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Robert C. Johnson, 58, of Mass. Ave., Arlington, and Joseph F. Hickey, 38, of Carolina Street, Medford, were arrested around 4 p.m. Dec. 9 at an apartment building on Mass. Ave. near the Capitol Theater, the Arlington Police Department reported. In a separate action, on Monday, Dec. 11, Sofia Domeyko, of Churchill Avenue, Arlington, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs after crashing her car into a parked vehicle at Broadway and Allen Street, the APD said.

In the first case, a building resident told police of having observed a “skinny, young” man (later identified as Hickey) holding a black, plastic-wrapped package which she believed was addressed to another resident known to her. The woman confronted the man and an altercation ensued, during which she grabbed a package, bolted upstairs and contacted police. Arriving officers examined the package and saw that it had been partially opened and one item removed. By comparing the remaining items with the shipping manifest, they were able to deduce that the missing item was a pair of women's black Victoria's Secret leggings costing $34.95.

After interviewing other residents and hearing that an unfamiliar man of Hickey's description had entered “Bobby's” apartment (“Bobby” later identified as Johnson), the officer went there and was admitted. The officer observed Johnson to be apparently under the influence, as he could barely stand up, swayed back and forth, and badly slurred his words. The officer told Johnson that due to his condition he was being placed into protective custody and would be sent to a hospital. While waiting for fire officials to arrive, the officer “observed movement coming from behind a couch in the living room.” Ordered to come out, a man matching Hickey's description emerged. When the officer asked what he had been doing behind the couch, the man answered, “Sleeping.”

The officer observed “numerous clothing items with security tags and price tags still attached to them thrown throughout the apartment.” His eyes then fell on “a pair of women's black Victoria Secret leggings, still in the original packaging on the floor near the front door.” After checking the item/SKU number on the item against the number from the shipping slip and finding a match, and getting Hickey's admission of having taken mail from the lobby, he handcuffed Hickey and arrested him on suspicion of larceny from a building.

According to the report, during subsequent patdowns of both men, a bulge was noticed in Johnson's left sock, which turned out to be a yellow envelope containing white powder “consistent with heroin.” Later, in the booking room, officers found multiple items inside Hickey's long underwear, including a baggy containing a brown waxy substance that Hickey reportedly identified as “Meth and Fentanyl,” as well as Xanax and other, unidentified pills. Johnson was charged with possession of a Class-A drug. Hickey was charged with possession of Class- A and Class-C drugs and with larceny from a building.

In a separate incident, on Monday, Dec. 11, at 1 a.m., Sofia Domeyko of Churchill Avenue was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs after crashing into a parked car on Allen Street, the APD wrote in a report. Domeyko stated that she had been on her way home after seeing a movie at Assembly Square and then attending a Hanukkah party. She told officers that she wears contact lenses but was having difficulty with a prescription and as a result took the turn from Broadway onto Allen too fast. Asked whether she had had anything to drink, she replied, “No.” However, as officers observed her to be unsteady on her feet, splaying her arms out for balance, they tested her for intoxicants and determined that she was under the influence of drugs. Domeyko was placed under arrest for driving under the influence of drugs and given a citation for a marked-lane violation; after booking, she was released on bail.

Three arrests were reported (see above).

Excerpts from the Arlington Police Department log:

Tuesday, Dec. 5 
9:15 a.m. – Malicious Damage to a Motor Vehicle. An Allen Street resident called police to report that someone had seen an unidentified man in the driveway of his house snapping photos of his 2020 Mazda. Even more unsettling, the mystery photographer was said to have pulled up in an oversized truck towing a flat-bed trailer. The caller stated that the Mazda had been fully paid for, so there was no possibility of paid off, so there was no possibility of this being a legitimate repossession attempt. Police are investigating, and have added extra patrols of the area.

4:10 p.m. – Identity Fraud, Chapter 266. A Westminster Avenue resident reported to police that an online betting account that she had opened for entertainment charged nearly $2,000 in bets against her bank account -- all before her having  had a chance to place a single bet of her own. The woman also reported receiving emails requesting several hundred dollars more. Police advised that it might be a good idea to close or freeze her betting account and that she should work with her bank to try to track down the hijacked funds.

