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Beauty Bandit hits cosmetic store near Dumfries

From Prince William police: 

Commercial Burglaries – On June 26 at 1:49AM, officers responded to Beauty Town located at 17064 Jefferson Davis Hwy in Dumfries (22026) to investigate an alarm activation. When officers arrived, they discovered an unsecured rear door. The investigation revealed the suspect entered a neighboring business, China 1, through a front window that was found damaged. Once inside, the suspect cut a hole into the drywall to gain access to Beauty Town. An undisclosed amount of money was taken from China 1, and hair clippers were reported missing from Beauty Town. A police K-9 was used to search for the suspect who was not located. The investigation continues.
Suspect Description:

Black male, approximately 17-21 years old, with a thin build 
Last seen wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt with a red and blue stripe across the front and back, black jeans, white socks, blue shoes, and a bandana covering his face.

Updated: Dumfries man wanted in connection to strangulation

From Prince William police: 

Strangulation | Domestic Related – On June 23 at 12:47AM, officers responded to a residence located in the 11400 block of Lucasville Rd in Manassas (20112) to investigate a 9-1-1 call. The investigation revealed that the accused was involved in a verbal altercation with an acquaintance, identified as a 35-year-old woman, while driving in Prince William County. During the argument, the accused grabbed the victim and began to choke her. When the two arrived at a residence on Lucasville Rd, the accused pulled the victim to the ground by her hair and proceeded to punch her in the face before choking the victim again as she was holding their 6-month-old baby girl. The victim reported to police that she at some point allegedly lost consciousness. When another family member of the victim saw what was happening, the family member attempted to call police. The accused then grabbed the phone from the family member and damaged it. The accused eventually fled the area and the police were contacted. The victim reported minor injuries. The child was not harmed. Following the investigation, officers obtained arrest warrants for the accused, identified as Robert Joseph HARDY II. Attempts to locate the accused have been unsuccessful. The investigation continues. 
Wanted: [Photo from November of 2017]

Robert Joseph HARDY II, 38, of the 3200 block of John Rolfe Ct in Dumfries
Described as a white male, 5’10”, 165lbs with brown hair and brown eyes
Wanted for strangulationchild endangermentdomestic assault & battery, and preventing the summoning of a law enforcement officer

Updated 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Strangulation | Domestic Related *ARREST – On June 26, Robert Joseph HARDY II, who was wanted for a domestic assault that occurred on June 23 at a residence on Lucasville Rd in Manassas, turned himself in at the Gar-Field Station in Woodbridge without out incident.
Arrested on June 26:

Robert Joseph HARDY II, 38, of 3213 John Rolfe Ct in Woodbridge
Charged with strangulationchild endangermentdomestic assault & battery, and preventing the summoning of a law enforcement officer
Court Date: Pending | Bond: Held WITHOUT bond

Rape, unlawful filming charges filed in two cases involving minors

From Prince William police:

Rape | Abduction with Intent to Defile – On June 20, detectives from the Special Victims Unit began an investigation into a rape which was reported to have occurred at a residence located in the Woodbridge (22193) area of Prince William County. The investigation revealed the victim, 12-year-old girl, was raped by the accused, a family member, on more than one occasion in April and June of 2018. The incidents were recently disclosed and police conducted an investigation in the allegations. Following the investigation, the accused, identified as Jose Hector GONZALEZ ORTIZ, was arrested.
 
Arrested on June 21:
Jose Hector GONZALEZ ORTIZ, 35, of the Woodbridge area
Charged with 2 counts of rape and 1 count of abduction with intent to defile
Court Date: Pending | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond
Also from Prince William police, a separate incident: 
Aggravated Sexual Battery | Unlawful Filming – On June 6, detectives from the Special Victims Unit began an investigation into a sexual assault which was reported to have occurred at a residence located in the Manassas (20109) area of Prince William County. The investigation revealed the victim, an 11-year-old girl, was inappropriately filmed by the accused, an acquaintance, on more than one occasion between November 2016 and June 2018. On one of the occasions, the accused sexually assaulted the victim. The incidents were recently disclosed and police conducted an investigation in the allegations.
 
Following the investigation, detectives obtained warrants for the arrest of the accused, identified as Esteban CARRILLO ZAPETA.  The accused was located and arrested by members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force at an address in Hyattsville, Maryland on June 21.
 
The accused will remain in custody in Maryland until extradited back to Virginia.
 
