Crime Roundup: Herndon Man Arrested in Sterling 7-Eleven Robbery Case

A Herndon man was charged in connection with the April 25 robbery of a 7-Eleven on Sugarland Drive in Sterling.

Abdul Abid, 25, was arrested on Friday, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s office. The first suspect, Zian Rehman, 19, was arrested on May 2.

Police believe one of the suspects pushed an employee on the front counter of the store toward the cash register and commanded the victim to open the register. One suspect took cash from the register while the other took money from the victim’s wallet, authorities said.

The men threatened the employee, but no weapons were used during the robbery.

Both men were charged with robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, grand larceny and wearing a mask in public. They are being held without bond.

Meanwhile, the Fairfax County Police Department reported the following minor incidents in Reston:

LARCENIES:

1400 block of Lake Fairfax Drive, wallet from location

10500 block of Leesburg Pike, beer from business

11900 block of Market Street, merchandise from business

2200 block of Mill Race Lane, ring from residence

2300 block of Rolling Fork Circle, bicycle from location

11800 block of Sunrise Valley Drive, work equipment from business 

2700 block of West Ox Road, purse from vehicle

Child pornography charges were a common theme last week. As we reported, FCPD unveiled 21 new charges related child pornography for a former Herndon High School teacher.

“Mr. Knick Knack,” a children’s entertainer who performed in the area, also faces 10 felony counts of possession of child photography.

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‘Mr. Knick Knack’ Faces Child Pornography Charges

A 58-year-old children’s entertainer is facing 10 felony counts of possession of child pornography.

Police believe Steven Rossi, who goes by the stage name “Mr. Knick Knack,” had numerous files containing illicit images. He was arrested on April 30 and is scheduled to appear in court on June 11.

Rossi performed regularly at Reston Town Center, presenting “unique, heart-centered music for kids and their grown-ups.”

Investigators do not believe that Rossi had contact with the children in the images.

Anyone with additional information is encourages to contact the Fairfax County Police Department’s Major Crimes Bureau at 703-246-7800.

The news comes one day after police released information that a former Herndon High School teacher faced 20 new charges of child pornography.

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BREAKING: Herndon HS Drama Teacher Faces 20 Charges of Possession of Child Pornography

Raphael Schklowsky, a drama teacher at Herndon High School, faces 20 felony charges of possession of child pornography and one felony charge of unlawful filming. 

Detectives discovered more than 3,500 videos on multiple electronic devices, according to the Fairfax County Police DepartmentSchklowsky, 36, was originally charged with four misdemeanor counts of unlawful filming on April 8. 

He was charged with the additional offenses today when he attended a hearing at the Fairfax County Courthouse. He is now being held on no bond.

Schklowsky has been on leave since his April 8 arrest. He was initially charged in early April when a woman told police she found a hidden camera inside an air conditioning vent in a home where she was working. Detectives found evidence of unlawful filming and arrested Schklowsky.

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Crime Roundup: Police Investigate Report of Gunshot

No major crime incidents were reported this week in Herndon and Reston, continuing another week of lull on the crime front.

Local police did investigate a report of a gunshot on April 30.

One round was shot into the ground on the 1500 block of Cameron Crescent Drive, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.

No one was injured. FCPD also reported other minor incidents in recent days:

LARCENIES:

11400 block of Gate Hill Place, personal items from vehicle

13100 block of Kidwell Field Road, bicycle from residence

11900 block of Market Street, phone from business

11200 block of Silentwood Lane, package from residence

STOLEN VEHICLES:

None reported

Countywide, FCPD is reminding residents to take safety precautions when they go outside after two women were assaulted on Centreville walking trails last month:

  • Run, jog or walk in areas that are familiar to you.
  • If you are walking in an unfamiliar location, bring a friend along with you.
  • Avoid running, jogging or walking in a poorly lit or secluded area or after dark.
  • Tell someone where you’ll be and share your GPS location with them.
  • Do not wear headphones or earbuds.
  • Switch up your route and pattern so your actions aren’t predictable.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.

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FCPD Reports Dip in Violent Crime in 2018

Fairfax County’s violent crime rate dipped slightly this year over last year, according to data compiled by the police department.

FCPD’s annual report finds that violence crime rates decreased between 2017 and 2018 for homicide, rape, robbery and aggravated assault.

The data, which were released Friday, show that homicide decreased from 201to 13, rape decreased from 98 to 92, and robbery decreased from 428 to 354. Aggravated assault also dipped from 283 to 260. Of FCPD’s eight police districts, the Reston District stations fell on the lower end for the number of driving while intoxicated arrests for last year.

Movement is also expected on a body worn camera pilot program that had a test run in Reston last year. FCPD Chief Edwin Roessler plans to share findings about the program — compiled in partnership with American University researchers —  with the Fairfax County Board of Supervisor this year.

