Reston, VA

A 20-year-old Reston man has been arrested and charged with killing a former classmate from South Lakes High School, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.

Police arrested Jalenn Maurtiece Keene on Friday night in the shooting death of Samuel Onyeuka. The 20-year-old was killed near the 2300 block of Branleigh Park Court after 2 p.m. on Feb. 11. The suspect fled the scene immediately after the shooting, according to FCPD.

Keene was charged with second-degree murder and the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. He was arrested hours away in Newport News. Local police worked with the Newport News Police Department to coordinate his arrest. He was found based on a review of financial records and surveillance footage.

Police also believe they found the Nissan Rogue that they believe the suspect fled the scene in. A gun was found in the car, but it is currently unclear if that gun was used to kill Onyeuka.

He will be extradited to Fairfax County and currently remains in custody in Newport News.

This is the first homicide of the year in Fairfax County.

Anyone with additional information is encouraged to use the following means to contact FCPD:

Detectives are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to call our Major Crimes Bureau at 703-246-7800, option 2. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Solvers by phone – 1-866-411-TIPS (866-411-8477), by text – Type “FCCS” plus tip to 847411, and by web – Click HERE. Download our Mobile tip411 App “Fairfax Co Crime Solvers”. Anonymous tipsters are eligible for cash rewards of $100 to $1,000 dollars if their information leads to an arrest.

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Three men — including two Reston residents — have pleaded guilty for their involvement in the drug-related murder of Michael Cooker in 2018.

Charles Forbes, 30, of Reston, pleaded guilty late last week to using a firearm to commit a drug-related murder. Fredy Alfaro, 36, also of Reston, and Jimmie McCray, 36,  of Sterling,  also pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting the murder and conspiring to distribute marijuana.

Alfaro worked with Cooker and others to ship marijuana from California and sell it in Northern Virginia from January through April of 2018, according to court documents.

When Alfaro and Cooker had an argument over the conspiracy’s profits, Alfaro called McCray and offer him money to physically harm Cooker. The offer came after Cooker and Alfaro argued on April 17, court documents show. McCray told Forbes about Alfaro’s offer, court documents show.

Around 6 a.m. the next day, Cooker, McCray, Forbes and another individual who has not named drove to Chantilly where McCray gives Forbes a revolver.

Forbes left in a separate car with Cooker, pulled over in a wooded area in Fairfax Station, and shot him twice in the head roughly half-an-hour after the group separated. Forbes left his body there, according to police.

Alfaro was sentenced to 21 years in prison, McCray was sentenced to 20 years in prison, and Forbes faces a maximum term of life in person when he is sentenced on April 9, 2021.

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A Herndon resident has been arrested in connection with a fatal shooting in the Town of Herndon that happened yesterday afternoon.

Jason Byrd, 20, was arrested yesterday. (Wednesday) after the Herndon Police Department “worked quickly” to identify Byrd as a suspect in the case,  according to a police department spokesperson.

He was charged with second-degree murder and the use of a firearm during the commission of a felony.  The arrest was made with the help of the Fairfax County Police Department.

The victim, Julian Rashad Martin, 30, of Reston, was found lying in the road on the 1000 block of Queens Court yesterday.

He later died from his injuries at Reston Hospital. Police responded to the area after receiving reports of shots fired in the area.

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A Reston man has been charged in connection with a double homicide that took place at a party in Dale City on Sunday, according to the Prince William County Police Department.

The U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force took Karriem Angelo Jackson, 26, into custody on Thursday after he was identified as a suspect.

Police believe the Reston man fire multiple rounds at a large house party on the 3300 Block of Bristol Court in Dale City around 2 a.m. on Nov. 1. The incident occurred after a fight at the home, according to the police department.

Two men — Christopher Alan Johnson, 24, of Alexandria, and Frank Chineji Sapele, 25, of Arlington —  were killed. One woman and one man were injured in the incident are expected to recover from their injuries.

Jackson was found in Reston and charged with two counts of second-degree murder, two counts of aggravated malicious wounding, and for counts of use of a firearm. In commission of a felony.

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Friday Morning Notes

Speech and Language Program Pivots to Teletherapy Sessions — “By switching to teletherapy sessions and using clear reusable face masks, the Health Department’s Speech and Language Program has been able to continue to provide its critical early-intervention services to children during the COVID-19 pandemic.” [Fairfax County Government]

Local Discussion on Access to Capital for Minority-owned Businesses — “Minority entrepreneurs face challenges in accessing capital to start, grow and sustain businesses, and that problem has worsened during the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.” [Fairfax County Economic Development Authority]

Nearby: Homicide Suspect Extracted from El Salvador — “Adonay Polanco Cabrera, 25, formerly of Culmore, arrived in Fairfax County on Aug. 18 after being extradited from El Salvador with the assistance of several federal law enforcement partners to include the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States Marshals Service.” [Fairfax County Police Department]

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A man has been arrested and charged with the murder of a Reston woman who was found in the basement of a home she rented last week.

