Tysons Corner, VA

The Vienna Police Department may soon crack the three indecent exposure cases reported last week along the Washington and Old Dominion Trail.

Deputy Chief of Police Dan Janickey told the Vienna Town Council last night (Monday) that the police have “promising leads” for the three separate incidents with “what appears to be the same individual.”

A woman told the police that she saw a man masturbating in the woods between Park Street and Branch Road SE shortly before 8 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 12. The next day (Tuesday), another report from a woman said a man was masturbating in the woods near Park Street and Dominion Road SE.

Two days later on Thursday (Aug. 15), a woman told police that “she was walking near the W&OD Trail when a man came out from a wooded area and approached her with his pants down, exposing himself to her” around 7:30 a.m. near Park Terrace Court SE, according to a police report.

Janickey said that surveillance and patrols have increased along the trail and that the police department expects to close the case in the next couple of days.

Photo via Facebook

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(Updated at 1:45 p.m.) Another painted bench commissioned by the Vienna Arts Society has gone missing in the Town of Vienna.

The Vienna Police Department said that a member of the Vienna Arts Society reported that one of their benches was stolen from in front of Ghaffari Orthodontics (100 Church Street NE) between Aug. 9-12 — nearly one month after another painted bench was reported stolen.

The benches are two of the 42 benches painted by local artist and placed around the Town of Vienna. The benches are slated to be sold at a charity auction in November.

The bench taken this month was called “Big Wave.” Artist Viktoriya Maslova painted an outdoor scene with a bridge leading to the water.

Kenneth Britz, the artist of another bench, told Tysons Reporter that the Vienna Arts Society is currently working on a way to deter any attempted thefts in the future.

“We are still trusting of the town,” he said, adding that “anything can be stolen from anywhere.”

Britz said that the arts group hasn’t determined yet if Maslova will paint another bench for the town.

He added that the arts group is cooperating with the Vienna Police Department.

The bench that disappeared from outside Grass Roots Fitness (512 W. Maple Avenue) in July was painted by Mary Ellyn Perkowski and featured pink and purple flowers against a black background.

Deborah Kennedy, a spokesperson for the Vienna Arts Society, previously told Tysons Reporter Perkowski plans to paint another bench similar in design to the stolen one — it is unclear when the replacement will be finished or where it will be placed.

Earlier in August, Britz published an open letter in the Sun-Gazette on behalf of the organization condemning the July theft as “an affront to the town and a show of blatant disrespect to its residents and visitors.”

Juan Vazquez, a spokesperson for the Vienna Police Department, said that the department cannot comment on the cases since they are still being investigated.

Photo via Vienna Arts Society/Facebook

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A thief is on the loose in Vienna after one of the town’s painted benches went missing.

Earlier this year, the Vienna Arts Society commissioned local artists to paint benches, gifted by donors, that would eventually be sold at a charity auction. But around July 7, one of the benches was mysteriously snatched and is still missing over a month later.

According to a police report, the painted bench was first reported missing by a Vienna Arts Society member when they noticed it disappeared from outside Grass Roots Fitness (512 W. Maple Avenue).

Deborah Kennedy, an artist and spokesperson for the Vienna Arts Society, told Tysons Reporter that the arts group knew there was a small risk that the benches would be stolen, but no one really thought it would happen.

“It’s a small town and we thought people would be looking out for them,” she said.

The police have not informed the group about any potential leads, she said, adding that there was not any video of the thief that she knows of nor were the benches bolted down to the ground.

Juan Vazquez, a spokesperson for the Vienna Police Department, said that the department cannot comment on the case since it is an ongoing investigation.

Mary Ellyn Perkowski painted the floral bench with pink and purple flowers against a black background. Named “Spring,” the bench “was inspired by a bed of tulips she had photographed at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna,” according to a Vienna Arts Society newsletter.

It is one of 42 other benches placed around the Town of Vienna.

Kennedy said that Perkowski plans to paint another bench similar in design to the stolen one. It is unclear when the replacement will be finished or where they will place it.

Kenneth Britz, the artist of another bench, published an open letter in the Sun-Gazette on behalf of the organization condemning the theft.

“It is also an affront to the town and a show of blatant disrespect to its residents and visitors,” Britz wrote.

Photo via Susan Scanlon

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Tysons Reporter is starting a new monthly crime map showing where the incidents occurred in Fairfax County Police Department’s McLean District Station.

Readers overwhelmingly voted in support of the map when we polled them last week.

We went ahead and pulled together all of the incidents noted for the McLean District Station in FCPD crime recaps from July 1-31, weeded out the ones that are not in the Tysons Reporter coverage area and plotted them in the interactive map above.

The McLean District Station covers crime in Merrifield, Dunn Loring, Falls Church, McLean, Tysons and Great Falls.

