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Surveillance footage captures Manassas armed robbery

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From Manassas police: 

On Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at approximately 10:55pm, surveillance footage captured the suspect pictured above entering 7-Eleven and holding the clerk at gunpoint, demanding money from the register.

The clerk complied and the suspect fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash. If you have any information or can identify this subject, contact Detective Barahona at (703) 257-8047 or abarahona@manassasva.gov

The Manassas City Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward up to $1000 for information that leads to an arrest in this case. The confidential 24-hour tip line is (703) 330-0330.

Also this week, a man walked into a Best Western hotel on Mathis Avenue in Manassas and robbed it at gunpoint. The suspect remains at large.

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Armed robbery reported on Rusty Rudder Drive

From police: 

Armed Robbery – On December 12 at 9:46PM, officers responded to a robbery which occurred earlier that evening in the 16300 block of Rusty Rudder Dr in Woodbridge (22191). The victim, a 20-year-old man of Woodbridge, reported to police that he was sitting in a vehicle parked in the above area when he was approached by two unknown males wearing masks. During the encounter, one of the suspects brandished a handgun and demanded that the victim get out of the car. The suspects then took the victim’s cell phone, jewelry, and money before fleeing the area in a red SUV. No injuries were reported. The investigation continues.

Suspect Description:

Two black males, between 5’11 – 6’0” with thin builds No clothing description is available

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Mathis Avenue hotel robbed at gunpoint just before 1 p.m. Tuesday

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A Best Western Hotel in Manassas was robbed at gunpoint.

Police said the gunman walked into the hotel at 8640 Mathis Avenue at 12:44 p.m. today, showed a handgun, and demanded cash.

The suspect fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. No one was hurt.

He’s described as white, thin, 5 feet 10 inches tall, wearing a hooded sweatshirt with a Nike logo, black pants, and a black ski mask.

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Bar fight spills into restaurant parking lot leaving one man hospitalized

From a press release: 

Deputies with the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office responded to a fight outside of Mick’s Restaurant and Sports Lounge early on Sunday morning that landed a man in the hospital with serious injuries.

On December 10, 2017 at approximately 1:40 a.m., deputies responded to a call regarding an unconscious and bleeding man lying on the ground near the entrance of the restaurant. Upon arrival, deputies found the subject, later identified as Aaron Bauman, 31, breathing, but unconscious, and lying in a small pool of blood. Bauman had bruises and abrasions on the left side of his face, forearms and knees.

A witness said the subject hit one of the restaurant’s patrons and knocked another over, which led to a fight between three or four people. Video surveillance showed Bauman attempting to punch one of the bouncers who was attempting to escort the subject out of the bar. In response, several individuals began attacking Bauman.

The subject was transported to Mary Washington Hospital and later transferred to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. He is being treated for serious facial and head trauma.

Deputies later learned Bauman left his two children, ages 6 and 7, at home unattended for approximately four hours to go to the bar. The subject is being charged with two counts of felony child neglect.

The incident is still under investigation.

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Woman jumps out of moving car on Dale Boulevard, escapes abductor

From Prince William police: 

Strangulation | Abduction | Domestic Related On December 8 at 7:50PM, officers responded to the 4100 block of Dale Blvd in Woodbridge (22193) to investigate an assault. The investigation revealed that the victim, a 20-year-old woman of Dumfries, and the accused, an acquaintance, were involved in a verbal altercation while driving along Dale Blvd. During the encounter, the accused grabbed the victim by the throat and held her inside of the vehicle when she attempted to get out. The victim was eventually able to break free from the accused and jump out of the vehicle as the suspect was driving. The accused then stopped the vehicle and chased after the victim. The accused eventually gave up and drove away. Several witness then contacted police. A short time later, the accused returned to the scene and was detained by several officers. Minor injuries were reported by the victim and the accused. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested.

Arrested on December 8:

Reginald Hakeem RILEY, 23, of 5951 Hunter Crest Rd in Woodbridge

Charged with strangulation, abduction, and possession of marijuana

Court Date: January 10, 2018 | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

 

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Stafford authorities said a suicidal Florida woman stopped at a Walmart, fired a gun, and held authorities at bay

From a press release: 

The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office has taken into custody an armed suicidal subject who was located in the Walmart parking lot on Garrisonville Road early on Friday morning.

