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2 Charged in Woodbridge Attack

Woodbridge, Va. –– A Lake Ridge man was attacked by a two men who used a sharp object to cut his throat and arm, police say.

The 34-year-old victim was at the Marumsco Plaza Shopping Plaza on U.S. 1 in Woodbridge at 9 pm. Saturday when he was approached by his two attackers.

Police said he knew the two men, and that one of them displayed a sharp object to cut the victim in the neck and arm.

The two men fled prior to the arrival of police. They were apprehended the following day.

The man suffered injuries that did not appear to be life threatening.

Antonio Cevedo Mendez, 19, and Jose Javier Perez Alcarenga, 31, are both charged with malicious wounding, said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok.

Both are scheduled to appear in court May 18.

Immigrant Charged in Stabbing

Woodbridge, Va. –– Police have made an arrest in a case where a man was stabbed and then left for dead.

Police said the 46-year-old man from Alexandria met his attacker at East Coast Billiards on U.S. 1 in Woodbridge on December 3.

Afterward, the two men went back to the home of the alleged attacker –– who police say is an illegal immigrant –– in the 14100 block of Franklin Street in Woodbridge where the victim was stabbed multiple times in the chest, said Prince William police spokeswoman Michelle Nemerow.

The victim was then forced back into his own vehicle and was driven to the area of Springfield Drive in Mason Neck, near the entrance to Gunston Hall plantation, was robbed of his cell phone and personal belongings, and then left him for dead, police say.

The attacker drove back to Woodbridge and the victim ended up in a nearby pond.

He was able to crawl out of the pond and seek help from someone who called 911, said Nemerow.

The man was taken to a local hospital, but because of his injuries was not able to tell police what happened. Only now, after he has recovered from some of his injuries, was he able to provide police with a clearer description of what happened that night.

The day after the victim was attacked, police say the suspect pawned the victim’s cell phone and then drove his car to Arlington and ditched it.

Gelber Boror, 19, of Woodbridge, is charged with aggravated malicious wounding, armed robbery, with providing false ID to law enforcement and with grand larceny auto.

He is expected to appear in court May 31.

Best Buy Frauds Probed in Stafford, Woodbridge

North Stafford, Va. –– Police are investigating a report of a possible credit card fraud that occurred at two Best Buy stores in the Potomac Communities.

Stafford sheriff’s deputies were called at 1:05 p.m. Monday to the Best Buy store at Stafford Marketplace on Garrisonville Road (Va. 610) after employees said a woman walked into the store and tired to purchase a camera.

While at the register, the woman swiped a credit card but it was declined, so she used another credit card and this time it worked –– but when asked for ID she couldn’t provide it and then left the store without the camera, said Stafford sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy.

A short time later, another woman walked into the store and tried to purchase laptop using a credit card but it was again declined. But the woman pulled out a second credit card that worked, and she was able to provide an ID for the card.

However, the first name on the card was the same as the card used when the first woman tried to purchase the camera, which raised eyebrows of the loss prevention employees at the electronics store.

The woman was able to leave the store with the merchandise, said Kennedy.

Sheriff’s deputies were called, and a loss prevention clerk followed the two women outside of the store and watched them get into what looked like a gold 4-door sedan, said Kennedy.

Shortly thereafter, the Best Buy store in Woodbridge reported a possible credit card fraud at that location on Prince William Parkway. According to Kennedy, the two women fit the same description of the two women that visited the Best Buy in North Stafford.

Kennedy and a Prince William police spokeswoman said they did not have information Wednesday afternoon that would determine if the two women were able to purchase anything from the Woodbridge location.

Stafford authorities are also investigating another report filed Monday from a clerk who works at a Ross clothing store in Stafford Marketplace. That clerk told authorities that two women fitting the same description of the women at the Best Buy stores stole her wallet.

The first female is described as a middle-age black woman, with black hair, wearing a black hat, wearing a two-piece gray jumpsuit and glasses with thick temples on them, 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 7 inches tall, 150 pounds.

The second female is also described as a middle age black woman, with a black shoulder-length hair, wearing a dark sleeved shirt, white Capri pants, wearing glasses and sandals, 5 feet tall, 160 pounds.

Anyone with information in this case is encouraged to call Stafford County Crime Solvers.

Conviction After Slain Woman Found in North Stafford

Jerryell Myesha Foster

The boyfriend of a woman found shot to death in North Stafford in 2010 was found guilty in her death.

