Update: Chief Roessler Releases Video on Tysons Corner Center Arrest

Chief Edwin C. Roessler Jr.  is releasing the video below to dispute claims on social media that a woman was “body slammed” during an arrest last week at a store in Tysons Corner Center.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGrkLGLoLkA&feature=youtu.be

Three people were arrested at Tysons Corner Center on Thursday, April 25, after one of them was caught concealing merchandise from a store without paying for the item. After her friend was issued a summons for concealing the merchandise, Lia Chen, 19, of Annandale, dumped her drink all over the store’s floor and threw the container as police officers stood by and then walked away. Based upon Chen’s disorderly behaviors she was informed she was under arrest and taken back into the store. Chen then physically attempted to break free from the officer and continued to act disorderly. To gain control and prevent her from harming herself or others, she was guided to the ground by the arresting officer and finally handcuffed after the officer gained control of her. Chen was issued a summons for disorderly conduct and obstruction of justice and was also banned from Tysons Corner Center by mall management for one year. During this incident, Steven Bun, 27, of Fairfax, aggressively approached officers, cursing at them and attempting to interfere with their investigation and the arrest process.  After he failed to back away from the officers conducting a lawful arrest he was arrested for disorderly conduct and taken to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center and was released on a $2,000 bond.

Chief Roessler has directed our Internal Affairs Bureau to review this matter, along with an independent review by the Police Auditor.

(Original release date: April 27, 2019)

Three People Arrested at Tysons Corner Center

McLean District Police Station – Three people were arrested at Tysons Corner Center on Thursday after one of them was caught shoplifting from a store. Molly Helmer, 22, of Annandale, was caught shoplifting at the Spencer’s store. An officer responded and issued her a summons for a future court date. As she left with a group of friends, Lia Chen, 19, of Annandale, threw down her water bottle and dumped her drink all over the store’s floor and walked away.  When she was approached by an officer, she began screaming and acting disorderly. Chen was taken back into the store, but attempted to break free from the officer and continued to act disorderly.  To gain control and prevent her from harming herself or others, she was taken to the ground by the arresting officer and finally handcuffed. Chen was issued a summons for disorderly conduct and obstruction of justice and was also banned from Tysons Corner Center by mall management for one year. During this incident, Steven Bun, 27, of Fairfax, aggressively approached officers, cursing at them and attempting to interfere with their investigation. He was arrested for disorderly conduct and taken to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center and was released on a $2,000 bond.