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Robber dons safety vest, makes off with cash

MANASSAS — A United Bank location in Manassas was robbed today.

A man walked into the financial center at 9626 Center Street at 1:27 p.m., implied he had a gun, and demanded cash.

The bandit made off with an undisclosed amount of money. No one was hurt.

The robber is described as white or Hispanic, 5 feet 7 to 5 feet 9 inches tall, wearing a silver construction hat, a bright yellow construction vest, a white shirt with dark sleeves, and blue jeans.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Manassas Crime Solvers.

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A rash of armed robberies hits northern Woodbridge neighborhoods

WOODBRIDGE — Police are investigating a string of armed robberies that occurred Sunday and Monday in the Woodbridge area. 

The robbers brandished firearms in each of the incidents. The description of the suspects in each a case is similar. 

Each of the reported incidents took place between East Longview Drive and Horner Road, in the northern section of Woodbridge.

Anyone with information on the robberies is encouraged to call Prince William County Crimes Solvers. 

Here is the information on the robberies from Prince William police: 

Armed Robbery – On September 10 at 2:10PM, officers responded to the 1400 block of G St in Woodbridge (22191) to investigate a robbery. The victim, a 59-year-old man of Woodbridge, reported to police that he was walking in the above area when he approached two unknown males. During the encounter, one of the suspects brandished a firearm then rummage through the victim’s pocket. The suspects took the victim’s wallet then fled the area on foot. No injuries were reported. A police K-9 searched the surrounding area for the suspects who were not located. The investigation continues.

Suspect Descriptions:

Black male, between 28 & 30 years of age, 5’10”, 150lbs, with short black hair

Last seen wearing a black shirt and black pantz

Black male, between 28 & 30 years of age, 5’06”, 140lbs, with short black hair

Last seen wearing a black shirt and black pants

Armed Robbery – On September 10 at 1:10AM, officers responded to the area of Woodbridge St and Horner Rd in Woodbridge (22191) to investigate a robbery. The victim, 30 year old man of Woodbridge, reported to police that he was walking in the above area when he was approached by an unknown male. During the encounter, the suspect brandished a firearm and demanded the victim’s property. The suspect took the victim’s passport then fled the area on foot. No injuries were reported. A police K-9 searched the surrounding area for the suspect who was not located.

Suspect Description:

Black male of an unknown age, 5’11”, 170lbs, with brown eyes and a medium build

Last seen wearing a black sweatshirt (more…)

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Suspect enters gas station through shattered door

DUMFRIES — Police are investigating the burglary of a gas station in Dumfries.

Officers were called to the Valero gas station at 17315 Jefferson Davis Highway at 2:52 a.m. An alarm had been activated, triggering the police call.

Someone shattered a front glass door and forced their way inside, then took cigarettes. The intruder fled on foot.

A police K-9 was called to search for the suspect who got away.

The intruder, who was caught on video, is described as black man, between 25 and 30 years old, 225 pounds, 5 feet 10 inches tall, with short black hair, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, dark jeans, and dark shoes.

Anyone with information on this crime is asked to contact the Prince William County Police Department.

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Suspect in stabbing remains at large

STAFFORD — Authorities in Stafford County are searching for the man they say stabbed another man near the England Run Library.

From the Stafford sheriff’s office: 

O’Shea Hicks Jr

On Friday, September 1, 2017 at approximately 11:30 p.m., deputies from the Stafford Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported stabbing in the area of 16 Shasta Place at the England Run North Apartments.  Deputies arrived on scene to find a 32-year-old male suffering from a single stab wound to the back.  Deputies learned that the victim had been involved in a physical altercation with the suspect just prior to the stabbing.  

The victim was transported to an area hospital where he was treated and later released. (more…)

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Amtrak engineer killed in crash, police search for driver who fled the scene

DUMFRIES — Police are asking anyone with information on the crash that killed an Amtrak engineer to come forward.

