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Reston Man Stabbed on Christmas Eve

Victim, 21, stabbed on a path behind Hunters Woods Shopping Center.

Fairfax County Police continue to investigate the stabbing of a 21-year-old Reston-area man that took place Dec. 24 at noon on a pathway behind Hunters Woods Shopping Center.

The victim suffered non-life threatening injuries and sought treatment at INOVA Reston hospital.

The stabbing occurred while the victim was walking along a path behind the Hunter Woods Shopping Center when a man approached him and asked for a cigarette. The two men began to argue and got into a fight. During the altercation, the suspect stabbed the victim in the upper body.

According to police reports, the suspect was described as Hispanic, 22 to 25 years old, approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing about 180 pounds with a thick goatee. He was last seen wearing a red, hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and black sneakers, said the police report.

"At this time, we have no evidence to suggest that it’s gang related or that it’s connected to any other incident," said Officer Bud Walker, Fairfax County Police spokesman.

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

SINCE NOVEMBER, two stabbings and a shooting that resulted in death have taken place in the corridor of pathways between Winterthur Apartments and Hunters Woods Shopping Center.

In mid-November, in two separate incidents spanning about a half hour, an 18-year-old and a 15-year-old were stabbed on Reston pathways. The first stabbing took place behind the Hunters Woods Shopping Center in the 2200 block of Winterthur Court when two suspects, which police 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 police. The second stabbing that day occurred near Southgate Square.

On Nov. 23 around 1:50 p.m., Justin M. Carter, 19, of Reston was shot and killed. The shooting also occurred behind Winterthur Apartments on a wooded pathway. Police arrested Allen J. Anderson, a 19-year-old Lorton man, for Carter’s murder.