Arrested on June 21: [No photo available]
Esteban CARRILLO ZAPETA, 32, of no fixed address
Charged with aggravated sexual battery, unlawful filming, and production of child pornography
Court Date: Pending | Status: Awaiting Extradition

Pepper spray unleashed at Fraleys Furniture Gallery

From Prince William police: 

Malicious Wounding by Caustic Substance – On June 18 at 11:30AM, officers responded to Fraleys Furniture Gallery located at 17696 Main St in Dumfries (22026) to investigate a disorderly.
 
The victim, a 64-year-old man, reported to police that he and the accused, an acquaintance, were involved in a verbal altercation that escalated. During the encounter, the accused retrieved pepper spray and proceeded to spray the victim in the face. The parties eventually separated and police were contacted. Following the investigation, the accused, identified as Erica Althea GARDNER, was arrested.
 
Arrested on June 18:
Erica Althea GARDNER, 38, of no fixed address
Court Date: August 21, 2018 | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

Driver charged with DUI, eluding police following police pursuit

From Stafford sheriff’s office: 

The suspect had a pregnant passenger in the vehicle.

On June 17, 2018, at approximately 8:28 p.m., Deputy J.A. Mangan observed a vehicle with a defective headlight traveling southbound on U.S. 1. The deputy attempted to initiate a traffic stop, but the suspect vehicle continued on. The vehicle accelerated and a pursuit ensued, prompting the deputy to radio for additional units. The suspect vehicle continued traveling at a high rate of speed, and, in the area of U.S. 1 and Layhill Road, the vehicle crossed the double yellow line into opposite lanes of travel to get around traffic.

In the area of Truslow Road, the suspect vehicle made a sharp right turn and crashed into a parked car. The driver exited and began to run towards the wood line. The deputy gave chase and repeatedly ordered the suspect to stop. The deputy eventually caught up to the suspect and ordered him to the ground.

The suspect, identified as Joshua Stephen Jackson, 29, of Stafford was taken into custody. The suspect’s license came back revoked due to previous DUI charges. In addition, a search of Jackson’s person subsequent to arrest yielded a small bag of marijuana. A search of his vehicle yielded an empty container of alcohol.

[Fire and] Rescue was called to examine injuries the suspect sustained during the crash and he was subsequently transported to Stafford Hospital. The passenger of the vehicle, who was five months pregnant, was also examined by rescue personnel, but she denied transport against medical advice. She told deputies she asked the suspect multiple times to let her out of the vehicle during the pursuit, and he refused.

Deputies obtained a search warrant for blood and afterward Jackson was released from the hospital, he was transported to Rappahannock Regional Jail and incarcerated without bond.

The suspect is charged with abduction, resisting arrest, destruction of property, driving with a revoked license, driving after forfeiture of license, driving under the influence, possession of marijuana, eluding police, hit and run, reckless driving, and several traffic offenses.

Police break up hotel brawl outside Manassas

From Prince William police: 

Malicious Wounding – On June 12 at 5:45PM, officers responded to the Wyndham Garden hotel located at 10800 Vandor Ln in Manassas (20109) to investigate an assault. The investigation revealed that the accused was involved in a verbal altercation inside one of the hotel rooms with an acquaintance, a 33-year-old man, which escalated.  During the encounter, the accused began to fight with the victim. When the victim attempted to call police, the accused grabbed the phone and prevented the victim from completing the phone call. The accused chased after the victim when he attempted to flee the room and ran into the hallway. The accused caught the victim and continued to assault him until the parties eventually separated. When officers arrived, the located the accused a short time later and detained him without incident. Minor injuries were reported. Following the investigation, the accused, identified as Khoran Zeine POPE, was charged.
Arrested on June 12:

Khoran Zeine POPE, 25, of 225 Diamond Dr in Walkersville, Maryland
Charged with malicious wounding and preventing the summoning of a law enforcement officer
Court Date: July 26, 2018 | Bond: Held WITHOUT bond

Driver carjacked on I-95 south in Stafford County

From the Stafford sheriff’s office: 

The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a suspect involved in a carjacking that occurred this afternoon.

On June 11, 2018, at approximately 11:30 a.m., deputies responded to a call regarding shots fired from a vehicle in the area of Barrows Court. Witnesses advised that a suspect in a dark colored Audi began shooting at occupants in a dark colored Dodge Dart.

When deputies arrived, the parties involved were no longer on scene. Deputies discovered that one nearby residence was struck during the shooting, but no one was injured. Deputies issued a BOLO for the Audi and began checking the area.

