Drunken young man assaults two women in Arlington, police say

Two women were assaulted in Lyon Village this weekend by an intoxicated young man who entered their garage, Arlington police said.

Adam Quayle, 23, of Harrisonburg, Va., was arraigned Monday on a charge of strangulation, two counts of assault and one count of unlawful entry, according to court records. The first charge is a felony; the other three are misdemeanors. He is being held without bond. 

Police said Quayle walked up the driveway of the women’s home on the 1400 block of N. Garfield Street at about 2 a.m. Sunday and began pounding on a side door. The residents went outside to confront the intruder, at which point he attempted to hide behind a car in their garage.

He began walking out the driveway, delivering some “choice words” as he went, Arlington County police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck said. Police said Quayle attempted to hit one of the two women as he passed by her and missed, prompting the other woman to come to her aid. According to police, Quayle responded by tackling that woman. When the other resident moved to help her roommate, police said, Quayle grabbed her, put her in a headlock and started choking her.

Quayle forced both women to the ground and had one in a headlock before two passing bystanders pulled him off, according to police. A bouncer from Hunan Number One, a nearby Chinese restaurant and bar, held the attacker until police arrived.

Intoxicated patrons at bars in the Clarendon area do end up causing trouble in nearby homes “from time to time,” Sternbeck said. The police encourage anyone in a similar situation to call police from inside their home if possible rather than “confront these people from outside.”

Rachel Weiner covers cops and courts in Arlington and Alexandria.
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