41°

A Few Clouds

Thu Fri Sat
It is forcast to be Partly Cloudy at 10:00 PM EST on December 18, 2014
Partly Cloudy
45°/30°
It is forcast to be Partly Cloudy at 10:00 PM EST on December 19, 2014
Partly Cloudy
45°/28°
It is forcast to be Chance of Rain at 10:00 PM EST on December 20, 2014
Chance of Rain
41°/28°

Crime

Brown charged in series of taxi cab robberies

On Dec. 17, police found and arrested the man they said is responsible for pulling a knife on local cab drivers and stealing money from them.

Police say the suspect matched the description given in connection to the five separate incidents reported to the police.

Here’s the latest from Prince William police;  

Armed Robbery Series *ARREST – On December 17th, detectives from the Robbery identified a possible suspect involved in a series of armed robberies involving taxi cab drivers which have occurred in the Manassas area of Prince William County since December 9th.

Later that same afternoon, officers were actively patrolling the area of Ashton Ave near Sudley Manor Dr and located a man matching the description of the suspect being sought by detectives.

The man was identified as the accused and was also found to be in possession of a knife. In total, five separate incidents were reported to police and involved a similar suspect description and circumstances.

Following the investigation, the accused was connected to this robbery series and was subsequently arrested without incident. Additional charges are forthcoming.

Arrested on December 17th:

Matthew Jamaal BROWN, 24, of 10891 Gambril Dr, #31 in Manassas

Charged with 3 counts of robbery

Court date: February 17, 2015 | Bond: held WITHOUT bond

 

Armed Robbery Series [Previously Released] – Between December 14th and 16th, officers have responded to the Manassas area (20109) of Prince William County to investigate armed robberies involving cab drivers. In all reported cases, a man of similar clothing and physical description displays a knife and robs the cab driver of money before fleeing on foot. The incidents have also occurred in close geographical proximately to one another along Ashton Ave. No injuries have been reported in any of the robberies. The same suspect is also believed to be responsible for an incident which was reported on December 9th. A timeline of the incidents are below.

  • December 16th at 3:21AM – Vernon St and Tower Pl in Manassas
  • December 15th at 2:57PM – 10700 block of Sudley Manor Dr in Manassas
  • December 14th at 1:11PM – Notre Dame St and Hiram Ct in Manassas
  • December 14th at 6:05PM – 16000 block of Blendia Ln and Ashton Ave in Manassas
  • December 9th at 4:53PM – Adler Ln and Coachcrest Ct in Manassas

Panhandling call leads police to tent in Woodbridge

It’s a story we first told you about on our Facebook page Tuesday afternoon. Police swarmed the area around Ashdale Plaza and the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission bus terminal about 3 p.m. after an officer was assaulted, according to police.

Here’s an account from Prince William police addressing what happened:

Assault & Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer [LEO] – On December 16th at 3:20PM, a Prince William County police officer stopped a man in the median area on Dale Blvd near Gideon Dr in Woodbridge (22193) for suspected panhandling.

During the encounter, the man provided the officer with a false identity and began to flee on foot. The officer attempted to stop the man and was assaulted. The suspect continued to flee and, at one point, stopped and reengaged the officer.

The suspect assaulted the officer a second time before continuing to flee into a wooded area where officers lost sight of him. No injuries were reported. A police K-9 was used to search for the suspect. During the investigation, officers were able identity the suspect as the accused and further learned that he was actively being sought on multiple warrants.

On December 17th, officers conducted another search of the wooded area on Dale Blvd near I-95 for the accused. After an extensive search, the accused was located in a tent and arrested without further incident.

Arrested on December 17th:

Andre Solmon PATTERSON, 48, of no fixed address

Charged with 2 counts of assault & battery on a LEO, 1 count of resisting arrest, 1 count of providing a false identity to law enforcement and 1 count of panhandling

*Additional unrelated warrants also served

Court date: pending | Bond: held WITHOUT bond

Someone is robbing cabbies near Manassas

[Image: Prince William police]

[Image: Prince William police]

Police are investigating a series of robberies involving taxi cabs near Manassas. Five cabbies have been robbed since Dec. 9.

The most recent robbery was at 3:21 a.m. in the area of Vernon Street and Tower Place. On Monday, police were called to a Walmart at Manassas Mall after a cabbie was robbed nearby.

