News of crime and punishment across Arlington.
STERLING MAN DROWNS AFTER SWIMMING IN McLEAN STREAM: Detectives from the Fairfax County Police Department’s Major Crimes Bureau are investigating the drowning death of a 29-year-old Sterling man who had been swimming in Difficult Run stream in McLean on June 19.
Police dispatched officers to the 8800 block of Georgetown Pike just after 6 p.m. Fire and Rescue Department personnel found the man a quarter-mile off the roadway on a nearby trail.
Detectives determined the victim, German Salinas, had been swimming in the stream, which connects to the Potomac River. While swimming, he became submerged underwater and did not resurface.
Friends pulled him out of the water and attempted life-saving measures. Detectives do not suspect foul play.
Rescue personnel took Salinas to a hospital for treatment of injuries considered to be life-threatening. He died at the hospital the afternoon of June 21. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine cause and manner of death.
MAN SOUGHT FOR FIRING WEAPON AT MALL TURNS SELF IN: A District of Columbia man who allegedly fired a handgun multiple times at Tysons Corner Center on June 18 turned himself in June 22 at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center in Fairfax. Authorities are holding the suspect, Noah Settles, 22, without bond.
Fairfax County police on June 18 just before 3 p.m. received reports of shots fired inside the mall. When officers arrived, witnesses directed them to the second level, where a fight had broken out that led to a brandishing.
The groups dispersed and re-engaged a short time later. This led to three rounds being discharged, police said. Officers quickly began clearing the mall to protect against any threat and to assist those who had sheltered in place.
No one was struck by the gunfire, but three people received medical attention for injuries sustained while fleeing the shopping center.
Detectives spoke to multiple witnesses and reviewed surveillance and cell-phone footage. According to detectives, Settles brandished the firearm and later fired at the rival group near a second-floor kiosk. Both groups ran away after the shooting.
County police detectives on June 19 obtained warrants against Settles for attempted malicious wounding, use of a firearm in commission of a felony and three counts of discharging a weapon into an occupied building.
Detectives from the police department’s Fugitive Track and Apprehension Unit worked with neighboring agencies and federal partners throughout the week to apprehend Settles.
DRIVER, 18, CHARGED IN OAKTON CRASH THAT KILLED PEDESTRIANS: A grand jury on June 21 indicted a driver involved with a June 7 vehicle collision in Oakton, which killed two pedestrians, with two counts of involuntary manslaughter, Fairfax County police said.
Police expect the suspect, Usman Shahid, 18, of Fairfax will turn himself in to authorities.
According to detectives from the police department’s Crash Reconstruction Unit, the fatal crash occurred as the driver of a 1997 Toyota 4Runner was attempting to make a left turn onto Five Oaks Road from northbound Blake Lane. He was waiting for three pedestrians to cross Five Oaks Road from north to south.
Once the pedestrians cleared the intersection, the driver began to make the left turn. According to police, Shahid was driving a 2018 BMW south on Blake Lane at a high rate of speed and struck the 4Runner in the intersection. The BMW continued traveling south and struck the three pedestrians on the sidewalk, then kept going down Blake Lane and struck a utility pole. The BMW came to rest a short distance down the road.
The crash killed two of the pedestrians and injured the third. Police said under state statute they could not, without parental permission, identify the two deceased juveniles, who were Oakton High School students.
VIENNA POLICE ARREST MAN FOR FELONY WARRANTS: Vienna police dispatched officers to Rachel Lane, S.W., on June 16 at 8:21 p.m. after a local resident reported an emotionally disturbed person needing assistance.
After speaking with the man, police determined that he did not require medical services. The officers learned the man had four outstanding felony warrants and arrested him on the charge of making a written threat to kill or do bodily injury.
Police took the 55-year-old Vienna man to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center, where he was remanded to the custody of the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office.
MAN TAKES BEER BOTTLE FROM PEDESTRIAN, SMASHES IT, CUTS VICTIM: A local resident reported to Vienna police that while he was walking home in the 100 block of Patrick Street, S.E., on June 19 between 8:16 and 8:21 p.m. with some beer bottles he had just purchased, a man approached him and demanded one of the beers.
When the resident refused to give the suspect a beer, the suspect reportedly snatched one of the beer bottles, broke it and used the broken bottle to cut the resident’s hand, police said.
JUVENILE ASSAULTS ANOTHER, TRIES TO STEAL PROPERTY: A juvenile suspect on June 18 at 7:40 p.m. approached a juvenile victim in the 6700 block of Old Dominion Drive in McLean, assaulted him and took property, Fairfax County police said.
The victim was able to grab the property back before the suspect fled in a vehicle. No injuries were reported, police said.
VIENNA RESIDENT GIVES A TOOT ABOUT NEIGHBOR’S CAR HONKING: A resident living in the 900 block of Timber Lane, S.W., on June 20 requested the Vienna Police Department’s assistance regarding a verbal dispute that had occurred with her neighbor between 8 and 9:21 a.m.
The resident stated that her neighbor often honks her vehicle’s horn at vehicles she believes are speeding past her house or squirrels in her yard. The resident added that the neighbor abruptly awakened her family that morning with the honking.
Officers requested that the neighbor stop using her vehicle’s horn in that manner.
WOMAN BANNED FROM VIENNA RESTAURANT AFTER DISRUPTIVE BEHAVIOR: An employee at Panera Bread, 136 Maple Ave., W., on June 20 at 2:27 p.m. requested Vienna police assistance with a loud woman who reportedly was disrupting customers, harassing staff and refusing to leave the restaurant.
Officers contacted the woman and told her she officially had been banned from the store and had to leave. She left the scene without further incident.
MEN CUT SECURITY CORDS, STEAL HIGH-VALUE ELECTRONICS: An employee at T-Mobile, 216 Maple Ave., W., told Vienna police that on June 21 between 6:54 and 7:01 p.m. two men had walked into the store and stolen several high-value electronic devices within a few minutes.
The men cut all the security cords for the devices and left the area.
This case is being investigated by the Vienna Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Section.
VEHICLE REAR-ENDS ONE IN FRONT OF IT ON CONVEYOR BELT: A vehicle was on the conveyor belt of the Flagship Car Wash, 540 Maple Ave., W., on June 17 at 4:46 p.m. when a second vehicle entered the conveyor belt, drove forward and rear-ended the one in front, Vienna police said.
VIENNA WOMAN SAYS WORKER STOLE JEWELRY FROM HOME: A resident living in the 300 block of Windover Avenue, N.W., told Vienna police that, on June 18 between 4 and 9 p.m., someone working at her home allegedly stole some high-valued jewelry.