Franconia Regional Crime Report
Period ending November 17, 2004

Police Officer Philip Edwards
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 Edwards 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.


Keep a watch out for people standing near you in the checkout line at retail stores, restaurants, grocery stores, etc... who have a camera cell phone in hand. With the camera cell phones, they can take a picture of your credit card, which gives them your name, number, and expiration date. CBS reported this type of identification theft is one of the fastest growing scams today. Be aware of your surroundings. We might like our new toys and technology, but the criminals like them more. Identity theft can ruin your credit rating, and cause you hours and days of headaches, just straightening things out.


You are probably aware that a great complement to a turkey dinner is a good glass or two of some Pinot Gris or Chardonnay. However, wine can make you feel a little light-headed, and not fully in control of your movements. If you have more than one glass of wine with your dinner, and you intend to drive afterward, waiting an hour (AFTER your last glass) before heading out is a good idea and the small delay might save the lives of your loved ones and yourself. Turkey also contains a naturally-occurring natural sedative--tryptophan. It makes you feel sleepy. If you feel sleepy after eating, that's a good sign that you've enjoyed and digested your meal, but it's also a good sign that you might not want to drive until you are fully in control of your senses. It is better to be aware of your actions than to allow impaired, automatic driving impulses to dictate your actions on the road. REMEMBER, the Police will be missing their dinners with their families to make sure YOU are safe. Make THEIR jobs easier, and your day a joyful one.


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 held the second Saturday of each month at the Franconia District Station. The next MODIP classes are being held at the Franconia District Station located at 6121 Franconia Road, on December 11, 2004, and January 8, 2005, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 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
November 11-17, 2004


Three individuals have been arrested after a year-long scam that primarily targeted Hispanic victims. The individuals are being investigated for 48 incidents throughout Northern Virginia that involved impersonating police officers. The arrests resulted from a joint investigation conducted by Fairfax County, Prince William County, Manassas City, Alexandria City, Arlington County, and the Town of Herndon and Fairfax City Police Departments.

Jesus Sossa-Vivancos, Monica Obando and Alain Gary Obando-Encinas approached the victims and identified themselves as police officers investigating crimes. They took the victims’ wallets and rifled through them supposedly in search of evidence. Instead, they stole cash or ATM cards. These arrests closed eight of the 48 incidents and further charges are anticipated.

On Wednesday, October 6, Jesus Sossa-Vivancos, 36, of 13890 Montclair Lane in Woodbridge, was charged in Fairfax County with false pretense, credit card theft, impersonating a police officer and petit larceny stemming from an incident that occurred on October 3, 2004. Sossa-Vivancos has been served with additional warrants by Prince William County and Alexandria City Police Departments.

Monica Obando, 24, of the same address, has been charged by Prince William County with conspiracy to commit larceny and by Alexandria City Police with two counts of false pretense.

Alain Gary Obando-Encinas, 19, also of the same address, has been charged by Manassas City police with conspiracy to commit abduction and conspiracy to commit larceny from a person.

Sossa-Vivancos is currently being held at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center without bond. Obando is currently being held at the Alexandria Adult Detention Center without bond. Obando-Encinas has been released on a $1,000 bond.


Springfield Mall, 6600 Block As two men were fleeing from security officers at Springfield Mall, one fired a gun at the officers and one drew a knife. The officers were not injured. Around 4:30 p.m. Thursday, November 11, mall security officers confronted two men who were in front of a store in the mall yelling at two other men. The security officers told the men that they were creating a disturbance, and the two men ran from the security officers. As the officers pursued the men outside the mall into the parking area, one suspect drew a handgun from his waistband, and the second suspect drew a long knife. Suspect one fired two shots at the security officers, but did not hit them. The two suspects continued to run west behind Franconia Road and the officers lost sight of them. Police searched the area but were not able to locate the suspects. One suspect is described as white, 5 feet 9 inches tall and 140 pounds. He had brown hair and was wearing gray shorts, a white shirt and New Balance shoes. The second suspect is described as white, 5 feet 9 inches tall and 140 pounds with brown hair. He was wearing blue jeans. No information on ages is available at this time.


Ashland Woods Lane, 9200 Block Tire reported stolen from vehicle.
Brookfield Plaza, 7000 Block Magazine reported stolen from business.
Delia Drive, 6500 Block License plates reported stolen from vehicle.
Franconia Road, 5500 Block Gasoline reported stolen from service station.
Grange Lane, 6500 Block Stereo reported stolen from vehicle.
Marsham Court, 6000 Block Two hubcaps reported stolen from vehicle.
Minor Lane, 4600 Block Purse reported stolen from business.
Squire Lane, 6100 Block Wallet reported stolen from residence.
Versar Center, 6800 Block Computer equipment reported stolen from business.


Comet Circle, 6600 Block 1997 Mercury reported stolen.
Coverdale Way, 5900 Block 2004 Suzuki reported stolen.
Elan Court, 4400 Block 1995 Honda Civic reported stolen.
Kestner Circle, 6000 Block 1994 Ford Crown Victoria reported stolen.
Terrapin Place, 6000 Block 2004 Suzuki motorcycle reported stolen.
Thackwell Way, 6600 Block 1994 Honda Accord reported stolen.

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