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The Fairfax County Police Department has launched a new webpage to help investigate cold cases in Fairfax County.

The platform houses case information spanning six decades in the hope that anyone with information will come forward to help resolve cases. Cold case detectives are asking the public to provide any information about the cases — no matter how small. The website currently provides a limited list of cases. More cases will be added as detectives comb through existing incidents.

“We are committing countless hours and all available resources to close these cases and provide long-awaited answers to victims’ families, and bring those who committed these awful crimes to justice,” said Major Ed O’Carroll, bureau commander of major crimes.

FCPD is seeking information on several local cold cases, which are included on the webpage. Cases are disaggregated by decade and include a description of the incident, a photo, and the date of the incident.

On January 1, 1996, Constance Hiner was found dead in her home on Woodstock Lane in Herndon. The 48-year-old woman was found with injuries to her upper body.

In Great Falls, Richard Brackeen, 53, was found shot to death in his home on River Park Drive. The incident happened on February 5, 1992.

In 1972, the body of 17-year-old Gwen Ann Ames was found on a walking path in the area of 11400 block of Waterview Cluster near Lake Anne. She had decided to walk home alone after attending a party with her friends and boyfriend.

See below on how to provide information about the cases:

Anyone with information regarding any of our cold cases is asked to contact the Major Crimes Bureau at 703-246-7800, option 8. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Solvers by phone – 1-866-411-TIPS (866-411-8477), by text – Type “FCCS” plus tip to 847411, and by web – Click HERE. Download our Mobile tip411 App “Fairfax Co Crime Solvers”. Anonymous tipsters are eligible for cash rewards of $100 to $1,000 dollars if their information leads to an arrest.

The cold case squad was founded in 1995 and is housed under FCPD’s major crimes bureau. It investigates unresolved homicides and sex crimes in Fairfax County.

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A Falls Church man was arrested earlier this month in connection with a peeping incident in Reston.

Officers from the Reston District Station arrested Amaya Alvarado, 34, in connection with multiple peeping incidents, according to the Fairfax County Police Department. The incidents happened around 9:30 p.m. on the 2200 block of Lovedale Lane on July 21.

Alvarado was charged with four counts of peeping.

Photo via FCPD

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Local police are turning to the public for help after two men were stabbed in Reston late last week.

The men — one of whom had serious injuries — were stabbed on Friday around 3:41 a.m. in the 12200 block of Laurel Glade Court.

Detectives released the images above depicting “persons of interest,” according to the Fairfax County Police Department.

“No arrests have been made but detectives are continuing to process evidence and interview witnesses.”

Anyone with information should follow the instructions below:

Anyone who recognizes the persons of interest or who has any information about the incident is asked to contact our Major Crimes Bureau at 703-246-7800, option 2. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Solvers by phone – 1-866-411-TIPS (866-411-8477), by text – Type “FCCS” plus tip to 847411, and by web – Click HERE. Download our Mobile tip411 App “Fairfax Co Crime Solvers”. Anonymous tipsters are eligible for cash rewards of $100 to $1,000 dollars if their information leads to an arrest.

Photos via Fairfax County Police Department

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(Updated at 12:30 p.m.)

A Reston resident shot and killed a “suspected intruder” late Friday night, according to police.

Daniel Matheson, 29, of Reston was killed in the incident, which happened in an apartment community on the 12000 block of Starboard Drive.

The tenant found Matheson standing in his doorway with a firearm “pointing in his direction,” according to the Fairfax County Police Department. He shot the 29-year-old in the chest.

Matheson was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Police do not believe the two men knew each other. Detectives continue to conduct interviews and process evidence. The Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney will determine if charges will be placed.

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A man has been arrested and charged with the murder of a Reston woman who was found in the basement of a home she rented last week.

Ball Salim Ahmed Ball, 24, of Herndon, was charged with the second-degree murder of Maryam Al Jaberi. Police believe Ball was in a relationship with the woman that began earlier this year.

Al Jaberi, a mother of two, was found dead in the basement of her home on the 11000 block of Great Owl Circle on June 23.

An autopsy ruled the death a homicide. She was discovered by police with trauma to her upper body after her landlord contacted police.

Al Jaberi is survived by two sons. A LaunchGood campaign has raised $35,490 as of Tuesday morning.

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A homicide investigation is underway in Reston after a 29-year-old woman was found dead in the basement of a home she rented on the 11000 block of Great Owl Circle.

According to the Fairfax County Police Department, Maryam Ali Mohammed Al Jaberi was found around 6:30 p.m. yesterday (Monday) by her landlord.

The Office Of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled the death a homicide after an autopsy was conducted this morning. Officers found Al Jaberi in the basement of the home and noticed “suspected trauma to her upper body,” according to FCPD.

The case is under investigation. No other information was immediately available.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Fairfax County Police Department Major Crimes Bureau at 703-246-7800, option 2. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Solvers by phone – 1-866-411-TIPS (866-411-8477), by text – type “FCCS” plus tip to 847411, and by web.

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Police have made an arrest nearly one year after a body was found near the Hunters Woods Village Center.

A teenager has been charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of a Reston man.

