Fatal pedestrian crash in Barcroft area
Fairfax County police are investigating a fatal pedestrian crash that occurred Monday afternoon near the intersection of Columbia Pike and Ashwood Place.
According to police, shortly after 2 p.m. a 72-year-old man was operating a 1998 Chevrolet S10 pickup truck westbound on Columbia Pike. A 58-year-old woman on a bicycle was attempting to cross Columbia Pike from north to south. As she crossed over the westbound lanes, she was struck by the truck. She hit the hood and went over the roof, police said.
Elizabeth P. Shattuck, of the 3200 block of Patrick Henry Drive in Falls Church, was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said speed and alcohol do not appear to be factors. There is not a crosswalk at the intersection. Anyone who may have witnessed the accident is asked to contact Fairfax County police at 703-691-2131.
Body of Alexandria man missing for weeks found in a nearby creek
An Alexandria man missing since before Hurricane Sandy has been found dead in a creek about three miles from his home.
Police said Mohammad Sharif Yazdani, 64, had last been seen by relatives on Wednesday, Oct. 24, around 4:30 p.m.at his residence in the 3800 block of Havenwood Place. He had walked away from his home. Relatives said he frequently walked along Richmond Highway but became concerned when he did not return home that evening.
Police along with police dogs searched the area for Yazdani but did not find him.
Police said a neighbor was later walking around 2:45 p.m. on Nov. 11 and came upon the body of a man lying along a creek bank near the 7700 block of Audubon Meadow Way.
The body was identified as Yazdani and police said they do not believe there are any signs of foul play related to his death. The Office of the Medical Examiner has preliminarily determined that the cause of cause and manner of death is accidental drowning.
Annandale man sentenced for software piracy
Quynh Trong Nguyen, 37, of Annandale was sentenced Nov. 9 to three years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for selling thousands of units of counterfeit, copyright-infringing computer software, according to the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.
Court records say Nguyen was also ordered to pay restitution of $2.5 million and a forfeiture money judgment of $1.4 million, which will be partially satisfied by $650,000 in already seized liquid assets.
Nguyen pleaded guilty on Aug. 9 to copyright infringement.
According to court documents, over a three-year period, he sold $2.5 million in copyright-infringing computer software and defrauded more than 2,000 customers. The software, much of which was shipped from overseas, included popular titles, such as Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Office and Autodesk AutoCAD. Nguyen sold the software through Internet websites that he operated from his residence in Annandale. In addition to selling counterfeit software, Nguyen falsely represented to suppliers that he was eligible to purchase and resell educational software in connection with George Mason University. Documents say Nguyen altered the educational software, which he later sold at higher prices, by painting over labels and modifying the product packaging.
District man sentenced for Fair Oaks armed robbery
A Washington, D.C., man has been sentenced for his part in a series of armed robberies that included a delivery truck at Fair Oaks Mall in Fairfax.
Avery Duane Bines, 32, of Washington, D.C., has been sentenced to 10 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for committing two armed robberies of truck drivers who were delivering Apple products to Northern Virginia area stores.
On July 9, Bines pled guilty to using a firearm during a crime of violence.
According to court records, Bines had previously worked for a company responsible for delivering Apple products to area stores. In 2011 and 2012, Bines conspired with others to rob that company's truck drivers. On June 15, 2011, Bines's conspirators intentionally drove their vehicle into the side of a delivery truck outside the Fair Oaks Mall in Fairfax. When the delivery truck driver stopped to inspect the damage to his vehicle, a conspirator pointed a gun at the victim and blindfolded and bound him. Bines's coconspirator drove the victim's truck, with the victim still bound inside, three miles to a gas station, where Bines and his conspirators stole approximately $41,000 worth of Apple products from the truck.
On Oct. 30, 2011, Bines conspired with others to rob a long-haul truck driver who was delivering Apple products in Prince George's County, Md. During this attack, the victim was pistol-whipped and bound, and conspirators stole approximately $71,000 worth of Apple products.
The investigation was conducted by FBI's Washington Field Office and the Fairfax County Police Department.
Police release suspect photo in reported teen restroom assault
Fairfax County police are continuing to investigate a report of a 17-year-old girl who alleges a man assaulted her in the restroom of the Thomas Jefferson Library, and have released a photo of a suspect.
According to the girl, the incident occurred shortly before 9 p.m. on Nov. 6.
Police said the teen told police she felt she was being followed by a man who she noticed had been watching her and following her throughout her day of studying.
In an effort to curtail him, she ducked into the restroom as she exited the building. He followed her in. She ordered him to leave but he refused. The suspect touched and pushed her. She kicked him, screamed and the suspect fled.
Library staff responded and called police. Police said staff members reported the man had been in the library on previous occasions, but they did not know of any previous incidents or assaults.
The suspect is described as black, medium brown complexion, ranging between 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall, and weighing around 160-180 pounds. He had a shaven bald head, brown eyes, a gap in his front teeth and a diagonal scar on his forehead. He wore a pale green, long-sleeved, button-up shirt with khaki pants. He carried a brown or tan soft leather briefcase.
The investigation is continuing. Fairfax County police detectives would like anyone who may have had contact with this individual to contact Fairfax County police at 703-691-2131.
Detectives say they are continuing the investigation. Police have canvassed nearby neighborhoods with flyers in both English and Spanish.