The following incidents were reported by the Arlington Police Department. For the most up-to-date crime reports, visit www.co.arlington.va.us/police and click on “Daily Crime Report.”
Jose Delapaz Gonzalez, the first person arrested as a result of the Arlington County Police Department's bait car program, is still wanted by detectives from the Auto Theft Unit. Gonzalez, 40 years old, did not appear for trial on Aug. 8 and a bench warrant was issued for his arrest. Gonzalez faces three felony charges: two counts of grand larceny auto and one count of possession of burglarious tools.
Gonzalez' last known residence is on the 800 block of S. Florida Street in Arlington. Anyone with any information about his whereabouts is asked to call Arlington County Crime Solvers at 703-522-TIPS (8477) or Det. Dengeles at 703-228-4233.
On April 13, the Arlington County Emergency Communications Center (ECC) received a signal from a bait car, a specially equipped vehicle placed on the street by Auto Theft detectives in the hopes of attracting car thieves. Using GPS technology installed in the vehicle, ECC personnel tracked the bait car and notified officers in the area. Once officers were in position around the vehicle, ECC personnel remotely disabled the vehicle. The subject driving the vehicle, Gonzalez, was taken into custody without incident.
Crime Solvers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of this subject. Callers to Crime Solvers remain anonymous and do not need to testify in court.
The Arlington County Police Department announced the arrest of Quoc Vong Tran, 54, of Arlington, who was charged with two counts of forcible sodomy. Detectives from the Department's Special Victims Unit arrested Mr. Tran on Jan. 15.
The victims, 6 and 8 years old, recently reported to their parents that they were sexually assaulted last summer by Tran. Tran took care of the children on several occasions while the parents were not home.
On Jan. 15, detectives served a search warrant at Tran's residence. The forcible sodomy warrants for Tran were obtained as a result of that search. Mr. Tran is currently being held without bond and is awaiting a preliminary hearing in District Court.
The names of the victims are not being released.
Eric Bowen, 29, of Arlington was charged with grand larceny, eluding police, hit and run, and driving while intoxicated.
At about 6:45 a.m. Feb. 4, officers were dispatched to the 800 block of S. 20th St. for a report of a subject who had just stolen a refrigeration truck that was left running while the driver was unloading vegetables at a market. The subject jumped in the truck, drove away, and hit multiple parked vehicles as he fled the scene.
Officers in the area located the vehicle and attempted to stop it, but the driver disregarded the officers' emergency equipment and attempted to elude them. After a brief pursuit, the subject, later identified as Bowen, crashed the truck and attempted to flee on foot before being apprehended by the officers. At least eighteen parked vehicles were damaged by Bowen during the incident.
Bowen currently is being held without bond in the Arlington County Detention Center and is awaiting a court appearance.
Fairfax County Police are investigating a fatal crash that occurred on Interstate-66 near Monument Drive in the Fairfax area about 1:40 a.m. Thursday. Prior to the accident, an Arlington County Officer noticed a car on I-66 near Spout Run Parkway in Arlington and ran the license plates when the driver began acting suspicious. The computer returned a message that the driver was missing from Fairfax County and may be armed and suicidal. The officer attempted to pull the driver over, but he sped away, westbound on I-66. A Fairfax County Officer joined in behind the two Arlington County Officers at I-66 and Nutley Dr. As the driver approached I-66 and Monument Drive, two Virginia State Troopers came into the area. The driver, traveling at a high rate of speed, lost control, spun around and hit a light pole with the rear end of the 2000 Mazda four-door he was driving. The car immediately burst into flames upon impact, killing the driver, The driver was identified as 31-year-old Edward Cranick of Falls Church. The crash is being investigated by Fairfax County Police.
2000 S. Ives St. At 2:20 p.m. on Jan. 21, the victim, a 70-year-old female, was walking with her grandson when a small red car drove by her and stopped. The front seat passenger got out and ran toward the victim. The subject knocked the victim to the ground, took her purse, and then the subject ran back to the car. The subjects fled eastbound on S. 20th St. Both subjects were described as BM's. The passenger was wearing a dark windbreaker. The suspect vehicle was described as a dark red, four door vehicle.
* 1300 N. Courthouse Rd. At 9:10 p.m. Jam 13, the victim, a 62-year-old male, invited an acquaintance to his apartment. After arriving at the victim's apartment, the subject produced a handgun and tied the victim's hands and feet together. The subject then took the victim's wallet and fled the scene. The subject was described as a black Hispanic male, 38 years old, 5'10", 200lbs, brown eyes, black hair, with a dark complexion. The subject stated his name was "John," and he was wearing a black cap, black pants, and a black and green plaid jacket.
* 1400 S. Joyce St. At 5 p.m. Jan. 24, the victim, a 19-year-old female, was entering her apartment when an unknown subject rushed toward her. The victim was able to enter her apartment and lock the door before the subject reached her. The subject then tried the door handle and kicked the door. Shortly thereafter, on another floor of the building, a second victim, a 44-year-old female, was talking with a neighbor outside of her apartment when the subject approached and demanded the victim's purse. After a brief struggle, the subject was able to get the purse. The subject fled in the stairwell. The subject was described as a black male, 20-25 years old, 5'7"-5'9", thin with short hair wearing black baggy pants and black jacket with red trim.
* 1700 N. Culpepper St. At approximately 3:05 a.m. on Jan. 16, the victim, a 23-year-old male, was walking down the street when he approached an unknown subject to ask for directions. The subject then produced a knife and demanded the victim's money. The victim complied and gave the subject an undetermined amount of money. The subject then fled north on N. Culpepper St. The subject was described as a black male, 20's, 5'8"-5'9", wearing a black puffy winter coat, a gray sweatshirt with a hood, and dark pants.