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Stafford traffic stop leads to arrest of wanted man

From Stafford County Sheriff’s Office:

Stafford, VA. A traffic stop initiated on Friday by deputies with the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office led to the arrest of a man wanted in Spotsylvania County on felony larceny charges.

On October 6, 2017 at approximately 7:11 p.m., a Stafford deputy observed a vehicle traveling southbound on Route 1 with no operating tail lights. The deputy activated his emergency lights and then “chirped” the siren several times after the vehicle failed to pull over.

The vehicle pulled over on State Shop Road and the driver, a male, opened his door. The deputy instructed him to remain inside, turn off his vehicle and put both hands on the steering wheel. The driver put his hands on the steering wheel but did not turn off the car and abruptly sped off. (more…)

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Charges filed in fatal crash that claimed the life of a Woodbridge man

From police: 

Fatal Crash Investigation *ARREST – On October 6, investigators from the Crash Investigation Unit obtained a warrant for the arrest of the driver of the 1997 Ford F350 which was involved in the fatal crash that occurred in the 9300 block of Brentsville Rd in Manassas on September 29. The accused, identified as Robert Lee EASTON III, was arrested without incident that evening. The investigation continues.
Arrested on October 6:

Robert Lee EASTON III, 35, of 12615 Izaak Walton Dr in Bristow
Charged with involuntary manslaughter
Court date: December 20, 2017 | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

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‘The search uncovered approximately 40 pounds of marijuana, 19 firearms and $7500 in cash.’

From the Stafford sheriff’s office: 

After a month-long investigation led by the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office, an Orange County man was taken into custody this week, and 40 pounds of marijuana and 19 firearms were seized during a search of his residence.

On October 4, 2017 at approximately 6:05pm, James Adam Cooper, 38, of Locust Grove, was pulled over on Route 17 by Stafford deputies. A canine search of his vehicle revealed two pounds of marijuana and a small sum of money. The traffic stop led to the subsequent investigation of Cooper’s residence.

Stafford investigators and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office conducted a joint investigation of Cooper’s residence in the Wilderness Shores area of Orange County. The search uncovered approximately 40 pounds of marijuana, 19 firearms and $7500 in cash.

Stafford investigators believe the marijuana was trafficked from Oregon.

This is a perfect example of the importance of working together and strengthening bonds with our law enforcement partners to keep the community safe,” Stafford Sheriff David P. Decatur said.The outstanding work of our narcotics unit coupled with the assistance of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office led to the success of this investigation.”

Cooper was incarcerated at the Rappahannock Regional Jail on charges unrelated to the search of his residence. He was released on October 5, and will be formally charged in Orange County at a later date.

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‘During the encounter, the accused brandished a handgun and fired one round into the air’

From police: 

Reckless Handling of a Firearm – On October 5 at 11:03PM, officers responded to the Liberty service station located at 3511 James Madison Hwy in Haymarket (20169) to investigate a shooting. The investigation revealed that the victims, a 55-year-old man and a 53-year-old woman both of Berrymill, reported to police that they were retrieving property from their vehicle which they had towed to the service station earlier that week. At some point, the business owner, later identified as the accused, arrived in his vehicle and became involved in a verbal altercation with the victims. During the encounter, the accused brandished a handgun and fired one round into the air. The victims fled the area and contacted police. When officers arrived and made contact with the accused, officers observed drugs and drug paraphernalia in plain view in his vehicle. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested without incident. No injuries or property damage were reported. A shell casing and two handguns were recovered.

Arrested on October 6:

Omar Ali AWAD, 52, of 4580 Lawnvale Dr in Gainesville

Charged with and reckless handling of a firearm, possession of a firearm while in possession a controlled substance, and possession of a scheduled I or II narcotic

Court Date: December 5, 2017 | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

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Suspect apprehended in stabbing incident on White Oak Road

From Stafford County Sheriff’s Office:

The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office has apprehended a suspect involved in a stabbing incident that occurred on Wednesday night at the 7-Eleven located at 324 White Oak Road.

