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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Fairfax Police Discover Guns Used in Robberies, 450 THC Vape Pens in Herndon Man’s House

Fairfax County police recently arrested a Herndon man and charged him with seven larcenies in connection with a stash of guns and drug paraphernalia.

Two weeks ago, an officer smelled marijuana coming from a car, which had been sitting in the 12100 block of Sunset Hills Road for awhile, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.

After speaking with the driver, Brandon Hernandez, 19, of Herndon, officers searched the car and discovered more than a pound of marijuana along with a handgun, ammunition, THC cartridges and cash, police say.

Police arrested Hernandez and the two passengers in the car — Kevin Fernandez, 20, of Herndon and Guillermo Alfaro, 20, of Reston.

FCPD then teamed up with the Herndon Police Department to obtain a search warrant for Hernandez’s home. Police say they ended up seizing seven loaded weapons, which have been linked to several burglaries and armed robberies in the area, and more than 450 THC vape pens.

Hernandez is currently being held without bond, and more charges are pending as detectives continue to investigate, according to police.

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Crime Roundup: Great Falls Homeowner Finds Broken Window, Trespassing Evidence

A Great Falls homeowner found on Sunday (March 10) a broken rear window and evidence that people had been inside the home, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.

Police said that nothing of value was taken because the house in the 9700 block of Mill Run Drive was vacant.

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 vehicle

2500 block of Centreville Road, wallet from location

2200 block of Colts Neck Road, jewelry from residence

2200 block of Colts Neck Road, bag and jewelry from residence

12800 block of Fantasia Drive, medication from residence

12000 block of Greywing Square, airbag from vehicle

12000 block of Greywing Square airbags from vehicle

12000 block of Greywing Square airbag and steering wheel from vehicle

11400 block of Heritage Commons Way, wallet from residence

1200 block of Lamplighter Way, license plates from vehicle

1400 block of North Point Village Center, merchandise from business

11600 block of North Shore Drive, medication from residence

1200 block of Reston Avenue, electronic device from vehicle

10100 block of Walker Lake, pistols from residence

2200 block of White Cornus Lane, airbags from vehicle

1800 block of Wiehle Avenue, beer from business

11900 block of Winterthur Lane, airbag from vehicle

STOLEN VEHICLES:

None reported

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BREAKING: Police Investigating Another BB&T Bank Robbery on Fox Mill Road

Updated at 3:30 p.m. on March 13 — Police said a man entered the bank at 1:14 p.m., implied he had a gun and demanded money. He was given cash before leaving the bank on foot, according to the police report. Police also added a height range to the description of the suspect, saying that the man was “5’6″-5’7″ tall.”

Earlier: Just weeks after a robbery in late February, police are back at the BB&T Bank at 2513 Fox Mill Road in Reston investigating another robbery.

Police officers were on the scene at 2 p.m. today (March 12), the Fairfax County Police Department tweeted.

FCPD described the suspect as a “Middle Eastern man wearing black hat and black clothing,” adding that he left in a vehicle that was possibly a silver SUV or minivan.

People are advised to avoid the area.

The same bank was robbed on Feb. 21, according to police. Police are asking the public to help identify the suspect in that robbery, who was described as “light-skinned, 20 to 30 years old, 5’8″ tall, thin build, wearing a dark gray shirt, light-colored jacket and a gray cap,” according to a police report.

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Crime Roundup: Homeowner Finds Three Strangers Inside House

Updated at 9:45 a.m. — Corrects the area for the home’s location. 

A homeowner near Reston found three unknown men standing in the home last Thursday (Feb. 28), according to the Fairfax County Police Department.

Police say the homeowner heard a noise coming from the back of the home in the 1400 block of Wynhurst Lane around 6:06 p.m. The three men “ran away after being startled by the homeowner,” the report says.

“All three males were dressed in dark clothing with hoods pulled over their heads,” according to the report.

No property was taken, according to the report.

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

LARCENIES:

2300 block of Hunters Woods Plaza, beer from business

STOLEN VEHICLES:

1800 block of Wiehle Avenue, 2016 Ford Explorer

Herndon police arrested and charged a 27-year-old Herndon man with burglary after they found him locked inside of a store in the 1000 block of Elden Street attempting to steal a case of beer on Friday (March 1).

The man told officers that he fell asleep in the bathroom before the store closed and was planning on leaving the store with the beer, according to the report. He was transported to the Fairfax Adult Detention Center where he was held without bond.

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Herndon Police Seek Help Identifying Suspect in Attempted Abduction

The Herndon Police Department is seeking the public’s help to identify a suspect in an attempted abduction back in September.

The sketches are of the same suspect as described by two different witnesses, according to the police department.

Police said a woman was walking home in the area of Elden and Locust streets at 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 4 when a man tried to convince her to leave the area with him. When she refused, he grabbed her and tried to lead her away, but the woman was able to escape and run away, according to police.

