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Fairfax Police Investigating Robbery at BB&T on Fox Mill Road

Police are investigating a bank robbery that happened at the BB&T Bank at 2513 Fox Mill Road in Reston.

Police are “searching for a man initially described as white, 20-30 years old, thin, 5’9″, gray cap, light colored jacket and dark colored shirt,” according to a tweet from the Fairfax County Police Department at 2:58 p.m. today (Feb. 21).

Police want locals to “please be aware of first responders” in the area.

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Crime Roundup: Reston Man Charged for Valentine’s Day Assault

Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Reston man on Valentine’s Day after he allegedly assaulted a woman in Sterling.

Deputies responded around 1 p.m. on Valentine’s Day to the 400 block of Bailey Court — the area where a female reported that a man she knows unlawfully entered her residence twice that day.

The man woke up the woman after entering her home in the morning and then fled with the woman’s purse after another resident in the home confronted him, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.

“He then returned later in the day and again entered the home unlawfully,” the report says, adding that the man grabbed the woman and would not allow her to use her phone to call for help.

“The suspect then pushed the victim and a brief altercation ensued” before the man fled the area, police say.

Police arrested 20-year-old Chester S. Wesley of Reston and charged him with two counts of burglary, two counts of simple assault, trespassing, stalking, petit larceny, grand larceny, abduction and robbery.

Wesley is being held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center on no bond.

The Fairfax County Police Department’s Reston District Station reported the following incidents in recent days:

LARCENIES:

11100 block of Saffold Way, wallet from vehicle

6500 block of Springfield Towne Center, cell phone from location

12100 block of Sunset Hills Road, wallet from location

STOLEN VEHICLES:

11000 block of Saffold Way, 2014 Hyundai Sonata

Herndon police are trying to find the armed robber who took off with an undisclosed amount of cash from a Herndon business.

The robber entered the business in the 1100 block of Crestview Drive shortly after midnight on Feb. 10, according to the Herndon Police Department. The suspect then “displayed a weapon and indicated to the victim he wanted cash” before getting away.

“The suspect is described as possibly a black male, wearing all black, a mask, and gloves,” according to the Herndon Police Department.

The case is currently under investigation.

Herndon police say an unknown number of suspects broke a basement window and entered a Herndon home in the 800 block of Locust Street sometime between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8. Nothing was reportedly taken from the home. Police are currently investigating the case.

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UPDATED: Car Crash, Downed Pole Close Fox Mill Road at Lawyers Road

Updated at 8:45 a.m. — Fox Mill Road is now open, FCPD tweeted at 8:45 a.m.

Earlier: A car crash today (Feb. 14) has shut down Fox Mill Road at Lawyers Road.

Fairfax County Police tweeted that the closure is “due to a crash and pole down.”

A traffic alert from Fairfax County indicates that the crash happened shortly before 2:47 p.m.

There is no word yet on whether anyone has reported injuries.

Police advise people to avoid the area and find an alternative route.

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Crime Roundup: Great Falls Home Burglarized on Friday

A burglar broke into a Great Falls home and stole personal property on Friday, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.

The homeowner came home at 8:25 p.m. on Feb. 1 to find the front door open and rooms in disarray. Police found evidence that someone had forced entry to the rear sliding door of the home in the 10000 block of Park Royal Drive, according to the report.

The Fairfax County Police Department’s Reston District Station reported the following incidents in recent days:

LARCENIES:

2400 block of Centreville Road, liquor from business

2400 block of Centreville Road, merchandise from business

11400 block of Commerce Park Drive, electronic devices from location

2000 block of Edmund Halley Drive, chainsaws from construction site

11000 block of Grey Squirrel Lane, bag from car

12000 block of Laurel Glade Court, wallet from apartment

11000 block of Plaza America Road, merchandise from store

11700 block of Stratford House Place, credit cards from location

12000 block of Wrexham Road, mail from vehicle

STOLEN VEHICLES:

None reported

Deputies arrested a 34-year-old Herndon woman at the Ashburn CVS on Saturday (Feb. 2), according to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.