Frederick Christian, of Baltimore County, Md., was convicted in Maryland on Monday after a jury concluded he shot 23-year-old Jerryell Myesha Foster and then dumped her body in a wooded area alongside Interstate 95.

Foster is the mother of Christian’s 2-year-old child, the Baltimore Sun reports.

Foster went missing sometime around Thanksgiving 2009. Her body was found March 2, 2010 in North Stafford, near the southbound ramp at Garrisonville Road (Va. 610).

Christian told a jury Foster went missing, and that he did know why he poured bleach on the carpets in her home and removed a love seat from the living room.

The murder weapon was never found, and prosecutors at Christian sentencing will aim for a life in prison without parole.

Substitute Teacher Faces Sex Charge

Eric Lewis

Woodbridge, Va. –– A student at Potomac High School was a victim of a sexual assault in 2008, police say.

Her attacker: a 27-year-old substitute teacher that worked at the school, investigators add.

Police arrested the man on April 7 for  the alleged assault, after school officials became aware of the assault.

The victim is now 17-years-old.

Eric Lewis, of Quantico, is charged with two counts of crimes against nature and with two counts of carnal knowledge, said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok.

His court date was not released and he was held without bond.

Police: Woman Wanted Husband Dead

Sonia Kuske

Montclair, Va. –– Police have charged a woman in an alleged murder for hire.

Prince William police and agents from the Northern Virginia Violent Crimes Taskforce say 34-year-old Sonia Guerrero Kuske, of Springbranch Boulevard in Montclair tried to hire an undercover detective to kill her husband.

She did it to get insurance money, said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok.

A search warrant was executed at Kuske’s home and she was arrested, and now faces charges of solicitation to commit capital murder and attempted capital murder, said Perok.

She is scheduled to appear in court May 31.

Baseball Bat Attack Leads to Charges

North Stafford, Va. –– A domestic dispute involving a baseball bat and a man struck with a car lead to charges Saturday.

It happened in the 200 block of Garrisonville Road (Va. 610) at 4:55 p.m. in North Stafford, when a man and woman were walking along Va. 610 when another woman driving a car pulled alongside them and began to harass the couple, investigators said.

As it turns out, the driver use to be in a relationship with the male victim, and the two began arguing. The driver struck the male with her car, and then got out and proceeded to hit the victim, said Stafford sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy.

The woman went on to hit the man with a baseball bat, at which time the woman who was walking with the male victim began wrestling with the woman for control of the bat. The bat-wielding woman also hit the female victim with the bat during the tussle, but the female victim was able to get control of the bat, said Kennedy.

Both victims walked away from scene, but the woman followed them to a parking lot where the woman once again attacked the victim’s, said Kennedy.

A Stafford deputy was able to obtain a phone number of the woman who attacked the victims, tracked her down and later arrested her.

Lydia McCallum, 43, of North Carolina, is charged with attempted malicious wounding, said Kennedy.

The victims suffered injuries that did not appear to be life threatening.

In a separate incident, investigators are also looking for the person who took six car batteries from vehicles parked at an auto shop Friday night.

Sheriff’s deputies were called to Advanced Auto Service in North Stafford after a man went to start his truck and found his battery missing.

Other five other cars were also missing their batteries, all stolen between 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday evening, said Kennedy.

Anyone with information on this case is encouraged to contact Stafford County Crime Solvers.\

Lawyer Will Not Pursue Case Against Prince William

Carillo Dean admitted to killing his family in 2009. (Prince William police)

Carillo Dean

Update Wednesday
The lawyer representing the family who lost two children and their mother to gunshot wounds in 2009 says he will not pursue a civil case against Prince William County.

Kevin Lockland represented Kevin Kirk after a former Prince William County Park Ranger, Carillo Dean, shot and killed his 13-year-old son Connor, 15-year-old daughter Brittany, and his 45-year-old ex-wife Elizabeth inside of their Triangle home.

“I’ve spoken with the paramedics who worked the night of the shooting, and with the doctors at the hospital and learned that Brittany suffered a non-recoverable wound,” said Lockland.

Kirk has long argued that police and fire and rescue responders had a delayed arrival to the Triangle home where Dean committed the shootings, and that delay cost Brittany her life.

Once inside, a police officer found Connor and Elizabeth dead from gunshot wounds, but Brittany still clinging to life. She later died at an area hospital.

