Franconia Regional Crime Report
Period ending March 3, 2004

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

Main Desk:

703.922.0889

Office:

703.922-8263

FAX:

703.719.6436

http://www.co.fairfax.va.us/ps/police   ~ Fairfax County Police Department
http://www.vcpa.org  ~ Virginia Crime Prevention Association

Officer
Edwards e-Mail: philip.edwards@fairfaxcounty.gov

The following information is authorized for release by the Fairfax County Police Department - Public Information Office (PIO). For questions concerning any portion of this report, please contact PIO at 703-246-2253.

POLICE UNITY TOUR:

Eight police officers from Virginia were among the 148 officers nationwide killed in the line of duty last year. The Police Unity Tour was started in 1997, when an officer from New Jersey honored his fallen colleagues by riding his police-issued mountain bike from his home to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC. Today, the Police Unity Tour has grown to include approximately 150 officers from across Virginia (37 from Fairfax County) and its purpose is not only to honor the lives lost, but offer financial support to the families those officers left behind and raise support for and awareness of the Memorial.

This year’s Unity Tour has four participants from the Franconia District Station, who hope to raise $5,000 for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, but they cannot do it without your help. The officers need local donations by the first week in April.

They also need the support and encouragement of everyone who values the work they do. The riders leave with a "Send-Off Ceremony" in Chesapeake, Virginia on May 9; ride 250 miles in two days; and arrive at the Memorial on May 12.

Donations can be dropped off at the Franconia District Station at any time. Checks can be made out to "Police Unity Tour."

For more information on the Police Unity Tour, please contact CPO Phil Edwards or CPO Sheri Cook at 703-922-8263. Also see: www.policeunitytour.org for information about the national effort. Thanks.

CAC:

Mark your calendars! The next CAC meeting will be held on Wednesday evening, March 17, 2004 in the Community Meeting room at the Franconia Governmental Center. Social period begins at 7pm; meeting begins at 7:30 pm. We hope to see you there.

Weekly Incident Summary Report
February 26-March 3, 2004

FATAL CRASH

Interstate 95/Fairfax County Parkway:  A man was charged after a fatal crash in which the victim was dragged about 8 miles. On Sunday, February 29, about 6:00 a.m., Josuel P. Galdino, 25, of 9168 Stone Garden Drive in the Lorton area, called police to report that he may have hit a man on the interstate and that there was a dead man in the roadway at his house. Investigation revealed that sometime prior to 4:00 a.m., Galdino was driving a Mitsubishi Montero south on Interstate 95 near the Fairfax County Parkway and hit the rear of a 1989 Toyota Camry that was disabled in the left travel lane due to a flat tire. Fitsum Gebreegziabher, 27, of 12768 Sidney Way in Woodbridge, who was standing in the area of the disabled car, was pinned under the front end of the Mitsubishi in the suspension system and dragged to Galdino’s home in Lorton. Galdino was charged with driving while intoxicated, felony hit and run, and manslaughter. He was held at the Adult Detention Center without bond.

ROBBERIES

Edsall Road, 6200 Block:  On February 26 at 1:45 p.m., a 44-year-old Alexandria area man employed as a cab driver for Yellow Cab had driven a man to his requested location. As the man got out of the cab, he opened the driver’s door, threatened the driver with a knife and demanded money. A second man joined the first and held the victim’s wrist. The suspects took the victim’s cash and ran away. The suspects were described as black, in their early 20’s and five feet ten inches tall. Both men were wearing dark clothing.

Metropolitan Center Drive, 6700 Block:  On March 3 just after 10:00 p.m., a Springfield area man got out of his car and was walking when a man approached and asked for the time. A second man walked up, brandished a gun and demanded money. The victim tried to run, but the suspects caught him and began assaulting him. The suspects rummaged through his pants pockets, took his cash and ran away. The victim was treated for minor injuries. The suspects were described as black and in their early 20’s. The armed suspect was five feet seven inches tall, while the other was five feet nine inches tall. Both men wore light-colored shirts and dark pants.

LARCENIES

Ashland Woods Lane, 9200 Block Motorcycle cover reported stolen.
Edsall Road, 6500 Block Gasoline taken without payment being made.
Franconia Road, 5500 Block Gasoline taken without payment being made.
Franconia Road, 6500 Block Camera reported stolen.
Rhoden Court, 7000 Block Stereo taken from parked vehicle.
Springfield Mall, 6500 Block (Two reports) Clothing taken from business.
Supreme Court, 6800 Block Speakers and compact discs taken from parked vehicle.
Vine Street, 5400 Block License plates taken from parked vehicle

VEHICLE THEFTS

Backlick Road, 6100 Block 1996 Honda Civic reported stolen.
Edsall Road, 6400 Block 1992 Honda Civic reported stolen.
Skyles Way, 7000 Block 1994 Dodge Caravan reported stolen.
Stovall Court, 7800 Block 1996 Chevrolet Caprice reported stolen.

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