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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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Police Seek Help Identifying Armed Suspect in M&T Bank Robbery

The Herndon Police Department is seeking the public’s help to identify an armed man suspected of robbing M&T Bank at 1025 Herndon Parkway earlier this month. Photos of the incident were released by the department today (Sept. 20).

On Friday, Sept. 14 at around 5:05 p.m., the suspect entered the bank, presented a handgun, and handed the teller a note demanding cash. An undisclosed amount of cash was taken.

The man fled on foot, eastbound down Herndon Parkway. Anyone with information about the incident should call the police department at 703-435-6846.

Photos via Herndon Police Department

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Monday Morning Notes

Flash flood watch in effect today — The watch is in effect from 10 a.m. today through late tonight. Residents should continue to monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action in the event of flooding. [National Weather Service]

Information sought on assault — The Herndon Police Department is seeking information about an assault that happened on Friday sometime between 8 and 8:30 p.m. on the path between Center Street and Park Avenue. Call 703-435-6846 if you have any information about the incident. [Herndon Police Department]

Highlights for October — Reston Community Center has released its lineup of kids’ events for October. Two new programs include preschool prep, a free class for kids between three and four, and Boo at the Pool, a Halloween celebration for kids. [Reston Community Center]

Nearby: Local firefighters head to North Carolina — Over the weekend, several local emergency personnel set off to help respond to the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. [Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department]

Book club tonight at Reston Regional Library — Join fellow book lovers for a discussion about “Their Eyes Were Watching God” by Zora Neale Hurston. The discussion, which will happen between 7 and 8:30 p.m., is part of The Great American Read series. [Reston Regional Library]

Flickr pool photo by vantagehill

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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.

File photo

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Updated: Three People Found Dead Inside Herndon Home

Local police are investigating the deaths of three people found inside a Herndon home Wednesday evening.

According to the Fairfax County Police Department, two juveniles and one woman were found dead in the 1000 block of Safa Street.

Police said the incident is likely domestic related and that there is no threat to public safety. The homeowner returned home and found the deceased individuals. Police did not indicate if the homeowner and the individuals are related.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death, police said. Crime scene detectives will search the home to gather information about the incident after executing a search warrant, police said.

No other information was immediately available. The identities of the deceased have not been released.

This story has been updated.

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Save the Date: Northern Virginia Walk Like MADD and MADD Dash Set for October

The 10th annual Northern Virginia Walk like MADD and MADD DASH is set for October 13 at the Herndon Police Department from 9 a.m. to noon.

Thousands are expected to rally together in over 90 cities across the country in order to increase awareness about drunk driving. Registration for the Herndon event, which is open online, will also take place on site from 8-9 a.m.

The police department is also accepting donations of used sneakers to donate to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), a nonprofit organization that seeks to eliminate drunk driving, prevents underage drinking and advocates for stricter impaired driving policies.

Donated items should not have any holes. Donations will be accepted at the race and at the Herndon Police Department (397 Herndon Parkway).

Photo via Walk like MADD

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Updated: Body of Missing Man, 81, Found at Runnymede Park in Herndon

An 81-year-old missing man was found dead this morning in Runnymede Park (195 Herndon Parkway), according to the Fairfax County Police Department.

Xuanfang Zhou was originally reported missing by his family after he went for a walk yesterday morning and didn’t return home. Patrol units and a K9 team were dispatched but were unable to find him.

According to the Fairfax County Police Department, which is leading the investigation, there is no indication of criminal activity.

No further information was immediately available. The Herndon Police Department is also investigating the incident.

This story has been updated.

Photo via FCPD

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Roof at Sully’s Pour House in Downtown Herndon Collapses Over the Weekend

A roof collapse in downtown Herndon forced several businesses to close over the weekend. According to the Herndon Police Department, the roof collapse happened on 764 Elden Street on Saturday (June 10).

Sully’s Pour House, an Irish pub, will remain closed until the issue, which owners described as a “sudden structural mishap,” is resolved. All other businesses in the building will also remain closed, according to a spokesperson for the police department.

