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Murders, traffic fatalities increase in Prince William County

Chief Barry Barnard of the Prince Willam County Police Department looked back on a violent year.

There were 22 murders in the county in 2016, marking the highest murder rate in Prince William County in 15 years. It topped 2006 when there were 16 murders in the county.

A total of 18 of the 22 murder victims in the county knew their killer. Some, like Prince William police Officer Ashley Guindon, were killed in domestic valence situations.

“We lost a brave and courageous police officer who responded to a call and was murdered, along with Crystal Sheree Hamilton, inside,” said Barnard.

Hamilton, 29, was shot and killed inside her home on Lashmere Court in Dale City on February 28, 2016. Police say that after shooting his wife,  33-year-old Ronald Hamilton then turned his gun on Guindon, 29, killing her.

The murder of 23-year-old Pablito Kamara, 23, on May 30, 2016, is the only homicide case from last year that remains unsolved. Pablito was shot sometime after 2 a.m. outside a nightclub on Golanski Boulevard in Woodbridge and was taken to a local hospital where he later died. (more…)

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Police searching for man who robbed 2 stores on Route 1

From police: 

“Armed Robberies – On June 21 at 12:39AM, officers responded to the 7-Eleven located at 13940 Jefferson Davis Hwy in Woodbridge (22191) to investigate a robbery. An employee reported to police that an unknown man entered the business and approached the counter. During the encounter, the suspect implied he had a weapon then demanded money from the employee and a customer. The suspect took an undisclosed amount of money before fleeing the area on foot. No weapons were displayed and no injuries were reported. A police K-9 searched the area for the suspect who was not located. Later that morning around 7:25AM, the same suspect entered the Shell service station located across the street at 13801 Jefferson Davis Hwy in Woodbridge (22191) and approached the counter. During this encounter, the suspect again implied he had a weapon and demanded money. When the employee refused to give him money, the suspect took the employee’s cell phone before fleeing the area on foot. No weapons were displayed and no injuries were reported. A police K-9 searched the area for the suspect who was not located. The investigation continues.

Suspect Description:

Black male, approximately 20 years of age, 5’08”, 150lbs, with a light complexion

Last seen wearing a blue bandana covering his face, black hat, black hoodie jacket with grey sleeves, white shirt, grey pants, and black shoes”

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Hit and run leads to robbery charges for Washington, D.C. woman

From police: 

“Strong Arm Robbery | Hit & Run *ARREST – On June 20, Brittany I’Esha BENNETT turned herself into police without incident at the Gar-Field Station in Woodbridge. The accused was wanted for robbery which occurred in the area of Jefferson Davis Hwy and Dale Blvd in Woodbridge on June 10.

Arrested on June 20:

Brittany I’Esha BENNETT, 18, of 415 Longfellow NW St in Washington, DC

Charged with robbery and hit & run

Court Date: July 18, 2017 | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

Strong Arm Robbery | Hit & Run [Previously Released] – On June 10 at 3:30PM, officers responded to the area of Jefferson Davis Hwy and Dale Blvd in Woodbridge (22191) to investigate a robbery. The investigation revealed that the victim, an 18-year-old woman of Woodbridge, was traveling southbound on Jefferson Davis Hwy in the area of Featherstone Rd when she was involved in a vehicle accident with a 2003 black Honda sedan. When the driver of the Honda attempted to flee the area, the victim followed the vehicle to the area of Jefferson Davis Hwy and Dale Blvd where it stopped at the intersection. The accused then got out of her vehicle and was involved in a verbal altercation with the victim. During the encounter, the accused assaulted the victim and took a cell phone before fleeing the area. No injuries were reported. Following the investigation, detectives with the Robbery Unit obtained a warrant for the arrest of the accused, identified as Brittany I’Esha BENNETT. The investigation continues.”

