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by Dave Emke — February 15, 2017 at 9:00 am 1 Comment

Morning Notes

Police: Reston Woman Rammed Vehicle During Argument — Police in Herndon say 24-year-old Kimberling Serrano had her two kids in the car when she followed a man after an argument and intentionally struck his vehicle three times. [Herndon Police]

Students Honored for Musical Talents — Top Fairfax County vocal and instrumental students were recognized recently during the annual James A. Bland Music Competition, co-sponsored by the Reston Lions Club and Reston Community Center. Among the honorees was Lauren Spar from South Lakes High School. [Reston Connection]

Skydiver from Reston Hurt in Florida — Nikolay Likhachev suffered a head injury and a compound leg fracture after an accident near Daytona Beach. Likhachev had successfully completed more than 200 jumps, according to the incident report. [Daytona Beach News-Journal]

Redistricting Reform Rejected in Richmond — Bills that advocates hoped would stop gerrymandering in Virginia were voted down in committee Tuesday. One of the measures — a constitutional amendment stating that “no electoral district shall be drawn for the purpose of favoring or disfavoring any political party, incumbent legislator or member of Congress, or other individual or entity” — was sponsored by Sen. Janet Howell (D-Fairfax), of Reston. [The News Leader]

by Karen Goff — October 13, 2016 at 4:30 pm 12 Comments

Michael Richard Carr/Herndon PoliceAn employee of the Herndon Police Department has been charged with filming women in the police communications center bathroom, Herndon Police said.

Michael Richard Carr, 30, of Herndon, had been working in the station’s communications center since 2009. He abruptly resigned his job and went missing on Sept. 26; police discovered the alleged taping during the missing persons investigation, a police spokeswoman said.

“The preliminary investigation indicates that the video recordings were captured between November of 2011 and March of 2012,” police spokeswoman Jane Ross said in a release. “Carr was working as Communications Technician II, non-supervisory civilian position within the department.”

Carr was located in Orlando, Fla., on Oct. 1. He was charged by the Florida Highway Patrol with five five counts of videotaping a non-consenting person in a location where there is an expectation of privacy.

He is currently being held in Orange County Adult Detention Center, Orange County, Fla. awaiting an extradition hearing to be returned to Virginia.

Ross said the initial investigation indicates the video recordings are limited to two victims; however, the investigation is ongoing. Both victims have been notified.

“The department has taken all necessary actions to ensure the Herndon Police Department facility where this occurred is free of any type of unauthorized recording devices,” she said.



by Karen Goff — August 17, 2016 at 12:10 pm 2 Comments

Herndon PoliceA Reston teen is facing several charges after police said she poured gasoline into a wheelbarrow and lit it on fire at the home of an acquaintance.

The incident happened Aug. 10 in the 1300 block of Monroe Street, Herndon Police said.

The girl, 16, entered the home of a man she knew without his permission.

After a physical altercation, “the suspect exited the home, picked up a gas can, poured gasoline under the deck and onto a wheelbarrow,” and then “ignited the wheelbarrow,” according to the police report.

The fire was extinguished and caused less than $200 in damage.

The teen was charged with unlawful entry, assault, threat to burn and unlawfully setting a fire. She is being held at the Fairfax Juvenile Detention Center.

by Karen Goff — June 29, 2016 at 12:30 pm 0

Herndon PoliceTown of Herndon Police say a man was robbed and assaulted in the 1000 block of Elden Street on June 23.

Police said three suspects attacked a Herndon man about 11:45 p.m. that night. The victim told police he did not know the suspects.

The victim told police the men stole property valued at approximately $415.

The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries, police said.

by Karen Goff — June 15, 2016 at 11:40 am 0

Steven Michael Edwards/Credit: Herndon PoliceHerndon Police are looking for a Florida man whom they say is a registered sex offender and was taking photos of a child at the Herndon Fortnightly Library on June 11.

Police said Steven Michael Edwards was involved in an altercation in the Town of Herndon Saturday after he was observed taking photographs of a juvenile while at the library.

The altercation was reportedly with the father of a young girl after the father saw Edwards allegedly take photos of his child. Edwards, 58, fled before police arrived.

Herndon Police said Edwards did not commit a crime by taking the pictures, but when they investigated the Edwards they found he is a registered sex offender in Florida. Police said Edwards failed to re-register since his arrival in Virginia.

Court records show Edwards was convicted of peeping in South Carolina in 2006 and of indecent exposure in Fairfax County in 2013. He was caught exposing himself in a Vero Beach, Fla., store in 2015, and was charged with disorderly conduct, failure of a sex offender to register in person with the Sheriff’s Office, and failure of a sex offender to report to the Department of Motor Vehicles.

