Fairfax County Police are seeking the identity of a man who robbed a woman with a shotgun at a Tysons Corner ATM on March 24.
Police have released a video that shows a woman entering a glassed-in after-hours ATM lobby located within a building on the 8300 block of Greensboro Drive in Tysons Corner around 8:45 p.m.
A masked gunman wearing a hood and brandishing a shotgun is then shown entering the lobby just after the woman receives money from the ATM.
Police said the 37-year-old woman reported that the man approached her with the shotgun, demanded the money and then fled with it and her purse. In the video, the woman is shown lowering herself to the floor as the gunman addresses her and then leaves with her purse.
Police said the gunman was last seen entering an older 4-door SUV, similar to a Honda CRV, equipped with a roof rack and outside spare tire. Police said the vehicle was dark in color and had unknown Virginia license plates.
Fairfax County police have charged two Springfield men after allegedly connecting them with a series of burglaries that took place in the Burke area during the afternoon hours of March 19.
Andrew Kovch, 27, of the 7500 block of Vogles Way, and Jimmy Le, 23, of the 67100 block of Grey Fox Drive were charged with burglary, attempted burglary and grand larceny.
Police said they responded to a report of a burglary of an occupied dwelling in the 9800 block of Lake Meadow Court in Burke on March 19 shortly before 1 p.m. The homeowner reported encountering a young man wearing a gray, hooded sweatshirt and dark pants in the home, who then fled in a dark, late ’90s compact car.
Just ten minutes later, officers responded to an alarm at a residence in the 10000 block of Waterside Drive, also in Burke. They said a door had been forcibly opened but no people were located.
A short time later, police responded to a home in the 8600 block of Norfolk Avenue in Annandale for a resident reporting that she’d spotted an unknown man in her home. The suspect fled but witnesses described the vehicle and a second person that was reportedly picked up nearby.
Upon hearing the look-outs, patrol officers observed and stopped a vehicle matching the description on Roundabout Way in Springfield. In the course of the investigation, officers said they found that the driver was armed with a semi-automatic pistol. Officers also claim to have found over 200 rounds of ammunition, a loaded revolver, a mask, gloves, as well as additional items allegedly linking the suspects to the crimes.
Angel Campos Tellez, aka “Israel Campos Martinez,” “Abel Cruz Bonilla,” and “Abel Campos,” 27, of Maryland, pleaded guilty March 27 to helping lead a commercial sex enterprise that prostituted at least 100 different women throughout Virginia and nearby states.
Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Virginia Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli II; and John P. Torres, Special Agent in Charge for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Washington, D.C., made the announcement after the plea was accepted by United States District Judge Claude M. Hilton.
Campos Tellez, a citizen and national of Mexico who officials say is illegally present in the United States, pleaded guilty to transporting women across state lines to engage in prostitution, which carries a maximum of five years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for June 21.
According to a statement of facts filed with his plea agreement, Campos Tellez was a leader of a commercial sex enterprise that operated between 2009 and 2012. His organization brought more than 100 women, most of whom were foreign nationals, from New York, New Jersey, Maryland and Washington, D.C., to engage in commercial sex in Northern Virginia, Virginia Beach, Norfolk and Newport News, as well as in Baltimore and in Delaware.
Campos Tellez admitted that he coordinated different drivers to transport the women; collected the prostitution proceeds; advertised for the enterprise by handing out business cards at Spanish restaurants, check cashing stores, construction sites and day laborer sites; and obtained lodging for members of the enterprise.
On March 27, Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) requested that Attorney General Eric Holder take action against sexual trafficking — including children — that he says is becoming more prevalent through websites like Backpage.com.
In a letter to Holder, Wolf wrote that “grotesque” cases of manipulation and abuse of sex trafficking victims are made possible through Backpage.com, a website that has been cited in recent court cases as the medium through which young victims are bought and sold.
“I have repeatedly requested that the Department of Justice provide an analysis of whether there are sufficient laws on the books to prosecute the type of activity that Backpage.com engages in, and, if not, that the department provide a broader legal analysis and recommendations to Congress of legislative initiatives that may be undertaken to fully equip law enforcement to tackle this problem,” Wolf wrote. “To date this request has gone unanswered.”
Wolf also cited a letter he received from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that outlines four specific recommendations for websites like Backpage.com to implement in order to reduce instances of sexual exploitation and slavery online.
“I urge you, as the nation’s chief law enforcement authority, to press Backpage.com to immediately adopt these recommendations,” Wolf wrote. “And if they fail to voluntarily adopt these recommendations, I implore you to take legal action against Backpage.com.”
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a house fire March 23 shortly before 11:30 p.m., in Oak Hill. The single family home is located in the 2600 block of Armada Street in the Fox Mill subdivision.
Firefighters said they encountered heavy smoke and fire coming from the outside rear of the split-level home upon their arrival, and brought the fire under control in approximately 20 minutes. Officials said the home had working smoke alarms and that the occupants were home when the fire broke out, escaping unharmed. Two adults and several pets have been displaced. According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. An outside energized lighting circuit caused the fire.