Franconia Regional Crime Report
Period ending December 20, 2006

Police Officer Jim Nida
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 Nida's e-Mail:
james.nida@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.

DANGER AT THE GAS PUMP

You may be putting yourself at risk when you pump your next tank of gasoline, especially if you are not alert.  Check this website for more information:

http://www.sheriff.org/videos/psa_cartheft.html

The video comes from Florida, but it is happening here as well!

CAC: 

Our next regularly-scheduled meeting will be on Wednesday, January 17, 2007, in the Helen Wilson Community Room at 7:30 pm in the Franconia Governmental Center. A social period (7pm-7:30pm) precedes the meeting.

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 seminar is scheduled at the Franconia District Station, located at 6121 Franconia Road, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on January 13, 2007. 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.

HOMICIDE

Middlesex Avenue, 6200 Block:  On Sunday, December 17 about 10 p.m., two men began arguing in a home located in the 6200 block of Middlesex Avenue. One man stabbed the other in the upper body with a knife and fled the scene. Felix Hernandez, 33, of 6210 Middlesex Avenue, was taken to Inova HealthPlex at Franconia-Springfield by a family member. Hernandez was pronounced dead at the facility. A warrant for homicide has been obtained against 27-year-old Betuel Ortiz-Martinez of 6210 Middlesex Avenue. He was last seen fleeing the scene of the homicide in a 1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse with Florida license plates G194FM. He is described as Hispanic, about 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs approximately 130 pounds. The suspect and victim knew each other and lived at the same residence.

MALICIOUS WOUNDINGS

Vine Street, 5500 Block:  A 44-year-old Suitland, Maryland man was injured Friday during an altercation inside the Ace Temporaries, Inc. business.  At 4:20 p.m. on December 15, the man recognized a female acquaintance inside the business and inquired about a previous conversation.  The woman became angry at the man and summoned her friend, a 44-year-old Washington, D.C. man.  That man yelled at the victim, pulled out a knife and cut the victim on the upper body.  Police were called and the suspect and female fled in a car.  The victim was transported to the Springfield Health Plex and treated for his non life-threatening injuries.  Police have suspect information and investigation is ongoing.

Franconia-Springfield Parkway/Frontier Drive:  A 16-year-old Springfield-area boy was walking in a field near Franconia-Springfield Parkway and Frontier Drive when he was attacked by four men. This occurred on Monday, December 18 around 4:45 p.m. The suspects pulled the victim's shirt over his head and assaulted him. The suspects may have had a knife as there were several superficial cuts on the victim. The suspects fled. The victim was transported by his family Inova Healthplex. There is no description of the suspects.

ROBBERY

Telegraph Road, 7700 Block:  The employees of the 7-Eleven at 7724 Telegraph Road were robbed on Saturday, December 16 around 3:30 a.m. Two men entered the store and approached the 46-year-old clerk. One man stood as a lookout while the second implied he had a weapon. The second suspect went behind the counter and grabbed several cartons of cigarettes. The victim was not injured. The suspects fled on foot. The suspects were described as black with medium build. The first suspect was 5 feet 8 inches tall and wore a black, beanie cap, black, gray and white jacket, gray pants and white shoes. The second suspect was about 6 feet tall and wore a black, beanie cap, black jacket and pants.

BOATING CRASH

Hallowing Point:  On Monday, December 18 about 4:30 p.m., a 36-year-old man was boating on the Potomac River near Hallowing Point. The man lost control of his boat as he traveled northbound along the river. The Mirage boat overturned and the boater was ejected into the water. A friend in another boat saw the incident and stopped to help. The ejected boater could not be located. Several resources have been mobilized to help search for the boater. On the first night, The Fairfax County Police Department Marine Patrol was assisted by the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, the United States Coast Guard, The Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Prince George's County Fire Department and Dive Team and Prince William County Fire Department. Since the initial rescue operation the Fairfax County Police Department has

received help from the Washington Metropolitan Police Department Harbor Patrol, Prince William County Volunteer Fire Department and the Charles County Sheriff's Office. Authorities continue to search for the boater.

INDECENT EXPOSURE

Barry Road/Dead End:  A man exposed himself to a 17-year-old girl near the Franconia-Springfield Metro station on Wednesday, December 20 around 4:45 p.m. The girl was walking near the dead end of Barry Road, which has a cut-through to the metro station, when a man began talking to her. The man kept asking her questions which she reluctantly answered as she searched for a better populated area. The man then exposed himself and fled on foot. The victim was not physically injured. The suspect was described as black between the ages of 18 and 20 years old. He was about 5 feet 2 inches tall and had shoulder-length dreadlocks with the ends bleached. He was wearing a dark, hooded sweatshirt with a colorful design, blue work pants and black shoes.

LARCENIES

Barclay Drive, 5800 Block

  iPod stolen from business

Carpenters Hall Drive, 8800 Block

  Financial records stolen from residence

Commerce Street, 7200 Block

  Beer kegs stolen from business

Enochs Drive, 8500 Block

  Gear shifter knob stolen from vehicle

Franconia Road, 6100 Block

  Cell phone stolen from business

Gresham Street, 7300 Block

  Tools stolen from vehicle

Kingstowne Center, 5800 Block

  Money from purse stolen at a business

Kingstowne Center, 5800 Block

  DVDs stolen from business

Little River Turnpike, 7200 Block

  Speaker wires stolen from business

Patience Court, 6400 Block

  Laptop stolen from residence

Penwood Drive, 4400 Block

  Tools stolen from vehicle

Richmond Highway, 10200 Block

  Tools stolen from business

Rose Hill Drive, 6100 Block

  Cigarettes stolen from business

Springfield Mall, 6500 Block

  Clothes stolen from business

Springfield Mall, 6500 Block

  Cash stolen from business

Supreme Court, 6800 Block

  Groceries stolen from business

Supreme Court, 6800 Block

  License plate stolen from vehicle

Telegraph Road, 9000 Block

  Fenders stolen from business

VEHICLE THEFTS

Amherst Avenue, 6500 Block

  2007 Toyota Camry reported stolen

Braddock Road, 7200 Block

  1990 Honda Civic reported stolen

Loisdale Road, 6700 Block

  2007 Ford Mustang reported stolen

Springfield Mall, 6500 Block

  1994 Jeep Cherokee reported stolen

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