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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.

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Thursday Morning Notes

Fire Department to Host Virtual Open Houses — During Fire Prevention Week, the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department will host several interactive activities and virtual events beginning Monday, Oct. 5. The event replaces open house events typically held at local fire and rescue stations. [FCFRD]

Robbery Investigation Underway in Herndon — A man stole a wallet from a victim while he was sitting in his car shortly after midnight on Sept. 19 in the 1200 block of Elden Street. The case is under investigation. [Fairfax County Police Department]

Forest Salamander Survey Underway at Riverbend Park — “During the ‘Salamanders Undercover’ program, learn about the secret lives of these important amphibians through hands-on discoveries. The program runs from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and is designed for children age 7 to 12. The cost is $10 per child.” [Fairfax County Government]

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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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Monday Morning Notes

Maryland Man Arrested in Connection with Robbery — Police believe Ronald Smith, 46, assaulted a man while he was walking along Sunrise Valley Drive on May 14 at around 8:30 p.m. Smith, a Maryland resident, was charged with robbery and possession of marijuana. The victim had minor injuries. [Fairfax County Police Department]

Masks Required on Metro Starting Today“Face coverings or masks be required when traveling on Metro effective Monday, May 18. The move strengthens Metro’s position on the matter, which has ‘strongly recommended’ the use of face coverings since early April.” [WMATA]

Greater Reston Arts Center Exhibit Reviewed — “For those looking for an introduction to the book art space, The Velocity of a Page covers ample ground. Others will be compelled to search out the book-makers for more. In fact, the way to get the most out of this exhibition is to leave it. This is something the curator seems to understand, and is perhaps why The Velocity of a Page is marketed as multi-platform.” [Hyper Allergic]

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Tuesday Morning Notes

Local Resident to Serve on Statewide Coronavirus Taskforce — Warren Thompson, president and founder of Reston-based Thompson Hospitality, will serve on Gov. Ralph Northam’s recovery task force for businesses. The task force will advise Northam on how to ease restrictions on individuals and businesses. [Patch]

Two Men Rob Pedestrian — Police believe two men implied they had a weapon and attempted to steal the victim’s backpack on April 25 at around 9 p.m. The incident happened at the intersection of Springer Drive and Enright Place. [Fairfax County Police Department]

FCPS Distance Learning on Kojo Nnamdi — The Kojo Nnamdi Show will feature the Fairfax County Public School System’s distance learning woes during a show today at noon. [Kojo Nnamdi]

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Two Herndon men have been arrested in connection with the April 21 robbery of an Exxon in Sterling.

Jorge A. Alvarado-Soriano, 19, and Elias G. Guzman, 20, were arrested and charged with robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery.

Police believe the suspects entered the convenience store of the gas station at 45601 Falke Plaza at around 1:15 p.m. One suspect jumped over the counter as the second suspect attempted to purchase a drink from the store clerk. An undisclosed amount of cash was taken.

Although no weapons were displayed during the robbery, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office described the robbery as “strong-armed.”

Both suspects are being held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center on no bond. Alvarado-Soranio was arrested yesterday (April 23) and Guzman was arrested on April 17.

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Wednesday Morning Notes

Alcorn Postpones Budget Town Hall — Hunter Mill District Supervisor has postponed an upcoming town hall on the 2021 budget “due to the uncertainty of the impacts of coronavirus on county operations and resources.” [Fairfax County Government]

Northam Pushes 10-person Limit at Gyms, Restaurants — “Restaurants, gyms, and theaters in Virginia will not serve more than 10 customers at a time under an order the governor issued Tuesday in response to the coronavirus. Gov. Ralph Northam also urged Virginians to comply with new federal guidelines not to gather in groups of more than 10 and for people older than 65 to self-quarantine.[U.S. News & World Report]

Juvenile Robbed in Herndon — A juvenile was robbed and assaulted by another juvenile on the 600 block of Dulles Park Court on March 11. The case is under investigation. [Herndon Police Department]

Department of Motor Vehicle Centers Close — All state DMV centers are closed until April 2. Driver and vehicle credentials have been extended for 60 days. [Virginia DMV]

Balducci’s Reserves First Hour of Shopping for Seniors — Balducci’s Food Lover’s Market in Reston Town Center is reserving the first hour of shopping for elderly and high-risk customers. [Balducci’s]

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Wednesday Morning Notes

Moving Day for Fire Station 25 — “Station 25, Reston, A-Shift had a busy day moving to their new temporary station, located at 1840 Cameron Glen Drive. FCFRD personnel will be operating out of the temporary station while the new Station 25 is built. Crews will maintain continuous emergency response to the Reston community during construction. The existing station on Wiehle Avenue will be demolished in the next several weeks.”

