Fairfax County Police have identified the victim in a fatal pedestrian incident Thursday evening in Reston.
Police say 57-year-old Asress Gobena Lakew, of Reston, was attempting to cross Reston Parkway near South Lakes Drive at about 6:20 p.m. when she was struck by a southbound 2016 Jeep Wrangler. Lakew was not within a crosswalk when the collision took place, police say.
The 30-year-old driver of the Jeep remained on scene and she was treated by medics. Police say the Crash Reconstruction Unit responded to investigate, and they determined neither speed nor alcohol appear to have been contributing factors to the crash.
Anyone who witnessed this crash is asked to call the CRU witness line at 703-280-0543 or contact Crime Solvers. Tips can also be made by texting “TIP187” plus a message to CRIMES(274637), or by calling 1-866-411-TIPS(8477) or 703-691-2131.
Photo courtesy Fairfax County Police Department
The Fairfax County Police Department says an iPad was stolen from a home Friday.
According to police, the device went missing “between 1:30 a.m. and 10:30 p.m.” from the home in the 11100 block of Glade Road. They say there were no signs of forced entry.
Other incidents reported from the Reston District Station in the past week:
1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, cash from business
2100 block of Green Watch Way, wallet from business
11200 block of Roger Bacon Drive, glasses from business
1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, wallet from vehicle
2300 block of Colts Neck Road, clothing from business
12700 block of Fantasia Drive, wallet from vehicle
12800 block of Fantasia Drive, wallet from vehicle
2300 block of Hunters Woods Plaza, beer from business
900 block of Leigh Mill Road, tools from residence
11100 block of South Lakes Drive, bicycle from business
12100 block of Sunset Hills Road, merchandise from business
Anyone with information about any of these incidents should call 703-691-2131 or 1-866-411-TIPS(8477), or text “TIP187” plus the message to CRIMES(274637).
The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency has issued detainers for all four adults charged in connection with an apparent gang-related killing in Fairfax County, including an 18-year-old Reston resident.
Cindy Blanco Hernandez, 18, of Winterthur Lane in Reston, is among the 10 people ages 15-21 charged in connection with the death of 15-year-old Damaris Alexandra Reyes Rivas of Gaithersburg. Hernandez faces charges of abduction and gang participation in the case. Five of the other suspects face murder charges.
Six of the charged individuals are juveniles. Hernandez and the other three adults in the case — Wilmer A. Sanchez-Serrano, 21, of no fixed address; Aldair J. Miranda Carcamo, 18, of Springfield; and Jose Castillo Rivas, 18, of Springfield — have had detainers issued for them by ICE.
According to Carissa Cutrell, public affairs officer for the Department of Homeland Security, a detainer is issued when a person in custody is either in the United States illegally or has violated the terms of their legal status in the country.
“We issue a detainer to a local or state law enforcement agency when a person in their custody is potentially amenable to removal by ICE,” she said. “Rather than the local law enforcement agency releasing them into the community, we say we would appreciate [them] notifying us before they are released, so they can be turned over to our custody.”
Cutrell said she could not provide specific details about the case. She said in most cases, suspects are sent through the immigration court process, and a judge’s orders — potentially, removal from the United States — would be executed.
“There is a whole process that happens between us issuing that detainer and the individual being removed from the United States,” she said.
The Fairfax County Police Department is asking anyone with further information about the case to contact them at 703-691-2131, use Crime Solvers or text “TIP187” plus a message to CRIMES(274637).
An 18-year-old from Reston is among those charged in connection with the killing of a Gaithersburg teen found dead over the weekend in Springfield.
Cindy Blanco Hernandez, of the 11900 block of Winterthur Lane, is among four adults and six juveniles charged with abduction and gang participation in connection with the death of 15-year-old Damaris Reyes Rivas.
According to the Fairfax County Police Department, it is believed Rivas was held against her will before she was taken to Lake Accotink Park, assaulted and killed. Police believe this happened on or around Jan. 8.
Rivas had been reported missing in Montgomery County in early December. The girl’s body was found in the 7100 block of Wimsatt Road in Springfield on Saturday, and her death was ruled a homicide Monday after an autopsy.
Others charged in the case include Wilmer A. Sanchez-Serrano, 21, of no fixed address; Aldair J. Miranda Carcamo, 18, of Springfield; and Jose Castillo Rivas, 18, of Springfield. Three 17-year-olds, two 16-year-olds and a 15-year-old have also been charged.
