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Crime Roundup: Four Teens Robbed a Man in Herndon Last Friday

Four teenage boys robbed a man in Herndon walking home from a local restaurant on Friday night (Dec. 28).

The teens approached the man around 3 a.m. at the 2500 block of John Eppes Road and asked him for a cigarette. Then, one of the boys kicked the man in the leg, which caused him to fall to the ground, and the teens got away with his wallet, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.

The man was taken a local hospital. One of the boys, a 17-year-old, was found, and a petition was obtained for robbery.

In a separate incident, a man struck several trees in Reston after driving off of the road at the 11000 block of Glade Drive around 5:20 a.m. on Saturday (Dec. 29).

The trapped 35-year-old driver, Luke Gullekson of Herndon, was eventually removed by the fire department and taken to a local hospital for treatment. Police gave Gullekson a summons for driving while intoxicated, according to the report.

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

LARCENIES:

11300 block of Baron Cameron Avenue, merchandise from vehicle

2100 block of Centreville Road, merchandise from business

13400 block of Coppermine Road, jewelry from residence

1800 block of Cranberry Lane, property from vehicle

800 block of Crews Road, decorations from residence

2000 block of Hunter Mill Road, appliances from residence

2300 block of Hunters Woods Plaza, groceries from business

11900 block of Market Street, merchandise from business

2500 block of Oakhampton Plaza, packages and mail from residence

10700 block of Oldfield Drive, wallet from vehicle

1700 block of Port Place, merchandise from residence

1900 block of Sagewood Lane, wallet from residence

11100 block of South Lakes Drive, liquor from business

12100 block of Sunset Hills Road, merchandise from business

1800 block of Wiehle Avenue, merchandise from business

STOLEN VEHICLES:

2100 block of Astoria Circle, 2003 Toyota Camry

12000 block of Greywing Square, 2003 Toyota 4Runner

10800 block of Winter Corn Lane, 2010 Ford Goldline F150XLT

Last Friday, a woman assaulted a police officer shortly before 3 a.m. at Reston Hospital after she became irate while police investigated whether or not she was under the influence of alcohol at the time of a car crash. Fairfax County police arrested and charged Elizabeth Wendt, 27, of Ashburn with assault on a law enforcement officer and driving while intoxicated, according to FCPD.

On Sunday (Dec. 30), police responded at 9:40 p.m. to residents’ reports of hearing multiple gunshots at the 2200 block of Castle Rock Square. Police searched the area and found shell casings on the ground. They are still investigating, according to the report.

Meanwhile, three commercial burglaries hit Herndon last week.

Employees at a business in the 1100 block of Elden Street noticed shortly after 6 a.m. on Wednesday (Dec. 26) that an undisclosed amount of cash was taken and that an entry appeared to have been forced through the back door. Herndon police are investigating that burglary along with one that occurred on Nov. 30.

After a different burglary, employees noticed an undisclosed amount of cash missing from the office safe around 9 a.m. last Friday in the 13000 block of Worldgate Drive. There was no sign of forced entry, according to police.

In a separate incident, employees noticed after 6 a.m. on Saturday (Dec. 29) that there was a forced entry into the business in the 1100 block of Elden Street. Police said that nothing was taken.

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Monday Morning Notes

An architect behind Reston’s design died on Nov. 22 — William J. Conklin, who died at the age of 95, helped design the core of Lake Anne Village Center. He also worked on projects in New York, D.C. and Baltimore. [The New York Times]

Nose to toes yoga — Young kids can try out yoga poses movement while enjoying book and songs with a children’s yoga instructor from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. at the Reston Regional Library. The event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Reston Regional Library. [Reston Regional Library]

Town of Herndon employees honored last week — The town’s annual employee luncheon on Thursday (Dec. 13) honored John Johnson and Dave Higgins from the Department of Public Works, Jessica Bynaker from Information Technology and Erika Rodriguez from the Herndon Police Department, along with the Department of Finance. [Town of Herndon]

Reston resident sentenced to 30 years for rape — Joseph Coffinberger, a 33-year-old from Reston, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 30 years in prison for raping a 13-year-old boy, according to the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office. [WBFF Fox45]

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President Trump Praises Fairfax County Detective Last Friday

President Donald Trump praised two local police officers for helping to dismantle the gang MS-13 during his speech at a conference last Friday.

Trump lauded Fairfax County Police Department Detective Ray Betts, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia G. Zachary Terwilliger and Sgt. Claudio Saa from the Herndon Police Department as “three trailblazing leaders.”

The praise came during remarks Trump made at the 2018 Project Safe Neighborhoods National Conference in Kansas City, Mo. last Friday (Dec. 7).

The conference brings together U.S. Attorneys; federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement; community partners; and others to share ideas on violent crime reduction.

Trump’s remarks included the following:

Every American citizen is entitled to a safe community and a secure border. Here in the audience today are three trailblazing leaders — they truly are — who are working to dismantle MS-13 over the past two years. They’ve helped so much. They’ve done such an incredible job. Twenty-nine MS-13 members have been charged and convicted just recently, despite being targeted for retaliation.

These three patriots are U.S. Attorney Zach Terwilliger — where is Zach?  Hello, Zach. Heard great things about you. Herndon Police Sergeant Claudio Saa. Thank you, Claudio. Thank you very much. And Fairfax County Police Detective Ray Betts. Thank you. Thank you. All three, thank you very much.

At the conference, Terwilliger, Betts and Saa joined Assistant U.S. Attorneys Stephen Miller and Rebeca Bellows, Newport News Police Chief Steve Drew and Major Roger Russell of the Richmond Police Department in a team presentation on best practices for investigating and dismantling MS-13.

MS-13 started in Los Angeles before heading to Virginia and then making its way to El Salvador.

Betts accounted for more than 100 felony arrests and 30 misdemeanors in a one-year time period two years after he joined the gang investigations unit. He has been to El Salvador to investigate cases and train his Salvadoran counterparts, WTOP reported.

Saa has also traveled to El Salvador, where he explored MS-13’s ties to Virginia, NBC4 reported.

Photo via FCPD/Twitter

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Police: Sleeping Man Assaulted in His Herndon Home

A man sleeping on his couch was assaulted last week by a person he knows, according to the Herndon Police Department.

The suspect entered the house on the 700 block of Cordell Way last Monday (Nov. 26), woke up the sleeping man and began assaulting him, the report said.

The victim was transported to Reston Hospital.

The Herndon Police Department is currently investigating the case.

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Police: Herndon Man Arrested in Connection with Murder

Yesterday, police charged a 20-year-old Herndon resident with first-degree murder, according to the Herndon Police Department.

Herndon police said they found the victim, Alexander Alfaro Castillo, 40, of Herndon, dead on the morning of May 25 at the 400 block of Patrick Lane.

Police said Castillo sustained trauma to the upper body that resulted in his death.

Police arrested and charged Denis Castillo Hernandez on Monday (Nov. 26). He is currently being held without bond at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center.

Hernandez was arrested earlier this year.

In June, Fairfax County police arrested and charged him with aggravated malicious assault in connection to a stabbing. The stabbing happened on the 1300 block of Parcher Avenue on May 31, police said.

Photo via Herndon Police Department

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Herndon Man Arrested in Connection with Strangulation

The Herndon Police Department recently released information on a strangulation in the area.

Salvador Aguilar Ramos, 52, of Herndon, was arrested on Oct. 16 for assault and strangulation of a victim. The individual was known to Ramos, according to the Herndon Police Department.

The incident happened on the 500 block of Florida Avenue. Ramos is being held at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center without bond. Police released no further information about the incident.

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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]

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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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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).

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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.

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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.

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