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Police make arrest in shooting of 12-year-old boy

From Prince William police: 

Aggravated Malicious Wounding | Shooting Investigation *Arrest- On December 20 at 10:20PM, officers responded to the intersection of Kempair Dr and Kim Ct in [Dale City] to investigate the report of an unconscious subject in the roadway. When officers arrived on scene, they located the man and determined that he was intoxicated. The man, who was later identified as Bryan RAMOS, was also wanted in connection to a shooting, which occurred in the 4900 block of Kirwyn Ct in Woodbridge on April 17. RAMOS was arrested without incident. In total, five suspects have been identified in connection to the shooting investigation and all have been arrested.
Arrested on December 20: [No photo available]

Bryan RAMOS, 19, of the 13500 block of Kaslo Ct in Woodbridge

Charged with aggravated malicious wounding, shooting from an occupied vehicle, and use of a firearm in commission of a felony

Court Date: Pending | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

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Police investigate newly reported sexual assaults

From Prince Wiliam police: 

Castro, BlasSexual Assault Investigation On November 9, detectives from the Special Victims Unit responded to investigate a sexual assault which allegedly occurred between 2006 and 2007 at a residence located in Manassas (20109). The investigation revealed that the victim, now a 24-year-old woman, was sexually assaulted on more than one occasion when she was 14-years-old by the accused, identified as a family member. The victim only recently disclosed the incident to a friend and contacted police. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested without incident in Reston on December 19.

Arrested on December 19:

Blas Alberto CASTRO, 46, of 8613 Weems Rd in Manassas

Charged with 1 count of rape, 2 counts of aggravated sexual battery and 1 count of indecent liberties

Court Date: Pending | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

 

Otero Ordonez, JoelSexual Assault Investigation- On October 19, detectives from the Special Victims Bureau responded to investigate a sexual assault which allegedly occurred sometime between 2008 and 2011 at an apartment located in Manassas (20109). The investigation revealed that the victim, now a 15-year-old juvenile female, was sexually assaulted by the accused, an acquaintance. The victim recently disclosed the incident to a family member who contacted police. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested without incident on December 15.

Arrested on December 15:

Joel OTERO ORDONEZ, 46, of 8170 Peakwood Ct, Apt 12, in Manassas

Charged with aggravated sexual battery

Court Date: Pending | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

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Woodbridge man sentenced to 25 years for beating, kidnapping girlfriend

From the U.S. Attorney’s office: 

Ahmad Sayed Hashimi, aka Jimmy Hashimi, of Woodbridge, was sentenced today to 25 years in prison for his role in beating and kidnapping his ex-girlfriend, in addition to leading drug distribution conspiracies.

Hashimi was indicted by a grand jury on four counts: 1) Conspiracy to Distribute Oxycodone; 2) Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine; 3) Kidnapping; and 4) Interstate Domestic Violence. On September 29, after a three-day jury trial, he was convicted of all four counts. 

According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, from approximately November 2009 through March 2015, Hashimi created and managed a wide ranging drug distribution scheme involving both powder cocaine and oxycodone obtained fraudulently from pharmacies.  He distributed these drugs in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.  Hashimi’s drug distribution schemes involved at least 46.5 kilograms of powder cocaine and at least 30,000 30mg oxycodone pills, approximately 9,000 of which have been directly attributed to Hashimi.  Ten co-conspirators have been convicted federally in connection with Hashimi’s drug schemes, and another 13 conspirators have been convicted in state courts.

More on on this case from the U.S. Attorney’s office. 

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Burgess tied to Nokesville arson

Fire investigators in Prince William County arrested a suspect in an arson that occurred this summer in Nokesville. 

From Prince William fire and rescue spokeswoman Kim Hylander: 

On August 31, 2016, a barn fire occurred in the14300 block of Fauquier Drive in Nokesville, Virginia. An investigation conducted by the Prince William County Fire Marshal’s Office revealed the fire had been intentionally set resulting in the total loss to the structure and surrounding equipment. A suspect was developed through the investigation and an arrest was made.

