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Crime Roundup: Herndon Police Investigating Armed Robbery

Herndon police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred at an Elden Street business.

Around 5:55 p.m. on Jan. 20, the suspect entered the business in the 1000 block of Elden Street, displayed a weapon and demanded cash, according to the Herndon Police Department.

After a confrontation with the victim, the suspect then fled the store without cash or merchandise, police say.

The report gave the following description for the suspect:

The suspect is described as a heavy-set, Hispanic male, wearing a dark gray and orange color jacket with the hood on, orange or red beanie hat under the hood, light color pants with a square pattern, dark color gloves, and a white bandana with black spots covering the bottom half of his face. He was wearing black Nike shoes with white swoosh and soles.

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

LARCENIES:

2200 block of Cocquina Drive, license plate from vehicle

1700 block of Jonathan Way, package from residence

1700 Lake Shore Crest Drive, theft of services

11000 block of Sunset Hills Road, purse from vehicle

STOLEN VEHICLES:

None reported

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Accident Closes Part of Spring Street in Herndon

Spring Street is shut down between Elden and Locust streets due to an accident.

Herndon Police tweeted that the street closed shortly before 10 a.m. today (Jan. 22).

Drivers and pedestrians should follow police direction, according to the tweet.

Map via Google Maps

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Crime Roundup: Three Herndon Men, One Reston Man Arrested on New Year’s Day

Police arrested and charged Juwan Seegars, a 23-year-old man from Reston, with destruction of property and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, along with 20-year-old Samir Abdalmajied of Springfield on New Year’s Day.

Police arrived at 8 a.m. at the Pleasant Acres Motel (12723 Lee Highway) in Fairfax after three people broke into a room at the motel after being told they could not rent a room, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.

Police told the three people to come outside and then arrested them. While searching the room, police found a loaded pistol and digital scale.

Police also arrested and charged a 17-year-old girl who was in the room with destruction of property. She had outstanding petitions from Prince William County.

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

LARCENIES:

13000 block of Cabin Creek Road, property from vehicle

1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, cell phone from location

2200 block of Centreville Road, package from residence

2400 block of Cypress Green Lane, cell phone from location

11900 block of Market Street, cell phone from location

10100 block of Nedra Drive, property from residence

1200 block of Vintage Place, luggage from vehicle

11400 block of Washington Plaza, watch from residence

STOLEN VEHICLES:

13000 block of Cabin Creek Road, 2007 Subaru Legacy

Loudoun County police arrested three men from Herndon in separate incidents on New Year’s Day in Sterling.

Aa sheriff’s deputy observed 37-year-old Oscar A. Flores Avila of Herndon unable to keep his balance in the 150 block of Enterprise Street in Sterling at 2:36 a.m. on Jan. 1, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.

Avila was arrested and charged with being drunk in public. He has since been released from the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center on a personal recognizance bond.

In a separate incident on the same day, deputies responded to the 455500 block of E. Severn Way in Sterling at 4:12 a.m. for a report of disorderly subjects in a hotel. Police arrested and charged 23-year-old Muhammad Aatif of Ashburn and 22-year-old Billan Waberi of Herndon with being drunk in public and disorderly conduct. Additionally, Aatic was charged with possession of marijuana.

Aatif was released from the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center on a $2,500 secured bond. Waberi was released on a personal recognizance bond.

Later that day, deputies responded to the 150 block of Enterprise Street again for a report of possible narcotics activity at 1:36 p.m.

Loudoun County police arrested 22-year-old Kevin Urbina-Morales of Herndon and charged him with being drunk in public. He was released from the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center on a personal recognizance bond.

The Herndon Police Department is investigating a purse-snatching that took place on Dec. 28 in the 1000 block of Alabama Drive. The victim reported to the police that after she left a bank two men took her purse and ran off. The purse contained an undisclosed amount of cash, various forms of identification and insurance cards, as well as bank cards, the report said.

Herndon police are also investigating a commercial burglary that took place sometime in the overnight hours of last Wednesday (Jan. 2) in the 900 block of Herndon Pkwy. “An unknown individual forced entry into the business through a back door and took an undisclosed amount of cash,” the report said.

