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Airsoft gun found on student at Gayle Middle School

Authorities in Stafford County said a child brought an airsoft gun with him to middle school today at 11:15 a.m. 

From the Stafford sheriff’s office: 

The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office is investigating reports of an alleged weapon on school property at Gayle Middle School. A student observed another student with what appeared to be a handgun in a backpack. The child notified the principal who in turn reported the incident to the School Resource Officer who was on site. The School Resource Officer identified the student with the weapon by utilizing school surveillance video. The student was removed from class and his locker was subsequently searched. An airsoft gun was located in his backpack. The investigation continues and appropriate charges will be filed through Juvenile Intake. The lockdown of the school was lifted and the school has returned to normal operations.

Indecent exposure suspect caught, charged with multiple crimes

From the Prince William police press release:

Indecent Exposure *ARREST – On February 16, Kevin Allen RANDOLPH II was located and arrested without incident. The accused was wanted for an indecent exposure that occurred at a residence located in the 4600 block of Central Park Dr in Woodbridge on February 11.

    Arrested on February 16:

    Kevin Allen RANDOLPH II, 19, of 4409 block of Evansdale Rd in Woodbridge

Charged with 1 count of attempted burglary, 2 counts of indecent exposure, 3 count of stalking, and 1 count of destruction of property

Court Date: March 28, 2018 | Bond: Held

Indecent Exposure [Previously Released] – On February 11 at 11:58PM, officers responded to a residence located in the 4600 block of Central Park Dr in Woodbridge (22193) to investigate an indecent exposure. The victims, a 19-year-old woman and 52-year-old woman, reported to police that the accused, an acquaintance, was standing outside of their residence when he exposed himself to the victims and made an obscene gesture. When one of the victims confronted the suspect, he eventually fled the area on foot prior to officers arriving.  As officers were obtaining warrants for the accused, he returned to the residence and attempted to enter the back yard by removing a board from a fence. The accused fled the area again on foot when the victims spotted him. No other contact was made between the two parties. Further attempts to locate the accused have been unsuccessful. The investigation continues.

Cash taken in series of armed robberies at 7-Eleven stores

From a press release: 

Armed Robberies – On February 17 at 12:16AM, officers and detectives with the Robbery Unit responded to the 7-Eleven located at 14797 Darbydale Ave in Woodbridge (22193) 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 displayed a handgun and took an undisclosed amount of money before fleeing the area on foot.

A police K-9 searched the area for the suspect who was not located. At 12:32AM officers responded to the 7-Eleven located at 16170 Country Club Dr in Dumfries (22025) to investigate a second robbery involving the same suspect. An employee reported to police that the suspect entered the business and approached the counter displaying a handgun. The suspect took an undisclosed amount of money before fleeing the area on foot. A police K-9 searched the area for the suspect who was not located. The investigation continues.

Suspect Description:

Unknown race male, slim build, 5’8”-6’0” tall

Last seen wearing all dark clothing and a dark green mask covering his face

Prince William employee arrested on suspected embezzlement

From the Prince William police press release:

Felony Embezzlement | Arrest of County Employee – On January 7, detectives from the Property Crimes Bureau began an investigation involving equipment reported missing by the Prince William County Department of Fire & Rescue. The investigation revealed a civilian employee, assigned to the Logistics Section located at 9027 Euclid Ave in Manassas (20110), sold County owned equipment through a personal online E-Bay account for personal gain. Between October 2017 and January 2018, the employee is alleged to have sold approximately $20,000 worth of equipment online. The employee is also alleged to have used the County’s prepaid delivery account to send personal items and stolen items to E-Bay purchasers at an estimated $800 expense. Following the investigation, detectives obtained warrants for the arrest of the employee. On February 14, the accused, Charles Bryan MARCUS, was arrested without incident.

