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<sh>Three Arrested After Burglary

<bt>On Thursday, Nov. 4, Fairfax County Police arrested three women from Washington, DC, in connection with a burglary of an occupied dwelling and an attempted malicious wounding. Around 6 p.m. police responded to the 8300 block of Bound Brook Lane in the Mount Vernon area, and met with a 34-year-old Washington, D.C. area woman who was attacked by another woman. Further investigation revealed the suspect forced her way into a residence armed with a baseball bat and started to attack the victim. She also armed herself with a handgun that was inside the residence. The suspect later fled the scene with two other accomplices in a white car. Fairfax County Police were able to locate the suspects and the car traveling north on the George Washington Parkway, and placed all three under arrest. The victim’s injuries were non-life-threatening.

Merley Dorestal 32, of Owen Place N.W. was charged with burglary and attempted malicious wounding. She is being held on a $20,000 bond at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center. Also arrested were Linda Evans 33, of Montana Avenue N.E. and DalaShawn Hart 32, of Euclid Street N.W. They were both charged with attempted malicious wounding and are being held at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center on $5000 bond each.

<sh>Elementary School Broken Into

<bt>In the early morning hours of Saturday, Nov. 6, an alarm was activated at Garfield Elementary School in Springfield. The school security officer and Fairfax County police officers discovered the school, located at 7101 Old Keene Mill Road, had been broken into through the window in an exterior door in the cafeteria. Extensive damage was found in the cafeteria kitchen office; book shelves were overturned and a computer was smashed.

About 3 a.m., shortly after arriving on scene, officers responded to a second school alarm at Lee High School at 6540 Franconia Road in the Springfield area. The school kitchen was ransacked, food had been eaten, and windows had been broken. A school security officer stopped three youths who fled from the building, but one of the youths began to assault the school security officer and the three youths got away. Personal belongings left behind by one youth, however, led to his identity. The security officer was uninjured.

The investigation is ongoing. Detectives believe the break-ins at the two schools are related.

<sh>Carjacking Occurs in Franconia Area

<bt>Fairfax County Police are investigating a carjacking that occurred on Thursday, Nov. 4, around 4:30 a.m. in the Franconia area. A 58-year-old Alexandria area man was sitting in his vehicle in the 6000 block of Clames Drive when he was ordered out of his car by a man with a gun. The victim was ordered into the back seat where he was joined by a second man with a handgun. The suspects drove the victim to a bus stop near Franconia Road and Beulah Street and picked up two more suspects, one was a female. The victim was driven to a nearby church parking lot, ordered out of the car and robbed of an undisclosed amount of cash and various personal items. After being punched in the face by one of the suspects, the victim was able to escape and report the incident to police. The suspects left with the victim’s 2003 black Lincoln Town Car in an unknown direction. There were no reported injuries.

One of the suspects was described as black, in his early 20s, about 5-feet-4-inches tall and weighed about 150 pounds. He was last seen wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt. A second suspect was also described as black, in his 20s, about 6-feet tall and weighed about 170 pounds. He was last seen wearing a gray hooded sweat shirt. There is no description on the other two suspects at this time.

<sh>Alexandria Man Robbed at Home

<bt>On Wednesday, Nov. 3, about 9:50 p.m., a man in the 3200 block of Elmwood Drive answered a knock at his door and was confronted by two men dressed in black with masks on. The two men entered the home and threatened the 65-year-old victim with bodily harm if he did not comply. The suspects took cash from the house and left. The victim was not injured. One suspect was described as 6-feet tall and weighing 160 pounds. The second suspect was described as standing 5-feet-6-inches tall and weighing 150 pounds. There is no further description of the suspects.

Anyone with information about the above incidents or the suspects involved is asked to call police at 703-691-2131 or Crime Solvers at 1-800-673-2777. Callers may remain anonymous.

<1b>— Compiled by Gale Curcio

<sh>Three Arrested After Burglary

<bt>On Thursday, Nov. 4, Fairfax County Police arrested three women from Washington, DC, in connection with a burglary of an occupied dwelling and an attempted malicious wounding. Around 6 p.m. police responded to the 8300 block of Bound Brook Lane in the Mount Vernon area, and met with a 34-year-old Washington, D.C. area woman who was attacked by another woman. Further investigation revealed the suspect forced her way into a residence armed with a baseball bat and started to attack the victim. She also armed herself with a handgun that was inside the residence. The suspect later fled the scene with two other accomplices in a white car. Fairfax County Police were able to locate the suspects and the car traveling north on the George Washington Parkway, and placed all three under arrest. The victim’s injuries were non-life-threatening.

Merley Dorestal 32, of Owen Place N.W. was charged with burglary and attempted malicious wounding. She is being held on a $20,000 bond at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center. Also arrested were Linda Evans 33, of Montana Avenue N.E. and DalaShawn Hart 32, of Euclid Street N.W. They were both charged with attempted malicious wounding and are being held at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center on $5000 bond each.

<sh>Elementary School Broken Into

<bt>In the early morning hours of Saturday, Nov. 6, an alarm was activated at Garfield Elementary School in Springfield. The school security officer and Fairfax County police officers discovered the school, located at 7101 Old Keene Mill Road, had been broken into through the window in an exterior door in the cafeteria. Extensive damage was found in the cafeteria kitchen office; book shelves were overturned and a computer was smashed.

About 3 a.m., shortly after arriving on scene, officers responded to a second school alarm at Lee High School at 6540 Franconia Road in the Springfield area. The school kitchen was ransacked, food had been eaten, and windows had been broken. A school security officer stopped three youths who fled from the building, but one of the youths began to assault the school security officer and the three youths got away. Personal belongings left behind by one youth, however, led to his identity. The security officer was uninjured.

The investigation is ongoing. Detectives believe the break-ins at the two schools are related.

<sh>Carjacking Occurs in Franconia Area

<bt>Fairfax County Police are investigating a carjacking that occurred on Thursday, Nov. 4, around 4:30 a.m. in the Franconia area. A 58-year-old Alexandria area man was sitting in his vehicle in the 6000 block of Clames Drive when he was ordered out of his car by a man with a gun. The victim was ordered into the back seat where he was joined by a second man with a handgun. The suspects drove the victim to a bus stop near Franconia Road and Beulah Street and picked up two more suspects, one was a female. The victim was driven to a nearby church parking lot, ordered out of the car and robbed of an undisclosed amount of cash and various personal items. After being punched in the face by one of the suspects, the victim was able to escape and report the incident to police. The suspects left with the victim’s 2003 black Lincoln Town Car in an unknown direction. There were no reported injuries.

One of the suspects was described as black, in his early 20s, about 5-feet-4-inches tall and weighed about 150 pounds. He was last seen wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt. A second suspect was also described as black, in his 20s, about 6-feet tall and weighed about 170 pounds. He was last seen wearing a gray hooded sweat shirt. There is no description on the other two suspects at this time.

<sh>Alexandria Man Robbed at Home

<bt>On Wednesday, Nov. 3, about 9:50 p.m., a man in the 3200 block of Elmwood Drive answered a knock at his door and was confronted by two men dressed in black with masks on. The two men entered the home and threatened the 65-year-old victim with bodily harm if he did not comply. The suspects took cash from the house and left. The victim was not injured. One suspect was described as 6-feet tall and weighing 160 pounds. The second suspect was described as standing 5-feet-6-inches tall and weighing 150 pounds. There is no further description of the suspects.

Anyone with information about the above incidents or the suspects involved is asked to call police at 703-691-2131 or Crime Solvers at 1-800-673-2777. Callers may remain anonymous.