Special Crime Alert
Franconia Region


December 10, 2003
4511 Roundhill Drive: 
On Friday, December 5, 2003, someone stole several Christmas decorations (2 reindeer approx. 2.5' long and a Santa and sleigh approx. 3' long)
from the front yard of this residence. They were plugged into a timer and were in the yard when a friend left the premises around 11:00 PM but were missing around 7:00 AM.  It you any information regarding the theft of these items, please contact Larry Harris at 703-922-8377 or by email at larry.harris@cox.net

March 18, 2003
Ridge View Drive 5900: On March 18 at 11:55 p.m., an Alexandria area man, 39, got out of his car and was walking to his house when two men ran at him from some bushes at the side of his home. One man pointed a sawed-off shotgun at the victim and demanded the bags he was carrying. The suspect grabbed the bags from the victim and struck him in the head with the weapon. Both suspects then fled the area in a white Nissan Maxima. The victim refused rescue for a cut on his head. The armed suspect was described as black, in his late 20's, five feet nine inches tall and weig! hed 170 pounds. He was wearing a white shirt and jeans. There is no description of the second suspect.

February 26, 2003
Abduction, Robbery, Sexual Assualt: 
Fairfax County Police are investigating two similar incidents that occurred near the Springfield Mall on Friday, January 24 and Saturday, February 22, 2003. The first incident occurred in the parking lot just outside Ruby Tuesday’s restaurant about 6:45 p.m. The second incident occurred in the parking lot outside of the Target store located on Frontier Drive near the mall.  In both incidents a man approached a woman, pulled out a gun, and forced her to drive him to an ATM machine to withdraw money. In both cases, the man forced the woman to drive to Prince George’s County, where he sexually assaulted her. Each victim was released without the need for medical attention. It is unknown, at this time, if these two incidents are related. Fairfax and Prince George’s Counties are working together on these crimes and wi! ll provide new information as it is received. The suspect in the first incident was described as black, in his twenties, standing approximately five feet eleven inches tall, weighing 150 pounds, with short, curly, brown hair. He was wearing a black-colored down jacket and blue jeans. At this time, there is no suspect description available in the second case. Anyone with any information about either incident or the suspect or suspects involved is asked to immediately notify either Fairfax County Crime Solvers at 703-691-8888 or Prince George’s County Crime Solvers at 301-735-1111. 

Update: Fairfax County Police Department detectives have gathered information about the incidents that indicate the suspect in both cases is the same man.  A composite sketch of the suspect will be e-mailed to the media by the Public Information Office.

February 26, 2003
Fairfax County Police have charged a 14-year-old Lorton area girl following an incident that occurred at Hayfield Secondary School, located at 7630 Telegraph Road, in the Hayfield area about 1:45 p.m. Tuesday, Feb 25, 2003. A school employee and the School Resource Officer were interviewing the girl, who is a student at the school, about a larceny that had occurred at the school. The girl became disorderly and hit the school employee. When a second school employee came to assist, the girl pushed and hit him. The School Resource Officer attempted to arrest the student but the girl resisted arrest and struck the police officer. After she was taken into custody, a knife was found in the student’s coat. The girl was taken to Juvenile Intake where she was charged with assault on a police officer, possession of a concealed weapon on school grounds, two charges of assault on a s! chool employee, and obstruction of justice.  She was held at the Juvenile Detention Center pending a court hearing. Neither the officer nor the employees were seriously injured.

February 10, 2003                
Propane Tank Theft:   A recent robbery at a Rose Hill home deserves your attention. As far as can be determined, the only thing taken was a propane tank from an outside grill. If you have such a grill or fireplace, you might check to see if the propane tank is missing. If so, please contact the police immediately. The non-emergency number is 703-691-2131.   Given the nature of the times, we can't be too careful.