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Crime Roundup: Police Believe String of Larcenies Not Connected

This week, the Fairfax County Police Department did not report any major incidents. However, a string of larcenies involving items taken from cars over a three-day period caught our attention.

According to FCPD, the incidents are not connected.

“We do not believe these incidents are connected, based on locality and the items that were taken,” a spokesperson for FCPD told Reston now.

The following minor incidents were reported by FCPD over the last week:

LARCENIES:

2100 block of Centreville Road, merchandise from business

11400 block of Cypress Point Court, registration stickers from vehicle

1300 block of Deep Run Lane, license plate from vehicle

12600 block of Fantasia Drive, license plate from vehicle

11900 block of Freedom Drive, merchandise from business

2500 block of Farmcrest Drive, bicycle from residence

11500 block of Links Drive, electronic device from vehicle

2500 block of Peter Jefferson Lane, laptop computer from vehicle

11100 block of South Lake Drive, food from business

12000 block of Town Square Street, cell phone from vehicle

1400 block of North Point Village Center, merchandise from business

1100 block of Walker Road, sign from property

11000 block of Villaridge Court, purse from location

STOLEN VEHICLES

None reported

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Crime Roundup: Police Investigate Home Burglary at Cypress Point Court

A burglar broke into a home and took off with valuables, police said.

The burglary was reported in a home on the 11500 block of Cypress Point Court at around 7:42 p.m. on April 19 (Friday), according to the Fairfax County Police Department.

Police believe someone entered the home and stole personal items. The investigation is ongoing.

FCPD also reported the following incidents in recent days:

LARCENIES:

11400 block of North Shore Drive, document from residence

400 block of River Bend Road, purse from residence

12100 block of Sunset Hill Road, purse from location

1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, document from vehicle

11900 block of Democracy Drive, credit cards from location

1800 block of Wiehle Avenue, bicycle from location

2400 block of Centreville Road, bike from shopping center

STOLEN VEHICLES:

12900 block of Lyme Bay Drive, 2015 Ford Explorer

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Crime Roundup: Parking Dispute Draws Police Presence

A parking dispute turned violent in Reston last week, police said.

Two people got into an argument in the parking lot of McDonalds at 11265 Roger Bacon Drive on April 11 at around 9:37 a.m., according to the Fairfax County Police Department.

“The victim got out of their car and tried to block the other car from leaving by standing in front of it.  The driver allegedly struck the victim in the leg with his car and left the scene,” FCPD said.

No injuries were reported and the police are treating the incident as an assault. It’s unclear if the driver was charged.

In other news, the Fairfax County Police Department’s Reston District Station reported the following incidents in recent days:

LARCENIES:

2200 block of Centreville Road, purse from location

2200 block of Centreville Road, purse from location

1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, property from vehicle

9800 block of Faust Drive, license plate from vehicle

12100 block of Sunset Hills Road, merchandise from business

STOLEN VEHICLES:

None reported

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BREAKING: Police Find Weapons, Drug Stash in Reston Brothers’ Home

Two brothers from Reston are facing multiple felony charges after local police found weapons and drugs worth $80,000 in their home.

Fairfax County police arrested Jonathan Dailey, 27, and Timothy Dailey, 22, after a rifle, shotgun, handgun, body armor, and narcotics were found in their home, the police department reported today.

The investigation started when police discovered information about drugs being sold out of the home, police said. After receiving a search warrant, a SWAT team found seven pounds of marijuana and 250 hash oil cartridges along with the guns.

Jonathan Dailey, 27, was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possessing a gun with drugs. Timothy Dailey, 22, was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and distribution of hash oil.

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BREAKING: Police Make Arrest in Clearwater Court Homicide Case

A Herndon woman has been arrested in connection with a homicide on Clearwater Court in Herndon earlier this month.

The Herndon Police Department arrested Stephanie Fyfe, 29, on Tuesday (April 9). The victim, David Puryear, 45, of Clinton, Md., was found unresponsive on April 5 at around 1 a.m. at the 600 block of Clearwater Court.

According to a crime report, Puryear had a stab wound to his chest. He was pronounced dead at Reston Hospital. Police said the victim and the suspect know each other.

Anyone with information should contact the police department at 703-435-6843.

In other news, the Fairfax County Police Department’s Reston District Station reported the following incidents in recent days:

LARCENIES:

2100 block of Centreville Road, merchandise from business

9900 block of Georgetown Pike, beer from business

11900 block of Market Street, merchandise from business

2400 block of Masons Ferry Drive, cash from location

11800 block of Spectrum Center, cash from business

11100 block of South Lakes Drive, merchandise from business

12000 block of Town Square Street, merchandise from business

11400 block of Washington Plaza, wallet from residence

STOLEN VEHICLES

None reported

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BREAKING: Herndon HS Theater Director Charged With Unlawful Filming

Updated at 9:42 p.m. — The teacher has been placed on leave, according to a spokesperson for Fairfax County Public Schools.