On October 4, 2017 at approximately 10:15 p.m., deputies responded to a call in reference to a fight between two males at the convenience store. When deputies arrived, they observed a male, later identified as Keshon Brown, 20, standing next to a Volvo sedan. Brown told the deputies he had stabbed a male, Jarred Bennett, 18. (more…)

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At Manassas Museum, ‘a witness who stated a male subject pointed a firearm at him’

From police: 

Hit and Run

At approximately 12:20 a.m. on October 4, 2017, Manassas City Police responded to the intersection of Liberia Ave and Centreville Road for a report of a hit and run. The victim told police the suspect vehicle struck her vehicle in the rear, and then fled the scene. The suspect vehicle was reported to be dark in color, possibly a Chevrolet.

Pedestrian Struck

At approximately 6:26 p.m. on October 3, 2017, Manassas City Police responded to the intersection of Godwin Drive at Nokesville Road for a report of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle. Through investigation it was determined the victim was walking in the roadway and was struck by a vehicle. The victim sustained non-life threatening injuries and was flown to a local area hospital. There were no charges filed against the driver.

Possession of a Firearm -**Arrest**

At approximately 12:59 p.m. on September 29, 2017, the Manassas City Police Department responded to 9101 Prince William Street, the Manassas Museum, for a report of a group of individuals loitering in the area. On scene, police spoke with a witness who stated a male subject pointed a firearm at him. Officers identified a 15-year-old resident of Manassas as the suspect. A firearm was recovered at the scene. The juvenile was charged with possession of a firearm and other unrelated charges.

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Pedestrian struck ‘sustained severe injuries’

From police: 

Pedestrian Struck

At approximately 8:10 p.m. on October 2, 2017, Manassas City Police responded to the intersection of Hastings Dr and Dumfries Rd for a report of an accident with injuries involving a pedestrian.  On scene police located an adult male victim who sustained severe injuries.  The investigation revealed the pedestrian was crossing Dumfries Rd outside of the crosswalk when he was struck by a vehicle travelling south on Dumfries Rd.  The vehicle travelling on Dumfries Rd had a green light and was travelling at or below the posted 35 mph speed limit.  The victim, a 19-year-old resident of Manassas, was flown to a local area hospital.  No charges have been filed.  Investigation is ongoing.  

Robbery – Arrest

At approximately 3:58 p.m. on October 2, 2017, Manassas City Police responded to the 9200 block of Byrd Drive for a report of a robbery. Upon arrival, officers met with the male victim who stated the suspect assaulted him and took his jewelry. The suspect, who was later identified as Michael TIBBS, a 34-year-old resident of Manassas, was located near the scene and arrested without incident and charged with robbery. The victim sustained minor injuries.

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Firearm brandished after argument outside Cheesecake Factory

From police: 

Brandishing of a Firearm – On September 25 at 4:20PM, officers responded to the Cheesecake Factory located at 2708 Potomac Mills Cir in Woodbridge (22193) to investigate a brandishing. The investigation revealed that an unknown male was involved in a verbal altercation with a restaurant employee.

The male went outside and was followed by another restaurant employee. During the encounter outside, a vehicle approached the employee and a passenger brandished a firearm at him. The male eventually got into the vehicle and fled the area. No injuries were reported. There is no suspect description available at this time.

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Four suspects charged in carjacking

Leggett, James
Spinner, Antoinette
Leggett, Wanya
Carroll, Tyree

From Prince William County police:

Carjacking | Malicious Wounding *SUSPECTS IDENTIFIED AND ARRESTED – During the course of the investigation, detectives with the Robbery Unit identified and obtained warrants for the arrest of four suspects involved in a carjacking which was reported to have occurred at an unknown location on Georgetown Rd in Woodbridge on September 20.

Following the investigation, all four suspects were subsequently arrested. The investigation continues (more…)

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Sought for domestic related strangulation, suspect turns himself in

From Prince William County police:

Strangulation | Domestic Related *ARREST – On September 26, Jameur Ryan SMITH turned himself into police without incident at the Western District Station in Manassas. The accused was wanted for a domestic which occurred at a residence located in the 8800 block of Middleburg Ct in Manassas on August 23.

