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Man struck during attempted robbery in Woodbridge

Prince William police have charged a man following an attempted armed robbery in Woodbridge.

According to Prince William police, officers responded to G Street in Woodbridge on the evening of August 15 for the attempted robbery.

The victim – a 45-year old Woodbridge man – told officers that he was walking on G Street when he was approached by 25-year old John Banks, according to Prince William police.

Prince William police stated that during the incident, Banks struck the victim with a blunt object and demanded money. Banks fled the scene before taking any money, according to Prince William police.

The victim had minor injuries and went to an area medical facility for treatment, stated Prince William police.

On August 19, the victim saw Banks walking on Occoquan Road and alerted Prince William police.

Banks is being charged with attempted armed robbery and malicious wounding, according to Prince William police.

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Lake Ridge pool house vandalized during burglary

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Prince William police are looking for three young men involved in a pool house burglary.

According to Prince William police, officers were called to the Lake Ridge Association Pool House on McIntire Drive in Woodbridge on the morning of August 6 for the burglary.

A facility manager told officers that the burglary happened between 1:50 a.m. and 2:10 a.m. that morning, stated Prince William police.

Release video surveillance footage shows three young men forcing entry into the pool house. When inside, the individuals vandalized the inside of the building, causing $3,500 worth of structural damage, according to Prince William police.

A television and camera, worth about $250, were reported missing, stated Prince William police.

The individuals are described as white males between 17 and 20 years old, according to Prince William police.

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Another 7-Eleven robbed by two masked men in Woodbridge

There are reports from Prince William police that a Woodbridge 7-Eleven location was robbed on the same evening as the Dale City 7-Eleven robbery.

According to Prince William police early in the morning on August 18, officers responded to a 7-Eleven on 13131 Hillendale Drive in Woodbridge.

Employees told officers that two individuals entered the store and approached the counter to demand money, while displaying a shotgun and a knife, stated Prince William police.

The individuals took an undisclosed amount of money before fleeing on foot, according to Prince William police.

No one was injured.

Police K-9 units were used to search for the individuals, who have not yet been found.

One individual was described as a man wearing black clothing, New Balance sneakers and a white cloth over his face. The other individual is described as a man wearing black clothing and a brown cloth over his face, according to Prince William police.

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Woman charged with hitting police officer outside of Prince William County Fair

A woman was charged with assaulting a police officer outside of the Prince William County Fair.

According to Prince William police, late in the evening on August 18, an officer that was directing traffic outside of the fair grounds on Dumfries Road in Manassas saw a vehicle improperly exiting the property.

Before the vehicle reached the roadway, it stopped and several individuals inside the car confronted another group that was leaving the fair grounds on foot, stated Prince William police.

The officer saw 20-year old Jazmine Jackson, who was one of the individuals in the vehicle, assault another female from the group on foot, stated Prince William police.

When the officer tried to detain Jackson, she resisted – pushing and hitting the officer, according to Prince William police. The officer was not injured.

Prince William police stated that the victim who was assaulted by Jackson left the scene before being questioned.

Jackson is being charged with assault and battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, stated Prince William police.

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Police searching for suspect who set fire to Woodbridge home

Prince William police are looking for an individual that set fire to a Woodbridge home.

According to Prince William police, officers responded to the home on Kingsman Road on the morning of August 18, to help Prince William fire and rescue.

Prince William police stated that an individual entered the home after breaking a back window.

The home was being renovated and no one was inside at the time of the fire, stated Prince William police.

A witness that was at the home to make a delivery saw the individual inside, and was told to wait outside, according to Prince William police. When the witness went inside the home, and the individual fled, they saw smoke and called for help, stated Prince William police.

Nothing was reported missing. The Fire Marshal’s Office is currently investigating the arson.

A police K-9 unit was called to search for the individual, who has not yet been found, according to Prince William police.

The individual is described as a white male, adult aged, 5’8” and 200 pounds with black hair and a long goatee. He was last seen wearing a light blue shirt and shorts, and may be driving a gray Toyota Sienna van with temporary license plates, according to Prince William police.

