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by Dave Emke — August 22, 2017 at 1:30 pm 0

Police are still seeking the suspect in last week’s attempted sexual assault on North Shore Drive near Tall Oaks Village Center.

According to the Fairfax County Police Department, the suspect is a Hispanic male in his late 20s or early 30s, with a stocky build, brown hair and a full beard. He was wearing a gray shirt with red lettering, a red ball cap (shown in a police sketch as a Washington Nationals cap) and shorts.

The suspect fled the scene in a gray or silver four-door Hyundai with a license plate that is believed to begin with a V, police say.

Police say that at about 2:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 14, the suspect came out of a wooded area near the Tall Oaks Village Center, approached a 22-year-old woman from behind and pulled her off the sidewalk into the woods before attempting to remove her clothes. He apparently fled before any sexual assault took place.

The FCPD’s Reston District Station also reported the following crimes in recent days:

LARCENIES:

1300 block of Dasher Lane, property from vehicle

13000 block of Elm Tree Drive, bag from vehicle

10800 block of Hunter Gate Way, flashlight from vehicle

2500 block of Monroe Street, property from residence

10800 block of Murray Downs Court, cash from vehicle

10800 block of Murray Downs Court, property from vehicle

11700 block of Olde English Drive, package from residence

12800 block of Pinecrest Road, purse and cash from vehicle

12800 block of Pinecrest Road, purse from vehicle

13100 block of Plotner Farm Road, GPS from vehicle

2300 block of Soapstone Drive, cigarettes from business

12100 block of Sunset Hills Road, electronics from business

11600 block of Vantage Hill Road, laptop computer from vehicle

STOLEN VEHICLES:

2500 block of Centreville Road, 2002 Mercedes-Benz C240

2000 block of Gunnell Farms Drive, 2015 Jeep Wrangler

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).

Police in Herndon reported several major incidents in their weekly press report.

  • On Thursday, officers responded to a report of a burglary in progress in the 500 block of Florida Avenue. The victim reported that an unknown suspect tried to gain access to the dwelling, doing approximately $1,000 worth of damage to a rear door. The FCPD helicopter and K-9 unit were used in an attempt to locate the suspect, to no avail.
  • Also on Thursday, officers responded to a robbery on in the 1000 block of Elden Street. The victim reported that his backpack, containing identification and a cellphone valued around $500, was stolen by two suspects. The suspects were described as black males, with no further description.
  • At about 1 a.m. Friday, officers observed a vehicle driving erratically in the 1000 block of Elden Street. The suspect attempted to evade police before getting crashing his vehicle behind a business in the block. The driver, 25-year-old Elmer Luis Matamoros Aguirre, of Herndon, was charged with felony eluding, driving while intoxicated, refusal to submit to breath test and no operator’s license. He was transported to the Fairfax Adult Detention Center, where he was held without bond.
  • Friday afternoon, as we previously reported, police responded to an apparent armed robbery of a check-cashing business in the 1100 block of Elden Street. Four suspects fled the scene on foot.

by Dave Emke — August 18, 2017 at 4:35 pm 17 Comments

Police in Herndon are looking for four men they say robbed a check-cashing business on Elden Street in the town Friday afternoon.

According to a media release from HPD, officers responded to the business in the 1100 block of the street at about 12:15 p.m. for a report of an armed robbery. Preliminary investigation revealed that the men may have been armed when they entered the business and took an unknown amount of money. No one was injured, and the men reportedly fled on foot.

Lisa Herndon, public information specialist for HPD, told Reston Now the incident took place at the check-cashing business at 1110 Elden St., which she said has been robbed “several times” in the past.

Patrol officers from the Fairfax County Police Department, along with their helicopter and K-9 Unit, assisted in the initial search for the suspects. HPD is continuing the investigation.

The suspects, who were all wearing masks, are described as all being about 5-foot-6, 135-150 pounds.

  • The first suspect was wearing a maroon shirt, blue jeans and black tennis shoes.
  • The second suspect was wearing dark-colored jeans.
  • The third suspect was wearing a blue short-sleeved polo shirt, jeans and dark shoes.
  • The fourth suspect was wearing a long-sleeved green shirt, dark pants, sunglasses and a backpack.