Arrested on February 14:

Charles Bryan MARCUS, 69, of 13238 Kurtz Rd in Dale City

Charged with 2 counts of felony embezzlement

Court Date: Pending | Bond: $50,000 unsecured

Tip leads to shooting suspect’s arrest

From the Prince William police press release:

Shooting Investigation *ARREST – On February 13, detectives from the Violent Crimes Bureau received a tip which ultimately led to the identity of the suspect involved in the shooting that occurred in the 8300 block of Sudley Rd in Manassas on January 28. Following the investigation, detectives obtained warrants for the arrest of this suspect, identified as David Alfredo RODRIGUEZ RAMOS. On February 14, the accused was located in Fairfax County and arrested without incident. A search warrant was subsequently executed at the residence of the accused on Heritage Crossing Ct in Manassas.

Arrested on February 14:

    David Alfredo RODRIGUEZ RAMOS, 37, of 8316 Heritage Crossing Ct in Manassas

    Charged with aggravated malicious wounding, use of a firearm in commission of a felony and discharging a weapon near a roadway

    Court Date: March 13, 2018 | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

Shooting Investigation [Previously Released] On January 28 at 2:33AM, officers responded to the 8300 block of Sudley Rd in Manassas (20109) to investigate a shooting. When officers arrived, they located an adult male suffering from gunshot wounds to the arm and lower body. Officers used their Department issued trauma kits to provide immediate first-aid to the victim before rescue crews arrived on scene.  The victim, identified as a 24-year-old man of Manassas, was flown to an area hospital with serious injuries. The initial investigation by detectives with the Violent Crimes Bureau determined that the victim and an unknown male were involved in a verbal altercation inside of the Uptown Alley located inside of the Manassas Mall. When the business closed, another altercation between the two parties occurred in the parking lot. During that encounter, the unknown male brandished a firearm and shot the victim before fleeing the area. Officers searched the area for the suspect who was not located. The investigation continues.

‘Sweating profusely and continually dousing himself with water,’ suspect arrested

From the Stafford County Sheriff’s department:

Disturbance at Local Hotel Leads to Drug Arrest

Stafford, VA.  Deputies with the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office arrested a suspect on Monday on drug charges following a reported disturbance at the Motel 6 on Warrenton Road.

On February 12, 2018 at approximately 1:30 a.m., Deputy K.J. Simpson responded to a disturbance at Motel 6. The caller advised that one of the motel guests was yelling and stomping in his room. Upon arrival, deputies made contact with the guest who was identified as Elmer Joseph Cook, Jr., 43, of Remington, Virginia.

While speaking with deputies, the suspect’s behavior was erratic. Cook was sweating profusely and continually dousing himself with water. In addition, deputies observed in plain view evidence of drug use in the room. The suspect was then taken into custody.

Cook was incarcerated at Rappahannock Regional Jail without bond on charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of controlled paraphernalia.

 

Manassas 7-Eleven robbed at gunpoint, search for suspect continues

From the Prince William police press release:

Armed Robbery – On February 12 at 9:02PM, officers responded to the 7-Eleven located at 10420 Portsmouth Rd in Manassas (20109) to investigate a robbery. The employee reported to police that a male wearing a mask entered the store and brandished a handgun toward the employee. The suspect forced the employee to open the cash register to obtain money before fleeing the business on foot. No injuries were reported. A Prince William County police K-9 and helicopter from Fairfax County Police responded to search for the suspect who was not located. The investigation continues.   

Suspect Description:

    Male of an unknown race or age, 5’07”, 220lbs with a medium build

    Last seen wearing a red bandanna covering his face, black jacket with a hoodie, blue jeans, and black and white shoes with white soles

Suspect in fatal Gainesville crash charged

From the Prince William police press release:

Fatal Crash Investigation *DRIVER ARRESTED – Investigators from the Crash Investigation Unit have charged the driver involved in the fatal crash in Gainesville that killed a 38-year-old man of Warrenton on February 12. The accused was located shortly after 1:00PM that afternoon by deputies from the Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office walking along a roadway. The accused was not injured and was detained without incident. Speed and alcohol use are believed to be contributing factors in the collision. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested.