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Dale City 7-Eleven robbed by masked men

Two masked men robbed a 7-Eleven on Cloverdale Road in Dale City.

Early yesterday morning, Prince William police responded to the 7-Eleven to investigate the incident.

According to store employees, two individuals entered the store and approached the counter before displaying firearms and demanding money, according to Prince William police.

The individuals took money before fleeing the store on foot, stated Prince William police.

No one was injured. The suspects have not yet been found.

According to Prince William police, one suspect is described as a white male wearing a black beanie cap, black t-shirt, gray pants, gray shoes, black gloves and a white glove covering his face.

The second suspect is described as a white male, wearing a white face mask, a black hooded sweatshirt, black pants and white shoes, according to Prince William police.

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21-year old Woodbridge woman goes missing

Update

Hawkins, who was reported as missing and endangered yesterday afternoon, has been located and is safe, according to Prince William police.

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Prince William police are looking for 21-year old Chanel Hawkins.

According to Prince William police, Hawkins left a friend’s home on Dodson Drive in Woodbridge on the afternoon of August 18.

It appears that she left the home voluntarily but may need assistance, which classifies her as endangered, stated Prince William police.

Hawkins may be driving a red 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt with Virginia tag WYF-5230, according to Prince William police.

Prince William police stated that Hawkins is a black woman, 21-years old, 5’4” and 130 pounds with black hair, brown eyes and a scar on the left side of her nose.

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Barron charged in North Stafford Walmart parking lot stabbing

A Prince William County man is charged with stabbing another man outside a North Stafford Walmart.

The stabbing occurred Aug. 9 in a Walmart parking lot on Garrisonville Road. Investigators said the suspect forced his victim’s car into the parking lot, got of his vehicle, and stabbed the passenger side door and the victim in the arm.

Stafford sheriff’s Detective Eric Schinault tracked down the suspected stabber a home outside Dumfries. A man who answered the door at the suspect’s home did not want to comment on the matter and asked reporters not to return.

Mark Jozef Barron, 22, of Marhalt Place in the Brittany subdivision of Prince William County, is charged with malicious wounding, said Stafford sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy.

Barron turned himself into Stafford County authorities today after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

He is now in the custody of the Rappahannock Regional Jail.

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Prince William police investigating series of child neglect incidents

Officers are currently investigating several instances of child neglect and cruelty in Prince William County.

Woodbridge

One incident took place at a home on Springwoods Drive in Woodbridge on the morning of August 16.

According to Prince William police, the victims – a 38-year old Woodbridge woman and a seven month old child – were in the home when the woman and 30-year Fredericksburg man Marcus Mays got into a verbal argument.

During the incident, Mays pushed the woman, who was holding the child, and knocked them to the ground, before getting on top of the woman and covering her nose and mouth, according to Prince William police.

There were minor injuries, stated Prince William police.

Mays is currently wanted for strangulation, cruelty or injuries to children and domestic assault and battery.

Two more child neglect cases took place in Woodbridge this week.

According to Prince William police, officers responded to a call in the area of Dale Boulevard and Forestdale Avenue in Woodbridge for a child that was found.

A caller told Prince William police that they saw a small child, who officers identified as a three year old boy, trying to cross Dale Boulevard.

Prince William police stated that the child lived on Fillerate Street and when they arrived at the residence, they found the door open and 24-year old Woodbridge woman Kiara White asleep in a bedroom.

The child was not injured.

White has been charged with felony child neglect, stated Prince William police.

Prince William police was called to another home, on Royal Court in Woodbridge on August 16 after a 9-1-1 call.

When officers arrived at the home, they found the front door open, and a one year old girl alone, according to Prince William police.

The infant was not injured.

Shortly after officers arrived, 56-year old Woodbridge woman Felicita Ortiz Sorto returned to the home. Sorto is being charged with abandonment of an infant, according to Prince William police.

Nokesville

According to Prince William police, an officer stopped a vehicle near Nokesville Road and Fitzwater Road in Nokesville for a suspected DUI (driving under the influence) on August 16.

