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Crime

Methodist church burglarized in Manassas

On April 21, Prince William County police responded to a call at St. Marks United Methodist Church on Well Street in Manassas, to investigate a burglary.

According to Prince William police, a member of the church stated that a burglar broke into the church between 1 p.m. on April 19, and 9 a.m. on April 29. 

Prince William police investigated the scene, and stated that entry was likely made into the church by an unsecured front door. 

A Prince William police release stated that no property was reported missing. 

Missing man found dead in Manassas

Manassas City Police found the body of 23-year old Tyler Abt yesterday afternoon on Godwin Drive.

Abt was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to the Manassas City Police, Abt’s death appears to be a suicide.

Abt was reported missing on April 21, and was concerned to be ‘possibly suicidal’, said a Manassas City Police release. 

Officers from the Manassas City Police, Prince William County Police, City of Manassas Park Police and Fairfax Police worked collaboratively in an attempt to locate Abt. 

The case is still an active investigation, said Manassas City Police. 

 

Man charged with murder, child neglect of foster son in Stafford

According to the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office, David John Marcussen, a 33-year old Fredericksburg man has been charged with one county of felony murder, one county of involuntary manslaughter, two counts of cruelty to children and one count of child neglect.

On January 6, the Stafford sheriff’s office received a call from child protective services, stating that they had received information about an 11-month old boy, identified as Ka’ron Mason, who had been brought to a local hospital.

The child arrived at the facility with burns to his neck, torso and face, a Stafford sheriff’s release said. Once examined by staff, the boy was airlifted to the MCV Hospital in Richmond.

Detectives from the Stafford sheriff’s office investigated the incident further and made the determination that the child had received the burns while being given a bath by Marcussen – his foster father. Mason had been in Marcussen’s custody since July 2014.

The child died on February 1 in the hospital, said a Stafford sheriff’s office release.

The Stafford sheriff’s office stated that Marcussen turned himself in on April 17, and he is currently being held without bond.

Woman hit with beer bottle at restaurant in Lake Ridge

Early in the morning on April 19, Prince William police responded to a call at Brittany’s Restaurant at Dillingham Square in Lake Ridge to investigate an assault. 

According to Prince William police, the victim – a 35-year old Woodbridge woman – stated to officers that she was inside the bar area of the restaurant when she was approached by the suspect, 21-year old Alexandra Kala Parson, and hit in the head with a beer bottle. 

Both individuals did not know one another, and according to the victim, the incident was unprovoked, said a Prince William police release. 

Security on-site intervened and contacted police. Only minor injuries were reported.

Prince William police stated that Parson was arrested and charged with malicious wounding and intoxication in public. She is currently being held without bond.

Man charged with strangling woman at Days Inn in Manassas

On April 18, Prince William police responded to a call from a Days Inn location on New Market Court in Manassas to investigate an assault.

According to Prince William police, the victim, a 42-year old Centreville woman, reported that a known acquaintance came to her hotel room, uninvited, and grabbed her around her neck.

The victim stated that the suspect, 54-year old Robert Darrell Umphreys, strangled her until she lost consciousness, said a Prince William police release.

When the victim regained consciousness, she stated that Umphreys was gone, said Prince William police.

Following an investigation, Prince William police officers obtained a warrant and arrested Umphreys at his residence without incident. He is currently being charged with strangulation and is being held without bond. 

Prince William police seek man charged with abduction, rape of Manassas woman

The Prince William police are still seeking a fugitive that was connected to the kidnapping of a Manassas woman on April 11.

The suspect, Jorge Alberto Corea-Berrios, a 34-year old man is wanted by Prince William police on charges of strangulation, abduction, rape and burglary with intent to commit a felony, following the incident.

Early morning on April, Prince William police responded to a call on Portwood Turn in Manassas to investigate an abduction.

According to Prince William police, officers’ investigation revealed that Corea-Berrios forced his way into the home of the victim, a 25-year old woman name Yezmin Ruiz-Monchez.

Once inside, Corea-Berrios had an altercation with an individual in the home, and then removed Ruiz-Monchez from the apartment by knifepoint, leaving the site on foot, said a Prince William police release.

