Prince William Courthouse

The Prince William County courthouse will be closed Tuesday, Jan. 19 and Wednesday, Jan. 20 due to a security threat.

The closure, announced Thursday, follows "credible evidence of a threat to the safety and security of the courthouse" at 9311 Lee Ave., in Manassas, and those in the courthouse, Prince William County Circuit Court Chief Judge Steven S. Smith said in an emergency decree.

Normal operations will resume Thursday, Jan. 21. 

The court did not offer any other details about the threat. Prince William police 1st Sgt. Jonathan Perok said law-enforcement isn't aware of any specific threat and there is no active investigation. 

"It's our understanding they are closing out of an abundance of caution," he said in an email, noting that the county sheriff's office handles security at the building. 

The entire D.C. area is under high security ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration on Jan. 20 following last week's riot on Capitol Hill that left five people dead, including U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick of Springfield.

More than 20,000 National Guard troops are expected in D.C. ahead of the inauguration. The Washington Monument is closed and Airbnb and many hotels are canceling or not accepting reservations for next week.

Stay with for updates.


(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.