Crime

Helicopters search for man wanted in PNC bank robbery in Lake Ridge

A PNC bank in Giant Foods was robbed today.
The suspect fled from the scene on foot.
The store is currently open for customers, but the bank is not.
A helicopter is being used to track down the suspect

 

A PNC bank location inside of a Giant Foods on Hedges Run Drive in Lake Ridge was robbed.

According to Prince William police, the individual entered the bank area, showed a handgun and demanded money.

The individual fled the scene with money and was last seen running towards the rear of the Giant.

No one was injured.

The suspect is described as a male with a light complexion, between 20 and 30 and under 5’7”. He was last seen wearing a gray jacket with gray sleeves, black on the shoulders and a black hood, with blue jeans and gray sneakers.

Prince William police are still currently on the scene investigating.

A helicopter is being used to search the area, and police vehicles are posted around the neighborhood to watch for the suspect.

PNC bank employees that witnessed the robbery declined to comment on the incident.

The store is currently open for customers.

 

 

Woodbridge woman charged with child neglect, reckless driving

On the morning of June 29, Prince William police responded to a call for child neglect that took place at the A.J. Ferlazzo building in Woodbridge.

According to Prince William police, the caller stated that they met with 29-year old Woodbridge woman Shaquann Wilson in front of the building for a child custody exchange.

When the caller attempted to secure the 6-year old child in the backseat of Wilson’s car, Wilson drove away, said Prince William police.

Both the caller and a witness stated that the child was not secured in the seat and Wilson’s vehicle door was open when she pulled away, stated Prince William police.

Wilson turned herself into the police after officers made contact with her.

No one was injured.

Wilson is being charged with felony child neglect and reckless driving and is being held on a $2,000 bond.

BB gun, mace, used in Woodbridge robbery

On the morning of June 29, Prince William police responded to a call for a robbery on Prince William Parkway in Woodbridge.

According to Prince William police, the victim – a 35-year old Woodbridge man – was robbed by two known acquaintances.

During the incident, the male suspect – 18-year old Ethan Brommer – showed a handgun and the female suspect – 26-year old Felisha Tucker – threatened the victim with mace, said Prince William police.

The individuals took an electronic tablet from the victim, before the victim fled and called Prince William police.

Prince William police located the individuals in a wooded area near the scene of the incident. Officers determined the handgun was actually a BB gun.

No one was injured.

Brommer and Tucker have both been charged with robbery.

Manassas man charged with sexual battery of female minor

On June 27, Prince William police from the Special Victims Unit responded to a call for a sexual assault on Lady Jane Loop in Manassas.

According to Prince William police, the victim – a 9-year old girl – was sexually assaulted by 46-year old Manassas man Charles Forsyth, who is a known family member.

The assault took place on more than one occasion between January 2014 and June 2015, according to Prince William police, following an investigation.

Forsyth has been charged with four counts of aggravated sexual battery, six counts of indecent liberties with children, two counts of forcible sodomy and one count of display of grooming or obscene material to children, said Prince William police.

He is being held without bond.

Haymarket woman charged with entering stranger’s home

In the afternoon on June 22, Haymarket police were called to a home on Gap Way for a call for unlawful entry of a residence.

According to Haymarket police, the homeowner stated that he saw a female open the rear door of his home and partially enter. When the homeowner confronted the woman, she asked to use the telephone.

Haymarket police stated that the female had no connections to the home.

After an investigation, Haymarket police identified the female as 22-year old Chelsey Davis.

Davis was located at her residence on Washington Street and has been charged with unlawful entry.

Man arrested following shooting in Triangle home

On June 25, the U.S. Marshals’ Fugitive Task Force arrested 23-year old Triangle man Terrance Henderson for a shooting incident on Old Triangle Road on June 23.

Prince William police responded to a call at 2:27 a.m. that morning to investigate the shooting.

