FCPD sting operation nabs 10 men for online solicitation

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Detectives from the Fairfax County Police Department Major Crimes and Organized Crime and Intelligence Bureaus arrested 10 men over the past two weeks through online sting operations that sought to identify and apprehend predators who use the internet to exploit children. In each case, offenders used online platforms to initiate explicit conversations and solicit sex from police officers posing as children. 

When each of the suspects arrived at the agreed upon locations, detectives took them into custody. The men, who ranged in age from 18 to 51, were charged with a combined 19 felonies. 

Kalpeshkumar Patel, 31, of Falls Church, was charged with two counts of the use of a communication system to solicit a minor and attempted indecent liberties.

Joshua Estill, 25, of Fairfax, was charged with the use of a communication system to solicit a minor and attempted indecent liberties.

Marquise Linton, 18, of Fairfax, was charged with the use of a communication system to solicit a minor.

Vijay Maharajan, 32, of Fairfax, was charged with the use of a communication system to solicit a minor and attempted indecent liberties.

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Murtaza Jaghoori, 35, of Leesburg, was charged with the use of a communication system to solicit a minor and attempted indecent liberties.

Tysante Coy, 25, of Maryland, was charged with proposing sex by computer to a minor and attempted indecent liberties.

Atef Sky, 51, of Manassas, was charged with proposing sex by computer to a minor and attempted indecent liberties.

Hemanth Ghattamaneni, 24, of Fairfax, was charged with proposing sex by computer to a minor and attempted indecent liberties.

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Amrit Shrestha, 26, of Chantilly, was charged with proposing sex by computer to a minor and attempted indecent liberties.

Huan Vo, 36, of Fairfax, was charged with the use of a communication system to solicit a minor

“Even during this holiday season, there are those who would prey against our most vulnerable, our children,” said Maj. Ed O’Carroll, chief of the Major Crimes, Cyber and Forensics Bureau. “Fortunately for our community, our detectives remain steadfast to ensure the safety of our children. These crimes have no place in our society and certainly not here in Fairfax County.” 

Parents are urged to closely monitor their children’s online activities and use available security settings to prevent the use of age-inappropriate sites or platforms. Children should be encouraged to report any person engaging in inappropriate conversations or trying to coerce them into providing sexually explicit images of themselves. Additional internet safety information provided by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children can be found here. There are many applications predators use to solicit victims. Parents are encouraged to know what applications their children are using and have open dialog of the dangers they may pose.

Maryland man arrested in Alexandria

A man entered 7-11 at 2305 Huntington Avenue at 4:09 a.m. December 20, assaulted an employee, and took merchandise. A community member witnessed the event and alerted police who responded and arrested the man. The victim reported injuries that were not life threatening. 

Terrell Hardy, 33, of Maryland, was charged with robbery, malicious wounding, and providing false ID to law enforcement.  

Two-alarm fire in Oakton caused by unattended candle

Units from the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department and the City of Fairfax Fire Department were dispatched for a reported townhouse fire in the 2700 block of Pembsly Drive in Oakton December 17 at approximately 10:09 p.m.

Crews arrived on the scene of a three-story, townhouse with fire showing. A second alarm was immediately requested. Firefighters were able to rapidly extinguish the fire. The fire was contained to the bedroom. One occupant was transported to the hospital for a check-up. There were no firefighter injuries reported.

Three occupants were home at the time of the fire. One occupant smelled smoke and, upon further investigation, discovered the fire in a bedroom. The three occupants self-evacuated and called 9-1-1. There were no working smoke alarms in the house.

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.

No occupants were displaced because of the fire. Red Cross assistance was offered and declined. Damages as a result of the fire were approximately $18,750.

This was the second candle related fire this month. An unattended candle caused a house fire in the 4000 block of Doveville Lane December 4. 

Herndon man arrested after fleeing

Jorge Antonio Cruz, 20, of Herndon, was arrested and charged with robbery, assault, and obstruction of justice. He is currently being held at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center. 

At 9:21 a.m. on December 12, the suspect entered a business in the 700 block Grant Avenue, implied he had a weapon, and demanded cash. 

The suspect was detained by employees until officers could arrive. The suspect was able to flee from officers and left the scene in a gold Honda Pilot. The case is under investigation.

Impaired driver strikes two cars on I-495

A Virginia State Police trooper and the individuals he stopped for speeding narrowly escaped injury December 22 when their vehicles were struck in Fairfax County by an impaired driver.