In a tweet, HPD said there is no threat to the community.

Anyone with information should contact HPD at 703-435-6828.

by Dave Emke — August 17, 2017 at 11:00 am 3 Comments

The Fairfax County Police Department has released a sketch of the man wanted in an apparent attempted sexual assault earlier this week in Reston.

According to FCPD, the suspect is a Hispanic male in his late 20s or early 30s, with a stocky build, brown hair and a full beard. He was wearing a gray shirt with red lettering, a red ball cap (shown in the sketch as a Washington Nationals cap) and shorts.

The suspect fled the scene in a gray or silver four-door Hyundai with a license plate that is believed to begin with a V, police say.

Police say that at about 2:30 p.m. Monday, the suspect came out of a wooded area near the Tall Oaks Village Center, approached a 22-year-old woman from behind and pulled her off the sidewalk into the woods before attempting to remove her clothes. He apparently fled before any sexual assault took place.

A wooded area off the south side of North Shore Drive, adjacent to the Tall Oaks pool and across from the entrance to the village center, was cordoned off for the investigation.

Police are encouraging anyone who knows anyone matching the description, has seen the individual in their neighborhood, or has any information regarding the situation to contact them at 703-691-2131 or 1-866-411-TIPS(8477), text “TIP187” plus the message to CRIMES(274637), or use Crime Solvers.

“Remember, the information you have, regardless of how trivial you feel it may be, could be the critical link in solving the case,” police say.

The area where the incident took place has been canvassed, police say, and the investigation is ongoing.

by Dave Emke — August 15, 2017 at 4:00 pm 0

Two people from Ashburn were arrested in Herndon last week after a robbery in the town.

According to the Herndon Police Department, the incident took place in the 500 block of Florida Avenue on Aug. 7. The victim, who was unharmed, had his wallet, ID and about $40 in cash stolen by two suspects.

HPD officers arrested 19-year-old Taliek Nazia Foster and 20-year-old Raaheim Allah Foster and charged them with the crime. Both were charged with assault and robbery, while the 20-year-old was also charged with three counts of credit card fraud. Both were taken to Fairfax County Adult Detention Center.

Elsewhere, a 55-year-old Herndon man was charged with driving under the influence after an incident in Sterling last week. According to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, 55-year-old Nazlie R. Dean was charged after deputies observed his vehicle going off the road in the area of Old Ox Road and Mercurie Circle. Dean was later released from the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center on a personal recognizance bond.

Meanwhile, the Fairfax County Police Department’s Reston District Station reported the following crimes in recent days:

LARCENIES:

10300 block of Brittenford Drive, merchandise from business

1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, cellphone from business

11900 block of Democracy Drive, liquor from business

13300 block of Hungerford Place, property from vehicle

2300 block of Old Trail Drive, property from person

11900 block of Saint Johnsbury Court, cash from vehicle

11800 block of Sunrise Valley Drive, property from business

1700 block of Wainwright Drive, bag and battery from vehicle

12900 block of Wood Crescent Circle, bicycle from residence

STOLEN VEHICLES:

None reported

Police say there have been no updates yet in the search for a suspect who pulled a woman into a wooded area near Tall Oaks Village Center on Monday afternoon and attempted to remove her clothing.

“No suspect has been located,” Officer Don Gotthardt, of FCPD’s Media Relations Bureau, told Reston Now on Tuesday morning. “I have reached out to our detectives asking for any updates [and] we will post those on our news blog and Twitter.”

The suspect has been described as a Hispanic male in his late 20s or early 30s, with brown hair and a full beard. He was wearing a gray shirt with red lettering, a red ball cap and shorts. He fled the scene in a gray or silver Hyundai with a license plate that is believed to begin with a V, police say.

Finally, as we previously reported, three men were reportedly assaulted by a “group of men” on South Lakes Drive last Wednesday. The suspects in that crime are black men in their 20s, all between 5-foot-7 and 5-foot-10.

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).

by Dave Emke — August 14, 2017 at 3:30 pm 26 Comments

Police are investigating an apparent attempted sexual assault near Tall Oaks Village Center.

Police say that at about 2:30 p.m., a man came out of the wooded area, approached a 22-year-old woman from behind and pulled her off the sidewalk into the woods before attempting to remove her clothes. He apparently fled before any sexual assault took place.

