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Suspected MS13 gang members rounded up, charged in murder of Edwin Chicas

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. — Police today announced the arrest of five people in the October 29 shooting death of Edwin Chicas, 22, who was killed outside a home near Manassas.

From Prince William police: 

Murder Investigation *MULTIPLE ARRESTS – On November 9, detectives from the Prince William County Police Homicide Unit and Special Investigations Bureau, with assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, the Manassas City Police Department and the City of Manassas Park Police Department, attempted to arrest several suspects involved in the murder of Edwin Ivan Chicas which occurred in the 7500 block of Quail Run Ln in Manassas on October 29.

The preliminary investigation into the murder revealed that the victim was fatally shot following an altercation in the above area. Two men, identified as Marlon Edenilson ARGUETA-FLORES and Gerson Aldair SORTO-RAMIREZ, are alleged to have caused the victim’s death. The investigation further revealed that several other individuals were also involved in the murder, either as accessories after the fact or as co-conspirators. Detectives determined this murder was gang related as several of the suspects arrested were identified as members of the criminal gang Mara Salvatrucha, commonly known as MS13.

Following the investigation, detectives obtained arrest warrants for eight adults and one juvenile. Seven of those suspects wanted by police were arrested without incident. Authorities also executed multiple search warrants at five residences in connection to this investigation.

                Arrested on November 9:

                Marlon Edenilson ARGUETA-FLORES, 23, of 8329 Shady Grove Cir in Manassas City

                Charged with murder and use of a firearm in commission of a felony


                Gerson Aldair SORTO-RAMIREZ, 18, of 8828 Flatbush Ct in Manassas

                Charged with murder


                Omar Javier VILLEGAS-AYALA, 19, of 9450 Locust Terr, #1108, in Manassas Park

                Kevin PORTILLO QUINTANILLA, 18, of 10110 Sabin Dr in Manassas

                Both suspects above were charged with conspiracy to commit a felony

                Ana Luisa HERNANDEZ-RAMIREZ, 29, of 9450 Locust Terr, #1108, in Manassas Park

                Tania Manilo HENRIQUEZ-CARRONZA, 24, of 9450 Locust Terr, #1108, in Manassas Park

                Both suspects above were charged with accessory after the fact


Court Date: January 9, 2017


Arrested on November 9: [Juvenile]

A 17-year-old male juvenile of Manassas

Charged with conspiracy to commit a felony



Kevin Vigil CRUZ, 22, of the 9400 block of Locust Terr in Manassas Park [No photo available]

Carlos Antoni CISNEROS-ESPINAL, 21, of the 10900 block of Coverstone Dr in Manassas [Photo from December 2015]

                Both suspects above are wanted for accessory after the fact


Search Warrant Locations:

  • 8329 Shady Grove Cir, City of Manassas

  • 8828 Flatbush Ct, Manassas-Prince William County

  • 9450 Locust Terr, #1108, City of Manassas Park

  • 10110 Sabin Dr, Manassas-Prince William County

  • 11052 Camfield Ct, #201, Manassas-Prince William County

Suspect in fatal Virginia Gateway shooting identified

GAINESVILLE, Va — Police identified the suspect in the fatal shooting of a 26-year-old woman at Virginia Gateway shopping center on Sunday night.

Police today identified the victim as 26-year-old Linh Thi Pham.

Police just released this statement and associated photo: 

Murder Investigation *ARREST– On November 7, detectives from the Homicide Unit identified the suspect involved in the murder of Linh Thi Pham which occurred in the 7300 block of Atlas Walk Way in Gainesville on November 6. The preliminary investigation into the incident alleged that the accused, identified as Bryan ChristopherYU, fatally shot the victim, an acquaintance, as she was sitting in her vehicle after leaving her place of employment. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested without incident.

No arrests have been made in the case.

Update: Woman, 26, shot on Atlas Walk Way in Gainesville, dies

GAINESVILLE, Va. —  A woman was shot in the Virginia Gateway shopping center tonight. 

The shooting happened at 5:35 p.m. in a parking lot between a Hampton Inn hotel and a Five Guys restaurant in the 7300 block of Atlas Walk Way. 