Around 7:36 p.m., deputies responded to a call for a woman acting upset inside the store in the 44800 block of Russell Branch Parkway. The woman was unable to maintain her balance while standing, according to the report. Deputies found narcotics and drug paraphernalia on the woman and charged her with public intoxication and possession of paraphernalia.

She is being held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center on a secured bond.

That same day, Herndon police responded to a call of shots fired in the 900 block of Barton Oaks Place shortly after midnight. Officers checked the area, but did not find any suspects, according to the Herndon Police Department. Later that same morning, police responded to a call of a bullet that was found inside a home nearby. No injuries were reported.

Police are still investigating the case.

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Crime Roundup: Herndon Police Investigating Armed Robbery

Herndon police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred at an Elden Street business.

Around 5:55 p.m. on Jan. 20, the suspect entered the business in the 1000 block of Elden Street, displayed a weapon and demanded cash, according to the Herndon Police Department.

After a confrontation with the victim, the suspect then fled the store without cash or merchandise, police say.

The report gave the following description for the suspect:

The suspect is described as a heavy-set, Hispanic male, wearing a dark gray and orange color jacket with the hood on, orange or red beanie hat under the hood, light color pants with a square pattern, dark color gloves, and a white bandana with black spots covering the bottom half of his face. He was wearing black Nike shoes with white swoosh and soles.

The Fairfax County Police Department’s Reston District Station reported the following incidents in recent days:

LARCENIES:

2200 block of Cocquina Drive, license plate from vehicle

1700 block of Jonathan Way, package from residence

1700 Lake Shore Crest Drive, theft of services

11000 block of Sunset Hills Road, purse from vehicle

STOLEN VEHICLES:

None reported

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UPDATED: Fairfax Police Investigating Possible Bomb Threat at Kaiser Permanente

Updated at 11:20 a.m. — FCPD said that officers have completed their investigation after nothing suspicious was found and normal operations will resume shortly. 

Earlier: Police are on the scene of a potential bomb threat at Kaiser Permanente (1890 Metro Center Drive).

Police evacuated the building as a precaution after “a note was found indicating a bomb threat,” according to a tweet from the Fairfax County Police Department today (Jan. 24) at 9:29 a.m.

“At this time, no evidence to substantiate it,” the tweet said. “Please stay clear of the area.”

Police say they are investigating the threat.

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Crime Roundup: Drunk Reston Man Arrested on MLK Day

A drunk Reston man was arrested for allegedly trespassing at a restaurant in Ashburn on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

A sheriff’s deputy responded around 12:14 a.m. to the 20000 block of Easthampton Plaza for reports of a man refusing to leave the restaurant.

The man, a 24-year-old Reston resident, was arrested and charged with public intoxication, according to the report. He was released from the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center on an unsecured bond. 

In a separate incident, a sheriff’s deputy responded to Potomac View Road and Benedict Drive in Sterling on Thursday (Jan. 17) at 8:38 p.m. to assist Loudoun EMS with a disorderly subject inside an ambulance.

While the deputy was speaking with the EMS crew, Edwin A. Rivera-Ardon, 27, of Herndon struck the deputy, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.

Rivera-Ardon was arrested and charged with public intoxication and assault on law enforcement. He is being held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center without bond.

The Fairfax County Police Department’s Reston District Station reported the following incidents in recent days:

LARCENIES:

11900 block of Bowman Town Center Drive, backpack and tablet from location

1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, cell phone from residence

2100 block of Centreville Road, merchandise from business

2400 block of Centreville Road, merchandise from business

1400 block of Lake Fairfax Drive, purse from vehicle

1800 block of Michael Faraday Drive, laptop computers from business

10300 block of Mountington Court, purses from residence

12900 block of Park Crescent Circle, watch from business

1600 block of Reston Parkway, tools from business

2400 block of Ridgehampton Court, license plates from vehicle

11200 block of Roger Bacon Drive, wallet from location

12000 block of Sunset Hills Road, wallet from vehicle

12100 block of Sunset Hills Road, property from location

STOLEN VEHICLES:

None reported

At 12:43 a.m. on Saturday (Jan. 19), a Fairfax County police officer stopped a 2018 Toyota Rav4 after it was seen driving off the shoulder on westbound Leesburg Pike by Trotting House Lane.

