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Full Trial on Nabra Hassanen Murder Goes to Court Early Next Year

Darwin Martinez Torres, 23, accused of raping and murdering Nabra Hassanen, 17, of Reston, will be going to trial in January.

According to the Fairfax Circuit Court Clerk’s Office, motions for the case are scheduled for Nov. 29 and the date for the full trial in January has not been established yet.

Torres’ seven-count indictment includes charges of rape and capital murder.

Prosecutors in the case plan to introduce evidence that Torres was a member of MS-13, though the police are not saying that the crime was gang-related, according to the Washington Post.

Hassanen was attacked when she was returning from the All Dulles Area Muslim Society Center in Sterling after a pre-dawn meal in June 2017. Fairfax County police say Hassanen was attacked with a baseball bat before she was abducted, sexually assaulted, and killed. Her body was found in a pond near Torres’ apartment and police believe the crime was not motivated by Hassanen’s religion, but was a road rage incident.

The Washington Post also reports that Torres’ defense team is alleging that Torres is intellectually disabled as a result of toxins in a gold mine near where he grew up in El Salvador. If Torres is found to have significant mental issues, he cannot receive the death penalty.

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Crime Roundup: Discovery of Body Remains Under Investigation

The discovery of a body on the 1500 block of Browns Chapel Road remains under investigation.

The Fairfax County Police Department has not released any additional details about the incident. The body was found the morning of Nov. 2. No information about the nature of the investigation was available as of today (Tuesday).

Major crime incidents were minimal this week, but FCPD did report the following incidents in recent days:

LARCENIES:

11200 block of Chestnut Grove Square, cash from location

12100 block of Sunset Hills Road, watch from residence

1900 block of Reston Metro Plaza, electronic devices from location

STOLEN VEHICLES:

None reported

As we reported last week, four men were arrested after a high-speed police pursuit Wednesday night.

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Breaking: Four Men Arrested After High Speed Chase

Four men were arrested after a high-speed police pursuit Wednesday night near the intersection of Sunrise Valley Drive and Fairfax County Parkway.

A police officer attempted to stop a car stopped on the 2000 block of Cocquina Drive when he noticed a traffic violation, according to the Fairfax County Police Department. The driver, Douglas Arriola Acosta, 38, of Centreville, sped off in the car.

He was arrested after a police pursuit a short while later. The passengers, Ronald Medina Aguilar, 38, of Herndon, Jose Timeuz, 25, of Reston, and William Guillen Melendez, 29, of Reston, were charged with being drunk in public.

Acosta was treated at Reston Hospital Center for a K-9 bite and charged with speed to elude, driving while intoxicated, and driving on a revoked license.

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Crime Roundup: Indecent Exposure, Theft Reported at Safeway in Hunters Woods

A man stole items from the Safeway in Hunters Woods Village Center, hit an employee and exposed himself as he left the grocery store on Sunday night.

Mario Cubias Rodriguez, 21, of Reston, was charged with simple assault, petit larceny, indecent exposure, and public intoxication, according to the Fairfax County Police Department. The incident happened at around 7:43 p.m.

In a separate incident on Saturday, a man came home to find a stranger sleeping on his couch at his home on the 11800 block of Freedom Drive at around 2:09 a.m.

Constantine Aldrin, 37, of Reston, was charged with unlawful entry.

On Nov. 1, a man awakened a woman who was sleeping outside on the 1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, pepper-sprayed her and tried to hit her.

John Ector, 50, was arrested and charged with malicious wounding. The incident happened at around 2:20 a.m. The woman was minor injuries.

As we reported yesterday, a man was abducted and robbed after a car resembling the ride-share he requested showed up in place of the car.

