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ArlingtonPolice Beat, 9/15/22 edition

Police Beat, 9/15/22 edition

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•• Arlington County police have arrested a Maryland man in connection with a springtime malicious-wounding incident.

On May 15, a woman was driving in the area of Wilson Boulevard at North Vermont Street when she observed a black SUV swerving and traveling at a high rate of speed, police said. The bystander reported seeing an individual pushed from the SUV into the roadway.

Responding officers located the victim in the roadway, and medics transported her to a local hospital with injuries reported as serious.

According to police, investigation revealed that the victim earlier that day had requested a rideshare service from the District of Columbia to her home in Arlington. According to police, while the victim was waiting for the vehicle, the suspect (who was not a ride-share operator) approached her and had her enter his vehicle before driving away.

Investigation led Arlington officers to the suspect – 59-year-old Willie James Clements of Upper Marlboro – was taken into custody without incident on Sept. 2.

Clements was charged with aggravated malicious wounding, grand larceny and hit-and-run, and was held without bond.


•• On Sept. 6 at 6:30 p.m., officers responded to a store in the 900 block of Army Navy Drive after a loss-prevention officer attempted to stop an individual who had concealed merchandise in bags and attempted to leave without paying, Arlington police said.

The suspect pushed the loss-prevention officer and fled on foot, police said.
The suspect is described as a white male, 5’10” to 6 feet tall, with medium-length brown hair and a light-brown beard.

•• On Sept. 8 at 4:38 a.m., an employee was in the lobby of a business in the 3300 block of Langston Boulevard when an individual entered, approached the counter, brandished a firearm and demanded money, Arlington police said.

The suspect received cash before fleeing the scene. No injuries were reported.

The suspect is described as a black male, 20 to 30 years old, with a thin build. He was wearing a black facemask.


•• On Sept. 8 at 8:42 a.m., a woman was standing outside a business in the 2000 block of Clarendon Boulevard when another woman walked by, made threatening statements, brandished a knife and held it against her before fleeing on foot, Arlington police said.

During investigation, officers identified a suspect and took her into custody at her residence.
The suspect – 33-year-old Helen Mengesha of Arlington – was arrested, charged with assault-and-battery and abduction, and was held without bond.

•• On Sept. 5 at 3:53 a.m., Arlington police were dispatched to Virginia Hospital Center for report of a victim suffering from injuries related to an assault.
Police said an individual, who had been involved in an ongoing dispute with the victim, approached the victim inside an establishment. A struggle ensued, during which the suspect allegedly assaulted the man and stole his phone, police said.

Bystanders separated the individuals and retrieved the phone, which was returned to the victim, police said.

Police said the victim, who sustained injuries described as serious but non-life-threatening, was unsure whether to prosecute.


•• On Sept. 2 at 8:43 p.m., a man entered a business in the 2600 block of Columbia Pike, approached the counter, removed a firearm and magazine from his waistband and loaded it before departing the scene on foot, Arlington police said.

The suspect did not make any threats or demands, police said. No injuries were reported, and nothing was taken.

Responding officers canvassed the area but did not find the suspect, who was described as a black male, 5’10” to 6 feet tall, 215 to 230 pounds.


•• On Sept. 4 at 9:10 a.m., a woman in the 1900 block of North Rhodes Street reported looking outside her window and observing a man allegedly masturbating in the woods.

Officers canvassed the vicinity but did not locate a suspect. No description was provided.

•• On Sept. 8 at 10:32 a.m., an individual in the 1600 block of Wilson Boulevard observed a man seated on a bench, masturbating, Arlington police said.

Responding officers conducted a search but did not find the suspect, who was described as a black male, 6 feet fall, with a skinny build.


•• On Sept. 3 at 12:45 a.m., an individual inside a home in the 700 block of South Florida Street heard a loud noise and, upon investigation, determined that a rock had been thrown through a window, Arlington police said.

The victim saw a male running from the area. He is described as 13 to 20 years old, 5’5” to 5’7”.


•• Sometime between Sept. 4 at 11:30 p.m. and Sept. 5 at 6:41 a.m., an individual or individuals smashed the driver’s-side windows of three vehicles and stole airbags in the vicinity of the 900 block of South Rolfe Street.
All the vehicles involved were Hondas.


•• Sometime between Aug. 31 at noon and Aug. 2 at 9:26 p.m., a home in the 1500 block of 28th Street South was burglarized and items moved around.

•• On Sept. 2 between 5:25 and 6:50 a.m., a business in the 200 block of North Glebe Road was burglarized. Cash was taken.

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