From the Fairfax County Fire Department:
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a commercial structure fire, Sunday, June 26, 2011, at approximately 10:05 a.m., in the Town of Herndon. The commercial building, the Aaoji Indian restaurant, is located at 724 Pine Street.
Firefighters saw heavy smoke coming from the building upon arrival. Firefighters conducted an interior attack and brought the fire under control in approximately 30 minutes. The fire originated in the kitchen area. Firefighters conducted extensive overhaul operations in the kitchen and ceiling. The restaurant will be closed until adequate repairs are completed. There were no injuries.
Damage is estimated at $150,000.
According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. Intense heat transfer from a natural gas cooking appliance to the subfloor caused the fire.
The restaurant is located in Old Town.
From the Fairfax County police, potentially good news:
Police arrested Ernesto W. Solano Godoy, 27, of 1206 Chase Heritage Circle #101 in Sterling, in connection with a reported sexual assault that occurred on Saturday, June 4 in the 13700 block of Merrybrook Court.
Sex Crimes detectives identified him as a suspect and on Saturday, June 25 around 8 p.m., Solano Godoy was arrested at his home. He was transported to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center and charged with rape, burglary with the intent to rape and abduction with the intent to defile.
From the Bradley Farms HOA website:
On Sunday June 26 from 2PM – 4PM the members of the Bradley Farm Wave swim team will be washing cars in the pool parking lot to raise money for the Wilens/Chu Scholarship Fund and the swim team. Please come lend a hand or bring your dirty car to be washed!
This reported crime on Oak Hill’s outskirts is at least unusual. From police logs:
A 23-year-old man was reportedly robbed by two females in the 12000 block of
Ridge Knoll Drive on Saturday, June 18 around 12:05 a.m. The man was talking with the two
women when one reportedly displayed a knife and demanded property from the victim. The
victim complied and both suspects fled on foot. The victim was not injured. The first suspect was
described as Hispanic, in her late teens to early 20s. She was 5 feet tall and 130 pounds with
brown hair. The second suspect was described as black, in her late teens to early 20s. She was
about 5 feet tall and 130 pounds.
From police logs.
A 20-year-old man reported he was robbed by two other men on Thursday, June
16. Around 9:30 p.m. the victim was grabbed and assaulted by the two suspects on a pathway
between Southgate Square and Stonewheel Drive. They took property from the victim and fled.
Police responded to Access of Reston to take the report; the victim was receiving medical
treatment for non life-threatening injuries. The first suspect was described as black, 16 to 20
years old. He was about 6 feet tall with a light complexion. He was wearing a white T-shirt and
dark pants. The second suspect was described as black, 16 to 20 years old. He was about 5 feet 6
inches tall and 150 pounds. He had short dreadlocks and was wearing a white T-shirt and red
Two days later:
A 25-year-old man was robbed during an apparent narcotics transaction on
Saturday, June 18, around 8:40 p.m. in the 2200 block of Colts neck Road. The victim met the
suspect to purchase marijuana. The suspect displayed a knife and demanded the victim’s money.
The suspect fled on foot; the victim was not injured. The suspect was described as black, about 5
feet 10 inches tall and 225 pounds. He was wearing a white T-shirt and blue pants. His hair was
pulled back in a pony tail.
These sound like neighborhoods to avoid, if possible.
The Craigslist iPhone scam/robbery in Reston on June 15th is apparently part of a pattern. Thankfully a suspect was arrested, however there may be others associated with these crimes or following a pattern. From Fairfax County Police:
Police are investigating a series of armed robberies involving iPhones advertised on Craig’s List. Police estimate there may have been up to a dozen such robberies over the past three months in Fairfax and other jurisdictions around the region. They advise sellers and buyers using online communications to use caution; meet up during daylight hours, and take a friend along.
In one recent case, a victim was robbed at gunpoint on Friday, June 17 in the parking lot of a restaurant at Little River Turnpike and Oasis Drive in the Annandale area around 11 p.m. The victim had arranged to purchase several iPhones through a Craig’s List advertisement that read “Jailbroken iPhones for Sale”. The “seller” showed up for the meeting, produced a gun, robbed the victim of his cash and fled. The victim was able to identify a license plate; police investigated the report; and two men were subsequently arrested.
Deshawn Derr, 25 of 2716 Arlington Drive, Alexandria and David Ramsey, 39 of no fixed address were both charged with robbery and use of firearm in commission of a felony. Police describe the vehicle that may have been used in the robberies as a navy blue, newer BMW model 7 series with North Carolina tags.
Based on the follow up investigation conducted by a specialized investigative unit at the Mason District station, officers believe there may be similar incidents that have not been reported to police. Potential victims should contact Detective John Vickery at 703-246-7800.
Anyone who may have information about this crime is asked to contact Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477, e-mail at www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES/274637 or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.
From the Fox Mill Estates web site:
Grafitti has shown up in many places in the neighborhood. If you notice any, please report it to our Neighborhood Watch group at neig...@fmeha.org. They will report it to the police and to our management company for removal.
How are Oak Hill home prices faring? Better than many places. The average selling price for a home in Oak Hill is currently $472,100, down 4% from a year ago, according to Zillow.com, which keeps track of these things. You can find the value of your home by trying our Zillow house pricing application on the right side of your screen. The good news is that home prices in the Washington area are actually increasing, one of only a few areas in the country to do so this year.
From Fairfax County police logs:
On Wednesday, June 15 around 3 p.m. a 26-year-old man
reported that he was scammed out of a large sum of money. The victim reportedly made
arrangements to meet a man at Reston Towne Center to purchase 100 new iPhones. The two met
and the suspect drove the victim to a parking garage in the 3900 block of Fair Ridge Drive. The
victim gave the suspect money and the suspect left to reportedly get the phones. He never
returned. The suspect was described as Asian, 25 to 30 years old. He was about 5 feet 7 inches to
5 feet 10 inches tall with black hair. He was driving a green four-door Jaguar.