Arrested on December 15th:
James Dustin BURGESS, 19 years old, of 13412 Vint Hill Rd., Nokesville, VA
Charged with

§18.2–80 Burning or destroying of a building or other structure. (Class 3 Felony),

§18.2–80 Burning or destroying of a building or other structure. (Class 3 Felony),§18.2-137 Intentional destruction of private property over $1,000.00. (Class 6 Felony.)

§18.2-137 Intentional destruction of private property over $1,000.00. (Class 6 Felony.)

On December 14, Burgess was one of four people charged in a home invasion on Bristow Road. 

We’re working to get more information about the fire on August 31, and what connection — if any — it has to the home invasion.

Updated

A barn and farm equipment was torched in the August 31 arson incident, according to Asst. Chief Matt Smolsky, with Prince Wiliam fire and rescue.

The arson is unrelated to the home invasion in which Burgess is also charged.

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Phone scammers claim to hold daughters hostage

From Manassas police: 

Abduction Phone Scams

Between Dec. 9 and Dec. 14, 2016, Manassas City Police received at least two citizen reports of an attempted phone scam involving the alleged abduction of a family member.

On Dec. 9, Manassas City Police was dispatched to Wells Fargo, located at 9210 Church St, for a report of a suspicious event. Upon arrival, officers learned an adult male of Chantilly had just withdrawn a large sum of money from his bank account while asking the bank staff to contact Police. The victim, who was on the phone at the time, told officers that he had an unknown male on the other end who claimed to be holding his daughter hostage in exchange for the money. With the assistance of Fairfax County Police Department, officers were able to make contact with the victim’s daughter and confirm that she was safe at home.

On Dec. 14, Manassas City police met with a resident on the 9000 block of Euclid St for a report of a suspicious event. Officers were received by the reporting party, who was on the phone with an unknown male at the time. The caller claimed he had abducted the citizen’s daughter and was demanding money for her release. Officers immediately made contact with the citizen’s two daughters, who were both safe and had no knowledge of the alleged abduction.

In both instances, the citizen who reported the crime told officers that the caller produced the sound of a young woman in distress on the other end of the line.

 

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Update: Third murder suspect arrested, tied to May slaying

From police: 

Murder Investigation *ARREST – On December 12, detectives from the Homicide Unit received information which ultimately led to the identification of three suspects involved in the murder of Jason Thomas Mannion which occurred at a residence in the 9500 block of Hensley Rd in Manassas on May 12.

The preliminary investigation into the incident alleged that two of the suspects, identified as Marquan Antonio BROWN and Jhaire Nathaniel MONTGOMERY, attempted to rob the victim inside the home. During the encounter, the victim was shot and later died. A third suspect, identified as Rhebekah Alexis PATTERSON, was also determined to have participated in the incident. All parties were known to one another.

Following the investigation, detectives obtained warrants for the arrest of these suspects. The BROWN suspect is currently incarcerated in Culpeper County on unrelated charges. The MONTGOMERY suspect was located and arrested in Culpeper County on December 15 without incident. The remaining suspect, PATTERSON, has not been apprehended and is currently being sought by police.

Arrested/Charged on December 15: [No photos available]

                Marquan Antonio BROWN, 25, of no fixed address

Jhaire Nathaniel MONTGOMERY, 19, of 22098 Highland Rd in Culpeper

Both suspects were charged with murder and use of a firearm in commission of a felony

Court Date: February 6, 2017 | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

 

Wanted: [Photo from October 2014]

Rhebekah Alexis PATTERSON, 29, of 15467 Retriever Rd in Culpeper

Described as a white female, 5’6”, 160lbs with brown hair and brown eyes

Wanted for principal in the second degree to murder

Updated 

From police: 

Murder Investigation *ARREST Rhebekah Alexis PATTERSON, who was wanted in connection to the May 12 murder of Jason Thomas MANNION, was taken into custody in the Charlottesville, VA area on December 19 without incident.

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United Bank robbed twice in 3 months: ‘This money is not worth our lives’

DUMFRIES, Va. — The robbers went inside the bank and put a gun to the manager’s forehead.

The United Bank branch just outside Dumfries has been robbed at gunpoint twice in the past nearly three months. On Wednesday, two men walked into the lobby of the bank on Route 1 about 2 p.m, pulled out handguns, and demanded cash.

