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Crime & Punishment, 11/9/23 edition

News of crime and punishment across Fairfax County

VIENNA RESIDENT DIES AFTER FALLING DOWN HOME’S STAIRS: Vienna police responded with rescue personnel Nov. 2 at 12:13 a.m. after receiving a report that a female resident in the 200 block of Audrey’s Court, S.E., was unresponsive after falling down the steps in her residence.

Rescue personnel transported the resident to an area hospital, where she died from the injuries she sustained in the fall.

Police did not release further details about the resident.

VIENNA POLICE RESPOND AFTER STUDENT ALLEGEDLY THREATENS SCHOOL STAFFER: A staff member at Cedar Lane School, 101 Cedar Lane, S.W., on Oct. 27 at 2:40 p.m. found in the hallway a personal item that is prohibited in school.

The property belonged to a student who allegedly became disorderly with the staff member.

The staff member turned the item over to security and was discussing the matter in the office when the student reportedly began to threaten the employee.

The student’s father was notified and picked up his son before officers arrived, police said.

UNKNOWN CALLER THREATENS VIENNA MAN’S FAMILY IN EXTORTION ATTEMPT: A man living in the 200 block of Locust Street, S.E., told Vienna police on Oct. 27 at 10:51 p.m. that he was receiving calls from an unknown person trying to extort money from him by threatening his family.

MAN BANNED FROM VIENNA EATERY AFTER ALLEGEDLY THROWING DISPOSABLE CUPS AT EMPLOYEE: An employee at Popeyes, 325 Maple Ave., E., told Vienna police on Oct. 28 at 8:19 p.m. that a customer had become upset with the quality of his meal and thrown a stack of disposable cups at the employee.

The employee requested the man be trespassed from the restaurant.

According to police, when the man left the restaurant, he forgot his book bag. A short time later, the man called the police station, reporting his book bag as stolen. Police told the man he had left the property in the restaurant and could come to the police station to retrieve it.

When he recovered his property, he reported that U.S. currency was missing. An officer advised the man he was trespassed from the restaurant and would be arrested if he returned to the premises.

WOMAN BANNED FROM VIENNA GROCERY AFTER DISORDERLY BEHAVIOR TOWARD ANOTHER CUSTOMER: Vienna police officers responded Oct. 28 at 2:37 p.m. to the report of a woman who allegedly was acting disorderly toward another customer at Giant Food, 359 Maple Ave., E.

At the request of the store’s management, the woman was trespassed from the store and advised she would be arrested if she returned to the premises.

MAN BANNED FROM VIENNA GYM AFTER ALLEGEDLY MAKING INAPPROPRIATE REMARKS TO STAFF: An employee at F45 Fitness Training, 322 Maple Ave., W., informed Vienna police on Oct. 29 at 9:45 a.m. that a man was in the gym talking inappropriately to the employees.

At the request of the employees, the man was trespassed from the gym and advised he would be arrested if he returned to the premises.

MAN, 32, CHARGED WITH UNLAWFUL ENTRY, PUBLIC DRUNKENNESS AFTER BEING FOUND SLEEPING IN VIENNA CHURCH: An employee with the cleaning crew at Emmaus United Church of Christ, 900 Maple Ave., E., told Vienna police on Nov. 1 at 11:21 p.m. about finding a man sleeping in one of the classrooms of the preschool.

Upon interacting with the man, police detected signs of impairment.

Police arrested the 32-year-old Springfield man and took him to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center, where authorities charged him with unlawful entry and being drunk in public.

VIENNA MAN, 19, CHARGED WITH PUBLIC DRUNKENNESS: Vienna police officers on Oct. 26 at 12:21 p.m. responded to the report of a disorderly man lying on the ground and yelling at Cava, 418 Maple Ave., E.

Upon interacting with the man, the officers detected signs of impairment.

Rescue personnel responded and transported the man to an area hospital for evaluation and treatment.

Police escorted the 19-year-old Vienna man to the hospital and issued a summons charging him with being drunk in public.

