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Argument leads to charges for 19-year-old man

The 16-year-old victim and suspect were involved in a verbal argument that escalated leading to the victim being assaulted as well as prevented from leaving the home. 

The suspect is charged with abduction, domestic assault and battery, and destruction of property, said police. 

Abduction | Domestic Assault & Battery – On December 31st at 2:25PM, officers responded to an apartment located in the 14500 block of Piccolo Ln in Woodbridge (22191) to investigate a domestic assault. The victim, a 16 year old juvenile female of Woodbridge, reported to police that she and the accused, identified as a family member, were involved in a verbal alteration which escalated. During the encounter, the accused assaulted the victim then stood in front of a doorway and prevented the victim from leaving. The parties eventually separated and police were contacted. Following the investigation, the accused was located and arrested without incident.

Arrested on January 1st:

Harbin ARGUETA, 19, of the 14500 block of Piccolo Ln in Woodbridge

Charged with abduction, domestic assault & battery and destruction of property

Court Date: Pending | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

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Shell gas station on Route 17 in Stafford robbed

A gas station on Route 17 in south Stafford was robbed at 6:12 a.m. Monday.

Authorities said a man walked into a Shell gas station at 535 Warrenton Road and demanded cash. He then walked out with an undisclosed amount of cash he had taken from the register.

The suspect is described as a black man, between 190 and 200 pounds, 5 feet 9 inches to 6 feet tall, wearing dark blue jeans, gloves, a mask, and a blue hooded sweatshirt with “Mossy Oak” printed on it, said Stafford sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy.

Anyone with information on this robbery is encouraged to contact Stafford Crime Solvers.

This is the third robbery at a Stafford gas station in the past two weeks.

Last week, another gas station on Route 17 was robbed. An in North Stafford, a group of thevies made off with gas from the 5 Twelve C store on Garrisonville Road.

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Man shot in leg after argument in Dale City

An investigation is underway following the 33-year-old victim being shot in the leg by two known acquaintances after a verbal altercation escalated. 

The victim was taken to the hospital for serious, non-life threatening injuries, said police. 

Here’s more in a police press release:

Aggravated Malicious Wounding | Shooting Investigation – On December 30th at 7:49PM, officers responded to a residence located in the 14900 block of Emberdale Dr in Woodbridge (22193) to investigate a shooting call. The victim, a 33 year old man of Woodbridge, reported to police that he and two known acquaintances were involved in a verbal altercation which escalated. During the encounter, one of the men brandished a handgun and a struggle ensued with the victim. At one point, the victim was shot in the leg.

The suspects then fled prior to police arriving at the home. The victim was transported to a local hospital with serious, non-life threatening injuries. A police K-9 was used to search for the suspects who were not located. Detectives have determined that this shooting was not random. The investigation continues.

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Man struck with coffee mug during argument

A man is charged with malicious wounding and domestic assault and  battery after striking the 53- year- old victim in the back of his head with a coffee mug due an argument that escalated, said police.

The suspect fled the scene when police arrived but was located shortly after.

Here’s more in a police press release:

Malicious Wounding – On December 27th at 10:39AM, officers responded to an apartment located in the 15200 block of Leicestershire St in Woodbridge (22191) to investigate a domestic assault. The victim, a 53 year old man of Woodbridge, reported to police that he and the accused, a family member, were involved in a verbal altercation which escalated.

During the encounter, the accused struck the victim multiple times in the back of the head with a coffee mug. Minor injuries were reported. The accused fled prior to police arriving at the home. The suspect was eventually located a short time later and arrested without incident.

Arrested on December 27th: Aziz Rehmah OSMANI, 22, of the 15200 block of Leicestershire St in Woodbridge

Charged with malicious wounding and domestic assault & battery

Court Date: Pending | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

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Robbery suspect named in Manassas TD Bank heist

Police identified a man they say robbed a bank in Manassas on Monday.

The robbery walked into a TD Bank at the corner of Sudley and Digges roads at 12:50 p.m. and demanded cash. He made off with an undisclosed amount of money.