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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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Wednesday Morning Notes

Bank redesign in the works — In the final stages of acquiring Reston-based Access National Bank, Union Bank & Trust is planning to refresh its brand to avoid confusion with McLean-based United Bank. [Washington Business Journal]

Herndon police officer honored for DUI prevention — On Friday, Officer Jonathan Heavner was recognized by the Washington Regional Alcohol Program for a 2018 Law Enforcement Award of Excellence for Impaired Driving Prevention. [Herndon Police Department on Facebook]

Upcoming data security program for the U.S. Air Force — Herndon-based Peraton has secured a potential five-year, $65 million order from the U.S. Air Force to provide programmatic, engineering and technical support for a cross-domain information platform designed to ensure the security of data sharing and collaboration across agencies. It is slated to launch in 2019. [ExecutiveBiz]

Award-winning architecture — Ellucian’s Reston headquarters received the top honor in 2018 James M. Scott Exceptional Design Awards for its open space in the LEED Gold building. [Ellucian]

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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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Crime Roundup: Herndon Police Arrest Woman In Connection With Carjacking

Few crime incidents occurred over the last week, according to a pool of crime reports in the Herndon and Reston area.

A 31-year-old woman was arrested on April 3 in connection with a carjacking on the 400 block of Woodgrove Court.

According to the Herndon Police Department, Victoria Ann Johnson was arrested for failure to report an accident and stolen automobile, two counts of felony carjacking and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

In a separate incident, local police continue to search for a suspect in connection with a robbery and abduction on April 2 at Paisano’s Pizza (12056 North Shore Drive).

The Fairfax County Police Department said a man forced a store employee to walk across a parking lot at gun-point around 9 a.m. that day. Once they reached the store, the suspect demanded cash. An undisclosed amount of cash was taken.

Police said the suspect was a black man in his late teens to early 20s, about six feet tall. He was wearing dark clothing and a black mask during the incident. The investigation is ongoing.

FCPD also reported the following incidents:

Larcenies:

1300 block of Deep Run Lane, property from residence

2300 block of Hunters Woods Plaza, merchandise from business

11900 block of Market Street, merchandise from business

11700 block of Stratford House Place, key from vehicle

11600 block of Stoneview Square, ring from residence

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).

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Wednesday Morning Notes

Fairfax County Adopts Social and Racial Equity Policy — The county’s Board of Supervisors and the school board have instituted the policy, called One Fairfax in order to consider equity in decision-making and in the development of future policies, programs, and services. [Fairfax County Government]

Cops and Kids Coat Drive Seeks New or Gently Used Coats and Warm Clothes — Bring the items to Herndon’s station at 397 Herndon Parkway through Sunday. The drive is made possible through a partnership between the Herndon Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #64 and the Loudoun-Dulles FOP Charitable Foundation Lodge #69. [Herndon Police Department]

Company in the Spotlight: Serco — The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority recently featured the Reston-based technology company Serco on its website. [Fairfax County EDA]

Police Body Cameras Coming to Fairfax County Early Next Year — Patrol officers from district stations in Mount Vernon and Mason will be equipped with the body cameras as part of a three month pilot approved by the county’s Board of Supervisors this week. [Fairfax County Police Department]

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Herndon Police Need Help Identifying Suspect in Burger King Robbery

Herndon police are searching for a suspect in connection with a robbery at the Burger King (598 Elden St.) on Friday.

Just as the store opened around 6:15 a.m., the suspect confronted staff with a gun and demanded money. Staff filled a bag the suspect gave them with an undisclosed amount of money, according to police, according to police. The suspect then left by foot. No injuries were reported.

Anyone with information should contact Detective Jeffrey Lange at  703-435-6881, extension 2304 or via email at [email protected] Individuals can also call the police department’s non-emergency number at 703-435-6846.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

Images courtesy of Herndon Police.

 

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Herndon Police: Reston Man with Dementia Found

Herndon Police have found Donald Higgins, a 65-year-old Reston resident who went missing on Monday. Higgins, who suffers from dementia, was found after an extended search, according to the police department. He was last seen at 10:30 p.m on Sunday. when he left his home on Tyler Street in Herndon.

Earlier today, a Fairfax County Police Department helicopter cleared the area after searching for Higgins Tuesday morning near the Loudoun County line, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Department.

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Helicopter-Assisted Search Underway for Missing Adult with Dementia in Herndon

Herndon Police are searching for Donald Higgins, a 65-year-old Herndon resident who went missing on Monday. Higgins, who suffers from dementia, was last seen at 10:30 p.m. when he left his home on Tyler Street in Herndon.

He was last seen wearing gray jogging shorts, a dark gray or blue black jacket, black loafers and a yellow Redskins jersey, according to the police department. He was also carrying a pair of blue Dockers pants and a dark plaid shirt. Higgins has a tattoo on his right forearm and wears reading glasses.