September 10, 2002
Armed Robbery:  Fairfax County Crime Solvers is asking the public's assistance identifying the person responsible for a robbery that occurred on Tuesday, August 27, around 7:30 p.m. at the Bags-2-Go store, located at 6500 Springfield Mall.  A 20-year-old woman, employed as a clerk, was standing behind the counter when the suspect approached her, placed a knife to her side and demanded money.  She opened the register and the suspect removed an undetermined amount of cash and checks.   Two teenaged customers ran out of the store and alerted employees of a nearby store to call police reference the robbery.  An owner of a nearby store saw the suspect running from the store and followed him out of the mall and into the parking lot where he lost sight of him.  The victim of the robbery was not injured.  The suspect is described as black, in his forties, six feet tall, with a slim build.  He was bald and wearing a white t-shirt, green shorts and a tan hat.  Anyone with information about this robbery or the suspect is asked to call Fairfax County Crime Solvers at 1-800-673-2777 or 703-691-8888.  A $1000 cash reward will be paid for information which leads to an arrest.

September 10, 2002

Attempted Shooting of a Police Officer:  Fairfax County Police are investigating the attempted shooting of a police officer which occurred about 2:00 a.m. Saturday, September 15, 2001.  Officer Timothy Eckersley, of the Mason District Station, was on patrol on Little River Turnpike at Cherokee Avenue in the Lincolnia area when he spotted a man driving a 2000 Cadillac Escalade erratically.   Officer Eckersley attempted to stop the car at Little River Turnpike and Beauregard Street and the driver refused.  Officer Eckersley followed the car southbound on Beauregard Street.  The man continued driving westbound on Eighth Street to Lincoln Avenue and onto Strawbridge Square Drive.  The driver of the Cadillac bailed out of the still-moving car, which hit several parked vehicles.  The driver got up and pointed a handgun at Officer Eckersley.  The man then ran toward Lincolnia Park with Officer Eckersley and other officers from the Mason District Station chased him.  As the man was running, he turned and fired the gun at Officer Eckersley.  No one was injured.  The man managed to escape.  Information developed during the course of the investigation revealed that 22-year-old Jovan Anthony Ali was involved in the incident.  Warrants are on file charging Ali with attempted capital murder of a law enforcement officer.  He is described as black, five feet seven inches tall, weighing 150 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.  Anyone with information about Ali's whereabouts is asked to call police at 703-691-2131 or Crime Solvers at (703) 691-8888.   Callers are eligible for up to a $1,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest.

September 9,
Armed Robbery: There was an incident at the bus stop in front of the John Marshall Library. About 11:30 p.m., a pedestrian was stopped by three men in the bus shelter who demanded money. When he said he didn't have any money, one of the suspects threatened to use a knife on him. The man ran across the street to the 7-Eleven with one of the suspects in pursuit. The pedestrian reached the 7-Eleven safely and called police. The suspects fled before the police arrived. RHCA has asked the police to increase nighttime surveillance of the bus stop and its environs. We also have asked our Neighborhood Watch to drive by the site while on patrol. All of you can help. If you see any suspicious persons on the street late at night, call the police non-emergency number at 703-691-2131. RHCA is committed to helping the police keep Rose Hill a safe and secure neighborhood. If you know anything about this incident, please notify the police. Also, use caution when walking at night. Take a buddy and a cell phone!

September 6, 2002
Carjacking:  Fairfax County Police are investigating a carjacking which occurred in the Hechinger Plaza, located in the 6900 block of Hechinger Drive in the Springfield area about 12:00 a.m. Friday, September 6, 2002.  The victim, a 23-year-old Springfield area man, was picking up a friend in the shopping center when he was approached by two men, both of whom brandished handguns, and demanded the victim's car keys.  The victim told the suspects that the keys were in his car, at which time the suspects got into the car and drove away.  They were last seen heading north on Backlick Road.  The victim was not injured.  The suspects are described as black and approximately 19 years old.  The first suspect is further described as five feet six inches tall, weighing 150 pounds and wearing a white shirt and black pants.   The second suspect is described as five feet seven inches tall, weighing 160 pounds and also wearing a white shirt and black pants.  The victim's vehicle is a black 1991 Nissan Maxima 4-door, with Virginia license plates 324-OLF.  Anyone with information about this robbery, the suspects or upon seeing the vehicle is asked to call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131 or Fairfax County Crime Solvers at 703-691-8888.