James Henry Taylor IV, 47, of Fredericksburg, died after he was struck by a dark-colored sedan at mile post 152 on Interstate 95 in Dumfries.

The crash occurred at 11:11 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017. A witness told police the sedan swerved out of a lane, crossed multiple northbound lanes of traffic, and then struck a tan 2006 Hyundai Elantra driven by Taylor.

The impact caused both vehicles to run off the left side of the road and collide with a guardrail. The two cars collided again a second time, according to police. (more…)

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More skimmer devices found at Woodbridge gas stations

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WOODBRIDGE — More skimming devices have been found at gas pumps in Prince William County.

From Prince William police:

Since last week, the Prince William County Police Department has responded to calls involving skimmer devices being located on ATMs at five separate 7-Eleven locations in central Prince William County. Over the past few month, police have also located skimming devices at area gas stations and other ATM locations.

Below is a list the 7-Eleven locations, which reported skimming devices recently (map). If you have visited one of these locations recently and used the ATM, you are asked to monitor your bank accounts for suspicious activity and, if needed, notify your bank that your card information may have been compromised.

Ø 5041 Prince William Pkwy, Woodbridge
Ø 13660 Minnieville Rd, Woodbridge
Ø 4804 Dale Blvd, Woodbridge
Ø 7001 Dale Blvd, Woodbridge
Ø 14116 Minnieville Rd, Woodbridge

These latest skimmer incidents come after one was found at an Exxon gas station at the intersection of Prince William Parkway and Worth Avenue on July 7. (more…)

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Dumfries issues crackdown on unpaid parking tickets

DUMFRIES — Dumfries residents have until September 3 to pay their unpaid parking tickets without facing additional fines.

An ordinance passed unanimously this month by the town council allows police to tow or install a boot on any vehicle that has three or more unpaid parking tickets. It also allows police to tow a vehicle or semi-trailer that has been idle for 10 days sitting private or public property, without the consent of the vehicle or property owner.

The ordinance sets fines for parking tickets at $25 to $100 and imposes an additional $200 fee if the payment is not postmarked and mailed to the town treasurer’s office within 10 days of police issuing the ticket. If the 10th day falls on Saturday, Sunday, or a legal holiday, no penalty is imposed until the next business day, according to town documents (PDF).

Dumfries Police Chief Nicholas Esposito said there are 1,476 unpaid parking tickets in the town. That adds up to over $100,000 in lost revenue for the town, according to Mayor Jerry Foreman. The lost revenue has had an impact on the town’s budget.

“I’m proud to say that, while I’ve been mayor, we’ve lowered property taxes,” said Mayor Jerry Foreman. “The next thing we are going to talk about is raising taxes because we’re not collecting the fees.”

A total of 176 of those are repeat offenders with three or more parking tickets, added Esposito. (more…)

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Police response to medical emergency leads to arrests

From Stafford County Sheriff’s Office:

 

joseph p campbell
william c cullen

Stafford Deputies responded to a report of an unknown medical emergency to the rear of 620 Cambridge Street on August 4, 2017, at 8:08 p.m. Upon arrival, they located two individuals unresponsive, one on the ground by the driver’s side door of a Ford pickup truck and the other laying behind the vehicle.

One of the deputies noticed a white powdery substance spread across the center console of the truck which he believed to be heroin. Narcan was then administered to one of the subjects and he was immediately transported by rescue to Mary Washington Hospital. The second subject also regained consciousness and was transported to Mary Washington for evaluation. (more…)

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‘The accused assaulted the victim and grabbed her by the neck’

From Prince William County police:

Strangulation | Brandishing a Firearm – On August 2 at 3:05 p.m., officers responded to a residence located in the 7000 block of Lakota Drive in Woodbridge to investigate an assault involving weapons. The investigation revealed the victim, a 31-year-old woman, and the accused, an acquaintance, were involved in a verbal altercation, which escalated physically.

