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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.

Woodbridge man dies after hitting telephone pole in Triangle

On March 17, Prince William police’s Crash Investigation unit responded to a call about a single vehicle crash near Graham Park Drive and Olde Port Lane in Triangle.

According to a Prince William police release, their investigation showed that the driver of the vehicle, a 2004 Nissan Maxima, was traveling on Graham Park Road at a high speed.

The Prince William police release stated that the car entered oncoming traffic and then veered off the roadway, hitting a telephone pole straight on.

The driver, Marvin Wayne Williams, a 56-year old man from Woodbridge, was taken from the scene of the crash to a local hospital, but he later died from his injuries sustained in the crash on Monday, said a police release.

Alcohol and drug use were not factors in the crash. The Prince William police release did state that the victim was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash.

This is the first fatal car crash in Prince William County this year.


Three arrested, man wanted for shooting in Dumfries

The Prince William County Police Department have made three arrests in relation to a shooting that took place on March 21 in Dumfries, and are still searching for another suspect that is considered armed and dangerous.

Prince William police responded to a call for shots fired on Saturday afternoon and arrived on the scene at Swans Creek Lane in Dumfries.

According to initial reports in a Prince William police release, multiple callers reported that there were two vehicles involved in the incident that were driving dangerously down the road, and shooting at one another.

There were no injuries reported after the incident, but there were several homes and a vehicle hit by the gunfire, said a Prince William release.

Detectives on the scene discovered numerous shell casings on the road and were able to identify suspects involved in the shooting. In a release, Prince William police stated that Deante Gaines, a 19-year old Stafford resident, was the passenger in one of the vehicles, a gold Saab. Gaines was with Paulina Gomez, an 18-year old Woodbridge resident, who was the driver.

Gaines and Gomez were eating at a restaurant located near Route 1 and Wayside Drive.

Two occupants from the other involved vehicle, Andre Perry, a 22-year old man, and Briana Colbert, a 19-year old Woodbridge resident, entered the establishment. According to a Prince William police release, the individuals all knew each other prior to the incident.

The four individuals left the restaurant, and Perry and Colbert left in a red Kia. The police investigation showed that Andre Perry was the driver and shooter in the Kia.

While driving down Swans Creek Lane, Perry and Gaines began shooting at one another, and Gaines sustained a wound from a bullet grazing a section of his upper body, said a Prince William police release.
Prince William police have arrested Colbert and Gomez in connection to the shooting. Gaines was arrested by the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force on March 23, and he is currently awaiting extradition, a Prince William Police release stated.

There are currently warrants for Perry’s arrest, but at this time he has not been apprehended, and should be considered both armed and dangerous.

Manassas man wanted for rape case involving female minor

Noe Raymundo Cedillo, a 33-year old Manassas man, is wanted in a rape case by the Manassas City Police.

The Manassas police were called to a residence on Taney Road on Sunday afternoon, to respond to a call about a physical altercation that took place at the home, said a Manassas police release.

After arriving at the scene and investigating the incident, Manassas police found that Cedillo has been sexually abusing his girlfriend’s daughter, who is a minor, for an extended period of time, according to a Manassas police release.

When Cedillo was confronted, he fled the scene on foot, and has not yet been located.

He is a white Hispanic male, 5’4”, 130 pounds with brown eyes and black hair. 

Cedillo is known under the aliases Francisco Raymundo, Noe Raymundo and Noe Cedillo, according to a release.

Manassas City Police is asking anyone that has information pertaining to the case, or his location, to call 703-257-8000.

5-year old boy declared missing in Pulaski county

Five year old boy, Noah Terry Thomas, has been declared missing in Pulaski County.

Thomas went missing from 5400 High Road in Dublin, Virginia.

He is 3’5″, 60 pounds, with brown eyes and red hair. 

Thomas was last seen wearing a camp jacket, black and yellow pants, and Spiderman rain boots.

Anyone that has information about Thomas’ appearance is being directed to call the Pulaski sheriff’s office at 540-980-7800.

More from a Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office release:

Missing Person
5 Year Old Noah Terry Thomas 
Missing from 5400 Block of Highland Road, Dublin (Pulaski County)
3’ 5”, 60 pounds, Brown Eyes, Red Hair
Last Seen Wearing Camo Jacket, Black/Yellow Pants, Spiderman Rainboots
Anyone With Information Call Pulaski County Sheriffs Office
(540) 980-7800

Manassas man charged in parking lot stabbing

On Saturday night, Prince William police responded to a call at the All American Steakhouse location on Ashland Community Square in Manassas, to investigate a stabbing.

