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Suspicious death investigation becomes homicide case

From the Prince William police report:

Homicide Investigation *CASE RECLASSIFIED – On March 16, the body discovered inside of a burning vehicle at Veterans Park located at 14300 Veterans Dr in Woodbridge underwent an autopsy at the Medical Examiner’s Office in Manassas. Based upon further examination of the victim’s body and the preliminary investigation, police detectives and fire investigators are now investigating the victim’s manner of death as a homicide. Due to the condition of the victim’s body, further DNA analysis will need to be completed to confirm an identity. The cause of the victim’s death and the fire continue to be investigated. This case remains a joint investigation with the Police Department’s Homicide Unit and the Department of Fire & Rescue, Fire Marshal’s Office. More information will be released when available. The investigation continues.

 Anyone with information on this investigation is asked to contact the Prince William County Police Department at 703-792-7000 or by submitting a webtip at

 Suspicious Death Investigation [Previously Released] – On March 15 at 7:47AM, officers responded to assist the Department of Fire & Rescue at Veterans Park located at 14300 Veterans Dr in Woodbridge (22191) with a vehicle fire. A citizen contacted the Public Safety Communications Center to report that a vehicle appeared to be on fire inside the park. Fire crews responded and located the vehicle fully engulfed. When the fire was extinguished, fire crews located a body inside the vehicle and contacted police. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Detectives from the Violent Crimes Bureau are currently investigating the cause of the victim’s death. The body was transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy. The victim’s identity is not known at this time. This incident is currently under investigation by Prince William County police detectives and investigators from the Department of Fire & Rescue, Fire Marshal’s Office. More information will be released when available. The investigation continues.

Charged with strangulation, domestic assault & battery, suspect awaits extradition to VA

From the Prince William police press release:

Strangulation | Domestic Related *ARREST – On March 15, members of the U.S. Marshals Task Force located and arrested Marcus Dewayne HENRY at a residence in Fayetteville, North Carolina. The accused was wanted for a domestic assault that occurred at a residence located in the 14700 block of Dodson Dr in Woodbridge on June 28. The accused remains incarcerated in North Carolina pending extradition back to Virginia.

    Arrested on March 15: [No Photo Available]

    Marcus Dewayne HENRY, 25, of the 14700 block of Dodson Dr in Woodbridge

Charged with strangulation and domestic assault & battery

Court Date: Pending | Status: Awaiting Extradition

    Strangulation | Domestic Related [Previously Released] – On June 28 at 11:00PM, officers responded to investigate an assault which occurred at a residence located in the 14700 block of Dodson Dr in Woodbridge (22193) earlier that evening. The investigation revealed that the victim, a 25-year-old woman of Woodbridge, reported to police that she and the accused, an acquaintance, were involved in a verbal altercation which escalated. During the encounter, the accused grabbed the victim’s neck and choked her. The parties eventually separated and the victim left the residence then contacted police. Minor injuries were reported. Following the investigation, officers obtained a warrant for the arrest of the accused, identified as Marcus Dewayne HENRY.  Attempts to locate the accused have been unsuccessful.

‘The accused punched the victim in the face multiple times then grabbed her by the neck and began to choke her’

From the Prince William press release:

Malicious Wounding | Strangulation | Domestic Related – On March 15 at 2:02AM, officers responded to investigate a domestic assault that occurred at a residence located in the 15400 block of Dundee Ct in Woodbridge (22193) earlier that morning. The investigation revealed that the victim, a 20-year-old woman, and the accused, an acquaintance, were involved in a verbal argument inside the home. During the encounter, the accused punched the victim in the face multiple times then grabbed her by the neck and began to choke her. At some point, the victim eventually lost consciousness and was awoken by the accused a short time later. When the victim attempted to run from the residence a short time later, the accused grabbed her then took her cell phone and threw it on the ground, breaking it. The accused eventually fled the area on foot when a witness intervened. Following the investigation, officers obtained multiple arrest warrants for the accused, identified as Moises Javier DOMINGUEZ MARTINEZ. Attempts to locate the accused have been unsuccessful. Serious injuries were reported by the victim who was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

    Wanted: [Photo from August 2016]

    Moises Javier DOMINGUEZ MARTINEZ, 21, of the 15400 block of Dundee Ct in Woodbridge

    Described as a Hispanic male, 5’08”, 140lbs with black hair, brown eyes, and thin build

    Wanted for malicious wounding, strangulation, and destruction of property

68-year-old victim loses purse to alleged armed suspect

From the Prince William police press release:

Armed Robbery – On March 15 at 11:15AM, officers responded to the 2900 block of Williamsburg Ct in Woodbridge (22191) to investigate a robbery.  The victim, a 68-year-old woman, reported to police that she was walking in the area of Georgetown Rd and Getty Ct when she was approached by an unknown male. During the encounter, the suspect implied that he had a firearm then took the victim’s purse. The suspect then fled the area on foot. No injuries were reported. A police K-9 responded to search for the suspect who was not located. The investigation continues.   

Suspect Description:

    Black male, between 20 & 25 years of age, 5’10”, with a thin build

    Last seen wearing a grey sweater with a hoodie and blue pants

Threats of violence to middle school result in charges

From the Prince William police press release:

Threats on School Grounds – On March 15 and 16, a School Resource Officer (SRO) investigated two unrelated threats of potential violence at Fred Lynn Middle School located at 1650 Prince William Pkwy in Woodbridge (22191). The first threat was reported by a student regarding a female student who made statements of potential violence to other students at the school. The second incident involved a separate male student who allegedly made statements of potential violence at the school approximately a week ago. The SRO subsequently identified both students and determined that the risk to the school was not credible. Following the investigation, the SRO charged both students. Both cases will be handled through Juvenile Intake.