During the encounter, the accused assaulted the victim and, at one point, grabbed her by the neck. The victim was eventually able to separate from the accused. The accused then retrieved a firearm and pointed it towards the victim. The accused also broke property inside the home including the victim’s cell phone.

When the accused left the home briefly, the victim was able to lock the door and contact police. Officers arrived and detained the accused without further incident. Minor injuries were reported. Following the investigation, the accused, identified as Cristian Alexander PLEITEZ-CORTEZ, was arrested. (more…)

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Manassas man arrested after investigation of aggravated sexual battery

From Prince William County police:

Aggravated Sexual Battery – On August 1, detectives from the Special Victims Bureau, in conjunction with Child Protective Services, began an investigation into an assault which was reported to have occurred at a residence located in Manassas in December of 2016.

The investigation revealed the victim, an 11-year-old girl, was sexually assaulted by the accused, a family member, while she was sleeping. The incident was recently disclosed which prompted the investigation. Following the investigation, the accused, identified as Eliu TOBAR ESCOBAR, was arrested.

Arrested on August 1:
Eliu TOBAR ESCOBAR, 34, of the 7800 block of Chase Court in Manassas
Charged with aggravated sexual battery
Court Date: Pending | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

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Update: Alexandria man sought on charges of impersonating a law enforcement officer

From Prince William County police:

The citizen asked the suspect for identification and the name of his supervisor. The suspect then immediately went back to his vehicle and left the area. – On July 31 at 6:41 a.m., officers responded to investigate a suspicious vehicle which was reported in the area of Williamson Boulevard and Duneiden Lane in Manassas. The investigation revealed a citizen was stopped at the traffic light on Sudley Road at Williamson Boulevard, attempting to make a left turn.

A driver of a blue, 2007 Ford Crown Victoria was also stopped at the same signal in an adjacent lane next to the citizen. When the vehicles made the left turn onto Williamson Blvd, the suspect vehicle got behind the citizen’s car and activated red and blue flashing lights which were mounted in the grill and visor area. (more…)

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Shots fired into car in Haymarket

From Prince William police: 

Attempted Malicious Wounding | Reckless Handling of a FirearmOn July 28 at 7:08PM, officers responded to the area of Market Ridge Blvd and Muir Dr in Haymarket (20169) to investigate a shooting. The investigation revealed the victim, a 27-year-old man, was involved in an altercation with the accused, a male acquaintance, in front of a residence on Bryson Cir. The parties separated and the accused retrieved a handgun from the home. The accused then exited the home and stood in front of the victim’s vehicle. At one point, the accused fired multiple rounds, striking the vehicle. The victim fled the area and parked at a nearby business where he called police. Officers located the vehicle unoccupied. A friend of the victim was eventually contacted and confirmed he was not injured. Following the investigation, the accused, identified as Michael Donovan WINE, was arrested.

Arrested on July 28:

Michael Donovan WINE, 43, of 6802 Bryson Cir in Haymarket

Charged with attempted malicious wounding, use of a firearm in commission of a felony and reckless handling of a firearm

Court Date: Pending | Bond: Unavailable

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Updated: Dog bites man sought in attempted abduction

WOODBRIDGE — Police are searching a Woodbridge neighborhood after a girl was nearly abducted.

The victim told police she was walking her dog in the area of Rippon Middle School about 4:30 p.m. when a man walked up to her and attempted to abduct her, according to initial reports.

The dog bit the man, who fled toward Rippon Middle School.

We’ll post more information when we have it.

6:30 p.m.

From Prince William police:

Attempted Abduction — At approximately 3:50pm, the victim, a 10-year-old girl, was reportedly walking her dog in the 1800 block of Heather Glenn Ct in Woodbridge when an unknown man approached her and grabbed her arm. During the encounter, the victim’s dog bit the suspect who then released her and fled on foot.

A police K-9 checked the area. The suspect was not located. The victim was not injured.

The investigation continues.

