Town of Herndon police say that during the early-morning hours of April 1 someone smashed several windows of the town’s government building at 765 Lynn St., as well as the town’s iconic red caboose, the Herndon Depot, and the Fortnightly Library. Police said the damage was estimated at approximately $5,000.
This is the second time the government building was damaged this year. The first incident occurred on Jan. 17.
During the course of the April 1 investigation, police said a suspect was identified and arrested for the incident which occurred on Jan. 17. Police still are investigating the April 1 incident.
Gregory P. Gullace Jr., 33, of Herndon has been charged with felony destruction of property for the Jan. 17 incident and has been taken to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center. The Herndon Police Department is asking the public to contact them if they saw or heard anything this morning between the hours of 4 and 8 a.m. in the area of 777 Lynn St. They can be reached by phone at 703-435-6846.
A New Jersey man has been arrested by Fairfax County police after he communicated with and met a local middle school student, according to a search warrant affidavit filed in Fairfax County Circuit Court.
According to the warrant, Rolando Feliciano of New Jersey met the 13-year-old girl online in 2013 and purchased her a cellphone on which they communicated and shared photos.
According to the warrant, Feliciano and the girl allegedly began exchanging nude photos, and Feliciano drove nearly 200 miles to meet with her at least three times near Holmes Middle School.
The warrant says that after Feliciano called the school allegedly pretending to be her father, school officials contacted the police. Fairfax County police detectives then pretended to be the girl online, and the next time Feliciano traveled to Fairfax County, he was arrested, according to the warrant.
A Mount Vernon man has been charged with abduction after police say he grabbed and inappropriately fondled a 12-year-old girl against her will.
At around 8:30 a.m. March 26, officers said they responded to the 8500 block of Highland Lane for a reported abduction.
A 12-year-old girl told police that a man grabbed her and pulled her into his apartment as she waited for her school bus inside the apartment building. Police said the man allegedly grabbed her and touched her inappropriately. Police said she eventually was able to break free and run to her bus. She did not require medical attention. The incident was reported to the police and school administrators immediately.
Police said the girl provided a description of the suspect and investigating officers located him at an apartment in the 7900 block of Janna Lee Avenue.
The suspect was identified as Walter Yomar Gomez-Lemus, 22. He was arrested and transported to the Adult Detention Facility at the Mount Vernon District Station. Gomez-Lemus was charged with abduction with intent to defile and aggravated sexual battery. Anyone with information is asked to contact Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.
“Your driver’s license has been suspended. You will be arrested. You will be deported. We are on our way to your home right now.” These are just a few of the many threats that Fairfax County police say scammers have made against hundreds of Fairfax County residents over the past several weeks.
Police warn the public not to fall prey to these scammers and to notify them of these criminal incidents.
Police describe the scammers as demanding, aggressive, threatening and easily angered when callers don’t immediately agree to their demands of “overdue tax balances.” They say some complainants have described the suspects as having a heavy accent. Typically, callers demand between $4,000 and $6,000 in immediate payment of unpaid tax bills, they said.
Police urge residents to:
• Contact the IRS if you feel there is any discrepancy with your tax bills.
• Go online to contact the IRS if you feel you are being scammed at http://www.irs.gov/uac/Telephone-Assistance.
• Be skeptical if someone asks or demands you owe taxes and must pay with a Green Dot Moneypack.
• Report suspicious or harassing calls to police online at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/police/120413citizenreportingsystem.htm.
• Remember, once money has been wired or sent, it is impossible to recover.
• More information on common scams can be found at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/police/financialcrimes/commonscams.htm.
City of Falls Church Police responded to a three-vehicle crash on Little Falls Street between Park Avenue and Great Falls Street. Police say that at about 11:30 a.m. March 29, James D. Oglevee, 83, was exiting the Falls Church Farmers Market, 300 Park Ave., onto Little Falls Street when he hit a moving vehicle. That vehicle was pushed into a parked vehicle. Oglevee then accelerated and drove onto the residential properties of 222 and 224 Little Falls St. His vehicle hit bushes and a retaining wall; the homes were not damaged. No one was transported to the hospital. Oglevee was cited with failure to yield while entering a highway.
The City of Fairfax Police Department, in conjunction with the Optimist Club of Fairfax, will offer Safe Assured identification kits for children between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. May 10 at the City of Fairfax Police Headquarters, located at 3730 Old Lee Highway.
Parents will receive a full-color photo ID and a mini-CD that contains digital fingerprints, a digital photo, video showing movement and mannerisms, a general physical description, vital personal information, and a family code word. Private information is encrypted and can be accessed only by law enforcement personnel. Missing-person posters can be created and printed directly from the CD in English, Spanish and French. The Safe Assured ID kits are free, but an appointment is required. Appointments can be made or further information obtained by calling Sgt. Mike Duncan at 703-273-2889.
— Gregg MacDonald