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Man convicted in killing of Reston doughnut shop owner

A Fairfax County jury has convicted a Maryland man of the murder of a Reston man who was the co-owner of a Dunkin Donuts franchise that opened last year in Reston’s Hunters Woods Plaza.

On Sept. 25, Abir Ali, 20, of Prince George’s County was found guilty and a sentence of 18 years in prison was recommended by the jury for the second-degree murder of Bharat P. Patel, 40, according to Ali’s attorney, Michael J. Lindner.

“Ali was a family friend who assisted with the opening of the new store,” said Fairfax County police spokesman Eddy Azcarate in June 2012, when Patel’s body was found in some bushes outside his apartment building in the 11900 block of Winterthur Lane. According to Lindner, the two men had been arguing over Patel’s girlfriend.

Patel, along with co-owners Jay Vederey and Sri Vederey, opened the new Dunkin Donuts franchise, located at 2280 Hunters Woods Plaza, on June 6, 2012. Around 12:45 a.m. on June 9, 2012, police said they responded to the same block of Winterthur Lane for reports of a fight between two or more men, but did not see anything suspicious when they arrived.

“We then later received a missing persons report, and the description matched that of one of the men who had reportedly been fighting,” Azcarate said. “So police went back to the Winterthur Lane address and looked around a little longer and harder and discovered the body, which had suffered trauma to the upper body.” Ali is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 1.

Teen dead after fatal Fairfax City police chase

A 14-year-old Washington, D.C., boy is dead following a police chase through Fairfax City that ended with a fatal crash.

According to Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller, at 12:45 a.m. Sept. 21, just outside the Fairfax City limits, a Virginia State Police trooper began pursuit of a Honda Accord driving west on Route 236. When the trooper used emergency lights in an attempt to stop the Honda, it sped away from the trooper, reaching speeds of up to 100 mph.

As the Honda approached the intersection of routes 29 and 50 in Fairfax City at 12:47 a.m., it ran a red light and continued into the intersection, Geller said.

The Honda then struck a Toyota Camry, which had entered the intersection on a green light when it was struck. The driver of the Honda then fled the crash scene on foot but quickly was apprehended by the trooper. The 15-year-old male driver was transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. The driver has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, one felony count of attempting to elude police, one felony count of hit-and-run, and driving without a driver’s license.

The passenger in the Honda, Marquette Bell, 14, of Washington, D.C., died at the scene. The driver of the Camry, Yassin A. Fereva of Fairfax, was transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. “Obviously we are prohibited from releasing the driver’s name as he is a juvenile and facing multiple charges,” Geller said.

Shooting into vehicle in Hybla Valley

Two people sitting in a vehicle were shot in Hybla Valley just after midnight Sept. 21, according to Fairfax County police.

Fairfax County police officers responded to a shooting at 12:15 a.m. in the 7900 block of Janna Lee Avenue. Several rounds were fired at a car that had just pulled into a parking space, police said.

Two individuals in the car were struck by the gunfire. Both sustained non-life-threatening injuries, police said. One victim, a 22-year-old Alexandria man, was struck in the lower leg. The other, a 28-year-old Woodbridge man, was struck in the lower body and upper leg, according to police. Police say they have no suspects; the case remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact Fairfax County police at (703) 691-2131.

Man robbed, weapon discharged in Mount Vernon

Fairfax County police say a 29-year-old man was walking in the 8400 block of Blankenship Street at about 12:15 a.m. Sept. 21 when a group of men approached and one displayed a handgun.

Police said the suspects pushed the man to the ground and demanded he hand over any valuables. They fled with a cellphone and wallet. Police said one of the suspects allegedly fired his handgun at the man. He was not struck by a bullet, but did receive minor injuries in the assault.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Fairfax County police at 703-691-2131.

Wolftrap fire and rescue station to open

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Station 42, Wolftrap, will open for business at 7 a.m. Oct. 1.

The station will respond to emergency and non-emergency calls and be staffed around the clock. It is located at 1315 Beulah Road in Vienna.

Fire officials say the station initially will house a single engine company and an emergency medical services supervisor.

Other emergency response units will be added in July 2014. The station will participate in the upcoming Fire Prevention Open House scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 12, and also will conduct an apparatus housing ceremony at 1 p.m.

A grand opening of the station is scheduled for 11 a.m. Nov. 2.

County residents are invited to the open house, apparatus ceremony and grand opening.

The station house is approximately 14,600 square feet, has four drive-through bays, and sits on six acres.

Annandale house fire causes $150K in damage

Fairfax County firefighters responded to a house fire at approximately 4:30 p.m. Sept. 23 in Burke. The single-family home is located in the 4900 block of Andrea Avenue.

Firefighters said they encountered heavy smoke and fire coming from the rear and basement of the home upon their arrival. Two adults were at home when the fire broke out and escaped unharmed. Fire officials said damage is estimated at $150,000. According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental, and caused by a torch used by a worker in the basement.