Arrested on February 12:

Vicente Martir VIDES VASQUEZ, 21, of the 300 block of Jackson St in Warrenton

Charged with involuntary manslaughter, hit & run causing death and driving without a license

Court Date: Pending | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

Fatal Crash Investigation [Previously Released] – On February 12 at 2:42AM, investigators from the Crash Investigation Unit responded to the area of James Madison Hwy and Thoroughfare Rd in Gainesville (20155) to investigate a single vehicle crash. The investigation revealed a 2001 Toyota 4-Runner was traveling northbound on James Madison Hwy in the above area when the driver lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle left the roadway and struck an embankment causing the vehicle to roll multiple times. The driver of the vehicle fled the scene prior to officers arriving in the area. A backseat adult male passenger was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene as a result of injuries sustained from the crash. A front seat adult male passenger was wearing a seatbelt and sustained minor injuries. He was transported to an area hospital for treatment and has since been released. A Prince William County police K-9 and helicopter assistance from Fairfax County Police responded to search for the driver who was not immediately located. The suspected driver of the vehicle was located at approximately 1:00PM on February 12 by deputies from the Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office. The driver will be interviewed by Prince William County police investigators regarding the crash. The investigation is continuing.

Victims Identified:

The passenger killed is identified as Jose Nelvin ROMERO MALDONADO, 38, of Warrenton

The front passenger is identified as a 30-year-old man of Warrenton.

Updated: Driver found, charged after fatal crash near Haymarket

Updated 7:35 p.m.

Police said they found their missing driver. 

From a press release:  *DRIVER ARRESTED – Investigators from the Crash Investigation Unit have charged the driver involved in this morning’s fatal crash in Gainesville that killed a 38-year-old man of Warrenton. The accused was located shortly after 1:00PM by deputies from the Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office walking along a roadway. The accused was not injured and was detained without incident. Speed and alcohol use are believed to be contributing factors in the collision. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested.

                Arrested on February 12:

                Vicente Martir VIDES VASQUEZ, 21, of the 300 block of Jackson St in Warrenton

                Charged with involuntary manslaughterhit & run causing death and driving without a license

                Court Date: Pending | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

Updated 1:55 p.m. 

Police identified the man who was ejected from the car. 

Fatal Crash Investigation *VICTIM IDENTIFIED – Investigators from the Crash Investigation Unithave identified the passenger killed in this morning’s fatal crash in Gainesville as Jose Nelvin ROMERO MALDONADO, 38, of Warrenton. The front seat passenger was identified as a 30-year-old man of Warrenton. The suspected driver of the vehicle was located a short time ago by deputies from the Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office. The driver will be interviewed by Prince William County police investigators regarding the crash this afternoon. The investigation is continuing.

We’ve just learned the details of a fatal crash near Haymarket this morning. 

Here’s more in a press release: 

On February 12 at 2:42AM, investigators from the Crash Investigation Unit responded to the area of James Madison Hwy and Thoroughfare Rd in Gainesville (20155) to investigate a single vehicle crash.

The investigation revealed a 2001 Toyota 4-Runner was traveling northbound on James Madison Hwy in the above area when the driver lost control of the vehicle, which left the roadway and rolled. The driver of the vehicle fled the scene prior to officers arriving in the area.

A backseat passenger, identified as an adult male, was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene as a result of injuries sustained from the crash. A front seat passenger, identified as an adult male, was wearing a seatbelt and sustained minor injuries. He was transported to an area hospital for treatment and has since been released.

A Prince William County police K-9 and helicopter assistance from Fairfax County Police responded to search for the driver who was not immediately located. Investigators are actively working to identify the driver. The identity of the deceased will be released once a next-of-kin has been notified. The investigation continues.

