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Herndon man intercepted at airport on drug charges

A Herndon man was detained June 15 at Washington Dulles International Airport by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent who say he was wanted for distributing marijuana.

Adam Asack, 22, of Herndon was boarding a flight to Jamaica. CBP officers said they determined Asack to be the subject of an arrest warrant issued by the Montgomery County (Va.) Sheriff’s Office for two counts of distribution of marijuana and one count of intent to distribute marijuana. CBP officers said they verified the validity of the warrant and confirmed Asack was in fact the subject of the warrant.

CBP officers arrested Asack and turned him over to Metropolitan Airport Authority Police for extradition. “CBP remains ever vigilant in intercepting those travelers that our laws identify as needing further scrutiny,” said Stephen Kremer, Acting CBP Port Director for the Port of Washington Dulles.

Alexandria police charge two Fairfax men with stealing copper

The Alexandria Police Department has arrested William Bauckman, 30, of, Fairfax City, and Sean Griffin, 31, of Fairfax, for a series of copper thefts that occurred in Alexandria during April and May.

Police Department crime analysts and detectives identified Bauckman’s connection to one copper theft and were then able to link him to the other thefts, odfficials said. Bauckman was arrested on May 9, and charged with six counts of Grand Larceny. Griffin was arrested on June 9, and charged with Grand Larceny and Grand Larceny with Intent to Sell.

Police remind Northern Virginia residents that while these two suspects have been arrested, it is easy for thieves to access copper gutters and downspouts. Alexandria Police ask that anyone with information about these suspects contact Detective Michael Whelan at 703-746-6228.

Four charged in violent Craigslist scam

Fairfax County police have charged four individuals with robbing and assaulting victims who were attempting to purchase items through Craigslist.

Police said David Williams, 20, of Annandale, Mohamed Haddou, 19, of Annandale, Wendy Lotongo, 19, of Alexandria, and David Obripau, 19, of northeast D.C. all face charges.

Police say the foursome posted ads on Craigslist stating they were selling iPhones at bargain prices and then robbing and assaulting people who responded to the ads.

Lotongo was charged with robbery and using a firearm in commission of a felony. Williams and Haddou were charged with robbery and malicious wounding, and Obripau was charged with robbery. Police say the investigation is ongoing and that further charges may be pending. Police are also looking for more potential victims.

Malicious wounding in Annandale

Fairfax County Police responded to a fight between two men on June 17 inside a private residence in the 3900 block of Melvern Place at 10:15 p.m. Police said a 28-year-old man was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Joel Palacios Vasquez, 44, of the Alexandria area of Fairfax County was taken into custody and charged with malicious wounding.

Robbery in Reston

Fairfax County Police responded to a robbery June 14 in Reston on the 2500 block of John Eppes Road, shortly before 9:30 p.m. Police said the alleged victim was a delivery person and had just delivered some food and was sitting in his car when the first suspect approached him. The first suspect implied he had a gun and demanded money, police said. The alleged victim resisted and two more suspects approached and assaulted him, according to police. The man continued resisting and all three suspects fled on foot. Police said the man did not require medical attention.

Franconia house fire

Fairfax County Firefighters responded to a house fire June 10 at approximately 3 a.m. in the Franconia area of Fairfax County. The single-family home is located in the 5400 block of Hopark Drive.

Firefighters said they encountered heavy fire on the roof of the two-story home upon their arrival. Firefighters conducted an aggressive fire attack and brought the fire under control in approximately 20 minutes, officials said. Sounding smoke alarms provided early warning for the lone occupant; however, a dog perished in the fire. Red Cross support was offered but declined by the occupant. There were no injuries. Damage is estimated at $100,000.

According to fire investigators, the cause of the fire was accidental. An electrical anomaly in the electrical power feed into the home caused the fire.

Sterling man charged with attempting to elude police

A Sterling man was arrested and charged with multiple counts Sunday after leading Loudoun deputies on a chase on Route 7, according to law enforcement officials.

Richard C. Torelli, 22, was charged with DUI, reckless driving by speed, felony eluding, refusal and possession of a schedule two narcotic.

According to Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office reports, at about 4:30 a.m. a deputy saw a vehicle speeding on Route 7 eastbound. The vehicle continued to speed after the deputy had initiated a traffic stop, and then traveled to the northbound ramp on Cascades Parkway and continued speeding before eventually turning onto Hampshire Station Drive where he finally stopped.

--Gregg MacDonald