According to a release, during their investigation they discovered that a fight had broken out in the parking lot outside of the restaurant.

During the altercation the accused suspect, 50-year old Wendell Abraham Howard, a Manassas resident, stabbed two victims.

One of the victims in the altercation, a 33-year old man from Woodbridge, sustained a life-threatening stab wound to the lower part of his body, according to a Prince William police release. The victim was unconscious when Prince William police arrived on the scene.

Two police officers provided CPR on-site to the victim, while a third officer applied pressure to the wound while waiting for paramedics.

The other victim, a 43-year old Woodbridge man, received a stab wound to his arm when attempting to break up the fight.

When paramedics arrived, both victims were transported to the hospital, and expect to survive.

Howard, who remained on the scene after the altercation, was then arrested by Prince William police. 

Howard is charged with two counts of malicious wounding, and is being held without bond.

More from a Prince William police release:

Malicious Wounding – On March 21st at 10:02PM, officers responded to the All American Steakhouse located at 5594 Ashland Community Sq in Manassas (20112) to investigate a stabbing. The investigation revealed that a fight had broken out in the parking lot of the business. During the encounter two victims were stabbed by a man later identified as the accused. One of the victims, a 33 year old man of Woodbridge, sustained a significant, life-threatening stab wound to his lower body. This victim was unconscious when the first officers arrived at the scene. Two officers began CPR on the victim while a third maintained pressure on the wound. The second victim, identified as a 43 year old man of Woodbridge, sustained a stab wound to his arm when he attempted to break up the altercation. Both victims were transported to area hospitals for treatment of their injuries. Both are expected to survive. The accused remained at the scene and was detained without further incident. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested.

Arrested on March 21st:

Wendell Abraham HOWARD, 50, of 13210 Spriggs Rd in Manassas

Charged with 2 counts of malicious wounding

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

Child porn investigation targets Manassas teen

A 17-year-old male from Manassas is charged with distribution of child pornography.

Manassas police announced March 19 an arrest had been made after a months-long investigation into exploitation of children over the internet. Local police, as well as agents from the Northern Virginia-Washington, D.C. Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce (ICAC) zeroed in on a home in the 9300 block of Witch Hazel Way last Thursday.

Police took several items from the house after obtaining a search warrant, according to a Manassas police spokeswoman.

The suspect is scheduled to appear in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

Dale City man arrested for sexually assaulting a minor

On Tuesday, detectives from the Prince William County Police Department’s Special Victims Unit responded to a call about a sexual assault that occurred on Bradford Street in Dale City. 

According to a Prince William police release, the detectives found during their investigation that the suspect sexually assaulted the victim – a female minor – at least twice during February 2015.

The victim disclosed the incidences of sexual assault, and the police were notified, according to a release.

After the investigation, the Prince William police arrested the suspect, Michael Thomas Moody, a 43-year old Woodbridge resident.

Moody is being charged with aggravated sexual battery and forcible sodomy, and is being held without bond.

More from a Prince William police release: 

Sexual Assault Investigation – On March 17th, detectives from the Special Victims Unit responded to investigate a sexual assault which was reported to have occurred at residence located in the 3300 block of Bradford St in Woodbridge (22193). The investigation revealed that the victim, a juvenile female, was sexually assaulted by the accused on at least two occasions sometime in February of 2015. The victim recently disclosed the encounter and police were notified. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested on March 18th.

Arrested on March 18th:

Michael Thomas MOODY, 43, of the 3300 block of Bradford Dr in Woodbridge

Charged with aggravated sexual battery and forcible sodomy

Court date: pending | Bond: held WITHOUT bond

Woodbridge man sentenced to 180 months for drug trafficking

Bryan Samuel, a 38-year old Woodbridge man, was sentenced to 180 months in prison for conspiring to distribute more than 100 grams of heroin and possession of a firearm, according to a release from the United States Department of Justice.

Samuel pled guilty in county on February 19, before his trial began.

It was stated in court documents that Samuel and four other individuals were involved in obtaining large amounts of heroin from the surrounding Washington D.C. area. The group would then repackage the heroin and resell the goods to individuals in Prince William County.

In addition to heroin distribution, Samuel would carry a firearm, and used the weapon when he robbed another drug distributor. In addition to having the weapon in his home, he would carry the narcotics and firearm out into the community, where he would distribute the drugs.

