Week in Loudoun

Week in Loudoun

Suspect Wanted

Sheriff's Investigators have released a composite sketch of a suspect in a robbery that occurred in Sterling

Tuesday, Sept. 7. Shortly after 4 p.m., according to reports, the suspect walked into the Simply Wireless Store in the Community Plaza and approached an employee who was behind the register. The suspect was carrying a branch from a tree.

The suspect then asked the employee to open the register, when the employee responded he could not open the register the suspect assaulted him. The suspect then grabbed a box containing a cell phone and fled the store.

The suspect is described as a black male with a light complexion, 25 to 30 years old and is approximately 6 feet 4 inches tall with a heavy build.

Those with any information regarding the identity of the suspect should contact Investigator Fognano of the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Division at 703-777-0475.

Stamps Cashes In

Leo Stamps of Ashburn stopped at four different stores Sept. 1 on his way home from a round of golf and purchased Virginia Lottery Cash 5 tickets at each stop. Stamps played the same numbers at each store and ended up winning $450,000 when his five numbers were drawn later that night. All five tickets, he purchased two tickets at one stop, are considered winners. Four of the tickets won the top prize, $100,000 and the fifth was worth $50,000 because it was a 50-cent wager rather than a $1.

Patrol Yields DUI Arrests

The following individuals were all charged with driving under the influence (DUI) on Sept. 5 as part of the Sheriff's Office's saturation patrols:

* Pham-Du Quoc VU, 25, of Ashburn, at 12:45 a.m. at the intersection of Route 28 and Route 267;

* Besa Nejaz, 18 of Leesburg at 12:55 a.m. on Route 28 near W. Church Road;

* Stephen Watson, 26, of Sterling at 12:48 a.m., on Algonkian Parkway and Quarterpath Trail;

* Rigoberto Vasquez-Reyes, 26, of Sterling on Sterling Boulevard;

* Joshua Bryant, 19 of Ashburn at 1:49 a.m. on Gloucester Parkway near Tavern Drive.

Leesburg Man Arrested

Henri de Carlo, 40, of Leesburg, turned himself into Fairfax County Police. He is charged with three counts of indecent liberties with a minor. De Carlo was an employee of a residential youth house in western Fairfax County when the incidents took place. He is accused of sexually abusing girls during their stay at the facility between June and August 2004. He has been employed as a support service worker with the facility for two years. The three victims were between 14 and 17 years old. The investigation is continuing in an effort to determine if other victims exist. De Carlo was released on a $30,000 unsecured bond.

Man Arrested after Chase

A Reston man attempted to flee law enforcement Wednesday, Sept. 8, in a car chase that crossed through three jurisdictions, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office.

Jivon Shandell Bryant, 18, was arrested in Herndon after he and two passengers allegedly attempted to flee from a stolen car on Elden Street at the intersection of Sterling Road. A Sheriff's deputy apprehended Bryant in the town as he ran through a parking lot of a church. Deputies continue to search for the two other suspects who also fled the scene on foot.

The chase began shortly before 11:30 p.m. on Route 7 near Potomac View Road when a Sheriff's deputy attempted to pull over the 1996 Honda Civic for a traffic violation. As a dispatcher informed the deputy that the car had been stolen, the suspects momentarily stopped, then continued eastbound on Route 7.

The car then drove at a high rate of speed where it eventually exited Route 7 onto Fairfax County Parkway and into Fairfax County. The car then turned westbound onto Elden Street where officers with the Herndon Police Department assisted in the pursuit. The car eventually

ran over a curb and into a parking lot where it came to a stop in the 1030 block of Sterling Road.

Bryant was charged with larceny of a vehicle and felony eluding police. He was being held at the Loudoun Adult Detention Center on a $3,000 secured bond.

Socas Visit

Democratic 10th District Congressional candidate James Socas will be at the Mills Recreation Center in Ashburn Village, Tuesday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. Hosted by former supervisor Chuck Harris, there will be snacks and refreshments served. The public is welcome. Mills Recreation Center is located at 43895 Grottoes Drive, just off Gloucester Parkway in Ashburn Village. For more information, contact the LCDC at 703-771-DEMO (3366).

Grant for Spanish-Speaking Officer

The Board of Supervisors has accepted a grant from the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services to help fund a full-time position for a Spanish-speaking probation officer in the Loudoun County Community Corrections Program.

The addition of a probation officer who is fluent in Spanish will allow the program to expand its services to Spanish speakers, including the implementation of a new program designed to educate Spanish-speaking offenders on Virginia rules, policies and laws.

Under terms of the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice grant, the probation officer must be hired by Oct. 1.

Figures from the U.S. Census Bureau show that from 1990 to 2000, the number of Hispanics living in Loudoun increased by 368 percent.

Tax Bills Due

Bills for second half personal property taxes have been mailed to Loudoun residents. The deadline for payment of the second half personal property tax is Oct. 5.

Payments postmarked after Oct. 5 will incur interest and a 10 percent late-payment penalty. Interest accrues on both the tax and late-payment penalty at a rate of 10 percent annually. The penalty date will not be extended for bills where assessment questions have been filed with the Equalization Board. Payment options and locations: Treasurer's Office Locations: 1 Harrison St., S.E., first floor, Leesburg; 21641 Ridgetop Circle, Suite 104, Sterling; 24-hour depository boxes are located outside each location. By mail: County of Loudoun, P.O. Box 1000, Leesburg, VA 20178. By telephone: 703-777-0280 for information on how to pay your taxes with your credit card. Online: pay taxes online by credit card or authorizing a deduction from your bank account with e-check. Visit our Web site at www.loudoun.gov. Contact the Loudoun County Treasurer's Office at 703-777-0280 or e-mail at taxes@loudoun.gov if bills are not received by Sept. 15.