Read Us Daily for News in Prince William, Manassas, & Stafford

Crime

News
Pedestrian struck ‘sustained severe injuries’

From police: 

Pedestrian Struck

At approximately 8:10 p.m. on October 2, 2017, Manassas City Police responded to the intersection of Hastings Dr and Dumfries Rd for a report of an accident with injuries involving a pedestrian.  On scene police located an adult male victim who sustained severe injuries.  The investigation revealed the pedestrian was crossing Dumfries Rd outside of the crosswalk when he was struck by a vehicle travelling south on Dumfries Rd.  The vehicle travelling on Dumfries Rd had a green light and was travelling at or below the posted 35 mph speed limit.  The victim, a 19-year-old resident of Manassas, was flown to a local area hospital.  No charges have been filed.  Investigation is ongoing.  

Robbery – Arrest

At approximately 3:58 p.m. on October 2, 2017, Manassas City Police responded to the 9200 block of Byrd Drive for a report of a robbery. Upon arrival, officers met with the male victim who stated the suspect assaulted him and took his jewelry. The suspect, who was later identified as Michael TIBBS, a 34-year-old resident of Manassas, was located near the scene and arrested without incident and charged with robbery. The victim sustained minor injuries.

News
Firearm brandished after argument outside Cheesecake Factory

From police: 

Brandishing of a Firearm – On September 25 at 4:20PM, officers responded to the Cheesecake Factory located at 2708 Potomac Mills Cir in Woodbridge (22193) to investigate a brandishing. The investigation revealed that an unknown male was involved in a verbal altercation with a restaurant employee.

The male went outside and was followed by another restaurant employee. During the encounter outside, a vehicle approached the employee and a passenger brandished a firearm at him. The male eventually got into the vehicle and fled the area. No injuries were reported. There is no suspect description available at this time.

News
Four suspects charged in carjacking

Leggett, James
Spinner, Antoinette
Leggett, Wanya
Carroll, Tyree

From Prince William County police:

Carjacking | Malicious Wounding *SUSPECTS IDENTIFIED AND ARRESTED – During the course of the investigation, detectives with the Robbery Unit identified and obtained warrants for the arrest of four suspects involved in a carjacking which was reported to have occurred at an unknown location on Georgetown Rd in Woodbridge on September 20.

Following the investigation, all four suspects were subsequently arrested. The investigation continues (more…)

News
Sought for domestic related strangulation, suspect turns himself in

From Prince William County police:

Strangulation | Domestic Related *ARREST – On September 26, Jameur Ryan SMITH turned himself into police without incident at the Western District Station in Manassas. The accused was wanted for a domestic which occurred at a residence located in the 8800 block of Middleburg Ct in Manassas on August 23.

Arrested on September 26:
Jameur Ryan SMITH, 35, of 7599 Gales Ct in Manassas
Charged with strangulation
Court Date: October 23, 2017 | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond (more…)

News
Charges ensue when allegedly intoxicated suspect spits on police officer

From Prince William County police:

Assault & Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer [LEO] – On September 21 at 1:35 a.m., officers responded to Brittany’s Restaurant located at 12449 Dillingham Sq in Woodbridge (22192) to investigate several suspicious individuals. When officers arrived, they made contact with several intoxicated suspects and subsequently arrested them.

As an officer was attempting to process one of the suspects at the Adult Detention Center, the accused spit on the officer. No injuries were reported. Following the investigation, the accused, identified as Kareem Tamara TAYLOR, was arrested without further incident. (more…)

Traffic
Updated: Arrest made in safety services patrolman hit-and-run

Police are searching for the driver of a green Mustang who fled the scene after striking the safety patrolman while he was rendering aid to another disabled driver. 

From police: 

At 6:20 a.m.Friday (Sept. 22), Virginia State Police responded to a report of a hit-and-run of a VDOT Safety Services Patroller in the northbound lanes of I-95 near Exit 166B.

The Safety Services Patrol (SSP) unit had responded to that location to aid a disabled motorist. The SSP unit parked his vehicle on the right shoulder with its sign board and amber emergency lights activated. The SSP unit was in the process of setting out traffic cones for the safety of the disabled motorist when a green Mustang traveling north on I-95 struck the SSP employee. The Mustang then fled the scene.

