Detectives investigate homicide in Reston

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 Alexander Jahelka

A man is in custody following a domestic related homicide that occurred May 22 in a Reston condominium community. 

Officers responded shortly before 9 a.m. to a home in the 11800 block of Shire Court for a welfare check after receiving a call for help. Officers entered the apartment and discovered Kenneth Jahelka, 66, of Reston, suffering from stab wounds. He was pronounced deceased at the scene. Alexander Jahelka, 24, of Reston, later identified as the victim’s son, was also in the apartment. Following their preliminary investigation, detectives have charged Alexander with second degree murder. He is being held at the Adult Detention Center without bond.  

Victim specialists from the Fairfax County Police Department Major Crimes Bureau’s Victim Services Division have been assigned to ensure that the family is receiving appropriate resources and assistance.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Fairfax County Police Department Major Crimes Bureau at 703-246-7800, option 2. 

This is being investigated as the 8th homicide year to date in Fairfax County.

This remains an active investigation and The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine cause and manner of death.  

Fire sprinkler extinguishes Lorton apartment fire

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The fire on the balcony did not extend into the apartment.

Units were dispatched for a reported apartment fire in the 7800 block of Lewis Chapel Circle in the Lorton area of Fairfax County May 19 at approximately 7:42 a.m.

Crews arrived on the scene of a four-story, garden apartment building with light smoke evident to the rear of the building. They quickly located an activated fire sprinkler that extinguished a fire on a second-floor balcony. There was no extension into the apartment. No civilian or firefighter injuries were reported.

Four occupants were home at the time of the fire. One occupant discovered the fire on the balcony. She alerted the remaining occupants and all self-evacuated. 9-1-1 was notified. Smoke alarms did not alert due to the location of the fire.

Fire investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started on the second-floor balcony. The cause of the fire was improperly discarded matches.

No occupants were displaced because of the fire. Red Cross assistance was not required. Damages as a result of the fire was approximately $25,250.

Bicyclist dies after crash 

A 64-year-old cyclist has died following a crash that occurred May 21 just after 10 a.m. at the intersection of Hidden Canyon Road and Blueridge View Drive in Centreville. 

Detectives from the Fairfax County Police Department Crash Reconstruction Unit have preliminarily determined that Raymond Buza, of Centreville, was on his bicycle traveling east on Hidden Canyon Road. The driver of a 2017 Hyundai Sonata turned left onto Blueridge View Drive in front of Buza which resulted in the crash. Buza was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced deceased. The driver of the Sonata remained at the scene. Preliminarily, alcohol does not appear to be factors of the crash for the driver. The investigation remains active and details of the investigation will be presented to the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney for review. 

Anyone with information about this crash is asked to contact the FCPD Crash Reconstruction Unit at 703-280-0543.

This is the first fatality involving a bicyclist in the county to date in 2021.

 

Dulles CBP officer’s referral leads to seizure of prohibited items, immigration violation

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CBP officers seized $101,995 in unreported currency.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers seized nearly $102,000 from a French citizen and Cameroon resident May 8 at Washington Dulles International Airport.

A CBP officer referred the man, whose name is not being released because he was not criminally charged, to a secondary examination after the man arrived on a flight from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The traveler submitted an inaccurate travel authorization and declared that he possessed agriculture products. Additionally, the man declared that he possessed $2,000.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized more than $101,000 in undeclared currency from a French national who flew from Ethiopia to Washington Dulles International Airport on May 8, 2021.

The traveler then admitted that he had $2,300 before CBP officers initiated a secondary baggage examination. Officers discovered a plastic bag that contained bundles of currency that the traveler admitted to be about $100,000. Officers verified the amount to be $101,995. The currency consisted of $100,050 in U.S. dollars and 1,600 Euros, which converted to $1,945 U.S. dollars.

CBP officers seized the unreported currency and returned the equivalent of $1,995 to the man for humanitarian purposes. Officers determined that the man was not eligible for admission to the United States as a Visa Waiver Program violator and placed him on the next flight to Ethiopia.

CBP agriculture specialists examined the man’s baggage and discovered prohibited plums, eru and mangos, which they detained and destroyed.

“Customs and Border Protection officers are always on the alert for travelers who deliberately violate our nation’s currency reporting laws and carry large amounts of unreported currency to or from the United States,” said Keith Fleming, acting director of Field Operations for CBP’s Baltimore Field Office. “We have observed that bulk currency loads like this are often proceeds from illicit activities, including financial fraud and narcotics smuggling, and seizing unreported currency disrupts transnational criminal organizations.”

Although there is no limit to the amount of money that travelers may carry when crossing U.S. borders, federal law [31 U.S.C. 5316] requires that travelers report currency or monetary instruments in excess of $10,000 to a CBP officer at the airport, seaport, or land border crossing when entering or leaving the United States. Read more about currency reporting requirements.

During inspections, CBP officers ensure that travelers fully understand federal currency reporting requirements and offer travelers multiple opportunities to accurately report all currency and monetary instruments they possess before examining a traveler’s carryon or checked baggage.

The consequences for violating U.S. currency reporting laws are severe; penalties may include seizure of most or all of the traveler’s currency, and potential criminal charges. An individual may petition for the return of seized currency, but the petitioner must prove that the source and intended use of the currency was legitimate.

CBP seized about $386,000 every day in unreported or illicit currency along our nation’s borders last year. 

Unattended candle cause of West Springfield fire

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 Firefighters at the scene of a townhouse fire in West Springfield.

Units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department and Fort Belvoir Fire and Emergency Services were dispatched for a reported townhouse fire in the 6000 block of Selwood Place in the West Springfield area of Fairfax County May 14 at approximately 9:19 a.m.

