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by RestonNow.com — April 25, 2017 at 11:30 am 0

Reports from the Fairfax County Police Department show two car thefts in the community in the past week.

A 2002 Nissan Altima was reported stolen from the 1500 block of Poplar Grove Drive in North Reston. In addition, a 2011 BMW 528.i was reported stolen from the 2300 block of Ridgehampton Court, off Colts Neck Road.

Other reports from the Reston District Station in the past week are listed below:

LARCENIES:

1600 block of Becontree Lane, bicycle from residence

1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, wallet from business

2200 block of Cocquina Drive, license plate from vehicle

2200 block of Cooperative Way, credit cards from business

12000 block of Greywing Square, bicycle from residence

1800 block of Michael Faraday Drive, property from business

10800 block of Murray Downs Court, ring from residence

11600 block of Plaza America Drive, merchandise from business

11700 block of Plaza America Drive, ring from residence

12800 block of Tewksbury Drive, cash and sunglasses from vehicle

1800 block of Wiehle Avenue, beer from business

Anyone with information about any of the incidents reported by FCPD should call 703-691-2131 or 1-866-411-TIPS(8477), or text “TIP187” plus the message to CRIMES(274637).

by RestonNow.com — April 18, 2017 at 4:00 pm 7 Comments

Police say a 31-year-old Herndon man crashed into two HPD vehicles, injuring one officer, as he attempted to avoid arrest last Wednesday.

According to a police report, Trevor John Herasingh Jr. is accused of assaulting a woman in the 600 block of Center Street. The woman, who knew Herasingh, suffered minor abrasions and bruising, but declined medical attention.

That’s when, police say:

“Officers located Mr. Herasingh in the parking lot, and ordered him to stop. He refused to comply, walked away, and entered his vehicle. He then backed his vehicle up, and side-swiped a police vehicle as he fled. A short pursuit ensued that ended when he drove head-on into another police vehicle stopped in the parking lot. Herasingh then exited his vehicle, and continued to act in an aggressive manner towards officers until he was subdued by the officers and taken into custody.”

Herasingh and an HPD officer both suffered minor injuries in the collision, according to the report.

Herasingh was charged with assault, strangulation, reckless driving, and two counts each of aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer and destruction of property. He was taken to Fairfax County Adult Detention Center and held without bond.

by Dave Emke — April 18, 2017 at 12:00 pm 2 Comments

Police say a 17-year-old from Herndon was driving under the influence when she was involved in a hit-and-run crash in Loudoun County last week.

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office says the teenage girl left the scene of a collision that took place just before 11 p.m. last Monday in Sterling. When police found her a short time later in the area of Atlantic Boulevard and Magnolia Road, she was issued a charge of underaged DUI. Further charges were pending as of the time the police report was disseminated.

The Fairfax County Police Department reports the following larcenies from the Reston District in the past week:

1700 block of Business Center Drive, belongings from business

11900 block of Democracy Drive, cellphone from residence

2000 block of Headlands Circle, wallet from business

2200 block of Lovedale Lane, wallet from business

11800 block of Sunrise Valley Drive, copper from construction site

700 block of Walker Road, jewelry from business

1800 block of Wiehle Avenue, beer from business

FCPD in the past week also handled the apparent intentional killing of a Fairfax pedestrian by a Reston man, a man attacking employees at a Fox Mill Center restaurant with a chain, an indecent exposure case on a walkway, and a sexual abuse report from a Herndon day care. Click the links to view any of those stories on Reston Now.

Anyone with information about any of the incidents reported by FCPD should call 703-691-2131 or 1-866-411-TIPS(8477), or text “TIP187” plus the message to CRIMES(274637).

by Dave Emke — April 17, 2017 at 10:15 am 48 Comments

The man Fairfax County police say struck a 75-year-old woman twice with his car, killing her, is from Reston.

Kenan M. Ozcan, 31, was arrested Friday afternoon on Fair Ridge Drive in Fairfax after police say he assaulted a woman in a parking lot. Investigating officers noticed front-end damage to his vehicle and connected him with the death of 75-year-old Maria Ascencio earlier that morning.

Police say Ozcan, driving a 2016 Dodge Dart, struck Ascencio at about 10:15 a.m. Friday while she was crossing Rugby Road in the Fair Oaks area of the county. Ozcan then allegedly turned the vehicle around and struck Ascencio a second time before leaving the scene. Police say Ozcan and Ascencio had no prior relationship.