Thanks to eyewitness accounts and assistance from local law enforcement, state police have detained an individual for questioning in this incident.

The SSP unit, an adult male, was transported to Fairfax Inova Hospital and is being treated for serious injuries.

The incident remains under investigation at this time.

Updated

From a press release: 

Thanks to eyewitness accounts and assistance from local law enforcement, state police located and charged Ginnun S. Frazier, 27, of Alexandria, Va., with one felony count of hit-and-run and for driving on a revoked license.  State police also located the green Ford Mustang driven by Frazier.

The SSP unit, an adult male, was transported to Fairfax Inova Hospital for treatment of serious injuries. 

News
Safety vest swindler in custody

Police say they have a suspect in custody — the person who is suspected of robbing two area banks, one most recently in Montclair in Prince William County, and the other in Manassas

From police: 

Bank Robbery *ARREST – During the below investigation, detectives from Anne Arundel County Police, Manassas City Police and Prince William County Police identified the suspect involved in multiple bank robberies which occurred in all three jurisdictions. The first robbery occurred at the United Bank in the City of Manassas on September 14. The same suspect is further alleged to have committed a bank robbery at the Sandy Spring Bank in Edgewater on September 15 followed by the robbery in Prince William County on September 16 at the SunTrust Bank located at 4377 Kevin Walker Dr in Dumfries. Following the investigation, detectives from Prince William County obtained warrants for the arrest of the suspect, identified as Jack Antonio ROMERO. On September 20, officers from the Anne Arundel County Police Department located and arrested the accused at a home on Coleridge Dr in Silver Spring, MD. The accused remains incarcerated in Maryland pending extradition back to Virginia.

Arrested on September 20: [Photo provided by Anne Arundel Police]

Jack Antonio ROMERO, 30, of 2302 Coleridge Dr in Silver Spring, MD

Charged with [PWC]: robbery, entering a bank armed with intent to commit larceny and use of a firearm in commission of a felony

Court Date: October 16, 2017 | Status: Pending Extradition

News
Drone finds Mountain View High School student who was reported missing

From a press release: 

The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office located a missing Mountain View High School student last night with the help of the Sheriff’s Office Unmanned Aircraft System commonly referred to as a drone.

The Stafford Sheriff’s Office received a call on Monday, September 18, 2017, at approximately 5:00 p.m. in reference to a missing person.  The missing person was an 18-year-old Mountain View High School student who failed to return home after school.   The missing student had no history of running away and the Sheriff’s Office had reason to believe that he may be endangered.

 Deputies located the missing student’s book bag and cell phone in the school which heightened the concern for the young man’s safety.  Detectives conducted numerous interviews with associates of the student and learned that nobody had seen or heard from him since the end of the school day.

In light of the circumstances and the belief that the missing student may still be somewhere in the area of Mountain View High School, the Sheriff’s Office Search & Rescue Team as well as the Drone Team were called out to assist in the search.  The drone, which is equipped with a thermal imaging camera, was launched just before 9:00 p.m.

By 9:30 p.m. the drone operator picked up a thermal image believed to be that of the missing student in the far southwest portion of the school property near the track.  Drone team members directed deputies to that area and the missing student was found unharmed.

Photo: Stafford County Sheriff’s Office 

News
Police investigate multiple shootings

From Prince William County police:

Shooting Investigation – On September 19 at 12:00AM, officers responded to the 3100 block of River Heritage Blvd in Dumfries (22026) to investigate a shooting. The initial investigation revealed that the victim, a 19-year-old man of Dumfries, was walking in a wooded area near the above location when he was approached by several males. During the encounter, one of the males brandished a firearm and fired at the victim, missing him. The victim was able to flee the area and contact police a short time later. After the shooting, the suspects fled the area. No injuries or property damage were reported.  At this point, this incident does not appear to be random. The investigation continues.

Shooting into an Occupied Vehicle – On September 18 at 4:01PM, officers responded to the area of Belvedere Dr and Benton St in Woodbridge (22193) to investigate a shots fired call. Several callers reported to police that multiple shots were heard in the above area. When officers arrived, they located several shell casings in the roadway. While searching the surrounding area, officers located a vehicle which had several bullet holes. Officers located the driver of the vehicle a short time later. The victim was uncooperative with officers during the investigation. No suspect description is available at this time. There were no injuries or other property reported damaged. The investigation continues.

