Arlington County police have charged a Washington, D.C. man for his alleged role in a recent jewelry store homicide of a Herndon man.
James Sylvester Caroline, 52, has been charged with the murder of Tommy Wong, 52, of the 1400 block of Cellar Creek Way. Police say Caroline allegedly attempted to rob Wong’s Arlington jewelry store, Capital Jewelers, in the 3200 block of Columbia Pike at about 4 p.m. on July 27.
Wong’s body was discovered in the locked store shortly before midnight after family members were concerned that he did not return home that evening.
Surveillance video captured a man entering the store wearing a neon yellow-colored construction vest and a beige hat. According to police, the man stole jewelry and was in the store less than 20 minutes.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Arlington County Police Department arrested Caroline for a probation violation, and held him without bond in the Arlington County Detention Facility.
Caroline was formally charged with murder on Friday afternoon.
Wong’s daughter, Vivian, said that she and her family were relieved after hearing of the charges.
Murder in the commission of a robbery is a capital offense in Virginia. If convicted, Caroline could face the death penalty. Attorney information for Caroline has not yet been made available.
The Arlington County Police Department thanked the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Metropolitan Police Department for their assistance that led to capture of Caroline.