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Crime

Two men wanted for armed robbery of pizza deliveryman in Woodbridge

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Woman charged with stabbing man in the neck in Woodbridge apartment

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

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

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

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

Both of the suspects are known to one another. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Manassas man, 22, stabbed outside Gainesville home

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ionela Greceanu is being charged with obstruction of justice.

 

 

 

Prince William man sentenced for selling cocaine

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

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

The press release also stated:

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

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

DiBenedetto was arrested the next day.

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

Shooting in Dale City on Sunday injures 3

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Woman abducted from her home in Manassas

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

She is currently receiving medical attention, said a release.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nokesville man charged with making false call about shots fired

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Even Aware, It Can Happen To Anyone

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

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

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

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

He didn’t get any.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Woman with child robbed at Stafford Marketplace

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

Two suspects wanted for armed robbery outside community center in Woodbridge

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

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

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

Minor injuries were reported.

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

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

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

Dumfries woman charged, another wanted for assault with pepper spray

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

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

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

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

Minor injuries were reported.

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

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

 

 

Witness feared Dale City murder victim was pregnant

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Man charged with armed robbery in Manassas

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

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

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

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

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

Ansah is being held without bond.

 

 

Triangle man charged with sexual battery of two students

Wesley Earl Phillips, a 20-year old Triangle man, has been arrested and charged with two counts of sexual battery by the Prince William County Police Department.

Detectives from the Prince William police’s Special Victims unit were called on February 13 to investigate reports of sexual battery at the PACE-East School on Joplin Road in Manassas, according to a Prince William police release. 

The incidents occurred between September 2013 and September 2014.

According to a Prince William police release, the investigation discovered that two female minor victims were inappropriately touched at the school by Phillips, where he was formerly employed as a teacher’s assistant.

Phillips turned himself in to the Prince William police on April 2.

He is currently being held on a $4,000 bond, said a Prince William police release.

 

Witness describes murder of young mother inside Dale City home

The final 48-hours of Erica Renae Sherwood’s life were spent trying to get away from her husband, according to a friend who testified in court today.

Sharae Nicole Harris took the witness stand in a Prince William County courtroom to talk about the Erica Sherwood, the 21-year old victim, and her friend of more than 10 years, who was killed in Dale City on New Year’s Day.

Harris told Judge H. Jan Rolsch-Anoll that Sherwood asked if she and her young son could stay at the house that she lived at with her mother on Concord Drive for a few days.

Two days before New Year’s Day, Sherwood brought her young son to stay with Harris. Sherwood was murdered in the early morning hours of New Year’s Day at the hands of her husband John Sherwood, prosecutors said.

Before Erica Sherwood was murdered, five adults, including Erica, gathered at Harris’ mother’s home for a New Year’s Eve party. The adults gathered in the kitchen to listen to music and to drink champagne while the sons of both Harris and Sherwood slept in back bedrooms. John Sherwood showed up to the party about 9 p.m. uninvited, said Harris. He was not asked to leave.

While there, the Sherwoods broke away from the group, went into a corner and had a private conversation. Harris said the two were arguing, though it was not heated.

Harris said John Sherwood was upset that his wife had been drinking. He also suspected his wife of cheating on him, Harris later told the judge.

Before midnight, Harris retired to her bedroom to be with her sleeping son. She prearranged with all of her party guests that they would spend the night at her mother’s house, Harris added.

All guests except John Sherwood.

Later, Erica burst into Harris’ room in a panic saying “John is trying to kill me,” said Harris. Keep Reading…

Fairfax hospital escapee appears in court in Alexandria

Wossen Assaye, a prisoner that escaped from Inova Fairfax Hospital yesterday, made his initial court appearance today in Alexandria after being apprehended by Fairfax police.

Assaye, who was in police custody at the time of the escape in Fairfax, was originally arrested on federal charges of bank robbery, according to a release from U.S. Department of Justice.

He went before a judge yesterday afternoon in relation to his escape from the hospital, and is being charged with escaping from police custody by the U.S. Attorney General, according to a release.

Assaye waived his detention hearing, and is now in the custody of U.S. Marshals said a release.

Assaye waived his detention hearing, and his preliminary hearing is scheduled for Friday at 2 p.m. He was placed in custody with U.S. Marshals.

In order to apprehend Assaye, Fairfax police had to close several roads near the INOVA Fairfax Hospital. The Metropolitan Police Assaye in Washington, D.C. found after stealing two cars and attempting to flee, according to Fairfax police. 

He will face trial for both the original bank robbery charge, and now the escape from custody charge in court, according to a release.

Three charged with sexual assault of a minor in Manassas

On March 4, detectives from the Prince William County Police Department’s Special Victims Unit received a call about a sexual assault that was reported on Lomond Drive in Manassas.

According to a Prince William police release, the incidences of sexual assault began back in 2010.

The victim in the investigation – a 9-year old girl – has been sexually assaulted by three different individuals since 2010, when they were staying in her home, according to a Prince William police release.

The investigation showed that the instances began when the victim was 5-years old. 

A call was made to the Prince William police to investigate the claim after the victim told family members.

All three of the men did not know one another, and were all staying in the residence at different times, says a Prince William police release.

The suspects; Douglas Vladmir Monge Baires, a 39-year old Manassas man, Walter Antonio Canales Reyes, a 31-year old Manassas man, and Santos Andres Flores Rios, a 47-year old man, were all located and arrested by the Prince William police. 

Baires is being charged with two counts of rape, two counts of indecent liberties with a child, and two counts of object sexual penetration.

Reyes is being charged with three counts of rape, and three counts of indecent liberties with a child.

Rios is being charged with one county of indecent liberties.

All three suspects are being held without bond.

Man charged with possessing explosive material in Dale City

On Thursday afternoon, the Prince William fire and rescue department were on the scene at the Dale Forest Apartments complex in Woodbridge to investigate a possible HAZMAT situation.

The Prince William County HAZMAT, Prince William fire and rescue department, Virginia State Police Bomb Squad, and Prince William police and Fire Marshal’s office were all on scene after getting the report from maintenance workers at the complex, according to a fire and rescue release.

The workers saw a suspicious device when they entered the unit for a routine maintenance visit.

As a precaution, fire and rescue workers evacuated 45 apartments in three surrounding buildings, according to a fire and rescue release.

According to a county release, technicians and officers checked the reported unit to search for any explosives or hazardous material. They were able to secure the scene and remove the hazardous contents, and residents were allowed back into their apartments.

Potomac Local was on the scene to see the owner of the apartment, Alan Michael Blischak, being placed in a Prince William police cruiser.

After further investigation, the Prince William police, Virginia State Police, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Fire Marshal’s Office and the FBI have charged Blischak with 4 counts of §18.2-85, which is the manufacture, possession or use of firebombs or explosive materials and devices, according to a fire and rescue release.

Blischak is currently being held without bond.

Bullet hole found at Manassas area home

The resident of a home in the 8500 block of Cabot Court near Manassas found a bullet hole in a wall.

Police were called to the home at 8:11 p.m. Wednesday after the homeowner found the damage.

The resident told police he heard a loud noise about 3:30 p.m. earlier in the day. He heard what sounded like a gunshot, according to police. No one was injured.

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