Recent violent incidents around Vienna included a confrontation between a man and two others leaving his apartment and a battle between a local resident and an Amazon delivery truck.
The weekly Vienna Police Highlights offers a look at the calls for police around town, including notes on arrests and other incidents.
One of the more serious incidents this week involved a resident reportedly being assaulted in the 200 block of Cedar Lane on Thursday, Sept. 22, after confronting two men leaving his apartment.
“A resident reported parking his vehicle in the parking lot when he observed two men leaving his apartment,” the report said. “When he asked the men why they were in his apartment, they assaulted him and left the area in a vehicle.”
The wounds were treated on-site, and the report said it was later determined the two men leaving the apartment were acquaintances of a woman renting a room from the resident.
After obtaining a warrant charging assault and battery, a 23-year-old Vienna man was arrested and is being held on a $1,000 bond.
Another altercation occurred at 100 E Street SE when a resident attacked an Amazon delivery van.
According to the report, the incident took place on Sunday, Sept. 25, around 10 a.m:
An Amazon driver parked in a residential parking space in the townhouse complex to make a delivery. A resident of the complex became agitated with the driver and, as the driver was attempting to drive away, the resident kicked her vehicle causing damage to the door.
A man was arrested yesterday (Tuesday) after reportedly pointing an object that observers initially thought might be a gun at Cunningham Park Elementary School students.
Vienna police were dispatched to the school around 12:51 p.m. in response to a report of a suspicious person described “as an older white male with no shirt, who possibly had a long gun and was pointing it at students,” the Town of Vienna Police Department said in a news release today (Wednesday).
The person who called in the report said they didn’t know whether the object was a toy gun, according to police.
“Upon arrival, officers talked to different sources who confirmed that no firearm was present and that the suspect picked up a metal object and pointed it at students,” VPD said. “He was last seen heading toward Cedar Lane.”
According to police, a man who fit the given description was later spotted bathing in the water fountain at the Vienna Town Green.
Apparently intoxicated, the man was arrested and identified as William Holland of no fixed address, police said. He has been charged with being drunk in public and brandishing within 1,000 feet of a school.
Police conducted a search of the man but didn’t find any weapons, the department says.
VPD says officers learned through a fingerprint search that the man was facing an indecent exposure charge in Alexandria. The city’s police department had a warrant out for him under the name “Mike Astor.”
According to VPD spokesperson Juan Vasquez, the man gave his name as William Holland to the officer who arrested him, but when his fingerprints were collected at the Fairfax County jail, the database matched them to the other name.
The Alexandria City Police Department didn’t immediately return FFXnow’s request for comment.
The man is currently being held on no bond at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center. He has been barred from all Fairfax County Public Schools.
Pickleball has evidently become a hot nighttime activity in the Town of Vienna.
Vienna police have issued six noise violations this year for players hitting the courts at Glyndon Park (300 Glyndon Street) after hours, according to the department.
The most recent issues were reported on Aug. 20 and 24, per the Vienna Police Department’s crime highlights for the week of Aug. 19-25:
Noise Violation 22-008587
300 Glyndon Street, NE
August 20 9:39 p.m.
A resident reported that people were playing pickleball on the tennis courts. The officer advised the people playing pickleball of the Park regulation.
Noise Violation 22-008719
300 Glyndon Street, NE
August 24 8:07 p.m.
A resident reported that people were playing pickleball on the tennis courts. The officer advised the people playing pickleball of the Park regulation that only tennis may be played on the courts after 8:00 p.m.
Four of the six violations involved different people, while two occasions involved the same participants, VPD spokesperson Juan Vazquez told FFXnow.
Glyndon Park’s two tennis courts were renovated so they could also be used as four pickleball courts in fall 2020. However, the park’s rules cut off pickleball play at 8 p.m., whereas tennis can continue until 10 p.m.
Noise has become a source of aggravation for some Vienna residents, whether from construction or outdoor dining, prompting the town council to agree in July to review the noise ordinance for the first time in a decade.
Workers are putting the finishing touches on Vienna’s new police station, which will consolidate all police operations under one roof and provide new community spaces.
After some disruptions earlier this year due to supply chain issues, the $14 million facility is scheduled to finish punch-list items and get a final Fairfax County inspection next week, according to an Aug. 12 update from the Town of Vienna Police Department.
If all of that goes according to plan, the building at 215 Center Street South will open to the public with an 11 a.m. ribbon-cutting on Sept. 2, Police Chief Jim Morris told Vienna Town Manager Mercury Payton on the most recent “On Deck with Mercury” installment.
“That’s a flexible date, but that’s the date we’re shooting for,” Morris said. “…The idea is to have the ribbon-cutting at 11 with yourself, the mayor, and other local dignitaries, and then open the building up for tours.”
Under construction since January 2021, the new station replaces a 9,800-square-foot building from 1994 with a 30,000-square-foot site that will house offices, training facilities, a firing range, locker rooms, evidence storage, and a multi-purpose room.
