A Herndon man was arrested and charged with taking indecent liberties with a child after exposing himself to children during two separate incidents, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.
Police believe Allen Williams, 28, exposed himself to a 10-year-old boy who was playing in the driveway of a home on the 12600 block of Builders Road on September 8.
A family member recognized the suspect based on a description distributed by police in reference to a different exposure incident on September 5.
Williams was charged on Friday with taking indecent liberties with a child. Further charges are pending as police continue their investigation.
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Local police are seeking the public’s help to identify a man who exposed himself to two teenage girls yesterday (September 5) in the 16000 block of Hiddenbrook Road.
The two girls were approached by a white man, approximately six feet tall, with an athletic build, brown hair and a scruffy beard, according to police. The man made comments to the teens as they walked from a local pool and exposed himself to them. The girls reported the incident to an adult.
In a separate incident on Monday (September 3), a white man, also six feet tall, with an athletic build and brown hair, followed to two teenage girls on their bikes on a trail from Herndon Parkway near Winterwood Place. Police said the man made comments to the teens but did not expose himself. Police searched the area after the teens told their parents, but no one was found.
The police department issued the following information:
There could be other incidents that have occurred involving this man that we are unaware of. We are asking anyone with information related to similar events contact our Major Crimes Bureau at 703-246-7800.
Tips can be submitted anonymously through Crime Solvers by visiting http://www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org, or calling 1-866-411-TIPS. They can also be sent in via text by texting “TIP187” plus the message to CRIMES (274637). Text STOP to 274637 to cancel, or HELP to 274637 for help. Message and data rates may apply. Anonymous tipsters are eligible for cash rewards of $100 to $1000 if their information leads to an arrest.
Building worlds on display — An art exhibit that mixes scientific fact and fantasy is on display through September 15. Several artists’ work is featured in the gallery at the Greater Reston Arts Center. [Greater Reston Arts Center]
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The biggest of them all — The Washington Business Journal has listed Reston Station as the second largest ongoing construction project in the Greater D.C. area. Projects are ranked based on their construction cost. The project is expected to cost $690 million. [The Washington Business Journal]
Discussion on book themes tonight — Dive into a discussion about why books matter, why we’re drawn to specific themes and what these themes tell us about ourselves. The event is part of PBS’s The Great American Read. [Reston Regional Library]
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Local police are investigating an incident during which a man was hit by a possible BB pellet while walking his dog earlier this morning in the area of Soapstone Drive and South Lakes Drive.
The man suffered a minor injury, according to the Fairfax County Police Department. He was hit in the chest by the object.
The incident remains under investigation. No further information was immediately available.
This story will be updated.
At around 5:15 a.m., a resident told police that several young men attempted to rob him at gunpoint. When one of the men implied he had a gun, the resident ran away. Two gunshots were fired and the group dispersed.
The man described the group as five Hispanic men who were at least 18 years old. Multiple shell casings were found on the scene and one bullet entered another resident’s home.
No one was harmed and nothing was taken. The incident remains under investigation. A helicopter-assisted search following the incident was unsuccessful in tracking the suspects.
Conviction upheld for Reston woman — A federal appeals court upheld convictions and prison sentences of two women, including a Reston resident, for using an internet chat room to raise money for al-Shabab, a Somali militant group. [The Inquirer]
Nearby: Transparency concerns — “School resource officers have become a familiar sight in Fairfax County middle and high schools over the past two decades, but questions about how they should balance their dual role as school administrators and law enforcement officials.” [Fairfax County Times]
Nearby: Lip sync challenge — Local police participate in a lip sync challenge for Bebe Rexha’s song “Mean to Be.” Since it was released late last week, the video has more than 24,000+ views. [Fairfax County Police Department]
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A Herndon man was arrested in connection with a suspected prostitution ring operating out of a Sterling home.
According to a release by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Deputies office, Luis Bonilla-Hernandez, 32, of Sterling, and Eliazar Duran-Mota, 22, of Herndon, were charged on July 6 with two counts of felony receiving money from earnings of a female prostitute and two misdemeanor counts of using vehicles to promote prostitution.