Suspect Lookout:
Hispanic male, unknown age, 5’3″, 145lbs with a thin build, short brown hair and a goatee. Last seen wearing a white stripped shirt and light colored long pants.

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Four accused of holding down man in his room, robbing him

Harris, Charles
Gisin, Diane
Cambrelen, Jack
Moya, Thomas

From Prince William police: 

Strong Armed Robbery On July 26 at 9:30PM, officers were conducting routine foot patrol in the area of the Days Inn located at 249 New Market Ct in Manassas (20109) when they were flagged down regarding a robbery. The victim, a 36-year-old man, reported to police that he was held down in his room and robbed by four acquaintances. The suspects took the victim’s money. The victim left the room after the altercation and then went to the front desk where he encountered officers. The suspects were located in the room where they were detained without incident. The victim was not injured. Following the investigation, all four suspects were arrested.

Arrested on July 26:

Charles Edward HARRIS, 21, of 10951 Wild Ginger Cir, in Manassas

Diane Marie GISIN, 49, of no fixed address

Jack George CAMBRELEN, 57, of no fixed address

Thomas Oliver MOYA, 30, of no fixed address

All four suspects were charged with robbery

Court Date: October 23, 2017 | Bond: All Held WITHOUT Bond

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Brewer faces charges after man shot during narcotics buy

From Prince William police: 

Aggravated Malicious Wounding *ARRESTOn July 28, officers located the suspect, identified as the accused, who was involved in the shooting which occurred in the 3500 block of Powells Crossing Ct in Woodbridge on July 27. Police received an anonymous tip, which ultimately led officers to the area of Bayside Dr where members of the U.S. Marshals Task Force attempted an arrest. The accused fled on foot and was taken into custody following a brief chase. The investigation into the shooting revealed the accused met the victim to conduct a narcotics transaction. During the transaction, the accused took a firearm belonging to the victim and, when the victim intervened, he was shot in the upper body. After the altercation, the accused fled the area. At the time of the incident, three children of the accused, ages 3, 6, and 7, were inside the vehicle. The children were not injured during the altercation. Following the investigation, the accused, identified as Susann Michelle BREWER, was arrested. The children were located with the accused during her arrest and were subsequently released to the custody of Child Protective Services. Additional charges are pending.

Arrested on July 28:

Susann Michelle BREWER, 30, of no fixed address

Charged with aggravated malicious wounding, use of a firearm in commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon

Court Date: September 25, 2017 | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

Malicious Wounding [Previously Released] On July 27 at 2:29AM, officers responded to the 3500 block of Powells Crossing Ct in Woodbridge (22193) to investigate a shooting. When officers arrived, they located the victim, a 35-year-old man of Woodbridge, suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper body. The victim was transported to an area hospital with serious injuries. The investigation revealed that the incident took place outside of a residence during a drug transaction. The victim was speaking to multiple occupants of a vehicle when he was shot by one of the individuals inside. The suspects immediately fled the scene. An uninvolved party heard the gunshot and contacted police. The victim is expected to survive. This incident was not random. The investigation continues.

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National Night Out activities planned in Prince William, Manassas

Prince William police tell us they will be out on Tuesday, August, 1 in the community meeting with residents. While the department has not told us about any large NNO celebrations, it did encourage neighbors to head outside and gather with each other to build a sense of community.

From Prince William police: 

The Prince William County Police Department will observe the 34th National Night Out celebration this year by encouraging County residents to lock their doors, turn on outdoor lights and spend the evening of Tuesday, August 1, outside with their neighbors as a symbol that they care about their neighborhoods. National Night Out – coordinated by the Crime Prevention Unit of the Police Department in partnership with the Prince William Crime Prevention Council – creates healthy neighborhoods block by block, to help neighbors know one another, to celebrate community, and to take steps to make neighborhoods safer for all residents. Additionally, National Night Out helps build positive relationships between the community and the Police Department.