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3 charged in Dumfries hotel robbery

Jones, Trevor
Derry, Kyleen
Beck, James

From police: 

“Strong Armed Robbery – On June 19 at 6:39PM, officers responded to a hotel located in the 17100 block of Dumfries Rd in Dumfries (22025) to investigate a robbery. The victim, a 20-year-old woman of Kentucky, reported to police that four acquaintances came to her hotel room. During the encounter, the victim was assaulted and had money taken from her. The suspects fled the area in a vehicle prior to officers arriving. A responding officer located the vehicle a short time later and all the suspects were detained. No injuries were reported. Following the investigation, all four suspects were arrested.

Arrested on June 20:

James Ray BECK, 25, of 5004 East West Hwy in Riverdale, Maryland
Charged with robbery, abduction, give false identify to law enforcement officer, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and preventing the summoning of law enforcement

Kyleen Heather DERRY, 23, of 2811 Ross Ave in Sparrow Point, Maryland
Charged with robbery, abduction , contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and preventing the summoning of law enforcement (more…)

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Arlington homicide suspect nabbed near Colonial Forge High School

Jones

A Woodbridge man was arrested in Stafford for a homicide that occurred in Arlington County.

The Stafford Sheriff’s Office assisted the US Marshall in arresting Daejon Tyrie Jones, 23, of Woodbridge on Sunday. Law enforcement officials were called to Flint Court near Colonial Forge High School, where the arrest was made.

“We had six of our people there on the perimeter. The US Marshall’s are the one’s who were looking for the suspect, and we were assisting. He was apprehended without incident and turned over to Arlington County Police. We also assisted them (Arlington) in obtaining a search warrant on the house so they could look for evidence regarding the homicide,” stated Stafford sheriff’s spokesman Major Donald Lenhart in an email.

Jones is charged in the shooting death of 35-year-old Adonis Wright, who died Friday night.

From Arlington police:

“At approximately 11:20 p.m. on June 16, 2017, police responded to the 2400 block of S. Lowell Street for the report of a shooting. Arriving officers located one male victim suffering from a gunshot wound and began performing lifesaving measures. Arlington County Fire Department medics transported Adonis Wright, 35, of Washington, D.C. to George Washington University Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The initial investigation revealed that this shooting resulted from a dispute that took place between known individuals. The suspect, Daejon Tyrie Jones, fled the scene prior to police arrival. This shooting is an isolated incident and there is no indication of any continued threat to the community.”

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Gunshot victim found in Lake Ridge home

From Prince William police: 

“Shooting Investigation – On June 17 at approximately 11:17 pm, officers responded to a residence located in the 12000 block of Cinnamon St in Woodbridge (22192) to investigate a shooting. Officers arrived at the home and located the victim, a 36-year-old man from Woodbridge, suffering from a gunshot wound to the lower body.

The victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. The suspects fled the scene on foot in an unknown direction.  

Detectives from the Violent Crimes Bureau are currently investigating the incident.  More information will be released when available.  

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contract police by calling 703-792-6500. The investigation continues.”

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Man robbed at gunpoint after agreeing to meet on Minnieville Road

A man was robbed at gunpoint of his purse along Minnieville Road, according to police. 

More from Prince William police: 

Armed Robbery – On June 13 at 9:09PM, officers responded to the 14600 block of Minnieville Rd in Woodbridge (22193) to investigate a robbery. The investigation revealed that the victim, a 51-year-old man of Woodbridge, made arrangements to meet an acquaintance in the above area. During the encounter, the victim was approached by several men. 

At some point, one of the men brandished a firearm. The suspects took the victim’s purse and money before fleeing the area in a vehicle. No injuries were reported. Following the investigation, detectives with the Robbery Unit identified one of the suspects involved as Joseph Blane WILBURN and obtained warrants for his arrests. Attempted to locate WILBURN have been unsuccessful. The investigation continues.

Wanted: [Photo from September 2016]

Joseph Blane WILBURN, 25, of the 3100 Oakmont Dr in Triangle

Described as a white male, 5’05”, 150lbs with a thin build, brown hair and brown eyes

Wanted for robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, conspiracy to use a firearm in the commission of a felony, and conspiracy to violate the drug control act.”