The suspect then approached the woman a second time and attempted to carry her away. A witness intervened, prompting the man to leave the area to an unknown location.

The police say “the suspect is a Hispanic male, 20-23 years old, with short, black hair, facial hair, a black t-shirt, khaki/light brown shorts, and off-white shoes.”

Anyone who identifies the suspect should call the police department at 703-435-6846.

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Crime Roundup: Herndon Woman Arrested in Connection with Husband’s Death

Herndon police arrested a Herndon woman in connection with a domestic assault that caused her husband’s death, according to the Herndon Police Department.

Thuan Tran, 79, was transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries last Tuesday (Feb. 19) after he was assaulted in his home in the 400 block of Patrick Lane, police say.

Police took his wife, 77-year-old Nhan Pham, into custody at the scene and charged her with malicious wounding.

Tran died on Friday (Feb. 22) “as a result of the injuries sustained during this incident,” according to the report.

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

Herndon police detectives are working with the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office to amend the charges, according to the report.

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

LARCENIES:

11900 block of Bowman Towne Drive, cash and document from location

2400 block of Centreville Road, merchandise from business

9800 block of Georgetown Pike, merchandise from business

10800 block of Hunter Gate Way, wallet from vehicle

2300 block of Hunters Woods Plaza, beer from business

1400 block of Lake Fairfax Drive, wallet from residence

12200 block of Laurel Glade Court, property from residence

11900 block of Market Street, merchandise from business

11500 block of Maple Ridge Road, license plate from vehicle

1800 block of Michael Faraday Drive, laptop computer from business

1500 block of Northgate Square, package from residence

Olde Georgetown Court/Georgetown Pike, documents from vehicle

11400 block of Orchard Lane, license plate from vehicle

11100 block of South Lakes Drive, cell phone from location

12000 block of Starboard Drive, license plate from vehicle

12100 block of Sunset Hills Road, merchandise from business

1800 block of Town Center Parkway, cell phone from residence

STOLEN VEHICLES:

None reported

Fairfax County police arrested a man who was living in a vacant Reston apartment.

The property manager for the apartment in the 1800 block of Oracle Way alerted police about the man on Friday, Feb. 15. Police found the man and confirmed he was not a resident, according to the report.

Police arrested and charged 23-year-old Michael Spruill of no fixed address with unlawful entry and destruction of property.

Sheriff’s deputies found a stolen gray car without license plates in Herndon. The car was stolen last Tuesday (Feb. 19) in Sterling, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office. The case stolen auto case is still under investigation.

Herndon police are investigating their own stolen auto case. A 2008 Grey Pontiac Vibe was reportedly stolen between 11 a.m. and 10 p.m. last Tuesday (Feb. 19) after it was parked in the 1000 block of Knight Lane, and the key was left inside the unlocked car.

Herndon police are investigating an armed robbery that happened in the 1100 block of Elden Street last Monday (Feb. 18). A man demanded personal property from a victim and then ran away when the victim tried to call the police, according to police. The victim’s personal property was recovered.

“The suspect is described as a Hispanic male between 19-21 years of age wearing a black blue hoodie/jacket with the hood up and black pants,” according to the report.

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Police Seek Help Identifying Suspect in BB&T Bank Robbery

The Fairfax County Police Department is seeking the public’s help to identify a man suspected of robbing the BB&T Bank on Fox Mill Road yesterday.

The police department released a photo of the suspect today (Feb. 22).

Just before 2:30 p.m. yesterday (Feb. 21), a man entered the bank (2513 Fox Mill Road), implied he had a gun and demanded money, according to the police report. He was given cash and then fled on foot.

“The suspect is described as light-skinned, 20 to 30 years old, 5’8″ tall, thin build, wearing a dark gray shirt, light colored jacket and a gray cap,” according to the report.

Police arrived on scene and searched the area, according to the report. No one was injured.

Anyone with information about the incident should call the police department at 703-246-7800.

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Fairfax Police Investigating Robbery at BB&T on Fox Mill Road

Police are investigating a bank robbery that happened at the BB&T Bank at 2513 Fox Mill Road in Reston.

Police are “searching for a man initially described as white, 20-30 years old, thin, 5’9″, gray cap, light colored jacket and dark colored shirt,” according to a tweet from the Fairfax County Police Department at 2:58 p.m. today (Feb. 21).

Police want locals to “please be aware of first responders” in the area.

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Crime Roundup: Reston Man Charged for Valentine’s Day Assault

Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Reston man on Valentine’s Day after he allegedly assaulted a woman in Sterling.

Deputies responded around 1 p.m. on Valentine’s Day to the 400 block of Bailey Court — the area where a female reported that a man she knows unlawfully entered her residence twice that day.

The man woke up the woman after entering her home in the morning and then fled with the woman’s purse after another resident in the home confronted him, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.

“He then returned later in the day and again entered the home unlawfully,” the report says, adding that the man grabbed the woman and would not allow her to use her phone to call for help.

