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Vienna police arrested a 29-year-old man who allegedly hit a boy at Foster’s Grille.

The incident occurred at noon on Sunday (July 7) at the restaurant’s Vienna location (138 W. Maple Avenue).

From the police report:

A citizen was in Foster’s Grill with her juvenile son. A man was seated at the bar, randomly yelling and making the other customers uncomfortable. At one point, the man got up, went behind the juvenile, and struck him on the back. The man then left the restaurant.

Officers located the man in the area and found him to be incoherent. The man became irate with the officers, and it was determined that he may be a danger to himself or others.

Police arrested the man, who is a resident of Cornflower Court in Vienna, on an Emergency Custody Order and took him to a nearby medical facility for an evaluation.

Police told the mom about the warrant process if she wants to pursue charges against the man for misdemeanor assault on her son.

Around 12:40 p.m. while police were investigating the alleged assault, a different man came up to the boy and asked about the police activity, according to the report.

“The man was advised by officers to continue on his way,” police said, adding that the man walked through the middle of the investigation. “At one point, the man approached the juvenile and made a statement that concerned the juvenile.”

Police said that the man eventually left the area.

In a separate incident, Vienna police are looking for the man who allegedly exposed himself in Patrick Henry Library last month.

The incident occurred around 4:30 p.m. on June 27. Police said a woman reported that “she was in the library when an unknown man exposed himself in front of her.”

The man then left the library (101 E. Maple Avenue), and police were not able to find him, according to the police report.

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(Updated at 10:50 a.m.) A fallen tree briefly closed Georgetown Pike in McLean this morning.

The Fairfax County Police Department tweeted at 10:33 a.m. about the closure, which was on Georgetown Pike between Boyle Lane and Potomac River Road.

Then at 10:48 a.m., police tweeted that Georgetown Pike had reopened.

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The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors mostly expressed support for implementing body worn cameras for the county’s police department following presentations about the results from a six-month-long pilot program.

Chief of Police Edwin Roessler Jr., Richard Bennett from American University and Deputy County Executive David Rohrer presented the results of the study to the county board during yesterday’s Public Safety Committee meeting.

The results of the study arrived almost a year after the pilot program, which was rolled out in the Mason, Mount Vernon and Reston district stations from March-September 2018, ended.

Bennett summarized the 119-page report by researchers at American University, which yielded mixed — yet generally positive — results.

Funded by the Koch Foundation and American University, the study randomly assigned half of the police officers in the three districts to body worn cameras and collected data from surveys, focus groups and ridealongs from both officers with and without the cameras. The researchers also talked to community members

While officers who wore the cameras during the pilot slightly increased their level of interest in the cameras by the end of the pilot, Bennett said that most officers said in focus groups and surveys that the cameras would not change how they work or how civilians’ react.

However, Bennett noted that people had slightly fewer complaints against the officers who wore the cameras, than ones who did not.

During the presentations, the police chief made a pitch for the county to implement the program. “I’m confident that [the county] should approve the program,” Roessler told the committee. “The IT infrastructure can be built up at the other facilities.”

The nearly $30 million proposed program would issue 1,210 body-worn cameras that would be phased in over three years with a five-year contract for equipment, licensing and storage. Body worn cameras would come to the McLean District during the second year of the program, according to the timeframe in the presentation.

About $10 million would be needed for contract costs, while $20 million would go toward staffing, with new positions needed at the police department, Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney and the Department of Information Technology.

While some of the supervisors raised concerns about if the high cost outweighed the proposed program’s benefits, most of the supervisors expressed support for implementation.

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Fairfax County police arrested a 30-year-man at a McDonald’s in Tysons for allegedly trespassing, pretending to be an employee and assaulting a police officer.

The incident occurred around 10:15 p.m. last Friday (July 5) at 8111 Leesburg Pike.

Police said an employee reported that a man was trespassing, and police discovered that he falsely claimed to be an employee.

“The man refused to leave, resisted arrest and assaulted an officer,” according to the police report.

Police arrested and charged Hakeem Linkins of no fixed address with resisting arrest, trespassing and assault on a law enforcement officer. He was held without bond.

In a separate incident, police are investigating grand larceny at the Safeway (1688 Anderson Road) in McLean near Tysons on Saturday (July 6).

Around 2 a.m., three men entered the store, walked around for a few minutes and then one of the men made a small purchase that distracted the clerk, while the two other men removed cash register drawers, police said.

“All three men, described as black and in their 20s, ran out of the store, entered cars and drove away,” according to the police report.

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Updated at 9 a.m. on 7/9/19 — Updates FCPD list of road closures below. Only Kirby Road is still closed.

Updated at 5:45 p.m. — Fairfax County police said that the 1300 block of Kirby Road will be closed “for significant time” while the damage is assessed.

Updated at 5:35 p.m. — In Falls Church, S. Oak Street remains closed because the bridge’s surface was damaged by the rain and Hillwood Avenue did not have a sinkhole, but the road buckled from the rain. A temporary fix is in place for the avenue, and a permanent fix will be made this week.

Flooding has apparently closed Westmoreland Street (exit 68) by I-66 in Falls Church.

Updated at 4:50 p.m. — Updated FCPD list of road closures below.

Updated at 2:40 p.m. — Dranesville District Supervisor John Foust tweeted at 2:30 p.m. that a part of 1300 block of Kirby Road has been washed out and that “several agencies are on scene to find a solution to make sure residents can get to their homes.”

