Suspect arrested in ‘Good Samaritan’ killing

suspect photoMichael Nash (Arlington PD photo)

Arlington County Police have arrested a suspect in Friday’s “Good Samaritan” killing of a man who went to the aid of a woman who was being beaten by a male companion.

Michael Nash, 27, was arrested and charged with Abduction with the Intent to Defile, Forcible Sodomy and Animate Object Sexual Penetration. Additional charges are forthcoming, police said. Nash is being held without bond in the Arlington County Detention Facility.

The incident occurred around 9:20 last night, when police were dispatched to the 1300 block of S. George Mason Drive following multiple 9-1-1 calls. Investigators said that Nash had been beating a woman when Patricio Salazar, 54, of Arlington, came up the scene and went to the woman’s aid.

Police said Nash then began beating Salazar, leaving him lying unconscious in the street. Slazr was taken to George Washington University Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Nash fled the scene on foot, then tried to rob two additional victims of their cell phone. The victims fought back and the suspect fled, police said. The suspect then successfully robbed another female victim of her cell phone, officers said.

During the course of the investigation, detectives from the Department’s Homicide/Robbery and Special Victims’ Units developed a possible suspect description. Members of the Tactical Unit located the suspect and took him into custody without incident in the area of Columbia Pike and George Mason Drive.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Detective J. Trainer of the Arlington County Police Department’s Homicide/Robbery Unit at 703-228-4185 or Jtrain@arlingtonva.us. Information may also be provided anonymously through the Arlington County Crime Solvers hotline at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).

 

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