Crime Roundup: No Major Incidents This Week

The past week was unusually quiet week for crime. The Fairfax County Police Department and the Herndon Police Department released no reports of major incidents in the area.

However, FCPD’s Reston District Station did report the following minor incidents in recent days:

LARCENIES:

11900 block of Bowman Towne Drive, cell phone from location

2200 block of Coppersmith Square, tools from vehicle

13300 block of Glen Echo Circle, backpack and cash from vehicle

13300 block of Glen Echo Circle, backpack and cash from vehicle

12700 block of Oak Farms Drive, purses and wallet from residence

11700 block of Sunset Hills Road, beer from business

STOLEN VEHICLES:

None reported

Photo via FCPD

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Death Investigation Prompts Short Closure of Baron Cameron Park

Baron Cameron Park’s facilities have reopened after a death investigation last week prompted a brief closure.

Fairfax County police received a call around 1 p.m. last Tuesday (Sept. 3) about a dead body, a police spokesperson told Reston Now. Police conducted a death investigation and said that there was no threat to the public.

Judy Pedersen, a spokesperson for the Fairfax County Park Authority, told Reston Now that the park’s facilities were closed “for a short time on Friday” in connection with the police investigation.

Pederson said as of yesterday (Monday) morning that the park’s facilities have now all reopened.

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger of self-harm, call 911 or the Department of Human Services’ emergency services line at 703-527-4077. 

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New Details Released on Officer-involved Shooting and Crime Spree in Downtown Herndon

Herndon Police Chief Maggie DeBoard said the two Maryland men arrested on Labor Day in connection with an armed robbery, shooting at a police officer, and a carjacking in downtown Herndon have “extensive criminal histories” and may be connected to other similar incidents in the county.

At a debriefing before the Herndon Town Council earlier this week, DeBoard released new details about the incident that happened near Locust Street. She said police officers responded quickly and effectively, even though there were only four people on duty when the incident happened at around 7:20 p.m. that day.

Edward Maul Mejia Sandoval, 22, was charged with two counts of robbery and two counts of threatening to abduct with the intent to defile. Manual Enrique Casco, 34, was charged with robbery, carjacking and the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.

Police believe the suspects were attempting to rob a business in downtown Herndon that evening. As the incident was unfolding, one of the two women assaulted by the men spotted a police cruiser parked in the store’s security camera footage. The woman alerted the police officer — who was filling out paperwork in the cruiser and happened to be near the scene at the time — about the armed robbery. The officer — whose name has not been disclosed — immediately began to chase the suspects as they fled from the business, police said.

During the foot pursuit, one of the suspects shot at the police officer. The officer responded by shooting back. No one was injured or hit during the exchange, police said.

Sandoval was arrested with the help of two off-duty police officers and an EMT from the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department. After a brief search, Casco was arrested nearly thirty minutes later after police received a report of a carjacking up the street near Guapos.

The Fairfax County Police Department has taken over the criminal investigation due to the town’s limited resources, DeBoard said. The officer-involved shooting was a first for all three commanders on the scene at the time, she said.

“When you have an incident of this magnitude and this high enough of a threat, it becomes extremely dangerous and challenging,” DeBoard told the council.

The Herndon Police Department is conducting an internal affairs investigation. The county’s Commonwealth Attorney will determine if the police officer’s use of a gun was justified. Thus far, the suspects have not been charged with attempted capital murder.

The incident was captured with body camera footage. DeBoard also said the Herndon Town Council’s $25,000 investment in technology to track police cruisers helped police respond to the scene by tracking the cruiser.

Details about the business robbed by the suspects, the names of the victims, and the name of the officer will not be released for privacy and safety reasons, the police chief said. The department may release the officer’s name later this week if it determines there is no threat to safety.

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Minors Targeted in Separate Indecent Exposure Incidents in Herndon

Several minors were targeted in separate indecent exposure incidents in Herndon in late August on Elden Street.

