The Fairfax County Police Department is investigating three sexual assaults that happened over the last two weeks, including two incidents in Reston and Herndon.
In all the incidents, the suspect was described as a light-skinned Black or Hispanic male between 5’10” and 6′, police said. Police believe the man is in his 20s to early 30s.
In the first incident on Nov. 27 around 7:30 p.m., a man pushed a woman against a wall and assault her in the hallway of a hotel on the 13400 block of Sunrise Valley Drive. She suffered minor injuries and was able to call for help and run away.
In a separate incident on Dec. 3 around 11:45 p.m., a man assaulted a woman as she was walked near the intersection of Centreville Road and Woodland Park Road. Police believe the man hit her with an object and sexually assaulted her. She was treated in a hospital for injuries.
In Ashburn, a man took personal property from a woman while she was standing in the common area of an apartment complex of 13500 block of Virginia Randolph Road on Dec. 3.
It’s possible the incidents may be connected, according to FCPD.
Here’s more from FCPD on how to submit information about any of the above incidents:
Detectives are asking anyone with information about these events or who may be able to provide suspect information to please call our Major Crimes Bureau at 703-246-7800, option 3. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Solvers by phone – 1-866-411-TIPS (866-411-8477), by text – Type “FCCS” plus tip to 847411, and by web – Click HERE. Please provide your contact information in the tip if you would like to be contacted by a detective. Download our Mobile tip411 App “Fairfax Co Crime Solvers”. Anonymous tipsters are eligible for cash rewards of $100 to $1,000 dollars if their information leads to an arrest. For ongoing updates, please read our blog and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram at @FairfaxCountyPD
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The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in what some local advocates and law enforcement officials are calling a pandemic within a pandemic for domestic violence victims.
In Fairfax County, the Fairfax County Police Department reported a slight uptick in calls related to domestic abuse. Following statewide orders to remain at home when possible, the average number of monthly calls jumped from 158 in February to 191 in April.
Between then and July, that number remained near the upper 190s, with a high of 200 calls in July and 200 calls in September, according to FCPD data released to Reston Now.
More victims are coming forward with serious injuries than before the pandemic, particularly strangulation attempts and the types of weapons used.
Efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 have also presented new challenges for police officers who cannot have face-to-face contact with victims.
“It has been stressed from the very beginning of the pandemic to be aware of domestic issues that arise from long hours confined in a home,” FCPD Sergeant Hudson Bull said.
“Officers adapted to the new safeguards but still respond to calls in progress utilizing personal protective equipment and social distancing to ensure victims of crime are safe,” he added.
The Fairfax County Department of Family Services reported a 28 percent increase in the number of monthly calls to the county’s Domestic and Sexual Violence Hotline. Since then, the numbers have stabilized, according to Angela Yeboah, a project coordinator for the department’s domestic violence action center.
“Emotional and psychological abuse also has been used as a tactic to keep victims in the home and fearful that if they leave, they will have limited housing and economic options due to the pandemic,” she said.
But at Shelter House, Inc., a Reston-based nonprofit organization that offers services to homeless families and victims of domestic violence, advocates have seen a different story.
The nonprofit organization reports a significant decrease in the number of calls since the pandemic began — a silence that concerned many service providers.
“We believe that this initial decrease was a direct result of stay-at-home orders and victims not being able to find safety from their abusive partner in order to reach out for help,” said Terrace Molina, the organization’s marketing and communications manager.
Now, Shelter House, Inc. is seeing case counts return to their previous levels. But the type of abuse is more severe as more victims enter the shelter. More serious injuries were also reported, Molina said.
She says victims need our support “now more than ever.”
High rates of unemployment and added pressures of children attending school virtually have produced more stressors for victims.
“For victims who are in our emergency shelter or other programs, maintaining employment has been a challenge, particularly while also tending to the needs of children who are attending school virtually,” she said
Advocates hope to bring more awareness about the issue in light of domestic violence month, which happens in October.