“We are extremely grateful that not a single person was hurt during this,” the business wrote on Facebook.

No injuries were reported and the road has since reopened.

The town’s building official declared the building unsafe after inspecting it, a spokesperson for the town’s government told Reston Now.

Building owners are required to submit a plan to the town indicating how they will make the building safe, after which town officials will re-inspect the building, the spokesperson said.

This story will be updated.

Photos via Sully’s Pour House

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Crime Roundup: Police Investigate Homicide in Herndon

The Herndon Police Department is investigating a homicide that happened at the 400 block of Patrick Lane on Saturday (May 26).

Alexandro Alfaro Castillo, 40, of Herndon, was pronounced dead at the scene when police arrived around 10:15 a.m.

Police said Castillo sustained trauma to the upper body. Autopsy results will determine the exact cause of death, police said.

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

Larcenies:

1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, earrings from residence

1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, license plate from vehicle

2200 block of Centreville Road, credit card from vehicle

2300 block of Glade Bank Way, keys from residence

9800 block of Georgetown Pike, beer from business

1300 block of Shallow Ford Road, cash from vehicle

1300 block of Shallow Ford Road, wallet from vehicle

2300 block of Southgate Square, license plate from vehicle

12000 block of Town Square Street, merchandise from business

Stolen Vehicles: 

None

As we reported late last week, police arrested and charged Carlos Cherry, 38, for shooting what appeared to be a BB gun at the Reston District Station building. Cherry was previously arrested for punching a police officer earlier this year.

File photo

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Crime Roundup: Trio of Herndon Teens Suspected of Robbery

Police believe three Herndon teenagers were involved in a robbery on the 1100 block of Crestview Drive in Herndon on Wednesday, April 11.

A minor said he gave money to trio so they could buy him age-restricted nicotine products. But police said the teenagers took the money and threatened the minor with violence if he did not leave.

Kevin Alexander Fernandez, 19, of Herndon, was arrested for robbery. Warrants are outstanding for Olivia Rose Lovgren Paulson and Brandon Leonel Hernandez, both 19, of Herndon.

In a separate incident, a man was found lying down on the ground at the 20000 block of East Hampton Plaza in Ashburn on Saturday (April 21) at around 1:30 a.m..

Police arrested and charged the man, Marvin Ayala, 27, of Herndon, with public intoxication. He was released from Loudoun County Adult Detention Center.

The Fairfax County Police Department also reported the following incidents this week:

Larcenies: 

2400 block of Centreville Road, bicycles and electronic devices from business

11700 block of Decade Court, laptop computer from business

2300 block of Hunters Woods Plaza, merchandise from business

2400 block of Misty Dawn Court, cash from vehicle

1800 block of Presidents Street, cell phone charger from business

2600 block of Puritan Court, cash and jewelry from residence

2300 block of Stone Fence Lane, sunglasses and phone cord from vehicle

11800 block of Sunrise Valley Drive, beer from business

Stolen Vehicles: 

11600 block of Vantage Hill Road, 2009 Chevrolet Malibu

Anyone with information about any 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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Wednesday Morning Notes

Herndon man arrested in connection with double homicide in Loudoun County — “The sheriff’s office said Brian K. Welsh, 38, of Herndon, was charged with two counts of first degree murder in the shootings in the Aldie area of the county. Officials said the killings appeared to be drug-related.” [The Washington Post]

Chef on Wheels seeks beer and wine permit — The restaurant, which was formerly a food truck, on 1810 Michael Faraday Drive is seeking the license to sell alcoholic beverages. [Reston Patch]

Preparing for the March on Washington — A former teacher who is running for Congress in Virginia’s 11th district is prepping for the march this weekend. [Jonathan Park via Eventbrite]

An argument between a bus driver and parent — A Herndon parent was served summonses for making threats to a school employee, assault and disorderly conduct last Tuesday after the parent boarded a local bus. [Herndon Police Department]

Photo by Ruth Sievers

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Herndon Police Seek Help Finding Suspect in Indecent Exposure Incident

The Herndon Police Department is seeking the public’s help to identify a man involved in an indecent exposure incident.