During the incident, 33-year old Manassas man Jose Calleja Soto was found to be intoxicated and was arrested, according to Prince William police.

Additionally, officers found that a 12-year old girl, who was related to Calleja Soto, was inside the vehicle, stated Prince William police.

Calleja Soto has been charged with felony child neglect, driving under the influence and driving on a revoked license, according to Prince William police.

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Updated: Officer shoots man during domestic dispute in Woodbridge

Update August 28, 2015

An internal investigation found a Prince William County Police officer was justified when he shot a man inside a Woodbridge home earlier this month. 

Here’s more in a press release: 

On August 17th at 6:36PM, officers were dispatched to a home in the 13100 block of Tory Loop in Woodbridge to investigate a domestic disturbance between Yonatan Marufe, 25, and his 47 year old step-mother. Initial information indicated that both parties were involved in a verbal altercation and that Yonatan had broken an interior door in the home.

The first officer made contact with the step-mother in front of the residence who relayed that Yonatan has a history of mental illness. The officer went to the front door of the home, announced himself and called for Yonatan. After receiving no response, and believing that Yonatan may be in the process of harming himself based on the step-mother’s description of his behavior, the officer entered the residence with the step-mother and went to an upper floor where he was last seen.

Upon reaching the top of the steps, Yonatan appeared suddenly in front of the officer, armed with a knife which he then raised towards the officer and the step-mother. In an attempt to create distance, the officer stepped back and lost his footing, falling back into the step-mother and down the stairs. Yonatan continued aggressively advancing down the steps towards the officer with the knife. At that point, the officer pulled his service weapon and shot towards Yonatan striking him once in the shoulder area. Yonatan sustained a non-life threatening wound and was transported to an area hospital where he was treated and released later that night.

The officer and the step-mother sustained injuries from the fall and were also treated at an area hospital; both are expected to make a full recovery. Following the investigation Yonatan was charged with attempted aggravated malicious wounding of a law enforcement officer and attempted aggravated malicious wounding. Yonatan remains in custody at the Adult Detention Center with a preliminary court date set for October 14, 2015.

According to Prince William County Commonwealth Attorney Paul Ebert, “The officer was justified given the circumstances and acted appropriately.”

Prince William County Police Chief Steve Hudson commented, “I fully support the officer’s actions in this case and feel they were justified with the situation he faced. We hope everyone involved in this incident makes a speedy recovery and that Yonatan receives the proper treatment he needs.”

The Police Department’s administrative investigation is continuing, but has preliminarily found this officer involved shooting to be justified and objectively reasonable. The final review will be conducted by the Department’s Police Deadly Force Shooting Review Board which will examine the details of the incident.

The officer involved in the shooting was identified as Officer Hector Figueroa, a 30 plus year law enforcement veteran with 8 years of service with the Prince William County Police Department.

Original post August 17, 2015

A 25-year-old man was shot by a police officer tonight in Woodbridge. 

Officer Involved Shooting – Currently, the Prince William County Police Department is investigating an officer involved shooting which occurred at a residence located in the 13100 block of Tory Lp in Woodbridge (22192).

Officers were initially called to the home around 6:36PM for a reported domestic disturbance between a mother and son. An officer arrived at the residence and made contact with the mother. While speaking to the mother, the son, identified as a 25 year old man, approached the officer armed with a knife.

During the encounter, the officer fired and struck the son in the upper body. The son was flown to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The officer and mother sustained minor, non-gunshot related injuries and were also transported to an area hospital.

More information on this incident will be released when available.

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Shots fired at vehicle in Woodbridge

Prince William police were called to the area of Old Coach Road and Rippon Boulevard in Woodbridge on the afternoon of August 13, to investigate the shooting.

The three victims – a 22-year old man, a 21-year old woman, and a 17-year old girl – told officers they were in a vehicle on Old Coach Road, when they were followed in a vehicle by 18-year old Woodbridge man Ron Elliott, according to Prince William police.