Police say additional charges are pending further investigation, and that detectives are working with the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney.
Anyone with further information about the case is asked to contact the Fairfax County police at 703-691-2131, use Crime Solvers or text “TIP187” plus a message to CRIMES(274637).
According to a report from the Fairfax County Police Department, a Craigslist user agreed to a meeting in the 11900 block of Freedom Drive at about 7:45 p.m. to negotiate the sale of cellphones.
“The suspects arrived and as the victim was showing one suspect a cellphone, another suspect tried to steal the other phones. The victim struggled with the suspects until one of them produced a handgun and threatened the victim. The suspects fled with several phones and the victim was not injured.”
The suspects were described by police as black men, 25-30 years old. One was around 6 feet tall and 220 pounds, and they were both wearing dark clothing. The suspects left the scene in a silver Mercedes Benz sedan, according to the report.
Fairfax County police began offering a “safe zone” for Craigslist exchanges at the Sully District Station last year; at the time, police said the program “would likely expand to other police station parking lots” in the future.
The Herndon Police Station also offers a “safe zone” for such transactions.
The Fairfax County Police Department says charges have been filed against a man accused of stealing wheels from vehicles last year.
Jason Brooks, 38, was charged recently with seven counts of grand larceny and seven counts of larceny with the intent to sell stolen property. The Maryland resident was already in custody in Loudoun County, on unrelated charges.
Police say Brooks has been connected with seven different tire and rim thefts in Fairfax County between March and July. Two of the incidents took place in Herndon.
SHOTS FIRED IN HERNDON
Police are investigating a shots-fired incident that took place Saturday evening in Herndon.
Officers responded to a home on Poener Place, near Hutchison Elementary School, for a report of several people at the door with guns. The caller also told police shots may have been fired at the home. Arriving officers say they heard shots, and a bullet was found at the scene.
“Four suspects fled in a white SUV and a lookout was broadcast. The suspect vehicle was stopped a short time later in the Town of Herndon. The suspects have been taken into custody for interviews and further investigation. An extensive check of the area by Fairfax 1 and K9 did not yield any additional suspects.”
No injuries were reported.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call 703-691-2131 or 1-866-411-TIPS(8477), or text “TIP187” plus the message to CRIMES(274637).
Other incidents reported from the Reston District Station in the past week:
1800 block of Fountain Drive, security devices from business
1900 block of Bowman Towne Drive, backpack from residence
2200 block of Wheelwright Court, packages from residence
1700 block of Business Center Drive, wallet from residence
13100 block of Foxhunt Lane, property from residence
2400 block of Centreville Road, wallet from business
Fairfax County police also responded to the alleged armed robbery of a man while he walked his dog outside Winterthur Apartments, which we reported Monday.
Roads in Good Shape for Morning Commute — The Virginia Department of Transportation says overnight winds assisted road crews by drying most of the region, but low pavement temperatures will quickly refreeze any additional moisture. [VDOT]
Animal Protection Police Come to the Rescue — The Fairfax County Police Department shared a photo Thursday of a raccoon that got tangled up while trying to get into a bird feeder in Reston. Police said “No harm, no fowl!” — [Fairfax County Police Department/Twitter]
RA Committees to Meet Next Week — The Reston Association meeting schedule for the week of Feb. 13-17 includes meetings of the Board Governance, Elections, 55+ Advisory, Covenants and Multimodal Transportation Advisory committees. [Reston Association]
(Edited 12:45 p.m. after the postponement of a previously announced event.)
VW’s Electric Vehicle Work to Be Done Locally — As part of a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency, Volkswagen AG has been required to spend $2 billion over the next decade in support of zero-emission vehicles in the United States. The company announced Tuesday that under the subsidiary Electrify America LLC, that work will be headquartered in Reston. [Bloomberg]
Name of Officer in Standoff Shooting Still Not Released — The identity of the Fairfax County Police Department officer who shot and killed Mohammad Azim Doudzai last month, ending a chaotic hostage/barricade situation in Herndon, is still not being released. Police Chief Edwin Roessler, who says an assessment of potential threats to the officer is not complete, will appear in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on Thursday for a preliminary injunction hearing regarding the matter. [Fairfax County Police Department]
Police to Teens: Pay Attention When Behind the Wheel — According to information provided by the Fairfax County Police Department, an estimated 571 crashes involving teenage drivers in 2016 were attributed to various distracted driving actions. At this week’s Student Advisory Committee meeting, officers are promoting the #PhonesDownTouchdown campaign to try to lower that number. [Fairfax County Police Department]
Police in Fairfax County are still searching for a 16-year-old girl and her 5-month-old baby after they went missing last month.