Three Suspects Rob Bicyclist on Washington & Old Dominion Trail — A man was riding his bicycle along the trail near the 1000 block of Crestview Drive when three victims showed him a weapon and took his belongings. The incident happened on Jan. 24. [Herndon Police Department]

Reston Association Board Voting Begins in March — Voting for the month-long election for the Board of Directors begin on March 2. Ballots will be mailed to members and voting can be done online or by mail. [Reston Association]

Playing Games at Reston Community Center Hunters Woods — Residents can gather at the center today (Wednesday) at 5 p.m. to play board games and other tabletop games. Patrons are encouraged to bring their own game collections. [Reston Community Center]

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Two businesses were robbed over the long weekend, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.

On Monday, Jan. 20, a man threatened a clerk at CVS Pharmacy (2525 Centreville Road) with a knife and stole cash from multiple registers. Police described the suspect as a black man who is likely in his early 20s or late teens. The incident happened around 8 a.m.

Streetshares (1900 Campus Commons Drive) was also robbed on Sunday, Jan. 19. Police believe someone entered the business at around 5:55 p.m. that day and stole cash.

On Saturday, Jan. 18, two victims were assaulted by two other men as they walked on the 13200 block of Poener Place shortly after 1 p.m. Police believe the men stole phones from the victims.

The first suspect is described as a 20-30-year-old heavy set Hispanic man with a full beard. The second suspect is described as an 18-21-year-old Hispanic man,” police said.

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A Herndon man was arrested in connection with a robbery of a home on the 1100 block of Casper Drive in Herndon earlier this month.

Police believe Jose Mendoza Banegas,  20, broke into the home and stole an undisclosed amount of cash and other items of value.

The Herndon Police Department indicated that the suspect entered the home through a basement window sometime between 7:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 2. Banegas was arrested on Dec. 12.

In a separate incident, Jose Alfredo Ardon Castillo, 47, of Herndon, was arrested in connection with the sexual battery of an individual known to him on Dec 13.

On Dec. 14, Ermes Urbano Castillo, 47, of Herndon was also arrested for the aggravated assault of a victim known to him. Both men were taken to the Fairfax County Adult Detention enter where they were held without bond.

An attempted burglary was also reported at a business on the 1200 block of Old Heights Road in Herndon. No arrest was made in connection with the Dec. 11 incident.

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

LARCENIES:

 2100 block of Astoria Circle, cash from location

1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, cell phone from location

2500 block of Farmcrest Drive, gun from vehicle

2400 block of Masons Ferry Drive, property from vehicle

1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, wallet from location

12900 block of Centre Park Circle, license plates from vehicle

1500 block of Chatman Colony Court, package from front steps

1800 block of Jonathan Way, cash from residence

11800 block of Sunrise Valley Drive, wallet from location

11700 block Sunrise Valley Drive, luggage and computers from vehicle

12100 block of Sunset Hills Road, merchandise from business

STOLEN VEHICLES:

None reported

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Local police are investigating after CVS Pharmacy in Herndon was robbed over the weekend.

Police believe the location at 2525 Centreville Road was robbed on Saturday, Dec. 14 at around 7:55 p.m.

The suspect implied she had a handgun and demanded cash, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.

FCPD indicated the woman is around 40 years old and was wearing dark clothing. 

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Local police arrested a juvenile in connection with a robbery and assault on Halloween and are looking for other suspects.

A victim said several males assaulted him and stole cash from his wallet when he was walking on the 2100 block of Ferguson Place at around 8 p.m.

A juvenile was arrested and charged after the incident.

Police are looking for an unidentified number of suspects involved in the incident. No description was provided by police.

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A man was robbed during an in-person exchange of a cell phone with an online seller.

Police arrested Monzir Hassan, 18, of Reston for the robbery on Oct. 3 at around 5:53 p.m., according to the Fairfax County Police Department.

Authorities believe Hassan punched the victim in the face when the victim gave him money for the phone. Hassan was arrested after he attempted to escape in a black sedan, police said.

FCPD did not disclose how much cash was stolen.

In a separate incident, a home burglary was reported on Oct. 5 on the 2400 block of Old Farmhouse Road. Police believe someone broke into the home that evening and stole personal property.

