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Crack cocaine, firearm found at Days Inn in Manassas

In the early morning on June 16, Prince William police were conducting a routine check at a Days Inn location on New Market Court in Manassas when they noticed the smell of marijuana coming from one of the rooms.

Prince William police entered the room and found a handgun and a substance they suspected to be crack cocaine.

Officers arrested the room occupant – 34-year old Kevin Thomas – in the room without incident.

Thomas is being charged with possession of a Schedule I or II narcotic, possession of a firearm with Scheduled narcotics, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to Prince William police.

He is being held without bond.

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73-year old woman sexually assaulted in CVS parking lot

This morning, Prince William police responded to a CVS store location on 13600 Jefferson Davis Highway in Woodbridge to investigate a sexual assault.

According to Prince William police, the victim – a 73-year old Woodbridge woman – stated that she was cleaning out her vehicle in the CVS parking lot, when she was approached by an unknown individual.

During the incident, the individual spoke with the victim and inappropriately touched her over her clothing. The individual fled the scene on foot.

No one was injured.

Prince William police were not able to locate the individual, but were able to visually identify him after viewing CVS surveillance footage.

He is described by Prince William police as a black male, between 18 and 25, 6’0” and 190 pounds with a medium build and dark complexion. He was last seen wearing a red baseball cap, a red shirt and black pants and black shoes.

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Manassas City man charged following child pornography investigation

On June 16 Manassas City police, working with the Northern Virginia-Washington D.C. Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, arrested 23-year old Manassas man David Battle.

The arrest comes after a month-long investigation, where Manassas City police was looking into the exploitation of children on the Internet, according to a Manassas City police release.

Following the execution of a search warrant at Battle’s home on Buckner Road in Manassas, Battle was charged with one county of distribution of child pornography and nine counts of possession of child pornography (second or subsequent offense) stated Manassas City police.

Battle is being held without bond.

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Stafford could get 8 new officers with COPS grant

The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office is applying for a federal grant to get funds for more officers.

The Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grants are funded through the U.S. Department of Justice, and are meant to assist law enforcement agencies with staffing needs.

“We’ve taken advantage of them in the past to supplement and increase our sworn staffing – primarily with the argument that we’re a fast growing community and that we’re not able to keep up with the human resource that is needed to engage in and fulfill our community policing mission,” said Stafford Sheriff Charles Jett.

The county was awarded a COPS grant in 1999 and was able to hire 10 new officers.

According to Jett, applying for these grants has gotten very competitive.

“We’ve seen the amount of money dwindle, in regards to nationwide, the amount is available to grantees. We’ve also seen it become extremely competitive, as a number of law enforcement agencies laid off officers during the economically challenging times…for us, we’re making the case that we’ve already made before the board of supervisors and that’s that through our sheriff’s office staffing strategic plan, we were able to demonstrate that currently we are 30 field positions down,” said Jett.

The COPS funding allows for a 5% increase in sworn officers – which would be 8 positions for Stafford, according to Jett.

In total, Stafford County could receive up to $1 million, and there is a local matching responsibility that the Stafford County Board of Supervisors would have to agree to. The board gave Jett the approval to apply for the grant last month.

For Jett, this funding would allow the county to offer better response times and community outreach.

“It would enhance and increase service delivery. As we’re now showing that our response times are not where we want them to be on emergency calls – it’s also showing that our deputy currently has a minimal amount of proactive community policing time to engage in the community, in problem solving activities….it would [also] reduce the financial impact on the community,” Jett commented.

The winners of the COPS grants will be announced before the end of September.

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Woman robbed in Tackett’s Mill parking lot

On the evening of June 15, Prince William police responded to a call for a robbery at the Tackett’s Mill Shopping Center in Woodbridge.

According to Prince William police, the victim – a 69-year old Woodbridge woman – told police that she was walking through the parking lot at the shopping center when she was approached by an unknown individual.

During the incident, the individual grabbed the victim’s shopping cart, which held the victim’s purse, and demanded money.