Jewelry, handguns, rifle stolen, suspects arrested

From the Prince William police press release:

Residential Burglary *ARRESTS – On February 6, detectives with the Property Crimes Unit identified two of the suspects involved in a burglary to a residence located in the 1700 block of Potomac View Ave in Woodbridge on February 3. Further investigation determined that a family member of the victim, identified as a 17-year-old female juvenile, conspired with an acquaintance, identified as Melvin Higinio ALVARENGA-RODRIGUEZ, to steal the items reported missing. Following the investigation, detectives with the Property Crimes Unit arrested the suspects without incident. None of the firearms stolen have been recovered. The investigation continues.

Arrested on February 6:

Melvin Higinio ALVARENGA-RODRIGUEZ, 20, of no fixed address

Charged with grand larceny of a firearm, conspiracy to commit grand larceny, and possession of a firearm

    Court Date: March 15, 2018 | Bond: Held WITHOUT bond   

    A 17-year-old female juvenile of Woodbridge

    Charged with grand larceny of a firearm

Court Date: Pending | Status: Held at a Juvenile Detention facility

Residential Burglary [Previously Released] – On February 3 at 5:00PM, officers responded to a residence located in the 1700 block of Potomac View Ave in Woodbridge (22191) to investigate a burglary. A resident of the home reported to police that the burglary occurred between 2:30PM and 10:30PM on February 2. The investigation revealed that entry was made into the residence through a window. Jewelry and a safe containing five handguns and a rifle were reported missing.

Bristow man charged with shooting through wall, neighbor’s bedrooms

From the Prince William police press release:

Reckless Handling of a Firearm – On February 6 at 12:30PM, officers responded to a townhome located in the 8800 block of Moat Crossing Pl in Bristow (20136) to investigate a shooting. The investigation revealed that the accused was cleaning his handgun when he allegedly inadvertently discharged a round that traveled through the wall and passed through two unoccupied bedrooms of the neighboring townhome before landing on the floor. No injuries were reported. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested.

Arrested February 6:

Paul Richard ELLER, 69, of 8859 Moat Crossing Pl in Bristow

Charged with reckless handling of a firearm

Court Date: March 20, 2018 | Bond: Released on a $2,500 unsecured bond

Skateboard in the face wards off alleged knife threat

From the Prince William police press release:

Attempted Malicious Wounding – On February 6 at 8:41PM, officers responded to an apartment located in the 3500 block of Briarwood Dr in Dumfries (22026) to investigate an assault. The investigation revealed that the accused was drinking with several acquaintances when they were involved in a verbal altercation. During the encounter, the accused grabbed a knife and attempted to cut them. At some point, one of the acquaintances struck the accused on the face with a skateboard causing the accused to drop the knife. The parties eventually separated and the police were contacted. Minor injuries were reported by the accused. Following the investigation, the accused, identified as Gabriel Bond KUNU, was arrested without incident.

Arrested on February 6:

Gabriel Bond KUNU, 23, of 3510 Briarwood Dr, Apt 23, in Dumfries

    Charged with attempted malicious wounding

    Court Date: April 9, 2018| Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

Glass smashed, golf clubs stolen at Montclair Country Club

From the Prince William police press release:

Commercial Burglary – On February 6 at 9:00AM, officers responded to the Montclair Country Club located at 16500 Edgewood Dr in Dumfries (22025) to investigate a burglary. Video surveillance revealed that an unknown man shattered a side glass window and door with a crowbar around 11:40PM on February 5. The suspect entered the business then fled the area in a dark colored 2010-2013 Chevrolet Camaro with a hood scoop and racing stripes. A golf bag containing eleven golf clubs was reported missing.   

Suspect Description:

    White male, between 30 & 35 years of age, 5’10”, 175lbs with a thin build, goatee and mustache

Last seen wearing a black hooded jacket, brown pants, brown boots, and black gloves

        Suspect Vehicle Description:

    A dark colored 2010-2013 Chevrolet Camaro with a hood scoop and racing stripes

Suspect in custody, charged with shooting and killing brother in Stafford

We got notification of a homicide that happened yesterday. From the Stafford sheriff’s office press release:

Stafford, VA.  A suspect is in custody for shooting and killing his brother in the area of Holly Drive in Stafford County.  

