Libertarian pro-gun and anti-war activist Adam Kokesh was taken into custody at his Herndon home by the U.S. Park Police, and taken to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center on Tuesday night.
Kokesh, a former Marine, was charged with possession of drugs and possession of a firearm, according to Lt. Steve Elbert, a spokesman for the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office.
Elbert said Wednesday that Kokesh is being held without bond at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center.
“The United States Park Police requested assistance from the Herndon Police Department yesterday while they served a federal search warrant in the Town of Herndon,” said Lt. Jim Moore of the Herndon Police Department. “At approximately 8 p.m. on July 9, the Herndon Police provided a safety buffer zone in the 1500 block of Snowflake Court to keep cars out of the area and to keep residents safe while the U.S. Park Police served the federal search warrant utilizing their helicopter for support. The Herndon Police Department was not involved in the service of the search warrant or in the search of the residence.” U.S. Park Police spokeswoman Lt. Pamela Smith said Wednesday that the search warrant was executed by the U.S. Park Police in search of a weapon.
A July 4 video posted by Kokesh on YouTube shows him loading a shotgun in what appears to be Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C. In D.C., possession of a firearm not registered in the District is punishable by up to a year in prison. Smith would not comment on whether the video had anything to do with the search warrant. No attorney information for Kokesh is listed in Fairfax County court records.
On July 5, Dion Bagby, 27, of Vienna, a cheerleading coach for the Fairfax-based Infinity All Stars, and a member of the Baltimore Ravens coed cheerleading squad, was traveling on U.S. 15 north when his motorcycle collided with a 2012 Volkswagen Jetta turning left from U.S. 15 south, according to Maryland State Police. Police said Bagby was pronounced dead at the scene.
A Fairfax man died July 7 when the car he was driving went off Route 235 in Hollywood, Md.
Alfonso Eduardo Vayra, 61, was thrown from the vehicle and died at the scene of the 8:16 p.m. crash, according to Maryland State Police.
A Hollywood ambulance crew took an injured, unidentified 59-year-old passenger — also from Fairfax — to the Prince George’s Hospital Center, according to a St. Mary’s County dispatch log, because emergency helicopters were grounded due to weather conditions.
Police report that their preliminary investigation indicated that speed was a factor in the collision.
Around 9:15 a.m. July 9, Fairfax County police said they were called to the 5100 block of Chowan Avenue in the Lincolnia area for a report of a man who fell from a tree.
Upon arriving, officers said they found 21-year-old Jassiel Moyoraga Benavidez, of no fixed address, dead at the scene.
Police said the exact cause of death will be determined by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, but that detectives do not suspect foul play.
A teen boy remains hospitalized after reportedly being stabbed in Herndon.
Fairfax County police said officers responded to a report of a stabbing in the 2100 block of Astoria Avenue shortly after 2 a.m. July 10.
Police said there had been a party at that address and that a 17-year-old boy had suffered a stab wound following an argument that reportedly took place at the party. The teen was transported to a local hospital in life-threatening condition. The boy’s name was not released due to the fact that he is a minor. Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Bureau, officers from the Reston Patrol bureau and the Town of Herndon Police Department are continuing to investigate the incident.
Anyone with information is asked to call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.
Fairfax County police have charged a Maryland man with several offenses after he allegedly tried to evade police in his vehicle while in Reston.
Around 10:30 a.m. July 3, police said an officer attempted a traffic stop on a gray Toyota on Leesburg Pike in Reston. The driver initially stopped on an exit ramp but fled after a brief verbal exchange with the officer, according to police. Police said a second officer was able to stop the Toyota at Hunter Mill Road and Baron Cameron Avenue and took the driver into custody.
Dwight Lamar Hayman, 32, of Glendale, Md., was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and reckless driving.
Douglas Lee Payne, Jr., 31, of Fairfax was sentenced July 5 to 25 years in prison, followed by a lifetime period of supervised release, for charges of production of child pornography and attempted enticement of a minor. Payne pleaded guilty to the charges on April 8.
According to court documents, during the investigation of a Fairfax County probation violation in December 2011, electronic communications between Payne and two minor females — one in Indiana and another in Pennsylvania — were discovered. Court records state that in these communications, Payne asked the minor victims for nude images and instructed them on how to pose and send him the photos. Court records state that Payne had a least one child pornography image of each minor victim in his possession. Payne and the minor victim in Indiana also had conversations about Payne going on a trip to Indiana to visit family and having sex with the minor on his trip home to Virginia, records show.
