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by Dave Emke — September 19, 2017 at 4:00 pm 8 Comments

A resident found a strange man standing in his kitchen in the middle of the night over the weekend.

According to the Fairfax County Police Department, the incident took place in the 1200 block of Cobble Pond Way, off Hunter Mill Road. At about 3 a.m. Sunday, the homeowner found “an unknown man” in his kitchen. The suspect ran away after he was spotted, and the homeowner chased him while his wife called police.

Responding officers located a “suspicious van” in the area, and discovered it had been reported stolen. Two men who were inside the van were arrested:

  • David Pugnettif, 20, of Reston was allegedly the man who had been inside the house. He was charged with burglary, and he also had an outstanding warrant for carrying a concealed weapon.
  • John Kyle, 22, of Reston was charged with auto theft and driving on a revoked license.

FCPD’s Reston District Station also reported the following crimes in the past week:

LARCENIES:

11300 block of Baron Cameron Avenue, purse from vehicle

2500 block of Brenton Point Drive, license plates from vehicle

1700 block of Business Center Drive, license plate from vehicle

1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, bicycle from residence

2400 block of Centreville Road, cellphone from residence

2400 block of Centreville Road, cellphone from business

1500 block of Cornerside Boulevard, wallet from business

1000 block of Elden Street, wallet from business

2300 block of Glade Bank Way, property from residence

12200 block of Heather Way, gift cards from vehicle

2200 block of Highland Crossing Drive, merchandise from business

2300 block of Hunters Woods Plaza, beer from business

1500 block of Reston Parkway, purse from vehicle

1600 block of Reston Parkway, merchandise from business

11800 block of Sunrise Valley Drive, beer from residence

11800 block of Sunset Hills Road, bicycle from residence

1800 block of Wiehle Avenue, bicycles from business

1900 block of Wintergreen Court, wallet from vehicle

STOLEN VEHICLES:

None reported

As we’ve already reported, FCPD also responded this past week to reports of a pizza delivery driver being robbed at gunpoint, and a 16-year-old being jumped and robbed by a group of assailants.

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).

In Loudoun County, two Herndon residents were charged after a party and fight late Friday night in Sterling. The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office says the incident took place at a warehouse in the 45000 block of Maries Road at about midnight. Several people who appeared to be underaged were drinking outside the building, police say, and they fled inside when officers arrived. LCSO was told that people inside were being held against their will. Once the scene was secured, “multiple individuals” were issued summonses for underage possession of alcohol. Several others faced additional charges, including:

  • Janey Carballo-Renderos, 20, of Herndon, who was charged with false identification to law enforcement and obstruction of justice.
  • Billy W. Quezada, 21, of Herndon, who was charged with public intoxication

LCSO also says a 22-year-old Herndon woman was charged with shoplifting from a Dulles Town Center store Saturday afternoon. Police say Leanna C. Saiza-Bailey was stealing items from the JC Penney store, and she was charged with grand larceny.

In addition, as we reported last week, a Herndon teen was charged by LCSO with felony burglary, misdemeanor sexual assault and misdemeanor simple assault after allegedly assaulting a girl at her Sterling home.

by Dave Emke — September 13, 2017 at 12:30 pm 21 Comments

A 15-year-old boy from Herndon faces a number of charges after police say a juvenile girl was assaulted in her Sterling home.

According to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, the incident took place at about 9 p.m. Friday in the 1300 block of E. Lee Road. The victim says the teen opened the window of the home’s kitchen, where the girl was, and “leaned in halfway” before he “moved further through the window.”

The teen allegedly “inappropriately touched the [girl] and threw items at her” before fleeing the scene. The girl was not injured in the incident.

The victim told police she “previously had seen the suspect in the Sterling area a few days prior to the incident.” On Saturday, LCSO released a suspect sketch and description, calling him “a black male with a heavier build, in his late teens to early twenties.”

