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Shootout in Stafford: 3 arrested, investigation continues


From the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office: 

“On May 26, 2017, at approximately 7:31 PM, patrol units responded to North Stafford as multiple witnesses reported that two vehicles were exchanging gunfire while traveling westbound on Garrisonville Road.  

Both vehicles were silver; one was a Mercedes, and the other was a Chrysler.  At 7:33 PM the Chrysler was involved in an accident with another vehicle near the intersection of Garrisonville Road and Shelton Shop Road.  The two male occupants of the suspect vehicle then fled the area on foot.

 The passenger of the Chrysler was immediately detained by an off-duty law enforcement officer.  He was identified as Quanze Lejaun Todd and was taken into custody. The other vehicle involved in the accident sustained damage, but no one was injured.

Responding officers were able to locate a handgun in close proximity to the Chrysler. A search of the vehicle recovered suspected narcotics in the form of pills.   

The tag of the silver Mercedes was provided by another witness and that vehicle was registered to an address on Coventry Court in southern Stafford.  Patrol units responded to that area to be on the lookout for the Mercedes.   (more…)

‘…the accused locked the vehicle doors and would not let the victims out until their mother arrived’

From Prince William police: 

“Abduction – On May 24 at 7:05PM, officers responded to investigate a possible past abduction which occurred at Patriot High School located at 10504 Kettle Run Rd in Nokesville (20181) on May 4 around 4:30PM. The investigation revealed that on May 4, the victims, a 16-year-old female juvenile and 14-year-old female juvenile, were waiting to be picked up from the school by their mother when they were approached by a vehicle being driven by the accused, an acquaintance. During the encounter, the accused told the victims that she had been requested by their mother to pick them up so the victims got into the vehicle. At some point, the accused locked the vehicle doors and would not let the victims out until their mother arrived. When their mother arrived approximately an hour later, the accused let the victims go and the parties eventually separated. The victims and their mother responded to the Western District station on May 24 to report the incident. Further investigation determined that the mother and the accused were involved in an ongoing verbal dispute. No injuries were reported. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested without incident.

Arrested on May 24:

Aleasha Rashea MILLER, 41, of 13601 Chapeltown Mews in Bristow

Charged with 2 counts of abduction

Court Date: Pending | Bond: Held WITHOUT bond”

Dogs owner accused of dumping bodies on walking path

From Prince William police: 

Felony Animal Cruelty *ARREST – On the morning of May 25, Animal Control officers received a tip regarding the ongoing possible animal cruelty investigation in the area of Cherry Hill Rd in Dumfries after two American pit bull terriers were discovered deceased along a walking path in the area on May 21. Further investigation by Animal Control officers and detectives revealed that the owner of the dogs, later identified as the accused, left the two pit bulls inside of a storage unit on the porch of his apartment without water, climate control or proper ventilation on May 19 around 10:00AM. When another resident of the apartment returned home approximately seven hours later, the dogs were located deceased. The accused then disposed of the remains in a wooded area near the 1500 block of Cherry Hill Rd. Following the investigation, the accused responded to the Gar-Field Station in Woodbridge where he was arrested without incident later that evening.

Arrested on May 25:

Kevin Matthew BLEDSOE, 27, of 2951 Fox Lair Dr, Apt 304, in Woodbridge (more…)

Updated: Suspect identified in Pickett Lane shooting

From Manassas police: 


“On Friday, May 26, 2017, at approximately 3:15 p.m., Manassas City Police responded to the 9700 block of Pickett Ln for a report of a shooting.  Officers located an adult male victim who appeared to be suffering from a gunshot wound. 

The victim was seriously injured and flown to a local area hospital.  The victim’s injuries do not appear to be life-threatening at this time.  This is an active ongoing investigation. 

Anyone with information regarding the incident is encouraged to contact the Manassas City Police Investigative Services Division at 703-257-8092 or the Crime Solvers tip line at 703-330-0330.”