FCPD also reported the following minor incidents in recent days:

LARCENIES:

1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, license plate and bag from vehicle

2400 block of Centreville Road, liquor from business

2400 block of Centreville Road, property from business

2600 block of Paddock Gate Court, jewelry from residence

1800 block of Presidents Street, microphones and transmitter from business

12500 block of Misty Water Drive, cell phone and laptop computer from residence

12500 block of Rock Ridge Road, backpack from vehicle

South Lakes Drive at Reston Parkway, purse from vehicle

11800 block of Sunrise Valley Drive, beer from business

STOLEN VEHICLES:

None reported

Photos via Fairfax County Police Department

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Man Waiting for Rideshare Abducted After Getting into Wrong Car

A man who was using a ride-sharing app to get home was abducted when a car matching his ride pulled up instead of the car he requested on Saturday.

The man realized he had climbed into a car that he did not request when he saw three other men in the car. As the car drove out of the parking lot on Dranesville Road around 2 a.m., one of the men hit the victim several times and stole his phone, wallet, and passport.

The victim was then pushed out of the car in a cul-de-sac. His injuries were not life-threatening and the investigation is ongoing.

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Developing: Body Found on Browns Chapel Road

A body has been found on the 1500 block of Browns Chapel Road.

Detectives are investigating the scene, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.

In a tweet at around 8:43 a.m., FCPD stated they preliminarily believe there is no threat to public safety.

An observer on the scene said the body was found off of the path on the dam side of Lake Newport. Access to both ends of the dam has been cut off, the observer noted.

No other information was immediately available.

This story will be updated.

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Crime Roundup: Parking Lot Fight Ends in Arrest of Herndon Man

A fight between two men in a parking lot on the 45000 block of Waterview Plaza in Sterling resulted in an arrest on Oct. 27, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.

Michael, Nguyen, 43, of Herndon, was arrested and charged with obstruction of justice, disorderly conduct, and public intoxication. Law enforcement officials said Nguyen was fighting with another man in the area at around 9:30 p.m. When a sheriff’s deputy tried to stop the fight, Nguyen struggled with the deputy and continue to try to hit the victim again.

Nguyen was released from the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center on an unsecured bond.

In a separate incident, a drunk man was found lying on a dirt path near the 2000 block of Parkside Circle in Sterling on Oct. 27 at around 3:41 p.m., according to the LCSO.

Nicholas Meekins, 35, of Reston, was arrested and charged with public intoxication. He was released from the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center on an unsecured bond.

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

LARCENIES:

11300 block of Baron Cameron Avenue, purse from vehicle

1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, clothing, shoes and speaker from residence

2400 block of Centreville Road, license plates from vehicles

1800 block of Fountain Drive, wallet from business

Old Centerville Road/Acorn Hunt Place, tires from vehicle

11800 block of Spectrum Center, cell phone from location

2700 block of West Ox Road, purse and bag from vehicle

1800 block of Wiehle Avenue, merchandise from business

STOLEN VEHICLES:

None reported

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Herndon Man Arrested in Connection with Strangulation

The Herndon Police Department recently released information on a strangulation in the area.

Salvador Aguilar Ramos, 52, of Herndon, was arrested on Oct. 16 for assault and strangulation of a victim. The individual was known to Ramos, according to the Herndon Police Department.

The incident happened on the 500 block of Florida Avenue. Ramos is being held at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center without bond. Police released no further information about the incident.

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Crime Roundup: Sterling Residents Arrested in Target Shoplifting

Two Sterling residents were arrested Saturday night in connection with a shoplifting incident at Target (12197 Sunset Hills Road).

According to the Fairfax County Police Department, Naim Arrak, 21, ran away from police after he left the store with stolen goods. Officers quickly caught up with Arrak and found a woman, Ashley Loza, 18, waiting for him in a nearby car.

Loza was charged with grand larceny and Arrak was charged with grand larceny, larceny with intent to sell, possession of schedule two narcotics and possession of schedule four narcotics.

In a separate incident, a woman receiving medical care in an ambulance allegedly assaulted a firefighter on Oct. 17. at around 4:16 p.m.

Linda Klotz, 59, of Centreville, pulled a firefighter down onto the gurney and caused several minor injuries. She was charged with assault on a firefighter, according to police.