Their investigation revealed that the victim – a 21-year old Triangle man – was inside the residence when Henderson, who knew the victim, showed him a rifle which discharged, striking the victim in the leg, stated Prince William police.

After the incident, Henderson carried the victim outside and fled the area, said Prince William police.

When officers arrived on the scene, they located the victim outside near the home. The victim was transported to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to Prince William police.

Henderson was located in Fredericksburg, and was arrested without incident.

Prince William police stated that Henderson is being charged with unlawful wounding, shooting within an occupied dwelling and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He is being held without bond.

Endangered Woodbridge man goes missing from his home

Update

According to Prince William police, Bechtold was located in New York and is safe.

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Prince William police are looking for 23-year old Woodbridge man Albert Bradley Bechtold.

According to Prince William police, an investigation showed that Bechtold left his home on Bayside Avenue around 12:45 a.m. on June 29.

Bechtold was believed to have left his home voluntarily, and may need assistance. Prince William police have classified him as endangered.

He may be driving a black 2009 Toyota Matrix hatchback with Virginia license plate tag VGF-3326, according to Prince William police. Additionally, he may have ties to the New York area.

Bechtold is described as a white male, 6’0” and 180 pounds with brown hair, blue eyes and tattoos on his neck, left hand, and right wrist, said Prince William police.

Stafford doctor receives 4-year sentence for distribution, fraud

Nibedita Mohanty, a 56-year old Stafford doctor, was sentenced to 4-years in prison and 3-years of supervised release, for distribution of controlled substances and aiding and abetting health care fraud.

Mohanty was formerly the Chief of Medicine at Stafford Hospital, according to a U.S. Department of Justice release.

In addition to her jail time, Mohanty has been fined $15,000 and has been ordered to forfeit $43,120.

More from U.S. Department of Justice court documents:

Mohanty admitted to issuing prescriptions for oxycodone which were not for a legitimate medical purpose and beyond the bounds of medical practice. In one such instance, on May 2, 2011, Dr. Mohanty issued a prescription for oxycodone to patient who experienced a nonfatal narcotics overdose. Dr. Mohanty subsequently treated the patient at the hospital. On May 31, 2011, Dr. Mohanty issued another oxycodone prescription to same patient. The next day, the patient was found deceased in the bathroom of a friend’s home. The cause of death was determined to be accidental acute combined oxycodone and imipramine toxicity.

In another instance, on Oct. 3, 2011, Dr. Mohanty issued a prescription for oxycodone to a patient. Nine days later the patient was found unresponsive in her home. Hospital records and testimony would have shown that the nonfatal overdose was oxycodone related.

In addition, Dr. Mohanty admitted that she aided and abetted a patient in the commission of health care fraud. Dr. Mohanty acknowledged that she did not possess a “X” DEA number, nor was she authorized for office-based narcotic buprenorphine treatment. Despite this Dr. Mohanty prescribed Subutex, which contains buprenorphine, to a patient who she was treating for drug addiction and dependence, which was billed to and paid for by the patient’s health insurance.

Mohanty pled guilty to all charges in February.

Armed robbery at Dunkin, burglary at church in Woodbridge

On June 24, Prince William police were called on scene for an attempted armed robbery at a Dunkin’ Donuts location and a burglary of a church in Woodbridge.

Attempted armed robbery at Dunkin’

Late in the evening on June 24, Prince William police responded to a call at a Dunkin’ Donuts location on Jefferson Davis Highway to investigate an attempted robbery.

According to Prince William police, employees stated that two unknown individuals entered the business and pulled out a handgun, demanding money. The men left the location eventually, without taking anything, said Prince William police.

No one was injured. A K-9 unit was used to look for the two individuals.

One suspect was described as a black male, 5’6” and 160 pounds with a thin build. He was last seen wearing a white tank top, black pants and dark shoes with black gloves.

The second suspect is described as a black male wearing a gray sweatshirt, dark pants and black shoes with a dark colored backpack.

