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Wednesday Morning Notes

Phase Two of Election Week to Continue — From this morning to Friday at noon, localities will process mail ballots that were received by 7 p.m. yesterday but not counted that night and hose delivered by USPS and postmarked by Election Day. [Virginia Public Access Project]

Thanksgiving Food Drive Underway  Reston Association is teaming up. With Cornerstones, Reston Community Center, and the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce to help families need. Donations of non-perishable food and other items can be brought to the SunTrust Bank parking lot (11180 South Lakes Drive) on Nov. 7.  A second donation site is planned at North Point Village Center. [RA]

Herndon Man Arrested in Connection with Robbery — “Mohamad Alie Bangura, 30, of Herndon, VA, was arrested for the robbery of a fellow passenger on public transportation. Additionally, Bangura was charged with disorderly conduct and public intoxication. He was transported to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center where he was held without bond.” [Herndon Police Deprartment]

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Thursday Morning Notes

Reston Residents Enjoy Small Town Feel — Restonians interviewed by The Connection said that they love the small town, community connection in Reston. The interviews were conducted at the Reston Farmers Market.  [The Connection]

Local Resident Charged in Connection with AssaultOmar Alexander Ayala Molina, 42, of Herndon was charged with aggravated assault, robbery, and gang participation in connection with the assault of two victims. The incident happened on Sept. 5 on the 1100 block of Elden Street. [Town of Herndon]

Herndon Man Accused of DUI in Reston Crash — “Fairfax County Police arrested a Herndon man Monday night in connection with a single-vehicle crash in Reston, according to 2nd Lt. Erica Webb of FCPD’s Public Affairs Bureau. Public safety personnel responded around 8:27 p.m., for the report of a crash near the intersection of Reston Avenue and Wiehle Avenue.” [Reston Patch]

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Herndon Police Department officers say that a man has been charged with multiple counts of indecent liberties against juveniles.

Allen John Williams, 30, of Herndon, was arrested on earlier this month on multiple counts of indecent liberties for exposing himself to juveniles.

The arrest was made on the 1100 block of Burwick Drive, according to the Herndon Police Department.

Williams is being held at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center without bond. 

He was previously arrested and charged with similar counts in 2018. Police believe he exposed himself to a 10-year-old who was playing in the driveway of a home.

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Airbags were stolen from at least a dozen cars in Herndon over two days, according to police.

The incidents happened overnight on May 6 and May 7 at the Ashton at Dulles Corner apartments. A spokesperson for the Fairfax County Police Department told Reston Now the incidents are under investigation.

Residents of the apartment complex reported that only Hondas were targeted during the airbag theft streak.

Airbags, which can sell for hundreds of dollars on the black market, are easily removable and portable, allowing thieves to make a quick buck.

The National Insurance Crime Bureau says that airbags retail at around $1,000 and can be purchased on the black market for between $50 and $200.

The NICB offers the following tips to avoid becoming a victim of airbag fraud:

  • Use a reputable automobile collision repair shop that employs ASE-certified mechanics
  • Inspect the invoice to ensure the repair shop purchased the airbag from a manufacturer, dealer or recycler
  • If possible, inspect the airbag prior to installation. If new, it should be packaged in a sealed container from the manufacturer
  • The trim cover over the steering column should be the same color as the remaining trim interior. If not, it is an indication that the original airbag has been replaced
  • When you turn on your vehicle’s ignition, a red SRS (Supplemental Restraint System) indicator should light up and flash in the instrument panel display, indicating the airbag system is activated. No SRS light indicates a problem with the airbag system that could result in no airbag activation

Some national reports indicate that newer models of Hondas might be at higher risk of airbag thefts.

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Wednesday Morning Notes

Alcorn Postpones Budget Town Hall — Hunter Mill District Supervisor has postponed an upcoming town hall on the 2021 budget “due to the uncertainty of the impacts of coronavirus on county operations and resources.” [Fairfax County Government]

Northam Pushes 10-person Limit at Gyms, Restaurants — “Restaurants, gyms, and theaters in Virginia will not serve more than 10 customers at a time under an order the governor issued Tuesday in response to the coronavirus. Gov. Ralph Northam also urged Virginians to comply with new federal guidelines not to gather in groups of more than 10 and for people older than 65 to self-quarantine.[U.S. News & World Report]

Juvenile Robbed in Herndon — A juvenile was robbed and assaulted by another juvenile on the 600 block of Dulles Park Court on March 11. The case is under investigation. [Herndon Police Department]

Department of Motor Vehicle Centers Close — All state DMV centers are closed until April 2. Driver and vehicle credentials have been extended for 60 days. [Virginia DMV]

Balducci’s Reserves First Hour of Shopping for Seniors — Balducci’s Food Lover’s Market in Reston Town Center is reserving the first hour of shopping for elderly and high-risk customers. [Balducci’s]

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A Herndon resident was arrested for allegedly shooting and killing his 53-year-old mother earlier today (Saturday), police said.

