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Prince William County Police have arrested and charged a 17-year-old boy in the March 28 rape of a Herndon woman, as well as two area armed robberies.

The name of the Manassas teen has not been released because of his age, but police said that in addition to rape charges, he is being charged with abduction with intent to defile, robbery, using a firearm in commission of a felony and grand larceny.

On March 28 at 11:15 p.m., police responded to the area of Maplewood Drive and Peakwood Court in Manassas for a reported rape. The alleged victim, a 31-year-old woman from Herndon, reported to police that she was walking to a residence of a known acquaintance in the area when she was approached by an unknown man. Police said the man displayed a handgun and forced the woman into a secluded area behind a townhome on nearby Vermont Place where he then allegedly raped her.

Following the encounter, police said the man fled the area on foot. The woman was transported to an area hospital. A police K-9 and helicopter were used in the search for the suspect, who was described as a black male with a medium build last seen wearing a black, puffy winter jacket, dark gray jeans, and a black and white bandana.

Prince William County police said a suspect matching a similar description was reported in two reports of an armed robbery at a local barbershop, one occurring the same day as the alleged rape.

Accidental Mount Vernon commercial building fire

Fairfax County Firefighters responded to a commercial building fire March 31 shortly before 5:30 p.m. in the Mount Vernon area of Fairfax County. The commercial building is located at 8145 Richmond Highway and contained three businesses, according to fire officials.

Firefighters said they extinguished the fire in approximately 10 minutes. There were no injuries.

Damage is estimated at $30,000. According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. Improperly installed electrical wiring involving the electrical meter caused the fire.

Falls Church police arrest three suspects in December armed robberies

City of Falls Church Police has announced the arrest of three individuals in conjunction with two armed robberies reported in December 2012.

Robert Montgomery, 24, of Manassas; Vincent H. Pizarro, 21, of Haymarket; and Miguel M. Garcia, 21, of Warrenton, have all been arrested and are each charged with one count of robbery, abduction, and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, according to police.

Police said both armed robberies occurred on Dec. 16, 2012.

In the first case, police said the victim reported he was confronted by three suspects in the 100 block of Hillwood Ave., and robbed at gunpoint of his wallet, cash and cellphone. A short time later, police said a second victim reported he was also confronted by three suspects in the 200 block of North Washington Street and robbed at gunpoint of his wallet, cash and cellphone. Police said all three suspects fled on foot after both robberies.

The City of Falls Church Police said they received a break in the case when Montgomery was tied to DNA at the scene of the first incident via a cigarette butt. Upon questioning by detectives, police said Montgomery implicated Pizarro and Garcia.

Montgomery and Pizarro are currently being held at the Arlington County Adult Detention Center with no bond. Garcia was arrested at Charlotte (N.C.) Douglas International Airport by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Agents after returning on a flight from Mexico. He is currently being held at a local facility with no bond pending extradition.

Microwave fire in Falls Church displaces 19

Fairfax County Firefighters said they responded to a garden apartment fire March 28 shortly after 7:30 p.m. in the Falls Church area of Fairfax County. The garden apartment complex is located in the 3400 block of Carlyn Hill Drive.

Firefighters said they encountered heavy fire coming from the top floor and roof of the four-story garden apartment upon their arrival. Fire officials said the incident commander struck a second alarm due to the potential of rapidly spreading fire on the roof of the 32-apartment complex.

Approximately 60 firefighters came to the fire scene, officials said.

Firefighters simultaneously conducted evacuation and search and rescue operations throughout the complex, evacuating approximately 100 occupants. Fire officials said two occupants were displaced from the apartment where the fire started, and 17 others were displaced from seven other apartments.

One firefighter sustained a nonlife-threatening injury while fighting the fire. Damage is estimated at $100,000.

According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. A malfunctioning microwave caused the fire.

Police seek teen flasher

Local law enforcement officials are searching for a teen boy who exposed himself March 31 to a Sterling resident.

The resident, who lives in the 10 block of Wedgedale Drive, told deputies they answered a knock at their door to find no one there. A few minutes later, someone knocked again and when the resident looked out a window they saw an unknown person exposing himself.

The subject was described as a 16- to 17-year-old Hispanic boy, approximately 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall with black hair. He was last seen wearing glasses and a black zip up style hooded sweatshirt with a white graphic on the front and lettering on the sleeves and gym shorts.

Smoke alarms alert residents in Reston house fire

Fairfax County firefighters responded to a house fire March 21 at approximately 10:40 p.m. in Reston. The single family home is located in the 10700 block of Midsummer Drive.

Firefighters reported bringing the fire under control in approximately 15 minutes. Fire officials said that smoke alarms provided early warning for both of the occupants, who escaped unharmed and have been displaced. There were no injuries.

Damage is estimated at $110,000. According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. A drop light in the attic too close to combustibles caused the fire.

Police partner with Unified Prevention Coalition

Fairfax County Police staff will engage middle school-aged students and their parents in the upcoming “Striving for a Healthier Way” Prevention Conference Saturday, April 13 at Falls Church High School. Organized by the Unified Prevention Coalition of Fairfax County (UPC), the meeting promotes healthy alternatives for youth to manage stress and to deter use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. The community dialogue is open to all those interested in learning more about drug and alcohol prevention and diversion programs in Fairfax County.

“The Fairfax County Police Department is a vital partner with the Unified Prevention Coalition in working to prevent alcohol and other drug use during these transition years by supporting healthy teen growth,” said UPC Executive Director Diane Eckert. “Our police officers truly care for the safety and well-being of our youth.”

Leading workshops for middle school students will be Nancy Burke, the department’s athletic trainer, and Lucy Caldwell of the Public Information Office. Burke is nationally recognized and was recently inducted into the 2013 Virginia Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame. She will conduct a “Stay Fit” session. Caldwell, a long-time communicator in the the field of public safety, will lead a hands-on workshop that will focus on writing and how these skills may morph into a career.

Captain Bruce Ferguson, Commander of the Community Resources Division, and narcotics detective Sgt. James Cox of the Criminal Investigations Division will explain and address the current state of illicit drugs in Fairfax County today. Joining them will be Inova Fairfax Hospital’s Dr. William Hauda. School Resource Officer (SRO) at Jeb Stuart High School PFC Mario Colorado and the SRO for Irving Middle School PFC Sung Lee will lead similar workshops in Spanish and Korean, respectively.
One of the conference highlights will be PFC Brian Bowers and his narcotics K-9 Buster. They will demonstrate FCPD K-9 narcotics training capabilities throughout the morning. Canine teams work regular uniform patrol in their assigned district and respond to a variety of calls.

PWC Police: Herndon woman raped in Manassas