James Sylvester Caroline arrested, charged in Arlington jewelry store murder

A suspect in the D.C. robbery, which may be connected to the Arlington one, was caught on camera. Photo: Arlington County Police

The man who was arrested on suspicion of being behind the killing of an Arlington jewelry store owner has officially been charged with murder.

Authorities say that 52-year-old James Sylvester Caroline was arrested Thursday on a probation violation on Wednesday. On Friday, he was charged with the murder of Tommy Wong.

Caroline is being held without bond.

Wong, the owner of Capital Jewelers on Columbia Pike in Arlington, was shot and killed on July 27 inside his store. Wong's son confirmed on Sunday that his father, a Herndon resident, was killed inside his jewelry store at about 4 p.m. Friday.

Police in Arlington and the District of Columbia have been working to determine if the suspect in the Capital Jewelers murder is connected to a June 9 robbery of a Bensons Jewelers location in Northwest D.C.

A suspect wearing a seemingly identical vest and cap and matching the same description walked into Ken Stein's jewelry store in early June and robbed him at gunpoint.

Stein has seen pictures of the suspect in the Wong murder and he told police he's certain it's the same man.

No one was injured in that armed robbery, but the suspect did get away with about $20,000 worth of diamonds and jewelry.