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Manassas police charge Fabian Santiago with animal cruelty

Updated

Police in Manassas said they charged a dog owner who tied weights to the animal’s leg and made it walk down a sidewalk.

Here’s more in a police press release:

During the morning hours of February 28, 2015, Manassas City Police responded to Hood Rd in the area of Clover Hill Rd for a report of a man abusing his dog.  The reporting party told officers that the suspect had allegedly tied weights to the dog’s legs and had struck the dog while walking him that morning. 

Through further investigation, Animal Control Officers identified the suspect as Fabian SANTIAGO, 20, of 9802 Bragg Ln.  On March 5, 2015, officers charged SANTIAGO with animal cruelty.  He was released on his personal recognizance and has a pending court date of April 14, 2015.

Police said they will not release the whereabouts of the dog.

Nokesville man arrested in Woodbridge for indecent exposure

Yesterday afternoon, Prince William County police officers responded to a call in Woodbridge in relation to an indecent exposure.

According to call made to police, the suspect, Paul Arthur Cocca, was sitting outside of a hair salon, exposing himself to employees. 

Cocca fled the scene prior to the officers’ arrival, but police located his vehicle near Minnieville Road and Summit School Road and made an arrest. 

He is currently being held without bond.

More from a Prince William County Police Department release:

Indecent Exposure – On March 3rd at 1:28PM, officers responded to the 12700 block of Darby Brooke Ct in Woodbridge (22192) to investigate an indecent exposure. The caller reported to police that an unknown man was sitting on a sidewalk, outside of a hair salon, exposing himself to employees through a window. The caller contacted police and the man fled the area prior to police arriving at the business. Witnesses were able to provide officers with a description of the vehicle that the suspect was last seen driving. Officers located and stopped a vehicle matching the description in the area of Minnieville Rd and Summit School Rd. Through the investigation, officers positively identified the driver as the accused and further determined that he was the man involved in the incident. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested. 

Arrested on March 3rd:

Paul Arthur COCCA, 64, of 13504 Highland Farms Ct in Nokesville

Charged with indecent exposure

Court date: April 23, 2015 | Bond: held WITHOUT bond

No charges ultimately filed in Stafford Christmastime stabbing

[Photo by: Diane Elkins McCutcheon]

The Stafford County Sheriff’s Department has decided not to file charges against the two individuals involved in a road rage incident that turned into a stabbing near a Wal-Mart location in Stafford on December 21.

“[After] consultation with the Commonwealth Attorney, there are no charges being filed,” said Bill Kennedy, Public Information Officer for the Stafford County Sherriff’s office.

According to Kennedy, one individual got out of his car and attacked the driver in the car in front of him, which led to the stabbing.

“The individual who was stabbed – before that occurred – got out of his car, reached in and began punching and assaulting the individual who was in the car in front of him. Now in response, that individual had a razor knife and defended himself. He caused, when he did that, there was cut that caused a major loss of blood,” said Kennedy.

Stafford Local attempted to reach out to a man claiming to be the father of the assault’s victim but received no response.

Kennedy stated that the individual stabbed was taken to the hospital with severe injuries, and after the incident occurred, did not even remember what had taken place.

“In fact, the man who was injured, when he was taken to the hospital…said he had no recollection of the incident,” said Kennedy.

Sheriff deputies interviewed several witnesses at the scene in December to help make a determination as to what took place, and whether it was appropriate to file charges.

“This was self-defense – legally justified. The gentleman who reached into the car was assaulting the individual who was in the car. However, keeping in mind the severe injury that resulted in the altercation – this guy almost lost his life as well,” Kennedy said.

The sheriff’s department could not release the names of the two individuals, as no charges were filed. They also could not discuss the current condition of the individual who was stabbed or the location of his medical treatment, under HIPAA protections.

Kennedy warned residents always to call for law enforcement to prevent these types of incidents.

“If there’s an issue that is going to result in an altercation, call 9-1-1 right away. And no matter where you are, deputies will respond,” Kennedy commented.