A wooded area off the south side of North Shore Drive, adjacent to the Tall Oaks pool and across from the entrance to the village center, has been cordoned off for the investigation.

According to Pfc. Michael Crutchman of FCPD’s Media Relations Bureau, the suspect is a Hispanic male in his late 20s or early 30s, with brown hair and a full beard. He was wearing a gray shirt with red lettering, a red ball cap and shorts.

The suspect fled the scene in a gray or silver Hyundai with a license plate that is believed to begin with a V, police say.

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

by Dave Emke — August 11, 2017 at 10:15 am 0

Reston residents are concerned they may have been the victim of credit card-skimming devices and are sharing information about the threat via the NextDoor community.

Last month, a Reston resident contacted Reston Now about the conversation that was taking place regarding the threat.

“My issue followed our credit cards being shut down once again from our bank,” Rick Robinson said. “They said we were a victim of ‘skimming,’ so I thought I might able to crowdsource the locations responsible or at least get feedback from the community.”

The thread Robinson started on NextDoor, a private neighborhood networking site, had numerous responses from other Restonians. Among the places they claimed they had been “skimmed” were local grocery stores, gas stations, ATMs and restaurants. Some claimed they were defrauded of thousands of dollars.

A credit-card skimmer is a small device installed over an existing terminal. The device captures and stores all details from the card’s magnetic strip as it is swiped for an otherwise legitimate transaction. The information can then be used to create a cloned card, or to make online purchases.

Robinson said his bank could not tell him where his card was “skimmed” — something he said has happened three times. Pfc. Michael Crutchman of the Fairfax County Police Department told Reston Now there have been “multiple reports” of alleged skimming activity on area residents’ cards. However, he could not provide any verified locations of the activity in Reston.

The officer provided the following safety tips to help avoid card-skimming devices when using a credit card at a terminal:

  • Pull on the place where you insert the card, ensure that it properly affixed to the terminal. If it is loose, or comes off, notify staff of the place where the card is being used, or call for police assistance.
  • Check the key/PIN pad area and look for small/pinhole cameras
  • Try to use credit cards instead of debit cards, because they are protected and insured

In June, FCPD said they had found 21 card-skimming devices in 15 locations around the county. At that time, they also said there are Bluetooth-enabled skimmers, which have no external warning signs. Police say for this reason, older gas station pumps should be avoided, as they are easier for scammers to infiltrate.

Image of Bluetooth credit card skimmer via Fairfax County Police Department

by RestonNow.com — August 10, 2017 at 1:00 pm 27 Comments

The Fairfax County Police Department says a “group of men” were involved in an altercation Wednesday evening on South Lakes Drive.

According to the FCPD, the group assaulted a 19-year-old man at about 7:10 p.m. in the 11800 block of South Lakes Drive. Two other men then attempted to intervene, police say, and they were also assaulted. All victims sustained minor injuries.

Police say the suspects are a group of black men in their 20s, all between 5-foot-7 and 5-foot-10.

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

by RestonNow.com — August 8, 2017 at 11:30 am 6 Comments

A Herndon man faces charges after police in Loudoun County say he was involved in a hit-and-run crash last week.

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 45000 block of Bentgrass Terrace in Sterling at about 2:20 a.m. last Monday for the reported incident. The suspect in the crash, identified as 26-year-old Jose Bonilla, was later found driving on Cascades Parkway.

Bonilla was charged with obstruction of justice and public intoxication before being taken to the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center.

Meanwhile, the Fairfax County Police Department’s Reston District Station reported the following crimes in recent days:

LARCENIES:

1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, cash from residence

1600 block of Cedar Hollow Way, jewelry from person

2300 block of Corporate Park Drive, computer from residence

11900 block of Freedom Drive, bicycle from residence

2300 block of Hunters Woods Plaza, merchandise from business

1800 block of Jonathan Way, bicycles from residence

11600 block of Lake Newport Road, bag from vehicle

2100 block of Mager Drive, license plate from vehicle

13200 block of Parcher Avenue, wallet from person

11000 block of Ring Road, purse from vehicle

11800 block of Spectrum Center, merchandise from business

2100 block of South Bay Lane, wallet from vehicle

2200 block of Springwood Drive, purse from vehicle

12100 block of Sunset Hills Road, merchandise from business

STOLEN VEHICLES:

1800 block of Wiehle Avenue, 2014 Hyundai Elantra

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

by Dave Emke — August 1, 2017 at 2:45 pm 4 Comments

Crime reports provided by Fairfax County Police Department in the month of July, plotted in the interactive map above, show a wide variety of incidents through the Reston District Station. Use the icon in the top left corner of the map to toggle the types of crimes displayed.

