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Updated: Man charged after 911 callers say he threw himself in front of cars

If you were caught in traffic yesterday on Route 1 in Woodbridge about 3:30 p.m, here’s why. 

Police were called to Planet Fitness near the intersection of Village Drive for a report of a man hurling himself in front of cars.

It turns out the man was under the influence of drugs, according to police: 

The individual was under the influence of suspected narcotics and arrested. Any injury was self-inflicted. He was treated, released and transported to the [Adult Detention Center] in Manassas.

James A. Ellison Jr., 31, of 3113 Chesapeake Dr, #303 in Woodbridge is charged with DUI, according to police, who added it’s his second DUI in 10 years.

Ellison also faces charges of unreasonable refusal, suspended License, and subsequent offense, according to police.

Updated 2 p.m. Thursday, July 13, 2017

Her’es a video of the man who jumped in front of cars. It’s from a reader who posted it to Facebook and contains cursing.

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Strangulation arrest also yields possession charge

From Prince William police: 

Strangulation | Domestic Related – On July 5 at 3:34 a.m., officers responded to a residence located in the 13500 block of Delaney Rd in Woodbridge to investigate an assault. The victim, a 48-year-old woman of Woodbridge, reported to police that she and the accused, an acquaintance, were involved in a verbal altercation which escalated physically.

At one point during the encounter, the accused grabbed the victim by the throat. The parties eventually separated and police were contacted. Minor injuries were reported. Following the investigation, officers arrested the accused, identified as Tony Wayne SAUNDRES. During a search post-arrest, marijuana was located on the accused.

Arrested on July 5:
Tony Wayne SAUNDRES, 58, of the 13500 block of Delaney Rd in Woodbridge
Charged with strangulation, domestic assault & battery-3rd offense and possession of marijuana
Court Date: Pending | Bond: Unavailable

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Prince William police to deploy body worn cameras

From Prince William County Police Department Chief Barry Barnard:

The staff of the Prince William County Police Department remain committed to our mission of enhancing the quality of life here in the County by providing effective police services to our community members. We accomplish our mission by building upon our existing relationships, pledge to make new connections and continue our focus of enhancing trust with those we serve.

For quite some time, our organization has made community policing and building trust a primary focus with the people of Prince William County. We will continue this effort to improve our organization through proactive means and creating dialogue with our stakeholders. Over many years, your Police Department has seen positive satisfaction ratings from Citizen Surveys. While we deeply appreciate this support, we understand there are always ways we can improve our delivery of police services to the community.

To assist us with this important task, and after significant discussion and research, the Police Department will begin deploying Body-Worn Cameras (BWC) within our community as early as September 2017. Policing in today’s society has seen a dramatic change in technological advancements in our profession. These opportunities have shown to help law enforcement agencies improve upon their dedication to providing the highest level of professionalism to our public. (more…)

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Three released from hospital after Stafford crash involving deputy, charges filed

More information on the car crash in Stafford involving three vehicles and a county sheriff’s deputy, from Stafford sheriff’s spokesman Eric Quinn:

The Stafford Sheriff’s Office has charged George Lee Murdock, age 57 of Stafford with Reckless Driving and Failure to Yield to an Emergency Vehicle.  The charges stem from yesterday’s three vehicle accident on Rt. 1 involving a county sheriff’s cruiser.

At 10:46am yesterday, Thursday, July 6, 2017 Deputy R. T. Kulbeth was responding to an emergency call with his blue lights and siren activated.  Kulbeth was driving a marked Stafford Sheriff’s Office Ford Taurus. He was travelling south on Rt. 1 near Stafford Hospital when a Ford Van driven by Murdock made a u-turn directly in front of Kulbeth’ s cruiser.  

The two vehicles collided sending Kulbeth’s cruiser into a power pole and overturning.  The power pole broke in half causing the power lines to drop across Rt. 1.  Murdock’s van spun around and turned onto its side.  The impact caused the front axle and passenger side tire of Murdock’s van to dislodge from the vehicle, go airborne and crash through the windshield of a third vehicle.

The drivers of all three vehicles were transported to local hospitals where they were treated and released.  A passenger in the third vehicle was uninjured.

