Crime

Woman bound, robbed, at Manassas area hotel

A female hotel employee was tied up during an armed robbery in Manassas.

According to Prince William police, officers were called to the Candlewood Suites on Balls Ford Road in Manassas early this morning.

The victim – a 32-year old Manassas woman and hotel employee – told Prince William police that an individual entered the hotel and demanded money, while showing a handgun.

During the incident, the individual brought the victim to a back room, where he tied her hands before fleeing the hotel on foot, with an undisclosed amount of money, stated Prince William police.

The victim was able to free her hands, and no one was injured.

Prince William police K-9 units and a helicopter were used to search for the individual, who has not yet been found.

The suspect is described as a male, between 30 and 35 years old, 5’11” and 250 pounds with black hair. He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, a dark colored jacket, a black wool cap, gloves, boots and sunglasses, stated Prince William police.

Woman charged with DUI after fatal accident in Manassas

Prince William police have charged a Woodbridge woman with DUI, following a fatal car crash.

According to Prince William police, early in the morning on July 26, officers responded to a call for a single vehicle crash near Centreville Road and Rugby Road in Manassas.

At the scene, officers found that the driver of the vehicle – a 1996 Infiniti I30t – was traveling south on Centreville Road when the vehicle left the road and hit a utility pole, said Prince William police.

The driver and passenger in the vehicle were flown to a local hospital for medical treatment. The passenger – 56-year old Manassas man Ellery Penn – died at the hospital as a result of his injuries, according to Prince William police.

Prince William police stated that the driver – 45-year old Woodbridge woman Carroll Smith – is still in the hospital, but is expected to recover.

Following an investigation into the incident, Smith was determined to be under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash. Smith is being charged with driving under the influence and driving on a revoked license, stated Prince William police.

Stafford man shot with his own gun during fight

Last night, units from the Stafford sheriff’s office were called to a shooting.

According to the Stafford sheriff’s office, the shooting took place on Minniear Court.

Deputies on the scene found 31-year old Stafford man Timothy Phelps, who had received a gunshot wound to the leg, said the Stafford sheriff’s office.

After an investigation, deputies determined that Phelps accused a female who was staying at his home of stealing personal items. When the woman returned to Phelps’ home with several friends, an argument took place, stated the Stafford sheriff’s office.

During the incident, Phelps and a friend of the female fought, before going inside his home and getting a shotgun, according to the Stafford sheriff’s office.

Phelps approached the group and began fighting again, and a struggle for the shotgun ensued. This led to the gunshot wound in Phelps’ leg, stated the Stafford sheriff’s office.

The Stafford sheriff’s office stated another individual – 20-year old Brian Blair – grabbed Phelps’ shotgun and fired a shot at a vehicle, which ended up hitting a nearby home. No one in the home was injured as a result of the shot.

Phelps was transported to a local medical facility for surgery, stated the Stafford sheriff’s office.

Phelps is being charged with convicted felon in possession of a firearm, malicious wounding, and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, stated the Stafford sheriff’s office.

Blair is currently wanted by the Stafford sheriff’s office for charges of convicted felon in possession of a firearm, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, shooting at a moving vehicle, and shooting into an occupied dwelling.

Man wanted for knife attack at Woodbridge home

Prince William police are still looking for a Woodbridge man, following an attack on a juvenile male.

According to Prince William police on May 24, officers responded to a home on Satterfield Drive in Woodbridge to investigate a domestic assault call.

Prince William police stated that the victim – a 17-year old male juvenile – told officers that 38-year old Woodbridge man Donte Lyons and a female resident at the home were involved in a verbal altercation.

During the incident, Lyons pulled out a pocket knife and the victim attempted to intervene, when he received a cut to the chest from Lyons, stated Prince William police.

Lyons fled the scene prior to Prince William police’s arrival.

The victim was taken to a local medical facility for injuries that were not life threatening, said Prince William police.

Lyons is described as a black male, 5’8” and 120 pounds with short black hair, brown eyes and a goatee. He is wanted for malicious wounding, stated Prince William police.

Woodbridge woman pepper sprayed during attack

A Woodbridge woman was robbed and pepper sprayed on the evening of July 23.

