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Grand Jury Indicts Three for Crimes

A Fairfax County grand jury last Monday, Sept. 15, indicted three men for crimes committed recently in Chantilly. The three are Eric Alfonso Hernandez (AKA Hugo Rene Lopez), Christian Flores and Charles A. Taylor.

<sh>Eric Hernandez

<bt>Eric Hernandez (AKA Hugo Rene Lopez), 39, of 4004 Kimberly Glen Court in Chantilly, is accused of raping a woman at knife point, June 25, in her Chantilly home. He and the alleged victim, 32, knew each other from a prior relationship.

Police say he reportedly held a utility knife against the woman's throat, forced her to engage in oral sex with him and raped her. She told police that she'd scratched her attacker on his chest and neck during the assault.

According to police, when Hernandez was apprehended some five hours later, the arresting officer allegedly saw scratches on Hernandez' upper chest and neck.

He's charged him with rape, forcible sodomy and abduction with the intent to defile. Rape and forcible sodomy are each punishable by a maximum of life in prison. Hernandez is scheduled for a jury trial, Nov. 3, in Circuit Court.

<sh>Christian Flores

<bt>Christian Flores, 23, of 1030 South Hoga Road in Sterling, is charged with sexually assaulting a 26-year-old Chantilly woman on June 24. Police say the woman has a "severely diminished mental capacity" and Flores knew her.

They also say he was a visitor in the home she shares with her care-giver when the alleged crime took place. After an investigation, police charged Flores on July 7 with animate-object sexual penetration.

The charge was later reduced to aggravated sexual battery. This offense carries a punishment of as much as 20 years in prison. Flores is scheduled to enter a plea, Oct. 7, in Circuit Court.

<sh>Charles Taylor

<bt>Police arrested Charles A. Taylor, 21, of no fixed address, July 12, after what they believe was an attempted bank robbery. They say he reportedly intended to rob the Community Bank of Northern Virginia at 13986 Metrotech Drive in Chantilly.

According to police, employees there became suspicious after Taylor entered the bank twice, looked around a bit and then left. When he came inside again, around 9:40 a.m., police were called. Prior to their arrival, say police, Taylor allegedly gave a teller a note demanding cash.

Responding officers found Taylor outside the bank. While one officer spoke with him, another went into the bank and determined that Taylor had allegedly just tried to rob the bank. Police charged him with attempted bank robbery. He's slated for a jury trial, Oct. 29, in Circuit Court.