Burglary at Woodbridge church

On June 24, Prince William police also responded to a call at the St. Francis of Assisi church on Fuller Heights Road in Triangle to investigate a burglary.

According to Prince William police, church staff stated that the burglary had taken place overnight, between 6 p.m. on June 23 and 5:55 a.m. on June 24.

After an investigation, officers found there were no signs of forced entry and money was reported missing.

Man identified, wanted, for assaulting 73-year old woman at CVS

Prince William police detectives have identified the suspect – 31-year old Manassas man Clarence Olowu – whom they believe to be involved in an assault and battery.

The assault of a 73-year old woman took place in the parking lot of a CVS location on Jefferson Davis Highway in Woodbridge on June 17, stated Prince William police.

According to Prince William police, Olowu spoke with the victim and inappropriately touched her and then fled the scene.

Prince William police were able to identify Olowu following an investifation and a tip.

Olowu is currently wanted for two counts of assault and battery.

He is described as a black male, 5’8” and 190 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

String of armed robberies, carjacking of pizza deliverymen in Woodbridge, Manassas

There have been multiple instances of armed robberies and a carjacking of pizza deliverymen in Woodbridge and Manassas this week.

Armed robbery, carjacking in Manassas

On June 24, Prince William police responded to Saint Croix Lane in Manassas to investigate a robbery.

According to Prince William police, the victim – a 29-year old man – reported to police that he was delivering a pizza when he was flagged down by an individual. The victim stated that the individual said they were the ones that had called for the pizza and they were waiting on a friend to bring the money.

During the incident, another individual approached the victim, displaying a weapon and ordering the victim to the ground, according to Prince William police.

When the victim was on the ground, the two individuals took money, the pizza, a cell phone and car keys, before getting into the victim’s car and fleeing the area, stated Prince William police. Another suspect fled on foot.

No one was injured.

Prince William police found the victim’s car in a nearby parking lot. When an officer approached the vehicle, one of the individuals jumped from the driver’s seat and fled on foot. A K-9 unit and helicopter were used to search for the individual and he was located and arrested. Keep Reading…

Man wanted for armed robbery at Dumfries hotel

Early in the morning on June 23rd, Prince William police responded to a call at a hotel on Dumfries Road in Dumfries for a robbery.

According to Prince William police, the victim – a 25-year old woman – was visiting the hotel. The victim stated that she met an unknown individual in the area, and he followed her back to the hotel.

When the two were in the victim’s hotel room, the individual displayed a handgun and took an undisclosed sum of money and other items from the victim’s purse, stated Prince William police.

The individual then fled the hotel. No one was injured.

Prince William police are currently looking for the individual. He is described as a black male, between 25 and 35 years old, 6’3” and 200 pounds with brown eyes, black hair and a nose ring. He was last seen wearing a gray sweatshirt with dark jeans and a gray hat with red lettering.

Prince William police officer attacked with pipe at Home Depot in Woodbridge

On the evening of June 19, Prince William police responded to the Home Depot location at Foulgers Square in Woodbridge to investigate a fight.

According to Prince William police, the victim – a 54-year old man – stated that the individual – 32-year old Woodbridge man Shazad Haq – began running towards the loading dock at the Home Depot in an aggressive way.

When Haq got closer to the victim’s location, he picked up a metal pipe and begin hitting doors, stated Prince William police. The victim yelled at Haq to stop, at which time Haq began to chase him.

Haq was able to catch the victim and began to strike him in the arm with the pipe, according to Prince William police. The victim has minor injuries from the assault.

When officers arrived at the scene, they were able to locate Haq in the parking lot of the Home Depot. According to Prince William police, when an officer exited his vehicle, Haq picked up two metal pipes and began swinging them in the air while yelling at the officer.

Prince William police said that the officer issued commands for Haq to drop the pipes and lay on the ground. Haq began to resist and became agitated when the officer attempted to put him in handcuffs.