Police searched the area near the bank following the robbery but did not make any arrests. The suspect is believed to have gotten away on foot.

Ben R. Taulbee, Jr., 36, is wanted for robbery and grand larceny in this case. He’s described as white, 6 feet 1 inch tall, weighing 250 pounds, and was last known to drive a silver 2009 Toyota Camry. He was last seen wearing a maroon or purple colored hooded sweatshirt with a silver Nike swoosh on the front, with gray sweatpants, and black shoes.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is encouraged to contact Manassas Crime Solvers.

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Man nearly stabbed near hypothermia shelter in Woodbridge

The 43 year old man from Triangle was threatened with a knife after an altercation with the suspect grew heated near the near a hypothermia shelter in Woodbridge.

The suspect left on foot after the victim kicked the knife away while on the ground. 

Here is more in a press release:

Attempted Malicious Wounding – On December 27th at 10:13PM, officers responded to the 14700 block of Potomac Mills Rd in Woodbridge (22193) to investigate subjects fighting in the area.

The caller reported that the victim, a 43 year old man of Triangle, was involved in a verbal altercation with the suspect, a known acquaintance, which escalated.

During the altercation, the suspect brandished a knife and attempted to stab the victim while he was on the ground. The victim was able to kick the knife away from the suspect who then left the area on foot.

No injuries were reported. The victim did not want cooperative with officers. 

Police said Edgar Goodwin is wanted in connection to this case. Attempts by police to locate him have been unsuccessful. 

He’s described as black, 5 feet, 10 inches tall, with a heavy build, black hair, and brown eyes. Police provided us a photo of Goodwin taken in July 2015.

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Manassas TD Bank robbed

Manassas police are on the scene of a bank robbery.

A man entered the TD Bank at 8401 Digges Road, across from Novant Prince William Medical Center, at 12:50 p.m. and demanded money from a teller.

The man got an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the scene on foot toward Bruton Parish and Plantation Lane, according to Manassas police spokeswoman Adrienne Helms.

No arrests have been made in the case. Police are searching for a suspect.

Anyone with information on this case is encouraged to call Manassas Crime Solvers.

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Ferringer murdered; Police reclassify case

Indya Davis most likely stabbed and killed Lyle Ferringer before she stabbed and killed herself.

Prince William police today reclassified Ferringer’s death from suicide to homicide. It’s now believed the two 17 year old teenagers parked their van on Hamilton Drive in Dale City October 24 voluntarily and had intended to die.  

Police later found the van forced their way in only to find the bodies of Davis and Ferringer inside. 

The two teenagers had been reported missing by their families.

Police today released this statement:

Murder Investigation *UPDATE – Upon reviewing the circumstances and all evidence collected at the scene where two juveniles were found deceased in the 4400 block of Hamilton Dr in Woodbridge on October 24th, detectives, in concurrence with the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, have classified the death of Lyle Ferringer as a murder. The death of India Davis was previously ruled a suicide on October 26th by the Medical Examiner’s Office. Detectives believe that both juveniles went to the area of Dawson Park voluntarily. The death of Lyle Ferringer is also believed to have occurred at the hands of Indya Davis prior to her own death. This is Prince William County’s 9th reported homicide of 2015*.

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Are robberies at 2 Stafford gas stations linked?

A North Stafford convenience store was robbed at gunpoint Saturday night.

Four people wearing dark clothes entered the 5 Twelve C store at 1075 Garrisonville Road, across from Mount Ararat Baptist Church, at 10 p.m. They were in the store for about two minutes before one man walked up to the counter, pulled out a shotgun, and demanded cash, said Stafford sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy.

Two robbers were at the front of the store while two others stood by the shop entrance posted as a lookout, said Kennedy. The robbers made off in a blue Hyundai headed east on Garrisonville Road with an undisclosed amount of cash. The robbers were wearing ski masks and appeared to have used a pump-action shotgun, said Kennedy.

No one as injured in the robbery.

Stafford deputies set up a perimeter around the robbery scene, posting deputies up and down Garrisonville Road. No arrests were made.

