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Gainesville area shooter turns himself into police, no charges filed

The suspect in a shooting that occurred early this morning in Gainesville turned himself into police.

From a press release: 

Shooting Investigation – On January 30 at 3:05AM, officers responded to the area of Sudley Rd and Tullamore Estates Rd in Gainesville (20155) to investigate a shooting. When officers arrived, they located an adult male suffering from gunshot wounds to the upper body.  The victim, identified as a 20-year-old man of Haymarket, was transported to an area hospital with serious, non-life threatening injuries. The initial investigation by detectives with the Violent Crimes Bureau revealed that the victim, a 20-year-old man of Haymarket, and a male acquaintance were involved in a verbal altercation while driving in the above area. During the encounter, the victim was shot. The victim got out of the vehicle and the suspect initially fled the area before turning himself into police at the Paul T. White Police Station in Manassas. No charges have been placed at this time as detectives are still actively investigating this case. More information will be released when available. The investigation continues.

iPhone sale goes bad in Stafford

From a sheriff’s report: 

Deputies with the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office arrested a suspect on Sunday for attempting to rob two individuals at gunpoint who had decided not to purchase a cell phone from the suspect.

On January 28, 2018 at approximately 7:00 p.m., Deputy W.C. Betush responded to a call in the area of Fireberry Blvd. One of the victims told the deputy that he had met with an unknown person to purchase an iPhone 6s Plus. After seeing the phone, the victim decided not to move forward with the purchase and got back into his vehicle.

The suspect followed the victims back to their vehicle and asked, “What else you guys got?” He then began tapping on the driver’s side window with a firearm. When one of the victims attempted to get out of the vehicle, the suspect took off running.

Deputies set up a perimeter and brought in K-9 Steel and the drone team to assist with the investigation. The suspect was located at a nearby residence and taken into custody. After detectives obtained a search warrant, a firearm matching the victim’s description was found inside the house.

William Dion McQueen, Jr., 20, of Stafford, was transported to Rappahannock Regional Jail and incarcerated without bond. He is charged with attempted robbery and display of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Fight inside Uptown Alley leads to parking lot shooting at Manassas Mall

From Prince William police: 

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

Suspect Description:

White male, approximately 20 – 25 years of age, 6’00”, 190lbs, with black hair and brown eyes

Last seen wearing a camouflaged hat, black sweatshirt, light colored jeans, and light colored shoes

Updated: Two shot in Dale City over weekend

Two men were shot in Dale City on Saturday afternoon.

Here’s what we know: 

Shooting Investigation – Currently, officers are on scene investigating a reported shooting which occurred in the area of the 15000 block of Cloverdale Rd in Woodbridge at approximately 4:20PM. Two individuals were transported to an area hospital for precautionary reasons. The suspects are believed to have left the area in an unknown direction of travel. At this time, this incident does not appear to be random and there’s no public threat. More information will be released as it becomes available. Please follow our social media – Facebook & Twitter @PWCPolice – for further updates.

Update: 

Shooting Investigations On January 27 at 4:20PM, officers responded to the 15100 block of Cloverdale Rd in Woodbridge (22193) to investigate a shooting. When officers arrived, they located two victims suffering from gunshot wounds to the arm and lower body. Officers used their Department issued trauma kits to provide immediate first aid to the victims before rescue crews arrived on scene. The victims, identified as a 15-year-old male and a 17-year-old male of Woodbridge, were flown to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries for precautionary reasons. The initial investigation revealed that the victims were walking in the above area when they were involved in an altercation with an unknown suspect. During the encounter, the victims were shot. The suspect then fled the area and police were contacted. Several shells casing were located in the area. Later that evening around 11:05PM, officers responded to a residence located in the 15200 block of Crescent St to investigate a second shooting. The victim, a 30-year-old man of Woodbridge, reported to police that he was sitting inside of his home when he heard several gunshots outside. At some point, the victim was grazed by a bullet causing a minor injury. Upon further investigation, detectives with Violent Crimes Bureau and Special Investigations Bureau believe that the two shootings appear to be related and are not random. At this point, detectives also believe that the victim of the second shooting does not appear to be related to the parties involved and was not the intended target. No other injuries or property damage was reported. Multiple shell casings were recovered in the area of Cloverdale Rd and Crescent St. There is no suspect information available at this time. The investigation continues.

