Franconia Regional Crime Report
Period ending May 24, 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.


Our next regular Citizens Advisory Committee 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 18-24, 2006


This on-line database ( documents known Internet Hoaxes and Scams that seem to reach your email inbox each and every day. Some are harmless but others take full advantage of caring and generous people by soliciting funds of fraudulent causes. Others, make seemingly official (and, sometimes intimidating) requests for personal information.  Many are from "official-looking" websites including financial institutions, on-line auctions and electronic funds transfer sites.  You will want to check this database before you pass along any chain letters or provide any information to the sender.  But, to make life easy and to protect yourself from computer fraud, there are three simple rules for you to follow.  They order of importance:

         Never click on any link provided in an incoming email requesting information or donations

         Never click on any link provided in an incoming email requesting information or donations

         And, finally, NEVER click on any link provided in an incoming email requesting information or donations.

Pedestrian struck by train dies

General Greene Way, 6400 Block:  On May 18, 2006 at approximately 9:15 a.m., the engineer of a northbound Norfolk Southern railroad train loaded with coal, saw a man A man jogging down the middle of the Norfolk Southern train track on the track near 6433 General Green Way, in the Franconia area. The engineer sounded the bell and horn as he applied the brakes. The man stepped over the left rail but continued to jog next to the track.  The train struck the man with the left front corner of the engine. The man died at the scene. The victim was identified as Daniel Christian Espinoza, 23, of 6010 Amherst Avenue in Springfield.

Serial Robber Strikes Again

Franconia Road, 6100 Block:  On Thursday, May 18 at approximately 2:45 am, a man entered the 7- Eleven convenience store in the 6100 block of Franconia Road. He brandished a hand gun and demanded money from the employee.  The suspect was given an undisclosed amount of money and left the scene. Prior to leaving the man did fire a round in the store. No one was injured. Police believe that this man is the same man responsible for three previous robberies which occurred on Wednesday May 17. The first occurred in the 9800 block of Gunston Road, the second in the 8000 block of Lorton Road and the third in the 5500 block of Franconia in which an employee was shot in the face. The assailant is described as a black man, in his 20’s, about 5 feet 4 inches to 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing between 150 and 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.

Springfield Area Bank Robbed 

Springfield Plaza, 6400 Block:  On Saturday, May 20 at approximately 10:55 a.m., a man walked into Chevy Chase Bank, located at 6426 Springfield Plaza, approached a teller and demanded money. A female teller relinquished an undisclosed amount of money to the suspect and he fled the area. No weapon was seen or implied. No one was injured. The suspect was described as a black man in his 40s, approximately 5 feet 5 inches tall and about 150 pounds. He was last seen wearing a blue shirt, blue jeans and a light blue hat.

Anyone with information about any of these incidents is asked to call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or the police non-emergency number at 703-691-2131. You may be entitled to a reward and you DO NOT HAVE TO LEAVE YOUR NAME!


Backlick Road, 6400 Block

 Stereo stolen from vehicle.

Brindle Heath Way, 6800 Block

 Laptop computer stolen from vehicle.

Commerce Street, 6700 Block

 Money stolen from coke machine at hotel.

Edgeware Lane, 6000 Block

 Golf carts stolen from apartment complex.

Edsall Road, 6400 Block

 Spray painting machine stolen from hotel. 

Franconia Road, 6100 Block

 Wallet stolen from vehicle.

Frontier Drive, 6500 Block

 Briefcase and wallet stolen from vehicle.

Julian Street, 6400 Block

 Bicycle stolen from residence.

Kingstowne Boulevard, 5800 Block

 Wallet stolen from person at business.

Kingstowne Towne Center, 5900 Block

 Alcoholic beverage stolen from business.

Loisdale Road, 6600 Block

 Laptop computer stolen from business.

Loisdale Road, 7400 Block

 Cellular telephone stolen from residence.

Long Pine Drive, 7400 Block

 License plate stolen from vehicle.

Newington Road, 7000 Block

 Wheels and tires stolen from vehicle.

Nice Place, 6400 Block

 Change and keys stolen from vehicle.

Silver Lake Boulevard, 7100 Block

 Butcher block, table and book stolen from residence.

South Van Dorn Street, 6900 Block

 Cellular telephone stolen from business.

Springfield Mall, 6400 Block

 Wallet stolen from business.

Telegraph Road/Beulah Street

 Fail to pay cab fare.

Upland Drive, 4800 Block

 Bicycle stolen from residence.


Backlick Road, 6200 Block

  2005 Honda Civic

Commercial Drive, 6800 Block

  1997 Dodge Stratus

Indian Run Parkway, 6300 Block

  2001 Mitsubishi Mirage

Lee Valley Drive, 6500 Block

  1993 Honda Civic

Spring Garden Drive, 7000 Block

  1998 Chevrolet


Layton Drive, 7200 Block:  On Wednesday, May 17 around 5:50 p.m., a citizen captured a raccoon. The animal appeared to be sick or injured. Animal control euthanized the raccoon and took it to the shelter for testing. The result of the rabies test was positive.


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