In total, FCPD’s July reports included the following breakdown of criminal incidents in the area:

The 61 larcenies represent an increase from May and June (49 and 46, respectively).

Fairfax County Police in July also arrested the ex-treasurer of the South Lakes High School athletics booster club, charging him with embezzling at least $60,000 while he was in his role.

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

The Reston District Station of FCPD covers Reston, Great Falls and portions of Herndon and Vienna.

Fairfax County’s police reports are not comprehensive lists of every police event in the stated time frame. Addresses shown indicate blocks and not specific locations, unless otherwise noted. This data was compiled using the reports released by police between July 1 and July 31, meaning some of the incidents occurred in late June.

by RestonNow.com — August 1, 2017 at 10:15 am 2 Comments

A Reston resident was awakened early Monday morning by a surprise banging on her front door.

The Fairfax County Police Department reports that a resident in the 10900 block of Wilder Point Lane heard the noise at about 4 a.m. Monday. She went to the front door and while no one was there, the door was discovered to have been damaged.

FCPD’s Reston District Station also reported the following crimes in recent days:

LARCENIES:

1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, wallet from residence

2200 block of Centreville Road, money from business

10100 block of Cottesmore Court, bracelet from residence

3100 block of Fox Hunt Lane, bicycles from parking garage

2500 block of James Madison Circle, computer from vehicle

12000 block of Market Street, property from vehicle

1400 block of North Point Village Center, merchandise from business

11100 block of South Lakes Drive, merchandise from business

1600 block of Wainwright Drive, electronic from vehicle

1400 block of Waterview Cluster, purse from vehicle

STOLEN VEHICLES:

None reported

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

In the Town of Herndon, police say a garage in the 300 block of Marjorie Lane was broken into July 23. According to the report, the thief entered through a secured door and stole a mountain bike valued at $240 along with $500 worth of additional property. The case is under investigation.

by RestonNow.com — July 25, 2017 at 3:45 pm 0

The Fairfax County Police Department says a home on Hunter Mill Road was the site of a prescription-drug theft.

According to the FCPD media release, the incident in the 1400 block of the road was reported Monday. A resident reported that she awoke from a nap and discovered someone had forced entry into her home.

Pills were the target of the thievery, which police say took place sometime after 6 p.m. Sunday, or on Monday morning.

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

by RestonNow.com — July 25, 2017 at 1:30 pm 2 Comments

A South Reston resident told police that someone broke into her apartment last week.

According to FCPD, the incident took place in the 11700 block of Ledura Court, off Springwood Drive. The apartment’s occupant said the residence had been forcibly entered. Police said that while signs of force were found, no property was taken during the break-in.

Meanwhile, FCPD’s Reston District Station also reported the following crimes in recent days:

LARCENIES:

2100 block of Astoria Circle, package from residence

11900 block of Bowman Towne Drive, electronic device from business

10300 block of Brittenford Drive, purse and backpack from vehicle

12900 block of Centre Park Circle, bicycle from residence

1600 block of Crowell Road, materials from construction site

2000 block of Golf Course Drive, wallet from vehicle

2300 block of Horseferry Court, cash from vehicle

1600 block of Reston Parkway, merchandise from business

1600 block of Reston Parkway, merchandise from business

1600 block of Reston Parkway, electronic device from business

2300 block of Soapstone Drive, beer from business

9200 block of White Chimney Lane, wallet from business

STOLEN VEHICLES:

None reported

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

by Kalina Newman — July 20, 2017 at 1:15 pm 2 Comments

A jury duty scam that circulated in 2014 has returned, the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office says.

Several Fairfax County residents have recently reported phone calls from a man claiming to be named “Sergeant Davis.” Victims are told that they have an outstanding warrant and must provide credit card information or purchase a Green Dot money card from Walgreens or CVS to wire over to the scammer.

