Franconia Regional Crime Report
Period ending October 19, 2005

Police Officer Philip Edwards
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 Edwards e-Mail: philip.edwards@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.

CAC:

Our next CAC meeting will be held at the Franconia District Government Center, 6121 Franconia Road, on Wednesday evening, November 16, 2005, in the big meeting room.  A Social Period begins at 7pm, with the General Meeting beginning 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 seminars are scheduled at the Franconia District Station, located at 6121 Franconia Road, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.on November 12, and December 10, 2005.  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.

DRIVING SAFELY DURING FALL

The Fairfax County Police Department advises citizens to be extra vigilant for deer while driving during October, November and December. To avoid a dangerous and often costly collision with deer this fall, police offer the following driving tips:

  • Always wear your seat belt to reduce the possibility of injury in case of a collision.
  • Be alert for deer; drive cautiously —especially if you see a deer crossing sign. Be especially attentive at dusk and dawn during deer breeding season from mid-October to January. (Peak deer movement in the fall coincides with the time change back to standard time. This shifts rush hour into darkness hindering a driver's ability to see deer.)
  • When you spot a deer near the roadway, slow down and be ready for the animal to dart into the road. Honk your horn to try to scare the deer away. Deer often travel in groups, so if you see one deer near the roadway, be cautious for others.
  • When you see a deer on a roadway, flash your headlights from bright to dim and honk the horn to encourage it to move away from the road. Drive with lights on during overcast days and use high beams at night whenever possible. (Though headlights can confuse deer, the reflecting light from their eyes will help you to see them.) Warn drivers following you of the presence of deer by tapping on your brakes.
  • If a deer runs into the roadway, try to slow down or brake without swerving. Losing control of your car and crashing into another car or a stationary object can be more dangerous than hitting the deer.
  • If you cannot avoid hitting a deer, slow down and grasp the steering wheel firmly with both hands. Take your foot off the brake at the time of impact so the front end of your vehicle will lift up and enable the deer to go under the car, rather than over it (reducing the danger of it crashing through the windshield or windows). If the animal is injured or killed, report the collision through the non-emergency line at (703) 691-2131.

In 2004 there were at 136 reportable crashes between vehicles and deer in Fairfax County with 13 resulting in injuries to people. However, the actual number of collisions is likely between 3,000 and 5,000. If motorists remain alert and slow down to allow more reaction time, it is possible that some of these crashes could be avoided or result in less damage.

Weekly Incident Summary Report
October 13-19, 2005

MALICIOUS WOUNDING

Springfield Mall, 6500 Block:  On October 15 around 8:45 p.m., a 15-year-old Springfield-area male was at an entrance to the mall, located at 6500 Springfield Mall. The victim was approached by approximately ten males, and the victim was stabbed in the upper body. The group then fled in two separate cars.  The victim was medevaced to Inova Fairfax Hospital in serious but non-life threatening condition. Police believe this assault was the result of an earlier confrontation at the mall and that it is gang related. All the suspects were described as Hispanic males in their teens or early 20s. One of the vehicles was described as a dark-colored Honda.

ROBBERY

Edsall Road, 6200 Block:  A 42-year-old Springfield-area man was robbed in the Alexandria area. On Saturday, October 15 around 1:40 a.m., a 42-year-old man was walking in the 6200 block of Edsall Road when he was approached by a group of people. The victim was assaulted and his personal belongings were taken from him. The suspects fled the area. The victim sustained non life-threatening injuries. Three of the suspects were described as black men in their 30s. The first suspect was approximately 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing around 180 pounds with short black hair. He had a mustache and was wearing a multi-colored sweatshirt. The second suspect was approximately 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing around 160 pounds. He was wearing a dark jacket, dark sweat pants and a baseball cap. The third suspect was approximately 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing 160 pounds, with short black hair, wearing dark clothing. Two suspects were black females in their 30s. One was approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing around 280 pounds. She had medium length black hair and was wearing dark clothing. The second female suspect was approximately 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing approximately 225 pounds. She had medium length black hair and was wearing dark pants and a light blue shirt.

LARCENIES

Ardglass Drive, 7300 Block

Power tools stolen from vehicle.

Backlick Road, 5300 Block

Purse stolen from vehicle.

Backlick Road, 5300 Block

Diaper bag stolen from vehicle.

Backlick Road, 6600 Block

Jewlery stolen from business.

Beulah Street, 7200 Block

Beer stolen from business.

Craft Road, 5900 Block

Stereo stolen from vehicle.

Dove Drive, 5900 Block

Compact disc player stolen from vehicle.

Eaton Place, 4700 Block

Floor jack stolen from residence.

Edgemar Woods Court, 9200 Block

Wallet and money stolen from vehicle.

Hagel Circle, 9700 Block

Wallet stolen from vehicle.

Hill Park Drive, 6900 Block

License plate stolen from vehicle.

Hydrangea Drive, 6000 Block

Jewelry stolen from business.

Inter Parcel Road, 6200 Block

Customers left business without paying tab.

John Marr Drive, 4400 Block

Wallet stolen from business.

Kingstowne Towne Center, 5900 Block

Money stolen from business.

La Vista Drive, 5800 Block

Compact disc and MP3 player stolen from vehicle.

Lockport Place, 7300 Block

Tools stolen from vehicle.

Loisdale Court, 6500 Block

Luggage stolen from hotel.

Loisdale Court, 6500 Block

Passport stolen from hotel room.

Meriwether Lane, 6000 Block

Bumper stolen from vehicle.

Newington Road, 7000 Block

Sink stolen from business.

Penwood Drive, 4500 Block

Compact disc player stolen from vehicle.

Rose Hill Drive, 6100 Block

Beer stolen from business.

South Van Dorn Street, 5700 Block

Computer stolen from business.

South Van Dorn Street, 5700 Block

Cash stolen from business.

Springfield Mall, 6500 Block

Wallet stolen from business.

Springfield Mall, 6600 Block

Cellular telephone and purse stolen from business.

Springfield Mall, 6600 Block

Cellular telephone stolen from business.

Springfield Mall, 6700 Block

Cellular telephone stolen from business.

Telegraph Road, 7600 Block

Wallet stolen from locker at school.

Willowfield Way, 6300 Block

Newspaper stolen from residence.

VEHICLE THEFTS

Amherst Avenue, 6100 Block

2000 Honda Civic reported stolen.

Backlick Road, 6500 Block

2001 Infiniti QX4 reported stolen.

Coverdale Way, 5900 Block

2004 Suzuki GSX reported stolen.

Frontier Drive, 6700 Block

1998 Toyota Camry reported stolen.

 

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