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FairfaxFairfax Public-Safety Notes, 3/4/21 edition

Fairfax Public-Safety Notes, 3/4/21 edition

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News of crime and punishment across Fairfax County over the last week.

JUVENILE SUSPECTS CHARGED IN ARMED ROBBERY: A man walking home on Robert Lane at Monticello Drive in the Falls Church area on Feb. 24 at 8:23 p.m. was approached by two juveniles who displayed a firearm, stole his personal property and left the area, Fairfax County police said. No injuries were reported.

Officers found the suspects nearby and took them into custody after a foot pursuit. Charges for the juveniles are pending, authorities said.

ITEMS TAKEN DURING COMMERCIAL BURGLARY IN TYSONS: Someone forced entry into the Bed, Bath & Beyond store at 2051 Chain Bridge Road in Tysons on Feb. 19 at 5:58 a.m., then took property and ran away, Fairfax County police said.

WOMAN TELLS POLICE CHECK STOLEN IN HAWAII WAS DEPOSITED LOCALLY: A woman came to Vienna Police Headquarters recently to report that a check stolen from her mailbox in Hawaii had been altered and deposited into a Navy Federal Credit Union account.

Police advised the woman to follow up with the U.S. Postal Service and the Honolulu Police Department in Hawaii.

VIENNA POLICE INVESTIGATE AFTER LINKING GIRL TO FALSE REPORTS: A crisis hotline alerted Vienna police on Feb. 21 at 8:21 p.m. that a caller was stating he had shot himself in the area of the 500 block of Kingsley Road, SW.

While officers were responding, the hotline received additional information that the person had moved to an abandoned home in the 900 block of Olympian Circle, SW.

Officers searched both locations, could not locate any injured person and found nothing suspicious. Police determined the call was a false report.

At 9:31 p.m. that day, the hotline received additional information from a person claiming he had shot himself in the area of the 500 block of Kingsley Road, S.W. As officers searched the area, they observed a juvenile watching them from her home, close to where the calls were initiated.

The girl’s father provided the officers with her phone, which showed she was the one placing the calls, police said. Officers interviewed the girl about the incidents, and upon her return to the residence, she became upset and ran away.

After police could not locate her, authorities entered her name into the state’s database as a missing juvenile.

At approximately 3:13 a.m. the following morning, the juvenile’s father reported that his daughter had returned home safely. Vienna police continue to investigate this case.

VIENNA DUMP TRUCK SLIDES ON ICE, DAMAGES SHED: A Vienna town government dump truck that was being used as a snowplow on Feb. 19 at 1:09 a.m. slid on black ice while traversing a commercial building’s parking lot in the 400 block of Pine Street, S.E., and damaged the exterior of a small shed, Vienna police said.

The driver, who was traveling northbound through the lot when the accident occurred, was unable to stop because of the ice, police said.

VIENNA POLICE HONOR TWO OFFICERS FOR SAVING LIFE: The Vienna Police Department on Feb. 17 honored two officers who helped save the life of a motorist who had a heart attack following an accident.

While Master Police Officer Kenny Smith and Officer Dale “Chip” McElhattan were discussing the accident with the male driver, he collapsed onto the pavement in cardiac arrest and was not breathing.

Smith and McElhattan jumped into action, rendered cardiopulmonary resuscitation and re-established the man’s pulse and breathing.

Shortly afterward, the driver stopped breathing again and officers again administered CPR until Emergency Medical Services personnel arrived on the scene and took over the life-saving care. Rescue personnel transported the man to an area hospital, where he was cared for and stabilized, police said.

Vienna Police Chief James Morris and Town Manager Mercury Payton presented the officers with the life-saving awards.

The department also has nominated Smith and McElhattan for a Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce Valor Award, which recognizes public-safety employees’ actions beyond the call of duty.

The chamber this year is taking over the long-running awards program from its former sponsor, the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce.

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