At approximately 11:45 p.m., Virginia State Police Trooper J. Weitzman initiated a traffic stop on a Toyota sedan traveling north on Interstate 495, near Exit 51. The violation was for speeding - 90 mph. 

While the trooper was standing next to the stopped Toyota, a Nissan Versa traveling north on I-495 ran off the right side of the interstate and slammed into the trooper's marked patrol car. (The state police vehicle had its emergency lights activated at the time.) The impact of that crash forced the state police car into the Toyota. The trooper had to jump out of the way to avoid being struck.

Meanwhile, the Nissan came to rest in the northbound lanes of I-495.  

After making certain the Toyota's driver and passenger were not injured, Weitzman ran over to the Nissan and called for rescue. The driver was trapped inside the Nissan, as the crash jammed the driver's door shut. The trooper was able to help the driver of the Nissan out of the vehicle through the passenger side. 

The driver of the Nissan, Corey A. Poole, 65, of Washington, D.C., ended up not being injured in the crash. He was taken into custody and charged with DUI - second offense within 10 years, refusal to take a DUI breath test, driving without a valid license, and for failing to Move Over. 

The crash remains under investigation.

Fire caused by improperly discarded smoking material

Units from the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department and the City of Alexandria Fire Department were dispatched for a reported apartment fire in the 6200 block of Rose Hill Drive December 22, at approximately 5:33 a.m.

Crews arrived on the scene of a three-story, garden apartment with fire evident from a third-floor balcony that was extending into the apartment and attic space. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire. They also located, and removed, a semi-conscious cat from the fire apartment and handed it off to the medic crew for treatment. Two residents were transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. There were no firefighter injuries reported.

One occupant was home at the time of the fire. The occupant discovered the fire on the balcony prior to fire alarm activation. The occupant attempted to extinguish the fire prior to self-evacuating and called 9-1-1. All the occupants in the building self-evacuated upon the building fire alarm sounding.

Fire investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started on the third-floor balcony of the involved apartment. The fire was caused by improperly discarded smoking material in a flowerpot.

Two occupants from two separate apartments were displaced because of the fire. Red Cross assistance was requested and accepted. Damages as a result of the fire were approximately $125,000.

Fairfax man arrested after altercation

City of Fairfax Police officers responded to the 10000 block of Mosby Woods Drive in Fairfax at approximately 9:30 a.m. December 18 for a report of disorderly conduct between two roommates. 

Through investigation, it was determined one roommate physically assaulted the other roommate. The roommate obtained a citizen warrant for assault and battery. Patrick James Doherty, 33, of Fairfax was located, arrested and transported to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center where his warrant was served.

Man arrested after running through mall parking lot

Fair Oaks Mall security contacted police at 8:37 p.m. December 21 after they were alerted that an intoxicated man was running through the parking lot, into the road, kicking cars. 

When officers arrived, they located an intoxicated German Sorto, 32, of Manassas, was running through the parking lot. The man assaulted officers as they were taking him into custody. No injuries were reported. The man was charged with drunk in public and assault on law enforcement.  

Maryland man charged after striking VSP vehicle

At approximately 4:57 p.m. December 23, a Virginia State Police trooper was stopped on the northbound shoulder of Interstate 95 at the 155-mile marker in Prince William County assisting another trooper on a traffic stop. A Chevrolet Malibu traveling north on I-95 struck the trooper's patrol car. The Malibu then fled the scene. The trooper who was struck headed north on I-95 in an attempt to catch up to the hit-and-run vehicle and initiate a traffic stop on the Malibu. State police issued a "Be On the Lookout" to area law enforcement for the black Malibu.

When the trooper finally caught up to the Malibu, the Malibu intentionally rammed the trooper's patrol car, forced it off the road, and then pinned it against the Jersey wall until the trooper's patrol car flipped onto its side. The state police vehicle came to rest on the shoulder at the 162-mile marker just inside Prince William County at the Fairfax County line. The Malibu fled the scene and continued north on I-95.

Around 5:04 p.m., Fairfax County Police officers responded to the area on I-95N in Lorton. While on their way, officers observed the suspect's vehicle and engaged in a pursuit with VSP. Officers recognized an opportunity to stop the vehicle and utilized the Precision Immobilization Technique that ended the pursuit in the area of I-395 and Duke Street in Alexandria. Douglas Johnson Jr., 31, of Maryland, was arrested and charged with felony speed to elude.

The state trooper was transported to Fairfax Inova Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. He was wearing a seatbelt. Both hit-and-run crashes of the trooper's vehicle remain under investigation. Charges are pending. 

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