Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department fire investigators have charged a Maryland man with setting off bombs in several local movie theaters, including some in the Tyson Corner AMC theater complex.
Michael Bell Joyner, 20, of Bowie, Md., has been charged with three felonies in connection with what fire officials say were multiple improvised explosive device explosions.
Joyner was charged with three counts of creating, possessing or using a bomb; three counts of arson of an occupied public building; and three counts of using devices for a terrorist act.
Joyner was arrested May 31 by the Prince George’s Fire Marshal’s Office for similar offenses in Maryland. Additional charges in other jurisdictions may be forthcoming. He is being held in the Prince George’s County jail.
No one was injured in the Maryland and Virginia cases.
The joint investigation included the FBI, ATF, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue and Police, Anne Arundel County Fire Marshal and Police, City of Alexandria Fire Marshal, the Montgomery County Fire Marshal, and other local police jurisdictions.
A Potomac, Va., woman is dead after a fatal crash in Vienna.
Fairfax County Police said that at 2:08 p.m. May 27 officers were called for a single-vehicle crash in the area of Towlston Road and Shouse Drive. Police said Mary Eckert, 80, was going north on Towlston Road in a 2002 Lexus RX200 and ran off the right side of the road, striking a tree. She was transported to a hospital and died on May 29 as a result of her injuries. Speed and alcohol were not factors in the crash, according to police.
Police said they were called to the 900 block of Circle Drive on May 15 for a call that a woman had not returned home. Police said the woman’s children said their mother had not been seen since the previous night. Police said the body of the missing woman was later found on a trail in some nearby woods. Police did not disclose the cause of death, but said that the case is being investigated.
Beginning this year, the month of June in Virginia is officially designated as “Move Over Awareness Month.”
The recognition comes following a Senate joint resolution during the 2014 Virginia General Assembly session. The declaration is intended to provide further support to Virginia’s public safety campaign aimed at increasing drivers’ awareness concerning the protection of public safety professionals and highway safety workers, to include safety service patrols on Virginia’s roads.
Virginia’s Move Over law, established in 2002, requires drivers to either move over a lane or, when unable to, to cautiously pass all emergency personnel stopped on the side of a road. The law also applies to emergency response vehicles, highway maintenance vehicles and tow trucks equipped with flashing amber lights.
Two reports of assaults in a Dulles Town Center ladies room have been reported to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.
The latest incident happened around 11:30 a.m. May 30, according to reports. Officials said a 16-year-old girl was inside a bathroom stall when an unknown man reached underneath and grabbed her. The man left after the teen screamed.
The suspect in that case was described to deputies as a black man, approximately 6 feet tall, with a thin build. He was wearing a black jacket and red baseball hat.
A similar incident was reported on May 14 when a 62-year-old woman inside a bathroom stall was inappropriately touched by an unknown male in an adjacent stall. The man then fled the bathroom.
The suspect in that case was described as a black man in his early 20s. At the time of the incident, he was wearing jeans and a white T-shirt with a black leather vest and a red and black hat, according to officials. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division at 703-777-0475.
— Gregg MacDonald