Fairfax County police arrested 23 men Aug. 15 and charged them with the solicitation of prostitutes.
Arrests took place at hotels in Springfield, Falls Church, Herndon, and the Tysons Corner area during an undercover operation between 3 p.m. and 10 p.m., the police said.
Female officers, after communicating with the men using online sites, met them at four different hotels.
The undercover sting was in response to concerns by neighbors, who sought police help, said police spokeswoman Lucy Caldwell.
“Businesses and residents often request this type of proactive approach of law enforcement to thwart illegal activity in establishments,” she said. “In addition to the solicitation charges, one individual was also charged with possession of cocaine.”
Caldwell said the investigation was led by the department’s Organized Crime and Narcotics division and supplemented by patrol officers.
“OCN detectives have developed ongoing community outreach relationships with local hotels, which makes operations like this possible,” Caldwell said.
The solicitation charge is a misdemeanor. If convicted, the men face up to a year in jail and a $2,500 fine.
Fairfax County police are investigating the death of a Reston teen who apparently tumbled out of her grandparents’ car as it was traveling on Lee Highway at the Capital Beltway late last month.
On July 31 about 2 a.m., officers came upon the four-door sedan stopped on Lee Highway over Interstate 495. A preliminary investigation determined that the girl, for unknown reasons, left the car from the back seat while it was being driven by her grandparents. She fell onto Lee Highway and was taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital, where she died Aug. 13.
Jasmyne Grant, 17, of Reston attended Cedar Lane School, a county school for emotionally challenged adolescents, in Vienna. “Cedar Lane was Jasmyne Grant’s primary school, but she did take a couple of classes at South Lakes High School last year,” said school spokesman John Torre in an email.
Police want anyone with information about the incident to call them, 703-691-2131.
The man who died in a McLean construction accident Tuesday morning was identified Wednesday.
Juan Francisco Cerna Alfaro, 36, of Falls Church, had been working with several others at a home when he fell into a trench and dirt collapsed around him, authorities said.
Police and rescuers were called to the property in the 1000 block of Kinglet Court for a report of a construction accident about 9:30 a.m. They arrived and found Alfaro dead in a trench next to a vacant home.
Alfaro and several other co-workers were digging the trench, which was about 15-feet deep, when Alfaro fell into the trench and dirt collapsed around him, Fairfax County Police reported.
“He was operating a small backhoe when he somehow fell in,” said Dan Schmidt, a Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department spokesman.
The accident is being investigated by police and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
A 21-year-old George Mason University student athlete died after he was hit by a Metro train Aug. 18.
For an unknown reason, Patrick Sibley, 21, was on the train tracks between the East Falls Church and Ballston Metro stops when he was hit by an Orange Line train around 2 a.m., according to Metro officials. No charges are expected for the train’s driver.
Sibley was a member of the George Mason University volleyball team and was listed as 6-feet 8-inches tall, and weighing 230 pounds.
“The Mason community is deeply saddened to hear of the death of Patrick Sibley,” said GMU Athletic Director Tom O’Connor. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, his friends, teammates, and all who are affected by this tragedy.”
Sibley was from Natick, Mass., and joined George Mason in 2012 after playing one season at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., O’Connor said. He was a rising senior at GMU.
Fairfax County police have arrested suspects, including several juveniles, following multiple robberies in Reston this summer that they believe could be related.
Ali Lewis, 19, of Reston was charged with robbery on June 21, and Charles Robinson, 18, also of Reston, was charged in the June 9 robbery of a bicyclist.
Police have also charged a teen in connection with a June 22 robbery of a food delivery employee in the 2000 block of Durand Drive.
Other unsolved cases include the Aug. 7 assault of a Reston man who was walking in the 11500 block of Maple Ridge Road.
Officers also responded to a report of an attempted robbery of a 21-year-old man walking near Bluemont Way and Discover Street at around 1:15 a.m. Wednesday. A knife-wielding man came out of nearby woods, demanded money and fled after a brief altercation, police said.