Prince William police stated that Ruiz-Monchez was able to flee from Corea-Berrios and seek help from law enforcement.

After further investigation, Prince William police stated that during the abduction, Ruiz-Monchez was sexually assaulted and that during a domestic altercation on April 9, Corea-Berrios strangled her.

Ruiz-Monchez was transported to a local medical facility for treatment.

The Prince William police are searching for Corea-Berrios, who has ties to Manassas and New York.

In a Prince William police release, Corea-Berrios is described as a Hispanic male, 5’7”, 160 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

Residents with information on his whereabouts are being urged to contact Crime Solvers and the Prince William police immediately.

Two men wanted for armed robbery of pizza deliveryman in Woodbridge

Late yesterday night, Prince William police responded to a call to investigate a robbery that was reported on Westminster Lane in Woodbridge.

According to Prince William police, the victim – a 52-year old Woodbridge man – stated that he was delivering pizza in the area when two unknown individuals approached him.

One of the individuals showed the victim a handgun and demanded his property, said a Prince William police release.

The Prince William police stated that the two individuals took his money and pizzas before fleeing on foot.

A Prince William police K-9 unit was used to search for the two individuals. No injuries were reported.

A Prince William police release stated that the two individuals were described as black males, from 18 to 25 years of age, 5’6” to 5’8” with medium builds, dark complexions and black hair.

One individual was described as wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans, and the second was described as wearing a red jacket and blue jeans, stated Prince William police.

Woman charged with stabbing man in the neck in Woodbridge apartment

Late in the evening on April 12, Prince William police responded to a call to investigate a stabbing that was reported at an apartment on Briar Rose Lane in Woodbridge. 

According to Prince William police, the investigation revealed that two individuals were involved in a verbal altercation, which then escalated. 

During the incident, one of the individuals, 26-year Lamar Grady pushed the other individual, 27-year old Cheri Thacker, said a Prince William police release.

As stated in a Prince William police release, Thacker then got a knife and stabbed Grady in the neck. 

Both of the suspects are known to one another. 

Non-life threatening injuries were sustained, said Prince William police. 

Thacker and Grady were both arrested following the investigation. Prince William police stated that Thacker was being charged with malicious wounding and Grady was being charged with assault and battery.

250 videos, 200 images found: Woodbridge man charged with child pornography

On February 9, Prince William police detectives from the Special Victims Unit began a child pornography investigation.

The investigation was prompted by a cybertip that Prince William police received from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, said a Prince William police release.

During the investigation, detectives were able to connect with an individual online from their residence on Bremerton Drive in Woodbridge, said Prince William police.

Prince William police were able to find more than 200 images of unidentified victims, including toddlers and infants, engaging in inappropriate sexual activities.

Detectives were able to obtain a search warrant to search the residence, and when a forensic examination was conducted on a laptop found in the residence, more than 250 videos and 200 images of child pornography were discovered, said a Prince William police release.

After completing the investigation, Prince William police obtained warrants for the suspect’s arrest.

The suspect, 22-year old Woodbridge man, Kevin William Salguero, was taken into custody at a family member’s home on Longwood Manor Court in Woodbridge, said Prince William police.

Salguero is currently being charged with one count of child pornography, and nine counts of child pornography 2nd subsequent offense and is being held without bond.

 

 

Manassas man, 22, stabbed outside Gainesville home

On March 28, Prince William police responded to a call from Novant Health Prince William Medical Center to investigate an assault. 

According to a Prince William police release, an investigation revealed that the victim, a 22-year old Manassas man, was with friends at a residence on Rembert Court in Gainesville, when the victim was assaulted by two acquaintances.

After completing the investigation, detectives from Prince William police’s Robbery Unit identified both men involved in the assault of the victim.

Prince William police stated that when attempting to arrest one of the suspects, 19-year old Gainesville man Stefan Greceanu, Ionela Greceanu, his mother, stood in the doorway to stop officers from entering.

Officers on the scene were able to take both Ionela and Stefan Greceanu into custody without incident, said a Prince William police release. 

