Herndon police seek sexual assault suspect
The Herndon Police Department is currently investigating two sexual assaults that it believes may have been perpetrated by the same suspect on Oct. 11.
The suspect in both cases is described as an Asian male, 35-40 years old, 5-feet-5-inches to 5-feet-6-inches tall and weighing about 150 pounds, according to police.
The first incident occurred at about 3:45 p.m. on Oct. 11 in the 1200 Block of Magnolia Lane, according to Herndon police spokesman Jeff Coulter.
Coulter said the victim was approached by a subject that identified himself as a law enforcement official and then sexually assaulted the victim. The suspect fled the area in a gray vehicle when the victim tried to enter her home.
The second incident occurred at about 7 p.m. the same evening in the 400 Block of Elden Street. Coulter said in that case, the suspect approached the victim, identified himself as a law enforcement official and forced her into a gray vehicle. The suspect then drove a short distance with both parties in the car and then sexually assaulted the victim.
Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to call the Herndon Police Department at (703) 435-6846.
West Potomac High School students attacked by man in school
Fairfax County police have charged a 20-year-old man with two counts of assault and battery following an Oct. 3 incident that took place at West Potomac High School in Alexandria.
According to police, Kevin C. Pengarthit of the 8000 block of Lynnfield Avenue in Alexandria entered the school around 5 p.m. on Oct. 3 during after-school activities. He allegedly walked up to a 14-year-old student and shot him with a stun gun, and then physically assaulted another 15-year-old student.
Pengarthit has a younger sibling who attends the school and the incident stemmed from a personal dispute between the victims and the sibling, according to police. Both victims suffered minor injuries, but did not seek medical attention, police said. The investigation is ongoing, according to police spokeswoman Tawny Wright.
Police: Man arrested at Fairfax High School a sex offender
A convicted sex offender was witnessed by students inside the boys’ locker room at Fairfax High School a day before he was arrested for trespassing on school grounds, according to police.
Fairfax City police said Zemar Melgerai, 59, of Santa Monica, Calif., was seen at the high school around 9 a.m. Oct. 12 by a school security guard who said Melgerai was “accosting staff members and seeking to use the shower.”
Police said further investigation revealed that Melgerai is a convicted sex offender and had been observed by several male students inside the boys’ locker room the previous day.
“We ran his information through the [National Crime Information Center] database and discovered his conviction,” Fairfax City police spokeswoman Lynn Coulter said on Thursday. Coulter would not disclose the exact nature of the conviction.
Police took Melgerai into custody and transported him to the Adult Detention Center where a warrant was obtained charging him with entering onto school property after conviction as a sex offender.
Police said Melgerai has been residing in Virginia with a relative and failed to register as a sex offender within 72 hours of entering the state, as required by law. Consequently, he was also charged with failure to register as a sex offender.
Fairfax High School Principal Dave Goldfarb issued a letter to parents and teachers at the 2,000-student school about Melgerai’s arrest.
Fairfax County Public Schools spokesman Paul Regnier said there is nothing to suggest that any student of the school was harmed, but said security at the school will be re-evaluated.
“I understand that [Melgerai] was able to enter the school through an unlocked door that kids use to go outside to the school’s trailers,” he said. “We are reviewing the school’s safeguards and will see if there is some way to keep that door locked.”
Police said Melgerai is currently incarcerated at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center where his bond has been set at $3,500. No attorney information for Melgerai has been made available.
Reston boy’s death ruled suspicious by police
An 11-month-old Reston boy died after being taken from a Vienna home that has since been deemed uninhabitable by county officials.
On Oct. 5, a caregiver living in the home in the 1100 block of Lakewood Drive took the boy from the Vienna residence to his mother’s home on Freetown Court in Reston, according to Fairfax County police.
Police said that after attempts to revive the unresponsive boy by both the caretaker and his mother, the boy was taken to Reston Medical Center and later transported by helicopter to Children’s National Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead the next day.
The boy’s cause of death has not yet been determined, according to the Vienna police, which is currently investigating the death and has ruled it suspicious.
Following the boy’s death, the Lakewood Drive home has been deemed uninhabitable by the Fairfax Department of Code Compliance. A sign on the Vienna home reads: “This area is unsafe and its use or occupancy has been prohibited by the fire official.”
“Access and egress within the home was impacted and the home was found to be in violation of fire code,” said Fairfax County spokeswoman Merni Fitzgerald.
“No charges have been filed as we are still investigating the case and analyzing evidence,” Vienna police spokesman Bill Murray said this week.