The individual took money and fled on foot.

No one was injured.

The suspect is described as a black male, between 40 and 50, 6’4” and 220 pounds with a heavy build and a bald head. He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and dark colored pants.

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Three men wanted for armed robbery in Woodbridge

On the evening of June 13, Prince William police responded to Bonny Road in Woodbridge to investigate a robbery.

According to Prince William police, the victims – a 20-year old man and a 19-year old man from Woodbridge – stated they were walking on the road when they were approached by three unknown individuals.

During the incident, the three individuals assaulted the victims. One of the individuals pulled out a knife and demanded their property, stated Prince William police.

The individuals took one backpack from the victims and fled on foot.

There were minor injuries.

Prince William police stated that a K-9 unit was used to search for the three individuals. During this search, the backpack was found, but a speaker that was in the bag is missing.

One is described as a black male, between 16 and 17, 5’7” with a thin build, wearing a ski mask, black jacket and khaki pants. Another is described as a black male, between 17 and 18, 6’0” with a thin build and short black hair, wearing a white tank top, black pants or blue jeans. The other individual is described as a black male, between 18 and 20, 6’3” with a dark complexion, wearing a black long-sleeved shirt and black pants.

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Two men wanted by police for Nokesville break in

On June 12, Prince William police responded to a home on Glenkirk Road in Nokesville to look into a burglary.

According to Prince William police, the homeowner said that two individuals entered the home through a back door that was unlocked. There were no signs of forced entry, said Prince William police.

When the homeowner yelled at the individuals, they fled the home on foot. No property was missing, stated Prince William police.

The homeowner tried to follow the individuals, but lost them when they ran into a wooded area near the home, reported Prince William police.

Prince William police K-9 units attempted to search for the two individuals.

One is described as a white male, between 20 and 25, 6’0” and 180 pounds with blonde hair, wearing a white shirt and blue jeans. The other individual is described as a male, between 20 and 25, 5’8” and 200 pounds with black hair.

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Two Woodbridge men charged with cocaine, heroin possession

On April 10, Prince William police conducted a narcotics investigation – executing a search warrant on a Woodbridge home on Wetherburn Court.

During the search of the home, drug paraphernalia was found, according to Prince William police.

Additionally, the owner of the home – 32-year old Emmanuel Mensah – was found with cocaine when searched.

Detectives also arrested 33-year old Damien Johnson following a vehicle stop near the home, said Prince William police. When searched, Johnson was found in possession of heroin.

Both men are being charged with possession of a scheduled I or II narcotic.

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Woodbridge woman charged with assault, battery on two officers

On the evening of June 9, Prince William police responded to a home on Redskin Court in Woodbridge based on a request from Fairfax police.

According to Prince William police, they were told that 37-year old Michelle Bullock was at the residence and was wanted by police in Fairfax.

When officers were on scene, they saw Bullock walking towards a vehicle. Officers approached the vehicle, when Bullock was seated in the driver’s seat, stated Prince William police.

Two officers – one at the driver’s side door, and another at the passenger’s side door – attempted to address Bullock.

Prince William police stated that Bullock then placed the vehicle in reversed and accelerated backwards at high speed. Because of this, an officer on the driver’s side door had to run alongside the vehicle, before being able to let go safely.

No one was injured.

Bullock was later located and arrested. She is being charged with two counts of assault and battery on a law enforcement officer, one count of resisting arrest and one count of obstruction of justice. She is being held without bond.

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23-year old Woodbridge woman is missing, endangered

Update

Paola Roxana Gil  has been located and is safe, according to Prince William police.

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Prince William County police is looking for a missing and endangered adult – 23-year old Paola Roxana Gil.

Gil left her home on Tendril Court in Woodbridge around 5 p.m. last night, stated Prince William police.

She appeared to leave the residence voluntarily, but may need assistance and qualifies as endangered, according to Prince William police.

Gil may be driving a 1998 green Saturn sedan with Virginia license plate tag KNM-9524.