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7-Eleven on Digges Road robbed at gunpoint

From Manassas police: 

Armed Robbery

“At 01:11 a.m. on June 14, 2017, the Manassas City Police responded to 8402 Digges Rd (7-Eleven) for a report of an armed robbery.  The store clerk told police a black male entered the store wearing a mask, displayed a handgun, and demanded money. 

The suspect fled the area on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.  A police k-9 searched the area for the suspect who was not located.  No injuries were reported by the victim.  See suspect photos below.  The investigation is ongoing.” (more…)

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Esperanza charged with assault & battery on cop, domestic assault

From Prince William County Police Department:

Assault & Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer – On June 11 at 9:10 p.m., officers responded to an apartment located in the 18100 block of Kilmer Ln in Triangle to investigate a domestic violence call. The victim, a 21-year-old man of Triangle, reported to police that he and the accused, a family member, were involved in a verbal argument which escalated. (more…)

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Police seek two suspects in armed burglary of Manassas home

From Prince William County police:

Burglary While Armed – On June 7 at 11:18 p.m., officers responded to the 7400 block of Pinehurst Ln in Manassas to investigate a home invasion. When officers arrived, they spoke with a victim, a 31-year-old man of Manassas, who reported that he was outside the residence when he was approached by two unknown men.

During the encounter, one of the men brandished a handgun and ordered the victim into the residence. Once inside the home, the men ordered the victim, and two other residents, a 29-year-old female and a 38-year-old man, both of Manassas, to the ground. The suspects took the victim’s cell phones, money, and clothing before exiting the home and fleeing on foot. (more…)

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Drones aid police in apprehending suspect after 10-hour manhunt

From Stafford County Sheriff’s Office:

On June 6, 2016, at 1:38 a.m. Stafford County Sheriff’s Office responded to an armed robbery that had just occurred at Mr. B’s Exxon on Warrenton Road. The victim advised dispatch that the suspect was a black male and displayed a silver handgun that had black handgrips. He also stated the suspect had fled the area in an unknown vehicle.

Spotsylvania County had earlier in the night, broadcast a lookout for an armed suspect who had committed a robbery at the Sunoco Station in the Southpoint area of Spotsylvania. The description of that subject was a black male, armed with a handgun and who fled the scene in a silver vehicle that had damage to the passenger door.

Stafford County Patrol Deputies positioned themselves along Interstate 95 in hopes of observing a vehicle that fit the description of Spotsylvania’s lookout. At 1:41 a.m., Deputy A. I. Assur noticed a vehicle traveling northbound on Interstate 95 at the 140 mile marker that was silver in color and had damage to the passenger door. (more…)

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Updated: ‘Ms. Robinson left her residence on Lynn St in Woodbridge and headed towards her grandmother’s residence’

From Prince William police: 

“*MISSING ENDANGERED ADULT: The Prince William County Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing, endangered adult, Brandi Robinson.  The investigation revealed that Ms. Robinson left her residence on Lynn St in Woodbridge and headed towards her grandmother’s residence on Princess St. in Alexandria around 2:00PM

Ms. Robinson is believed to have left the residence voluntarily and may be in need of assistance which qualifies her as being endangered. Anyone with information on this person’s whereabouts is asked to call police at 703-792-6500.

Brandi Robinson is described as a black female, 23 years of age, 5’4″, 200lbs with black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a white tank top, black leggings and black flats with a blue wristlet and black duffle bate

Update from Prince William police: 

“Brandi ROBINSON, who was reported missing and endangered, has been located and is safe.”

