Franconia Regional Crime Report
Period ending March 29, 2006

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.

CRIME SOLVERS NEEDS YOUR HELP

Fairfax County Crime Solvers is still seeking the public’s assistance identifying the person responsible for a 17-year-old homicide.

About 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29, 1989, 18-year-old Amy Baker was driving southbound on Interstate 95 near Backlick Road when her car experienced difficulties.  Amy abandoned her blue 1970 Volkswagon Bug and walked up the exit ramp onto Backlick Road, toward the Exxon Station.  Detectives believe that her attacker confronted her on Backlick Road and forced her into the woods near the top of the exit ramp, where she was sexually assaulted and strangled.  Her body, which was found two days later, was partially buried in some leaves.  Detectives continue to investigate her death and would like to speak with anyone who may have been in the area at the time of the attack, or who may have seen Amy or anyone else in that area.  They are particularly anxious to speak with Crime Solvers caller #6125, who called the tip line on Wednesday, April 3, 1996, with information on the case.

In addition to the $1000 cash reward offered by Crime Solvers, a $25,000 private reward is also being offered for information which leads to an arrest and indictment in this case.

Anyone with information on this homicide or the person responsible is asked to call Fairfax County Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477.  As always, callers never have to give their names or appear in court.

CAC:

Our next regular CAC meeting will be held at the Franconia Government Center, 6121 Franconia Road, on Wednesday evening, April 19, 2006, in the Helen Wilson Community Room.  A Social Period begins at 7pm, and the General Meeting starts at 7:30pm.

MODIP:

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 normally held the second Saturday of each month at the Franconia District Station. The next seminars are scheduled at the Franconia District Station, located at 6121 Franconia Road, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on April 8, 2006 and May 13, 2006.  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
March 23-29, 2006

Stabbing-One juvenile arrested

South Van Dorn Street and Castlewellan Drive:   On Friday, March 31 at approximately 10:50 a.m., a student protest was occurring along South Van Dorn Street near Castlewellan Drive in the Franconia area. During the event, a 16-year-old boy was stabbed in the midsection by a male. The victim was transported to Inova Healthplex of Franconia-Springfield by his friends. He was then taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital where he was treated for non life-threatening injuries. Two people were taken into custody during the investigation. A 17-year-old Springfield-area boy was arrested and charged with malicious wounding. The second person has been released.

TRAFFIC FATALITY

On Monday, March 27 at approximately 4:30 p.m., a 1993 Honda motorcycle was traveling southbound on Belmont Boulevard. A Fairfax County School bus, being driven by a 36-year-old Lorton-area woman, was attempting to make a left turn onto the northbound lanes of Belmont Boulevard from Dolly Drive. The motorcycle, driven by 25-year-old Richard Kinsler, skidded along the pavement and struck the left side of the bus. Kinsler, a Woodbridge resident, was transported to Inova Fairfax hospital where he later died. The driver and passengers on the bus were not injured. The speed of the motorcycle appears to have been a factor in the crash.

LARCENY BY FALSE PRETENSE

Springfield Mall, 6600 Block:  On Wednesday, January 11 about 4 p.m., a man brought his car to Firestone Auto Service, located at 6699 Springfield Mall, to be serviced. The manager told the customer that the cost would be $400. While waiting for the service, a second man approached who said he could service the car for less. The victim paid the suspect and waited for the service to be completed. Firestone employees serviced the car and then requested payment. At that time, the victim realized that the man he gave money to was not an employee and had left the location. The suspect was described as wearing similar clothes as the employees at Firestone Auto Service.

A similar incident occurred on Sunday, March 19 around 1 p.m., at the Firestone Auto Service located at 7619 Richmond Highway. A woman was waiting for her car to be serviced when a man approached and told her they were about to close. The suspect asked the victim to get cash from her bank and she drove both of them to a car dealership on Richmond Highway, where he said he worked full time. When they arrived she gave him the money for the service, he went inside and never returned. The suspect was described as approximately 6 feet tall and weighed about 215 pounds. He had short black hair and was wearing a shirt with a Ford emblem on it and blue pants.

ROBBERY

Ordsall Street/Sandy Ford Street:  A cab driver was robbed at gun point. On Thursday, March 23 around 10:30 p.m., the 54-year-old Alexandria-area cab driver picked up a customer at the Metro Station located on Van Dorn Street. While driving to the drop off point, the suspect pulled a gun and pointed it at the driver. The suspect demanded money and the victim gave it to him. Once the suspect exited the cab, police were called. The robbery took place at Ordsall Street and Sandy Ford Street. The victim was not injured. The suspect was described as a white man, 20 to 22 years old, approximately 6 feet tall, weighing about 160 pounds. He had a mustache and was wearing a black coat, wool cap and pants.

FATAL CRASH

Belmont Boulevard/Dolly Drive:  On Monday, March 27 at approximately 4:30 p.m., a 1993 Honda motorcycle was traveling southbound on Belmont Boulevard. A Fairfax County School bus, being driven by a 36-year-old Lorton-area woman, was attempting to make a left turn onto the northbound lanes of Belmont Boulevard from Dolly Drive. The motorcycle, being driven by 25-year-old Richard Kinsler, skidded along the pavement and struck the left side of the bus. Kinsler, of 13905 Longwood Manor Court #102 in Woodbridge, was transported to Inova Fairfax hospital where he later died. The driver and passengers on the bus were not injured. The speed of the motorcycle does appear to be a factor in the crash.

LARCENIES

Augusta Drive, 6300 Block

  Laptop computer stolen from business.

Backlick Road, 5300 Block

  Wallet stolen from purses at church.

Backlick Road, 5500 Block

  License Plates stolen from vehicle.

Edsall Road, 6400 Block

  Cigarettes stolen from business.

Edsall Road, 6500 Block

  Gasoline stolen from service station.

Ellingham Circle, 6900 Block

  Tire cover and rook rack stolen from vehicle.

Giles Place, 7200 Block

  Bicycle stolen from business.

Grayson Street, 5900 Block

  Tools stolen from vehicle.

Highdale Circle, 5900 Block

  Headlight and radio antenna stolen from vehicle.

Kingstowne Center, 5800 Block

  Purse stolen from business.                  

Kingstowne Towne Center, 5900 (Four times) Block

  Purse stolen from business.

Morning View Lane, 7800 Block

  Backpack and wallet stolen from vehicle.

Sideburn Road, 5000 Block

  Laptop computer stolen from school.

Springfield Mall, 6500 Block

  License plates stolen from vehicle.

Woodlake Lane, 6000 Block

  License plate stolen from vehicle.

VEHICLE THEFTS

Littlethorpe Lane, 6200 Block

  1995 Honda Civic reported stolen.

Ravensworth Road, 4300 Block

  2003 Toyota reported stolen.

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