At about noon Wednesday, LCSO reported the teen — whose name is not being released due to his age — had been arrested and charged with felony burglary, misdemeanor sexual assault and misdemeanor simple assault. He is being held at the Loudoun County Juvenile Detention Center.

Sketch courtesy Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office

by Dave Emke — September 12, 2017 at 4:00 pm 18 Comments

A Lake Anne-area resident was robbed while he slept last week.

According to the Fairfax County Police Department, officers responded to the 11400 block of Waterview Cluster early Sept. 5 to a report of a burglary. The victim said he went to bed at about 11 p.m. the previous night and, while he was in bed, someone entered his home and stole his car keys, wallet and two laptops before leaving in his car.

Police say the victim’s car was later recovered and searched for evidence. No suspect information is available, they say.

A pair of midday burglaries in the Great Falls area were also reported to FCPD last Thursday. Police say that between 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., jewelry was stolen from a home in the 10000 block of Columbine Street while its occupants were out shopping; also, between noon and 6 p.m., jewelry, handbags and alcohol were stolen from a home in the 900 block of Redberry Court while the occupant was at work.

FCPD’s Reston District Station also reported the following crimes in the past week:

LARCENIES:

2100 block of Astoria Circle, package from residence

11300 block of Baron Cameron Avenue, purse from vehicle

2200 block of Centreville Road, wallet from residence

1300 block of Dasher Lane, computers from vehicle

11900 block of Democracy Drive, phone from person

12900 block of Highland Crossing Drive, merchandise from business

2300 block of Hunters Woods Plaza, beer from business

11700 block of Indian Ridge Road, wallet from person

2400 block of Masons Ferry Drive, wallet from residence

11700 block of North Shore Drive, property from vehicle

9200 block of Old Dominion Drive, wallet from vehicle

1500 block of Old Eaton Lane, property from residence

11600 block of Plaza America Drive, cellphone from business

2200 block of Rock Hill Road, money from business

11400 block of South Lakes Drive, cellphone from business

11800 block of Spectrum Center, merchandise from business

11700 block of Stevenage Road, purse from vehicle

STOLEN VEHICLES:

None reported

As we’ve already reported, FCPD also responded this past week to reports of gunfire near the South Gate Community Center and a woman found eating pizza late at night in someone else’s house.

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).

In Herndon, HPD says a commercial burglary took place in the 1200 block of Herndon Parkway on Labor Day. An unknown suspect or suspects broke a window, entered the business, and stole a computer and cash valued at approximately $250. The case remains under investigation, HPD says.

Then, in the 400 block of Madison Forest Drive on Saturday, HPD says a caller reported a suspect was spotted stealing items from an open car. Several other vehicles, mostly unlocked, in the area were also entered. A total of more than $800 worth of property was stolen, police say, and some was recovered after the suspect fled. An FCPD helicopter and K9 unit assisted in the search for the suspect, but he was not found. HPD says the suspect “is described as possibly being a Hispanic male in his mid- 20s wearing dark clothing and a baseball cap.” This case remains under investigation as well.

In Loudoun County, police say they responded to the 43000 block of Watercrest Square in Chantilly at about 2 a.m. Sunday for a report of a man “ringing the doorbells and acting disorderly.” Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office deputies located the suspect — 30-year-old Corey P. Robertson of Herndon — and they say he “resisted arrested and he did not comply with lawful commands from the deputy.” Robertson was charged with assault on law enforcement, obstruction of justice and public intoxication and was released on a personal recognizance bond.

by RestonNow.com — September 5, 2017 at 4:00 pm 3 Comments

Police say a Herndon man sprayed a group of middle-schoolers with pepper spray while on the Washington & Old Dominion Trail in Ashburn last week.

According to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, 47-year-old Marcos A. Catalan sprayed the kids as he passed by them on a bicycle in the area of Gloucester Parkway at about 4:05 p.m. Thursday:

A group of middle-school aged children were in the area of the Washington and Old Dominion trail. A cyclist approached and reportedly was holding a can in his hand. As the cyclist passed, he sprayed what the juveniles believed to be pepper spray in the direction of several of the children. Deputies located the cyclist in the area of the W & OD trail and Ruritan Circle.