Stafford deputies were called to another robbery at 8:14 p.m. Sunday at an Exxon market and deli at 375 Warrenton Road in south Stafford. Three people were inside that store when “four to five” people, one of them possibly a woman, burst into the shop. One of them brandished a small pistol and demanded cash, said Kennedy.

The robbers made off with cash and an iPhone that belonged to one of three people who were inside the store at the time of the robbery. The iPhone was later recovered in the parking lot.

No one was injured in this robbery.

The robbers had their faces covered, and all were wearing dark clothes, to include pants and hooded sweatshirts. They made off in a newer model Kia or Nissan sedan.
Investigators are looking into whether or not the two cases are linked.

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Bristow martial arts instructor charged with felony child abuse

An instructor for Tiger Martial Arts Academy in Bristow has been charged with felony child abuse after throwing five-year-old child over his shoulders and then onto the ground resulting in the victim losing consciousness, police said.

Felony Child Abuse – On December 22nd, detectives from the Special Victims Unit responded to investigate an assault which was reported to have occurred at the Tiger Martial Arts Academy located at 10306 Bristow Center Dr in Bristow (20181) on December 21st.

The investigation revealed that the accused, identified as an instructor at the business, grabbed the victim, a 5 year old male juvenile of Bristow, by the ankle then threw him over his shoulders and onto the ground causing the victim to lose
consciousness.

Another employee of the business was made aware of the incident and contacted police. Detectives notified the family who then responded to a local
hospital where the victim was treated for serious injuries. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested without incident.

Arrested on December 21st:
Justin Patrick BRANICK, 21, of 10015 Umbrella Pl in Nokesville
Charged with felony child abuse
Court date: Pending | Bond: Released on a $5,000 unsecured bond

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Larceny, vandalism to cars investigated in Manassas

Manassas City Police are investigating the following incidents: 

Vandalism to Auto

On Dec. 20, 2015, Manassas City Police met with a resident on the 8900 block of Wood Drift Cir for a report of a vandalism to auto. The reporting party told officers that sometime between 11 a.m. on Dec. 19 and 12:05 a.m. on Dec. 20, someone broke the rear passenger window with what appeared to have been a blunt object. No items were reported missing by the vehicle owner. Damage was estimated at $200.

Larceny from Auto

On Dec. 21, 2015, Manassas City Police met with a resident on the 8800 block of Bond Ct for a report of a larceny from auto. The reporting party told officers that sometime during the overnight hours, someone entered her unlocked vehicle and stole a card holder containing several bank and identification cards.

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Drug deal goes bad on F Street in Woodbridge

Two men are charged with two counts of armed robbery and aggravated malicious wounding during a drug transaction with the 31-year-old victim.

The victim’s friend was also wounded after intervening. 

Here’s more in a police press release: 

Armed Robbery | Aggravated Malicious Wounding – On December 21st at 6:00AM, officers responded to investigate an assault which occurred in the 1300 block of F St in Woodbridge (22191) on December 21st at 12:00AM. The victim, a 31 year old man of Woodbridge, reported to police that he met two known acquaintances in the above area to purchase drugs. During the encounter, one of the men brandished a knife then took the victim’s wallet, money and cell phone before the parties separated.

The victim made contact with the suspects who agreed to meet the victim again to return his cell phone. During the second encounter, the victim grabbed his cell phone from the suspects and attempted to flee. The suspects eventually caught the victim and assaulted him. At that point, one of the suspects repeatedly punched the victim in the body as the other suspect cut the victim with a knife. When a friend of the victim attempted to intervene, he was cut in the face by one of the suspects then relieved of his cell phone.

The parties eventually separated and the victim responded to a local fire house where he was transported to a local hospital with serious, non-life threatening injuries and police were contacted. The friend of the victim refused treatment. Detectives from the Robbery Unit were able to identify the suspects involved as Ryan SMITH and Tryevon DAVIS. Following the investigation, detectives obtained warrants against both of the accused. SMITH and DAVIS were eventually located and arrested without incident at a residence on Aldrin St in Woodbridge.

