A 41-year-old Herndon resident is facing an assault charge for a fight that ended in him reportedly stabbing another man.
According to a weekly crime report released yesterday (Wednesday), the Herndon Police Department has taken out a warrant for aggravated assault against Dennis Cruz Antunez for the stabbing, which occurred on Aug. 26 in the 1000 block of Elden Street.
Police say the incident started as a “verbal altercation” between the suspect and the male victim, who was transported to Reston Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Herndon police also recently arrested a 21-year-old man for a 2019 rape.
“Oscar Martinez Alarcon, 21, of Herndon, was arrested for the forcible rape of a juvenile victim whom he met via social media,” the police report says. “He was transported to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center where he was held without bond.”
According to police, the incident occurred on Feb. 12, 2019 in the 1200 block of Elden Street. Martinez Alarcon was arrested on Aug. 23.
The HPD did not return a request for comment from Reston Now on what led to the arrest and whether there might be any additional victims by publication time.
Other major incidents in the weekly crime report include three cases from Aug. 24: another verbal argument that escalated into a stabbing on Elden Street and two robberies in the 1200 block of Springtide Place.
Labeled as an aggravated assault, the stabbing occurred in the 1100 block of Elden Street. The victim was reportedly punched and stabbed. Police say they have identified the suspect, but the case remains under investigation.
In one of the robberies, the victim reported that he was assaulted and had his wallet stolen “by a subject that is known to him.” In the other, the victim was assaulted and had his wallet and “other personal property” stolen by two men.
According to the report, police have identified the subjects in both cases, which are still under investigation.
The Town of Herndon also saw 11 reportable traffic crashes during the week of Aug. 23-29, which are defined by Virginia State Police as incidents that result in injury or at least $1,500 in property damages.
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According to the Fairfax County Police Department, three people ranging in ages from 20 to 37 years old approached the victims’ car near the Hunters Woods area around 11:04 p.m. and demanded money. One person entered the car and took cash before all three people ran away.
Officers found the three individuals, all of them Reston residents, in an adjacent neighborhood with the assistance of a police helicopter, FCPD confirms to Reston Now. They were detained and charged with robbery.
The 2200 block of Winterthur Court is the same location as where Santos Antonio Trejo Lemus, 40, of Reston, was shot and killed in March while walking near his home. Police have yet to identify the man who shot Lemus beyond saying that the person was male.
FCPD has offered a cash reward of $2,000 for tips and information related to the homicide.
The FCPD says it does not have any new information to release at the moment about the murder, and the department is still asking anyone who has information to call police or submit tips anonymously.
A reader who alerted Reston Now about last night’s police activity said that they were driving up Reston Parkway at around 11:20 p.m. when they saw parked police cars with their lights flashing at several intersections, including Glade Drive, South Lakes Drive, and Colts Neck Road.
They also noted that a helicopter was circling overhead in the Hunters Woods and Reston National Golf Course areas.
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Woman Robbed at Herndon ATM — “Town of Herndon Police are investigating a robbery that took place recently at an ATM on Elden Street, according to the weekly crime report. Around 8:30 a.m., on June 5, a woman told police she was at an ATM in the 300 block of Elden Street when to people approached her and demanded money.” [Patch]
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Herndon Police Make Arrest in Two-Year-Old Robbery Attempt — A 20-year-old Herndon man has been charged with multiple counts of robbery, assault by mob, and gang participation, among other charges, for an incident that took place on June 18, 2019. According to police, two people had tried to grab a man’s cell phone while he was going for a walk but ran when the robbery attempt proved unsuccessful. [Herndon PD]
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Local police have made a second arrest in the shooting death of a Reston man in late November of last year.
Earlier this week, the Herndon Police Department arrested and charged Jameel Byrd, 20, of Herndon on charges of second-degree murder and robbery.
