Fairfax County police reports from the past week include an attempted home break-in in Herndon.
The incident took place at about 5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9. A resident in the 2600 block of New Concorde Court made the call.
A resident reported that, while he was home, he heard someone trying to gain entry through the sliding glass door. He saw a man attempting to open the door and the suspect ran off. He was described as white, approximately 5 feet 7 to 8 inches tall, thin build and a dark beard.
Local officers also responded to an attempted home break-in on Lake Shore Crest Drive in Reston, which we reported last week. An arrest was made in that case.
Other reported crimes from the Reston District Station this past week include the following:
1500 block of Pennycress Lane, wallet from vehicle
2400 block of Thomas Jefferson Drive, phone from office
2100 block of Centreville Road, merchandise from business
2300 block of Freetown Court, cash from vehicle
1200 block of Shaker Drive, gun and TV from vehicle
1800 block of Fountain Drive, merchandise from business
1700 block of Business Center Drive, cash from business
2300 block of Corporate Park Drive, wallet from business
Police from the Reston District Station also were dispatched to a pair of major crimes in recent days: a double stabbing on the soccer fields near South Lakes High School and a chaotic hostage situation in Herndon.
Police shot and killed the suspect in the latter incident, who had earlier shot and wounded his two brothers, after he allegedly lunged at officers while wielding a knife. The man was later identified as 32-year-old Mohammed Azim Doudzai.
The suspect in the stabbing remains at large.
The 32-year-old Herndon man killed Monday by police after a chaotic barricade situation had shot his brothers after a fight with his girlfriend.
Fairfax County Police say 32-year-old Mohammad Azim Doudzai of 13316 Covered Wagon Lane was arguing with his 28-year-old girlfriend when she called his brothers to come talk to him. The fight escalated, and he pulled a gun and shot his brothers, ages 37 and 23. The injured men fled the home along with the girlfriend, driving to the hospital and calling police.
Officers who responded to the home, where Doudzai had barricaded himself inside. During the incident, police say, Doudzai set fires inside the home and there were reports of what sounded like gunfire.
As officers attempted negotiations with the suspect, they discovered there was a 29-year-old man trapped inside the home. He was a roommate and not related to the family. When the incident escalated, he hid in a room upstairs and called 911 to report he could not escape. Following the response of the Special Operations Division (SOD), officers made the decision to approach the home out of concern for the hostage, neighbors and suspect. Smoke had filled the home and was billowing out the windows. When a team of officers approached the door, the suspect came out with at least one knife in hand and was shot. Members of SOD quickly entered the home and rescued the hostage.
The officer who shot and killed Doudzai, a 16-year veteran of the department assigned to the Special Operations Division, has been placed on routine administrative leave while the investigation is conducted.
Detectives recovered a gun and a knife from the home, police say.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Fairfax County police at 703-691-2131, use Crime Solvers, or text “TIP187” plus the message to CRIMES(274637).
The Fairfax County Police Department has released more information about the suspect in a Sunday afternoon stabbing near South Lakes High School.
Police say the suspect is a Hispanic male in his 20s. He is around 5 feet 4 inches tall and about 170 pounds. He was wearing a black shirt, black pants and a blue jacket. He may drive a blue Subaru STI.
According to police, the man stabbed two people when a fight broke out during a pickup soccer game at about 2:20 p.m. Sunday.
An argument broke out during the game and punches were thrown. At some point, one man took out what was believed to be a box-cutter and allegedly cut two players on the opposing team. Responding officers rendered first aid until rescue arrived. Both were taken to a local hospital; one with life-threatening injuries. Both victims are now expected to survive.
Today’s FCPD press release lists the suspect as white; however, a spokesperson at the police department confirmed the suspect to be Hispanic, as was originally reported.
The two victims are 22 and 23. The 23-year-old was cut in the upper body and suffered a serious injury. The 22-year-old was cut in the leg.
Photo courtesy Van Applegate/FOX 5 DC
Fairfax County Police say the man shot and killed Monday afternoon by law enforcement in Herndon lunged at officers with a knife.