Ozcan has thus far been charged with felony hit and run for his role in Ascencio’s death, as well as with attempted robbery for the parking-lot altercation.

Ozcan is listed in a Friday media release from FCPD as being from Fairfax. Don Gotthardt of FCPD, however, tells Reston Now that the department’s management system lists Ozcan’s address as being in the 2200 block of Castle Rock Square in Reston. That may be a relative’s address, Gotthardt said, but no Fairfax address for Ozcan exists in the system.

Records on file with the State Corporation Commission show a taxi company, Capital Flyer Transport and Taxi, was once registered to Kenan M. Ozcan from the Reston address. All reviews of the business on Yelp gave it 1 star, including one that claims a driver named Kenan “flipped his lid” and “began yelling and spewing profanity” at customers, with the reviewer calling him a “mentally unstable, dangerous person.”

A LinkedIn page in Ozcan’s name lists him as a molecular biologist with a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech and a master’s degree from George Mason. A GoFundMe page apparently set up by Ozcan in February asks people to help him turn his life around.

“Im a Virginia Tech Graduate, and I have my Masters in Biology, however I have been going thru some tough times recenetly and I am an ex-felon, I thought going to school would change my life and I could really use any support to help my life, I really appreciate it.” [sic]

In 2014, Ozcan was jailed after being found guilty of grand larceny following multiple armed robberies in Herndon. He was given a six-year sentence; however, all but 2 1/2 years was suspended.

Ascencio had three children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, her family told DC’s WJLA.

Image: Kenan Ozcan courtesy Fairfax County Police Department

by RestonNow.com — April 14, 2017 at 1:45 pm 6 Comments

A 33-year-old Herndon man faces a litany of charges after police say he attacked employees at a Fox Mill Center restaurant before breaking into a nearby home.

At about 12:37 a.m. Friday, police say Quan Anh Ly approached employees and patrons on the front patio of Glory Days Grill (2567 John Milton Drive) and began swinging a large chain while threatening them, sending them scrambling to lock him out. According to police:

“The suspect broke the front doors to the business with his chain, entered and continued to swing his chain at employees. He confronted the bartender, who was on the phone with police, and grabbed the phone from him, and then proceeded to break numerous glasses and bottles. The suspect walked to the rear of the restaurant, encountering another employee. The suspect struck the 58-year-old man, injuring his hand, and exited out the back.”

Police say they were called to a home in the 2500 block of Freetown Drive a short time later for a reported burglary. The homeowner told them he was awakened by the sound of glass breaking and found that a man had broken both windows by the front door. The suspect fled the scene when the homeowner shouted, police say, and he was found beneath a nearby car. He was apprehended at the scene and charged with malicious wounding, attempted malicious wounding, burglary and felony destruction of property.

More charges may be issued against the man as the investigation continues, police say.

by Dave Emke — April 14, 2017 at 9:00 am 0

Reston Rotary Ball Set for April 22 — The annual “Blackbeard’s Ball” event next weekend at Hidden Creek Country Club will benefit the Lake Thoreau Project by the South Lakes High School STEAM team, as well as the nonprofit organization Stop Hunger Now. [Reston Rotary/Facebook]

Men Who Killed SLHS Grad in Israel Charged in US — Two Palestinian men already serving life sentences in an Israeli prison for killing Kristine Luken, a 1984 South Lakes High School graduate, in 2010 have now also been charged with murder by U.S. prosecutors. [Washington Post]

Seahawks Lacrosse Team Has Strong Start — There were no games this week because of Spring Break, but the lacrosse team at South Lakes High School will come back next week looking to improve on their 5-1 early-season record. [South Lakes Athletics]

Arrest Made in Anti-Semitic Graffiti Incidents in Fairfax County — A 20-year-old Annandale man has been charged with committing the vandalism, called “hate-motivated” by police, earlier this week. [Fairfax County Police Department]

by RestonNow.com — April 13, 2017 at 12:15 pm 5 Comments

A man exposed himself to a 53-year-old woman Wednesday morning on a Herndon pathway, Fairfax County police say.