Shortly thereafter, at approximately 12:45 p.m., deputies came into contact with the suspect vehicle. The driver of the vehicle fled law enforcement in the area of Pine View Court. The suspect drove down a hill at the end of the cul-de-sac, hit an I-95 guardrail, and jumped out of the vehicle. The suspect subsequently hijacked a vehicle at gunpoint traveling south on Interstate 95. He then drove off on 95 southbound, leaving the uninjured victims behind. The vehicle was later located unoccupied in the area of 2336 Plank Road.

Out of an abundance of caution, Stafford High School was put on partial lockdown around 12:55 p.m. The lockdown was lifted shortly thereafter.

Law enforcement personnel are still searching for the suspect. They have identified Robert H. Leegrand III as a person of interest in the carjacking and previous shooting. The suspect is currently wanted out of Prince William County for burglary, Fairfax County for grand larceny, and Manassas City for resisting arrest. He is believed to be armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office as (540) 658-4400. We will continue to keep the public updated as the incident develops.

Officer loses mirror, Manassas man pepper sprayed

From Prince William police: 

?Assault & Battery on Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) – On June 8 at 10:10PM, an officer working an off-duty detail was parked in front of the Ashland Conservancy HOA clubhouse located at 5550 Fincastle Dr in Manassas (20112) when he was approached by a vehicle. When the officer approached the vehicle, the driver placed the vehicle in reverse and struck the officer with the driver’s side mirror and front fender before fleeing the parking lot.  The driver ignored the officer’s emergency equipment, including lights and siren, and continued until he pulled into a residential driveway a short distance away. When the officer attempted to take the accused into custody, he resisted.  The officer deployed pepper spray and eventually took the accused into custody without further incident. Minor injuries were reported by the accused.
Arrested on June 8:

Shawn Lyle PRICHARD, 44, of 15535 Boar Run Ct in Manassas
Charged with assault & battery on LEOhit & runeluding police, and obstruction of justice 
Court Date: July 25, 2018 | Bond: Held WITHOUT bond

Donned in black, burglars hit five stores on Route 1

From Prince William police: 

Commercial Burglaries – During the early morning hours of June 9, officers responded to investigate five commercial burglaries that occurred throughout the Woodbridge area of Prince William County.

Officers determined that sometime between 2:45AM and 5:23AM, two unknown suspects wearing all dark clothing forced entry into the B-Thrifty located at 13412 Jefferson Davis Hwy, the Food Lion located at 13414 Jefferson Davis Hwy, the Wendy’s located at 14113 Jefferson Davis Hwy, the Shell service station located at 12522 Gordon Blvd, and the Exxon service station located at 13505 Minnieville Rd.

The suspects attempted to take money from cash registers and an ATM machine. Several cartons of cigarettes and money were reported missing. It is believed that the suspects used a dark colored SUV to flee the area. The investigation continues.

Stafford, Woodbridge men accused of fleeing to motel after robbery

From Prince William police: 

Strong-Armed Robbery – On June 6 at 12:25PM, officers responded to the 1400 block of Bayside Ave in Woodbridge (22191) to investigate a robbery.
 
The investigation revealed that the victim, a 56-year-old man, was walking in the above area when he was approached by three unknown males. During the encounter, the suspects began punching and kicking the victim.
 
The suspects then took money from the victim before fleeing the area on foot. Responding officers quickly determined that the suspects had fled to a nearby motel where they had rented a room.
 
Officers responded to the motel, made contact with all of the suspects, and detained them. Following the investigation, the suspects were charged. Minor injuries were reported.
Arrested on June 7:

Jaquon Leon Vincent BOWLES, 18, of 517 Powhatan St in Stafford
Richardo JACKSON, 19, of no fixed address
Travis Xavier TIMMONS, 19, of 12801 Cara Dr in Woodbridge
All were charged with robbery and assault by mob 
Court Date: August 22, 2018 | Bond: All were held WITHOUT bond

Couple, auto mechanic and pet groomer, charged with obtaining money by false pretenses

STAFFORD — The owners of two businesses in Stafford County are accused of defrauding customers. Both have warrants for their arrest but are not yet in custody.

From the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office: 

A husband and wife who own two Stafford County businesses have been charged by the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office with obtaining money by false pretenses, failure to return a vehicle, and conspiracy after scamming multiple customers.