Ball Salim Ahmed Ball, 24, of Herndon, was charged with the second-degree murder of Maryam Al Jaberi. Police believe Ball was in a relationship with the woman that began earlier this year.

Al Jaberi, a mother of two, was found dead in the basement of her home on the 11000 block of Great Owl Circle on June 23.

An autopsy ruled the death a homicide. She was discovered by police with trauma to her upper body after her landlord contacted police.

Al Jaberi is survived by two sons. A LaunchGood campaign has raised $35,490 as of Tuesday morning.

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Police have made an arrest nearly one year after a body was found near the Hunters Woods Village Center.

A teenager has been charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of a Reston man.

Detectives believe the 17-year-old suspect was involved in the 2019 murder of Jose Lorenzo Guillen Mejia.

His body was found by police officers on June 23 at around 1:45 a.m. Police responded to the scene after a reporting of gunshots along a walking trail between Hunters Woods Plaza and Breton Court.

An autopsy found that Mejia died from several gunshot wounds.

The arrest was made after police obtained a felony petition for first degree murder yesterday (Tuesday).

The suspect was already incarcerated at the Fairfax County Juvenile Detention Center for an unrelated offense when he was served the petition.

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A Herndon resident was arrested for allegedly shooting and killing his 53-year-old mother earlier today (Saturday), police said.

Police arrested Eric Turcios, 28, in connection with the shooting of Blanco Turcios. She was found with multiple gunshot wounds to her upper body on the 12800 block of Lady Fairfax Circle at around 6 a.m. today. She was pronounced dead on the scene.

An investigation on the events that lead to the shooting is underway. Turcios was arrested by Prince William County Police. A firearm, which is believed to be his, was also recovered at the time of the arrest.

Detectives are asking for anyone with information about this event to contact the Major Crimes Bureau at 703-246-7800, option 4. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Solvers by phone – 1-866-411-TIPS (866-411-8477), by text – Type “FCCS” plus tip to 847411, and by web – Click HERE. Download our Mobile tip411 App “Fairfax Co Crime Solvers”. Anonymous tipsters are eligible for cash rewards of $100 to $1,000 dollars if their information leads to an arrest.

Photo via Fairfax County Police Department

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In May 2018, the body of Alexander Alfaro Castillo, a Herndon resident, was found with a note on his chest alongside photos of a young girl. It read, “He raped me when I was drunk so I killed him.”

Castillo also had underwear stuffed in his mouth and the letters “MS” carved into his face, according to a recent news report.

Now, Herndon police are saying that the case is not the revenge killing it appeared to be.

Authorities say they will not disclose a motive because the case is still pending in court, but they believe the note was intended to distract the police from tracking the actual suspects.

The Washington Post dove into search warrants that confirm one suspect in the killing — Denis Castillo Hernandez, 21, who is allegedly an MS-13 member.

Here’s more from the report:

A white powder was sprinkled over Castillo’s head and body when it was discovered, prompting officers to call a hazmat team to clean up the substance before detectives could investigate more fully, according to the search warrants. The powder was later determined to be a salt that was not dangerous.

Maria Ines Alfaro, the victim’s sister, said her family did not know Hernandez and they had not been told by police what prompted the killing.

“He was very sweet and supportive in many ways,” Ines Alfaro said of her brother. “He used to bring a bottle of wine to have with my mom and me. We used to do that every day.”

Local police have been mum about the case, releasing only a few public details since it occurred.

Search warrants obtained by the Post indicate Castillo was found dead in his mother’s home on the 400 block of Patrick Lane on May 26. He was lying on his back on the floor in underwear and a black shirt. Residents in the home said they heard loud banging and screaming prior to the arrival of police.

The state’s medical examiner noted that Castillo died of multiple injuries.

A detective later learned that Castillo was texting with a contact named “Denis El Salvatruco” earlier that day, according to the post. The number was later traced to Hernandez’s father.

Hernandez was taken into custody on May 31 in connection with a separate stabbing that happened that day. Police found a picture of Castillo in Hernandez’s wallet, according to the Post.

Hernandez will stand trial on July 8 in connection with Castillo’s killing.

Photo via Herndon Police Department

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