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]
Many Places Closed for Martin Luther King Day — Schools, the library, government offices and more are closed today for the holiday. Other services may also be affected. [Patch]
Students Interested in Firefighting Have Opportunity — The High School Firefighter Program is designed to teach Fairfax County students how to battle blazes safely and effectively. A recent open house showcased the program for interested teens and parents. [Fairfax County Fire and Rescue]
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.
Application Deadline for Review Panel Approaches — Fairfax County residents interested in being part of the effort to review alleged misconduct by Fairfax County police officers have until Jan. 31 to apply for the county’s new Citizen Review Panel. The panel was created in response to the shooting of an unarmed man by Fairfax County Police in 2013. [WTOP]
FCPS to Name County’s Top Crossing Guard — Who helps your children cross the street to and from school each day? If you think your friendly neighborhood crossing guard is the best of the best, Fairfax County Public Schools wants to hear about it. Nominations for the Crossing Guard of the Year award are being accepted through Jan. 27. [Fairfax County Public Schools]
South Lakes High School Swimmers Honored — Seniors on the SLHS swim team, pictured here, were recognized prior to a winning performance recently against McLean. The team has two more meets left this season: Friday night against Langley and a week from tonight against Washington & Lee. In other Seahawks sports in the past few days, the varsity girls basketball team beat Yorktown, as did both the JV boys and girls. [South Lakes Athletics]
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
In Defense of Political Theater Over the Silver Line — Metro board members Jack Evans and Corbett Price have threatened to veto the opening of the Silver Line to Dulles and Loudoun County if Virginia doesn’t help fund Metro more. In response, Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) called those suggestions “parochial theater,” and labeled some board members’ comments “cheap and reckless.” Are they really? GGW’s David Alpert says maybe not. “Their argument about the Silver Line isn’t totally crazy,” he argues. “Still, it’s dangerous for one jurisdiction to block new service in another.” [Greater Greater Washington]
Beware of Package Thieves — The Fairfax County Police Department had at least 15 reports of packages being stolen from doorsteps across the county this past weekend, it said. The arrival of the holiday season generally means an uptick in package and mail theft. Whenever possible, police advise citizens to require a signature for package deliveries, ask that packages be delivered to neighbors if you will not be home, or have packages delivered to their offices. [Patch]
Reston Singing Groups to Open Registration — Two local singing groups for people over the age of 65 are opening to new members: Encore Reston Chorale, which performs classical choral music, and Encore Rocks Reston, which performs more contemporary and rock-and-roll music. Members do not need prior singing experience or know how to read music. Singers may also be seated during rehearsals and performances, if needed. Weekly rehearsals in Reston are scheduled to begin next month. [Encore Creativity]
Network, Celebrate, and Check Out New Reston Homes — The Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce will host its annual holiday celebration, “Tinsle ‘n Tinis,” tomorrow from 6 to 9 p.m. in the rooftop bar at Reston Station’s BLVD apartment complex (1908 Reston Metro Plaza). Attendees can network with other local business professionals, celebrate the holiday season and enjoy festive martinis and hors d’oeuvres during the event. Proceeds from the event are slated to go toward a local education nonprofit. [Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce]
Fairfax County Police Respond to Annandale Shooting — Two women were shot and wounded after a fight outside of a home in Annandale last night. Fairfax County Police rushed to the scene of the crime around 6:30 p.m. yesterday. [NBC Washington]
It’s unclear whether a car hit her or she had a medical condition before somebody discovered her near Colts Neck Road and Hunters Woods Plaza about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Detectives with the police department’s Crash Reconstruction Unit are investigating the incident.
If anyone has information related to this incident, please contact detectives via the CRU witness phone line: 703-280-0543 [Call: 703-280-0543] or contact Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477, email at www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES/274637 or call police at 703-691-2131 [Call: 703-691-2131]
The Fairfax County Police Department today released a photo of a car they believe is connected to the fatal hit-and-run crash that happened on North Shore Drive Sunday.
Someone behind the wheel of a car hit and killed 76-year-old Hung Soon Seo at the intersection of North Shore Drive and Village Road some time before 5:15 p.m. Sunday afternoon, police said.
Seo was crossing North Shore Drive at a four way intersection when she was hit by a vehicle that did not stop, according to authorities.
Fairfax police plan to canvass the area near North Shore Drive and Village Road this Sunday 5 p.m. in search of more information about the car, now believed to be a yellow Ford Escape with possible front end damage on the driver’s side.
Though the car was previously thought to be a newer model black Nissan Altima, “new information has determined that the initially thought to be the suspect vehicle may instead be a witness to the hit and run,” according to an update from FCPD earlier this week.
Police released the following flyer about the upcoming search:
Photo via Fairfax County Police Department
Reston residents can now text 911 to report an emergency.
The new text message program is designed to be used in situations where a person cannot call 911 due to a medical emergency or safety concerns. Text to 911 is available throughout Fairfax County.
“The three primary reasons why Text to 911 has become so valuable is that it allows the person that is unable to hear or is hearing impaired, a person that is in a precarious situation where it is not in their best interest of safety to voice a 911 call or where, perhaps, a person is injured and unable to voice a 911 call, it now provides them an opportunity to using a smart device to text a 911 call,” said Steve Souder, director of Fairfax County Department of Public Safety Communications.
People can also text 911 if they are in an area with limited cell reception and cannot complete a call.
“Voice calls are still the best and preferred method for most people to contact 911. Remember this important phrase: Call if you can. Text if you can’t,” Fairfax County said in a statement.
Text to 911 is supported by carriers Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint and only works with English text messages at the moment.
To use Text to 911, a person types 911, without dashes, into the recipient field in a text message. In the body of the text, include people should include their location and the services they require.
The full Text to 911 instructions, after the jump.
An officer from the McLean District Station stopped the men on a traffic violation in a car on Ring Road in Reston about 2:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 5.
The officer noticed several large cable box batteries, a bit larger than a typical car battery, in the vehicle he stopped, said police.
Police had been notified by Cox Communications on Jan. 27 about a resurgence in battery thefts and they had requested that police be on the lookout. There had been roughly 185 batteries stolen from all across the County, predominantly in the Western portions of Fair Oaks, Reston and Sully since late December 2014.
These batteries serve as a back-up when power goes out so that customers won’t lose cable service. Thieves typically steal them, along with other utility tools, for their scrap metal value, said police. They weigh around 80 pounds each and likely would require some electrical, or wiring, expertise to remove from their power supply cabinets.
Police arrested Edwin Price, 44, of Bethlehem and Jason Drobnoek, 29 , of Altoona, Pennsylvania and charged them with grand larceny, stolen property with intent to sell, as well as false identification charges.
Photos: Jason Drobnoek, left, and Edwin Price/Credit: FCPD