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Box-cutter-wielding robbery suspect outside Stafford Walmart arrested

From the Stafford Sheriff’s Office press release:

Stafford, VA.  Deputies with the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office arrested a suspect on Thursday for a robbery outside of a Walmart located in the southern end of the county.

On March 15, 2018 at approximately 3:15 p.m., Deputy Nathan Potter responded to a reported robbery at the Walmart located at 11 Village Parkway. The victim—a Walmart employee—told the deputy that a female with a scarf concealing her face approached her as she was attempting to leave work and head home.

The suspect was holding a box cutter and demanded that the victim hand over her purse. The victim gave the suspect a small amount of cash and the suspect then left the area.

The deputy broadcast a “Be On the Lookout” for the suspect and, shortly thereafter, other Stafford deputies located her and took her into custody. In addition, surveillance video reviewed by deputies with the Special Problems Unit corroborated the victim’s story.  

Amanda Jo Colavito, 38, of Fredericksburg, was incarcerated at Rappahannock Regional Jail without bond. She is charged with robbery and wearing a mask in public.

Multiple investigations of threats on school grounds lead to charges

From the Prince William police press release:

Threats on School Grounds – On March 14, a School Resource Officer (SRO) investigated two unrelated threats of potential violence at Hylton High School located at 14051 Spriggs Rd in Woodbridge (22193). The first threat was from a concerned citizen who overheard third-party information indicating that a student made statements of potential violence to other students at the school. The second incident involved a separate student who allegedly made statements of potential violence to other students while riding the bus to school approximately a week ago. The SRO subsequently identified both students and determined that the risk to the school was not credible. Following the investigation, the SRO charged both students. Both cases will be handled through Juvenile Intake.

    Charged on March 14: [Juveniles]

A 15-year-old male and a 14-year-old male, both of Woodbridge

Both charged with knowingly communicating a false threat to damage a building

Threats on School Grounds – On March 14 at 1:50PM, a School Resource Officer (SRO) received information of a potential threat of violence at Fred Lynn Middle School located at 1650 Prince William Pkwy in Woodbridge (22191). The investigation revealed that a student made statements of potential violence to other students in the hallway at the school last month on February 14. The SRO subsequently identified the student and determined that the risk to the school was not credible. Following the investigation, the SRO charged the student on March 14. The case will be handled through Juvenile Intake.

Charged on March 14: [Juvenile]

A 14-year-old male of Woodbridge

Charged with threats of bodily harm

Threats on School Grounds – On February 22 at 9:18AM, a School Resource Officer (SRO) received information of a potential threat of violence at Hampton Middle School located at 14800 Darbydale Ave in Woodbridge (22193). The investigation revealed that a possible student communicated over the social media app “Snapchat” suggesting an act of violence at the school. The SRO subsequently identified the student and determined that the risk to the school was not credible. Following the investigation, the SRO charged the student on March 14. The case will be handled through Juvenile Intake.

Charged on March 14: [Juvenile]

A 12-year-old male of Woodbridge

Charged with knowingly communicating a false threat to damage a building

‘Accused held a knife against the victim’s neck while making threats to harm her’

From the Prince William police press release:

Attempted Malicious Wounding – On March 14 at 10:00AM, officers responded to a residence located in the 17300 block of Cusack Ln in Dumfries (22026) to investigate a domestic. The victim, a 23-year-old woman, reported to police that earlier in the morning, she and the accused, an acquaintance, were involved in a verbal argument inside the home. During the encounter, the accused held a knife against the victim’s neck while making threats to harm her. The parties eventually separated and the accused took the victim’s cellphone before leaving the home. Flowing the investigation, officers obtained warrants for the arrest of the accused, identified as Osha Chester COLLIER. Attempts to locate the accused were unsuccessful.

