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Crime Roundup: Burglaries Reported at Two Businesses Over the Weekend

Cash was taken from two businesses over the weekend. On Saturday (July 14), an employee entered Ariake Restaurant (12184 State Route 4721) around 11:39 p.m. and discovered the door was unlocked and the cash register was missing.

At around 12:07 a.m. the next day, officers discovered a broke window on the storefront of Kung Fu Tea in Hunters Woods Plaza. The owner confirmed an undisclosed amount of cash was taken, along with a small cash box.

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

LARCENIES:

13300 block of Apgar Place, cell phone and sunglasses from vehicle

2400 block of Centreville Road, cell phone from business

2300 block of Hunters Woods Plaza, liquor from business

2300 block of Hunters Woods Plaza, liquor from business

11900 block of Democracy Drive, wallet from business

12000 block of Market Street, purse from business

STOLEN VEHICLES:

None reported

Meanwhile. a bank robbery at BB&T in Herndon remains under investigation. No arrests have been made in connection with the incident.

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Gas Station Clerk Killed in Herndon Sunoco

A gas station clerk was killed in a possible robbery attempt in Herndon on Wednesday (July 4).

According to Fairfax County Police, Resham Bajgain, 40, of Herndon, was killed inside the Sunoco where he worked in the Franklin Farms Shopping Center (13348 Franklin Farm Road).

Police responded to the scene within three minutes of receiving the report at 1:15 a.m. Officers spotted a person matching the description of the suspect in the parking lot. Mohamed Abdullahi, 19, of Herndon, was arrested and charged with murder.

Police are seeking information about the incident, especially about the driver of a Pontiac GTO that was near the gas station around the time of the murder.

Abdullahi is being held at the adult detention center without bond.

Anyone with information should call the Major Crimes Bureau at 703-246-7800 or text “TIP187” plus your message to 274637.

Photo via FCPD

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Monday Morning Notes

Gun violence awareness   Supporters of gun violence awareness day congregated at the Wiehle-Reston East Station on Saturday to participate in the fourth annual “Wear Orange Gun Violence Prevention Rally in Old Town Alexandria. [Twitter]

Herndon stabbing under investigation — Denis Hernandez, 21, was arrested in connecting with a stabbing late last week. The victim, who has not been identified, was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. [Local DVM]

Dabbling in pickleball — Pickleball is becoming a paddle sport for some Reston Association members. This video offers a basic overview of the sport (yes, sport!). [Reston Today]

Photo by Ruth Sievers

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Monday Morning Notes

Good news for Caps fans — “On the Silver Line, the last train will leave Metro Center at 12:27 a.m. heading to Largo Town Center and at 12:21 a.m. heading to Wiehle-Reston East… Game 3 starts at 8 p.m. and Metro’s regular closing time is 11:30 p.m., but Metro’s CEO Paul Wiedefeld announced that Metrorail will remain open for an additional hour thanks to Exelon and Pepco.” [WTOP]

Police investigate double homicide near Town of Herndon —  “The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a double homicide at a café in Sterling near the Loudoun County and the Town of Herndon line. Around 1:45 a.m. Monday Loudoun County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the Pharaoh Café located in the 46000 block of Old Ox Road for a report of a shooting. Two victims lost their lives at the scene. A person of interest attempting to leave the area was detained by deputies responding to the scene.” [Loudoun County Sherriff’s Office]

Absorbing Amazon headquarters in an area with gridlock and high housing costs —  “Northern Virginia, the District and Montgomery County are among the 20 finalists. Amazon may narrow the list further in coming months and is expected to decide by the end of the year… But many residents fear that winning the prize would actually exacerbate all the things they hate about living in the region: horrendous traffic, expensive housing, crowded schools and gentrification.” [The Washington Post]

Flickr pool photo by vantagehill

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Police Identify Man Found Dead Along Road in Fairfax Station

Local police have identified a man found dead in Fairfax Station on Wednesday as Michael Cooker, 30, of Herndon.

According to the Fairfax County Police Department, Cooker was found on the 6500 block of Colchester Road around 6:49 a.m. on Wednesday. A passerby saw a man laying on the side of the road and alerted police.

Police are investigating the incident as a homicide. Cooker sustained upper body trauma. No weapons were found on the scene.

An autopsy, which will be conducted by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, will determine the exact cause and manner of death.

Anyone with information should contact the Major Crimes Bureau at 703-246-7800 or via text-a-tip by texting “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES (274637), by calling 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or 703-691-2131.

Photo via FCPD

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Herndon Man Killed in Great Falls Vape Store

A 21-year-old Herndon man was killed by an acquaintance inside Vapology101, a vape store on the 10100 block of Colvin Run Road Thursday night.

Bao Hung Van was found dead at the scene around 7:40 p.m. on Thursday, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.

