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Fatal crash in Falls Church

A 20-year-old Falls Church man died of injuries he suffered in a crash on Nov. 3 shortly after 8:30 p.m.

Fairfax County police said officers responded to the report of a crash at the intersection of Leesburg Pike and Patterson Road.

According to police, a 34-year-old Falls Church man was driving his 1997 Ford Expedition east on Leesburg Pike and started making a left turn into the shopping center at Patterson Road. A 34-year-old woman and a 4-year-old girl were passengers in the Expedition. Israel Ibarra de la Cruz was traveling west on Leesburg Pike on his 2013 Suzuki motorcycle, police said. Police said the driver of the Expedition — Santos A. Perez — turned in front of the motorcycle, causing the collision.

Ibarra de la Cruz was taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital where he died on Nov. 8 shortly after 4 p.m.

The two female passengers in the Expedition were not injured, police said.

Perez was not injured. He was transported to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center and charged with DWI.The investigation continues and additional charges are possible, according to police.

Fatal Alexandria townhouse fire

An Alexandria man is dead after a townhouse fire.

Fairfax County firefighters said they responded to a fatal townhouse fire Nov. 7 at approximately 4 a.m., in the 6800 block of Deer Run Drive in the Alexandria area.

Firefighters said they encountered smoke and fire coming from the front, side and rear of the three-story, end unit townhouse upon their arrival. Due to the large volume of fire, a second alarm was requested bringing more than 50 department personnel to the scene. Firefighters controlled the fire in 50 minutes, but the home was declared a total loss.

The body of an adult man was discovered. No one else was injured.

Both police and fire investigators are investigating the cause of death. As of Wednesday, the identity of the body had not yet been announced by officials. The medical examiner will determine the cause of death, officials said.

Herndon police charge three in October assault, robbery

Three suspects have been charged in an Oct. 15 assault and robbery in Herndon.

On that date, the Herndon Police Department responded to the 1200 block of Elden Street for a man who had been beaten with a baseball bat and robbed of his wallet and cell phone by three people, police said. The man sustained multiple serious injuries, including a broken arm.

On Nov. 8, police arrested Jose Ovidio Ortiz, 20, of Herndon; Trent Taylor Binford, 19, of Sterling; and a 17-year-old juvenile from Sterling. They were charged with robbery and malicious wounding and are currently in custody.

Fire guts Springfield townhouse

A Springfield townhouse fire has caused $200,000 worth of damage.

Fairfax County Firefighters responded to a townhouse fire Nov. 8 at approximately 1:45 p.m. in the 7200 block of Evanston Road.

Firefighters said they encountered heavy smoke and fire coming from the roof and rear of the three-story, middle townhouse upon their arrival. Firefighters tried to fight the blaze but withdrew from the second floor when the floor around them started to collapse.

No one was injured. A second alarm was struck, bringing approximately 60 firefighters to the scene. Firefighters said they continued fighting the fire and were able to keep the fire damage to adjacent units to minor fire extension. Firefighters said they rescued a cat, and a dog also escaped when firefighters forced entry into the home. No one was home when the fire broke out, firefighters said. Two occupants have been displaced and are being assisted by the Red Cross. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

FCPD announces new deputy chiefs

On Nov. 13, Fairfax County Police Chief Edwin C. Roessler, Jr. announced the selection of two new deputy chiefs.

According to Roessler, Lieutenant Colonel Erin Schaible will take command of the Patrol Bureau where she will be responsible for the largest patrol force in Virginia. The Patrol Bureau is primarily comprised of eight district stations, the Animal Services Division, and the bureau which has the primary task of strategically changing to an urban policing mode as the county continues to change.

Lt. Col. Ted Arnn will take command of Investigations and Operations Support. The bureaus within his command provide emergency response support and major crime investigations throughout the county.

Firefighters rescue man from Seven Corners fire

A Seven Corners fire caused by an electrical power strip caused $25,000 in damages and sent one man to a local hospital with burns.

Fairfax County firefighters, along with firefighters from Arlington County, responded to a fire in a high-rise building Nov. 8 at approximately 3 a.m. at 6166 Leesburg Pike.

Firefighters said they encountered an active fire on the second floor. Firefighters said they rescued a man from the apartment where the fire originated and transported him to Washington Hospital burn center. They said a smoke alarm did not activate due to a dead battery. The fire was accidental, according to investigators.