Gil is described as a white female, 5’7” and 170 pounds with dyed red hair, brown eyes, gauged ears and tattoos on her right forearm, right arm and left finger. She was last seen wearing black pants and a black tank top.

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Ali Shukri Amin, 17, aimed to aid terrorists

Seventeen year old Manassas man Ali Shukri Amin pled guilty this morning in federal court for providing support and resources to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

ISIL is a foreign terrorist organization based out of the Middle East.

Amin ill be sentenced for the charges on August 28. If convicted, he could face a maximum penalty of up to 15-years.

“Today’s guilty plea demonstrates that those who use social media as a tool to provide support and resources to ISIL will be identified and prosecuted with no less vigilance than those who travel to take up arms with ISIL. The Department of Justice will continue to pursue those that travel to fight against the United States and our allies, as well as those individuals that recruit others on behalf of ISIL in the homeland, and prosecute them to the full extent of the law,” said Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, in a release.

According to Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Carlin, ISIL has been using social media to reach out to Americans and other individuals to gain support.

“Ali Amin’s guilty plea is the latest in a series of cases that highlights the impact and danger of online extremist propaganda,” said Andrew G. McCabe, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, in a release.

Case documents stated that Amin used Twitter to provide encouragement and advice to ISIL members and supports. Amin also gave ISIL information on how to use Bitcoin – a virtual currency system – to provide the group with a way to mask funds.

Additionally, Amin helped to facilitate travel for an 18-year Prince William County resident Reza Niknejad to Syria, to join ISIL in January.

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Missing Nokesville teen found in New Jersey

Update

We have more information about Thomas James “T.J” Sadler’s disappearance.

Sadler was found yesterday morning in North Cape May, New Jersey.

According to a police report from the Lower Township Police Department in Erma, New Jersey, officers went to a residence on Elliot Road in North Cape May at 8:13 a.m.

The call was prompted by a detective from Prince William police, who stated that Sadler was online and the IP address he was using, was traced back to the residence.

At the residence, officers located Sadler and he was transported back to the police station, according to the police report. Sadler was found with a female acquaintance. Potomac Local is following up to determine the age and identity of the female involved.

A detective from Prince William police was sent to retrieve Sadler from New Jersey.

The family’s blue Ford pickup truck that was missing at the time of Sadler’s disappearance was recovered at the Cracker Barrel on Sudley Road in Manassas, according to Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok. As of now, it is unclear as to how he was transported to New Jersey.

Lynn Sadler – Sadler’s mother – stated that she was still upset about the incident, but that she was happy and relieved that her son had been found safely.

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Thomas James “T.J.” Sadler – the missing 14-year old Nokesville teen – has been found.

Sadler went missing back on June 3, allegedly leaving home in his grandfather’s blue Ford pickup.

According to Prince William police, Sadler was located and is safe.

This morning Sadler’s mother – Lynn Sadler – posted on her Facebook page about her son being found:

TJ SADLER IS FOUND AND ALIVE! !! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL YOUR HELP AND SUPPORT. PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD. THANK YOU JESUS FOR ANSWERING OUR PRAYERS. ?#?findtjsadler.

Potomac Local has called Lynn Sadler and is awaiting comment.

Potomac Local reached out to Prince William police for more information regarding Sadler’s return.

Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok stated that Sadler was found in New Jersey, but did not have additional information as to how he had gotten there, or who had located him.

Additionally, there has been no confirmed reason for his disappearance.

Prince William Commonwealth’s Attorney Paul Ebert stated that the day Sadler disappeared, he was issued a notice of violating his probation and that he would be going to juvenile detention, per the guidelines of his probation.

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Young Woodbridge man charged for sexual assault of a minor

On June 5, Prince11070278_860426230673478_1961852575752473744_n William police responded to a call for a sexual assault incident that took place on Stevens Road in Woodbridge in May.

According to Prince William police, the victim – a 14-year old female – was sexually assaulted by a known acquaintance – 19-year old Bryan Velazquez Vazquez – when she was visiting him at the residence.

