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Mount Vernon machete attack sends one to hospital

Fairfax County police say two pedestrians were attacked by a machete-wielding mugger in the Mount Vernon area early Sunday morning, sending one man to the hospital.

Two men were walking around 1 a.m. in the 3400 block of Lockheed Boulevard when they were approached by two other men, according to police. The suspects demanded money but the men walking refused, and fled on foot.

Police said the two suspects chased the victims and one suspect assaulted both victims with a machete.

One victim was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police said both suspects were described as black. One was 16-20 years old, about 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing 200 pounds. The second was described as in his 20s and about 5 feet 8 inches tall.

“Although a machete was involved, there is nothing to indicate that this incident was gang-related,” said Fairfax County Police spokesman Eddie Azcarate.

Fairfax Station man crashes plane in Leesburg

A Fairfax Station man crash-landed a small plane in Leesburg on Tuesday, according to state police.

Virginia State Police said that shortly after 11:30 a.m. on April 8 police were called to the Leesburg Executive Airport for a report of an airplane crash. Police said a single-engine Cessna was approaching to land at the airport when a strong wind caught the aircraft, forcing it to crash-land off the runway and overturn.

Police said the plane’s pilot, Robert L. Bailey Jr., 52, of Fairfax Station was the aircraft’s only occupant. Bailey was not injured in the crash, according to police who said the plane had taken off from Manassas.

Police said The NTSB and FAA were both notified of the incident.

Police seek hit-and-run driver

Virginia State Police say they are seeking information about a driver who caused a car to overturn on I-95 in Springfield early Sunday morning.

Police said that around 5:30 a.m. on April 6, a trooper was called to the scene of an overturned vehicle at the I-66 mile marker in Springfield. Police said a Ford Expedition was traveling southbound on I-95 when it collided with another vehicle. The impact forced the Ford Expedition to run off the right side of the interstate and overturn in a ditch.

Police said the Expedition had a driver and five passengers, including a 7-year-old girl who was ejected from the vehicle as it overturned.

Police said the girl landed in the culvert of the ditch and the Expedition landed on top straddling the culvert. “The 7-year-old girl miraculously suffered just a few minor injuries and was able to crawl out of the culvert on her own, once the vehicle was removed. She was treated and released at the scene,” said VSP spokesperson Corrine Geller.

The driver of the SUV, a 34-year-old Maryland woman, and her four other passengers, suffered only minor injuries and were treated at the scene, Geller said.

The other vehicle involved in the crash left the scene. Police said no-one in the Expedition was able to provide a description of the suspect vehicle.

Police urge anyone with information about the suspect vehicle to contact the Virginia State Police at 703-803-0026.

Fairfax oxycodone distribution ring dismantled

An oxycodone distribution ring operating in northern Virginia has been dismantled, and some members of the ring have pleaded guilty and have been sentenced, according to Fairfax County Police Chief Ed Roessler and other law enforcement officials.

According to law enforcement officials and court documents, members of the northern Virginia drug ring produced fraudulent prescriptions for 30 milligram oxycodone pills using a variety of sources in Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties. Officials say the ring members supplied their own identities, and those of family members and others, to the leaders of the conspiracy in order to create fraudulent prescriptions.

Police say the leaders used those identities to create fraudulent prescriptions, and then paid individuals to act as runners to fill the false prescriptions at various pharmacies. Each runner subsequently returned the filled illegal prescriptions, usually containing 60 to 120 oxycodone pills, to the leaders for distribution, court documents state.

Officials say the leaders of the ring typically gave the runners approximately 10 to 15 of the pills as payment, and the conspirators sold the remaining pills for approximately $30 to $45 per pill. The investigation has identified over 20,000 pills distributed through the conspiracy, and about a quarter of the prescriptions were paid for by privately or publicly funded insurance programs.

According to officials and court documents, among the ring members who have pleaded guilty and/or have been sentenced are:

• Mostaffa Mohamed Al Nimiry, 24, of Alexandria, who pleaded guilty on Jan. 22 to conspiracy to distribute oxycodone. Al Nimiry was sentenced April 4 to four years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release.

• Jacqueline Alfaro, 22, of Fairfax, who pleaded guilty on January 16 to conspiracy to distribute oxycodone. Alfaro was sentenced April 4 to three years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release.

• Jennifer Hagerup, 29, of Great Falls, who pleaded guilty April 4 to conspiracy to distribute oxycodone, and is awaiting sentencing on July 11.

• Olivia Lee, 22, of Herndon, who pleaded guilty on Jan. 9 to conspiracy to distribute oxycodone, and is awaiting sentencing on April 25.

• Hilina Damte, 25, of Alexandria, who pleaded guilty on Feb. 6 to conspiracy to distribute oxycodone, and is awaiting sentencing on May 2.

Accidental Springfield house fire

Fairfax County firefighters responded to a house fire April 3 at approximately 8:50 a.m. in the Springfield area of Fairfax County. The single-family home is located in the 6900 block of Sydenstricker Road.

Firefighters said they encountered fire on the first floor of a two-story single-family home upon their arrival, and extinguished the fire in approximately 20 minutes. One adult male was transported to Springfield Healthplex for smoke inhalation, fire officials said.

Six occupants have been displaced. Four pets, one dog and three cats, perished in the fire. There were three smoke alarms in the home; however, none of the alarms were working, according to fire officials.

Damage is estimated at $80,000. According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. A portable electric heater too close to a combustible caused the fire.

— Gregg MacDonald