The suspect, Manvinder Aulakh, 22, of McLean, was at the business when police arrived and was arrested without incident, police said.

Aulakh was charged with murder and the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. He is being held at the adult detention center without bond.

Photo via FCPD

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Crime Roundup: Herndon Man Charged with 10 Larceny-Related Counts

Flores Portillo, 18, of Herndon, was arrested on Sunday and charged in connection with a series of larcenies.

The Herndon Police Department arrested Portillo on the 500 block of Early Fall Court. He was charged with seven counts of felony larceny and three counts of misdemeanor larceny.

Police located him after they received a report from someone who had found property that was possibly stolen. Portillo is being held at the Fairfax Adult Detention Center without bond.

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

Larcenies:

2500 Centreville Road, bicycle from business

2200 block of Hunters Woods Plaza, money from business.

12900 block of Highland Crossing Drive, alcohol from business.

1800 block of Michael Faraday Court, electronics from building.

1400 block of Northgate Square, tools from vehicle

1400 block of North Point Village Center, merchandise from business.

1800 block of Presidents Street, passport and money from vehicle.

1300 block of Rock Chapel Road, jewelry from residence

13700 block of Sayward Boulevard, wallet from vehicle

11400 South Lakes Drive (South Lakes HS), cell phone from the school.

11800 block of Spectrum Center, merchandise from business

11700 block of Sunset Hills Road, money from business

Stolen Vehicles: 

None reported

Anyone with information about any of the 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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Herndon Man Charged in Sexual Assault of Minor

A Herndon man was charged yesterday for having inappropriate sexual relations with a juvenile, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.

Marvin Ramirez-Ayala, 20, was charged with three counts of sending sexually explicit messages over social media and two counts of sexual assault. The relationship began last summer and only came to light this week, police said.

“There is no indication the suspect was involved with any other juveniles,” according to a statement from the office.

Ramirez-Ayala is being held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center on no bond.

Photo via Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office

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Crime Roundup: Police Investigate Three Gas Station Robberies

Local police responded to two robberies at gas stations on Monday. In both cases, the suspect was described as a black man wearing dark clothing, police said.

An armed man robbed the Shell gas station on 12219 Leesburg Pike around 10:20 p.m. No one was injured in the incident, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.

In a separate incident, an armed man robbed the Sunoco gas station at 1496 North Point Village Center around 11:05 p.m. The man displayed a handgun and took cash and other property from the business.

In another incident, local police continue to investigate the robbery of a Sunoco gas station in South Lakes. As we reported last week, An armed man robbed the gas station on 11190 South Lakes Drive last Tuesday.

Local police also arrested a juvenile for making an electronic threat against a police officer this month. The threat was made through social media on February 2, according to the police department. The department released no further information and a spokesperson was not immediately available for comment.

The police department reported the following incidents:

LARCENIES: 

1300 block of Cassia Street, property from residence

1600 block of Fieldthorn Drive, property from vehicle

STOLEN VEHICLES: 

2100 block of Astoria Circle, 2002 Honda Accord

Herndon’s police department is investigating two robberies over the last week.

On Friday at around 10 p.m., a man armed with a gun demanded money from the cashier of a business on the 600 block of Elden Street.

He left with an undisclosed amount of money and several cigarette packs. The suspect is described as a white made of “average height and build.” He was wearing black clothing and a black ski mask, police said. The investigation is ongoing and police are investigating possible connections with other robberies being handled by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office and the Fairfax County Police Department.

In a separate incident on Sunday, two suspects approached a victim in the lobby of a restaurant on the 13000 block of Worldgate Drive. The suspects took him outside, assaulted him and grabbed his sneakers.

Police located the suspects and transported them to the Fairfax County Juvenile Detention Center, where they were held for robbery, abduction and malicious wounding.

Anyone with information about any of the 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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Fairfax Police: Parts Taken From More Than a Dozen Vehicles

Car parts were stolen from more than a dozen vehicles within a half-mile radius in the Herndon area late last week, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.

The police department told Reston Now it’s unclear if the incidents, which happened between Wednesday night and Thursday morning, are connected.

“These incidents are still under investigation so we are unable to confirm or deny if they are connected,” a spokesperson for the police department wrote in a statement.

Police reported eight separate incidents where parts were taken from vehicles on the 13100 block of Fox Hunt Lane. On the 2300 block of Rolling Fork Circle, car parts were taken from another eight vehicles. One incident occurred on the 1200 block of Rolling Fork Circle.

Other larcenies from vehicles over the same time period include:

2300 block of Cavesson Court, wallet from vehicle.

11500 block of Embers Court, wallet from vehicle.

12500 block of Fox View Way, laptop from vehicle.

2200 block of Halter Lane, personal items from a vehicle.

12600 block of Noble Victory Lane, wallet from vehicle.

No other information was immediately available.

