Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Police Notes for Buckingham

Stabbing, Robbery, Grand Larceny Auto
[Editor’s Note: Normally “Police Notes” would appear on Wednesdays, but given that I have been on vacation for a few weeks, I thought I would update everyone. There is a lot to report here, but that is more a function of playing “catch-up,” than there being a crime spree. The number of crimes for three weeks is not that much above average, but maybe a little high, I’d estimate. I’ll admit there are few doozies. –ST]

Aug. 19: Attempted Armed Robbery/Malicious Wounding, 200 block of N. Glebe Road. At approximately 7:47 p.m., the male victim was outside of the CVS store and was approached by a man known to him who asked him for money, police reported. When the victim refused to comply, the suspect produced a knife, stabbed the victim, and fled on foot. The victim was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The suspect is described as a white Hispanic male, 45, 6 feet 1 inch tall, 180 pounds, with black hair and green eyes, last seen wearing a long-sleeve yellow shirt, and green pants.

[Police and Paramedics responded as a small crowd gathered at the intersection of N. Glebe Road and N. Pershing Drive Sunday evening.]

Aug. 10: Robbery, 4300 block of N. Pershing Dr. At approximately 11:10 p.m., an officer saw three suspects rob two men and run to a nearby car. According to a press release, a police officer saw three suspicious men corner two victims, rob them, and flee to a nearby vehicle. A fourth suspect drove the getaway car.

Arlington County and Fairfax County police officers converged on the suspects' vehicle when it pulled into the parking lot of a fast food restaurant in the 6700 block of Arlington Blvd., near Annandale Road in Fairfax County, the press release said.

The four men inside the vehicle were taken into custody without incident. Several weapons were recovered in and around the vehicle. Each of the suspects was charged with Robbery and held without bond.

The four men in custody are: John Fofanah, 18, of Alexandria; Alhaj Sheromie Carew, 21, of Alexandria; Tanseh John Nicholas, 21, of Chantilly; and Alusene Kanu, 18, of Alexandria. Additional charges may be filed, police reported.
Detectives with the Arlington County Police Department's Homicide/Robbery Unit would like to meet with the two male victims who left the scene before speaking with police. At the time of this posting, the two male victims still had not stepped forward. In addition, detectives believe the arrestees may be responsible for several robberies and want to hear from any other victims who have not yet come forward, a press release said.

Since the victims have not stepped forward, police are releasing very few details of the alleged crime, including its exact location, what was taken and what, if any, weapons were used in the crime, wrote Det. Steve Gomez in an email.
Investigating detectives have reason to believe that additional persons who reside or frequent the Buckingham area have been victims of robberies but have not reported the crimes. Police are seeking the public's help to identify the two victims from Friday's robbery as well as any other victims from unreported incidents so that justice can be served in those cases. Anyone with relevant information is asked to call the Arlington County Police Tip Line at 703-228-4242, a press release said.

Aug. 14: Robbery, 400 block of N. Thomas St. At approximately 9:49 p.m., A man, 29, was riding his bicycle when two men approached and knocked him to the ground. While one suspect held the victim down, the other suspect searched his pockets. The suspects took cash from the victim’s wallet and then fled on foot. The victim called police and when officers responded they apprehended one of the suspects in the area. Victor Vazquez-Chavez, 21, of Arlington, was arrested, charged with robbery, and held without bond.

Aug. 9: Attempted Robbery by Force, 600 block of N. Glebe Rd. At approximately 3:52 p.m., the male victim was walking down the street. He was approached by a man and a woman who engaged him in conversation. The male suspect then reached into the victim’s pants pocket. The victim pulled away from the suspects and called 911. The two suspects fled in a nearby vehicle which police later located. Suspect #1 is described as a white Hispanic male, 5 feet, 5 inches tall, 200 pounds, with a mustache, last seen wearing a black shirt with horizontal white stripes and blue jeans. Suspect #2 is described as a white Hispanic female in her 50s, 5 feet 5 inches tall, heavyset, with long hair down to the middle of her back, last seen wearing a tan shirt and tan pants.

Aug. 7: Stolen Auto, 4300 block of N. Pershing Dr. 2004 Mazda 3, gold, Delaware tag number: 435951. According to police, at approximately 7:15 a.m., the male victim parked on N. Pershing Drive. His windows were half down. Before the victim left the vehicle, a man reached through the partially opened rear passenger-side window and tried to grab a wallet on the back seat. The victim grabbed his wallet before the suspect could get it and fled from his vehicle, leaving his car keys, cash, and other valuables in the car. When the victim returned a short time later, the Mazda was gone. The suspect is described as a dark-skinned black male in his mid to late 30s, 5 feet 11 inches tall, 220 pounds with a muscular build, with short dark hair and a beard, last seen wearing a white T-shirt and blue jean shorts. The officer taking the report classified the incident as attempted larceny of person and grand larceny of an auto, wrote Det. Steve Gomez in an email.

Aug. 3: Burglary, 200 block of N. Glebe Rd. At approximately 3:37 a.m., a man known to the residents of an apartment entered the apartment by opening the kitchen window, removing the screen, and climbing in the window. People in the apartment saw the man breaking in and were able to push him back outside. Arriving officers saw the suspect fleeing over a fence but were unable to catch him. Thaddeus S. Huston, 21, of Falls Church, was located and arrested later that day.

[The links to the crime reports below are no longer available on the web site. –ST.]

July 25: Felony Hit and Run, 500 block of N. Quincy St. At approximately 6:00 p.m., several vehicles on southbound N. Quincy St. were stopped at the red light at N. Glebe Road. A Honda Civic driving southbound on N. Quincy Street rear-ended a Toyota Tacoma waiting at the red light. In an effort to flee the scene, the driver of the Civic backed up, striking a Land Rover which was also stopped at the red light. The Civic continued to back across the street and struck a parked Volkswagen in the northbound lanes of N. Quincy St. before pulling into a parking lot. The driver and all three passengers in the Civic then got out and fled on foot. No injuries were reported. Officers impounded the Civic and the investigation is ongoing.

July 21: Graffiti, 4300 block of N. Pershing Dr. and 300 block of N. George Mason Dr. Between 9 and 11:11 p.m., someone spray-painted similar gang-related graffiti on numerous parts of two apartment buildings.

July 19: Burglary, 4300 block of N. Pershing Drive. Between 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., someone entered an apartment by unknown means and took electronic equipment.

July 19: Burglary, 4300 block of N. 4th St. Between 3:00 p.m. July 18 and 7:30 a.m. July 19, a vacant apartment was broken into and tools belonging to maintenance workers were stolen. The resident manager reported that the same apartment had been broken into on two prior occasions. Investigating officers were able to determine that five juveniles, ranging in age from 11 to 15, took part in the break-ins. Charges have not yet been filed against the juveniles.


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