According to the FCPD report, the incident took place at about 8 a.m. in the area of Powells Tavern Place and Rock Ridge Road. The woman told police she saw the man exposing himself while both were walking along the pathway. The woman said she yelled at the man to “make him stop,” after which he ran off.

The suspect is described as a white man, 20-30 years old, about 5 feet 6 inches tall and 160 pounds.

Anyone with information should call 703-691-2131 or 1-866-411-TIPS(8477), or text “TIP187” plus the message to CRIMES(274637).

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by Dave Emke — April 12, 2017 at 9:00 am 17 Comments

Board of Directors Election Winners Announced — David Bobzien, Eric Carr, John Mooney and Victoria White were announced Tuesday night as the winners of the Reston Association Board of Directors election. A full story will be posted later today on Reston Now. [Reston Association]

Report: Man Charged With Sexual Abuse Was Deported Felon — Media in D.C. reports that Oscar Perez Rangel, charged with sexually abusing a 12-year-old girl in Herndon, had previously been deported and was in the country illegally. [NBC Washington/WJLA]

Connolly: Hate Graffiti an Attack on Society — Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Fairfax) says of anti-Semitic vandalism at the Jewish Community Center and Little River United Church of Christ in Annandale that “an attack on one faith is an attack on all.” [Rep. Gerry Connelly/Facebook]

GMU Professor, Students to Perform in Reston — A free concert Thursday by Dr. Patricia Miller, director of vocal studies at George Mason University, and her advanced students will include performances from Gilbert and Sullivan’s opera “Iolanthe.” [Reston Community Center]

by RestonNow.com — April 11, 2017 at 3:55 pm 4 Comments

A 40-year-old Herndon man is being held without bond after police say he repeatedly sexually abused a 12-year-old girl being cared for at an in-home daycare where he lived.

Oscar Perez Rangel faces several child abuse-related counts including felony aggravated sexual battery in relation to the alleged abuse, which the Fairfax County Police Department says took place between October and December. Rangel was not the operator of the daycare; however, he did live at the residence.

FCPD’s Major Crimes Division Child Abuse detectives received information about the alleged abuse March 28, after the victim had reported it to staff at her school. Perez Rangel was arrested April 7 at the home.

Detectives, Victim Services and Child Protective Services are working with the victim and her family to provide assistance as needed. There is no indication that there are any other victims connected to Perez Rangel; however, any information that may be useful in this case can be directed to Det. Elizabeth Melendez at 703-246-7885.

Photo: Oscar Perez Rangel courtesy Fairfax County Police Department

by Dave Emke — April 11, 2017 at 11:30 am 1 Comment

A Herndon woman was surprised to find two men in her garage on a recent afternoon, the Fairfax County Police Department reports.

According to a police report, the woman found the burglary suspects in her garage in the 1600 block of Winterwood Place at about 5:10 p.m. Thursday. The men attempted to flee, but the woman was able to detain one of them without injury. The man, 19-year-old Richard Reyes of Herndon, was arrested and charged with two counts of burglary, two counts of grand larceny, possession of marijuana and being drunk in public.

The other suspect was also identified, police say. The investigation is ongoing, but police say it has been determined that the duo also burglarized another home.

FCPD also reports a robbery that took place Thursday between 10:30 and 11 p.m. in the 1600 block of Autumnwood Drive in Reston. Property was reported stolen from an open garage and a car parked outside.

Other incident reports this week from the Reston District Station of FCPD include:

LARCENIES:

12900 block of Centre Park Circle, passport from vehicle

11900 block of Market Street, wallet from business

2500 block of Freetown Drive, wallet from residence

2600 block of Reston Parkway, battery from business

12200 block of Streamvale Circle, shoes from residence

2100 block of Centreville Road, jeans from business

STOLEN VEHICLES:

None reported

Anyone with information about any of the incidents reported by FCPD should call 703-691-2131 or 1-866-411-TIPS(8477), or text “TIP187” plus the message to CRIMES(274637).

In Loudoun County, police say a Reston man fled from a traffic stop just before 2:30 a.m. Tuesday on Charles Town Pike (Route 9). The driver, identified as 37-year-old Joel E. Hyduke, allegedly took off down Purcellville Road before exiting the vehicle and fleeing on foot. Hyduke was apprehended and charged with DWI and speeding before being taken to the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center.

