News of crime and punishment across Fairfax County.
VIENNA POLICE ARREST ARMED-ROBBERY SUSPECTS: A Vienna resident on April 9 reported an armed robbery in the 300 block of Cabin Road, S.E. According to the victim, he was robbed at gunpoint and the unknown suspects fled the area immediately after the robbery, Vienna police said.
After a lengthy investigation – which included interviews, photo lineups, search warrants, electronic data and assistance from residents who provided security-camera footage – police identified the suspects as Damond Albert Brown and Ilon Edward Coles Melson, both of Washington, D.C.
Vienna detectives on June 6 obtained arrest warrants charging Brown and Melson with armed robbery.
On June 22, members of the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C., with assistance from Vienna police detectives, took Brown into custody.
During the search of Brown’s residence, authorities reportedly found a fully loaded firearm on the bed where he had been sleeping.
On June 28, members of the Metropolitan Police Department, again with assistance from Vienna police detectives, took Melson into custody.
Authorities on June 29 remanded Melson to Virginia, and Brown is currently awaiting the process to be sent to Virginia.
VIENNA MAN REPORTS CHECKS STOLEN, ONE FORGED AND CASHED: A resident living in the 400 block of Glyndon Street, S.E., told Vienna police on June 1 that someone had stolen checks from his checkbook and that one of the checks had been forged and passed.
REFUND CHECK FROM VIENNA BUSINESS STOLEN, FORGED, CASHED FOR HIGHER AMOUNT: An employee at Periodontics and Implant Center of Northern Virginia, 243 Church St., N.W., Suite 200A, told Vienna police that, between June 16 and 27, the person had mailed a refund check from the business to a customer.
An unknown person subsequently stole the check, forged it for a much larger amount and cashed it, police said.
MAN BANNED FROM VIENNA DRUGSTORE AFTER TRYING TO TAKE DONATION BOX: An employee at Vienna Rexall, 150 Maple Ave., W., told Vienna police that on June 24 between 8:55 and 9:05 a.m. a man had attempted to steal a donation box.
Another employee confronted the man and he left the store without taking anything, police said.
Officers located the man near Center Street, S., and Locust Street, S.W. The employees did not wish to pursue charges for the attempted larceny, but requested that police ban the man from the store.
Police told the man he would be charged with trespassing if he returned to the business.
MAN BANNED FROM VIENNA RESTAURANT AFTER DISPUTE, SCUFFLE WITH EMPLOYEE: An employee at Roberto’s Ristorante Italiano, 144 Church St., N.W., told Vienna police on June 25 at 5:33 p.m. that a man had come into the restaurant and acted suspiciously.
The man had gone into the restroom, and after several minutes, the employee told the man to exit the restroom. The man allegedly shoved the employee as he came out and left the restaurant, police said.
Officers located the man near Rita’s Italian Ice. The employee did not wish to pursue charges, but requested that the man be banned from the restaurant.
The officers told the man he would be charged with trespassing if he returned to the business.
WOMAN REPORTS THREE MEN TAMPER WITH VEHICLE WHILE SHE WAS IN IT: A woman told Vienna police that while she was sitting in her vehicle in the lower parking lot of Westwood Country Club, 800 Maple Ave., E., on June 30 at 5:05 a.m. waiting for her son, she heard a noise and found that three men were tampering with her vehicle.
The woman began sounding the vehicle’s horn and the men immediately got into their vehicle and fled the parking lot.
Officers searched the area, but did not locate the men, police said.
VEHICLE KNOCKS OVER INDIVIDUAL IN MOTORIZED WHEELCHAIR: A motorist was exiting the parking lot at Wawa, 435 Maple Ave., W., on June 29 at 8:55 p.m. when the vehicle struck an individual in a motorized wheelchair who was traveling eastbound on the sidewalk that crosses the parking lot, Vienna police said.
The motorist saw the wheelchair and its occupant and attempted to stop the vehicle, but it made contact with the wheelchair, causing it to fall over, police said.
NEW LAW MAKES IMPROPER VEHICLE EXHAUSTS A PRIMARY OFFENSE: Effective July 1, Virginia law requires owners and drivers to operate their vehicles with an exhaust system in good working order and in constant operation to prevent excessive or unusual levels of noise, Fairfax County police said.
For motor vehicles, such exhaust systems shall be of a type installed as standard factory equipment or a comparable design.
A police officer can stop and enforce this law as a primary offense – a traffic violation that, on its own, allows an officer to establish a reasonable suspicion to make a traffic stop.
(A secondary offense is a violation that an officer can observe, but not pull over the vehicle unless the officer also observes a primary offense.)
Loud cars have created a quality-of-life issue for many community members and have been identified as a public nuisance, police said. Officers will rely on their training and experience to determine if a vehicle’s exhaust system fails to prevent such excessive noise when compared to a standard factory design on such a vehicle.
Officials have modified Fairfax County code sections to allow for such enforcement.