Vienna Police: Construction noise issues go to court and a slap heard around Dunkin’ Donuts

A Vienna Police Department truck (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Multiple noise violations reported at the Vienna Market townhouse development have resulted in a court summons for the site’s construction manager, the Vienna Police Department says.

The most recent incident was reported by a resident around 5:50 a.m. on June 1, according to the department’s highlights report for the week of June 3-9.

“Officers responded to the area and observed the offense taking place,” police said. “Since there had been previous violations at this work site and warnings were previously issued, the site construction manager was issued a summons for the violation.”

Because it’s an active construction site, the VPD said data on how many noise-related warnings have been issued this year for the 200 block of Market Square NW is not readily available. Construction has been underway on the 2-acre site off of Maple Avenue since 2019.

Led by Northfield Development and NV Homes, Vienna Market is replacing the burned-down former Marco Polo restaurant with a four-story, mixed-use building containing 44 condominium townhomes and 8,200 square feet of retail. The project got a final approval from the Vienna Town Council in November 2019.

Vienna’s noise ordinance prohibits construction, demolition, and repair activities before 7 a.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

Police respond to drinking issues, vandalism

The Vienna Police Department were also kept busy last week by incidents involving public intoxication, spray paint, and one assault at Dunkin’ Donuts (314 Maple Avenue West).

According to the report, a citizen reported that, at 4:45 p.m. on June 6, another man asked for $150 so he “could get back home to Baltimore.”

“When the citizen refused, the suspect slapped him,” the VPD said.

A 38-year-old Fairfax resident was arrested and charged with being drunk in public on June 4 after police received reports of a man “threatening patrons of restaurants in the area,” including at Cedar Park Shopping Center and Panera Bread (136 Maple Avenue).

The individual was taken to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center, where he was joined a day later by a 50-year-old man and 39-year-old woman who were charged with being drunk in public in front of Bazin’s on Church (111 Church Street NW).

According to police, a citizen reported at 9:45 on June 5 that the man and woman were trying to get into their vehicle and appeared intoxicated.

“After speaking with the subjects, Officers determined that they were both intoxicated and suggested they use alternate modes of transportation to get home,” the report says. “The subjects became uncooperative and belligerent with the officers. Both persons were arrested.”

Police also responded to three vandalism incidents on June 2 and 3:

Vandalism 22-005349
Meadow Lane Park
400 Courthouse Road, SW
Between June 2 7:00 p.m. and June 3 12:13 p.m.
A Town of Vienna employee reported that someone had spray-painted the men’s public restroom walls, doors, and toilet.

Vandalism 22-005350
Vienna Community Center
120 Cherry Street, SE
Between June 2 7:00 p.m. and June 3 12:13 p.m.
A Town of Vienna employee reported that someone had painted with a paint marker a wood chipper owned by the Town of Vienna.

Vandalism 22-005329
South Side Park
1317 Ross Drive, SW
June 3 between 6:40 p.m. and 6:42 p.m.
A citizen walking a dog reported seeing someone spray painting the buildings in the park. Officers responded to the area, but the subject was already gone.

According to the police department, there’s no evidence yet that the incidents have been committed by the same person.

“However, the time frames and modus operandi suggests that they could be related,” VPD spokesperson Juan Vasquez said. “This investigation is at the beginning stages so it’s too early to know with certainty.”