Arlington Pride Flag Thefts Lead to Two Arrests

Emma Grant

Arlington, Virginia – The theft of Pride flags from an Arlington residence has led to the arrest of two young men, according to the Arlington County Police Department.

Authorities report that between September 2023 and January 2024, five incidents were reported of Pride flags being stolen from outside a home on the 200 block of S. Courthouse Road. The recurring thefts of the flags representing LGBTQ+ pride and inclusion prompted an investigation by Arlington police.

On Friday, February 2nd, 2024, Arlington police announced that two suspects have been taken into custody in relation to the Pride flag thefts.

20-year-old Matthew Henshaw of Fort Myer, Virginia has been charged with three counts of bias-motivated unlawful entry and three counts of petty larceny. Henshaw was released on bond pending a court appearance.

Booking photograph of Matthew Henshaw
Booking photograph of Matthew Henshaw

23-year-old Joseph Digregorio of Bay Shore, New York faces one count of petty larceny and was released on a summons.

Authorities believe Henshaw and Digregorio specifically targeted the Pride flags due to bias against the LGBTQ+ community. Their repeated removal of the flags over a five month period suggests an ongoing effort to diminish the homeowner’s expression of Pride and inclusion.

While two individuals have been arrested, Arlington County police say the investigation remains ongoing. Additional charges may be filed as the case continues.

Police are asking anyone with information about the Courthouse Road Pride flag thefts or similar crimes targeting LGBTQ+ residents to come forward. Tips can be submitted anonymously.

The two arrests underscore Arlington’s commitment to pursuing crimes motivated by hate or bias against marginalized groups. As one of the nation’s most LGBTQ-friendly communities, Arlington will remain vigilant in standing up for inclusion and diversity.

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