In each robbery, police said cabbies pick up a fare and are asked to drive to a certain location, but are robbed before they arrive.

Here’s more in a police press release:

Armed Robberies – On December 15th at 2:57PM, officers responded to the 10700 block of Sudley Manor Dr in Manassas (20109) to investigate a robbery. The victim, a 62 year old man of Manassas, reported to police that he was a cab driver and had picked up a fare at the Wal-Mart located in Manassas Mall. After picking up the suspect, the victim drove him to the above area. Once stopped, the suspect pulled out a knife and took an undisclosed amount of money from the victim before fleeing on foot.

Early the next morning on December 16th at 3:21AM, officers responded to the area of Vernon St and Tower Pl in Manassas (20109) to investigate another robbery involving a cab driver. The victim, a 48 year old man of Fort Royal, reported to police that he picked up a fare and drove to the above area where the suspect displayed a knife and robbed him of an undisclosed amount of money. Following the incident, the suspect fled on foot.

No injuries were reported in either incident.

A police K-9 was also used in the December 16th incident to search for the suspect. Both incidents are believed to be related to one another, as well as, two other similar robberies reported on December 14th. The suspect in all reported incidents matched similar descriptions provided by the victims in those cases.

Suspect Description:

Black male, between 20 & 25 years of age, 6’0”, 160-170lbs with short black hair

Last seen wearing a gray sweatshirt and blue jeans

Car deliberately set on fire in Manassas neighborhood

The Manassas Fire Marshal’s Office wants to know who burned a car parked in the city’s Georgetown South neighborhood.

The car was set ablaze about 2 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 11. It was parked in the 9200 block of Taney Road.

A police officer on patrol in the area found burning car, a 2006 Lexus LS. The officer used a fire extinguisher to prevent the fire from spreading to other vehicles, said city spokeswoman Patty Prince.

The fire was deliberately set, an investigation found. The total damage to the car is $20,000 and the vehicle is considered to be a total loss. 

No injuries were reported. 

Anyone with information on this case is encouraged to call  Crime Solvers of Manassas City / Manassas Park.

Man beaten with baton at Manassas McDonalds

Police said a man at a McDonalds restaurant was beaten during an altercation that started in a bathroom.

Here’s more in a police report:

Aggravated Assault

At approximately 2:10AM on December 13, 2014 Manassas City Police responded to McDonald’s, located at 9001 Centreville Rd, for an assault that had just occurred.  The victim, a 31-year-old male of Manassas Park, told officers that following what he interpreted to be an insignificant run-in near the restrooms inside, he was verbally provoked upon exiting the restaurant by the same individual he encountered inside, who was now in the parking lot.  A second suspect approached and the three actively engaged in a physical altercation, during which the victim was struck multiple times and beaten by the suspects with a baton.  According the victim, the suspects fled the scene in separate vehicles heading north on Centreville Rd; one in a white Chevrolet truck and the other in a dark red four-door sedan.  The victim sustained non-life-threatening injuries.  This is an ongoing investigation.

                Description of suspects: 2 black males in their 40s, with black and grey hair

 

Attempted shoplifter assaults Saks Fifth Avenue employee, police said

WOODBRIDGE, Va. – On December 8, police went to Saks Fifth Avenue department store at Potomac Mills Mall after an unknown man tried to steal a pair of shoes and assaulted an employee when they tried to stop him. The man left the scene in a car and officers were not able to find the man after searching the nearby area.

Here’s the latest from Prince William police;

Strong Armed Robbery – On December 8th at 6:30PM, officers responded to the Saks Fifth Ave in Potomac Mills Mall located at 2700 Potomac Mills Cir in Woodbridge (22192) to investigate a shoplifting. Officers arrived at the business and were informed by an employee with loss prevention that an unknown man entered the store, took a pair of shoes and attempted to leave the store without paying. As the employee went to detain the suspect, the man assaulted the employee and fled in a vehicle. No injuries were reported. Officers searched the area and did not locate the suspect.

Suspect Description:

Black male, between 20 & 30 years of age with a medium build, medium complexion and tattoos on his chest and neck

Last seen wearing a black jacket, black shirt, black pants and a black cap with white stripes

 

Patient First physician charged with sex assault

MANASSAS, Va. – On December 3, a physician at a Patient First facility in Manassas was arrested for sexually assaulting a 23-year-old male victim during an examination. According to the report, the incident occurred on November 10.