The husband and wife under investigation are Ronda Hudson, owner of Ronda’s Puppy Love Grooming and Day Spa LLC, and Rodger Hudson, owner of Hudson’s Auto Service LLC.

On June 1, 2018, a Stafford detective met with an individual claiming to be a victim of a scam involving Hudson’s Auto Service. The victim told the detective that on March 3, 2018 he met with Rodger and Ronda Hudson at their auto shop on Warrenton Road. He entered into an agreement with the Hudson’s regarding over $500 worth of car repairs.

The victim later contacted Ronda Hudson after the date the service was scheduled to be completed. The victim had previously visited the shop on several occasions to ask when the repairs would be done. Ronda Hudson told the victim the repairs were taking so long because they were going out of business.

Ronda Hudson told the victim the repairs would need to be done at a separate location. The victim paid $975.86 to get the vehicle towed to the new location. Ronda Hudson promised to pay the cost of the tow truck. When he arrived, he learned the work that was supposed to be done on the vehicle had not been accomplished.

The victim then called Ronda Hudson and asked to be reimbursed. She directed him to come to her dog grooming business for a refund. The victim showed up at the shop on the scheduled date and the Hudson’s told him they didn’t have the money. They asked him to come back at a later date.

The victim returned to the business on several occasions and neither Rodger nor Ronda Hudson was there to reimburse him. He again called Ronda Hudson who promised a refund, but he never received the money. He decided to pay a separate automotive business to do all the repairs on his vehicle.

In a separate incident, a victim contacted the Sheriff’s Office on May 24, 2018 in reference to a scam involving the Hudson’s businesses. The victim told the detective that on February 23, 2018 she paid Hudson’s Auto Service approximately $1800.00 to rebuild the transmission on her vehicle.

The victim contacted the Hudson’s on March 12, 2018 to inquire about the estimated completion date for the repairs. They told her it would be ready soon. After another month, the victim still had not received her vehicle. She went to the shop and Rodger Hudson told her he needed more money for an additional part needed to complete the repairs. She did not agree to pay additional money and Rodger Hudson agreed to return the vehicle to her shortly.

Although the victim called the Hudson’s multiple times and left several voicemails, she never heard from the Hudson’s again. She eventually received a call from Rodney’s Transmission advising that her vehicle had been dropped off in the front of their business. She was told the transmission was destroyed, and that the Hudson’s had been using her vehicle to drive back and forth between businesses, which likely broke the transmission.

The Hudson’s have been charged with failure to return a vehicle, obtaining money by false pretenses, and conspiracy. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are pending. Anyone who believes they may be a victim of a scam involving these businesses is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (540) 658-4400.

Suspect in Round Elementary gun threat eludes police  

MANASSAS — Police have yet to locate a man who they suspect called 911 and told authorities he was near George C. Round Elementary School, armed with a gun.

That 911 call about 1 p.m. Tuesday sparked a system-wide lockdown of all Manassas City Public Schools as police swarmed the area outside Round Elementary. No gunman was ever seen.  Police pinged the cell phone used to call 911 to a location near Round Elementary, however, the cell phone has also not been found.

No one was injured.

There is a stepped-up police presence at all city schools today as a precaution, said city spokeswoman Patty Prince.

The lockdown was lifted late Tuesday afternoon and all students had been taken home by 7 p.m., Prince told us today.

Police suspect that the man who claimed to be armed outside the elementary schools is the suspect they’re looking for, said Prince.

While it’s not the city’s school division’s police to lockdown all schools when there is a threat of a gunman at one campus, officials did so on Tuesday due to the “unknown” circumstances surrounding the situation, added Prince.

City police today continue their search for a suspect in the case.

Updated June 8, 2018

From Manassas police: 

On June 5, the Manassas City Police Department’s Investigative Services Division began conducting an investigation into the report of a male subject with a gun near a Manassas City Public School. Detectives identified and interviewed a subject in connection to this case and have determined there is no longer a threat to school safety related to this incident.

‘An animal carcass, which appeared to be “roadkill,” was also dismembered’

From a police report: 

?Destruction of School Property – On the morning of May 29, a School Resource Officer (SRO) was notified concerning some vandalism to the stadium complex at Battlefield High School located at 15000 Graduation Dr in Haymarket (20169).
 
The investigation revealed that sometime between the evening of May 28 and the morning of May 29, obscene images and profanity were spray-painted onto the field and track as well as the visitors’ bleachers. An animal carcass, which appeared to be “roadkill”, was also dismembered and scattered throughout the premises.
 
