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Reston motorcyclist dies in Fairfax crash

A Reston man is dead after crashing his motorcycle in Fairfax.

Fairfax County Police said they responded to the area of Virginia Center Boulevard and Baronhurst Drive on Monday shortly after 3:30 p.m. for a report of a crash involving a motorcycle.

Police said an investigation revealed that 32-year-old Jesse Dean Hagedorn of Colts Neck Road in Reston was riding his 2006 Honda motorcycle north on Virginia Center Boulevard near Baronhurst Drive.

According to police, it appears that Hagedorn’s motorcycle veered to the right side of the roadway, striking the curb and a guardrail. It then struck the curb a second time, causing him to strike his head on an adjacent tree. Police said Hagedorn was thrown from the motorcycle and landed on the roadway. CPR was performed by a passerby until police arrived; Hagedorn was transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Speed and alcohol do not appear to be factors in the crash, according to police.

‘Beacon Hill Bandit’ strikes same bank five times

Fairfax County Police and the FBI are investigating the fifth bank robbery of the same Hybla Valley-area bank by the “Beacon Hill Bandit,” which occurred around 11 a.m. Monday.

Police said the bandit entered the TD Bank located at 6615 Richmond Highway and demanded money, as he is suspected of doing four times before. Police said the bank teller complied and the bandit fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. There were no injuries. The FBI is seeking any information about the bandit, who they say is a suspect in all five robberies, beginning in March 2010.

The FBI’s Washington Field Office is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to his identification, arrest and conviction.

Springfield man pleads guilty to child porn

A Springfield man has admitted to having juveniles perform sexual acts online as he recorded videos of them.

Andrew Choi, 35, of Springfield pleaded guilty Sept. 6 in federal court to two counts of production of child pornography, and faces 15 to 30 years in prison at his sentencing, which is scheduled for Jan. 24.

According to court documents, Choi engaged in online video chats with at least ten boys under the age of 18 between May 2012 and January 2013. The underage boys performed sex acts on camera and Choi recorded it using a screen capture program. Approximately 330 of these types of videos were discovered on Choi’s computers, as well as more than 700 other still images saved on his computer’s hard drives. Court documents state that in one video, a boy from Virginia identifies himself as being 12 years old. Choi’s attorney, Patrick N. Anderson, declined to comment on the case.

Man stopped from boarding plane with loaded gun

An Alexandria man was stopped by Transportation Security Administration agents at Dulles International Airport on Sept. 9 after he allegedly tried to bring a loaded gun onto a plane.

TSA agents spotted the 9mm Beretta in the man’s carry-on bag using X-ray machines at a security checkpoint. The gun was loaded with nine rounds of ammunition, agents said. TSA notified Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority police, who cited the man on a local weapons charge. The traveler was originally scheduled to fly to Paris.

Passengers are not permitted to fly with guns either on their person or in carry-ons. Guns may be placed in checked baggage, but they must be declared, unloaded, packed in a hard-side case and locked. Full information on traveling with guns is available online at the TSA’s website, tsa.gov.

Centreville man charged in cleaver chase

A Centreville man has been charged with chasing another man down the street with a meat cleaver.

Town of Herndon police said that Sun Yang, 76, was arrested and charged Sept. 6 shortly after midnight in the 1100 block of Herndon Parkway after he chased a man with a cleaver. Police said Yang ran after the man because he thought the man had disrespected him. Yang was charged with attempted malicious wounding and is being held at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center.

Alexandria townhouse suffers $150,000 damage in blaze

A cigarette has caused $150,000 worth of damage to an Alexandria townhouse, according to fire officials.

Fairfax County firefighters said they responded to a townhouse fire at approximately 1:15 a.m. Wednesday in the Alexandria area of Fairfax County. The single-family townhouse is located in the 5200 block of Cozy Glen Lane.

Firefighters said they encountered heavy smoke and fire coming from the rear of the three-story townhouse upon their arrival, and brought the fire under control in approximately 20 minutes.

The fire originated on a ground floor deck and extended up and into the attic area, officials said.

Firefighters said two adults and two children awoke upon hearing and seeing the fire burning on the outside of the home and escaped unharmed. Smoke alarms sounded as the fire burned from the outside to the inside of the home. The family has been displaced.

Police seek abduction attempt suspect

Fairfax County Police are seeking a suspect they say tried to abduct a 48-year-old woman on Sept. 4 as she walked on a sidewalk in the 2900 block of Annandale Road.

According to police, the woman was walking outside at about 8:30 p.m. when an unknown man approached her, and pulled her off the sidewalk and threatened her.

Police said that as another man approached, the suspect pushed the woman to the ground and fled. The woman ran home and called the police. Police describe the suspect as male with a Spanish accent.

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

Bicycle thefts up throughout county

Fairfax County Police warn residents to take precautions to protect their bicycles from thieves.

Police analysts report an approximate 36 percent increase in the number of stolen bicycles from the same time period last year.

Police said that from Sept. 1, 2011, to Aug. 31, 2012, there were 265 bicycle thefts in the county. During the same time period from 2012 to 2013, there were 361.

In McLean alone, 86 bicycles were stolen in the last year, according to police. Many of the bikes are taken when residents leave their garage doors open. Thieves simply seize the opportunity, take the bikes and walk away, police said.

Police suggest bicycle owners take the following precautions to prevent becoming a victim:

• Close garage doors.

• Invest in a hardened steel U-lock.

• Don’t leave bicycles outside. Thieves may be watching and may target unused bicycles.

• Consider installing motion sensor lights or alarms on your property.

• Take a photo of your bike and record the serial number.

• Consider registering your bicycle on the National Bike Registry.

Man attempts home invasion in Burke

Fairfax County Police are investigating an attempted burglary and assault that occurred shortly before 7 p.m. Aug. 23.

Police said a 37-year-old woman answered a knock on her door in the 10200 block of Scarborough Commons Court. A man standing at the door spoke briefly with the woman and then attempted to push his way inside the residence. Police said the suspect also struck the woman, who was able to compose herself in time to slam the door shut. Police said the suspect then fled on foot.

The woman reported sustaining minor injuries but did not require hospitalization.

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