Here’s the latest from Prince William police;

Sexual Battery – On November 10th, detectives from the Special Victim’s Unit responded to investigate a sexual battery allegation which was reported to have occurred at the Patient First located at 9715 Liberia Ave in Manassas (20110). The victim, a 23 year old man of Manassas, reported to police that during an examination he was sexually assaulted by the accused, a physician at the facility. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested on December 3rd.

Arrested on December 3rd: [No photo available]

Tony Chieuvan Bui NGUYEN, 35, of 10294 Greenspire Dr in Oakton

Charged with sexual battery

Court date: January 13, 2015 | Status: released on a court summons

 

6 charged in Stafford meth ring

Shooting dates back to October 

Wallce [Photo: Stafford sheriff's office]

Wallce [Photo: Stafford sheriff’s office]

A shooting in Stafford County has led to the arrest of five people tied to a methamphetamine ring. Investigators are searching for a sixth suspect. 

More in a press release from Stafford County Sheriff’s Office: 

Stephens [Photo: Stafford sheriff's office]

Stephens [Photo: Stafford sheriff’s office]

On Saturday, October 18, 2014 deputies responded to a call for a shooting on the 200 block of Walnut Drive.  In that incident a man was charged with Aggravated Malicious Wounding for shooting another man, after having a verbal argument with the victim. 

Stafford detectives executed a search warrant at the residence on Walnut Drive where the shooting occurred.  Stafford detectives discovered remnants of chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine. 

Snyder [Photo: Stafford sheriff's office]

Snyder [Photo: Stafford sheriff’s office]

As a result of the ongoing investigation of the shooting incident, Stafford detectives uncovered information that led to the search warrant being executed at a residence on Ficklen Road on October 22, 2014.  Material consistent with the production of methamphetamine was located at the Ficklen Road address. 

As a result of that search warrant and the ongoing investigation, members of the Special Investigation Unit carried out search and arrest warrants at 943 Ficklin Drive, 209 Walnut Drive (both in Stafford County) and the Willann

Hysell [Photo: Stafford sheriff's office]

Hysell [Photo: Stafford sheriff’s office]

address in Spotsylvania County this morning, December 11, 2014.

In all three locations, no one in the affected neighborhoods was in any danger as a result of the materials discovered during the execution of the search warrants and arrests.

The Special Investigations Unit, the Special Problems Unit and members of the Patrol Division participated in the execution of the search and arrest warrants.  Members of the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the

Harrington [Photo: Stafford sheriff's office]

Harrington [Photo: Stafford sheriff’s office]

execution of the warrants in Spotsylvania County.

The sheriff’s office arrested the following people: 

Burchett [Photo: Stafford sheriff's office]

Burchett [Photo: Stafford sheriff’s office]

Joshua Wallace, age 39, currently incarcerated at the Rappahannock Regional Jail,

Bradford Burchett, age 37 of 943 Ficklin Drive, Stafford

Mariah Harrington, age 44, of 943 Ficklin Drive, Stafford

*All individuals above are charged with 1 Count of Conspiracy to Violate the Drug Act, 2 Counts of Manufacturing Methamphetamine, 2 Counts of Manufacturing Methamphetamine With a Juvenile Present and 2 Counts of Possession of a Precursor Chemical for the Manufacturing of Methamphetamine. 

John Stephens, age 34, of 209 Walnut Drive, Stafford, charged with 1 Count of Conspiracy to Violate the Drug Act, 1 Count of Manufacturing Methamphetamine, 1 Count of Manufacturing Methamphetamine With a Juvenile Present and 1 Count of Possession of a Precursor Chemical for the Manufacturing of Methamphetamine. 

Constance Hysell, age 25, of 44Willann Lane, Spotsylvania has also been arrested and is charged with 1 Count of Conspiracy to Violate the Drug Act and 2 Counts of Manufacturing Methamphetamine. 

*All individuals above are currently incarcerated at the Rappahannock Regional Jail under no bond.