    Wanted: (Photo from June 2014)

    Osha Chester COLLIER, 37, of the 2100 block of Huntington Creek Rd in Nathalie, VA

    Described as a black male, 6’1”, 157lbs with black hair and brown eyes

    Wanted for attempted malicious wounding and grand larceny

Tip off the police with this new app

From the Manassas City Police Department press release:

Manassas, VA…The Manassas City/Manassas Park Crime Solvers Inc. is proud to announce they have recently partnered with Anderson Software, to provide a more seamless and efficient way for community members to offer information to help solve and prevent crimes or other serious or life threatening matters. Anderson Software leads the industry with its latest secure and anonymous tip acquisition and management solution, called P3 Intel. This partnership allows community members from the greater Manassas area to foster a relationship between law enforcement and the public to proactively create a safer community.

The Manassas City/Manassas Park Crime Solvers Inc. will now be accepting tips by phone, the web, and by way of the new, free P3 Tips mobile app available on the iOS and Android platforms, greatly enhancing the mobile tip submission process. Still completely anonymous, tips submitted through the P3 mobile app, unlike SMS text tips, have no length limitations and allow images, video, and documents to be uploaded with the tip. Anderson Software’s sophisticated encryption processes obscure any and all identifying information and provide assured anonymity for tipsters.

Even without the app, there is still an easy and secure option for submitting tips from any PC or mobile browser by going to p3tips.com. Of course, tips are still welcomed through calling our hotline at 703-330-0330. Using whichever method, once a person submits a tip, they will be given a TIP ID and password. With this information they can login at p3tips.com and submit follow-up information, engage in real-time chat/two-way dialogue, be informed of the outcome of the tip, and access any pertinent reward information.

Manassas City/Manassas Park Crime Solvers Inc. feels that utilizing Anderson Software’s P3 Tips program will enhance communications with the public, thereby building a safer and more trusting community in which everyone prospers. To further show our value of tipsters’ contribution to the community, tips leading to an arrest will result in a cash reward up to $1,000. For more information on the program contact Officer C.D. Sharp at csharp@manassasva.gov or 703-257-8110.  

Body recovered from burned car in Woodbridge park

From Prince William police: 

Suspicious Death Investigation – On March 15 at 7:47AM, officers responded to assist the Department of Fire & Rescue at Veterans Park located at 14300 Veterans Dr in Woodbridge (22191) with a vehicle fire. A citizen contacted the Public Safety Communications Center to report that a vehicle appeared to be on fire inside the park.

Fire crews responded and located the vehicle fully engulfed. When the fire was extinguished, fire crews located a body inside the vehicle and contacted police. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Detectives from the Violent Crimes Bureau are currently investigating the cause of the victim’s death. The body was transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.

The victim’s identity is not known at this time. This incident is currently under investigation by Prince William County police detectives and investigators from the Department of Fire & Rescue, Fire Marshal’s Office. More information will be released when available.

The investigation continues.

Instagram or instant scam?

From the Manassas City police press release:

On March 10, 2018, an officer of the Manassas City Police Department met with a complainant for a report of a fraud. The victim was contacted by a subject on Instagram offering her $500 in exchange for use of her Instagram account for a promotional advertisement. To collect payment, the victim was asked to provide her bank account information. The victim was later notified by her bank three fraudulent checks were deposited into her account.

Children, don’t try this at Home: shoplifting turns to grand larceny charge

Form the Manassas City police report:

On March 9, 2018 at approximately 6:26 p.m., an officer of the Manassas City Police Department responded to 8805 Liberia Ave (Home Depot) for a report of a shoplifting. A loss prevention associate told police a white male had stolen several power tools from the business. Through investigation the suspect was later identified and taken into custody.  

Arrested: KENNEDY, John William a 24-year-old resident of Dumfries.

    Charge: Grand Larceny

Porsche SUV suspected in hit and run

From the Manassas City police press release:

On March 11, 2018 at approximately 2:55 p.m., officers of the Manassas City Police Department responded to the area of 8700 Centreville Rd for a report of a hit and run. Through investigation it was determined the victim was stopped in traffic on Centreville Rd when her vehicle was rear-ended. When the victim pulled off the road to exchange information the suspect fled the area on Centreville Rd towards Liberia Ave. The suspect vehicle is a dark colored Porsche SUV driven by an Asian male approximately 65-68-years-of-age.

