Music teacher arrested for aggravated sexual battery of a minor

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Roger McKay

Detectives from the Fairfax County Police Department Major Crimes Bureau’s Child Abuse Squad have arrested a 69-year-old man for aggravated sexual battery against a juvenile that occurred between 2010 and 2013. 

The investigation began in March after the victim disclosed the unlawful sexual contact to a therapist. Detectives were then notified and determined Roger McKay, of Fairfax, provided private music lessons to juveniles at his home in the 5400 block of Gainsborough Drive. During these private lessons, McKay unlawfully touched the juvenile. Detectives arrested McKay December 10 and charged him with two counts of aggravated sexual battery. He was held at the Adult Detention Center without bond. 

Detectives believe that McKay provided lessons to juveniles through contacts he made as a music teacher in the Fairfax County Public School system. They did not identify any offenses that occurred on school grounds. Detectives believe that McKay has continued to provide music lessons at his home up to the time of his arrest and during his tenure with FCPS.

Anyone with information about this case or believe McKay had inappropriate contact with them or their child is asked to call our 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).

Unattended cooking cause of apartment fire in Seven Corners

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, Arlington County Fire Department, and the City of Alexandria Fire Department were dispatched for a reported house fire in the 3100 block of South Manchester Street, in the Seven Corners area of Fairfax County at approximately 12:52 p.m. December 9.

Units arrived on the scene of a nine-story, residential high-rise building with no smoke or fire evident. Upon investigation, crews located a fire in an apartment on the eighth floor. A second alarm was requested. A fire in the kitchen was quickly extinguished. The fire was contained to the apartment. There were no reported civilian or firefighter injuries.

No occupants were home at the time of the fire. The tenant was warming a pot of cooking oil when he left the unit. The neighbors could smell something burning and called 9-1-1.

Fire investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started in the kitchen. The fire was caused by unattended food cooking on the stove.

Two apartments were not able to be reoccupied. Red Cross assistance was offered and declined. Damages as a result of the fire were approximately $50,000.

Fairfax man arrested after burglary at local car dealer

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Gavin Goffner

City of Fairfax Police observed that the glass front door of Fairfax Motors at 9909 Main Street, was shattered at 1:14 a.m. December 7. 

In addition, multiple vehicles on the lot were found to have had their interior lights activated.

After an unknown subject was observed near the front of the business, the suspect fled the area on foot but was subsequently apprehended. Investigation revealed that the suspect gained entry into the business and stole several keys to vehicles that were stored on the lot.

Gavin Owen Robert Goffner, 18, of 4208 Hunt Club Circle, Fairfax was arrested for Burglary (18.2-91) and 

transported to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center where he was held on a $500 secured bond.

 

Smoke alarm alerts residents to house fire

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Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, Arlington County Fire Department, and the City of Alexandria Fire Department were dispatched for a reported house fire in the 3700 block of Lacy Boulevard, in the Bailey’s Crossroads area of Fairfax County at approximately 10:45 p.m. December 8.

Units arrived on the scene of a two-story, single-family home with smoke showing. Crews quickly located and extinguished a fire in an upstairs bedroom. The fire was contained to the bedroom. There were no reported civilian or firefighter injuries.

Three occupants were home at the time of the fire. The smoke alarm alerted the occupants to the fire. They could smell something burning and saw smoke in an upstairs bedroom. The occupants called 9-1-1 and self-evacuated.

Fire investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started in the flue lining of the chimney. The fire was caused by radiant heat from the wood burning stove pipe inside the flue lining and extending to the interior walls of the bedroom.

Three occupants were displaced because of the fire. Red Cross assistance was requested and accepted. Damages as a result of the fire were approximately $37,500.

Pedestrian killed in Gum Springs

Fairfax County Police continue to investigate a fatal crash that occurred at 8:08 p.m. December 9 on Richmond Highway at Napper Road in Gum Springs. 

Preliminarily, detectives determined Andres Romero, 57, of Alexandria, was crossing Richmond Highway from west to east near Napper Road outside of a crosswalk. The driver of a 2018 Ford Mustang was traveling north on Richmond Highway and struck Romero in the roadway. Romero was transported to a hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Preliminarily, speed and alcohol do not appear to be factors for the driver. Detectives continue to investigate whether alcohol may have been a factor for the pedestrian.