Also in Loudoun County, a Herndon man was charged with driving under the influence after a reported crash at about 3:50 p.m. Saturday in the area of North Sterling Boulevard and East Church Road in Sterling. Brayan L. Palma-Camacho, 24, allegedly drove off after the collision, and deputies found his vehicle a short time later near Relocation Drive, about three miles away.

Palma-Camacho was taken to the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center, from which he was released on a personal recognizance bond.

In the Town of Vienna, a Reston man with warrants out for his arrest from the Fairfax County Police Department was tracked down by a Vienna Police Department officer in the 200 block of Patrick Street SW at 9:41 a.m. Monday, April 3. The 20-year-old from Colts Neck Court, who was not identified by police, was charged with assault, destruction of property and making threatening telephone calls, and he was served with an emergency protective order.

In Fauquier County, a pair from Herndon were charged after police say one was spotted riding an all-terrain vehicle on a roadway. Erik Gjormand, 19, was charged with DUI, underage possession of alcohol and operating an ATV on a highway at about 6 p.m. Saturday in the 2500 block of Dumfries Road. Gabriel Coltrane Walker, 18, was also charged with being drunk in public.

Photo: Richard Reyes courtesy Fairfax County Police Department

by Dave Emke — April 5, 2017 at 4:00 pm 0

The Fairfax County Police Department has released its crime stats for 2016, which show a 2 percent countywide increase in police calls from 2015.

Locally, however, the numbers are slightly down. According to the data, the Reston District Station handled 45,845 calls in 2016 — down 1,925 calls, or about 4 percent, from 2015. The Mount Vernon District Station was the only other precinct to see a decrease from 2015.

Overall, in 2016, Reston District Station responded to 6,605 crime-related calls, 21,967 service calls and 17,273 traffic calls. All three numbers are down from 2015.

FCPD Chief Edwin Roessler said countywide, the increase in the number of calls is due in part to significant increases in narcotics offenses. That shows in the Reston District Station numbers, where such offenses increased by 13.6 percent (360 to 417) from 2015 to 2016.

Weapon law violations nearly doubled from 2015, when there were 34 reported. In 2016, the Reston District Station worked 64 such cases.

Assaults were down about 4.5 percent from 2015. There were 23 sex offenses reported, up three from 2015. Larceny and theft calls were down about 8 percent from 2015, while robbery calls also decreased from 43 to 36.

The average response time to top-priority calls from the Reston District Station increased from 2015 to 2016, from 7.1 minutes to 7.3 minutes. This is in line with trends across the county, as all but two districts (Sully and West Springfield) had increased average response times to such calls.

Across all calls, emergency and non-emergency, Reston District Station’s average response time increased from 7.8 minutes in 2015 to 8.4 minutes in 2016. Only Mount Vernon, which increased from 5.8 minutes to 6.9 minutes, had a greater increase. Countywide, the number increased by only 1/10th of a minute.

by RestonNow.com — April 4, 2017 at 10:15 am 0

A pair of homes in the Reston area have been burglarized in recent days, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.

One of the reported incidents took place at 2000 block of Kedge Drive, off Lawyers Road in Vienna, at about 3 p.m. Friday. The second happened in 11500 block of Hemingway Drive, in North Reston, around 6 a.m. Saturday.

In another notable report from the Reston District Station, a gun was reported stolen from a vehicle in the 1400 block of Beauford Court in Herndon.

Other reported incidents from FCPD’s Reston District Station in the past week include:

LARCENIES:

2300 block of Archdale Road, cellphone from residence

700 block of Bennett Street, cellphone from school

11600 block of Bennington Woods Road, license plates and credit cards from vehicle

2300 block of Colts Neck Road, purse from business

11800 block of Coopers Court, license plates from vehicle

1400 block of Flynn Court, laptop computer from vehicle

1600 block of Fremont Lane, tools from vehicle

11400 block of Great Meadow Drive, wallet from business

1400 block of Hemingway Court, air compressor from vehicle

12200 block of Laurel Glade Court, catalytic converter from vehicle

10800 block of Parkridge Boulevard, tire from vehicle

6700 block of Ruskin Street, property from residence

12200 block of Sunset Hills Road, wallet from vehicle

11900 block of Winterthur Lane, watch and jewelry from residence

STOLEN VEHICLES:

None reported

Anyone with information about any of the incidents reported by FCPD should call 703-691-2131 or 1-866-411-TIPS(8477), or text “TIP187” plus the message to CRIMES(274637).