“We saw them coming to toward the door, and I said to myself, oh my god, we’re going to be robbed,” said branch manager Nena Aninye, who took over the top job at the branch in March.

Before the entered the bank, Aninye and another teller looked out the drive-through window and saw the two men running toward the bank out from behind a nearby shopping center.

Once inside, one of the men put a gun to Aninye’s head and demanded cash. She handed it over, the two men stuffed it into the pockets and fled the scene.

“I couldn’t look at his face, I could only look at the gun,” Aninye said while describing the robbery.

No one was hurt, and the FBI is now offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to a conviction in the case. An armed guard stood post by the front door of the lobby on Friday.

“This money is not worth our lives,” said a shaken Aninye of her and her employees.

This is the third time in the 20 years Aninye has worked in the banking industry that she has been robbed. It’s especially disturbing that it has happened to her twice at the same location in the past 60 days, she added.

At least three bank employees were inside the bank at the time of the robbery. Glass does not separate customers from tellers working behind a counter.

Potomac Local holds an account with United Bank and conducts business at this branch.

At 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 6, a man walked into the bank, displayed a gun, and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash. No arrests have been made in either case.

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Suspected Bristow home invaders leave, return to find police

Burgess, James
Riley, Sean
Holbrook, Christopher
Wilson, Eric

From Prince William police: 

Burglary while Armed | Narcotics Investigation On December 14 at 8:04AM, officers responded to a residence located in the 12500 block of Bristow Rd in Nokesville (20181) to investigate a home invasion. The residents of the home reported to police that two unknown men forcibly entered the residence through a basement door. After being confronted, the suspects fled the home and got into a vehicle. While officers were investigating, the suspects returned to the home and were detained without further incident. All parties were known to one another. Following the investigation, detectives from the Robbery Unit charged two adults, identified as James Dustin BURGESS and Sean Matthew RILEY, in connection to the home invasion. During a prior check of the residence by officers, evidence of narcotics distribution was located. Detectives from the Narcotics Unit also responded and subsequently executed a search warrant at the home. As a result of the search, marijuana, prescription medication, and other paraphernalia were seized. In addition to the previous arrests, two adult occupants of the residence, identified as Christopher Allen HOLBROOK and Eric Thomas WILSON, were arrested in connection to narcotics investigation. Additional charges in that investigation are pending against two juveniles who also reside at the home.

Arrested on December 14:

James Dustin BURGESS, 19, of 13412 Fitzwater Dr in Nokesville

Sean Matthew RILEY, 19, of 13308 Nokesville Rd in Nokesville

Both suspects above were charged with 1 count of robbery, 1 count of burglary, and 2 counts of conspiracy to commit a felony

Court Date: February 10, 2017 | Bond: Unavailable

Christopher Allen HOLBROOK, 48, of 12574 Bristow Rd in Nokesville

Charged with 2 counts of possession of a scheduled I or II narcotic

Court Date: Pending | Bond: Unavailable

Eric Thomas WILSON, 19, of 12574 Bristow Rd in Nokesville

Charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana

Court Date: February 9, 2017 | Bond: Unavailable

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United Bank in Dumfries robbed, FBI offers $5,000 reward

From Prince William police: 

Bank Robbery – On December 14 at 1:57PM, officers responded to the United Bank located at 17054 Jefferson Davis Hwy in Dumfries (22026) to investigate a robbery. Employee of the bank reported to police that two unknown, masked men entered the bank and immediately approached the teller counter. Once there, the men brandished handguns and demanded money. The suspects took an undisclosed amount of money before fleeing on foot. No injuries were reported. A police K-9 searched for the suspects who were no located.

Suspect Descriptions:

Black male, unknown age, 5’9”, 170lbs with a thin build

Last seen wearing a yellow hooded jacket with dark sleeves, dark jeans, and ski mask

Black male, unknown age, 5’9”, 185lbs with a medium build

Last seen wearing a dark colored jacket, dark colored jeans, and a ski mask

Today, the FBI said the agency was offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the robber. 