Two girls were taken to a local hospital and treated, according to police. Catalan was charged with two counts of malicious injury by use of caustic substance, along with one count of attempted malicious injury in the same manner.

Meanwhile, the Fairfax County Police Department’s Reston District Station reported the following crimes in the past week:

LARCENIES:

2200 block of Centreville Road, wallet from residence

1400 block of Church Hill Place, property from residence

11900 block of Democracy Drive, purse from business

11500 block of Embers Court, cash from vehicle

2400 block of Fieldcreek Drive, property from vehicle

13100 block of Fox Hunt, bicycle from residence

9800 block of Georgetown Pike, wallet from business

11100 block of Glade Drive, guns from vehicle

500 block of Herndon Parkway, wallet from person

11900 block of Heathcote Court, wallet from vehicle

10800 block of Hunter Gate Way, property from vehicle

2300 block of Hunters Woods Plaza, merchandise from business

2000 block of Lake Audubon Court, laptop computer from vehicle

11100 block of Longwood Grove Drive, property from vehicle

11500 block of Maple Ridge Road, laptop from vehicle

11900 block of Market Street, merchandise from business

1000 block of Murphy Drive, merchandise from business

1300 block of New Bedford Lane, wallet from vehicle

1400 block of North Point Village Center, merchandise from business

1600 block of Reston Parkway, merchandise from business

11600 block of Sourwood Lane, wallet from vehicle

11800 block of Sunrise Valley Drive, property from residence

11800 block of Sunrise Valley Drive, property from residence

11000 block of Thrush Ridge Road, laptop computer from vehicle

2100 block of Whisperwood Glen Lane, property from residence

2300 block of White Tail, sunglasses from vehicle

STOLEN VEHICLES:

2000 block of Lake Audubon Court, 2015 Hyundai Tucson

2200 block of Lofty Heights Place, 2009 Chevy Silverado

FCPD also reports that a burglary took place in the 11400 block of Links Drive between Sunday and Monday. According to the report, a resident returning home from a trip found that someone had entered his residence and stolen a laptop.

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).

In Herndon, HPD says a robbery took place on Aug. 28 after two people provided a ride to a pair of strangers. When they arrived at the destination, in the 500 block of Florida Avenue, three suspects robbed the victims of personal property valued at about $125. The suspects are described as tall black males; one was wearing a white tank top, one was wearing a green hoodie and the third was wearing a buttoned-down shirt. The case remains under investigation.

In Loudoun County, in addition to the above W&OD Trail incident, several other recent crimes ended with arrests of men from Herndon.

On Aug. 26 at about 7:44 p.m., LCSO deputies responded to the 27000 block of Gum Spring Road in Chantilly for a report of a vehicle driving recklessly in the area and the vehicle was found on the side of the roadway with a flat tire. The driver, 26-year-old Daniel J. Lee, 26, was charged with driving under the influence of drugs, possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance and possession of a concealed weapon.

On Saturday, police say a vehicle that had its keys left inside was stolen from the 46000 block of Stonehelm Court in Sterling. The vehicle was reported to have struck a parked vehicle nearby, along with several mailboxes in the neighborhood, before it was found running in a driveway. Deputies located the suspect, 18-year-old Brandon Hernandez, and charged him with public intoxication, underage possession of alcohol and hindering a police investigation.

Another Herndon 18-year-old was arrested in Loudoun County on Monday morning after it was reported that he jumped on the hood of a vehicle and smashed out the windshield. The suspect was identified as Alex J. Czernowski, who was charged with destruction of property, public intoxication, underage possession of alcohol and obstruction of justice.

by Dave Emke — August 15, 2017 at 4:00 pm 0

Two people from Ashburn were arrested in Herndon last week after a robbery in the town.