Arrested on September 26:
Jameur Ryan SMITH, 35, of 7599 Gales Ct in Manassas
Charged with strangulation
Court Date: October 23, 2017 | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond (more…)

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Charges ensue when allegedly intoxicated suspect spits on police officer

From Prince William County police:

Assault & Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer [LEO] – On September 21 at 1:35 a.m., officers responded to Brittany’s Restaurant located at 12449 Dillingham Sq in Woodbridge (22192) to investigate several suspicious individuals. When officers arrived, they made contact with several intoxicated suspects and subsequently arrested them.

As an officer was attempting to process one of the suspects at the Adult Detention Center, the accused spit on the officer. No injuries were reported. Following the investigation, the accused, identified as Kareem Tamara TAYLOR, was arrested without further incident. (more…)

Traffic
Updated: Arrest made in safety services patrolman hit-and-run

Police are searching for the driver of a green Mustang who fled the scene after striking the safety patrolman while he was rendering aid to another disabled driver. 

From police: 

At 6:20 a.m.Friday (Sept. 22), Virginia State Police responded to a report of a hit-and-run of a VDOT Safety Services Patroller in the northbound lanes of I-95 near Exit 166B.

The Safety Services Patrol (SSP) unit had responded to that location to aid a disabled motorist. The SSP unit parked his vehicle on the right shoulder with its sign board and amber emergency lights activated. The SSP unit was in the process of setting out traffic cones for the safety of the disabled motorist when a green Mustang traveling north on I-95 struck the SSP employee. The Mustang then fled the scene.

Thanks to eyewitness accounts and assistance from local law enforcement, state police have detained an individual for questioning in this incident.

The SSP unit, an adult male, was transported to Fairfax Inova Hospital and is being treated for serious injuries.

The incident remains under investigation at this time.

Updated

From a press release: 

Thanks to eyewitness accounts and assistance from local law enforcement, state police located and charged Ginnun S. Frazier, 27, of Alexandria, Va., with one felony count of hit-and-run and for driving on a revoked license.  State police also located the green Ford Mustang driven by Frazier.

The SSP unit, an adult male, was transported to Fairfax Inova Hospital for treatment of serious injuries. 

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Safety vest swindler in custody

Police say they have a suspect in custody — the person who is suspected of robbing two area banks, one most recently in Montclair in Prince William County, and the other in Manassas

From police: 

Bank Robbery *ARREST – During the below investigation, detectives from Anne Arundel County Police, Manassas City Police and Prince William County Police identified the suspect involved in multiple bank robberies which occurred in all three jurisdictions. The first robbery occurred at the United Bank in the City of Manassas on September 14. The same suspect is further alleged to have committed a bank robbery at the Sandy Spring Bank in Edgewater on September 15 followed by the robbery in Prince William County on September 16 at the SunTrust Bank located at 4377 Kevin Walker Dr in Dumfries. Following the investigation, detectives from Prince William County obtained warrants for the arrest of the suspect, identified as Jack Antonio ROMERO. On September 20, officers from the Anne Arundel County Police Department located and arrested the accused at a home on Coleridge Dr in Silver Spring, MD. The accused remains incarcerated in Maryland pending extradition back to Virginia.

Arrested on September 20: [Photo provided by Anne Arundel Police]

Jack Antonio ROMERO, 30, of 2302 Coleridge Dr in Silver Spring, MD

Charged with [PWC]: robbery, entering a bank armed with intent to commit larceny and use of a firearm in commission of a felony

Court Date: October 16, 2017 | Status: Pending Extradition

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Drone finds Mountain View High School student who was reported missing

From a press release: 

The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office located a missing Mountain View High School student last night with the help of the Sheriff’s Office Unmanned Aircraft System commonly referred to as a drone.

The Stafford Sheriff’s Office received a call on Monday, September 18, 2017, at approximately 5:00 p.m. in reference to a missing person.  The missing person was an 18-year-old Mountain View High School student who failed to return home after school.   The missing student had no history of running away and the Sheriff’s Office had reason to believe that he may be endangered.

 Deputies located the missing student’s book bag and cell phone in the school which heightened the concern for the young man’s safety.  Detectives conducted numerous interviews with associates of the student and learned that nobody had seen or heard from him since the end of the school day.

In light of the circumstances and the belief that the missing student may still be somewhere in the area of Mountain View High School, the Sheriff’s Office Search & Rescue Team as well as the Drone Team were called out to assist in the search.  The drone, which is equipped with a thermal imaging camera, was launched just before 9:00 p.m.