Lizzy Lizbeth Rivera Colindres and her son, Aidan David Castillo Rivera, were last seen Jan. 14 at their home on Rhoden Court in Springfield. Her mom reported her missing the next day.
According to police, it was originally believed the girl left voluntarily with the baby’s father, 18-year-old Jose Ivan Castillo Rivas. New information, however, suggests Colindres and her son may be in danger, and she may have left out of fear of Rivas.
— Fairfax Co. Police (@fairfaxpolice) February 6, 2017
— Fairfax Co. Police (@fairfaxpolice) February 7, 2017
Colindres is described as Hispanic, about 5 feet 6 inches tall and 125 pounds. She has long black hair with light-colored stripes in it. She wears glasses.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective K. Mason (571-585-2378) or Detective M. Fox (571-489-1796), or the Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131, or contact Crime Solvers. Tips can also be made by texting “TIP187” plus the message to CRIMES(274637).
In crimes reported from the Reston District Station in the past week:
1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, generator from residence
1800 block of Wiehle Avenue, wine from business
11800 block of Freedom Drive, laser from construction site
1500 block of Kings Valley Court, package from business
10000 block of Runaway Lane, purse from vehicle
400 block of Springpark Place, firearm from vehicle
11600 block of Vantage Hill Road, glasses from residence
2300 block of Woodland Crossing Drive, wallet and luggage from residence
2400 block of Centreville Road, cell phone from residence
2400 block of Centreville Road, wallet from vehicle
13000 block of New Austin Court, property from residence
11100 block of South Lakes Drive, liquor from business
Fairfax Police to Test Out Body Cams — County officers are expected to begin testing body-worn cameras later this year, once the police department completes (and the Board of Supervisors approves) a set of guidelines governing their use. [WTOP]
‘OK, Campers, Rise and Shine!’ — Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this morning, predicting six more weeks of winter. Monday and Tuesday at Walker Nature Center, a shadow play and activities will help kids understand more about the groundhog. [Walker Nature Center]
Groundhog Day for Grownups — For a more adult way to celebrate Feb. 2, check out the American Tap Room today for their “See Your Shadow” specials. [American Tap Room/Facebook]
Local Theater Students Compete in Georgia — Kids from Lopez Studios Inc. Performing Arts School recently took part in the 2017 iTheatrics Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta. The students won an award for excellence in ensemble work, and Kendyl Florence was honored for student choreography. [Reston Connection]
Dinner Held to Support Police Families — A group in Great Falls raised over $5,000 for Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.), an organization that supports families of officers killed on the job. 2nd Lt. Anthony Lampe of the Fairfax County Police Department’s Reston District Station addressed a dinner audience, talking about his department’s recent brush with violence against police. [Reston Connection]
South Lakes Girls Win at the Buzzer — The Seahawks’ varsity girls basketball team won with a last-second layup last week. Alivia Damper passed to Kendra Williams, who scored the winning basket just before time expired as South Lakes beat McLean, 51-49. [DMVStream.com]
Seahawks Player Headed to Delaware — Sticking with SLHS sports, football player David Kroll is a top college recruit on the offensive line. He was planning to play for the University of Richmond, but he has now changed his plans and is committed to the University of Delaware. [Washington Post]
Petit larcenies were reported throughout the Reston District of the Fairfax County Police Department in the past week. Items taken from businesses, residences and vehicles in recent days include cash, a ring, golf clubs and a coat.
Many incidents of lost property, larceny or theft under $5,000 can be filed with the FCPD online using their Citizen Reporting System. Other crimes including civil disputes, vandalism and harassment can also be reported through the portal. Some larcenies — over $5,000, personal identification, prescription drugs, firearms, etc. — should be reported by calling the FCPD’s non-emergency number at 703-691-2131. (For crimes in progress, citizens should always dial 911.)