At 1,500 square feet in size, the multi-purpose room will serve as a local emergency operations center, a meeting area for the Vienna Town Council, and a hub for community gatherings and programs. A central divider will separate the meeting space from work stations for the emergency center.
Morris said the logistics for how community groups will be able to reserve space are still being finalized.
“We do have the community center and everything, so we have to even things up and make sure everything’s spread out, because I would love to have the community in this space as often as possible,” he said.
The push to integrate the station into the community extends to a new outdoor plaza. The old station had a plaza, but Morris admits it became overgrown, and he never witnessed anyone using it in his nine years with the department.
“We wanted to put a space in front that could change all that, and as you walk outside or walk around, you can see it’s a viable plaza,” Morris said. “There’s seating, there’s plants, there’s good sunlight, it’s open space. I think we’ll see a lot of folks using that plaza.”
There’s no official date yet for when the police department will move from its temporary base at the former Faith Baptist Church next door, but it won’t be until after the public opening. The transition should be “seamless” with no service interruptions, Morris told Mercury.
The police chief anticipates that the additional space and upgraded infrastructure will help recruit new officers and retain existing ones, as law enforcement agencies locally and nationally struggle to attract workers.
“With this building, with body cameras, with new radios, with new in-car video, we’re definitely going to be at the upper-end of policing in the area, so we should be a prime choice for people looking for a career in law enforcement,” Morris said.
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Longtime Fairfax Symphony Leader Dies — “William Hudson, a pianist and conductor who led the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra for 36 years, establishing it as a leading regional orchestra in the capital area, died July 12 at his home in Vienna, Va. He was 89. The cause was atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, said his former wife, Denise Battistone.” [The Washington Post]
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Vienna Police Share Results of Increased Traffic Enforcement — “After a noticeable increase in stop sign violations, the Town of Vienna Police Department had a directed enforcement initiative during the month of June…During the Stop Sign Enforcement Campaign, officers worked a total of 469 events utilizing stationary observation of stop signs, which generated 219 stop sign violations and 74 other violations.” [Vienna Police]
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Signs for Renamed Vienna Street in Place — “Vienna officials have replaced street signs on the former Wade Hampton Drive with new ones reading ‘Liberty Lane.’ The switch was done in early July ‘with little fanfare’ (as requested by residents), town officials said in the government’s monthly newsletter.” [Sun Gazette]
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It’s Wednesday — Humid throughout the day. High of 90 and low of 71. Sunrise at 6:13 am and sunset at 8:19 pm. [Weather.gov]
Vienna police are on the lookout for men who reportedly damaged the Westwood Country Club’s golf course last week.
Surveillance video footage showed “a group of unidentified males” destroying the grounds and equipment of the country club at 800 Maple Avenue East between 2 and 3 a.m. last Saturday (July 23), the Vienna Police Department said in a flier included in its crime recap for the week of July 22-28.
According to the bulletin, the men caused an estimated $2,000 in property damage.
The incident was reported to police by an employee of the country club, who said that “the grounds crew found multiple areas around the golf course” had been vandalized overnight.
The department says anyone with information about the incident or possible suspects should contact Sgt. J.K. Sheeran at James.Sheeran@viennava.gov or 703-255-7826 using the case number 2022-7611.
In a separate case, a man from Manassas faces multiple felony charges after nearly hitting a Vienna police officer and striking another person’s vehicle around 7:10 p.m. on July 24.
According to police, officers found the man unconscious in the driver’s seat of a pickup truck at the intersection of Lullaby Lane and Harmony Drive SE near Cunningham Park:
Officers responding to the report of an unconscious man in the driver’s seat of a pickup truck found the man slumped over the console with the engine running and locked doors. Officers repeatedly attempted to wake the man and gain entry to the vehicle to check on his well-being. The driver abruptly woke up and ignored the officers’ commands, accelerating sharply toward one of the officers, almost striking him, then fleeing the scene.
While fleeing, the driver struck a citizen’s vehicle and again continued to flee. The two occupants of the struck vehicle were transported to an area hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. Officers responded to the magistrate’s office and obtained four felony warrants for the suspect.
The man was ultimately apprehended “on unrelated charges” by Fairfax City police officers around 6:20 a.m. on Monday (July 25), the police summary says.
After being notified about the arrest, Vienna police served the felony warrants charging the 31-year-old man with assault on a police officer, hit and run, and two counts of eluding police.
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Tempers ran high on the roads of Vienna during the recent Fourth of July holiday weekend and last week.
A town resident told the Vienna Police Department that, around 6:35 p.m. on July 3, a driver showed a gun after he told the driver to slow down while they were both stopped for a red light at the Nutley Street and Courthouse Road intersection.
According to the Vienna police highlights for the week of July 1-7, the resident said he was going northbound on Nutley when he saw another vehicle “approaching from behind him at a high rate of speed.”