On February 6, 2018 at approximately 8:58 p.m., deputies responded to the area of Holly Drive after the Roanoke Police Department notified the Stafford Sheriff’s Office that they had a subject in custody who had admitted to shooting and killing his brother in Stafford.

Stafford detectives said an unknown dispute occurred between the suspect, William Jackson Veronee, 21, of Aiken, South Carolina, and the victim, Christopher Andrew Veronee, 33, of Stafford. Detectives believe the suspect shot and killed his brother on Monday afternoon.

Following the homicide, the suspect stole his brother’s vehicle, which broke down while traveling in the area of Roanoke, Virginia. Police were notified of a suspicious subject by staff at a cold weather shelter. The subject spoke with responding officers, and was then taken into custody by Roanoke Police.

The Stafford Sheriff’s Office was notified and deputies then located the deceased victim at his home on Holly Drive. The stolen vehicle was recovered by Roanoke Police.

The suspect has been charged with second degree murder and use of a firearm in commission of a felony. He is currently being held in the Roanoke City Jail.

The incident is still under investigation by the Stafford Sheriff’s Office.  

 

Haymarket suspect turns self in, charged with robbery, assault, battery

From the Prince William police press release:

Strong-armed Robbery *ARREST – On February 5, Cliff Montgomery SPENCER turned himself into police without incident at the Paul T. White Station in Manassas. The accused was wanted for a robbery of uBreakiFix located at 7443 Linton Hall Rd in Gainesville (20155) on January 24.

Arrested on February 5:

Cliff Montgomery SPENCER, 40, of the 5400 block of Sherman Oakes Ct in Haymarket

Charged with robbery and assault & battery

Court Date: February 26, 2018 | Bond: Held on a $5,000 secured bond

 

Strong-armed Robbery [Previously Released] – On January 24 at 2:50PM, officers responded to the uBreakiFix located at 7443 Linton Hall Rd in Gainesville (20155) to investigate an assault. An employee reported to police that he was involved in a verbal altercation with the accused, a customer, which escalated. During the encounter, the accused assaulted the employee then demanded money from the cash register. The accused took an undisclosed amount of money before leaving the business. No injuries were reported. Following the investigation, officers obtained warrants for the arrest of the accused, identified as Cliff Montgomery SPENCER. Attempts to located the accused have been unsuccessful.

Suspect in December robbery of Woodbridge Sally Beauty Supply found, charged

From the Prince William police press release:

Armed Robbery *ARREST – On February 5, members of the U.S. Marshals Task Force arrested Sergio Maurice EDWARDS in Alexandria, for the robbery of the Sally Beauty Supply located at 13920 Shoppers Best Way in Woodbridge on December 23.

Arrested on February 5:

    Sergio Maurice EDWARDS, 26, of no fixed address

Charged with robbery, use of a firearm in commission of a felony, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon

    Court Date: March 13, 2018 | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

 

Armed Robbery [Previously Released] – On January 9, detectives from the Robbery Unit identified one of the suspects involved in the robbery of the Sally Beauty Supply located at 13920 Shoppers Best Way in Woodbridge on December 23. Following the investigation, detectives obtained warrants for the arrest of this suspect, identified as Sergio Maurice EDWARDS. Attempts to locate EDWARDS have been unsuccessful. The investigation continues.  

   

Armed Robbery [Previously Released] – On December 23 at 9:26PM, officers responded to Sally Beauty Supply located at 13920 Shoppers Best Way in Woodbridge (22192) to investigate a robbery. An employee reported to police that two unknown, masked men entered the business where one of the men brandished a handgun and demanded the employee open the cash register. The men then took the cash drawer before fleeing the store on foot. No injuries were reported. A police K-9 searched for the suspects who were not located.