According to the Herndon Police Department, the incident took place in the 500 block of Florida Avenue on Aug. 7. The victim, who was unharmed, had his wallet, ID and about $40 in cash stolen by two suspects.

HPD officers arrested 19-year-old Taliek Nazia Foster and 20-year-old Raaheim Allah Foster and charged them with the crime. Both were charged with assault and robbery, while the 20-year-old was also charged with three counts of credit card fraud. Both were taken to Fairfax County Adult Detention Center.

Elsewhere, a 55-year-old Herndon man was charged with driving under the influence after an incident in Sterling last week. According to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, 55-year-old Nazlie R. Dean was charged after deputies observed his vehicle going off the road in the area of Old Ox Road and Mercurie Circle. Dean was later released from the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center on a personal recognizance bond.

Meanwhile, the Fairfax County Police Department’s Reston District Station reported the following crimes in recent days:

LARCENIES:

10300 block of Brittenford Drive, merchandise from business

1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, cellphone from business

11900 block of Democracy Drive, liquor from business

13300 block of Hungerford Place, property from vehicle

2300 block of Old Trail Drive, property from person

11900 block of Saint Johnsbury Court, cash from vehicle

11800 block of Sunrise Valley Drive, property from business

1700 block of Wainwright Drive, bag and battery from vehicle

12900 block of Wood Crescent Circle, bicycle from residence

STOLEN VEHICLES:

None reported

Police say there have been no updates yet in the search for a suspect who pulled a woman into a wooded area near Tall Oaks Village Center on Monday afternoon and attempted to remove her clothing.

“No suspect has been located,” Officer Don Gotthardt, of FCPD’s Media Relations Bureau, told Reston Now on Tuesday morning. “I have reached out to our detectives asking for any updates [and] we will post those on our news blog and Twitter.”

The suspect has been described as a Hispanic male in his late 20s or early 30s, with brown hair and a full beard. He was wearing a gray shirt with red lettering, a red ball cap and shorts. He fled the scene in a gray or silver Hyundai with a license plate that is believed to begin with a V, police say.

Finally, as we previously reported, three men were reportedly assaulted by a “group of men” on South Lakes Drive last Wednesday. The suspects in that crime are black men in their 20s, all between 5-foot-7 and 5-foot-10.

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).

by RestonNow.com — August 8, 2017 at 11:30 am 6 Comments

A Herndon man faces charges after police in Loudoun County say he was involved in a hit-and-run crash last week.

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 45000 block of Bentgrass Terrace in Sterling at about 2:20 a.m. last Monday for the reported incident. The suspect in the crash, identified as 26-year-old Jose Bonilla, was later found driving on Cascades Parkway.

Bonilla was charged with obstruction of justice and public intoxication before being taken to the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center.

Meanwhile, the Fairfax County Police Department’s Reston District Station reported the following crimes in recent days:

LARCENIES:

1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, cash from residence

1600 block of Cedar Hollow Way, jewelry from person

2300 block of Corporate Park Drive, computer from residence

11900 block of Freedom Drive, bicycle from residence

2300 block of Hunters Woods Plaza, merchandise from business

1800 block of Jonathan Way, bicycles from residence

11600 block of Lake Newport Road, bag from vehicle

2100 block of Mager Drive, license plate from vehicle

13200 block of Parcher Avenue, wallet from person

11000 block of Ring Road, purse from vehicle

11800 block of Spectrum Center, merchandise from business

2100 block of South Bay Lane, wallet from vehicle

2200 block of Springwood Drive, purse from vehicle

12100 block of Sunset Hills Road, merchandise from business

STOLEN VEHICLES:

1800 block of Wiehle Avenue, 2014 Hyundai Elantra

Anyone with information about any of these crimes reported by FCPD should call 703-691-2131 or 1-866-411-TIPS(8477), or text “TIP187” plus the message to CRIMES(274637).

by Kalina Newman — July 19, 2017 at 4:00 pm 12 Comments

A Loudoun County jury this week told a Maryland man that his penchant for stealing wheels would cost him a lifetime in prison.