Lockland says he’ll take the case in an effort to get a civil judgment against Dean, if it will help Kirk in the grieving process.

Original Post 9:40 a.m. Tuesday
The father of two children shot and killed by a former Prince William park ranger says law enforcement is protecting one of their own by not seeking a death sentence.

Carillo Dean was sentenced to three consecutive life sentences without the chance of parole Friday in the 2009 shooting deaths of 13-year-old Connor Kirk, 15-year-old Brittany Kirk, and their mother, 45-year-old Elizabeth Dean inside of their Triangle home.

The father of two children and ex-husband to Elizabeth Dean, Kevin Kirk, plans to file a civil suit against the county.

‘They are protecting each other, and that’s OK. But this is not over, people. This is far from over,” said Kirk following Dean’s sentencing.

Dean in December admitted to the killings, and the victim’s family was hoping for a death penalty conviction. But that didn’t happen after doctors who evaluated Dean said he couldn’t say why he killed his wife and two step children.

Prince William County Commonwealth Attorney Paul Ebert –– the prosecutor with the most death row-convictions in the Virginia –– after speaking with doctors decided not to seek the death penalty.

“It’s one of the most horrible and tragic cases we’ve had in this jurisdiction, and I thought long and hard when I decided not to seek the death penalty, based on what the doctors had to say,” said Ebert.

He called the case “hard to understand,” that it “baffled doctors” and said that hopefully time would heal the family’s wounds.

Ebert called Dean a “pseudo cop,” and said he understood it is against policy for a county park ranger to carry a gun while on duty.

Following the shooting, Dean called 911 and asked to speak with a supervisor on duty, but then hung up and then called a non-emergency number and once more asked to speak with a supervisor.

Connor and Elizabeth were dead, but Brittany still clung to life as a dispatcher looked up the name of a supervisor Dean knew from his time as a park ranger, according to court records.

The supervisor, a now-retired police officer, was paged and then called Dean at his home, where Dean told him to come to his house for an “emergency,” according to court records.

When the lone officer arrived, Dean told him he had shot his family. The officer went inside to find Elizabeth Dean and Connor dead, but Brittany was still clinging to life, according to court records.

She was flown to a hospital where she died hours later.

Kirk says he may never be able to forgive Dean for what he’s done, and plans to haunt him during his time in prison.

“When he first killed my children and ex-wife we heard from a lot of children and our friends, and we decided that once he was sentenced to prison we would travel to that prison, ask to see him –– he doesn’t have to come down to see us, but we still will go –– and ask him ‘why did you kill my [expletive] kids?”’

Woman Faces Charges in Underage Sex Case

Tina Marie Amato, 27, had a sexual relationship with a student at Gar-Field High School student, police say.

Woodbridge, Va. –– An underage male student from Gar-Field High School had a sexual relationship with a woman from Stafford County, police said.

The 16-year-old student was involved with the woman for one year, police said.

School officials learned of the relationship on Friday and then told police.

“Once we learned of the situation we acted immediately as we inclined and obligated to do,” said Prince William Public Schools spokesman Ken Blackstone.

School officials say at no time did the two individuals have sex on school property, and they also say the student was never in any physical danger.

Tina Marie Amato, 27, of Stafford County is charged with two counts of indecent liberties by a custodian, crimes against nature and use of a communications system to facilitate certain offenses, said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok.

Stolen Police Cruiser Used to Ram 3 Cop Cars

Stafford County, Va. –– First, police say he stole a cop car and took it on a wild chase. But what happened next was the stuff of movies.

Stafford sheriff’s deputies were called to 85 Octagon Trail near White Oak about 9 p.m. Friday for a report of a man who appeared to be drunk and injured.

When they got there, the man they came to see ran off into a wooded area near his home.

Deputies tried to coax the  man out of the woods, but while doing so the man circled around, jumped into a police car and sped off down White Oak Road (Va. 218) and drove into King George County, said Stafford sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy.

The man drove the stolen car to the home of an off-duty sheriff’s deputy in King George, who he had had previous contact with, and slammed the stolen police cruiser into the deputy’s unmanned cruiser parked in front of his home.

Unfazed, the man then drove the stolen car back into Stafford County where Virginia State Police had joined the search for him.

The man then struck not one, but two state police cruisers, said Kennedy.

By now, sheriff’s deputies have had decided they would try to stop the stolen car by deploying a stinger across the two-lane road. They dropped it in the area of Newton Road and were able to flatten one of the front tires of the stolen car.