He pleaded guilty to the peeping charge in 2006 and received an 18-month jail sentence, which included a requirement that he register as a sex offender. He pleaded no contest to the indecent exposure charge in 2013 and received a 180-day jail sentence, of which 120 days were suspended.

Herndon Police said Edwards is currently homeless, and he is known to be frequenting libraries in the area. Edwards is about 5-foot-5 tall and 125 lbs. He has brown hair and green eyes. If you have any information,  call 703-435-6846.

by Karen Goff — June 7, 2016 at 7:30 am 2 Comments

Cindy Guzman Serrano/Credit: National Center for Missing and Exploited Kids

Update, Tuesday, 7:30 a.m.: Cindy has been found and is safe, Herndon Police said.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Herndon Police are asking area residents to be on the lookout for Cindy Guzman Serrano.

Guzman Serrano, 13, was last seen on Sunday, June 5. She may be in the company of two adult males. They may be traveling in a black four-door sedan, possibly an older model Pontiac.

Cindy is about 5-foot-6 inches tall and 125 lbs. She has brown hair and brown eyes.

Please call 1-800-843-5678 or the Herndon Police Department 703-435-6846 if you have any details.

Photo: Cindy Guzman Serrano/Credit: National Center for Missing and Exploited Kids

by Karen Goff — May 18, 2016 at 2:00 pm 0

police lineA Herndon woman was charged with aggravated assault after she allegedly stabbed a teenager, Herndon Police said.

Herndon Police said the juvenile male victim was in the 1100 block of Elden Street on May 13 about 8:30 p.m. when he reported being stabbed in the shoulder by a person known to him.

The boy received medical treatment at the scene for non-life threatening injuries and was released to a parent.

Jacqueline Deloise Escobar, 51, was arrested and transported to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center, police said. She was served with a warrant for Felony Aggravated Assault and is being held without bond.

by RestonNow.com — April 15, 2016 at 2:00 pm 2 Comments

Fany Torres Gonzales/Herndon PoliceThe Herndon Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating  a teenage girl missing from Herndon.

Police said Fany Torres Gonzales, 15, is believed to be a runaway.

Fany is known to frequent the area of Dulles Park Ct and Alabama Dr. in Herndon, police said.

If you have seen Fany, or have any information concerning her whereabouts, please call 703-435-6846.

Photo courtesy Herndon Police

by Karen Goff — March 16, 2016 at 11:30 am 0

police line1Three women have told Herndon Police that an unknown man exposed himself to them on Sunday.

All incidents took place in the vicinity of Worldgate Drive and Elden Street during a 45-minute span midday on March 13, police said.

One victim told police she was approached from behind by the suspect who, after gaining her attention by speaking to her, touched her on her buttocks. The suspect then walked past the victim, turned around, and exposed himself., police said.

Police said it was third such report that afternoon.

The suspect is described as a black male approximately 5’10” to 6 foot, with a slim-to-athletic build, with facial hair. The case is under investigation, police said.

by Karen Goff — January 14, 2016 at 11:30 am 2 Comments

police line1Updated 12:40 p.m. Thursday with name of victim.

Herndon Police are asking for witnesses to a fatal motorcycle crash that happened Wednesday morning on Monroe Street.

At about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, a motorcycle was traveling eastbound on Monroe Street and a vehicle traveling northbound on Van Buren Street when they collided.

The 19-year-old male motorcyclist was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. He has been identified by police as Steven Tyler Radich of Ashburn.

All parties remained on scene and fully cooperated with police.

No charges have been placed at this time, the accident remains under investigation, Herndon Police said in a release.

Anyone who witnessed or may have information about this accident is asked to call the Herndon Police at 703-435-6828.

by Karen Goff — September 30, 2015 at 9:45 am 22 Comments

Jose G. Santamaria/Credit: Herndon PoliceHerndon Police have made an made an arrest in an attempted abduction case of a teenage girl in July.

Police said that Jose Guadalupe Santamaria, 40, of Herndon, tried to kidnap a teen on July 13. A similar case occurred near Fox Mill in early August.

Santamaria is charged with abduction with the intent to defile and attempting to entice a subject into a dwelling. He is being held at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center without bond.

Police say a teen girl was waiting for a bus in the 1300 blcok of Springtide Place about 7 a.m. when Santamaria, approached her and offered her money to come to his house. The girl told police she refused and walked away.

Santamaria then approached her from behind and tried to force her to come with him, police say. The teen broke way and ran back to her house.

Law enforcement located Santamaria near a residence in Loudoun County and arrested him.


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