Arrest made in road rage turned gun brandishing case

DALE CITY — Police tell us they’ve made an arrest in a road rage case that involved who pulled out a gun and pointed it at another driver

From police: 

Brandishing a Firearm | Road Rage *ARREST – On January 22, Howard Samual ANDERSON turned himself into police at the Prince William County Courthouse in Manassas without incident. ANDERSON was wanted for a road rage incident which occurred in the Dale City area of Prince William County on January 7.

Arrested on January 22: [No Photo Available]

Howard Samual ANDERSON, 41, of 928 Central Hills Ln in Hyattsville, Maryland

Charged with brandishing a firearm

Court Date: Pending | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

Man shot multiple times at apartment complex outside Manassas

From a press release: 

Shooting Investigation – On January 23 at 7:02PM, officers responded to the Maplewood Park Apartments located in the 8100 block of Peakwood Ct in Manassas (20111) to investigate a shooting. When officers arrived, they located an adult male suffering from gunshot wounds to the lower body. Officers provided immediate first-aid to the victim before rescue crews arrived on scene.  The victim, identified as a 28-year-old man, was flown to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries. The initial investigation revealed that the victim was involved in a verbal altercation with an unknown suspect. During the encounter, the victim was shot. After the shooting, the suspect fled the area. A police K-9 searched the area for the suspect who was not located. At this point, this incident does not appear to be random. The investigation continues.

‘Beltway Sniper’ Lee Boyd Malvo seeks re-sentencing

RICHMOND – A three-judge federal appeals court panel heard arguments Tuesday on whether Lee Boyd Malvo, who was convicted of murder in the Beltway sniper attacks in 2002, is entitled to a new sentencing under a U.S. Supreme Court decision that made life without parole unconstitutional for juveniles.

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judges listened to arguments from Malvo’s lawyer, Craig Cooley, and Virginia’s deputy solicitor general, Matthew McGuire.

“There are real serious considerations in re-sentencing dangerous criminals – which no one can argue Mr. Malvo isn’t,” McGuire said in court.

Malvo was 17 when he and John Allen Muhammad, then 41, killed 10 people in Virginia, Maryland and Washington during September and October of 2002.

Muhammad was sentenced to death and executed in Virginia in 2009. Malvo was given four life terms and is an inmate at Red Onion State Prison in Wise County.

In 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Miller v. Alabama that a juvenile could not be sentenced to life without the possibility of parole, except in the rarest of cases. Even then, a sentencing judge must make an individualized and focused evaluation before sentencing, the high court said.

Last year, citing the Miller decision, U.S. District Judge Raymond Jackson of Norfolk ordered a new sentencing for Malvo, now 32.

The state of Virginia appealed Jackson’s ruling. As a result, lawyers for both sides presented arguments to 4th Circuit Judges Paul Niemeyer, Robert King and Albert Diaz.

Cooley argued that in Malvo’s case, when given the option of life without parole or death, the jury voted unanimously to sentence him to life without parole – the lowest sentencing option at that time.

“It is possible, given the option, that they would have gone lower than life without parole,” Cooley told the court.

McGuire presented his counterargument.

“Lee Boyd Malvo is a serial murderer,” one of his documents states. “Lee Boyd Malvo and John Muhammad terrorized people living along the I-95 corridor between Virginia and Maryland for nearly a month in the fall of 2002, randomly killing 10 innocent people going about their daily activities and wounding numerous others, including a child.”

