Off-Duty Officer Arrested Following Assault Investigation – Official Arlington County Virginia Government Site
Posted on August 08, 2022
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Arlington County Police Department has arrested and charged an off-duty Arlington officer following an assault investigation. William Hahn, 34, of Arlington, Va., was arrested and charged with malicious wounding and destruction of property. He was held without bail.
At approximately 5:08 a.m. on August 5, police were dispatched to the 2300 block of Columbia Pike to a report of an assault causing injury. Upon arrival, officers located the victim outside an apartment building with injuries that were considered serious but not life-threatening. She was transported to a local hospital for treatment and later released. The suspect was located inside a residence of the building and taken into custody.
The investigation said the suspect and victim, who know each other, left a nightspot and went to the 800 block of S. Scott Street where they were involved in a verbal argument. During the argument, both parties exited the vehicle and the suspect allegedly took the victim’s phone and broke it. The suspect then threw the victim to the ground and physically assaulted her. After the assault, the parties re-entered the suspect’s vehicle and drove to the 2300 block of Columbia Pike. While inside the apartment building’s parking garage, a second verbal argument ensued, during which the suspect punched the victim in the face. The suspect and victim then exited the vehicle and were waiting for the apartment building elevator when they encountered the flagman who contacted the emergency communications center after noting the victim’s injuries.
“I want to assure the community that these serious criminal allegations reflect unacceptable behavior on the part of any member of our agency and that these actions are in direct contradiction to our role as professional law enforcement officers,” said chef Andy Penn. “We are committed to holding ourselves accountable to the highest standards while remaining transparent to ensure public trust and we will conduct a full internal criminal and administrative investigation into this incident.”
Hahn was hired by the Arlington County Police Department in June 2020. He has been placed on unpaid administrative leave pending the outcome of internal criminal and administrative investigations.
This remains an active criminal investigation and anyone with information related to this incident is asked to contact the Arlington County Police Department Homicide/Robbery Unit at 703-228-4180 or [email protected] Information may also be provided anonymously through the Arlington County Crime Solvers Hotline at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).