Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity

Women assaulted, robbed in Va. hotel

Josh White

Two women who were traveling through the area with family members were held captive in their Arlington hotel room on Saturday night by a suspect who sexually assaulted one and stole electronics and money before fleeing, police said.

An unknown male knocked on a hotel room door at about 11:45 p.m. and forced his way inside when a woman answered the door, according to Det. Crystal Nosal, an Arlington County police spokeswoman. He then tied the women up at their feet, sexually assaulted one of them and made off with their belongings.

The women, one in her in 50s and the other in her 70s, had been traveling with other family members who were staying in another room at the hotel in the 2400 block of South Glebe Road. Nosal said the woman opened the door because she expected it would be one of her family members.

After the suspect left, the women were able to free themselves and call police.
The suspect was described as a black man, approximately 40 years old, 5’8” tall and roughly 180 pounds. He was unshaven and was wearing a gray t-shirt with a design on it, tan cargo shorts and a black baseball cap.

Police ask that anyone with information about the robbery or the indentity of the suspect call Det. Fortunato at 703-228-4197 or e-mail dfortunato@arlingtonva.us.

-- Josh White

By Josh White  |  August 19, 2010; 10:54 AM ET
Categories:  Arlington , Josh White , Virginia  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz   Previous: 2 charged as adults in alleged rape
Next: Charges upgraded in liquor store shooting

Comments

Welcome to the Green Valley. It's getting better but it isn't there yet. The hotel is only a block away from a corner formerly known as "carjack corner" by the pharmacy. I always feel bad for tourists who blindly book that motel.

Posted by: dtysko | August 19, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Can you tell us the name of the hotel? A general location is not enough information.

Posted by: pjhaveri | August 19, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

This really isn't helpful unless we know the name of the hotel and maybe some description of what it is near. "2400 block of South Glebe Road" means nothing to me. I need something like "The XXX Hotel on the corner of Glebe and ABC Street, across from the Burger King".

Posted by: mccxxiii | August 19, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

This is Josh White. In response to pjhaveri's question, police say this incident happened at the Best Western hotel in the 2400 block of South Glebe Road in Arlington. Thanks for the question!

Posted by: whitejs | August 19, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

OK, I looked it up ... this is the "Best Western Pentagon" hotel (which really isn't very close to the Pentagon). It's the one that's just off the Glebe Road exit (to the right) from 395 southbound. I think you can see it from the highway. It's across from the back of the Army-Navy Club golf course.

Posted by: mccxxiii | August 19, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

An unknown male knocked on a hotel room door at about 11:45 p.m. and forced his way inside when a woman answered the door, according to Det. Crystal Nosal, an Arlington County police spokeswoman.... Nosal said the woman opened the door because she expected it would be one of her family members.
-----------------------------------

A woman in her 50's and another in her 70's - thinking at 15 to midnight on a Saturday night it was a family member?

Talk about strange.

Posted by: cibor | August 19, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Two things surprise me about this story:

1. The name of the hotel wasn't given. I appreciate that reporter Josh White did provide the name here in the comments section after several people raised the issue -- but why wasn't the name given in the story? Was it omitted originally at the request of the hotel?

2. The race of the perp was given. I don't get it -- the WP almost never provides the race of the perp, even in cases where the public's knowledge of that information could materially aid in apprehending the suspect. What's different about this case?

Posted by: BeechF33A | August 19, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

I am impressed that Mr.White answered a reader's comment here. Thanks for being attentive.

Posted by: slydell | August 19, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

@Beech
Get off your Politically Correct high horse. The information was provided so that the public can attempt to identify the perp and the police can aprehend him.

It's not, as you lacked the decency to come straight out and say, because the perp was (gasp) BLACK.

Posted by: SavedByZero | August 19, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

@SavedByZero:

Calm down! Beech made an observation - which I myself noted as well - and merely asked a question. It is you who ascribed racist notions to it and fired off the nastygram. Thus, if anyone is being overly sensitive, it's you.

As for Josh White?, perhaps you should edit the story to include the name of the hotel rather than force readers to read the comments to discover the information. Thanks.

Posted by: whodat2 | August 19, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

SavedbyZero wrote: "The information was provided so that the public can attempt to identify the perp and the police can aprehend him."

Exactly, Zero. My question was, basically: why doesn't the Post ROUTINELY provide such racial identification information? They don't. So how come they made an exception in this case?

Posted by: BeechF33A | August 20, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

My group consisted of seven women from 80 down to 16.We heard a comment about an incident that had happened a couple of days before.I think the hotel should have given us a warning about locking the doors since the incident was violent I know my 80 year old mother and i spent the afternoon in one of the rooms with the doors unlocked.They would not tell us what happened until we comfronted them about reading it in the paper after we had been approached by a news reporter.This made us feel really uneasy for the last nightwe spent there. This is the only complaint i have with the hotel.Otherwise everything else was fine

Posted by: fab4r | August 21, 2010 11:06 PM | Report abuse

Post a Comment

We encourage users to analyze, comment on and even challenge washingtonpost.com's articles, blogs, reviews and multimedia features.

User reviews and comments that include profanity or personal attacks or other inappropriate comments or material will be removed from the site. Additionally, entries that are unsigned or contain "signatures" by someone other than the actual author will be removed. Finally, we will take steps to block users who violate any of our posting standards, terms of use or privacy policies or any other policies governing this site. Please review the full rules governing commentaries and discussions.




characters remaining

 
 
RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2010 The Washington Post Company