Fairfax Crime Briefs
From today's Metro section:
Man Abducted, Robbed
A Centreville man was abducted at gunpoint outside his apartment early yesterday, forced to drive to an ATM and withdraw cash, then ordered into the trunk of his car and driven a short distance before being released, Fairfax County police said.
The 24-year-old victim was returning to his home in the 6200 block of Ridge Pond Road in the Centre Ridge neighborhood about 1 a.m. Police said the robber demanded the man's money, forced the man back into his 1998 Lexus ES 300 sedan and made him withdraw cash from an ATM.
Next, police said, the victim was ordered into the trunk while the robber drove. The gunman entered Interstate 66 heading east and drove about 12 miles. He then pulled over near the ramp to the Capital Beltway to let the victim out of his car and drove off.
The victim, who was not injured, flagged down a Virginia State Police trooper to report the incident.
-- Tom Jackman
Searches Net Weapons, Drugs
A routine traffic stop by a Fairfax County police officer led to searches of a hotel, a house and a storage unit and the discovery of two assault rifles, a machine gun pistol with a silencer, 10 pounds of marijuana and $10,000 in cash, plus more drugs and guns, police said yesterday.
On Monday afternoon, Officer Kristi D. Denham stopped a car in the Chantilly area because it had illegally tinted windows, police said. While looking inside, Denham saw what she thought was marijuana residue, according to court documents. She called for a drug-sniffing dog, which found more residue and a box containing $8,716 in cash, a search warrant affidavit states.
Police then obtained search warrants for a hotel room at the Extended Stay Deluxe in Chantilly, a home on Golden Oak Road in Centreville and a storage unit at the United Stor-All in Manassas, based on information obtained from the car's driver and its two passengers, Jedidiah M. Cummings, 24, and Jason A. Whittington, 26, both of Centreville.
In three searches conducted later Monday, police found 14 guns, boxes of ammunition, unspecified amounts of cocaine and ecstasy pills, more cash, assault rifles and a MAC-11 machine pistol. Most of the guns were found in the Manassas storage space, according to court records. Cummings and Whittington were charged in Fairfax with various drug and weapons felonies and were being held in the Fairfax jail yesterday.
Human Bones Still a Mystery
After a two-month investigation, Fairfax County police said yesterday they have not been able to identify human bones discovered in the Fair Oaks area, and they asked for the public's help.
The bones were found April 6 by someone walking a dog in a wooded area near the interchange of eastbound Interstate 66 and the Fairfax County Parkway. Investigators trying to identify the remains had several promising leads, but none panned out, police said.
There was no indication of trauma, investigators said, and they do not believe the person was killed. The state of decomposition was so advanced that forensic pathologists are still trying to determine the person's age and sex. The bones were found near an area where homeless people sometimes camp, police said.
Anyone with tips about the person's identity may call Crime Solvers at 866-411-8477.
-- Tom Jackman