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Police Investigate Late-Night Assault Outside Columbia Pike Restaurant

Alleged attackers were caught in Fairfax County but have not been charged. Arlington police are investigating.

Two men were assaulted outside of a Columbia Pike restaurant this weekend, Arlington police say.
Two men were assaulted outside of a Columbia Pike restaurant this weekend, Arlington police say.

Two men walked out of a Columbia Pike restaurant early Saturday morning and ended up being assaulted by three individuals — and one of the guys lost his wallet in the process, according to the Arlington County Police Department.

The two men left a restaurant in the 3200 block of Columbia Pike at about 2:14 a.m. Saturday, police reported this week.

They ran into a group of three people — two men and one woman — when things turned violent.

"There was some kind of encounter between them," police Lt. Mike Watson said. "We don't know if it was an argument, but somehow the two groups ran into each other and some kind of altercation began."

The trio hopped in a car and got away. One of the victims later realized he'd lost his wallet during the fight.

Watson did not know the extent of the two men's injuries.

Fairfax County police later stopped a car with three people in it, at least one of whom investigators believe was involved in the Arlington attack, Watson said. All three were brought back to Arlington and questioned by detectives.

As of late Monday, no one had been charged.

"Everybody will be interviewed again," Watson said. "They'll go back over the incident with them and obviously try to link the suspects to the actual crime. Right now, it's in the early investigation."

Because no charges have been filed, police have not named any of the people involved.

Watson declined to name the restaurant the two men had been in.

The 3200 block of Columbia Pike is between South Glebe and South Walter Reed Drive.

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