Franconia Regional Crime Report
Period ending January 19, 2005

Police Officer Philip Edwards
Crime Prevention Unit
Fairfax County Police ~ Franconia Station
6121 Franconia Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22310-2508

Main Desk:





703.719.6436   ~ Fairfax County Police Department  ~ Virginia Crime Prevention Association
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It is c-c-c-c-c-c-c-c-c-cold out there! Remember to clear all of your car windows completely, and brush the snow off the tops of your vehicles and your headlights and taillights before venturing out on the roads. Your actions can prevent accidents.


The CAC meeting for January was cancelled because of the inclement weather. We will try again, on Wednesday evening, February 16, 2005, at the Franconia Government Center in the public meeting room. Mark your calendars and be sure to attend. The meeting begins at 7:30pm, pre-meeting social period begins at 7:00pm. Join us, welcome and meet our new Station Commander, Captain Maggie Deboard.


The Fairfax County Police Department offers residents 55 years of age and older enrollment in the Mature Operator’s Driver Improvement Program (MODIP). This eight-hour course, which provides safe driving information, is sanctioned by the American Automobile Association (AAA) and is presented by certified Fairfax County Auxiliary Police Officers. Upon completion of this course, drivers are eligible for the Virginia State-mandated insurance premium reduction (check with individual insurance carriers for the amount). The classes are held the second Saturday of each month at the Franconia District Station. The next MODIP class will be held at the Franconia District Station located at 6121 Franconia Road, February 12, 2005, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Additional classes are scheduled for and March 12, and April 9, 2005. Registration is required and can be done by contacting the MODIP reservations line at (703) 924-6588. The fee for this course is $10.00 per person for books and materials.

Weekly Incident Summary Report
January 13-19, 2005


Fairfax County Police Officers from the Franconia and Mt. Vernon District Stations conducted a sobriety checkpoint from 11:30 p.m. Friday, January 14 to 1:30 a.m. Saturday, January 15. All motorists were stopped, and the drivers were checked to assure their abilities to drive had not been impaired by alcohol or drugs. Approximately 503 cars passed through the checkpoint conducted at Telegraph Road and Sheridonna Lane. Three motorists were arrested for driving while intoxicated.


On January 17, 2005, Lilian Elizabeth Gallo-Cruz, a 31-year-old woman from the 6300 block of Gentele Court in Virginia Hills, was traveling northbound on Richmond Highway near the intersection with Gunston Road. She lost control of her 1996 Toyota Corolla, drove over the double yellow line, and crossed into the path of southbound traffic. She collided with a 2004 Ford F150 before a 2002 Toyota 4 Runner hit her broadside. Maria Rivas, a 50-year-old woman from 2218 Dartmouth Drive in Alexandria, was a passenger in the Corolla. Rivas was transported to Potomac Hospital where she was pronounced dead. Gallo-Cruz was arrested for not possessing valid operator's license, possession of a fictitious license, and Reckless Driving. She is being held at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center without bond. Alcohol was not a factor in the crash. The weather condition was light snow and road conditions were very hazardous. This is the second traffic fatality in Fairfax County in 2005.


Crown Royal Drive / South Van Dorn St.: A woman was walking westbound on Crown Royal Drive near South Van Dorn Street Wednesday evening when she was robbed. Around 8:40 p.m. January 19 a man exited a car and approached the 41-year-old Alexandria area woman. He displayed a gun and demanded her purse and jewelry. She complied and he fled back toward the car and drove away. The victim was uninjured.

Police are looking for a black man, 5 feet 9 inches tall and 180 pounds. He was wearing a black snow hat and black jacket. There are no sufficient descriptors on the vehicle.

Hagel Circle, 9600 Block: A pizza deliveryman was robbed at gunpoint in the Lorton area. On Thursday, January 13 around 9:50 p.m., a 38-year-old Woodbridge, Virginia, man was delivering a pizza in the 9600 block of Hagel Circle. The victim was approached by a man who pulled the victim out of his vehicle. A second man then displayed a handgun, and both suspects took cash from the victim. The suspects then fled on foot towards Richmond Highway. The victim was uninjured. The first suspect was described as black, in his 20s, 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing 180 pounds. He wore a waist length brown coat. The second suspect was described as black, 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing 150 pounds and wearing a waist length black coat.

Vellex Lane/Wilburdale Drive: On Wednesday, January 18 around 10:00 p.m., an 18-year-old Annandale area man was robbed of an undisclosed amount of cash. The victim was walking home when he was approached by three men who demanded cash. One of the men displayed a knife and stabbed the victim. The victim was transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital and treated for injuries believed to be non-life-threatening. After the robbery the suspects fled. All of the suspects were described as black and in their 20s. The robbers also were wearing dark clothing. Investigation is continuing.


Shepherd Hills Way, 9500 Block: On Saturday, January 15 around 1:00 a.m., a Lorton area man was out walking his dog when he noticed two parked cars with the letters KKK written on the rear window. The letters were written in mud.


Ashland Woods Lane, 9100 Block Tires reported stolen from vehicle.
Bonniemill Lane, 7100 Block Cellular telephone reported stolen from vehicle.
Brandon Avenue, 6000 Block Cellular telephone reported stolen from business.
Brandon Avenue, 6000 Block Sunglasses reported stolen from vehicle.
Franconia Road, 6100 Block Alcohol reported stolen from business.
Fremont Street, 5400 Block Cellular telephone reported stolen from vehicle.
Frontier Drive, 6600 Block Tools reported stolen from business.
Highdale Circle, 5900 Block Airbags reported stolen from vehicle.
Kingstowne Boulevard, 5800 Block Cellular telephone reported stolen from business.
Kingstowne Boulevard, 5800 Block Glasses reported stolen from business.
Landsdowne Center, 6400 Block Gasoline reported stolen from service station.
Lockport Place, 7200 Block Cash reported stolen from business.
Lockport Place, 7300 Block Cash reported stolen from business.
Mayfair Court, 5300 Block Stereo reported stolen from vehicle.
Metropolitan Center Drive, 6700 Block Tires reported stolen from vehicle.
Springfield Mall, 6500 Block Cellular telephone reported stolen from business.
Springfield Mall, 6500 Block Wallet reported stolen from business.
Spring Mall Road, 6700 Block Purse reported stolen from business.
Stoddard Court, 6000 Block Tools reported stolen from vehicle.
Wigmore Lane, 6100 Block Ski equipment reported stolen from vehicle.

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