Arrested on December 21st:

Ryan Walter SMITH, 20, of 13213 Aldrin St in Woodbridge

Charged with 2 counts of robbery and 2 counts of aggravated malicious wounding

Court Date: February 22, 2016 | Bond: Held WITHOUT bond

Tryevon Elgha DAVIS, 22, of no fixed address

Charged with 2 counts of robbery and 2 counts of aggravated malicious wounding

Court Date: February 22, 2016 | Bond: Held WITHOUT bond

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Arrests made in rash of robberies in Prince William County

Police made an arrest in a series or robberies that occurred Saturday night, the first in Nokesville and second near Manassas.

Here’s more in a press release: 

Armed Robbery On December 18th at 7:13PM, officers responded to the Nokesville Deli located at 13051 Fitzwater Dr in Nokesville (20181) to investigate a robbery. An employee reported to police that an unknown man entered the store brandishing a handgun and demanding money. The suspect then fled the area on foot with an undisclosed amount of money. No injuries were reported.
 
A police K-9 responded to search for the suspect who was not located. Later that evening at 9:16PM, officers responded to the Sunoco service station located at 9053 Wellington Rd in Manassas (20109) to investigate a second robbery. The Sunoco employee reported to police that an unknown man entered the store brandishing a handgun and demanding money.
 
The suspect then fled the area on foot with an undisclosed amount of money. No injuries were reported. A police K-9 responded to search for the suspect who was not located. On December 19th, detectives from the Robbery Unit were able to identify the suspect involved in both robberies as Matthew LACLAIR. Following the investigation, detectives obtained warrants against the accused relating to these incidents. LACLAIR was eventually located and arrested without incident in Fredericksburg. The investigation is still on going.
 
Arrested on October 13th: [No Photo Available]
 
Matthew Allen LACLAIR, 26, of No Fixed Address
 
Charged with 2 counts of robbery, 1 counts of burglary while armed, and 1 counts of use of a firearm in commission of a felony
 
Court Date: February 5, 2016 | Bond: Held WITHOUT bond
The arrest comes after a series of robberies of late in Prince William County. 
 
Early Monday morning, an Exxon gas station on Carrs Brooke Road just of Route 234 was robbed. 
 
Here’s more in a press release: 

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Man charged with aggravated sexual assault

A medical clinic employee is being charged with aggravated sexual battery after investigation revealed the 71 year old victim was sexually assaulted by the accused employee, police said.
 
Here is more in a press release: 
 
Sexual Assault Investigation – On October 19th, detectives from the Special Victims Unit began an investigation of a sexual assault which was reported to have occurred at the Carient Heart and Vascular medical clinic located at 8100 Ashton Ave in Manassas (20109) on June 9th, 2014.
 
The investigation revealed that the victim, a 71 year old woman of Manassas, was sexually assaulted by the accused, a staff member, during a medical examination. Following the investigation, detectives obtained a warrant for the arrest of the accused on December 17th. The accused was located and arrested at the medical clinic without incident on December 18th.
 
Arrested December 18th:
 
Thomas A PURCELL, Jr., 42, of 6913 Traditions Trial in Manassas
Court date: February 16, 2016 | Bond: Held WITHOUT bond

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Driver killed in Aquia Harbour crash

A 20-year-old man was killed in a car crash in Aquia Harbour.

Authorities were called to a crash in the gated neighborhood in Stafford County at 12:02 a.m. Saturday. A car traveling on Aquia Drive had run off the road, hit a telephone, and multiple trees, said Stafford sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy.

Investigators said speed was a factor in the crash.

Lucas Kurkowski is identified as the victim. The crash remains under investigation.

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Manassas police investigate series of car break ins

Here’s the latest police report from Manassas City Police Department: 

Larceny/Breaking & Entering

On Dec. 16, 2015, Manassas City Police met with a resident on the 9000 block of Whispering Pine Ct for a report of a larceny. The reporting party told officers that sometime between 9 a.m. and 2:50 p.m., someone entered the residence and stole various video games and an iPod 3, valued together at $520. Entry is believed to have been made through a rear sliding door that was unlocked at the time of the theft.

