Update 3:30 p.m. – Murder victim identified
Police now say it was a domestic dispute the led to the death of a Falls Church woman Wednesday night in a Springfield restaurant.
Tieu L. Nguyet, 37, of 3235 Kenny Drive was killed in a knife attack, said Fairfax County police.
She died after she suffered trauma to her upper body.
Police have charged 40-year-old Lam Dang, of 6801 Floyd Avenue in Springfield, with murder in connection to her death. (more…)
Witnesses called police to report someone had opened fire at Fortuna Center Plaza, in front of the Shoppers Food Warehouse at 4:33 p.m., said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok.
No one was injured, but a preliminary investigation found that two men had been driving around the parking lot of the shopping plaza when one jumped out of the car, and then fired the gun. (more…)
ABC 7 News reports a 21-year-old woman had just walked inside of her home in the 3000 block of Fox Lair Drive in Woodbridge, about 3:10 a.m. Sept. 22, when a man forced his way in behind her and sexually assaulted her.
That man got away, and is said to have been 6 feet 2 inches tall with a heavy build.
After the assault, the victim told police about the sexually explicit e-mails she had received, which propositioned her for sexual photos. (more…)
Woodbridge, Va. –– The man charged in the 2008 murder of a fast food manager pleaded guilty this morning.
According to News & Messenger, Daniel Lipscomb, 28, pleaded gulty of abduction this morning in Prince William County court, and the judge accepted. That clears the way for him to be sentenced to five years in prison.
Lipscomb was charged after he entered the Popeye’s Chicken restaurant in Smoketown Plaza in Woodbridge on Jan. 22, 2008, demanded cash from the 23-year-old manager, and shot the manager in the head when he told Lipscomb he couldn’t open the safe, police originally reported.
The victim was rushed to Potomac Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Kenneth Michael Hostetter, 66, was found behind a closed restaurant in the Triangle Shopping Plaza on Wednesday.
Investigators told News & Messenger they do not suspect foul play, and that the body was so badly decomposed police had to bring in a forensic anthropologist to identify the remains.
Those who had met Hostetter said he was a man of very limited financial means. (more…)
Prince William County Police did not return a request for comment on this story, but News & Messenger reports the body was found behind the old True Grit restaurant in the Triangle Shopping Plaza.
A specialist was called into help identify the badly decomposed body, and police say the death does not appear to be suspicious, according to News & Messenger.
The body was found early Wednesday morning, and investigators suspect the body had been behind the old restaurant for at least two months.
North Stafford, Va, –– It was an armed robbery at a Sunoco gas station in North Stafford that sent K9 units searching a neighborhood and a nearby shopping plaza as others looked on.
The Stafford sheriff’s office on Thursday released the details of an armed robbery that happened at the gas station, at 488 Garrisonville Road (Va. 610), about 10:30 p.m. Saturday.
A man walked into the gas station with a handgun in his right hand and placed a backpack on the counter. He then told the clerk to fill it with cash, and when the clerk did, the man calmly walked out of the store and went in the direction of Center Street, said Stafford sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy. (more…)
Fairfax County, Va. –– A Woodbridge man has been charged in connection to a robbery at a Springfield shopping plaza.
On Sunday, a 28-year-old man flagged down a police officer and told him that a man slapped him and then demanded that he hand over all of his cash, said Fairfax police spokesman Richard Henry.
The victim did as he was told and handed over the cash, and the alleged robber fled the scene.
But police today are crediting a fast police response with being able to apprehend their suspect. (more…)
The robbery happened about 8 p.m., in the 500 block of Lakewood Drive in North Stafford, near Stafford Marketplace on Va. 610.
The driver, who was working for Dominos Pizza, went to the address to deliver a lot of pizza, sub sandwiches and wings.
When he arrived, a man met him, brandished a knife, and demanded the victim hand over all of the food and money he had on him, said Stafford sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy. (more…)
By CHUCK JENKS
Quantico, Va. –– Officials at Quantico are cracking down on the use of a substance that when smoked mimics the affects of marijuana.
