Morning Notes

Skaters at Lake Anne Plaza (Photo via vantagehill/Flickr)

Reston Company Helps Dump Data — A Reston-based data privacy and governance software provider company called ActiveNav wants to help companies dump extra data. The company created a new tool that helps others analyze what data is toxic or vulnerable. [Technical.ly]

Proposed Plea Deal in Alleged Child Rapist Case Rejected — A Fairfax County judge rejected a proposed plea deal between prosecutors and a man accused of repeatedly raping a girl — a rare step that cast some doubt on evidence presented by the Herndon Police Department’s investigators. The three-year sentence was perceived as too lenient. [The Washington Post]

County Health Department Waits for Guidance on Booster Shots — The county’s health department is waiting on federal and state partners to determine when to begin offering booster shots to residents who have already received the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19. [Fairfax County Government]

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Morning Notes

Lake Anne Plaza (Photo via vantagehill/Flickr)

Multiple Vehicles Broken Into in Town of Herndon — On Saturday, someone broke into at least eleven vehicles and took items. All vehicles were unlocked. [Herndon Police Department]

County Executive and Health Director Honored by Park Board — The Fairfax County Park Authority Board honored Fairfax County Executive Bryan Hill and the health department’s director Dr. Gloria Addo-Ayensu with the Chairman’s Choice Awards. [Fairfax County Government]

Statewide Showcase of Bands Comes to Herndon HS — Herndon High School will host the kick-off of the annual marching band competition season at a special event n Saturday. Over 25 bands from the region will perform throughout the day. [The Pride of Herndon]

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Morning Notes

Fairfax County firefighters use a hose and ladder in a drill outside the Vantage Hill condominiums (via vantagehill/Flickr)

Flood Watch in Effect — A flood watch is in effect though the afternoon today. So be on the lookout for potential flooding. [Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department]

Herndon Man Allegedly Uses Belt to Restrain Student — A music teacher from Herndon tried to restrain a disruptive student with his belt at an elementary school Sept. 15 in Fauquier County, police said. The 23-year-old was charged Monday with assault, battery and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and he was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation. [Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office]

Reston Multicultural Festival Returns — The annual festival, which is organized by Reston Community Center, returns to Lake Anne Plaza on Saturday. [WUSA9]

Feedback on Bus Service Sought — The county’s Department of Transportation is seeking the public’s feedback as it explores ways to improve the Fairfax Connector’s bus service. [Patch]

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A 41-year-old Herndon resident is facing an assault charge for a fight that ended in him reportedly stabbing another man.

According to a weekly crime report released yesterday (Wednesday), the Herndon Police Department has taken out a warrant for aggravated assault against Dennis Cruz Antunez for the stabbing, which occurred on Aug. 26 in the 1000 block of Elden Street.

Police say the incident started as a “verbal altercation” between the suspect and the male victim, who was transported to Reston Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Herndon police also recently arrested a 21-year-old man for a 2019 rape.

“Oscar Martinez Alarcon, 21, of Herndon, was arrested for the forcible rape of a juvenile victim whom he met via social media,” the police report says. “He was transported to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center where he was held without bond.”

According to police, the incident occurred on Feb. 12, 2019 in the 1200 block of Elden Street. Martinez Alarcon was arrested on Aug. 23.

The HPD did not return a request for comment from Reston Now on what led to the arrest and whether there might be any additional victims by publication time.

Other major incidents in the weekly crime report include three cases from Aug. 24: another verbal argument that escalated into a stabbing on Elden Street and two robberies in the 1200 block of Springtide Place.

Labeled as an aggravated assault, the stabbing occurred in the 1100 block of Elden Street. The victim was reportedly punched and stabbed. Police say they have identified the suspect, but the case remains under investigation.

In one of the robberies, the victim reported that he was assaulted and had his wallet stolen “by a subject that is known to him.” In the other, the victim was assaulted and had his wallet and “other personal property” stolen by two men.

According to the report, police have identified the subjects in both cases, which are still under investigation.

The Town of Herndon also saw 11 reportable traffic crashes during the week of Aug. 23-29, which are defined by Virginia State Police as incidents that result in injury or at least $1,500 in property damages.

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(Updated at 12:05 p.m.) The Herndon Police Department is investigating a stabbing in the 1000 block of Elden Street.

A man may have a weapon, police said on Twitter just before 9:30 a.m. today (Thursday). He was initially described as 6 feet, 1 or 2 inches, but that was later revised to 5 feet, 8 or 10 inches.

He was seen wearing an olive baseball cap and a dark shirt with a grey backpack with a blue trim.

The man was last seen heading toward Alabama Drive, police said.

According to an 11 a.m. update, police said that the stabbing occurred at the end of a verbal argument between two men. The victim was transported to Reston Hospital and is now in stable condition.

Herndon Middle School, which is just down the road from where the incident took place, went into lockdown, but the measure was lifted around 11 a.m.