When the officer got out of his car, the driver sped away, according to the report. The officer chased the car until the driver suddenly stopped near the 9500 block of Brian Jac Lane and took off into the woods.

Police did not find the driver after an extended search and are following up on leads to identify the driver.

Several residential burglaries happened recently in Reston.

A Reston homeowner awoke around 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday (Jan. 16) to the sound of footsteps in the basement of a house in the 1500 block of Regatta Lane and found a door ajar, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.

“It was later determined that bags were removed from a closet and rummaged through,” according to the report.

On Friday (Jan. 18), someone broke in and ransacked a house in the 9700 block of Middleton Ridge Road between 8;30 a.m. and 11:20 p.m. Cash and other items were reported missing, according to the report.

Then, on Sunday (Jan. 20), someone broke in and ransacked a house in the 1500 block of Victoria Farms Lane at 4:30 p.m., but nothing was taken.

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Updated: Fallen Tree Temporarily Blocks Fox Mill Road

Updated at 2 p.m. — Fox Mill Road is now open.

A fallen tree temporarily closed Fox Mill Road just south of Thoroughbred Road, the Fairfax County Police Department tweeted today (Jan. 15).

The large tree blocked the entire width of the road near the Reston-Herndon border.

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue crews were busy chainsawing the tree around 12:50 p.m., according to the tweet.

The road reopened around 1:56 p.m., according to a second tweet from the police department.

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Friday Morning Notes

MLK art exhibit opens — An art exhibit by Reston elementary school students debuts today at RCC Hunters Woods ahead of Reston’s Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations planned for next week. The exhibit will run through Jan. 31. [Reston Community Center]

Gymboree music — Discover melody and rhythm in songs at the Reston Regional Library with two dance sessions cosponsored by the Friends of the Reston Regional Library. Gymboree Music I runs from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. for ages six months to 18 months with adults. Gymboree Music II from 11:15 a.m. to 11:40 a.m. is meant for kids ages 18 months to two-year-olds with an adult. [Reston Regional Library]

Deltek expands industry reach — The Herndon-based provider of software and solutions for project-based businesses recently announced it acquired Avitru, a content and software company. Deltek’s acquisition will expand its offerings to the architectural, engineering, construction and facility operations industry. [citybizlist]

Reston startup secures funding — Reston-based LifeFuels, which makes portable beverage makers, secured its Series-A funding. [Cision]

County expands drug disposal boxes at police stations — Fairfax County announced this week the expansion of the Prescription Drug Take Back Box Program Countywide, where locals can drop off prescription medications at boxes at district police stations. [Supervisor Pat Herrity]

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Thursday Morning Notes

Deadline to order commemorative bricks — Today is the last day to order a commemorative brick for installation at Lake Anne Plaza later this year. [Reston Historic Trust and Museum]

Leidos is leading naval health research — The Reston-based company was awarded a contract by the Naval Medical Logistics Command to provide research support services at its Naval Health Research Center. [Leidos]

Safe drug disposal — Locals can drop off prescription medications and ointments and also over-the-counter drugs to boxes at Fairfax County’s police stations. [Fairfax County Police]

Lego club — Kids ages five to 12 can have fun with Lego bricks at the Herndon Fortnightly Library from 4:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. today. [Fairfax County]

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Police Searching for Suspects in Robbery on New Year’s Day

Police are looking for two men in connection with a robbery that occurred on New Year’s Day.

Around 1:30 p.m., two men began fighting with a food delivery driver who was delivering an order to an apartment at the 11600 block of Stoneview Square, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.

The food delivery driver stopped fighting when one of the men displayed a knife, according to the report. The two men then went through his pockets and took an undisclosed amount of cash.

“The men were described as possibly black or Hispanic, in their early 20s, wearing all dark clothing,” according to the report.

The food delivery driver was not injured, police say.

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Crime Roundup: Four Teens Robbed a Man in Herndon Last Friday

Four teenage boys robbed a man in Herndon walking home from a local restaurant on Friday night (Dec. 28).

The teens approached the man around 3 a.m. at the 2500 block of John Eppes Road and asked him for a cigarette. Then, one of the boys kicked the man in the leg, which caused him to fall to the ground, and the teens got away with his wallet, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.