Lisa Snyder, age 31, of 209 Walnut Drive, Stafford has been charged with 1 Count of Conspiracy to Violate the Drug Act, 1 Count of Manufacturing Methamphetamine, 1 Count of Manufacturing Methamphetamine With a Juvenile Present and 1 Count of Possession of a Precursor Chemical for the Manufacturing of Methamphetamine.  Snyder is currently a fugitive and being sought by the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of the United States Marshals Service.

Would-be robber touches woman inappropriately

A woman walking in the parking lot said a man came up from behind her, grouped her buttocks, and then tried to steal her purse. 

Here’s more in a police report: 

Attempted Robbery

At approximately 9:20AM on December 8, 2014, Police responded to the area of Portner Ave and Sudley Rd for a report of an attempted robbery that had just occurred.  The victim, a 46-year-old female, told officers she was walking along Portner Ave towards Sudley Rd when an unknown male approached her from a back alleyway of Manassas Shopping Center.  The suspect groped her buttocks without speaking and attempted to steal her purse, then fled on foot towards the south end of Manassas Shopping Center after the victim spun around and verbally accosted the suspect.

                Description of suspect: Medium-skinned black male in his 20s, approximately 5’8”, possible mustache, wearing grey basketball-style shorts, a white hoodie pulled over his hair, and an orange sock on his right foot.

Anyone with information about the suspect’s identification or whereabouts is encouraged to call the Manassas City Police Department Investigation Services Division at (703) 257-8092 (reference case # 14-006138), or Crime Solvers.

Hit and run crash damages pillar at shopping center, witness says

crash, woodbridge, potomac mills

A hit and run crash damaged a pillar at the Potomac Festival shopping center in Woodbridge. [Submitted photo]

A driver hit a post inside the Potomac Mills Festival shopping center in Woodbridge.

The hit and run crash happened Monday night, according to Sarah Wyatt, who posted a photo of the damaged pillar to her Facebook page.

Never a dull moment. Watched a truck do this before my very eyes and then drive off, only to find out later he crashed into 2 more vehicles and crashed into a wall by Outback.

-Sarah Wyatt, photographer 

According to Wyatt, the crash happened near Swim Kids. As soon as the vehicle hit the pillar, the vehicle sped away, she added.

Best Western hotel in Woodbridge robbed

PWC police car

WOODBRIDGE, Va. – On Dec. 7, an employee at a Best Western hotel told police that an unknown man came in and went up to the counter with a handgun, demanding money. 

Here’s the latest from Prince William police:

Armed Robbery – On December 7th at 2:13PM, officers responded to the Best Western located at 14619 Potomac Mills Rd in Woodbridge (22192) to investigate a robbery. Employees reported to police that an unknown man entered the lobby and approached the counter. The man implied he had a weapon and demanded money. The suspect took an undisclosed amount of money before fleeing the hotel on foot. No injuries were reported. A police K-9 was used to search for the suspect.

Suspect Description:

Black male, between 28 & 38 years of age, 5’10”, 180lbs with a medium build, dark complexion, short black hair, brown eyes and a goatee

Last seen wearing a gray long sleeve shirt and jeans

Student robbed at Woodbridge Senior High School

LAKE RIDGE, Va. – On December 5, a 15-year-old victim told police that while walking on school grounds, she was approached by three teenagers, one of whom stole the victim’s phone and left the scene on foot along with the other teens. 

Here’s the latest from Prince William police; 

Strong Armed Robbery – On December 5th at 5:45PM, officers responded to Woodbridge High School located at 3001 Old Bridge Rd in Woodbridge (22192) to investigate a robbery. The victim, a 15 year old female juvenile of Woodbridge, reported to police that she was walking across school property when she was approached by an unknown male juvenile accompanied by two other female juveniles. During the encounter, the male suspect grabbed the victim’s phone and fled on foot with the other juveniles. No injuries were reported.

Suspect Description:

Black male, between 15 & 16 years of age, 5’10”, 150lbs with a thin build, medium complexion, a 2” black afro and brown eyes

Last seen wearing a light colored t-shirt and blue jeans

Robbery suspect sees photo on Facebook, turns himself in

Police said a suspect in a robbery in Woodbridge turned himself into police after seeing his picture on the department’s Facebook page.

Here’s more from Prince William police: 

Strong Armed Robbery *ARREST – On December 5th, the suspect involved in the robbery which was reported to have occurred in the 14400 block of Jefferson Davis Hwy in Woodbridge on November 24th turned himself into police without incident after seeing his information posted on the police department’s Facebook page. 