One woman suffered serious injuries to her upper body and was flown to a local hospital for the treatment of injuries that appeared to be life-threatening, according to Prince William police spokesman Nathan Probus.

Police took photos of the area that has been roped off for the shooting investigation. The photos show a now vacant store that was home to a Gym Source.

We’ll have more on this story as we get it. 

Updated 10 p.m. 

From police: 

Homicide Investigation – On November 6 at 5:35PM, officers responded to a parking lot located in the 7300 block of Atlas Walk Way in Gainesville (20155) to investigate a shooting. Once on scene, officers located a victim suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper body. The victim, identified as a 26-year-old female of Gainesville, was transported to an area hospital where she was pronounced dead. Detectives from the Homicide Unit are continuing to investigate this case. Currently, no arrests have been made. At this time, this shooting does not appear to be random.  More information will be released as it becomes available. This is Prince William County’s 20th homicide for 2016. *

Updated Monday, Nov. 7, 2016

Police identified the victim as 26-year-old Linh Thi Pham, of Bristow.

Charges filed in fatal Minnieville Road crash

DALE CITY, Va. — Policed filed charges in the fatal crash of a motorcycle rider killed last week on Minneville Road in Dale City. 

From police: 

Fatal Crash Investigation *CHARGES FILED – On November 2, investigators from the Crash Investigation Unit filed charges in connection to the fatal crash which occurred in the area of Minnieville Rd and Cheshire Station Plz in Woodbridge on October 25. The investigation revealed that the driver of a 2015 Honda Accord failed to yield the right-of-way upon making a left hand turn which caused the collision with a passing motorcycle. The motorcycle operator was transported to an area hospital where he died as a result of this injuries. Following the investigation, the driver of the Honda Accord, identified as Charles James ALLEN, was served a summons related to the crash on November 3.

                Charged on November 3: [No photo available]

                Charles James ALLEN, 69, of 14196 Regent Ct in Woodbridge

                [The driver of the 2015 Honda Accord]

Charged with failure to yield the right-of-way on a left turn

                Court Date: December 14, 2016 | Status: Issued a Court Summons

Suspect in custody after traffic stop leads to manhunt in Occoquan

OCCOQUAN, Va — One person is in custody after fleeing a police traffic stop. 

Police tell us a Virginia State Police trooper tried to stop a driver in a Nissan Altima traveling on Interstate 95 southbound. The suspect fled the scene and police pursued the driver.

The driver took exit 161 and fled police. A helicopter and units from Prince William County were called in to search for the man. 

An unidentified person is in custody. 

Here’s more from Virginia State Police: 

At 12:28 p.m., Tuesday (Oct. 25), Virginia State Police initiated a traffic stop on a Nissan Maxima traveling south on I-95 at the 168 mile marker. The Nissan refused to stop for the trooper and sped off. A pursuit was initiated. The Nissan took Exit 161 and then the driver fled on foot. Troopers lost sight of the suspect driver. With the assistance of Prince William County Police, a search was conducted and state troopers apprehended the male suspect without incident at approximately 1:10 p.m. Investigation remains ongoing at this time. No injuries reported.

Updated: Woodbridge man faces attempted murder charge after Stafford standoff


The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office just released the names of two men charged in the overnight shots fired call turned police standoff in North Stafford: 

Kevin Wayne Smith, Jr., age 23 of Salem Way Drive in Woodbridge was charged with Attempted 2nd Degree Murder and Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony.

Brandon Christopher Baker, age 24 of Westminster Lane in Stafford was charged with Assault by Mob.

Authorities are withholding photos of the suspects as they are expected to appear in a witness line-up in the coming days, Moncure said. 

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A fight in the parking of the Buffalo Mos restaurant in North Stafford led to shots fired, and then to a nearly four-hour standoff outside the home a suspect. 

More from Stafford sheriff’s spokeswoman MC Moncure: 

On October 14, 2016 at approximately 2:00 a.m. Stafford Sheriff’s Office responded to a fight in progress at Buffalo Mo’s in northern Stafford County. The caller reported four or five males were outside fighting with a single male.

