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FairfaxPublic-Safety Notes, 2/17/22 edition

Public-Safety Notes, 2/17/22 edition

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News of crime and punishment across Fairfax.

ELECTRICAL PROBLEM IN OVERHEAD LIGHTING CAUSES OAKTON HOUSE FIRE: The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department and City of Fairfax Fire Department on Feb. 2 at 5:15 a.m. dispatched units to a reported house fire in the 2600 block of Lake Ridge Court in Oakton.

Arriving units found fire in the basement of the one-story, single-family home and rapidly extinguished the blaze. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries reported, officials said.

Two occupants were home at the time of the fire. One occupant woke to the sound of the smoke alarm and, upon investigation, discovered smoke in the basement. The occupants called 911 and evacuated the home.


Fire investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started in the basement. The fire, which led to about $25,000 worth of damage, was caused an electrical event involving overhead lighting, officials said.

The fire displaced two occupants, who declined assistance offered by the Red Cross.

VIENNA POLICE ARREST MAN FOR MARIJUANA DISTRIBUTION TO MINOR: A local resident approached a Vienna police officer on Jan. 28 at 8:16 p.m. to report a man who allegedly was harassing juveniles at a shopping center in the 100 block of Maple Avenue, W.

The juveniles told the officer that the man approached them in front of the Panera Bread restaurant and persistently tried to get them to take marijuana from him.

Upon the officers’ interaction with the man, they detected signs of impairment and arrested him.

Police transported the 38-year-old Fairfax man to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center, where authorities charged him with being drunk in public, distributing marijuana to an underage person and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Authorities held the man, who is a registered violent sex offender, without bond, Vienna police said.

D.C. MEN ARRESTED, CHARGED WITH VEHICLE THEFT IN TYSONS: Fairfax County police arrested two District of Columbia men Feb. 8 on multiple charges after finding them with a stolen vehicle.

The incident began at 5:55 p.m. after a man allegedly stole property from a store inside Tysons Corner Center, police said. As officers were investigating, they found the man’s vehicle in the parking garage and determined it had been stolen during a carjacking in a nearby jurisdiction.

Three men returned to the car and police arrested them. Police found a stolen, loaded handgun on one of the men, authorities said.

Authorities have charged a 33-year-old Washington, D.C., man with receiving stolen property, possession of burglarious tools and three counts of petit larceny. Authorities also charged a 29-year-old Washington, D.C., man with grand larceny, possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a concealed weapon, obstruction of justice and improper vehicle registration.

FALLS CHURCH MAN ARRESTED FOR DRUNK DRIVING AFTER COLLISION IN VIENNA: Vienna police officers on Feb. 1 at 7:30 p.m. responded to a reported two-vehicle accident. A motorist traveling southbound on Follin Lane, S.E., had stopped for the red traffic signal at Echols Street, S.E., when the driver’s vehicle was struck from the rear by another.

Rescue personnel responded and treated the struck vehicle’s driver at the scene, but he refused to be transported to a hospital. Upon interacting with the striking vehicle’s driver, police detected signs of impairment.

Police arrested the 43-year-old Falls Church man after he failed to complete a series of field-sobriety tests, police said.

Police transported the man to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center, where authorities charged him with driving while intoxicated.

LARGE AMOUNT OF CASH REPORTED STOLEN FROM VIENNA HOME: A man living in the 500 block of Kingsley Road, S.W., told Vienna police that sometime between Feb. 4 at 4 p.m. and Feb. 7 at 7 a.m. someone stole a large sum of U.S. currency from his residence.

CRAFTING MACHINES STOLEN FROM VIENNA STORE: An employee at Michaels, 311 Maple Ave., E., told Vienna police that on Feb. 4 between 5 and 5:29 p.m. a man and woman stole two Cricut crafting machines from the store.

MAN BANNED FROM VIENNA CONVENIENCE STORE: An employee at 7-Eleven, 427 Maple Ave., E., on Feb. 4 at 6:01 p.m. requested the Vienna Police Department’s assistance with a man who was refusing to leave the store.

The employee told the man he was banned from the business and a police officer told him he would be charged with trespassing if he returned.

