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Friday Morning Notes

Absentee voting begins today — Voting begins today at the Fairfax County government center and ends on Oct. 13 at nine additional locations. Absentee votes can also be cast by mail. The ballots for Town of Herndon residents will include options for mayor and town council members. [Fairfax County Government]

How about some hairspray — Reston Community Players will kick off its 52nd season with the musical Hairspray. It opens on October 19 and runs through November 10 at Reston Community Center. [Reston Community Players]

Missing endangered man found — Patrick Brown, 74, an endangered man who went missing yesterday, was found and is safe. [Fairfax County Police Department]

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Updated: Police Find Missing Endangered Man Last Seen in Reston

Updated at 8:55 p.m.: Patrick Brown was found and is safe, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.

Earlier:

Local police are looking for a 74-year-old missing man who was last seen this morning near Wiehle Avenue and Sunset Hills Road.

The Fairfax County Police Department said Patrick Brown is considered endangered due to mental or physical health issues. His height is 5’10” and he weighs roughly 170 pounds. He was last seen wearing a grey sweatshirt, a green T-shirt and black shorts.

If you have any information, call  703-691-2131 w/ any info.

Photo via FCPD

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Theft at Target Prompts Police Pursuit

A hot police pursuit in the parking lot of Target earlier this week raised some questions from Reston Now readers this week.

According to newly released information from the Fairfax County Police Department, the incident involved a man suspected of stealing merchandise from the store at 12197 Sunset Hills Road.

Officers responded to the scene on Monday (Sept. 17) at around 7:59 p.m. in response to a Target employee’s report that a man was stealing from the store. The man was found changing his clothes inside a car.

When officers approached the car, the driver ignored them and sped away. After pursuing the car in the parking lot, officers lost sight of it. The car was later found abandoned in a nearby parking lot, according to the police department.

The incident is under investigation and no other information was immediately available. The monetary value of the stolen merchandise was not released.

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Police: Herndon Man Arrested After Exposing Himself to 10-year-old

A Herndon man was arrested and charged with taking indecent liberties with a child after exposing himself to children during two separate incidents, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.

Police believe Allen Williams, 28, exposed himself to a 10-year-old boy who was playing in the driveway of a home on the 12600 block of Builders Road on September 8.

A family member recognized the suspect based on a description distributed by police in reference to a different exposure incident on September 5.

Williams was charged on Friday with taking indecent liberties with a child. Further charges are pending as police continue their investigation. 

Photo via FCPD

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Crime Roundup: Police Investigate Assault on Law Enforcement

Police are determining whether or not to charge a woman who they believe scratched and attempted to bite two police officers on Tuesday (Sept. 11).

Local law enforcement responded to a report about a domestic assault at the 1900 block of Barton Hill Road around 7:33 p.m and found a woman experiencing an “apparent mental health crisis,” according to the Fairfax County Police Department. The Commonwealth Attorney’s Office is reviewing the incident to determine if the woman should be charged.

In a separate incident, the Herndon Police Department is looking for a suspect who may have robbed a business in the 1000 block of Herndon Parkway on Sept. 14 at around 5:15 p.m. The suspect, who was described as a slim African American man, displayed a handgun and ran away from the scene, according to police.

The police department is also looking for information about an assault near Herndon Library on Sept. 14. According to the Herndon Police Department, an individual was assaulted between 8-8:30 p.m. on the path between Center Street and Park Avenue. If you have any information about the above incidents in Herndon, call 703-435-6846.

Meanwhile, the FCPD also reported the following incidents in recent days:

 LARCENIES:

1600 block of Becontree Lane, catalytic converter from vehicle

2300 block of Soapstone Drive, property from residence

12100 block of Stirrup Road, property from residence

12100 block of Sunset Hills Road, cell phone from business

STOLEN VEHICLES:

1220 block of Delta Glen Court, 2007 Toyota Station Wagon

Deputies from the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office made arrests this week linked to public intoxication and alcohol consumption.

On Sept. 14 at around 2 p.m., sheriff’s deputies charged Erik Vanzandt, 19, of Herndon with driving under the influence. The arrest was made after sheriff’s deputies arrived at the 44000 block of Waxpool Road in Ashburn for a report about a crash involving a parked car. Vanzandt was released from the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center on an unsecured bond.

In a separate incident, Jason Wesley, 26, of Herndon was arrested and charged with public intoxication and possession of marijuana on Sept. 12 at around 8:47 a.m. The arrest was made after a sheriff’s deputy saw the man walking in an unbalanced manner in a parking lot near the 46000 block of Community Plaza in Sterling. Wesley was released from the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center on an unsecured bond.

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Local Police to Hold Scam and Fraud Awareness Event

The Reston District Station of the Fairfax County Police Department is hosting a scam and fraud awareness event on September 26 from 4-7 p.m.

