Diplomat won't face charges after beating woman in Arlington
Updated: August 27, 2014 - 09:16 am
ARLINGTON, Va. (WJLA) - Arlington County Police were called to local home connected to the Embassy of Equatorial Guinea on Monday night for a report that a man had beaten a woman with the wooden leg of a chair in an apparent domestic argument.
It does not appear the man will be charged with a crime, however, because he is a diplomat.
The incident took place around 9:30 p.m. Monday in the 4000 block of North 27th Road.
"The subject has full diplomatic immunity and was not arrested," Arlington County Police said in a report Tuesday.
Police said the woman was struck several times and sustained non-life-threatening injuries. She was transported to Virginia Hospital Center to be treated.
On Tuesday, ABC 7 News went to the home in question, but was asked to leave by a man who identified himself as a worker; he said the incident was a family matter—a father disciplining his child.
Some neighbors told ABC 7 News they were surprised to hear there had been any trouble in the area.
“This is a very quiet neighborhood,” one neighbor said. “I’ve never heard of any problems or anything up there at that house, or at any of the houses in the neighborhood.”
Another neighbor, who asked not to be identified, said police officers had been to the home before.
“I once heard a couple arguing on the front lawn, about maybe three weeks or a month ago … and the police were called once before; there were several police cars out there,” she said. “But generally, they are quiet and good neighbors.”
ABC 7 News’ phone calls to the Embassy of Equatorial Guinea in Washington, D.C. were not returned.
According to its website, the U.S. State Department can ask the home country to waive diplomatic immunity in the case of a serious crime.