On December 8, 2017 at approximately 5:15 a.m., the Sheriff’s Office responded to a call regarding a possible armed subject in a vehicle in the Walmart parking lot. The caller heard the sound of a gunshot, which detectives later confirmed to be true.

Upon arrival, deputies encountered a white female armed with a handgun sitting in her vehicle. The subject, later determined to be 57 years old, pointed the gun towards her head and told deputies she was going to kill herself.

Deputies set up a large perimeter to ensure public safety and established a strong law enforcement presence in the parking lot. Mine Road between Garrisonville Road and Greenspring Drive was closed to traffic during the incident.

During the encounter, the subject attempted suicide-by-cop. She repeatedly asked for the police to kill her and attempted to provoke a lethal response from law enforcement by pointing her weapon at herself and law enforcement. She later told investigators she did not have the courage to kill herself and hoped police would do it.

After several hours of negotiations, the subject was taken into custody. The subject told investigators that she resides in Florida and has been grappling with several personal problems. She pulled over in Stafford with the intention to commit suicide. She also confirmed that she did fire her weapon earlier that morning.

The subject is being held on an emergency custody order and is undergoing medical treatment at Mary Washington Hospital.

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Police say a Ford Escape struck and killed Robert Gerner

Police have identified the car they say struck and killed Robert James Gerner, 55, of Triangle on Nov. 29

From a press release: 

Fatal Crash Investigation *SUSPECT VEHICLE – Based on the investigation into the fatal hit & run crash which occurred in the 18800 block of Fuller Heights Rd in Triangle on November 29, investigators from the Crash Investigation Unit believe the striking vehicle involved in the collision was a light-color, Ford Escape between model years 2001 and 2004. The vehicle would have sustained damage to a headlight and a hood mounted bug deflector.

Anyone with information regarding this crash is asked to contact Investigator Cruz Reyes at 703-792-4443 or email their contact information to policedept@pwcgov.org. The investigation continues.

Further Suspect Vehicle Description:

A light color, Ford Escape, between 2001 & 2004 model, with damage to a headlight and a hood mounted bug deflector

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Two face charges in armed robbery outside PRTC Transit Center

From Prince William police: 

Armed Robbery Investigations *ARREST | Armed Robbery *NEW INCIDENT – On December 4 at 12:01PM, officers responded to the PRTC Terminal located at 14700 Potomac Mills Rd in Woodbridge (22193) to investigate a robbery.

The victim, a 15-year-old male juvenile, reported to police that he was waiting for a bus in the above

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area when he was approached by two acquaintances. During the encounter, one of the acquaintances brandished a handgun and demanded the victim’s property. The suspects then took the victim’s cell phone before fleeing the area on foot.

A police K-9 responded to search for the suspects who were not immediately located. A short time later, a witness located the suspects in a nearby business and contacted police. Officers arrived and detained both the suspects, identified as Aariq Michael NEDD and a 17-year-old male juvenile, without incident.

Upon further investigation, detectives with the Robbery Unit determined that NEDD and the 17-year-old male juvenile along with a third suspect, identified as Charles Leonard GASKINS, were involved in several other robberies which occurred in the Woodbridge area since October. Following the investigation, detectives obtained multiple warrants for GASKINS who was arrested without incident following a search warrant which was executed at his residence. The investigation continues.

                Arrested on December 4:

                Charles Leonard GASKINS, 18, of 1338 Cranes Bill Way in Woodbridge

Charged with 6 counts of robbery, 6 counts of conspiracy to commit a robbery, and 6 counts of use of a firearm in commission of a felony

                Court Date: January 16, 2018 | Bond: Held WITHOUT bond

 

Aariq Michael NEDD, 18, of 15429 Marsh Overlook Dr in Woodbridge

Charged with 5 counts of robbery, 4 counts of conspiracy to commit a robbery, and 3 count of use of a firearm in commission of a felony

                Court Date: January 16, 2018 | Bond: Held WITHOUT bond

 

17-year-old male juvenile of Woodbridge [Juvenile]

Charged with 6 counts of robbery, 6 counts of conspiracy to commit a robbery, and 6 count of use of a firearm in commission of a felony

                Court Date: Pending | Bond: Held at the Juvenile Detention Center

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Man spotted peeping through woman’s window

Police are searching for a peeping tom in Woodbridge. 