The man continued driving until he ended up back at his house, where he collided with a utility pole, said Kennedy.

After a brief struggle, the man was arrested and charged.

Thomas J. Fincham, 27, faces charges of grand larceny, felony eluding, driving under the influence and impersonating a police officer.

He was held in the Rappahannock Regional Jail.

Man Gets 3 Life Sentences in Triangle Murders

Carillo Dean admitted to killing his family in 2009. (Prince William police)

Manassas, Va. –– The man who shot and killed his wife and two step children in early 2009 will spend the rest of his life in jail with no chance of parole.

Carillo Dean, a former Prince William County park ranger, shot and killed 13-year-old Connor Kirk, his sister 15-year-old Brittany Kirk and their mother, 45-year-old Elizabeth Dean in their home in Triangle.

Prior to his sentencing, Dean apologized for his actions, and a plea agreement between prosecutors and Dean’s lawyers spared him the death penalty.

“This case is so horrible it’s hard to explain. [Dean has] been evaluated by doctors and some say he’s insane. All of them say it’s disturbing that he cannot explain why he did what he did,” said Prince William County Commonwealth Attorney Paul Ebert.

The victims’ family also had a chance to be heard in the courtroom Friday.

“Most of the sadness is gone. I’m thinking of all of the things that Brittany and Connor accomplished while they were here, which is much more than you ever have…you’re a failure,” said the children’s uncle, Kelly Kirk. “You’re not crazy. You should have gotten the death penalty and everybody knows it. You are evil.”

Brittany and Connor’s aunt, Mary Tucker, took the stand, saying the children touched the lives of many who knew them.

“Brittany was someone’s girlfriend, Connor someone’s boyfriend, both had many friends and family who now miss them very much. I hope you spend every minute of your life thinking about what you have taken from so many lives,” said Tucker.

Dean admitted to killing the children and his wife in December.

Prior to his admission he had been evaluated by several doctors, none of which found in incapable of standing trial.

He has been sentenced to three consecutive life sentences.

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Prince William County, Va. ––
Carillo Dean, the former Prince William County Park Ranger who was convicted of killing his two step children and their mother, will be sentenced today.

Dean will stand in a Manassas courtroom at 2 p.m. after he shot and killed the two children, 13-year-old Brittany and 15-year-old Connor, and their 45-year-old mother, Elizabeth Dean, inside their Triangle home in February 2009.

Convicted late last year, the victim’s family was upset when they learned Dean would not face the death penalty is this case.

A psychiatrist hired by Prince William County Commonwealth Attorney Paul Ebert found that Dean was not insane at the time of the killings, but that he did suffer severe emotional problems.

Dean was a county park ranger for 23 years, and following the shootings called the county’s police non-emergency number page a now-retired police officer to come to the home so he could confess what he did.

The police officer on the other end of the phone called for help, and the 911 tapes from that night were played in court in December –– the family hearing them for the first time.

Following the conviction, the victim’s family said they were considering filing a civil suit against Prince William County over the length of time it took for emergency responders to arrive at the scene.

Who Killed Samih Sowan?

 North Stafford, Va. –– With few details in the shooting death of Samih Mustafa Sowan, many who knew him say they don’t how anyone could have wanted him dead.

Sowan, 49, was killed March 1 inside a home where he rented a room in North Stafford’s Austin Ridge neighborhood. According to the county’s sheriff’s department, someone that night broke into the home of Fife Street and shot Sowan to death.

Two men were seen fleeing the scene of the shooting, but investigators have offered few other details in the case.

“The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office is actively investigating this case and are pursuing any and all leads in the case,” said Stafford sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy.

Sowan managed a Subway restaurant in Aquia Town Center before it was torn down to make way for a new office building. He later opened a new Subway restaurant at the intersection of Courthouse Road (Va. 630) and Wapole Street, and hired area residents to help him run it.

“Samih was strict yet efficient. We were constantly challenged to live up to his standards of excellence. Yet, he was also compassionate; he was always buying us presents and giving monetary bonuses, sometimes even, for no feasible reason at all. If we ever refused, he insisted,” said Allan Roeder, who worked for Sowan since 2007.

Another employee was shocked when she heard Sowan has been killed.

“It took a couple of days for me to realize that he was murdered. Once it sunk in, I was really upset and going to work was really hard, and I honestly believe that going to work will never be the same. I didn’t believe it because I don’t know who would ever do something so horrible,” said 17-year-old Lexy. “It seemed to me that everyone liked Samih so I don’t know who would kill him.”

