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American Flag on Reston Townhouse Torched by Vandals

by Karen Goff — August 26, 2015 at 1:00 pm 1,624 29 Comments

Burned flagpole on Wainwright Drive/Tanya MazarowskiA Reston homeowner said vandals burned the American flag that was flying outside her home on Wainwright Drive on Tuesday night.

Tanya Mazarowski and her significant other, Michael, were home at the time. Neighbors alerted them to the fire on the flagpole, which is attached to their townhouse, and it was extinguished by the homeowners about 8:30 p.m.

“It’s so sad and scary this could happen here,” said Mazarowski, who moved to Reston earlier this year. “We do not think we were targeted individually. No one has any kind of beef with us. However, [Michael] is a retired military veteran of three services who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan as a Medic transporting critically injured service members home. This is crazy. And scary.”

Fairfax County Police said they are investigating the flag burning as a destruction of property case, possibly with bias. A bias crime is when a property crime is directed at a particular person, public information officer Roger Henriquez said.

“The fact that this is a symbol of the country, and on our home means we could have simply been targeted for our nationality,” said Mazarowski.

Police said they have not identified any suspects and this is an isolated incident so far.

Photo: Burned flagpole on Wainwright Drive/Tanya Mazarowski

  • Chuck Morningwood

    Wait a sec. Burn a cross on somebody’s property and it’s a hate crime, but burn the American flag on somebody’s property and it’s akin to vandalism?

    Something is very wrong here.

    • susie

      Consider the source – and remember it is “uncool” to talk about illegal immigrants and their illegal children.

  • ‘Murica

    Treason. Death Penalty. Done.

    • Orlina Tucker

      Treason has a specific definition, as laid out in the Constitution in Article 3, Section 3 . But, sure, go ahead and kill someone for burning the flag! Didn’t we (the people)
      ask the homeowner to serve 3 tours to protect our freedom?

      • Mary Cavanaugh

        The proud defenders of the United States of America do not risk their lives so that disrespectful vandals can endanger the lives of our Veterans, or destroy the American flag that represents our Country, Orlina Tucker. “Figuratively, the flag stands for freedom and democracy. It represents the unity of America, our common cause, and the hope for a better tomorrow.”

  • Henry Rearden

    I bet if it was a Rainbow flag, the cops would be doing a lot more to find out who did this. Nothing to see here in this sanctuary city – just move along and hope for the best

    • Cluster Tycoon

      You re painting a picture that’s based on a situation that is entirely hypothetical. That said you,re out of touch with reality and a sad artist. But don’t feel bad, Hitler was a bad painter too.

      • Truth Hurts

        So essentially Cluster Tycoon is saying ‘No You Are’ and compares you to Hitler. Safe to say no one takes Cluster Tycoon seriously.

        • Henry Rearden

          It’s fine. I was hoping for an honest debate in regards to crime statistics in the Northern Virginia area. Alas, it unfortunately deteriorated into name calling and Godwin’s law being put into effect quite early.

          Quite a disapointment

          • Cluster Tycoon

            Why you need stats, it’s an “isolated incident”.

            None of the self proclaimed homeland defenders have stepped forward to buy a new flag nor have they offered to sand, polish, and paint the flag pole. Nice community project, maybe we should get together under one banner. Just sane.

          • .

            I am sure they can afford the $20 for a new flag (made in China like everything else).

            They will leave the pole-polishing to you, as that is your realm of expertise.

          • Cluster Tycoon

            Wow, talk about jaded. All I can force myself to quote is Jerry Springer, closing the show with TAKE CARE AND TAKE CARE OF EACH OTHER.

  • Mike M

    Lucky they didn’t start a bigger fire.

  • th

    I feel really bad for the homeowners and I hope the perpetrators are caught.
    I also hope that if the homeowners read the comments here they don’t jump to the conclusion that the types of posters here (in particular susie and Henry Rearden) are typical of the rest of Reston. Follow their posts and you will see they spew their hatred pretty much everywhere. They are trolls plain and simple and will twist any opportunity.

    • susie

      Glad to see you’re following my posts.

    • RoadApples

      I do not agree with Susie and Henry opinions but that being said ; I vociferously disagree with your assessment that they are trolls.
      This is indeed a free country and I find your attempt at ridicule and censure for their comments at best disturbing and at worst discusting.

    • Mary Cavanaugh

      Sorry you can’t handle the truth th.

