A bicyclist reported to have exposed himself and assaulted fellow Arlington trail users was arrested this weekend after "numerous tips" led to his identity, police said.

On Sunday evening, police executed a search warrant at his Arlington home and arrested 55-year-old David Marlowe, Arlington County police said in a news release.

He has been charged with robbery, three counts of assault and battery, five counts of indecent exposure and felony possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, the release said. He is being held in the Arlington County Detention Facility on no bond.

In August, Arlington police received five reports of an aggressive cyclist involved in confrontations with pedestrians walking along trails. The incidents include:

--- At 7:25 a.m. on Aug. 11, police were dispatched to an assault that just occurred in the area of S. Glebe Road and S. Four Mile Run Drive on the Four Mile Run Trail. Upon arrival, it was determined the male and female victims were walking along the trail when a cyclist approached them yelling to stay on the right side of the yellow line. When the male victim yelled back, the cyclist approached and circled the victims on his bicycle before pulling down his shorts and exposing his buttocks. The cyclist then allegedly struck the male victim on the arm and unsuccessfully attempted to take the female victim’s phone from her hand.

--- At 5:03 p.m. on Aug. 15, police were dispatched to the late report of an assault on the W&OD trail between Sparrow Pond and Columbia Pike. Upon arrival, it was determined that at approximately 10:06 a.m., the male and female victims were walking on the trail when they were approached from behind by a cyclist traveling at a high rate of speed. When the male victim took out his cell phone, the cyclist allegedly attempted to strike the him twice, making contact on the second attempt. The suspect then pulled down his shorts and exposed his buttocks before riding away.

--- At 3:35 p.m. on Aug. 16, the reporting party and male victim were walking on the W&OD Trail in the area of Columbia Pike at S. Four Mile Run Drive when they were approached from behind by a cyclist. The cyclist allegedly yelled for the pedestrians to get off the trail and passed closely by at a high rate of speed while yelling obscenities. When the male victim yelled back, the cyclist allegedly pulled down his shorts and exposed his buttocks. The cyclist then rode back towards the reporting party and victim, continuing to yell obscenities before making a U-turn and leaving the area.

--- At 11:39 a.m. on Aug. 21, police were dispatched to the late report of an assault which occurred on the Custis Trail at approximately 10:30 a.m. Upon arrival, it was determined the female victim was running on the trail in the area of N. Frederick Street when she was approached from behind by a cyclist. As the victim attempted to move over, the cyclist passed her at a high rate of speed and allegedly struck her in the back of the head and neck with an open hand and yelled for her to move over.

--- At 7:24 p.m. on Aug. 29, police were dispatched to the area of S. Park Drive and S. Columbus Street on the W&OD trail for the report of an assault and battery. Upon arrival, it was determined that the male and female victims were walking along the trail when they were approached from behind by a cyclist traveling at a high rate of speed. When the male victim yelled for the cyclist to slow down, the suspect dismounted, confronted the victim and allegedly struck him in the face.

The investigation into the case is ongoing. Anyone with additional information is asked to contact the Arlington Police Department’s Tip Line at 703-228-4180 or ACPDTipline@arlingtonva.us. Information may also be provided anonymously through the Arlington County Crime Solvers hotline at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477). 

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Allen Muchnick

@ Greg Hambrick:

In what Bizzaro World is it acceptable for a reader to routinely create fake "comment choruses" here by posting under multiple aliases, yet when another reader posts clear, objective evidence that this is in fact happening those comments are deleted?

DG

[thumbdown][thumbdown][thumbdown][thumbdown][thumbdown]to any more free range bicycling. Time is overdue to license bicycles and issue license plates so reckless endangerment by bicyclists can be reported when it occurs.

Allen Muchnick

Another syntax giveaway:

"DG" and "CJE" both typed "W & OD trail" exactly. Very few people write it that way.

Allen Muchnick

“CJE”, “Charles”, and “DG” claim to be three different people, but the shared syntax found in their Inside NOVA comments strongly suggests otherwise.

“CJE” wrote in the comments above:

“It will get worse“

“Arlington County Board (of Supervisors)”

“the Bicycle Cult's Fairy Godmother”,

“ W & OD trail” “

“Where were the Arlington Police…?”