“Our officers have been in constant communication with all of the schools in the area from the start of this incident,” the Herndon Police Department said. “They were given appropriate instructions for lockdown.”

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Morning Notes

Hickory Cluster stream restoration in the rain (via vantagehill/Flickr)

Family of Herndon Murder Victims Mourns — “A father is grieving after his two young children, a boy and a girl, and their mother were found dead inside an apartment in Herndon, Virginia, on Saturday — the same day the family planned to have a birthday party for the 10-year-old girl. Outside of the apartment where they died, there is a memorial for the family. A balloon flies for the daughter who was killed on her birthday.” [NBC4]

Reston Man Arrested at Crystal City Restaurant — “Arlington County Police charged a Reston man early Thursday morning for acting disorderly and assaulting a police officer at Crystal City restaurant, according to the daily crime report. Officers responded around 12:50 a.m., for the report of a manacting disorderly inside a restaurant in the 400 block of 23rd Street S.” [Patch]

Police Officer Says Prosecutor Withholding Evidence in Use of Force Case — “A Fairfax County police officer accused of using excessive force, including deploying a Taser, against a Black man has asked a judge to dismiss the case, claiming prosecutors have not disclosed evidence that would bolster his defense.” [The Washington Post]

Dulles Chamber Spotlights Local Eateries — The Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce launched a new “Taste of Dulles Corridor” promotional effort yesterday (Monday), highlighting a different local hotel or food establishment, including restaurants and breweries, in its weekly newsletter. The first venue to get the spotlight is Mile 20 at the Mediterranean Breeze in Herndon. [Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce]

Cicada Eggs to Trim Tree Limbs — “You’ll soon see a lot of this. Tips of tree branches are dying and breaking off. These are the places that cicadas laid eggs. No big deal. The trees have been through this before, and it’s just a minor trimming for most of them.” [Fairfax County Park Authority/Twitter]

Photo via vantagehill/Flickr

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Herndon police are investigating a possible homicide after three people were found dead this morning (Saturday).

Officers are currently investigating the scene in the 500 block of Florida Avenue, and police are asking the public to avoid the area.

“Preliminary investigation indicates there is no threat to public,” the Herndon Police Department says.

Update at 1:30 p.m. — The homicides in Herndon appear to be linked to a man’s suicide in Reston.

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Local police are investigating the theft of an ATM at a Sunoco gas station in Herndon.

According to the Fairfax County Police Department, two men broke into the Sunoco at 11516 Leesburg Pike a little after 3 a.m. on Feb. 3 and stole an ATM machine.

The two men then escaped in a van.

Local police are investigating the incident. They were alerted when an alarm sounded in the area after the men broke a door to the closed business.

Image via Google Maps

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Updated at 3 p.m. with updated information about the charge against Clark. The Herndon Police Department previously misstated Clark was charged with forcible rape

A Herndon man was arrested in connection with the rape of a juvenile victim, according to the Herndon Police Department.

Dario Alfonso Figueroa Rodas, 41, was arrested on Jan. 27, according to information released by the police department today.

HPD said that the victim was known to Rodas, who was arrested on the 1200 block of Springtide Place.

In an unrelated case, HPD also arrested a Manassas man on four felony counts of taking indecent liberties with a child by a person in a custodial or supervisory relationship.

Daniel Warren Clark, 43, was arrested on Jan. 26 in Manassas. HPD made the arrest after conducting an investigation with the Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce.

Both men are currently being held at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center without bond.

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Thursday Morning Notes

Playa Bowls Brings Taste of Jersey Shore to Reston — “Robert Giuliani started Playa Bowls in 2014 on the Jersey Shore, as a surf-themed restaurant offering healthy food for people on the go.” [Reston Patch]

Herndon Police Arrest Man in Connection with Child Pornography Charges — “After an investigation in conjunction with the Internet Crimes Against Children  Taskforce, Zoubir Chenini. 39, of Annandale, VA, was arrested by Herndon Police Department on one felony count of possession of child pornography, nine felony counts of 2nd/subsequent possession of child pornography, and five felony counts of distribution of child pornography.”[HPD]

CEO of Reston-based Company Lays Out Five-Year-Plan for Embattled Firm — “For years, comScore was distracted by prolonged and pricey internal investigations and high-cost debt. Now, at long last, CEO Bill Livek said he can focus on its future. [Washington Business Journal]

Photo via vantagehill/Flickr

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A barricade situation that unfolded over the weekend on Saturday has been ‘peacefully resolved,’ according to Fairfax County Police Department.

Officers were in the 1500 block of Coat Ridge Road around 8 p.m. on Saturday for a barricade situation. The incident was resolved nearly an hour after it occurred.

A man was taken into custody. FCPD did not immediately release any other information about the incident.

No injuries were reported and the charges against the suspect were not made public.

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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]

Photo via Marjorie Copson

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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]

Photo via vantagehill/Flickr

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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.

Photo via Herndon Police Department

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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.

Photo via Megan Marie

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