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30 shots fired outside Stafford apartment complex

Investigators said more that 30 shots were fired outside a North Stafford apartment complex Sunday.

Sheriff’s deputies were called to the 1000 block of Providence Street, off Greenspring Drive at 12:27 a.m. for several 911 calls reporting shots fired. Two cars were damaged from the gunfire, as well as an apartment building and nearby townhouse.

Investigators said they were searching for at least two people the say who fled the scene after the shooting in the dark blue 4-door car with New Jersey license plates. The car is possibly a Ford Focus and also, may have sustained damage from gunfire, according to a press release.

No further details about the two individuals was provided.

No injuries were reported.

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2 Woodbridge men charged in connection to ISIS

Federal authorities said two men from Woodbridge intended to go to Syria to join ISIS.

One man was arrested at Richmond International Airport on Friday. The second man was arrested in Woodbridge, after he returned from driving the first suspect to the airport. 

Investigators said the first suspect has been looking to join the terrorist organization since November. The second suspect is charged with aiding the first. 

Here’s more in a press release from U.S. District Court:  (more…)

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Bathroom threats prompt Lake Ridge town hall meeting

Ruth Anderson will hold a town hall meeting Monday night after a series of written threats appeared at area high schools.

The threats appeared on bathroom walls and Woodbridge, Gar-Field and Forest Park senior high schools in Woodbridge this month. All five messages that have appeared are similar and do not reference a credible threat.

Here’s more from Prince William police: (more…)

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In & Out Mart on Ashton robbed at gunpoint

Police are searching for the man who robbed a Manassas convenience store at gunpoint.

Authorities said a man walked into the In & Out Mart at 8930 Ashton Avenue and demanded cash from the clerk. The man pointed a handgun at the clerk who complied with the robber’s demands. 

The armed robber made off with an undisclosed amount of cash. He was last seen walking toward Burnside Drive. 

The man is described as white or hispanic, in his mid 20s, 5 feet 5 inches to 5 feet inches tall, with a thin build. 

Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call Manassas Crime Solvers

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Officer struck during arrest of wanted woman

A woman is charged with assault and battery on a law enforcement officer, identity theft, and obstruction of justice.

Here is more in a press release:

Assault & Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer [LEO] – On January 13 at 11:23AM, officers responded to a residence located on the 14800 block of Anderson Ct in Woodbridge (22193) to investigate a domestic. Once at the residence, officers made contact with two subjects who were involved in a verbal altercation.

During the encounter, the officers determined the accused was wanted for unrelated charges. When the officers attempted to arrest the accused, she resisted and struck one of the officers in the face. The accused was quickly detained without further incident. Minor injuries were reported to the officer. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested.

Arrested on January 13: Felicia Michelle VALENTINE, 29, of 14835 Anderson Ct in Woodbridge

Charged with assault & battery on a LEO, identity theft, and obstruction of justice

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

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Schwartz accused of sex crime with minor

A Woodbridge man faces charges sexual battery charges. 

Investigators say the victim told her mother she was sexually assaulted while the accused stayed the night at the family’s home. 

The investigation dates back to October.

More in a press release from the Stafford sheriff’s office:  (more…)

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Thomson charged with assault and battery of police officer

A man is charged with assault and battery of a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest, and public intoxication. 

 

Here is more in a press release:

Assault & Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer [LEO] – On January 11 at 7:21AM, officers responded to an apartment building located in the 12900 block of Sleepy Creek Way in Woodbridge (22192) for an intoxicated person. Officers arrived in the area and made contact with the accused who exhibited signs of intoxication. During the encounter, the accused attempted to flee by jumping over a third floor railing and landing on the ground floor below. Officers were able to quickly take the accused into custody. While being placed in the backseat of a police cruiser, the accused resisted and, at one point, struck an officer in the lower body. Minor injuries were reported. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested.

Arrested on January 11: [No Photo Available]

Michael Clyde THOMSON, 47, of 5960 Maxfield Ct in Manassas

Charged with assault & battery on a LEO, resisting arrest and public intoxication

Court date: March 7, 2016 | Bond: held WITHOUT bond

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DeLacruz wanted after woman injured in fight

A man is wanted for domestic assault and battery, grand larceny, and aggravated malicious wounding, according to Prince William police.

