Franconia Regional Crime Report
Period ending May 17, 2006

Police Officer Jim Nida
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
Officer Nida's e-Mail:

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.


Sunday, May 21, 2006,  12 p.m. – 2 p.m.


Fairfax County Animal Shelter
4500 West Ox Road
Fairfax, VA 22043

The Fairfax County Animal Shelter will be hosting a low-cost rabies clinic this Sunday. The cost for rabies shots at the clinic is $10.00. All dogs should be on leashes and all cats in carriers. There will be no vaccines for ferrets.

Fairfax County 2006 dog licenses will be sold separately at the clinic and cost $5.00 for altered dogs and $10.00 for unaltered dogs (please bring proof of your pet's spay or neuter).

The clinic is sponsored by the Fairfax County Police Department Animal Services Division and Deepwood Veterinary Hospital. For more information, please call (703) 830-1000.

For more information about the rabies clinic, visit the Fairfax County Animal Services Division Web site at


Our next regular CAC meeting will be held at the Franconia Government Center, 6121 Franconia Road, on Wednesday evening, June 21, 2006, in the Helen Wilson Community Room.  A Social Period begins at 7pm, and the General Meeting starts at 7:30pm.


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
May 11-17, 2006

Donation SCAM

The Fairfax County Police Department has received reports of phone solicitations in the name of fallen Detective Vicky Armel AND MPO Michael Garbarino. The Department is NOT making ANY telephone calls regarding donations for the family. The only legitimate funds currently available are as follows:

c/o: Fairfax County Federal Credit Union
4201 Members Way
Fairfax, VA 22030


c/o: Fairfax County Federal Credit Union
4201 Members Way
Fairfax, VA 22030

Fairfax County police ask that any solicitations be reported to police. Get as much information as possible about the caller, but DO NOT give a credit card number over the telephone. Call 703 691 2131 immediately after you hang up with the caller.  A message of condolence may also be sent via the following link:

Officer Fernbacher Receives Award

Officer Kathryn Fernbacher has been recognized by the United States Department of Justice for her efforts to bring the notorious “BORF” graffiti artist to justice. Officer Fernbacher gathered evidence against John Tsombikos for felony destruction of property after investigating graffiti in July 2004. The evidence was instrumental in prosecuting and convicting Tsombikos of destruction of property after he was arrested in the fall of 2005. Tsombikos pleaded guilty to destruction of property in February of 2006 in the District of Columbia. Lieutenant Christopher Marsh, of the Reston District Station, said “Officer Fernbacher is an asset to our Police Department and has helped put a criminal in jail.”

The United States Attorney’s Office presented her with a Certificate of Appreciation at the Twenty-Sixth Annual Law Enforcement Awards Ceremony. Officer Fernbacher received the award at the Cannon House Office Building in Washington D.C. on Friday, May 12. She was accompanied by numerous other federal, state and local law enforcement officers who were also recognized for their outstanding efforts during the past year.


Gunston Road, 9800 Block: On Wednesday, May 17 at approximately 1:00 a.m., two employees were working in the 7-Eleven convenience store in the 9800 block of Gunston Road. The victims were approached by a man who brandished a gun and demanded money. The suspect was given an undisclosed amount of money and fled the area. No one was injured.

Lorton Road, 8000 Block:  Approximately 15 minutes later officers believe the same suspect approached an employee working in the Shell Gas Station in the 8000 block of Lorton Road and demanded money. The suspect was given an undisclosed amount of money. Prior to fleeing the store the suspect also took an undisclosed amount of money from a patron who was in the gas station. No one was injured.

Franconia Road, 5500 Block:  At approximately 2:00 a.m., an employee was working in the Crown Gas Station in the 5500 block of Franconia Road. The victim was approached by the suspect who brandished a gun and shot the victim in the upper body. The suspect then fled the area. The victim was transported to INOVA Fairfax Hospital where he is being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

In all three of the robberies the suspect is described as a black man, in his 20s, about 5 feet 4 inches to 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing 150 to 160 pounds. He wore a black shirt, black pants, black ski mask and black gloves. The suspect possibly fled the area in a small blue or black sedan with a black hood.

Anyone with information about this incident or this suspect is asked to call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or the police non-emergency number at 703-691-2131.


Rose Hill Drive, 6200 Block:  On Tuesday, May 9 at approximately 7:00 p.m., police responded to an exposure complaint in the 6200 block of Rose Hill Drive. A 9-year-old girl who was playing outside with her 12-year-old friend was approached by a man. The man told them he was looking for his dog. The suspect exposed himself to the young girls. He was described as a white man in his 20s, approximately 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall, weighing about 175 pounds. He wore a red ball cap, gray T-shirt, blue jeans and white shoes.


Willowood Lane, 6300 Block:  On Saturday, May 13 around 2:45 p.m., police responded to an attempted burglary in the 6300 block of Willowood Lane in the Rose Hill area. When police arrived they found two citizens restraining a suspect. An investigation determined that the suspect had attempted to burglarize a residence and was detained by the homeowner and a neighbor. No one was injured. The 17-year-old Silver Spring area teenager was transported to the Juvenile Detention Center. Two petitions were served, one for attempted burglary and one for destruction of property. The suspect was released to the custody of his parents.


Ayers Meadow Lane, 7100 Block

  Bumper and license plate stolen from vehicle.

Cindy Lane, 7000 Block

  Wheel and tire stolen from vehicle.

Fleet Drive, 6600 Block

  Laptop computer stolen from business.

Franconia Road, 5200 Block

  License plate stolen from vehicle.

Franconia Road, 5500 Block

  Gasoline stolen from service station.

Joust Lane, 6000 Block

  Bicycles stolen from residence.

Rose Hill Drive, 6100 Block

  Alcoholic beverages stolen from business.

Rose Hill Drive, 6200 Block

  Purse stolen from person at library.

Springfield Mall, 6500 Block

  Bicycles stolen from vehicle.

Springfield Mall , 6500 Block

  Scooter stolen from business.

Sunburst Court, 4100 Block

  Flower and plants stolen from residence.

Sunburst Court, 4100 Block

  Tree stolen from residence.


Founders Hill Drive, 5900 Block

  2004 Suzuki motorcycle

Little River Turnpike, 6700 Block

  1994 Ford E25

Quicksilver Court, 6600 Block

  2002 Suzuki GSX-R600

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