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Falls Church Police Investigate Bank Robbery

From the City of Falls Church:


Falls Church Police are investigating a bank robbery that occurred at approximately 10:06 a.m. at the SunTrust Bank located at 603 West Broad St.  The suspect in this case is described as a black male 6’ 2” stocky build, wearing a black and red nylon running suit.  The suspect displayed a long, black-barreled revolver and demanded money from the teller.  The suspect fled eastbound from the bank possibly on a bicycle. 

Falls Church Police Seek Information about Store Burglary

Falls Church Police Seek Information about Store Burglary

From Falls Church Police:


Falls Church Police Arrest Resident for Felony Sexual Battery

From the Falls Church City Office of Communications:


On June 22, Falls Church City Police arrested and charged Michael A. Gardner, 47, with two felony counts of aggravated sexual battery, and one count of object sexual penetration in connection with incidents that allegedly occurred in his City of Falls Church residence last weekend.

Falls Church Police were contacted by the female victims who were at the residence and who told the police that Mr. Gardner had inappropriate physical contact with them. Following interviews with victims who were at the home, police obtained search warrants for DNA.

Mr. Gardner is being held in Arlington County Jail.

Anyone who has information that might be helpful to the investigation is asked to contact the Falls Church Police Detective Richardson at 703-248-5238 (TTY 711).

Falls Church City Police Arrest Credit Card Burglar

From the City of Falls Church:


Falls Church City Police arrested Francisco Graciela Hernandez on Tuesday, June 14, on burglary and theft charges.  Police responded to a Falls Church City residence on Hillwood Avenue on Feb. 11, 2011, for a report of a burglary.  Hernandez stole various items from the home including a purse with credit cards.

Falls Church City Police detectives investigated several leads from the case after Hernandez made fraudulent purchases throughout the area using the stolen credit cards. 

Hernandez, 30, of 5122 Lincoln Ave., Alexandria, was charged with burglary, credit card theft, and grand larceny.  Hernandez is currently incarcerated in Prince William County jail on unrelated charges. 

Falls Church City Police advises citizens to lock their doors and secure all belongings when left unattended.  Suspicious activity should immediately be reported by calling 703-241-5050.

Falls Church Man Charged in Connection with Robbery of Potomac Plaza Target Store

Falls Church Man Charged in Connection with Robbery of Potomac Plaza Target Store

From Loudoun Sheriff:

Loudoun County, VA:  A Falls Church man has been charged in connection with the May 22, 2011 robbery of the Target store in Sterling, Virginia.   
Christopher M. Deatherage, 24, allegedly entered the store located in the Potomac Run Plaza and approached the display case in the electronics section of the store and asked to see an MP3 player. Once the case was opened the suspect attempted to grab several MP3 players. The suspect then brandished what appeared to a knife and threatened the employee. He then fled the store with several MP3 players.   
Loudoun Sheriff’s Investigators identified Deatherage as a suspect in the case and he was taken into custody in Maryland this past weekend. He is currently being held without bond on the robbery charge at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center.

Falls Church Male Charged With Setting Fires

From Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department:

Fire investigators have charged Michael A. Guenther, 51, 5800 block of Glen Forest Drive, Falls Church, with intentionally setting an outside fire and setting a fire under a dwelling in a crawl space, in the 5800 block of Glen Forest Drive, Wednesday, May 4, 2011.            

Guenther is charged with two counts of 18.2-86, fire capable of spreading; and one count of 18.2-77/18.2-26, attempted burning of an occupied building. The fires occurred between April 16, and May 1, 2011.

According to fire investigators there was no damage to property.

Guenther is being held at the Fairfax County Adults Detention Center without bond.

Crime Solvers Tip Aids in Capture of East Coast Rapist

From Fairfax County:

  Crime Solvers programs around the region are applauding their role in a recent capture. An anonymous tip through Crime Solvers assisted police in the arrest of the highly sought-after “East Coast Rapist.” Detectives around the region and as far reaching as Rhode Island and Connecticut worked with the Federal Bureau of Investigation to create a website and billboard signs that ran up and down the east coast with pertinent information in a series of sexual assaults.

            More than 12 women and children were reportedly sexually assaulted by the same man. Those attacks began in Prince Georges County, MD in February, 1997. The suspect then attacked women in Fairfax County, VA, Leesburg, VA, Cranston, RI, New Haven, CT and Prince William County, VA. DNA in those cases all returned to the same suspect.