Franconia Regional Crime Report
Period ending April 19, 2006

Police Officer Jim Nida
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 Nida's e-Mail:
james.nida@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.

Hail and Farewell!

Our intrepid Crime Prevention Officer, Phil Edwards, has taken a new assignment and will be transferring to patrol duty at and near Springfield Mall as part of the community's efforts to curtail crime in that area. He will be replaced by 20-year veteran of the FCPD, Jim Nida, who will be joining Alice Bennett in the Franconia Crime Prevention Office. We take this opportunity to welcome Jim to work while the sun shines (he previously worked the midnight shift), and to wish Phil great success in his new assignment. Jim can be reached at the Franconia CPO (703) 922-8263 (direct number).

Candlelight Vigil of Courage, Hope and Remembrance  “Victims’ Rights: Strength in Unity”

The Northern Virginia Crime Victim Assistance Coalition will host its Annual Candlelight Vigil of Courage, Hope and Remembrance on Sunday, April 23. The event will help kick-off National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. This year’s theme will pay tribute to crime victims and survivors who have joined together in mutual support and advocacy to promote victims’ rights and services. The Victim Services Division of the Fairfax County Police Department has helped thousands of crime victims over the years.

The vigil will be held at 3 p.m. at the Fairfax County Government Center, located at 12000 Government Center Parkway in Fairfax. Several awards will be presented to individuals who have distinguished themselves as champions of justice in their support of victim issues and concerns. The keynote speaker shall be Bob McDonnell, Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Music will be provided by the W. T. Woodson High School Vocal Ensemble. 

This moving event, held for victims and those who serve them, is open to all media and citizens of the community. A reception will be held immediately following the program. Please join us as we support and acknowledge all crime victims and their supporters.

Best advice when encountering fawns:   Hands Off !!!

White-tailed deer give birth April through July, with most births in June. Though dependent on their mothers’ milk for the first two to four weeks of their lives, from birth, fawns are routinely left alone while their mothers leave to find food. Fawns can stand within one hour of birth, blend into their environments and within one month, can outrun most predators.

In Spring, it is possible to encounter fawns that are all alone, lying quietly in the woods or other areas. “Good Samaritans” conclude their mothers have abandoned the fawns and attempt a “rescue.” But experts advise against this: “If you find a fawn alone, DO NOT assume it has been orphaned,” says Earl Hodnett, Wildlife Biologist for Fairfax County. The mother will likely return later and further, fawns that have been raised by people rarely make a successful transition back to the wild.

In most cases, the best advice to would-be rescuers of wild animals is to leave them alone. According to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, “more than 75 percent of such orphans ‘rescued’ every spring should have been left alone. Most wild animals are dedicated parents and will not abandon their young, but they do leave them alone for long periods of time while looking for food.”

If you come across a fawn, and it is clearly injured or there is evidence the mother is dead, or you are still unconvinced the fawn is okay, call the Wildlife Rescue League Hotline at 703-440-0800 before making any attempts at “rescue.”

Web sites for more information on orphaned or injured wildlife:  www.wildliferescueleague.org and www.dgif.virginia.gov/wildlife/injured.html

CAC:

Our next regular CAC meeting will be held at the Franconia Government Center, 6121 Franconia Road, on Wednesday evening, May 17, 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 seminar is scheduled at the Franconia District Station, located at 6121 Franconia Road, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.on June 10, 2006. THERE WILL BE NO CLASS IN MAY.  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
April 13-19, 2006

CLOSURE TO LAST YEAR'S SHOOTING ON BISMACH DRIVE IN THE BRYNMAWR NEIGHBORHOOD !!! 

On April 6th, 2006, the U.S. Attorney in Beltsville, Md. announced additional federal indictments for MS-13 members in and around the Washington Metropolitan Area. This indictment included indictments for the Jan, 2005 murder on Bismach Drive in the Franconia FCPD District Station’s area of responsibility. The following were charged with that murder case:  Juan Carlos Moriera (“Stokey”); Jose Hipolito Cruz Diaz (“Pirana”); Edgar Alberto Ayala (“Pony”); and Omar Vasquez (“El Duque”).

The above were indicted for “Conspiracy to Commit Murder in Aid of Racketeering”.  Basically, the charge said “Pony” picked up other MS-13 members in Maryland and drove them to Virginia (making it a FEDERAL CRIME) to look for rival gang members who had previously assaulted “Stokey” and “El Duque.” They then drove to the apartment building on Bismach Dr. and shot Anthony Campos and others who the assailants thought were rival gang members.  They all conspired to commit this murder. They were also indicted for: “Conspiracy to Commit Assaults with Dangerous Weapons” for the other victims on Bismach Dr.

“Stokey” was also indicted for: “Use and Carrying of Firearm During and in Retaliation to a Crime of Violence”  (Maryland Cases); “Witness Tampering”  (Maryland cases); “Murder in Aid of Racketeering”  (Murder in Maryland);  “Conspiracy to Commit Murder in Aid of Racketeering” (Maryland murder);  and “Assault with a Dangerous Weapon in Aid of Racketeering” (Maryland shooting).  “Pony” was also indicted for:  “Use and carrying of Firearm During and in Relation to a Crime of Violence  (Maryland Case).

Hopefully, this will wrap up our involvement and close the Bismach Drive murder case.

BURGLARY/GRAFFITI

Franconia Road, 4700 Block:  On Friday, April 14 around 3:40 a.m., officers responded to Mark Twain Middle School in reference to a burglary report. Officers learned that a School Security officer responded to an alarm at the school and saw two people walk out of one of the trailers. The two people ran from the school. A computer and computer equipment was taken from the school. Three trailers were broken into and graffiti was found. One of the suspects was described as a white man in his 20s. He was approximately 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighing 150 pounds, wearing a white tank top and gray sweatpants. The second suspect description is unavailable.

ASSAULT

Metropolitan Center Drive, 6800 Block:  A man was walking in the 6800 block of Metropolitan Center Drive in the Springfield area on Saturday, April 15 around 1 p.m. He was approached by six men, one of whom asked for a cigarette. One of the men then punched the victim, a 20-year-old Alexandria-area man, and all six men fled toward Springfield Mall. At the mall, the suspects assaulted a second person. The victim in the second assault was a 15-year-old Alexandria-area boy. Both victims refused medical treatment at the scene. After an investigation, one man was arrested and further charges are pending against the others. Dewaune Thomas Allen, Jr, 21, of 9071 Tiffany Park Court in Springfield, was taken to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center and charged with two counts of assault.

LARCENIES

Axton Street, 7500 Block

  XM Radio stolen from vehicle.

Backlick Road, 8200 Block

  Construction equipment stolen from construction site.

Edsall Road, 6400 Block

  Lighters stolen from business.

Edsall Road, 6500 Block

  Gasoline stolen from service station.

Franconia Rod, 6100 Block

  License plates stolen from vehicle.

Grayson Street, 5900 Block

  Global Positioning System stolen from vehicle.

Electronic Drive, 6700 Block

  Money stolen from business.

Industrial Road, 6900 Block

  Money stolen from business.

Montgomery Street, 4800 Block

  Money stolen from business.

VEHICLE THEFTS

Palladium Court, 6000 Block

  2006 Motofino scooter reported stolen.

Springfield Mall, 6500 Block

  1991 Dodge Grand Caravan reported stolen.

Trailside Drive, 6000 Block

  1998 Honda Civic reported stolen.

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