  • Wings!!

    Whoever did this needs to be locked up almost as badly as Reston needs a Hooters.

  • TanyaMaz

    Our bet is that this was a kid who clearly didn’t think about the serious damage that could have taken place, not just to our home but to neighbors nearby. Reston is Inclusive of all. That’s why I love living here.

    What neighbors and residents need to know is this: Someone lit fire to something on someone’s house. And it was RIGHT OUTSIDE THE FRONT DOOR. And we were home at the time. If that’s not a bold level of scary crime, I don’t know what is. The police have done a fantastic job following up on this with very little to go on.

    So, fellow Restonians, please pay attention. Maybe it was hateful anti-American sentiment, or maybe it was just a crime of opportunity by some disgruntled kid with a Zippo. We’re all grateful it wasn’t more serious than a flag, which can – and will – easily be replaced.

    (We’re not married, and I never called Mike my husband, but we both thought it was fun that the Editor look license with that! 😉 )

    • Karen Goff

      Sorry about that. Will amend and correct.

    • Mary Cavanaugh

      I am so sorry that you had to experience this. Thank you for your service!

  • Mary Cavanaugh

    Flag banning, flag burning, God hating, baby killing, freedom of speech squashing, Constitutional Law breaking ….welcome to Obamanation. Wake up people! What is it going to take? This behavior has everything to do with the attitude today in our Country and this was a hate crime! Where do you think these kids are getting the idea it’s okay to decimate the American flag and disrespect our Veterans like this? This should qualify as “hate speech” (In law, hate speech is any speech, gesture or conduct, writing, or display which is forbidden because it may incite violence or prejudicial action against or by a protected individual or group, or because it disparages or intimidates a protected individual or group) along with vandalism, and other crimes! For those of you that are trying to step on the First Amendment rights of others trying to express their concerns about this ‘hate crime’ in Reston, you are part of the problem! Chuck is 100% correct, if this was a reverse situation, everyone would be up in arms. I am so tired of the hypocrisy!
    http://americanoverlook.com/when-i-found-why-this…/59506

    • Orlina Tucker

      Hypocrisy like you suggesting that people who burn the flag should be denied their equal protection, because you find burning the flag distasteful, while others who express distasteful views that you agree with should be protected? I find your position hateful, bigoted and nauseating, but I fully recognize that it is your right to express it! Perhaps this particular incident was a hate crime – though the homeowner posted above that they didn’t think it was. But just like you, I am within my rights, as a citizen, to burn the flag, if that is how I choose to express myself. And this right has been upheld by the Supreme Court, and by the blood of real patriots – the ones that deploy to foreign soil, then get shot at and bombed for our “freedom”

      • Mary Cavanaugh

        I am sure “real patriots” would appreciate you burning the American Flag. You are pathetic!

      • Mary Cavanaugh

        So Orlina, you think that vandals that burn an American Flag that is attached to a Veterans home should be protected? Not only is that a hate crime, they also risked the lives of a “real patriot”, as you put it. I am sure “real patriots” would appreciate you burning the American Flag. You are truly pathetic and a symptom of what is wrong with our Country right now!

      • Mary Cavanaugh

        So Orlina, you believe that vandals who burn an American Flag, which is attached to a Veterans home, should be protected? Not only is that a hate crime, they also risked the lives of a “real patriot”, as you put it. I am sure “real patriots” would appreciate you or anyone else burning the American Flag…NOT. There is nothing “bigoted” about what I said, you are just another race baiter that believes criminals have more rights than the law abiding citizens. You are truly pathetic and a symptom of what is wrong with our Country right now!!

      • Mary Cavanaugh

        Apparently you cannot read either Orlina Tucker. The homeowner stated the following: “Maybe it was hateful anti-American sentiment, or maybe it was just a crime of opportunity by some disgruntled kid with a Zippo.” “The fact that this is a symbol of the country, and on our home means we could have simply been targeted for our nationality,” said Mazarowski.
        “The fact that this is a symbol of the country, and on our home means we could have simply been targeted for our nationality,” said Mazarowski.

  • Jefferson

    Gone are the days when the worst a scandalous, vandal child would do is set a brown paper bag of stinking dog feces to flame on your porch, knock loudly on your door, then watch anxiously from the neighbors bushes.

  • susie

    Because the police statistics in this sanctuary county don’t lie

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