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Crime Roundup: Police Investigate Assault on Law Enforcement

Police are determining whether or not to charge a woman who they believe scratched and attempted to bite two police officers on Tuesday (Sept. 11).

Local law enforcement responded to a report about a domestic assault at the 1900 block of Barton Hill Road around 7:33 p.m and found a woman experiencing an “apparent mental health crisis,” according to the Fairfax County Police Department. The Commonwealth Attorney’s Office is reviewing the incident to determine if the woman should be charged.

In a separate incident, the Herndon Police Department is looking for a suspect who may have robbed a business in the 1000 block of Herndon Parkway on Sept. 14 at around 5:15 p.m. The suspect, who was described as a slim African American man, displayed a handgun and ran away from the scene, according to police.

The police department is also looking for information about an assault near Herndon Library on Sept. 14. According to the Herndon Police Department, an individual was assaulted between 8-8:30 p.m. on the path between Center Street and Park Avenue. If you have any information about the above incidents in Herndon, call 703-435-6846.

Meanwhile, the FCPD also reported the following incidents in recent days:

 LARCENIES:

1600 block of Becontree Lane, catalytic converter from vehicle

2300 block of Soapstone Drive, property from residence

12100 block of Stirrup Road, property from residence

12100 block of Sunset Hills Road, cell phone from business

STOLEN VEHICLES:

1220 block of Delta Glen Court, 2007 Toyota Station Wagon

Deputies from the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office made arrests this week linked to public intoxication and alcohol consumption.

On Sept. 14 at around 2 p.m., sheriff’s deputies charged Erik Vanzandt, 19, of Herndon with driving under the influence. The arrest was made after sheriff’s deputies arrived at the 44000 block of Waxpool Road in Ashburn for a report about a crash involving a parked car. Vanzandt was released from the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center on an unsecured bond.

In a separate incident, Jason Wesley, 26, of Herndon was arrested and charged with public intoxication and possession of marijuana on Sept. 12 at around 8:47 a.m. The arrest was made after a sheriff’s deputy saw the man walking in an unbalanced manner in a parking lot near the 46000 block of Community Plaza in Sterling. Wesley was released from the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center on an unsecured bond.

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Jet Blue Passenger Assaulted by Reston Man Wants Airline Alcohol Policy Changed

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A flight passenger is appealing to Jet Blue to change its alcohol policy after he was allegedly assaulted in flight Sunday by a Reston man who had been drinking, a Florida TV station reports.

Florida resident Kyriakos “Dom” Doukas, the passenger allegedly assaulted by Joseph Michael Sharkey, 36, of Reston, en route from Reagan National to Jacksonville, said Sharkey put him in a headlock about 2o minutes before they were to land in Jacksonville.

According to a criminal complaint, Sharkey, who was served four drinks during the flight, verbally assaulted Doukas and place him in a headlock; assaulted two flight attendants; and tried to open the cabin door while the plane was in flight.

Sharkey was charged by federal authorities with assault or intimidation of a flight crew. If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison.

According to the complaint, after Sharkey’s scuffle with Doukas:

Sharkey got up from the seat and told the flight attendant that he was going to leave the aircraft; Sharkey had also told [flight attendant Robert] Studebaker he was a Federal Air Marshal and that the flight crew was under investigation; Sharkey attempted to walk to an exit door; Sharkey pushed flight attendant Studebaker who attempted to stop Sharkey; at some point Sharkey struck Studebaker in the groin with his knee; then two flight attendants used volunteers aboard Flight 715 to subdue Sharkey and place him in flex cuffs.

Doukas told News4Jax he was told by another passenger that Sharkey was “hammered before boarding” and that “as passengers waited for the FBI another flight attendant told him that he served Sharkey four rum and cokes during the flight.”

Doukas has asked Jet Blue to implement an internal policy of one alcoholic beverage per legal passenger per hour of a flight, the TV station reported.

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Reston Man Arrested After In-Flight Assault

Jet Blue/Credit: Jet BlueA Reston man has been charged with assault after he allegedly attacked a fellow passenger and two flight attendants on a Sunday flight from Washington to Jacksonville, Fla., federal authorities said.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Jacksonville said Joseph Michael Sharkey, 36, was a passenger on Jet Blue Flight 715 when he verbally assaulted another passenger and then placed that passenger in a headlock.

He also tried to open the plane door in flight, according to a criminal complaint.

“When ordered by a flight attendant to return to his seat, Sharkey at first complied but then assaulted the flight attendant and made an effort exit the airplane through an exit door,” according to the federal criminal complaint.

“Sharkey was stopped by another flight attendant, but then fought with him, kneeing him in the groin. The flight attendants enlisted the help of volunteers and subdued Sharkey, placing him in flex cuffs for the remainder of the flight. “

When the flight landed safely in Jacksonville, Sharkey was removed from the flight by airport police.

Sharkey is being held in Jacksonville and will have a formal hearing on Wednesday.

According to the criminal complaint, Sharkey had four alcoholic drinks during the flight.

Sharkey has been in similar trouble before. In 2012, when he was a resident of Woodbridge, he was accused of stealing a truck through a security fence there while under the influence of alcohol, according to news reports.

In that incident, he was charged with burglary, grand larceny auto, destruction of property, driving under the influence of alcohol (his third offense in 10 years), refusal to submit to a breath test and driving on a revoked license.

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