Vandalism to Auto

On Dec. 15, 2015, Manassas City Police met with a resident on the 8600 block of Bruton Parish Ct for a report of a vandalism to auto. The reporting party told officers that sometime between 10 p.m. on Dec. 14 and 4 a.m. on Dec. 15, someone shattered the front windshield of her vehicle and after gaining access, rummaged through the center console. No items were reported missing from inside the vehicle.

Larcenies from Auto

On Dec. 12 and 13, 2015, Manassas City Police met with residents at the following five locations for separate reports of larcenies from vehicles. Four of the five vehicles were left unlocked in front of the victims’ residences at the times of the thefts.

  • 9300 Waterford Dr between 6 p.m. on Dec. 11 and 8:40 a.m. on Dec. 12

Stolen: Two expired vehicle registration cards

  • 9600 block of Park St between Dec. 7 and Dec. 13

Stolen: CDs valued at $30

  • 10100 block of Candy Ct between Dec. 11 and Dec. 13

Stolen: Checkbook, radio face plate, and spare change

  • 10300 block of Butternut Cir between approximately 3 p.m. on Dec. 11 and 10:50 a.m. on Dec. 13

Stolen: Diaper bag, miscellaneous baby items, and a money order valued together at $512

  • 9600 block of Clover Hill Rd between 6:40 a.m. and 7 a.m. on Dec. 13

Stolen: Handgun, hunting knife, back pack, and computer equipment valued together at $550

Attempted Fraud

On Dec. 11, 2015, Manassas City Police responded to Morganna Animal Clinic (9050 Liberia Ave) for a report of attempted fraud. The reporting party told officers that an unknown male claiming to represent Dominion Power had called and advised the business was past due on its utility bill. The caller said if the company did not pay immediately using pre-paid cards, its electricity would be turned off. The employee ended the conversation and contacted City of Manassas Public Works Department, who confirmed that the call was a scam.

Police also gave us this tip in association with the report of attempted fraud: 

Don’t believe callers, emails or texts that say they are from a utility company and that your account is past due. The City of Manassas is the sole provider of utilities in the City of Manassas (20110), and will not call customers demanding money. When in doubt about the status of your account, please call Public Works Customer Service line directly at (703)257-8219. Payments to the Public Works Department are never accepted in the form of pre-paid cards, but may be made in person at 8500 Public Works Dr, by phone, and online. Click  here to view all payment options available.

 

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Woodbridge manhunt: Woman forced out of car escapes armed robber

 

Victim’s keys, purse stolen

Here’s more on the search for the Woodbridge robbery suspect we told you about yesterday

The Prince William County Police Department is asking for the public’s help in providing information about a robbery which was reported to have occurred in the 13900 block of Noblewood Plz located in the Woodbridge area of Prince William County.
 
On December 17th at 8:20AM, officers responded to the 13900 block of Noblewood Plz in Woodbridge (22193) to investigate a robbery. The victim, a 25 year old woman of Manassas, reported to police that she was sitting in her parked vehicle in the above area when she was approached by an unknown man who asked her to get out of the vehicle.
 
When the victim refused, the man brandished a handgun. The victim was eventually able to get away from the suspect and police were contacted. The suspect took the victim’s keys and purse from her vehicle before fleeing the area on foot. No injuries were reported. A police K-9 was used to search for the suspect who was not located.
Suspect Description:
 
Black male, unknown years of age, 5’8”, and 150lbs – No further description provided
 
Last seen wearing a black winter jacket with a red hoodie underneath, black pants, and white shoes
 
Anyone with information relating to this case is asked to call Crime Solvers at 703-670-3700 or 1-866-411-TIPS. You don’t have to give your name, just the information. You could earn up to a $1,000 cash reward.
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Report finds Prince William police in compliance with ICE

An internal audit of the Prince William County Police Department states the county is not a “sanctuary city.”

A WJLA story posted last month stated County police did not properly notify federal Immigration and Customs (ICE) officials when they come across an illegal alien on the street. The report labeled Prince William County as a haven for illegal immigrants in the Washington area.