Arrested on December 5th:

David Nissan HUERTA, 18, of no fixed address

Charged with robbery

Court date: January 26, 2015 | Bond: held WITHOUT bond

Strong Armed Robbery [Previously Released] – On November 24th at 1:22PM, officers responded to the 14400 block of Jefferson Davis Hwy in Woodbridge (22191) to investigate a robbery. The victim, a 43 year old man of Woodbridge, reported to police that he walking through the Prince William Plz when he was approached by an unknown man. During the encounter, the suspect grabbed the victim’s cell phone from his hands and fled the area on foot. No injuries were reported. On December 2nd, detectives from the Robbery Unit identified the suspect involved in this robbery. Following the investigation, detectives obtained a warrant for the suspect’s arrest.

 

Dale City driver robbed at gunpoint

Douglas

Douglas

A man getting out of his car in Dale City was robbed at gunpoint Tuesday night. 

Here’s more from Prince William police: 

Faucett

Faucett

Armed Robbery – On December 2nd at 9:37PM, officers responded to the 4200 block of Hemmingway Dr in Woodbridge (22193) to investigate a robbery. The victim, a 37 year old man of Woodbridge, reported to police that he was getting out of his vehicle when he was approached by two unknown men. One of the men displayed a handgun and demanded money from the victim. The men took the victim’s wallet and an undisclosed amount of money before both men fled on foot towards Hoffman Dr. No injuries were reported. During the investigation, detectives were able to identify the possible suspects as residents on Hoffman Dr. Both suspects were located and matched the descriptions provided by the victim. Following the investigation, both men were arrested.

Arrested on December 2nd:

Gary Joseph DOUGLAS, 20, of 4126 Hoffman Dr in Woodbridge

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

Court date: January 14, 2015 | Bond: held WITHOUT bond

 

Joe Reginald FAUCETT, 18, of 14709 Edgewater Dr in Woodbridge

Charged with robbery

Court date: January 14, 2015 | Bond: held WITHOUT bond

Shoplifter fires BBs at Walmart employee

PWC police car

Vehicles, building struck at Walmart near Dumfries

Police said a Walmart employee was shot at with a BB gun by a shoplifter trying to make a fast getaway.

Here’s more from Pricne William police: 

Attempted Malicious Wounding – On December 2nd at 2:39PM, officers responded to the Wal-Mart located at 17041 Jefferson Davis Hwy in Dumfries (22026) to investigate a shoplifting. Officers arrived at the business and were informed by an employee with loss prevention that an unknown man entered the store, took various items and attempted to leave the store without paying. As the employee went to detain the man, the man fled on foot. As the suspect was fleeing, he stopped and fired several BB rounds towards the employee. Several vehicles and the building were stuck, no injuries or significant damage were reported. The suspect continue to flee towards Wayside Dr. Officers searched the area and did not locate the suspect.

Suspect Description:

Black male, between 18 & 25 years of age, 5’9”, 150lbs with a medium build, short black hair and beard

Last seen wearing a black fleece style jacket and gray sweatpants

6 Charged with Assaulting Police

Over the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend, a total of six people were charged with assaulting police officers in Prince William County. Each of the reported assaults took place during separate incidents.

Here’s details from today’s police report:

Lowery

Lowery

Assault & Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer [LEO] | Assault & Battery on Rescue Personnel – On November 30th at 12:30AM, officers responded to Costa Real located at 8423 Sudley Rd in Manassas (20109) to investigate a disorderly call. Officers arrived at the location to assist rescue personnel with an intoxicated individual, later identified as the accused. During the medical transport, the accused spat on a member of the rescue staff. The accused was also able to free his hands and strike an officer aiding in the transport. No injuries were reported. Following the encounter, the accused was arrested.

Arrested on November 30th:

Robert J. LOWERY, 30, of 10420 Rapidan Ln in Manassas

Charged with assault & battery on a LEO and assault & battery on rescue personnel

Court date: January 28, 2015 | Bond: $1,000 secured

 

Bailey

Bailey

Assault & Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer [LEO] | Assault & Battery – On November 29th at 5:59PM, officers responded to Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center located at 2300 Opitz Blvd in Woodbridge (22191) to investigate a disorderly call. The investigation revealed that a patient, later identified as the accused, became disorderly while being treated at the facility. During the encounter, the accused struck a member of the hospital staff before removing his clothing and running around the ER. An officer on an unrelated call at the hospital attempted to detain the accused and was assaulted. Additional officers also responded and were eventually able to take the accused into custody. Minor injuries were reported.