This case was investigated by the Fairfax County Police Department and the FBI Washington Field Office’s Child Exploitation Task Force.
Police have charged one adult and three juveniles in connection with a June 7 robbery and assault near Pinecrest Road in Reston. Police said a 31-year-old man was walking on a path near the community center at 12125 Pinecrest Road when he reportedly was approached by four young men who spoke to him, punched him, and then took his belongings after he fell to the ground. The four then fled down the path. Police said on July 3 that the adult suspect, Ali Lewis, 19, of Freetown Court in Reston, has now been charged with robbery in the case. No information has been disclosed about the other three suspects because they are minors. Police said detectives linked the four suspects to the incident based on a tip they received from the public. Police have not linked these four suspects to several other recent incidents that were similar in nature, and are still seeking information and tips from the public on those cases.
An Alexandria man has been arrested as a suspect in a Mount Vernon sexual assault that took place in May.
On July 3, detectives, assisted by the Mount Vernon Criminal Investigation Section and patrol officers, arrested Isaias Castro Esparza, 23, at his home in the 7900 block of Audubon Avenue in Alexandria. He was transported to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center and charged with one count of attempted robbery and one count of aggravated sexual battery.
Police said that a 23-year-old woman reported that a man attempted to rob her and that she was sexually assaulted after getting a cup of coffee at 7704 Richmond Highway on May 26.
The incident took place as the woman was approached at her car by a man who displayed a knife and demanded money at around 8:30 p.m. He then reportedly sexually assaulted her, she screamed and he fled. The suspect was described as Hispanic, in his late 30s, with a narrow face. He was between 5 feet 6 and 5 feet 8 inches tall, with a thin build. He wore a blue baseball cap and a light blue hoodie.
Fairfax County and Prince William County police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the men responsible for robbing several cab drivers throughout the region.
Police say that since December 2012, at least six cab drivers have been robbed after parking their cabs. Detectives from each jurisdiction believe the same group of men is responsible for these incidents. The following robberies are believed to be related:
•Monday, Dec. 3, 2012: Fairfax County — 8th Street and Lincoln Avenue at 6:05 a.m. A 39-year-old driver parked his cab and exited when another cab pulled up behind him. The driver exited, brandished a gun and demanded money. The victim complied and the suspect fled.
•Saturday, March 30: Fairfax County — 5100 block of Lincoln Avenue at 6:26 a.m. A 34-year-old driver was walking to his cab when two suspects exited another car, brandished a handgun and took property from the victim. Both suspects fled in the other car.
•Thursday, June 20: Fairfax County — 6500 block of Cherokee Avenue at 2:10 a.m. A 51-year-old driver parked his car in a parking lot. Two suspects exited another vehicle, each brandishing guns. They took money and property from the victim and fled in the other car.
•Friday, June 21: Prince William County — 14000 block of Baneberry Circle at 3:48 a.m. A 54-year-old driver parked his vehicle and was approached by two suspects, one with a handgun. The suspects took property from the victim and fled in their vehicle.
•Sunday, June 23: Fairfax County — 6400 block of Wingate Street at 3:45 a.m. A 29-year-old driver parked his cab and exited. He was approached by a suspect brandishing a handgun. The suspect took cash and property from the victim and fled in another car.
•Another robbery case in a nearby jurisdiction also is believed to be related.
Police say the suspects in these cases have all been described as black, in their 20s, wearing dark-colored clothing and armed with handguns. The first suspect is about 5 feet 10 inches tall, 175 pounds. The second suspect is about 6 feet 2 inches tall, 180 pounds. The suspects have been seen driving taxi cabs during these reported robberies. Detectives have determined these cars were previously stolen and then abandoned after the robbery.
A Guatemalan man was taken into custody June 28 when U.S. Customs and Border Protection discovered three bottles of shampoo in his possession that allegedly contained cocaine.
Authorities said Eric Eduardo Estacuy Juarez, 39, arrived at Washington Dulles International Airport on a flight from Panama, and was singled out for a secondary examination.
During that examination, CBP officers said they determined the shampoo bottles contained a double wall and a white powdery substance wrapped in cellophane was inside. The substance field-tested positive for cocaine, authorities said. Among the three bottles, 911 grams — more than two pounds — of cocaine was retrieved. According to a CBP statement, the estimated street value is about $60,000.
Juarez was turned over to agents with Homeland Security Investigations. He was charged with knowingly or intentionally importing a controlled substance. In the last four months of 2012, six shipments of cocaine in the control of Guatemalan couriers were seized by customs officials, according to CBP.
— Gregg MacDonald