State police assisted Homeland Security agency in Dale City

On Sunday morning in Dale City, several law enforcement vehicles were seen outside a Giant Food supermarket location in Center Plaza on Dale Boulevard. 

Several uniformed officers were inside the store. One uniformed officer stated that they had been in the area since 3:30 a.m. working on a “bust”.

“The troopers were assisting the U.S. Department of Homeland Security,” said Corinne Geller,Virginia State Police spokeswoman. 

Geller referred press to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for comment. The agency provided no specific comment on the police activity in Dale City.

“Every day, as part of routine operations, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) works in partnership with state and local law enforcement agencies to target and arrest criminals and other individuals who are considered agency priorities,” said Carissa Cutrell, a Public Affairs Officer for DHS.

 

 

 

Man accused of having sex with dog, posting video to web

A man who lives in the Manassas area is charged in connection to a bestiality case. 

Here’s more in a press release from Prince William police: 

Distribution of Obscene Material | Crimes against Nature-Cruelty to Animals  – In January of 2015, Prince William County detectives began an investigation into an alleged bestiality complaint involving the accused who resides in the 11200 block of Chatterly Lp in Manassas (20109).

The investigation revealed that between April of 2013 and December of 2014, the accused conspired with an adult woman through in-person and online conversations to perform sexual acts on a male dog, identified as a Lab mix belonging to the accused.

During those encounters, the accused arranged a meeting in another jurisdiction where these acts were committed and recorded. After the acts were completed, the accused used a computer at his residence to download the material which was then distributed over the internet. Through the investigation, detectives identified a second woman as also having knowledge of the acts committed.

The accused was originally arrested on January 29th in connection to this active investigation. At that time, the accused attempted sexual contact with a female dog, identified as a Husky/Lab mix, also owned by the accused.

Around the same time, the accused also filmed other acts with animals committed in other jurisdictions and distributed them over the internet from a computer at his home. A search warrant was obtained and executed at the home at that time.

As a result of the search, evidence and both dogs were located in the residence. The dogs were seized and examined by a veterinarian. Both currently remain in police custody at the animal shelter. As the investigation continued, additional charges relating to the conspiracy were later obtained on February 18th. This investigation remains active and is continuing.

Arrested on January 29th & February 18th:

Joseph Michael AMLEY, 22, of 11280 Chatterly Lp, #104, in Manassas

Charged on January 29th with attempted crimes against nature-cruelty to animals, use of a computer to distribute obscene materials and distribution of obscene materials

Charged on February 18th with conspiracy to commit a felony, use of a computer to distribute obscene materials and distribution of obscene materials

Court date: March 13, 2015 | Bond: held WITHOUT bond

Suspect in Tuesday’s shooting in Manassas apprehended

On Tuesday night, the Manassas City Police responded to a call for a shooting that took place at the intersection of Stonewall Road and McKenzie Circle in Manassas.

The suspect in the shooting, who was in a vehicle at the time of the incident, fled the scene.

Last night the Manassas City police took the suspect, Paul David Thomas, into custody after a traffic stop near Liberia Avenue.

The victim of the shooting experienced non-fatal injuries.

More from a police release:

Manassas City Police Department

Shooting – Arrest

An investigation by Manassas City Police following the February 24th shooting at the intersection of Stonewall Rd and McKenzie Cir have resulted in the identification of Paul David THOMAS (18), of 8522 Piney Point Cir, as the primary suspect in the case.  At approximately 8:35PM on February 25, 2015, THOMAS was taken into custody without incident on a traffic stop in the area of Liberia Ave and Stonewall Rd and charged with aggravated assault, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and discharging a firearm in public.  THOMAS was held without bond and has a pending court date of March 19, 2015.  The victim, an adult male of Manassas Park, sustained non-life-threatening injuries as a result of the initial incident.

 

Prince William Police Seeking Help for 2014 Murder

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. – According to Prince William police, homicide detectives are still seeking any information that can lead to the arrest and conviction of the individuals connected to the murder of Glenda Marisol Coca-Romero.

The murder occurred at Platanillos Grocery and Jewelry in Woodbridge, VA on February 21, 2014.

The local police and the FBI Washington Field Office are working together to offer a reward of $20,000 for information that can lead to the arrests and convictions of these individuals. Additionally, there is a $1,000 reward being offered by the Prince William County Crime Solvers.

Glenda Coca-Romero was one of two victims (both employees) caught in the shooting at Platanillos Grocery and Jewelry, located in Woodbridge on 14342 Jefferson Davis Highway. The second victim was a 42-year-old store clerk who had also been shot and wounded. According to the police, the murder happened before 9:00 pm when three males entered the store in dark clothing and covered faces caught by the surveillance video footage. Following the shooting, the men fled the scene, most likely on foot.

Another employee, as well as a customer, was also inside the store when the murder happened but were unharmed. Prince William police also reported that no money or property was taken from the scene. Prince William police have released the surveillance footage from the night, and it is available for anyone to watch. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Prince William County Crime Solvers anonymously.

Below is the latest from Prince William police;

Reward increased to $21,000 in the 2014 Murder of Glenda Marisol Coca-Romero

Prince William County, Va. — Prince William County Police Homicide Detectives continue to seek any information related to the murder of Glenda Marisol Coca-Romero, which occurred on February 21, 2014 at the Platanillos Grocery and Jewelry in Woodbridge, Va.

The FBI Washington Field Office partnered with the Prince William County Police Department to offer a reward for the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for the murder of Coca-Romero. On February 20, 2015, the reward amount was increased to $20,000. This reward is still being offered in conjunction with a reward of up to $1,000 from the Prince William County Crime Solvers.

Anyone who has information regarding this case is asked to call Crime Solvers at 703-670-3700 or 1-866-411-TIPS. You do not have to give your name, just the information.

Glenda Coca-Romero was murdered at the Platanillos Grocery and Jewelry located at 14342 Jefferson Davis Highway in the Woodbridge area of Prince William County on February 21, shortly before 9:00p.m. A second store clerk, a 42-year old woman, was also shot and wounded during the attack.

Three male suspects wearing dark clothing with their faces covered were seen on surveillance entering the store. The suspects immediately fled the business following the shooting, possibly on foot. Two additional individuals, a customer, and another employee, were also inside the store at the time of the incident and were unharmed. No property or money was taken during the incident. Both victims were identified as being employees of the business.

The FBI and Prince William County Police encourage the public to continue viewing the video surveillance taken during the attack.

The Prince William County Police Department is the lead agency for this investigation. The FBI has been providing investigative assistance.

FBI Bulletin seeking information: http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/seeking-info/glenda-marisol-coca-romero/view

Surveillance footage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i07VFaj8RL8

 

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Victim in critical condition following shooting in Manassas

This evening the Manassas City Police Department responded to a call for shots fired at the intersection of McKenzie Circle and Stonewall Road in Manassas.

The suspect in the incident is believed to have been inside a vehicle during the shooting.

The victim in shooting is in critical condition, and was taken for medical treatment.

The police have not yet been able to detain the suspect, and are canvassing the area to get more information as to their whereabouts.

More from a police release: 

At approximately 9:53PM on February 24, 2015, Manassas City Police responded to the intersection of McKenzie Cir and Stonewall Rd for a report of shots fired.  Upon arrival, officers met with the victim, who had been shot outside by an unknown suspect(s) moments prior.  The suspect(s) is believed to have been inside a vehicle at the time of the shooting.  The victim, an adult male, was transported for medical treatment and is currently in critical condition.  This is an ongoing investigation.  Manassas City Police encourages residents to assist in any way possible as Officers and Detectives canvass their way through the area tonight to gather information.  Based on an initial investigation, there appears to be no threat to the general public’s safety at this time.

Description of suspect vehicle: White, older model, four-door sedan; possibly a Honda Civic; unknown direction of travel

Anyone with information about these events is encouraged to call the Manassas City Police Department Investigative Services Division at (703) 257-8092<tel:%28703%29%20257-8092> or Crime Solvers.  The Manassas City Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward up to $1000.00 for information that leads to an arrest in these cases.  The confidential 24-hour tip line is (703) 330-0330

Manassas man arrested for attempted robbery at CVS

Late yesterday night, the Manassas City Police Department responded to a call for a robbery in progress at a CVS location on Centerville Road in Manassas.

