Maryland Men Arrested Following Robbery, Gunfire Exchange with Police and Carjacking in Herndon

Two Maryland men were arrested on Labor Day in connection with a robbery, officer-involved shooting and carjacking on the 700 block of Elden Street.

Edward Maul Mejia Sandoval, 22, was charged with two counts of robbery and two counts of threatening to abduct with the intent to defile. Manual Enrique Casco, 34, was charged with robbery, carjacking and the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.

Police believe the suspects attempted to rob a local business on Labor Day after assaulting two female employees. A Town of Herndon police officer chased the suspect on foot when one suspect brandished a handgun. 

After a brief exchange of gunfire between the suspect and the officer, police officers arrested Sandoval. Casco was arrested a short time later after an armed carjacking on the 1000 block of Elden Street.

No injuries were reported.

Detectives are actively investigating the incident. A handgun was recovered during the initial investigation. Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to call FCPD’s major crimes bureau at 703-246-7800.

Photos via FCPD

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Construction on New Fine Arts Academy in Herndon to Begin The Summer

A new fine arts academy that was approved by Fairfax County’s Board of Supervisors three years is set to transform the rural nature of land adjacent to Frying Pan Farm Park.

The Floris Conservatory of Fine Arts is expected to break ground sometime this month, bringing a 48,000 square foot conservatory with a 300-seat auditorium and music, dance, creative and visual arts classes.

The project is located at the intersection of Centreville Road and West Ox Road, south of the Town of Herndon.

The developer, Scimores Academy LLC, successfully received the county’s blessing to rezone the property, which is located within the nationally listed Floris Historic District, in June 2017. The approval came after more than two years of negotiations with landowners, historic preservation organizations, and educational entities.

Roughly six acres from the eight-acre project were rezoned to allow the project to move forward. Three existing structure on the site will be incorporated into the development.

The academy will be placed at the lowest point of the site in the southeastern corner in order to minimize its visual impact on neighboring areas.

Photos via handout/Fairfax County Government

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Fairfax County Seeking Input on New Strategic Plan

Fairfax County is requesting input from community members passionate about the development of Reston as county officials work on the first-ever county-wide strategic plan.

An upcoming event, “Community Conversation: Shaping the Future of Fairfax County Together,” will be an opportunity for people to discuss what they want the area to look like in 10 to 20 years.

Topics of discussion at this public forum will include transportation, public facilities like libraries and community centers, recreation, educational opportunities, safety and security, economic development, health and even government.

“Whether you are new to Fairfax County, have lived here all your life or are somewhere in between, we’re interested in your vision for the future of the county and your community,” said the event’s webpage.

The event will take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19, at South Lakes High School (11400 Seahawks Drive). It is free and open to the public.

Anyone who needs special assistance with childcare, transportation assistance, interpretation services and reasonable ADA accommodations can contact Angela Jones.

Photo via Fairfax County Government

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Minors Targeted in Separate Indecent Exposure Incidents in Herndon

Several minors were targeted in separate indecent exposure incidents in Herndon in late August on Elden Street.

On August 29, minor victims told police that a man they knew exposed his genitals to them on the 1200 block of Elden Street.

Jabril Mohamed, 47, of Herndon, was arrested for taking indecent liberties with a child and indecent exposure, according to the Herndon Police Department.

In a separate incident also on the 1200 block of Elden Street, a minor said a man she knew was recording her in her room while she was getting dressed. The incident happened on August 29.

Salvador Arnoldo Lima Reyes, 35, of Herndon, was arrested for creating an unlawful image of a minor.

Both men were taken to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center where they were being held without bond. The Town of Herndon released information about the incidents yesterday (September 3).

Photo via Herndon Police Department

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Pet of the Week: Marvelous Merrick

Becky's Pet Care

Meet the Marvelous Merrick, a male Retriever & Border Collie mix puppy available for adoption locally. Here is what his friends at Safe Haven Puppy Rescue have to say about him:

Merrick truly is a marvelous little boy. Just 16 weeks old he’s still a puppy, yet not a tiny baby which has it’s advantages.

He weighs 11 pounds now which means he’ll likely be a pretty small guy when full grown, perhaps around 25 pounds, so he’ll be easy to bring along on all sorts of adventures.

He’s been lots of fun to have in our office where he gets along famously with the other office dogs around his size. This fabulous boy is a nice blend of friendly affection and normal puppy playfulness and will be great company.

Are you and Merrick a match? If so, let us know and our sponsor, Becky’s Pet Care, will send you some treats and prizes.

Want your pet to be considered for the Reston Pet of the Week?

Email [email protected] with a 2-3 paragraph bio and at least 3-4 horizontally-oriented photos of your pet. Each week’s winner receives a sample of dog or cat treats from our sponsor, Becky’s Pet Care, along with $100 in Becky’s Bucks.

Becky’s Pet Care, the winner of eight Angie’s List Super Service Awards and the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters’ 2013 Business of the Year, provides professional dog walking and pet sitting services in Reston and Northern Virginia.

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Orders Due for Walker Nature Center’s Native Shrub Sale This Month

Plant lovers can take advantage of a local sale for native shrubs this month. All orders for the Walker Nature Center’s annual native shrub sale must be placed by September 27.

All shrubs are sold a pre-order basis and are native to Virginia. All sales are final and orders must be picked up on October 5 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m at the nature center.

The following plants are available for $32 in three-gallon containers:

  • American Beautyberry
  • American Witchhazel
  • Fragrant Sumac
  • Inkberry Holly
  • Possumhaw Viburnum
  • Summersweet
  • Virginia Sweetspire

Orders can be placed online.

File photo

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Neustar to Move Sterling Headquarters to Comstock’s Reston Station

Neustar, a global information services company, is moving its headquarters from Sterling to Comstock’s Reston Station Development.

The company will anchor 100,000 square feet of space in Comstock’s second trophy office tower (1906 Reston Metro Plaza), which is one of three office towers at Reston Station. Google is currently moving into its office space in the mixed-use development.

Neustar will consolidate two offices from its Sterling campus, with currently house more than 400 employees. The company serves more than 8,000 clients around the world.

“The technology advances and company growth at Neustar require a world class headquarters that embraces the future,” wrote Neustar President and CEO Charlie Gottdiener, in a statement. “This is a big investment that addresses both our current and future requirements. By relocating into one building, we will provide our headquarters-based employees a more collaborative and connected work environment with the added benefit of an on-site metro station. The new office will also enhance Neustar’s ability to attract and retain emerging tech talent, address current workspace needs and foster future growth in a sustainably-minded environment.” 

The company plans to move into its new offices next year, according to Tim Steffan, executive vice president of leasing for Comstock.

Photo via Comstock

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Wednesday Morning Notes

Deadline for Reston Community Center Survey Extended — The center has extended its deadline to access a community survey to September 10. The survey, which is being conducted in partnership with the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, explores how residents use RCC programs and services. [Reston Community Center]

The Last Dog Days of Summer — Today is the last chance for dogs and their owners to take part in the summer series in Reston Town Center’s pavilion. Off-leash time is scheduled to take place from 5-7:30 p.m. [Reston Town Center]

Parks or Parking Near Metro Stations in Reston — “In Reston, fights over how the area should grow are on to a new round, this time over some parking lots just outside of a Metro station. A development proposed for an area near the Silver Line would include new office space, retail storefronts, and apartments, but one local group is not pleased.” [Greater Greater Washington]

Photo via vantagehill/Flickr

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