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by Dave Emke — February 21, 2017 at 1:30 pm 1 Comment

New Police Car Logos/Credit: Fairfax County Police

The Fairfax County Police Department says an iPad was stolen from a home Friday.

According to police, the device went missing “between 1:30 a.m. and 10:30 p.m.” from the home in the 11100 block of Glade Road. They say there were no signs of forced entry.

Other incidents reported from the Reston District Station in the past week:

LARCENIES:

1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, cash from business

2100 block of Green Watch Way, wallet from business

11200 block of Roger Bacon Drive, glasses from business

1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, wallet from vehicle

2300 block of Colts Neck Road, clothing from business

12700 block of Fantasia Drive, wallet from vehicle

12800 block of Fantasia Drive, wallet from vehicle

2300 block of Hunters Woods Plaza, beer from business

900 block of Leigh Mill Road, tools from residence

11100 block of South Lakes Drive, bicycle from business

12100 block of Sunset Hills Road, merchandise from business

STOLEN VEHICLES:

None reported

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

by Dave Emke — February 17, 2017 at 10:15 am 22 Comments

Cindy Blanco Hernandez

The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency has issued detainers for all four adults charged in connection with an apparent gang-related killing in Fairfax County, including an 18-year-old Reston resident.

Cindy Blanco Hernandez, 18, of Winterthur Lane in Reston, is among the 10 people ages 15-21 charged in connection with the death of 15-year-old Damaris Alexandra Reyes Rivas of Gaithersburg. Hernandez faces charges of abduction and gang participation in the case. Five of the other suspects face murder charges.

Six of the charged individuals are juveniles. Hernandez and the other three adults in the case — Wilmer A. Sanchez-Serrano, 21, of no fixed address; Aldair J. Miranda Carcamo, 18, of Springfield; and Jose Castillo Rivas, 18, of Springfield — have had detainers issued for them by ICE.

According to Carissa Cutrell, public affairs officer for the Department of Homeland Security, a detainer is issued when a person in custody is either in the United States illegally or has violated the terms of their legal status in the country.

“We issue a detainer to a local or state law enforcement agency when a person in their custody is potentially amenable to removal by ICE,” she said. “Rather than the local law enforcement agency releasing them into the community, we say we would appreciate [them] notifying us before they are released, so they can be turned over to our custody.”

Cutrell said she could not provide specific details about the case. She said in most cases, suspects are sent through the immigration court process, and a judge’s orders — potentially, removal from the United States — would be executed.

“There is a whole process that happens between us issuing that detainer and the individual being removed from the United States,” she said.

The Fairfax County Police Department is asking anyone with further information about the case to contact them at 703-691-2131, use Crime Solvers or text “TIP187” plus a message to CRIMES(274637).

by Dave Emke — February 16, 2017 at 1:15 pm 5 Comments

Cindy Blanco Hernandez

(Updated 2:30 p.m. following law enforcement press conference)

Five of the 10 people charged with abduction and gang participation in relation to the killing of a Gaithersburg teen now face murder charges.

Jose Ivan Castillo Rivas, 18, of Springfield; Wilmer A. Sanchez, 21, of no fixed address; and three 17-year-olds from Alexandria, Annandale and Springfield have been charged with murder as the investigation into the death of 15-year-old Damaris Alexandra Reyes Rivas continues.

Cindy Blanco Hernandez, 18, of Wintherthur Lane in Reston, is among the five suspects who have not yet been charged with any additional crimes.

According to the Fairfax County Police Department, it is believed Reyes Rivas was held against her will before she was taken to Lake Accotink Park, assaulted and killed. Police believe this happened on or around Jan. 8.

At a news conference Tuesday, Fairfax County Police Chief Edwin Roessler said it was a “savage, brutal killing.”

“It was horrific,” Roessler said. “It was horrible.”

Reyes Rivas had been reported missing in Montgomery County in early December. The girl’s body was found in the 7100 block of Wimsatt Road in Springfield on Saturday, and her death was ruled a homicide Monday after an autopsy.