 

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Sherwood guilty of 1st Degree Murder, threw ‘tantrum’ when killed wife

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. — John Sherwood was convicted of first-degree murder in the Jan. 1, 2015 stabbing death of his 21-year-old wife Erica, at a home in Dale City.

It took a jury 46 minutes to render a guilty verdict for prosecutors Rick Conway and Brian Boyle who pushed for the first-degree murder penalty, the strictest allowable by law. Defense attorney Jennifer Zary tried to convince jurors the murder of Erica Sherwood was not premeditated, and that there was an absence of malice in the killing, and that her client deserved an involuntary manslaughter conviction.

Sherwood tried to strike a plea deal for a 2nd-degree murder conviction, but prosecutors weren’t having it and decided to take the case to trial. Sherwood leaves behind a three-year-old son whom she shared with her killer.

Much of the second day of the trial on Tuesday focused on a photo of a penis John Sherwood said he found on a cell phone being used by his estranged wife. The phone belonged to Erica Sherwood’s friend, Sharae Harris, who lived in the house Sherwood was murdered on Concord Drive in Dale City. Erica Sherwood and her then 17-month-old son had been staying with Harris for two days leading up to the New Year’s holiday in late 2014.

Harris testified the photo was sent to her cell phone 14 days before Sherwood was killed, and that the photo was meant for her, not Erica Sherwood. Prosecutors said Sherwood had lost her phone and was using Harris’ to make phone calls and send text messages while she was staying with Harris, whom she had known since childhood.

After showing up unannounced at Harris’ house New Year’s Eve to reconcile with his wife, John Sherwood saw his wife plug Harris’ phone into a kitchen outlet to recharge, rifled through the phone’s text messages, and found the photo.

“I kirked out. I flipped shit, ” Sherwood testified. He apologized to Erica Sherwood’s grieving family members in the courtroom.

Sherwood told the court he suspected for weeks that his wife had been charting on him. In a jealous rage in the early hours of New Year’s Day 2015, the murderer went to the kitchen, grabbed a knife, and then attacked his wife. He chased her and Harris into a bathroom, and then stabbed his wife seven times, and slashed her 44 times. She used her hands to try to defend herself.

One the stab wounds was to the heart. Medical Examiner Dr. Mehi Koolae testified on Monday that it as the fatal wound.

“She betrayed me. I had a tantrum…it was like a child taking a toy from another and then the other one taking it back. It’s the same thing,” pleaded Sherwood. “Yes, I wanted to hurt her, but I did not want to kill her.”

Sherwood said he suspected his wife of cheating with another man, and that she had been communicating with him on Facebook, Sherwood testified. He also saw his wife and child in the man car before the murder, he told the court.

In a Facebook message, Sherwood told the man to stop seeing his wife, but he declined, Sherwood testified.

“Erica was a very beautiful woman. Any man would have said hello to her,” he added.

Sherwood told the jury he grew up in a home where Sharia law was the norm, and cheating was not allowed. (more…)

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Sherwood murder trial begins: Mother suffered 7 stabs, 44 cuts

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. — John Sherwood walked into court Monday looking much different that he did in his mug shot snapped nearly two years ago.

The 24-year-old, dressed in a button-down shirt, tie, wearing glasses, and now with short hair entered a not guilty plea in front of Circuit Court Judge Steven Smith. Sherwood is charged with first-degree murder in the Jan. 1, 2015 death of his wife Erica Sherwood, with whom he shared a son.

Following a jury selection process, Prosecutors Brian Boyle and Rick Conway brought out the first three of eight witnesses to testify during what is slated to a be a three-day trial. The defense is expected to present two witnesses.

Sharae Harris told the court she knew the 21-year-old victim since they were children in school. Erica Sherwood brought her son to Harris’ mother’s house on Concord Drive in Dale City where Sharae lived with her young son to stay a “couple” days before New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2014.

During a New Year’s Eve party where there had been drinking and marijuana use, John Sherwood showed up and began arguing with his wife, Harris testified. John Sherwood didn’t like that his wife was drinking wine because she could be pregnant, Harris testified.

