Franconia Regional Crime Report
Period ending August 17, 2006

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

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703.719.6436 ~ Fairfax County Police Department Virginia Crime Prevention Association
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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.


No meetings in July and August. Our next regularly scheduled meeting will be on Wednesday, September 20, 2006, in the Helen Wilson Community Room at 7:30 pm in the Franconia Governmental Center. A social period (7pm-7:30pm) precedes the meeting.


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 September 9, 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
August 10-17, 2006

“Safe and Sober Summer” Program Nets 141 Drunk Driving Arrests

The “Safe and Sober Summer” squad finished the program with 141 DWI arrests. Officers issued 598 speeding tickets, 137 reckless driving tickets and 124 driving on suspended license tickets. They also made 51 criminal arrests throughout this effective enforcement campaign.

The Fairfax County Police Department, in the interest of promoting safe and sober driving launched its “Safe and Sober Summer” program on July 1. The purpose of the campaign, which ran through August 4, was to continuously educate the public about the dangers of irresponsible drinking and driving. During the last campaign, well over 100 drunk and impaired drivers were arrested.

The “Safe and Sober Summer” program consisted of 12 select officers from a variety of stations and the motorcycle unit. They formed a roving squad with the primary purpose of identifying and arresting drunk drivers. These officers worked both weekdays and weekends throughout the evening hours. DWI checkpoints were also conducted as part of the strategic plan to combat impaired driving. The third component of the plan involved alcohol stings whereby underage cadets attempted to purchase alcohol from a variety of establishments.


Commerce Street, 6800 Block:  The employees of a Springfield-area bank were robbed just after 9 a.m. on Thursday, July 10.  A man walked into the BB&T Bank, located at 6810 Commerce Street, and approached a teller and passed a note demanding cash. The teller complied with his demands and he fled the bank with an undisclosed amount of money. There were no apparent injuries. The perpetrator was described as a black male, about 6 feet to 6 feet 3 inches tall. He had a thin build and was wearing dark-colored clothing. Security cameras inside the bank photographed the suspect on video tape. Police are hoping someone will recognize the suspect.

Anyone with information about this or any incident or suspect described herein 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 give your name.


On Wednesday, August 9, about 1 p.m., a man robbed the Mobil gas station located at 6421 Edsall Road in the North Springfield area. The suspect walked into the gas station and took a bank deposit bag from the office. He struggled with an employee before fleeing from the store. The victim was not injured. The suspect was seen leaving in a car which a short time later was found abandoned near the gas station. The car was determined to be stolen. Witnesses provided information which lead detectives to the Northeast area of Washington D.C. A D.C. Metropolitan Police Officer patrolling in the area of Raum Street and Trinidad Avenue, N.E. stopped a suspect who was identified and allegedly involved in the robbery. Andrew Moorehead, 20, of 1316 Montello Avenue, N.E. Washington, D.C. was arrested and after being interviewed by Fairfax County Police detectives. Moorehead was charged with robbery. He is detained in the Washington, D.C. jail awaiting extradition to Virginia.


Commerce Street/Brandon Avenue:  On Monday, August 14, about 2 a.m., a man was walking near the intersection of Commerce Street/Brandon Avenue when he was approached by two men. The two men assaulted the victim taking jewelry and money from him. The suspects then fled the scene. The victim was not seriously injured. The suspects were described as Hispanic men, 20-30 years old. The first suspect was 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighed 140 pounds. He was wearing a red shirt and jeans. The second suspect was 6 feet tall and weighed 160 pounds. He was wearing a pink polo shirt and jeans.


Bostwick Drive, 6620 Block:  Detectives are investigating the death of Marion Barbara Marshall, a 72-year-old North Springfield-area woman as a homicide. On Monday, August 14 at about 6:10 p.m. a friend found Marshall deceased in her home at 6620 Bostwick Drive and called police. Initial investigation and autopsy revealed Marshall’s death was due to trauma. Police would like to speak with anyone who may have had contact with Marshall recently or anyone who may have information about her death. Detectives investigating the homicide have determined that on Monday, August 14 about 11:15 a.m. Ms. Marshall was in the Annandale area. She was last seen at the Giant Food store at the Bradlick Shopping Center, located at 6980 Braddock Road. Store surveillance video indicates Ms. Marshall was in the store shopping. Detectives are interested in talking to anyone who might have seen Ms. Marshall or had contact with her in the shopping center.


Cumberland Avenue, 6100 Block:  On Wednesday, August 16 about 8:50 p.m., two men were drinking at a friend’s house in the 6100 block of Cumberland Avenue. The men began to argue and one of the men broke a bottle and cut the victim on the upper body. The suspect then fled the area. The suspect is described as a white man, in his 20’s and weighing 150 pounds. He was wearing long blue shorts and a blue and white shirt.


Backlick Road, 8400 Block

  Gasoline card stolen from business

Calamo Street, 7000 Block

  Jewelry stolen from residence

Dunwich Way, 6600 Block

  Strereo stolen from vehicle

Earlston Court, 5900 Block

  Cellular phone stolen from residence

Fleet Drive, 6500 Block

  Tools stolen from boat

Franconia Road, 6100 Block

  One license plate stolen from vehicle

Garner Street, 5300 Block

  Bicycle stolen from yard of residence

Gunston Cove Road, 9400 Block

  CB radios, television and stereo stolen from business

Gunston Cove Road, 9400 Block

  Fog lights stolen from vehicle

Kingstowne Center, 5800 Block

  Beer stolen from business

Lake Parcel Drive, 9100 Block

  Rug stolen from residence

Lamar Drive, 7100 Block

  One license plate stolen from vehicle

Richmond Highway, 9400 Block

  Money stolen from business

Rose Hill Drive, 6000 Block

  Blood pressure monitors stolen from business

Springfield Mall, 6500 Block

  Wallet stolen from business

Springfield Mall, 6600 Block

  Money stolen from business

Springfield Mall, 6600 Block

  Jewelry stolen from business

Viceroy Court, 5600 Block

  Gasoline stolen from vehicle


Curtier Drive,6000 Block

  2006 Volkswagon GTI

Metropolitan Center Drive, 6700 Block

  1993 Honda motorcycle

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