Police believe the killing to be gang-related. The teen’s mother told NBC4 her daughter had been threatened by the gang MS-13.

At Tuesday’s news conference, law enforcement did not confirm the gang to be MS-13, but did go into detail about gang presence in the area.

“These illegal gangs are recruiting juveniles… [and] preying on those who are vulnerable, who are looking for security,” said Jay Lannom, Northern Virginia Regional Gang Task Force director. “We are are seeing a lot of increase in recruiting in high schools and middle schools, which is alarming to us.”

Anyone with further information about the case is asked to contact the Fairfax County police at 703-691-2131, use Crime Solvers or text “TIP187” plus a message to CRIMES(274637).

by Dave Emke — February 15, 2017 at 5:00 pm 56 Comments

An 18-year-old from Reston is among those charged in connection with the killing of a Gaithersburg teen found dead over the weekend in Springfield.

Cindy Blanco Hernandez, of the 11900 block of Winterthur Lane, is among four adults and six juveniles charged with abduction and gang participation in connection with the death of 15-year-old Damaris Reyes Rivas.

According to the Fairfax County Police Department, it is believed Rivas was held against her will before she was taken to Lake Accotink Park, assaulted and killed. Police believe this happened on or around Jan. 8.

Rivas had been reported missing in Montgomery County in early December. The girl’s body was found in the 7100 block of Wimsatt Road in Springfield on Saturday, and her death was ruled a homicide Monday after an autopsy.

Others charged in the case include Wilmer A. Sanchez-Serrano, 21, of no fixed address; Aldair J. Miranda Carcamo, 18, of Springfield; and Jose Castillo Rivas, 18, of Springfield. Three 17-year-olds, two 16-year-olds and a 15-year-old have also been charged.

Police say additional charges are pending further investigation, and that detectives are working with the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney.

Anyone with further information about the case is asked to contact the Fairfax County police at 703-691-2131, use Crime Solvers or text “TIP187” plus a message to CRIMES(274637).

by Dave Emke — February 15, 2017 at 3:30 pm 18 Comments

Fairfax County Police carPolice say a sales arrangement through Craigslist turned criminal Tuesday night at Reston Town Center.

According to a report from the Fairfax County Police Department, a Craigslist user agreed to a meeting in the 11900 block of Freedom Drive at about 7:45 p.m. to negotiate the sale of cellphones.

“The suspects arrived and as the victim was showing one suspect a cellphone, another suspect tried to steal the other phones. The victim struggled with the suspects until one of them produced a handgun and threatened the victim. The suspects fled with several phones and the victim was not injured.”

The suspects were described by police as black men, 25-30 years old. One was around 6 feet tall and 220 pounds, and they were both wearing dark clothing. The suspects left the scene in a silver Mercedes Benz sedan, according to the report.

Fairfax County police began offering a “safe zone” for Craigslist exchanges at the Sully District Station last year; at the time, police said the program “would likely expand to other police station parking lots” in the future.

The Herndon Police Station also offers a “safe zone” for such transactions.

by Dave Emke — February 14, 2017 at 11:30 am 5 Comments

Jason Brooks/FCPDThe Fairfax County Police Department says charges have been filed against a man accused of stealing wheels from vehicles last year.

Jason Brooks, 38, was charged recently with seven counts of grand larceny and seven counts of larceny with the intent to sell stolen property. The Maryland resident was already in custody in Loudoun County, on unrelated charges.

Police say Brooks has been connected with seven different tire and rim thefts in Fairfax County between March and July. Two of the incidents took place in Herndon.

SHOTS FIRED IN HERNDON

Police are investigating a shots-fired incident that took place Saturday evening in Herndon.

Officers responded to a home on Poener Place, near Hutchison Elementary School, for a report of several people at the door with guns. The caller also told police shots may have been fired at the home. Arriving officers say they heard shots, and a bullet was found at the scene.

From the police report:

“Four suspects fled in a white SUV and a lookout was broadcast. The suspect vehicle was stopped a short time later in the Town of Herndon. The suspects have been taken into custody for interviews and further investigation. An extensive check of the area by Fairfax 1 and K9 did not yield any additional suspects.”

