Skip to comments.Arlington, VA Homeowner Shoots Intruder; Police Undecided on Charging Homeowner
Posted on 09/01/2005 12:37:23 AM PDT by Poundstone
by RYAN SELF
An Arlington man was shot in the face over the weekend after allegedly attempting to burglarize a North Arlington home and being confronted by a gun-toting homeowner.
County police said Tuesday morning that 18-year-old David Jeovavy Valdivia Dominguez was arrested at Virginia Hospital Center, where he was seeking treatment for the wound. Police later transferred Dominguez to Inova Fairfax Hospital. After treatment, Dominguez was transported to the Arlington County Adult Detention Facility.
Police allege that Dominguez was in the process of burglarizing a home in the 6000 block of 26th Street North in the Leeway-Overly community about 5:30 a.m. Sunday when he was confronted by the homeowner.
When confronted, police said Dominguez ran from the family room into the room of the mans teenage daughter. A struggle ensued, and the homeowner shot the intruder in the face.
According to police, Dominquez fled on foot.
While there is an ordinance that makes it illegal to discharge a firearm in Arlington County, Arlington County Police Det. Rick Rodriguez said that no charges have been filed against the homeowner, who was interviewed by detectives following the incident.
It will be up to the investigator to determine if they will be, Rodriguez said of charges. You have to look at the circumstances in this case.
Police officials say that because of the gruesome nature of Dominguezs injury, a mug shot will not be released. They have confirmed that Dominguez lives in a house near the crime scene.
A neighbor told the Sun Gazette that a large number of people perhaps as many as 15 live in the small home where Dominguez lives.
Rodriguez said that detectives have visited the home and interviewed some of the residents.
Take one guess..
Running into Daddy's little girl's room, not a smart move.
The home owner needs a bigger gun.
I sure taxpayer's will be picking up the tab for this guy's endless plastic surgeries.
How does that go ? Better judget by 12 than carried by 6
A funeral would have been much cheaper.
Nevermind, came here to burglarize houses that americans are too lazy to burglarize.
Yeah, I wonder...
Well that says all that need be said.
Any questions? ...
15 people living in one house? What's up with that?
just resting from working jobs Americans won't do, you know, like making burritos out of stray pets
Well, there was this bit:
Police officials say that because of the gruesome nature of Dominguezs injury, a mug shot will not be released.
Still, since the perp is probably so ugly now no one will hire him, some sleazy lawyer will probably sue for lost wages.
Yup, you're right. Bigger gun!
It's all in the name.
They'll take his pic and put it on his brand spanking new drivers lic.,,doncha know? Who's the Chief there, Sarah Brady?
Defense lawyers will claim he was with The Welcome Wagon.
Drill small holes in the 45 slugs, fill with cyanide crystals and seal with 'liquid metal.'
He's a Latin American immigrant.
In most Hispanic cultures (though not generally among native-born Americans of Hispanic background) your legal name is "first name" + "middle name(s)" + "father's surname" + "mother's surname". Valdivia is his father's name, and Dominguez is his mother's.
To add to the confusion, there are also "saint's names" and many standard nicknames, like Pepe for Jose, or Pancho for Francisco.
I have a friend, Pepe Coppel, whose legal name in Mexico is Jose Alberto Coppel Tirado. People sometimes abbreviate the mother's surname part, so my friend often signs his name "Jose Coppel T."
Informally or in conversation, you would use "first name" + "father's surname", so this burglar would be David Valdivia under our naming system. You could call him David Valdivia-Dominguez and be correct under both Spanish and English naming traditions, but it's a big mistake to call him David Dominguez.
I think a lot of fugitive Mexicans slip through the cracks of the American legal system this way.