According to Prince William police, officers responded to a call for the incident, which took place at Chinkapin Oak Lane in Woodbridge.

The victim – a 32-year old woman – told officers that she was getting into her vehicle when she was approached by 35-year old Lorton woman Sherri Boyd, stated Prince William police.

During the incident, the victim tried to close her car door, when Boyd sprayed the victim in the face with pepper spray. Boyd then struck the victim in her face, before taking the victim’s cell phone, stated Prince William police.

Prince William police stated that the two struggled before Boyd fled the scene.

The victim reported minor injuries.

Boyd is currently wanted by Prince William police for robbery, assault with a caustic substance, grand larceny, and assault and battery. She is described as a black female, 5’9” and 220 pounds with black hairs and brown eyes, said Prince William police.

Man charged with PNC Bank robbery in Lake Ridge

Prince William police have charged 26-year old James Scotto for a robbery at PNC Bank in Lake Ridge earlier this month.

The robbery took place at the PNC Bank inside the Giant Grocery Store on Hedges Run Drive in Lake Ridge on July 2.

During the incident the individual approached the bank with a handgun and demanded money before fleeing on foot, stated Prince William police.

According to Prince William police, after receiving an anonymous tip, detectives from the Robbery Unit were able to identify Scotto as a suspect, following further investigation.

Scotto had already been arrested on July 17, after the robbery, for an unrelated incident, said Prince William police.

On July 21, Scotto was charged with robbery, entering a bank with intent to commit a larceny and use of a firearm in commission of a felony, stated Prince William police.

Dale City bank robbed, suspect flees toward I-95

There was a bank robbery in Dale City this morning.
There was a bank robbery in Dale City this morning.
There was a bank robbery in Dale City this morning.
There was a bank robbery in Dale City this morning.
There was a bank robbery in Dale City this morning.
There was a bank robbery in Dale City this morning.

11737802_880176515365116_773026607389524225_nThere was a bank robbery this morning at the Wells Fargo location on 2876 Dale Boulevard in Woodbridge.

According to Prince William police, during the robbery no weapon was seen and no one was injured.

An undisclosed sum of money was taken from the bank, stated Prince William police.

The individual is described as a black male, around 5’11” and 130 pounds. He was wearing a blue t-shirt with white lettering, blue jeans, sunglasses, a mask and possibly a wig, stated Prince William police.

Potomac Local was on scene, and witnessed a helicopter searching the area for the suspect. Multiple police units are on scene at the Wells Fargo, with additional units posted along Dale Boulevard. K-9 units are also on scene, according to Prince William police.

The suspect fled the scene on foot and was last seen heading toward Interstate 95.

Mob assault outside Woodbridge workplace investigated

Prince William police were called to an assault by mob in Woodbridge, on the evening of July 19.  

According to Prince William police, the victim – a 27-year old Woodbridge man – told officers he was leaving his workplace on Prince William Parkway, when he was assaulted by four men.

Prince William police stated that one of the men had been involved in a previous incident with the victim.

During the incident, the victim was able to detain one of the men – 42-year old Woodbridge man Alonzo Kindred. The three other individuals fled the scene on foot, stated Prince William police.

The victim was transported to a local medical facility to receive treatment on injuries to his face he sustained from the assault, said Prince William police.

Following an investigation, Prince William police were able to identify two of the three at-large suspects – 38-year old Willie Gilliam and 21-year old Daniel Gilliam.

Kindred has been charged with assault by mob, and the Gilliam’s are wanted for assault by mob.

Willie Gilliam is described as a black male, 5’10’ and 150 pounds with a thin build, black hair and brown eyes. Daniel Gilliam is described as a black male, 5’11” with a medium build, black hair and brown eyes, stated Prince William police.

DJ, Exxon service station, robbed in Manassas

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Update

Prince William police have obtained surveillance of the individual that robbed the Exxon service station in Manassas on July 17.

According to Prince William police he is described as a white or Hispanic male, between 20 and 40 years old, 5’8″ and 145 pounds with a medium build. He was last seen wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt with white stripes, blue jeans and a blue bandana covering his face, stated Prince William police.

