Residents Complain of Roaring Cars

Residents Complain of Roaring Cars
Residents are complaining that fast, loud cars and motorcycles are becoming a neighborhood nuisance and safety hazard. Some neighbors believe these cars may have been modified to be louder. Unfortunately, police can no longer pull drivers over for noise due to a bill passed in the 2020 legislative session intended to reduce bias-based traffic stops.
  A attempt to find a solution is being spearheaded by Clarendon Courthouse Civic Association president David Cheek. NBC4 News Report Code of Virginia

Legislative Response
The problematic change to the Code of Virginia was introduced by Virginia Del. Patrick Hope to benefit “communities of color.” Del. Hope represents southern and western parts of Arlington (not LV). Del. Hope responded on NextDoor, stating “We are looking to amend the law in light of the increased noise in the neighborhoods and will have something to propose in the next legislative session.” This was followed by a long series of comments by residents. Similar language was also inserted into numerous other provisions of the Code of Virginia by Del. Hope. NextDoor Discussion

Ashton Heights Civic Assn: Police Response
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Robbery in Clarendon

Robbery in Clarendon
In the 2800 block of Clarendon Blvd. on Sat, Aug 13, a woman was assaulted an robbed of her personal items, wallet, and cell phone. There is no suspect(s) description. Crime Report

Stabbing at Clarendon Bar

Stabbing at Clarendon Bar
A man sitting at Spider Kelly’s bar in Clarendon was repeatedly stabbed in an unprovoked, random attack on Sat, Aug 14. The victim was transported the hospital with serious injuries. The attacker was arrested, charged with Aggravated Malicious Wounding, and is being held on no bond. Crime Report ARLnow

Resisting Arrest in Clarendon

Resisting Arrest in Clarendon
In a Thursday morning, Aug 5, incident in Clarendon near The Crossing Clarendon retail center a man accused of theft resisted arrest. He now faces multiple assault on police officer charges and is being held without bond. Crime Report

National Night Out Well Attended

National Night Out Well Attended
Nationally and throughout Arlington, neighbors and police mingled Tuesday night in the National Night Out. NNO is an annual effort to fight crime by building relationships between communities and police. LVCA’s event was well attended.

photo of NNO attendees
photo by Brad James

Armed Robbery & Attempted Robbery

Armed Robbery & Attempted Robbery
Daily Crime Report
Armed Robbery in Lyon Park
200 block of N. Fillmore Street At approximately 11:50 p.m. on July 31, police were dispatched to the report of an armed robbery in progress. Upon arrival, it was determined that a cab was dropping off passengers when two dark colored SUV’s pulled up and blocked in the cab. A male suspect then approached the rear passenger side door, brandished a firearm and demanded money.
Attempted Robbery in Clarendon
3100 block of Wilson Boulevard. At approximately 10:50 p.m. on July 29, police were dispatched to the report of threats. Upon arrival, it was determined that the male victim was in the area when he was approached by the two known male suspects who began throwing rocks at him. The suspects then demanded that the victim give them money and fled the scene on foot when the victim confronted them.

Aug 3 National Night Out at LV Park

National Night Out at LV Park, Tue, Aug 3
When: Tue, Aug 3; 7–8 PM
Where: Lyon Village Park, 1800 N Highland
Lyon Village is hosting a National Night Out (NNO) Event at the Lyon Village Park from 7:00 to 8:00pm. Bring the whole family. We will have popsicles and ice-cold water for all. Arlington County Police Department (ACPD) officers will be there to connect with the neighborhood.
  NNO is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our communities safer and improve quality of life. “This annual event is a great opportunity for officers and the Arlington community to come together to strengthen neighborhood spirit and build stronger relationships which are vital to maintaining public safety. “I truly believe we are at our best when we are working collaboratively with the community and hope you will join us on August 3,” said Chief Andy Penn.
To help with the event, please contact John Carten at gjcarten@verizon.net.

Shots Fired in Clarendon

Shots Fired in Clarendon
At approximately 1:15AM, police responded to the 2800 block of Wilson Blvd for the report of a shooting. Arriving officers confirmed multiple shots had been fired. A parked vehicle in the 1300 block of N Garfield was struck by two stray rounds. A large group had been involved in a fight at this location prior to the shooting. No injuries related to the shooting have been reported. There is no suspect(s) description at this time. This remains an active criminal investigation. Anyone with information or home surveillance is asked to contact the Arlington Police Department’s Homicide/Robbery Unit at 703-228-4180 or ACPDTipline@arlingtonva.us. Information may also be reported anonymously through the Crime Solvers hotline at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477). News Release

Ring Limits Police Access to Camera Recordings

Ring Limits Police Access to Camera Recordings
After criticism by digital rights and social justice groups that Ring’s law enforcement partnerships unfairly target communities of color, Ring will stop sending emails to Ring users on behalf of law enforcement. Agencies will now need to post “Request for Assistance” messages themselves on the Neighbors by Ring network. Consumer Reports

