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FairfaxPublic-Safety Notes, 9/8/22 edition

Public-Safety Notes, 9/8/22 edition

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News of crime and punishment across Fairfax County

CHARGES LEVIED IN CRASH THAT KILLED PEDESTRIAN IN SEVEN CORNERS: A 26-year-old Falls Church woman has been charged in connection with a chain-reaction incident that left a 62-year-old Maryland man dead in the Seven Corners area.

Following investigation, Fairfax police charged Yansi Martinez Gonzalez with reckless driving and driving without a license in connection with the Aug. 18 incident, police said.
The incident occurred at 8:38 a.m. According to Fairfax police, Martinez Gonzalez made an improper lane change from the left lane of Wilson Boulevard in Seven Corners, hitting the side of a Volkwagen Jetta that also was traveling northbound.

According to police, the collision forced the Volkwagen off the roadway and into a parking lot in the 6200 block of Arlington Arlington Boulevard, where the victim – Albert Sweat – was walking. Sweat was transported to a local hospital but died of his injuries.

Based on initial investigation, detectives do not believe drugs or alcohol were involved. None of the drivers or passengers of the vehicles received injuries.
Martinez Gonzalez was released on a summons and has been scheduled to appear in court.

The Aug. 18 incident marked the 13th pedestrian-related fatality in Fairfax County for 2022. During the same period in 2021, there had been 10 such fatalities.

POLICE: MAN ACTING ERRATICALLY AT SCHOOL DIDN’T HAVE GUN: On Aug. 30 at 12:50 p.m., officers responded to Cunningham Park Elementary School for a report of a suspicious person who possibly had a gun and was pointing it at students, Vienna police said.

Upon investigation, officers determined that no firearm was present, but that the man had picked up a metal object and pointed it at students.

Officers searched the vicinity for the suspect, and later were dispatched to the Vienna Town Green, where a person matching the description of the suspect was bathing in the park’s water feature, police said.
The suspect, a 42-year-old man of no fixed address, was transported to the Fairfax County Police Department and charged with drunk in public and brandishing within 1,000 feet of a school, police said.

During booking, a fingerprint search revealed that there was an active warrant out for the man (under a different name) in the city of Alexandria, charging him with indecent exposure.

The warrant was served on the suspect, who also was formally banned from all Fairfax County Public Schools property.

INCIDENT LEADS TO ALTERCATION, CHARGES: On Aug. 28 at 9:08 p.m., a man told police that he was in the parking lot at 225 Maple Ave., E., picking up his children from his wife when another vehicle pulled up, two men exited and began to verbally harass him.

Responding officers determined that one of the men in the vehicle was in possession of narcotics, and that there was an active warrant out of Fairfax County for the driver of the vehicle.

An 18-year-old man from Hagerstown was arrested and taken to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center, where he was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance. A 43-year-old woman from Falls Church was taken to the same facility, where she was served with paperwork related to failure to pay child support.

MAN STAYS LOCKED IN RESTAURANT BATHROOM FOR 2+ HOURS: On Aug. 30 around 5:56 p.m., an employee of the Chipotle at 213 Maple Ave., E., told Vienna police that a man had locked himself inside a bathroom at the restaurant and for two hours refused to come out.

The restaurant’s management requested that the individual be banned from the property, but he left before the arrival of officers.
POLICE CALLED TO MAKE WOMAN STOP SHOWERING AT COUNTRY CLUB: On Aug. 31 at 6:25 p.m., an employee of Westwood Country Club reported to Vienna police that a woman who was not a member was in the female locker room, taking a shower.

The employee reported that staff had observed the woman on security cameras frequently entering the club without permission, police said.

An officer was dispatched and advised the woman that she was banned from the country club and would be charged with trespassing if she returned.

DESIGNER PURSES MISSING AFTER TWO YEARS OUT OF OWNER’S HANDS: A resident reported to Vienna police on Aug. 31 that, in early 2020, two designer handbags had been given to the owner of a restaurant to keep in its safe, Vienna police reported.

According to the complainant, after the restaurant relocated from Vienna to Herndon, an effort was made to retrieve the bags, but the owner advised the individual that they could not be located, police said.

WHOOPS: TURNS OUT DRIVER’S LICENSE OBTAINED VIA FACEBOOK GROUP ISN’T EXACTLY LEGAL: A driver stopped for an infraction at Moorefield Road and Courthouse Road, S.W., on Aug. 26 at 5:20 p.m. showed the officer a picture of his driver’s license on his phone, Vienna police said.

The driver told the officer that he had obtained the license through a “group page” on Facebook that he believed was legitimate, having been instructed to pay for the license through gift cards.
The officer advised the driver that the group was fraudulent and the license was fictitious.

WINDOW SMASHED, PURSE TAKEN FROM CAR AT DOG PARK: On Aug. 26 at 7:14 p.m., a resident reported to Vienna police that someone had broken the rear driver-side window of her vehicle and stole her purse while she was at the Vienna Dog Park at 700 Courthouse Road, S.W.

EMPLOYEE REPORTS BACKPACK STOLEN, CREDIT CARDS USED: On Aug. 28 at 4:10 p.m., a employee’s backpack was stolen from a register at the Fresh Market, 150 Branch Road, S.E., Vienna police said.
The suspect, a male, left the store and began using the credit cards from the backpack at other locations, police said.

NOT A HAPPY MEAL FOR PATRON AT MICKEY D’S: Vienna police on Aug. 27 at 9:39 p.m., responded to the McDonald’s at 544 Maple Ave., W., after an employee reported that, after waiting for his food in the pickup area outside, a patron came into the restaurant and made a threatening comment.

RESIDENT TURNS IN GUN, AMMO FOR DESTRUCTION: Vienna police reported that, on Aug. 28 at 10:08 a.m., a resident stopped into the Vienna Police Station at 301 Center St., South, and turned in two firearms and ammunition for destruction.

CAT FACES 10-DAY QUARANTINE AFTER BITING INCIDENT: Vienna police said that a juvenile was bitten by a cat on Aug. 25 at 1:30 p.m. in the 600 block of Kearney Court, S.W.
Officers contacted the pet’s owner and determined that all vaccines were up to date. The owner of the cat was notified of the 10-day quarantine period.

DOG GOES TO POKEY BEFORE OWNER REPORTS IT AS MISSING: On Aug. 29 at 9:50 p.m., a resident of the 400 block of Adahi Road, S.E., in Vienna alerted police that a dog was found running at large.
The dog had no collar or identifying information, so an officer transported the canine to the Fairfax County Animal Shelter.

A short time later, the dog’s owner reported it missing to the police department, and was advised of its location.

ENFORCEMENT EFFORT TARGETS STOP-SIGN/STOP-LIGHT MISCREANTS IN VIENNA: A four-week enforcement effort by the Vienna Police Department has, town officials hope, put a dent in a rising level of stop-sign violations in the town.

The enforcement effort resulted in citations for 291 violations for not stopping at stop signs, stop lights and flashing red lights, plus 74 other traffic violations, following a “noticeable uptick” in stop-sign violations throughout the town.

Police intend to conduct similar enforcement campaigns in the future to highlight the importance of obeying traffic laws, town officials said.

“Doing so helps ensure safe travels for everyone,” town officials said.

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