The suspect, identified as David Campbell, was attempting to leave the location with a bag of prescriptions, which he dropped when trying to flee the scene. 

He alluded to having a gun, but no use of weapons took place at the scene, and he was detained and charged. 

More from a police release:

Robbery – Arrest

At approximately 12:00AM on February 23, 2015, Manassas City Police responded to CVS Pharmacy, located at 9200 Centreville Rd, for a report of a robbery in progress.  Officers arrived on-scene as the suspect, David W CAMPBELL, was exiting the store with a bag of prescriptions.  CAMPBELL dropped the bag and fled on foot, but was apprehended quickly and without incident by officers.  The reporting party told officers that CAMPBELL had implied he had a gun but no weapons were displayed and no assault took place during the incident.  CAMPBELL (38), of 14205 Fullerton Rd, Woodbridge, VA 22193, was charged with robbery and possession of a control substance with intent to distribute.  He was held without bond and has a pending court date of April 21, 2015.

Anyone with information about these events is encouraged to call the Manassas City Police Department Investigative Services Division at (703) 257-8092 or Crime Solvers.  The Manassas City Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward up to $1000.00 for information that leads to an arrest in these cases.  The confidential 24-hour tip line is (703) 330-0330.

 

Manassas man wanted by police after assault, attempted malicious wounding

A Manassas man is wanted by the Prince William County Police Department for an assault and attempted malicious wounding incident that took place yesterday evening. 

A police K-9 team and a Fairfax County police helicopter attempted to search for the suspect. He has not yet been caught and detained.

The suspect is a white male, 5’6”, 165 pounds with a medium build, blue eyes, graying beard and bald,

More from a police department release:

Malicious Wounding | Attempted Malicious Wounding – On February 23rd at 10:20PM, officers responded to a residence located in the 11900 block of Hilltop Dr in Manassas (20111) to investigate an assault. The victim, a 43 year old woman of Manassas, reported to police that she and the accused, a known acquaintance, were involved in verbal argument which escalated. During the encounter, the accused assaulted the victim and pushed her onto a nearby couch. While on the couch, the accused began to shake the victim before biting one of her fingers. Three other occupants of the home attempted to separate both parties. At that point, the accused pulled out a knife and attempted to cut one of the other occupants. No contact was made. The accused was eventually removed from the home and police were contacted. The initial victim sustained a wound to her finger. Other minor injuries were reported. A police K-9 and a Fairfax County police helicopter searched for the suspect. Following the investigation, officers obtained warrants for the arrest of the accused.

Wanted: [Photo from January 2015]

Chris Leroy DOWNS, Jr., 40, of the 11900 block of Hilltop Dr in Manassas

Described as a white male, 5’6”, 165lbs with a medium build, blue eyes, graying beard and bald

Wanted for 1 count of malicious wounding, 1 count of attempted malicious wounding, and 2 counts of assault & battery

Manassas man pleads guilty to heroin distribution

Bryan Samuel, a Manassas resident, pled guilty in court on charges of conspiracy to distribute more than 700 grams of heroin and possession of a firearm in relation to drug trafficking.

In statements filed with Samuel’s plea, it was stated that he obtained distribution quantities of heroin from sources in D.C. and Northern Virginia.

Samuel and other individuals involved with the distribution would repackage the large quantities for individual use, and sell them in Prince William County.

In addition to the sale of heroin, Samuel was in possession of a firearm, which he used as protection during drug deals and in one incident where he robbed a perceived rival drug dealer, according to a Department of Justice release.

U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis, III accepted Samuel’s plea in court.

During sentencing, he could receive between 15 years to life in prison.

 

Prince William man, gang member, pleads guilty to multiple violent acts

Abdur Roland, a Prince William County resident, pled guilty today to counts of robbery, use of a firearm in a crime, and being in possession of a firearm with a felony record.

Roland was involved in gang activity, and used the name “Boo” in his gang dealings, and has been linked to the Bloods street gang.

