(Updated 2:30 p.m. following law enforcement press conference)
Five of the 10 people charged with abduction and gang participation in relation to the killing of a Gaithersburg teen now face murder charges.
Jose Ivan Castillo Rivas, 18, of Springfield; Wilmer A. Sanchez, 21, of no fixed address; and three 17-year-olds from Alexandria, Annandale and Springfield have been charged with murder as the investigation into the death of 15-year-old Damaris Alexandra Reyes Rivas continues.
Cindy Blanco Hernandez, 18, of Wintherthur Lane in Reston, is among the five suspects who have not yet been charged with any additional crimes.
According to the Fairfax County Police Department, it is believed Reyes 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.
At a news conference Tuesday, Fairfax County Police Chief Edwin Roessler said it was a “savage, brutal killing.”
“It was horrific,” Roessler said. “It was horrible.”
Reyes 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.
Police believe the killing to be gang-related. The teen’s mother told NBC4 her daughter had been threatened by the gang MS-13.
At Tuesday’s news conference, law enforcement did not confirm the gang to be MS-13, but did go into detail about gang presence in the area.
“These illegal gangs are recruiting juveniles… [and] preying on those who are vulnerable, who are looking for security,” said Jay Lannom, Northern Virginia Regional Gang Task Force director. “We are are seeing a lot of increase in recruiting in high schools and middle schools, which is alarming to us.”
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).
Updated 10:35 p.m. Sunday to include suspect description from Fairfax County Police Department
Two men in their 20s were stabbed in an argument during a pickup soccer game Sunday afternoon near South Lakes High School.
Police say the two men, ages 22 and 23, who were stabbed were transported to Reston Hospital Center. The injuries to the 23-year-old were first deemed to be life-threatening, but the man’s status later improved to stable.
The suspect in the stabbing has not yet been apprehended, but Fairfax County Police spokesperson Tawny Wright said there is no threat to the community at large.
“The suspect and the two victims were somehow acquainted,” she said. “An argument erupted related to the game.”
(1/2) Officers on scene of stabbing report: 11400blk S Lakes Dr, Reston. Two victims, one life-threatening. pic.twitter.com/g1Ymb1taWl
— Fairfax Co. Police (@fairfaxpolice) January 15, 2017
(2/2) Initial investigation indicates 2 groups were playing soccer when an argument began & escalated. More details to follow as available.
— Fairfax Co. Police (@fairfaxpolice) January 15, 2017
No students from the high school were involved, Wright said.
“From what we got from the initial investigation, there were two groups of people using the field,” she said. “During one their games, an argument erupted between a small group of them. It escalated until someone pulled out a cutting instrument.”
UPDATE: No suspect arrested yet. Police believe this is an isolated incident. No threat to the public. pic.twitter.com/Q9BvaVYPSq
— Van Applegate (@VBagate) January 15, 2017
Wright said the 23-year-old was cut in the upper body and suffered a serious injury. The 22-year-old was cut in the leg.
The suspect is described as a heavy-set, short-haired Hispanic male in his early 20s.
Suspect description: Hispanic/early 20s/heavy set/short hair. May drive a blue Subaru STI. Have info? 703-691-2131. No Further Details (NFD)
— Fairfax Co. Police (@fairfaxpolice) January 16, 2017
Photos courtesy Van Applegate/FOX 5 DC
The Chipotle on Sunset Hills Road was robbed Sunday night.
Fairfax County Police say two employees were closing up shop at about 10:10 p.m. Sunday when a man entered the store, displayed a handgun and demanded cash. The suspect left the scene with an undisclosed amount of money.
The suspect was described as Hispanic. He was wearing gloves and all-black clothing, and he had his face covered, according to the description.
No one was injured in the incident.
If you have information about the suspect, contact the Fairfax County Police Department’s Reston District at 703-478-0904.
The incident happened Friday afternoon on the 2200 block of Castle Rock Square.
“Around 12:40 p.m. Animal Protection Police responded to assist officers on a domestic violence incident in the Reston area,” Fairfax County Police said in a report today. “The suspect had thrown the victim’s pet guinea pig off the balcony and left the area. APP took the animal for an evaluation and determined it was deceased.”
Theron Boone was arrested Saturday and taken to the Adult Detention Center. He faces charges of animal cruelty, domestic violence, destruction of property and preventing someone from calling 911.
Photo courtesy FCPD
Update at 5:30 p.m. — The teen has been found safe, according to Fairfax County police. “Officers located Elliott Byrum a short time ago,” the police department said Thursday afternoon. “He is in good health and will be reunited with his family shortly. Thanks to all concerned.”
Fairfax County police are asking for the public’s help in locating a “critical” missing teen last seen in Reston.
Police said 17-year-old Elliot Byrum was last seen in front of the Giant grocery store in the North Point Village Center (1452 Reston Parkway) around 2:50 p.m. Wednesday. Byrum reportedly works at the grocery store, but never went inside and checked in for his shift.
Police said they are concerned for Elliot’s well-being due to mental health issues.
Elliot is described as 5-foot-9, around 110 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. He may be wearing his Giant grocery work t-shirt. Photos distributed by police also show him wearing glasses.
Anyone who thinks they may have information about Elliot Byrum or his whereabouts is asked to contact Detective Bill Woolf at 703-246-4059 or the Fairfax County Police Department at 703-691-2131. Anonymous tips can also be called into Crime Solvers at 1-865-411-TIPS.