Police arrested Eric Turcios, 28, in connection with the shooting of Blanco Turcios. She was found with multiple gunshot wounds to her upper body on the 12800 block of Lady Fairfax Circle at around 6 a.m. today. She was pronounced dead on the scene.

An investigation on the events that lead to the shooting is underway. Turcios was arrested by Prince William County Police. A firearm, which is believed to be his, was also recovered at the time of the arrest.

Detectives are asking for anyone with information about this event to contact the Major Crimes Bureau at 703-246-7800, option 4. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Solvers by phone – 1-866-411-TIPS (866-411-8477), by text – Type “FCCS” plus tip to 847411, and by web – Click HERE. Download our Mobile tip411 App “Fairfax Co Crime Solvers”. Anonymous tipsters are eligible for cash rewards of $100 to $1,000 dollars if their information leads to an arrest.

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Wednesday Morning Notes

Volunteers Sought for Reston Home Tour — The Reston Historic Trust & Museum is looking for volunteers to help with the annual home tour, which takes place on Saturday, Oct. 19. [Reston Historic Trust & Museum]

Fairfax County Public Schools Maintain High On-Time Graduation Rate — “For the second straight year, more than nine out of ten Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) high school students earned a diploma within four years, according to graduation reports released today by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). More than three out of five of these students earned Advanced Studies Diplomas.” [Fairfax County Public Schools]

Herndon Man Arrested in Connection with Assault — Irving Duncan, 33, of Herndon was arrested for the aggravated assault of a victim that is known to him, according to police. The assault happened while the victim was asleep on Oct. 6. [Herndon Police Department]

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Friday Morning Notes

Commemorative Bricks Available for Purchase — The Reston Historic Trust & Museum is selling commemorative bricks, which are installed at Lake Anne Plaza, for up to $250. Bricks are ordered and installed one time per year.  [Reston Historic Trust & Museum]

Dominion Energy to Build Northern Virginia’s Largest Solar Facility — “Dominion Energy Virginia and the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority announced Thursday that they will jointly study the possibility of developing a large-scale, 100-megawatt solar energy project at Dulles International Airpor. The project would encompass 1,200 acres at Dulles, and could power 25,000 homes at peak output. Dominion Energy said this project would be one of the largest solar facilities in Northern Virginia.” [WUSA 9]

Herndon Man Charged with Drunkenness and Sexual Battery — Jose Luis Hernandez, 45,  was arrested after a juvenile victim reported that the suspect touched him in the genital area, according to police. [Herndon Police Department]

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A man walked into a hotel in Herndon on Monday and demanded cash, police said.

The man entered Candlewood Suites (13485 Sunrise Valley Drive at around 3:42 p.m. on Sept. 30. He implied he had a gun, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.

Police described the suspect as a white man in his 40s, 5’10” and 160 pounds.

No other information about the incident was released.

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

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A Herndon man was sentenced to one year in prison last week for cyberstalking a woman in New York for more than three years.

Brandon Theresa, 21, used the woman’s online accounts without her permission, created fake accounts using her name and sent information from her account in order to embarrass her, according to court documents.

Investigators said that when the victim tried to cut off communication with Theresa, the man made U.S. Postal Service delivery accounts in the names of her friends and family to receive updates on the victim’s activities and the people in her life.

“He used this information to track down the victim, using anonymizing technologies that made it difficult for the victim to block the communications,” according to a release by the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.

He continued to stalk the victim until federal authorities searched his home after receiving a search warrant in December last year.

Investigators believe Theresa stalked the woman between May 2015 and December 2018.

