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Police: Columbia Pike robbery suspect assaults officer

39-year-old Arlington man taken into custody

On March 30 at 10:39 p.m., a man entered a business in the 4900 block of Columbia Pike, concealed merchandise and attempted to exit without payment, Arlington police said.

An employee confronted the suspect, who pushed past the staff member, stole additional merchandise and exited, police said.

A responding officer observed an individual matching the suspect’s description nearby. The suspect actively resisted arrest and assaulted the officer before he was taken into custody with the assistance of other responding officers.

The officer and suspect sustained minor injuries, but did not require medical attention.

The suspect – 39-year-old Anthony Jeffers Jr. of Arlington – was arrested and charged with assault on police, robbery, assault-and-battery, obstruction of justice and possession of Schedule I/II narcotics. He was held without bond.