Sherwood’s body was later found on the floor of a bathroom inside the home. She had suffered seven stab wounds and 44 cuts on her head, neck, and torso areas, according to Dr. Mehi Koolae, the medical examiner who performed an autopsy on Sherwood’s body. The fatal blow, as it was described, was a stab through the left breast that punctured her heart.

“It was a through and through injury,” explained Koolae.

Harris said she hadn’t heard from Sherwood for some time before she brought her son to her in the last hours of her life. Sherwood and her son had been sleeping in one bedroom of the house while Harris and her son had slept in another.

On New Years Eve, Harris testified five people were at her house, including Sherwood and her son, celebrating. Sherwood showed up uninvited.

Harris said her son had gone to bed by 10 p.m. but had awoken, so she went to lay down with him to help him back to sleep. She too fell asleep.

Later, her Erica Sherwood ran into her room and shook Harris to wake her up.

“She said ‘he’s trying to kill me, he’s trying to kill me,’ and she’s shaking me tying to get me up,” explained Harris.

Harris awoke, and leaving her son in bed, she and ran down a hallway to a bathroom with Erica Sherwood behind her.

“Right when I was about to shut the door, it busted open,” said Harris.

The force of the door pushed Harris into a bathtub and caused Erica Sherwood to fall onto the floor. John Sherwood began punching his wife using both of his fists, said Harris.

“She said ‘help me, Sharae,'” said Harris. “I just told [John Sherwood] to think about his son.”

Sherwood took a knife and cut Erica Sherwood’s throat while the couple’s son stood outside the bathroom, said Harris. With his wife gasping for air, John Sherwood then punched Harris in the face while she was still standing in the bathroom and then left the house, she added.

Erica’s body lay on the bathroom floor. “I told her to get up but she couldn’t get up,” said Harris.

Harris then grabbed the children and went to a neighbor’s house to call 911. Police arrived about 1:30 a.m.

Prosecutors showed photos of what they said is the murder weapon, a kitchen knife that had been missing its tip before it being used as a murder weapon. After it was used to kill Sherwood, the knife appeared bent, as Harris described it while identifying the blade in a photo shown to the jury by prosecutors.

The Sherwood’s son was not injured during the attack. Jon Harris, the first of three police officers on the scene, said the child had blood on his face and on his shirt.

Jon Harris, who has no relation to Sheree Harris, testified that he and two other officers entered the house with pistols drawn due to information was given to them by police dispatch that the suspect could still be inside the home. The police officer testified he saw Harris standing with small two children in her hands.

“She said ‘he killed her,'” he said.

The trial will continue at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

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Demolition desperado found during police burglary investigation

From Prince William police: 

Residential Burglary – On December 10 at 12:39AM, officers responded to a residence located in the 2800 block of Beechtree Ln in Woodbridge (22191) to investigate a burglary in progress. Arriving officers checked the residence and observed no signs of forced entry. The homeowner reported to police that the screen to a basement level door was pushed open. As officers were on scene investigating, noises were heard coming from a neighboring residence. Upon checking the home, officers located the accused inside tearing down drywall. The accused was immediately detained by officers and appeared under the influence. After confirming the accused, identified as Aaron Maurice SALTER, did not leave at either residence, he was subsequently arrested. A search of the accused resulted in a white crystal substance being located.

Arrested on December 10:

Aaron Maurice SALTER, 33, of no fixed address

Charged with burglary, destruction of property, and possession of a scheduled I or II narcotic

Court Date: February 1, 2017 | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

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Update on Forestdale shooting: Suspect identified as Mohammad Shedil

From Prince William police: 

*INCIDENT: Shooting | Woodbridge;
Detectives are investigating a shooting which occurred in the 3500 block of Forestdale Ave sometime earlier this morning or late last night. Two male victims arrived at two different area hospitals with gun shot wounds to the body. The investigation is continuing. At this point, there does not appear to be a public threat. More information will be released when available.