At around 4:15 p.m. yesterday, a girl walked past a silver Toyota Scion as she got off the school bus at the intersection of Crest Drive and Old Hunt Way.

The man in the car asked her for directions. When she came close to the car, she realized he had no pants on and was exposing himself.

The suspect was described as a white male between 20 and 25 years old with a long beard. He was wearing only a gray hooded sweatshirt.

If you have any information or were in the area at that time, contact Detective Jeffrey Lange at 703-435-6846 or [email protected].

Photos via Herndon Police Department

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Crime Roundup: Detectives Investigate Home Ransacking

Detectives are investigating the ransacking of a home on the 12900 block of Framingham Court. On Dec. 30, the Fairfax County Police Department responded to a report that a home was broken into between 4:50 and 6:50 p.m. and multiple rooms were ransacked. Several items were reported missing.

Meanwhile, a sixth grader ejected after a pickup truck being chased by police rammed into a mini van last week remains in critical condition. Four other children and Filsan Djama, the driver, were also in the van at the time of the crash. An online fundraising campaign with a goal of $150,000 has been set up for the family.

Brendan Stefon Vinson, 28, of Adelphi, faces multiple charges, including carjacking, speed to elude, two assaults on police officers and receiving stolen property. Police were called for back-up at the hospital where he was being treated for injuries as the suspect attempted to wrestle out of his handcuffs.

The department also reported the following crimes in the past week:

LARCENIES

1600 block of Reston Parkway, cell phone from residence

12100 block of Captiva Court, sunglasses from vehicle

 2400 block of Paddock Lane, navigation system, sunglasses and cash from vehicle

1900 block of Reston Metro Plaza, jewelry from residence

11200 block of Chestnut Grove Square, cell phone from vehicle

11200 block of Chestnut Grove Square, property from vehicle

2200 block of Gunsmith Square, coat from vehicle

2300 block of Woodland Crossing Drive, purse from vehicle

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).

The Herndon Police Department had no major incidents to report in its weekly crime report.

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Crime Round Up: Local Police Respond to Car Thefts

Local police responded to two incidents involving stolen cars in the past week.

On Saturday, the Herndon Police Department responded to a report that a suspect drove off in a car after its owner briefly entered a business on Elden Street. The suspect was later arrested in Loudoun County.

In a separate incident the same day, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office arrested Abdullah Anwar, a 23-year-old Herndon resident after police stopped the vehicle as it travelled over the posted speed limit on Route 7. The car, which police believe was stolen from Herndon, was stopped in Waterview Plaza. Anwar was charged with felony speed to elude, auto theft, driving under the influence, refusal to submit to a breath test, reckless driving by speed and driving on a suspended driver’s license.

The sheriff office’s also arrested Ali Samir, a 31-year-old Reston resident, on Friday on the 44600 block of Wellfleet Drive in Ashburn. Deputies responded to a report that a male subject was engaged in disorderly conduct and was involved in a fight, police said. Samir was charged with possessional of a controlled substance.

As we reported earlier in the week, a man pointed a gun at a victim at the 2200 block of Hunters Woods Plaza on Thursday around 2:30 p.m. and demanded money. The victim fled by foot. No injuries were reported, police said.

Meanwhile, the Fairfax County Police Department the following crimes in recent days:

LARCENIES:

1300 block of Butter Churn Drive, cash from residence

11900 block of Killingsworth Avenue, wallet from business

1500 block of Northgate Square, bag from business

11100 block of Saffold Way, package from residence

11100 block of South Lakes Drive, liquor from business

13400 block of Coppermine Road, merchandise from business

11700 block of Sunset Hills Road, merchandise from business

11900 block of Grey Squirrel Lane, package from residence

11900 block of Market Street, copper from business

2300 block of Rosedown Drive, package from residence

2100 block of Westglade Court, laptop computer from residence

STOLEN VEHICLES:

None reported

In addition, FCPD is investigating a burglary that took place on Thursday between 11:15 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Police said someone entered a home on the 12220 block of Turkey Wing Court and stole property.

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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