Jason Brooks, 37, who police have connected to multiple tire and rim thefts in the area, was sentenced Tuesday to more than 137 years behind bars. His arrest in 2016 followed two previous felony charges for grand larceny in Loudoun County with intent to sell stolen property.

Brooks’ sentence includes being found guilty of six counts of grand larceny, six counts of larceny with intent to sell, three counts of destruction of property and three counts of tampering with an automobile. Police in Fairfax County have said that Brooks has also been connected to seven different tire and rim thefts here between March and July 2016, two of which occurred in Herndon.

According to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, Brooks’ apartment and a storage unit rented in his name contained bags of lug nuts, lug nut keys and business cards for “Jay’s Deals on Wheels.”

Following the guilty verdicts, according to an official statement, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Eric Pohlner asked the jury to hand down a sentence that told Brooks “Jay’s Deals on Wheels is hereby shutdown.”

Brooks will face his final sentence from Loudoun County in October, and he still faces his additional charges in Fairfax County and two other jurisdictions.

by Dave Emke — July 14, 2017 at 9:00 am 3 Comments

Toll Road Ramp Detour Starts This Weekend — The ramp from the eastbound Dulles Toll Road to the Fairfax County Parkway will be diverted through the Herndon-Monroe Park and Ride parking lot. The detour is expected to remain in place through 2017 to allow Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project crews to perform utility and road work on the ramp. [Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project]

Wombat Hoax Spreads on Twitter — A Twitter account posing as Roer’s Zoofari has been claiming this week that a wombat escaped from the zoo. A lot of people fell for the gag. [Reston Patch]

Trip to Pro Tennis Match Slated — Reston Association will have a group outing Tuesday night to see Martina Hingis and the Washington Kastles face the New York Empire. [Reston Association]

Sobriety Checkpoint Saturday Night — Police departments from Fairfax and Loudoun counties will be working together at a sobriety checkpoint Saturday night from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. in the Centreville/Chantilly area. [Fairfax County Police Department]

by Katherine Berko — July 11, 2017 at 10:15 am 0

A pair of Herndon residents are facing charges after separate alcohol-related incidents in Loudoun County over the weekend.

Just before 3 a.m. Saturday, Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the intersection of Waxpool Road and Loudoun County Parkway in Ashburn for a report of a disabled vehicle. When they arrived, they charged the driver — 32-year-old Alok K. Choubey — with DWI. Choubey was released from the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center on a personal recognizance bond.

The next night, at about 2:16 a.m., a patrolling LCSO deputy found a 33-year-old Herndon man asleep in a common area at the One Loudoun shopping center. The man was charged with being drunk in public and taken to the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center, where he was released on a personal recognizance bond.

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

LARCENIES:

1600 block of Becontree Lane, property from residence

13300 block of Feldman Place, property from vehicle

11500 block of Hearthstone Court, laptop computer from vehicle

10300 block of Lawyers Road, property from residence

1600 block of Reston Parkway, merchandise from business

2300 block of Soapstone Drive, liquor from business

1000 block of Utterback Store Road, property from vehicle

11600 block of Vantage Hill Road, wallet from vehicle

STOLEN VEHICLES:

None reported

In addition, as we reported last week, FCPD is investigating the painting of a swastika on a wall in the 11600 block of Hunters Green Court.

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).

by Dave Emke — July 6, 2017 at 11:30 am 8 Comments

A home was forcefully broken into last week near Herndon.

According to the Fairfax County Police Department, the incident took place in the 12800 block of Graypine Place sometime between 9 a.m. June 28 and 11 p.m. June 30. Police say someone forced entry into the home and stole jewelry, gold coins and power tools.