Arrested on November 29th:

Reginald Lance BAILEY, 24, of 4855 Ebb Tide Ct in Dumfries

Charged with assault & battery on a LEO and assault & battery

Court date: January 20, 2015 | Bond: held WITHOUT bond

 

Hall

Hall

Assault & Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer [LEO] | Assault & Battery – On November 28th at 11:01AM, officers responded to a residence located in the 6500 block of Atkins Way in Haymarket (20169) to investigate an assault. The victim, a 49 year old woman of Haymarket, reported to police that she was assaulted by the accused, a known acquaintance, following a verbal altercation. The accused was subsequently arrested and placed in the back seat of a police cruiser. At that point, the accused was able to reposition and kicked a rear window of the cruiser. An officer standing near the cruiser issued commands to the accused to stop kicking the window. The accused kicked the window a second time causing the glass to shatter. As a result, glass chards struck the officer causing minor lacerations to his arm and head. The officer was treated at the scene.

Arrested on November 28th:

Christopher Steven HALL, 19, of the 6500 block of Atkins Way in Haymarket

Charged with assault & battery on a LEO, assault & battery and destruction of property

Court date: January 27, 2015 | Bond: held WITHOUT bond

 

Arraya

Arraya

Assault & Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer [LEO] – On November 27th at 9:00PM, officers responded to a residence located in the 8200 block of Ancient Oak Ct in Manassas (20111) to investigate a disorderly call. Officers arrived and located the accused outside of the residence. Officers further learned that the accused was intoxicated and had been involved in a domestic assault which took place in another jurisdiction shortly before this incident. While officers were attempting to gather more information, the accused became agitated and pushed one of the officers. Following a brief struggle, the accused was eventually detained without further incident. Minor injuries were reported.

Arrested on November 27th:

Fernando Javier ARRAYA, 46, of 10187 Speedwell Ct in Manassas

Charged with assault & battery on a LEO and public intoxication

Hernandez

Hernandez

Court date: February 6, 2015 | Bond: held WITHOUT bond

 

Assault & Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer [LEO] | Domestic Assault & Battery –On November 27th at 3:54PM, officers responded to a residence located in the 12200 block of Charles Lacy Dr in Manassas (20112) to investigate a domestic assault. The victim, a 59 year old woman of Manassas, reported to police that she was assaulted by the accused, a known acquaintance, following a verbal altercation. The accused actively resisted when officers attempted to arrest him. At one point, the accused struck one of the officers in the face. After a brief struggle, the accused was eventually detained without further incident. Minor injuries were reported.

Arrested on November 27th:

Christopher Wilson HERNANDEZ, 32, of the 12200 block of Charles Lacy Dr in Manassas

Charged with assault & battery on a LEO, domestic assault & battery and resisting arrest

Court date: February 6, 2015 | Bond: held WITHOUT bond

 

Assault & Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer [LEO] – On November 30th at 3:15AM, officers responded to the 6400 block of Ashby Grove Lp in Haymarket (20169) to investigate a burglary in progress. The homeowner reported to police that he was asleep inside his home when he woke to a sound coming from a window. Upon checking the residence, the homeowner observed a suspect fleeing through the yard area of the home. No entry was made into the residence and no property was reported missing. A responding officer located an intoxicated man in a running vehicle near the home of the reported burglary. Officers made contact and identified the driver as the accused. The accused actively resisted when officers attempted to arrest him. At one point, the accused kicked one of the officers multiple times. After a brief struggle, the accused was eventually detained without further incident. Minor injuries were reported. The burglary incident is still under investigation.

Arrested on November 30th: [No photo available]

Beau Michael RABUNG, 20, of 14628 Lilva Dr in Centreville

Charged with assault & battery on a LEO, driving under the influence, unreasonable refusal and obstruction of justice

Court date: January 28, 2015 | Bond: $5,000 secured

License Plate Reader Limits Could Hamper Investigations

A Prince William County legislator is seeking statewide uniformity on how license plate readers collect and store data that has been linked to solving crimes.