Car, foot chase results in Stafford suspect’s arrest

From the Stafford County Sheriff’s Department press release:

Stafford, VA.  Deputies with the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office arrested a male suspect on Sunday after an attempted traffic stop for reckless driving resulted in a pursuit by vehicle and a foot chase. 

On March 11, 2018 at approximately 4:57 p.m., 1st Sgt. George Hernandez observed a vehicle repeatedly crossing the double yellow lines while traveling on Richards Ferry Road. The first sergeant attempted to initiate a traffic stop, but the suspect vehicle fled at a high rate of speed after turning on to Warrenton Road.

A short pursuit ensued until 1st Sgt. Hernandez discontinued the chase after losing sight of the vehicle in the area of Hartwood Road and Warrenton Road.

Shortly thereafter, Deputy J.A. Mangan observed the suspect vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed in the area of Stefaniga Road and Poplar Road. The deputy activated his emergency equipment and began to pursue the suspect vehicle. During the pursuit, the suspect vehicle continued to travel at a high rate of speed and frequently crossed the double yellow lines.

In the area of Abel Drive and Kellogg Mill Road, the deputy observed the suspect fleeing on foot away from the vehicle, which had crashed into a tree. The vehicle featured extensive damage and was facing the wrong direction of traffic. The deputy chased the suspect on foot, and repeatedly yelled commands to stop. The suspect ignored the deputy’s commands.

Deputies eventually caught the suspect and took him into custody. Deputies contacted the owner of the suspect vehicle who advised that the suspect was not authorized to use the vehicle.

Matthew Gregory Browning, 30, of Stafford, was incarcerated at Rappahannock Regional Jail without bond. He is charged with reckless driving, driving under the influence, driving without a driver’s license, eluding police, obstruction of justice, destruction of property, and resisting arrest.

Suspected Instagram predator arrested for multiple charges involving 12-year-old victim

From the Prince William police press release:

Sexual Assault Investigation – On March 12 at 6:00PM, officers responded to a residence located in the 14400 block of Belvedere Dr in Woodbridge (22193) to locate a missing juvenile from King George County. As officers attempted to make contact at the front door, an unknown man, later identified as the accused, attempted to flee out a back door. Officers quickly detained the accused without incident and made contact with the missing juvenile, a 12-year-old girl, inside of the residence. Upon further investigation, detectives with the Special Victims Unit determined that the victim and the accused met over the social media app “Instagram.” The accused responded to the victim’s residence in King George County on March 12 and brought her back to the residence on Belvedere Dr. During the encounter, detectives determined that the accused had an inappropriate relationship with the victim. Following the investigation, the accused, identified as Tyquan Bernard STONEY, was arrested.

Arrested on March 13:

Tyquan Bernard STONEY, 20, of 14458 Belvedere Dr in Woodbridge

Charged with 2 counts of rape, 2 counts of object sexual penetration, 2 counts of aggravated sexual battery, 2 counts of sodomy, and 2 counts of indecent liberties with a minor

    Court Date: Pending | Bond: Held WITHOUT bond

Suspect wearing ski mask, hooded sweatshirt, goggles, gloves, backpack, steals liquor from Gainesville ABC

From the Prince William police press release:

Commercial Burglary – On March 13 at 6:06AM, officers responded to the ABC store located at 7555 Linton Hall Rd in Gainesville (20155) to investigate an alarm activation. When officers arrived, they discovered that the front glass door was damaged. Video surveillance revealed that an unknown male broke the glass door and entered the business around 6:04AM. The suspect took several bottles of alcohol before fleeing the business on foot. A police K-9 searched for the suspect who was not located. The investigation continues.

    Suspect Description:

    White male, last seen wearing a black ski mask, grey hooded sweatshirt, goggles, black gloves, black backpack, and black & white shoes.