    Charged on March 16: [Juveniles]

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

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

Box-cutter-wielding robbery suspect outside Stafford Walmart arrested

From the Stafford Sheriff’s Office press release:

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

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

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

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

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

Early detection saves lives. Get your colonoscopy.

Did you Know?

  • Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States.
  • It is the third most common cancer in men and women.

Reduce your risk by keeping a healthy weight, staying physically active, and eating a healthy diet.

Your Body Mass Index (BMI) is a measurement based on height and weight. Two out of three Americans are overweight or obese. A BMI greater than 27 can increase your risk of colon and/or rectal cancer.

Processed meats can also increase your risk for colon and/or rectal cancer by 18%. Examples of processed meats include hot dogs, bacon, lunch meats and sausage.

 Exercise may prevent colon and rectal cancer. Aim for 30 minutes of physical activity daily.  Tracking steps with your smartphone is one way to increase activity. Aim for 10,000 steps daily.

 Eating healthy can also help reduce your risk of certain cancers. Antioxidants are cancer-fighting compounds found in fruits and vegetables of varying colors. Aim to consume at least five servings of fruit and vegetables per day; and remember to keep it colorful!

Answering these questions could save your life:

  • Are you age 50 or older?
  • Are you age 45 or older and African-American?
  • Have you had a change in your bowel habits lasting more than 2 weeks (constipation, diarrhea, bleeding, abdominal pain)?
  • Have you had unexpected weight loss?
  • Do you have a personal or family history of colorectal polyps?
  • Do you have a personal or family history of colorectal cancer?
  • Do you have a personal or family history of ovarian, endometrial, or pancreatic cancer?
  • Do you or anybody in your family have ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease?

If you answered YES to any of these questions, talk with your physician, as you may require a colonoscopy to prevent colon or rectal cancer.

For people age 50 and over, regular screening can catch colorectal cancer

before symptoms begin.

Early Detection Saves Lives.

Mary Washington Healthcare

Regional Cancer Center

Taking the senior in your life to a doctor’s appointment? Here’s your to-do list.

In a previous article, we talked about ways to make local travel easier for the senior in your life. Sometimes, local travel means going to the doctor’s office. If you care for a senior who needs you to take them to see a doctor, you’ll need to be prepared. The general rules of planning a trip will probably still apply, but visiting the doctor requires some additional considerations. Here’s your to-do list.

Start the conversation – A few weeks before the appointment, when the senior in your care is relaxed and preferably talkative, ask how they have been feeling. Is there anything new bothering them? Do they have any questions? Listen closely and jot down notes in a health journal or notebook. Then list all medication and doses and how long they have been taking it. Document the day and time of the conversation.

Continue the conversation – Two weeks before the appointment, have the same conversation you held in the weeks prior. Ask as many questions as you need to, but be sure to repeat the original questions you asked, too. One week before the appointment, repeat the process. Do the same one day before the appointment and the day of the appointment. Each time you do this, document the day and time of the conversation, as well as medication information. By the time you’re ready to meet the doctor, you will have four entries with useful data that could end up playing a critical role in your senior’s medical treatment.

Keep “things” simple – If you’ve ever had to fumble through a large handbag full of cosmetics, medication, pieces of paper, stale chewing gum and free-roaming pennies, you know how frustrating it can be to find what you need, especially if you’re on the spot. Don’t let this happen to the senior in your care. Pack your senior a purse, wallet or bag with only the necessities, such as ID, insurance card, credit card, pen and the health notebook. Make these items easily identifiable and accessible. Everything else can stay in a different bag.

Let your senior lead – Often the most difficult part of having a caregiver is that it brings on feelings of dependence and vulnerability. Couple this with the natural anxiety many of us feel at the doctor’s office and you can understand why it’s so important to let the senior in your care do as much as they can for themselves. If possible, let your senior enter the office first. Have them sign in for themselves. Since a bag or wallet has been packed in a friendly way, it should be easier for your senior to take out their health insurance card and ID and hand it to the receptionist. Have them choose the seats in the waiting room. All of this will help empower your senior.

Be the interpreter – Medical terminology can sound like a foreign language. Watch your senior’s facial expressions and body language when the doctor is speaking. If your senior appears confused, zoned out, anxious or agitated, ask the doctor to slow down and explain. Repeat back what the doctor says and ask your senior if they understand. Encourage them to ask questions about diagnosis, prognosis and treatment, and discuss the information in the health notebook. Help your senior find words if they are struggling to remember them. Throughout all this, take notes so you can remind your senior (and yourself) of the conversation later.

Decompress – Depending on the reason for and duration of the appointment, your senior could feel exhausted after. They might also be experiencing other emotions, such as sadness, anxiety or anger. Once you leave the appointment, it’s important to let the senior in your care talk. Be sure to recap what happened and touch on the next steps. However, it’s important to then move on to a topic and/or activity that is less stressful. Think of something both of you find relaxing and enjoy doing it together.  

As with anything else in caregiving, don’t try to go it alone. Seek the support you need to better care for the senior who needs you. Your senior and you will both be happier – and healthier – because of it.

This post is sponsored by Home Instead Senior Care, serving Prince William and Fauquier counties.