Shelter House operates the county’s only 24/7 emergency hotline for victims of domestic violence, stalking and human trafficking. Individuals in need of help can call 703-435-4940. A domestic violence detective and a victim services specialist are also assigned to each district station. Anyone in immediate danger should call 911.
Photo courtesy Shelter House
Fairfax County firefighter Andrew Cruikshank has been charged with one count of misdemeanor assault after he slapped a patient who spat on him in the back of an ambulance.
Body camera footage from Sept. 14 shows that Cruikshank was span on while he was treating a man who was strapped down in an ambulance. The incident happened in Reston.
The man was in the custody of the Fairfax County Police Department. The police department authorized the release of the video, which was captured by a police officer’s device.
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department Fire Chief John Butler said the action “goes against the values” of. The department.
“We respect our role in the community and strive to build and maintain public trust. We remain dedicated to the safety and wellbeing of our community and will continue to ensure that our members are held to the highest standards of the profession.”
Cruikshank has been placed on administrative leave as the department’s internal investigation continues. He has been with the department for two years.
Video footage is embedded below. View discretion is advised.
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Two Herndon men have been charged in connection with the assault of two victims, according to the Herndon Police Department.
Marian Jose Acuna Palma, 27, and Hesler Alexis Merida Rivas, 22, were charged with aggravated assault, robbery, and gang participation in connection with the assault of two victims, HPD said.
The incident occurred on Sept. 5 on the 1100 block of Elden Street.
Rivas was also charged with possession of false documents and assault.
Both victims were taken to Reston Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. They are being held at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center without bond.
The Herndon Police Department is investigating a robbery that happened on the 500 block of Early Fall Court earlier this month.
Four suspects approached the victim at around 4:35 p.m. on August 4 and attempted to rob the individual, police said.
The suspects fled when the victim got the attention of residents outside of their home, according to the Herndon Police Department. The incident is under investigation.
HPD is also investigating an Aug. 9 stabbing on the 200 block of Elden Street.
John Patrick Murphy, 45, of Herndon, was arrested for attempting to stab someone he knew, according to HPD. He is being held at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center without bond.
Information about both issues was released late yesterday (Wednesday) in HPD’s weekly crime report.
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A teenager from Leesburg has been arrested in connection with an assault early this month.
Town of Herndon police arrested and charged Ta’Nyjha Davis, 18, with malicious wounding,
Police said the incident happened during an argument on the 400 block of Virginia Avenue on July 1 at around 11:20 a.m.
The victim, who was wounded in the upper torso area, was treated for non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
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A Herndon man faces multiple felony charges in connection with an early morning fire that happened at a home in Franklin Farms last week.
Fairfax County Police arrested and charged Rogerio Ribeiro, 52, with arson and setting fire to damage another’s property.
When police officers arrived at the scene, they spotted Ribeiro attempting to leave in a car at around 4 a.m. outside the home (13500 block of Coates Lane), which was engulfed in flames. The Herndon resident attempted to thwart police by pointing a gun at officers.
Ribeiro was arrested after a struggle with police officers. He is being held without bond at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center.
After further investigation, police also charged Ribeiro with aggravated malicious wounding, cruelty to animals and two counts of assault on a law enforcement officer.
One person was treated for injuries at a local hospital and an injured dog remains under the care of a veterinarian.
Photo via Fairfax County Police Department
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The Herndon Police Department announced an arrest in a 2019 sexual assault case yesterday (Tuesday).
Police arrested a 15-year-old boy for sexual assault on Saturday, Jan 18. The incident happened on Oct. 17 on the 600 block of Dulles Park Court, according to authorities.
The suspect is believed to have had sexual contact with a minor that he knew.
Due to privacy restrictions for minors, no other information about the incident was made public.
A Herndon man was arrested in connection with a robbery of a home on the 1100 block of Casper Drive in Herndon earlier this month.
Police believe Jose Mendoza Banegas, 20, broke into the home and stole an undisclosed amount of cash and other items of value.
The Herndon Police Department indicated that the suspect entered the home through a basement window sometime between 7:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 2. Banegas was arrested on Dec. 12.
