ARLINGTON, Va. – The Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority (Virginia ABC) has temporarily suspended the alcohol licenses of the Purple Ethiopian Restaurant and Lounge, LLC (Purple Lounge) after finding the establishment in violation of the terms imposed by the Negotiated Resolution, Acceptance, Waiver and Order executed on September 16, 2020. As a result of this action, the alcohol licenses of the Purple Lounge will remain suspended for a minimum of 10 days with reinstatement dependent upon approval by Virginia ABC.
At approximately 10:51 p.m. on October 8, Arlington County Police were conducting surveillance on the parking lot of the Purple Lounge, located in the 3100 block of Columbia Pike, to ensure compliance with the conditions of the previously established Order with Virginia ABC. During the surveillance, an officer observed suspicious activity consistent with narcotics use inside an occupied parked vehicle. Officers approached the vehicle, made contact with the two occupants and determined they were intoxicated and using controlled substances. During the course of the investigation, officers located suspected narcotics inside the vehicle and recovered a loaded firearm from the front of the passenger’s pants.
Dasia Spivey, 25, of Alexandria, VA, was arrested and charged with Driving Under the Influence, Possession of Controlled Substance I/II and Open Container. She was held on bond. Moulayali Halhoul, 25, of Washington D.C., was arrested and charged with Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Felon in Possession of Ammunition, Possession of a Firearm while in Possession of Schedule II drugs, Possession of Controlled Substance II, Carrying Concealed Weapon by a Felon. He was held without bond.
Arlington County Police notified Virginia ABC of the arrests and officer observations that no security personnel were patrolling the parking lot of the Purple Lounge at the time of this incident. Virginia ABC promptly determined the Purple Lounge was not complying with the following restrictions set by the Order:
- Restriction #4: The licensee agrees to have at least four (4) clearly identified Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) certified security personnel on duty every day of operation between the hours of 9 p.m. and closing with at least one (1) guard assigned to patrol and monitor the parking lot, who will begin monitoring the parking lot no later than 8:30 p.m. and will remain on duty after closing until the parking lot has been cleared or until at least thirty (30) minutes after closing (whichever is longer).
- Restriction #5: The licensee will not permit any loitering, loud music or drinking in the parking lot at any time.
On the evening of October 9, Virginia ABC and Arlington County Police served the Purple Lounge with a Notice of Surrender. The suspension of the licenses took effect immediately.
Arlington County is committed to maintaining public health and safety in our community and remains concerned about the number and frequency of serious criminal offenses associated with the Purple Lounge. Arlington County will continue to work closely with Virginia ABC and ensure the establishment remains in compliance with the terms of the Notice of Surrender.