Crews arrived on the scene of a two-story, middle unit townhouse with fire visible on the second floor. They rapidly extinguished the fire. There were no reported civilian or firefighter injuries.

Two occupants were home at the time of the fire. One of the occupants smelled smoke and, upon further investigation, saw fire in one of the bedrooms. The occupants self-evacuated and called 9-1-1. Smoke alarms did sound but after the fire was discovered.

Fire investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started in a bedroom. The cause of the fire was an unattended lit candle.

Three occupants were displaced because of the fire. Red Cross assistance was offered but declined. Damages as a result of the fire were approximately $125,000.

Detectives seek witnesses after sexual assault

Detectives are investigating a sexual assault that occurred around 4 p.m. May 13 at the Dollar Store in Annandale. 

A woman reported that she went to the bathroom inside the store, located at 7448 Little River Turnpike, when a man entered then sexually assaulted her. A description of the suspect is limited at this time and detectives continue to canvass businesses to obtain potential surveillance footage.

Detectives are asking for anyone who may have been in the 7400 block of Little River Turnpike May 13 between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. and saw something or someone suspicious to call the Fairfax County Police Department Major Crimes Bureau at 703-246-7800, option 3.

Tips can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Solvers by phone – 1-866-411-TIPS (866-411-8477).

Victim specialists from the Major Crimes Bureau’s Victim Services Division have been assigned to ensure that the victim is receiving appropriate resources and assistance.

 

West Falls Church fire displaces three

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Firefighters on the scene in West Falls Church.

Units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue and the Arlington County Fire Department were dispatched for a reported house fire in the 7000 block of Ted Drive in the West Falls Church area of Fairfax County May 23 at approximately 1:27 a.m.

Crews arrived on the scene of a two story, split level home with significant fire showing. They quickly extinguished a mostly exterior fire. Fire was extinguished with minimal extension into the house. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries reported.

Three occupants were home at the time of the fire. One occupant awoke to her child crying. She noticed an orange glow outside the bedroom window. Her husband called 9-1-1 and all three self-evacuated prior to fire department arrival. Smoke alarms sounded but after the fire was discovered due to location of the fire.

Fire investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started on the outside of the home. The cause of the fire is under investigation. 

Three occupants were displaced because of the fire. Red Cross services were offered and declined. Damages as a result of the fire were approximately $25,000.

D.C. man arrested after multiple burglaries on Leesburg Pike

Officers were investigating three burglaries at 8848, 8849 and 8311 Leesburg Pike that had just occurred May 16 at 12:16 a.m. and found a man matching the description from surveillance footage nearby. 

Antonio Hawley, 18, of the District of Columbia, was arrested and he was charged with three counts of burglary, two counts of grand larceny, and three counts of destruction of property.  

Springfield restaurant fire goes to two alarms

Units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department and Fort Belvoir Fire and Emergency Services were dispatched for a reported building fire in the 8000 block of Alban Road in the Springfield section of Fairfax County May 18 at approximately 2:46 p.m.

Crews arrived on the scene of a one-story, commercial restaurant with smoke visible from the roof. Shortly after arrival, fire was showing through the roof. A second alarm was requested. A coordinated interior/exterior attack was conducted to extinguish the fire. There were no civilian injuries. One firefighter sustained a minor injury and was transported to a hospital for check-up.

Approximately seven employees were present at the time of the fire. Employees of the restaurant smelled smoke. Upon further investigation, one employee discovered flames coming from the mulch bed. All occupants evacuated. 9-1-1 was notified. No smoke alarms or fire suppression systems activated due to the location of the fire.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started on the exterior of the building. The fire originated in the mulch bed and was likely due to improperly discarded smoking materials.

No one was displaced because of the fire. Red Cross services were not required. Damages as a result of the fire are approximately $85,000.

Detective determine make, model and year from last week’s hit-and-run

Detectives from the Fairfax County Police Department Crash Reconstruction Unit continue to investigate the fatal crash that occurred on the morning of May 16 near the intersection of Leesburg Pike and Redberry Court in Great Falls. 

Detectives determined the striking car that left the crash scene most likely is a 2017 black Ford Fusion through the part numbers of the driver’s side mirror that was left at the scene of the crash. The model of the Ford Fusion is believed to be either a SE, Titanium, Platinum or V6 Sport package.

If you have any information or believe you may have been involved in this crash, please contact the Crash Reconstruction Unit at 703-280-0543. 

 

Hybla Valley house fire caused by improper disposal of stain rags

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Firefighters on the scene of a house fire in Hybla Valley.

Units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue and the City of Alexandria Fire Department were dispatched for a reported house fire in the 7400 block of Northrop Road in the Hybla Valley area of Fairfax County May 22 at approximately 2:03 a.m.

Crews arrived on the scene of a one-story, single family home with fire showing. They worked quickly to extinguish an exterior fire that extended into the attic. The fire was contained to the attic. Two occupants were transported to a hospital for a check-up. There were no firefighter injuries reported.

Two occupants were home at the time of the fire. The fire was reported by a passerby who saw fire on the exterior of the house. Both occupants were asleep and awoke to the smoke alarm sounding.

Fire investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started on the exterior of the house. The cause of the fire was the improper disposal of oil-based wood stain rags.

Two occupants were displaced because of the fire. Red Cross assistance was offered and declined. Damages as a result of the fire were approximately $80,100.

Alexandria man arrested after business alarm goes off

Officers responded to a commercial burglary alarm May 17 at 1:08 a.m. at Number One Laundry, 6493 Little River Turnpike, and found Melik Gizaw, 19, of Alexandria inside the business. He was arrested and charged with burglary. 

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