Two Stabbings a Half Hour Apart

Two teenagers were stabbed on Reston pathways.

Two teenagers, 18 and 15, were stabbed in separate incidents Sunday night in south Reston. The incidents, which took place within 30 minutes of each other, occurred on Reston pathways, the first behind Hunters Woods Shopping Center and the other on a footbridge near Southgate Square.

But police have yet to determine if the incidents are related, said Mary Mulrenan, a Fairfax County police spokesperson.

At about 6:30 p.m., an 18-year-old Reston teenager was stabbed in the upper body, said a police report. Two suspects, described as male Hispanic teens, approached the victim and asked for cigarettes. When the victim said he did not have any, one of the suspects stabbed him in the upper body, said Mulrenan. The victim managed to walk to a friend’s house, when police were summoned. The victim was flown by helicopter to INOVA Fairfax Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The second stabbing occurred on the same pathway near Southgate square, according to police. Three teenagers were walking on the pathway when five suspects approached.

"Two of the teenagers ran when the suspects approached," said Officer Bud Walker, police spokesperson. The suspects caught a 15-year-old Reston teenager, and one suspect stabbed him in the upper body, said Walker. The victim was also flown by helicopter to INOVA Fairfax hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The five suspects were described as Hispanic males between 18 and 24-years-old.

Police said they do not know if the victims knew each other. Detectives, Mulrenan said, are also investigating whether or not the incidents were gang-related. "At this point, we don’t know," said Mulrenan.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477 or Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.