Delegate Richard Anderson told the Prince William Committee of 100 that he and Virginia State Senator Chap Petersen will submit new legislation that would address how police agencies, like Prince William County’s, collect and store photos of license plates collected from cars in parking lots and from vehicles driving on county streets.

How LPRs work

Prince William police have 12 license plate readers, or LPRs, in use. Eleven are mounted to police cruisers, and a 12th is attached to a trailer that is moved to different locations in the county.

Each unit is a camera that quickly snaps photos of license plates and stores them on a computer inside the police car. If the computer matches the license plate number with a plate that has been reported stolen, officers know to pursue the stolen car immediately.

At the end of the day, the data is transferred to a database at the police department and is kept on file for six months. Prince William Police Chief Stephan Hudson said his ability to collect and store this data had allowed his investigators to use the data to help solve crimes. He said the data has also come in handy when police need to locate missing persons.

Fears of police tracking

Frank Knaack from the American Civil Liberties Union urges caution against using the machines. He said police can create a “digital fence” around a certain area to track drivers to determine travel patterns, giving authorities a clear idea of where a driver works, shops, as well as which groups he or she may associate with.

“Cars with license plates readers can drive through parking lots and can track cars at church, and police have a good idea that you go to that particular church every Sunday,” said Knaack.

Statewide limits would address privacy concerns

That’s where Anderson’s new legislation comes in. Earlier in the year, he, Petersen, and others formed the Ben Franklin Privacy Caucus in Richmond to address such privacy concerns. Anderson wants to impose a three month statewide limit on how long police may keep the license plate data on file.

“We need to tackle the issue of what triggers the [data] collection,” said Anderson. “It should be one of two things: It ought to be with a court order, or if a crime is in progress that requires law enforcement to spring into action in a given moment, so they have the intelligence they need to solve a crime.”

Historical data important to police chief

Chief Hudson said he’s “OK” with the three-month limit but prefers keeping the data on file for six months, as his department does now. He also said obtaining a court order each time data is collected could diminish the effectiveness of how LPRs are used today.

“My concern is that with such parameters we would have no historical data. And much of the benefit to having the historical data is going back to look at something days, weeks, even a couple months old and, if it was governed by that trigger, I wouldn’t even have that information,” said Hudson.

Teen Stabbed in Coverstone Neighborhood

PWC police car

An 18-year-old was stabbed several times Tuesday on the 10900 block of Coverstone Drive near Manassas.

Police seek a 17 and a 15-year-0ld in connection to the crime.

Here’s the latest from Prince William police:

Aggravated Malicious Wounding | Armed Robbery – On November 25th at 4:34PM, officers responded to investigate a stabbing which was reported to have occurred in the 10900 block of Coverstone Dr in Manassas (20109). The investigation revealed that the victim, an 18 year old man of Manassas, was stabbed multiple times by two known acquaintances following a physical altercation in the above area. During the encounter, one of the suspects also attempted to take the victim’s necklace. A friend of the victim, a 17 year old male juvenile of Manassas, was also present during the incident and attempted to intervene. At that point, one of the suspects attempted to stab the victim’s friend; however, the suspect did not make contact. The victim sustained significant injuries and was taken to an area hospital by friends where police were contacted. Detectives were able to identify both assailants involved in this incident as male juveniles belonging to a gang. Following the investigation, detectives obtained charges against both juveniles. The suspects are not in currently custody and are actively being sought by police. This was not a random incident.

Wanted: [Juveniles]

17 year old male juvenile of Manassas

Wanted for 1 count of aggravated malicious wounding, 1 count of attempted malicious wounding, 1 count of stabbing while in commission of a felony, and 3 counts of gang participation

15 year old male juvenile of Manassas

Wanted for 1 count of aggravated malicious wounding, 1 count of attempted armed robbery, 1 count of stabbing while in commission of a felony and 3 counts of gang participation

 

Police Search for Fast Fuels Robbers

robbery-1robbery-2robbery-3robbery-4robbery-5robbery-6

Prince William police are investigating a robbery that occurred at a gas station at the intersection of Old Bridge Road and Route 123 near Occoquan.

