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Victoria's Secret Brawl: Police Investigate Assault in Pentagon City

Suspects paid for purchases before punching began, Arlington police say.

Arlington police say a woman was assaulted by two people that cut in front of her in line at Victoria's Secret. Patch file
Arlington police say a woman was assaulted by two people that cut in front of her in line at Victoria's Secret. Patch file

A 34-year-old woman was assaulted by two other women while in line at the Victoria's Secret in the Pentagon City mall this weekend, according to information Arlington County police released Monday.

The woman was standing in the checkout line shortly before 7 p.m. Saturday when two others cut in front of her, police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck told Patch. She confronted them, but they ignored her, he said.

The line-breakers continued to wait in line. They got to the check-out counter and paid for their purchases. Then, they turned around and began punching the woman they had jumped ahead of, Sternbeck said.

Both women punched her several times, he said.

Then they left.

The first attacker was said to be in her 20s, about 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighing 200 pounds. She was wearing pink pants and a white shirt at the time of the incident, according to police.

The other attacker was described as in her 20s, about 5 feet, 6 inches tall and 120 pounds. She was wearing blue jeans and a white sweater.

capguy December 31, 2013 at 06:17 AM
While probably not your fault but the source's, it's really annoying reading these politically correct descriptions of suspects. Ethnic background not just age, weight and clothing worn (a joke), can be invaluable in attempting to ID these culprits.
Martin Henson December 31, 2013 at 07:38 AM
I pictured them as being translucent since I had to use my imagination.
John Strother December 31, 2013 at 07:40 AM
sounds like the first suspect is a heavy butter ball of a person. Scares me to think she thinks anything Victorian Secretes outfits would do her anything to make her more pleasing to look at.
Gailmarie Goldrick December 31, 2013 at 09:05 AM
Store camera?
bill berke December 31, 2013 at 09:51 AM
Full descriptions were supplied in other news reports. Decision to not report must have been made here. Interestingly, the lack of race in a story tends to lead to lead to a more racist presumption.
Jason Spencer (Editor) December 31, 2013 at 10:12 AM
Yes, decision was made here. I've made this case a few times in the past, though it's essentially this: When the police only supply a general description, the best practice is to omit race. When the police supply a specific description, particularly one with distinguishing characteristics, or if race is relevant to a story (that is, if a crime is thought to be racially motivated), then I do include race in suspect descriptions. And when police supply video footage or stills, that speaks for itself.
doug redman December 31, 2013 at 05:58 PM
I think Mr. Spencer, with all due respect should, at least in part, revaluate his policy. A full description of the suspect might just lead to a quicker apprehension. Further, if a full description is provided by the police, whether or not the crime is racially motivated, in my view is not relevant. It is still a crime and a full description should be reported. After all, most crimes are not racially motivated.
anonymous January 01, 2014 at 12:39 AM
Interesting that Mr. Spencer has a best practice of omitting information supplied by the police as he deems appropriate. Gender and age or ok, but not race?
Curveball January 04, 2014 at 10:45 AM
@ Jason Spencer........wow, are you off base. The police gave detailed descriptions of age, height, weight, and specific clothing. Journalists who cover crime/cops and at least semi-fluent in cop-speak are very familiar with this: police ALWAYS use race FIRST in their own reports etc., for example "two black females." Why? Because, whatever your political sensitivity, physical racial characteristics are usually the most distinguishing ones. And cops are most interested in the pertinent facts for solving crimes. You apparently are not.
CS Warsaw January 26, 2014 at 06:44 PM
Jason, any updates on this story for us?

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