The arrests came after a nearly yearlong investigation. Sheriff’s deputies received reports of a suspected prostitution ring operating in a home on the 600 block of W. Nettle Road in August 2017. Search warrants were obtained on Friday for the Sterling home and a home on Framingham Court in Herndon.
Local law enforcement officials believe adult females traveled from other states to meet Bonilla-Hernandez and Duran-Mota in Maryland. The men then took the women to different locations in Loudoun County, according to the release.
Both men were released from the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center on a $7,500 secured bond.
The investigation was conducted by the LCSO, the Fairfax County Police Department and the FBI’s child exploitation and human trafficking task force.
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A gas station clerk was killed in a possible robbery attempt in Herndon on Wednesday (July 4).
According to Fairfax County Police, Resham Bajgain, 40, of Herndon, was killed inside the Sunoco where he worked in the Franklin Farms Shopping Center (13348 Franklin Farm Road).
Police responded to the scene within three minutes of receiving the report at 1:15 a.m. Officers spotted a person matching the description of the suspect in the parking lot. Mohamed Abdullahi, 19, of Herndon, was arrested and charged with murder.
Police are seeking information about the incident, especially about the driver of a Pontiac GTO that was near the gas station around the time of the murder.
Abdullahi is being held at the adult detention center without bond.
Anyone with information should call the Major Crimes Bureau at 703-246-7800 or text “TIP187” plus your message to 274637.
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Police in Howard County, Md. have charged a 32-year-old man from Reston with sexually abused a 13-year-old boy in Ellicott City, Md.
Joseph Coffinberger of Royal Fern Court was charged with rape and sexual solicitation of a minor.
Investigators were made aware of the issue when the boy told a parent that Coffinberger drove from Virginia to have sex with him at least once a week since January.
The boy said Coffinberger would pick him up near his home and take him to a motel, police said. When Coffinberger arrived on May 22 to meet the teen, officers waited to arrest him.
Coffinberger met the teen through a live-streaming video app. He is being held without bond.
In a statement, Howard County police said they were concerned Coffinberger may have victimized other children in Maryland or Virginia.
Anyone with information is urged to call 410-313-2630 or email [email protected].
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(Updated May, 16 at 12:37 p.m. with a new photo) A former teacher in Reston who won educator of the year was charged with indecent acts with a child.
Timothy Threlkeld taught technology and engineering at Langston Hughes Middle School, according to the Washington Post, which broke the story this afternoon.
Search warrants obtained by The Post indicate that authorities began investigating Threlkeld in 2014. That same year, he was honored by the Virginia Technology and Engineering Education Association as its middle school teacher of the year. According to the association, he worked at the middle school for eight years.
One of his students told police that he gave her kisses and hugs. Additional interviews with the victim revealed that “put his hand down her pants and touched her private parts… [and] forced her to touch his penis,” according to The Post.
The teacher was arrested in November 2017, according to the report. No online notices of his arrest appear online.
He will stand trial in August, according to the Post.
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It’s been another relatively quiet week around Reston, with no arrests or stolen vehicles reported.
Police reported the following thefts around Reston between Tuesday, May 1 and Monday, May 7:
1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, cell phone from business
2000 block of Capstone Circle, license plate from vehicle
500 block of Nalls Dairy Court, bag from vehicle
1600 block of Reston Parkway, leaf blower from vehicle
800 block of Seneca Road, wallet from residence
2300 block of Soapstone Drive, wallet from business
12100 block of Sunset Hills Road, cell phone from business
10500 block of Leesburg Pike, cell phone from business
2300 block of Colts Neck Road, property from business
11800 block of Spectrum Center, liquor from business
Anyone with information about any crimes reported by FCPD should call 703-691-2131 or 1-866-411-TIPS(8477), or text “TIP187” plus the message to CRIMES(274637).
Local police have identified a man found dead in Fairfax Station on Wednesday as Michael Cooker, 30, of Herndon.
According to the Fairfax County Police Department, Cooker was found on the 6500 block of Colchester Road around 6:49 a.m. on Wednesday. A passerby saw a man laying on the side of the road and alerted police.