The Reston District Station of FCPD also reported the following larcenies over the holiday weekend:

LARCENIES: 

11500 block of Buttonwood Court, property from residence

1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, property from residence

1400 block of Church Hill Place, wheels and rims from vehicle

2400 block of Corn Crib Court, property from residence

600 block of Dranesville Road, electronic device from school

11600 block of Golf Course Square, property from vehicle

2100 block of Greenkeepers Court, property from vehicle

2100 block of Greenkeepers Court, jewelry from vehicle

12900 block of Highland Crossing Drive, cellphone from business

12900 block of Highland Crossing Drive, wallet from business

12900 block of Highland Crossing Drive, wallet from business

1900 block of Hunter Mill Road, property from residence

2500 block of John Milton Drive, liquor from business

2300 block of Nashua Court, credit card from residence

13100 block of Parcher Avenue, cellphone from business

1300 block of Pellow Circle, property from residence

2300 block of Soapstone Drive, cigarettes from business

11100 block of South Lakes Drive, liquor from business

11700 block of Stevenage Road, purse from vehicle

12100 block of Sunset Hills Road, merchandise from business

12600 block of Thunder Chase Drive, license plates from vehicle

11500 block of Waterhaven Court, bicycle from residence

1800 block of Wiehle Avenue, cigarettes from business

STOLEN VEHICLES: 

None reported

Anyone with information about any of the incidents reported by FCPD should call 703-691-2131 or 1-866-411-TIPS(8477), or text “TIP187” plus the message to CRIMES(274637).

In the Town of Herndon, thousands of dollars in jewelry was stolen from a home in the 800 block of Sycamore Court last month. Police say someone entered the home on June 14 and removed two cardboard boxes full of jewelry, valued at about $3,000. However, the victim — who didn’t report the incident until June 20 — declined any further investigation.

In addition, a Herndon man was charged in Loudoun County last week after a reported larceny at Dulles Town Center. The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office reported on June 29 at about 10 a.m. to the Sears department store. The suspect in the larceny, 37-year-old Eric Campos of Herndon, was found in the area of Lakeland Drive and Route 7. Campos was arrested and charged with grand larceny and driving on a revoked license. He was released from the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center on a personal recognizance bond.

by Dave Emke — July 3, 2017 at 2:55 pm 25 Comments

(This article was updated at 3:25 p.m. after Rivas-Mendez was brought back into custody, and again at 5:20 p.m. after more information was released by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.)

Area police worked with Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials Monday as they tracked down an ICE detainee who escaped custody.

ICE said Marlon C. Rivas-Mendez escaped in the area of Route 28 and the Dulles Toll Road, near Dulles International Airport. Spokesperson Carissa Cutrell told Reston Now that Rivas-Mendez “is in the country illegally and was being transported when he escaped from custody.”

According to a report from the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office:

At 12:20 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office received a call to assist ICE with a search of an escaped subject in the area of the Dulles Toll Road between the exits of Loudoun County Parkway and Old Ox Road. The subject was identified as Marlon C. Rivas-Mendez, 27, of Sterling.

Rivas-Mendez was arrested by LCSO deputies earlier this morning. He was transferred into ICE custody at 11:08 a.m. without incident.

During federal transport, Rivas-Mendez assaulted the transport personnel and escaped custody on the Dulles Toll Road.

Members of the Loudoun Sheriff’s Office alongside the Virginia State Police, Fairfax County Police Department, Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority and ICE canvassed the area. LCSO deputies located Rivas-Mendez at 2:20 p.m. in the area of Mercure Circle and Old Ox Road and took him into custody without incident.

Rivas-Mendez was arrested on local charges of Assault & Battery by the LCSO and was released into ICE custody.

Mugshot courtesy ICE

by Kalina Newman — June 27, 2017 at 11:30 am 4 Comments

A local woman nearly became a victim to a trending child abduction scam, police say.

The woman says she received a phone call last week stating that her daughter had been kidnapped and that she would need to wire money to Mexico for her release. Police confirmed that the child was indeed safe and that this was a hoax meant to extort money from the victim.

A phone call of this type has been one of many in the area, police confirmed last month. If you receive a phone call like this, do not wire any money. Rather, immediately notify the police and check to see if your child is OK.

