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Crime & Punishment, 5/16/24 edition

Weekly roundup of public-safety news around Fairfax County

22-YEAR-OLD STERLING MAN DIES IN GREAT FALLS WRECK: Following a traffic on April 23 at 2:27 p.m. A 22-year-old Sterling man died May 9 after a single-vehicle crash in Great Falls, Fairfax County police said.

Officers responded at 12:20 a.m. to the accident in the 11300 block of Georgetown Pike, which is near the scenic byway’s intersection with Falls Chase Court.

According to police, a 2017 Lexus IS300 being driven by Osman Elgamri left the roadway and struck a tree. Elgamri, who was the vehicle’s sole  occupant, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Preliminarily, detectives believe speed was a factor in the crash. Police are continuing to investigate to determine if alcohol or narcotics also were factors in the crash.

Detectives ask anyone who may have information about this case to call the police department’s Crash Reconstruction Unit at (703) 280-0543. 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.

There have been 11 traffic-crash fatalities in Fairfax County to date in 2024. In 2023, there had been six traffic crash fatalities year-to-date.

ALLEGED OUT-OF-STATE THEFT CREW ARRESTED IN TYSONS: Detectives from the Fairfax County Police Department’s Tysons Urban Team (TUT) on May 8 arrested a retail-theft crew who allegedly had stolen merchandise, mostly underwear, from stores in nearby jurisdictions.

Around 3:30 p.m. that day, TUT detectives were alerted to a retail-theft crew in the 1900 block of Chain Bridge Road in Tysons. The crew allegedly had been involved in larcenies in nearby jurisdictions earlier in the day, police said. Detectives located the crew and took three suspects into custody.

A search of the suspects’ vehicle revealed over $24,000 worth of merchandise, mostly underwear from Victoria’s Secret, police said. The merchandise was connected to recent thefts that occurred in Prince William County, officials said. Detectives believe the crew has been involved with other organized thefts in the region, with the intent to sell the property out of state, authorities said.

Authorities have charged Felix Perez, 57, of New Jersey with two counts of grand larceny, two counts of conspiracy to commit larceny, two counts of larceny with intent to sell and two counts of petit Larceny. Amauri Roman Sanabia Balbuena, 44, of New Jersey has bee charged with two counts of grand larceny, two counts of conspiracy to commit larceny, two counts of larceny with intent to sell, two counts of petty larceny and possession of burglarious tools.

Jonathan Peralta Cabrera, 38, of New York has been  charged with two counts of grand larceny, two counts of conspiracy to commit larceny, two counts of larceny with intent to sell, two counts of petty larceny and possession of Schedule IV drugs.

All three suspects are being held at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center on no bond.

STOLEN-VEHICLE CALL RESULTS IN ARREST: After Fairfax City Police Department gave a lookout for a vehicle that had just been stolen in their jurisdiction, a Fairfax County police K-9 unit on May 6 at 1:06 a.m. located the vehicle in the 400 block of Maple Avenue, E., Vienna police said.

Upon interacting with the driver, a Vienna police officer detected signs of impairment and found that the man appeared to have minor injuries to his face, police said. Rescue personnel responded and treated the man at the scene.

After the driver failed a series of field-sobriety tests, police arrested the man and took him to the Vienna Police Station, where he provided a sample of his breath for analysis.

Police then transported the 24-year-old Fairfax man to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center, where authorities charged him with driving while intoxicated and driving on a revoked license.

The officer also served the man with three warrants from the city of Fairfax, which charged him with one count of felony vehicle theft and two counts of misdemeanor assault.

VIENNA POLICE MAKE ARRESTS AFTER EARLY-MORNING FIGHT: Two men living in the 200 block of Cedar Lane, S.E., were involved in a verbal dispute on May 5 at 3:10 a.m. that escalated to a physical altercation in which one allegedly assaulted the other, Vienna police said.

Police arrested a 46-year-old Vienna man and transported him to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center, where authorities charged him with domestic assault.

During the investigation, officers noted the other man involved appeared to be intoxicated. The officers advised the man to go to his room for the night to avoid further issues with other family members.

Shortly after leaving the scene, officers were called back to the area because the man allegedly was causing a disturbance in the apartment, police said.

When officers arrived, they located the 31-year-old man outside the apartment, arrested him and took him to the Adult Detention Center, where authorities charged  him with being drunk in public.

MAN ARRESTED ON PUBLIC-DRUNKENNESS, OBSTRUCTION CHARGES: Vienna police on May 5 at 6:16 p.m. dispatched officers to Center Street, N., and Wilmar Drive, N.W., after receiving a report that a man was knocking on residents’ doors and acting erratically.