Detectives believe the 17-year-old suspect was involved in the 2019 murder of Jose Lorenzo Guillen Mejia.

His body was found by police officers on June 23 at around 1:45 a.m. Police responded to the scene after a reporting of gunshots along a walking trail between Hunters Woods Plaza and Breton Court.

An autopsy found that Mejia died from several gunshot wounds.

The arrest was made after police obtained a felony petition for first degree murder yesterday (Tuesday).

The suspect was already incarcerated at the Fairfax County Juvenile Detention Center for an unrelated offense when he was served the petition.

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A teenager from Leesburg has been arrested in connection with an assault early this month.

Town of Herndon police arrested and charged Ta’Nyjha Davis, 18, with malicious wounding,

Police said the incident happened during an argument on the 400 block of Virginia Avenue on July 1 at around 11:20 a.m.

The victim, who was wounded in the upper torso area, was treated for non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

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Several mopeds were stolen over the weekend in Reston, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.

Police are investigating the thefts, which happened between Friday, May 29 and Saturday, May 30.

The following incidents were reported, according to FCPD’s daily crime update:

11600 block of Charter Oak Court, 2014 Jonway moped

11600 block of Charter Oak Court, 2015 Tao Tao moped

11600 block of North Shore Drive, 2017 Jonway moped

2400 block of Centreville Road, 2013 Dykon moped

All of the cases are active investigations, an FCPD spokesperson told Reston Now.

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Local police discovered another swastika in Reston  after several others were found in North Point Village Center roughly one week ago.

Police found the chalk drawing on a wall in the Reston Metro Plaza parking garage.

Fairfax County Police discovered the graffiti on Wednesday around 10:08 a.m. after receiving a report.

The discovery comes one week after swastikas were spray-painted on sidewalks and buildings in North Point Village Center.

Both incidents are under investigation.

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Local police are investigating a shooting that happened in a neighborhood on the intersection of North Shore Drive and Becontree Lane on May 22.

Two men shot at the SUV of a man and woman while they were driving in the neighborhood around 12:50 p.m.

No injuries were reported. Police believe both parties knew each other.

Although the suspects drove off in their vehicle, charges are pending, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.

Information about the incident was made public today (Tuesday).

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A body was found in the woods near Lake Anne Plaza yesterday afternoon, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.

The deceased individual was found by a local resident in the 1600 block of Chimney House Road around 2:45 p.m. yesterday (Tuesday). 

FCPD says that “nothing appeared to be suspicious” about the death. Detectives from the department’s Major Crimes Bureau are investigating the incident.

A source told Reston Now that the body appeared to that of a man in his 30s.

Photo via FCPD

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Herndon Police Department officers say that a man has been charged with multiple counts of indecent liberties against juveniles.

Allen John Williams, 30, of Herndon, was arrested on earlier this month on multiple counts of indecent liberties for exposing himself to juveniles.

The arrest was made on the 1100 block of Burwick Drive, according to the Herndon Police Department.

Williams is being held at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center without bond. 

He was previously arrested and charged with similar counts in 2018. Police believe he exposed himself to a 10-year-old who was playing in the driveway of a home.

Photo via Herndon Police Department

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Airbags were stolen from at least a dozen cars in Herndon over two days, according to police.

The incidents happened overnight on May 6 and May 7 at the Ashton at Dulles Corner apartments. A spokesperson for the Fairfax County Police Department told Reston Now the incidents are under investigation.

Residents of the apartment complex reported that only Hondas were targeted during the airbag theft streak.

Airbags, which can sell for hundreds of dollars on the black market, are easily removable and portable, allowing thieves to make a quick buck.

The National Insurance Crime Bureau says that airbags retail at around $1,000 and can be purchased on the black market for between $50 and $200.

The NICB offers the following tips to avoid becoming a victim of airbag fraud:

  • Use a reputable automobile collision repair shop that employs ASE-certified mechanics
  • Inspect the invoice to ensure the repair shop purchased the airbag from a manufacturer, dealer or recycler
  • If possible, inspect the airbag prior to installation. If new, it should be packaged in a sealed container from the manufacturer
  • The trim cover over the steering column should be the same color as the remaining trim interior. If not, it is an indication that the original airbag has been replaced
  • When you turn on your vehicle’s ignition, a red SRS (Supplemental Restraint System) indicator should light up and flash in the instrument panel display, indicating the airbag system is activated. No SRS light indicates a problem with the airbag system that could result in no airbag activation

Some national reports indicate that newer models of Hondas might be at higher risk of airbag thefts.

Photo via Megan Marie

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Fairfax County police are investigating a shooting that they say took place in front of a 7-Eleven in Herndon early Thursday (May 7) morning.

After receiving a report for possible gunshots, police said that they found out that a man was being treated for a non-serious gunshot wound at a local hospital.

“Further investigation determined the shooting took place in front of [13190 Parcher Avenue],” police said, adding that the front of the 7-Eleven at that address was damaged.

Police also said that they found several shell casings in the area.

The case is currently an active investigation, according to police. Anyone who has information can contact the police department at 703-246-7800

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