Following the investigation, officers from the Special Victims unit located Velazquez Vazquez and arrested him. 

Velazquez Vazquez is being charged with carnal knowledge of a child.

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3 arrested after car smashed, fight, in Woodbridge parking lot

On the evening of June 4, Prince William police responded to Prince William Parkway in Woodbridge to investigate a fight.

During the investigation, officers found that two individuals – 49-year old Jasper Bates and 32-year old Franchesca Jackson – saw and confronted 30-year old Marques Burke, said Prince William police.

Burke was in his vehicle in the parking lot at the time.

During the incident, Bates threw a large landscaping rock at Burke’s vehicle. The rock shattered the rear window and almost hit a 6-year old boy who was in the vehicle, stated Prince William police.

A physical altercation took place between Bates and Burke, and Burke picked up a rock and hit Bates in the head, where he fell unconscious, according to Prince William police.

After this, Jackson approached Burke and began assaulting him, said Prince William police.

Prince William police stated that Burke left the scene before officers arrived.

There were minor injuries.

Bates is being charged with attempted malicious wounding, throwing [objects] at an occupied vehicle, destruction of property and disorderly conduct. Burke is being charged with malicious wounding. Jackson is being charged with assault and battery and disorderly conduct.

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Family troubles surround disappearance of Nokesville teen

Sadler frequented online forum 

The case of missing 14-year old Nokesville teen Thomas James “T.J.” Sadler is apparently much more complicated than it seems.

Sadler went missing from his home on June 3, leaving the property with his grandfather’s blue Ford pickup.

Potomac Local reported earlier today that Sadler had been a frequent poster on a community forum called Fairfax Underground – and that he had been involved in several heated exchanges with other posters online, according to site owner Cary Weidemann.

Currently there is no concrete evidence of foul play, and Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok stated they are treating the incident as if he left of his own.

Complicated family life at home

According to Weidemann, a lot of T.J.’s posts on the site have been related to a family dispute.

“[T.J.] was involved in a very public extra-familial dispute with the ‘Hickersons’ and ‘O’Laughlens’ chronicled in threads,” said Weidemann.

Nancye Hickerson, Sadler’s grandmother, confirmed that the family dispute had been a large source of strain for her grandson, and that it had been posted on the Internet – not only Fairfax Underground, but several other social media sites as well.

Deceased father

Sadler’s disappearance comes about the same time as the anniversary of the violent death of his father,  Thomas Jeffrey Sadler,  in 2013.

“T.J.’s father was killed by the police in Raleigh, North Carolina,” said Hickerson.

According to news reports on the incident, Thomas Sadler was naked and creating a disturbance and was restrained by Raleigh police officers before being tasered several times, which led to the cardiac arrhythmia that caused his death.

Lynn Sadler stated that he had been upset about it.

His own problems with the law

Sadler may have had troubles of his own with the law.

“He’s no stranger to the criminal justice system,” said Prince William County Commonwealth’s Attorney Paul Ebert.

According to Hickerson, Sadler was on probation with the Prince William County Juvenile Court.

“Thomas was supposed to go back to court [last] Friday. He broke his probation…he had numerous charges against him – cyber harassment. I don’t know all of the charges, because he’s a minor. We had charges against him – which if he had kept his probation – would not have been processed,” said Hickerson.

Prior to his disappearance, an online account associated with him, stating he was arrested for a shoplifting charge on May 30.

Lynn Sadler did not comment on her son’s previous run ins with law enforcement. Criminal records for minors are not made available to the public.

Others could be involved

As stated in our earlier story, Sadler had been involved in several exchanges on Fairfax Underground.

One of the posters that Sadler spoke with on the site – Michael Josef Basl (who goes by the username ‘eesh’) – stated that Sadler most commonly represented himself as being 18 years old, four years older than his actual age. 

Basl stated he had no involvement or knowledge of the disappearance.

“I don’t know if someone else got angry with him,” Basl commented. Basl stated that he spoke with Prince William police with information related to Sadler’s online activities.

