Following a week of on-site public education and warnings including handing out flyers, Fairfax County police officers from the Fair Oaks Police District began ticketing pedestrians on June 14 around the Vienna Metro station. Police said the goal of their ticketing campaign is to prevent injuries and deaths due to pedestrian crashes. There were 24 crashes involving pedestrians or bicycles near the Vienna Metro from 2013 to 2014. The $75 jaywalking tickets include a $15 penalty fine as well as an added $60 in court costs.
Fairfax County Police say skimming devices were detected on at least four different ATMs across Fairfax County in recent weeks.
Police said they were notified after bank security personnel noticed unidentified men placing skimming devices on the drive-through ATM on July 6 at the SunTrust Bank at 6052 Burke Commons Road.
Police described the three suspects as white men in their 30s. One carried a pizza box. After further investigation, police determined ATM skimming devices also were placed on SunTrust banks at 6126 Rolling Road on June 28 and June 29, and on June 6 at 9400 Richmond Highway.
Police say the banks have identified affected customers, but remind the public that this crime is on the rise and that they should continue to check bank statements closely for any discrepancies. Police also urge the public to closely look at ATMs when they are making financial transactions. The skimming devices may be affixed loosely to machines with tape. Anyone with information is asked to call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a structure fire around 7:20 p.m. July 10 at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Annandale.
Firefighters encountered heavy smoke coming from the roof of the two-story school upon arrival, and quickly brought the fire under control. The fire was contained to the roof area. The school is undergoing major renovation.
There were no injuries, and damage is estimated at $15,000. A safety vest drawn into a fan motor caused the accidental fire.
A 44-year-old Chantilly man was assaulted by an unknown man July 8 in the 25000 block of South Riding Plaza.
It’s not known what provoked the 7 p.m. assault, according to Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office reports.
The assailant is described as a white man, 5 feet 9 inches tall, with a muscular build. He has a shaved head and was last seen wearing a black hat, black sleeveless shirt and jean shorts. He was driving a green Toyota four-door.
The victim declined medical treatment at the scene.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Washington Dulles International Airport have arrested a Reston man they say was a fugitive from justice.
CPB officials said Bobby King Naingi Murugu, 24, of Reston, who arrived July 7 from Dubai, was wanted by the Fairfax County Police Department for failure to appear on a charge of possession of marijuana with the intent to sell. Murugu was handed over to Fairfax County Police.
“Customs and Border Protection officers take very seriously our responsibility of identifying fugitives who arrive at our ports of entry and returning them to face justice for crimes they may have committed,” said Stephen Kremer, acting CBP port director for the Port of Washington.
Fairfax County firefighters responded to a house fire at approximately 8:15 a.m. July 11 in Vienna. The single-family home is located in the 200 block of Mashie Drive.
Firefighters said they encountered smoke and fire coming from the front of the split-level home upon their arrival, and brought the fire under control in less than 10 minutes. No one has been displaced as the home was vacant. Smoke alarms were present but not sounding when firefighters arrived on scene, they said. There were no injuries. Damage is estimated at $100,000. Officials say the fire is under investigation.
Fairfax County Police are seeking two men they say entered the Route 50 Gold & Jewelry Exchange, located at 6670 Arlington Blvd., on June 14, and displayed handguns to an employee. Police said the suspects entered the store shortly after 6:30 p.m., took cash and merchandise and then fled. There were no injuries reported. Police said the suspects were described as black men, wearing dark clothing and masks.
Fairfax County firefighters responded to a high-rise building fire at approximately 8:30 p.m. July 10 in the Tysons area of Fairfax County. The office building is located at 7900 Westpark Drive.
Firefighters said they encountered heavy smoke coming from the 12-story building upon their arrival. The incident commander struck a second alarm, bringing approximately 60 firefighters to the scene. More than 70 occupants were evacuated — approximately 60 construction workers and about a dozen office workers. The building is undergoing major renovation. It took firefighters approximately 20 minutes to bring the fire under control. Fire officials say reoccupation of the building is to be determined. There were no injuries. Damage is estimated at more than $50,000.
Outside water leaking into a transformer in an electrical room caused the fire, according to fire investigators.
Fairfax County police are seeking a suspect they say entered a gas station located in the 6200 block of Little River Turnpike at approximately 3:15 p.m. July 13, displayed a knife to an employee, took cash and fled. Police said there were no injuries reported. The suspect is described as black, in his 40s, about 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall.
— Gregg MacDonald