The man was taken a local hospital. One of the boys, a 17-year-old, was found, and a petition was obtained for robbery.

In a separate incident, a man struck several trees in Reston after driving off of the road at the 11000 block of Glade Drive around 5:20 a.m. on Saturday (Dec. 29).

The trapped 35-year-old driver, Luke Gullekson of Herndon, was eventually removed by the fire department and taken to a local hospital for treatment. Police gave Gullekson a summons for driving while intoxicated, according to the report.

The Fairfax County Police Department’s Reston District Station reported the following incidents in recent days:

LARCENIES:

11300 block of Baron Cameron Avenue, merchandise from vehicle

2100 block of Centreville Road, merchandise from business

13400 block of Coppermine Road, jewelry from residence

1800 block of Cranberry Lane, property from vehicle

800 block of Crews Road, decorations from residence

2000 block of Hunter Mill Road, appliances from residence

2300 block of Hunters Woods Plaza, groceries from business

11900 block of Market Street, merchandise from business

2500 block of Oakhampton Plaza, packages and mail from residence

10700 block of Oldfield Drive, wallet from vehicle

1700 block of Port Place, merchandise from residence

1900 block of Sagewood Lane, wallet from residence

11100 block of South Lakes Drive, liquor from business

12100 block of Sunset Hills Road, merchandise from business

1800 block of Wiehle Avenue, merchandise from business

STOLEN VEHICLES:

2100 block of Astoria Circle, 2003 Toyota Camry

12000 block of Greywing Square, 2003 Toyota 4Runner

10800 block of Winter Corn Lane, 2010 Ford Goldline F150XLT

Last Friday, a woman assaulted a police officer shortly before 3 a.m. at Reston Hospital after she became irate while police investigated whether or not she was under the influence of alcohol at the time of a car crash. Fairfax County police arrested and charged Elizabeth Wendt, 27, of Ashburn with assault on a law enforcement officer and driving while intoxicated, according to FCPD.

On Sunday (Dec. 30), police responded at 9:40 p.m. to residents’ reports of hearing multiple gunshots at the 2200 block of Castle Rock Square. Police searched the area and found shell casings on the ground. They are still investigating, according to the report.

Meanwhile, three commercial burglaries hit Herndon last week.

Employees at a business in the 1100 block of Elden Street noticed shortly after 6 a.m. on Wednesday (Dec. 26) that an undisclosed amount of cash was taken and that an entry appeared to have been forced through the back door. Herndon police are investigating that burglary along with one that occurred on Nov. 30.

After a different burglary, employees noticed an undisclosed amount of cash missing from the office safe around 9 a.m. last Friday in the 13000 block of Worldgate Drive. There was no sign of forced entry, according to police.

In a separate incident, employees noticed after 6 a.m. on Saturday (Dec. 29) that there was a forced entry into the business in the 1100 block of Elden Street. Police said that nothing was taken.

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South Lakes HS Student Struck, Killed in Hit and Run

Fairfax County Police are still looking for the driver who killed a Reston teen who was crossing the street Saturday evening.

The victim was identified by police Sunday as 16-year-old Marvin Daniel Cruz Serrano, who friends are remembering as “kind and selfless.” The South Lakes High School student was struck by a vehicle while returning home from work at Reston’s Cafesano, NBC 4 reported.

“At about 5:40, officers responded to the report of a pedestrian hit-and-run crash on South Lakes Drive and Castle Rock Square in Reston,” police said in a press release. “The teen was attempting to cross South Lakes Drive… when he was hit by a vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

“There is a crosswalk at the intersection and detectives are still conducting their investigation to determine if the teen was using the crosswalk,” police added. Police are now seeking information that can lead them to the driver, who fled the scene.

More from FCPD:

Detectives from our Crash Reconstruction Unit are asking anyone with information on the fatal hit-and-run crash over the weekend to come forward. 16-year-old Marvin Daniel Cruz Serrano of Reston was hit while crossing the street Saturday night, and the driver left the scene. The car involved was likely a sedan based on witness accounts, but we don’t know the model or color. The vehicle would have heavy front-end damage but still be drivable.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Crash Reconstruction Unit witness phone line: 703-280-0543. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Solvers by visiting http://www. fairfaxcrimesolvers.org, or calling 1-866-411-TIPS (8477). 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.

