Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Police Notes July 1 to Aug. 17

These notes are compiled from Arlington County Police Department crime reports. They cover the reports from in and around the Buckingham, Arlington Forest and Ashton Heights neighborhoods. Today's post has a particularly large number of reports because it covers many weeks, including those of which I was on hiatus.--ST

July 2: Burglary (Series), 3200 block of Wilson Blvd. Between 10:30p.m. on July 2, and 8a.m. on July 3, an unknown subject broke into three offices in the same building. Various items were stolen. There is no suspect description.

July 4: Assault and Battery (Arrest), 600 block of N. Monroe St. At 7:20p.m., a man threatened a woman with a knife. Edwin Mihaly, 50, of Arlington, was charged with Assault and Battery. He was held on a $2,500 bond.

July 12: Grand Larceny (Arrest), 800 block of N. George Mason Dr. At 11:50p.m., police stopped four subjects in possession of stolen bicycles. They were all juveniles, and charges are pending.

July 13: Stolen Auto, 4000 block of N. 9th St. License tag number: VA ZERO. The SUV was a 1995, white Ford Explorer.

July 13: Robbery, 3800 block of Arlington Blvd. At 1p.m., a group of men approached another male and took money from his pocket while punching him. Several of the suspects are known to the victim.

July 14: Grand Larceny Auto (Arrest), 500 block of N. Thomas St. At 9a.m., an officer attempted to stop a man driving a stolen vehicle. The suspect jumped out of the car and fled on foot. The officer ran after him and took him in custody. Robert Williams-Dixon, 24, of Riverdale, Md., was charged with Grand Larceny Auto and Driving While Suspended. The subject was also wanted out of another jurisdiction for Assault and Battery. He was held on $3,500 bond for the Arlington charges, and a $1,500 for the other charge.

July 20: Possession of a Firearm/Resisting Arrest, N. 10th Street at Fairfax Drive. At 9:45p.m., police pulled over a revoked driver. He was found in possession of a firearm. The suspect assaulted an officer and fled from police to avoid arrest, but was apprehended. David Campbell, 26, of Falls Church, was charged with Violation of a Protective Order (Possession of a Firearm) and Resisting Arrest. He was held on a $5,000 bond.

July 21: Stolen Auto, 5200 block of Wilson Blvd. License tag number: VA KHC7275. The car is a 2004, black Acura TL.

July 23: Stolen Auto, 4000 block of Arlington Blvd. License tag number: VA 8595CY. The car is a 2009, green Toyota Prius.

July 23: Attempted Robbery, 200 block of N. Columbus St. At 5:30p.m., a man was walking the bike trail near Lubber Run Park when he was approached by two unknown men. The suspects confronted the victim and demanded money. The victim chased the suspects off with a stick. The suspects were both white Hispanic males in their 30s. The first suspect was 5 feet, 9 inches, 190 pounds, had a goatee without a mustache, and was wearing a brown T-shirt, dirty jeans, and black shoes. The other suspect was 5 feet, 5 inches, 160 pounds, with long black hair, wearing a blue T-shirt, jeans, and white shoes.

July 29: Stolen Auto License Tag (1), 4300 block of N. Pershing Dr. License tag number: VA YBE5253.

July 30: Stolen Auto, 4500 block of N. Carlin Springs Road. License tag number: VA XUH5218. The car is a 1999, red Hyundai Elantra.

July 31: Unlawful Entry, 800 block of N. Glebe Road. Between 8:30a.m. and 11:30p.m., an unknown person entered a residence and left the doors standing open. No items were stolen and there is no suspect description.

July 31: Exposure (Arrest), 200 block of N. Thomas St. At 7p.m. a woman saw a man exposing himself outside her window. Police located the suspect and he was disorderly. Geoffrey Harley, 25, of Washington, was charged with Exposure and Obstruction of Justice. He was held on a $5,000 bond.

Aug. 2: Robbery, 4200 block of N. Pershing Drive. At 12:10a.m., two men stole beer from another man, assaulting him in the process. Both suspects were white Hispanic males. One suspect was in his early 20s, 5 feet, 5 to 8 inches, 190 pounds, wearing a white T-shirt, white pants, and black shoes. The second suspect was in his late teens, 5 feet, 5 to 8 inches, 160 pounds, wearing a blue T-shirt, jeans, and black shoes.

Aug. 1: Robbery, 200 block of N. Piedmont St. At 9p.m., a man stated that he was walking when an unknown male brandished a knife at him, stealing his jewelry and a wallet. The victim’s story changed several times and he was unclear about a suspect description.

Aug. 3: Larceny from Auto (Series), 3900 block of Fairfax Drive. Between 5:30p.m. and 10p.m., an unknown subject broke into at least two vehicles, stealing GPS units. There is no suspect description.

August 5: Stolen Auto, 400 block of S. Abingdon St. License tag number: VA KGX8192. The car is a 2007, blue, Audi A4.

Aug. 8: Peeping Tom (Arrest), 4100 block of N. 3rd Road. At 12:30a.m., a woman saw a man looking into her window. Police apprehended the suspect. Credenio Mendoza, 29, of Arlington, was charged with Peeping into a Dwelling. He was held on a $2,000 bond.

Aug. 12: Stolen Auto License Tag (1), 4400 block of S. 1st Place. License tag number: VA XVE5292.

Aug. 14: Assault and Battery, 4200 block of Fairfax Drive. At 3:30a.m. a man reported that he was a victim of an assault, but refused to give any further details.

Aug. 15: Sexual Battery, Lubber Run Park near 300 block of Park Drive. At 1p.m. a woman was walking her dog in the picnic area at Lubber Run Park when an unknown man approached her. He kissed her on the cheek and fondled her before she could flee the area. He was described as a white Hispanic male, between 45 and 50 years old, 5 feet, 9 inches, with a medium build. He was wearing a white T-shirt and khaki shorts.

Aug. 17: Stolen Auto (Recovered), 4100 block of N. 4th St. License tag number: VA JXW2528. The mini-van was a 2000, red Toyota Sienna.

Click the icons and lines for more information. Red=Person-to-person crime; Yellow=person-to-structure or vehicle crime; Blue=stolen vehicle; Purple=vehicle-to-vehicle crime; Aqua=miscellaneous. A dot in the icon indicates more than one suspect or victim. Click here to view larger map.

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The Arlington County police department is not without its issues. Presently, there are two Americans With Disabilities cases filed against the department, after it terminated one of the two auxiliary officers who started the auxiliary unit's bike patrol program. The complaints, one of which is filed with the US Department of Justice, and the other filed with Ron Carlee's office, allege that the police department failed to provide reasonable accomodation when it terminated officer Eric Bonetti after he suffered a concussion. The complaints further allege that the department ignored Bonetti's offer to provide medical documentation of his fitness for duty.

I am very disappointed in how the county has handled these issues, as it has done nothing to look out for the injured officer. The focus should have been on looking out for a dedicated, hard-working volunteer, not in tossing him out of the program.

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