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There were two armed robberies in Manassas last week.

The first robbery was in the afternoon on July 13 at a residence on Community Drive in Manassas.

DJ’s car robbed at birthday party

According to Prince William police, the victim – a 36-year old Manassas man – told officers that he was a DJ at a birthday party at the home when two men asked him to step outside the home to talk.

When the victim was outside, one of the individuals displayed a handgun and took the victim’s money, car keys and car, according to Prince William police. The individuals fled the scene in the car, and a second vehicle that was described as a tan Chevrolet Caprice with Maryland license plates, stated Prince William police.

One individual is described as a black male, 6’0” and 185 pounds, wearing a brown and black shirt and blue jeans, stated Prince William police.

The second individual is described as a male, 6’0” with a heavy build wearing a green polo shirt and blue jeans, according to Prince William police.

Cash taken from Exxon service station

The second armed robbery took place on the morning of July 17, when Prince William police were called to the Exxon service station on Sudley Road in Manassas.

According to Prince William police, the shop clerk – a 38-year old Manassas man – told officers that a white male who had concealed his face robbed the service station, while displaying a black revolver.

Cash was taken from the scene, and the individual fled on foot towards a nearby shopping plaza, said Prince William police.

The individual is described as a white male, 5’8” and 145 pounds, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt with white stripes and blue jeans. His face was covered with a blue bandana, said Prince William police.

Woman flees captor on I-95 in Dale City

Virginia State Police were called to mile marker 155 on I-95 in Dale City to search for an abducted woman yesterday afternoon.

According to Virginia State Police, troopers were sent to search for the suspect, 28-year old Henrico County man Aaron Berg, and the 18-year old female victim from Prince Edward County.

Virginia State Police stated that at 1:50 p.m. yesterday Berg pulled over on the shoulder at the mile marker when the victim fled from the car.

Berg ran after the victim for a distance before he returned to the vehicle and drove away.

The victim was found by officers and was transported to Fairfax INOVA Hospital, stated Virginia State Police.

After an investigation, Virginia State Police were able to identify Berg’s residence in Hanover County.

Berg was arrested yesterday evening, and is being charged with sodomy, strangulation, assault and battery, abduction with intent to defile and intentionally destroying property, stated Virginia State Police.

Berg and the victim were acquaintances prior to the incident.

Neighbor spots intruder in Manassas home

Manassas City police responded to a burglary in progress on Rolling Road on July 12.

According to Manassas City police, a witness told officers that she was checking on a neighbor’s home when she saw an unknown individual standing in the kitchen.

During the incident, the individual left through the kitchen to a back door and fled the scene on a bicycle, said Manassas City police. The individual was last seen traveling northbound on Rolling Road.

The individual is described as a white male, around 20 years old, 180 pounds with dirty-blond medium length hair, said Manassas City police. He was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with a pink design on the back.

Two men charged following vehicle fire in Triangle

Prince William fire and rescue were called to a vehicle fire on a service road near Possum Point Road in Triangle.

According to the Prince William Fire Marshal’s Office, responders from the Dumfries Triangle Volunteer Fire Department found a BMW on blocks on fire at the scene on the afternoon of June 6.

The Prince William Fire Marshal’s Office arrived at the scene when the vehicle was still on fire, and collected several pieces of evidence.

An investigation showed that the vehicle fire was intentional, stated the Prince William Fire Marshal’s Office.

The Prince William Fire Marshal’s Office was able to identify two individuals involved in the incident – Robert Basista and Timothy Wilburn – both Triangle residents. Both individuals were taken into Prince William police custody.

According to the Prince William Fire Marshal’s Office, Basista has been charged with arson to property greater than $200 and grand larceny of property greater than $200. Wilburn has been charged with one count of arson to property greater than $200.

Man robbed, assaulted, near Best Western hotel in Woodbridge

On the evening of July 14, Prince William police responded to the Sentara Medical Center on Opitz Boulevard in Woodbridge to investigate a robbery.

According to Prince William police, the victim – a 32-year old Woodbridge man – told officers that he had arranged to buy marijuana that night from two acquaintances behind the Best Western hotel on Potomac Mills road, near the area of the homeless camps.