On August 29, minor victims told police that a man they knew exposed his genitals to them on the 1200 block of Elden Street.

Jabril Mohamed, 47, of Herndon, was arrested for taking indecent liberties with a child and indecent exposure, according to the Herndon Police Department.

In a separate incident also on the 1200 block of Elden Street, a minor said a man she knew was recording her in her room while she was getting dressed. The incident happened on August 29.

Salvador Arnoldo Lima Reyes, 35, of Herndon, was arrested for creating an unlawful image of a minor.

Both men were taken to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center where they were being held without bond. The Town of Herndon released information about the incidents yesterday (September 3).

Photo via Herndon Police Department

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Months After Fatal Hit-and-run, Police Search for Driver that Killed Local Teen

Local police are still looking for the driver of a car who hit and killed Marvin Daniel Cruz Serrano, 16, of Reston in December.

Police said the vehicle was likely a sedan, according to witness accounts. The make, model and driver of the car are unknown.

The Fairfax County Police Department requests any with information to call the department’s crash reconstruction unit at 703-280-0543. Tips can be submitted anonymously by calling 1-866-411-TIPS or by text by sending “fccs” to 847411.

Seranno was killed while walking across South Lakes Drive towards Castle Rock Square on December 31.

Photo via Madison Grace Shannon/Facebook

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Man Abducted and Robbed in Field Near Alabama Drive

A man was abducted and robbed near Alabama Drive last week.

According to the Herndon Police Department, the victim said two men with handguns told him to get into a car.

They then drove him to a field, where they took cash and his cell phone, police said.

Local police believe the victim was taken to an area in Centreville.  The case is under investigation and no other information was immediately available.

Photo via Herndon Police Department

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Crime Roundup: Request for Cigarettes Turns Violent

A request for a cigarette turned violent on August 22. According to the Fairfax County Police Department, a suspect asked someone for a cigarette. When the victim did not provide a cigarette, the suspect pushed the individual and stole a purse.

The suspect is described as a black teenager with a thin built. The incident happened around 4 p.m.

In a separate incident, police believe two teenagers assaulted a victim and took personal items on August 22. The incident happened near the 2200 block of Millrace Lane at around 1:30 a.m. The suspects were described as Hispanic men. One suspect is thin and the other is heavyset, police said.

In a separate incident, a home on the 13300 block of Misty Dawn Drive was burglarized on August 21. Police believe someone broke into the home overnight and stole personal items.

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

LARCENIES:

11900 block of Bowman Towne Drive, wallet from location

9800 block of Georgetown Pike, merchandise from business

1700 block of Ivy Oak Square, wallet from vehicle

11900 block of Market Street, earrings from business

12100 block of Sunset Hills Road, merchandise from business

STOLEN VEHICLES:

2000 block of Capstone Circle, 2010 Acura TL

2200 block of Double Eagle Court, 2010 Chevrolet Suburban

11600 block of Stoneview Square, 2017 Honda Civic

As we reported last week, Reston Wellness, a massage therapy business was robbed on August 20. Two men took cash from the business and ran away. The investigation is ongoing.

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Armed Men Rob Massage Therapy Business at Gunpoint

Two men robbed a massage therapy business at gunpoint on Tuesday (August 20).

Police believe the armed men demanded money after displaying a handgun at Reston Wellness, a massage therapist at 11250 Roger Bacon Drive.

The incident happened around 4:55 p.m.

The suspects were described as Hispanic or Middle Eastern men in their early 20s. The employee who reported the incident police said the men took an undisclosed amount of cash and ran away.

Photo via Google Maps

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Crime Roundup: Boys with Gun Take Bikes in Reston

Two juveniles — one of whom was armed with a gun — took the bicycles of two other juveniles in Reston last week.

The victims were walking near the intersection of North Shoer Drive and Wainwright Drive at around 8 p.m. on Thursday, August 15 when two other juveniles demanded their bicycles at gunpoint.

Police believe the suspects are boys. One was wearing a blue shirt and black shorts and the other was wearing a white shirt with black dots.