Prince William County in 2007 and 2008 passed some of the toughest laws on the books for  illegal immigrants accused of committing crimes.

Police are permitted to arrest someone who is in the country illegally if they have committed a crime, and ICE is notified. Police must also notify ICE if they run across someone who is in the U.S. illegally but cannot arrest that person if no crime has been committed.

“This is because the Police Department has no legal authority to independently enforce Federal Immigration Law,” according to the final report issued by audit firm RSM.

It turns out police have been following proper procedure when it comes to properly notifying ICE. This year, there were 15 incidents required further investigation, three incidents last year, and eight in 2013. Procedures were followed properly in all instances, said Jennifer Mertha, of RSM, who briefed the Prince William County Board of Supervisors about the results of the audit on Tuesday.

RSM reviewed 3,000 documents from Prince William and Virginia State police departments, and then checked them against an ICE database during the audit.

Prince William County Police Chief Stephan Hudson said his public information office gave a WJLA reporter incomplete information, and that “corrective action” was taken.

More from an internal report from Prince William police:

“The WJLA report characterized the Prince William County Police Department (PWCPD) as not communicating with ICE when an officer encounters a subject with a civil or deportation warrant.

This was a result of a member of our Public Information Office not reviewing the entire General Order regarding Illegal Immigration, and a failure to consider the various methods by which we communicate with ICE, such as phone calls and Teletype Communications.

The Police Department’s General Orders on illegal immigration have been in effect since 2008, with no substantive changes. The only changes to date were minor grammatical changes and the removal of language related to the 287g agreement, which was terminated by ICE at the end of 2012.”

We have the full RSM audit and police audit reports posted.

Prince William Board of Supervisors Chairman, At-large Corey Stewart ordered the investigation following the airing of the WJLA story in November. On Tuesday, he said “wires were crossed” in this situation, accepted the report, and then adjourned the final Board of Supervisors meeting for 2015.

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Police search woods for Woodbridge robbery suspect

Police centered their search for a suspect in an armed robbery this morning on a homeless camp in Woodbridge.

Police said a man displayed a handgun and took someone’s car keys in the area of Noblewood Plaza, outside a Lowes store.

No one was injured in the incident. Students at Gar-Field Senior High School and Bel-Air Elementary School were placed in secure the building mode while police searched for a suspect. The secure the building order was lifted at 11 a.m. 

At 10:30 a.m., the search shifted to a wooded area behind the Woodbridge DMV office on Caton Hill Road.

This is the second day in a row that police activity has impacted the operations at schools in eastern Prince  William County.

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Youth ice hockey team says accused Manassas detective, coach had clean background checks

Manassas City Police Detective David Abbott was a 16-year ice hockey coach with the Potomac Patriots, a youth team that plays at the Prince William Ice Center in Dale City.

Abbott, a Manassas officer since 2001, turned a gun on himself Tuesday morning and killed himself after police officers came to his home to serve him with a search warrant. Police said Abbott was charged with two counts of indecent liberties with a minor, and that he had inappropriate relationships with two teenage boys.

Abbott met both boys while coaching ice hockey.

On Wednesday, Potomac Patriots General Manager RJ Ziegler issued this statement:

Patriot Families,
I wanted to update you on the situation involving David Abbott and our organization.

You’ve no doubt seen the ongoing reports regarding the circumstances surrounding David Abbott’s death. According to the Prince William County Police Department, David was under investigation for inappropriate communications with children when he took his own life.

I understand that this news is difficult to process for many in the club. David was a long time coach (16 years) and had come to know many parents and players over the years. I also understand this news is very concerning, particularly how it pertains to the inappropriate contact a coach in our program reportedly had with a child.

While there is still an ongoing investigation, we are not at liberty to discuss specifics of the case or David’s actions. I can tell you that immediately upon learning of the serious allegations about David’s conduct from a club parent, we took swift and immediate action to engage law enforcement authorities, to include the FBI. We also took immediate action to suspend David from all club activities, and banned him from entering the Prince William Ice Center until an investigation could be completed. We are so very appreciative of the professionalism and urgency our law enforcement agencies demonstrated in addressing the allegations.

