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Pr. William man charged with assaulting alleged burglar at his home

The good news for Reginald T. Anderson: Prince William County police responded quickly enough to his Woodbridge home to nab an alleged would-be burglar.

The bad news, according to police: Officers handcuffing the suspect watched Anderson kick the suspect in the face and charged him with assault.

The incident occurred on March 13, shortly before 1 p.m. in the 16800 block of Winston Lane.

Anderson's 16-year-old daughter and 4-year-old nephew were in the home by themselves when the lights went out, according to a police press release. The girl heard a loud crash coming from the basement, locked herself and her cousin in a bedroom and called the police and her father.

Lambert. (Prince William Police)

Officers arrived and saw Irvin R. Lambert running from the scene, according to the press release. Officers chased after him on foot and caught him near an apartment complex.

As the officers were handcuffing Lambert, according to the press release, Anderson "showed up and kicked Lambert in the face." Lambert was treated at the scene by paramedics for facial injuries.

Anderson was charged with assault and battery and released on a summons.

Police searched Lambert and found he was carrying wire cutters and latex gloves, according to police. Police have charged Lambert with three other burglaries, all from Woodbridge townhouses:

  • On Jan. 25 in the 16500 block of Capon Tree Lane, a 32-inch flat screen TV, laptop and iPod were taken from a townhouse. The intruder got in by breaking the glass of the double doors leading to the living room, according to police.
  • On the night of Feb. 26 or the early morning hours of Feb. 27, in the 16500 block of Capon Tree Lane, a burglar made off with a 42-inch plasma TV, a Coach purse, and a Luis Vuitton wallet, valued at $900, police said. The burglar in that case broke the glass of a bedroom window, police said.
  • On Feb. 26, in the 2700 block of Patrick Henry Drive, the victims returned to their home and heard noise on the second floor, according to a police press release. The victims saw a person with a flashlight, and the suspect ran away. The electric meter box had been removed from the townhouse, leaving it without power, police said.

In all, Lambert is charged with three counts of burglary and two counts of larceny, possession of burglary tools and resisting arrest.

-- Ruben Castaneda

By Ruben Castaneda  |  March 19, 2010; 10:01 AM ET
Categories:  Pr. William , Ruben Castaneda  
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You know people are getting tired of trash like this in our communities! I bet he scared those children to death! He deserved to be kicked in the head! The police should have looked the other way! Screw these scum of the earth criminals that have more rights than honest law-abiding citizens. People are getting tired of these criminals causing havoc on our society, getting slapped on the hand by the judge and repeat offending again and again! Before criminals had so many rights, and before the court systems were so lenient, our crime rates were much lower!

Posted by: Hotelguest0 | March 19, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

If this would've happened in PG County, they might have let you shoot the punk and let you walk away.

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | March 19, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Hopefully a judge will let the headkicker off - PWC police shouldn't be harassing the homeowners who pay their salaries.

Posted by: mvm_ffx | March 19, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Unfortunately the kick took place in view of the officers who had no choice but to charge Mr. Anderson. But justice will be served if the judge releases him with the suggestion that he not do it again (in such a visible manner).

Posted by: JohnRice | March 19, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

You people scare me. The crook, with these charges, will get ten years, with no parole. Virginia hard time.

The kicker? A conviction for being stupid. You cannot condone this sort of behavior, whether in PG cops, who will pay 8% of their police budget in judgemtns, settlements, and attorney's fees, or in a fit of rage by the homeowner. And what about the image his kids have, of Dad so enraged that he tries to punt a handcuffed man; are you all that hardened?

Posted by: RogerRamjet2 | March 19, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Not a jury on earth would punish Anderson. Way to go! Next time, aim for the nuts!

Posted by: CyanSquirrel | March 19, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

The mug shot reveals a broken nose.

Posted by: knjon353 | March 19, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Unbelievable, the cops need a swift kick in the rear to wake them up. If they had been doing their jobs this guy would not have been breaking into houses in the first place. Someone broke in my truck at a 7/11, stole my GPS with a cop sitting in the parking talking on his cell phone...

Posted by: FrankMonzon | March 19, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Anderson deserves a medal - but should learn to kick harder. If a few of these scumbag criminals were shot dead on the spot - perhaps others would begin to think twice about the potential outcome of such acts.

The arresting officers should be ashamed of themselves - if it were their kids in the house I'll bet they would have thought differently.

Posted by: MemberOfGenX | March 19, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

The homeowner should have known better. Kicking a handcuffed prisoner is a privilege reserved for the police.

Posted by: 12008N1 | March 19, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Why are the cops always protecting the criminals and harassing the good guys? If we reduced the police force by 50% we'd probably reduce crime by at least 50%.
And from looking at the perp's picture its obvious he didn't get kicked hard enough or long enough.

Posted by: brattykathyi1 | March 19, 2010 11:28 PM | Report abuse

Sentence Lambert to working for the Skins as a practice dummy for their kickers.

Posted by: Calabrese99 | March 21, 2010 6:15 AM | Report abuse

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