The appeals panel did not indicate when it might rule.

Malvo has been convicted and given life sentences in Maryland as well. Last year, a judge ruled that he will not receive a new sentencing hearing there.

Man questioned after threats made on Virginia Railway Express train

A Monday morning Virginia Railway Express train stopped when a passenger began making threats. 

More in a Stafford sheriff’s office press release: 

Deputies with the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office took a male suspect into custody on Tuesday morning for making threats to passengers of a Virginia Railway Express (VRE) train.

On January 23, 2018 at approximately 7:30 a.m., deputies responded to a call regarding a male subject making threats to passengers on VRE train 312. The incident began when the subject boarded the commuter train at the Fredericksburg Station and continued as the train traveled to Leeland Road Station. Several witnesses heard the threats.

Train conductors contacted the Sheriff’s Office while at Leeland Road Station, and the train and platform were quickly evacuated. When the suspect attempted to get off the train, he attacked a law enforcement officer. He was subsequently taken into custody.

K-9 bomb-detecting units cleared the train and checked the parking lot for potential threats. The train went back to a VRE maintenance and storage facility in Spotsylvania County for further inspection and VRE train 314 was able to pick up the passengers at Leeland Road Station.

Rafael Alejandro Abreu, 35, was arrested and later interviewed by Stafford detectives and an FBI agent. He is incarcerated at Rappahannock Regional Jail without bond on charges of assault on a law enforcement officer and intent to intimidate the civilian population by compelling emergency evacuation of a means of mass transportation.

‘The male suspect told the juvenile to “get in the van”

From police: 

Suspicious Event

On January 19, 2018 at approximately 7:00 p.m., officers of the Manassas City Police Department met with a complainant for a report of a suspicious event. The complainant told police at approximately 6:45 a.m. on January 19, 2018 her juvenile son was walking to the bus stop in the area of Point of Woods Dr at Liberia Ave when he was approached by a male subject in a van. The male suspect told the juvenile to “get in the van”. The juvenile immediately fled the area.

The suspect is described as a 45 year-old, heavy-set Hispanic male. The suspect vehicle is described as a white work van with blue lettering above the rear tires of the vehicle.  Anyone with information about this event is encouraged to call the Manassas City Police Department Investigative Services Division at 703.257.8092 or Crime Solvers. The Manassas City/Manassas Park Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest in this case.  The confidential 24-hour tip line is 703.330.0330.

 

Updated: Road rage case with gun leads to arrest warrant

From a press release: 

Brandishing a Firearm | Road Rage – On January 7 at 1:12PM, officers responded to the area of Dale Blvd and Birchdale Ave in Woodbridge (22193) to investigate a brandishing. The victim, a 39-year-old man, reported to police that he was driving on Brickwood Dr when he observed a silver Dodge Charger speeding and driving recklessly. The driver of the Charger allegedly drove through several stop signs before stopping the vehicle in the middle of the road at the intersection of Brickwood Dr and Brazil Ct. The victim drove his vehicle around the Charger and made eye contact with the driver. The victim continued driving and made no other contact with the other driver. The victim stopped at the intersection of Benita Fitzgerald and Brickwood Dr where the driver of the Charger pulled alongside. At that point, the driver lowered his window and pointed a handgun towards the victim. The suspect immediately drove away with the victim following. The suspect was last seen getting onto I-95 northbound before the victim contacted police. Upon further investigation, officers identified the driver of the Charger as Howard Samual ANDERSON and obtained a warrant for his arrest on January 16.  

Wanted: [Photo from September 2017]

Howard Samual ANDERSON, 41, of the 900 block of Central Hills Ln in Hyattsville, Maryland

Described as black male, 6’01”, 220lbs, with black hair and brown eyes

Wanted for brandishing a firearm

Updated

This post has been updated to show Anderson remains at large. An earlier headline incorrectly noted he had been arrested. 