According to a Department of Justice press release, Roland participated in a carjacking of two individuals that were selling marijuana in May 2013.

After the carjacking, Roland participated in a home invasion robbery at the home of one of the earlier carjacking victims that same night.

Two innocent bystanders were caught up during the home invasion and were tied up and held at gunpoint. According to the release, one victims was sexually assaulted.

Roland and the other robbery participants on the scene also threw bricks at the windows of another home and fired gunshots on the property – occupied at the time of the incident.
U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema accepted Roland’s plea.

When sentenced on May 8, he could receive up to life in prison for the charges.

Former National Guard General from Stafford pleads guilty in bribery scheme

John Jones, a former Brigadier General with the Army National Guard and a Stafford resident, pled guilty today for his involvement in a contracting bribery scheme.

After retiring from the National Guard, Jones founded a company called the Military Personnel Services Corporation (MPSC).

While running MPSC, Jones offered an official in the National Guard a bribe to send over $5.5 million worth of military contracts to the company.

His sentencing hearing will take place on September 18. Jones could face up to 20-years in prison, the maximum penalty for the bribery charge.

Assistant United States Attorney Jonathan L. Fahey and Trial Attorney Alison L. Anderson of the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section are prosecuting the case.

Victim identified in fatal shooting outside Stafford restaurant

wings to go

Mark Milligan, 23, had spent a “couple months” in the Prince William County area, according to a Stafford sheriff’s spokesman.

Milligan was shot and killed outside Wings to Go just off Garrisonville Road in North Stafford on Sunday.

According to investigators, Milligan exchanged gunfire with two other unidentified males in the parking lot of the eatery just before he died. The two other males drove themselves to a local hospital where they were treated.

Authorities did not release their conditions. No charges have been filed in the case.

Milligan was originally from the Bronx area of New York City, N.Y., according to authorities.

Sunday’s shootout led to the first homicide in Stafford County in 2015. Last year, there were two homicides in the county.

 

Armed robbery at cell phone store in Manassas

On February 14, officers responded to a robbery call at a Metro PCS location in Manassas. The suspect entered the business and showed a handgun to a store employee, demanding money. 

Police K-9 units are still searching for the suspect, who fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of money.

 

More from a Prince William County Police Department release: 

Armed Robbery – On February 14th at 7:56PM, officers responded to Metro PCS located at 8369 Sudley Rd in Manassas (20109) to investigate a robbery. The investigation revealed that an unknown man entered the business and approached an employee. During the encounter, the man displayed a handgun and demanded money. The suspect took an undisclosed amount of money before fleeing the business on foot. No injuries were reported. A police K-9 was used to search for the suspect.

Suspect Description:

Male, unknown race or age, 5’8” with a medium build – no further description

Last seen wearing a black sweatshirt with white t-shirt underneath, balk sweatpants, black shoes and black mask

Stafford doctor pleads guilty in fraud case

Nibedita Mohanty, a 56-year old doctor from Stafford, pled guilty in court on Friday to several charges, including distribution of controlled substances and aiding and abetting health care fraud.

Mohanty, a former chief of medicine at Stafford Hospital, was arrested back in 2013 following a raid on her home.

The doctor received her medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University, and completed her residency at the Brown University School of Medicine in Rhode Island.

She was indicted in front of a federal grand jury in July 2014.

The Stafford Sheriff’s Department investigated Mohanty and stated that she was involved in fraudulently prescribing medications that led to a patient’s overdose back in 2011. This patient was under her care in the hospital following the incident.

According to Mohanty’s testimony, she then proceeded to write another pain medication prescription for the same patient, who was found deceased the next day from another overdose.

This misconduct was not an isolated incident, and Mohanty admitted to several instances of inappropriately prescribing medications to patients that resulted in overdoses and medical fraud.

In June, Mohanty will be sentenced, and could receive up to 20 years in prison, according to a U.S. Department of Justice release.

1 shot and killed, 2 others injured after gunfire exchanged in North Stafford

wings to go

One person was shot and killed and two others injured this afternoon outside Wings to Go in North Stafford.