During the fight, one of the males from the group brandished a semi-automatic handgun and fired several rounds. After the gunfire, the group of men fled the scene in a vehicle. When Patrol Units arrived they were able to confirm that no one was injured in the shooting. Witnessed were able to provide the names of two of the suspects in the group, a vehicle description and tag number. Deputies began to search for the vehicle which was found unoccupied at the Staffordboro Commuter Lot.

DMV records showed that the vehicle was registered to a residence at 105 Westminster Lane. Patrol units conducted surveillance at the residence and were able to confirm that the two, previously identified suspects were inside.

The Special Weapons and Tactics Team responded to the scene at approximately 7:30 a.m. and established a perimeter around the residence. Negotiators attempted to make contact with the suspects for several hours by home phone, cell phone and a public address system.

Both suspects finally emerged from the townhome and surrendered to authorities at approximately 11:50 a.m. without further incident. At the present time, the names of the suspects are being withheld as the investigation continues.

Arrest warrants were obtained for one of the suspects for Attempted Murder and Reckless Handling of a Firearm. The second suspect has a warrant for Assault by Mob. The Sheriff’s Office would like to advise that all suspects are now in custody and there is no danger to the public involving this incident.

Moncure did not release the names of the suspects.

1 dead in shooting on Bayside Avenue in Woodbridge


Police identified the victim in Saturday night’s shooting as Jose Moises Garcia Flores, 40, of Woodbridge. 



More from Prince William police:

On October 9, members of the Prince William Police Search & Rescue Team, with assistance from the Virginia State Police, conducted an extensive search of the area. During the investigation, descriptions of two possible suspects were developed. The victim’s body was transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Manassas where he was positively identified. The investigation continues. 

Suspect Descriptions:

Black male, unknown age, 5’7” with a thin build and medium complexion

Last seen wearing a gray hooded jacket and blue jeans


Black male, unknown age, with a heavy build and full mustache & beard

Last seen wearing all dark clothing including a black cap with white front


The shooting occurred outside the Bayvue Apartments. 

From Prince William police: 

Homicide Investigation- On October 8 at 5:56PM, officers responded to the 1400 block of Bayside Ave in Woodbridge for a report of gunshots. Upon arrival, officers located an adult male suffering from apparent gunshots to the body in front of one of the apartment buildings.  The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.  Officers conducted an extensive search of the area.  No suspects have been identified.  The identity of the victim will be released once positively identified and next of kin has been notified.  More information will be released when available.  The investigation continues.

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One man is dead after a shooting on Bayside Avenue in Woodbridge. 

Police said don’t have any suspects in the murder case.

More as we have it.

From Prince William police: 


United Bank Dumfries Branch robbed at gunpoint

A United Bank location just outside Dumfries was robbed this afternoon. 

From Prince William police: 

Bank Robbery – On October 6 at 3:30PM, officers responded to the United Bank located at 17054 Jefferson Davis Hwy in Dumfries (22026) to investigate an armed bank robbery. The investigation revealed that a black male suspect entered the bank and approached the counter where he brandished a firearm and demanded money. The suspect took an undisclosed amount of money before fleeing the bank on foot. No injuries were reported. A police K-9 is responding to the scene. Residents can expect a heavy police presence in the area as the investigation continues.

Attachments: Suspect photo from video surveillance.

Please follow our social media pages for further updates as they are made available.

Hepatitis A case linked to Gainesville Tropical Smoothie Cafe

Health officials in Prince William County want to talk to anyone who purchased food or drink at Tropical Smoothie Cafe in Gainesville.

A male store employee in his early 20s this week was diagnosed with hepatitis A, a virus that attacks the liver and can be fatal in rare cases. Anyone who purchased anything at the restaurant between 28 and August 16 is see their doctor.