August 20,2002
Arson:  Fairfax County Crime Solvers along with the Fire Marshal's Office is asking for the public's assistance identifying the persons responsible for an arson which occurred at the Rose Hill Elementary School, located at 6301 Rose Hill Drive, in Alexandria. Fire investigators were called to the school about 4:45 PM on Monday, July 22, after a fire consumed the playground to the rear of the school. The equipment was made with a plastic, protective coating which contributed to the fire quickly consuming the entire playground. Due to the extensive damage, the playground will need to be completely replaced. Estimated cost of damage to the playground is $65,000.00.

Anyone with information on this arson or the people responsible is asked to call Fairfax County Crime Solvers at 1-800-673-2777 or 703-691-8888. a $1,000 cash reward will be paid for information which leads to an arrest and indictment.

August 20,2002
Two Burglaries:  Fairfax County Police are investigating two burglaries that occurred in the Springfield area on July 11 and July 12. About 7:45 p.m. July 11, a man walked into the Pried Company, located at 6551 Loisdale Court, and walked out of the business with three laptop computers. About 6:20 p.m. July 12, the same man walked into the ERDAS Company, located at 5400 Shawnee Road, and was caught by another employee unplugging laptops. The employee confronted the suspect, who ran away with two laptop computers. The suspect was described as black, five feet eight inches tall, weighing 190 pounds with black hair. Anyone with information is asked to call police at (703) 691-2131.

June 25,2002
Animal Cruelty: A Fairfax County Police Animal Control officer arrested Todd Dixon, 41, of 7512 Mahoney Drive in the Lorton area, and charged him with animal cruelty. Animal Control Officer Earwitt Powell went to Dixon's home to investigate a report of a mistreated dog.  Inside the home, Officer Powell found an adult male Rottweiller.  The dog was suffering form a skin condition, which caused it to lose most of its hair. It was covered with large sores, was grossly underweight, had a pus-like substance almost completely closing its eyes and was infested with fleas.  Dixon kept the dog in a room with urine soaked rugs, encrusted with feces and full of flies.  Officer Powell seized the dog and transported it to the Belle Haven Animal Medical Center for treatment. A warrant was then obtained charging Dixon with animal cruelty.  He was being held at the Mount Vernon District Station in lieu of $5000 bond.

June 19, 2002
Malicious Wounding: Fairfax County Police arrested Michael Conner, Jr., 35, of 6379 Patience Court in the Springfield area and charged him with malicious wounding after an incident that took place at the intersection of Hillary Street and Patience Court about 4:50 p.m. Sunday.   Conner saw a 20-year-old acquaintance standing at the intersection and approached him.  The two men became involved in an argument at which time Conner used a knife to cut the victim on the hand and forearm.  The injuries were non-life threatening and the victim was treated at the scene.  Conner was taken to the Adult Detention Center where he was held without bond.   

June 19, 2002

Malicious Wounding: Fairfax County Police arrested Chiu Chung, 52, of 5620 Magnolia Lane in the Alexandria area, charging him with malicious wounding after an incident that occurred at the China Kitchen Restaurant, located at 7022 Brookfield Plaza in the Springfield area, on Tuesday around 10:30 p.m.  Chung and another man began to argue over a personal matter.  The argument escalated and Chung punched the victim in the face.  When the victim pushed Chung away, he grabbed a knife and began to chase the victim, cutting him in the shoulder. The victim was treated at the scene.  Chung was transported to the Adult Dentition Center where he is being held without bond.

June 11, 2002
Attempted Abduction: Fairfax County Police are investigating an abduction which occurred in the 6000 block of  Stoddard Court in the Kingstowne area on Tuesday, June 11th, around midnight.  A woman was taking her trash to a dumpster located near by  when she was approached by a man who grabbed her arm.   The victim struggled with the suspect and was able to break free from his grasp.   She started to run home with the suspect chasing her.  The victim began to yell for her husband who came to her aid.  The suspect ran away from the woman upon seeing her husband.  The suspect is described as white with an olive complexion, six feet one inches tall and approximately 25 years of age.  Anyone with information is asked to call the Fairfax County Police Department at 703-691-2131.

Master Police Officer Ed O'Carroll
Fairfax County Police ~ Franconia Station
6121 Franconia Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22310-2508

Direct:  703.922.8263
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