Driver in stolen car leads police on chase through Triangle

Police tell us they chased a man accused of hopping into an idling car in the early morning hours of Monday and stealing it, leading police on a chase through Triangle. 

From a press release: 

Strong-Armed Robbery * ARREST | Hit & Run and Felony Eluding * NEW INCIDENT – On January 14 at 12:34AM, officers responded to the 17100 block of Dumfries Rd in Dumfries (22025) to investigate a stolen vehicle in progress. The owner of the vehicle reported to police that he had turned his vehicle on to warm it up when an unknown male got in and drove away. A responding Prince William County police officer located the vehicle driving in the area of Dumfries Rd and Jefferson Davis Hwy and attempted a vehicle stop. The driver ignored the officer’s emergency equipment, including lights and siren, and accelerated at a high rate of speed. The officer lost sight of the vehicle at which point the pursuit was terminated. A short time later, the driver of the vehicle was involved in an accident with another vehicle in the 17900 block of Old Triangle Rd. After the accident, the driver immediately exited the vehicle and fled on foot. Additional officers responded and located the suspect running along Old Triangle Rd and took him into custody without incident. Further investigation revealed that the driver, identified as Jose Neftaly CANALES GRANADOS, was wanted for a robbery and assault & battery which occurred at a hotel located in the 13900 block of Jefferson Davis Hwy in Woodbridge on January 1. There were no injuries reported by the other driver involved in the accident. Minor injuries were reported by the accused. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested.

Arrested on January 14:

Jose Neftaly CANALES GRANADOS, 24, of 4215 Holiday Ct in Woodbridge
Charged with robbery, grand larceny, felony eluding, felony hit & run, driving under the influence, assault & battery, and driving on a revoked license

Court Date: February 5, 2018 | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

Strong-Armed Robbery [Previously Released] – On January 1 at 4:25PM, officers responded to investigate an assault which occurred earlier that morning at a hotel located in the 13900 block of Jefferson Davis Hwy in Woodbridge (22191). The investigation revealed that the victim, a 50-year-old man of Woodbridge, was involved in a verbal altercation with the accused, an acquaintance. During the encounter, the accused assaulted the victim then took his wallet. The parties eventually separated and victim returned to his residence where he later contacted police. No injuries were reported. Following the investigation, officers obtained a warrant for the arrest of the accused, identified as Jose Neftaly CANALES-GRANADOS. Attempts to located the accused have been unsuccessful.

Arrest made in early morning shooting

WOODBRIDGE — One person was shot in the upper body early Monday and was taken to a hospital with serious injuries. 

From Prince William police: 

Aggravated Malicious Wounding – On January 15 at 12:12AM, officers responded to the 14100 block of Fisher Ave in Woodbridge (22191) to investigate a shooting. The investigation revealed that the victim, a 23-year-old man, and a female acquaintance were invited to an apartment in the above area. At one point the accused arrived at the apartment appearing to be under the influence of narcotics. The victim offered to give the accused a ride home due to his condition. While in the vehicle, the accused and the victim got into an argument.  During the argument, the accused shot the victim in the upper body and fled the scene. The victim was transported to an area hospital with life threatening injuries. The suspect was later located and arrested in the 1400 block of Bayside Ave and was also transported to an area hospital. Following the investigation, the accused, identified as John Anthony ARNOLD, was arrested.

Arrested on January 15:

John Anthony ARNOLD, 19, of 2710 Steele Ct in Dumfries

Charged with aggravated malicious wounding, use of firearm in commission of a felony and burglary while armed

Court Date: Pending | Bond:  Held WITHOUT Bond

In a separate and unrelated incident, we’re hearing that a fight inside a Woodbridge Chuck-E-Cheese on Saturday led to shots being fired outside the children’s eatery. 

Police are still searching for a suspect.