 

 

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‘Global Foodies’ fail at robbery attempt outside grocery store

Stiney, Taron
Eller, Kayla

From Prince Wiliam police: 

Attempted Armed Robbery | Attempted Malicious Wounding – On July 4 at 5:35PM, officers responded to the Global Foods located at 10320 Festival Ln in Manassas (20109) to investigate an armed robbery. An employee reported to police that he was outside behind the business when he was approached by an unknown man and woman. During the encounter, the man displayed a knife and demanded money. When the victim refused, the man lunged at the victim with the knife. The victim was able to dodge the knife then run away and contact police. No injuries were reported. Upon further investigation, officers were able to identify both the suspects as Taron Desean STINEY and Kayla ELLER. A short time later, STINEY and ELLER were located in the homeless camp behind 8025 Sudley Rd and arrested without incident.

Arrested on July 4:

Taron Desean STINEY, 24, of no fixed address

Charged with attempted robbery, attempted aggravated malicious wounding, and assault & battery

Kayla ELLER, 28, of no fixed address

Charged with attempted robbery

Court Date: August 24, 2017 | Bond: Both were held WITHOUT Bond

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Colato charged in child sex assault

From Prince William police: 

Sexual Assault Investigation – On June 15, detectives from the Special Victim’s Unit responded to investigate a sexual assault which was reported to have occurred on June 10 at a home in Woodbridge (22193). The investigation revealed that the victim, a 5-year-old boy, was inappropriately touched by the accused, identified as a family member. The victim disclosed the incident to a school teacher who contacted Child Protective Services. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested without incident.

Arrested on July 2:

Sara COLATO, 27, of 12770 Tadworth Pl in Woodbridge

Charged with object sexual penetration

Court Date: Pending | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

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Man, 18, charged in Lake Ridge picnic table fire

From a press release: 

On, Tuesday, May 23, 2017, fire and rescue units were dispatched to an outside fire in the 12800 block of Clipper Drive in Lake Ridge.

Upon arrival, firefighters discovered the fire had destroyed a picnic table, valued at $650 and belonging to the homeowners’ association. Based on the situation and conditions observed, the fire crews called for the Fire Marshal’s Office to investigate the incident. The investigators were able to determine the fire was intentionally set and developed suspects based on the scene and interviews. The investigators were able to obtain a felony arrest warrant for one of the suspects in the case.

On June 23, 2017, members of the Prince William County Fire Marshal’s Office and the Police Department, located the suspect and placed him under arrest without incident.

The investigation is continuing.

Arrested on June 23:
Hakeem Koroma, 18 years old, of Lake Ridge.

Charged with §18.2-81 to burn personal property greater than or equal to $200; a class 6 felony. Mr. Koroma was released on a $5,000.00 unsecured bond and ordered to be admitted into pre-trial services.

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‘The accused poured a glass of wine on the victim then threw her to ground and choked her’

From Prince William police: 

Strangulation | Abduction | Burglary | Domestic Related – On July 2 at 1:26AM, officers responded to a residence located in the 16000 block of Pitner St in Haymarket (20169) to investigate a domestic assault. 

The investigation revealed that the accused, an acquaintance, broke into the residence of the victim, a 45-year-old woman of Haymarket, while she was out walking her dog. When the victim returned home and found the accused inside, a verbal altercation ensued.

During the encounter, the accused poured a glass of wine on the victim then threw her to ground and choked her. The accused eventually took the victim to an upstairs bedroom where he prevented her from leaving for several hours. The accused also took the victim’s cell phone preventing her from contacting police.

At some point, the victim was able to use another phone to contact police and the accused fled the residence prior to officers arriving. A short time later, an officer with the Haymarket Police Department located the suspect’s vehicle in the area of the Walmart located at 6500 Trading Sq.

A police K-9 responded to search the area for the suspect. An officer located the accused a short time later and took him into custody without incident. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested.

Arrested on July 2:

Kenneth Clayton GRIFFIN II, 44, of 12813 Wishing Well Way in Bristow

Charged with strangulation, abduction, burglary with intent to commit assault, grand larceny, assault & battery, and preventing the summoning of law enforcement

Court Date: August 9, 2017 | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

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Police search for suspect in Monique’s Boutique robbery

From Prince William police: 

Armed Robbery – On July 1 at 10:51AM, officers responded to Monique’s Boutique located at 13239 Occoquan Rd in Woodbridge (22191) to investigate a robbery. An employee reported to police that two unknown man entered the business and approached the counter. During the encounter, the suspects began to take jewelry from the counter. When the employee attempted to stop the suspects, she was pepper sprayed by the suspects. The suspects then fled the business on foot. Minor injuries were reported. A police K-9 searched for the suspects who were not located. The investigation continues.