On June 4, the SRO received an anonymous tip concerning the identities of the suspects involved. Upon further investigation, the SRO with the assistance of detectives with the Property Crimes Bureau identified all of the suspects involved as Battlefield High School students. Following the investigation, the SRO obtained arrest warrants for all four students who eventually turned themselves in to police later that evening without incident.
 
Arrested on June 4:

Jordan Ryan PUMPHREY, 18, of 6868 Jockey Club Ln in Haymarket 
Ramon Eduardo ROMERO SERPAS, 18, of 3467 Castle Hill Dr in Woodbridge
Bryant Keith SCHAIBLE, 18, of 15000 Largo Vista Dr in Haymarket

All three were charged with destruction of property and conspiracy to commit a felony

Jared Nicholas YUSKO, 19, of 14303 Broughton Pl in Gainesville                                                                  
Charged with conspiracy to commit a felony

Court Date: August 21, 2018 | Bond: All were held on $2,000 secured bonds

Updated on Round Elementary: ‘Manassas City Police are following up on leads on the suspect’

From an email: 

Tuesday, June 5, at approximately 1:00pm, Manassas City Police received a call from Prince William County Police Emergency Communications Center advising they received a 911 call from an unknown male stating he had a gun and was experiencing a mental health crisis near a Manassas City Public School.

The phone call was disconnected before PWC could obtain any further information from the male subject.  Manassas City Public Schools immediately implemented a lockdown at all City schools. Officers responded to all City schools and after thorough searches, deemed all schools safe.

At no point in time did anyone witness a subject with a gun near any City school. Students and staff will be on a delayed release schedule, officers will remain on scene at all schools until such time.

The incident is still under investigation at this time and a subject has not been located.

Updated 5 p.m. 

From Manassas spokeswoman Patty Prince: 

Update on school lockdown:  at this time, Manassas City Public Schools are releasing students to their parents and bus students on a modified release.   Students who walk will not be released until a parent is present

Updated 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 6

From city spokeswoman Patty Prince 

By about 7 pm [Tuesday] all students had been picked up or transported home.  Manassas City Police are following up on leads on the suspect.  There is an extra police presence at all Manassas City Schools out of an abundance of caution.

We’re working to get more information from Manassas police and we’ll post it here when we have it.

Updated June 8, 2018

From Manassas police: 

On June 5, the Manassas City Police Department’s Investigative Services Division began conducting an investigation into the report of a male subject with a gun near a Manassas City Public School. Detectives identified and interviewed a subject in connection to this case and have determined there is no longer a threat to school safety related to this incident.

Shots fired outside Deewa Foodstreet & Banquet

From a police report: 

Reckless Handling of a Firearm – On June 2 at 12:58AM, officers responded to the Deewa Foodstreet and Banquet located at 14633 Jefferson Davis Hwy in Woodbridge (22191) to investigate a shots fired call.

The investigation revealed that several patrons were being removed from the business by staff members when a large fight broke out in the parking lot. At some point during the fight, an unknown person fired several shots into the air.

No injuries or property damage were reported. When officers arrived, they were able to identify and charge several of the suspects involved in the fight.

The investigation continues.

Bystander restrains would-be purse thief outside Potomac Mills

From a police report: 

?Strong-Armed Robbery – On June 3 at 3:58PM, officers responded to a parking lot located next to the Burlington Coat Factory and JC Penny’s in the 2700 block of Potomac Mills Cl in Woodbridge (22192) to investigate a robbery.
 
The investigation revealed that the accused approached a 48-year-old woman as she was walking in a parking lot and demanded her purse. When she refused, the accused grabbed it from her shoulder as she attempted to resist.
 
The accused then assaulted the woman and attempted to run away with the purse. A 35-year-old man who was walking nearby saw what happened and gave chase after the accused. When he caught up to the accused, a struggle ensued. The man was eventually able to restrain the accused until officers arrived and detained the accused without further incident. Minor injuries were reported.
 
Further investigation determined that the accused also stole a purse from the Burlington Coat Factory earlier that afternoon. Following the investigation, the accused was charged.
 
Arrested on June 3:

Bryan Jeremy FINLEY, 24, of 6971 Sparks Ct in Bryans Rd, MD
Charged with robbery , assault & battery, and petit larceny
Court Date: August 22, 2018 | Bond: Held WITHOUT bond

Police head to Taney Road for shots fired call

From Manassas police: 

Shooting Investigation:

On June 1, 2018 at approximately 1:24 p.m., officers from the Manassas City Police Department responded to the 9200 block of Taney Rd for a report of a shots fired call.

