Crime Scene: Pr. William

Posted at 12:03 PM ET, 04/04/2012

Man, girlfriend charged in Gainesville bank robbery

A suspected serial bank robber, who was pulled over for a traffic violation, was arrested Monday after charged with robbing a Gainesville bank last week.

By Sylvia Carignan  |  12:03 PM ET, 04/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:33 PM ET, 01/20/2012

Prince William man arrested in rape of 4-year-old

Prince William County police say the 49-year-old man was watching the child of a family friend.

By Mary Pat Flaherty  |  02:33 PM ET, 01/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:01 PM ET, 12/21/2011

Police shoot, kill man in Dumfries

The man was armed with a handgun, police said, and was shot after he advanced toward officers and did not follow their commands.

By David Marino-Nachison  |  04:01 PM ET, 12/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:27 AM ET, 12/01/2011

Man to stay in prison after overturned conviction

State officials are appealing a federal judge’s ruling overturning the conviction.

By the Associated Press  |  10:27 AM ET, 12/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:14 PM ET, 11/22/2011

Tysons carjacking suspect also wanted in robbery

Fairfax County police said they have obtained a warrant for Stephanie Lynn Schwab, 26, of Manassas in connection with the carjacking of a silver 2003 Acura.

By David Marino-Nachison  |  07:14 PM ET, 11/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:31 PM ET, 11/22/2011

TSA employee accused of assault removed from security operations

An employee of the Transportation Security Administration accused of sexually assaulting a woman in Manassas while he was in uniform was immediately removed from security operations pending an investigation, the agency said.

By Mary Pat Flaherty  |  02:31 PM ET, 11/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:22 PM ET, 11/21/2011

TSA employee charged with sexual assault

Worker was in uniform and showed badge, police say, in alleged attack near his Pr. William County home.

By Mary Pat Flaherty  |  02:22 PM ET, 11/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:16 PM ET, 10/31/2011

Va. man convicted of murder in crash that killed nun

The immigrant’s 2010 crash in Prince William County killed one and maimed two others.

By Jeremy Borden  |  03:16 PM ET, 10/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:42 PM ET, 09/28/2011

Fairfax police officer arrested after fight

A 21-year veteran of the Fairfax County police force was charged with assault and battery after he allegedly fought with an acquaintance in Bristow last week, Prince William County police said.

By Justin Jouvenal  |  05:42 PM ET, 09/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:03 PM ET, 09/14/2011

Teacher charged with aiding escape

A Prince William teacher is accused of helping four teenagers escape from a Manassas shelter for troubled juveniles where she has taught since 1996, according to county police and school officials.

By Mary Pat Flaherty  |  06:03 PM ET, 09/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:40 PM ET, 09/12/2011

Police to announce arrest in killing of 75-year-old man

Prince William County police will announce an arrest Monday in the killing of a 75-year-old Woodbridge man, who was found dead in his home in a retirement community earlier this month.

By Justin Jouvenal  |  03:40 PM ET, 09/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:12 PM ET, 07/15/2011

Dozens support Va. mother charged in toddler’s hot-van death

Dozens of men and wearing matching white t-shirts came to Prince William County General District Court Friday to support a mother charged with murder after her toddler son died in June when he was left in the family’s minivan for several hours.

By June Q. Wu  |  03:12 PM ET, 07/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:26 PM ET, 07/11/2011

Va. woman killed in Haymarket crash

A 72-year-old Virginia woman was killed and a man was injured when a Dodge minivan and a Winnebago RV collided on a highway in Haymarket on Sunday, Prince William County police said.

By Justin Jouvenal  |  05:26 PM ET, 07/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 07/06/2011

Police: Soldier who broke into Woodbridge adult store was found in closet with blow-up doll

A Woodbridge man has been charged with burglary and destruction of property after he was arrested in the closet of an adult video store with a blow-up doll.

By The Associated Press  |  12:23 PM ET, 07/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:04 PM ET, 06/22/2011

Sources: Marine reservist linked to area shootings

The Marine Reservist and Fairfax County resident whose overnight presence at Arlington National Cemetery sparked an aggressive police response Friday may also be connected to the series of shootings at area military sites late last year, law enforcement sources said.