FCPD also reported the following incidents in recent days:

LARCENIES:

11900 block of Market Street, merchandise from business

12100 block of Sunset Hills Road, merchandise from business

11600 block of Stoneview Square, dog from residence

12100 block of Sunset Hills Road, merchandise from business

12100 block of Sunset Hills Road, merchandise from business

STOLEN VEHICLES:

13300 block of Hungerford Place, 2012 Mercedes C350

Photos via FCPD

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Crime Roundup: Indecent Exposure Incident Reported on Sunrise Valley Drive

The Fairfax County Police Department is investigating an indecent exposure incident that took place on Wednesday (Oct. 10) on the 11700 block of Sunrise Valley Drive.

A woman went out to take the trash when she saw a man expose himself to her. The victim called her boyfriend, who attempted to find the man. Police described the man as a white man with a medium build, between 30 and 40 years of age, and between 5’7” and 5’8”. He has curly, reddish-brown hair, and was wearing glasses. The investigation is ongoing.

Two home burglaries were reported on Thursday (Oct. 11). Local police responded to an alarm on the 1100 block of Mountain Hope Court at around 1:32 p.m. to discover that someone broke into the home. Property was stolen.

Another burglary on the 9700 block of Lindsay Blake Lane was reported the same day at around 6:20 p.m. The victim came home to find that several items had been taken. Both incidents are under investigation.

FCPD also reported the following incidents in recent days:

LARCENIES:

2100 block of Astoria Circle, phone from residence

2200 block of Castle Rock Square, airbag from vehicle

2400 block of Clover Field Circle, airbag from vehicle

11400 block of Commerce Park Drive, camera from business

2300 block of Field Point Road, hat from park

12200 block of Leesburg Pike, license plate from vehicle

11000 block of Market Street, wallet from business

11600 block of Plaza America Drive, bottle of wine from business

1900 block of Sagewood Lane, ladder from business

11000 block of Spectrum Center, merchandise from business

12000 block of Sunset Hills Road, merchandise from business

12000 block of Sunset Hills Road, merchandise from business

11800 block of Sunrise Valley Drive, cell phone from business

11120 block of South Lakes Drive, merchandise from business

11100 block of South Lakes Drive, wine from business

11000 block of Ring Road, package from residence

13100 block of Plotner Farm Road, airbag from vehicle

2300 block of Soapstone Drive, airbag from vehicle

10800 block of Patowmack Drive, money from residence

2700 block of Viking Drive, stroller from vehicle

STOLEN VEHICLES:

None reported

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Crime Roundup: Stranger Found in Reston Home

A stranger was founding lingering in the back of a home on the 12100 block of Stirrup Road on Oct. 1 at around 11:34 a.m.

The homeowner found the man after she heard her dog bark, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.

He drove away in a dark silver or gray sedan when she approached him. Police said he is white, roughly 55 years old, 6′ tall and around 180 pounds. He also has gray hair and a short beard.

FCPD also reported the following incidents in recent days:

LARCENIES:

2300 block of Hunters Woods Plaza, beer from business

2300 block of Hunters Woods Plaza, wine from business

13100 block of Parcher Avenue, beer from business

1000 block of Seneca Road, license plate from vehicle

11800 block of Sunrise Valley Drive, property from location

11800 block of Sunrise Valley Drive, purses from location

STOLEN VEHICLES:

None reported

Local law enforcement also advises drivers to be on the alert for deer. Fall is breeding season and almost half of all crashes with deer happen during October, November and December.

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Crime Roundup: Police Department Fires Reston Police Officer Charged in Baby’s Death

A police officer who last worked in the Reston District Station and was charged in connection with the death of his six-month-old daughter was fired on Friday (Sept. 28).

Fairfax County Police Chief Edwin Roessler Jr. fired Jason Colley, 38, following his arrest in Maryland in connection with the baby’s death, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.

Colley, of Monrovia, Md., turned himself in after an indictment was signed in late August by a Maryland judge. He was charged with child abuse in the first degree resulting in death, child abuse in the first degree resulting in severe physical injury and felony assault in the first degree. The baby died on in October last year.

