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FairfaxPublic-Safety Notes, 9/30/21 edition

Public-Safety Notes, 9/30/21 edition

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News of crime and punishment across Fairfax County.

COUNTY POLICE INVESTIGATE MULTIPLE OVERDOSES: Detectives from the Fairfax County Police Department’s Organized Crime and Narcotics Division and its Major Crimes Bureau continue to investigate after six people overdosed Sept. 21 in the Falls Church section of the county.

Police just after 3 a.m. dispatched officers to an apartment in the 5500 block of Seminary Road after a family member found several people unresponsive. When officers arrived, they discovered one woman unconscious on the sidewalk and immediately rendered aid. As additional officers arrived, police found four men and a woman unconscious inside the apartment.

Officers and Fire and Rescue Department personnel administered Narcan to all six individuals. Rescue personnel transported all six adults, ranging from 23 to 35 years old, to local hospitals for further treatment. Four remain hospitalized.

Preliminarily, detectives determined the victims were at an establishment earlier in the evening and returned to the apartment, where they ingested an unknown narcotic. Detectives discovered a white, powdery substance at the scene. Police will send the recovered narcotics to the Virginia Department of Forensic Science for further analysis.

There have been 55 fatal overdoses and 201 non-fatal overdoses this year in Fairfax County as of Sept. 19. Fairfax County police responded to 239 overdoses last year – 80 of which were fatal.

Since the rise of opioid use in late 2014, the department has partnered with a number of local offices and organizations to educate residents about the dangers of opioid use and the availability of community resources to combat the problem. The outreach includes students, nurses, Parent Teacher Associations, Rotary Clubs, community advisory committees and more.

If you or someone you know needs help to overcome drug dependence, call the Community Services Board at Merrifield Center at (703) 573-5679 to help find appropriate treatment and recovery services. Walk-ins are also accepted Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

COUNTY POLICE INVESTIGATE ASSAULT/BIAS INCIDENT IN MERRIFIELD: After a traffic altercation on Sept. 19 at 1:55 a.m. in the 8300 block of Lee Highway in Merrifield, a victim was approached by an unknown male who spat in his face and made derogatory statements regarding his race, Fairfax County police said.

VIENNA MAN CHARGED WITH STRANGULATION AFTER DOMESTIC INCIDENT: A woman living on Valley Drive, S.E., told Vienna police on Sept. 23 at 9:40 p.m. that an argument with her husband had escalated when he allegedly assaulted her. The resident had visible signs of injury, but refused treatment, police said.

Police arrested the 40-year-old Vienna man and transported him to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center, where authorities charged him with strangulation, held him without bond and served an emergency protective order on him.

VIENNA RESIDENT DEFRAUDED WHILE BUYING FOOTBALL TICKETS: A resident living in the 1100 block of Pekay Street, S.W., told Vienna police that, between Sept. 8 and 22, she had ordered tickets to a football game through a social-media site.

The resident sent payments online through Zelle before realizing that the transaction was fraudulent, police said.

VIENNA UBER DRIVER REPORTS HACKER STOLE HIS WAGES: An Uber driver living in the 1400 block of Desale Street, S.E., told Vienna police that on Sept. 13 at 2 a.m. someone had hacked his work account and gained access to his Uber earnings.

COUNTY, TOWN POLICE INVESTIGATE POSSIBLY RELATED BURGLARIES: Vienna police officers on Sept. 19 at 3:30 a.m. responded to a reported attempted burglary during which someone attempted to gain entry into a home through the front door.

Officers searched the area and found that Fairfax County police were investigating a burglary that just had occurred in their jurisdiction and involved the same person.

A short time later, Fairfax County police located two men in the 300 block of Nutley Street, S.W., took them into custody, and escorted the men back to one of the department’s stations for interviews.

Vienna and Fairfax County police continue to investigate this case.

TRACTOR STOLEN FROM VIENNA SOFTBALL GROUP’S SHED: A Vienna Parks and Recreation Department employee told town police on Sept. 22 at 1:41 p.m. that someone had broken into a shed belonging to the Vienna Girls Softball League. One of the softball organization’s representatives responded and told police a tractor had been stolen from the shed.

SUSPECTED SHOPLIFTER BANNED FROM SUPERMARKET: An employee at Giant Food, 359 Maple Ave., E., told Vienna police on Sept. 22 at 6:23 p.m. that a man who has been shoplifting from the grocery store was back in the store.

Officers spoke to the man with the employee present and banned him from the store.

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