By Washington Post Staff  |  06:04 PM ET, 06/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:39 AM ET, 05/31/2011

N.Va. pastor killed in motorcycle crash

The pastor of a church in Prince William County has been killed in a motorcycle crash in Triangle.

By Associated Pres  |  07:39 AM ET, 05/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:25 AM ET, 04/26/2011

Police: ATF agents involved in Va. shooting

Federal agents shot and wounded a drug suspect in Northern Virginia on Monday evening when he tried to run them down in his car, a law enforcement spokesman said.

By Martin Weil  |  06:25 AM ET, 04/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:14 PM ET, 04/20/2011

Police ID teen killed in Va. car crash

Speeding was a factor in the wreck that involved five teens from Battlefield High School, according to authorities.

By Justin Jouvenal  |  04:14 PM ET, 04/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:50 PM ET, 04/15/2011

Drug charges for Va. home invasion victims: Police

To Prince William County police, the three men were initially victims of a home invasion, ordered to the ground by masked men who had entered their residence through an open window. Then police searched the place. As in many home invasions, according to police, things were not what they first seemed.

By Matt Zapotosky  |  05:50 PM ET, 04/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:17 PM ET, 04/04/2011

Pr. William teacher charged with indecent liberties with student

A 27-year-old Prince William County English teacher at Gar-Field High School is accused of taking indecent liberties with a 16-year-old male student over the course of a year, Prince William County police said.

By Mary Pat Flaherty  |  03:17 PM ET, 04/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:36 PM ET, 03/28/2011

Va. man charged with rape of teen girl

A 34-year-old man was charged with the rape of a 17-year-old acquaintance in Woodbridge, Prince William County Police said Monday.

By Allison Klein  |  04:36 PM ET, 03/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:24 AM ET, 03/24/2011

Suspect hits officer with car in escape attempt

A Manassas man carrying a carload of illegal drugs struck a police officer with his car on Tuesday as he tried to escape arrest, Prince William County police said Wednesday.

By Allison Klein  |  08:24 AM ET, 03/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 03/22/2011

Not guilty plea for ‘East Coast’ rape suspect

A man suspected in a series of rapes along the East Coast has pleaded not guilty in a Connecticut case.

By The Associated Press  |  10:44 AM ET, 03/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:36 AM ET, 03/21/2011

‘East Coast Rapist’ suspect due in court

A man suspected in a series of rapes along the East Coast is due back in a Connecticut court for his arraignment.

By The Associated Press  |  10:36 AM ET, 03/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:21 AM ET, 03/03/2011

Former teacher Ricks admits to new charges

Kevin Ricks, a former Manassas high school teacher who last year was convicted in state court of molesting a teenaged boy, pleaded guilty Thursday morning to six counts of producing child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography....

By Josh White and Dana Hedgpeth  |  10:21 AM ET, 03/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:01 AM ET, 01/05/2011

Apparent Va. serial burglar sought

Update: Prince William County police are looking for an apparent serial burglar who took jewelry worth an estimated $45,250 from homes in the Lake Ridge area of the community. The burglaries began in mid-December, with the last five of...

By Jennifer Buske  |  12:01 AM ET, 01/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:28 AM ET, 12/29/2010

Guilty plea in Pr. William triple murder

A former Prince William County park ranger has pleaded guilty to fatally shooting his wife and her two teenage children in a domestic dispute. Forty-five-year-old Carrillo Dean pleaded guilty Tuesday to three counts of capital murder....

By The Associated Press  |  07:28 AM ET, 12/29/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:36 PM ET, 12/28/2010

Pr. William names interim fire chief

A former Prince William County fire official will lead the Manassas Fire and Rescue Department until Manassas officials can find a permanent replacement for the city's first fire chief, Michael L. Wood, who recently resigned amid turmoil in the department.

By Jennifer Buske  |  12:36 PM ET, 12/28/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:31 PM ET, 12/06/2010

Cars spray-painted in Dale City

Fourteen cars in a Prince William County neighborhood were vandalized with spray paint over the weekend, county police officials said. The vandalism took place on Hawthorn Lane in Dale City sometime between 10 p.m. on Dec. 4 and 8:30 a.m....

