Daycare provider arrested for child abuse, neglect

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A 67-year-old woman was arrested Feb 24 and charged with abuse and neglect of a child.

Detectives from the Fairfax County Police Department Child Abuse Squad were notified on Jan. 20 after an 8-month-old infant was treated at a local hospital with significant bruising to the upper body. Detectives discovered the infant attended an in-home daycare on Jan. 19 at 10858 Santa Clara Dr. in Fairfax. The parents observed these injuries when they arrived to pick up the infant from the daycare. These injuries were not considered life threatening. Hospital personnel believed the injuries were a result of an assault and contacted Child Protective Services who contacted police.

Detectives determined Shaista Laiq of Fairfax has operated the in-home daycare for more than 20 years. After several interviews and additional investigative steps, Laiq was arrested. She was taken to the Adult Detention Center and released on an unsecured bond. The daycare is in the process of being shut down.

Detectives ask anyone whose child attends or previously attended the daycare and believe their child may have had illegal contact with Laiq to call the 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).

Person identified in fatal Lorton townhouse fire

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Units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue responded to the 9100 block of Aspenpark Ct. in Lorton Feb. 26 for a two-alarm townhouse fire.

Crews were able to quickly bring the fire under control. Two occupants were transferred to a local hospital. One occupant suffered minor injuries. The other victim was taken to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. He has been identified as Charles Ngeh, 59.

The Fire Investigations Section is actively investigating the incident. The fire originated in a bedroom. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. This is county’s first fire fatality of 2022.

Newington house fire cause by improperly discarded smoking material

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Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department and the Fort Belvoir Department of Fire and Emergency Services units were dispatched for a reported house fire in the 7800 block of Water Valley Court in Newington Feb. 18 at 9:59 a.m.

Crews arrived on the scene of a two-story, split foyer style, single-family home with fire visible from the rear of the house. Firefighters worked quickly to extinguish the fire. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries reported.

Two occupants were home at the time of the fire. One occupant smelled smoke and, upon further investigation, discovered the fire on the rear patio. The occupants self-evacuated and called 9-1-1. Working smoke alarms were present and sounded after the occupants discovered the fire.

Fire investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started on the rear patio. The fire was caused by improperly discarded smoking material.

Five occupants were displaced because of the fire. Red Cross services were offered and declined. Damages as a result of the fire were approximately $162,500.

Fredericksburg man arrested after shooting

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A group of men got into an argument with an unarmed security guard and were removed from Paper Moon at 6315 Amherst Ave. at 2:34 a.m. Feb. 23.

As the group was leaving, two of the men forced their way back inside and each displayed a firearm. The two men walked back outside; started shooting the front of the business; and left in a white sedan. No injuries were reported at the business.

Anthony Agee, 22, of Fredericksburg, was located at a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries related to the shooting. He was arrested and charged with burglary, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and brandishing. He is held at the Adult Detention Center without bond. Additional charges are pending, and detectives are continuing to investigate to identify the others involved.

Annandale man succumbs to injuries from Feb. 10 crash

An 83-year-old man has died following a crash that occurred around 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 10.

Detectives determined William Dunn of Annandale was crossing John Marr Drive in the middle of the block just south of the intersection with Columbia Pike. The driver of a 2010 Hyundai Elantra was traveling south on John Marr Drive and struck Dunn in the roadway outside of the crosswalk. Dunn was taken to a hospital where he succumbed to his injuries on Feb. 21. The driver of the Hyundai remained at the scene. Speed and alcohol are not factors in the crash.

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 4th pedestrian fatality in the County to date in 2022.

Year to date in 2021, there were two pedestrian fatalities.

Citizens hold suspect until police arrive

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A 27-year-old man approached one of the victim’s while they were seated on a bench in the 11700 block of Fair Oaks Shopping Center at 6:59 p.m. Feb. 20.

The man took his property and ran away. The victim chased after the man and caught him nearby. A second victim was assaulted as she confronted the man, and he ran away. As the man ran away, he threw the victims property on the ground and the property broke.