Fairfax County Police have arrested Raphael Schklowsky, the theater director for Herndon High School, on charges of unlawful filming at a Reston home.

A woman told police she found a hidden camera in an air conditioning vent at a home on the 1800 block of Cranberry Lane in Reston, where she was working, according to a crime report.

FCPD arrested and charged Schklowsky, a 36-year-old Reston resident, with four misdemeanor counts of unlawful filming after detectives conducted an investigation and “found evidence of unlawful filming.”

He was held at the Adult Detention Center on a $5,000 bond.

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Crime Roundup: Suspect Tried to Cash Stolen Check at Herndon Bank

Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a case of a stolen check that someone tried to cash at a Herndon bank, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.

A man in Ashburn reported to police that an envelope containing a check was stolen from his mailbox, according to the police report.

The Fairfax County Police Department’s Reston District Station reported the following incidents in recent days:

LARCENIES:

1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, backpack from residence

1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, tools from vehicle

1800 block of Campus Commons Drive, cable from business

2400 block of Centreville Road, electronic devices from business

2400 block of Centreville Road, cell phone from location

2500 block of Centreville Road, merchandise from location

2300 block of Emerald Heights Court, bicycles from residence

800 block of Grace Meadow Court, jewelry from residence

2300 block of Harley Ford Court, tools from vehicle

11900 block of Market Street, merchandise from business

STOLEN VEHICLES:

None reported

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Crime Roundup: Herndon Police Arrest Resident for Alleged Strangulation, Assault

Town of Herndon police arrested a resident for felonious strangulation and misdemeanor assault.

Police arrested 29-year-old Dennis Michael Markley on last Wednesday (March 20), the day after he allegedly tried to strangle someone he knows, police say.

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

The Fairfax County Police Department’s Reston District Station reported the following incidents in recent days:

LARCENIES:

1100 block of Center Harbor Road, license plate from vehicle

2400 block of Centreville Road, cell phone from location

2400 block of Centreville Road, bicycle from residence

9692 block of Farmside Place, cell phone and computer from residence

1800 block of Golf View Court, laptop computer from residence

1700 block of Jonathan Way, book bag and cell phone from residence

11500 block of Olde Tiverton Circle, painting from residence

11400 block of Washington Plaza, cash from vehicle

STOLEN VEHICLES:

None reported

In February, Herndon police arrested 77-year-old Nhan Pham in connection with a domestic assault that caused her husband’s death, according to the Herndon Police Department.

As of March 18, the grand jury amended the charges to murder, according to the March 26 police report.

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EXCLUSIVE: Herndon Man Charged in Connection with White Nationalist Group’s Posters

(Updated at 3:40 p.m.) A Herndon man is facing charges after Vienna police say he was caught placing posters for a white nationalist group around the town, Reston Now has learned.

Last Saturday afternoon, a caller told police that two men were placing posters on light posts at a shopping center at 180 Maple Avenue, according to Vienna police.

Officers responded and observed one of the men placing a Patriot Front poster on a Town of Vienna utility box in the area of Nutley Street and Maple Avenue, Vienna officials told Reston Now.

Patriot Front is identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a “white nationalist hate group.” It was described as a “political activist organization” in Vienna’s weekly crime report; an inquiry from Reston Now confirmed that Patriot Front was the group behind the posts.

Police issued a summons to a 21-year-old Herndon man, Brendan Smith, for destruction of property, according to a town spokesman. The man was released on his signature, the report says.

Earlier this year, Patriot Front tweeted that its “activists” put up the posters around Herndon and Reston in January and then in Reston again in February and March. Posters were also recently placed around Vienna and Arlington, according to the group’s social media account.

The posters include slogans like “reclaim America” and “better dead than red.” According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, Patriot Front broke off from the alt-right group Vanguard America in the aftermath of the deadly “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va.

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Crime Roundup: Herndon Man Arrested After Car Rental Expires

City of Fairfax police arrested a Herndon man after police received reports that his car rental had not been returned on time.

Police arrested the 32-year-old Herndon resident on the afternoon of March 7, the police report says.

He is currently being held at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center on a secured bond of $1,000.

The Fairfax County Police Department’s Reston District Station reported the following incidents in recent days:

LARCENIES:

1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, cash from location

12100 block of Eddyspark Drive, wallet from vehicle

12000 block of Heather Down Drive, jewelry from residence

1400 block of North Point Village Center, merchandise from business

1800 block of Old Reston Avenue, laptop computers from residence

11800 block of Spectrum Center, merchandise from business

12100 block of Sunset Hills Road, merchandise from business

STOLEN VEHICLES:

1300 block of Pavilion Club Way, 2009 Nissan Murano

1100 block of Vantage Hill Road, 2008 Ford Expeditio

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