A 37-second video of a former Reston Association employee yelling “Why are you such a b**** Afghanistan?” and other profanities at a driver is gaining traction online. The man was described as a seasonal employee who worked with RA from March through August 2015.
“You’re a BITCH AFGHANISTAN!”
— Omid (@ChicknKabob) July 1, 2018
During the exchange, the man repeated yells profanities and tells the driver “you’re a b**** Afghanistan.” The driver responds by asking “What’s your problem?” and clarifies he was born in this country. The driver also responded with expletives.
The man with the RA T-shirt also says, “It’s a good thing you got that to protect you.” The circumstances of the incident are unclear. Towards the end of the video, the man appears to return to his car.
The individual who posted the original video on Facebook and the individual who tweeted the video did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Reston Now.
RA’s Acting CEO Larry Butler issued the following statement today:
Reston Association became aware of a video posted on social media today that shows a former RA seasonal employee making inappropriate comments to a man seated in a vehicle. The association strongly condemns the remarks made by the former employee, who briefly worked at RA from March-August 2015.
As an organization founded on Robert E. Simon Jr.’s vision of a community that embraces diversity, RA rejects comments or actions that display intolerance. RA members and staff support the core values upon which our community was founded. As an organization, we strive to meet the unwavering standards of our members and remain the respectful and welcoming community that was founded over 50 years ago.
The “secure the building” status has been lifted at both schools, according to an alert issued at 4:09 p.m.
Dismissal has been delayed at Terraset Elementary School and South Lakes High School as both schools enter into “secure the building” status.
“All students and staff are safe and free to move around the building, however we cannot let people in or out at this time,” according to Terraset Elementary School’s Facebook page.
“Secure the building” alerts are issued in the following circumstances, according to the Fairfax County Public Schools’ website.
Used if the danger is outside the building, e.g., a robbery near the school.
- No students allowed outside of buildings and trailers (no P.E., recess, etc.).
- All building and trailer exterior doors are closed and locked.
- People in locked trailers remain in locked trailers.
- Staff members and students are free to move about inside buildings and trailers.
- Staff member posted at building main entrance to control visitor access, issue passes, and direct to reunification area, if necessary.
SLHS is currently in a Secure the Building status. Anyone in the building at this time is to remain here until further notice. We will send more details out as soon as they are available.
— southlakesseahawks (@southlakeshs) June 11, 2018
This story has been updated.
A Herndon man was charged yesterday for having inappropriate sexual relations with a juvenile, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.
Marvin Ramirez-Ayala, 20, was charged with three counts of sending sexually explicit messages over social media and two counts of sexual assault. The relationship began last summer and only came to light this week, police said.
“There is no indication the suspect was involved with any other juveniles,” according to a statement from the office.
Ramirez-Ayala is being held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center on no bond.
Photo via Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office
A 10-hour barricade on Ladybank Lane ended today following the surrender of Anthony Moaf, 21.
At around 4 a.m. today, police arrived on the scene after receiving a report that an armed man was threatening to kill family members in the 13200 block of Ladybank Lane.
Moaf is being taken for a medical evaluation. He also faces charges for reckless handling of a firearm, police said.
Earlier in the day, the Fairfax County Police Department asked people to stay away from Ladybank Lane in Herndon due to ongoing safety concerns.
All family members are safe, but the man threatened to shoot responding officers. At around 6 a.m., police heard at least one gunshot. “It was not directed at anyone or at police,” according to the police department.
Police are attempting to resolve the situation peacefully and urge residents to avoid the area. They have made contact with the man over the phone and are continuing negotiations.
For the latest updates, visit the department’s Twitter feed. This story will be updated.
This post was updated at 3:38 p.m.
Photo via FCPD
A 17-year-old Lorton teenager suspected of murdering a Reston couple in late December was served petitions earlier this morning, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.
The suspect, who has not been identified by police due to his age, has been charged as a juvenile with two counts of murder after an investigation determined he killed Scott Fricker, 48, and his 43-year-old wife, Buckley Kuhn-Fricker on the 2600 block of Black Fir Court on Dec. 22, police said.
The teen then shot himself and has remained in a local hospital since the incident.
Trader Joe’s will remain closed today after a vehicle crashed into the building on 11958 Killingsworth Avenue, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.
A woman’s vehicle struck the side of the building. Local police responded to the incident after receiving a call at 1:28 p.m.
The building’s bricks sustained some damages, but the extent of the damage is unclear, Officer Kent Bailey told Reston Now.
No injuries have been reported, he said.
An assessment of the building is ongoing, a store representative said. The store is expected to open tomorrow with regular business hours.
This post was updated at 5:23 p.m.
A Reston man has died in a plane crash in the Front Royal area.
According to Virginia State Police, Steven B. Zaboji was flying a single-engine prop plane when he “began experiencing problems and crashed onto private property… near the airport.” The plane caught fire as a result of the crash.
Zaboji, identified by VSP as a 76-year-old Reston resident, died at the scene. He had been a pilot for 55 years, according to an essay he penned for a pilot’s association.
— Darcy Spencer (@darcyspencer) October 8, 2017
More from a VSP press release, below.
At 1:39 p.m., Saturday (Oct. 7), Virginia State Police Trooper S.R. Marks responded to a report of a plane crash in Warren County.
The Piper Pawnee took off from the Front Royal Airport at approximately 1:35 p.m., Saturday (Oct. 7), with a glider in tow. After the glider safely disconnected, the Piper began experiencing problems and crashed onto private property in the 1700 block of Ridgeway Road near the airport. The impact of the crash caused the plane to catch fire.
The pilot of the Piper, Steven B. Zaboji, 76, of Reston, Va., died at the scene.
The glider safely landed after the crash. No one on the ground was injured in the crash.
The crash remains under investigation.
The FAA and NTSB were notified of the crash, and will respond to the scene Sunday. The NTSB will provide an update on their crash investigation to media at the scene at approximately noon Sunday (Oct. 8).