Herndon Teen Charged in Burglary, Assault of Girl in Sterling

by Dave Emke September 13, 2017 at 12:30 pm 21 Comments

A 15-year-old boy from Herndon faces a number of charges after police say a juvenile girl was assaulted in her Sterling home.

According to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, the incident took place at about 9 p.m. Friday in the 1300 block of E. Lee Road. The victim says the teen opened the window of the home’s kitchen, where the girl was, and “leaned in halfway” before he “moved further through the window.”

The teen allegedly “inappropriately touched the [girl] and threw items at her” before fleeing the scene. The girl was not injured in the incident.

The victim told police she “previously had seen the suspect in the Sterling area a few days prior to the incident.” On Saturday, LCSO released a suspect sketch and description, calling him “a black male with a heavier build, in his late teens to early twenties.”

At about noon Wednesday, LCSO reported the teen — whose name is not being released due to his age — had been arrested and charged with felony burglary, misdemeanor sexual assault and misdemeanor simple assault. He is being held at the Loudoun County Juvenile Detention Center.

Sketch courtesy Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office

  • Mike M

    So, was this just a standard predator, or was the aroma of pizza emanating from that kitchen.

    • RestonAssurance

      Both, and drugs/alcohol highly likely. Lots of second chances for a “rehabilitative” juvenile. Maybe an after school activity or job could keep him from breaking into other people’s homes.

      • Mike M

        Job? You mean working for the man? Racist!

      • Ha

        Maybe an after school activity or job

        Breakin’ rocks in the hot sun!

  • The Constitutionalist

    Oh boy… this comment section is going to be very entertaining.

    • Reston Now

      Only if you guys can stay even remotely on topic.

      • The Constitutionalist

        You know you love us.

      • Wing GUy

        Speaking of which, I think its odd that FedEx Field has a Hooters, but Reston does not.

  • Hmmm

    So am I the only person who usually keeps all the doors and windows locked when I’m home? So many of these stories, there’s no indication that the intruder broke in.

    • VictimBlamer

      Way to blame the victim.

      • Hmmm

        If you don’t lock your doors and windows, yes you do indeed deserve blame when your stuff gets stolen.

        Fairfax Police:


        “The Fairfax County Police Department offers a wide range of free crime
        prevention services to citizens. They include steps you can take to avoid
        being the victim of crime against property.”

        See? You can and should take steps to AVOID BEING A VICTIM.

        Do’s and Don’t to Prevent Home Burglaries

        DO make your home look like you’re there. Lights turned off and on by
        timers give your home a “lived in look” when you’re away.

        DO remove flyers and printed materials left at your front door,
        porch, or mail box. If they are not removed daily, it shows you are not

        DO have good locks. A high quality, one-inch deadbolt lock on every
        outside door is a basic requirement.

        DON’T leave your home unlocked, even for a brief trip to the store or a
        visit to the neighbor across the street. Many homes have been
        burglarized in just such short periods of time.

        DON’T hide a key outside your home. Leave the extra key with a trusted
        neighbor or friend. If you have deadbolt cylinder locks you must use a
        key to lock the door, and can’t possibly lock yourself out.

        DON’T put a name or address tag on your house or car keys. That’s an
        open invitation to an unwelcome visitor should you every lose your

        DO plug a radio into a timer set to go on when you’re away. Set the
        radio to all-talk station, leave the volume low, and give a would-be
        burglar the impression you’re talking to someone. Light and noise are
        burglars’ worst enemies.

        DO have a free home security inspection and be an active participant in
        Neighborhood Watch. REMEMBER: A thief wants to take the path of least
        resistance. Your participation in Neighborhood Watch provides the most

  • Why do you bother?

    “Female” is an adjective, not a noun. “Girl” is the noun.

    • Reston Now

      “Female” is often used as a noun in crime reports, just as “male” is. The only place in this article where we’ve used it is in a quote from the police statement. (In fact, police also referred to the suspect as “a black male.”)

      • Why do you bother?

        Really? Someone who purports to be a writer uses the “everybody is doing it wrong too!” defense. Shame on you.

        • Reston Now

          You’re misinterpreting my comment completely. I said that POLICE use male/female as nouns, and the two cases in this article where those nouns appear are in direct quotes from police. If you read the article I wrote, you’ll see the nouns I used were boy/teen and girl/victim — exclusively.

          • Why do you bother?

            sigh. Watch this:

            inappropriately touched the [girl] and…

          • Reston Now

            “Sigh” is right.

    • Mike M

      Or woman?

      By the way, most dictionaries now list a second noun definition for the word. https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/female

      • Why do you bother?

        By the way, the dictionary reflects usage; it does not proscribe correct usage.

        • Mike M

          I’ll make sure I check with you next time I think of consulting a dictionary. I had no idea there was a higher authority. 😉

          I recommend any book or lecture series by a guy named McWhorter. He will open you mind to the fact that language is alive and evolves constantly to suit the humans who use it. Note that as late as the 1950s people in England were trying to uphold Victorian language standards that would make you laugh today. McWhorter is a brilliant linguist, an excellent communicator, and he entertains. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_McWhorter. See especially https://www.thegreatcourses.com/search/?q=McWhorter.

    • The Constitutionalist

      Ah yes, I forgot you live in the world where only the first definition that appears on top of the Google search page is correct.

      I’m assuming you just started your Sociology 201 class?

      Soon we’ll all have to walk around and say things like: “Today I talked to my female girl friend she was telling me about her male and female children, both boys and girls – it was a blast.”

      This is why no one takes you seriously.


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