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Armed robbery reported in Annandale parking lot

A man was robbed at gunpoint in Annandale around 11:30 p.m. May 17 as he took his toddler out of his vehicle, according to Fairfax County Police.

Two suspects displayed a weapon and ordered the man to hand over his money in a parking lot in the 4500 block of Commons Drive, according to police. The suspects spoke to the man briefly and then fled, police said. The man and his child were not injured.

Suspect descriptions released by police described the men as black and between 18 and 25 years old. One man was tall with a muscular build with short hair. He wore a white T-shirt and blue jeans. The other man was thin and wore a black T-shirt and blue jeans. He had a short goatee and a light complexion.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Solvers or Fairfax County Police.

Small fire damages Marshall High

A small fire occurred at Marshall High School the morning of May 18. Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to the fire around 10:25 a.m., according to Fairfax County Fire and Rescue officials. Firefighters brought the fire under control in 10 minutes.

Five individuals working in the school were treated at the scene. Fire alarms activated, however, sprinklers did not activate because it was a flash fire, according to fire and rescue officials. Fire investigators have not determined the cause of the fire.

Damage is estimated at $20,000, and the school was able to open to students on Monday as scheduled.

Six-month investigation nets several suspects

Fairfax County police say that as a result of numerous ongoing investigations — after following up on helpful tips from the public and tracking down multiple leads — police have arrested six individuals in connection with a series of thefts from vehicles parked at parks and recreation centers.

Over the last six months, police noted a substantial increase in cases where credit cards were stolen from purses and wallets from vehicles where owners would likely be away for predictable time periods. Typically, the victims were either running, walking or exercising. Parking lots at South Run, Audrey Moore Rec-Centers and Burke Lake were targeted in particular.

Station detectives worked closely with the agency’s Financial Crimes Unit to track down locations where stolen credit cards were being used to fraudulently purchase items at stores such as Best Buy, the Apple store, and even gas stations. Suspects were charged with numerous offenses, such as larceny, fraud, credit card theft and drug charges.

Following the series of arrests in recent weeks, the criminal activity has reduced, however police urge people to continue vigilance with their valuables. The investigations are still ongoing and there are likely other thieves looking for opportunities to steal.

With the onset of warm weather and park usage on the rise, police warn car owners to securely stow items out of sight or leave them at home if they are not needed.

Three Maryland suspects arrested, charged in Virginia burglaries

On May 13, Fairfax County police detectives identified and arrested three Maryland suspects they believe could be responsible for more than two dozen local area burglaries in Fairfax County, Vienna and Falls Church.

Police said that by working with information provided by residents of those areas and the Prince George’s (Md.) County Police Department, Fairfax County detectives, along with detectives from the Town of Vienna Police and City of Falls Church police departments, identified potential suspects in the series of burglaries.

“While responding to four reports of burglaries in the McLean area on May 13, detectives spotted the suspect vehicle — a 2006, silver, Ford Explorer, unoccupied,” said police spokesman Bud Walker. “Surveillance was set up on that vehicle and when the suspects returned to it, they were apprehended,”

Craig Hopta, 29, of no fixed address, Michael Lewis, 29 of Gambrills, Md., and Diana Seaborn, 34, of Fort Washington, Md., were arrested and transported to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center. All three were each charged with four counts of burglary, two counts of grand larceny, two counts of larceny for resale, and possession of burglarious tools. Police said the three are suspected of stealing thousands of dollars of personal property including jewelry, electronics, handbags, silverware and cash. Detectives have recovered some of the stolen property and said they will attempt to reunite it with its rightful owners. The investigation is continuing and additional charges are anticipated, said Walker.

Sterling woman charged with first-degree murder

An apparent homicide in Sterling Friday evening remains under investigation by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office this afternoon.

Rosangela Spradling, 42, of Sterling, has been charged with first-degree murder and is being held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention center without bond, according to Sheriff’s Office officials.

The victim has been identified at Steven Spradling, 52, a member of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police Department. Law enforcement officials believe the incident to be domestic in nature.

Two children were found unharmed at the home in the 21700 block of Blossom Drive in Sterling. They are currently staying with family friends.

Loudoun County deputies responded the home around 9 p.m. Friday after a shooting was reported.

Man arrested following vehicle fire

When police officers and firefighters responded to a vehicle fire at 11:19 p.m May 18 in the 5500 block of Cherokee Avenue in Alexandria, they discovered a handgun and gas can near the burning vehicle. The vehicle was parked in front of a business building which had apparent gunshot holes in the glass, according to Fairfax County Police.

Following an investigation, Matthew Mehfar, 30, of 5112 Observation Way, Alexandria, was charged with shooting in public, arson, entering an alarmed building, damage to public property, and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. Mehfar was transported to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center.

Dulles CBP arrests money laundering suspect

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations at Washington Dulles International Airport arrested an Indian citizen May 13 who was wanted by the Fairfax County Police Department for a suspected money laundering offense.

According to CBP officials, Ashvinkumar Rasiklal Patel, 36, of Indian Head, Md., arrived on a flight from Doha, Qatar. CBP officers said they determined Patel to be subject to a warrant of arrest issued by the Fairfax County Police Department for money laundering. The officers verified the validity of the warrant and confirmed extradition. Patel was arrested by CBP and turned over to Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority police for extradition.

CBP placed an immigration detainer on Patel, who is a legal permanent resident of the U.S., which ensures that he is returned to CBP upon the adjudication of any charges.

Mount Vernon house fire displaces five

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a house fire May 15 at approximately 7:50 p.m., in the Mount Vernon area of Fairfax County. The single family house is located in the 8000 block of Seaton Drive.

Firefighters said they encountered heavy smoke and fire coming from the rear of the ranch-style home upon their arrival. Firefighters conducted an aggressive exterior fire attack, keeping the fire from extending into the attic. All of the occupants were outside barbecuing when the fire broke out and were alerted by a sounding smoke alarm. Five adults have been displaced. Red Cross is supporting the displaced occupants. There were no injuries.

Damage is estimated at $60,000.

According to fire investigators, the fire originated in a bedroom and is under investigation.