Prince William police stated that the victims heard several gunshots that appeared to be aimed at the vehicle.

No one was injured, and there were no damages, according to Prince William police.

Officers on the scene found multiple shell casings.

Elliot is currently wanted on three counts of attempted malicious wounding and one count of reckless handling of a firearm, stated Prince William police.

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Arrest made in Lake Ridge strangulation

A man suspected of holding a woman at knifepoint inside a Lake Ridge apartment is under arrest.

Police were called to a Food Lion at Dillingham Square on Old Bridge Road in Lake Ridge at 5 p.m. Saturday. A 38-year-old woman told police she was involved in an argument with a man at her home on nearby Pond Run Drive. The woman was assaulted, strangled, and then held at knifepoint and was prevented from leaving the home, according to police.

The woman was able to get away and call for help.

The suspect in the case was arrested at 11:55 p.m. Saturday. Police did not disclose the circumstances of his arrest.

Tyrique Lamont Nichols, 24, was wanted on charges of strangulation, abduction, and domestic assault and battery in connection to the case.

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Tires slashed, window smashed in two Manassas vehicles

Two vehicles, including one owned by Manassas Park City Schools, were vandalized this week.

According to Manassas City police, officers responded to a call to Euclid Avenue for a Manassas Park City School vehicle that had been vandalized.

An individual told officers that the incident took place between 12:30 p.m. on August 8 and 7:30 a.m. on August 10, stated Manassas City police.

The passenger window on the driver’s side of the vehicle had been broken. Damages are estimated to be $200, according to Manassas City police.

Another vehicle was also vandalized on Town Lane, stated Manassas City police.

Manassas City police stated the vandalism took place between 7:30 p.m. on August 10 and 3:50 a.m. on August 11.

Both rear tires on the vehicle were slashed and deflated. The damages are estimated to be worth $200, stated Manassas City police.

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Sex assaults reported at Manassas Walmart

Two men were charged with indecent exposure at a Manassas Walmart this week.

On the afternoon of August 10, Prince William police responded to the Walmart on 9401 Liberia Avenue in Manassas.

A store employee told Prince William police that they had seen 42-year old Manassas Park man Keith Williams, approaching several women in the store, attempting to touch them.

During the incident, Williams exposed himself and made an obscene gesture at one of the female customers, stated Prince William police. Williams left the area before officers arrived.

Williams is being charged with indecent exposure and obscene sexual display, according to Prince William police.

The next day, on the afternoon of August 11, at the same Walmart, a similar incident occurred.

According to Prince William police, the victim – a 24-year old man – told officers that he was in the Walmart parking lot when he saw 31-year old Catlett man Joshua Richards expose himself.

Richards has been charged with indecent exposure, stated Prince William police.

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Honored Stafford sheriff’s employee fired after evidence goes missing

A man who spent 14 years working as an evidence clerk at the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office is out of a job after a coin went missing.

A letter to attorneys who have all plead cases inside the Stafford County Courthouse were notified via a letter from Commonwealth Attorney Eric Olsen on Wednesday of an internal investigation that led the employee’s firing.

The former employee William Byrne is now being investigated by Virginia State Police who are probing the case for any criminal wrongdoing on Byrne’s part. Stafford County Sheriff Charles Jett requested state police investigate the incident, according to a press release.

No charges have been filed against Byrne.

He was twice awarded the civilian integrity award during the Stafford Sheriff’s office annual awards in 2012 and 2007.

An investigation into the incident found the missing coin was scheduled to be delivered to the state treasury. The coin was replaced with a coin of no value, and Byrne made false statements to investigators after the fake coin was found, according to a press release.

The sheriff’s department is conducting an audit of all evidence in the department’s locker.

“The audit has thus far shown no other improprieties with any active case from 2014 and 2015,” the press release stated.

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Battlefield High School trailer burglarized in Haymarket

Someone broke into a Battlefield High School trailer and took a generator.

According to Prince William police, officers were called to the high school in Haymarket on August 12, for a burglary.

