Franconia Regional Crime Report
Period ending August 23, 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
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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 17-23, 2006

Crime Solvers Offers Reward in Homicide of North-Springfield-Area Woman

Fairfax County Crime Solvers is asking for the public’s assistance identifying the person responsible for the death of a 72-year-old North-Springfield-area woman.  On Monday, August 14 at 6:10 p.m. police were called to the home of Marion Barbara Marshall, located at 6620 Bostwick Drive, after a friend found her deceased inside.

An investigation and autopsy determined that Marshall died as a result of trauma.  Detectives ascertained that she shopped at the Giant Food store in the Bradlick Shopping Center, located at 6980 Braddock Road, around 11:15 a.m. that same day.

Detectives would like to speak with anyone who may have seen Marion Barbara Marshall or had contact with her either at the store or in recent weeks. 

Anyone with information on this homicide or the suspect involved is asked to call Fairfax County Crime Solvers at 1-888-411-TIPS / (8477).  A $1,000 cash reward will be paid for information which leads to an arrest.  As always, callers never have to give their names or appear in court.

Woman Charged for Filing a False Police Report

Massey McQuire Court, 9600 Block:  Police were called to a home located at 9619 Massey McQuire Court at 11:40 p.m. on Wednesday, August 22, responding to a woman reporting a sexual assault. The responding officers utilized the police helicopter and Fire and Rescue personnel as they began to investigate the incident. A short time later, officers determined the sexual assault did not occur. Eighteen-year old Ashley Gant of that address was issued a summons for filing a false police report.  


Wexford Place/Ashfield Road:  On Saturday, August 19 around 10 p.m., a woman was driving an acquaintance home in the area of Wexford Place and Ashfield Road. The man who had been drinking told the woman to pull the car over. The victim stopped the car and the suspect grabbed her purse and fled the area. The victim was not injured. The suspect was described as a black male, and 31 years old. He was 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighed 165 pounds. He wore a white T-shirt and jeans. The investigation continues.


Cumberland Avenue, 6100 Block:  Police responded to the 6100 block of Cumberland Avenue in the Springfield area on Wednesday, August 16 around 9 p.m. for a stabbing. Two men had been walking down the street when someone threw a bottle at them. One of the men exchanged words with the suspect and they began to fight. The suspect broke a bottle and stabbed the victim with it. Friends of the suspect intervened and a friend of the victim intervened in the fight; the suspect then punched and kicked the second victim. The suspect fled the scene. The victims, two 22-year-old Springfield males, were transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital. After an investigation, police charged German Gabriel Gradiz Flores, 25, of no fixed address, with malicious wounding and assault. He was transported to the Adult Detention Center.


Baclick Road, 5700 Block

  License plate stickers stolen from vehicle

Broadmoor Street, 5400 Block

  Yard ornaments stolen from yard of residence

Fallswood Way, 7600 Block

  Two license plates stolen from vehicle

Farrington Avenue, 600 Block

  Bag stolen from vehicle

Franconia Road, 6100 Block

  Laptop stolen from vehicle

Franconia Road, 6100 Block

  License plate stickers stolen from vehicle

Frontier Drive, 6500 Block

  Briefcase stolen from vehicle

Heming Avenue, 5600 Block

  Jewelry stolen from residence

Industrial Road, 6800 Block

  Two license plates stolen from vehicle

Metropolitan Center Drive, 6700 Block

  Bicycle stolen from residence

Springfield Mall, 6700 Block

  Video games stolen from business

Springfield Plaza, 6300 Block

  Bicycle stolen from business

Woodlake Lane, 6000 Block

  Two bicycles stolen from residence


Commerce Street, 6700 Block

  1996 Ford F-250

Heather Ridge Court, 9200 Block

  2002 Toyota RAV 4

Junction Boulevard, 6800 Block

  2000 Chrysler Concord

Lavinus Lane, 6600 Block

  2001 Hyundai

Richmond Highway, 9100 Block

  2005 Audi

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