One or more vandals caused about $60,000 in damages to a mosque under construction in Chantilly. The crime is likely hate related, based on the systematic damage done to windows and doors at the site.
From the Washington Post:
Vandals attacked the construction site of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Mosque in Chantilly overnight Jan. 29, authorities said.
All of the first-level windows and door glass were shattered by thrown rocks, causing about $60,000 in damages, according to Usman Ghumman, general secretary. He said the artisan doors and windows were custom-made to match the mosque’s design and artifacts.
Fairfax County police found the significant damage to the unfinished mosque the next morning, but said there is no evidence that the vandals entered the building. Empty beer cans, liquor bottles and rocks were also found scattered on the ground and on the roof of the building.
“If one or two windows were broken, we would have thought it was a random act of vandalism, but all fingers are pointing toward being a hate crime,” Ghumman said.
Fairfax County police are working to find those who committed the vandalism. Anyone with information may contact Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477.
From Fairfax County Police:
Police are investigating an abduction and attempted sexual assault that occurred shortly before 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 29. A 37-year-old woman was grabbed by a man as she walked toward her home in the 4100 block of Elmwood Street. The suspect displayed a weapon, moved the victim a short distance and attempted to sexually assault her. The suspect fled on foot. The victim did not require medical attention.
The suspect was described as being white and tall, with a medium build. He was wearing a dark colored jacket, dark colored pants, and he concealed his face from the victim.
Anyone with information 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 Fairfax County police:
A 29-year-old clerk was robbed by two masked men at the International Gift Store, 14513 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway on Sunday, January 29.
Two men entered the business around 6:30 p.m., produced a knife and demanded money. The clerk complied and was not injured. The suspects escaped with jewelry, electronics and cash.
The suspects were described as white men, around 20 years old. Both had black hair, were around 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighed around 140 pounds.
Anyone with information 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
The Girl Scouts of the USA organization continues to attract critics for straying from its roots in a more secular and non-traditional direction. The most recent offense of this nature has prompted St. Timothy’s Catholic Church in Chantilly, Virginia (left) to ban the organization from meeting on its grounds because of its alleged connections to Planned Parenthood.
The church has barred Girl Scout troops from meeting in both the church and its school; furthermore, the girls are no longer permitted to wear their uniforms on church premises.
The church is located on Poplar Tree Road in Chantilly.
A crash between a mobile lounge and a Southwest Airlines baggage truck apparently caused the death of the driver of the baggage truck today. The incident occurred Thursday at Washington Dulles International Airport. Southwest Airlines released the following statement:
On Thursday, Jan. 26, at approximately 7am, a Southwest Employee was involved in a collision between a baggage cart and a mobile lounge at Washington Dulles Airport. Immediately following the accident, the injured Employee was rushed to an area hospital to receive medical attention. We learned earlier today, Friday, Jan. 27, that the Employee passed away as a result of injuries sustained in the accident. We continue to work with all relevant agencies, including the local authorities and the airport, to investigate events surrounding the accident. The Southwest Airlines Family is greatly saddened by the passing of our Southwest Family Member, and we extend our heartfelt sympathies and support to his entire family at this time.
How much traffic does this site get? Not as much as I would like, but perhaps more than you would expect given that the number of posts is relatively small.
Some 2011 traffic statistics, courtesy of Google Analytics:
- 6,348 Visits (17.39 per day)
- 5,356 Unique Visitors (14.67 per day)
- 10,056 Pageviews (27.55 per day)
- 795 mobile visits (12.5% of visits)
- Top mobile device: iPad (221 visits)
Top five pages and posts:
- Home page (3,340 page views)
- Facts about Oak Hill (583 page views)
- About Oak Hill, Virginia (293 page views)
- Man floats down Rt. 29 in Fairfax on an inner tube (245 page views)
- Update on Public Storage fire (199 page views)
Is the site growing? Yes! Compared with 2010, visits are up 57% and page views are up 50.4%.
Thanks for visting.
What’s up with this site? Things tend to slow down during the winter. I’ve noticed this for a few years now. Oak Hill is in general a pretty quiet community. Cold weather keeps people inside. Crime goes down in the winter as well. I’ve monitored the various police reports and very typically there is nothing to report inside Oak Hill itself, just sometimes on the periphery of Oak Hill in Reston, Herndon and Chantilly.
The good news is that based on my monitoring Oak Hill is truly one of the safest communities you can possibly live in. Even minor vandalism rarely occurs. Southern parts of Oak Hill fall under the Fair Oaks police station, which rarely has any events of note. Many weeks pass with no major incidents reported. Northern parts fall under Reston where the same is true. Herndon has its own police department of course, because it is a town, but I try to confine relevant news to Oak Hill if possible, or on its immediate edges otherwise since many Oak Hill communities touch these neighborhoods.
Community associations are also often silent during the winter, or have content behind firewalls, indicating not much is happening as well. There are events at Frying Pan Park, which I check for and post periodically. Most church and school web sites are also scanned, but only rarely have events of interest to the community.
So if things are happening, one of the best ways to get the news out is to send me an email. I have owned the domain since 2000, and still feel a community web site has potential. It needs your input. So if you are a newshound and have appropriate news articles to post, they can be posted through me or, if you are trusted, I can set up an account and allow you to submit them yourself.
Posts are relatively infrequent, in part because there is not much publicly accessible content for Oak Hill, but also because I try to keep a tight community focus.
I expect as warmer weather returns you will be seeing more posts on this site.
According to Fairfax County Police:
A 23-year-old man was reportedly robbed in the 11900 block of Winterthur Lane
around 9:55 p.m. on Tuesday, January 17. The victim was approached by two other men on the
sidewalk. One suspect reportedly brandished a gun and demanded money. The suspects took
property from the victim and fled. The suspects were described as black, in their early 20s.
Winterthur Lane is just north of Hunters Woods. We reported on a similar robbery back in November.
Reston Police District – Investigation has led police to charge three individuals in this case. Jose Santos Ponce Zuniga, 31, has been charged with murder. Amilcar Noel Urbina Zelaya, 29, and Saul Pacheco Mejia, 45 were both charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine. All three are believed to have fled the country.
If you know the whereabouts of these two suspects or have additional information about them, please contact Fairfax County Police.