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

LARCENIES:

6300 block of Alderman Drive, wallet from location

1700 block of Clubhouse Road, property from business

13300 block of Fones Place, backpack from vehicle

2300 block of Hunters Woods Plaza, cell phone from location

2500 block of John Milton Drive, liquor from business

2100 block of Whisperwood Glen Lane, wallet from location

1800 block of Wiehle Avenue, bag from location

STOLEN VEHICLES:

None reported

In a separate incident, a Reston woman was charged with driving while intoxicated and refusal to provide a breath test on August 17.

Alexandra Gilmore, 33, was arrested on near Hogback Mountain Drive, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.

Photo via FCPD

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Crime Roundup: Man Robbed on Monaghan Drive

A man was robbed by several suspects as he walked home along Monaghan Drive on Wednesday, August 7.

Police reported that the suspects covered the victim’s face and stole cash, a visa, passport and cell phone. 

The incident happened on the 2100 block of Monaghan Drive at around 9:30 p.m. No injuries were reported.

In a separate incident, someone stole jewelry and a safe from a home on the 2300 block of Duke of Bedford Court in Thursday, August 8.

The Fairfax County Police Department is investigating both incidents.

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

LARCENIES:

2500 block of Centreville Road, beer from business

2300 block of Colts Brook Drive, jewelry from residence

2100 block of Centreville Road, shoes and backpacks from business

9900 block of Colvin Run Road, credit cards from vehicle

2300 block of Hunters Woods Plaza, beer from business

1900 block of Isaac Newton Square, wallet from location

9000 block of Jeffery Road, mail from residence

11500 block of Leesburg Pike, wallet from location

13100 block of Parcher Avenue, cash from business

12100 block of Sunset Hills Road, electronic devices from business

 STOLEN VEHICLES:

None reported

In another case, a woman is suspected of trespassing in a home on the 13400 block of Parcher Drive.

Police said the woman, who came inside the garage, was looking for a woman who she believed lived at the house.

She was described as a white female with blonde hair and was wearing a white shirt and blue pants. Police said she was last seen running westbound on Parcher Avenue.

The incident happened on Thursday, August 8 at 10:52 a.m.

Photo via FCPD

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Man Robbed While Walking Along Herndon Parkway

A man was robbed late last month while walking along the 1200 block of Herndon Parkway.

Police said two suspects stole a wallet form the man as he walked home around 11 p.m. on July 29.

The suspects were described as Hispanic males. One was wearing a mask, shorts and white sneakers and the other was wearing a mask, pants and white sneakers.

The suspects took off on foot towards Parcher Avenue after the robbery.

No injuries were reported.

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Crime Roundup: Herndon Man Arrested in Assault Incident

Town of Herndon police arrested a resident for allegedly assaulting someone.

Police said that a fight broke out among a group of people shortly after 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 1, in the 1100 block of Elden Street.

“The victim sustained lacerations to his hand when he attempted to break up the fight,” according to the police report. “He was transported to Reston Hospital where he was treated for his injuries.”

Police arrested and charged 33-year-old Jorge Daniel Cruz Martinez with aggravated assault, narcotics violation, and drunkenness.

Martinez is 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:

1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, bicycle from residence

12700 block of Fantasia Drive, package from residence

13300 block of Glen Echo Circle, bicycle from location

4100 block of Hummer Road, merchandise from business

1900 block of Isaac Newton Square, wallet from location

1400 block of Lake Fairfax Drive, cash from location

1400 block of Lake Fairfax Drive, wallet and cell phone from location

1800 block of Library Street, cell phone from location

3300 block of South Jefferson Street, merchandise from business

12000 block of South Lakes Drive, tools from vehicle

11700 block of Sunrise Valley Drive, electronic devices from vehicle

11700 block of Sunrise Valley Drive, laptop bag and jewelry from vehicle

12000 block of Sunrise Valley Drive, purse from vehicle

1600 block of Reston Parkway, merchandise from business

STOLEN VEHICLES:

None reported

In a separate incident, Herndon police are investigating a robbery that happened on Monday, July 29, around 11 p.m. in the 12 block of Herndon Parkway.

