A Fairfax County grand jury on Monday indicted eight people accused of crimes in the local area. Two of them, Vanessa Baker and Bruce Landrum, were indicted for rape.
* Vanessa Baker, 26, of 6103 Montjoy Court in Centreville's Sunset Ridge community, is a teacher charged with carnal knowledge and custodial indecent liberties. Already suspended without pay from the Fairfax County school system, if convicted, she could receive as much as 15 years in prison.
When arrested June 12, Baker was in her second year of teaching P.E. at Langston Hughes Middle School and was the freshman girls basketball coach at South Lakes High. According to county police, she allegedly had a relationship with an acquaintance under age 18. They say a "series of incidents" reportedly occurred "in various locations in Fairfax County" during the past year. Baker is scheduled for a Nov. 5 jury trial.
* Bruce Landrum, 42, of 5561 Rockpointe Drive in Centreville, is facing as much as life in prison. On June 10, police charged him with rape and aggravated sexual battery. Police believe that, on many occasions, several years ago in his home, he sexually assaulted a girl who was then 12 years old. They say he and the girl were acquainted.
Rape is punishable by five years to life in prison, and aggravated sexual battery carries a penalty of one to 20 years behind bars. Landrum is slated for a Nov. 5 jury trial in Circuit Court.
* Michael Lynn Ray, 19, of 8917 Little River Turnpike in Annandale, is charged with aggravated malicious wounding. He is accused of striking a 20-year-old Chantilly woman on the head with a weapon, outside a Franklin Farm home on June 29.
According to the victim, she and Ray did not know each other, but he was angry after some friends of his weren't allowed to crash a party at which she was a guest. If convicted, he could be sentenced to as much as 20 years to life in prison. He is scheduled to enter a plea on Oct. 30.
* Nathan Bodner, 24, of 13058 Cobble Lane in Centreville's Rockpointe community, stands accused of three burglaries and three petit larcenies. However, since he was previously convicted of two larcenies, his petit larcenies will be dealt with as felonies, instead of misdemeanors.
Police believe he's responsible for several burglaries at the Washington Sports Club in the Old Centreville Crossing Shopping Center, including money taken from the cash drawer. Bodner has an extensive criminal record, including four previous convictions — for grand larceny, embezzlement and two counts of burglary.
The club had been burglarized four times since Sept. 8, 2001, so police had set up surveillance there and nabbed Bodner when he allegedly tried to enter the business on Oct. 28. When apprehended, he was reportedly wearing women's clothing, high heels and a long, brown wig — ostensibly as a disguise. He is due to enter a plea on Sept. 23.
* Rasheed Yusuf Ali, 30, of 1624 Purple Sage Drive in Reston, was charged July 1 with receiving stolen goods. If convicted, he could receive as much as five years in prison.
After a Clifton woman's home was burglarized, May 26, police advised her to search various pawn shops for her stolen jewelry. When she found some of it in a Vienna pawn shop, her discovery didn't nab the thief. It did, however, lead to the arrest of the man, Ali, who allegedly bought the jewelry from the thief and sold it to the pawn shop.
Police arrested Ali after he reportedly returned to the pawn shop, July 1, and tried to sell a loose diamond. According to police, Ali allegedly admitted selling the items in question and acknowledged that he knew they were stolen. He's slated for a Nov. 5 trial.
* Andre Griffin, 31, of no fixed address, is accused of carjacking, May 4, in Centreville's Virginia Run community. Police say he allegedly rammed the car of a Pizza Hut delivery driver, causing the victim to lose control of his car and strike a tree.
When the victim left his car and ran for help, say police, Griffin reportedly got into the man's Pizza Hut car and drove away. The car was found shortly afterward, as was Griffin, who was arrested. Carjacking carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison. Griffin is scheduled for a jury trial on Oct. 30.
* Erick G. Machado-Carballo, 23, of 13954 Rockland Village Drive in Chantilly, is charged with breaking and entering. Fairfax County police responded April 9, around 12:30 a.m., to an alarm going off at a model home in the 4100 block of Sulser Place. When they arrived, they allegedly saw Machado-Carballo inside the house.
Police took him into custody after he reportedly left the premises. If convicted, he could be sentenced to as much as five years in prison. He is slated to enter a plea on Sept. 24.
* Jose Constanza-Bonilla, 19, of 8186 14th Ave. in Hyattsville, Md., is accused of auto theft. The incident occurred May 1, around 1 a.m., in the Brookfield community, and Fairfax County police arrested the teen shortly afterward.
According to police, a 21-year-old Chantilly man had parked his car in front of his home, heard it being driven away and called the police. After police broadcast a lookout for the car, officers spotted it on Route 50, with Constanza-Bonilla allegedly at the wheel. If convicted, he could receive as much as five years in prison. He was scheduled to enter a plea on Sept. 18.