Reports from the Reston Station in the past week include the following:
1700 block of Business Center Drive, cash and property from business
1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, briefcase from vehicle
2400 block of Centreville Road, phone from business
2500 block of Centreville Road, merchandise from business
10500 block of Dunn Meadow Road, ring from residence
2200 block of Hunters Woods Plaza, electronic device from residence
2500 block of John Milton Drive, liquor from business
1800 block of Library Street, coat from business
11900 block of Market Street, merchandise from business
900 block of Millwood Lane, property from residence
1400 block of Powells Tavern Place, hoses from residence
1500 block of Scandia Circle, medication from residence
11100 block of South Lakes Drive, merchandise from business
2800 block of Winter Oaks Way, golf clubs from residence
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Design-Build Firm Marks Grand Opening — Home remodeling company Synergy Design & Construction officially opened its new showroom (11501 Sunset Hills Road, Suite 250) last week. The business began in 2008 and has about a dozen employees. [Press Release]
Police Show Solidarity with Muslim Community — Reston patrol officers of the Fairfax County Police Department visited the All Dulles Area Muslim Society and the Al Fatih Academy to show their support following this weekend’s mass shooting at a mosque in Quebec. [Fairfax County Police Department/Facebook]
RTC Parking ‘Uninviting and Confusing’ — Reston resident Peter Carlivati has visited Bowtie Cinemas at Reston Town Center twice in the last month, and has left with a bad taste in his mouth after trying to pay for parking with cash. [Fairfax Times]
Name of Officer in Herndon Shooting Not Released — Pending further investigation, the Fairfax County Police Department is not releasing the name of the officer who shot and killed Mohammad Azim Doudzai on Jan. 16 in Herndon, ending a hostage/barricade situation. Doudzai had earlier shot and injured his two brothers. [Fairfax County Police Department]
Reston’s Family Rankings Not Flattering — Personal finance website WalletHub recently released its rankings of Virginia’s 82 largest communities for their friendliness to families. Reston ranked middle of the road (37th) overall, and was particularly low (71st) in the “Family Life & Fun” category. The community did rank well in affordability (20th) and socioeconomics (23rd). Other Northern Virginia communities swept the Top 5 overall: Falls Church, Leesburg, Vienna, South Riding and Great Falls. [WalletHub]
Massive Mixed-Use Development Pitched in Herndon — MRP Development has filed for 650,000 square feet of office, 1,701 multifamily units, 112 townhouses and 44,000 square feet of retail near the future Innovation Center Metro Station. [Washington Business Journal]
Updated at 3:35 p.m. with information from police press conference
A 21-year-old Herndon man is charged with attempted capital murder in relation to an incident late Sunday night where shots were fired at a Fairfax County police officer in his cruiser.
Brian Neftali Landaverde, of Astoria Circle, also faces a charge of using a firearm in the commission of a felony, the Fairfax County Police Department announced Tuesday afternoon.
The incident took place at about 11:45 p.m. Sunday on Rossmore Court, off Georgetown Pike near Great Falls. The officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop when one suspect fled from the vehicle. The driver then turned the car around and came at the officer’s cruiser. Shots were fired, and at least two bullets struck the police car.
The suspect had been arrested Monday night in Herndon. At a press conference Tuesday afternoon, Herndon Police Chief Maggie DeBoard said Landaverde was apprehended after he was spotted waving a gun in the parking lot of a business on Elden Street near Alabama Drive.
“He took off running, which obviously raised some red flags for us,” she said. “He’s running for a reason.”
Landaverde was charged in Herndon with possession of a stolen firearm. During the course of the investigation, DeBoard said, officers connected Landaverde with the Fairfax County case and alerted FCPD detectives.
“I think it was good police work all around,” she said. “It was great work by the officers in Herndon… and it was phenomenal work by the detectives in Fairfax.”
Fairfax County Police Chief Edwin Roessler Jr. said in addition to the Herndon officers “going above and beyond,” his department received a number of “solid leads” from the community that helped them make the arrest. He said evidence has been recovered linking Landaverde to the crime.
FCPD says Landaverde was in the vehicle with two juveniles, ages 16 and 17, one of whom is the person who fled the vehicle just before the shooting. Roessler said at the press conference that the two juveniles have also been located and are being interviewed by police.
“We have made our county safer by taking these violent thugs off the street,” the chief said.
Roessler said the vehicle involved the incident has been recovered, and damage to the windshield indicates the bullets were fired from inside the car.
The chief also said the officer who was fired upon is doing well and is receiving support from his colleagues.
“This is upsetting to all of us as police officers,” he said. “This is very traumatic for anybody.”