From a press release: 

Peeping Investigation – On December 2 at 3:45AM, officers responded to a residence located in the 2000 block of Harpers Hill Way in Woodbridge (22192) to investigate a peeping incident. The victim, a 22-year-old woman, reported to police that she was in her bedroom when she saw an unknown male peering through her window. The suspect fled the area on foot when the victim screamed.

No other contact was made between the parties. Officers checked the area and did not locate the suspect. The investigation continues.

Suspect Description:

Black male, 6’00”, 160lbs, a thin build, long black dreadlocks, and a scraggly beard

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Police work to identify victim in fatal hit run, search for suspect

Prince William police are searching for a suspect in a fatal hit and run in Triangle. 

From a press release: 

Fatal Crash | Hit & Run Investigation – On November 29 at 8:44PM, investigators from the Crash Investigation Unit responded to the 18800 block of Fuller Heights Rd in Triangle (22172) to investigate a crash involving a pedestrian. When officers arrived, they located an adult male lying in the roadway suffering from serious, life threatening injuries and was flown to a local hospital where he later died.

The initial investigation revealed that the pedestrian, who was not in a crosswalk, was attempting to cross the westbound lane of Fuller Heights Rd when he was struck by an unknown vehicle traveling eastbound. The striking vehicle did not remain at the scene.

Investigators are awaiting a positive identification of the pedestrian. The pedestrian is believed to have been under the influence of alcohol at the time of the collision. Anyone with information regarding this crash is asked to contact Investigator Cruz Reyes at 703-792-4443 or email their contact information to policedept@pwcgov.org. The investigation continues.

Suspect Vehicle Description:

Possibly a grey, older model SUV with a light color top and damage to the passenger side headlight

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Gainesville man charged with abduction and assault & battery

From Prince William County police:

Abduction | Domestic Assault & Battery – On November 27 at 10:37 a.m., officers responded to investigate a domestic dispute that occurred at a residence located in the 14000 block of Indigo Bunting Ct in Gainesville (20155) earlier that morning at approximately 1:00 a.m.

The victim, a 42-year-old woman, reported to police that she and the accused, an acquaintance, were involved in a verbal altercation that escalated physically. During the encounter, the accused bit the victim on the arm and pulled pieces of her out of from her head. At one point, the victim tried to escape the residence through a second story window. The accused then locked the victim in a bedroom and prevented her from contacting police.

The victim was eventually able to leave the home several hours later. The victim went to an area medical facility where police were contacted. Minor injuries were reported. Following the investigation, the accused, identified as P J Kwame ADJEI-PREMPEH, was arrested.

Arrested on November 27:
P J Kwame ADJEI-PREMPEH, 44, of the 14000 block of Indigo Bunting Ct in Gainesville
Charged with abduction, preventing the summoning of law enforcement and domestic assault & battery
Court Date: Pending | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

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No charges pending for discharge of shotgun in thwarting burglary

From Prince William County police:

Shooting Investigation | Residential Burglary – On November 11 at 5:03 p.m., officers responded to a residence located in the 14100 block of Morrison Ct in Woodbridge (22193) to investigate a fight. The investigation revealed that a large group of males responded to the home and were involved in a verbal altercation with the residents who were still inside.

During the encounter, several of the males began vandalizing a vehicle parked in the drive way then started throwing objects at the exterior of the home. When one of the suspects kicked open the front door of the home, an adult male resident inside of the residence fired two rounds from a shotgun at the suspects. The suspects eventually fled the area on foot as officers were arriving.

At this point, this incident does not appear to be random. No additional damage to property or any injuries were reported. There are no charges pending for the discharge of the shotgun. The investigation continues.

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2 armed robberies investigated in Prince William County

Prince William County police are investigating two sperate armed robberies. 

