News of crime and punishment across Fairfax County this week:
SUSPECTS ARRESTED FOLLOWING SERIES OF 7-ELEVEN ROBBERIES: Authorities on July 1 arrested three men and three juveniles after they allegedly robbed a 7-Eleven store at 10508 Leesburg Pike in the Reston area, Fairfax County police said.
Since June 21, detectives from the department’s Major Crimes Bureau have been investigating a series of commercial robberies at local 7-Eleven stores. In each incident, a group of suspects entered the store, displayed a firearm and demanded cash, police said.
Detectives were able to identify potential suspects as well as a getaway vehicle being used in the robberies. Following the July 1 robbery in Reston, which occurred around 2:38 a.m., police issued a lookout to their local law-enforcement partners.
Deputies from the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office found the car and apprehended five suspects after a vehicle pursuit. Fairfax County police detectives went to that location to assume the investigation.
In addition to the Reston robbery, county police think the suspects also were involved in these heists at local 7-Eleven locations:
• June 22 at 3:37 a.m. at the store at 2501 Centreville Road in Herndon.
• June 24 at 1:59 a.m. at 2973 Chain Bridge Road in Oakton.
• June 29, 2019 at 2:58 a.m. at 6910 Bradlick Shopping Center in Annandale.
Authorities have charged Michael Ackah, 20, of Alexandria with robbery and use of a firearm in commission of a felony. Amon Headley and Victor Obinim, both 18 and from Alexandria, have been charged with robbery. Three additional juvenile boys were arrested and charged with robbery.
Additional charges related to the other robberies are pending, police said.
D.C. WOMAN CHARGED AFTER FLEEING POLICE ON I-66 WITH CHILDREN IN CAR: A 41-year-old Washington, D.C., woman faces multiple charges after she allegedly fled from Virginia State Police on Interstate 66 on July 4 with three children in her vehicle.
The incident began at 12:46 a.m. when a state police trooper tried to make a traffic stop on a Toyota Camry being driven west on I-66 near the 53 mile marker (Route 28/Sully Road) in Fairfax County. The motorist allegedly was driving 82 mph in a 55 mph zone, state police said.
The Toyota’s driver refused to stop for the trooper and sped away westbound on I-66. State police then initiated a pursuit and at one point during the chase, the suspect reportedly drove her vehicle on the emergency crossover near the rest area in Manassas and continued east in the eastbound lanes of I-66.
State police were able to position themselves in front of the fleeing Toyota and gradually forced the suspect’s vehicle to a stop in the eastbound lanes of I-66 near mile marker 70 in the Falls Church area.
State police took the driver, Charlina McBride, into custody without further incident. She was not injured in the pursuit.
Arlington County fire and emergency-medical-services personnel as a precautionary measure evaluated three juvenile passengers in McBride’s vehicle, including a 7-year-old, 3-year-old and 9-month-old.
No one was injured in the incident, and the children were placed in the custody of a family member, police said.
Authorities charged McBride with one felony count of eluding police, plus reckless driving and having improper registration. She is being held at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center.
COUNTY POLICE INVESTIGATING COMMERCIAL BURGLARIES IN McLEAN: Fairfax County police are trying to find out who burglarized three stores in the same McLean block on June 30.
Police at 6:38 a.m. that day learned that someone overnight had broken into and stolen cash from McLean Hair Center, 1438 Center St., and Figuroes Salon, 1439 Center St. At 8:06 a.m. that day, police learned that overnight someone had broken into McLean Pizza, 1434 Center St., and stolen cash.
CAR STOLEN FROM TYSONS DEALERSHIP: Someone broke into Rosenthal Nissan Mazda, 8525 Leesburg Pike in Tysons, on June 29 at midnight and stole a 2017 Hyundai Accent and a 2016 Nissan Altima, Fairfax County police said.
IMPROPERLY DISPOSED OF SPARKLERS IGNITE McLEAN HOUSE FIRE: The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department on July 3 at 9:50 p.m. dispatched units to a house fire in the 7400 block of Georgetown Court in McLean.
Units arriving at the two-story, single-family home saw smoke coming from the house’s garage. Crews quickly located and extinguished the fire, containing it to the garage.
No civilian injuries were reported during the blaze, but one firefighter sustained a minor injury and was transported to a medical facility for a checkup.
Seven occupants – two adults and five children – were home at the time of the fire and discovered the blaze after investigating why a security alarm had activated. All the occupants safely evacuated the home before fire crews arrived.
Fire investigators determined the fire was accidental in nature and started in the garage. The fire was caused by the disposal of recently used firework sparklers into the trash.
No one was displaced because of the fire. Red Cross assistance was not required as the house was able to be reoccupied. Damages as a result of the fire were approximately $11,000, officials said.