Two citizens nearby held the man on the ground until officers arrived and arrested him. Birane Sene, 27, of North Carolina, was charged with robbery, destruction of property and obstruction of justice.

Wolf Trap house fire caused by improperly discarded fire pit ashes

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Units were dispatched for a reported house fire in the 1500 block of Snughill Court in the Wolf Trap area at approximately 8:45 p.m. Feb. 26.

Crews arrived on the scene of a two-story, split-level, single-family home with fire evident from the rear of the house. Firefighters worked quickly to bring the fire under control. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries reported.

Five occupants were home at the time of the fire. One of the occupants discovered the fire when he looked out a window and saw the back of the house on fire. He alerted the other occupants, and all self-evacuated before fire department arrival. Working smoke alarms were present and alerted after the fire was discovered.

Fire investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started on the rear deck of the house. The cause of the fire was improperly discarded ashes from an outdoor fire pit.

Five occupants were displaced because of the fire. Red Cross assistance was offered and declined. Damages as a result of the fire were approximately $187,500.

Fairfax man arrested for active warrant

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Fairfax City Police officers responded for two disorderly subjects in the Giant at 9400 Fairfax Boulevard at approximately 10 a.m. Feb. 27.

Officers located two subjects matching the description in the area. Both subjects were served with trespass notices as requested by store management. One of the two subjects was found to have an active warrant from Fairfax City Police jurisdiction for petit larceny.

Elmdie Hamed, 32, of Fairfax, was taken into custody and transported to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center where the warrant was served. Hamed was held on a $500 secured bond for the charge of petit larceny and held without bond for the charge of assault and battery.

Investigators seeks public’s help identifying person of interest

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Fire investigators are seeking the public’s help in identifying a person of interest related to a fire that occurred on Feb. 22, in the 5600 block of Columbia Pike.

At approximately 6:30 a.m., the person set fire to the exterior of an unoccupied restaurant. The person of interest is described as a male, approximately 5’7”, in his late 30s to mid-40s. He has short, dark hair and was last seen wearing all dark clothing.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Capt. Richard Gundert with the Office of the Fire Marshal, Fire Investigation Section at 703-246-4711 or richard.gundert@fairfaxcounty.gov. Your tips can remain anonymous.

Smoke alarm alerts occupant in Reston condo fire

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Units were dispatched for a reported condominium fire in the 1400 block of Northgate Square in Reston at approximately 7:33 a.m. Feb. 27.

Crews arrived on the scene of a three-story, garden style condominium with fire visible from a second-floor window. Crews quickly extinguished the fire. An unconscious cat was located and removed by firefighters. The cat was turned over to EMS crews who performed resuscitation efforts. Sadly, the cat passed away. One occupant was transported to a hospital for a checkup. There were no firefighter injuries reported.

Twenty occupants were in the building at the time of the fire. An occupant was awoken by the smoke alarm sounding. The occupant went into a bedroom and discovered the fire. The occupant attempted to extinguish the fire with no success. 9-1-1 was called and the occupant self-evacuated.

Fire investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started in a bedroom. The fire was caused by unattended incenses burning too close to ordinary combustibles.

One occupant was displaced because of the fire. Red Cross assistance was offered and declined. Damages as a result of the fire were estimated to be approximately $93,750.

Lorton house fire caused by smoking material improperly discarded in a flowerpot

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Units were dispatched for a reported house fire in the 7500 block of Cullum Street in the Lorton area of Fairfax County at approximately 5:52 p.m. Feb. 28.

Crews arrived on the scene of a one-story, single-family home with fire visible from the rear of the house. Firefighters rapidly extinguished the fire. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries reported.

Two occupants were home at the time of the fire. One of the occupants discovered the fire when he observed fire from the back of the house. He alerted the other occupant, and all self-evacuated before fire department arrival. Working smoke alarms in the home sounded after the fire was discovered.

Fire investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started on the rear deck of the house. The fire was caused by smoking material being improperly discarded into a flowerpot.

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

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