Roessler Jr. called the charges against Colley “abhorrent.” No other information was released by the police department about the incident.

Colley was relieved of all law enforcement powers on April 20 when Fairfax County police learned he was a suspect in the care.

In a separate incident, a man was robbed on Friday while walking near Hunters Woods Shopping Center at around 1:30 p.m. The suspect assaulted the victim and stole personal items from him when he said he did not have any money. Police described the suspect as a white male approximately 5’11” – 6’2″ and about 150 to 180 pounds. 

Sometime between Sept. 18 and 26, a man was found sleeping inside a vacant house on the 12000 block of Kinsley Place. The owner of the house discovered a man in his 20s who appeared to be sleeping inside the home as it underwent repairs, according to police.

FCPD also reported the following incidents in recent days:

LARCENIES:

1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, wallet from location

1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, wallet from location

2300 block of Hunters Woods Plaza, liquor from business

2300 block of Hunters Woods Plaza, liquor from business

2500 block of John Eppes Road, steering wheel and airbags from vehicle

1400 block of North Point Village Center, cash from business

12900 block of Park Crescent Circle, airbag from vehicle

2000 block of Royal Fern Court, wallet from location

South Lakes Drive/Pinecrest Road, wallet from vehicle

1800 block of Town Center Parkway, ring from location

13500 block of Virginia Randolph Avenue, airbag from vehicle

STOLEN VEHICLES:

None reported

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Crime Roundup: Investigation on Target Shoplifting, Home Burglary Underway

Police continue to investigate a shoplifting incident at Target earlier this month that resulted in a multi-car police pursuit. Officers responded to Target on Sept. 17 at around 8 p.m. after an employee noticed a man was stealing merchandise. Police cars pursued the car, but the man was not found.

In a separate incident, police are investigating a home burglary on the 2200 block of Castle Rock Square. Sometime between Sept. 19 and Sept. 20, someone broke into the apartment and took electronic equipment, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.

The Herndon Police Department also continues to search for a man who they believe robbed M&T Bank in Herndon on Sept. 14. Police issued photos from a security camera but have not found the suspect yet.

FCPD also reported the following incidents in recent days:

LARCENIES:

1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, cell phone from location

12900 block of Highland Crossing Drive, medication from residence

1900 block of Reston Metro Plaza, wallet from location 

1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, cell phone from vehicle

11900 block of Democracy Drive, cell phone from business

11800 block of Spectrum Center, merchandise from business

5900 block of Kingstowne Towne Center, luggage from business

12100 block of Sunset Hills Road, liquor from business

STOLEN VEHICLES: 

None reported

On Sept. 16 just before 7 a.m., Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded found a disabled car parked in the middle of the road on Waxpool Road in Ashburn. The driver and passenger were found attempting to get into another vehicle.

Maria Alevromagiros, 34, of Herndon, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, possession of narcotics and driving on a suspended driver’s license, according to LCSO.

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Police Investigate Robbery of Herndon Business

A business on the 1000 block of Herndon Parkway was robbed on Sept. 14 (Friday) at around 5 p.m., according to the Herndon Police Department.

Police say the suspect presented a note demanding cash while displaying a black handgun. They issued the following description of the suspect: “6′ tall, slim, black male, wearing blue jeans, a long-sleeved, navy blue sweatshirt/jacket, black backpack, sunglasses, and a dark-colored du-rag under a dark colored baseball hat.”

The case is under investigation and no other information was immediately available.

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Updated: Police Find Missing Endangered Man Last Seen in Reston

Updated at 8:55 p.m.: Patrick Brown was found and is safe, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.

Earlier:

Local police are looking for a 74-year-old missing man who was last seen this morning near Wiehle Avenue and Sunset Hills Road.

The Fairfax County Police Department said Patrick Brown is considered endangered due to mental or physical health issues. His height is 5’10” and he weighs roughly 170 pounds. He was last seen wearing a grey sweatshirt, a green T-shirt and black shorts.

If you have any information, call  703-691-2131 w/ any info.

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