The suspect and a 29-year-old victim were involved in a verbal altercation which escalated into the victim being punched in the face and mouth, according to police reports

Here is more in a press release:  (more…)

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Berryman indicted in Wings to Go slaying

A Stafford County Grand Jury indicted a man accused of shooting and killing another man outside a North Stafford restaurant.

La’Twon Marte Berryman faces murder charges in the Feb. 15, 2015 slaying of Mark Milligan outside Wings to Go at the corner of Garrisonville Road and Travis Lane.

Court documents assert Berryman displayed a firearm while committing or attempting to commit murder. Stafford County Commonwealth Attorney Eric Olsen had no comment on the case.

Berryman remains at large, and Stafford County authorities are actively looking for him.

According to investigators, deputies were called to Wings to Go at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015 to investigate a shooting in the parking lot. A confrontation between people in two separate vehicles escalated, and gunfire was exchanged.

Milligan apparently got out of his car and was fatally shot and killed. Berryman and another person fled the scene to a local hospital where they were treated.

If convicted of murder, Berryman faces 20 years in jail.

We’ll bring you more on this as we have it.

Nelson charged with reckless handling of a firearm

A man has been charged with reckless handling of a firearm after firing shots toward the victim when their argument escalated. 

According to police, no injuries were reported. 

Here is more in a press release: 

Reckless Handling of a Firearm – On December 31st at 9:37PM, officers responded to the Hooters located at 8503 Rixlew Ln in Manassas (20109) to investigate a shots fired call. The accused reported to police that he was involved in a verbal altercation with the victim, a 31 year old man of Manassas, outside the above business. During the encounter, the accused brandished a handgun and fired toward the victim missing him. When the parties separated, the accused left the business then contacted police. Officers arrived and detained the accused without further incident. No injuries were reported. Minor property damage was reported by the business. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested.

Arrested on January 1st: Travis Charles NELSON, 36, of 9435 Meteor Ct in Manassas

Charged with reckless handling of a firearm

Court Date: February 19, 2016 | Bond: Released on a $5,000 unsecured bond

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Sherwood murder trial continued until June 20

The murder case against John Sherwood has been continued until June 20.

Sherwood is accused of killing his 21-year-old wife Erica Renae Sherwood in a violent incident at home in Dale City on New Year’s Day 2015. A witness told a court last year Sherwood was trying to escape from her husband and took refuge at her friends house where she would be killed.

John Sherwood came to the house where his wife and son were staying on New Years Eve. The couple got into a fight where Sherwood accused is wife of cheating on him, cornered her in a bathtub, and slit her throat, according to a witness who testified in court.

The case was set to go to trial January 4 but was continued until June 20. (more…)

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Taulbee arrested in N.C., charged in Manassas bank heist

Police arrested a man in connection to a robbery at a TD Bank .

Ben R. Taulbee, Jr., 36, was apprehended in Warsaw, N.C., about 50 miles outside Jacksonville, N.C.

Taulbee is charged with grand larceny in the robbery of a TD Bank on the corner of Digges and Sudley roads in Manassas on Dec. 28.

Taulbee is awaiting extradition back to Virginia, according to Manassas police spokeswoman Adrienne Helms.

Police said Taulbee walked into the bank at 12:50 p.m. and demanded cash. The teller complied, and the man left the bank on foot in the direction of a nearby housing development.

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Shots fired at Stafford New Years Eve party

At least three residents in the area of Westminster and Picadilly lanes called 911 to report a large party, and then hearing what sounded like fireworks or gunshots.

“They turned out to be gunshots,” said Stafford sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy.

Deputies arrived on the scene at 12:30 a.m. Friday to find a crowd of 30 to 50 people on the streets who had been attending a party. An argument broke out, and then someone fired a handgun.

“They heard what sounded like five or six shots… heard pops, a pause, and then several more pops,” said Kennedy.

Deputies found bullet holes inside nearby apartments. The residents came home to find bullet holes in walls and bedroom furniture.

“It was right where they slept, and had they been home they couldn’t have been injured,” said Kennedy.

No one was hurt.

The shooter could have fled the scene on foot, running in the direction of the Route 610 – Staffordboro Commuter Lot. He’s described as black, with dreadlocks, thin build, 5 feet 9 inches tall, said Kennedy.

Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to call Stafford Crime Solvers.

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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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