A volunteer with the Arlington commonwealth's attorney's office and a Washington man who tackled a suspected burglar have been honored with the sixth annual Justice Award given by the Arlington County Bar Association.
Michael J. Waugh, 38, of the District was cited for his "courage and willingness to intercede in the capture of a suspect fleeing from the police." The incident occurred July 21. Waugh, a communications technician with the U.S. Army Communications Group, was leaving a Rosslyn restaurant when he saw a man being chased by a police officer. The officer and the suspect scuffled and a shot was fired from the police officer's gun; the bullet hit a nearby building. The suspect then broke free. Waugh headed the man off as he rounded a corner, tackled him and held him until the officer arrived.
While receiving his award, Waugh said others should not try to duplicate his actions because of the danger involved, but he said everyone should "keep your eyes and ears open, so you can help the police build a case" against a suspected criminal.
The bar association also honored Joseph M. Packard, 66, of Arlington. Packard, a retiree, works up to 20 a hours a week as a volunteer with the office of the Arlington commonwealth's attorney. Packard has monitored and maintained files on about 400 cases in which persons convicted of crimes must pay restitution to their victims, said the nomination application from Commonwealth's Attorney Helen F. Fahey. Packard "has been responsible either directly or indirectly for the collection of approximately $80,000 annually in restitution for crime victims in General District Court cases," Fahey said.