Updated

Shooting Investigation – On December 9 at 10:54PM, officers responded to the 3500 block of Forestdale Ave in Woodbridge (22193) to investigate a third party report of a shooting. Initial responding officers were unable to locate any of the parties involved. While investigating, officers received notification from Prince George’s County Police that a victim, identified as a 21-year-old man of Manassas, was being treated at an area hospital in Maryland for a gunshot wound. An additional notification was received informing investigators that a second man, identified as a 21-year-old man of Dumfries, was also being treated at a Northern Virginia hospital with a gunshot wound. Both men were eventually connected to the same incident reported on Forestdale Ave. Detectives from the Violent Crimes Bureau are currently following up on leads into a possible suspect. At this time, there is no public threat and this incident does not appear to be random. More information will be released when available. The investigation continues.

Updated Sunday, December 11, 2016

Malicious Wounding *SUSPECT IDENTIFIED – On December 10, detectives from the Violent Crimes Bureau identified the suspect involved in the shooting which occurred in the 3500 block of Forestdale Ave in Woodbridge on December 9. Following the investigation, detectives obtained warrants for the arrest of the suspect, Mohammad Ekram SHERDIL. Attempts to locate the accused have been unsuccessful.

                Wanted: [Photo from November 2016]

                Mohammad Ekram SHERDIL, 22, of the 3500 block of Forestdale Ave in Woodbridge

                Described as a white male, 5’11”, 155lbs with black hair and brown eyes

                Wanted for 2 counts of malicious wounding

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of this individual is asked to contact Prince William Crime Solvers anonymously by calling 703-670-3700 or 1-866-411-TIPS, texting “PWC” plus your tip to 274637, or by submitting a WebTip.

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Suspicious man offers candy to girl outside elementary school

from Prince William police: 

Suspicious Person Incident – On December 8 at 10:15AM, officers responded to the area of Ketterman Dr and Kerrydale Rd near Kerrydale Elementary School in [Dale City] (22193) to investigate a suspicious person call. The victim, a 10-year-old girl, reported to police that she was walking home from the school on December 7 around 4:00PM when she was approached by an unknown man driving a small, red sedan. During the encounter, the man asked the girl, “Do you want to come in my car. I have candy.” The victim ran home and notified family members who disclosed the incident to school staff the following day. The suspect never exited the vehicle and did not approach the victim. The investigation continues.   

    Suspect Description:

    White male with a medium build; dark, curly hair and full beard– No further description provided

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Stolen Elf on the Shelf becomes honorary Prince William detective

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PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. — An Elf on the Shelf is now an honorary investigator.

Prince William police Sgt. Jonathan Perok purchased the temporary elf named “Freddie” and began posing for photos with the toy after Lorraine Villahermosa contacted police Wednesday night and reported her purse stolen from the Virginia Oaks Golf Club in Gainesville.

Inside the purse was her son’s Elf on the Shelf that Villahermosa gave to her son. With the purse and the elf gone, she didn’t know what to tell him.

From Villahermosa’s Facebook page:

“…for those wondering, if the Elf was the most important item in my purse, at this time, yes. Everything else in it (which wasn’t much, since I had all the important items with me) can be replaced.

When your child wakes up in the morning and goes room to room looking for his Elf and asks you why he didn’t come, it breaks your heart.

I know this is all make-believe, but as long as Jovani chooses to believe in the magic of Christmas, I will do my best to make him smile.”

Police recovered Villahermosa’s purse and then left a note on her door telling her they had the purse in an evidence locker at the station. The officer then took scheduled time off, and Villahermosa was unable to meet with the officer to get the purse and the elf doll inside.

Perok then purchased a new elf after Villahermosa’s sister contacted the police department asking if police would pose for a photo with the elf. This way Villahermosa could tell her son the elf was working police on “special assignment.”

Police took several photos with Freddie, in scenes where he is being questioned by an officer while reviewing a Christmas Bad Guy Line Up, holding a police badge, and sitting on the Perok’s shoulder while he was working in his office. Freddie has also been issued a business card from the police department states “Detective Freddie the Elf, of the Office of Spreading Christmas Cheer.”

Villahermosa posted:

“Omg!! Look what the PWCPD did for Freddie!!!!! My heart can’t possibly take anymore!!”

Today, Villahermosa told Potomac Local she was headed to the police evidence room to recover her purse.