During the altercation, Haq grabbed one of the pipes and struck and officer in the leg, stated Prince William police. After being detained by other officers, Haq became agitated again when being escorted to the police cruiser and grabbed an officer’s gun, said Prince William police.

Another struggle took place, and officers were finally able to place Haq in the vehicle. A supervisor for the officers arrived on scene to speak with Haq, and he spat towards him, said Prince William police.

Haq is being charged with one count of attempted malicious wounding, two counts of assault and battery on a law enforcement officer, one count of attempting to disarm a law enforcement officer, one count of disorderly conduct and one count of obstruction of justice. He is being held without bond.

Woodbridge couple charged with malicious wounding, strangulation

On the morning of June 18, Prince William police responded to a home on Cavalier Drive in Woodbridge to investigate a stabbing.

According to Prince William police, a caller stated to police that an individual was running down the street, and had an apparent stab wound.

Officers were able to identify the man – 27-year old Christopher Levelle at the home. He had a stab wound on his left shoulder, said Prince William police.

Another occupant in the home – 30-year old Julia Essman, was also suffering from minor injuries to her neck, Prince William police stated.

An investigation into the incident found that Levelle assaulted Essman and began to choke her. Neither individual would provide information on how Levelle was stabbed.

Both were transported to a local medical facility for treatment.

Levelle is being charged with strangulation, domestic assault and battery and providing false identity to law enforcement. Essman is being charged with malicious wounding. Both are being held without bond, according to Prince William police.

Woodbridge man, gang member sentenced to 7 years in prison

Twenty-three year old Woodbridge man Johnathan Coleman – known as “Swag” – was sentenced to seven years in prison and five years of supervised release for an armed robbery.

On March 18, Coleman pled guilty to using, carrying and displaying a firearm during a violent crime.

Court documents stated that Coleman and another Bloods gang member robbed an escort at gunpoint at a Dumfries hotel on June 26.

More from a U.S. Department of Justice release:

Coleman set up the escort for the robbery by pretending to be a client. He pushed his way into her hotel room, shoved the victim into a mirror, and ultimately robbed her while brandishing a firearm. Court records also reveal that Coleman took part in a Nov. 10, 2014, assault on a residence that involved attacking an individual who answered the door, throwing bricks through the windows of the residence, and discharging a firearm into the residence.

String of residential burglaries in Woodbridge, Manassas

On June 17, there were three residential burglaries in homes in Woodbridge and Manassas.

In the morning on June 17, Prince William police responded to a residence on Hogan Place in Manassas to investigate one burglary at a vacant home.

According to Prince William police, the property owner stated that the burglary took place between the end of May and June 17. There was no sign of forced entry, and Prince William police stated that entry was likely made through an unsecured window.

A neighbored reported seeing two white males in their 20’s at the residence on June 4, said Prince William police. Various pieces of property were reported missing.

In the afternoon of June 17, Prince William police responded to a house on Forest Lane in Woodbridge to investigate an alarm activation.

When arriving on scene, Prince William police stated the rear door of the residence had been forced open. A door in the garage area of the home was also forced open, said Prince William police. No property was reported missing.

And on the evening of June 17, Prince William police responded to an apartment on Wild Ginger Circle in Manassas for a burglary call.

Prince William police said that the resident stated the burglary happened between 6:10 p.m. and 8:45 p.m.

There were no signs of forced entry, and entry appears to have been made through the unlocked front door. An interior locked bedroom door was found damaged in the apartment, said Prince William police. No property was reported missing.

Crack cocaine, firearm found at Days Inn in Manassas

In the early morning on June 16, Prince William police were conducting a routine check at a Days Inn location on New Market Court in Manassas when they noticed the smell of marijuana coming from one of the rooms.

Prince William police entered the room and found a handgun and a substance they suspected to be crack cocaine.

Officers arrested the room occupant – 34-year old Kevin Thomas – in the room without incident.

Thomas is being charged with possession of a Schedule I or II narcotic, possession of a firearm with Scheduled narcotics, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to Prince William police.