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

File photo.

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UPDATED: Armed Man Robs 7-11 in Herndon

An armed man robbed a store in Herndon today at around 12:44 a.m., according to the Fairfax County Police Department.

The robbery happened at the 7-11 on 2501 McNair Farms Drive, Sgt. Lawrence Anderson told Reston Now.

The suspect showed a weapon and demanded cash as he approached the cashier to make a purchase, police said. He was last seen wearing a black jacket, blue jeans and sneakers.

This story was updated at 3:38 p.m. to include the verified location of the incident. 

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Fairfax County Police: 20 Break-Ins in Herndon and Reston Could Be Connected

Fairfax County police are warning residents in Reston and Herndon about a string of robberies that happened between September and January.

Police said all 20 break-ins “appear to be similar in nature.” In each instance, robberies occurred at homes, town homes and apartments near a walking path or woods. Personal items were also taken.

The investigation is ongoing, police said.

A police spokesperson said the department is not releasing any further information, including how the incidents may be connected and if suspects have been identified.

File photo.

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Wednesday Morning Notes

Nordine Salon & Day Spa to Celebrate Grand Opening – On Thursday, the salon will host a ribbon cutting ceremony from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The spa moved from Reston Town Center to 11389 Reston Station Blvd. [Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce]

Reston Recognized as Bicycle Friendly Community – The League of American Bicyclists gave Reston the recognition once again this year. The program allows states, localities, businesses and others to make bicycling a transportation option for all. [Reston Association via Twitter]

Herndon Man Arrested After Police Pursuit – On Saturday, Herndon police arrested Corey Rogers for fleeing from an officer on Herndon Parkway during a stop for a traffic violation. After a short pursuit, the driver lost control and the vehicle struck a light pole. He was charged with driving while intoxicated, eluding officers and reckless driving, among other charges. [Herndon Police Department]

Photo by Fatimah Waseem

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Crime Roundup: Lorton Teen Suspected of Reston Double Murder Taken to Detention Center

The 17-year-old Lorton teenager charged with murdering a Reston couple in late December is now being held at the Fairfax County Juvenile Detention Center.

The unidentified suspect remained in the hospital after the Dec. 22 shooting, during which he shot and killed Scott Fricker and his wife, Buckley Kuhn-Fricker in their home on Black Fir Court. The teenager then turned the gun on himself, police said.

Over the last week, three burglaries at three homes kept local law enforcement busy.

The Fairfax County Police Department responded to a report about two home burglaries on Sunday. At around 5:30 p.m., several items were stolen from a house on the 12400 block of Margaret Thomas Lane.

A few hours later that same day, a burglary was reported on the 13200 block of Rolling Plains Court between 7 and 8:30 p.m. Money and property were taken, police said.

In a separate incident, police said someone entered a house on the 11700 Stratford House Place on Tuesday and stole a grey 2006 Honda Accord and other items. Police are investigating the incident, which took place between 7 a.m. and 7:15 p.m.

One robbery case was laid to rest by the Loudoun County’s Sheriff Office. In an announcement late last week, the office announced it arrested two teenagers  in connection with a robbery and attempted robbery in Sterling last month.

As we reported last week, Jordan McNally, 18, of Herndon, and an unidentified juvenile from Centreville were charged in connection with the incident.

LARCENIES:

2300 block of Bally Cairne Court, guitar from residence

1800 block of Fountain Drive, merchandise from business

11900 block of Freedom Drive, watch from vehicle

2500 block of John Milton Drive, merchandise from business

11700 block of Karbon Hill Court, bag from vehicle

1800 block of Oracle Way, copper wiring from building

13100 block of Parcher Avenue, beer from business

11200 block of Roger Bacon Drive, cash from business

11800 block of Spectrum Center, beer from business

STOLEN VEHICLES:

12000 block of Trossack Road, 1969 MG MP

Anyone with information about any of the 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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Herndon Teenager, Juvenile Charged in Connection With December Robbery

Two teenagers have been charged in connection with a robbery and attempted robbery in Sterling last month, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.

Jordan McNally, 18, of Herndon, and a minor from Centreville were charged with robbery and attempted robbery on Friday. McNally was also charged with contributing to the delinquency of the minor.

Deputies believe the teens were involved in two incidents near the 22300 block of S. Sterling Boulevard on Dec. 23.

According to a Dec. 27 report about the incident, two suspects demanded cash from a man and his son as they walked a business in the area. One suspect appeared to brandish a box cutter during the incident.

That same day, the suspects approached a teenager in the same shopping center. One suspect demanded cash while showing a possible firearm in his waistband. A small but undisclosed amount of cash was taken by the suspects, according to the report.

McNally is being held on no bond at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center and the juvenile is being held at the Loudoun County Juvenile Detention Center.

Booking photo of Jordan McNally via Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office

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