News of crime and punishment across Fairfax County this week.
16-YEAR-OLD TRIES TO RUN OFF WITH SELLER’S FIREARM: Vienna police officers responded on March 10 at 4:08 p.m. to a reported robbery in progress at Vienna Arsenal, 386 Maple Ave., E.
A man had listed a firearm for sale on a Website and agreed to meet with the prospective buyer at the Vienna Arsenal to complete the transaction.
The complainant stated that the suspect picked up the gun, said he needed to get the money from his car and began to run away with the weapon.
The seller chased the suspect into the bank’s parking lot next door, drew his firearm, ordered the suspect to stop and walked him back to where the incident occurred, police said. The seller held the suspect until police arrived.
The suspect provided the officers with false identifying information, police said, but officers were later able to identify him as a 16-year-old boy from Maryland.
Police transported him to the Fairfax County Juvenile Detention Center, where authorities issued a petition charging him with grand larceny and providing false identification.
Authorities remanded him to the custody of the detention center’s staff and notified the juvenile’s parents.
VIENNA POLICE ARREST LORTON MAN AFTER ALLEGED KNIFE ASSAULT: Vienna police on March 9 at 9:57 p.m. dispatched officers to the 400 block of Nutley Street, N.W., after receiving a report of a knife assault in progress.
After speaking with the two men involved, police was determined one of the men had become agitated with his cousin, grabbed a knife and chased him upstairs to his bedroom, authorities said.
During the incident, the cousin was cut by the knife, police said. Rescue personnel treated the cousin at the scene.
Police arrested a 42-year-old Lorton man and transported him to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center, where authorities charged him with assault and released him on an unsecured bond.
COUNTY POLICE ARREST MAN AFTER TRAFFIC PURSUIT: A Fairfax County police officer on March 6 at 7:39 a.m. witnessed a 2008 Dodge Caravan drive through a red light and attempted to make a traffic stop, but the driver refused, resulting in a pursuit, police said.
The driver, Kevin Blyther, 45, of Centreville, drove through another red light at Arlington Boulevard and Jaguar Trail and hit another vehicle, police said.
Rescue personnel took Blyther and the other driver to the hospital for treatment of injuries described as non-life-threatening.
Police arrested Blyther and authorities charged him with speeding to elude, driving on a revoked license, two counts of failing to stop at a red light and driving an unregistered vehicle.
CUSTOMER AT CREDIT UNION REPORTS ALTERATION, CASHING OF STOLEN CHECK: An employee at Northwest Federal Credit Union, 231 Maple Ave., E., told Vienna police that a customer recently had written a check and later found that it had been stolen, altered and cashed at the credit union.
VIENNA POLICE SEARCH IN VAIN FOR ARMED MAN THREATENING SELF-HARM: Interpol in the United Kingdom sent a request to the Vienna Police Department on Jan. 26 at 12:12 a.m. asking for officers to check on the welfare of a man who reportedly was armed with a gun and threatening to harm himself at Vienna Baptist Church, 541 Marshall Road, S.W.
Officers searched the area, but did not find anyone, police said.
MAN REPORTS STOLEN CHECK CASHED AFTER BEING LEFT IN MERRIFIELD POST OFFICE BOX: A Fairfax County resident came to the Vienna Police Department’s temporary station at 301 Center St., S., to report that, between March 1 and 4, he had mailed a check in a mailbox at the Merrifield Post Office, which then was stolen, altered and cashed.
Police recommended that the man report the incident to the Fairfax County Police Department and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.
SUSPECTING A SCAM, BANK EMPLOYEE DECLINES A WITHDRAWAL: An employee at Wells Fargo Bank, 212 Maple Ave., E., told Vienna police on March 2 at 5:30 p.m. that an elderly customer was attempting to withdraw a large sum of money.
The employee determined the customer was being scammed and did not release the money.
Adult Protective Services is following up with the customer, police said.
INTRUDER STEALS FOOD, LEAVES MESS AT PRESCHOOL: An employee at Wesley Preschool, 711 Spring St., S.E., told Vienna police that, between March 2 at 6 p.m. and March 5 at 12:17 p.m., someone had entered the preschool rooms after hours.
Water and debris had been left on the floor and counters, and food has been stolen, police said.
THIEF STEALS HUBCAP, REPLACES IT WITH DIFFERENT KIND: A resident living in the 1000 block of Frederick Street, S.W., told Vienna police that, between March 7 at 6 p.m. and March 8 at 11:45 a.m., someone had stolen one of the hubcaps from his vehicle and replaced it with a different hubcap.
POSTAL DRIVER INJURED AFTER VEHICLE REAR-ENDS MAIL TRUCK IN VIENNA: A U.S. Postal Service mail truck was being driven northbound on Beulah Road and approaching Edwin Lane, N.E., on March 8 at 1:29 p.m. when another vehicle ran into the truck’s rear, Vienna police said.
Rescue personnel transported the postal driver to an area hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
Police issued a summons to the striking vehicle’s driver for failure to pay full time and attention.
IMPROPERLY DISCARDED SMOKING MATERIALS CAUSE DUNN LORING HOUSE FIRE: The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department and City of Fairfax Fire Department on March 10 at 9:28 p.m. dispatched units to a reported house fire in the 2600 block of Bowling Green Drive in Dunn Loring.
Arriving units found a one-story, single-family home with fire showing from the rear of the house. Crews quickly located a fire on the deck that was starting to extend to the home and extinguished it.
No civilian or firefighter injuries were reported, officials said.
Two occupants were home at the time of the fire. One of the occupants observed fire on the deck while looking out a window. Both occupants evacuated the house and called 911. Smoke alarms activated after the fire was discovered.
Fire investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature, started on the back deck and was caused by improperly discarded smoking materials.
The fire displaced two occupants, but Red Cross assistance was not needed. Damages as a result of the fire were about $116,000, officials said.