News of crime and punishment across Fairfax County this week:
POLICE SEEK DRIVER, VEHICLE INVOLVED IN FATAL PEDESTRIAN HIT-AND-RUN: Detectives from the Fairfax County Police Department’s Crash Reconstruction Unit are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a vehicle and driver involved in a Feb. 26 crash in Tysons that resulted in the death of a pedestrian.
The accident occurred on eastbound Leesburg Pike near Interstate 495 shortly before 7 a.m. Police found the pedestrian, 72-year-old Chandra Bhandari of Falls Church, near a crosswalk. Authorities pronounced Bhandari dead at the scene.
Preliminarily, detectives believe Bhandari was crossing the on-ramp from eastbound Leesburg Pike to southbound I-495 between 6 and 6:30 a.m. and was hit by a vehicle. The motorist did not stop and drove away from the scene.
Speed appears to be a factor for the driver, but alcohol or drugs do not appear to be factors for Bhandari.
Police ask anyone with information about this incident to contact the Crash Reconstruction Unit’s witness phone line at (703) 280-0543. Tips also can be submitted anonymously through Crime Solvers by visiting www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or calling (866) 411-TIPS.
IMPROPERLY USED EXTENSION CORD CAUSES OAKTON TOWNHOUSE FIRE: Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded Feb. 28 at 11:09 p.m. to a reported townhouse fire in the 2800 block of Thaxton Lane in Oakton. Arriving units found smoke showing from the garage of a two-story, middle-unit townhouse.
Crews quickly located and extinguished the fire. The fire was contained to the garage and did not extend into home. There were no reported firefighter or civilian injuries, officials said.
One occupant was in the home at the time of the fire. Sounding smoke alarms, along with an odor of smoke, alerted the occupant to the fire. The occupant promptly evacuated the home and called 911.
Fire investigators determined the blaze was accidental and started in the garage. The fire was caused by improper use of an extension cord, resulting in an electrical event that ignited nearby combustibles.
One occupant was displaced by the fire, but declined assistance offered by the Red Cross. Damages as a result of the fire are about $87,500.
FIREPLACE BLAZE DISPLACES 3 IN OAKTON: Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded Feb. 23 at 11:48 p.m. to a reported house fire in the 12000 block of Waples Mill Road in Oakton.
Units arrived to find smoke showing from the two-story, single-family home and quickly extinguished a fire on the first floor. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries reported.
Three occupants were home at the time of the fire. A sounding smoke alarm prompted one of the occupants to investigate the cause. The occupant discovered fire and smoke around the fireplace. All occupants evacuated from the house and called 911.
Fire investigators determined the blaze was accidental and began when radiant heat from the operating firebox ignited wood framing between the original brick chimney face and stone-veneer façade.
Three occupants were displaced because of the fire; they declined assistance offered by the Red Cross. The fire caused about $93,750 worth of damage, officials said.
PEDESTRIAN SUFFERS MINOR INJURY AFTER BEING STRUCK IN PARKING LOT: A motorist was driving through the parking lot at Whole Foods Market, 143 Maple Ave., E., on Feb. 26 at 6:27 p.m. when her vehicle struck a pedestrian, Vienna police said.
Rescue personnel transported the pedestrian to an area hospital for treatment of a minor injury, police said.
MAN, JUVENILE ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH THEFTS AT TYSONS: Fairfax County police dispatched officers to the Apple Store in Tysons Corner Center on Feb. 26 at 1 p.m. after receiving a report that two people were stealing items. Store employees stopped one of the suspects, a man, and police arrested a juvenile after a short foot pursuit.
Authorities charged Aideen Bryar, 18, of Chevy Chase, Md., with petty larceny and released him on a summons. Authorities also released the juvenile to the person’s parents and will file charges for petty larceny, police said.
VIENNA MAN ARRESTED FOLLOWING DOMESTIC DISPUTE: Vienna police officers responded Feb. 21 at 8:20 p.m. to a reported domestic dispute between a resident and her husband on Park Terrace Court, S.E. The husband had left the home and officers located him outside. The officers detected signs of impairment and arrested the man.
Police transported the 27-year-old Vienna man to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center, where authorities charged him with being drunk in public.
RESTAURANT CUSTOMER STEAMED AT DELAY IN REFUND: A customer at Aldeerah Restaurant, 262 Cedar Lane, S.E., told Vienna police on Feb. 25 at 2:33 p.m. that he had paid for his food and tip with his credit card. He later found that a restaurant employee had submitted the transaction on the credit card for several hundred dollars more than what the customer authorized, police said.
The customer returned to the restaurant and the manager refunded the full amount of the charge back to the credit card.
The customer was upset that the refund was not immediate and might take a few days for the bank to process, police said.
MOTORIST’S VEHICLE STRUCK BY PAINTBALL IN VIENNA: A woman told Vienna police on Feb. 25 at 4:45 p.m. that as she was driving on Ware Street and turning onto Marshall Road, S.W., her vehicle was struck with a paintball on the driver’s-side door.
She did not observe anyone in the area, police said.
IMPOSTER EMPLOYEE TRIES TO HAVE PAY DIRECT-DEPOSITED: Between Feb. 22 and 25, an unknown person claiming to be a town of Vienna employee submitted a request to the town’s Finance Department to have that employee’s payroll deposited directly into a fraudulent account, Vienna police said.
CUSTOMER PAYS ‘SEWER SNAKE’ RENTAL CHARGES AFTER POLICE REPORT FILED: An employee at Brooke Rental, 321 Mill St., N.E., told Vienna police that sometime between Feb. 7 and 25 a customer had failed to return a rented “sewer snake.” After the police report was filed, the customer returned the property and paid all outstanding fees, police said.