Many criminal assaults are the result of spontaneous outbursts of anger. When the anger fades, the would-be assaulter usually calms down. Many people who might commit an assault are willing, after the violent urges subside, to talk to police and to allow themselves to be arrested and jailed. On other occasions, and depending upon the cause of the assault, the person who may become a suspect will continue the assault until police arrive and then flee the scene.

The incident

According to the Arlington County Police, a woman staying at the Inn of Rosslyn motel reported that a man was attempting to break into her motel room. When police arrived at the scene, they were told that a man had forced his way into the room and caused some damage to the contents of the room. He grabbed the female occupant around the upper torso, but the woman was able to free herself from his grip. After the woman broke free, the man fled from the motel room. Arriving police established a perimeter and canvassed the area. A K9 unit was used in the search.

Shortly after 2:00 a.m., police were sent to a nearby address on North Quinn Street, where they found a male matching the description of the suspected assailant. According to police, the man was banging on the door of a building. Police arrested the man without incident. He was charged with Burglary with Intent to Commit Assault, Assault & Battery, and two counts of Destruction of Property. He was being held without bond.

Consequences

The defendant is facing serious criminal charges. If he were to be convicted, he would face possible incarceration, fines and other penalties.

Anyone facing similar charges might wish to consult an experienced criminal defense attorney. A capable defense lawyer can provide an evaluation of the prosecution’s evidence, suggest possible legal defenses and, when appropriate, attempt to negotiate a reasonable plea agreement.