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Cab Assault: A cab driver, 35, told Montgomery County police she was sexually assaulted on March 24 at approximately 1 a.m. According to her account, she picked up a fare at the Glenmont Shopping Center and drove him to a location in Langley Park. About an hour later, the same man flagged her down again, and she drove him back to the shopping center. The passenger then asked to be driven to Parkland Middle School at 4610 W. Frankfort Drive in Rockville. When the driver went to that destination, the man allegedly pulled out a knife and made her walk to a nearby field where he sexually assaulted her. Juan Rodriguez, 27, of no fixed address, has been arrested and charged with assault.
Trouble Parking: A parking attendant reported to cops that he’d run into some bad customers. A man and woman arrived at a parking lot in the 1900 block of 14th Street NW on March 25 at about 11 p.m. They tried to park without paying and the attendant had words with them. Eventually, the attendant ordered them to drive off the lot. They complied, but on the way out, the man halted the car, got out, and punched the attendant in the face. The couple fled south on 14th Street.
Flashers: The Arlington County Police Department is on the lookout for a flasher. Cops said on March 23 they were investigating 11 incidents of indecent exposure that have taken place on the Washington and Old Dominion bike trail. Police say the flasher has been exposing himself to women and that “[w]omen should avoid walking or running alone, and they are encouraged not to use devices such as headphones that prevent hearing someone approach.”
In an unrelated incident, a flasher visited a library at the University of the District of Columbia on March 25. The man exposed himself to some students and fled.
Fake Bureau of Investigation: WTOP reported on March 29 that a woman from Arlington had been arrested for impersonating an FBI agent. The woman, Brenna Reilly, 29, allegedly duped two neighbors into believing she was the FBI’s director of forensics—and then hired them as assistants: “She gave the assistants tasks that included writing letters of condolence to family members of agents killed in the line of duty. But authorities say Reilly was never an FBI agent and the jobs were phony.”
Pissed about Pissing: An MPD listerv poster is tired of smelling urine and beer on his way to work: “Recently when I walk up the sidewalk that connects the 2400 block of 10th ST NE with the parking lot of Home Depot (i.e.: behind Bank of America) I’ve noticed a very pungent smell of urine as well as discarded beer cans and sometimes intoxicated people staggering around. Today the smell was particularly strong in the warm air and I saw one man with an enormous (open) can in a paper bag and another sitting slurring his speech. This is disgusting and it suggests such behavior is acceptable.”
Commander Lamar D. Greene responds:”We will direct officers to patrol the area and take an aggressive stance against quality of life violations and make arrest for those offenses.”
Source: MPD District listservs, public releases, Montgomery County Police Department public releases, Arlington County Police Department public releases