He is being held without bond.

73-year old woman sexually assaulted in CVS parking lot

This morning, Prince William police responded to a CVS store location on 13600 Jefferson Davis Highway in Woodbridge to investigate a sexual assault.

According to Prince William police, the victim – a 73-year old Woodbridge woman – stated that she was cleaning out her vehicle in the CVS parking lot, when she was approached by an unknown individual.

During the incident, the individual spoke with the victim and inappropriately touched her over her clothing. The individual fled the scene on foot.

No one was injured.

Prince William police were not able to locate the individual, but were able to visually identify him after viewing CVS surveillance footage.

He is described by Prince William police as a black male, between 18 and 25, 6’0” and 190 pounds with a medium build and dark complexion. He was last seen wearing a red baseball cap, a red shirt and black pants and black shoes.

Manassas City man charged following child pornography investigation

On June 16 Manassas City police, working with the Northern Virginia-Washington D.C. Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, arrested 23-year old Manassas man David Battle.

The arrest comes after a month-long investigation, where Manassas City police was looking into the exploitation of children on the Internet, according to a Manassas City police release.

Following the execution of a search warrant at Battle’s home on Buckner Road in Manassas, Battle was charged with one county of distribution of child pornography and nine counts of possession of child pornography (second or subsequent offense) stated Manassas City police.

Battle is being held without bond.

Stafford could get 8 new officers with COPS grant

Stafford fire and rescue Acting Chief Mark Lockhart, Sheriff Charles E. Jett, and ATF Special Agent Richard Marianos appear at a press conference in Stafford. [File photo: Mary Davidson/PotomacLocal.com]

The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office is applying for a federal grant to get funds for more officers.

The Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grants are funded through the U.S. Department of Justice, and are meant to assist law enforcement agencies with staffing needs.

“We’ve taken advantage of them in the past to supplement and increase our sworn staffing – primarily with the argument that we’re a fast growing community and that we’re not able to keep up with the human resource that is needed to engage in and fulfill our community policing mission,” said Stafford Sheriff Charles Jett.

The county was awarded a COPS grant in 1999 and was able to hire 10 new officers.

According to Jett, applying for these grants has gotten very competitive.

“We’ve seen the amount of money dwindle, in regards to nationwide, the amount is available to grantees. We’ve also seen it become extremely competitive, as a number of law enforcement agencies laid off officers during the economically challenging times…for us, we’re making the case that we’ve already made before the board of supervisors and that’s that through our sheriff’s office staffing strategic plan, we were able to demonstrate that currently we are 30 field positions down,” said Jett.

The COPS funding allows for a 5% increase in sworn officers – which would be 8 positions for Stafford, according to Jett.

In total, Stafford County could receive up to $1 million, and there is a local matching responsibility that the Stafford County Board of Supervisors would have to agree to. The board gave Jett the approval to apply for the grant last month.

For Jett, this funding would allow the county to offer better response times and community outreach.

“It would enhance and increase service delivery. As we’re now showing that our response times are not where we want them to be on emergency calls – it’s also showing that our deputy currently has a minimal amount of proactive community policing time to engage in the community, in problem solving activities….it would [also] reduce the financial impact on the community,” Jett commented.

The winners of the COPS grants will be announced before the end of September.

Woman robbed in Tackett’s Mill parking lot

On the evening of June 15, Prince William police responded to a call for a robbery at the Tackett’s Mill Shopping Center in Woodbridge.

According to Prince William police, the victim – a 69-year old Woodbridge woman – told police that she was walking through the parking lot at the shopping center when she was approached by an unknown individual.

During the incident, the individual grabbed the victim’s shopping cart, which held the victim’s purse, and demanded money.

The individual took money and fled on foot.

No one was injured.

The suspect is described as a black male, between 40 and 50, 6’4” and 220 pounds with a heavy build and a bald head. He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and dark colored pants.

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