Police Cruiser Hits Pedestrian in Reston

A police cruiser hit a pedestrian early Sunday in Reston.

According to the Fairfax County Police Department, a officer was driving straight through the intersection of Reston Parkway and Sunset Hills Road around 2 a.m. when the 42-year-old woman crossed the roadway.

The woman suffered non-life threatening injuries and was released from the hospital.

Police believe alcohol may have been a factor for the woman.

Speed and alcohol were not considered factors for the officer police said.

Anyone with information about the crash should call FCPD’s crash reconstruction unit at 703-280-0543.

Photo via FCPD

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Despite Mixed Feedback, Board of Supervisors Back Police Body-Camera Program

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors largely expressed support for equipping police officers in the county with body-worn cameras, despite mixed results from a recent pilot program.

At a July 9 public safety meeting, most supervisors said body-worn cameras would improve police accountability and community-police relations — particularly among minorities. The meeting was held to review results of the county’s pilot program last year.

If approved by the county’s board, the program would disseminate 1,210 body-worn cameras throughout the county over five years. Police at the Reston District Station would be the first to receive the devices.

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Sharon Bulova said that failing to implement the program would put the county at a disadvantage, especially when residents can record encounters with police. Without body-worn cameras, Bulova said the police department lacks a critical record of interactions that could be questioned or doctored.

Lee District Supervisor Jeff McKay, who also supports the program, said that while public confidence in the police department may be high currently, public sentiment could change within the next five years.

However, a 119-page report from American University researchers, found that while residents and police officers generally supported the program, its perceived benefits were largely minimal.

Springfield District Supervisor Pat Herrity said he was unconvinced the program was worth the cost. Early estimates indicate the program could cost $30 million over five years, including funding for storage capacity and legal staff required to review and log footage.

“To me, it’s a question of priorities,” Herrity said. He would rather see the county reinvest money into retention, training and community policing efforts.

Others, however, said the American University report does not fully capture the views of minorities, especially Hispanics and African Americans who may have different encounters and different concerns with law enforcement.

Addressing the concerns of people of color is especially critical, said Hunter Mill District Supervisor Cathy Hudgins.

Dranesville District Supervisor John Foust said that some of the data points in the report were too general and did not capture specific demographic segments.

“It is misleading to speak in generalities,” Foust said.

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Crime Roundup: Police Say Reston Teen Assaults Police

A 19-year-old Reston resident was arrested on July 6 at around 8:30 p.m. for assaulting police.

Local police found Mario Rodriguez unconscious near a bus stop. When medical staff tried to help him, Rodriguez assaulted an officer during the arrest.

He was charged with two counts of assault on law enforcement, possession of marijuana and drunk in public.

Rodriguez is being held without bond.

FCPD’s Reston District Station also reported the following incidents in recent days:

LARCENIES:

2100 block of Astoria Circle cash from residence

1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, cell phone from location

1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, package from residence

1800 block of Fountain Drive, backpack from business

2000 block of Durand Drive, laptop computer from vehicle

12900 block of Highland Crossing Drive, tip jar from business

1400 block of Lake Fairfax Drive, cash and property from business

11900 block of Market Street, wallet from location

1400 block of West Ox Road, cell phone from location

STOLEN VEHICLES:

None

In other news, three golf carts were taken from Hidden Creek Country Club on July 1 just a few minutes after midnight. The carts were found on a nearby street a short while later.

In a separate incident, police also charged Brian Baker, 47, for assault and disorderly conduct on July 2. Police believe Baker threatened staff at Reston Hospital Center.

On July 6, a burglary was reported at Frying Pan Farm Park. Police responded to an alarm and found that the building had been broken into. Nothing was taken.

Photo via FCPD

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Local Pilot Body Camera Program for Police Yields Mixed Results

The results of an analysis on the county’s pilot body-worn camera program are officially in. Researchers at American University found that the six-month pilot project could have limited results in enhancing policy-community relations increasing police legitimacy and accountability.

In a 119-page report that uses survey data from residents and police officers, researchers found that people had “modest expectations” about the necessity and benefit of body-worn cameras.

Less than half of survey respondents and interviewees noted that the devices would reduce complaints against officers, improve legitimacy or increase police accountability. Police officers also noted that it was unlikely that the devices would change their behavior or how community members responded to the police department.

“If the decision is not to deploy them, the high regard for the department will lead nearly everyone to conclude that it was the right decision for all,” the report states.

Researchers did not find any statistically significant changes in officer behavior and performance once the devices were deployed. They also found that respondents were unconvinced that the cameras would lessen the use of force by police.