Anyone with information about this crash is asked to contact the Crash Reconstruction Unit at 703-280-0543. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Solvers by phone -1-866-411-TIPS (866-411-8477).

This is the 12th pedestrian fatality in the County to date in 2021. Year to date, in 2020 there were 14 pedestrian fatalities.

 

Three from D.C., Maryland arrested in Springfield

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James Chambers

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Cortez Dargin

Macy’s loss prevention office contacted Fairfax County Police at 4:42 p.m. December 6 after two men and one woman entered the business and took property with force. Responding officers quickly located the three responsible, and they were taken into custody. 

James Chambers, 28, of Maryland was transported to the adult detention center and charged with robbery and false identification to law enforcement. Ranehja Johnson, 21, of Washington, D.C. was transported to the adult detention center and charged with robbery and false identification to law enforcement. Cortez Dargin, 24 of Washington, D.C. was released on a summons for petit larceny. No injuries were reported. 

Alexandria Police investigate homicide

The Alexandria Police Department responded to a call for service December 7, at approximately 2:40 p.m. in the unit block of South Van Dorn Street. Upon arrival, police discovered a 23-year-old black female deceased in her apartment. 

The Medical Examiner ruled the cause of death to be a homicide December 8.

The victim's name is being withheld at the family's request. 

This incident is under investigation, and Alexandria Police are asking anyone with any information relating to this case to please contact Detective Michael Whelan by phone at 703-746-6228, email at Michael.Whelan@alexandriava.gov, or use APD's non-emergency number at 703-746-4444. Tips and information can be made anonymously. 

 

Unattended candle causes house fire

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Units from the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department and the City of Fairfax Fire Department responded to a reported house fire in the 4000 block of Doveville Lane in the Wakefield area of Fairfax County December 4, at approximately 10:13 a.m.

Crews arrived on the scene of a one-story, single-family home with smoke showing. They quickly located and extinguished the fire. One occupant was transported to hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. There were no firefighter injuries reported.

One occupant was home at the time of the fire. The occupant was alerted to the fire due to the activation of the smoke alarm. Upon investigation, he observed his couch on fire. He then attempted to extinguish the fire. The occupant was unsuccessful, so he called 9-1-1 and self-evacuated with his dog.

Fire investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started in the living room. The fire was caused by an unattended candle that ignited the lampshade, and then spread to the nearby couch.

One occupant was displaced because of the fire. Red Cross assistance was offered and declined. Damages as a result of the fire were approximately $37,500.

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department would like to remind residents to avoid the dangers of fire while burning candles to please follow the safety tips listed below:

Use battery powered candles/lighting when power goes out

Never leave burning candles unattended

Keep all combustible materials away from open flames

Do not burn candles near windows or doorways

Place candles in glass or ceramic containers

Place candles on a flat, sturdy non-combustible surface

Never leave candles burning when children or pets are present

 

Alexandria man charged 

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Ramzee Womack

Officers saw a 2015 Toyota Highlander in the 7900 block of Janna Lee Avenue that was reported stolen earlier in the day. The vehicle was occupied by Ramzee Womack, 21, of Alexandria and a juvenile. 

Womack was taken into custody December 7 at approximately 11:44 p.m. and charged with grand larceny. He was also served with an outstanding warrant for failure to appear. The juvenile was released to a parent. 

Alexandria Police investigate home invasion

The Alexandria Police Department is investigating a home invasion that occurred in the 1400 block of Catlin Drive in the city’s West End section.

The incident occurred at approximately 5:18 a.m. December 4.

Suspects gained entry to the home through unknown means, brandished a weapon, and took valuables and a vehicle from the victim. No injuries were reported. 

This incident is being actively investigated. No suspect information or description is available for release at this time.

Alexandria Police asks anyone with information related to this incident to reach out to APD Detective Stephen Riley by phone at 703-246-6225, email Stephen.Riley@alexandriava.gov or call APD’s non-emergency line at 703-746-4444.

Ho, Ho, Ho, holiday scams!

If you’re doing online shopping this holiday season, be on the lookout for scammers trying to steal a deal, too!

During the 2020 holiday shopping season, the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3.gov) received more than 17,000 complaints regarding the non-delivery of goods, resulting in losses of more than $53 million. The FBI anticipates this number could increase during the 2021 holiday season due to rumors of merchandise shortages and the ongoing pandemic.