No injuries were reported.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call 703-691-2131 or 1-866-411-TIPS(8477), or text “TIP187” plus the message to CRIMES(274637).

Other incidents reported from the Reston District Station in the past week:

LARCENIES:

1800 block of Fountain Drive, security devices from business

1900 block of Bowman Towne Drive, backpack from residence

2200 block of Wheelwright Court, packages from residence

1700 block of Business Center Drive, wallet from residence

13100 block of Foxhunt Lane, property from residence

2400 block of Centreville Road, wallet from business

STOLEN VEHICLES:

None reported

Fairfax County police also responded to the alleged armed robbery of a man while he walked his dog outside Winterthur Apartments, which we reported Monday.

by RestonNow.com — February 13, 2017 at 10:15 am 51 Comments

Winterthur Apartments

A man was assaulted and robbed while walking his dog last week at the Winterthur Apartments, police say.

According to the Fairfax County Police Department, the 28-year-old man and his dog were walking at about 10:50 p.m. Thursday in the 11900 block of Winterthur Lane. The neighborhood is off Colts Neck Road, just north of Hunters Woods Village Center.

Winterthur LaneAccording to the man, he saw a woman running from four Hispanic men. One of the running men stopped the chase and “assaulted the man’s dog,” according to police. All four then turned their attention on the man and his dog, he said.

“One displayed a knife while the others repeatedly assaulted both [the 28-year-old] and the dog,” according to police.

The suspects allegedly stole the man’s cellphone before fleeing the scene. The victim sustained minor injuries, police said, and the dog escaped harm.

No further descriptions of the suspected assailants were provided.

by Dave Emke — February 7, 2017 at 10:15 am 2 Comments

Fairfax County Police car

Police in Fairfax County are still searching for a 16-year-old girl and her 5-month-old baby after they went missing last month.

Lizzy Lizbeth Rivera Colindres and her son, Aidan David Castillo Rivera, were last seen Jan. 14 at their home on Rhoden Court in Springfield. Her mom reported her missing the next day.

According to police, it was originally believed the girl left voluntarily with the baby’s father, 18-year-old Jose Ivan Castillo Rivas. New information, however, suggests Colindres and her son may be in danger, and she may have left out of fear of Rivas.

Colindres is described as Hispanic, about 5 feet 6 inches tall and 125 pounds. She has long black hair with light-colored stripes in it. She wears glasses.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective K. Mason (571-585-2378) or Detective M. Fox (571-489-1796), or the Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131, or contact Crime Solvers. Tips can also be made by texting “TIP187” plus the message to CRIMES(274637).

In crimes reported from the Reston District Station in the past week:

LARCENIES:

1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, generator from residence

1800 block of Wiehle Avenue, wine from business

11800 block of Freedom Drive, laser from construction site

1500 block of Kings Valley Court, package from business

10000 block of Runaway Lane, purse from vehicle

400 block of Springpark Place, firearm from vehicle

11600 block of Vantage Hill Road, glasses from residence

2300 block of Woodland Crossing Drive, wallet and luggage from residence

2400 block of Centreville Road, cell phone from residence

2400 block of Centreville Road, wallet from vehicle

13000 block of New Austin Court, property from residence

11100 block of South Lakes Drive, liquor from business

STOLEN VEHICLES:

None reported

by Dave Emke — January 31, 2017 at 10:15 am 0

New Police Car Logos/Credit: Fairfax County Police

Petit larcenies were reported throughout the Reston District of the Fairfax County Police Department in the past week. Items taken from businesses, residences and vehicles in recent days include cash, a ring, golf clubs and a coat.

Many incidents of lost property, larceny or theft under $5,000 can be filed with the FCPD online using their Citizen Reporting System. Other crimes including civil disputes, vandalism and harassment can also be reported through the portal. Some larcenies — over $5,000, personal identification, prescription drugs, firearms, etc. — should be reported by calling the FCPD’s non-emergency number at 703-691-2131. (For crimes in progress, citizens should always dial 911.)