Following Sowan’s death, Kennedy said the neighborhood “was secure” and said there was little evidence to suggest the shooter would return.

Woman Faces Underage Sex Charges

Lacy Dashiell Hill faces two counts of carnal knowledge after police say she had sex with 14-year-old boy. (Submitted)

Woodbridge, Va. –– A woman is behind bars charged with having sex with a 14-year-old boy.

Police say 30-year-old Lacy Dashiell Hill had sex with the boy March 9 in the 5500 block of Spangler Lane in Dale City.

She had been having sex with the boy since October 2009, said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok.

Hill, who lives in Woodbridge, was arrested on Friday and charged with two counts of carnal knowledge.

Her court date was not released.

Gunshot wound, rape, stabbings investigated

Clarence Rodney Cox, 34, of Chester, Va., is charged with raping a teenage girl in Woodbridge. (Submitted)

Woodbridge, Va. –– One man was shot in the chest during a home invasion in Woodbridge early Saturday.

Police were called at 2:26 a.m. to the 14200 block of Mount Pleasant Drive after two men broke into the home, went to the victim’s bedroom, kicked in the door and shot a man in the chest, police said.

The victim was flown to a hospital with injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening, said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok.

Police say they don’t consider the home invasion a random act, and that their investigation continues.

No one else was injured in the shooting.

Police are also investigating a rape that happened at 3:53 p.m. Saturday, in the 2700 block of Landings Loop in Woodbridge.

Police said a 17-year-old female was raped by an acquaintance who was later arrested, said Perok.

Clarence Rodney Cox, 34, of 12401 Banner Way in Chester, Va. is charged with rape. He was held without bond.

On Friday, police were called to two stabbing incidents –– one at Potomac Mills mall and the other in Dumfries.

Police at 2:26 p.m. Friday were called to the area of Main Street (U.S. 1) and Quantico Gateway Drive after a 26-year-old man was stabbed in the upper body by an acquaintance, said Perok.

The victim was taken to a local hospital with injuries that did not appear to be life threatening.

And a mob scene developed at Potomac Mills mall on Friday when a 17-year-old boy was walking through the parking lot when he was approached by several people. An altercation ensued and the boy was stabbed in his abdomen, said Perok.

Those involved fled the scene and the boy was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Vampire Lover Pleads Not Guilty

Christopher Rodriguez, 28, is charged in a bizarre underage vampire love case. (Submitted)

Update 10:25 a.m.
Stafford, Va. –– The man charged in a bizarre sex case involving a 14-year-old girl and a website about vampires plead not guilty today.

Christopher Rodriguez, a 28-year-old former Navy sailor, will stand trial July 6 on after Stafford County investigators say be used an internet chat room about vampires to meet the girl, then traveled last fall from his home in Florida to meet her so the two could have sex.

While in Stafford, Rodriguez planned to administer a mixture of crushed sleeping and anti-depressant pills to the teen’s family but was unsuccessful, investigators said.

Rodriguez and the teen went to a Halloween party where he planned to give the girl the same crushed mixture of pills and then have sex with her, investigators told the Miami Herald.

But a chaperone did not allow Rodriguez inside the party, and the teen –– a willing participant up until this point –– called her parents about Rodriguez who then called the Stafford County sheriff’s office.

Rodriguez showed up later that night outside the girl’s home, tossed rocks at her window, and told her he would return when she was 18-years-old so the two could be married.

“This case is unusual for sure,” said sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy. “Thankfully the girl changed her mind and decided she did not want to be involved with the suspect.”

Sheriff’s investigators have not charged the teen, but do say the girl and Rodriguez already considered themselves to be married via the vampire chat room.

Rodriguez travelled to Stafford County with the intention of having sex with the teenage knowing she was a minor, said Kennedy.

Stafford, Va. –– The Florida man behind a real-life vampire love story is schedule to appear in court today.

Christopher Rodriguez, 28, was indicted in December accused of traveling to Stafford County to see a 14-year-old girl he met on an internet chat room about vampires.

The former Navy Sailor was extradited to Stafford this month after investigators claim he met up with the girl, took her to a Halloween party and attempted to slip the girl a crushed-up mixture of sleeping pills and antidepressants.  He was unable to so because someone confronted him at the party, investigators told the Miami Herald.