By 9:30 p.m. the drone operator picked up a thermal image believed to be that of the missing student in the far southwest portion of the school property near the track.  Drone team members directed deputies to that area and the missing student was found unharmed.

Photo: Stafford County Sheriff’s Office 

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Police investigate multiple shootings

From Prince William County police:

Shooting Investigation – On September 19 at 12:00AM, officers responded to the 3100 block of River Heritage Blvd in Dumfries (22026) to investigate a shooting. The initial investigation revealed that the victim, a 19-year-old man of Dumfries, was walking in a wooded area near the above location when he was approached by several males. During the encounter, one of the males brandished a firearm and fired at the victim, missing him. The victim was able to flee the area and contact police a short time later. After the shooting, the suspects fled the area. No injuries or property damage were reported.  At this point, this incident does not appear to be random. The investigation continues.

Shooting into an Occupied Vehicle – On September 18 at 4:01PM, officers responded to the area of Belvedere Dr and Benton St in Woodbridge (22193) to investigate a shots fired call. Several callers reported to police that multiple shots were heard in the above area. When officers arrived, they located several shell casings in the roadway. While searching the surrounding area, officers located a vehicle which had several bullet holes. Officers located the driver of the vehicle a short time later. The victim was uncooperative with officers during the investigation. No suspect description is available at this time. There were no injuries or other property reported damaged. The investigation continues.

 

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Authorities search for driver who struck 11-year-old boy on his bike

An 11-year-old boy is recovering after he was struck by a truck while riding his bicycle outside his Stafford County home.

Stafford authorities are now looking for the driver who struck the child on Saturday afternoon.

More in a press release:

On Saturday, September 16, 2017, just after 3:00 p.m. deputies from the Stafford Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the England Run North apartment complex in reference to a pedestrian struck call.

Deputies arrived on scene to find an 11-year- old male victim. It was reported that the victim was attempting to cross Cynthias Place on his bicycle when he was struck by a blue pickup truck. The truck reportedly stopped momentarily before driving off.

The victim was transported by rescue to Stafford Hospital Center where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and later released.

The suspect vehicle is described as a dark blue crew cab style pickup truck. There was a Philadelphia Eagles sticker on the left side of the truck’s back window. The driver is described as a young Hispanic male with black hair. The driver was wearing rainbow-colored
sunglasses on his head. There was a female in the front passenger seat of the truck with a child sitting in her lap and another male in the backseat sitting behind the driver.

Anyone who witnessed the accident or has information that would assist in identifying the suspect is asked to contact the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office at 540-658- 4400, Stafford Crime Solvers at 540-659- 2020 (where callers may remain anonymous) or TEXT “Stafford” + your tip to CRIMES (274637).

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Police search for stabbing suspect in Triangle, victim to be flown to hospital

Police are on the scene of a stabbing that happened just before 11 a.m.

At least one person has been injured. A helicopter has been called to fly the victim to a local hospital.

Police K9 units have been called to the incident in the area of Potomac Highlands Circle and Quantico Gateway Drive in Triangle.

Police have few details at this time. We’ll update this post as soon as we have more information.

11:30 a.m. Update 

From Prince William police: 

*INCIDENT – Stabbing | Triangle; Officers are currently investigating a stabbing which occurred in the area of Potomac Highlands Cir and Quantico Gateway Dr around 10:45AM this morning. The victim, an adult female, is being flown out with serious injuries but is expected to survive. Suspect fled the area on foot. A police K-9 and helicopter are responding to assist. Expect an increased police presence in the area.

Suspect Description:
Black female, 5’09” with curly hair last seen wearing white shirt, pink pants and white shoes

Update 

Police broke down their search perimeter shortly after noon. No arrests have been made in the incident.

 

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Robber hits SunTrust in on Kevin Walker Drive in Montclair

We are learning about a bank robbery that occurred this morning in Montclair. 

Here’s the latest from Prince William police: 

Bank Robbery – On September 16 at 11:52AM, officers responded to the SunTrust Bank located at 4377 Kevin Walker Dr [near] Dumfries (22025) to investigate a robbery. An employee reported to police that an unknown man approached the bank area and implied he had a weapon. The suspect then passed a note demanding money.

