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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.

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

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

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.

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

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: 


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

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.

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.


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.


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.

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.

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: 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.

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.

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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. 


Stafford sheriff’s office said Tieri got upset when his keys didn’t’ work in other people’s cars

Stafford authorities say a man told then he placed his car key into the doors of several parked cars on Elkton Drive and became angry when the doors didn’t open.

The Stafford sheriff’s office was sent to the street in England Run near the Central Rappahannock Regional Library on Sunday, December 13 at 5:30 a.m. after reports of a suspicious man trying to break into cars on the street were called into 911.

The deputy arrived on the scene and found an intoxicated man, according to Stafford sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy. The deputy found several cars parked in the street had also been damage, to include a Honda that had its door and quarter panel kicked, and a green Ford that had its license plate ripped off and a mirror bent, said Kennedy.

The man told authorities he had been looking for his car, said Kennedy.

The deputy asked the man which car was his, and he responded by saying his car was the silver Chevrolet he was standing next to, said Kennedy. Later, the man told the deputy his car was a silver Cadillac, said Kennedy.

The man later told the deputy he became angry when he tried his set of car keys in the cars parked on Elkton Drive and they didn’t work, said Kennedy.

Gary Tieri, 26, of Spotsylvania County, is charged in the case. He was taken to Rappahannock Regional Jail.

Manassas police officer accused of contact with minors kills himself

A former Manassas City police officer shot and killed himself this morning after he was charged with having a inappropriate relationship with two underage boys.

More in a press release from Prince William police, the investigating agency: 

AbbottIndecent Liberties by a Custodian | Barricade Situation – On December 15th, detectives from the Special Victims Unit attempted to execute a search warrant and multiple arrest warrants at a residence located in the 13700 block of Senea Dr in Gainesville (20155) regarding an active ongoing investigation.

When detectives made contact with the accused at the home, he refused to surrender to law enforcement. The accused was believed to be armed and precautions were taken to evacuate neighboring residences. While detectives were communicating with the accused, he pulled out a handgun and shot himself. The accused was pronounced dead at the scene.

Detectives began an investigation on December 14th involving inappropriate communication between the accused and a victim, identified as a 13 year old male juvenile. The investigation revealed that the accused was a coach for a local Prince William County hockey league where he had met the victim.

Detectives learned that the inappropriate contact between the accused and the victim began in June of 2013 when the victim was 11 years old. The contact consisted of soliciting sexual acts via phone, text, social media and email. The accused also had face to face interactions with the victim.

During the investigation, detectives learned of a second male victim who also affiliated with the hockey league and had inappropriate communication with the accused which began in June of 2008 when the victim was 13 years old. Following the investigation, detectives obtained warrants for the arrest of the accused and for a subsequent search of the home.

The accused was also identified as a Manassas City police detective who served on the Northern Virginia-Washington D.C. Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

The accused was identified as David Edward ABBOTT Jr., 39, of 13756 Senea Dr in Gainesville
Abbott was as detective with Manassas City Police, assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Abbott had been with the department since 2001, according to spokeswoman Adrienne Helms.
Today, that agency is mourning the loss of one  of their own. 
Manassas police released this statement: 
Manassas City Police Department is mourning the loss of one of our officers, who took his own life at his home in Prince William County early today. On Dec. 14, 2015, Manassas City Police was notified by Prince William County Police that an allegation of criminal misconduct was made against a Manassas City Police Officer. The Officer was identified as Det. D. E. Abbott, Jr., who was assigned to the Northern Virginia-Washington, DC (NOVA-DC ICAC) Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

This is a tragic and sad day for the Abbott family, the juvenile victims and their families, the Manassas City Police Department, and our community. In spite of these recent developments regarding the serious allegations against him, we are grateful for the contributions Det. Abbott made during his time with Manassas City Police, to include the prosecution and conviction of hundreds of criminals. His family and peers request privacy during this time as we grieve and struggle to accept the realities of such a loss.

Some Stafford County residents learned it’s not OK to leave your car doors unlocked anymore

Investigators are looking into a series of vehicle break-ins in Stafford County.

A sheriff’s deputy was called to three streets in the county’s Rockhill District after someone broke into a series of cars and stole things like an iPod, a knife, and some loose change.

The streets are Wagoneers Lane in the Colonial Forge neighborhood, and the others are Lakeland Road and Kingsley Court in the Augustine neighborhood.

During the investigation, the deputy noted three cars had been broken into during the early morning hours of Saturday, December 12. No arrests have been made in the case.

All three cars that were broken into had been left unlocked. The Stafford sheriff’s office last week launched a campaign to urge drivers to lock their car doors when they leave their vehicle unattended.

“Keeping vehicles locked really cuts down on the number of thefts as thieves are looking in neighborhoods for vehicles to hit,” said sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy.

Stephen Brown was killed by his son, and Prince William prosecutors called it justifiable homicide

A new report calls the October 4 death of a Prince William County man justifiable homicide. 