Where is T.J. Sadler?

Prince William police continue to look for Sadler.

Hickerson stated that T.J. left his mother a note before leaving on June 3, that may contain information that will lead to his whereabouts. Lynn Sadler declined to comment about the note.

O’Laughlen commented that he was doubtful Sadler could have left the area in the pickup on his own.

“I wouldn’t think T.J. would be able to drive a vehicle out of the town of Nokesville without some kind of help. Because the boy’s never driven out on the road…if he did leave, I can’t imagine him going far, not unless he met somebody and they helped him get out of the area,” said O’Laughlen.

 

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Centreville man wanted for Woodbridge burglary

Prince William police are searching for 19-year old Centreville man, Tevon Dean Haskins, following a burglary incident in Woodbridge.

According to Prince William police, on the evening of May 22, officers responded to a home in Woodbridge to investigate a burglary call.

The officer’s investigation showed that there was no forced entry, and that the suspect entered through an unsecured rear window, said Prince William police.

Jewelry, a laptop, a gaming console and other items were reported missing.

On June 2, detectives arrested two juveniles connected to the burglary and learned that Haskins was another individual involved. Additionally, Haskins was reportedly armed during the burglary, said Prince William police.

Haskins is currently wanted for burglary while armed, grand larceny and conspiracy to commit a felony, stated Prince William police. He is described as a black make, 5’8” and 160 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

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Exclusive: Missing Nokesville boy terrorized online prior to disappearance

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Potomac Local spoke with the owner of community forum the Fairfax Underground, Cary Wiedemann, about T.J. Sadler’s disappearance.

According to Wiedemann, there may be reason to suspect foul play.

“If my mapping of online personas to real world identities is accurate, [Sadler] has been the perpetrator of harassment far more than the receiver.  I have been trying to ban this individual from Fairfax Underground for years, going as far as deactivating dozens of accounts and banning hundreds of IP addresses.  Due to the abusive nature of comments likely authored by this young man I had to take the nearly unprecedented step of banning entire neighborhoods of Verizon DSL users in the Nokesville area, as T.J. Sadler learned how to change his IP address…it’s worth nothing that this young man sparked the ire of countless individuals…I worry that this disappearance could be due to foul play, given how T.J’s online personas irked many,” said  Wiedemann in an email.

Potomac Local has reached out to the Prince William County Police Department with the information given by Wiedemann in relation to this case.

“We are aware of the site and the postings. We still have no reason to believe that he left under any other circumstances other than his own accord,” said Officer Perok, public information officer for Prince William police. 

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It appears that Thomas James “T.J.” Sadler – a 14-year old Nokesville boy that went missing on June 3 – may have left home after being bullied online.

Lynn Sadler, a family nurse practitioner and T.J.’s mother, stated that she was struggling with her son’s disappearance.

“I’m not doing well. It’s just me mostly – there isn’t really any other family,” said Sadler.

Online harassment on community forum

According to Sadler, her son was severely bullied by anonymous individuals on a community forum site called the Fairfax Underground.

The harassment began after T.J. posted on the site back in December 2014. Commenters began posting personal information and records about T.J. and his mother, as well as photos.

“There’s been a lot of online harassment from my first ex-husband…he’s been posting pictures of me and my son – calling him homosexual…and then there was another individual who got on there with the screen name of ‘eesh’ and he’s also been terrorizing my son. They’ve posted all kinds of pictures of my face on pornography – my son’s face on pornography…calling my son gay. I presume this has what’s gotten to him all this time,” said Sadler.

Law enforcement unable to help

Sadler stated that she reached out to law enforcement for help with the online attacks, but was not successful.

“I’ve been to the police, I’ve been to the Commonwealth Attorney…no one’s done anything to protect my son from all of this. I’ve been harassed terribly too – I’ve even hired a private detective and they weren’t able to do anything because Cary – who owns the Fairfax Underground – won’t release any information about who’s doing these things,” Sadler commented.