 

News
Authorities search for driver who struck 11-year-old boy on his bike

An 11-year-old boy is recovering after he was struck by a truck while riding his bicycle outside his Stafford County home.

Stafford authorities are now looking for the driver who struck the child on Saturday afternoon.

More in a press release:

On Saturday, September 16, 2017, just after 3:00 p.m. deputies from the Stafford Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the England Run North apartment complex in reference to a pedestrian struck call.

Deputies arrived on scene to find an 11-year- old male victim. It was reported that the victim was attempting to cross Cynthias Place on his bicycle when he was struck by a blue pickup truck. The truck reportedly stopped momentarily before driving off.

The victim was transported by rescue to Stafford Hospital Center where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and later released.

The suspect vehicle is described as a dark blue crew cab style pickup truck. There was a Philadelphia Eagles sticker on the left side of the truck’s back window. The driver is described as a young Hispanic male with black hair. The driver was wearing rainbow-colored
sunglasses on his head. There was a female in the front passenger seat of the truck with a child sitting in her lap and another male in the backseat sitting behind the driver.

Anyone who witnessed the accident or has information that would assist in identifying the suspect is asked to contact the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office at 540-658- 4400, Stafford Crime Solvers at 540-659- 2020 (where callers may remain anonymous) or TEXT “Stafford” + your tip to CRIMES (274637).

News
Police search for stabbing suspect in Triangle, victim to be flown to hospital

Police are on the scene of a stabbing that happened just before 11 a.m.

At least one person has been injured. A helicopter has been called to fly the victim to a local hospital.

Police K9 units have been called to the incident in the area of Potomac Highlands Circle and Quantico Gateway Drive in Triangle.

Police have few details at this time. We’ll update this post as soon as we have more information.

11:30 a.m. Update 

From Prince William police: 

*INCIDENT – Stabbing | Triangle; Officers are currently investigating a stabbing which occurred in the area of Potomac Highlands Cir and Quantico Gateway Dr around 10:45AM this morning. The victim, an adult female, is being flown out with serious injuries but is expected to survive. Suspect fled the area on foot. A police K-9 and helicopter are responding to assist. Expect an increased police presence in the area.

Suspect Description:
Black female, 5’09” with curly hair last seen wearing white shirt, pink pants and white shoes

Update 

Police broke down their search perimeter shortly after noon. No arrests have been made in the incident.

 

News
Robber hits SunTrust in on Kevin Walker Drive in Montclair

We are learning about a bank robbery that occurred this morning in Montclair. 

Here’s the latest from Prince William police: 

Bank Robbery – On September 16 at 11:52AM, officers responded to the SunTrust Bank located at 4377 Kevin Walker Dr [near] Dumfries (22025) to investigate a robbery. An employee reported to police that an unknown man approached the bank area and implied he had a weapon. The suspect then passed a note demanding money.

The suspect took an undisclosed amount of money before fleeing the area. A police K-9 and helicopter from Fairfax County Police responded to search for the suspect who was not located. More information to include a picture will be released when available. The investigation continues.

Suspect Description:

Light skinned male, mid 30s, 5’09”-5’10”, 210lbs, with a large build and dark curly hair

Last seen wearing a light grey sweatshirt with a reflective vest

News
Sheriff’s deputy frees captive woman at Route 17 commuter lot

Michael McGinnis
Dallas Corder
Walter Tate

STAFFORD COUNTY — A Stafford County Sheriff’s Deputy is being heralded as a hero after he saved a woman from alleged abductors.

Deputy KJ Simpson was patrolling a commuter lot on Route 17 in south Stafford about 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 14 when he came on a red pickup parked at the back of the lot. Two men and a woman were inside the truck.

The deputy noticed the woman had been crying and was upset at the time he pulled up. One of two men told the deputy that they were arguing. The two men are identified as Dallas Corder and Michael McGinniss.

“Deputy Simpson noticed that while he was speaking to the males the female was shaking and appeared scared. At the time the female was sitting between the two males. Deputy Simpson instructed McGinniss to open the door and allow the female out,” a sheriff’s office spokesman wrote in a press release.