Woodbridge suspect wanted for attempted robbery, burglary, strangulation, assault, battery

From the Prince William police press release:

Residential Burglary | Attempted Robbery | Strangulation | Domestic Related – On March 13 at 2:50AM, officers responded to an apartment located in the 3200 block of Ridge View Ct in Woodbridge (22192) to investigate a burglary. The investigation revealed that the victim, a 32-year-old woman of Woodbridge, was involved in a verbal altercation with the accused, an acquaintance, which escalated. During the encounter, the victim asked the accused to leave her apartment. The accused exited the apartment and the victim locked the front door. A short time later, the accused began knocking on the door. When the victim refused to open the door, the accused kicked it open. As the victim was calling police, the accused attempted to take her cell phone. The accused then grabbed the victim by the hair, pulled her to the ground, and choked her. The parties eventually separated and the accused fled the apartment prior to officers arriving. Minor injuries were reported. Following the investigation, a detective with the Property Crimes Unit obtained multiple arrest warrants for the accused, identified as Christopher Maurice GILLETTE. Attempts to locate the accused have been unsuccessful. The investigation continues.

Wanted: [Photo from March 2018]

Christopher Maurice GILLETTE, 34, of the 13400 block of Classic Ct in Woodbridge

Described as a black male, 5’10”, 160lbs, with brown eyes and black hair

Wanted for attempted robbery, burglary, strangulation, and assault & battery

Woman yelling, baby crying in Dumfries hotel room alert officers

From the Prince William police press release:

Felony Child Neglect – On March 8 at 9:20PM, officers responded to the Days Inn located at 16925 Old Stage Rd in Dumfries (22025) to investigate an unknown situation. Officers arrived and could hear an unknown female yelling for help and a baby crying inside one of the rooms. After numerous attempts to make contact with the female inside the room, she eventually opened the door. Officers quickly determined she was under the influence of an unknown narcotic. Upon entering the room, a 3-month-old child was located in a car seat in the bathroom in close proximity to drug paraphernalia. Officers detained the accused and requested fire and rescue personnel to examine the child. No injuries were reported. A search warrant was subsequently executed on the room and narcotics were recovered. Following the investigation, the accused, identified as Tiffany La Shawn CLEVELAND, was arrested. Child Protective Services was notified and released the child into the custody of another family member.

Arrested on March 8:

    Tiffany La Shawn CLEVELAND, 34, of the 9500 block of Nittany Dr in Manassas

Charged with 1 count of felony child neglect and 2 counts of possession of a schedule I or II narcotic

    Court Date: Pending | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

Two suspects, two hotels, two robberies equal arrests

From the Prince William police press release:

Armed Robberies *ARRESTS – On March 5, detectives from the Robbery Unit identified two suspects involved in two separate robberies that occurred at the Rimpal Inn and Suites located on Old Centreville Rd on December 5, 2017, and the Holiday Inn located on Balls Ford Rd on December 7, 2017. Following the investigation, detectives obtained multiple arrest warrants of both suspects, identified as Brendon M. PAINE and Robert Jamal JACKSON. On March 8, PAINE was arrested without incident following the execution of a search warrant at his residence in Fairfax. Further investigation determined that the firearm used in the robberies was recovered when JACKSON was arrested on December 13 following a traffic stop for a traffic violation. JACKSON remains incarcerated at the Adult Detention Center and was served with the additional charges.

Arrested on March 8:

    Brendon M. PAINE, 19, of 6515 Terry Dr in Springfield

    Charged with 2 count of robbery and 2 count of use of a firearm in commission of a felony

       Robert Jamal JACKSON, 24, of 8529 Piney Point Ct in Manassas

    Charged with 2 count of robbery, 2 count of use of a firearm in commission of a felony, and 2 counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon

    Court Date: April 10, 2018 | Bond: Both were held WITHOUT bond

    Armed Robbery [Previously Released] – On December 7 at 12:22AM, officers responded to the Holiday Inn located at 10424 Balls Ford Rd in Manassas (20109) to investigate a robbery. An employee reported to police that an unknown man entered the business and approached the front desk. During the encounter, the suspect brandished a handgun and then demanded money. The suspect took an undisclosed amount of money before fleeing the area on foot. No injuries were reported. A police K-9 searched for the suspect who was not located. The investigation continues.