GUEST AT CHURCH’S HYPOTHERMIA SHELTER ASKED TO LEAVE: Vienna police officers on Feb. 5 at 9:50 p.m. responded to a reported assault at the hypothermia shelter at Church of the Holy Comforter, 543 Beulah Road, N.E.
One of the guests allegedly had assaulted another, who received minor injuries to his face as a result, police said. Rescue personnel responded and assessed the victim, but he refused to be transported to the hospital.

The injured man refused to pursue charges and was permitted to stay at the shelter. The other man was advised to leave, police said.

BACKPACK WITH CASH, CREDIT CARDS, ELECTRONIC DEVICE STOLEN OUTSIDE VIENNA STORE: A local resident advised Vienna police on Feb. 8 at 2:35 p.m. that he had left his backpack outside of Massage Envy, 126 Branch Road, S.E., and entered the business.

When he came back out, he found his backpack had been stolen.

The backpack contained his wallet, various forms of identification and credit cards, U.S. currency and an electronic device, police said.

MOTORIST SERVED WITH PROTECTIVE ORDER DURING VIENNA TRAFFIC STOP: A Vienna police officer on Feb. 8 at 7:19 p.m. initiated a traffic stop after observing a driver commit a traffic offense at Kingsley Road and Hillcrest Drive, S.W.

A search of the driver’s license status revealed a protective order in Fairfax County that had been issued against him, police said.

The officer served the paperwork to the driver and concluded the traffic stop, police said.

MARYLAND MAN ARRESTED IN McLEAN ON STOLEN-AUTO CHARGE: A Fairfax County police officer patrolling on George Washington Parkway near Interstate 495 in McLean on Jan. 28 at 2:03 p.m. saw and stopped a 2021 Toyota Corolla that had been reported stolen from a nearby jurisdiction.

Authorities have charged a 19-year-old Maryland man with grand larceny.

SUSPECTS SMASH DISPLAY CASES, TAKE ITEMS FROM McLEAN STORE: Four men entered Village Eye Center, 1471 Chain Bridge Road in McLean, on Feb. 1 at 5:41 p.m. and broke display cases, took property and fled the area in a white sport-utility vehicle, Fairfax County police said.

There were no injuries reported, police said.

VENDOR REPORTS THEFT OF COIN DURING SHOW AT VIENNA COMMUNITY CENTER: Someone stole a coin from a vendor during a coin show on Jan. 30 at 11:45 a.m. at the Vienna Community Center, Vienna police said.

NECKLACES STOLEN FROM OFFICE AT VIENNA BUSINESS: An employee at Terra Christa, 130 Church St., N.W., told Vienna police that on Feb. 9 between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. someone stole necklaces from a package in the employee’s office.

MONEY, CASH REGISTER, LIQUOR STOLEN FROM CLOSED VIENNA RESTAURANT: Vienna police officers responded to a reported burglary at El Sol Restaurant, 262 Cedar Lane, S.E., sometime between Feb. 9 at 6 p.m. and Feb. 10 at 10 a.m.
The restaurant currently is closed for renovations.

The burglar or burglars stole a cash register, U.S. currency and various bottles of liquor, police said.

EMOTIONALLY DISTURBED VIENNA WOMAN GIVEN TEMPORARY-DETENTION ORDER: A woman living on Meadow Lane, S.W., on Feb. 10 at 7:29 a.m. asked Vienna police to transport her to a medical facility for a mental evaluation.

The woman became increasingly agitated and allegedly assaulted one of the officers, police said.

Police transported the woman to an area medical facility, where her behavior became increasingly violent toward the staff and the officers, making it unsafe to keep her at the facility as a voluntary patient, police said.

An officer arrested the woman and began to transport her to another facility. Once in the cruiser, the woman began to harm herself, resulting in an injury, police said. The officer immediately called for rescue personnel, who responded and transported the woman to an area hospital for medical treatment.

Authorities issued a temporary-detention order, which police served on the woman. While at the hospital, the woman allegedly continued to assault officers and medical staff, police said.

MAN BANNED FROM VIENNA YOGURT SHOP: An employee at Molly’s Yogurt, 521 Maple Ave., W., on Feb. 10 at 7:08 p.m. told Vienna police about having issues with a man who has continued to come into the business after being told repeatedly not to return.

The man was banned from the premises, and police advised him that he would be charged with trespassing if he returned.

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