During the meeting, the victim was hit in the face several times by the two individuals and his money was taken, stated Prince William police.

The individuals fled the scene in a gold Toyota Camry, said Prince William police.

The victim went to the Sentara Medical Center to be treated for his injuries, said Prince William police.

One suspect is known under the name “Fatz” and is described as 5’11” and 200 pounds. He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and glasses, said Prince William police.

The second suspect is known as “Whop” and was last seen wearing black leather pants with a black and white t-shirt, stated Prince William police.

Woodbridge man pleads guilty to child pornography charges

Fifty-five year old Woodbridge man Jon McClellan pled guilty yesterday for receiving child pornography.

According to a U.S. Department of Justice release, McClellan used a file sharing program to receive and store child pornography images and videos, including videos of children between 5 and 12 years old that were being sexually abused.

Court documents stated that McClellan had more than 1,500 images and 1,800 videos of sexually exploited children.

More from a release:

McClellan faces a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison and a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison when he is sentenced on Oct. 2, 2015. The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes, as the sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

Phone scammers posing as Stafford sheriff’s office

Scammers are posing as the Stafford sheriff’s office to take money from unsuspecting residents.

According to a Stafford sheriff’s office release, residents are getting calls from individuals posing as representatives from the office that are fundraising money for programs.

More from a Stafford sheriff’s office release:

The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office is starting to receive calls from concerned citizens who have gotten calls from individuals who say they represent the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office and are collecting money for a variety of programs.  Once the citizen commits to donating funds a follow up call then comes from the same individual who then states that they are calling on behalf of the Fraternal Order of Police and they represent the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office.

The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind citizens that the Sheriff’s Office never solicits funds over the phone.  The Sheriff’s Office is requesting that if any Stafford County resident has received such a call to contact Detective Eric Chinault or Detective Joe Duggins at 540-658-4450.

Woodbridge man arrested for strangulation, domestic assault

On the evening of July 13, Prince William police responded to a call on Piccolo Lane in Woodbridge to investigate an assault.

According to Prince William police, the victim – a 20-year old Woodbridge woman – told officer that she and 24-year old Woodbridge man Roberto Estrada-Mata were involved in a verbal fight that escalated.

During the incident, Estrada-Mata put his hands around the victim’s neck and choked her, said Prince William police.

The victim was successful in breaking away from Estrada-Mata, and then he struck her several times, stated Prince William police.

When the victim contacted police, Estrada-Mata left the residence.

The victim had minor injuries, said Prince William police.

Estrada-Mata has been charged with strangulation and domestic assault and battery and is being held without bond, said Prince William police.

Woman sexually assaulted at Walmart in Dumfries

On the afternoon of July 10, Prince William police responded to a call at the Wal-Mart on Jefferson Davis Highway in Dumfries for a sexual assault.

According to Prince William police, the victim – a 29-year old Woodbridge woman – stated that she was shopping in the Wal-Mart when she was approached by an unknown man.

During the incident, the man rubbed against her and inappropriately touched her over her clothing said Prince William police.

The victim informed store employees immediately after the incident, stated Prince William police.

No one was injured.

The individual is described as a black male, possibly 30 years old with a medium complexion, black hair and a beard. He was last seen wearing a white hat, white shirt and gray shorts.

Woodbridge window climber charged

In the afternoon on July 7, Prince William police responded to a call on Wetherburn Court in Woodbridge to investigate a domestic incident.

According to Prince William police, the victim – a 30-year old woman – told officers that she and 32-year old Emmanuel Mensah were involved in a verbal altercation in front of her home. After the argument the victim returned to her home, and Mensah entered without permission through a kitchen window, stated Prince William police.

The victim attempted to flee the home through the front door, and Mensah then forced the door closed, striking her in the arm, said Prince William police.

Mensah left the home before officers arrived, but turned himself in to Prince William police.

He is currently being charged with burglary and domestic assault and battery, said Prince William police.

Metro Transit Police employee charged with soliciting a 16-year old girl

On July 9, Prince William police finished a Special Victims Bureau investigation involving solicitation of a child, after searching a home on Wigglesworth Way in Woodbridge.