Manassas police are searching for a suspect they say shot a man in the city Friday afternoon. 

Abraham Cinto, Jr., 22, of 9273 Byrd Drive is wanted in connection to the shooting.

Police said Cinto may be armed and dangerous. 

Anyone with information on his whereabouts should call Manassas police at 703-257-8057,

Investigation continues for robbery of Gainesville bank

From Prince William County police:

Bank Robbery – On May 23 around 3:45PM, officers responded to the Wells Fargo Bank located at 7591 Somerset Crossing Dr in Gainesville to investigate a robbery. An employee reported to police that an unknown man approached the bank area then passed a note demanding money. The suspect took an undisclosed amount of money before fleeing the area on foot. No weapon was displayed and no injuries were reported. A police K-9 and helicopter were used to search for the suspect who was not located. The investigation continues.

Hard hat and orange vest: Bandit dressed as construction worker robs Wells Fargo Bank in Gainesville

From Prince William police: 

Bank Robbery– On May 23 around 3:45PM, officers responded to the Wells Fargo Bank located at 7591 Somerset Crossing Dr in Gainesville (20155) to investigate a robbery. An employee reported to police that an unknown man approached the bank area then passed a note demanding money.

The suspect took an undisclosed amount of money before fleeing the area on foot. No weapon was displayed and no injuries were reported. A police K-9 and helicopter are currently checking the surrounding area for the suspect. Heavy police presence can be expected in the area. More information will be released when available.

The investigation continues.

Lookout: Hispanic male, between 30-40 years of age, 5’09”-5’10”, 160lbs with a thin build. He was last seen wearing an orange construction vest, yellow hard hat, a dark hoodie, dark blue pants, blue gloves, and clear goggles.

Manassas police officer-involved shooting ‘justified,’ BB gun found

The investigation into the shooting of an 18-year-old man by a Manassas police officer is over. 

From a Prince William County police press release: 

“Upon reviewing the details of the shooting investigation involving the two Manassas City police officers, Prince William County Commonwealth’s Attorney, Paul Ebert, ruled the shooting was justified. Commonwealth Attorney Paul Ebert stated, “In my opinion, the officers involved were in reasonable fear of death or serious harm when they used lethal force and therefore their actions were justified.”

A Manassas City police officer pursued a car driven by 18-year-old Luis Daniel Torres Molina, of Woodbridge, from the city to George Helwig Memorial Park just off Route 234 and shot him early Friday. A 911 caller told Manassas police they heard shots fired, and then described seeing a black Ford Explorer with tinted windows.  (more…)

Knife, machete used in gang chase, police said

From Prince William police: 

Merino Argueta

“Attempted Aggravated Malicious Wounding On May 21 at 9:00PM, officers responded to the 13600 block of Charles Ct in Woodbridge (22191) to investigate subjects fighting in the area. Officers located two victims, a 20-year-old man and an 18-year-old man both of Woodbridge, who reported to police that they were in the area above when they were confronted by two individuals. During the encounter, the suspects brandished a knife and a machete then chased after the victims. The parties eventually separated and the suspects fled the area prior to officers arriving. No injuries were reported. Upon further investigation, officers determined that this incident was gang related. Later that evening, officers identified the suspects and detained them without incident at their residence. Following the investigation, both of the suspects were arrested.

Arrested on May 22:

Kevin Orlando MERINO ARGUETA, 19, of 13308 Alison St in Woodbridge

Bryan Wilfredo RIOS-GONZALEZ, 18, of 13308 Alison St in Woodbridge


Both were charged with attempted aggravated malicious wounding, gang participation, and brandishing a bladed weapon

Court Date: June 15, 2017 | Bond: Both were held WITHOUT bond”

Griffin charged with abduction, malicious wounding

From Prince William police: 

“Attempted Abduction | Malicious Wounding *ARREST– On May 20, detectives from the Special Victims Unit were able to identify the suspect involved in the attempted abduction and assault which occurred in the area of Castile Court and Oakwood Drive in Woodbridge.  Following the investigation, detectives located and arrested the suspect, identified as Keith Richard GRIFFIN, later that afternoon.  A search warrant was subsequently executed at this residence.