According to a release, Samuel even attempted to continue to run his narcotics business while behind bars, when arrested on local charges.

Due to a prior felony conviction, the minimum sentence that Samuel could be granted was 10 years, as stated in a release.




Man Sentenced For Exposing Himself in Aquia Harbour

Raymond Roy Frye, a previously-convicted rapist, was convicted and sentenced in Stafford County General District Court on Wednesday for his most recent arrest. 

On Dec. 27, 2014, Frye was reportedly standing in the driveway of the house he had moved into just days earlier in Aquia Harbour wearing only a shirt — no pants or underwear — exposing himself to passersby. He was apprehended by Lt. Nate Thompson of the Aquia Harbour Police Department after a brief foot chase. 

Frye, 50, was initially charged with one count of obscene nudity, a misdemeanor. The trial for that charge was set for Feb. 24 but was postponed while Frye was served with additional warrants because there were more victims who claimed to have seen him, according to official sources. 

On March 18, Frye faced a judge, police and seven witnesses for one count of obscene nudity and two counts of obscene display in public, all misdemeanors. He accepted a deal where he pled guilty to all counts and was sentenced to one year in prison for each, with two of those one-year sentences suspended. He also received five years unsupervised probation and must remain on the sex offender registry. 

Frye is not allowed to enter Aquia Harbour for five years. After serving his sentence at the Rappahannock Regional Jail, he plans to return to Maryland where he had been living until shortly before his arrest, according to Thompson.

Frye was convicted of rape and malicious wounding in 1991 in Chesapeake, Virginia, and was sentenced to 45 years in prison. He was released in 2013. Court records obtained by Potomac Local News show that he was charged with attempted indecent exposure June 3 in Maryland and was released on bail. 

Stafford County Sheriff’s Office assisted the Aquia Harbour Police Department in the Dec. 27 arrest. 

Updated: 1 charged after gun scare at Manassas Park Elementary School


2:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 18

One of the teens arrested Tuesday following a gun scare in Manassas Park faces charges. Police found the teen to be in possesion of a pellet gun. 

Here’s more in a statement from Manassas Park police Division Chief Karen Barton: 

On March 17, 2015, one juvenile was charged with Disorderly Conduct and is being held at the Juvenile Detention Home, pending a court hearing. A rifle style pellet gun with a scope and several other replica firearms were seized when this juvenile was taken into custody.  Detectives are in the process of obtaining a petition for felony brandishing on school property for the same juvenile. No charges were placed against the second juvenile.


Two 17-year-old males are in custody after a gun scare outside Manassas Park Elementary School.

Witnesses told police they spotted two people in the woods behind the school with what appeared to be a rifle with a scope attached, according to Manassas Park police spokeswoman Karen Barton.

A bus driver saw the two approaching the school at 3:06 p.m., about the time classes were about to dismiss.

The school was placed into a lockdown status and all students, faculty, and staff were sheltered in place. No one was injured, and the lockdown was lifted about 5 p.m.

The identities of the juveniles were not released. It is unclear what the two teens will be charged with.

4:45 p.m. 

A report of a person with a gun at Manassas Park Elementary School prompted a police response.

Police were called to the school at 3:06 p.m. after a report of a student with a gun came in. A police spokeswoman said no gun was found at the school.

Students were placed on lockdown until about 4:40 p.m. Students are now being released from their classrooms and onto buses, according to the police spokeswoman.

No one was injured. No charges have been filed in the case, the spokeswoman told Manassas Local.

Manassas Park Elementary School was just about to dismiss classes for the day just as the call about the gun came into 911 operators.

The school is located at 9298 Cougar Court in Manassas Park.  More than 900 students attend classes at the school.

Man wanted for armed robbery in Dumfries

Late yesterday evening, a 39-year old McLean man was the victim of an armed robbery on Harwood Oaks Court in Dumfries.

Prince William police arrived on the scene, and spoke to the victim, who stated that he had made arrangements to meet with the suspect in Dumfries.

The victim intended to purchase a cell phone that the suspect had listed for sale on Facebook.

When the two met, the suspect showed the man a handgun and took his keys and money, and fleed from the scene on foot.

No injuries were reported. The Prince William police sent out a K-9 unit to the area to search for the suspect. He has not yet been located.

The suspect has been described as a male of unknown race, between 25 to 30 yeards old, 6’0”, 145 pounds with short hair and a mustache.