Use the icon in the top left corner of the map to toggle between the various types of crimes displayed.

Fairfax County’s weekday police recaps are not comprehensive lists of every incident and the addresses are approximate. FCPD also notes that information in the recaps “is generally based on initial reports made to the police department.”

Anyone with information about any of these crimes should call 703-691-2131 or 1-866-411-TIPS(8477).

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Tysons Reporter covers a lot of crime — from the police departments in the Town of Vienna and the City of Falls Church to the Fairfax County police.

Within the county’s police department, the McLean District Station handles crime in Merrifield, Dunn Loring, Falls Church, McLean, Tysons and Great Falls.

In the past, our sister site Reston Now used to do monthly maps showing where different types of crime within the Reston District Station took place, along with a quick breakdown on the number of different incidents. Here’s an example from July 2017:

So, Tysons Reporter readers — would you like to see a similar map every month on this site showing where McLean District Station incidents in the Fairfax County police reports happened?

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Fairfax County police arrested a Sterling man late Monday (July 22) night for allegedly driving recklessly and ramming a police car, police said.

The incident occurred around 11 p.m. in the 8100 block of Old Dominion Drive in McLean.

“The driver of a black Mercedes refused to stop when officers tried to pull him over for driving recklessly,” police said. “The driver intentionally rammed a police cruiser before turning down a dead-end street and running away.”

Police arrested 45-year-old Brian Templeman and charged him with his fourth driving while impaired (DWI) offense, reckless driving, driving on a revoked license, assault on law enforcement and eluding, according to police.

Image via FCPD

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The Fairfax County Police Department is investigating a robbery, an attempted robbery and three burglaries that occurred in Tysons and McLean last week.

On Thursday (July 18), a man reported to police that he was walking around the 8300 block of Leesburg Pike around 10 p.m. when a man demanded money from him.

“The suspect took the victim’s money and left the area,” police said. “The suspect is described as black, 5’10, in his late teens and wearing a white tank top.”

The next day (Friday), an attempted robbery occurred around 11:30 a.m. in the 1700 block of Pinnacle Drive.

More from FCPD:

A woman was sitting in her car when a man approached, demanded her property and attempted to open her door. The man did not take anything and left the area. The suspect is described as white, in his 30’s, with a crew cut and wearing a large backpack.

Sometime between Friday and Saturday, two Chinese restaurants in McLean were burglarized, police said.

An employee at House of Fortune (6715 Lowell Avenue) reported to the police that someone entered and took property from inside. Nearby, someone broke a window and took property from inside Wok N Roll (1371 Beverly Road).

On Saturday, someone entered the Caliber Collision (1572 Spring Hill Road) in Tysons overnight and stole several sets of car keys, police said.

Image via Google Maps

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The Fairfax County Police Department is seeking the public’s help to identify a suspect linked to Tysons Corner Center fraud.

Police said they are looking for the “man suspected of stealing a credit card and making fraudulent purchases at Tysons Corner Center earlier this month.

Anyone who has information is asked to call Master Police Officer Mergler at 703-556-7750, send an email to [email protected] or submit an anonymous tip.

Photo via FCPD

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Fairfax County police arrested a man in connection with fraud at the Louis Vuitton store in Tysons Galleria last month.

On June 2, Julian Kendrick allegedly picked up an online order totaling $9,910 that was linked to a driver’s license from Georgia with a different name, according to a court document.

“The store employees thought that the transaction was suspicious and requested police assistance, however, the employees did allow Kendrick to complete the transaction and receive the merchandise,” police said in the document.

Police said they found Kendrick in his car and he gave them a driver’s license from Michigan with his name to police, who then searched the car and found fraudulent identification, including two credit cards and the driver’s license from Georgia.

Police arrested Kendrick, charging him with false pretenses and for the fraudulent credit card.

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The Tysons branch of Huntington Learning Center (HLC) — in the spotlight after the arrest and death of the franchise owner — has permanently closed.

The trouble for the school started in April when Jeffrey Cummins, the owner of the HLC franchise in Tysons, was arrested on charges of sexually assaulting two of his former students. The Fairfax County Police Department (FCPD) said the abuse took place in Cummins’ Annandale home, not at the school.

But after the arrest, more assault charges were added. Cummins was out on a bond but didn’t turn himself into the Fairfax County jail as ordered. Last Wednesday, June 19, Cummins was found dead near Warsaw, Virginia.

The Tysons HLC at 8290 Old Courthouse Road briefly closed after the arrest was announced, though it reopened a few weeks later in early May.

Now, the facility has been permanently closed. A representative for HLC said students at the program have been offered the opportunity to transfer to other locations.

The media contact for HLC said parents interested in continuing instruction can call Huntington Learning Center in Fairfax at 571-310-0180 and all parents have “received communication” about obtaining a refund from the franchise.

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