By Jennifer Buske  |  04:31 PM ET, 12/06/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:23 PM ET, 11/23/2010

White powder in Pr. William courthouse

UPDATE: The part of the courthouse that had been closed has been reopened, officials said, and the powder was deemed harmless. Nobody was harmed during the incident. ORIGINAL POST: A portion of the Prince William County Courthouse has been blocked...

By Jennifer Buske  |  02:23 PM ET, 11/23/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:48 PM ET, 11/19/2010

$350K jewel theft at Va. motel: Police

Prince William County police are looking for two men they say pulled off one of the highest-dollar robberies ever to take place in the county after they stole $350,000 in jewelry from a guest staying at the Super 8 Motel...

By Jennifer Buske  |  03:48 PM ET, 11/19/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:05 AM ET, 11/19/2010

Three charged in Va. jewelry store heist

Two men and a woman have been charged with burglary and other counts in connection with a November jewelry store heist in Woodbridge, police said Thursday. Burglars broke into a business connected to Darien Jewelers, at 2816 Prince William Parkway,...

By David P. Marino-Nachison  |  10:05 AM ET, 11/19/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 11/07/2010

Police: Man touched girl at church

Prince William County Police have charged a Dale City man with inappropriately touching a 12-year-old girl in church.

By The Associated Press  |  10:43 AM ET, 11/07/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:37 PM ET, 10/29/2010

2 Va. high school coaches arrested

Two Gainesville men associated with Stonewall Jackson High School were arrested Friday, one for allegedly sending inappropriate messages to a 16-year-old female and the other for possession of drugs, Prince William police said. William Hayes Dignan, 42, a teacher and...

By Washington Post Editors  |  05:37 PM ET, 10/29/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:18 PM ET, 10/22/2010

Suspicious Pr. William man investigated

A 10-year-old Dumfries girl told police an unknown man in a car waved to her and a friend to come to his vehicle, an incident investigators think could be connected to a September indecent exposure case that occurred nearby. Police...

By Maria Glod  |  01:18 PM ET, 10/22/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:50 AM ET, 10/22/2010

Child porn nets Va. man 5 years

Federal prosecutors say a Woodbridge man has been sentenced to five years in prison for distributing child pornography. Fifty-five-year-old Dennis Craig Bell, who pleaded guilty in August, was sentenced on Thursday....

By Washington Post Editors  |  07:50 AM ET, 10/22/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:29 AM ET, 10/21/2010

Guilty plea in child porn case

A 60-year-old Manassas man who worked as a security guard in a residential community pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to producing child pornography, federal authorities in Virginia said. A search of Steven John Thorpe's computers revealed more than 3,800...

By Maria Glod  |  10:29 AM ET, 10/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:31 PM ET, 09/16/2010

Va. court overturns death sentence

Virginia’s highest court on Thursday overturned the death sentences of a 27-year-old man convicted of killing two people during a 2002 shooting rampage that stretched from Northern Virginia to New York City. The court upheld Joshua W. Andrews’s convictions in...

By Maria Glod  |  04:31 PM ET, 09/16/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:36 PM ET, 09/08/2010

Murder charge in crash that killed nun

The man accused of driving drunk and causing a collision that killed a nun last month was indicted by a Prince William County grand jury Tuesday on charges of felony murder, driving on a suspended license and maiming resulting from...

By Washington Post editors  |  05:36 PM ET, 09/08/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 09/03/2010

Man charged in nun's death had employment card

The man accused of driving drunk and causing a collision that killed a nun was allowed to work in the U.S., even though he was about to be deported for a previous drunk driving conviction, Prince William County's police chief...

By Washington Post editors  |  12:50 PM ET, 09/03/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:47 PM ET, 08/06/2010

Police: Va. woman had 77 animals

A Woodbridge woman has been charged with 77 counts of animal cruelty after police searched her home and found 77 animals, authorities said Friday.

By Washington Post Editors  |  04:47 PM ET, 08/06/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:33 PM ET, 07/28/2010

Guilty plea in Defense Dept. fraud

Federal prosecutors say a Virginia man has pleaded guilty to mail fraud in a plot to defraud the Defense Department. Twenty-eight-year-old Jonathan Feeney of Woodbridge, Va., entered the plea Wednesday to a criminal information. He will be sentenced on Oct....