18-year old Eduard Gaman, identified as the second suspect in the assault, was located and arrested yesterday, said a Prince William police release.

Stefan Greceanu and Gaman are being charged with malicious wounding and are being held without bond.

Ionela Greceanu is being charged with obstruction of justice.

 

 

 

Prince William man sentenced for selling cocaine

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Christopher DiBenedetto, 32, of Prince William County, was sentenced to six years and six months in prison with an additional eight years and six months suspended for selling cocaine. The office of Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced the sentencing on April 10. DiBenedetto sold the drugs to confidential informants working at the direction of the Fairfax County Police Department.

DiBenedetto was also ordered to pay restitution of $4,950 and serve five years probation, according to a release by the attorney general’s office. 

The press release also stated:

DiBenedetto sold cocaine to one informant on five separate occasions between April and June 2014 and arranged to sell cocaine to a second informant. These transactions occurred in the Centreville area of Fairfax County.

According to a post-arrest interview, DiBenedetto acknowledged that he had sold cocaine to the informant on several occasions, with the largest single transaction being for approximately two ounces. He also acknowledged arranging to sell cocaine to the second informant. However, once he received that informant’s money, he simply kept it and never delivered the drugs, believing he was owed money from a previous drug transaction. 

DiBenedetto was arrested the next day.

Virginia Assistant Attorney General Marc J. Birnbaum prosecuted the case at the request of the Fairfax County Commonwealth’s Attorney. The case was investigated by the Fairfax County Police Department. 

Shooting in Dale City on Sunday injures 3

Early yesterday morning, Prince William police responded to a call in Woodbridge to investigate a shooting.

According to a Prince William police release, the victim, a 20-year old man, was walking towards a residence on Filarete Street with three other acquaintances to attend a party.

As the victim and the three other individuals entered the party, they were approached by seven individuals in vehicles, said a Prince William police release. 

A Prince William police release stated that during the interaction, another vehicle, being described as a light-colored SUV, pulled alongside the group and confronted them. The interaction escalated and a passenger in the SUV pulled out a handgun and began firing towards the individuals.

After shots were fired, the victim and other individuals dispersed from the scene, and the SUV pursued them.

The victim was shot in the lower body, and an area resident that saw the shooting aided the victim until police arrived on the scene, said a Prince William police release.

While on scene, officers learned that two 17-year olds were also shot in the lower body.

The three injured individuals were treated in area hospitals and are expected to recover, stated a Prince William police release.

The individual identified as a suspect in the shooting is described as a black male, with a heavy build and dreadlocks. He was last seen wearing a dark hoodie and green shorts, said a Prince William police release. He was a passenger riding in the SUV. 

The case is still under investigation by the Prince William police.

 

 

Woman abducted from her home in Manassas

Update

According to a Prince William police release, the victim, Ruiz-Monchez, has been located. 

She is currently receiving medical attention, said a release.

Prince William police are still investigating to confirm the identity of the individual involved in the abduction, said a Prince William police release.

Original post

Early this morning, Prince William police responded to a call at a residence on Portwood Turn in Manassas to investigate an abduction of 25-year old Yezmin Ruiz-Monchez.

According to a Prince William police release, an investigation revealed that an individual forced his way into the victim’s, apartment.

When the individual entered the residence, he assaulted a person in the apartment before obtaining a kitchen knife and forcing his way into the victim’s room, said a Prince William police release.

A Prince William police release stated that the individual removed the victim from the residence at knifepoint.

The other person in the residence was cut during the encounter, and has gotten medical attention for his injuries.

The victim and the individual know one another, according to a Prince William police release.

Prince William police do not know if the individual and the victim left the residence in a vehicle or by foot, and the individual is currently unidentified.

Currently, the victim is considered missing and an endangered adult.

The individual has local ties to the Manassas area, and could still be armed with a knife, said a Prince William police release.

Nokesville man charged with making false call about shots fired

Yesterday evening, Prince William police responded to a call in Nokesville about shots fired.

According to a Prince William police release, the caller and now the accused, 38-year old Brandon Wood, stated to the police that someone was firing a gun into his residence. 

