Wednesday, May 22, 2013
FCPD received a report of a suspect in the area early Wednesday morning.
Hayfield Elementary School and Hayfield Secondary School were in a "secure the building" status Wednesday morning after the Fairfax County Police Department received a report of a suspicious man in the surrounding neighborhood near Buckhaven Court and Welsch Court. PFC Don Gotthardt said they received the call between 9:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. The resident reported seeing a man dressed in a black sweatshirt going from house to house in an attempt to break into a residence. However, the suspect was unable to get into any of the homes. John Torre with Fairfax County Public Schools said the two schools were not on lockdown, but the buildings were secured for the safety of students, faculty and staff. Helicopter and police units covered the area …
Thursday, May 16, 2013
FCPD provided information about the new police cruisers during the recent CAC meeting at Franconia District Police Station.
Fairfax County police officers are saying farewell to their old cruisers as the department purchases 127 Ford Police Interceptor sedans and utility vehicles in FY2013. Retired Lieutenant Chalrie Bond — who is now the director of the logistics and property division for the department — conducted a presentation during Wednesday night's Citizen Advisory Committee meeting. Bond said Ford Motor Vehicles recently discontinued the Crown Victoria Police Interceptors. The 2007 model was the last of its kind. FCPD has 1,500 vehicles — 762 which are assigned to eight stations, and Franconia District Police Station has 109 of those vehicles alone, Bond said. The current cruisers are large four-door vehicles with a V8 engine and upgraded brakes and …
Friday, May 10, 2013
FCPD is still investigating the series of Springfield assaults.
It has been more than a month since the last report (March 28) of an incident connected to the series of Springfield assaults by the so-called serial groper — so far, it marks the longest time period between incidents since they began in early September. Previously, the longest time between related incidents was 23 days, when the sixth incident took place Oct. 2 and the seventh incident occurred Oct. 25. Fairfax County Police Department PIO Lucy Caldwell recently said in an email to Patch that detectives are currently still investigating the assaults, but at the moment, no other related incidents have been reported since the last assault happened the afternoon of March 28 at the HomeGoods store in Kingstowne. "We are continuing to …
Monday, May 6, 2013
Police received the call shortly after 8 a.m. Monday.
Fairfax County police were called to the U.S. Coast Guard Navigation Center on Telegraph Road after reports of shots fired Monday morning, responding by saturating the area with officers, K-9 units and by searching overhead with a helicopter. According to the FCPD Public Information Office, the call came in shortly after 8 a.m. Monday. Hunting is permitted in an area near the location, so at the moment the police are trying to verify if there is any danger to residents. John Torre with Fairfax County Public Schools said neither nearby Hayfield Secondary nor Hayfield Elementary schools are on lockdown at this time. --- UPDATE (2:25 p.m.): PFC Don Gotthardt has confirmed that FCPD has officially closed the case for this morning's report of …
Thursday, May 2, 2013
DWI patrol will be busy in Fairfax County for Cinco de Mayo.
With multiple festivals, parties and events such as the Kentucky Derby and Cinco de Mayo celebrations scheduled throughout the weekend, the Fairfax County Police Department will be busy on DWI patrol in the county. PIO Lucy Caldwell said in an email to Patch that it's likely many people will include alcohol in their celebrations this weekend. "We strongly encourage revelers not to drink and drive and to assign a non-drinking person to be the designated driver," she said. A DWI checkpoint is scheduled for the Sully Police District Friday night and another checkpoint will take place in the McLean Police District on Saturday night. Keep up with Greater Alexandria news and events by signing up for our newsletter. Learn more here!
Monday, April 22, 2013
Officers will be watching drivers closely on Fairfax County Parkway the week of April 21.
The Fairfax County Police Department bagan its "50 Means 50" initiative Sunday April 21, according to a recent new release. The week-long initiative will be led by the Traffic Division of the Operations Support Bureau and the Patrol Division of FCPD as officers keep a look out for reckless drivers along Fairfax County Parkway. The annual campaign will target reckless drivers, texting while driving, speeding, following too closely and failure to pay full time and attention on the Fairfax County Parkway. During the same time period last year, officers issued 714 citations on the Parkway for offenses in these categories. Different vehicles including motorcycles, Mustangs, Camaros, Impalas, pick-up trucks and other unmarked and marked police …
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Two-car accident blocked intersection Sunday afternoon.
Traffic on Franconia Road moved slowly around a two-vehicle accident Sunday afternoon. FCPD received a report about the accident around 12:30 p.m. and arrived two minutes later. As a result of the accident, one of the cars appeared to have slammed into the median of the street. The two cars involved in the crash blocked the road and caused minor congestion at the intersection of Franconia Road and Beulah Street, less than a mile from the Franconia District Police Station and the Franconia Volunteer Fire Station, according to FCPD communications. Units from FCPD and Fairfax County Fire and Rescue arrived on scene to clear the road and permit traffic to pass. According to FCPD, drivers involved in the accident experienced some non-life …
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
The boy was found in a hotel in Las Vegas with his mother, who has been arrested and is being held as a fugitive from justice.
Fairfax County Police announced Wednesday that Cameron Serafin, the Fairfax County boy who has been missing since April 7, has been found safe and his mother Rebecca has been arrested. Investigators had been looking for Rebecca Serafin and her 5-year-old son since she did not return the boy to his father's home in Great Falls as scheduled. “Following information they developed after viewing the video, LVPD [Las Vegas Police Department] detectives located Cameron and Rebecca Serafin at another hotel close by,” according to the Fairfax County Police Department release. “Cameron is safe and in good condition. His mother is being held as a fugitive from justice and will await extradition back to Virginia. Cameron’s father is already making …
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
The 24 incidents are currently classified as simple assaults.
After giving a General Assembly update to the Springfield Civic Association last month, Del. Vivian Watts (D-39th) listened to a discussion at the meeting about the serial groper. Upon hearing that police are classifying the incidents as simple assaults and not sexual assaults, she is now asking questions. Watts has written a letter to Franconia District Police Station commander, Captain Jim Baumstark, after hearing him speak at the meeting about the string of 24 Springfield assaults, which date from September to late March. Baumstark referred to the series of incidents as "simple assaults," as he and other police have mentioned previously. At the community meeting in March, Baumstark said after getting clarification with the state, they …
Monday, April 15, 2013
Police have issued a felony warrant for Rebecca Serafin, who allegedly fled the state with her son.
Fairfax County Police said they have confirmed a sighting of Rebecca and Cameron Serafin at an airport in Birmingham, Ala., on Friday. Police have been looking for the Fairfax County mother and her 5-year-old son since last week, when Rebecca Serafin did not return the boy to his father's home as scheduled. As a result of that confirmed sighting, a felony warrant was obtained charging Rebecca Serafin with felony parental abduction, accoring to a police press release. "We are working closely with our law enforcement partners across the country to gather and analyze potential investigative leads in order to locate and to bring Cameron home as soon as possible," FCPD said in the statement. "We continue to encourage the public to engage in …