“Oftentimes when we talk about cybercrimes, we are referring to massive intrusions into financial institutions or ransomware attacks against large providers. Smaller cyber scams run by individuals or groups can be just as frustrating and difficult for families this time of year when all you want to do is provide the perfect gift for your family. The best thing you can do to be a savvy shopper is to know what scams are out there and take some basic precautions,” said Kieran L. Ramsey, special agent in charge of the FBI in Oregon.

Here’s a look at some of the more common scams:

Online Shopping Scams

Scammers often offer too-good-to-be-true deals via phishing emails, through social media posts, or through ads. Perhaps you were trying to buy tickets to the next big concert or sporting event and found just what you were looking for—at a good deal—in an online marketplace? Those tickets could end up being bogus. Or, perhaps, you think you just scored a hard-to-find item like a new gaming system? Or a designer bag at an extremely low price? If you actually get a delivery, which is unlikely, the box may not contain the item you ordered in the condition you thought it would arrive. In the meantime, if you clicked on a link to access the deal, you likely gave the fraudster access to download malware onto your device, and you gave him personal financial information and debit/credit card details.

Social Media Shopping Scams

Consumers should beware of posts on social media sites that appear to offer special deals, vouchers, or gift cards. Some may appear as holiday promotions or contests. Others may appear to be from known friends who have shared the link. Often, these scams lead consumers to participate in an online survey that is designed to steal personal information. If you click an ad through a social media platform, do your due diligence to check the legitimacy of the website before providing credit card or personal information.

Gift Card Scams

Gift cards are popular and a great time saver, but you need to watch for sellers who say they can get you cards below-market value. Also, be wary of buying any card in a store if it looks like the security PIN on the back has been uncovered and recovered. Your best bet is to buy digital gift cards directly from the merchant online. Another twist on this scam involves a person who receives a request to purchase gift cards in bulk. Here’s how it works: the victim receives a spoofed email, a phone call, or a text from a person who they believe is in authority (such as an executive at the company). The fraudster tells the victim to purchase multiple gift cards as gifts. The victim does so and then passes the card numbers and PINs to the “executive” who cashes out the value.

Charity Scams

Charity fraud rises during the holiday season when people want to make end-of-year tax deductible gifts or just wish to contribute to a good cause. These seasonal scams can be more difficult to stop because of their widespread reach, limited duration and, when done online, minimal oversight. Bad actors target victims through cold calls, email campaigns, crowdfunding platforms, or fake social media accounts and websites. Fraudsters make it easy for victims to give money and to feel like they’re making a difference. The scammer will divert some or all the funds for personal use, and those most in need will never see the donations.

Tips to Avoid Being Victimized

Pay for items using a credit card dedicated for online purchases, checking the card statement frequently, and never saving payment information in online accounts.

Never make purchases using public Wi-Fi.

Beware of vendors that require payment with a gift card, wire transfer, cash, or cryptocurrency.

Research the seller to ensure legitimacy. Check reviews and do online searches for the name of the vendor and the words “scam” or “fraud.”

Check the contact details listed on the website to ensure the vendor is real and reachable by phone or email.

Confirm return and refund policies.

Be wary of online retailers who use a free email service instead of a company email address.

Don’t judge a company by its website. Flashy websites can be set up and taken down quickly.

Do not click on links or provide personal or financial information to an unsolicited email or social media post.

Secure credit card accounts, even rewards accounts, with strong passwords or passphrases. Change passwords or passphrases regularly.

Make charitable contributions directly, rather than through an intermediary, and pay via credit card or check. Avoid cash donations, if possible.

Only purchase gift cards directly from a trusted merchant.

Make sure anti-virus/malware software is up to date and block pop-up windows.

What to Do if You Are a Victim:

If you are a victim of an online scam, the FBI recommends taking the following actions:

Report the activity to the Internet Crime Complaint Center at IC3.gov, regardless of dollar loss. Provide all relevant information in the complaint.

Contact your financial institution immediately upon discovering any fraudulent or suspicious activity and direct them to stop or reverse the transactions.

Ask your financial institution to contact the corresponding financial institution where the fraudulent or suspicious transfer was sent.

For additional information and consumer alerts, and to report scams to the FBI, visit IC3.gov.

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