Police are investigating the incident as a homicide. Cooker sustained upper body trauma. No weapons were found on the scene.
An autopsy, which will be conducted by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, will determine the exact cause and manner of death.
Anyone with information should contact the Major Crimes Bureau at 703-246-7800 or via text-a-tip by texting “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES (274637), by calling 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or 703-691-2131.
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A 21-year-old Herndon resident was caught yelling racial slurs in front of a home on the 1500 block of Poplar Grove Drive Friday night.
Carrick Shannon was charged with destruction of property, disorderly conduct and obstruction of justice.
Local police responded to a report that a suspicious man was attempting to enter a home in the area around 9:57 p.m. on Friday.
When officers arrived, they saw Shannon standing outside the home. He was arrested after a foot pursuit in woods nearby the home.
Police said they also found security footage of Shannon yelling racial slurs in the security camera and damaging the camera.
In a separate incident, a burglary was reported at House of Mandarin (2303 Soapstone Drive) around 12:40 a.m. on Saturday. Staff of a neighboring business heard glass breaking next door.
A burglary was also reported at a local Exxon (12080 Glade Drive) on Thursday around 2:20 a.m.. Police believe someone broke into the business and stole cash.
The Fairfax County Police Department also reported the following incidents:
1300 block of Blairstone Drive, packages from residence
1300 block of Browns Mill Court, laptop computer from vehicle
1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, airbag from vehicle
11900 block of Market Street, wallet from business
1000 block of Pensive Lane, wallet from business
12000 block of Town Square Street, bicycles from business
1800 block of Town Center Parkway, wallet from business
1600 block of Waters Edge Lane, purse from vehicle
2200 block of Chamblee Place, 2000 Toyota Corolla
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Overall crime in Fairfax County decreased 1.6 percent between 2016 and 2017, according to data released by the Fairfax County Police Department this week.
In a statement, Fairfax County Police Chief Edwin Roessler Jr. said community engagement was critical to the reduction in crime.
“Community engagement, information sharing, accountability and public trust energize our partnerships that keep Fairfax County the safest jurisdiction of its size in the United States,” he said.
Crimes against persons rose three-point-eight percent in the county, compared to a four-point-six percent increase investigated by the Reston Police District Station. The county operates eight district stations.
Crimes against property, which include extortion, robbery, burglary and larcenies, decreased overall in every police district except McLean and Reston, where crimes against property increased from 2,292 to 2,429 incidents.
Overall in the county, crimes against society, which include offenses related to drugs, gambling, pornography and prostitution, rose by 9.6 percent. Reston saw a 4.2 percent decrease.
Two homicides — the murders of Scott Fricker and Buckley Kuhn-Fricker days before Christmas — occurred in Reston in 2017.
A complete breakdown of data in Reston for 2016 and 2017 is below.
Flores Portillo, 18, of Herndon, was arrested on Sunday and charged in connection with a series of larcenies.
The Herndon Police Department arrested Portillo on the 500 block of Early Fall Court. He was charged with seven counts of felony larceny and three counts of misdemeanor larceny.
Police located him after they received a report from someone who had found property that was possibly stolen. Portillo is being held at the Fairfax Adult Detention Center without bond.
The Fairfax County Police Department also reported the following incidents in recent days:
2500 Centreville Road, bicycle from business
2200 block of Hunters Woods Plaza, money from business.
12900 block of Highland Crossing Drive, alcohol from business.
1800 block of Michael Faraday Court, electronics from building.
1400 block of Northgate Square, tools from vehicle
1400 block of North Point Village Center, merchandise from business.
1800 block of Presidents Street, passport and money from vehicle.
1300 block of Rock Chapel Road, jewelry from residence
13700 block of Sayward Boulevard, wallet from vehicle
11400 South Lakes Drive (South Lakes HS), cell phone from the school.
11800 block of Spectrum Center, merchandise from business
11700 block of Sunset Hills Road, money from business
Anyone with information about any of the crimes reported by FCPD should call 703-691-2131 or 1-866-411-TIPS(8477), or text “TIP187” plus the message to CRIMES(274637).