2 MEN RECEIVE SIMPLE-ASSAULT SUMMONSES AFTER DISPUTE WITH DOG WALKER IN VIENNA: Vienna police dispatched officers to the 200 block of Cedar Lane, S.E., on Oct. 30 just before 10 a.m. after learning of a dispute between neighbors over one of them leaving their dog’s waste outside of their building.

A man advised police that he and his brother had confronted the dog’s owner, resulting in an altercation. The dog’s owner told police his two neighbors allegedly assaulted him while he was picking up the waste, causing a minor injury.

Rescue personnel responded to treat the small cut, but the man declined to be transported to a medical facility. Police advised the parties of the warrant process should they wish to pursue charges.

Later in the day, the dog owner obtained summonses from the magistrate’s office for both men charging them with simple assault. On Oct. 31, Vienna police served the summonses on the 41-year-old Vienna man and 26-year-old Harrisonburg man and released both on their signatures.

BANK ALERTS MAN OF ATTEMPT TO TRANSFER LARGE SUM OF MONEY FOLLOWING TECH-SUPPORT SCAM: A man living in the 1000 block of Ware Street, S.W., told Vienna police on Oct. 31 at 12:28 p.m. that he had received an e-mail he believed was from the Best Buy Geek Squad to renew his account.

The resident provided bank-account information to pay for the renewal, then later received a notification from his bank regarding an attempt to transfer a large sum of money from his account.

WOMAN SAYS ROAD CREW DIRECTED HER TO DRIVE OVER NEWLY PAINTED LINES IN VIENNA, STAINING HER TIRES: A woman told Vienna police on Nov. 1 at 12:03 p.m. that a crew working on the roadway at PNC Bank, 353 Maple Ave., E., had directed her to drive over freshly painted lines, which left paint on her tires.

VIENNA COMPANY REPORTS DOOR VANDALIZED WITH SPRAY PAINT: On Oct. 25, the owner of JDA Custom Homes, 112 Pleasant St., N.W., Suite C, reported to Vienna police that on Oct. 24 between 10 and 10:15 p.m. someone vandalized the door of the business with spray paint.

PICKLEBALL COURT AT VIENNA PARK GLAZED WITH SYRUP: A local resident informed Vienna police that on Oct. 25 between midnight and 8:30 a.m. someone poured syrup on the pickleball court at Glyndon Park, 300 Glyndon St., N.E.

She also told police that on Oct. 11 she had observed another liquid that had been poured on the court.

VIENNA STORE REPORTS THEFT OF APPLE WATCH: An employee at T-Mobile, 216 Maple Ave., W., told Vienna police that on Oct. 25 between 11:55 a.m. and noon a man had stolen an Apple watch from the store.

OFF-DUTY PARK POLICE OFFICER CHARGED AFTER ACCIDENTALLY SHOOTING COLLEAGUE: Fairfax County police arrested an off-duty U.S. Park Police officer Nov. 5 after he allegedly shot and killed a co-worker accidentally in McLean.

County police at 12:20 a.m. dispatched officers to the 1700 block of Old Meadow Road in McLean after receiving a report that an adult man had been shot unintentionally inside an apartment. Police found Jesse Brown Hernandez, 22, of McLean dead with a gunshot wound to the upper body.

Preliminarily, detectives determined that the suspect, Alexander Roy, 25, of McLean was attempting to dry fire a firearm. Dry firing is when one simulates the discharge of a firearm by pulling the trigger of a firearm that is unloaded.

Roy unintentionally shot the firearm, which he believed to be unloaded, fatally striking Hernandez, police said. (Two cardinal rules of firearms handling are to assume every gun is loaded and never point a firearm at something one is not prepared to destroy.)

Police think alcohol was a factor in the shooting. Four people, all known to each other, were in the apartment when the shooting occurred. Three – including the shooter and victim – were off-duty U.S. Park Police officers.

After consulting with the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney, authorities charged Roy with involuntary manslaughter and held him without bond at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center.