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Police break up MS-13 gang recruitment effort at Osbourn Park High School

From Prince William police: 

Gang Participation & Recruitment – On December 6, a School Resource Officer (SRO), with assistance from detectives of the Gang Unit, concluded an investigation resulting in charges being placed against a juvenile in connections to allegations of alleged gang recruitment occurring at Osbourn Park High School located at 8909 Euclid Ave in Manassas (20111). Last week, the SRO at Osbourn Park High School was informed of possible recruitment activity involving the criminal street gang Mara Salvatrucha, commonly known as MS-13. This information was obtained through students and staff at the school. During the investigation, the SRO was able to identify three of the recruiters as juvenile students who attend the school. Following the investigation, the juveniles were charged. The investigation continues. Parents can learn more about recognizing and preventing gang involvement by reading the Parents Guide to Gangs, an informative publication produced by the National Gang Center.

Charged on December 6: [Juveniles]

Three 17-year-old male juveniles, all of Manassas

All three were charged with gang recruitment and gang participation

Court Date: Pending | Status: Unavailable

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Dumfries businessman bribed Department of Commerce official

Press release from U.S. Eastern District of Virginia Attorney Dana J. Boente:

James C. Bedford, 50, of Dumfries, pleaded guilty today to charges of conspiracy to commit bribery and bribery of a public official.

According to the statement of facts filed with the plea agreement, in 2006, the computer systems of the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), a bureau within the Department of Commerce, were infected by a computer virus that required BIS to shut down internet access to its computer systems and to construct a new computer network that had not been infected by the virus. Because BIS employees needed access to files that resided on the old system, files needed to be migrated from the old, infected network to the new, uninfected network.

According to the statement of facts, from May 2010 through October 2011, Bedford conspired with Raushi J. Conrad, then a BIS employee, to pay bribes to ensure that Bedford’s companies were awarded and maintained a lucrative subcontract and contract to perform the data migration work. Conrad was then serving within the Office of the Chief Information Officer for BIS and had been designated to oversee the data migration project. Conrad has been indicted for his role in the conspiracy and bribery scheme.

According to the statement of facts, Bedford made $208,000 in payments through a construction company he owned to a restaurant business owned by Conrad, many payments were concealed through false and fictitious invoices created by Conrad. The fake invoices made it appear that Conrad’s restaurant business had performed various services for Bedford’s construction company, when in fact no such services ever had been provided. Bedford also paid for over $7,000 worth of renovation work performed at Conrad’s residence. In exchange, Bedford’s companies reaped over $1 million in profits from the data migration subcontract and contract.

Bedford faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison sentenced on March 31, 2017. 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.

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Store inside B-Thrifty robbed at knife point

From Prince William police: 

Armed Robbery – On December 6 at 1:36PM, officers responded to Ventura Gold which is inside of the B Thrifty store located at 13412 Jefferson Davis Hwy in Woodbridge (22191) to investigate a robbery. An employee reported to police that two unknown men approached the counter displaying a knife. The men took an undisclosed amount of money before fleeing the business. No injuries were reported. Officers searched the area for the suspects who were not located. The investigation continues.

Suspect Descriptions:

Black male, between 20 & 28 years of age, with brown eyes No further description provided

Last seen wearing all black clothing

Black male, between 20 & 28 years of age, 5’10”, 180lbs with brown eyes

Last seen wearing a tan hoodie

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Suspect in Featherstone 7-Eleven robbery arrested

From Prince William police: 

Armed Robbery *ARRESTS – On December 6, detectives from the Robbery Unit identified the suspect involved in a robbery which occurred in the 7-Eleven parking lot located at 1701 Featherstone Rd in Woodbridge on December 4. Following the investigation, detectives obtained warrants for the arrest of the suspect, identified as Anthony RYANS. A search warrant was subsequently executed at his residence and the accused was arrested without incident.