- 1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, property from residence.
- 12200 block of Turkey Wing Court, video game system from residence.
- 2200 block of Quartermaster Lane, property from vehicle.
- 12000 block of Sunset Hills Road, property from business.
- 12600 block of Winter Wren Court, golf clubs from garage.
- 12000 block of Taliesin Place, credit cards from business.
- 11900 block of Market Street, merchandise from business.
A man also was arrested in connection with a break-in at the Carlton House condos at Reston Town Center Monday.
Michael Jesse McLong, who has no fixed address, was charged with burglary and possession of burglary tools in connection with the break-in Monday.
The Carlton House employee called the cops to report that a man had forced his way into the building on the 11800 block of Sunset Hills Road about 9 p.m. that day, police said. Authorities later found McLong and took him to the the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center.
Photo via Fairfax County Police
- 11900 block of Democracy Drive, jacket and passport from business.
- 1800 block of Fountain Drive, merchandise from business.
- 11900 block of Market Street, jeans from business.
- 2400 block of South Gate Square, bicycle from residence.
- 2200 block of Hunters Woods Plaza, cash from business.
- 12000 block Town Square, merchandise from business.
- 11200 block of Stones Throw Drive, holiday decorations stolen from a residence.
- 2400 block of Masons Ferry Drive, 12/14/16 between 7:30 a.m. and 4:20 p.m.; electronics were reported missing from an apartment. There were no signs of forced entry.
Christie A. Edgar of Centreville was taken into police custody and charged with driving while intoxicated following the collision at Lee Highway and Stone Road about 8:40 p.m. Monday.
The chief was stopped at a red light in his unmarked 2017 Ford Explorer when authorities said the woman rear-ended him with her Nissan sport utility vehicle.
Roessler was brought to a local hospital for treatment and released late last night. He was back at work this morning.
Photo via Fairfax County Police Department
- 12100 block of Sunset Hills Road, wallet from residence.
- 12000 block of Sunset Hills Road, wallet from residence.
- 1300 block of Lyons Street, documents from residence.
- 2300 block of Woodland Crossing Drive, liquor from business.
- 1800 block of Wiehle Avenue, bicycle from business.
- 500 block of Springvale Road, packages from house.
- 500 block River Bend Road, property from vehicle.
Cops on Tuesday also randomly picked 10 commercial trucks operating in Reston on Tuesday and inspected them for safety compliance. They found 35 safety violations, and four trucks were taken out of service for “serious safety violations,” according to authorities.
Commercial Trucks Pulled Out of Service for Safety Violations — Fairfax County Police randomly chose 10 commercial trucks operating in Reston on Tuesday and inspected them for safety compliance. Authorities found 35 safety violations, and four trucks were taken out of service for “serious safety violations.” [FCPD]
Hernon Residents Show Holiday Spirit in Annual Home Tour — Residents throughout the area showcased some of their favorite holiday decorations during the annual Holiday Homes Tour of Herndon. [Reston Connection]
What Lurks in the Woods of Reston? — Local authors Eric MacDicken and Kristina S. Alcorn will sign copies of and speak about their new book, “Myths and Monsters of Reston, Virginia,” at Scrawl Books independent bookstore (11862 Market St.) at Reston Town Center this Sunday from 3-5 p.m. The book details “the phenomenal and frightening findings” of “what lurks in the woods of Reston.” [Scrawl Books]
Winter Coat Closet Open For Residents in Need — The annual Hunter Mill District Winter Coat Closet is now open for underprivileged local residents to come and get a warm winter coat if they cannot afford to buy one. Coats are available now through March 18 in the Community Room of the North County Governmental Building (1801 Cameron Glen Drive). The Closet is also in need of donations of new as well as clean, gently-used coats, jackets, hats, gloves, mittens and scarves through Feb. 16, 2017. [Cornerstones]
Photo of sunrise over Reston via Twitter user @JGS.
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will appoint a group of residents to look over police complaints and internal probes as part of a new effort to increase transparency in the area’s law enforcement, according to local officials.
In a 9-1 vote today, the board approved the creation of an independent Police Civilian Review Panel, which will receive Fairfax County Police Department misconduct allegations from the public and examine FCPD internal investigations. The panel will have nine appointees, who can serve up to two, three-year terms.
“Establishing a Police Civilian Review Panel is a historic step in the right direction toward increasing trust and transparency between police and residents,” board chairman Sharon Bulova said in a statement.
The board’s vote came after the Ad Hoc Police Practices Review Commission called for the panel in an October 2015 report to county supervisors. Although Bulova established the commission following a fatal police-involved shooting in 2013, the new panel won’t handle matters concerning potentially criminal uses of force by cops.
Supervisor Pat Herrity, who was the only board member to vote against the panel, said it creates “a lot of serious problems,” including an “uncertain fiscal impact” and police staffing issues.
“The creation of this panel will take our police off the streets at a time when they are in high demand already,” he said in a statement.
- 1500 block of Dranesville Road about 7 p.m. Friday. Someone entered a home and took property.
- 1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, property from vehicle.
- 9800 block of Georgetown Pike, laptop computer from vehicle.
- 11900 block of Market Street, merchandise from business.
- 700 block of Leigh Mill Road, property from residence.
- 1500 block of North Gate Square, property from business.
- 11700 block of Sunset Hill Road, beverage from business.