Reports from the Reston Station in the past week include the following:

LARCENIES:

1700 block of Business Center Drive, cash and property from business

1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, briefcase from vehicle

2400 block of Centreville Road, phone from business

2500 block of Centreville Road, merchandise from business

10500 block of Dunn Meadow Road, ring from residence

2200 block of Hunters Woods Plaza, electronic device from residence

2500 block of John Milton Drive, liquor from business

1800 block of Library Street, coat from business

11900 block of Market Street, merchandise from business

900 block of Millwood Lane, property from residence

1400 block of Powells Tavern Place, hoses from residence

1500 block of Scandia Circle, medication from residence

11100 block of South Lakes Drive, merchandise from business

2800 block of Winter Oaks Way, golf clubs from residence

STOLEN VEHICLES:

None reported

by Dave Emke — January 24, 2017 at 3:05 pm 35 Comments

Updated at 3:35 p.m. with information from police press conference

A 21-year-old Herndon man is charged with attempted capital murder in relation to an incident late Sunday night where shots were fired at a Fairfax County police officer in his cruiser.

Brian Neftali Landaverde, of Astoria Circle, also faces a charge of using a firearm in the commission of a felony, the Fairfax County Police Department announced Tuesday afternoon.

The incident took place at about 11:45 p.m. Sunday on Rossmore Court, off Georgetown Pike near Great Falls. The officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop when one suspect fled from the vehicle. The driver then turned the car around and came at the officer’s cruiser. Shots were fired, and at least two bullets struck the police car.

The suspect had been arrested Monday night in Herndon. At a press conference Tuesday afternoon, Herndon Police Chief Maggie DeBoard said Landaverde was apprehended after he was spotted waving a gun in the parking lot of a business on Elden Street near Alabama Drive.

“He took off running, which obviously raised some red flags for us,” she said. “He’s running for a reason.”

Landaverde was charged in Herndon with possession of a stolen firearm. During the course of the investigation, DeBoard said, officers connected Landaverde with the Fairfax County case and alerted FCPD detectives.

“I think it was good police work all around,” she said. “It was great work by the officers in Herndon… and it was phenomenal work by the detectives in Fairfax.”

Fairfax County Police Chief Edwin Roessler Jr. said in addition to the Herndon officers “going above and beyond,” his department received a number of “solid leads” from the community that helped them make the arrest. He said evidence has been recovered linking Landaverde to the crime.

FCPD says Landaverde was in the vehicle with two juveniles, ages 16 and 17, one of whom is the person who fled the vehicle just before the shooting. Roessler said at the press conference that the two juveniles have also been located and are being interviewed by police.

“We have made our county safer by taking these violent thugs off the street,” the chief said.

Roessler said the vehicle involved the incident has been recovered, and damage to the windshield indicates the bullets were fired from inside the car.

The chief also said the officer who was fired upon is doing well and is receiving support from his colleagues.

“This is upsetting to all of us as police officers,” he said. “This is very traumatic for anybody.”

by Dave Emke — January 24, 2017 at 1:30 pm 3 Comments

DWI enforcement police vehicle (Photo via Fairfax County Police Department)

A bullet was fired into a townhouse on Clover Field Circle in Herndon last week.

A report from the Fairfax County Police Department’s Reston Station says the incident happened last Tuesday at about 4:10 p.m.

“A homeowner was standing in the kitchen of her townhouse, which backs up to Fox Mill Road. She heard a loud noise and found a bullet that had been fired through a kitchen window. She was not injured. Responding officers checked the area and conducted a canvass. Witnesses indicated they heard a loud noise similar to a gunshot around the same time. Detectives from the Crime Scene Section responded to process the scene.”

Police encourage anyone with information about this event to call detectives at the Reston District Station at 703-478-0904, call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131, visit Crime Solvers or text “TIP187” plus the message to CRIMES(274637).