    Armed Robbery [Previously Released] – On December 5 at 11:44PM, officers responded to the Rimpal Inn located at 7399 Old Centreville Rd in Manassas (20111) to investigate a robbery. An employee reported to police that an unknown male wearing a mask jumped over the front counter and brandishing a handgun at the employee. During the encounter, the suspect forced the employee to open the register to obtain money. The suspect then fled the business on foot with an undisclosed amount of money. No injuries were reported. A police K-9 responded to search for the suspect who was not located. The investigation continues.

Vavoline and Taco Bell have something in common – this Woodbridge suspect

From the Prince William police press release:

Strong-Armed Robbery *ARREST – On March 9, detectives with the Robbery Unit were able to review video surveillance of the robbery that occurred on March 7 at the Taco Bell located at 17380 Dumfries Rd in the Town of Dumfries. Upon viewing the video, patrol officers were able to identify the suspect as Carlos Alberto BENSUSAN who had been arrested on March 8 for an unrelated burglary that occurred at the Vavoline in Woodbridge on March 7. Following the investigation, the accused was charged and remains incarcerated at the Adult Detention Center.   

    Arrested on March 9:

    Carlos Alberto BENSUSAN, 33, of 1523 Margaret St in Woodbridge

    Additionally charged with robbery

Court Date: April 10, 2018 | Bond: Held WITHOUT bond

Strong-Armed Robbery [Previously Released] – On March 7 at 9:38PM, officers responded to the Taco Bell located at 17380 Dumfries Rd in the Town of Dumfries (22026) to investigate a robbery. An employee reported to police that an unknown man went behind the counter and pushed an employee away from the cash register. The suspect then took an undisclosed amount of money from the register before fleeing the business on foot. No injuries were reported.  A police K-9 searched for the suspect who was not located.

    Commercial Burglary [previously Released] – On March 7 at 7:51AM, officers responded to the Vavoline located at 14103 Jefferson Davis Hwy in Woodbridge (22191) to investigate a burglary. Video surveillance revealed that a former employee, identified as Carlos Alberto BENSUSAN, kicked out one of the garage door panels then entered the business at 11:57PM on March 6. The accused took an undisclosed amount of money before leaving the business on foot. Following the investigation, officers obtained an arrest warrant for the accused. The accused was subsequently located at his residence and arrested without incident on March 8.

    Arrested on March 8:

    Carlos Alberto BENSUSAN, 33, of 1523 Margaret St in Woodbridge

    Charged with burglary

Court Date: May 14, 2018 | Bond: Held WITHOUT bond

 

14-year-old, 12-year-old, charged with school related threats

From the Prince William police press release:

Threats on School Grounds – On March 7 at 4:27PM, officers received information of a potential threat of violence at Rippon Middle School located at 15101 Blackburn Rd in Woodbridge (22191). The investigation revealed that a student, a 14-year-old male, communicated over the social media app “Snapchat” suggesting an act of violence at the school. A search warrant was subsequently executed at the residence of the student. Following the investigation, officers obtained a petition for the student who was served and released back to the custody of a family member.

Charged on March 8: [Juvenile]

A 14-year-old male of Woodbridge

Charged with threats of serious bodily injury on school property

Court Date: Pending | Status: Released to the custody of a family member

Threats on School Grounds – On March 5 at 11:22PM, officers received information of a potential threat of violence at Lake Ridge Middle School located at 12350 Mohican Rd in Woodbridge (22192). A student reported to officers that she overheard another student earlier that day making statements suggesting violence at the school. On the morning of March 6, a School Resource Officer identified the student who made the statements. During a subsequent search of the student, a single disassembled scissor blade was recovered. Upon further investigation after speaking with the student, the School Resource Officer determined that the threat was not credible. Following the investigation, a School Resource Officer obtained petitions for the student who was served and released back to the custody of a family member. The case will be handled through Juvenile Intake.