The perpetrator has attempted several angles in order to scam money off residents. People have been told that they have missed a jury duty court date, failed to pay a utility bill or owe the IRS for unpaid taxes.

According to the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office:

Telephone scammers, FALSELY claiming to be Sheriff’s deputies, are seeking personal information and threatening you with arrest so that they can take your money. The scammers may request credit card information for court costs and provide you with a “new” court date. Or they will direct you to go to Walmart, CVS or Rite Aid and purchase a green dot money card. PLEASE HANG UP on these scammers! Do not give out personal information such as your Social Security number, bank account or credit card numbers, passwords or any other identifying information about yourself or your family members. Regularly monitor all of your monetary accounts and always use strong passwords.

Learn more about avoiding various scams, how to recover from identity theft and how to report if you have been the victim of a financial crime. Please share this information with your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers.

Anyone who thinks they have fallen victim to one of these scams should report it through the county’s Financial Crimes Information and Reporting System.

Similar scams have been reported in other jurisdictions, including Arlington.

by Dave Emke — July 20, 2017 at 10:00 am 14 Comments

(This article was updated at 2:05 p.m. with comment from SLHS Principal Kim Retzer.)

Police say the former treasurer of the South Lakes High School athletics booster club pocketed tens of thousands of dollars from the club.

The Fairfax County Police Department says 58-year-old Robert Clinage took at least $60,000 from the club while volunteering as treasurer, a role he was in until last year.

According to their report:

After [Clinage stepped away] from his position as treasurer, other members noticed a large amount of money missing from the booster’s bank account. The boosters conducted an internal audit of their account which initially discovered the shortcoming. A subsequent criminal investigation began in December 2016, and charges were filed in June of this year.

As booster clubs are independent of school districts, Clinage was not an employee of the school. Kim Retzer, South Lakes High School principal, responded in an email sent to the entire SLHS community.

As many of you have seen, a former South Lakes Booster Club member was arrested recently for embezzlement of Athletic Booster funds. This is an on-going investigation so there is little I can comment on. What I can share is that I am grateful for the current Booster board members who have faced this situation head on and are fully cooperating with authorities.

Once the new board took over in the fall of 2016, they engaged a CPA to assist with the review of historical transactions and provide ongoing professional assistance. They have fully reviewed and revised the by-laws including implementing term limits and new criteria for board members. They also added an additional financial position to the board to increase safeguards for handling funds. Protocols around handling financial transactions have been further defined with additional safeguards put in place.

The Activities Office and I will continue to work closely with the Booster Club as they work through this situation. I am confident in the current board of highly dedicated parents who are focused on doing what is necessary to revitalize the Booster Club and provide support to our school.

Clinage turned himself in last week, according to FCPD, and was taken to the county’s Adult Detention Center. We have a request out to FCPD for further information, which will be provided once it becomes available.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Solvers or by texting “TIP187” plus the message to CRIMES(274637).

by Kalina Newman — July 19, 2017 at 4:00 pm 12 Comments

A Loudoun County jury this week told a Maryland man that his penchant for stealing wheels would cost him a lifetime in prison.

Jason Brooks, 37, who police have connected to multiple tire and rim thefts in the area, was sentenced Tuesday to more than 137 years behind bars. His arrest in 2016 followed two previous felony charges for grand larceny in Loudoun County with intent to sell stolen property.

Brooks’ sentence includes being found guilty of six counts of grand larceny, six counts of larceny with intent to sell, three counts of destruction of property and three counts of tampering with an automobile. Police in Fairfax County have said that Brooks has also been connected to seven different tire and rim thefts here between March and July 2016, two of which occurred in Herndon.

According to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, Brooks’ apartment and a storage unit rented in his name contained bags of lug nuts, lug nut keys and business cards for “Jay’s Deals on Wheels.”

Following the guilty verdicts, according to an official statement, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Eric Pohlner asked the jury to hand down a sentence that told Brooks “Jay’s Deals on Wheels is hereby shutdown.”

Brooks will face his final sentence from Loudoun County in October, and he still faces his additional charges in Fairfax County and two other jurisdictions.

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