Detectives continue to investigate the circumstances leading up to and surrounding the shooting and ask anyone with information regarding this incident to call the department’s Major Crimes Bureau at (703) 246-7800, option 2. Tips also may be submitted anonymously through Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (866-411-8477). Anonymous tipsters are eligible for cash rewards and should leave contact information if they wish for a detective to follow up with them.

Victim specialists from the Victims Services Division of the police department’s Major Crimes Bureau have been assigned to ensure the families are receiving appropriate resources and assistance.

COUNTY POLICE ARREST MAN WHO REPORTEDLY CARJACKED VEHICLE IN TYSONS, CRASHED INTO GAS PUMP: Fairfax County police arrested a 20-year-old Washington, D.C., man Oct. 30 after he allegedly carjacked a juvenile driver in Tysons and then crashed the car into a gas pump.

At 4:32 p.m.  that day, an officer received a call from a Tysons Corner Center store’s loss-prevention personnel that the suspect, Mecca Lee-Bey, allegedly has been observed stealing more $2,500 worth of merchandise.

Upon being approached, Lee-Bey fled the business and entered a nearby parking lot, police said. The loss-prevention personnel asked for assistance from detectives with the Tysons Urban Team.

Lee-Bey attempted to open the door of a 2013 Kia Optima entering the garage, police said. The victim, a teenager, was alarmed and drove away, with Lee-Bey holding on to the door and being dragged for a short distance. The victim stopped a short distance away and exited the car, then Lee-Bey took control of the vehicle and drove off, police said. The victim was unharmed during the carjacking.

Lee-Bey fled westbound on Leesburg Pike in the stolen car, police said. He attempted to make an abrupt U-turn, but lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a gas pump in the 8100 block of Leesburg Pike, authorities said. Lee-Bey then ran into a gas station, where police arrested him.

Rescue personnel took Lee-Bey to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries he sustained while being dragged. Police then took him to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center, where authorities charged him with carjacking and grand larceny. He is being held without bond.

Police ask anyone who may have information about this carjacking to call (703) 246-7800, option 5. Tips also can be submitted anonymously through Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (866-411-8477).

LEESBURG MAN FACING MULTIPLE CHARGES AFTER PURSUIT FROM LOUDOUN COUNTY TO TYSONS: A 44-year-old Leesburg man is facing multiple charges after he reportedly fled from Loudoun County sheriff’s deputies in a stolen vehicle Oct. 30 and was apprehended by Fairfax County police in Tysons following a pursuit.

At 1:52 p.m. that afternoon, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a local resident reporting an abduction in progress in Ashburn. As deputies arrived on the scene, the suspect, identified as Joseph C. Daniel, drove away in a black 2005 Hummer H2 northbound on the Loudoun County Parkway, authorities said.

The deputies activated their emergency equipment and attempted to pull over the vehicle, but the driver disregarded those attempts and continued into Fairfax County, where Fairfax County police officers and Virginia State Police troopers assisted in the pursuit.

The vehicle ended up on I-495 north, passing Tysons Boulevard.  At 2:45 p.m., the driver stopped the vehicle at Chain Bridge Road and Flint Hill Road, exited the vehicle and attempted to carjack another vehicle before being taken into custody, authorities said.     

The suspect’s vehicle struck multiple vehicles during the pursuit, but no officers or civilians were injured, they said.

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the initial abduction call and multiple charges are pending related to the pursuit, authorities said.  The vehicle Daniel was driving was reported stolen in Chantilly on March 16 and had been repainted from its original green color to black, they said.

Daniel also had open warrants out of Loudoun County for two counts of possession of stolen property; possession of burglary tools; fleeing and eluding; driving without a license; and three counts of probation violation, authorities said.

In addition, Fairfax County authorities have charged Daniel with robbery (carjacking); felony disregard of a police command to stop; felony hit-and-run; driving without an operator’s license; and reckless driving.

Daniel is being held without bond at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center.