By Washington Post Editors  |  05:33 PM ET, 07/28/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:46 AM ET, 07/19/2010

Woman charged with elderly father's murder

A 53-year-old Woodbridge woman has been charged with the murder of her 82-year-old father, who police say had been drugged before he collapsed in a Prince William County hotel in March. Patrica L. Blevins, who was charged with felony homicide...

By Maria Glod  |  08:46 AM ET, 07/19/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:50 AM ET, 07/16/2010

Personal data stolen in Pr. William

The personal information of 669 Prince William County residents with intellectual disabilities was stored on a government-issued Blackberry which was stolen from a county employee's car last month, but so far there has not been any indication that anyone's credit or medical records have been used, county officials said Friday.

By Tom Jackman  |  09:50 AM ET, 07/16/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:50 PM ET, 07/14/2010

Va. 'funny money' had Spanish writing

The next time you're handing out some new counterfeit $100 bills, here's a helpful hint: Don't print the words "BILLETE DE LA SUERTE ALASITAS" in large type next to Ben Franklin's picture.

By Tom Jackman  |  04:50 PM ET, 07/14/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:27 AM ET, 06/29/2010

2 arrests in Va. abduction, attack

Police in Prince William County arrested two men who abducted and assaulted a man after he hit the car they were riding in and tried fleeing the scene Friday. Jose Ramiro Sierra, 30, from Woodbridge, and Raul Enrique Villela Baeza,...

By Washington Post Editors  |  08:27 AM ET, 06/29/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:25 AM ET, 06/29/2010

Arrest in Pr. William child sex abuse

A Dale City man was charged on two counts of aggravated sexual battery after Prince William County Police responded to a child abuse call in the 143000 block of Belleville Avenue in Dale City Friday. Investigators said a 5-year-old girl...

By Washington Post Editors  |  08:25 AM ET, 06/29/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 06/18/2010

Burglar in ski mask caught in the act

It was just after midnight Thursday when Prince William police officers rushed to a Perfect Auto in Manassas for the report of a burglary in progress. Making an arrest didn't take much sleuthing. Officers spotted a man wearing a ski...

By Maria Glod  |  10:45 AM ET, 06/18/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:03 AM ET, 06/15/2010

Boy, 5, assaulted at Va. playground

A 5-year-old boy was sexually assaulted on the playground of Featherstone Elementary School in Woodbridge after school hours last week, and a school employee who witnessed the incident alerted police and videotaped the assault, Prince William police said.

By Maria Glod  |  10:03 AM ET, 06/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:16 AM ET, 06/04/2010

Woman's skull, bones found in Dale City woods

The skull and several bones of a woman were found Wednesday in a wooded area of Dale City, Prince William police said. A search team found the remains in a second attempt to scour the area behind 13804 Minnieville Road...

By Washington Post Editors  |  08:16 AM ET, 06/04/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:07 AM ET, 05/20/2010

Man's body found at Pr. William recycling plant

Prince William County police say a body has been found at a recycling depot near Manassas. Sgt. Kim Chinn says the body of a man was found at the Canusa Hershman Recycling Center near Interstate 66 on Wednesday night....

By Washington Post Editors  |  08:07 AM ET, 05/20/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:53 PM ET, 05/05/2010

Meeting of chat friends turns into robbery

A Prince William County man who agreed to meet another man in Manassas after they messaged on a cellphone chat line was robbed by two men at gunpoint last month, Prince William police said, and they released a photo of a suspect Wednesday.

By Washington Post Editors  |  05:53 PM ET, 05/05/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:26 AM ET, 04/23/2010

Attempted Pr. William traffic stop leads to gun, drug arrests after chase

An attempt to stop the driver of a car in Prince William on suspicion of driving under the influence led to a chase and the arrest of two Virginia men who were charged with the possession of drugs and a...

By Washington Post Editors  |  08:26 AM ET, 04/23/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 04/21/2010

Victims often wait years to report rapes, police say

When Prince William County police put out their annual crime statistics this week, it showed a dramatic rise in reported rapes. There were 57 last year, compared to 28 in 2008. But the notation was marked withan asterisk and a...