In light of Dave’s death, I opted to cancel all Travel team practices yesterday. Instead, Tony Ryan and I met privately with David’s players and parents at an assistant coach’s home. Grief counselors provided by Prince William County (Kate Schell Smith and Tina DiGiacomo) were on hand for the meeting to provide assistance for those who needed it. They were fantastic and have offered to help in any way they can moving forward.

Two team captains pulled me aside and requested that Assistant Coach Fred Cundy take over for the rest of the season. This tells me that the players were already looking at how they can continue moving forward – together. The resiliency that this team is demonstrating is remarkable. It was one of the proudest moments of my coaching and management career.

So how did we get here? David Abbott, like our entire coaching staff, was subject to USA Hockey’s mandatory background checks and Safe Sport training. David was current in all of USA Hockey’s certification requirements. Despite these safeguards, we were not made aware of his alleged inappropriate activities until a brave club member spoke up. As mentioned before, when the inappropriate actions came to light, we were able to swiftly and decisively take appropriate actions to protect the safety of all players within our organization.

I talked to the President of USA Hockey by phone today who expressed how proud he was with how the Potomac Patriots have dealt with this situation. Our local affiliate (PVAHA), as well as the staff at USA Hockey, has been at our disposal since this process began and continue to offer their resources to us. We appreciate their support as well.

Parents: I encourage you to have a discussion with your children about appropriate relationships with adult coaches, mentors, etc. We rely on the trust of the adults we place our kids with, but as you know, we must always be vigilant about our children’s safety despite all of the safeguards we have in place. This discussion may not be an easy one to have with your child, but will prove critical over time in situations such as these.

USA Hockey provides guidance on fostering safe, abuse-free environments. This training is mandatory for coaches and staff…but the program’s informational resources and training are available to anyone. More information about USA Hockey’s SafeSport program can be found here: http://www.usahockey.com/page/show/908023-usa-hockey-safespor t-program

I know you will join me in reinforcing our commitment to a safe environment for our children. As a new parent myself, we spend a great deal of time preparing ourselves and our families for potential dangers, but sometimes we just can’t see it coming no matter how much we prepare.

I, like so many others today, have a range of emotions from frustration to sadness on several levels. But it’s the same people that help us prepare that also help us cope and recover – and it’s those people that we all need to surround ourselves with in times like these. I hope everyone can find strength to deal with the events that unfolded yesterday and I am confident we will work through this as a united, unified hockey family.

If a child or parent observes inappropriate behavior from one of our coaches or staff members, please contact me or a member of the club’s staff immediately. Please know that the safety of our players and hockey family is first and foremost. It is worth reinforcing that when the inappropriate actions came to light, we are able to swiftly and decisively take appropriate actions to protect the safety all players within our organization.

Moving forward, we should not let the actions of one individual define
us as an organization. I won’t let it. I won’t let the actions of one individual soil the legacy that many of you sacrificed so much to develop over the years. I won’t allow the transgressions of one individual to rob our children of the opportunity to grow…to develop…to excel. I’m confident that we will overcome this tragedy and we will all become stronger and wiser because of it.

Lastly, the Prince William Ice Center ownership understands the privacy concerns of our families and has agreed to post signs to keep the media off of rink property. I am very grateful for the solidarity that our facility has shown us during this very trying time.

Please keep the players, parents and coaches of the Bantam Red team in your thoughts and prayers through this difficult time. I will be sending out the Prince William County Grief Counselor’s contact information to the coaches and managers to distribute. Please do not hesitate to call them. They are genuine people who are eager to help.

I will continue to provide updates as I am permitted to do so.

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Updated: Dale City area schools lift secure building order

Updated 1:40 p.m. 

Prince William County Public Schools report the secure the building status has been lifted at all schools affected: C.D. Hylton High School, and Rosa Parks, McAuliffe, and Enterprise elementary schools.

Original post

Police are on the scene of a burglary in the 5600 block of Roundtree Lane in Dale City. 

Nearby schools have been placed in “secure the building mode” while police investigate. Access to the schools buildings is restricted. 

 

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