Once out of the car, the deputy took the woman to his patrol car where she told him “help me, get me out of here they have a gun.”

“Deputy Simpson immediately pushed the female to safety behind his patrol car and drew his firearm. He instructed Corder and McGinniss to show their hands. By this time additional deputies had arrived on scene. As Deputy Simpson got closer to the vehicle, he noticed another male subject lying in the back seat area.”

The third man is identified as Walter Elton Tate. (more…)

News
Updated: Police called to possible hostage situation, shoot teen with crowbar

HAYMARKET — Prince William police are investigating an officer-involved shooting in Haymarket.

We’re told no police officers have been injured. Further details on the incident have yet-to-be-made available by a police spokesman.

County school officials stress to parents that children inside schools in the Haymarket area are safe

Prince William County Schools spokeswoman Irene Cromer released this statement:

Haymarket area schools are safe and advised of NO NEED for precautionary actions despite police activity in the area. Instruction continues as normal at all schools.

More as we have it.

2 p.m. 

A male juvenile was pronounced dead at the scene this morning after a police-involved shooting in Haymarket. 

From Prince William police: 

INCIDENTOfficer Involved Shooting | Haymarket; Detectives are currently investigating an officer involved shooting which occurred in the 6800 block of Hartzell Hill Ln in Haymarket (20169) around 10:45 this morning. No officers were injured. The individual shot was identified as a male juvenile and was pronounced dead at the scene. More information will be released when available. The investigation continues.

A road closure this afternoon will prevent parents from picking up children, as well as stalling bus traffic at schools in the area. 

From Prince William County Public Schools spokeswoman Irene Cormer: 

Due to road closure at Hartzell Hill Lane in Haymarket, parents are asked to meet their child’s bus at  Market Ridge and Heights Way.  No buses can go on Harzell Hill Lane. This may affect school buses from Battlefield High School, Reagan Middle School, and Haymarket Elementary School.

2:50 p.m. 

Police say the male juvenile is a teenager. 

4:45 p.m. 

The Prince William County Police Department is still actively investigating an officer involved shooting which occurred outside of a residence located in the 6800 block of Hartzell Hill Ln in Haymarket (20169) around 10:45AM this morning. Officers initially responded to the residence to investigate a possible hostage situation.

As officers were responding, information was received that one of the parties involved had a bomb strapped to his chest and was holding a family member hostage. When officers arrived, they observed a male individual in front of the residence. During the encounter, the individual brandished a crowbar and began walking toward the officers in a threatening manner.

The officers gave the individual multiple commands to drop the crowbar which he refused. At that point, one of the officers fired their Department issued weapon towards the individual, striking him in the upper body. Officers provided immediate first aid until rescue personnel arrived.

The individual was pronounced dead at the scene. No officers were injured.

The individual shot was identified as a 15-year-old male juvenile. More information will be released when available. The investigation continues.

News
Robber dons safety vest, makes off with cash

MANASSAS — A United Bank location in Manassas was robbed today.

A man walked into the financial center at 9626 Center Street at 1:27 p.m., implied he had a gun, and demanded cash.

The bandit made off with an undisclosed amount of money. No one was hurt.

The robber is described as white or Hispanic, 5 feet 7 to 5 feet 9 inches tall, wearing a silver construction hat, a bright yellow construction vest, a white shirt with dark sleeves, and blue jeans.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Manassas Crime Solvers.

News
A rash of armed robberies hits northern Woodbridge neighborhoods

WOODBRIDGE — Police are investigating a string of armed robberies that occurred Sunday and Monday in the Woodbridge area. 

The robbers brandished firearms in each of the incidents. The description of the suspects in each a case is similar. 

Each of the reported incidents took place between East Longview Drive and Horner Road, in the northern section of Woodbridge.

Anyone with information on the robberies is encouraged to call Prince William County Crimes Solvers. 

Here is the information on the robberies from Prince William police: 

Armed Robbery – On September 10 at 2:10PM, officers responded to the 1400 block of G St in Woodbridge (22191) to investigate a robbery. The victim, a 59-year-old man of Woodbridge, reported to police that he was walking in the above area when he approached two unknown males. During the encounter, one of the suspects brandished a firearm then rummage through the victim’s pocket. The suspects took the victim’s wallet then fled the area on foot. No injuries were reported. A police K-9 searched the surrounding area for the suspects who were not located. The investigation continues.