“These scammers will try to keep you on the phone with them so you cannot call police or anyone else and keep your mind distracted and frazzled for fear of your child’s safety,” according to the Fairfax County Police Department.

FCPD also reported in the past week:

LARCENIES: 

10300 block of Brittenford Drive, purse from vehicle

1700 block of Business Center Drive, cash from business

2200 block of Castle Rock Square, cellphone from residence

2500 block of Centreville Road, merchandise from business

13000 block of Henson Court, wallet from business

9800 block of Mill Run Drive, bag from vehicle

11500 block of North Shore Drive, bicycle from school

10700 block of Park Ridge Boulevard, wallet from vehicle

12300 block of Pinecrest Road, laptop computer from vehicle

11100 block of South Lakes Drive, beer from business

11100 block of South Lakes Drive, wallet from business

STOLEN VEHICLE: 

11300 block of French Horn Lane, 2007 Lexus ES350

Anyone with information about any of the incidents reported by FCPD should call 703-691-2131 or 1-866-411-TIPS(8477), or text “TIP187” plus the message to CRIMES(274637).

In other crime news, a Herndon resident was detained early Saturday in Loudoun County after police say she was found drunk in public after an altercation in the One Loudoun plaza. Elizabeth A. Bellamy, 20, was arrested along with Bryan M. Moses, 25, of Maryland following the incident. Both were released on personal recognizance bonds.

Also, there there were two robberies recently in the Town of Herndon.

On June 15, police say an unknown suspect approached a woman in the 600 block of Center Street and demanded her phone. When she refused, police say she was pushed and the perpetrator snatched the phone, valued at $600, from her hand before riding away on a bicycle. The suspect is described as a juvenile Hispanic male. He was last seen wearing a dark flat-brimmed ball cap, dark T-shirt and dark pants. The case is still under investigation.

The next day, there was an armed robbery at a business in the shopping center in the 1100 block of Elden Street. Four suspects entered the business with handguns and wearing masks. Some were also wearing black pants. They took an undisclosed amount of money and they also took the store’s video surveillance system. All of the suspects spoke Spanish, police say. The case is also still under investigation.

by Dave Emke — June 21, 2017 at 2:45 pm 21 Comments

Homicide detectives from the Fairfax County Police Department will continue to lead the investigation into the death of 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen of Reston.

Jurisdictional issues have arisen since the crime, which took place just before 4 a.m. Sunday. Police say Nabra was assaulted and abducted near the intersection of Dranesville Road and Woodson Drive, which is just east of the Fairfax/Loudoun county line. Police say she was then taken to Loudoun County, where she was assaulted again and her body was thrown into a pond.

According to police accounts, Nabra and a group of friends had been at a Ramadan service at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society and were on their way back after going to breakfast at the McDonald’s in the Town Center at Sterling plaza. Both of those places are just west of the Fairfax/Loudoun line.

“The Fairfax County Police Department has partnered closely with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office with the common goal of justice for Nabra as well as for her family, friends and community,” FCPD said in a news release. “Our department will continue to work alongside the Fairfax County Commonwealth’s Attorney as this case moves forward.”

Police have charged 22-year-old Darwin Martinez Torres, a Salvadoran national, with murder in the case. They say Torres became enraged with the group of teens and exited his car wielding a baseball bat, striking Nabra. An autopsy revealed her cause of death as blunt force trauma.

Nabra was finishing her sophomore year at South Lakes High School.

Police say they are not investigating Nabra’s death as a hate crime; however, Fairfax County Commonwealth’s Attorney Raymond Morrogh has said he will continue to weigh the possibility before deciding how to proceed with the case. Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney Jim Plowman says he supports the decision to keep the case in Fairfax County and “will lend any assistance if requested.”

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by Katherine Berko — June 20, 2017 at 10:30 am 4 Comments

A Herndon man is one of three suspects arrested early Saturday morning after a Loudoun County sheriff’s deputy responded to a larceny in progress in Sterling.