Arrested on December 6:

Anthony RYANS, 28, of 14919 Enterprise Ln in Woodbridge

Charged with robbery and use of a firearm in commission of a felony

Court Date: January 26, 2017 | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

Armed Robbery [Previously Released] On December 4 at 8:40PM, officers responded to the parking lot of the 7-Eleven located at 1701 Featherstone Rd in Woodbridge (22191) to investigate a robbery. The victim, a 31-year-old woman of Woodbridge, reported to police that she was sitting in her car in front of the business when she was approached by an unknown man. During the encounter, the suspect brandished a handgun and took an undisclosed amount of money and car keys from the victim before fleeing the area on foot. No injuries were reported. A police K-9 was used to search for the suspect who was no located. The car keys were recovered a short time later. No injuries were reported. The investigation continues.

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Rape reported at home near Manassas

From Prince William police: 

Rape Investigation – On November 22 at 7:15PM, detectives from the Special Victims Unit responded to investigate a sexual assault which was reported to have occurred at a residence located in the 7800 block of Gateshead Ln in Manassas (20109) earlier that day. The victim, a 14-year-old female juvenile of Manassas, reported to police that she was approached by an acquaintance, later identified as the accused, while she was in her backyard. During the encounter, the accused was repeatedly told to leave. The accused refused to leave then followed the victim into her residence where he sexually assaulted her before leaving the home. The victim later disclosed the incident to a family member who contacted police. Following the investigation, detectives obtained a warrant for the arrest of the accused on December 2. The accused was located and arrested without incident at his residence later that afternoon.

Arrested on December 2:

Andre Dimitri CABAN, 20, of 7808 Gateshead Ln in Manassas

Charged with rape

Court Date: Pending | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

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Updated: Police arrest suspect in massage assault case

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WOODBRIDGE, Va. — A man at a massage parlor asked a woman for a hug and then later assaulted her when he didn’t get one, police said.

Abduction | Assault & Battery – On December 4th at 3:06PM, officers responded to ZY Massage located at 2578 Dynasty Loop in Woodbridge (22193) to investigate an assault. The victim, later identified as a 44 year-old-woman of Woodbridge, reported to police that at approximately 10:00AM that day, an unknown man entered the business and asked to use the restroom.

While the subject was exiting the business, he requested a hug from the victim which was declined. The subject then left the store but returned after a short period of time.

When the subject reentered the business, he locked the door with the victim inside, preventing her from leaving.  A struggled ensued between the two and the subject assaulted the victim, causing minor injuries. The victim was able to break free from the subject and ran from the business.

The subject also exited the business and was last seen on foot walking towards Telegraph Rd. The investigation continues and more information will be released once it is made available. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call police at 703-792-6500.

The suspect is described as a Black male, 23-27 years of age, 6’0’’, and 180lbs. He also has dark hair with a dark colored unshaven beard and mustache. He was last seen wearing blue jeans with a skull on the back right pocket, a black shirt with “Blackwatch” written on the front, a gray New York Yankees hat, and dark colored shoes.

Updated 

Prince William police named the suspect shown in these photos, wanted in connection to this reported abduction. 

From police: 

Abduction | Assault & Battery *SUSPECT IDENTIFIED – On December 5, detectives from the Intel Unit received a tip from a citizen which helped identify the suspect involved in an abduction and assault which occurred at the ZY Massage located at 2578 Dynasty Loop in Woodbridge on December 4. Following the investigation, detectives obtained warrants for the arrested of the suspect, identified as Clarence Olutayo OLOWU. Attempts to locate the accused have been unsuccessful. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of OLOWU is asked to contact Prince William Crime Solvers anonymously by calling 703-670-3700 or 1-866-411-TIPS, texting “PWC” plus your tip to 274637, submitting a WebTip, or by using the app for Android or iPhone.

Wanted: [Photo from November 2016]

                Clarence Olutayo OLOWU, 32, of the 6200 block of Alistair Dr in Manassas

Described as a black male, 6’00”, 190lbs, brown eyes, black hair, and a full beard

                Wanted for abduction and assault & battery

Updated 4 p.m. 

From police: Abduction | Assault & Battery *ARREST – On December 6, members of the U.S. Marshals’ Fugitive Task Force and officers from the Prince William County Police Warrant Unit located and arrested Clarence Olutayo OLOWU this afternoon without incident.  The accused was wanted for an abduction and assault which occurred at the ZY Massage located at 2578 Dynasty Loop in Woodbridge on December 4. The accused was located at a residence located in Woodbridge.

 

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