It was the end of a two-hour barricade situation in the 13300 block of Covered Wagon Lane that began when police were called to the scene for a report of two men having been shot in a domestic incident. At about 2:40 p.m., officers from the Reston District responded to the residence, where they found the armed suspect had barricaded himself inside.
Other officers responded to the hospital, where the victims — a pair of brothers — had driven themselves.
Officers at the Covered Wagon Lane residence set up a perimeter to isolate the area and began evacuating neighbors. Police say their preliminary investigation reveals the man had fired several shots and started a fire inside the home. Officers later learned there was another man “trapped inside [who] could not escape.”
Members of the Crisis Negotiations Team and SWAT were called to assist. Police say they made several attempts to negotiate with the suspect and have him surrender.
As smoke inundated the house and billowed out the windows, officers heard repeated gunshots. Officers also observed the suspect holding and moving around with at least one knife. Out of concern for the hostage and the suspect, officers made the decision to approach the home.
As they approached the front door, the suspect stepped outside armed with knife in hand and lunged toward the officers in an aggressive manner. Both less-lethal and deadly force were deployed. The suspect was shot. Officers immediately began rendering aid to him and he was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
WRC-TV’s news chopper recorded the incident, showing an officer throwing an apparent flash grenade into the open door before the suspect emerged.
The two initial victims are expected to survive, police say. The hostage was treated at the scene for non-life-threatening injuries.
Detectives are continuing to investigate the events and trying to determine the relationship between the victims and the suspect, who was identified Tuesday morning as 32-year-old Mohammad Azim Doudzai.
Suspect in yesterday's double shooting/barricade: 32-year-old Mohammad Azim Doudzai, We'll release additional details once confirmed.
— Fairfax Co. Police (@fairfaxpolice) January 17, 2017
The officer involved in the shooting is on routine administrative leave while the investigation is being conducted, police say. No responding officers were injured.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131, report an anonymous tip to Crime Solvers or text-a-tip by texting “TIP187” plus the message to CRIMES(274637).
Suspect Information Released in Sunday Stabbing — Police have released a description of the suspect in a double stabbing on the soccer fields near South Lakes High School. The suspect is described as a heavy-set Hispanic male with short hair, in his early 20s. He may drive a blue Subaru STI. [Fairfax County Police Department/Twitter]
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Updated 10:35 p.m. Sunday to include suspect description from Fairfax County Police Department
Two men in their 20s were stabbed in an argument during a pickup soccer game Sunday afternoon near South Lakes High School.
Police say the two men, ages 22 and 23, who were stabbed were transported to Reston Hospital Center. The injuries to the 23-year-old were first deemed to be life-threatening, but the man’s status later improved to stable.
The suspect in the stabbing has not yet been apprehended, but Fairfax County Police spokesperson Tawny Wright said there is no threat to the community at large.
“The suspect and the two victims were somehow acquainted,” she said. “An argument erupted related to the game.”
(1/2) Officers on scene of stabbing report: 11400blk S Lakes Dr, Reston. Two victims, one life-threatening. pic.twitter.com/g1Ymb1taWl
— Fairfax Co. Police (@fairfaxpolice) January 15, 2017
(2/2) Initial investigation indicates 2 groups were playing soccer when an argument began & escalated. More details to follow as available.
— Fairfax Co. Police (@fairfaxpolice) January 15, 2017
No students from the high school were involved, Wright said.
“From what we got from the initial investigation, there were two groups of people using the field,” she said. “During one their games, an argument erupted between a small group of them. It escalated until someone pulled out a cutting instrument.”
UPDATE: No suspect arrested yet. Police believe this is an isolated incident. No threat to the public. pic.twitter.com/Q9BvaVYPSq
— Van Applegate (@VBagate) January 15, 2017
Wright said the 23-year-old was cut in the upper body and suffered a serious injury. The 22-year-old was cut in the leg.
The suspect is described as a heavy-set, short-haired Hispanic male in his early 20s.