Originally when T.J. was reported missing the Prince William police thought he had left on foot, but they later learned that he had taken his grandfather’s car and had left while his mother was at the hospital.

“I don’t know why [he left]. He’s been very sad and depressed. I’ve tried to do things to fix it…my father was in the hospital having a stroke at the time. I had talked to him on the phone and I asked him to do a couple of things to get ready for my dad to come home…and when I got home T.J. was nowhere to be found,” said Sadler.

The vehicle is a blue Ford pickup truck with the license tag ZMD-4856.

He is still missing

Sadler has pled on Facebook, and when she spoke with Potomac Local, for her son’s return.

“I’m so afraid that he’s not okay…I’m heartbroken. I’m destroyed. I can’t function. I don’t know how I’m going to face all of this,” said Sadler.

Officer Jon Perok from the Prince William police stated that T.J. Sadler is still missing as of this morning.

He is a white male, 6’5” and 220 pounds with collar length sandy brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a red and black striped t-shirt and blue jeans.

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Prince William police still looking for home burglar

11392957_858628670853234_4949412072550106284_nPrince William police are seeking information about a burglary of a home office in a residence on Burwell Road in Nokesville.

On the morning of March 26, Prince William police responded to the residence to investigate.

Prince William police said that the homeowner stated that the burglary occurred overnight. An investigation revealed that there did not appear to be signs of forced entry, and the individual entered the home through an unlocked door.

Home surveillance footage showed that the individual entered the home around 5:40 a.m. and that a television and camera were reported missing, said Prince William police.

The individual, as seen in the footage, is being described as a white male between 18 and 22, 5’10” and 180 pounds with collar length brown hair. He was last seen wearing a flannel shirt and tan cargo pants.

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Gainesville man charged with 5 counts of arson

Today, Prince William County Fire Marshals arrested Gainesville man – Gerald Llewellyn Purvin – on five counts of arson.

The five counts of arson are on personal property valued at more than $200. This qualified as a class-4 felony, said Prince William fire and rescue.

Purvin was arrested related to a fire on May 1 of a recreational vehicle located on Livingston Road, stated Prince William fire and rescue. Multiple vehicles were destroyed in the incident.

More on the arson charge from Prince William fire and rescue:

Each charge carries a maximum penalty of a term of imprisonment of not less than two years and not more than 10 years and, subject to a fine of not more than $100,000.

Purvin was released on a $10,000 bond and will be arranged in county district court on June 8. The hearing for the case is scheduled for July 7, according to Prince William fire and rescue.

 

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Long John Silver’s burglarized in Dale City

In the afternoon on June 1, Prince William police responded to the Long John Silver’s location on Dale Boulevard in Woodbridge to investigate a burglary.

According to Prince William police, employees stated that the burglary occurred between 4:45 p.m. on May 30 and 12 p.m. on June 1.

The Prince William police’s investigation showed that the individual entered the business through the drive thru window, which was damaged.

An undisclosed amount of money was taken, stated Prince William police.

This is the second fast food chain location to be burglarized on Dale Boulevard this week. A McDonald’s location in Dale City was robbed on June 2.

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Manassas Park neighborhood evacuated, man in custody

Update

The suspect in the incident has been identified as Daniel Boyd – a Manassas Park resident. 

According to Manassas Park police, he is being charged with abduction, assault and battery, attempted arson and attempted strangulation.

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The Manassas Park police have a 30-year old male in custody, and are investigating, following an incident this morning that led to home evacuations.

According to Manassas Park police, at 8 a.m., officers responded to a home on Manassas Drive for a domestic incident that involved the individual, who was wanted by police.

Manassas Park police stated that he threatened to hurt himself and others, and that he had poured gasoline throughout the residence.

In order to secure the area, Manassas Park police closed down Manassas Drive between Kent Drive and Colfax Drive temporarily.

Additionally, the Manassas Park fire and rescue department, the Prince William police and the Prince William sheriff’s office were on scene to assist.

Manassas Park police stated that several homes and residents were evacuated as a precaution.

The investigation into the incident is still ongoing.

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