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The following is based on selected Arlington Police Department logs from May 28 through June 3. No new arrest reports were released.

Excerpts from the Arlington Police Department log:

 Tuesday, May 28

3:41 p.m. – Disturbance / Customer Problem. An apartment manager on Fremont Court called police to report receiving abuse from a tenant who was more than incensed that his rental car had been towed from the building's lot for not displaying a designated resident sticker. Arriving officers were able to cool down the tenant to the point that no further action was needed.

4:15 p.m. – Disturbance / Customer Problem. Police were called to a self-service laundry on the 800 block of Mass. Ave. after the owner was allegedly confronted by a customer with raised, clenched fists. The customer was reportedly livid and demanding a refund of $50 in coins that he claimed had been “eaten” by a machine; the attendant, expressing disbelief, had not complied. The customer had asked the attendant, and then the owner, in rising tones, whether they were calling him a liar. Officers arrived to calm the man, patiently explaining that no one could reasonably lose that many coins in one machine, then escorted him out with a no-trespass order barring his return.

Thursday, May 30

11:39 p.m. – Disturbance / Liquor. Multiple officers and supervisors converged on an Ernest Road residence following reports of a loud party in progress involving a crowd of revelrous youths. The officers were uncooperatively received: for a time, no one stepped forward to answer the buzzer, sharp raps on the door and authoritative shouts to open up. When officers entered, they found some teenagers standing about with red plastic cups and heard sounds of others scattering throughout the house. Following a sweep that included finding clusters of teens crouched in back bedrooms, the partiers were led outside and lined up to give their names, ages and guardians' phone numbers. Midway through this process, more noises were heard from the house, so  officers made a second sweep that turned up more teens. All the attendees were determined to be underage. Guardians started arriving to take custody of their charges. Contents of the red cups was determined to be alcoholic. Three kids still holding nonempty cups were served with criminal complaints for being minors in possession of alcohol. Parents were told that the Department of Children and Family Services would be holding one or more meetings with them to offer information, support and advice. The parents of the teen who hosted the party will be investigated separately; according to APD spokesman Capt. Richard Flynn, if they had advance knowledge of the party or aided in procuring the alcohol, they could face legal consequences.

Saturday, June 1

12:08 p.m. – Suspicious Condition / Customer Problem. An Arlington resident filed a citizen's report stating that she had received a facial burn from a warm towel at a Mass. Ave. beauty salon. According to her report, the woman discovered the burn only after returning home from the treatment. Returning to the shop, she showed the beautician the burn and demanded a full refund but was obliged to settle for return of her $20 tip. She stated that she was filing the report as a warning to other customers.

 9:54 p.m. – Disturbance. Police received a call from an apartment dweller on Bates Road that two female roommates in a nearby unit were screaming and throwing things at each other. Police arrived and spoke to the roommates, who appeared to be in their 30s or 40s. One, reportedly visibly upset, complained that the other had thrown a bagful of trash down the stairs at her, never cleans up after herself, doesn't change the cat-litter box -- and that after two years she was tired of living with trash all around her. The other said she was tired of the first woman's nagging. Officers tried to calm them down and told them that, if they couldn't learn to get along, maybe they could make good use of APD's Harassment Prevention program.

 Monday, June 3

4:24 a.m. – Disturbance with Arrest Warrant Outstanding. Police were called to report an unknown male screaming at the top of his lungs while banging on the door of a Broadway convenience store in East Arlington long before the store's opening time. As officers arrived, the man reportedly took off and crossed Alewife Parkway into Somerville. Less than an hour later, police still in the area spotted the man back in Arlington, calmly walking westbound on Broadway, and recognized him as a 46-year-old homeless man with a history of run-ins with local police. Via a fresh computer check, they discovered a warrant out for the man's arrest for violation of an abuse-protection order. They placed the man under arrest, without incident, for transfer to another (unnamed) jurisdiction. No additional citation was written for the man's earlier alleged public disturbance.

 4:02 p.m. – Disturbance with Two-party Mutual Assault. Two motorists attempting to park on the 900 block of Mass. Ave. allegedly exchanged insults and worse while screaming, spitting and disturbing businesses in the area. One, a 63-year-old Arlington male, claimed that a second party, a 54-year-old female, also from Arlington, had cut in front of his car with hers and gave him the middle finger. When both got out of their cars, the man stated the woman had walked right up to him, shouting insults, and spat in his face. The woman told officers that the man had been the one to cut in front of her, that he had flashed her the bird and later spat on her car. Officers were unable to find visual witnesses, though nearby business employees confirmed that they had heard the two parties yelling as well as spitting noises. Flynn commented that, although the man had allegedly only spat on the woman's car, that combined with verbal abuse added up technically to assault. Because the two parties were judged equally responsible for the disturbance and both technically guilty of assault, no charges were filed. Instead, officers apprised both parties that each was free to sue the other in court, if so inclined.


May 30, 2024: Police blotter May 21-27: Two bike accidents, two break-ins, two foiled frauds


This column by YourArlington volunteer writer Chris Wilbur was published Thursday, June 6, 2024, based on information from Arlington Police Department daily logs and explanations from APD spokesman Capt. Richard Flynn.