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Woman awakes to pantless man standing over her in Woodbridge motel

From Prince William police: 

“Burglary with Intent to Defile – On June 4 at 4:10AM, officers responded to the Potomac Inn located at 13964 Jefferson Davis Hwy in Woodbridge (22191) to investigate a burglary. The victim, a 62-year-old woman of Woodbridge, reported to police that she was sleeping in her bed when she woke to an unknown man standing over her. At the time, the man, later identified as the accused, was not wearing pants. The victim screamed which woke her husband sleeping next to her. The accused attempted to leave and was detained by parties on site. Officers arrived and determined the suspect was intoxicated and had broken into the room through a kitchen window. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested without further incident.

Arrested on June 4: [No photo available]

Jonathan Josue CHOCOJ-RODRIGUEZ, 27, of 14028 Roanoke St in Woodbridge

Charged with burglary with intent to defile

Court Date: July 13, 2017 | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond”

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Yu gets 10 years in guilty plea deal in Gainesville shooting death of mother of his child, 6

Brian Yu plead guilty Monday to shooting and killing the mother of his 6-year-old daughter the night before he was due in court for child support hearing.

Brian Yu plead guilty Monday to shooting and killing the mother of his 6-year-old daughter the night before he was due in court for child support hearing.

Yu was sentenced to 10-years in prison after a plea agreement between prosecuting and defense attorneys. Three years of the 10-year sentence will be suspended. Yu will also undergo three years probation as part of the deal once released from prison.

“It’s a terrible crime, but this was the best outcome under the circumstances,” said Prince William County Commonwealth Attorney Paul Ebert.

Much of the evidence in the case, including journal entries kept by the victim, 26-year-old Linh Thi Pham, was inadmissible and could not be brought forward for a jury trial, added Ebert. (more…)

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Woman robbed, bitten, pepper sprayed in Woodbridge

From Prince William police: 

“Armed Robbery | Abduction | Malicious Wounding – On June 1 at 5:07AM, officers responded to the 1300 block of East Longview Dr in Woodbridge (22191) to investigate a robbery. The victim, a 39-year-old woman of Woodbridge, reported to police that she was walking in the above area when she was approached from behind by an unknown male.

During the encounter, the suspect grabbed the victim and took her to a nearby area where he demanded money. At some point, the suspect bit the victim several times on the back then sprayed her in the face with pepper spray. The suspect eventually fled the area on foot with an undisclosed amount of money and the police were contacted.

A police K-9 responded to search for the suspect who was not located. Minor injuries were reported. The investigation continues.

Suspect Description:

Black male, approximately 20 years of age, 6’03” with a thin build and black braided hair

Last seen wearing grey pants – no further description is available at this time”

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Cinto in custody following Manassas shooting

Abraham Cinto, Jr., 22, of 9273 Byrd Drive was arrested in Manassas on Wednesday afternoon.

The details of his arrest cannot be released at this time, said Manassas police spokesman Charles Sharp.

Manassas police detailed the shooting incident Cinto is charged in connection to via this statement:

“Previously Released:

Shooting:

On Friday, May 26, 2017, at approximately 3:15 p.m., Manassas City Police responded to the 9700 block of Pickett Ln for a report of a shooting. Officers located an adult male victim who appeared to be suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was seriously injured and flown to a local area hospital. The victim’s injuries do not appear to be life-threatening at this time.”

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Updated: Drone finds suspect after partial school lockdown

Details are few, but this is what we know about a partial lockdown affecting two schools in Stafford County. 

 

From Stafford County Schools spokeswoman Sherrie Johnson: 

Margaret Brent Elementary School and Mountain View High School are under a partial lockdown due to police activity in the area. 
 
A statement posted to the schools’ websites: 
 
“Mountain View High School and Margaret Brent Elementary School are on a partial lockdown due to police activity in the area. Students will resume normal activity inside the building; however, there are no outside activities at this time.  A partial lockdown allows for instruction to continue while increasing the safety and security of students and staff in the building. We will keep you informed of the situation. Please be assured student and staff safety is a top priority for Stafford County Public Schools.”
 

Update 

 
Two partial lockdowns at Stafford County Public Schools have been lifted, and a road closed due to police activity has reopened. 
 
Still no new information about the police incident. 
 