By Maria Glod  |  12:24 PM ET, 04/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:48 AM ET, 04/21/2010

Overall crime rate down in Prince William, police say

Prince William County officials reported a slight uptick in some violent crime in 2009, but said the overall crime rate was at a 15-year low. There were more robberies and aggravated assaults in 2009 than 2008, police said. The county...

By Maria Glod  |  10:48 AM ET, 04/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 04/06/2010

Pr. William police seek man who impersonated officer, robbed store

Prince William County police are looking for a man who they say robbed a Manassas check-cashing business after identifying himself as a police officer and threatening to Taser the clerk. The robbery occurred Saturday around 8:30 a.m. in the 10500...

By Washington Post Editors  |  09:15 AM ET, 04/06/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:41 AM ET, 04/02/2010

Pr. William girl arrested for slashing furniture, trying to poison dad

A 17-year-old Prince William County girl was arrested last week after she tore up the furniture in her house with a kitchen knife and mixed household cleaning chemicals with a gallon of fruit punch in an apparent attempt to poison...

By Matt Zapotosky  |  08:41 AM ET, 04/02/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:20 AM ET, 04/01/2010

Pr. William police investigating death of Woodbridge four-year-old

Prince William County police are investigating the death of a four-year-old boy who was found unresponsive Wednesday night inside the Woodbridge apartment where he lived, authorities said. Someone called police just after 9 p.m. to report an unresponsive child inside...

By Matt Zapotosky  |  09:20 AM ET, 04/01/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:38 PM ET, 03/01/2010

Two found shot dead at Pr. William daycare; children unhurt

Prince William police are investigating what appears to be a murder-suicide Monday morning at a Dale City house that served as a day care center. Police said the incident took place about 7 a.m. on the main floor of the...

By Dan Morse  |  02:38 PM ET, 03/01/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:57 PM ET, 01/29/2010

Suspect in Manassas slaying arrested

A man suspected in a 2008 fatal stabbing outside a Manassas strip mall was arrested in New York in an unrelated case, police said Friday. Authorities had been searching for Edgardo Aquino Castro, 35, who is accused in the Aug....

By Maria Glod  |  02:57 PM ET, 01/29/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:04 PM ET, 12/30/2009

Murder indictment against Pr. William shooter dropped

Virginia prosecutors have dropped a murder indictment against a bus driver charged in the slaying of a fellow driver. Forty-year-old Glenn Wade of Woodbridge was charged in the June 15 slaying of 32-year-old Darnell McPherson of Dale City. Both worked...

By Washington Post Editors  |  12:04 PM ET, 12/30/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:40 PM ET, 12/18/2009

Virginia v. The Naked Guy

Update: 12:43 p.m. It's over! The Naked Guy is guilty of indecent exposure inside his own house. Turns out he had been naked for several hours, and that's what convicted him in the eyes of Judge O'Flaherty. Prosecutors asked for...

By Robert Pierre  |  12:40 PM ET, 12/18/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 12/09/2009

Video coverage: Student opens fire at Northern Va. Community College, police say

From the Associated Press: A 20-year-old student opened fire in a community college classroom in Woodbridge, Va., but did not hit anyone and was arrested in a hallway, police said Tuesday....

By Washington Post Editors  |  08:01 AM ET, 12/09/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:23 PM ET, 12/08/2009

Shots fired; man with gun arrested at NVCC's Woodbridge campus

Update, 6:50 p.m.: Police identify the alleged gunman as Jason Michael Hamilton, 20, of Baneberry Circle in the Manassas area. He is charged with attempted murder and is being held without bond. The intended target was his math teacher, police...

By Washington Post editors  |  04:23 PM ET, 12/08/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:48 PM ET, 11/17/2009

Kaine won't stop Va. execution

Va. Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) issued the following statement Tuesday ahead of the execution of Larry "Bill" Elliott, which is scheduled for Tuesday night. Elliott is a former military intelligence officer who killed a Woodbridge couple in their home...

By Washington Post Editors  |  02:48 PM ET, 11/17/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)