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Man charged in Arlington break-in

A 25-year-old man was arrested early Thursday morning for allegedly breaking into an Arlington home and touching a woman as she slept, authorities said.

Police said Fermin Quintanilla, of Arlington, broke into the home in the 1000 block of North Nelson Street just after 3 a.m. and went to the basement bedroom where the woman was asleep. He was charged with burglary and assault and battery, police said.

Arlington County police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck said Quintanilla was a stranger to the woman, though this was not his first time at her house. Six days earlier, Sternbeck said, Quintanilla had assaulted the woman’s boyfriend in front of the residence in another random attack. That time, Sternbeck said, Quintanilla got away.

Sternbeck said the boyfriend recognized Quintanilla when he woke up and saw the 25-year-old touching his girlfriend. He said Quintanilla has been charged in connection with both the recent touching and the earlier attack.

Matt Zapotosky covers the federal district courthouse in Alexandria, where he tries to break news from a windowless office in which he is not allowed to bring his cell phone.


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