From police: 

Reckless Handling of a Firearm – On January 13 at 3:27PM, officers responded to the Chuck E Cheese located at 14085 Shoppers Best Way in Woodbridge (22192) to investigate initial reports of a fight in progress. While officers were responding, additional reports indicated shots were fired during the incident. The investigation revealed that a fight occurred inside the establishment. The fight proceeded out to the parking lot where an involved party fired a handgun multiple times in the air. Officers located several shell casings in the parking lot. No injuries or property damage were reported. The individual who fired the weapon was not located. No description of that person was provided to police.

Woman grabbed in the groin area while walking on sidewalk

Manassas police tell us a man walked up to a woman and grabbed her groin area while she was walking in on a sidewalk in the 9000 block of Sandalwood Drive. 

From a press release:

Sexual Battery

On January 11, 2018 at 7:06 p.m., officers from the Manassas City Police Department responded to the 9000 block of Sandalwood Dr for a report of a sexual battery.  The victim, a 25-year-old resident of Manassas, told police she was walking on the sidewalk along the 9000 block of Sandalwood Dr when she was approached by a male subject wearing a ski mask.  The male subject grabbed the victims groin area over her clothing, and then fled the scene on foot.  No injuries were reported.  The suspect is described as a white or Hispanic teenage male, approximately four feet tall with a slim build.  The suspect was last seen wearing a gray and white camouflage hoodie, dark pants, and a ski mask.  Anyone with information regarding this incident 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.

Woman robbed at gunpoint while getting into her car in front of her apartment building

Police today are on the lookout for someone who robbed a woman at gunpoint in Dale City while she was getting into her car. 

The details from Prince William police: 

Armed Robbery – On January 10 at 7:16PM, officers responded to the 14300 block of Westminister Ln in Woodbridge (22193) to investigate a robbery. The victim, a 25-year-old woman, reported to police that she was walking to her vehicle when she was approached by an unknown man who asked the victim for a cigarette. When the victim refused, the suspect followed the victim to her vehicle. When the victim got into the vehicle, the suspect opened the door then brandished a handgun and demanded money. The suspect took money from the victim before fleeing on foot. No injuries were reported. Officers searched the area for the suspect who was not located. The investigation continues.

Suspect Description:

A black male, approximately 25 years of age, 6’00”, 170lbs, with a thin build with a dark complexion. Last seen wearing a black hoodie and blue jeans.

Also from today’s report: 

Commercial Burglary – On January 8 at 8:15AM, officers responded to Velke Bures LLC located at 7200 Gary Rd in Manassas (20109) to investigate a burglary. Employees reported to police that sometime between 3:30PM on January 5 and 8:00AM on January 8, a back door was damaged. Further investigation revealed that money, checks, and other property were reported missing from an interior office. There were no other signs of forced entry. The investigation continues.

Three people stabbed in Stafford. Now three more face charges.

Austin Edwards

Multiple people walked into two Stafford County clinics suffering stab wounds a week ago, Stafford authorities told us today. 

That prompted an investigation into what the sheriff’s office is calling a “serious stabbing.”

More from a press release: 

Devin Edwards

Deputies with the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office arrested three individuals last week after an earlier drug-related matter led to a serious stabbing incident in the area of Democracy Circle that left one victim with extensive injuries.

On January 4, 2018 at approximately 3:30 p.m., a Stafford deputy responded to reports of a stabbing victim arriving at the Patient First clinic located at 60 Prosperity Lane. The victim was unconscious and had experienced significant blood loss due to multiple knife wounds to the upper body. The victim was then transported to Mary Washington Hospital.

Tolstopyatova

At the same time, two other victims involved in the incident arrived at Stafford Hospital Center with knife wounds.

Deputies learned that an altercation broke out in the area of Democracy Circle as the result of a drug-related incident. The victims were attacked by three suspects—Austin Edwards, 20; Devin Edwards, 20; and Kseniya Tolstopyatova, 20.

The suspects were taken into custody and incarcerated at Rappahannock Regional Jail. They received several charges including aggravated malicious wounding.