Rodriguez fled the party and the girl’s mother picked her up and took her home, where later that night Rodriguez returned the girls home, threw rocks at her window and told her he would be back to marry her, investigators said.

Rodriguez is married but is separated from his wife, and has a fascination with vampires and renaissance fairs, the Miami Herald reported.  Relatives told the Florida newspaper he Rodriguez thought the girl was 18-years-old when he traveled by train to Stafford to meet her.

Rodriguez faces charges of using a communications device to solicit a minor as well as distribution of a controlled substance to a juvenile, according to Virginia court records.

If convicted, Rodriguez faces 80 years in prison.

Hamilton Pleads Guilty

Hamilton is charged in a December 2009 shooting at Northern Virginia Community College’s Woodbridge campus.

Jason Hamilton is charged in a December 2009 shooting at Northern Virginia Community College’s Woodbridge campus.

Jason Michael Hamilton pleaded guilty today to walking into the Woodbridge campus of Northern Virginia Community College and attempting to kill his professor.

The 21-year-old delivered the plea this morning in a Manassas courtroom.

He will be sentenced Sept. 9, and faces 80 years in prison, officials said.

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Prince William County, Va
. –– The man accused of shooting a high-powered rifled inside a community college in Woodbridge is expected to make a plea in court today.

Jason Michael Hamilton, 21, accused in the 2009 shooting inside Northern Virginia Community College’s Woodbridge campus is due in a Manassas courtroom at 10 a.m.

The Associated Press last week reported Hamilton and his layers were working on a plea deal.

The alleged shooter has received a mental evaluation, and Prince William County Commonwealth Attorney has said he believes Hamilton has mental issues, but is not insane and is able to stand trial.

Police charged Hamilton in December 2009, after they said he walked into the four-story building off Neabsco Mills Road and fire shots at a math professor.

The bullets missed their targets and no one was injured. The rifle jammed and Hamilton surrendered to a campus security officer, police said.

Following the shooting, college officials commissioned an after-action report about the shooting that stated it took up to 40 minutes before text messages and other notifications were sent to other students, staff and faculty at other NVCC campuses.

Body Found in Dumpster

Update 1:30 p.m.
The state medical examiner has confirmed a body was found inside a trash dumpster in Woodbridge on Wednesday. Police call it a suspicious death.

At 9:55 a.m., fire and rescue crews were called to the 1300 block of Bayside Avenue for a report of an outside fire. When they arrived, they doused the flames coming from a medium-sized trash and discovered what appeared to be human remains.

Two hours later, the state medical examiner confirmed the presence of burnt, human remains.

Police have not identified the body, which has been sent to the state medical examiner’s office for identification.

Update 12:15 p.m.
It was a group of career firefighters this morning who discovered what was reported to be a body inside of a dumpster in Woodbridge’s Bayside neighborhood.

Fire crews were called to the 1300 block of Bayside Avenue at 9:50 a.m. Wednesday for a report of an outside fire, said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok.

Shortly thereafter, police were called to the scene, where they closed a portion of Bayside Driver to make room for a crime scene truck, more officers, and hordes of curious onlookers.

Police say they are waiting or the state medical examiner that is in route to the scene to confirm if what is inside the dumpster is a body.

Original Post 10:40 a.m.
Woodbridge, Va. —
Police say they are trying to determine if a body has been found inside of a trash dumpster in Woodbridge.

Investigators descended on the 1300 block of Bayside Avenue about 10:15 a.m. after someone called 911 to report a body had been found.

Initial reports indicate the body was badly burned, and fire crews remain on the scene here working with police.

The dumpster sits in a parking lot next to a community center on Bayside Avenue, just behind Marumsco Plaza off U.S. 1.

Stay with us for updates.

Update 12:15 p.m.
It was a group of career firefighters this morning who discovered what was reported to be a body inside of a dumpster in Woodbridge’s Bayside neighborhood.

Original Post 10:40 a.m.
Fire crews were called to the 1300 block of Bayside Avenue just after 9 a.m. Wednesday for a report of an outside fire, said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok.

Shortly thereafter, police were called to the scene, where they closed a portion of Bayside Driver to make room for a crime scene truck, more officers, and hordes of curious onlookers.

Police say they are waiting or the state medical examiner that is in route to the scene to confirm if what is inside the dumpster is a body.

Kmart Employee Victim of Pepper Spray

Police in Prince William were busy on St. Patrick’s Day.