Suspect Descriptions:

Hispanic male, approximately 20 years of age, 5’09”, with a thin build
Last seen wearing a long sleeve button down blue shirt

Hispanic male, approximately 20 years of age, 5’07”, with a thin build
Last seen wearing a black hat, black shirt, and white shoes

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Updated: Bullets strike vehicle in Triangle

From Prince William police: 

Shooting Investigation – Currently, officers are on scene investigating a reported shooting which occurred at the Southampton Apartment complex located in the 4100 block of Southway Ln in Triangle shortly before 2:30pm. Three individuals, unknown ages, were transported to an area hospital with minor non-gunshot related injuries.

Officers have located evidence of a shooting in the area; however, no gunshot related injuries have been reported. The suspect is believed to have left the area in a vehicle, unknown description at this time.

The scene at the apartment complex is contained. This is not an active shooter incident.

More information will be released as it becomes available. 

Updated

From Prince William police: 

Shooting Investigation *UPDATE – Detectives remain on scene continuing their investigation into this incident. The preliminary investigation has revealed the three victims, two adults and one child, were in a vehicle in the parking lot of the apartment complex when the gunfire occurred.

The suspect, believing to be in a black or dark colored SUV with temporary tags, fled the scene following the shooting. The vehicle occupied by the victims was struck. The driver of that vehicle also left the immediate scene. The three victims drove to nearby Inn St off Joplin Rd where police were contacted.

The injuries sustained by the victims appear to be minor in nature, potentially caused from broken glass. No gunshot injuries have been reported at this time. The motive behind the shooting is not known. The investigation continues.

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Manassas Nissan dealership robbed at gunpoint

From Manassas police: 

On June 26, 2017 at approximately 7:54 a.m., the Manassas City Police responded to Sheehy Nissan located at 9010 Liberia Avenue for a report of an armed robbery which just occurred.  The victim stated the offender entered the dealership wearing a mask, displayed a gun, and demanded money.  The suspect then fled the scene in an early model purple Honda Accord with an undisclosed amount of cash.  The offender is described as a Hispanic and was last seen wearing dark colored jeans.  The suspect vehicle was last seen driving north on Centreville Rd.  No injuries were reported during the incident.  Investigation is ongoing. 

On June 26, 2017 at approximately 8:05 a.m., the Manassas City Police responded to Brown’s Kia located at 9030 Liberia Avenue for a report of an attempted burglary. The service manager told police sometime between June 24 and June 26 someone attempted to force entry into the service center garage door. No entry was gained. Investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information about these events is encouraged to call the Manassas City Police Department Investigative Services Division at (703) 257-8092 or Crime Solvers.

The Manassas City/Manassas Park Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward up to $1000.00 for information that leads to an arrest in these cases. The confidential 24-hour tip line is (703) 330-0330.

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Heroin overdose leads to 2 arrests at Stafford motel

From the Stafford sheriff’s office: 

Sussman

On Sunday, June 25, 2017 at approximately 5:30pm, deputies from the Stafford Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the Motel 6 located at 401 Warrenton Rd in reference to a drug overdose. Deputies arrived on scene to find a female subject unresponsive.

It was soon discovered that the female was suffering from a heroin overdose. Nasal Narcan was administered at the scene and the female regained consciousness. Evidence of heroin

Godwin

usage was found at the scene. The female was later identified as Tara Michelle Sussman, age 31 of Fredericksburg.

While deputies were dealing with Sussman they were alerted by a motel patron about a male subject in another part of the motel complex who appeared to be under the influence of drugs. Deputies A.I. Assur and S.T. Myers tended to the male subject who was later identified as Cody Andrew Godwin, age 23 of Stafford County.

Godwin displayed slurred speech and was unsteady on his feet to the point that he couldn’t stand without the assistance of deputies. It was later learned that he too was suffering the effects of Heroin usage. Deputies attempted to take Godwin into custody and were immediately met with active resistance.