Suspect Descriptions:

Black male, between 28 & 30 years of age, 5’10”, 150lbs, with short black hair

Last seen wearing a black shirt and black pantz

Black male, between 28 & 30 years of age, 5’06”, 140lbs, with short black hair

Last seen wearing a black shirt and black pants

Armed Robbery – On September 10 at 1:10AM, officers responded to the area of Woodbridge St and Horner Rd in Woodbridge (22191) to investigate a robbery. The victim, 30 year old man of Woodbridge, reported to police that he was walking in the above area when he was approached by an unknown male. During the encounter, the suspect brandished a firearm and demanded the victim’s property. The suspect took the victim’s passport then fled the area on foot. No injuries were reported. A police K-9 searched the surrounding area for the suspect who was not located.

Suspect Description:

Black male of an unknown age, 5’11”, 170lbs, with brown eyes and a medium build

Last seen wearing a black sweatshirt (more…)

News
Suspect enters gas station through shattered door

DUMFRIES — Police are investigating the burglary of a gas station in Dumfries.

Officers were called to the Valero gas station at 17315 Jefferson Davis Highway at 2:52 a.m. An alarm had been activated, triggering the police call.

Someone shattered a front glass door and forced their way inside, then took cigarettes. The intruder fled on foot.

A police K-9 was called to search for the suspect who got away.

The intruder, who was caught on video, is described as black man, between 25 and 30 years old, 225 pounds, 5 feet 10 inches tall, with short black hair, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, dark jeans, and dark shoes.

Anyone with information on this crime is asked to contact the Prince William County Police Department.

News
Suspect in stabbing remains at large

STAFFORD — Authorities in Stafford County are searching for the man they say stabbed another man near the England Run Library.

From the Stafford sheriff’s office: 

O’Shea Hicks Jr

On Friday, September 1, 2017 at approximately 11:30 p.m., deputies from the Stafford Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported stabbing in the area of 16 Shasta Place at the England Run North Apartments.  Deputies arrived on scene to find a 32-year-old male suffering from a single stab wound to the back.  Deputies learned that the victim had been involved in a physical altercation with the suspect just prior to the stabbing.  

The victim was transported to an area hospital where he was treated and later released. (more…)

News
Amtrak engineer killed in crash, police search for driver who fled the scene

DUMFRIES — Police are asking anyone with information on the crash that killed an Amtrak engineer to come forward.

James Henry Taylor IV, 47, of Fredericksburg, died after he was struck by a dark-colored sedan at mile post 152 on Interstate 95 in Dumfries.

The crash occurred at 11:11 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017. A witness told police the sedan swerved out of a lane, crossed multiple northbound lanes of traffic, and then struck a tan 2006 Hyundai Elantra driven by Taylor.

The impact caused both vehicles to run off the left side of the road and collide with a guardrail. The two cars collided again a second time, according to police. (more…)

News
More skimmer devices found at Woodbridge gas stations

Mimic Device
Seals
Skimmer Map

WOODBRIDGE — More skimming devices have been found at gas pumps in Prince William County.

From Prince William police:

Since last week, the Prince William County Police Department has responded to calls involving skimmer devices being located on ATMs at five separate 7-Eleven locations in central Prince William County. Over the past few month, police have also located skimming devices at area gas stations and other ATM locations.

Below is a list the 7-Eleven locations, which reported skimming devices recently (map). If you have visited one of these locations recently and used the ATM, you are asked to monitor your bank accounts for suspicious activity and, if needed, notify your bank that your card information may have been compromised.

Ø 5041 Prince William Pkwy, Woodbridge
Ø 13660 Minnieville Rd, Woodbridge
Ø 4804 Dale Blvd, Woodbridge
Ø 7001 Dale Blvd, Woodbridge
Ø 14116 Minnieville Rd, Woodbridge

These latest skimmer incidents come after one was found at an Exxon gas station at the intersection of Prince William Parkway and Worth Avenue on July 7. (more…)

Page 2 of 10312345...102030...Last »