The victim saw him wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black stocking cap during their encounter. 

More from a Prince William police release:

Armed Robbery – On March 16th at 10:40PM, officers responded to the 16600 block of Harwood Oaks Ct in Dumfries (22026) to investigate a robbery. The victim, a 39 year old man of Mclean, reported to police that he made arrangements to meet with an unknown man in the above area to purchase a cell phone which he was listed for sale on Facebook. During the encounter, the man displayed a handgun and took the victim’s keys and money before fleeing on foot. No injuries were reported. A police K-9 was used to search for the suspect.

Suspect Description:

Male, unknown race, between 25 & 30 years of age, 6’0”, 145lbs with a thin build, short hair and a mustache

Last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and a black stocking cap


Teenager beaten at after hours party at Boys and Girls Club in Dale City

A mother told NBCWashington.com her son was targeted because he plays basketball for Freedom High School. Her son’s attackers, according to the woman to spoke with the TV station, attend a rival high school.

We placed the report from NBCWashington.com in this story. If you read on, you’ll find Prince William police’s account of what took place early Sunday morning when a teenager was found beaten by a mob.

Here’s the police report:

On March 15th at 12:01AM, officers responded to the Boys & Girls Club located at 5070 Dale Blvd in Woodbridge (22193) to investigate an assault.

The victim, a 16 year old male juvenile of Woodbridge, reported to police that he went to the center to attend a party.

At one point, the victim was waiting at a table inside the center when he was approached by an unknown male suspect.

During the encounter, the suspect asked the victim to come outside with him. Once outside, the victim was surrounded by a group of other male suspects and assaulted.

The group of suspects dispersed prior to officers arriving in the area.

Minor injuries were reported. The victim was unable to describe the assailants.

Woodbridge woman charged in police officer assault

Passenger angered after driver charged with DUI

A woman faces charges after police said she tried to punch an officer during a traffic stop in Woodbridge.

An officer stopped a car about 11 p.m. Saturday in the area of Whittier Loop and Redwing Drive.  The driver of the car is being charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, according to police.

A passenger inside the car became agitated and pushed a police officer, police said. Then the woman tried to strike an officer, according to police.

Officers tried to restrain the woman who continued to try to strike officers, according to police.

Police said Deeana Garcia, 23, of Torrence Place in Woodbridge, is charged with assault and battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest, and with intoxication in public. She was held without bond and is due in court April 23.


Prince William police arrest four in narcotics investigation in Woodbridge

Yesterday the Prince William-Manassas-Manassas Park Narcotics Task Force finished an investigation that led to four arrests in Woodbridge.

The investigation was focused on the suspected sale of cocaine, heroin and prescription medication.

Following a search warrant, a home at 4957 Karen Road in Woodbridge was searched, and drugs including marijuana, heroin and cocaine were discovered, along with an undisclosed amount of money.

The four individuals arrested, Marcus Morgan Brown, Raymond Messenger, Keely Marie McClary and Allen Scott Gonyea, are being held without bond.

More from a police release:

Narcotics Investigation – On March 12th, detectives from the Prince William-Manassas-Manassas Park Narcotics Task Force concluded a narcotics investigation involving the sale of suspected cocaine, heroin, and prescription medication with the execution of a search warrant at 4957 Karen Rd in Woodbridge (22193). As a result of the investigation, cocaine, marijuana, heroin, prescription medication, and an undisclosed amount of U.S. Currency were recovered.   The following arrests were made without incident.

Arrested on March 12th:

Marcus Morgan BROWN, 36, of 4975 Karen Road in Woodbridge

Charged with two counts of distribution of heroin, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession with the intent to distribute oxycodone, and possession of marijuana

Court Date: May 1, 2015 | Bond: held WITHOUT bond


Raymond MESSENGER, 34, of 4975 Karen Road in Woodbridge

Charged with two counts of distribution of heroin and possession of heroin

Court Date: May 1, 2015 | Bond: held WITHOUT bond


Arrested on March 12th: [No photo available]

Keely Marie MCCLARY, 26, of 4975 Karen Road in Woodbridge

Charged with possession with the intent to distribute oxycodone, possession of morphine, and possession of marijuana

Court Date: May 1, 2015 | Bond: held WITHOUT bond


Allen Scott GONYEA, 51, of 4975 Karen Road in Woodbridge

Charged with possession of heroin

Court Date: May 1, 2015 | Bond: held WITHOUT bond

Man kicks in door at Triangle home, walks in, takes nothing

A man was at home in his living room when he heard a knock on the door.

