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German shepherds in life vests at Lake Anne Plaza (via vantagehill/Flickr)

Herndon Man Pleads Guilty in 2011 Reston Shooting — Herndon resident Saul Pacheco Mejia pleaded guilty in federal court yesterday (Thursday) for his involvement in a 2011 drug deal where his associates shot and killed one of the buyers. Mejia was indicted in 2015 and could face up to 25 years in prison when sentenced on Nov. 11. [The Washington Post]

Man Arrested for Reston Stabbing — A 23-year-old has been charged with malicious wounding for a stabbing that was reported in the 2100 block of Cartwright Place around 10:03 p.m. Wednesday night (July 14). Police say they located the suspect at 10:57 p.m. that night after an extensive search of the area involving dogs and helicopters. [Patch]

Hawk Crashes into Reston Home — A loud crash at a window of Reston resident Edward Abbott’s home last Friday (July 9) led to the discovery of “a dead chipmunk and a stunned hawk lying on the deck.” A Fairfax County Animal Control officer who responded to the call took the bird to a veterinarian for examination, but they were unable to determine whether the hawk had killed the chipmunk. [Patch]

Reston Community Center Unveils Fall Offerings — RCC’s 2021 Fall Program Guide is now online. Registration will begin on Aug. 1 for Reston residents and employees and Aug. 8 for other individuals. A print guide will be delivered soon, but it will be condensed to just key information as the center looks to reduce its use of paper and carbon footprint. [RCC]

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Reston Town Center West (via Sam Moon Sami/Facebook)

Virginia Expected to Lift Mask Requirement in Schools — Virginia is reviewing updated federal guidance saying that in-person learning should be prioritized even if not all mitigation strategies can be adopted. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says masks should still be worn indoors by anyone not fully vaccinated, especially when social distancing isn’t possible. [Richmond Times-Dispatch/Danville Register & Bee]

Fairfax County Police Investigate Herndon Stabbing — A dispute between “three juvenile acquaintances” on July 3 in the 2000 block of Huston Place resulted in one of the individuals stabbing another in the upper body. The victim was taken to a hopsital for injuries that were not life-threatening. [FCPD]

New County Public Works Director Begins Job — Starting today (Monday), the Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services has a new director, as Christopher Herrington succeeds Randy Bartlett, who retired in June. Herrington’s past experience includes serving as senior environmental policy officer for the City of Austin in Texas. [Fairfax County Government]

Herndon Police Chief Appointed to State Board — Herndon Chief of Police Maggie DeBoard has been appointed to Virginia’s Forensic Science Board, one of several new appointments announced by Gov. Ralph Northam on Friday (July 9). The Department of Forensic Science provides laboratory services to law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, medical examiners, and other agencies that conduct criminal investigations. [Office of the Governor]

Photo via Sam Moon Sami/Facebook

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Local police continue to investigate a stabbing that occurred earlier this month.

According to the Fairfax County Police Department, two men were heading to a local sporting event on Sept. 12 when a group of men stabbed them and ran away.

The victims were taken to a local hospital where they were treated for injuries that were not life-threatening, according to police.

The incident occurred around 3:44 p.m. FCPD released information about the incident on Friday.

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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.

Photo via Herndon Police Department

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Local police are turning to the public for help after two men were stabbed in Reston late last week.

The men — one of whom had serious injuries — were stabbed on Friday around 3:41 a.m. in the 12200 block of Laurel Glade Court.

Detectives released the images above depicting “persons of interest,” according to the Fairfax County Police Department.

“No arrests have been made but detectives are continuing to process evidence and interview witnesses.”

Anyone with information should follow the instructions below:

Anyone who recognizes the persons of interest or who has any information about the incident is asked to contact 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.

Photos via Fairfax County Police Department

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A 20-year-old suspect was arrested in connection with a stabbing on May 31.

Fairfax County police charged Herndon resident Denis Alexander Castillo Hernandez with aggravated malicious assault. The victim was taken to Reston Hospital in life-threatening condition. The incident occurred on the 1300 block of Parcher Avenue, police said.

