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Two dead after police chase

Fairfax County police said a patrol officer tried to pull over the driver of a 1999 Dodge Neon on Hilltop Road in Merrifield around 1:50 a.m. Monday, when the driver sped off.

“As soon as the officer activated his emergency equipment, the vehicle attempted to flee,” said spokesman Bud Walker.

Police said that after a chase, the Neon eventually ran off the road and hit a tree. Police said speed and alcohol were factors in the crash.

The driver and one passenger were pronounced dead at the scene.

The second passenger was taken to a local hospital with potentially life-threatening injuries. As of Tuesday afternoon, police still had not identified the men, saying that their identification documents were problematic.

“The victims had documents that were not accurate,” Walker said.

Reston man faces charges after driving backward

Fairfax County police said a patrol officer stopped Marc Anthony Dixon, 26, of Reston, at 2:40 p.m. Monday as he was driving backward down Rugby Road in Fairfax. Police said Dixon was pulled over, and as he was in a police car after subsequently being arrested for DWI, he began violently kicking the doors and windows.

In addition to being charged with DWI, police said Dixon also was charged with refusing a breath test, providing fraudulent information to police, destruction of county property, driving on a suspended license, and improper backing on the highway. He was taken into custody.

Man’s body found in car fire

Fairfax County firefighters said they responded to a vehicle fire in the Crosspointe area of Fairfax County at around 7:30 p.m. Monday. The vehicle was located on the southbound side of Ox Road, just beyond the intersection of Furnace Road.

Firefighters said they encountered a 1998 Chevrolet Camaro on fire upon their arrival. They extinguished the fire and discovered the body of Fidel Salmeron Jr., 20, of Springfield in the driver’s seat. According to fire investigators, the car appeared to have slid off the road and the fire started in the car’s engine. Fire investigators and Fairfax County Police are jointly investigating the incident. Firefighters said a medical examiner will determine the official cause of death.

Five arrested for recent car vandalism

Three adults have been arrested and petitions have been obtained charging two juveniles with a recent series of vehicle vandalisms in the Sully Police District. Fairfax County police said that around 4 a.m. on Feb. 21, a citizen called police to report a loud noise and a suspicious vehicle in the area of Bull Run Post Office Road.

Responding police officers located the vehicle and stopped it on Bull Run Post Office Road near Sudley Road. Several smashed mailboxes also were discovered in the area. Further investigation led officers to identify five suspects.

On Feb. 27, the three adults turned themselves in on outstanding warrants. Travis Samuel Boykin Nokes, 22; Ashley Nicole McPherson, 24; and Treyvon Tibbs, 18, all of Manassas, each were charged with four counts of felony destruction of property and two counts of misdemeanor destruction of property. Police say petitions also have been sought on two juvenile males, 16 and 14 years old, of the Manassas area, for those same offenses. Police say the investigation is ongoing and additional charges are possible.

Women sexually assaulted in Bailey’s Crossroads

Fairfax County police are investigating two incidents in which women were sexually assaulted near commercial businesses in the Bailey’s Crossroads area.

Police say the most recent incident took place at around 6 p.m. on Jan. 31.

They said a 28-year-old woman was shopping in the Ross store in the 5800 block of Crossroads Center Way when she was approached by a man who spoke to her in Spanish. He was very friendly with her. As she was leaving the store, the man pulled up in a silver Mercedes, asked her to get in and she did. He locked the doors, drove to a location nearby and sexually assaulted her. The victim escaped. Police said the man was described as a white male wearing a dark jacket and white shirt. He wore glasses and had black hair. They said his demeanor was outgoing and friendly and that there may be other people who have been approached by him.

In another recent incident, police said a woman was sexually assaulted on her way to a bus stop at around 6:30 a.m. on Jan. 29. The woman was walking in front of the Bob’s Furniture Store in the 5800 block of Leesburg Pike when she heard footsteps behind her. She was grabbed and assaulted, but resisted and was able to flee.

The suspect was described as 5 feet 8 inches tall and thin. He wore a black mask, an orange jacket and a black hooded sweatshirt.

— Gregg MacDonald