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Sexual assault in Centreville

Fairfax County police say they are investigating an alleged sexual assault that occurred Sunday, April 21, in Centreville.

Police said that around 3 a.m. a 27-year-old woman was asleep inside her residence in the 13000 block of Winding Oak Circle when she was awakened by a man sexually assaulting her. Police said the woman challenged the man and he fled on foot. Police said an investigation also revealed that electronic equipment had been stolen from her residence. Police said entry was apparently gained through an unlocked door and that the woman declined rescue.

Police say the suspect was described as Hispanic, 25 to 35 years old, about 5 feet 7 inches tall with a medium build, and wearing a dark hoodie and dark pants.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.



City of Fairfax Police charge D.C. felon with weapon possession

City of Fairfax Police say they have charged a convicted felon with possession of a weapon after discovering a stun gun during a routine traffic stop.

Police said that on April 23, shortly after 10:15 a.m., a police officer who had conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle near the intersection of Main Street and Whitacre Road in Fairfax determined that the driver was in possession of an electronic stun gun. Police said a records check revealed that the man had been convicted of a felony in Washington, DC.

Dashawn Hammonds, 22, of SW Washington, DC, was transported to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center where he was charged with possession of a stun weapon by a convicted felon, and ordered held without bond.



Fairfax County Police respond to bomb threat in Merrifield

Police say a shoplifting call led them to charge one individual with grand larceny, and another with making a bomb threat.

Police said officers were called for a shoplifting report at 9:10 p.m. on April 21 in the 2900 block of District Avenue in Merrifield. Police said that responding to the call led them to arrest and charge two suspects. Police said Alyson Le, 29, of Herndon, was detained by a private security guard and charged with grand larceny once police arrived. Police said another individual, Keron Lezama, 30, also of Herndon, allegedly left the scene and then called a bomb threat into the business. Police said Lezama was located and charged with making a bomb threat.



Fire destroys Oakton home

Fairfax County firefighters responded to a house fire, Monday, April 22, at approximately 2 p.m., in the Oakton area of Fairfax County. The single family home is located in the 11400 block of Vale Spring Drive.

Firefighters said they encountered heavy fire and smoke coming from the roof and attic of the two-story home upon their arrival. Due to the roof being fully involved with fire and quickly extending throughout the home, firefighters said it became necessary to use several additional hose lines to protect the detached garage and to keep the fire from spreading to nearby homes and nearby power lines.

The Fire and Rescue Department incident commander called for a second alarm bringing approximately 60 firefighters to the scene. Firefighters said they brought the fire under control in approximately 45 minutes by establishing a continuous water supply using five fire engines in tandem to connect to the nearest hydrant. Two occupants were home when the fire broke out and escaped. Fire officials said a total of seven occupants have been displaced. Red Cross is supporting the occupants. Two of the home’s residents were transported to Fair Oaks Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Fire investigators say the home was a total loss and that the fire is under investigation.



Herndon woman dies after being hit by car

Town of Herndon Police say that on April 18, 62-year-old Judy MacMillan of Herndon, succumbed to injuries she sustained April 16 when she was struck by a car while crossing Elden Street at Van Buren Street. Police said they determined the driver of the striking vehicle had entered the intersection with a green traffic signal and MacMillan had walked into the crosswalk against a do not cross signal.

No charges were filed. Police said that on April 16 at approximately 10:30 p.m., Herndon officers responded to the intersection for a report of an accident involving a car and a pedestrian. MacMillan was transported to the hospital with serious injuries.



Springfield couple charged with setting fire, insurance fraud

On April 19, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department fire investigators have charged German Balladares, 56, and Sandra Balladares, 41, both of Springfield, with intentionally setting a house fire that occurred in the Springfield area in 2008. Investigators say both were charged with burning or destroying a house or dwelling; and with intent to defraud an insurance company or other person.

Fire officials say the fire occurred on June 7, 2008, at 7209 Neuman Street. Damage to the single family home was estimated at $75,000. In putting out the fire, officials say one firefighter was transported to INOVA Fairfax Hospital with a non-life threatening injury.



Used cooking oil missing in Fairfax

City of Fairfax Police say someone is helping themselves to used cooking oil from the recycling cylinders at two Fairfax restaurants. Police say that a manager for a used cooking oil recycling company reported to police that sometime between March 27 and April 19, someone removed significant quantities of used cooking oil from the collection tanks at the Il Poom Hyang Restaurant; 4068 Jermantown Road, and the Dairy Queen restaurant at 4076 Jermantown Road, both in Fairfax. Police do not have any suspects at this time.



Woman groped while walking in Vienna

Town of Vienna Police say a woman was groped while walking in Vienna.

Police said the woman reported that she was walking near the intersection of Druid Hill and Beulah Roads on April 12 around 10:30 a.m. when she heard what she suspected was a jogger

approaching her from the rear. The woman claimed she moved to the side to allow the jogger to pass, but a man grabbed her from behind and attempted to grope her.

Police said the woman began to scream and fight off the man, who then ran towards Maple Avenue. Police said the groper was described as a Hispanic male in his late 20’s with short black hair and wearing a red shirt, blue jeans and a black belt. Police are investigating the matter.



Hearing continued again for Sterling murder suspects

A preliminary hearing for two charged in connection with the Dec. 27 murder of a Sterling man was continued for a second time today in Loudoun County General District Court.

Ryan B. Williams, 32, formerly of Loudoun County, and Linsey B. Hardwick, 23, of Leesburg, were charged Feb. 12 with first-degree murder for the shooting death of Jovaughn Johnson.

The hearing was continued because Hardwick’s court-appointed attorney asked to be taken off the case. The request was granted.

A new hearing date will not be determined until Hardwick is assigned a new attorney.

Hardwick is being held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center while Williams is at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center. Both are held without bond.

At the time of his arrest, Williams was already being held on assault and battery charges stemming from a domestic assault in July 2012 and two criminal capias.’ Hardwick is also held on possession of narcotics charges.

The preliminary hearing would have provided some insight into why the two were charged in connection with the crime. So far authorities have been tight-lipped on how the two knew Johnson and their motive for the shooting.

Johnson, 30, was found dead in his car about 7 p.m. Dec. 27 as deputies responded to a call from someone who asked that they check the community’s welfare.

Subsequent investigations led detectives to several areas in Virginia and other neighboring states, Liz Mills, spokesperson for the sheriff’s office said at the time of the arrests.

At the time of the arrests, detectives declined to answer further questions about the case.

The questions, according Mills, were investigative in nature and some answers would jeopardize the ongoing investigation.



Burke fire caused by computer cord

Fairfax County Fire fighters responded to a townhouse fire, April 15 at approximately 7 a.m. in the Burke area of Fairfax County. The single family home is located in the 5500 block of MacDuff Court.

Firefighters said they encountered heavy smoke coming from the rear of the middle unit townhouse upon their arrival. They conducted an interior fire attack in an upstairs rear bedroom and quickly brought the fire under control. Fire officials said smoke alarms provided early warning for the occupants, enabling them to all escape unharmed. During the fire, firefighters said they rescued a dog located in the rear bedroom suffering from burns and smoke inhalation. The dog was treated by paramedics until Animal Control officers arrived and transported the family pet to a veterinary facility. One adult and four children have been displaced. Red Cross support is being provided to the occupants. There were no other injuries. Damage is estimated at $45,000.

According to the incident commander, the fire was accidental. A fault in a computer laptop power cord caused the fire.