Crime Roundup: Herndon Man Arrested in Sterling 7-Eleven Robbery Case

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.

Photo via Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office

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JUST IN: Herndon Man Pleads Guilty to Cyberstalking

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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Crime Roundup: Herndon Police Arrest Resident for Alleged Strangulation, Assault

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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Herndon Police Seek Help Identifying Suspect in Attempted Abduction

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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Police Investigate Robbery of Herndon Business

A business on the 1000 block of Herndon Parkway was robbed on Sept. 14 (Friday) at around 5 p.m., according to the Herndon Police Department.

Police say the suspect presented a note demanding cash while displaying a black handgun. They issued the following description of the suspect: “6′ tall, slim, black male, wearing blue jeans, a long-sleeved, navy blue sweatshirt/jacket, black backpack, sunglasses, and a dark-colored du-rag under a dark colored baseball hat.”

The case is under investigation and no other information was immediately available.

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Attempted Abduction Investigation Underway in Herndon

The Herndon Police Department is investigating an attempted abduction that took place in early September on the 900 block of Locust Street.

Police said a woman was walking home at around 8:30 p.m. on September 4 when a man tried to convince her to leave the area with him. When she refused, the man grabbed her and tried to lead her away. She escaped and ran away from the man.

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 department issued the following description of the suspect:

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.

The investigation is ongoing.

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Wednesday Morning Notes

‘Dog Days of Summer’ is today — Dogs and their owners can frolic in the pavilion as it’s transformed into an off-leash play area from 4-7 p.m. The dog days of summer event will take place every Wednesday through September 26 at the Reston Town Center pavilion. [Reston Town Center]

Florence is coming — Invited or not, Hurricane Florence continues to barrel its way towards us. Four to eight inches are expected to begin late Thursday into early Friday. Here’s what you need to know to prepare. [Fairfax County Government]

Crime update in Herndon — In early September, Jose Quintanilla Romero, 25, of Herndon, was arrested on five felony accounts of sexual abuse against a victim known to him. In a separate incident, a man said he was robbed by several suspects on September 6 near the 600 block of Center Street around 11 p.m. [Herndon Police Department]

Flickr pool photo by vantagehill

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Monday Morning Notes

Walmart Labs adds jobs — The company is planning to double its workforce at its Reston office and is seeking software engineers and data scientists to build new platforms for the company. [DC Inno]

Voting now open for Reston Community Center preference poll — Five candidates are running for three positions on the nine-member Board of Governors. A candidates’ forum will be held tonight at 6:30 p.m. at RCC Hunters Woods. [Reston Community Center]

Two men arrested in connection with a string of larcenies — “Two northern Virginia men are in custody after a multi-jurisdictional investigation, Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office authorities announced Friday afternoon. The men, Edward L. Campbell, Jr., 25, of Ashburn, and Craig Nipper-Duval, 22, of Herndon, are suspected of being involved in a rash of larcenies from vehicles in Loudoun County and the Town of Herndon.” [Loudoun Times-Mirror]

Flooding threat in Northern Virginia late in the week — “Hurricane Florence is expected to become a major hurricane on Monday as Virginia prepares for a major flooding threat later this week. As of 5 a.m. Monday, Florence was 625 miles southeast of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph. Rapid strengthening is expected, and Florence could become a major hurricane Monday morning. It is expected to remain an extremely dangerous major hurricane through Thursday.” [Inside NOVA]

Flickr pool photo by vantagehill

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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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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: 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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