In other recent Inside NOVA comments, “CJE” wrote:

“local news blogs allowing Party activists to trash anyone”

“Anyone who presents information contrary to Party dogma gets trashed”

“Charles” wrote in the comments above:

“Arlington Board of Supervisors”

“the Arlington Police weren't patrolling Arlington's trails”

“free range bicycle bozo”

“ reality of life under one political party for decades in Arlington”

“ get trashed by a political activist”

In other recent Inside NOVA comments, “Charles” wrote:

“A [Arlington] Board of Supervisors”

“Arlington Board of Supervisors”

“DG” wrote in the comments above:

“Where were / are the police?

“ W & OD trail”

“ reckless bicycling”

“No way will she…”

“Fairy Godmother of a bunch of bicycle cult”

“ free range freeloaders”

“scofflaw and criminal antics”

“ free range bicycling”

“ reckless endangerment by bicyclists”

In other recent Inside NOVA comments, “DG” wrote:

“It gets worse because…”

The above list of syntax similarities and idiosyncrasies covers only the comments posted over the past few weeks and thus still visible on Inside NOVA. These repetitions are even more obvious when additional comments by these aliases are compared.

CJE

Where were the Arlington Police while the alleged assaults were occurring over the course of weeks?

Charles

I and others are supposed to be HAPPY about a bicycle bozo who terrorizes pedestrians on a public trail for weeks and when we try to discuss bad behavior and the reality of life under one political party for decades in Arlington get trashed by a political activist who lives 30 miles from Arlington?

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CJE

Mischaracterization. Name Calling. Disparaging persons who post factual statements....

CJE

Dangerous? The other Arlington news blog reported a woman was sexually assaulted on the trail several days ago.

DG

Correction: Libby Garvey is the Fairy Godmother of a bunch of bicycle cult free range freeloaders whose scofflaw and criminal antics are subsidized by Arlington taxpayers.

Charles

Reported again. Why is this guy who live 30 miles from Arlington repeatedly allowed to call Arlington Residents "sock puppets" for posting relevant comments on this blog?[ban]

Charles

She drives around in a big SUV telling everyone to ride bicycles on Arlington's streets 24-7-365, then drastically cut Arlington's street paving budget. But dedicated bike lanes get rubber stamp approved by her and the Arlington Board of Supervisors buried in the consent agenda. No coincidence that the Arlington Police weren't patrolling Arlington's trails on bicycles while a free range bicycle bozo did his thing on Arlington's trails.

CJE

It will get worse. Chair of the Arlington County Board (of Supervisors) is the Bicycle Cult's Fairy Godmother, to the tune of tens of millions in dedicated bicycle infrastructure. She sponsors group rides on the W & OD trail and has already promised Bicycle Cult members the trail will be widened inside Arlington County aka Portland on the Potomac.

DG

Where were / are the police? According to a friend who hikes the W & OD trail Labor Day weekend set the record for reckless bicycling and social crowding w/o mask wearing. No way will she use the trail again.

Todd Jones

He was just unfortunate enough to pick the wrong location. If he was in Portland or Minneapolis, no one would have even noticed his actions, blending in with all of the tolerant "peaceful protesters."

fake_journalist

Biden supporter.

Henry Howell

You know the guy personally? Stop making false assertions then.

Allen Muchnick

His behavior was more like an intolerant Trump supporter.

Paul Benedict

Intolerant is what today's "liberals" are all about. It is not conservatives trying to put businesses out of business if the owner has different political beliefs. It is not conservatives forcing restaurant patrons to raise a fist for BLM. It is not conservatives burning churches and stores in cities across America. It is not conservatives boycotting companies that dare to have a different opinion. It is not conservatives shutting down people in social media.

There is nothing more vile in America than today's "liberals" who have destroyed the true meaning of the word liberal. I have said it many times, but it is true, they have a total lack of critical thinking skills, and more importantly, they are guaranteeing the re-election of Donald Trump and Republicans retaking the House. They have destroyed the Democratic Party. Even many "true liberals" hate these people but are afraid to speak up.

John Dutko

"Your boos mean nothing. I've seen what makes you cheer."

CJE

Shows yet again that the trails are much too dangerous for pedestrians, hikers, walkers.

Allen Muchnick

It only shows that *some* people riding bicycles can be jerks (or worse)..

As they say: Nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded.

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