We are able to share Serrano’s identity publicly, despite him being a juvenile crime victim, because his family provided our detectives their written consent.

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Crime Roundup: Herndon Man Arrested After Crashing Car Into Concrete Barrier

Loudoun County police arrested a Herndon resident after he drove into a concrete barrier on Sunday morning in Sterling.

A sheriff’s deputy spotted a vehicle that had crashed into a concrete barrier at the 21000 block of N. Sterling Road at 3:23 a.m. on Dec. 16, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.

The 26-year-old driver, Jose M. Herrera was arrested and charged with driving under the influence and driving without a license. A 22-year-old passenger, Alejandro Brizo-Calix of Falls Church, was arrested and charged with public intoxication, the report said.

Both men have been released from the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center on unsecured bonds.

In a separate incident, Loudoun County police arrested and charged a 45-year-old Reston woman for being drunk in public last Thursday (Dec. 13) in Sterling.

Deputies responded to a call for a female screaming and attempting to open car doors at 2 a.m. Deputies found Katharine M. Lilly lying on the sidewalk in the 100 block of Drury Circle and arrested her, according to the report.

She was released on a personal recognizance bond, according to police.

The Fairfax County Police Department’s Reston District Station reported the following incidents in recent days:

LARCENIES:

2300 block of Generation Drive, property from residence

1800 block of Michael Faraday Court, wallet and purse from vehicle

1400 block of North Point Village Center, merchandise from business

11100 block of Saffold Way, jewelry from residence

12000 block of Sunrise Valley Drive, bicycle from location

12100 block of Sunset Hills Road, merchandise from business

1800 block of Wiehle Avenue, merchandise from business

STOLEN VEHICLES:

None reported

Fairfax County police are searching for a man who robbed the Sunoco in Herndon last Wednesday (Dec. 12), previously reported by Reston Now.

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Here’s What to Do in an Active Shooter Situation, According to Fairfax Police

“Nothing in your hands. Obey commands.”

The Fairfax Police Department has released a short video via Facebook Live giving instructions on what to do if you find yourself in an active shooter situation.

Lt. Brian Ruck, a police officer from the Franconia District, said most shootings are over in around 10 minutes, ending either in “self termination” or law enforcement intervention. Ruck said most shootings are a single shooter, though law enforcement often gets reports of a second shooter in the chaos as a shooting starts.

Ruck encouraged people to follow the “Run, Hide, Fight” policy recommended by the Fairfax County Police Department.

“It’s a decision based model,” said Ruck. “Every situation is different, dynamic and complex. Unfortunately [we] can’t give viewers an exact answer to what they should do.”

If possible, Ruck says anyone in an active shooter situation should do their best to flee the area.

“Running away from the bad situation is ideal,” Ruck said. “But they may have to hide if they can’t. Barricade the door. The last phase is fight. If you have to fight for your life, that’s what you need to do.”

Even once the police arrive, that isn’t always a guarantee of safety. In November, security guard Jemel Roberson was killed in Chicago by police who mistook him for the shooter. Ruck said it’s important to when police show up to empty your hands, show them to police officers and obey commands.

“Get on the ground and have nothing in your hands,” said Ruck. “Expect them to shout at you and have weapons drawn. People see that and it’s traumatic, but officers are going in with intention of stopping a threat… Nothing in your hands. Obey commands.”

If you’re hiding, Ruck says to remain in hiding until the police come and find you.

In the meantime, Ruck encouraged people to be aware of escape routes, hiding spaces, and potential weapons around them.

“Play the ‘what if’ game,” said Ruck. “If I had to fight for my life right now, what around me could I use to defend myself? How could I get out of here? What’s an alternate exit? Not just at work, do it at home with your kids.”

Ruck also encouraged anyone who knows of someone who shows signs of mental distress and might become violent to contact the police. Ruck said a common misconception is that police’s only response is to arrest the person in question. Ruck said police could also help respond to a mental crisis and get the person to care they need.

“We’re told frequently afterwards that people saw the signs, that there was someone exhibiting certain symptoms,” said Ruck. “These people were projecting this and no one called… if you see something, say something.”

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