The suspect took an undisclosed amount of money before fleeing the area. A police K-9 and helicopter from Fairfax County Police responded to search for the suspect who was not located. More information to include a picture will be released when available. The investigation continues.

Suspect Description:

Light skinned male, mid 30s, 5’09”-5’10”, 210lbs, with a large build and dark curly hair

Last seen wearing a light grey sweatshirt with a reflective vest

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Sheriff’s deputy frees captive woman at Route 17 commuter lot

Michael McGinnis
Dallas Corder
Walter Tate

STAFFORD COUNTY — A Stafford County Sheriff’s Deputy is being heralded as a hero after he saved a woman from alleged abductors.

Deputy KJ Simpson was patrolling a commuter lot on Route 17 in south Stafford about 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 14 when he came on a red pickup parked at the back of the lot. Two men and a woman were inside the truck.

The deputy noticed the woman had been crying and was upset at the time he pulled up. One of two men told the deputy that they were arguing. The two men are identified as Dallas Corder and Michael McGinniss.

“Deputy Simpson noticed that while he was speaking to the males the female was shaking and appeared scared. At the time the female was sitting between the two males. Deputy Simpson instructed McGinniss to open the door and allow the female out,” a sheriff’s office spokesman wrote in a press release.

Once out of the car, the deputy took the woman to his patrol car where she told him “help me, get me out of here they have a gun.”

“Deputy Simpson immediately pushed the female to safety behind his patrol car and drew his firearm. He instructed Corder and McGinniss to show their hands. By this time additional deputies had arrived on scene. As Deputy Simpson got closer to the vehicle, he noticed another male subject lying in the back seat area.”

The third man is identified as Walter Elton Tate. (more…)

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Updated: Police called to possible hostage situation, shoot teen with crowbar

HAYMARKET — Prince William police are investigating an officer-involved shooting in Haymarket.

We’re told no police officers have been injured. Further details on the incident have yet-to-be-made available by a police spokesman.

County school officials stress to parents that children inside schools in the Haymarket area are safe

Prince William County Schools spokeswoman Irene Cromer released this statement:

Haymarket area schools are safe and advised of NO NEED for precautionary actions despite police activity in the area. Instruction continues as normal at all schools.

More as we have it.

2 p.m. 

A male juvenile was pronounced dead at the scene this morning after a police-involved shooting in Haymarket. 

From Prince William police: 

INCIDENTOfficer Involved Shooting | Haymarket; Detectives are currently investigating an officer involved shooting which occurred in the 6800 block of Hartzell Hill Ln in Haymarket (20169) around 10:45 this morning. No officers were injured. The individual shot was identified as a male juvenile and was pronounced dead at the scene. More information will be released when available. The investigation continues.

A road closure this afternoon will prevent parents from picking up children, as well as stalling bus traffic at schools in the area. 

From Prince William County Public Schools spokeswoman Irene Cormer: 

Due to road closure at Hartzell Hill Lane in Haymarket, parents are asked to meet their child’s bus at  Market Ridge and Heights Way.  No buses can go on Harzell Hill Lane. This may affect school buses from Battlefield High School, Reagan Middle School, and Haymarket Elementary School.

2:50 p.m. 

Police say the male juvenile is a teenager. 

4:45 p.m. 

The Prince William County Police Department is still actively investigating an officer involved shooting which occurred outside of a residence located in the 6800 block of Hartzell Hill Ln in Haymarket (20169) around 10:45AM this morning. Officers initially responded to the residence to investigate a possible hostage situation.

As officers were responding, information was received that one of the parties involved had a bomb strapped to his chest and was holding a family member hostage. When officers arrived, they observed a male individual in front of the residence. During the encounter, the individual brandished a crowbar and began walking toward the officers in a threatening manner.

The officers gave the individual multiple commands to drop the crowbar which he refused. At that point, one of the officers fired their Department issued weapon towards the individual, striking him in the upper body. Officers provided immediate first aid until rescue personnel arrived.

The individual was pronounced dead at the scene. No officers were injured.

The individual shot was identified as a 15-year-old male juvenile. More information will be released when available. The investigation continues.

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