(more…)

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Fairfax police nab man suspected of stealing truck, impersonating cop

From Prince William police: 

Impersonating a Police Officer | Stolen Vehicle *ARREST – On June 23, detectives with the Intel Unit were notified by detectives from the Fairfax County Police Department that they had identified and arrested the suspect who had impersonated a police officer in the area of Prince William Pkwy and Reids Prospect Dr in Woodbridge on June 18 while driving a stolen white 2016 Chevrolet Silverado. The accused, identified as Tyson RASCHER, was charged by Fairfax for charges related to the stolen vehicle. Detectives with the Prince William Police Intel Unit subsequently obtained additional charges for impersonating a police officer and eluding police.

Arrested on June 23:

Tyson RASCHER, 19, of 6020 Martins Landing Ln in Burke

Charged with impersonating a police officer: 3rd offense and eluding police

Court Date: July 20, 2017 | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

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Woodbridge man charged in fatal crash on I-495

A Woodbridge man is charged in a crashed that led to the death of a Vienna football coach

From Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller: 

The crash occurred at approximately 3:48 p.m. Saturday.

A pickup truck towing a boat had pulled off onto the median area at the split of westbound I-495 and I-95 south/I-495/I-395 north. Two males were outside the pickup truck working to re-secure the boat on the trailer when a box truck drifted into the median area. The box truck struck the boat and one of the male pedestrians, Leonard A. Schultz, 52, of Ashburn, Va. The other pedestrian, Albert Schultz IV, 24, was also struck in the impact of the crash.

Both Schultz’s were transported to Fairfax Inova Hospital for treatment. Leonard Schultz died at the hospital; Albert Schultz is still being treated for life-threatening injuries. The driver of the pickup truck was still inside the pickup truck at the time of the crash and was not injured. (Leonard Schultz is the uncle of Albert Schultz. The driver was Leonard’s brother/Albert’s father…but I don’t have a name for him.)

The driver of the box truck, Carlos Alberto Garcia, 42, of Woodbridge, Va., was not injured in the crash. Garcia has been initially charged with reckless driving.

The crash remains under investigation at this time.

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Murders, traffic fatalities increase in Prince William County

Chief Barry Barnard of the Prince Willam County Police Department looked back on a violent year.

There were 22 murders in the county in 2016, marking the highest murder rate in Prince William County in 15 years. It topped 2006 when there were 16 murders in the county.

A total of 18 of the 22 murder victims in the county knew their killer. Some, like Prince William police Officer Ashley Guindon, were killed in domestic valence situations.

“We lost a brave and courageous police officer who responded to a call and was murdered, along with Crystal Sheree Hamilton, inside,” said Barnard.

Hamilton, 29, was shot and killed inside her home on Lashmere Court in Dale City on February 28, 2016. Police say that after shooting his wife,  33-year-old Ronald Hamilton then turned his gun on Guindon, 29, killing her.

The murder of 23-year-old Pablito Kamara, 23, on May 30, 2016, is the only homicide case from last year that remains unsolved. Pablito was shot sometime after 2 a.m. outside a nightclub on Golanski Boulevard in Woodbridge and was taken to a local hospital where he later died. (more…)

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Police searching for man who robbed 2 stores on Route 1

From police: 

“Armed Robberies – On June 21 at 12:39AM, officers responded to the 7-Eleven located at 13940 Jefferson Davis Hwy in Woodbridge (22191) to investigate a robbery. An employee reported to police that an unknown man entered the business and approached the counter. During the encounter, the suspect implied he had a weapon then demanded money from the employee and a customer. The suspect took an undisclosed amount of money before fleeing the area on foot. No weapons were displayed and no injuries were reported. A police K-9 searched the area for the suspect who was not located. Later that morning around 7:25AM, the same suspect entered the Shell service station located across the street at 13801 Jefferson Davis Hwy in Woodbridge (22191) and approached the counter. During this encounter, the suspect again implied he had a weapon and demanded money. When the employee refused to give him money, the suspect took the employee’s cell phone before fleeing the area on foot. No weapons were displayed and no injuries were reported. A police K-9 searched the area for the suspect who was not located. The investigation continues.

Suspect Description:

Black male, approximately 20 years of age, 5’08”, 150lbs, with a light complexion

Last seen wearing a blue bandana covering his face, black hat, black hoodie jacket with grey sleeves, white shirt, grey pants, and black shoes”

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Hit and run leads to robbery charges for Washington, D.C. woman

From police: 

“Strong Arm Robbery | Hit & Run *ARREST – On June 20, Brittany I’Esha BENNETT turned herself into police without incident at the Gar-Field Station in Woodbridge. The accused was wanted for robbery which occurred in the area of Jefferson Davis Hwy and Dale Blvd in Woodbridge on June 10.