Officers located the man at Caffè Amouri, 107 Church St., N.E., and upon interacting with him reportedly detected signs of intoxication, police said.

Police arrested the man, who allegedly began to resist the officers immediately. Police transported the 32-year-old Reva, Va., man to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center, where authorities charged him with being drunk in public and obstructing justice without force.

MAN BANNED FROM VIENNA BUSINESS AFTER ALLEGED DISORDERLY CONDUCT: An employee at Restore Hyper Wellness, 214 Maple Ave., W., told Vienna police on May 6 at 1 p.m. that a man allegedly was being disorderly and refusing to leave the business.

The man allegedly had acted belligerently toward a nurse previously, police said.

When the employee informed the man the business would be closing his membership and refunding his money, he allegedly began arguing with the employee and refused to leave, police said.

An officer advised the man he was banned from the premises and might be arrested if he returned.

EMPLOYEE AT VIENNA BUSINESS REPORTS CREDIT CARDS STOLEN, USED FRAUDULENTLY: An employee at Dollar Tree, 215 Maple Ave., W., told Vienna police that on the evening of May 8 she learned her purse had been stolen from the employee break room after she began receiving alerts on her credit-card accounts.

Unauthorized purchases were made to her accounts at various locations in town, including Walgreens, Giant Food, CVS and Exxon, police said.

VIENNA MAN CITED FOR ALLOWING DOGS TO RUN FREELY: A Vienna police officer went to the area of Kingsley Road and Ware Street, S.W., on May 2 at 4:08 p.m. after someone reported two at-large dogs. A resident was able to capture the dogs on Marshall Road, S.W.

Police issued two summonses to the dogs’ owner, a 45-year-old Vienna man, charging him with allowing dogs to run at-large. The man then retrieved the dogs.

EMPLOYEE AT CONVENIENCE STORE FINDS CARD-SKIMMER ON REGISTER:  An employee at Wawa, 465 Maple Ave., W., on May 3 at 2:22 a.m. reported finding a credit-card skimmer on one of the registers, Vienna police said.

JUVENILES COVER HALLWAY WITH SHAVING CREAM: An employee at the Vienna Community Center told Vienna police on May 3 at 6:52 p.m. that four juveniles had covered the floor in the back hallway of the community center with shaving cream.

VIENNA MAN REPORTS PORCH CHAIR TAKEN, LIGHTS TAMPERED WITH: A resident living in the 600 block of Hillcrest Drive, S.W., on May 7 at 10:44 p.m. observed a woman come onto his property, take a chair from his front porch and tamper with the lights above his garage, Vienna police said.

She also unscrewed some of his lights in the yard, police said.

VIENNA MAN REPORTS CASH STOLEN FROM VEHICLE: A resident living in the 400 block of Echols Street, S.E., told Vienna police on May 6 at 4:06 a.m. that an unknown person had rummaged through his vehicle and stolen U.S. currency.

FAIRFAX COUNTY COLLECTS 1,167 POUNDS OF MEDICATION AT DRUG TAKE-BACK EVENT: The Fairfax County Police Department’s eight district stations joined forces with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and other Fairfax County agencies April 27 to collect 1,167 pounds of expired or unused medications and prescription drugs from the community during the 26th annual National Drug Take Back Day Initiative.

The total number of pounds of drugs collected by each station was:

• Sully District: 102.

• West Springfield District: 303.

• Franconia District: 80.

• McLean District/Tysons Emergency: 208.

• Mount Vernon District: 72.

• Fair Oaks District: 101.

• Reston District/Reston Hospital Center: 182.

• Mason District: 119.

This semi-annual event addresses critical safety and public-health concerns, officials said. Unused or expired over-the-counter or prescription medications left unattended can pose risks of misuse, potentially contributing to overdoses and unintentional poisonings, they said.

VIENNA POLICE COLLECT 304 POUNDS OF MEDICATIONS AT DRUG TAKE-BACK EVENT: The Vienna Police Department on April 27 teamed up with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for the 26th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Initiative.

Vienna police that day gathered and disposed of 304 pounds of expired or unneeded medications that residents voluntarily turned in.

The statewide initiative collected about 17,424 pounds of medication, roughly 970 pounds more than during last October’s program.

The Vienna Police Department is committed to remaining an active partner with the DEA in future Drug Take-Back events, continuing its efforts to promote safe and responsible medication disposal, department officials said.