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Crime Roundup: Local Residents Lead Loudoun Police on Pair of Sunday Chases

by Dave Emke — October 3, 2017 at 4:00 pm 6 Comments

Deputies from the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office had their hands full Sunday with a pair of chases involving local residents.

At 3:14 p.m., on Route 50 near Aldie, a deputy saw a vehicle speeding. When the officer turned on his lights, the driver sped off. The pursuit ended in the area of Eagles Landing Place, in the Lenah Mill community. The driver was identified as 43-year-old Rama K. Grandhi, of Herndon. He was arrested and charged with eluding police and reckless driving, 20 mph or more over the posted limit. He was later released from the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center on a secured bond.

That same day, at about 8:04 p.m., a deputy spotted a black SUV going through a stop sign at the intersection of Loudoun County Parkway and Ryan Road in Ashburn “at a high rate of speed and almost [causing] the deputy to crash.” The deputy turned on his lights and pursued the vehicle. According to the report:

The vehicle then ran several stop signs and stop lights before striking a parked unoccupied vehicle on Olympia Drive before turning onto Regal Wood Drive. The driver fled on foot from the vehicle in the area of Regal Wood Drive and Vickery Park Drive. After a period of time, the driver was located in the nearby area and was taken into custody without incident.

The driver was identified as 18-year-old Alexander E. Fisher, of Reston. He was charged with auto theft, felony eluding police, destruction of property, reckless driving and driving without a license. He is being held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center without bond.

Meanwhile, in Fairfax County, FCPD’s Reston District Station reported the following crimes in the past week:

LARCENIES:

2400 block of Alsop Court, credit cards from vehicle

11000 block of Burywood Lane, phone from person

11200 block of Chestnut Grove Square, laptop computer from residence

2400 block of Clover Field Circle, airbag from vehicle

13400 block of Coppermine Road, beer from business

2500 block of Cornelia Road, airbag from vehicle

2400 block of Fieldcreek Drive, steering wheel from vehicle

1800 block of Fountain Drive, merchandise from business

1800 block of Fountain Drive, merchandise from business

13100 block of Kidwell Field Road, airbag from vehicle

13100 block of Plotner Farm Road, airbags from vehicle

1800 block of Presidents Street, cellphone from business

11800 block of Spectrum Center, liquor from business

1100 block of South Lakes Drive, liquor from business

12100 block of Sunset Hills Road, merchandise from business

STOLEN VEHICLES:

None reported

Elsewhere in the county, police have arrested a man in connection with a series of assaults on women using trails in the Fairfax area in recent weeks. Jeremiah Whitmore Tolley, 21, of Fairfax has been charged with eight counts of sexual assault. In each case, women said a man — who police say is Tolley — grabbed them from behind and groped them. Tolley is at the Adult Detention Center, being held without bond.

As we reported earlier today, a pair of Reston men were also charged in Loudoun County with vehicle tampering and an auto theft. The men, ages 21 and 19, and also suspected to be involved in a series of gunfire complaints in the area in recent weeks.

Anyone with information about any of the crimes reported by FCPD should call 703-691-2131 or 1-866-411-TIPS(8477), or text “TIP187” plus the message to CRIMES(274637).

No major incidents were listed in the Herndon Police Department’s weekly press report.

Mugshot of Tolley courtesy FCPD

  • Richard

    Great work this week by local police to catch these guys!

  • Drip

    Who steals airbags from vehicles? According to this report, there were four airbag thefts this week in Reston. I’ve never heard of such a rash of thefts. Perhaps Reston Now can inquire a bit about that one due to its oddity?

    • Richard

      Airbags are commonly stolen. They are a high-dollar item that can be resold fairly easily. http://wjla.com/news/crime/airbag-thefts-rampant-in-arlington-102042

    • Reston Now

      We did reach out to FCPD about this earlier this week and are awaiting information. But as Richard posted, they do have re-sale value on the “black market.”

      • Drip

        Thanks… I thought it was interesting, particularly since all five of the incidents (counting the steering wheel theft) took place in the same neighborhood.

    • VieDeMon

      I had both airbags taken out of the dashboard and steering wheel of my Honda. Yes, the airbags whose sole purpose are save me and my family’s life in an accident. People who peddle in this trade are lowlife scum.

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