The pilot program went into effect in March last year after Fairfax County Police Chief Edwin Roessler and a police commission suggested the idea. Last year, 191 cameras were deployed at the Mason, Mount Vernon and Reston District Station, yielding more than 12,000 hours of video.

The police department found that judges, clerks of the courts and staff from the office of the public defendant generally supported the program.

If the program is implemented, the county would deploy 1,210 body-worn cameras to all operational police officers over five years. The Reston, Mason and Mt. Vernon district stations would be the first to get the cameras.

The program could cost nearly $30 million over a five-year contract period. The county would have to hire staff to manage the technical aspects of the equipment, improve station infrastructure and ensure public records laws were being followed.

Additionally, the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney would need nearly $3.1 million for 23 positions to help review the footage, roughly $773,000 to help the court system use the videos generated by the cameras in the court-rooms, and $150,000 to boost storage capacity to capture video evidence.

The county still has to mull several issues:

  • The impact of the devices on prosecutors, public defenders and the court system is entirely unclear
  • The Commonwealth Attorney’s Office cannot accommodate planned growth
  • Whether or not cameras should be given to School Resources Officers
  • Training requirements for the defense bar
  • The possibility that future contract costs could increase

The report will be presented to the county’s Public Safety Committee today (July 9).

Photo via FCPD

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Monday Morning Notes

Flash Flood Warning in Effect — A flash flood warning is in effect for the area until 11:15 a.m. today. Drivers are encouraged to avoid flooded roads or roads with standing water. [Fairfax Alerts]

Lane and Ramp Closures This Week — Several roads, including Herndon Parkway, Edmund Halley Drive, and Sunrise Valley Drive will be closed for several hours this week due to construction on phase two of the Silver Line. All lane and ramp closures depend on the weather. [Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project]

The End of Small Change Consignment at Lake Anne Plaza — Susann Gerstein, owner of Small Change Consignment at Lake Anne Plaza, closed her business, which opened in late 1981. [The Connection]

Man Arrested for Threatening Reston Hospital Center Staff — Brian Baker, 47, was arrested on July 2 fro assault and disorderly conduct. Police said he threatened hospital staff and spat on a police officer. [Fairfax County Police Department]

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Local Police Arrest Six in Connection with Series of 7-Eleven Robberies

The Fairfax County Police Department’s Reston District Station has released new information about a recent robbery at a local 7-Eleven.

Police believe three men and three juveniles were involved in a series of robberies at four local 7-Eleven stores. The suspects were arrested Monday morning after they attempted to rob a store on 10508 Leesburg Pike at around 2:30 a.m. Police tracked a getaway car they believe was used by the suspects.

Michael Ackah, 20, of Alexandria was charged with robbery and use of a firearm in commission of a felony. Amon Headley and Victor Obinim, both 18 and from Alexandria, were charged with robbery. Three additional juvenile boys were arrested and charged with robbery. 

Other robberies followed a similar pattern, according to police. A group of suspects entered the store, displayed a firearm and demanded cash at the following locations:

  • 6820 Old Dominion Drive (June 21, 1:54 a.m.)
  • 2501 Centreville Road (June 22, 3:37 a.m.)
  • 6910 Bradlick Shopping Center (June 29, 2:58 a.m.)

Additional charges related to the other robberies are pending.

Photo via FCPD

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Wednesday Morning Notes

Golf Carts Stolen from Hidden Creek Country Club — Someone stole three golf carts on Monday, July 1 at around 12:03 a.m. The carts mysterious resurfaced on a nearby street. [Fairfax County Police Department]

Dog Days of Summer Kicks Off Today — A special play zone for dogs and their owners is back in Reston Town Center’s pavilion from 5-7:30 p.m. The last event is on September 4. [Reston Town Center]

Prepping for Back to School — Collect for Kids is looking for new backpacks and school supplies for its annual drive for students in need. Monetary donations are also accepted. [Collect for Kids]

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Crime Roundup: Police Arrest Four Suspects in 7-Eleven Robbery

Local police have arrested four suspects in connection with a robbery at 7-Eleven (10508 Leesburg Pike).

Police believe four people entered the store, displayed a handgun and stole cash from the registers on Monday, July 1 at 2:38 a.m.

After the suspects left in a car, a lookout was broadcasted to neighboring jurisdictions. Deputies from the Loudoun County’s Sheriff’s Office arrested the suspects.

