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Police investigate Springfield homicide

Fairfax County police have identified what they are calling a homicide victim, and are seeking a suspect.

Police said Junior Abel Flores, 24, of the Springfield area was discovered around 10 p.m. on May 24, lying in the roadway near Backlick Road and Highland Street. Police said they determined Flores had an injury to the upper body that was not consistent with a vehicle crash. Flores was transported to the hospital where he later died. Police say the investigation is ongoing.

Fatal Lorton garden apartment fire



A Lorton woman is dead after a fatal apartment fire that is estimated to have caused $1 million in damage.

Mary Ann Brookie, 34, of the 8200 block of Catbird Circle in Lorton, has been identified as the victim in the fatal fire, which took place May 27.

According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. Improperly discarded smoking materials caused the fire. Fairfax County Fire fighters responded to the fire at approximately 2:30 p.m.

Firefighters said they encountered heavy smoke and fire coming from the third floor of the four-story building upon their arrival. The fire quickly spread to the fourth floor, attic, and roof despite efforts by multiple firefighting crews. The Incident Commander struck a second, third, and eventually a fourth fire alarm. Approximately 160 firefighters responded to the scene, including units from Fort Belvoir and Prince William County. Firefighters also made several rescues using ground ladders early on during the incident. Firefighters brought the fire under control approximately two hours later. Twelve apartment units received severe fire and other collateral damage. A total of 36 residents have been displaced. Red Cross, Office of Emergency Management, and apartment management are assisting the displaced occupants. Six firefighters had minor, non-life threatening injuries fighting the fire. One resident was treated by paramedics at the scene; however, not transported. Damage is estimated at $1 million and considered a total loss.

Police charge man in alleged sex trafficking case



A Reston man has been charged in an alleged sex trafficking scheme that police say involved a mentally incapacitated woman.

Fairfax County Police detectives from the Human Trafficking Unit said they received information on May 21 regarding a man who was reportedly manipulating a mentally incapacitated 22-year-old woman into performing prostitution. Police said their investigation revealed that the man has reportedly been using online advertising for the young woman’s commercial sex acts, transporting her to meet clients, and then keeping all monies exchanged in the transactions. Robert Moore, 31, of Reston was charged with promoting prostitution, receiving earning from prostitution and unauthorized use of a vehicle.

School fire intentionally set, say fire officials



Fairfax County Fire and Rescue officials say a fire set in the boy’s restroom at a local high school was intentional and they are seeking a suspect.

Fairfax County and Fairfax City firefighters responded to the fire on May 27 at approximately 7:40 a.m. at Robinson Secondary School, 5035 Sideburn Road in Fairfax.

Firefighters said they encountered a fire in the second floor boys’ restroom near entrance six of the school, and quickly extinguished it. The school was evacuated for about an hour. There were no injuries. Damage is estimated at $1,000. The fire is under investigation.

Accidental transformer fire displaces occupants in Seven Corners



Fairfax County and Arlington County firefighters responded to an apartment fire May 23 at approximately 9:15 p.m. in the Seven Corners area. The mid-rise apartment, Lockwood House, is located at 600 North Madison Avenue.

Fairfax County firefighters said they encountered fire coming from an outside transformer with fire extending into the first floor electrical room of the four-story, independent living apartment building upon their arrival. They used hose lines to control and keep in check the gas fed fire until all gas and electrical utilities could be controlled. Firefighters quickly evacuated all of the residents. A third fire alarm was requested bringing approximately 100 firefighters to the scene. Firefighters went door-to-door to all of the approximately 100 apartments checking for residents and assisting them in self-evacuation and those needing help in evacuating. Residents were sheltered in a nearby church and a cafeteria at 550 North Madison Avenue. The Office of Emergency Management, Red Cross, and building management personnel assisted in sheltering all the residents. One occupant was transported for a non-life threatening injury unrelated to the fire. On May 25, power was restored, allowing all residents to return, fire officials said. Damage is estimated at $500,000.

According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental.

--Gregg MacDonald