Other reports from the Reston Station in the past week include the following:

LARCENIES:

1800 block of Fountain Drive, property from business

2200 block of Southgate Square, property from residence

1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, hand gun from vehicle

12000 block of Oak Lawn Place, property from residence

2300 block of Soapstone Drive, alcohol from store

11000 block of South Lakes Drive, merchandise from store

2500 block of Pennymoor Court, purse from vehicle

1600 block of Oak Spring Way, property from residence

12000 block of Sunset Hills Road, merchandise from store

1800 block of Town Center Parkway, wallet from person

1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, purse from vehicle

11000 block of Market Street, cell phone from person

11000 block of Sunrise Valley Drive, passport from residence

9900 block of Georgetown Pike, beer from store

9900 block of Georgetown Pike, beer from store

11000 block of Lawyers Road, cash from person

11000 block of Lawyers Road, cash from wallet

1800 block of Discovery Street, cash from business

12000 block of Town Square, credit card from purse

2500 block of John Milton Drive, beer from store

STOLEN VEHICLES:

1800 block of Wiehle Avenue, black Ford Explorer

3400 block of Carlin Springs Road, 2000 Gray Toyota Camry

3100 block of South Manchester Street

13000 block of Copper Brook Way, 2004 red Mazda 3

Fairfax County Police are also still looking for suspects involved in gunshots being fired at an officer in his cruiser late Sunday night near Great Falls.

by Dave Emke — January 23, 2017 at 2:55 pm 0

As the investigation into shots being fired at a Fairfax County police officer late Sunday night continues, Police Chief Edwin Roessler pleaded for the community’s help.

“We need as much information as possible. We need to continue to make our community safe,” Roessler said at a news conference Monday afternoon. “These suspects attempted to murder a police officer, and I beg for your help.”

Relatively little is known about what happened at about 11:45 p.m. Sunday on Rossmore Court, off Georgetown Pike near Great Falls. What is known is that a passenger fled from a vehicle as an officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop, and the driver then drove at a high rate of speed in the direction of the cruiser. The suspect fired gunshots, with two striking the officer’s vehicle.

The officer was unhurt. Roessler said no further information would be released about the officer’s status until a threat assessment has been conducted to ensure this was not a targeted ambush.

Still images from the officer’s dash cam were released Monday afternoon; however, the photo quality is hindered by the darkness and rainy conditions, Roessler said. Roessler said the officer did not return fire, as the situation unfolded very rapidly.

The chief repeatedly emphasized the severity of the situation.

“Anybody that’s willing to shoot at a marked police car, knowing it’s a police officer, is a danger not only to the brave men and women of the Fairfax County Police Department, but to our community,” he said. “We need to bring these people to justice.”

Roessler said the suspect who fled appeared to be wearing pajama-style sweatpants. No other defining characteristic of either suspect, or whether there was anyone else in the car, is known at this time.

The vehicle was described as a white Toyota or Mazda from the late 1990s or early 2000s, with black molding on the doors. Roessler said it may have a damaged windshield, as police are unsure whether the gunshots were fired through the windshield or from outside the car.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the FCPD at 703-691-2131, or call Detective C. Guyton at 703-856-8547. Citizens can also be eligible for a cash reward up to $1,000 if they contact Crime Solvers or text-a-tip by texting “TIP187” plus the message to CRIMES(274637).

by Dave Emke — January 23, 2017 at 11:30 am 0

Officers from the Fairfax County Police Department continue to investigate after a Reston District on-duty officer’s marked cruiser was struck multiple times by gunfire just before midnight Sunday night.

Police say the incident began as an attempted traffic stop in the 600 block of Rossmore Court, off Georgetown Pike in the Great Falls area.

From FCPD:

A passenger jumped out of the car and ran. The driver of the car then sped away from the cruiser, making a U-turn in the cul-de-sac, then traveled back toward the officer and opened fire, striking the cruiser at least twice. The officer attempted to pursue the shooter’s car, but lost sight of it while driving westbound on Georgetown Pike.