From the Prince William Health District:

Susceptible individuals who ate or drank anything from the Tropical Smoothie Café in Gainesville on August 12, 13, 15, 16, 17 or 18 may still benefit from vaccine or immune globulin to prevent hepatitis A if received within two weeks of the date of exposure. Susceptible individuals who ate or drank anything at the restaurant on those dates should contact their health care providers, or may contact the Prince William Health District information line at 703-792-6345. Vaccine is available at various urgent care clinics and pharmacies in the community and at the Prince William Health District.

The Tropical Smoothie store that employs the infected worker, at 8069 Stonewall Shops Square, remained open on Friday afternoon. The store employee notified the owners of the store Dennis and Nicole Drake on Wednesday that his was showing signs of an illness.

The owners said the employee was told to stay home.

A lab test revealed he had contracted Hepatitis A, which can be transmitted by fecal matter or orally, according to health officials. The employee regularly handed food, and has worked at the restaurant since June, said Drake.

Customers who may not be showing symptoms now could develop them later. Those infected with hepatitis A may show symptoms between 15 and 50 days after contracting the virus, according to health officials.

The Gainesville infection comes as Virginia Department of Health officials last week traced the cause of 28 other Hepatitis A infections at Tropical Smoothie Cafes across Virginia to strawberries imported from Egypt.

“I never order anything with strawberries in it,” said Tyler Long, of Bristow, who purchased two smoothies on Friday from Tropical Smoothie in Gainesville.

Long works at a neighboring barbecue restaurant and goes to Tropical Smoothie each time he works, about four to five times a week.

The Drakes, owners of the Gainesville Tropical Smoothie, attended a press conference on Friday at the Prince Willaim Health District Office in Manassas. The husband and wife owner team said their store regularly passes state health inspections, that the company uses a private firm to perform additional health inspections, and that proper food handling training is administered to all employees.

“We’ve been impacted by this… it hurts us,” said Dennis Drake. “And it hurts more so than the business aspect… this is our food, these are our employees, and we’re all members of this community.”

The Drakes employee 17 people at their Gainesville location. The couple said they were at their Gainesville store until 2 a.m. Friday performing a “deep clean” of the restaurant.

Reopened: I-95 south snarled after tractor trailer crash

Updated  5:20 p.m. 

Interstate 95 southbound travelers should expect significant afternoon travel delays due to a tractor-trailer crash that has closed all southbound lanes just before Exit 104/Carmel Church in Caroline County.

Southbound traffic will be diverted to use Route 1 southbound as detour route from Exit 110/Ladysmith in Caroline County.

Several miles of congestion exists leading up to the incident scene.

Original post 4 p.m. 

From VDOT: 

Interstate 95 southbound travelers should expect significant afternoon travel delays due to a tractor-trailer crash that has closed all southbound lanes just before Exit 104/Carmel Church in Caroline County.

Southbound traffic will be diverted to use Route 1 southbound as detour route from Exit 110/Ladysmith in Caroline County.

Several miles of congestion exists leading up to the incident scene.

Heat advisory issued, ‘feels like’ temps to push 105 degrees

From the National Weather Service: 










2 men, 4 dogs found inside burning home


From Prince William police:

Lomond Dr in Manassas, detectives from the Homicide Unit and investigators from the Fire Marshals’ Office are investigating this incident as an arson-related double homicide. One of the victims has been positively identified as a 17 year old male juvenile of Manassas.

Due to extensive injuries, the identity of the second deceased male victim is pending confirmation through the Medical Examiner’s Office. The third man located by officers near Manassas Mall has been identified as a 35 year old man of Manassas and is still hospitalized.

No arrests have been made at this point in connection to this incident. The deaths related to this investigation are Prince William County’s 14th and 15thhomicide for 2016*. The investigation continues. 


One of the victims has been identified as Jose Javier AVALOS, 17, of Manassas

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From Prince William police: 

Death Investigation – On July 31 at 12:24AM, officers responded to a residence located in the 10300 block of Lomond Dr in Manassas (20109) to assist the Department of Fire and Rescue with a house fire. During their checks of the residence, fire crews located two men inside the home.

One of the men was pronounced dead at the scene while the other was flown to an area hospital where he later died as a result of his injuries. Four dogs were also located deceased inside the residence and were turned over to Animal Control.