Byrd’s brother — Jason Byrd, 20, of Herndon — was arrested in November on charges on second-degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
Police believe the brothers shot and killed Julian Rashad Martin, a 30-year-old resident, near the 1000 block of Queens Court.
The case remains under investigation.
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A man was robbed at gunpoint by three juveniles in Reston on Jan. 10, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.
Two juveniles were arrested and charged with robbery and the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, police said. Information about the third juvenile involved in the incident was not available.
Police believe the man was waiting at 4 p.m. near the 1500 block of Cameron Crescent Drive when the juveniles robbed the man at gunpoint and ran away.
No other information about the incident was released.
Local police are turning to the public to identify a suspect in a robbery that happened earlier this month.
Shortly before 9 pm on Dec. 3, a man allegedly stole property from a woman who was walking in the 13500 block of Virginia Randolph Avenue.
The man is described as dark to medium skinned, between 25 and 35 years of age, medium build, and approximately 5’10” tall.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Reston District Criminal Investigation Section at 7703-478-0208.
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Updated at 3;40 p.m. on Friday — Local police have arrested a 29-year-old man in connection with a series of assaults and robberies that happened in the police districts of Fair Oaks and Reston.
Gerald Brevard III was arrested and charged with burglary and possession of burglarious tools, according to a statement by FCPD released today.
Police made the arrest after Brevard III was found attempting to break into a home on the 13900 block of Mansarde Avenue in Herndon. He was also charged with abduction in relation to an assault in Reston. Other charges are pending.
On Nov. 27, a woman was assaulted in the hallway of a hotel on the 13400 block of Sunrise Valley Drive.
In another incident on Dec. 3, police believe a man entered an apartment complex on the 13500 block of Virginia Randolph Avenue and robbed a woman at gunpoint.
That same day, police believe a man hit a woman as she was walking near the intersection of Centreville Road and Woodland Park Road. The suspect allegedly assaulted the woman and robbed her. She was treated for minor injuries at a local hospital.
Detectives believe the offender in the above incidents is the same and is “active” in the area.
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Two men were arrested in connection with the robbery of a 7-Eleven (21944 Cascades Parkway) in Sterling.
Marvin R. Garcia- Dominguez, 27, and Carlos A. Centeno-Torres, 29, were arrested over the weekend with the help of the Herndon Police Department.
Police believe one of the men pepper-sprayed an employee during the incident after pushing him behind the counter of the 7-11 in Sterling on Dec. 4. They left with an undisclosed amount of cash.
According to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, both men were charged in connection with a similar robbery that happened on Dec. 2 in the Town of Herndon. HPD did not immediately release information about that incident.
Both Garcia-Dominguez and Centeno-Torres remain held without bond at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center.
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Two suspects have been taken into custody during an early morning robbery today in Herndon.
According to the Fairfax County Police Department, the incident happened on the 2000 block of Rock Hill Road around 4:47 am.
A victim is being treated at a local hospital for injuries that are not life threatening.
FCPD urges residents to avoid the area as the investigation continues.
Officers are in the 2000 blk of Rock Hill Road in Herndon for a robbery that happened at 4:47am. 2 suspects are in custody. The victim was taken to the hospital with injuries that are not life threatening. Please avoid the area as officers continue to investigate. #FCPD pic.twitter.com/xkb7m8ZK8F
— Fairfax County Police (@FairfaxCountyPD) November 10, 2020
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The Herndon Police Department is investigating a robbery that happened on the 500 block of Early Fall Court earlier this month.
Four suspects approached the victim at around 4:35 p.m. on August 4 and attempted to rob the individual, police said.
The suspects fled when the victim got the attention of residents outside of their home, according to the Herndon Police Department. The incident is under investigation.
HPD is also investigating an Aug. 9 stabbing on the 200 block of Elden Street.
John Patrick Murphy, 45, of Herndon, was arrested for attempting to stab someone he knew, according to HPD. He is being held at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center without bond.
Information about both issues was released late yesterday (Wednesday) in HPD’s weekly crime report.
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