Man with hatchet chases dogwalker, Vienna crime report says

Vienna police car (via Vienna Police Department/Facebook)

A driver began yelling and acting aggressively to another man walking a dog around 6:45 a.m. on Feb. 9, Vienna police say.

The incident allegedly occurred in the 1400 block of DeSale Street SW. Police report that it began when a resident was on the sidewalk, waiting for a vehicle to pass so they could cross the street.

Per a police summary:

The driver of the vehicle was agitated and began yelling at the resident, then drove away. A few minutes later, the vehicle returned. The driver parked in front of the resident’s home and continued to act aggressively. The driver grabbed a hatchet from the trunk of his vehicle and began chasing the resident.

Tensions were quelled when family members came out of the home, and the driver got back into the vehicle and drove away.

Police said they advised the dogwalker of the warrant process if he wished to pursue charges.

Warning about Car Thefts

In other news, the Vienna Police Department continues to warn that the D.C. region, including the Northern Virginia area, has seen increased vehicle thefts and tampering incidents.

The department received a number of vehicle theft reports over the past week. In one incident on Feb. 13, a worker found that the rear window of her vehicle, which was parked behind Taco Bamba (164 Maple Avenue W), had been smashed and her purse stolen.

Items reported stolen in other vehicle larceny incidents include a Swiss army knife, a piece of jewelry, and coins.

The VPD advises community members to lock doors of residences and garages and to report suspicious activity or persons at 703-255-6366 or, in the event of an emergency, 911.

Photo via Vienna Police Department/Facebook

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