FCPD’s Reston District Station also reported the following minor incidents in recent days:

LARCENIES:

1500 block of Autumn Ridge Circle, license plates from vehicle

Carpers Farm Way/Colvin Run Road, batteries from location

11800 block Freedom Drive, camera from location

1700 block of Ivy Oak Square, book bag from car

1800 block of Sycamore Valley Drive, change from car

13300 block of Feldman Place, tools from location

11400 block of Commerce Park Drive, purses from location

2300 block of Fox Fire Court, identification from location

11900 block of Market Street, merchandise from business

1900 block of Reston Metro Plaza, wallet from location

STOLEN VEHICLES:

10700 block of Midsummer Drive, 2007 Honda Accord

Photo via FCPD

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Fairfax County police are looking for four of the five suspects involved in a robbery and assault in Herndon.

The incident occurred around 8 p.m. on Monday (Sept. 9) in the 13100 block of Parcher Avenue.

“The victim was walking home when five suspects surrounded him,” according to a police report. “They assaulted him and removed personal items.”

Police said that they found one juvenile connected to the robbery after a lookout was provided. The juvenile was charged with robbery.

“The other suspects were described as Hispanic males in their late teens,” police said.

FCPD’s Reston District Station also reported the following incidents in recent days:

LARCENIES:

11700 block of Arbor Glen Way, license plate from vehicle

1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, property from residence

12900 block of Centre Park Circle, purse from vehicle

12000 block of Creekbend Drive, property from residence

11800 block of Freedom Drive, camera from business

2300 block of Hunters Woods Plaza, liquor from business

2300 block of Hunters Woods Plaza, liquor from business

11900 block of Market Street, jewelry from residence

11600 block of Plaza America Drive, wallet from location

1000 block of Preserve Court, license plate from vehicle

12100 block of Sunset Hill Road, electronic device from business

STOLEN VEHICLES:

None reported

On Saturday, Sept. 7, a man was robbed by two men while walking home. The incident occurred in the 1700 block of Ascot Way around 12:30 a.m.

“The men were described as being in their late teens to early 20s,” police said.

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Herndon Police Chief Maggie DeBoard said the two Maryland men arrested on Labor Day in connection with an armed robbery, shooting at a police officer, and a carjacking in downtown Herndon have “extensive criminal histories” and may be connected to other similar incidents in the county.

At a debriefing before the Herndon Town Council earlier this week, DeBoard released new details about the incident that happened near Locust Street. She said police officers responded quickly and effectively, even though there were only four people on duty when the incident happened at around 7:20 p.m. that day.

Edward Maul Mejia Sandoval, 22, was charged with two counts of robbery and two counts of threatening to abduct with the intent to defile. Manual Enrique Casco, 34, was charged with robbery, carjacking and the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.

Police believe the suspects were attempting to rob a business in downtown Herndon that evening. As the incident was unfolding, one of the two women assaulted by the men spotted a police cruiser parked in the store’s security camera footage. The woman alerted the police officer — who was filling out paperwork in the cruiser and happened to be near the scene at the time — about the armed robbery. The officer — whose name has not been disclosed — immediately began to chase the suspects as they fled from the business, police said.

During the foot pursuit, one of the suspects shot at the police officer. The officer responded by shooting back. No one was injured or hit during the exchange, police said.

Sandoval was arrested with the help of two off-duty police officers and an EMT from the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department. After a brief search, Casco was arrested nearly thirty minutes later after police received a report of a carjacking up the street near Guapos.

The Fairfax County Police Department has taken over the criminal investigation due to the town’s limited resources, DeBoard said. The officer-involved shooting was a first for all three commanders on the scene at the time, she said.

“When you have an incident of this magnitude and this high enough of a threat, it becomes extremely dangerous and challenging,” DeBoard told the council.

The Herndon Police Department is conducting an internal affairs investigation. The county’s Commonwealth Attorney will determine if the police officer’s use of a gun was justified. Thus far, the suspects have not been charged with attempted capital murder.

The incident was captured with body camera footage. DeBoard also said the Herndon Town Council’s $25,000 investment in technology to track police cruisers helped police respond to the scene by tracking the cruiser.

Details about the business robbed by the suspects, the names of the victims, and the name of the officer will not be released for privacy and safety reasons, the police chief said. The department may release the officer’s name later this week if it determines there is no threat to safety.

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