Suspect Descriptions:

    Black male, between 23-27 years of age, 6’0”, thin build with a light complexion

Last seen wearing an orange jacket, black mask and gloves

 

Black male, between 23-27 years of age, 6’0”, thin build with a dark complexion

Last seen wearing a black jacket and black mask

Bus driver bloodied, Stafford student charged

We’re learning a Stafford County bus driver was assaulted by a student last Thursday, Feb. 1. Authorities didn’t release the age or gender of the student or where the bus had left.

Stafford, VA.  Deputies with the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office detained a juvenile on Thursday for assaulting a bus driver.

On February 1, 2018 at approximately 4:41 p.m., Stafford deputies responded to a call regarding a fight in progress involving a bus driver in the area of Streamview Drive. Upon arrival, deputies observed the bus driver bleeding from the forehead. The driver was examined by medics and released.

The driver told deputies he was a substitute driver and that an individual attempting to pick up one of the students from the bus was not on the list of people he could release the student to. The driver said he’d need to call the school to confirm he could release the student to the subject.

In response, the subject got on the bus and began assaulting the bus driver. An altercation between the subject and bus driver ensued, and the driver was punched in the face, causing a laceration on his forehead. The subject also struck the left side of the face of a bus monitor who attempted to block the subject from gaining access to the student.

Deputies detained the subject—who they learned was a juvenile—and discovered that he and the student were siblings. The subject was acting as guardian of his sister, and had recently been dealing with a number of serious family issues.

A criminal complaint for two counts of assault and battery was submitted to Juvenile Detention Services, which did not advise detention.

‘Video surveillance revealed that a male suspect entered the business’

We have photos of a burglary that took place early this morning. Here’s more from the Prince William police press release.

Commercial Burglary – On February 5 at 2:30AM, officers responded to the Metro PCS located at 4810 Dale Blvd in Woodbridge (22193) to investigate an alarm activation. When officers arrived, they discovered that the front glass door was damaged. Video surveillance revealed that a male suspect entered the business then left a short time later without taking any property. A police K-9 searched for the suspect who was not located. The investigation continues.

    Suspect Description:

    Black male, between 15 & 20 years of age, 5’08” with a thin build

    Last seen wearing a white Chicago Bulls hooded sweatshirt, dark pants, white shoes, black back pack, and one white glove

‘Employees later realized the contents of the returned boxes did not match the description on the boxes’

The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office accuses a man of ordering $1,800 worth of Lego blocks on Walmart’s website and then trying to return them to a store without the blocks in the box.

From a press release: 

Deputies with the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office arrested a suspect on Thursday who purchased over $1800 worth of Legos through Walmart’s website and then returned the boxes containing the wrong items to the store.

On January 28, 2018, Stafford Deputy A.W. Sypolt responded to a call at the Walmart on Garrisonville Road in Stafford. The loss prevention officer observed on camera a customer returning a large amount of Legos on multiple occasions. He suspected that the individual was obtaining money by false pretenses.

The first incident occurred on December 30, 2017. The suspect, identified as Christopher Lee-Edward Taylor, 30, of Stafford, returned several boxes of Legos he had purchased online and that were valued at $593.83. He was reimbursed with a Walmart gift card.

During the second incident, which occurred on January 19, 2018, Taylor returned several boxes of Legos he had again purchased online and were valued at $737.04. He was reimbursed with a Walmart gift card.

The third incident occurred on January 27, 2018. Taylor purchased $526.45 worth of Legos online and then returned the items to the store. He received reimbursement on his Visa card.

Employees later realized the contents of the returned boxes did not match the description on the boxes.

The deputy discovered that Lego sets matching the descriptions of the ones Taylor purchased online and returned were found for sale online under the suspect’s eBay account. The description portion of the items listed for sale on eBay said “No Box.”

On February 1, 2018, Taylor was taken into custody and then released on an $8000.00 unsecured bond. He was served three felony warrants of obtaining money by false pretenses.

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