Stabbing at Key & Herndon

Stabbing at Key & Herndon
A man was stabbed Saturday, May 8, around 1:39AM at Key & Herndon. Two men and two women left a Clarendon bar and a dispute started between the two men who knew each other. One stabbed the other. The suspect remained on scene and was taken into custody without incident by police. The 25-year-old suspect has been charged with Aggravated Malicious Wounding and Drunk in Public and is being held without bond. Crime Report

Update from ACPD Capt. Scott Linder (May 10) 4:53

Arrest Made: Assault on Uhle St

Arrest Made: Assault on Uhle St
The Arlington County Police Department’s Homicide/Robbery Unit has arrested a suspect wanted for his role in an assault with strangulation on April 13 in the Colonial Village neighborhood. News Release
  This remains an active investigation. Anyone with information should contact the Arlington County Police Department’s Homicide/Robbery Unit at 703-228-4180 or ACPDTipline@arlingtonva.us. Information may be reported anonymously via the Arlington County Crime Solvers hotline at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).

Assault on Uhle St

Assault on Uhle St
A woman was attacked around 7:08PM on the 1800 block of N Uhle St, in the garden-style apartment and condo community on the eastern edge of LV. Officers will be conducting extra checks in the area and canvasing for evidence and witnesses. Please check your surveillance cameras for information that may assist in the investigation. Anyone with information should contact the Arlington Police Dept Homicide/Robbery Unit at 703-228-4180 or by email. Information may also be reported anonymously through the Arlington County Crime Solvers hotline at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477). News Release WUSA-TV video report

March Meeting Recap: Police

March Meeting Recap: Police
Captain Scott Linder and the Arlington County Community Policing Team briefed us on police activity in and around Lyon Village and Clarendon over the past 2 months. Two cars were recently stolen in Lyon Village. In both cases spare keys had been left in the car. They stressed the importance of always locking your car and never leaving valuables (especially keys!!) in the car.

Bar Fight in Clarendon

Bar Fight in Clarendon
On Tuesday night (Mar 23) police were called to the 3100 block of Wilson Blvd in Clarendon for a reported assault in progress. A man was threatening people with a knife and threw a beer bottle, which struck a bystander causing a laceration to the head. The bystander was transported to an area hospital. The suspect was taken into custody and is facing charges of Assault and Battery, Simple Assault, Drunk in Public, Identity Theft and Possession of Fictitious ID. Crime Report

Street Crossing Decriminalized

Street Crossing Decriminalized
As of March 1, VA HB 5058 provides that no law-enforcement officer may lawfully stop a pedestrian for jaywalking or entering a highway where the pedestrian cannot be seen… Where intersections contain no marked crosswalks, pedestrians shall not be guilty of negligence as a matter of law for crossing at any such intersection or between intersections when crossing by the most direct route. A long list of other minor offenses are similarly decriminalized, prohibiting police officers from stopping persons or vehicles, however civil penalties remain. VA HB 5058 Virginia Mercury

Robbery By Force Near LV

Robbery By Force Near LV
In the 1200 block of N Troy on Jan 20, 2021, a suspect followed the victim off of a bus, approached her as she was attempting to enter her residence, and grabbed her purse strap. A struggle ensued over the purse, during which the suspect pulled the victim to the ground, dragging her down a set of stairs. The suspect then stole her purse and fled on foot prior to police arrival. The victim sustained minor injuries during the incident. News Release

Holding Cell Phone While Driving Now Illegal

Holding a Cell Phone While Driving Is Illegal In 2021
Virginia’s hands-free law, taking effect on Jan 1, makes it illegal to drive holding a cell phone in Virginia. Previously, only texting or emailing while driving was against the law. Drivers can talk hands-free, using a speaker or headphone (one ear only, headphones in both ears violates a different law). Fines are $125 for a first offense and $250 for a second offense or if driving in a construction zone. Last year distracted driving resulted in 120 deaths in Virginia. This compares to 4,984 COVID-19 deaths in Virginia.) Code of Virginia § 46.2-818.2

More Speed Cameras Proposed

More Speed Cameras Proposed
Arlington wants to deploys speed cameras and to lower speed limits in residential and business districts below 25 miles per hour. Board member Dorsey said “Automated ticket enforcement has the potential to improve safety… and further advance equitable outcomes by reducing or eliminating race-based disparities in speed enforcement.” ARLnow

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
From Dec 18, 2020 through Jan 1, 2021, the Arlington County Police Department will participate in the high-visibility national enforcement campaign: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. Motorists can expect to see increased enforcement and increased saturation patrols to identify and apprehend drunk and impaired drivers.

Police Foot Chase 10th & Irving

Police Foot Chase 10th & Irving
The Police Department’s Property Crimes Unit announced the arrest of 2 suspects in vehicle-related property crimes. At approximately 5:30 AM on Oct 12 police observed a vehicle with 2 subjects walking alongside and appearing to look into parked vehicles in the area of 10th & Wilson. After a police chase the suspect’s vehicle became inoperable at 10th & Irving. Following a brief foot pursuit 2 of the 4 were taken into custody. The other 2 remain at large.
    The method of theft is consistent with other vehicle-related property crimes reported in Arlington: perpetrators check vehicle door handles and enter unlocked vehicles. News Release Lock your doors!