The person on the other side apparently got tired of knocking and kicked in the door. When inside, the man recognized the resident of the apartment and then proceeded to search the home for a mutual friend, according to police.

The intruder left the home without taking anything, according to police. It was not a random incident, police added.

Police did not release a description of the intruder. 

Updated: Woodbridge teen goes missing, last seen this morning

4:41 p.m.

This just in from Prince William police: 

Yaritza Velen Avalos, who was reported as missing and endangered earlier today, has been located and is safe. 

2:08 p.m.

The Prince William County Police Department has issued a release asking for assistance in locating a missing Woodbridge teenager – 16-year old Yaritza Velen Avalos.

Avalos was reported missing this morning. She was last seen around 9:30 a.m. at the Sheetz location in Woodbridge. 

She is 5’3”, 125 pounds with black hair, brown eyes and glasses and was seen wearing a green sweater and black jeans.

According to release, she appeared to have left the location voluntarily. She may need help, and is being qualified as endangered.

More from a police release:

*MISSING ENDANGERED JUVENILE: The Prince William County Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing, endangered juvenile. The caller reported to police that Yaritza Velen Avalos, age 16, was last seen this morning around 9:30AM leaving the Sheetz convenience store located in Woodbridge. Yaritza is believed to have left this establishment voluntarily and may be in need of assistance which qualifies her as being endangered. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call police at 703-792-6500. 

Yaritza Velen Avalos is described as a Hispanic female, 5’3″, 125lbs with a thin build, black hair, brown eyes and prescription glasses 

Last seen wearing a green sweater, black jeans, black hat and possible either black boots or white tennis shoes


Fights at area shopping malls injure 3

Fights broke out at area malls this weekend in Manassas and Woodbridge.

Officers were called first to an IHOP restaurant inside Manassas Mall at 3:07 a.m. Saturday, March 7, at 8300 Sudley Road just outside Manassas.

The victim, the 40-year-old manager of the restaurant, told police a fight broke out earlier in the restaurant. The man asked those involved in the fight to leave, according to police.

A female who was involved in the fight came back inside the restaurant and the man escorted her back out. About the same time, three men approached the manager and assaulted him, according to police.

The female and the attackers fled the scene. The victim suffered injuries that did not appear to be life threatening. The victim was unable to describe his attackers, according to police.

On the same date, police were called to Potomac Mills mall in Woodbridge for a report of a fight at a mall entrance. When they arrived, officers helped mall security guards break up a large crowed that had gathered in the area of the fight, police said. Afterward, more fights broke out in the parking lot and more officers were called to the scene.

A 16-year-old male from Woodbridge and a 17-year-old male from Triangle were both found suffering injuries after the fight. Both said they were assaulted but neither cooperated with police during the investigation, a police spokesman said.

No suspects were identified. Two vehicles were damaged when fights broke out in the parking lot. The damage is estimated to be $250.

2 assaulted, child abducted inside Manassas home

A man barricaded himself and a child inside a room at a home in Manassas at on March 4.

Police said they went to the home in the 8700 block of Bretton Woods Drive, just off Liberia Avenue, at 8:40 a.m. to check on the welfare of the family who lived there. When officers arrived, they heard screaming and then entered the house, said Manassas police spokeswoman Adrienne Helms.

Inside, officers found two people who had been assaulted. The man who attacked the two then took a child and then barricaded himself into a room, said Helms.

Later, the uninjured child was safely handed over to officers. Then the suspect surrendered to police.

Jose A. Torres Flores, 40, is charged with malicious wounding and abduction, said Helms. He is due in court April 15.

Helms said the investigation into this case remains ongoing.

Indecent exposure, fondling investigated at Manassas church

A woman was inside Bethel Lutheran Church in Manassas on Jan. 12 when she saw a man that she didn’t know expose himself.

The man was standing outside a glass door masturbating, according to Manassas police.  The woman ran to an office and called police.

About the same time, another woman told police a man approached her in the church parking lot and asked for a cigarette. While the woman was pulling out a smoke from her car, the man fondled her buttocks and ran away, according to police.

The incidents happened between 7 and 8 p.m. Jan. 12 at the church located at 8712 Plantation Lane in Manassas. Police released surveillance video of the man suspected in these incidents.

The man could be driving a Chevrolet Blazer, according to police.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Manassas City Crime Solvers.


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