Charged on March 6: [Juvenile]

A 12-year-old male of Woodbridge

Charged with knowingly communicating a false threat to damage a building and possession of a weapon on school property

Dumfries Taco Bell robbed, suspect at large

From the Prince William police report:

Strong-Armed Robbery – On March 7 at 9:38PM, officers responded to the Taco Bell located at 17380 Dumfries Rd in the Town of Dumfries (22026) to investigate a robbery. An employee reported to police that an unknown man went behind the counter and pushed an employee away from the cash register. The suspect then took an undisclosed amount of money from the register before fleeing the business on foot. No injuries were reported.  A police K-9 searched for the suspect who was not located.

Suspect Description:

White male of an unknown age, 5’10”, 260lbs with a heavy build, blue eyes, and brown hair

Last seen wearing a black hat, red hooded with “Snap on” lettering, and work style pants

Police searching for Woodbridge man accused of human, sex trafficking

From the Prince William police press release:

Human Trafficking – In October of 2017, officers began to investigate reports of sex trafficking at the Quality Inn located at 1109 Horner Rd in Woodbridge (22191).  The investigation revealed that the accused arranged for a prostitute, a 19-year-old woman, to meet with two males at the above location. Following the investigation, officers obtained multiple arrests warrant for the accused, identified as Maurice Lamont COTTON. Attempts to locate the accused have been unsuccessful. The investigation continues.

Wanted: 

Maurice Lamont COTTON, 36, of the 12800 block of Island House Lp in Woodbridge

Described as a black male, 6’02”, 210lbs, with brown eyes and black hair

Wanted for human trafficking, commercial sex trafficking, and receiving money for procuring a person

Stafford man stabbed in Woodbridge robbery

Police are searching for three suspects in an armed robbery of a Stafford man. 

More in a press release: 

Armed Robbery – On March 7 at 2:16AM, officers responded to investigate a robbery that occurred in the 3000 block of Chesapeake Dr in Dumfries (22026) earlier that morning.

The victim, a 26-year-old man of Stafford, reported to police that he was in the above area when he was approached by an unknown man. During the encounter, the suspect struck the victim in the face causing the victim to fall to the ground. Once on the ground, two more suspects appeared and began to assault the victim.

Nothing was taken from the victim, however, during the struggle the victim had been stabbed. The suspects left in an unknown direction on foot. Officers searched the area for the suspects who were not located. The victim reported minor injuries. The investigation continues.

Suspect Descriptions:
Suspect 1: Black male, between 25 & 30 years of age, 5’10”, and a medium build. He was last seen wearing a True Religion brand hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.

Suspect 2 and 3: Black males, between 25 and 30 years of age. Last seen wearing all black clothing.

Student ‘overheard another student making statements about placing a bomb in the school’

We’re hearing about an “uncredible threat” at Gar-Field High School in Woodbridge where a student faces charges after police say he told another student he had a bomb on school property. 

From police: 

Threats on School Grounds – On March 5 at 1:00PM, a School Resource Officer received information of a potential threat of violence at Gar-Field High School located at 14000 Smoketown Rd in Woodbridge (22192).

A student reported to the School Resource Officer that he overheard another student making statements about placing a bomb in the school. The officer subsequently identified the student who made the statements and quickly determined that the threat was not credible.

A search warrant was subsequently executed at the residence of the student. Following the investigation, the School Resource Officer obtained a petition for the student who was served without incident.

Arrested on March 6: [Juvenile]

A 15-year-old male of Woodbridge

Charged with knowingly communicating a false threat to bomb

Court Date: Pending | Status: Held at the Juvenile Detention Center

This latest incident follows a case at Covington-Harper Elementary School in Potomac Shores when a child was accused of making threats to bomb on school grounds.