At 6:10 p.m. Thursday, police were called to the 17200 block of Wexford Loop in Dumfries, off of Wayside Drive and U.S. 1, for a report of an attempted robbery.

Officers found a 33-year-old man had been assaulted by four men, but nothing was taken from him.

He suffered injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening, said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok.

The men were described as black, between 18 and 25-years-old, said Perok.

Later that night at 9:40, an employee at the Kmart store on Dale Boulevard in Dale City was sprayed with pepper spray when that employee went to investigate a suspicious person inside the store, said Perok.

After spraying the employee, the man ran to the front of the store and fled the area on foot.

Nothing was stolen and the victim did not go to the hospital, said Perok.

The man with the pepper spray is described as White or Hispanic, between 20 and 22-years-old, 5 feet 4 inches tall, 140 pounds with a medium build.

He was last seen wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, dark pants and a baseball cap.

Sheriff: Student Brandished Gun at School

Stafford County, Va. –– A student at Mountain View High School brandished a gun during an argument in the school’s parking lot, officials say.

Stafford sheriff’s deputies Wednesday charged a 17-year-old student with brandishing a weapon during an altercation with at least three students on March 7.

Investigators filed the charge, as well as assault and disorderly conduct charges Wednesday.

The sheriff’s department carried out a warrant at the home of the 17-year-old but was unable to recover the gun the teen allegedly brandished on school property, said Stafford sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy.

During their investigation, sheriff’s deputies say they learned the same juvenile also was involved in a fight in Stafford County’s Seven Lakes neighborhood also on March 7, where he also displayed a handgun, said Kennedy.

More charges against the juvenile are pending he added.

The teen was incarcerated at the Rappahannock Regional Jail in Stafford.

Case of Missing Woman now Death Investigation

Linda Mae Archer

Woodbridge, Va. –– The bones found last year in a wooded area in Woodbridge are those of Linda Mae Archer, police say.

Archer, 58, had been missing from her home in the 3600 block of Elm Farm Road since October 2004. Her family told police she was missing in January 2005.

A missing persons report was filed, but police were never able to determine if foul play was involved in her disappearance, said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok.

On June 2, 2010, police were called to a wooded area near the intersection of Prince William Parkway and Minnieville Road, less than two miles away from Archer’s home, where skeletal remains were found.

Those remains were sent to a lab for DNA comparison for a possible match with Archer’s relatives. This month, those remains were determined to be Archer’s, said Perok.

Archer’s case has now gone from a missing persons case to a death investigation.

Family Mourns as Police Return to Crash Scene

Paul Krause was killed Monday following a car crash on U.S. 1 near Ft. Belvoir.

Lorton, Va. –– Paul Krause’s family is trying to come to grips with his sudden death.

He died Monday after a drunken driver struck his sedan forcing it into oncoming traffic on Richmond Highway (U.S. 1) in the Ft. Belvoir area, police say.

It doesn’t make things easier to know the man charged in the fatal crash that took Paul’s life is an illegal immigrant.

“I live in San Diego and we deal with the illegal immigration thing all the time, but for me, for my family, I don’t care if you’re from Mars –– driving after you’ve been drinking, no one should do that,” said Tom Krause, his younger brother.

Police closed the same portion of U.S. 1 Thursday morning where the crash occurred.

They used laser measurement devices, measured the friction of the roadway and collected more details to help them to understand the crash, said Fairfax County police spokesman Eddie Azcarate.

Carlos Sanchez Ramos faces multiple charges in a crash that left one man dead. (Submitted)

On Wednesday, A U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman said the man charged in the fatal crash, 33-year-old Carlos Lagos Ramos, was deported from the U.S. as an illegal alien in 2003. Authorities say he reentered the county illegally without ICE knowing.

Ramos has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Police say following the crash Ramos grabbed a 3-year-old who was passenger inside his car at the time of the crash and fled the scene. Ramos and the child, both uninjured, were picked up by police a short time later.

Krause, a retired Army Colonel, leaves behind a wife of 27-years, and three daughters ages 18, 20, and 24.

“He was all in for his family,” said Tom Krause. “I was going through his records the other night and found he saved his daughter’s homework from elementary school, and we found a bunch of medals and awards that he had never displayed or hung on the wall. He was a selfless kind of guy.”

The family is working with the Army on funeral arrangements, which are expected to be announced soon.

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