Updated at 2:15 p.m. — Updates FCPD list of road closures below.

Updated at 1 p.m. — The Fairfax County Police Department tweeted that Prosperity Avenue between Arlington Blvd (Route 50) and Little River Turnpike (Route 236) is buckled and could take up to seven hours for the water to recede. “Due to there being a lot of serious damage to the pavement, the road will not reopen this quickly,” FCPD tweeted.

Updated at 12:40 p.m. — A multi-vehicle accident on I-66 by N. West Street in Falls Church has closed the left shoulder and left lane heading eastbound, according to the Virginia Department of Transporation. 

Updated at 11:50 a.m. — Kirby Road is reportedly closed near Route 123 as Pimmit Run swells.

Updated at 11:25 a.m. — Maple Avenue is now open again, the Town of Vienna tweeted.

Earlier: Parts of Maple Avenue in the Town of Vienna and several roads around the Tysons area are closed this morning as flooding continues around Fairfax County.

The Town of Vienna tweeted shortly after 10 a.m. that Maple Avenue is closed between East Street and Beulah Road due to flooding.

Westbound Arlington Blvd (Route 50) just past Prosperity Avenue is closed due to flooding. Police told Tysons Reporter that they don’t have enough police to block the other side of the street, which also appears flooded.

Around 10:35 p.m., police said that all of the units in the county were currently deployed.

Fairfax County Police Department released a list of road closures. The ones closed due to flooding in the McLean Police District are:

1300 block of Kirby Road — damaged from flooding and will have a long-term closure

Shreve Road between Wieland Place and Buckelew Drive

Hilltop Road between Willomere and Old Lee Hwy

Meadowlark Road/Brookside Lane

Demsey Street/Old Chesterbrook Road

Old Courthouse and Besley roads

Georgetown Pike and Potomac River Road — one lane closed

6500 block of Old Dominion Drive

North Albemarle Street/Chesterbrook Road — flooding and debris

Westbound Arlington Blvd/Prosperity Avenue — one lane open

Jones Branch Road/Park Run Drive

Lewinsville Road/Lewinsville Mews Court

Beulah and Browns Mill roads

Oberon Way/Capulet Court

A fallen tree closed the 1400 block of Waggaman Circle, according to FCPD, but the road has since reopened.

People tweeted videos and photos of severe flooding along Georgetown Pike.

The City of Falls Church tweeted about several road closures and sinkholes in the city this morning.

Catherine Moran and Vernon Miles worked on this story.

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(Updated at 12:10 p.m.) A crash along Old Dominion Drive in downtown McLean seriously injured a pedestrian.

Fairfax County police responded shortly before 11 a.m. to the crash outside the Wells Fargo Bank at 6844 Old Dominion Drive.

“The pedestrian was taken to a hospital with serious injuries,” the police department tweeted. Shortly after noon, the police department tweeted that the pedestrian’s injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

No word yet on whether the driver was injured.

Police told Tysons Reporter that a driver struck a pedestrian in the parking lot and then drove into the side of the building.

A reporter for Tysons Reporter noted that the Wells Fargo is currently closed up by the police tape.

Catherine Moran and Vernon Miles worked on this story.

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The City of Falls Church Police Department is seeking the public’s help to identify one of the suspects in the recent armed robbery in West End Plaza.

The police department released two photos of the main suspect. “The suspect appears to be a black male, about 30 to 40 years old, about 6′ tall, medium build, with a shaved head, beard and mustache,” according to police.

Police said the robbery on Thursday, June 20, involved four men.

Anyone with information is asked to call the City of Falls Church Police at 703-248-5053.

Photos courtesy City of Falls Church

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After an eight-hour-long search last week, Vienna police tracked down and arrested a man in connection with several crimes around the Town of Vienna, including assault, fraud and burglary.

It all started shortly after midnight last Monday (June 17) when police said a 27-year-old man of no fixed residence tried to pay a cab driver, who had dropped him off in front of the Wolftrap Hotel (430 W. Maple Avenue), with multiple credit cards that were all declined.

“The man began to walk away, and when the cab driver confronted him regarding the payment, the man threatened him with a knife,” according to police. “The man then ran off behind the hotel.”

About four hours later, police said that the man was caught trying to get into a home in the 300 block of Nutley Street and ran off. The resident of the home went out to look for the man, found him and recognized him as an acquaintance, according to police.

When the resident told the man to leave the property, the man threatened the resident with a knife and then ran away, police said.

Shortly before 8:30 a.m., a different resident at a home in the 200 block of Paris Court SW spotted the man on her deck while checking her home’s security cameras.

“Officers located the man and found he was the same person involved in the incidents that had occurred earlier,” according to police.

By that point, the police had warrants charging assault with a weapon, defrauding a cab driver, burglary with a weapon and assault. Once they found the man, police determined that he was also wanted in Fairfax County on warrants charging probation violation and failure to appear in court.

After he was arrested, “the man began complaining that he did not feel well and needed medical attention,” according to police. He was taken to a nearby hospital for an evaluation and, once the hospital staff cleared him, to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center.

But that’s not all.

While police were searching for the man, police said they stumbled across several bags of his belongings in the backyard of a home in the 100 block of Mendon Lane SW.

“The resident advised the bags did not belong to him, and he wanted them removed,” according to police. “Officers inventoried the property and found that in addition to personal belongings, the bags contained narcotics and drug paraphernalia.”

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