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Change of Location for Reston Association Board Meeting — The Board of Directors will meet at The Lake House instead of its usual location at RA headquarters on Thursday. The change was prompted by utility work planned outside of the building that evening. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. [Reston Association]

Arts in the Parks Continues through August — The series, which organizers describe as a fun alternative to Saturday and Wednesday morning cartoons, offers entertainment for children while teaching them on the importance of protecting national resources. Performances kick off at Frying Pan Farm Park tomorrow. [Fairfax County Government]

Robbery Reported on Last Tuesday on Dulles Court — Two individuals attempted to grab a cell phone from a man who was walking along the 600 block of Dulles Court. on Tuesday, June 18. The suspects are described as Hispanic teenagers. [Herndon Police Department]

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A Herndon man was charged in connection with the April 25 robbery of a 7-Eleven on Sugarland Drive in Sterling.

Abdul Abid, 25, was arrested on Friday, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s office. The first suspect, Zian Rehman, 19, was arrested on May 2.

Police believe one of the suspects pushed an employee on the front counter of the store toward the cash register and commanded the victim to open the register. One suspect took cash from the register while the other took money from the victim’s wallet, authorities said.

The men threatened the employee, but no weapons were used during the robbery.

Both men were charged with robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, grand larceny and wearing a mask in public. They are being held without bond.

Meanwhile, the Fairfax County Police Department reported the following minor incidents in Reston:

LARCENIES:

1400 block of Lake Fairfax Drive, wallet from location

10500 block of Leesburg Pike, beer from business

11900 block of Market Street, merchandise from business

2200 block of Mill Race Lane, ring from residence

2300 block of Rolling Fork Circle, bicycle from location

11800 block of Sunrise Valley Drive, work equipment from business 

2700 block of West Ox Road, purse from vehicle

Child pornography charges were a common theme last week. As we reported, FCPD unveiled 21 new charges related child pornography for a former Herndon High School teacher.

“Mr. Knick Knack,” a children’s entertainer who performed in the area, also faces 10 felony counts of possession of child photography.

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A Herndon man pleaded guilty today to cyberstalking a victim in New York, according to a release by U.S. Attorney Zachary Terwilliger.

Brandon Theresa, 21, took part in a “cyberstalking campaign against a victim” between May 2015 through December last year, according to the office. His plea was released today (April 16).

Investigators said Theresa accessed the individual’s online accounts without permission and impersonated the victim and the victim’s friend to get information about the individual. Court documents indicate Theresa used U.S. Postal Service accounts, which give information about mail received at specific addresses, to find other ways to watch the victim.

Theresa pleaded guilty to cyberstalking and faces a maximum of five years in prison. A federal district court judge will determine sentencing.

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Town of Herndon police arrested a resident for felonious strangulation and misdemeanor assault.

Police arrested 29-year-old Dennis Michael Markley on last Wednesday (March 20), the day after he allegedly tried to strangle someone he knows, police say.

He is currently being held without bond at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center.

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

LARCENIES:

1100 block of Center Harbor Road, license plate from vehicle

2400 block of Centreville Road, cell phone from location

2400 block of Centreville Road, bicycle from residence

9692 block of Farmside Place, cell phone and computer from residence

1800 block of Golf View Court, laptop computer from residence

1700 block of Jonathan Way, book bag and cell phone from residence

11500 block of Olde Tiverton Circle, painting from residence

11400 block of Washington Plaza, cash from vehicle

STOLEN VEHICLES:

None reported

In February, Herndon police arrested 77-year-old Nhan Pham in connection with a domestic assault that caused her husband’s death, according to the Herndon Police Department.

As of March 18, the grand jury amended the charges to murder, according to the March 26 police report.

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The Herndon Police Department is seeking the public’s help to identify a suspect in an attempted abduction back in September.

The sketches are of the same suspect as described by two different witnesses, according to the police department.

Police said a woman was walking home in the area of Elden and Locust streets at 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 4 when a man tried to convince her to leave the area with him. When she refused, he grabbed her and tried to lead her away, but the woman was able to escape and run away, according to police.

The suspect then approached the woman a second time and attempted to carry her away. A witness intervened, prompting the man to leave the area to an unknown location.

The police say “the suspect is a Hispanic male, 20-23 years old, with short, black hair, facial hair, a black t-shirt, khaki/light brown shorts, and off-white shoes.”

Anyone who identifies the suspect should call the police department at 703-435-6846.

Image via Herndon Police Department 

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