Suspect description: Hispanic/early 20s/heavy set/short hair. May drive a blue Subaru STI. Have info? 703-691-2131. No Further Details (NFD)
— Fairfax Co. Police (@fairfaxpolice) January 16, 2017
Photos courtesy Van Applegate/FOX 5 DC
Fairfax County Police responded to a residence in the 1700 block of Lake Shore Crest Drive at about 11:26 p.m. Tuesday. The homeowner reported that after his dog woke him, he discovered a window had been raised and its screen had been removed. He then said he saw a man walking away from his house toward the nearby lake.
“Officers set up a perimeter and K9 established a track to a nearby building. The suspect was seen on surveillance video and was eventually located and identified.”
The suspect was identified as 43-year-old Bruce Engelberg, of no fixed address. Engelberg was taken to the Adult Detention Center and charged with attempted burglary.
Hassen Semir, 42, was taken out of the apartment in the 1900 block of Reston Metro Plaza on Sunday afternoon. An employee had notified police Semir “did not have the right to be there.” Semir was taken into custody without incident, charged with unlawful entry and transferred to the Adult Detention Center.
Fairfax County Police’s Reston District also reported a commercial burglary last Tuesday in the 12000 block of Market Street, in Reston Town Center. An employee said someone had broken in the previous night and had taken property. According to police, officers “were able to develop suspect information and the case is being actively investigated.”
Additional Reston Station reports shared by FCPD in the past week:
12400 block of Sunrise Valley Drive, golf cart from business
8900 block of Victoria Road, wallet from residence
1800 block of Michael Faraday Drive, license plates from vehicle
13300 block of Hunger Ford Place, tools from vehicle
11800 block of Sunrise Valley Drive, beer from business
12100 block of Sunset Hills Road, merchandise from business
1800 block of Wiehle Avenue, merchandise from business
The Chipotle on Sunset Hills Road was robbed Sunday night.
Fairfax County Police say two employees were closing up shop at about 10:10 p.m. Sunday when a man entered the store, displayed a handgun and demanded cash. The suspect left the scene with an undisclosed amount of money.
The suspect was described as Hispanic. He was wearing gloves and all-black clothing, and he had his face covered, according to the description.
No one was injured in the incident.
If you have information about the suspect, contact the Fairfax County Police Department’s Reston District at 703-478-0904.
According to a Fairfax County Police report, the incident took place Thursday afternoon at Sunoco (2100 Centreville Road). A 44-year-old woman was pumping gas when she was approached by the man, to whom she refused to give money. According to the police report:
“When she declined, he grabbed her in a bear hug. She continued to decline his demands and she was able to break free and run to a local store where she summoned police.”
Police arrested 39-year-old Akeem Gale in connection with the incident. Gale was charged with assault and taken to the Adult Detention Center.
That and another larceny — the theft of a package from a residence on Great Passage Boulevard, a Great Falls address — were the sole Reston District items on the latest Fairfax County Police crime report.
FCPD has previously given tips to help avoid package theft. Among the suggestions are to require a signature upon delivery and/or have items delivered to your workplace.
RESTON DISTRICT STATION
1000 block of Great Passage Boulevard, package from residence
11600 block of Plaza America Drive, tip jar from business
FCPD also reported an incident involving a guinea pig being thrown from a balcony in the 2200 block of Castle Rock Square, which we reported Tuesday afternoon.
Lake House Review: Work has still not begun on a review of how funds were handled to purchase and renovate what is now the Lake House at Lake Anne. It was decided an independent review was necessary after renovations ended up to be roughly three times what was budgeted, and money had to be borrowed from the Reston Association’s operating budget to cover the deficit. The RA Board previously went through months of negotiations with the firm MediaWorld, who had offered to do the review for just $1 if volunteers agreed to help with some of the busy work, but after more than two months of back and forth, it appears negotiations have been stalled or possibly terminated.