After arriving on scene, several officers to a blocked off area, where they made contact with a female resident and her child inside the home, said a Prince William police release.

Officers were able to determine that no shots were fired at the scene.

Additionally, Wood is currently wanted by the Prince William police on unrelated charges, said a release.

Prince William police were able to arrest Wood, and confirm that no shooting took place.

Wood is being charged with falsely summoning the police, and is being held without bond.

Even Aware, It Can Happen To Anyone

062814-mushungI just reported on a woman being robbed in the parking lot of Target in North Stafford. And already social media commenters are saying people should be more aware of their surroundings, or they need to carry mace and have their car keys in their hands ready to use as a weapon. But it’s not so simple.

To recap, the woman and young child had walked out of the store to her vehicle. She then placed the child in the carseat. When she stood back up, she was shocked to find a man standing next to her. She asked him to step back. He showed a gun and demanded money.

A similar thing happened to me years ago in another area. I am normally very aware of my surroundings. I had served in the Civil Air Patrol, and our motto was Semper Vigilans, which is Latin for “always vigilant” — always alert and ready. I took that motto to heart. 

Yet, one day at the park, after I had placed my child’s stroller in the trunk of my car, a man appeared out of nowhere standing VERY close to me. He asked for money. 

He didn’t get any.

The trunk of my car was still open, and I had a sword in it. Yes, a sword. 

I had recently given a presentation on what it was like to live in the Middle East as an American and had brought various souvenirs as well as historic cultural symbols. One of them included a sword. 

I last saw him running across the train tracks with a bicycle in his hands that he didn’t have with him earlier. He was running fast. I never saw him again. 

I was fortunate the man did not appear to have a gun. Mace, car keys, and even being aware enough to notice a criminal before he gets too close doesn’t help if that criminal has a gun.

I still don’t know how this man got right up next to me so quickly and so silently in an open area when there was no one else around for at least 50 feet except a gentleman sitting in an adjacent truck who called police after I was approached. 

So I ask you not to judge the victim of the crime. If you choose to judge anyone, let it be the perpetrator. 

To read the original story, click here.

Woman with child robbed at Stafford Marketplace

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An armed man robbed a woman in the Target parking lot in Stafford Marketplace in North Stafford while the woman’s young granddaughter was with her.

According to Stafford County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Bill Kennedy, the woman and child had walked out of Target to her vehicle. She then placed the child in the carseat. When she stood back up, she was shocked to find a man standing next to her. She asked him to step back, and he responded by asking for change. She declined. That’s when it got scary. 

The man started yelling at her and opened his hoodie to display a gun, said Kennedy. He then demanded money.

The victim handed over an undetermined amount of cash then, shaken, drove home and called police. 

Dep. Brandon Gates responded to the robbery. Additional officers canvased the area to search for the suspect but did not locate him.

The suspect is a thin black male, possibly with a mustache, approximately 5 feet 6 to 5 feet 9 inches tall, wearing dark clothing including a black and blue hoodie.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 540-658-4400, or they may call Crimesolvers anonymously at 540-659-2020. 

Prince William police looking for man after attempt to pick up child from day care in Woodbridge

On April 3 Prince William police responded to a call from Small World Day Care in Woodbridge, to investigate a suspicious person.

According to a Prince William police release, a staff member at the day care stated that a young man entered the location and was trying to pick up a child. 

The man had stated he was associate with the child’s family, said a Prince William police release.

Initially during the encounter with day care staff and the individual, there was confusion and the man was not allowed to pick up the child because he didn’t have identification.

A Prince William police release stated that the man returned to the day care shortly after and showed staff an ID. Staff used his ID to look through the approved pick up list, and when he was found not to be on the list, he was turned away.

There was no other contact made with the individual, a Prince William police release stated.

The man was seen leaving the scene in a dark colored Mini Cooper.

 

Staff at the day care has been unable to provide the name given by the individual, and the children’s parents were notified. According to a Prince William police release, the parents stated that they did not know this individual.

Prince William police is currently looking for this individual, and believe that the incident was a misunderstanding.