Wednesday, Dec. 6
9:57 a.m. – Larceny Greater Than $1,200. A Gardner Street resident went to the APD lobby to report having received and responded to a WhatsApp text message from an unknown party offering “Immigration Services.” Following instructions in the message, she bought and sent two $700 gift cards to an unfamiliar address. After receiving another request, she bought and sent another $500 gift card, at which point she realized something was wrong. Police logged the incident and will investigate further.

9:19 p.m. – ID Theft. A Chester Street resident called police to report that his house had been listed as “for rent” on the Zillow real-estate website by an unknown party. The scammer had left the real owner's name but had changed the phone listing to an unknown number, evidently to siphon off rental deposits. The victim added that he had already contacted Zillow but had had to overcome resistance to convince them he was indeed the real owner. Having eventually succeeded in getting Zillow to take down the bogus information, the caller told police he didn't actually need their help at this time but simply wanted to help raise public awareness.

Thursday, Dec. 7
5:28 p.m. – Accident Without Injury. Two vehicles coming from opposite directions on Pleasant collided when one attempted to turn at the Concord Turnpike intersection. The first driver, an Arlington resident headed toward Arlington Center, was sure she had had a green light to make the turn. The second driver, a man from Brooklyn, N.Y., heading toward Belmont, was likewise sure that the green light was his. Police arrived and tried to sort it out. Witnesses came forward but gave noncorroborating accounts of what had happened. After lengthy discussion, the officers declared it a “jump ball.” Someone's attention to the light had been imperfect, APD spokesman Capt. Richard Flynn said, but there was no fair way to assign fault. Damage to both cars was minor, but, because  the officers judged neither safe to drive, both were towed.

Friday, Dec. 8 
2:08 a.m. – Suspicious Condition. An elderly resident on Elwern Street called to report that someone had rung her front doorbell -- one ring only -- in the middle of the night, but that when she checked, no one was there. She said the same thing had happened several times before in recent months, at intervals of several weeks. After asking around the neighborhood, she said, she had started to wonder whether the night visitor might have something against her personally. The officers asked her whether perhaps she might have imagined the sounds. She answered that she was pretty sure she hadn't. The officers then suggested that the department could send someone by to talk more about it with her, if she would like that, and she accepted.

2:49 a.m. – Animal Complaint. A Mass. Ave. resident in the Heights called police to report sighting a coyote. The caller gave no details of what the animal was doing or how it might present a public hazard, nuisance or danger. Capt. Flynn commented that coyotes have by now been seen all over town, that they “don't need much real estate” and that they generally cause little trouble unless people try to feed or otherwise get too familiar with them. A coyote sighting, he said, may be newsworthy to some people, he said, but not to police.

Saturday, Dec. 9
10:35 a.m. – Neighbor Problem. A Sunnyside Avenue resident called police to complain that a next-door neighbor, in the process of disposing of an old couch, had left it on her property. Police arrived to find the neighbors arguing. With police refereeing, the neighbors resolved the matter by moving the couch back to the property of the person who was getting rid of it. Flynn said that the moral of the incident is this: If getting rid of a couch, do it from your own property, not your neighbor's.

Sunday, Dec. 10
11:28 p.m. – Identity Theft. A Greeley Circle resident called police to report that an online airline account of his had been hacked and mileage points worth a total of $3,000 had been pilfered in three separate transactions. With no salient clues to how this might have happened, the officers recommended that the man contact the airline, presented him with an ID-theft packet and suggested he might think about closing down some of his more vulnerable accounts. 

Dec. 7, 2023: Police blotter Nov. 28-Dec. 5: 6 accidents at intersection within 8 days raise safety concerns


This column by YourArlington volunteer writer Chris Wilbur was published Thursday, Dec. 14, 2023, based on information from Arlington Police Department daily logs and explanations from APD spokesman Capt. Richard Flynn.