“The suspect then pushed the victim and a brief altercation ensued” before the man fled the area, police say.

Police arrested 20-year-old Chester S. Wesley of Reston and charged him with two counts of burglary, two counts of simple assault, trespassing, stalking, petit larceny, grand larceny, abduction and robbery.

Wesley is being held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center on no bond.

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

LARCENIES:

11100 block of Saffold Way, wallet from vehicle

6500 block of Springfield Towne Center, cell phone from location

12100 block of Sunset Hills Road, wallet from location

STOLEN VEHICLES:

11000 block of Saffold Way, 2014 Hyundai Sonata

Herndon police are trying to find the armed robber who took off with an undisclosed amount of cash from a Herndon business.

The robber entered the business in the 1100 block of Crestview Drive shortly after midnight on Feb. 10, according to the Herndon Police Department. The suspect then “displayed a weapon and indicated to the victim he wanted cash” before getting away.

“The suspect is described as possibly a black male, wearing all black, a mask, and gloves,” according to the Herndon Police Department.

The case is currently under investigation.

Herndon police say an unknown number of suspects broke a basement window and entered a Herndon home in the 800 block of Locust Street sometime between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8. Nothing was reportedly taken from the home. Police are currently investigating the case.

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Crime Roundup: Herndon Resident Finds Jewelry, Clothes Missing From Apartment

A Herndon resident came home on Saturday (Feb. 9) to find her door damaged and items out of place in her apartment, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.

Police said it appeared that jewelry and clothing were taken. The unidentified woman got back to her place in the 2300 block of Rolling Fork Circle around 3 p.m.

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

LARCENIES:

2100 block of Centreville Road, electronic devices from business

10400 block of Dunn Meadow Road, purse from vehicle

2300 block of Hunters Woods Plaza, bag from location

2300 block of Hunters Woods Plaza, beer from business

2300 block of Hunters Woods Plaza, beer from business

2000 block of Maleady Drive, cell phone from residence

1800 block of Oracle Way, watches from residence

11600 block of Plaza America Drive, keys from location

1100 block of Springvale Road, wallet from location

12100 block of Sunset Hills Road, wallet from location

12100 block of Sunset Hills Road, merchandise from business

1800 block of Town Center Parkway, passport from location

STOLEN VEHICLES: 

None reported

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Crime Roundup: Great Falls Home Burglarized on Friday

A burglar broke into a Great Falls home and stole personal property on Friday, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.

The homeowner came home at 8:25 p.m. on Feb. 1 to find the front door open and rooms in disarray. Police found evidence that someone had forced entry to the rear sliding door of the home in the 10000 block of Park Royal Drive, according to the report.

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

LARCENIES:

2400 block of Centreville Road, liquor from business

2400 block of Centreville Road, merchandise from business

11400 block of Commerce Park Drive, electronic devices from location

2000 block of Edmund Halley Drive, chainsaws from construction site

11000 block of Grey Squirrel Lane, bag from car

12000 block of Laurel Glade Court, wallet from apartment

11000 block of Plaza America Road, merchandise from store

11700 block of Stratford House Place, credit cards from location

12000 block of Wrexham Road, mail from vehicle

STOLEN VEHICLES:

None reported

Deputies arrested a 34-year-old Herndon woman at the Ashburn CVS on Saturday (Feb. 2), according to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.

Around 7:36 p.m., deputies responded to a call for a woman acting upset inside the store in the 44800 block of Russell Branch Parkway. The woman was unable to maintain her balance while standing, according to the report. Deputies found narcotics and drug paraphernalia on the woman and charged her with public intoxication and possession of paraphernalia.

She is being held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center on a secured bond.

That same day, Herndon police responded to a call of shots fired in the 900 block of Barton Oaks Place shortly after midnight. Officers checked the area, but did not find any suspects, according to the Herndon Police Department. Later that same morning, police responded to a call of a bullet that was found inside a home nearby. No injuries were reported.

Police are still investigating the case.

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Crime Roundup: Herndon Police Investigating Armed Robbery

Herndon police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred at an Elden Street business.

Around 5:55 p.m. on Jan. 20, the suspect entered the business in the 1000 block of Elden Street, displayed a weapon and demanded cash, according to the Herndon Police Department.

After a confrontation with the victim, the suspect then fled the store without cash or merchandise, police say.

The report gave the following description for the suspect:

The suspect is described as a heavy-set, Hispanic male, wearing a dark gray and orange color jacket with the hood on, orange or red beanie hat under the hood, light color pants with a square pattern, dark color gloves, and a white bandana with black spots covering the bottom half of his face. He was wearing black Nike shoes with white swoosh and soles.

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

LARCENIES:

2200 block of Cocquina Drive, license plate from vehicle

1700 block of Jonathan Way, package from residence

1700 Lake Shore Crest Drive, theft of services

11000 block of Sunset Hills Road, purse from vehicle

STOLEN VEHICLES:

None reported

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