misdemeanor violations of the state fire-prevention code are pending.