A 29-year-old Reston man also made the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office report after deputies reportedly saw him “relieving himself” in a bush at One Loudoun at about 2:20 a.m. Saturday. The man was arrested, charged with public intoxication and later released from the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center on a personal recognizance bond.

by RestonNow.com — March 28, 2017 at 11:30 am 3 Comments

Only a few larcenies have been reported by the Reston District Station of the Fairfax County Police Department in the past week.

From police reports:

LARCENIES:

1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, property from vehicle

2200 block of Cocquina Drive, identification card from vehicle

2500 block of Congreve Court, wallet from business

11600 block of Stoneview Square, bag and sunglasses from vehicle

11700 block of Summer Chase Circle, laptop computer from vehicle

1600 block of Washington Plaza, cash from business

STOLEN VEHICLES:

None reported

Reston District Station officers did have to deal with a group of teens who were allegedly shooting a BB gun at vehicles on Route 7, which we reported last week. The investigation also continues in the death of a man found in a car down an embankment in Herndon last week.

Anyone with information about any of the incidents reported by FCPD should call 703-691-2131 or 1-866-411-TIPS(8477), or text “TIP187” plus the message to CRIMES(274637).

by Dave Emke — March 27, 2017 at 2:45 pm 40 Comments

Pedestrian lighting — or lack thereof — is a hot topic in Reston, and Reston Association’s Environmental Advisory Committee weighed in on it at last week’s meeting of the Board of Directors.

EAC member Melissa Gildea said the committee’s opinion is that there is no correlation between increased lighting and a reduction in crime, and they also say bright lighting on walkways and paths has an adverse effect on wildlife.

“A lot of times, what we do with lighting is completely unnecessary,” Gildea said. “There is no reason to have anything lit like the day.”

In its official recommendation for lighting in regard to safety, the EAC says:

“We recommend that night lighting is only used where there is a documented need for it for human safety. In considering where to place lighting, the activity level of the area should be considered. Recreation areas active at night may require lighting, while pathways in wooded areas and in natural meadow areas should remain dark to protect plants, insects, birds and animals in those spaces. Designed environments can help deter crime; having green space is a documented crime deterrent.”

“The reason you use lighting has to be important enough for us to disrupt the environment and disrupt ourselves,” Gildrea said. “Passive surveillance [not lighting] is the No. 1 way to keep crime down.”

Gildea said research in cities including Chicago, Los Angeles and New York found that increasing lighting in secluded areas such as alleys actually increased crime in those places.

“You can’t reduce crime by lighting an area,” she said. “The criminals could see what they were doing.”

The EAC’s official recommendation does say that it would be in favor of “amounts of lighting that published research indicates will foster a perception of safety in a neighborhood.” In places where lighting is deemed appropriate, the EAC recommended lighting that is near the ground and very low-level.

Director Ray Wedell took umbrage to the claim that increased lighting does not decrease crime, saying anyone looking to prove something can find a study to support any preconceived notion. To prove his point, he cited a study he found that indicated the opposite of the research EAC cited.

“We have to make our own decision based on common sense,” he said. “Don’t just say that it doesn’t work. If properly deployed, it works alongside all kinds of other things.”

The board voted unanimously to send the EAC’s findings to the Design Review Board and the Pedestrian Lighting Working Group for consideration. The board will have an opportunity to review any proposals for pedestrian lighting before they are implemented.

by Dave Emke — March 24, 2017 at 12:00 pm 6 Comments

DWI enforcement police vehicle (Photo via Fairfax County Police Department)Police in both Fairfax and Loudoun counties say a group of teens was shooting pellets at vehicles on Leesburg Pike (Va. Route 7) overnight.

According to the Fairfax County Police Department, officers from the Reston District Station reported at about 4 a.m. to the area of Middleton Ridge Road after a report of a car being fired upon by a BB gun. Police checked the area and found a car matching provided suspect information. Police say five teenage boys inside the car allegedly were involved.

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, meanwhile, reports a related incident in the area of Dranesville Road. They say a vehicle in that area suffered minor damage.

The FCPD officers apprehended the teens. According to LCSO, they were released to the custody of their parents.

No one was injured in either of the incidents. Charges and juvenile petitions are pending.

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