From Stafford schools: 
 
“The partial lockdown at Mountain View High and Margaret Brent Elementary Schools due to police activity in the area is lifted.  Students will resume normal activities. Please be assured student and staff safety is a top priority for Stafford County Public Schools.”
 
From Stafford sheriff:
 
 

Update

A drone helped investigators find the man caused a partial lockdown at two Stafford County schools today.

Police used the drone to identify the suspect they say fired shots at a home on Tacketts Mill Road about 10:05 a.m. A woman called 911 to report that a man became angry and then firing shots into a car parked on the property.

The woman and her young son were at home at the time shots fired. Stafford authorities went to the scene where witnesses told them they saw a man fire shots into the vehicle and walk back inside the home, according to a Stafford sheriff’s spokeswoman.

The woman and her son were able to escape the house without injury. Deputies then had to determine if the shooter was still inside the home and later learned that he was not.

Stafford deputies erected a perimeter that covered a section of western Stafford County from Rockhill Church Road & Dunbar Drive to the Fauquier County Line.

The sheriff’s office used SWAT teams, K9 units, and a drone to search for a man known as “Patrova.” Police later learned that name was an alias.

Later, police used the drone to spot a suspect along Barrington Woods Boulevard. A SWAT team moved in and arrested the suspect without incident.

Jeffrey Owens is charged with Felony Possession of a Firearm and Reckless Handling of a Firearm and is incarcerated at the Rappahannock Regional Jail on no bond.

Owens was also wanted in connection to weapons and a probation violation, according to the Stafford sheriff’s office.

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‘It appears the dog may have been there for several days’

From Prince William police: 

“Felony Animal Cruelty – On May 28 at 4:39PM, Animal Control officers responded to a wooded area located in the 1600 block of Prince William Pkwy in Woodbridge (22191) to investigate an animal cruelty after a dog was discovered deceased in the area.

The investigation revealed that the callers discovered a small dog deceased which had been hung from a tree then partially burnt. It appears the dog may have been there for several days. Animal Control officers transported the dog to a state lab for a necropsy and further examination.

The dog may be a terrier, white and black in color. Anyone with information is asked to contact Animal Control Officer Lambert or Sgt Newsome at 703-792-5769. The investigation continues.”

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More charges filed in Christmas Eve crash

From Prince William police:

“Fatal Crash Investigation *ADDITIONAL CHARGES – On May 12, investigators from the Crash Investigation Unit determined that alcohol and drugs were factors in a single vehicle fatal crash which occurred in the area of Token Valley Rd near Gandall Ct in Manassas on December 24. Following the investigation, investigators obtained additional charges for the driver of the vehicle involved, identified as Jesse James WYRICK. The accused was served the additional charges on May 13, and remains incarcerated at the Prince William-Manassas Regional Adult Detention Center where he was being held on unrelated charges.

Arrested on May 13:

Jesse James WYRICK, 31, of 9711 Henderson St in Manassas Park

Charged with involuntary manslaughter, driving under the influence, and driving on a revoked license

Court date: July 11, 2017 | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond”

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Manassas Park announces ‘click-it-or-ticket’ campaign

 From Manassas Park police: 

“As summer kicks off and families hit the road for vacations, Manassas Park Police Department is reminding motorists to Click It or Ticket. Aimed at enforcing seat belt use to help keep you and your family safe, the national seat belt campaign will take place May 22 through June 4, concurrent with one of the busiest travel and holiday weekends of the year.

“Our law enforcement personnel see firsthand the loss of life when people refuse to buckle up,” said Lieutenant James Roberts. “It’s such a simple thing, and it should be an automatic next step after sitting down in a vehicle.” As the Memorial Day weekend approaches and the summer vacation season ramps up, “We want to keep our community members safe, and make sure people are doing the one thing that can save them in a crash: buckling up. If the enforcement crackdown wakes people up to the dangers of unrestrained driving and gets them to buckle up, we’ll consider it a success.” (more…)

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