Police said 48-year-old Stephen Brown was killed by his son on Oct. 4, 2015 at their home in the 12700 block of Lost Creek Court near Dale City. 

Today, police said a report from Prince William Commonwealth Attorney Paul Ebert said the killing was justified. 

More in a press release: 

Homicide Investigation *UPDATE – On December 11th, detectives from the Homicide Unit reviewed the final autopsy results and investigative details in the October 4th death of Stephen C. BROWN with the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office. As a result, Prince William County Commonwealth’s Attorney Paul Ebert determined that the circumstances surrounding this incident and subsequent death were deemed self-defense and that the final finding of this homicide was justified.

On the day Brown was killed, he attacked both of his sons, Prince William Commonwealth Attorney Paul Ebert told Potomac Local. After Brown attacked his youngest son, he then went for second, oldest son who would stab Brown to death in self defense, said Ebert. 

“He ended up protecting himself and his younger brother in this attack,” said Ebert.

This video shows a burglar breaking into Dan’s Wellness Pharmacy in Stafford for a 3rd time

An independent pharmacy owner in Stafford hopes investigators can find out who keeps trying to break into his store. 

A burglar tried to break into Dan’s Wellness Pharmacy, located at 418 Garrisonville Road in North Stafford, at 1:35 a.m. Saturday. The burglar broke into a back hallway but was not able to enter the pharmacy, owner Dan Singh told Stafford Local.

An alarm sounded when the burglar broke in notifying the Stafford sheriff’s office. Singh said fled the scene without stealing anything. 

This is the third time this has happened at the independent business. 

“Police have always arrived within minutes.  The burglar seems to know that after he gets in he only has a few minutes before police arrive,” Singh told Stafford Local.

Over the past five years in Stafford, the number of burglaries in the county has remained steady. The county saw 252 reported burglaries in 2012, making it the five-year high for this type of crime, according to a sheriff’s office report.

The number of reported burglaries in the county dropped below 200 to a total of 179. Last year, the number of reported burglaries in Stafford County fell to 165.

Child porn charges filed against former Benton Middle teacher


Loudoun County sheriff’s spokesman Kraig Troxell said Stancill had encounters with an underage girl on several occasions, and that he met the girl at a public event. He could not provide any more species about the event. 

Stancill faces four charges of solicitation of a minor in Loudoun County, added Troxell. 

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Prince William police have filed a child pornography charge against a former Benton Middle School teacher. 

The teacher is identified as Tommy Stancill who taught at Benton Middle School during the 2013-14 school year. Prince William police charged Stancill with one count of possession of child pornography in March 2015, according to Prince William police spokesman Nathaniel Probus.

“Additionally, there were two direct indictment placed through the courts which were returned by the grand jury on December 8,”said Probus.

Stancill, 32, lived in Prince William County at the time of the incident, Probus added. 

The arrest comes after a joint investigation between Loudoun and Prince William authorities. We don’t know the age or gender of the victim. 

NBC Washington reports Stancill the victim was not a student at the school. 

Prince William school officials have notified parents at Benton Middle School, and gave us this statement: 

We let the Benton MS community know of this by autodialer yesterday after we heard of the charges. We let parents know they may hear media reports about the charges against a teacher who taught at Benton only during the 2013-14 school year.

The charges reportedly involve the use of computers to exchange inappropriate material with a minor in another county. Prince William County Public Schools will be cooperating with the police in their ongoing investigation.

Loudoun County is the lead investigating agency in this case, said Probus. We’ve contacted them and are awaiting more information from that agency.

Christopher Ellis charged with murder in mother’s death

One man is in custody this morning charged in the death of 67-year-old mother. 

Here’s more in a press release: 

This morning, Friday, December 11, 2015 at 5:09 am, Stafford deputies were called to 532 Fagan Drive for a man who was in his backyard yelling and screaming and acting strangely.  After assaulting a deputy and a brief struggle with the responding deputies, Christopher Ellis was taken into custody.  When deputies checked the residence they located an elderly female dead from blunt force trauma to the upper body.  The investigation indicated that Christopher Ellis was the subject who inflicted the trauma to the female.  The female has been identified as Ellis’s mother, Elizabeth Ellis, age 67, of the same address.    

Christopher Michael Ellis, 38, of 532 Fagan Drive in Stafford County is charged with one count of first degree murder and is currently being held at Rappahannock Regional Jail.

Hash turns herself into police

Prince William police said the second and final suspect in a robbery that occurred in Dumfries last month turned herself into police. 

Here’s more in a press release: 

Strong Armed Robbery *ARREST – On December 9th, Amanda HASH turned herself into police without incident at the Gar-Field Station in Woodbridge. This individual was the remaining suspect wanted in connection to a strong armed robbery which occurred in the 19300 block of Belleau Wood Dr in Dumfries on November 20th. The other suspect, Robert KING, was previously located and arrested without incident by officers on November 20th.

Arrested on December 9th: 

Amanda Marie HASH, 26, of 2819 Banks Ct in Dumfries

Charged with robbery

Court Date: December 22, 2015 | Bond: Held WITHOUT bond

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