The incident took place at a store in the 24000 block of Dulles Landing Drive, where security reported at about midnight that three suspects had stolen several electronics items and forced entry into the jewelry case. An LCSO deputy confronted the suspects, at which time police say one of the men lifted his shirt and revealed a handgun. The deputy took the man to the ground and the weapon was secured.

The suspects were identified as Anthony A. Moaf, 20, of Herndon; Jalen P. McMahan, 22, of Centreville; and Angel L. Gaskins, 24, of Centreville. Moaf was arrested and charged with impersonating a police officer, carrying a concealed weapon, grand larceny, destruction of property, public intoxication and conspiracy to commit a grand larceny. McMahan was charged with grand larceny, conspiracy to commit a grand larceny, possession with intent (Schedule IV), possession of a controlled substance (Schedule IV) and manufacturing possessing/distributing narcotics. Both men are being held at Loudoun County Adult Detention Center with bond.

Gaskins was charged with grand Larceny, conspiracy to commit a grand larceny and public intoxication. He was released on a secured bond.

In other crime news, a woman in the 13300 block of Coppermine Road in Herndon reported an indecent exposure between 4:30-5 a.m. Saturday. She said a black man was standing on a fence near her residence when he exposed himself and touched himself inappropriately. Officers did not find the suspect, who was described as being about 5 feet 9 inches, between 140 and 160 pounds.

FCPD also reported in the past week:

LARCENIES:

2100 block of Astoria Circle, gun from residence

2400 block of Centreville Road, cell phone from business

2200 block of Ferdinand Porsche Drive, property from business

13100 block of Fox Hunt Lane, license plates from vehicle

12000 block of Glade Drive, merchandise from business

1500 block of Moorings Drive, bicycles from residence

1900 block of Reston Metro Plaza, merchandise from business

11800 block of Saint Trinians Court, medication from vehicle

2100 block of San Moritz Circle, Four-wheeler from residence

11100 block of South Lakes Drive, groceries from business

2300 block of Soapstone Drive, food from business

2000 block of Sunset Hills Road, golf cart from business

STOLEN VEHICLES:

None reported

Anyone with information about any of the incidents reported by FCPD should call 703-691-2131 or 1-866-411-TIPS(8477), or text “TIP187” plus the message to CRIMES(274637).

by Dave Emke — June 19, 2017 at 8:20 am 8 Comments

(This article was updated at 8:50 a.m. after FCPD announced that the killing is not being investigated as a hate crime.)

The All Dulles Area Muslim Society says it is “devastated and heartbroken” after a 17-year-old girl was killed near the mosque early Sunday morning.

The teen, who has been identified by family and friends as Nabra Hassanen of Reston, was a “dear daughter, sister and friend,” the ADAMS Center said in a Facebook post late Sunday night.

Police and the ADAMS Center both report the girl was walking with a group of teens along Dranesville Road early Sunday morning when a man exited his vehicle and assaulted and abducted Hassanen. The other members of the group were helped by “community members,” according to ADAMS, and directed back toward the mosque. ADAMS Center personnel contacted authorities in Loudoun and Fairfax counties, who began their search for the girl.

A suspect, 22-year-old Darwin Martinez Torres of Sterling, was arrested a few hours later when he was spotted “driving suspiciously” in the area of the abduction. A female body was found at about 3 p.m. Sunday in a pond in Sterling; the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will provide identification and determine the exact cause and manner of death.

“We thank both Fairfax County Police and Loudoun County Sheriff’s departments for their diligent efforts in investigating and apprehending a suspect,” the ADAMS Center said. “We call on law enforcement to investigate and determine the motive of this crime and prosecute to the full extent of the law.”

The Fairfax County Police Department says Hassanen’s killing is not being investigated as a hate crime.

Hassanen was a sophomore at South Lakes High School, where counselors will be on site today. Counselors will also be at the ADAMS Center to assist anyone in need of support.

A vigil has also been slated for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Lake Anne Plaza.

This article will be updated as more information becomes available.

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