In a separate incident, Jose Alfredo Ardon Castillo, 47, of Herndon, was arrested in connection with the sexual battery of an individual known to him on Dec 13.
On Dec. 14, Ermes Urbano Castillo, 47, of Herndon was also arrested for the aggravated assault of a victim known to him. Both men were taken to the Fairfax County Adult Detention enter where they were held without bond.
An attempted burglary was also reported at a business on the 1200 block of Old Heights Road in Herndon. No arrest was made in connection with the Dec. 11 incident.
The Fairfax County Police Department’s Reston District Station also reported the following minor incidents in recent days:
2100 block of Astoria Circle, cash from location
1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, cell phone from location
2500 block of Farmcrest Drive, gun from vehicle
2400 block of Masons Ferry Drive, property from vehicle
1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, wallet from location
12900 block of Centre Park Circle, license plates from vehicle
1500 block of Chatman Colony Court, package from front steps
1800 block of Jonathan Way, cash from residence
11800 block of Sunrise Valley Drive, wallet from location
11700 block Sunrise Valley Drive, luggage and computers from vehicle
12100 block of Sunset Hills Road, merchandise from business
A woman was arrested for assaulting a restaurant manager and police officers at Willard’s BBQ (11790 Baron Cameron Avenue).
According to the Fairfax County Police Department, Shayla Davis, 38, assaulted the restaurant’s manager when she was asked to pay on Nov. 19. Police said the woman also shoved police officers and attempted to resist arrest by kicking the officers.
Davis was charged with assault on law enforcement, simple assault, and obstruction of justice.
No further information about the incident was released.
Fairfax County police are looking for four of the five suspects involved in a robbery and assault in Herndon.
The incident occurred around 8 p.m. on Monday (Sept. 9) in the 13100 block of Parcher Avenue.
“The victim was walking home when five suspects surrounded him,” according to a police report. “They assaulted him and removed personal items.”
Police said that they found one juvenile connected to the robbery after a lookout was provided. The juvenile was charged with robbery.
“The other suspects were described as Hispanic males in their late teens,” police said.
FCPD’s Reston District Station also reported the following incidents in recent days:
11700 block of Arbor Glen Way, license plate from vehicle
1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, property from residence
12900 block of Centre Park Circle, purse from vehicle
12000 block of Creekbend Drive, property from residence
11800 block of Freedom Drive, camera from business
2300 block of Hunters Woods Plaza, liquor from business
2300 block of Hunters Woods Plaza, liquor from business
11900 block of Market Street, jewelry from residence
11600 block of Plaza America Drive, wallet from location
1000 block of Preserve Court, license plate from vehicle
12100 block of Sunset Hill Road, electronic device from business
On Saturday, Sept. 7, a man was robbed by two men while walking home. The incident occurred in the 1700 block of Ascot Way around 12:30 a.m.
“The men were described as being in their late teens to early 20s,” police said.
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:
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
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.
Virginia State Police arrested a Caroline County Man and a juvenile in connection with a carjacking that started in Reston on Wednesday (June 19).
Police believe Jaquan McNeil, 21, of Ruther Glen, and a juvenile suspect, assaulted a man as he was leaving his car on the 11400 block of Isaac Newtown Square at around 5 a.m.
The suspects then stole the BMW X5 and sped down I-95 when state police spotted them, according to police.
An officer spotted the car traveling south near a line marker in Prince William County and called more troopers to help. As police approached, the car swerved suddenly to the right shoulder and sped away from approaching law enforcement.
The pursuit continued for some time until the car crashed into a curve on the exit ramp and struck the guardrail.
McNeil fled the scene on foot, but was arrested a short while later. He was charged with one felony count of eluding police, one count of driving on a suspended license, one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and one count of reckless driving. McNeil is being held at the Stafford County Jail.
The 15-year-old passenger was taken into custody without incident. Both suspects declined medical assistance for injuries that happened during the crash.
Police continue to investigate the incident.
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