Arrested on May 20:
Keith Richard GRIFFIN, 43, 12681 Castile Ct in Woodbridge
Charged with abduction and malicious wounding
Court Date: July 11, 2017 | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

Attempted Abduction | Assault & Battery[Previously Released] –  On May 20 at 5:16AM, officers responded to the area of Castile Court and Oakwood Drive in Woodbridge (22192) to investigate an assault.  The victim, a 33 year-old woman of Woodbridge, reported to police that around 5:10AM she was walking in the area of Castile Court when she was approached by an unknown male.  During the encounter, the male grabbed her and attempted to pull her towards a nearby area.  A struggle ensued and the suspect assaulted the victim, causing minor injuries.  The victim evetually broke free from the suspect and contacnted police.  The suspect was last seen fleeing on foot.  A police K-9 was used to search for the suspect who was not located. Officers also searched the area, but were unable to locate the suspect. The Investigation continues.

The suspect is described as a black male, 30-35 years of age, 5’5”, and 170lbs.  He also has dark hair with no facial hair. He was last seen wearing a black shirt and khaki shorts.”

Updated: Manassas police officer shoots 18-year-old following pursuit

A Manassas police officer shot an 18-year-old at a Prince William County park following a pursuit. 

We’re working to get more information to include the circumstances that led to the shooting, and when and where the pursuit began 

Prince William police are now investigating “criminal aspect of this shooting” and released this information today: 

Officer Involved Shooting [Manassas City Police] – Currently Prince William County police are investigating a Manassas City Police involved shooting which occurred at George Hellwig Memorial Park located at 14420 Bristow Rd in Manassas (20112).

The preliminary investigation revealed Manassas City Police initially responded to investigate a report of shots fired within the city limits. Manassas City officers located a vehicle possibly involved in the initial call and attempted a traffic stop. The vehicle failed to stop for officers and a pursuit ensued. (more…)

Prince William cracking down on seat belt use on Memorial Day

From a press release: 

Prince William County Police join law enforcement agencies throughout Virginia in the “Click It or Ticket” campaign to enforce the Commonwealth’s safety-belt and child safety-seat laws. The Department will participate in high-visibility patrols – day and night – from Monday, May 22, through Sunday, June 4 (which includes the Memorial Day holiday weekend).

Seat belts are mandatory in Virginia for all persons riding in the front seat. Virginia car seat laws also state that: (more…)

Weekend crime report: Armed robbery at Coverstone 7-Eleven, shooting into home

From Prince William police reports: 

Armed Robbery – On May 13 at 4:58AM, officers responded to the 7-Eleven located at 10740 Coverstone Rd in Manassas (20109) to investigate a robbery. An employee reported to police that an unknown man wearing a mask entered the business brandishing a handgun. During the encounter, the suspect demanded money then fled the store with an undisclosed amount of money. No injuries were reported. A police K-9 searched the area for the suspect who was not located.
Suspect Description:
Black male of an unknown age, 6’03”, 240lbs with a heavy build and dark complexion
Last seen wearing a mask, green coat, khaki pants, and black boots

Shooting into Residential Dwelling – On May 12 at 11:12PM, officers responded to a residence located in the 13700 block of Moccasin Ct in Woodbridge (22193) to investigate a shots fired call. Several callers reported to police that multiple gunshots were heard in the above area. Officers checked the area and nothing was found at that time. On May 13 at 11:43AM, a citizen located several bullets hole inside of their residence. No injuries or no other property damage was reported. Upon further investigation, a shell casing was located in a nearby roadway. The investigation continues.

Manassas woman shot, killed while traveling on I-95

The Virginia State Police is searching for the shooter who drove alongside a car on Interstate 95 in Richmond and shot and killed a 26-year-old Manassas woman, killed the 23-year-old woman, of Richmond, who was behind the wheel and injured a Woodbridge man. 