More in a police press release: 

Armed Robbery – On November 14 at 3:28AM, officers responded to the 7-Eleven located at 10420 Portsmouth Rd in Manassas (20109) to investigate a robbery. The employee reported to police that two males wearing all dark clothing and masks entered the store and walked behind the counter. During the encounter, one suspect brandished a handgun toward the employee and forced him to open the register to obtain money. The suspects also grabbed cigarettes before fleeing the business on foot. No injuries were reported. The investigation continues.

Suspect Descriptions:

White male of an unknown age, 6’1”, with a thin build
Last seen wearing a dark jacket with a hood, gray backpack, greenish gray pants, tan hat, and a white half-mask

Black male of an unknown age, 5’9”, with a medium build
Last seen wearing a black jacket with a hood, dark pants, and a dark colored half-mask

Armed Robbery – On November 14 at 2:15AM, officers responded to the 2300 block of Opitz Blvd in Woodbridge (22191) to investigate a robbery. The victim reported to police that she was walking in the area when she observed two unknown men standing beside a blue sedan. The men approached the victim and brandished a dark object, which she believed to be a gun. During the encounter, the suspects relieved the victim of her handbag. The suspects then fled the area in the blue sedan. No injuries were reported. The investigation continues.

Suspect Descriptions:

Hispanic male of an unknown age, 5’ 09”, with a medium build, curly black hair, and a mustache
Last seen wearing a white and red hoodie and blue jeans

Male of an unknown race or age, 6’00”, with a medium build
Last seen wearing all dark clothing

 

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Brothers charged in Manassas homicide

Two brothers are charged in the stabbing death of a 24-year-old man in Manassas. 

Erick Moises ROMERO, 27

Police tell us an argument led to the stabbing. 

More in a press release: 

At approximately 5:10 a.m. on November 11, 2017, the Manassas City Police responded to the 9700 block of Bragg Ln for a report of a male subject lying on the sidewalk.  Upon arrival, Officers located an adult male victim suffering from an apparent stab wound.  The victim succumbed to

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his injury, and was pronounced dead on the scene.  The victim has been identified as Elvin Ulises REYES-REYES, a 24–year-old resident of Manassas. 

The investigation revealed the victim approached a group of individuals inside a residence on the 9700 block of Bragg Ln and a verbal altercation ensued.  The argument escalated and turned physical outside the residence.  During the encounter one of the individuals, later identified as Erick Moises ROMERO,   produced a knife and stabbed the victim. A second suspect involved in the encounter was identified as ROMERO’s brother, Richard Gamaliel ROMERO SORTO, a 23-year-old resident of Maryland.

Erick Moises ROMERO was arrested and charged with 2nd degree murder, possession of a knife in the commission of a felony, and is currently being held without bond.  A court date has been set for December 29, 2017.

Richard Gamaliel ROMERO SORTO was also arrested and charged with 2nd degree murder and is currently being held without bond.  A court date has been set for December 29, 2017.

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Manassas police find man suffering fatal stab wound

Manassas police said they found an unidentified man lying on a sidewalk in the Georgetown South neighborhood early Saturday morning suffering from a stab wound. 

The man later died, and now police are questioning “multiple persons of interest” in the case. 

From a police press release: 

At approximately 5:10 a.m. on November 11, 2017, the Manassas City Police responded to the 9700 block of Bragg Ln for a report of a male subject lying on the sidewalk.  Upon arrival, Officers located an adult male victim suffering from an apparent stab wound. 

The adult male victim succumbed to his injury, and was pronounced dead on the scene.  The victim in this case appears to be in his mid-twenties.  Detectives have identified multiple persons of interest.  Detectives believe this to be an isolated incident, and the victim and the persons of interest knew each other.  The investigation is ongoing and more details will be forthcoming when available. 

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Driver killed, another faces DUI charge in hit-and-run crash

A driver involved in a hit-and-run crash on Interstate 66 early Sunday near Manassas died. 

A second driver was taken to a nearby hospital, and a third faces DUI charges.

More in a Virginia State Police press release: 

At 4:02 a.m.Sunday (Nov. 12), Virginia State Police responded to a fatal hit-and-run crash in Prince William County. The three-vehicle crash occurred in the westbound lanes of Interstate 66 at the 48 mile marker. The crash resulted in one of the vehicles overturning. The driver of the overturned vehicle was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of minor injuries. The driver of the second vehicle involved in the crash died at the scene; a passenger was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The third vehicle, a white SUV, fled the scene. 

