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Business Compliance Checks in West Springfield Police District

From Fairfax County:


West Springfield Police District - Officers from the West Springfield District Station Neighborhood Patrol Unit conducted business compliance checks at several locations in the Annandale, Springfield, Burke and Lorton areas of Fairfax County on August 12.

            The sting was conducted using county police cadets dressed in plain clothing who entered stores to purchase alcohol. If asked whether the cadet was 21 years old, he or she was to respond with his true age and/or date of birth. If asked for identification, he or she was to tell the clerk that he had no identification. If the sale of alcohol took place, the plain-clothed officer would take possession of the alcohol from the cadet and make the appropriate charge(s), along with the assistance of the uniformed officer assigned to the team.

Community Reacts to Fairfax's Serial Slasher


This morning Fairfax County Police reported another woman came forward as a victim of the “Serial Slasher.

"(The) 21-year-old woman who may be the sixth victim in a string of assaults that have taken place in retail stores since February," police said.

In Fair Oaks Mall today, shoppers shared their reactions to the newest reported case. Watch the video to find out what community residents think about the "Serial Slasher."

“I am very careful wherever I go,” said one customer.

“It makes me a little nervous to shop here, I’m not going to lie,” said another customer.

One Fair Oaks Mall employee mentioned that business has been a little slower than usual because of the recent news.

City of Fairfax National Night Out

From Fairfax Police Department:


The City of Fairfax Police Department will be participating in the 28th annual National Night Out which is scheduled for Tuesday, August 2, 2011. Members of the City of Fairfax Police Department along with other local agencies, will be visiting and interacting with members of participating communities to help fight crime and foster a positive police and community relationship.


Alexandria Woman Pleads Guilty to Defrauding the American Conservative Union


This story comes to us from Peter Carr:

  ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Diana Carr, 56, of Alexandria, Va., pleaded guilty today embezzling from the American Conservative Union (ACU). 

Crime Solvers Tip Aids in Capture of East Coast Rapist

From Fairfax County:

  Crime Solvers programs around the region are applauding their role in a recent capture. An anonymous tip through Crime Solvers assisted police in the arrest of the highly sought-after “East Coast Rapist.” Detectives around the region and as far reaching as Rhode Island and Connecticut worked with the Federal Bureau of Investigation to create a website and billboard signs that ran up and down the east coast with pertinent information in a series of sexual assaults.

            More than 12 women and children were reportedly sexually assaulted by the same man. Those attacks began in Prince Georges County, MD in February, 1997. The suspect then attacked women in Fairfax County, VA, Leesburg, VA, Cranston, RI, New Haven, CT and Prince William County, VA. DNA in those cases all returned to the same suspect.   

Two Charged In Dumpster Fires

From Fairfax Fire and Rescue Department:

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department fire investigators have charged Carlos Arturo Casero-Ortez, 19, and Hunberto Orellana, 19, 6000 block of Vista Drive, Falls Church, Virginia, with intentionally setting fire to a trash dumpster in the Culmore area of Fairfax County on two separate occasions.

Both individuals have been charged with burning or destroying personal property greater than $200, (Virginia Code 18.2-81), and setting fire capable of spreading fire on land, (Virginia Code 18.2-86). 

Damage is estimated at $500. There were no injuries.


Be Cautious When Donating to Help Victims in Japan

Be Cautious When Donating to Help Victims in Japan

From Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs:

A tragic event, such as an earthquake or hurricane, often prompts an outpouring of assistance from well-meaning citizens. The FBI reminds consumers who receive appeals to donate money in the aftermath of a natural disaster to apply a critical eye and do their due diligence before responding to requests. Past tragedies and natural disasters have prompted individuals with criminal intent to solicit contributions purportedly for a charitable organization and/or good cause. Before making a donation of any kind, consumers should adhere to certain guidelines, including the following: