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Loudoun County news in brief

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Loudoun Cares Nonprofit Center opens in Leesburg

Loudoun Cares celebrated the opening of a nonprofit center in downtown Leesburg on Friday.

An open house and ribbon-cutting welcomed the first nonprofit tenants -- Brain Injury Services, Friends of Loudoun Mental Health, Legal Services of Northern Virginia, Loudoun Branch and Loudoun United Way -- to the offices at 8 South St., Loudoun Cares said.

The Loudoun Cares Nonprofit Center will offer lower lease rates to area nonprofit groups so they can use more resources toward services and programs, the organization said. Loudoun Cares bought the 9,600-square-foot building in October 2009.

Ashburn man charged in Broadlands robbery

An Ashburn man was charged Thursday in connection with the Aug. 20 armed robbery of a Subway restaurant in Broadlands Center Plaza, the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office said. Police said Mohammed B. Akbar, 20, entered Subway, displayed a gun and demanded cash. He faces robbery and weapons charges.

Akbar was previously charged in August with his brother, Shamsud-Din T. Akbar, 21, also of Ashburn, in an Aug. 23 robbery on Holiday Drive in Sterling, police said. A man walking in a parking lot about 4:15 a.m. was approached by two men with a gun and a knife who assaulted him and took his wallet and money, police said.

The men were charged with assault, robbery and weapons charges, police said. They were being held without bond, police said.

Leesburg man gets 20 years for raping 11-year-old girl

Alcides De Jesus Guerra, 41, of Leesburg was sentenced Monday to 20 years in prison for raping an 11-year-old family member, the commonwealth's attorney office said. The four-year-old crime came to light in 2009 when Loudoun County Child Protective Services was investigating a claim of physical and sexual abuse, prosecutors said.

When questioned by Loudoun County sheriff's investigators, Guerra confessed to the rapes, authorities said. The investigation revealed that the girl's mother was aware of the sexual contact years before but didn't protect her daughter or prevent the abuse. The mother was convicted of felony child abuse in July, prosecutors said. Guerra, who has been in the country illegally for 15 years, will be deported to Guatemala after his prison term, officials said.

-- Compiled by Caitlin Gibson

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