Minutes later, a VDOT Safety Services Patrol spotted a white SUV with significant damage to the front end trying to take I-66 Exit 47. A trooper and Prince William County Police responded and initiated a traffic stop on the SUV. Its driver, Dustin Tran, 58, of Manassas, Va., was arrested and charged with DUI and one felony count of hit-and-run. He is being held at Prince William County Adult Detention Center. 

The Virginia State Police Crash Reconstruction Team is assisting with the ongoing crash investigation.

State police are still in the process of notifying next of kin.

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Woman assaulted after man jumps from behind bushes

WOODBRIDGE — A woman walking along a sidewalk was assaulted early Wednesday.

The victim was in the area of Walnut and Sycamore streets when a man jumped out from bushes and grabbed her. The woman broke free and fled to a nearby business, according to a Prince William police spokesman.

At 6:56 a.m., police dispatched K9 units and a helicopter to search for the suspect but turned up nothing.

The woman was taken to a local hospital as a precaution.

Police said residents should expect to see a stepped-up police presence in the area as they continue to investigate the incident.

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Masked men rob Coverstone 7-Eleven

From Prince William police: 

Armed Robbery – On November 3 at 2:11AM, officers responded to the 7-11 located at 10740 Coverstone Dr in Manassas (20109) to investigate an alarm activation. The investigation revealed two masked men entered the business and approached the counter. One of the men jumped over the counter and grabbed multiple packs of cigarettes while the other suspect located an employee in one of the isles. During the encounter, the second suspect brandished a handgun toward the employee and forced him back to the register to obtain money. The suspects took cigarettes and an undisclosed amount of money before fleeing on foot. No injuries were reported. A police K-9 searched for the men who were not located.  

Suspect Descriptions:

Black male, between 20 & 25 years of age, 5’5”, 140lbs with brown eyes

Last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black jeans, black Jordan shoes with silver trim, white socks and a black mask

Black male, between 20 & 25 years of age, 5’10”, 170lbs

Last seen wearing a white hooded sweatshirt, black sweatpants, white Converse shoes and a clown mask

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Traffic stop in Stafford yields drugs and wanted suspect

From Stafford County Sheriff’s Office:

Stafford, VA. A traffic stop conducted by deputies with the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office early on Thursday morning resulted in the arrest of a wanted suspect on drug charges.

On November 2, 2017 at approximately 12:01 a.m., a Stafford deputy observed a vehicle exit the Motel 6 parking lot on Warrenton Road. The deputy ran the license plate number on the vehicle and learned that the owner’s driver’s license was revoked.

He initiated a traffic stop and identified the driver of the vehicle as John Edward Coleman, 47, who advised that his license was revoked. The passenger in the vehicle, James Wilson Jackson, 43, told the deputy there was a warrant out for his arrest for failure to appear on a misdemeanor charge out of Stafford County. (more…)

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Woman, 37, arrested for attempted malicious wounding with a vehicle

From Prince William County police:

Attempted Malicious Wounding – On October 31 at 8:54 p.m., officers responded to the Willowbrook community pool located at 1375 Walnut St in Woodbridge (22191) to investigate an assault.

The investigation revealed the victim, a 26-year-old man, and the accused, an acquaintance, were involved in a verbal altercation which escalated. During the encounter, the accused slapped the victim in the face then got into her vehicle and attempted to run the victim over. The parties eventually separated and the police were contacted. Minor injuries were reported by the victim.

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Police seek information on two suspects in attempted robbery

From Prince William County police:

Attempted Strong-Armed Robbery – On October 30 at 8:35 p.m., officers responded to the 15700 block of Silent Tree Pl in Woodbridge (22191) to investigate a robbery. The investigation revealed the victim, a 43-year-old man, was delivering a pizza to a home in the above area.

The residents of the home informed the victim they did not place the order. When the victim returned to his vehicle, he was approached by two unknown men who then attempted to rob him. During the encounter, the men implied they were armed and demanded the victim’s property. No weapon was seen. When the victim refused to comply, the suspects fled on foot. No injuries were reported. A police K-9 searched for the two suspects who were not located. (more…)

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