In a separate incident, Anthony Devine, 27, of Reston, was charged with driving under the influence, refusal to take a breath test and obstruction of justice. According to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, Devine was driving over the speed limit near Route 28 and Nokes Boulevard on June 2 around 2:41 a.m. He is being held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center without bond.

FCPD reported the following incidents in the past week, including the theft of a sword from a home on the 2600 block of Barnside Court in Herndon:

LARCENIES:

13400 block of Coppermine Road, jewelry from residence

11800 block of Freedom Drive, jewelry from residence

11800 block of Freedom Drive, necklace from residence

1800 block of Jonathan Way, laptop computer from residence

12400 block of Marstan Moor Lane, bag and cash from vehicle

1400 block of Northgate Square, license plate from vehicle

2500 block of Polly Jefferson Way, property from residence

2300 block of Soapstone Drive, license plate from vehicle

11600 block of Stoneview Square, license plate from vehicle

2700 block of Viking Drive, property from vehicle

STOLEN VEHICLES:

None reported.

File photo

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Fairfax County police are investigating a stabbing that took place Friday afternoon in the Hunters Woods Plaza.

According to a Fairfax County Police Department spokesperson, a male juvenile was stabbed on Friday. Police responded to a call at 4:43 p.m. on Friday indicating someone had been stabbed.

The victim was found in the 2300 block of the plaza with a non-life threatening wound to the upper body. He was taken to the hospital and is recovering, the spokesperson said.

Police do not have any updates on the investigation at this time. Anyone with information about crimes reported by FCPD should call 703-691-2131 or 1-866-411-TIPS(8477), or text “TIP187” plus the message to CRIMES(274637).

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Sketch of suspect in stabbing at Clyde's/FCPD

Fairfax County Police have released a sketch of the suspect who stabbed a man in a fight at Clyde’s at Reston Town Center early on Sunday.

Police said a Vienna man, 24, and his 26-year-old girlfriend from Fairfax were at the bar about 1:20 a.m. when an unknown man approached and started to flirt with the girlfriend. The men began arguing, which led to a physical fight.

The unknown man then took out a knife, allegedly cut the boyfriend, and then fled.

The victim was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Detectives have have developed a composite sketch of the suspect in this case. He is believed to be a light skinned man, possibly of Hispanic or East Indian descent, in his late-20s to mid-30s.

The suspect was described to police as 5-feet-7 to 5-feet-8 inches tall, with an average build. He was wearing a black or dark blue jacket, blue jeans and possibly prescription glasses. He has dark hair; thinner on the sides and thicker on the top.

Detectives are particularly interested in speaking to anyone who attended the Halloween party at Clyde’s, Saturday night, into Sunday morning and who may have taken photographs during the party.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Crime Solvers electronically by visitingwww.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text-a-tip by texting “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES(274637)** or by calling 1-866-411-TIPS(8477), or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131 . You may also call the Major Crimes Division at 703-246-7800.

Sketch of suspect in stabbing at Clyde’s/FCPD

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Crime scene on Charter Oak Court

Fairfax County Police are looking for a suspect in the stabbing of a man Thursday morning in the 11600 block of Charter Oak Court in Reston.

Police were called to the Charter Oak Apartments a little before 11 a.m. They found a man who had been stabbed in the upper body, officers said. Fairfax County’s Fire Rescue helicopter landed on the Hidden Creek Country Club golf course nearby and took the victim to Inova Fairfax Hospital, police said.

There appeared to be no signs of forced entry in the man’s apartment, police said. They said it did not appear to be a random event and that public safety was not in danger.

Police K9 units and the helicopter were called to look for suspects. Police said they had no descriptions or leads as of 11:40 a.m.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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Fairfax County Police Two people were hospitalized on Monday after they had an argument that ended with a stabbing on Monday, Fairfax County Police said.

Officers responded to a call for an injured person in the 12000 block of Waterside View Drive near Bennington Woods Road around 11 p.m. Monday.

Officers determined that the suspect and victim knew each other and had an argument. One individual was stabbed during the altercation, FCPD spokesman Lucy Caldwell said.

Both were transported to the hospital for treatment for their wounds, which were determined to be non-life threatening., said Caldwell.

“This does not appear to be a random incident as the two were acquainted with each other,” said Caldwell.

Charges may be pending against the subject, said Caldwell.

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