Our Major Crimes Division and Crime Scene Detectives responded to investigate and process the scene. Several other law enforcement partners helped to try and track the suspect’s car; to no avail. The car was described as an older model four-door sedan, possibly late 90s to early 2000s, white with black rubber moulding around the door frames.

One bullet hit the hood and a second hit the passenger-side rear quarter panel. The officer was unharmed.

“I am grateful that our officer went home safe last night,” said Police Chief Edwin C. Roessler Jr. “[The suspect’s] actions are not only dangerous and deadly to law enforcement, but they are a threat to the entire community.”

Fairfax County police say Roessler is expected to hold a news conference at 2:30 p.m. Monday.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the FCPD at 703-691-2131, or call Detective C. Guyton at 703-856-8547. Citizens can also be eligible for a cash reward up to $1,000 if they contact Crime Solvers or text-a-tip by texting “TIP187” plus the message to CRIMES(274637).

Tipsters remain anonymous.

by Dave Emke — January 18, 2017 at 11:30 am 0

Police line

Fairfax County police reports from the past week include an attempted home break-in in Herndon.

The incident took place at about 5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9. A resident in the 2600 block of New Concorde Court made the call.

From FCPD:

A resident reported that, while he was home, he heard someone trying to gain entry through the sliding glass door. He saw a man attempting to open the door and the suspect ran off. He was described as white, approximately 5 feet 7 to 8 inches tall, thin build and a dark beard.

Local officers also responded to an attempted home break-in on Lake Shore Crest Drive in Reston, which we reported last week. An arrest was made in that case.

Other reported crimes from the Reston District Station this past week include the following:

LARCENIES:

1500 block of Pennycress Lane, wallet from vehicle

2400 block of Thomas Jefferson Drive, phone from office

2100 block of Centreville Road, merchandise from business

2300 block of Freetown Court, cash from vehicle

1200 block of Shaker Drive, gun and TV from vehicle

1800 block of Fountain Drive, merchandise from business

1700 block of Business Center Drive, cash from business

2300 block of Corporate Park Drive, wallet from business

STOLEN VEHICLES:

None reported

Police from the Reston District Station also were dispatched to a pair of major crimes in recent days: a double stabbing on the soccer fields near South Lakes High School and a chaotic hostage situation in Herndon.

Police shot and killed the suspect in the latter incident, who had earlier shot and wounded his two brothers, after he allegedly lunged at officers while wielding a knife. The man was later identified as 32-year-old Mohammed Azim Doudzai.

The suspect in the stabbing remains at large.

by Dave Emke — January 18, 2017 at 10:15 am 71 Comments

Herndon police shooting

The 32-year-old Herndon man killed Monday by police after a chaotic barricade situation had shot his brothers after a fight with his girlfriend.

Fairfax County Police say 32-year-old Mohammad Azim Doudzai of 13316 Covered Wagon Lane was arguing with his 28-year-old girlfriend when she called his brothers to come talk to him. The fight escalated, and he pulled a gun and shot his brothers, ages 37 and 23. The injured men fled the home along with the girlfriend, driving to the hospital and calling police.

Officers who responded to the home, where Doudzai had barricaded himself inside. During the incident, police say, Doudzai set fires inside the home and there were reports of what sounded like gunfire.

From FCPD:

As officers attempted negotiations with the suspect, they discovered there was a 29-year-old man trapped inside the home. He was a roommate and not related to the family. When the incident escalated, he hid in a room upstairs and called 911 to report he could not escape. Following the response of the Special Operations Division (SOD), officers made the decision to approach the home out of concern for the hostage, neighbors and suspect. Smoke had filled the home and was billowing out the windows. When a team of officers approached the door, the suspect came out with at least one knife in hand and was shot. Members of SOD quickly entered the home and rescued the hostage.

The officer who shot and killed Doudzai, a 16-year veteran of the department assigned to the Special Operations Division, has been placed on routine administrative leave while the investigation is conducted.

Detectives recovered a gun and a knife from the home, police say.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Fairfax County police at 703-691-2131, use Crime Solvers, or text “TIP187” plus the message to CRIMES(274637).

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