Here’s the latest in a Stafford County Sheriff’s Office press release:

The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office is reporting a fatal shooting occurred this afternoon, Sunday, February 15, 2015 at approximately 3:00 pm in the Garrisonville Road area of Stafford County

At 3:00 this afternoon, Sunday, February 15, 2015 deputies responded to a shooting of a person call at 435 Garrisonville Road.  The address is the Wings to Go Restaurant and the shooting occurred in the parking lot.  The initial investigation indicates that two vehicles were involved in the incident and individuals in those vehicles exchanged gun fire. 

One male subject, who had left his vehicle sometime during the incident, was shot and fatally wounded in the parking lot.  Two individuals who were in the second vehicle were also shot.  They fled the scene and went to an area hospital for treatment.  Those individuals are currently being treated.

Stafford Count Deputies and Detectives are on scene, in both locations, investigating the incident.  The investigation is obviously in the early stages and no further information is available.

The victims in this case remain unidentified. We don’t yet know if anyone faces charges. 

 

Updated: Theresa Elaine Brown in custody after hospital escape

Updated

Theresa Elaine Brown escaped from Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center in Woodbridge this morning while on police custody. Officers apprehended her again this afternoon at the Dumfries Shopping Center in Dumfries.

8:50 a.m.

A woman in police custody escaped after she was taken to a local hospital in Woodbridge.

Here’s more in a press release

*INCIDENT: Prisoner Escape | Woodbridge
Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center @ 2300 Opitz Blvd. The below pictured suspect was arrested earlier this morning, February 13th, around 1:00AM, on several failure to appear and probation violation charges.

While in custody, the suspect complained of pain and was subsequently transported to the hospital for evaluation. While at the hospital, the suspect accessed a secure hallway from her room and was able to escape from the facility around 4:00AM.

No force was used in the escape and the suspect is not considered violent. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call police @ 703-792-6500.
Suspect: Theresa Elaine BROWN*, 24, of the 15500 block of Traverser Ct in Woodbridge

Described as a black female, 5’2”, 220lbs with a heavy build – last seen wearing a gray sweatshirt, black sweatpants and possibly no shoes
Currently wanted for escape from custody without force

53 days later, what we don’t know about a Stafford Christmastime stabbing

[Photo by: Diane Elkins McCutcheon]

Drivers passing by saw blood on the pavement outside a popular shopping destination in the days leading up to Christmas.

According to the Stafford sheriff’s office, two men were involved in road rage argument. The men got out of their cars, and one stabbed the other. A victim was taken to a local hospital.

All of this happened in broad daylight 53 days ago outside a Walmart in North Stafford, during the height of the Christmas shopping rush. To date, investigators at the sheriff’s office are still working in the case.

No new information about the case has been released. Nothing, from the victim’s age, to condition, to what investigators discovered about the moments leading up to the violent confrontation, has been spoken about by authorities to the public.

There are no charges in the case.

There was, back on Dec. 21 when the stabbing took place, a bloody scene on the roadway following the stabbing. A photo was sent to Potomac Local by a driver happening to drive by the scene following the incident. That’s the photo we used in this story.

Emergency crews used water to wash away the blood on the pavement, and traffic on the street resumed as normal.

Handgun used in Manassas store robbery

Police in Manassas are searching for the person who robbed a convenience store in broad daylight. 

Here’s more in a police press release: 

Robbery

At approximately 1:45pm on February 10, 2015, Manassas City Police responded to In & Out Mart, located at 8930 Ashton Ave, for a robbery that had just occurred. The reporting party told officers that the suspect demanded money from the clerk while pointing a handgun at him. The clerk complied and the suspect fled the scene on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. He was last seen walking towards Burnside Drive. For additional information, please see the attached bulletin and the surveillance video, available at http://youtu.be/mRiTjI6frSI.

Description of suspect: White or Hispanic male in his mid-20s, approximately 5’5” – 5’8” tall with a thin build

Anyone with information about these events is encouraged to call the Manassas City Police Department Investigative Services Division at (703) 257-8092.

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