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Pedestrian hit by police car in Mount Vernon

Fairfax County Police are seeking information concerning a crash between a marked police car and a pedestrian.

Police said about 2 p.m. June 11, a pedestrian crossed two lanes of stopped traffic on southbound Richmond Highway — at a substantial distance from the intersection of Mount Vernon Memorial Highway. A marked police car was traveling south in the left turn lanes on Richmond Highway when the 60-year-old Alexandria-area man stepped in front of the police vehicle and was struck, according to police. Police pointed out the man was not in a crosswalk. The unidentified man was transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital with non life-threatening injuries. The officer was not injured.

Detectives from the Fairfax County Police Crash Reconstruction Unit and from Internal Affairs responded to the scene and are continuing their investigations. Two southbound lanes of Richmond Highway at Mount Vernon Memorial Highway were closed for a period of time Tuesday afternoon while the initial investigation was being conducted. Fairfax County police are asking anyone who witnessed this crash to call them at 703-691-2131.

K-Mart loss prevention officer in Springfield charged with abduction, sodomy

A K-Mart loss prevention officer is in police custody after a 23-year-old woman who was charged with shoplifting at the store claimed she was sexually assaulted while in his custody.

Fairfax County Police said they responded to a K-Mart located at 6364 Springfield Plaza about 2 p.m. June 6. There, a 23-year-old woman was detained and charged by police with misdemeanor shoplifting.

“She received a summons by police and was released,” police spokesman Eddy Ezcarate said. “Then about two hours later, around 4 p.m., she called police back and reported that she had been sexually assaulted. She claimed a loss prevention officer coerced her into performing a sexual act.”

Loss prevention officers work undercover in retail stores to watch for suspicious behavior and apprehend those attempting theft.

Police said the woman was taken to the hospital and detectives conducted an investigation, which led to the arrest of Tabbasum H. Gilani, 29, of the 7900 block of Almeda Court in Lorton.

“Gilani is the only suspect,” Ezcarate said.

Police said Gilani was the loss prevention officer who detained the woman earlier in the day. Gilani was charged with abduction with intent to defile and forcible sodomy. He was taken to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center.

Celebrate Fairfax volunteer charged with embezzlement

Fairfax County police say a 25-year-old woman working as a volunteer at “Celebrate Fairfax” was arrested and charged with embezzlement during the annual festival.

Police said Varrie Butler of the 43000 blockof Katling Square in Chantilly was tending a cash box at one of the entrance gates to the event between noon and 5 p.m. June 9, when management became suspicious and contacted police. Police said an investigation determined that Butler had allegedly taken money from citizens purchasing tickets and hid it on her person.

Butler cooperated and all of the money was recovered, according to police. She was charged and transported to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center.

Alexandria man charged with selling improvised explosive device

An Alexandria man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for selling an explosive device to an undercover officer.

Vytlingum Kandasawmi, also known as Tony, 34, was sentenced June 10 to 120 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for selling an improvised explosive device (“IED”) believing that the device would be used to commit murder.

Kandasawmi previously pleaded guilty March 26, according to court records. He and co-defendant Tony Robert Brooks, 51, of Spotsylvania County, built and sold an IED to a man whom they believed intended to use the explosive device to murder a rival. The IED was housed in PVC pipe and contained steel balls, black powder and a fuse. The bomb purchaser was, in fact, an undercover law enforcement agent, who had purchased several smaller bombs from Kandasawmi during the preceding months.

Brooks is scheduled to be sentenced July 12.

Police investigate ‘smash and grab’ larceny at Fair Oaks mall

Fairfax County police are seeking information about a ‘smash and grab’ robbery that took place June 10 at Fair Oaks mall.

Police said they were called to the Kay Jewelers at Fair Oaks mall shortly before 8 p.m. for the report of destruction and robbery. During the preliminary investigation, officers determined three men entered the store, smashed a glass case and removed an undisclosed amount of jewelry. There were customers in the store at the time but nobody was injured.

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

Centreville man charged with recklessly starting fires

A Centreville man has been charged after allegedly throwing a flaming gasoline can off a deck and starting two fires.

On June 10, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department fire investigators charged Jonathan David Riordan, 41, of the 14500 block of Eddy Court, with carelessly damaging property by fire, a class four misdemeanor, and unauthorized release of a hazardous material, a class one misdemeanor.

Fire officials said two separate fires ignited following a gasoline can being thrown from a nearby deck while on fire. The fire damage to the deck is estimated at $200.