“The resident yelled at the other driver to slow down, and the driver brandished a firearm,” police said. “The driver placed the firearm in his lap and verbally threatened the resident before he made a left turn and continued westbound on Courthouse Road.”
The VPD says its officers were unable to find the driver who allegedly pulled out the gun.
Vienna police also responded to a tense encounter between a driver and pedestrian on July 1 near the intersection of George and Cottage streets.
According to the report, the pedestrian took issue with a woman driving an SUV who “began driving too close to him and his family” around 10:05 p.m.
He advised that after the driver ignored his requests to be more careful, he stopped in front of her vehicle to slow her down. The citizen stated the vehicle’s bumper made contact with his back, but he was not injured. Officers spoke to the driver, who advised that the complaining citizen was causing the issue, stopping in front of her vehicle and sitting down on her bumper, refusing to move.
Officers explained the warrant process to both individuals in case either of them decides to pursue charges in the incident, which has been classified as an assault by the police department.
In a non-vehicle-related case, a Cottage Street resident reported finding an unwelcome surprise on Independence Day outside her bedroom window.
“A resident reported that a person dressed as a ghost and wearing sunglasses was standing right outside her bedroom window for approximately 5 minutes,” the VPD said. “Once the resident saw the person, she ran out of her bedroom to alert her parents. The parents attempted to find the person but were unable to locate them.”
The peeping tom was reported in the 1200 block of Cottage Street SW at 12:02 a.m. on July 4.
(Updated at 1:25 p.m.) Two D.C. residents have been arrested and charged with armed robbery after allegedly driving a man around and robbing him at gunpoint on April 9, the Town of Vienna Police Department announced this morning (Friday).
According to the department’s initial public summary of the crime, a citizen reported that they were at the Giant in the Maple Avenue Shopping Center (359 Maple Avenue) when an acquaintance picked him up in a vehicle with two other men.
“While they were driving around, the three men displayed handguns and announced a robbery, taking the citizen’s belongings,” the report said. “The men allowed the citizen to exit the vehicle on Cabin Road where he ran to the nearest residence for assistance.”
The April 8-14 crime highlights also contained a report from a citizen who thought a man they saw buying a handgun from Vienna Arsenal (386 Maple Avenue East) earlier that day might be connected to the armed robbery. The man allegedly got into a vehicle with two other men.
However, the VPD now says there “is no known connection to Vienna Arsenal.”
Vienna police say they were able to identify two men from D.C. as suspects in the armed robbery after “a lengthy investigation” that involved security camera footage provided by residents, interviews, photo lineups, search warrants, and “electronic data.”
After obtaining arrest warrants on June 6, Vienna police detectives helped the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department take one suspect into custody on June 22, and the other on Tuesday (June 28).
During a search of one suspect’s house, a “fully loaded firearm was found on the bed where he had been sleeping,” the VPD news release says.
One of the men was transferred to Virginia on Wednesday (June 29), while the other is currently awaiting extradition.
The news release doesn’t mention a third man being involved in the armed robbery. Police declined to comment on the case further.
“We have turned the case over to the Commonwealth’s Attorney for prosecution,” the VPD said.
The Town of Vienna Police Department is looking into a recent burglary at the T-Mobile store on Maple Avenue.
An employee reported that two men walked into the store at 216 Maple Avenue West between 6:54 and 7:01 p.m. last Tuesday (June 21) and “stole several high-valued electronic devices,” according to the VPD’s crime highlights for the week of June 17-23.
“The men cut all the security cords for the devices and left the area,” the department said in its report of the crime, which allegedly took place “within a few minutes.”
The incident has been designated a grand larceny, which is defined in Virginia as the theft of goods valued at $1,000 or more, and is under investigation by officers in the police department’s criminal investigations section.
Vienna police are also investigating a resident’s report that he was assaulted in the 100 block of Patrick Street SE while walking home with some newly purchased beer.
According to the police write-up, the resident was approached sometime between 8:16 and 8:21 p.m. on June 19 by a man who demanded one of the beer bottles.
“When the resident refused to give the suspect a beer, the suspect snatched one of the beer bottles, broke it, and used the broken bottle to cut the resident’s hand,” the VPD said.
Other notable incidents from the most recent crime report include a disruptive patron at Panera and a dispute between neighbors over vehicle honking:
Suspicious Event 22-006230
900 Block Timber Lane, SW
June 20 between 8:00 a.m. and 9:21 a.m.
A resident requested police assistance with a verbal dispute that had just occurred with her neighbor. The resident stated that her neighbor often honks her vehicle horn at vehicles she believes are speeding past her house or squirrels in her yard. The resident added that the neighbor abruptly awakened her family that morning with the honking. Officers made and requested that she stop using her vehicle horn in that manner.
136 Maple Avenue, West
June 20 2:27 p.m.
An employee requested police assistance with a loud subject disrupting customers. The subject was also harassing the staff and refusing to leave the store. Officers contacted the subject and advised her that she had been officially trespassed from the store and had to leave. The subject left the scene without further incident.
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