The Reston District Police Station also reported the following incidents in recent days:

LARCENIES:

2200 block of Astoria Circle, wallet from vehicle

11900 block of Bowman Towne Drive, cell phone from location

1500 block of Cameron Crescent Drive, property from residence

1800 block of Discovery Street, property from vehicle

9600 block of Farmside Place, jewelry from residence

2200 block of Herman Court, electronic device from vehicle

2300 block of Hunters Woods Plaza, beer from business

1400 block of Lake Fairfax Drive, wallet from vehicle

1800 block of Library Street, liquor from business

2200 block of Monaghan Drive, cash and purse from vehicle

11400 block of Isaac Newton Square, purse from vehicle

11300 block of Reston Station Boulevard, tip jar from business

2200 block of Rock Hill Road, laptop computers from business

11800 block of Sunrise Valley Drive, golf cart from location

11100 block of Saffold Way, cell phone from location

12000 block of Town Square Street, merchandise from business

11700 block of Summer Chase Circle, package from residence

STOLEN VEHICLES:

10900 block of Thrush Ridge Road, 2019 Subaru Forrester

In a separative incident, a Realtor entered a home on the 11300 block of Geddys Court to discover a man sleeping in one of the bedrooms.

The man, who police described as white and in his 20s, ran off before officers arrived.

A burglary was also reported on the 9600 block of Perkins Farm Lane on June 27 at around 7 p.m. Cash and jewelry was taken from the home.

Another home burglary was reported on the 1600 block of Admirals Hills Court on June 22 at around 5:30 p.m. It’s unclear if anything was taken from the home.

Photo via FCPD

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Crime Roundup: Herndon 7-Eleven Robbed by Trio of Teenagers

Local police say three teenagers robbed a 7-Eleven in Herndon at gunpoint early Saturday morning.

Police responded to a report to the 7-Eleven at 2501 Centreville Road at 3:44 a.m.

According to the report, three African American men entered the store and stole money and merchandise at gunpoint. The suspects are in their early to late teens, police said.

The Fairfax County Police Department’s Reston District Station also reported the following incidents over the last week:

LARCENIES:

1700 block of Ascot Way, golf cart from residence

11200 block of Chestnut Grove Square, wallet from vehicle

2300 block of Corporate Park Drive, cell phone from location

1500 block of Nightshade Court, laptop computer from vehicle

13300 block of Shea Place, purse from vehicle

11800 block of Spectrum Center, merchandise from business

12200 block of Turkey Wing Court, cash from location

 

Reston Now previously reported on other major crimes that happened in recent days, including a carjacking, a sexual assault near Harris Teeter in the Spectrum Center, additional charges against a former Herndon High School Teacher, and a suspicious death investigation near Hunters Woods Plaza.

Photo via FCPD

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Police Search for Man Who Sexually Assaulted Woman Near Harris Teeter

Local police are looking for a man who sexually assaulted a 49-year-old woman on June 11.

The woman told investigators she was attacked by a man she briefly spoke with at Harris Teeter in the Spectrum Center at around 11 p.m.. The woman said the man hit her from the back as she walked along a path away from the grocery store.

The woman was treated for her injuries at a local hospital. Local police were unable to locate the victim’s cellphone and belongings, which were left in the area, according to court documents.

The suspect is described as a white male who is between 50 and 60-years old. He has a skinny build, gray wavy hair, light colored eyes, a wrinkled face and possibly wears glasses.

Anyone with information should contact FCPD’S Major Crimes Bureau at 703-246-7800.

Photo via FCPD

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Crime Roundup: Incident Involving Wanted Man Prompted Newport Road Closure

The Fairfax County Police Department has released new details about a domestic situation that prompted the temporary closure of Lake Newport Road on Friday.

Police said that Carl Robinson, 52, of Reston, refused to leave a home on the 11700 block of Summerchase Circle at around 8:50 a.m. that day.

Robinson, who has multiple warrants from a previous incident, retreated to his home and “refused to exit” after an officer tried to approach him, police said.

The incident prompted local police to close a portion of the road.

Officers from FCPD’s special operations division arrested Robinson on two counts of assault and a violation of a protection order.

FCPD’s Reston District Station also reported the following incident in recent days:

LARCENIES:

1700 block of Business Center Drive, purse from vehicle

1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, cell phone from location

2400 block of Centreville Road, cell phone from business

2400 block of Centreville Road, cell phone from location

2200 block of Chamblee Place, backpack from vehicle

2500 block of Farmcrest Drive, bicycle from vehicle

10100 block of Georgetown Pike, cash from business

12100 block of Holly Knoll Circle, property from residence

1400 block of Hunter View Farms, firearm from vehicle 

2100 block of Monaghan Drive, cash and property from vehicle

11600 block of Plaza America Drive, cell phone from location

2100 block of Seaman Court, tires from vehicle

12500 block of Sunrise Valley Drive, tools from construction site

400 block of Walker Road, shoes from business

1600 block of Wiehle Avenue, property from location

1800 block of Wiehle Avenue, merchandise from business

STOLEN VEHICLES: 

None reported

In a separate incident, a burglary was reported in a home on the 11900 block of Holly Spring Drive on Tuesday, June 11.