Staff told officers that the incident took place between the afternoon of August 6 and the morning of August 7, stated Prince William police.

Prince William police stated that the individual entered one of the school’s trailers, and a generator was reported missing. There was no sign of forced entry.

There is currently no information available on a suspect, stated Prince William police.

Last week another school – Beville Middle School in Dale City – was also burglarized.

“We have no reason to believe, at this point in time, that the burglary and larceny from the trailer at Battlefield High School is related to the burglary at Beville Middle School,” said Prince William police spokesman Steven Mattos.

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Man charged for Walmart sex assault in Dumfries

A man has been charged, following a sexual assault at a Walmart in Dumfries.

Prince William police were called to the Walmart at 17041 Jefferson Davis Highway on July 10 for the incident.

According to Prince William police, the victim – a 29-year old Woodbridge woman – told officers she was shopping in the store when 35-year old Richmond man Lane Dickson approached her.

During the incident, Dickson rubbed against the victim and touched her inappropriately, stated Prince William police. The victim was not injured.

When detectives went to arrest Dickson for his involvement in the assault, they found that he was already at the Rappahannock Regional Jail for a separate incident, stated Prince William police.

Prince William police stated that Dickson is being charged with assault and battery, obscene sexual display and indecent exposure.

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Public Works building burglarized, $13K worth of equipment missing

Someone took $13,300 worth of refrigerant from a government building in Manassas.

Officers responded to a call at the Department of Public Works building on 9412 Peabody Street for a burglary, according to Manassas City police.

An individual told officers that between July 31 and August 5, someone broke into a shed on the property and took 38 30-pound cylinders of refrigerant, each worth $350 – totaling $13,300, stated Manassas City police.

No description of individuals involved in the burglary is available at this time.

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Hookah bar brawl erupts in Woodbridge

A trip to a Woodbridge hookah bar turned sour after two women got into a fight.

Prince William police were called to the Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center on Opitz Boulevard for a stabbing incident.

According to the victim – a 25-year old Dumfries woman – she and 23-year old Woodbridge woman Tiffany Conley, an acquaintance, got into a verbal argument that escalated outside of the Babylon Hookah bar on Golanksy Boulevard, stated Prince William police.

During the fight, Conley took a box cutter and stabbed the victim several times in the upper body, stated Prince William police.

The victim was taken to an area hospital for serious, but not life-threatening injuries, according to Prince William police.

Prince William police stated that Conley has been charged with malicious wounding, and is being held without bond.

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Search continues for man in child sex assault, truck theft

A call about a missing vehicle turned into so much more in Dumfries.

On the morning of August 9, Prince William police were called to a home on Isle Royal Terrace in Dumfries about an unauthorized use of a vehicle.

According to Prince William police, an individual stated to officers that 33-year old Christopher Statzer IV, who was an acquaintance, took a 2006 Dodge Ram 1500 truck without permission.  

Following an investigation into the incident, Prince William police also found that Statzer had sexually assaulted an 8-year old girl, while staying at a home on White Oak Drive in Triangle.

Prince William police have not yet been able to locate Statzer.

He is described as a white male, 6’0 and 150 pounds with a thin build, shaved head and blue eyes. Statzer may be driving the Dodge Ram, which is black with flame detailing, 22” chrome wheels and Virginia tag XFD5818, according to Prince William police.

Prince William police stated that Statzer is wanted for aggravated sexual battery, object sexual penetration and unauthorized use of a vehicle.

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Burger joint burglarized in Woodbridge

Someone stopped at  Bobby Flay’s burger restaurant in Woodbridge – but not for a bite to eat.

On the morning of August 8, Prince William police were called to the Bobby’s Burger Palace location at Potomac Mills Mall for a burglary.

According to an employee, the burglary took place at 7:25 a.m. that morning, stated Prince William police.

Prince William police stated that video surveillance showed an individual entering through the front door of the restaurant and taking cash from the cash registers, before exiting through a back side door.

The individual is described as a black male, 5’11” and 200 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, jeans, gloves and black shoes, stated Prince William police.

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