A short time later, around 1:45AM, police received a call about a third man walking in the area of Manassas Mall appearing to be injured. Officers arrived and located the man suffering from extensive burns to his body. This man was transported to an area hospital for treatment of his injuries.

The remains of the two deceased men will be transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office for further analysis and identification. The identity of the deceased men will be released once confirmed and their next of kin has been notified.

This incident is being jointly investigated by the Prince William County Police Homicide Unit and the Department of Fire and Rescue’s Fire Marshals’ Office. More information will be released when available. The investigation continues.



Updated: One dead in Manassas Park blaze

Updated July 12

The victim in Friday’s fatal fire in Manassas Park is Jerry Wayne Lusk, 73, of Luxor Street, according to a city fire investigator.


The man who died in a fire today while inside a single family home at 108 Luxor Street in Manassas Park lived alone.

He was the only person inside the home when it caught fire and was unable to make it out of the home. We were told the man who lived here was ill and was unable to evacute the house on his own. 

Fire investigators are still working to notify the victim’s next of kin. More information about this deadly blaze should be available this evening, we’re told.

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From Manassas Park Fire Chief David Dixon: 

At approximately 7:30 am, City of Manassas Park Fire Rescue, City of Manassas Park Police, City of Manassas Fire Rescue, and Prince William County Fire Rescue responded to a single family structure fire located at 108 Luxor Street in the City of Manassas Park. Upon arrival, firefighters found the dwelling fully engulfed in fire. There was one fire fatality involved in this fire incident. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by the City of Manassas Park Fire Marshal’s Office and Manassas Park Police.

Potomac Local is headed to the scene to get more information. Check back soon.

62 children evacuated from Minnieland Academy in Manassas

Fire and rescue crews evacuated 62 children from a Minnieland Academy daycare center on Technology Drive.

A construction contractor working in the area struck a gas main, and that prompted the evacuation said Manassas Fire and Rescue Batallion Chief Mark Nary.

No injuries were reported, and no gas was found inside the daycare center located in Manassas. Two office buildings sit next to the daycare center, and neither were impacted by the gas leak, said Nary.

Minneland Academy used private buses to evacuate children from the center. Evacuees were taken to Minnieland Academy at Wellington off Hastings Drive in Manassas.

We asked Minnieland if parents could come pick up their children from the Wellington center. They responded:



Repair crews were called to fix the leak.

A mini storage facility is being built behind the Minnieland Academy, said Manassas City Economic Development Director Patrick Small.

Founded in Woodbridge, Minnieland  Academy is one of the largest childcare providers in the region with locations  in Prince William, Stafford, Fairfax, and Loudoun counties, and in the Richmond area. 

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Barnard named Prince William Police Chief

Barry Barnard will fill the role of Prince William County Police Chief full time. 

He had been acting chief since the departure of Chief Stephan Hudson in April.

From a county press release: 

Following a nationwide search and competitive hiring process, the Board of County Supervisors announced Barry M. Barnard as the new Prince William County Chief of Police for Prince William County.

Barnard joined the Prince William County Police Department as a Patrol Officer in 1976. He has had a stellar career and worked his way through the ranks serving in a variety of capacities for the Department. He has served as the Assistant Chief of Police since 2000, and was acting Police Chief following the retirement of Chief Dean in 2012, and again following the retirement of Chief Hudson in 2016.

“We have one of the finest police departments in the nation,” said Corey A. Stewart, Chairman Prince William Board of County Supervisors. “With 40 years of service with the Prince William County Police Department, Barry Barnard has been an integral part of that success. He has demonstrated his ability to lead this department and to maintain the safety of the residents of Prince William County.”

“The Prince William Police Department is a dynamic group of men and women who selflessly serve this community,” said Barnard. “It is truly an honor to be named the new Chief of Police, and I am humbled to have the opportunity to serve alongside my fellow officers and county employees in this new capacity as we continue to make Prince William County a safe place to live, work and enjoy.”

Barry Barnard received his Bachelor of Science degree in criminology from Florida State University and a Master of Public Administration from George Mason University. He resides in Prince William County with his wife, Debbie. reports the 63-year-old Barnard was hired this morning during a special meeting of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors, and that his annual salary is $186,000 168,000.