Arrested on June 20:

Brittany I’Esha BENNETT, 18, of 415 Longfellow NW St in Washington, DC

Charged with robbery and hit & run

Court Date: July 18, 2017 | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

Strong Arm Robbery | Hit & Run [Previously Released] – On June 10 at 3:30PM, officers responded to the area of Jefferson Davis Hwy and Dale Blvd in Woodbridge (22191) to investigate a robbery. The investigation revealed that the victim, an 18-year-old woman of Woodbridge, was traveling southbound on Jefferson Davis Hwy in the area of Featherstone Rd when she was involved in a vehicle accident with a 2003 black Honda sedan. When the driver of the Honda attempted to flee the area, the victim followed the vehicle to the area of Jefferson Davis Hwy and Dale Blvd where it stopped at the intersection. The accused then got out of her vehicle and was involved in a verbal altercation with the victim. During the encounter, the accused assaulted the victim and took a cell phone before fleeing the area. No injuries were reported. Following the investigation, detectives with the Robbery Unit obtained a warrant for the arrest of the accused, identified as Brittany I’Esha BENNETT. The investigation continues.”

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3 charged in Dumfries hotel robbery

Jones, Trevor
Derry, Kyleen
Beck, James

From police: 

“Strong Armed Robbery – On June 19 at 6:39PM, officers responded to a hotel located in the 17100 block of Dumfries Rd in Dumfries (22025) to investigate a robbery. The victim, a 20-year-old woman of Kentucky, reported to police that four acquaintances came to her hotel room. During the encounter, the victim was assaulted and had money taken from her. The suspects fled the area in a vehicle prior to officers arriving. A responding officer located the vehicle a short time later and all the suspects were detained. No injuries were reported. Following the investigation, all four suspects were arrested.

Arrested on June 20:

James Ray BECK, 25, of 5004 East West Hwy in Riverdale, Maryland
Charged with robbery, abduction, give false identify to law enforcement officer, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and preventing the summoning of law enforcement

Kyleen Heather DERRY, 23, of 2811 Ross Ave in Sparrow Point, Maryland
Charged with robbery, abduction , contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and preventing the summoning of law enforcement (more…)

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Arlington homicide suspect nabbed near Colonial Forge High School

Jones

A Woodbridge man was arrested in Stafford for a homicide that occurred in Arlington County.

The Stafford Sheriff’s Office assisted the US Marshall in arresting Daejon Tyrie Jones, 23, of Woodbridge on Sunday. Law enforcement officials were called to Flint Court near Colonial Forge High School, where the arrest was made.

“We had six of our people there on the perimeter. The US Marshall’s are the one’s who were looking for the suspect, and we were assisting. He was apprehended without incident and turned over to Arlington County Police. We also assisted them (Arlington) in obtaining a search warrant on the house so they could look for evidence regarding the homicide,” stated Stafford sheriff’s spokesman Major Donald Lenhart in an email.

Jones is charged in the shooting death of 35-year-old Adonis Wright, who died Friday night.

From Arlington police:

“At approximately 11:20 p.m. on June 16, 2017, police responded to the 2400 block of S. Lowell Street for the report of a shooting. Arriving officers located one male victim suffering from a gunshot wound and began performing lifesaving measures. Arlington County Fire Department medics transported Adonis Wright, 35, of Washington, D.C. to George Washington University Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The initial investigation revealed that this shooting resulted from a dispute that took place between known individuals. The suspect, Daejon Tyrie Jones, fled the scene prior to police arrival. This shooting is an isolated incident and there is no indication of any continued threat to the community.”

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Gunshot victim found in Lake Ridge home

From Prince William police: 

“Shooting Investigation – On June 17 at approximately 11:17 pm, officers responded to a residence located in the 12000 block of Cinnamon St in Woodbridge (22192) to investigate a shooting. Officers arrived at the home and located the victim, a 36-year-old man from Woodbridge, suffering from a gunshot wound to the lower body.

The victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. The suspects fled the scene on foot in an unknown direction.  

Detectives from the Violent Crimes Bureau are currently investigating the incident.  More information will be released when available.  

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contract police by calling 703-792-6500. The investigation continues.”

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