Base commanders call the drugs “Spice,” or K2,” which contain synthetic compounds that mirror THC – the psychotropic agent found in pot.
The drugs are made with Salvia divinorum, a naturally occurring plant and was sold in tobacco shops in Virginia until it was banned by the General Assembly in 2008.
At that time, Virginia joined a handful of states that forbid the sale of the plant – which has yet to be banned on a federal level. (more…)
North Stafford, Va. –– Sheriff’s deputies swarmed a Sunoco gas station in North Stafford on Saturday night.
Officials about 10:30 p.m. offered no comment as to why they cordoned off the gas station’s parking lot with crime scene tape, or why K9 units were searching the rear of the building in front of onlookers. (more…)
Lorton, Va. –– A woman told police a man tried to steal her purse, and now investigators have asked Lorton residents to keep an eye out for the would-be thief.
The victim was walking to her home in the 9400 block of Cherwek Drive, just off U.S. 1, at 8:50 p.m. Sept. 15, when a man approached her and grabbed her purse, said Fairfax police Franconia District spokesman Richard Henry on Thursday.
The purse was hanging around the woman’s neck by its strap, which prevented the man from taking it.
But a struggle ensued during the attempted theft, and the man grabbed the woman by the shoulder and threw her to the ground, said Henry. (more…)
The shooting victims from Saturday morning’s murder-suicide in Montclair have been identified as 42-year-old Robert Bates from Nokesville, and 38-year-old Jennifer Bates, according to the Associated Press.
The two were killed this morning after they stepped out of the SUV they were riding in, on Widewater Drive, had an argument and Robert Bates shot Jennifer Bates in the upper body, according to police.
The man then shot himself in the head. (more…)
The attempted robberies date back to July 18, when two different victims were told to meet the suspects at a predetermined location in Stafford to pay for an iPhone and Playstation 3 the victims thought they had purchased on the popular trade services Web site, Craigslist, said Stafford sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy. (more…)
The victims told investigators that a man and woman broke into the their home in the 900 block of Anvil Road in south Stafford, near Interstate 95 and U.S. 17, at 10:30 p.m. Thursday.
Once inside, the man pointed a handgun at the residents, ordered them from the middle floor of the home to the basement then to lie on the floor, said Stafford sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy. (more…)
Immigration officials say they will now release information about all illegal aliens who have been arrested in Prince William County.
Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials told Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey A. Stewart they will now release identities and final disposition of every convicted illegal immigrant who was turned over to ICE, according to insidenova.com.
Stewart said this breakthrough ends years of “stiff responses” from ICE officials after similar requests to release the information were made. (more…)
Officials say between Memorial Day and Labor Day is when your car is most likely to be stolen. And though the number of auto thefts in the area has dropped in recent years, more than 17,000 cars were stolen last year in the Washington area, said AAA Mid Atlantic spokesman John Townsend. (more…)
A Woodbridge man who admitted downloading and distributing child pornography pleaded guilty Wednesday.
Federal prosecutors say Dennis Craig Bell, 55, was a U.S. Capitol Police officer when on Dec. 14, 2009 he used a peer-to-peer internet connection to share pornographic images depicting children. (more…)
Stafford County, Va. – One man faces murder charges in the death of a Stafford County antique store owner.
Stafford County detectives traveled to the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center in Winchester on Tuesday night and served an arrest warrant for 63-year-old Julian Lee “Buzz” Burke, who was already in jail on a first-degree murder charge from an incident that took place in Fauquier County in November 2009, said Stafford sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy. (more…)
Kenneth T. Cuccinelli stated that like officers in Arizona, Virginia police officers have the ability to inquire about the immigration status of those who they arrest.
That’s nothing new, as Stafford County Sheriff Charles E. Jett says the immigration statuses of persons they arrest have always been checked at the jail. (more…)
Fairfax County, Va. – Police want to know how a man went missing and later died in the Potomac River.
Dive teams found the body of Kenneth E. Huggins, 46, of Suitland, Md., after he went missing at 11:36 a.m. Saturday while kayaking off Belle Haven Marina in Fairfax County. (more…)