The following information comes from the Arlington Police Department. When arrests are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.
Alleged Incident Involving Switchblade at Robbins Farm Park’s Independence Day Celebration
A male allegedly pulled a switchblade on another male Wednesday, July 4, just before the fireworks started at Independence Day Celebration.
The alleged victim told Arlington Police later that night, at about 11:45 p.m., that he and his friends were at the park to watch the fireworks when he saw the suspect picking on another kid, who was much smaller than the suspect, near the park’s giant slides. The victim said he went over to intervene. He said he told the suspect to “knock it off,” and that’s when the suspect took out the switchblade, clicked it open and pointed it at him.
The victim said that the suspect told him to “step off.” The victim said he then backed away. He said the suspect’s knife was about three inches long.
A witness corroborated the victim’s story.
Police then went to the suspect’s address, but he was not home. Officers did speak with the suspect’s parents, who said that they would call the station when he got home.
At about 1 a.m., police received a call from the suspect’s parents and went back to his home.
There, the suspect told police that he and his friends had been at Robbins Farm Park that night for a short period of time. He said they left “right before the rain started.”
The suspect said that before they left, he saw one of his friends almost start to fight another male. He said he went over and attempted to break them up. He said at no time did he pull out a knife, and he added that he doesn’t even own a knife.
Police were planning to file a criminal complaint against the suspect for assault with a dangerous weapon.
Fourth of July Pregame Leads to $500 Fine
Police responded to Paul Revere Road at about 7:25 p.m. Wednesday, July 4, for a report of people drinking in their car.
Once there, police located three males sitting in a Honda Civic, which was parked in a “No Parking Zone.” Officers also observed two beer cans behind the car.
The males told police that they were headed to a Fourth of July barbecue. They said that they had been parked for about two hours.
Two of the males denied drinking any alcohol, while the other admitted to drinking in the car. That male, who also had a cup of beer between his legs, received a $500 citation for drinking alcohol from an open container in a motor vehicle.
The driver also received a parking ticket.
Teen Arrested for Possessing Alcohol at Lussiano Park
After spotting a small fire at at about 1 a.m. Wednesday, July 4, police arrested a 17-year-old for being a minor in possession of alcohol.
An officer noticed the fire while patrolling the area and saw three individuals running away from it, toward Everett Street. The officer then went to extinguish the fire and called for backup to search for the suspects.
While standing by the fire, the officer heard from a witness, who said that he observed the individuals start two fires at the field. He said they came in a truck that was still parked at the park’s entrance.
A short time later, while the officer was still talking to the witness, the officer saw an individual get into the driver’s seat of the truck.
The 17-year-old male in the truck told the officer that he had parked his vehicle at the park at about 6 p.m. that evening. He said he was coming back from walking his girlfriend home. The witness could not identify the male as one of the individuals who started the fires.
The male told police that he had been drinking, and he said that he had alcohol in his vehicle. He then gave police permission to search his vehicle, and officers found four beers.
Police then arrested the male for being in a minor in possession of alcohol.
Notable Incidents from Tuesday to Thursday, July 3-5
Thursday, July 5
1:34 p.m., Sherborn Street, Neighbor problem
6:53 a.m., Chestnut and Mystic streets, Motor vehicle crash without injury
Wednesday, July 4
11:40 p.m., Summer Street, Assault with a dangerous weapon (see above)
7:25 p.m., Paul Revere Road, Drinking alcohol from an open container in a motor vehicle (see above)
3:24 p.m., Identity fraud, Glen Avenue
10:53 a.m., Cutter Hill Road, Malicious destruction of property over $250
3:38 a.m., Thompson School, North Union Street, Outside fire
3:17 a.m., Massachusetts Avenue, Assault and battery
1:24 a.m., Rawson Road, Malicious damage to a motor vehicle
1:10 a.m., North Union Street, Person under 21 possessing liquor (see above)
Tuesday, July 3
9:31 p.m., Gray and Jason streets, Injured animal
6:45 p.m., Scituate Street, Malicious damage to a motor vehicle
5:44 p.m., Franklin and Warren streets, Operating a motor vehicle with license suspended
1:09 p.m., , Lowell Street, Breaking and entering into a vehicle
12:48 p.m., , Massachusetts Avenue, Shoplifting by concealing merchandise
11:44 a.m., Dudley Street, Malicious destruction of property over $250