News of crime and punishment across Fairfax County this week:
KNIFE-WIELDING ROBBER TAKES WOMAN’S PURSE IN TYSONS: A woman was getting something out of her car in the 8000 block of Towers Crescent Drive in Tysons on Oct. 26 at 8:44 p.m. when she was approached by a man who displayed a knife, took her purse and ran away, Fairfax County police said.
The suspect was described as black, in his 20s, 5 feet 9 inches tall, 160 pounds and wearing a black jacket and jeans.
ITEMS STOLEN IN McLEAN HOME BURGLARY: Someone broke into a home in the 1100 block of Savile Lane in McLean on Oct. 25 at 9:25 p.m. and stole personal items, Fairfax County police said.
BURGLAR MAKES OFF WITH ITEMS FROM McLEAN HOME: Someone broke into a home in the 1100 block of Orlo Drive in McLean on Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m. and stole personal items, Fairfax County police said.
OFFICIALS AT VIENNA SCHOOL SAY THEY WILL HANDLE ALLEGED KNIFE INCIDENT: Administrators at Cedar Lane School, 101 Cedar Lane, S.W., told Vienna police on Oct. 24 at 11:45 a.m. that two students had been involved in an altercation when one allegedly pulled out a knife and threatened the other.
The threatened student and his father did not wish to pursue criminal charges for the alleged assault, and school administrators said they will handle the incident, police said.
VIENNA RESTAURANT WORKERS CALL POLICE AFTER CUSTOMER SMASHES MARTINI GLASS: An employee at Ristorante Bonaroti, 428 Maple Ave., E., told Vienna police Oct. 27 at 11:56 p.m. that a customer had been sitting outside of the restaurant when he reportedly became irate and threw a martini glass.
The glass cracked an exterior window of the restaurant, police said.
When employees began to call police, the customer allegedly became more upset and made vague threats regarding the police, the complainants said. The man then left the area before officers arrived, police said.
VIENNA WOMAN OBTAINS PROTECTIVE ORDER AGAINST HUSBAND: A woman living on Mountfort Court, S.W., told Vienna police on Oct. 29 at 9:08 p.m. that an argument between her juvenile son and her husband had escalated when her husband allegedly became physically aggressive with her and her son. The woman left the home with her son, police said.
On Oct. 30, the woman returned to the home for some property and her husband allegedly made threatening statements toward her, police said. The woman went to the Fairfax County magistrate’s office and obtained a protective order against her husband. Vienna police then served the protective order to the husband.
INTRUDER DAMAGES PROPERTY AT TYSONS BUSINESS: Someone broke into a business in the 8400 block of Leesburg Pike in Tysons on Oct. 31 at 12:42 a.m. and damaged property, Fairfax County police said.
FAIRFAX COUNTY, VIENNA POLICE DETAIL HAULS FROM DRUG-TAKEBACK DAY: The Fairfax County Police Department coordinated with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board and county Health Department for a another successful 18th annual Drug Take-Back Day on Oct. 26.
The department’s eight district stations, along with a Wegmans grocery store in Chantilly, served as collection sites and collected a total of 1,246 pounds of unused and expired prescription drugs.
Here are the results, by district station: Sully, 93 pounds’ worth of medication; Mount Vernon, 127 pounds; McLean, 210 pounds; Mason, 91 pounds; Reston, 145 pounds; Franconia, 131 pounds; West Springfield, 249 pounds; Fair Oaks, 153 pounds. The Wegmans store collected 47 pounds’ worth of medication.
Despite covering a smaller area with fewer people, the Vienna Police Department’s haul during the initiative surpassed that of every county police station. Vienna police collected and safely disposed of 281 pounds of expired or no-longer-needed medications from area residents.
The October initiative collected approximately 23,754 pounds of medications statewide, officials said.
This initiative addresses vital safety and public health issues, authorities said. Unused or expired over-the-counter or prescription medicine left unsecured is susceptible to misuse and can contribute to overdoses and accidental poisonings, police said.
Drug-take-back boxes are available year-round at all eight Fairfax County police district stations. Accepted items include prescription medication (Schedule II-V controlled and non-controlled), prescription ointments, over-the-counter medications and medications for pets. Prohibited items include needles (sharps), liquids of any kind, illegal drugs, non-prescription ointments and lotions, aerosol cans and inhalers.
Since implementing the drug-take-back boxes in November 2017, county police have collected 4,183 pounds of prescription drugs. This includes 3,448 pounds of prescription drugs collected to date in 2019. Those figures do not include medications collected during the Drug Take-Back Day events.