The individual is being described as a black male between 20 to 25 years old, 5’7” and 135 pounds. He was last seen wearing a Chicago Bulls hat, a black sweatshirt and dark pants.

 

Two suspects wanted for armed robbery outside community center in Woodbridge

Last night, Prince William police responded to a call in Woodbridge to investigate a robbery.

According to a Prince William police release, the victim is a 44-year old Triangle man that stated he was meeting with an acquaintance near the River Oak Community Center.

When the victim arrived, he saw the acquaintance with another individual who assaulted the victim and showed him a handgun, while robbing him and taking his money, said a Prince William police release.

Minor injuries were reported.

A Prince William police K-9 unit is currently being used to search for the two suspects.

A Prince William police release described one suspect as a black male, 35 to 40 years old, 5’10”, and 180 pounds, thin build with short black hair.

The other suspect is described as a white male, 30 to 40 years old, 6’0”, and 250 pounds with a medium build.

Dumfries woman charged, another wanted for assault with pepper spray

The Prince William police responded to a call on Monday evening in Dumfries to investigate an assault.

According to a Prince William police release, the victim of the assault, a 30-year old Woodbridge woman, said that one suspect, who was a friend, approached her car that was parked in front of a residence. 

When one suspect, 42-year old Dumfries resident Merley Jean Dorestal, approached the vehicle, she sprayed the victim in the face with pepper spray, according to a Prince William police release.

The daughter of the suspect, 20-year old Nadage Lee Dorestal, then assaulted the victim, hitting her in the face, said a Prince William police release.

Minor injuries were reported.

The accused suspect has been arrested, and her daughter is currently wanted by the Prince William police for her involvement in the incident, according to a Prince William police release.

Dorestal is described as a black female, 5’5”, 160 pounds with medium build, shoulder length black hair and brown eyes.

 

 

Witness feared Dale City murder victim was pregnant

The woman who let Erica Sherwood take shelter in her home just days before her death thought she was pregnant.

Sharae Harris took a witness stand April 2 to describe the murder of Erica Sherwood, a 21-year-old woman she called a friend for 10 years. Sherwood was killed inside the Dale City home Harris lived at with her young son and mother. Sherwood died at the hands of her 22-year-old husband John on in the early morning hours of New Year’s Day, according to police.

Sherwood and her young son had been staying with Harris for about two days prior to New Year’s Day.

Harris told Prince William Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Judge H. Jan. Roslen-Anoll that John Sherwood came to her house New Year’s Eve uninvited and then later cut his bride’s throat in a bathroom inside the house.

In the days leading up to Sherwood’s death, Harris said she suspected she was pregnant.

“We thought about Christmastime that she was pregnant,” said Harris.

Sherwood was also seen vomiting, which prompted even more suspicion that she was pregnant, said Harris.

An autopsy report for Erica Sherwood is sealed in Prince William Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Clerk’s Office.

Prosecutors, however, say Sherwood was not pregnant when she was killed.

“There was no forensic evidence to indicate she was pregnant at the time of her death,” said Prince William County Commonwealth Attorney Paul Ebert.

A preliminary hearing for the murder case scheduled in February was rescheduled because a crime lab could not produce the autopsy report and other evidence in time for attorneys to review it.

Parties in this case are due back in court April 27 when a judge will decide the fate of Sherwood’s child.

The murder case against Sherwood is headed to a grand jury that meets on the first Monday in May. Afterward, court date will be scheduled.

Man charged with armed robbery in Manassas

On Saturday afternoon, Prince William police responded to a call on Rolling Road in Manassas in relation to a robbery.

According to a Prince William police release, the victim – a 19-year old Manassas man – said that he had met with the suspect, 19-year old Manassas man Justice Edward Ansah, to conduct a narcotics transaction.

During this exchange, Ansah and other individuals attacked the victim before taking his money and property, according to a Prince William police release. The suspect and the other assailants then fled the scene.

No injuries were reported, said a Prince William police release.

After conducting their investigation, Prince William police located and arrested Ansah. He is being charged with robbery, conspiracy to a commit a felony-robbery and assault by mob.

Ansah is being held without bond.

 

 

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