The event, which will be held at Reston Associations headquarters (12001 Sunrise Valley Drive), is free and open to the public. A panel will offer insights on how scams that frequently target the older adult community. Subject matter experts will also discuss warning signs of fraud.

Families, caregivers, and businesses are encouraged to attend the event. Parking is free.

For more information, call 703-479-5167.

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Thursday Morning Notes

Facebook screwed us and we need your help — Reston Now’s new sister site needs your help. Tysons Reporter will officially launch Sept. 25, but there’s a big problem: some 1,400 people who tried to subscribe to Tysons Reporter’s email newsletter from a Facebook ad had their info deleted by Facebook before we could import it into our system. Please help us spread the word to anyone in Tysons, McLean or Vienna that if they signed up for the email newsletter via Facebook, they should re-subscribe. [ARLnow]

Cycling for a cure — Cyclists gathered for the American Diabetes Association’s 2018 Tour de Cure in Reston Town Center on September 8. Locally, 43 teams took part, equalling 401 participants, to raise $500,000. [The Connection]

An update on Hurricane Florence — “The latest models and forecasts show Hurricane Florence tracking farther south of Fairfax County, potentially decreasing its impact locally. Rain is still expected and flooding conditions may occur in the coming days, so we’re not out of preparedness mode yet for this storm. Hurricane forecasts and tracks can change, so please remain vigilant and prepared.” [Fairfax County Government]

Officers assaulted on Barton Hill Road — A woman who was experiencing an apparent mental health crisis scratched and attempted to bite two police officers on Tuesday on the 1900 block of Barton Hill Road. The police department is working with the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office to determine if any charges should be placed. [Fairfax County Police Department]

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Crime Roundup: Investigations on Recent Incidents Continue

Local police continue to investigate several recent incidents in the last several days, including the apparent double murder and suicide that happened in Herndon last week.

As we reported, police believe Noera Ayaz, a 42-year-old attorney, killed her sons and then turned the gun on herself. Funeral services for the three family members were held late last week.

The Fairfax County Police Department is also continuing to investigate an attempted malicious wounding that happened on September 5 on the 2400 block of Centreville Road. A man driving a car shot another man who was riding a bicycle with a gun. Police said the two men knew each and other had been fighting earlier before the incident occurred. No injuries were reported.

In a separate incident, local police are also seeking leads to help identify a man after a public exposure incident happened on the 1600 block of Hiddenbrook Road. The man exposed himself to two teenage girls, according to police.

The police department also reported the following incidents in recent days:

LARCENIES:

2500 block of Centreville Road, wallet from location

9800 block of Georgetown Pike, backpack from vehicle

2100 block of Monaghan Drive, purse from vehicle

1800 block of Presidents Street, wallet from location

11800 block of Spectrum Center, laptop computer from business

2400 block of Centreville Road, stolen bicycle

11500 block of Leesburg Pike, beer from business

10700 block of Park Ridge Boulevard, laptop computers from business

13100 block of Parcher Avenue, cigarettes from business

1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, keys from vehicle

11500 block of Leesburg Pike, beer from business

1900 block of Sagewood Lane, cash and keys from residence

11100 block of South Lakes Drive, merchandise from business

11800 block of Spectrum Center, laptop computers from business

STOLEN VEHICLES:

None reported

The county’s deer management archery program also began late last week. Overseen by the local police department, in collaboration with the Fairfax County Park Authority and NOVA Parks, the archery program will take place in parks and other locations in the county. The program ends on February 23, 2019.

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Driver Shoots Gun at Bicyclist in Herndon, No Injuries Reported

A man fired a gunshot at a bicyclist in Herndon on Wednesday (September 5) at around 10:40 p.m., according to the Fairfax County Police Department.

Local police are investigating the incident, which occurred on the 2400 block of Centreville Road in Herndon.

Police said the victim, who was not hit, knew the man who fired the gun. The victim left the area on his bicycle after a “physical altercation” with the man, according to police.

The suspect then drove a car next to him on Centreville road and fired at the bicyclist from inside the car. The suspect then drove away. No arrests have been made.

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Public Exposure Incident Prompts Police to Seek Public’s Help

Local police are seeking the public’s help to identify a man who exposed himself to two teenage girls yesterday (September 5) in the 16000 block of Hiddenbrook Road.

The two girls were approached by a white man, approximately six feet tall, with an athletic build, brown hair and a scruffy beard, according to police. The man made comments to the teens as they walked from a local pool and exposed himself to them. The girls reported the incident to an adult.

In a separate incident on Monday (September 3), a white man, also six feet tall, with an athletic build and brown hair, followed to two teenage girls on their bikes on a trail from Herndon Parkway near Winterwood Place. Police said the man made comments to the teens but did not expose himself. Police searched the area after the teens told their parents, but no one was found.

The police department issued the following information:

There could be other incidents that have occurred involving this man that we are unaware of. We are asking anyone with information related to similar events contact our Major Crimes Bureau at 703-246-7800.