Here is more in a press release from Prince William poilce:

Armed Robbery – On November 23rd at 6:16PM, officers responded to the Fast Fuel Service Station located at 1320 Old Bridge Rd in Woodbridge (22192) to investigate a robbery. An employee reported to police that three unknown men entered the business and approached the counter. Two of the men display handguns while the third took money from the register and a purse belonging to an employee. Following the encounter, all three men fled the store on foot. No injuries were reported.

Suspect Descriptions:

Black male, between 25 & 29 years of age, 5’10” with a thin build

Last seen wearing a black HH winter coat with a hood, tan brown pants and black & white shoes

Black male, between 25 & 29 years of age, 6’0” with a thin build and short dreadlocks

Last seen wearing a black hooded jacket over a green hooded shirt and blue jeans

Black male, between 25 & 29 years of age, 5’8” with a medium build

Last seen wearing a black long coat, red shirt, black mask and tan work boots

Planning Asst. Chief Faces Obscene Sexual Display Charges

2 women reported driver exposed himself

 

Raymond Utz, head of Prince William County’s planning office, is charged with two counts of indecent exposure.

Here’s the full police report:

Indecent Exposure | Obscene Sexual Display – On November 17th at 11:58AM, officers responded to investigate an indecent exposure which was reported to have occurred in the area of Gideon Dr and Smoketown Rd in Woodbridge (22193). The victim, a 38 year old woman of Triangle, reported to police that she was stopped at the above intersection when an unknown vehicle pulled beside her. The victim then observed the driver, and only occupant of the vehicle, lower the passenger side window. At that point, the victim noticed that the driver was exposing himself and making an obscene sexual display. The victim was able to provide police with a description and license plate information of the vehicle. Officers were able to determine that the vehicle, a black Honda CRV, was registered to the accused and that the same vehicle was reported to have been involved in a similar encounter reported earlier in the day. In that incident, the victim, a 39 year old woman of Woodbridge, reported to officers that a black Honda CRV with a similar looking driver pull next to her while stopped in the area of Old Bridge Rd and Mohican Dr in Woodbridge (22192). As with the later incident, the driver lowered the passenger side window to get the attention of the victim. As the victim looked over towards the suspect vehicle, she observed the driver expose himself while making an obscene display. The victim pulled away from the other vehicle and immediately contacted police. Following the investigation, the accused was connected to both incidents and was subsequently charged.

                Arrested on November 19th: [No photo available]

                Raymond Ernst UTZ, 49, of 44 Bexley Ln in Fredericksburg

                Charged with 2 counts of indecent exposure and 2 counts of obscene sexual display

                Court date: pending | Bond: released on court summons

Utz worked for Prince William County since 2003. He was fired on Nov. 20, 2014, said Prince William County spokesman Jason Grant.

 

Hudson: Recent Prince William Murders Not a Trend

Chief praises police officers for hard work following murders

 

Two murders back to back, less than a week apart, has some Prince William County residents talking about safety.

On Nov. 10, a Woodbridge Senior High School student was shot and killed on a walking path just outside the school. Police said the victim was killed in a drug-related robbery. Five people, including a 16-year-old girl, were arrested and charged in connection to Williams’ death.

In the early hours of Nov. 16, Christopher Nathaniel Weaver, 19, and a 15-year-old boy were shot in Dale City. Both were taken to a hospital where Weaver died, and a 15-year-old suffered injuries that did not appear to be life threatening.

One shooting suspect was arrested the following day in Arlington, and the second was taken into custody last night in Manassas.

The two shootings were not related.

In an interview with Potomac Local, Prince William Police Department Chief Stephan Hudson says the county has seen some troubling incidents in recent days, but says crime in the community continues to be at historically low levels.

“Even with two recent murders that have occurred within five or six days of each other, we still are at a total of six murders for the entire year. Historically, over the past 30 plus years, [the number of] our murders vary every single year. They’ve gone from lows of one and two to a high of 16. So, I am not overly concerned that this represents some kind of a trend that we need to be concerned about,” said Hudson.

Statistically, Prince William is on par with having the same number of murders this year as last. A total of 16 people were murdered in Prince William in 2006, and 12 people were murder in the county in 2008. Those two years, out of the past 10, saw the most murders in the county.

The department’s policy of directing a massive amount of resources to the county’s most violent crimes immediately after they occur is what helped detectives to quickly track down suspects in the two most recent murders. Keep Reading…

Page 1 of 5912345...102030...Last »