This set of circumstances suggest that the husband of the woman found dead Monday morning in a Reston apartment blaze set the fire and later killed himself in Texas. From Fairfax County police:
Detectives have determined that the man who resided in the apartment was married to the deceased victim. That man was found deceased in Bandera County, Texas on Tuesday, February 19. Authorities are investigating his death as an apparent suicide.
Detectives investigating the homicide do not feel there is a public safety threat and are not searching for any suspects in this case.
Follow up from this sad story about an apartment fire early yesterday in Reston. From Fairfax County police:
The deceased woman has been identified as Jennifer Lynne Pearson, 38, of 12002 Waterside View Drive #22 in Reston. She was pregnant at the time of her death.
Let’s hope her killer is soon caught.
From NBC News 4:
A woman who died in an apartment building fire in Reston Monday morning may have been the victim of homicide, police say.
The fire broke out around 6:20 a.m. at a building in the 12000 block of Waterside View Drive, just off Fairfax County Parkway. The majority of the blaze was contained to an apartment on the second floor, a spokesperson said.
Update @ 6:18 PM from Fairfax County police:
Police are investigating an apparent homicide that occurred in the Reston area on Monday, February 18. Around 6:12 a.m. the Fairfax County Fire Department was called to an apartment in the 12000 block of Waterside View Drive for a report of smoke. Firefighters determined the smoke was coming from inside an apartment on the second floor and forced entry. They found an adult female deceased inside the apartment.
Police detectives and the Office of the Fire Marshal are investigating the woman’s death jointly. The investigation is in its early stages but detectives have determined the victim had trauma to her upper body. She has not yet been identified.
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.
An arsonist was at work at the Herndon Kohl’s yesterday evening. Fortunately, sprinklers quickly put out the fire. Let’s hope cameras identify a likely suspect.
Firefighters found heavy smoke throughout the store when they arrived. They found a clothing rack on fire in the women’s section of the store, authorities said.
Sprinklers had activated and put out the majority of the fire.
The store was evacuated when the smoke alarms went off and no injuries were reported.
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.