According to Prince William police, the investigation showed that in May and June 2015, 34-year old Woodbridge man David Davis was using a cell phone app called ‘TangoMe’ to speak with the victim – a 16-year old girl from Pennsylvania.

During the conversations, Davis exposed himself and asked for inappropriate photos of the victim, said Prince William police.

The incident was first reported to the Metro Transit Police Department (MTPD) – where Davis is an employee. The MTPD launched an investigation of their own, before notifying the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and handing the case off to Prince William police.

Davis is in custody and is being charged with indecent liberties with a child, and use of a communications device to solicit offense involving children, said Prince William police.

Stafford woman given 5-year sentence for welfare fraud

Stafford resident Linda Denise Ramsey was convicted and sentenced to five years in jail for welfare fraud.

According to a Stafford County release, in addition to the prison time, Ramsey is required to pay the Stafford Department of Social Services $28,567 in restitution.

Following sentencing, Ramsey was taken the Rappahannock Regional Jail to start her 5-year sentence, said a Stafford release.

More on the case from Stafford County:

An investigation by the Stafford Department of Social Services (DSS) revealed that Ms. Ramsey received Food Stamp benefits from July 2009 through January 2013. She had submitted fraudulent information about two addresses as well as her income to the Stafford DSS. The investigation found that she was not living at either of the addresses on her application. In fact, she had been living with her husband, and did not submit his wage information on her application for Food Stamps. His income made her ineligible to receive the benefit. In determining eligibility and benefit level for Food Stamp applicants, Stafford DSS is required to consider who lives in the household and available income and resources of all adult household members.

Three arrested for Stafford bank robbery, following long K-9, helicopter search

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Update

The identities of the three individuals arrested by the Stafford sheriff’s office – following a bank robbery yesterday – have been released.

The three individuals are 35-year old Richmond man Jerome Anderson, 28-year old Richmond man Anthony Washington and 21-year old Richmond man Tyrone Jones.

Anderson, Washington and Jones have all been charged with one count of robbery, one count of conspiracy to commit a robbery, one count of possession of stolen property and one count of grand larceny.

The men are being held at the Rappahannock Regional Jail with no bond.

More from a Stafford sheriff’s office release:

The charge of 1 Count of Possession of Stolen Property is the result of the fact that the three suspects were driving a car reported stolen out of Henrico County, Virginia.  The preliminary investigation indicates that the suspects were in the vehicle after leaving the bank but abandoned it on Truslow Road shortly after the robbery.

“The hard work of the Stafford Sheriff’s Office Deputies and the assistance of additional personnel from several other law enforcement agencies played a key role in locating these dangerous criminals,” states Sheriff Charles Jett.  “The other key factor in these arrests was the numerous citizens who took the time to call the Sheriff’s Office throughout the search and provide the possible location of the two suspects who were trying to evade capture.  The partnership between the citizens and the law enforcement community brought these suspects to justice.”

Original post

Yesterday afternoon there was a bank robbery at the Union 1st Market Bank on Warrenton Road in Stafford County.

According to the Stafford sheriff’s office, employees at the bank stated than an individual entered the bank and handed the employee a note to demand money.

The individual fled the scene and was last seen running through a field behind the bank, said the Stafford sheriff’s office.

Deputies set up a perimeter around the bank and searched for the individual with K-9 units. According to the Stafford sheriff’s office, witnesses to the robbery stated there may be two additional individuals involved.

Shortly after the robbery, the individual matching the description by a witness was seen walking down Truslow Road, said the Stafford sheriff’s office. The individual was taken into custody.

Additional deputies, detectives and K-9 units, along with a helicopter provided by the Maryland State Police, searched the area where the individual was arrested to look for the two other potential suspects. Following a 4-hour search, the two individuals were spotted running into the wooded area of Abel Lake, said the Stafford sheriff’s office.

A K-9 unit was able to locate the two individuals, who have been taken into custody, stated the Stafford sheriff’s office.

According to the Stafford sheriff’s office, units from the Fredericksburg Police Department, the Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office and the Maryland State Police all participated in locating and apprehending the individuals.

Information about the suspects and their charges will be provided today, said the Stafford sheriff’s office.

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