Police said that two men robbed a man who was walking home and ran off with the victim’s wallet towards Parcher Avenue.

“The suspects are Hispanic males; one was wearing a mask, shorts, and white sneakers and the other was wearing a mask, pants, and white sneakers,” police said.

File photo

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Herndon Man to Serve Prison Sentence for Cyberstalking New York Woman

A Herndon man was sentenced to one year in prison last week for cyberstalking a woman in New York for more than three years.

Brandon Theresa, 21, used the woman’s online accounts without her permission, created fake accounts using her name and sent information from her account in order to embarrass her, according to court documents.

Investigators said that when the victim tried to cut off communication with Theresa, the man made U.S. Postal Service delivery accounts in the names of her friends and family to receive updates on the victim’s activities and the people in her life.

“He used this information to track down the victim, using anonymizing technologies that made it difficult for the victim to block the communications,” according to a release by the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.

He continued to stalk the victim until federal authorities searched his home after receiving a search warrant in December last year.

Investigators believe Theresa stalked the woman between May 2015 and December 2018.

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Crime Roundup: Reston Man Arrested in Unlawful Entry Incident

A Reston man was arrested when a homeowner spotted him from his home from his security cameras on Monday (July 29).

Andre Irick, 23, was arrested near the home on the 12000 block of Fox View Way around 12:07 a.m. that day, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.

The homeowner saw the man from his security camera and also heard noise coming from downstairs. Police believe Irick ran away as the homeowner shouted at him to leave his home.

Irick was charged with unlawful entry.

In an unrelated incident, a home on the 13000 block of Shea Place was ransacked sometime in mid-to-late July. FCPD released no other information about the incident.

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

LARCENIES:

1700 block of Business Center Drive, cell phone from business

7100 block of Capitol View Drive, tool from location

1600 block of Chimney House Road, cash from location

1300 block of Cold Harbor Court, package from residence

13400 block of Farm Crest Court, bicycle from residence

1800 block of Fountain Drive, cash from business

11400 block of Isaac Newton Square, wallet and keys from location

2200 block of Gunsmith Square, cash from vehicle

11600 block of Hunters Green Court, license plate from vehicle

13000 block of Laurel Tree Lane, wallet from vehicle

11900 block of Market Street, merchandise from business

13300 block of Misty Dawn Drive, purse from vehicle

1600 block of Reston Parkway, merchandise from business

11800 block of Sunrise Valley Drive, golf cart from location

12500 block of Sunrise Valley Drive, cell phone from location

12100 block of Sunset Hills Road, purse and cell phone from vehicle

12100 block of Sunset Hills Road, wallet from vehicle

STOLEN VEHICLES:

None reported

As we reported earlier in the week, a Reston man was charged with obstrucion of justice on Thursday (July 25).

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Local Police Seek Community Help in Hunters Woods Death Investigation

At a public meeting on Monday (July 29), local police turned to the community for help as it investigates a suspicious death that happened behind Hunters Woods Plaza in late June.

Local law enforcement and Hunter Mill District Supervisor Cathy Hudgins met with the community Monday night to discuss the ongoing investigation.

Jose Lorenzo Guillen Mejia, 24, of Reston, was found dead near a walking trail on Sunday, June 24 near a wooded area between Hunters Woods Plaza and Breton Court. Mejia was found with trauma to his upper body and was pronounced dead at the scene.

“Remember, the information you have, regardless of how trivial it may be, could be the critical link in solving this case,” according to handouts distributed during the meeting.

Police encouraged anyone with information about the incident to contact the Major Crimes Bureau at 703-246-7800. Tips can be submitted  by calling 1-866-311-TIPS or by texting “TIP187 plus the messages CRIMES.”

Photo via handout/FCPD

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