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

Manassas bail bondsman’s office ransacked

Police tell us the man pictured in these photos rummaged through a Manassas bail bondman’s office in the early hours of December 19, 2o17. 

The suspect broke into Angel’s Bail Bonds at 9852 Business Way in Manassas at 1:40 a.m. He kicked in a side door and stole “several items,” police tell us. 

Today, the department released images taken from surveillance photos of the suspect. They’re asking anyone with information on this crime to call Crime Solvers at 703-330-0330.

Arnold continues to elude police. Here’s why he’s on the Manassas fugitive list

John Anthony Arnold, Jr. is the Manassas City Police Department’s Fugitive of the Week. 

The 19-year-old is described as black, 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighing 200 pounds. He was last known to live in Virginia. 

Manassas police tell us: 

On September 19, 2017 at approximately 3:24 p.m., officers responded to the 9700 block of Clark Pl for a report of an assault. The victim was confronted by the suspect in front of a residence at this location and a physical altercation ensued. The investigation revealed the victim was struck multiple times by the suspect. The suspect fled the area prior to officer arrival. The victim was transported to a local area hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The incident does not appear to be random and it is believed the suspect and victim knew each other.

Anyone with information on Arnold’s whereabouts is encouraged to call Crime Solvers at 703-257-8000.

TASER used to subdue man inside Sheetz

From Prince William police: 

Assault & Battery on Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) – On January 7 at 10:39PM, officers responded to the Sheetz located at 11774 Sudley Manor Dr in Manassas (20109) to investigate a disorderly person. Several callers reported to police that an unknown man was inside the store assaulting citizens and ransacking the business. When officers arrived and made contact with the suspect inside of the store, they determined that the man was under the influence of a narcotic. When officers attempted to detain the accused, he resisted and a struggle ensued. Officers deployed a TASER and the accused was eventually subdued and detained with the assistance of multiple officers. The accused was transported to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries then taken to the Adult Detention Center. Following the investigation, the accused, identified as Stewart Lewis SKINNER, was charged.

Arrested on January 8:

Stewart Lewis SKINNER, 47, of 13210 Farmview Rd in Nokesville

Charged with 1 count of assault & battery on a LEO, 1 count of felony destruction of property, 4 counts of assault & battery, 1 count of disorderly conduct, 1 count of intoxicated in public, and 1 count of obstruction of justice

Court Date: February 8, 2018 | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

Three nabbed in October 2017 carjacking in Dumfries

Prince Willian police today tell us they’ve made an arrest in the case of a carjacking that occurred prior to Halloween last year. 

From a press release: 

Carjacking | Robbery – Between January 2 and 3, 2018, detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division made multiple arrests in an ongoing investigation into an alleged carjacking that occurred in the 17400 block of Jefferson Davis Hwy in Dumfries (22026) on October 22, 2017.

Aslami

The investigation revealed a suspect, identified as Hassan Majdi HAMMOUDE, made arrangements to rob an acquaintance, identified as a 31-year-old man, at a business in the above area. The accused solicited the assistance of two other men, identified as Bashir ASLAMI and Ahmad Riaz NOORY, for the robbery. During the incident, one of the suspects is alleged to have brandished a firearm. The victim’s money and vehicle were subsequently stolen. No injuries were reported. Following the investigation, detectives obtained warrants for the three men. All suspects have since been arrested.

Arrested between January 2 and 3:

Hassan Majdi HAMMOUDE, 23, of 501 N. Pegram St in Alexandria

Nooray,

Bashir ASLAMI, 27, of 9607 Laurance Kirk Pl in Bristow

Ahmad Riaz NOORY, 24, of 13013 Brierly Forest Ct in Manassa

All three men were charged with carjacking, robbery and use of a firearm in commission of a felony

Court Date: February 20, 2018 | Bond: All Held WITHOUT Bond

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