An alarm sounded around 3:15 a.m., prompting the suspect to run away.

Photo via FCPD

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Local Police Rescue Lost Hikers and Dogs at Seneca Regional Park

Local police helped rescue two lost hikers and two dogs earlier this month.

Ashley Finch, her sister, and two dogs — Lucille and Bo — were lost at Seneca Regional Park in Great Falls after dark.

With only one low-battery phone, the hikers texted 911 at the direction of local emergency staff.

After receiving the text, officers pinpointed their location and texted them a map to guide them toward a nearby house.

The rescue was complicated because of challenging terrain, limited phone service and limited police radio coverage. Both hikers and the dogs were not injured.

“The hikers were then able to work their way toward our helicopter and officers, using their phone flashlight to signal where they were — despite being blanketed by tree foliage and darkness,” the Fairfax County Police Department wrote on Facebook.

When Finch asked how to thank FCPD for their help, the department decided to arrange a union at the dispatch center “so everyone involved would get a chance to meet under less dire circumstances.”

FCPD did not indicate what day the incident occurred.

Photos via FCPD/Facebook

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Crime Roundup: Local Police Investigate Motorcycle Crash

Local police are investigating a crash involving two motorcycles that happened in late May.

A driver was turning left at the intersection of Reston Parkway and Lawyers Road on May 25 when another motorcyclist collided into his bike.

Donald Collins was arrested for a DWI and was taken to Reston Hospital Center for treatment, according to an affidavit filed on June 5.

FCPD’s Reston District Station also reported the following minor incidents in recent days:

LARCENIES:

1600 block of Bentana Way, property from residence

1200 block of Browns Mill Court, document from vehicle

12400 block of Cliff Edge Drive, documents from residence

1700 block of Club House Road, property from business

Frying Pan Road/Thomas Jefferson Drive, wheels from vehicle

1400 block of Kingsvale Circle, cash from vehicle

1800 block of Michael Faraday Drive, purse from location

12200 block of Parkstream Terrace, keys from vehicle

1800 block of Presidents Street, wallet from location

STOLEN VEHICLES:

1400 block of Kingsvale Circle, 2012 Chevrolet Traverse

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Thursday Morning Notes

Herndon Festival Kicks Off Today — The first day of the four-day festival begins today from 6-10 p.m. at Northwest Federal Credit Union (200 Spring Street). China Grove will perform at the Herndon Family Medicine Stage and transit Vocal Band will perform at the Parkway Stage from 7:30-9 p.m.  [Herndon Festival]

Police Seek Help to Connect Annandale Man to County Burglaries — Local police believe Stephen Anderson, 55, of Annandale, could be responsible for other burglaries throughout the county. He faces burglary charges and is being held at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center without bond. [Fairfax County Police Department]

Creative Response Led by Co-owner of Bad Saint Set for Today — Genieve Villamora, co-owner of the buzzy Filipino restaurant in the District, will respond to the work of Stephanie William. The presentation will be followed by open conversation. The event starts at 7 p.m. [Greater Reston Arts Center]

A Recap of Reston Live — “The first Reston Live was held at Lake Anne Plaza on Sunday afternoon. This inaugural music festival featured a Children’s Area, a talent competition, a raffle, vendor booths, and special guest performances by Reston band, Catchin’ Toads, and Reston’s own singer/songwriter, Lindsey Hershfeld.” [The Connection]

Flickr pool photo by vantagehill

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Exclusive: Reston Man Fires Gunshots Against Imaginary Kidnappers

A Reston man suffering from hallucinations fired several gunshots against imaginary kidnappers that he said were holding a child hostage in his town home.

The incident happened on May 7, according to court documents filed by the Fairfax County Police Department in Fairfax County Circuit Court.

A police officer arrived on the 1500 block of Poplar Grove Drive after the man told police kidnappers were holding a young child inside his townhome.

When an officer got to the scene, the man ran out of the home with a fully loaded gun, according to police. The officer handcuffed him and searched the townhome.

Police found no one in the home, but did spot two shell casings and evidence that two rounds were fired at a wall. No injuries or damages resulted.

The suspect was released on recognizance, after the man was held involuntarily “for his safety and the safety of the public” under a temporary detention order, according to the documents.

Police executed a search warrant to seize additional weapons from his home.

The suspect was arrested and charged with one misdemeanor count of the reckless handling of a firearm on Tuesday (May 21). He will be arraigned on May 28. 

Reston Now does not publish the identity of suspects involved in cases with mental health implications.

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