The investigation revealed there was an altercation between two individuals in the common area which escalated when both suspects displayed firearms and began shooting. One of the suspects is described as a black male wearing a white shirt.

There were no injuries and minor property damage was reported. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Manassas City Police Department at 703-257-8000 or the Manassas City/Manassas Park Crime Solvers at 703-330- 0330. The investigation is ongoing.

Suspect climbed through window to reach girl, police say

From a press release: 

Carnal Knowledge Investigation – On May 28 at 12:18AM, officers responded to a residence located in the in Triangle area (22172) of Prince William County to investigate a disorderly person.

The parents of a 14-year-old girl reported to police that they had caught the accused in their daughter’s bedroom. It appears the accused had been entering the victim’s bedroom through a window in the middle of the night and had an inappropriate relationship with the victim several times during the last year.
 
Following the investigation, the accused, identified as Carlos Antonio JOYA ZELAYA, was arrested without incident.
Arrested on May 30:

Carlos Antonio JOYA ZELAYA, 22, of 1810 Carter Ln in Woodbridge
Charged with 3 counts of carnal knowledge
Court Date: Pending | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

Prince William police also reported today, a separate incident: 

Sexual Assault Investigation – On May 30, detectives from the Special Victim’s Unit responded to investigate a sexual assault that occurred in Manassas (20136) on May 28. The investigation revealed that the accused, an acquaintance, sexually assaulted the victim, an 11-year-old girl. The victim disclosed the assault to a School Resource Officer on May 30. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested without incident.
Charged on May 30[Juvenile]

13-year-old male of Manassas
Charged with 1 count of rape and 2 counts of sodomy
Court Date: Pending | Status: Held at the Juvenile Detention Center

Police ID suspect accused of brandishing gun at handicapped parking spot

From a press release: 

Brandishing Investigation *SUSPECT IDENTIFIED – On May 13, detectives with the Special Investigations Bureau identified the suspect involved in a brandishing that occurred on May 12 in the 13900 block of Promenade Commons St in Gainesville. Following the investigation, detectives obtained multiple arrest warrants for the accused, identified as Stephan Jackson HURST. Attempts to locate him have been unsuccessful. The investigation continues.

Wanted: [Photo from April of 2018]

Stephan Jackson HURST, 32, of the 2700 block of Merrilee Dr in Fairfax

Described as a white male, 6’00”, 215lbs, with red hair and green eyes

Wanted for brandishing a firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, carrying a concealed firearm, disorderly conduct, destruction of property, and reckless driving

3 suspected in car, dog theft from North Stafford WaWa

STAFFORD — Three people, including a 15-year-old boy, is suspected of stealing a car with a dog inside from a WaWa store at 105 Garrisonville Road in North Stafford. 

The suspected theft occurred on at 8:18 a.m. Wednesday, May 23.

From a press release received today from the Stafford sheriff’s office: 

Brown

Deputies with the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office obtained warrants for two suspects following the theft of a vehicle with a dog inside from the parking lot of the Wawa convenience store on Garrisonville Road.

On May 23, 2018, at approximately 8:18 a.m., Deputy Dominic Torrice responded to a reported larceny in progress at Wawa. Upon arrival, the deputy learned from the victim that her vehicle had been stolen from the parking lot. The victim also told the deputy that she was a veterinarian and a customer’s dog was inside the vehicle along with several personal belongings such as her wallet and social security card.

The deputy immediately began reviewing security video footage and observed three suspects enter the vehicle and drive out of the parking lot. The information was relayed to Virginia State Police who were able to locate the suspects traveling northbound on Interstate 95. A short pursuit ensued and the suspects were taken into custody after they crashed the vehicle. The dog ran away from the scene, but was later located and the owner was notified.

The suspects were identified as Kelvin Ki’Sean Kweonte Brown, 19, of Hampton and Davante Elijah Whitmore, 19, of Portsmouth. They were incarcerated at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center and charged with grand larceny, larceny of animals, credit card theft, and conspiracy. Juvenile Intake was contacted regarding the third suspect.

Virginia State Police arrested the three suspects after the car they were in crashed in Fairfax County at 9:05 a.m. A witness tipped off Virginia State Police by reporting a sighting of the stolen car headed north on I-95 at Lake Ridge (milepost 160).

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