Development on the Horizon: Per the usual here in Reston, there are several major developments in the works around town. In particular, just before the holidays, more news broke about Vornado’s planned development near Wiehle-Reston East Metro, Comstock’s hopes for a development near Reston Station, and an approval for planned lofts by Pulte Homes near Reston Station.
Very Little Crime to Ruin the Holidays: Thankfully, very few crimes made headlines in the Reston area over the holidays. There were minor break-ins at the Carlton House condos at Reston Town Center and the Hidden Creek Country Club, and a tragic accident in D.C. involving a Herndon man. In a bit of good news, the community pulled together to help find a teen boy who went missing in North Reston within 24 hours.
Fourth Spot Opens Up on RA Board: Just before the Christmas and Chanukah holidays, North Point District Director Danielle LaRosa of the Reston Association Board of Directors tendered her resignation. LaRosa also serves as the board’s current treasurer. LaRosa’s seat joins three others that are opening up on the board when three-year terms come to an end in April, for a total of four out of the board’s nine seats up for election when voting begins March 3. The candidate elected to fill LaRosa’s seat will serve the remaining two years of her three-year term. A Candidate Information Session will take place tonight for those who want to learn more about running for the board.
As we kick off 2017, what are you most interested in or concerned about around Reston? Tell us what you most want Reston Now to cover in this new year.
The incident happened Friday afternoon on the 2200 block of Castle Rock Square.
“Around 12:40 p.m. Animal Protection Police responded to assist officers on a domestic violence incident in the Reston area,” Fairfax County Police said in a report today. “The suspect had thrown the victim’s pet guinea pig off the balcony and left the area. APP took the animal for an evaluation and determined it was deceased.”
Theron Boone was arrested Saturday and taken to the Adult Detention Center. He faces charges of animal cruelty, domestic violence, destruction of property and preventing someone from calling 911.
Photo courtesy FCPD
Fairfax Police Respond to Stabbing at Dunn Loring Metro Stop — Someone stabbed a person and then hopped aboard an eastbound Orange Line train at the Dunn Loring Metro stop in Vienna earlier this morning, according to the Fairfax County Police Department. [Washington Post]
Ice to Meet You — The Reston area saw some ice over the weekend. Did the wintry weather affect your Saturday at all? [Twitter]
Local Home Sales Boosted –– Home sales in Reston and the surrounding areas were up 22 percent over the same month last year, according to a recent report from a realty company. The median home price dropped by about 1 percent, but with inventory down, homes were snatched up quickly. [Reston Patch]
No one was injured after three kids accidentally shot a bullet into a woman’s apartment yesterday, according to Fairfax County police.
The incident happened at the 1500 block of Cameron Crescent Drive around 11 a.m. Sunday.
Police said a 23-year-old woman told them someone had fired a bullet into her apartment from an apartment next door. When police arrived, they discovered three juveniles, who admitted to messing with a gun.
Police are investigating the incident and may file charges.
In other crime news:
Police are looking for two people who allegedly assaulted a cab driver and stole their property early yesterday morning.
The incident happened at the 12000 block of Greywing Square around 1:22 a.m. Sunday.
According to authorities, the cab driver drove a man and a woman to their destination, but when they arrived the suspects took off without paying. When the cab driver began to chase them, the man and the woman turned and began to fight with him before stealing his property and running away.
Police said they’re looking for:
The male suspect was described as Hispanic, about 24 years of age, 5 feet 3 inches to 5 feet 4 inches tall, and with short hair. He was wearing jeans and a brown shirt. The female suspect was described as Hispanic, about 21 years of age, 5 feet 3 inches to 5 feet 4 inches tall, and with long hair. She was wearing a black jacket, dark shirt, and jeans.
FCPD’s Reston Station yesterday also received reports of:
- 1600 block of Becontree Lane, laptop computer from residence
- 1800 block of Campus Commons Drive, property from residence
- 2100 block of Centreville Road, merchandise from business
- 13100 block of Fox Hunt Lane, package from residence
- 6600 block of Frontier Drive, merchandise from business
- 11600 block of Ivy Stone Court, 2010 Merzedes Benz