Police said this was a “targeted” incident. 

More in a press release: 

“The Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Richmond Field Office continues to follow up on leads and tips related to the fatal shooting on Interstate 95 early Sunday morning (May 14) in the City of Richmond. State police are still encouraging the public to come forward with any information related to the incident. (more…)

Suspect on Stafford’s ‘Most Wanted’ list apprehended

From Stafford County Sheriff’s Office:

On May 10, 2017, at 7:30 a.m., Deputy J.J. Kreider was westbound on South Gateway Drive when he observed a subject he recognized driving a green SAAB traveling east. Deputy Kreider knew the subject’s driving privilege was currently suspended due to multiple prior driving convictions.

Deputy Kreider reversed his direction of travel and followed the SAAB onto Falls Run Drive. He made contact with the driver, who was the single occupant of the vehicle, in the parking lot of 125 Falls Run.

The driver was also wanted for felony larceny and a failure to appear through Stafford County, as well as a capias from another jurisdiction. (more…)

Police search for one person who ‘walked away’ from cash involving stolen car

Police surrounded Mapledale Plaza on Wednesday at about 1:3o p.m. after a car crash. 

Officers set up a search perimeter around the shopping center, and in the adjacent Princedale and Nottingdale neighborhoods of Dale City after one person involved in the crash “walked away.”

At least one of the cars involved in the crash was reported stolen, according to police spokesman Nathan Probus.

More as we have it.

Police arrest two additional suspects in January home invasion

From Prince William County police:

Jenkins, Devaun (2)
Thompson, Rashad (2)

Pictured: Jenkins, Thompson

Malicious Wounding *ADDITIONAL ARRESTS – On May 10, members of the US Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force and the Fauquier County Sheriffs Office arrested Rashad Newton THOMPSON at an address in Bealeton, VA. THOMPSON was involved in a home invasion which occurred at a residence located in the 7900 block of Deward Ct in Manassas on January 22. (more…)

Stafford woman, 52, charged with multiple traffic offenses

From Stafford County Sheriff’s Office:

On May 5, 2017, at 4:23 p.m., a citizen called to report a blue Ford pickup truck in the area of the Blue and Gray Parkway and Kings Highway that was swerving and drove into a ditch. Deputy D.W. Fetterolf responded and observed a vehicle, matching the description provided, stopped at a red light on Cool Springs Road waiting to make a left turn onto Butler Road.

The vehicle had no brake lights illuminated, and once on Butler Road, it swerved across the lane markings several times. Deputy Fetterolf activated his emergency lights and initiated a traffic stop, but the truck kept moving and continued west on Butler Road, stopping near the intersection of Castle Rock Drive. (more…)

Manassas City police seeking information on armed robbery suspect

From Manassas City Police Department:

Armed Robbery At 2:15 a.m. on May 8, 2017, The Manassas City Police responded to 7-Eleven, located at 10438 Dumfries Rd, for a report of an armed robbery. The store clerk told police a male subject entered the store with his face covered, displayed a handgun, and demanded money. The suspect fled on foot in the direction of Barrington Park Circle with an undisclosed amount of cash. (more…)

Prince William County police seeking information on local incidents

From Prince William County Police Department:

Sexual Assault Investigation – On May 3 at 1:10 p.m., an officer responded to investigate a sexual assault which allegedly occurred at an unknown residence somewhere in Woodbridge on April 29 around 1:00 a.m. The victim, a 17-year-old girl of Woodbridge, reported to police that she was at a party in the above area when she was followed outside the residence by an unknown male.

During the encounter, the victim was sexually assaulted by the unknown male. The suspect eventually left the area when an acquaintance of the victim came outside to check on her. Minor injuries were reported. The victim disclosed the incident to school staff on May 3 who then notified police. The investigation continues.

Suspect Description:
Black male, between 17 & 19 years of age, 6’02”, 180lbs, with a muscular build and black hair (more…)

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