Tips can be submitted anonymously through Crime Solvers by visiting http://www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org, or calling 1-866-411-TIPS. 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.

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Updated: Mother, Two Children Found Dead in Apparent Double Murder, Suicide

The deaths of a mother and her two children, who were found in a Herndon home Wednesday evening, are being investigated as a double murder and suicide, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.

Noera Ayaz, 42, and her sons were found in the home on the 1000 block of Safa Street around 6:20 p.m. yesterday, according to reports received by Reston Now. The Washington Post also reported the identity of the woman, although the police department has not released the identities or relationships between any of the deceased.

Police believe Ayaz killed her two children and then killed herself. The findings are preliminary and an investigation is ongoing.

The incident was being investigated as a “domestic-related incident” and no threat to public safety was noted. The homeowner, the father of the two children, discovered the bodies when he arrived home Wednesday evening around 6:20 p.m. Police searched the home and found Ayaz upstairs with what police said appeared to a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The family, who is Muslim, was active in the local Muslim community and the incident has shaken many local community members.

Ayaz was an accomplished attorney who fought for the rights of immigrants and women. During her early legal career, she worked at the law firm of Baker Botts, LLP, where she worked on intellectual property cases and represented Mulsim women with immigration issues.

She traveled across the world and earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Brown University. She received her law degree from Columbia Law School. In the local community, Ayaz was known for her work as the director of Women in Islam, Inc., an organization that aimed to address issues linked to the Muslim community and build understanding across cultural boundaries.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death, police said. Crime scene detectives searched the home to gather information about the incident after executing a search warrant, police said. Detectives continue their investigation to determine what led to the shooting.

No other information was immediately available.

Photos via FCPD

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Crime Roundup: 7-Eleven Robbery Investigation Continues

Local police are seeking the public’s help to identify two men suspected of robbing a gas station on August 28 at 1:10 a.m.

Police believe two African American men wearing masks entered the 7-Eleven on 2303 Soapstone Drive and stole tobacco products and cash at gunpoint. The men were described as average build, between 5’10” and 6′.

The Fairfax County Police Department also reported the following incidents in recent days:

LARCENIES:

1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, package from residence

10000 block of Carpers Farm Court, jewelry from residence

12900 block of Highland Crossing Drive, wallet from location

1800 block of Jonathan Way, watch from residence

1700 block of Wainwright Drive, clothing from residence

STOLEN VEHICLES:

1900 block of Villaridge Drive, 1992 Toyota Camry

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

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Body Worn Camera Pilot Program in Reston Ends

Police officers in Reston will no longer be equipped with body-worn cameras, as the pilot program ends in three Fairfax County police stations.

The program began in mid-February after the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved the pilot program in November last year. Three stations – Mason, Mount Vernon and Reston – participated in the program.

Reston was added to the program in March because extra equipment was available. Police department officers also said Reston’s location near several high-rise buildings and the Silver Line provided unique data from patrol units.

A research team at American University will study the program’s effectiveness and interview trained officers and community members to determine the effect the equipment on police activity and perception of police legitimacy in the community.

The team will also analyze data about the number and type of complaints filed against officers during the time the pilot program was in effect.

A report is expected in early 2019. The program cost roughly $684,000 in fiscal year 2018.

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Police Investigate Robbery at 7-Eleven on Soapstone Drive

Local police are searching for two masked men who authorities believed robbed a 7-Eleven in Reston early Tuesday morning.

An employee at the store reported he was robbed at gunpoint around 1:10 a.m. Two black men wearing masks entered the store at 2303 Soapstone Drive and took tobacco products and cash, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.

The men were described as “average build” and with a height of between 5’10” and 6′.

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

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Crime Roundup: Arrests Made In Connection With Public Intoxication Incident

Local sheriff’s deputies were called to Ashburn on Sunday around 2 a.m. for a report about two unconscious women in the back of a car.

Rescue personnel treated the women, including Skylar Dowdy, 18, of Herndon. Dowdy and another man in the car, El H. Birame-Se, 21, of Leesburg, were arrested and charged with public intoxication, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.

A third female involved in the incident, Summer Mirzian, 18, of Ashburn, was released on a summons for public intoxication and remained at the hospital for further treatment. The incident happened on the 43000 block of Burstall Court in Ashburn.

The Fairfax County Police Department reported the following incidents in recent days:

LARCENIES:

11600 block of Plaza America Drive, merchandise from business

2700 block of Robaleed Way, property from vehicle

11900 block of Winterhur Lane, keys from residence

STOLEN VEHICLES:

11700 block of Summer Chase Circle, 2000 Nissan Altima

In a separate incident, a Herndon resident was arrested on August 24 and charged with public intoxication. Local sheriff’s deputies saw Karol Rodriquez-Coto, 24, sitting on the side of Saulty Drive in Sterling at around 3:40 a.m. prior to the arrest.

The Herndon Police Department had no major crime incidents to report this week.

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