Police are still trying to determine what provoked a man to shoot and kill one man and injure another early Saturday evening in Hybla Valley.
According to Howard Ludwig, Fairfax County police spokesman, it started around 6:20 p.m. on Richmond Highway at Dart Drive at the bus stop. That is where the suspect reportedly became involved in an argument with the victim and shot him.
The shooter fled the area, but while police were investigating, Ludwig says, they received the report of another shooting in a nearby parking lot around 6:45 p.m. Police then found another man who had been shot. That victim reportedly told police the shooter attempted to carjack him before he fled on foot. That shooting victim is expected to survive.
Police quickly located the alleged shooter and placed him under arrest. Ludwig says he anticipates the department to release more information in the morning.
Fairfax County saw six more homicides in 2021 than in the previous year, the Fairfax County Police Department says, citing an unusually high number of adult children killing parents and other family members.
According to the department’s annual crime summary, Fairfax County police recorded 21 homicides last year compared to 15 in 2020.
Homicide detectives solved 16 of the 21 murders, but continue to pursue leads in the unsolved cases. That gives the FCPD a clearance rate of 76.2%, exceeding the national average of 61.4%. It was the first year since 2010 the county saw more than 20 homicides, according to FBI data.
Reston saw three homicides in 2021, including one in which a 24-year-old man was charged with second-degree murder after his father was found dead with stab wounds. A fatal shooting at an apartment complex on Winterthur Court in March remains unsolved.
In September, police arrested and charged a man with killing his father and burying him in the backyard of his house in the Culmore area. Police have not yet made an arrest in the killing of a 73-year-old man who was shot while using in ATM on Annandale Road.
Overall crime fell by 9.6% compared to 2020, driven by reductions in several categories:
- Robbery fell by 1%
- Domestic assaults fell by 4%
- Burglary fell by 11%
- Auto theft fell by 8%
- Larcenies from automobiles fell by 17%
“The national rise in violence touched every major urban center in 2021, including Fairfax County,” said Police Chief Kevin Davis, who is approaching one year on the job in May. “Despite this, we remain one of the safest jurisdictions of our size in the country because our patrol officers, detectives and professional staff work tirelessly for our victims and their families. As we look ahead, FCPD will continue to engage with our community on the important work of public safety.”
Last year, the FCPD implemented a program that requires all officers to patrol communities on foot for at least 30 minutes each shift, in the hopes they’ll interact with residents and business owners in areas where dispatchers receive the highest call volume.
The department also launched a tool that uses surveys linked to QR codes to solicit feedback from community members, and added trainings for use of force and peer intervention.
In 2022, the department plans to update its policy to require releasing body camera and in-vehicle camera footage for incidents involving police within 30 days. The policy is moving through a final approval process, the police department said.
(Updated at 2:35 p.m.) A plastic container found in the Huntington area near Route 1 on Wednesday (Dec. 15) contained the remains of two people that Fairfax County police believe to be the victims of a serial killer.
While not scientifically confirmed yet, police have determined based on a distinctive tattoo that one of the individuals found is likely Cheyenne Brown, a 29-year-old D.C. resident who went missing after taking the Metro to Huntington on Sept. 30.
The identity of the second individual is not yet known, but the suspect in the case has been identified as Anthony Robinson, 35, of D.C., who is currently in custody at the Rockingham-Harrisonburg Regional Jail and faces charges for two murders in the City of Harrisonburg.
“We have leads that will hopefully help us identify fourth victim,” Fairfax County Police Chief Kevin Davis said at a news conference this afternoon (Friday). “The state of decomposition was so bad that it’s going to take a little bit of work, but we have leads about a missing person last seen in this area.”
The Fairfax County Police Department received a call from the Metropolitan Police Department about 10 days ago, requesting assistance in locating Brown, according to Major Ed O’Carroll, commander of the FCPD’s major crimes and cyber forensics bureau.
Surveillance video showed that Brown and the suspect, presumed to be Robinson, were at the same Metro stop on the day of her disappearance. The search led detectives to a motel called Moon Inn on Route 1, where they came across an abandoned shopping cart in a wooded area in the 2400 block of Fairhaven Lane.
The container with the remains was found near the shopping cart, which police believe was used to transport the victims after they were killed, leading them to dub the suspect “the shopping cart killer.”
The two victims in Harrisonburg — Allene Elizabeth “Beth” Redmon, 54, of Harrisonburg, and Tonita Lorice Smith, 39, of Charlottesville — were also reported missing before their bodies were found on Nov. 23 in a vacant lot on Linda Lane in Harrisonburg.
Police say the killer contacted all three identified women through dating sites, and the cause of death is blunt force trauma.
Police in Fairfax County, Harrisonburg, and D.C. are now conducting a “retrospective” investigation to determine whether there were any additional victims. Davis described Robinson, who had no previous criminal history, as a “transient” person with residences ranging from D.C. and Prince George’s County up to New York.
O’Carroll said that the possibility of multiple suspects hasn’t been ruled out.
“We really don’t know,” Harrisonburg Chief of Police Kelley Warner said when asked how far back the killings might go. “That’s why we’re asking for the public’s help. We’re trying to gather as much intel as possible.”
The FCPD says that anyone with information about possible victims or Robinson’s history can contact them at 703-246-7800. The department’s anonymous tipline is also open at 1-866-411-TIPS.
“This has us shaking our head,” O’Carroll said. “The victims did nothing wrong, didn’t have to happen, but justice will prevail.”