Neighborhood Watch programs, and National Night Out, help to create a neighborhood network to prevent crime and enhance the quality of life in the County. Watches throughout the County will host motorcade stops and invite police officers and other law enforcement personnel for refreshments. For more information, call the Crime Prevention Unit at 703-792-7270.

From Manassas police: 

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Bristow man, 26, charged with assault & battery on a law enforcement officer

From Prince William County police:

Assault & Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer [LEO] – On July 24 at 8:20 p.m., officers responded to the 7600 block of Aaron Lane in Manassas to investigate a large fight possibly involving weapons. Officers arrived on scene and located a large group in the Barron Park pavilion area.

During the encounter, an odor of marijuana was detected and the group was detained. While investigating, one of the individuals, later identified as the accused, fled on foot. An officer attempted to stop the accused, at which point, he pushed down on the officer. Officers gave chase and were able to take accused in custody.

During the chase, the accused disposed of suspected marijuana and prescription medication. The accused was transported to an area hospital with minor injuries. The officer was not injured. Following the investigation, the accused, identified as Sheldon O’Neil TAPSCOTT, was arrested. (more…)

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‘During the encounter, the accused allegedly put the victim in a chokehold’

From Prince William County police:

Strangulation | Domestic Related – On July 25 at 10:33 p.m., officers responded to a residence located in the 3200 block of Berlin Court in Woodbridge to investigate a domestic assault. The victim, a 19-year old woman, reported to police that she and the accused, a family member, were involved in a verbal altercation, which escalated physically.

During the encounter, the accused allegedly put the victim in a chokehold. Once released, the victim fell to the ground. The parties eventually separated and the accused left the home. Following the investigation, officers obtained a warrant for the arrest of the accused, identified as Tony Edward BEST. The warrant on accused was served on July 26. (more…)

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Man suspected of domestic related abduction arrested

Michael Kelly Puckett, previously sought for abduction and domestic assault and battery has been located and arrested by police, thanks to an anonymous tip. 

From Prince William County police:

Abduction | Domestic Related *ARREST – On July 25, officers located the accused, Michael Kelly PUCKETT, who was wanted in connection to a domestic altercation which occurred at a residence located in the 10400 block of Lonesome Road in Nokesville on July 23. Police received an anonymous tip, which ultimately led officers to his location where he was arrested without incident.

Arrested on July 25:
Michael Kelly PUCKETT, 48, of the 10400 block of Lonesome Rd in Nokesville
Charged with abduction, domestic assault & battery, and destruction of property
Court Date: Pending | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

Abduction | Domestic Related [Previously Released] – On July 23 at 3:30 a.m., officers responded to investigate a domestic call which occurred earlier that morning at a residence located in the 10400 block of Lonesome Rd in Nokesville. The investigation revealed that the victim, a 48-year-old woman of Nokesville, was involved in a verbal altercation with the accused, a family member, which escalated.  (more…)

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Police charge man identifying himself as Cowboy’s player Lucky Whitehead

Lucky Whitehead of the Dallas Cowboys was recently charged with petit larceny and wanted for failure to appear in court, or so Prince William County Police thought. According to police, an individual arrested for those crimes, not possessing identification verbally identified himself as Rodney Darnell Whitehead, Jr. to include the date of birth and social security number. 

From Prince William County police:

Upon reviewing the June 22, 2017 arrest of an individual named “Rodney Darnell Whitehead, Jr.”, the police department is confident that the man charged with petit larceny, and who is subsequently being sought on an active warrant for failure to appear in court, is not Lucky Whitehead of the Dallas Cowboys.

The man charged on the morning of June 22 was not in possession of identification at the time of the encounter; however, did verbally provide identifying information to officers, which included a name, date of birth, and social security number matching that of Rodney Darnell Whitehead, Jr. Officers then checked this information through the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) database. The DMV photo on file was then used to compare to the man who was in custody. (more…)

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