History of police chiefs in Prince William

George Owens 1970 to 1988

Charlie T. Deane 1988 – 2012

Stephan Hudson 2012 to 2016

Barry Barnard 2016 – 

Pedestrian struck by train is Friday’s second fatality in Prince William

One person was struck by a train outside Manassas tonight. 

We don’t have much, just these notifications from police: 


This is the second confirmed fatality tonight in Prince William County.


Motorcyclist killed in crash on Occoquan Road at G Street in Woodbridge

Updated June 27, 2016

From Prince William police: 

Fatal Crash Investigation – On June 24 at 4:06PM, investigators from the Crash Investigation Unit responded to the area of Occoquan Rd and G St in Woodbridge (22191) to investigate a two vehicle crash. The investigation revealed that the operator of a 2006 Yamaha R1 was traveling eastbound on Occoquan Rd in the above area at an excessive speed when he collided with the driver of a 2014 Nissan NV2500HD van. The operator of the Yamaha R1 was transported to an area hospital where he died as a result of his injuries. Minor injuries were reported by the driver of the 2014 Nissan NV2500HD van. Alcohol and drugs do not appear to be factors in this crash. The victim was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. The investigation continues. 


The driver of the 2006 Yamaha R1 motorcycle was identified Javier VANEGAS MORATAYA, 23, of Woodbridge.


The driver of the 2014 Nissan NV2500HD van was identified was identified as 23 year old man of Woodbridge.

Update 6:55 p.m.

From Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok: 

…this will be a confirmed fatal. Motorcycle operator, an adult male, succumbed to inquiries from the crash. Other driver of a work van was not injured.

Police plan to provide more information on the crash on Monday.

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Serious crash involving a motorcycle. That’s all we know right now. 


Next rounds of Metro SafeTrack work to impact Virginia commuters; PRTC plans temp changes

PRTC will implement some temporary changes for the next phases of Metro SafeTrack work to impact Virginia commuters. 

Potomac Mills mall announced it would add some additional temporary commuter parking during the work. We asked Potomac Mills how many more spaces drivers could expect, but they didn’t respond.  A PRTC spokeswoman also didn’t have the information.

From a PRTC email: 

The third and fourth phases of WMATA’s SafeTrack work are scheduled to shut down a segment of the Blue and Yellow lines in Arlington and Alexandria. Visit Metro’s SafeTrack webpage for details about train frequency and shuttle buses.

   –From July 5 through July 11, there will be no rail service between Braddock Road and National Airport. 

   –From July 12 through July 18, there will be no rail service between National Airport and Pentagon City.

PRTC will implement a few minor changes (detailed below) to help PRTC and Metro passengers.

Also to assist during SafeTrack, Potomac Mills Mall will temporarily increase the number of spaces set aside for commuter parking starting on June 29.

 –Several evening trips on the Prince William Metro Direct route will leave later than scheduled, enabling more passengers to make connections. These accommodations will be in place only during these phases of SafeTrack.

The 7:45 p.m. weekday trip will depart the Franconia-Springfield Metro Station at 7:55 p.m.

The 10:40 p.m. weekday trip – the last trip of the night – will depart the Metro station at 10:55 p.m.

The 10:35 p.m. Saturday trip – the last trip of the night – will depart the Metro station at 10:50 p.m.

   –Eastern Prince William County residents may want to ride one of the many PRTC OmniRide buses to the Pentagon, Crystal City orRosslyn-Ballston and transfer to Metrobus, Arlington Transit bus or Alexandria DASH bus.

   –Those who travel mid-day should consider PRTC’s Dale City – Washington OmniRide MX-1 trip, which leaves PRTC at 11:05 a.m. and picks up passengers at the Route 123/ I-95 Commuter Lot before traveling straight to multiple destinations in downtown D.C. 

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Keep your eyes to the skies: High winds, hail possible

3:40 p.m.

1:30 p.m. 

The severe thunderstorm watch is in effect until 9 p.m. 

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