Fairfax County Police Department helicopter cleared the area after searching for Higgins Tuesday morning near the Loudoun County line, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Department.

If you have any information, contact the police department at 703-435-6846. Information can also be directed to Detective Jeffrey Lange at 703-435-6881, ext. 2304 or by email at [email protected]ov.

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Wednesday Morning Notes

Opioid Roundtable Planned — The discussion, scheduled for the Fairfax County Government Center at 2 p.m. Saturday, will be hosted by Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) and Sharon Bulova, chair of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. The event is open to the public. [Fairfax County Fire and Rescue]

Reston Woman Pleads Guilty to Role in Gang-Related Killing — Cindy Blanco Hernandez, 19, entered pleas to abduction and gang participation Tuesday as part of a deal with prosecutors. She was among 10 members and associates of the gang MS-13 charged after the January killing of 15-year-old Damaris A. Reyes Rivas. She may face up to 30 years in prison when she is sentenced in May. [Washington Post]

Herndon Adds Parking Enforcement Position — The part-time officer was hired Oct. 3 and will work 30 hours a week, which has at least one resident worried about “end[ing] up like Reston Town Center.” [Connection Newspapers]

Silver Line Phase 2 Hits Two-Thirds Point — More than 5 million hours have been spent on the $2.78 billion project so far, according to updates expected to be presented today to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Board. [WTOP]

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Herndon Man Indicted on Charges of Using Twitter to Threaten Murder of Government Officials

A 36-year-old Herndon man was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury on charges of threatening to murder officials, officers and employees of the Central Intelligence Agency and the U.S. State Department, as well as Virginia law enforcement officers.

William Lewis Weaver II is charged with two counts of threatening to assault and murder federal officials, officers and employees, as well as three counts of transmitting in interstate commerce a communication containing threats to injure the person of another. The indictment alleges that between Aug. 23 and Sept. 16, Weaver used a Twitter account to post tweets that threatened to murder a number of government officials, including specific threats involving bombs and a shotgun.

According to the affidavit (read in full), officers from the Herndon Police Department visited Weaver at his residence at least twice to ask him about his tweets.

Records received from CIA’s police department, which has law enforcement authority with respect to its facilities, indicate that on or before June 17, 2017, @WillWeaver2 posted at least one tweet that was directed at the CIA and the National Security Agency. The communication(s) was/were concerning in nature and resulted in the City of Herndon Police Department conducting a welfare check of WEAVER at his residence in Herndon, Virginia. During this meeting, WEAVER did not deny that he owns or controls @WillWeaver2, indicated that he had been intoxicated when he posted the tweet(s) in question, and did not intend to hurt anyone unless they came to his house.

The U.S. Department of State says Weaver had applied for a passport twice since February 2016, and was denied each time. One of his tweets in question read: “@StateDept You have about 2 weeks 2 get my passport 2 me before the devices set off and the shotgun blasts start. Tick-tock goes the clock.”

Other tweets that sparked investigation were directed toward the CIA, including two on the same day that read “Logic continues to dictate that bombing the cia, and shotgunning them as they line up outside the gate at work in the morn is my conclusion” and “They all line up at those gates like ducks at the county fair shooting gallery, haha. All that evil just a few shotgun blasts away from gone.”

After a federal officer visited Weaver’s home on Sept. 14, he posted a series of expletive-laden tweets over two days that included threats toward the CIA, NSA, police and military. He also allegedly visited a store in Sterling on Sept. 15 and attempted to purchase a shotgun and ammunition, which he tweeted would be for “home defence” because he “can’t trust police anymore.”

Weaver’s Twitter account has since been suspended.

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Crime Roundup: Watch Stolen from Business in Herndon

Herndon Police say a pocket watch was stolen from a business last week.

According to HPD, “an unknown number of suspects” entered the business in the 1000 block of Sterling Road on Oct. 3, “possibly through an unlocked window.” The missing watch is valued at approximately $250. The case remains under investigation, HPD says.

HPD recently launched an Instagram account where it shares information about police activity and initiatives.

LARCENIES

11800 block of Breton Court, packages from residence

1800 block of Fountain Drive, headphones from business

9800 block of Georgetown Pike, purse from business

700 block of Leigh Mill Road, driver license and credit cards from vehicle

13100 block of Parcher Avenue, wallet from business

12100 block of Sunset Hills Road, merchandise from business

1800 block of Wiehle Avenue, headphones from business

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).

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