D.C. Man Arrested for Targeting Asian-Owned Businesses
March 11, 2021
FULTON COUNTY, Georgia—Police have arrested 27-year-old Kwasi Crichlow of Washington, D.C., for burglaries he allegedly committed in Northern Virginia and Maryland, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.
Crichlow is believed to have committed three burglaries in Annandale during the early morning hours of January 28, 2021, reported the Annandale Blog. He is a career criminal who specialized in robbing people in cemetery parking lots, identity theft, car theft, electronic theft, and ATM lootings back in 2015.
Crichlow burglarized Naz Food on Markham Street, Kogiya Korean BBQ on Annandale Road, and Han Gang Restaurant on Little River Turnpike.
FCPD detectives investigated multiple overnight commercial burglaries that affected minority-owned businesses earlier this year. After working closely with detectives from the Howard County (Md.) Police Department, they identified Crichlow as a suspect and obtained warrants for his arrest on March 3, according to the Annandale Blog.
On March 4, FCPD learned Crichlow was entering Fairfax County in a white BMW SUV. Officers saw the car near Lorton Road at I-95 and attempted a traffic stop. The driver refused to stop, which resulted in a pursuit that traveled into Maryland.
The FCPD helicopter coordinated with officers in Prince George’s County, but Crichlow evaded arrest. He fled the D.C. region and was located March 6 outside Atlanta. He was taken into custody by Fulton County police and is currently held at the Fulton County jail pending extradition.
Detectives continue to investigate Crichlow’s involvement in several other cases and do not believe that he acted alone. Since Crichlow’s arrest, an additional warrant was obtained for a burglary that occurred March 3 at the Ariake restaurant in Annandale.