A Fairfax County grand jury last Monday, July 16, indicted five people for crimes committed in the local area. They are Brian Gaskins, John H. Kipp Jr., Keomi Payton, Robert Lee Felton and Darryl Paul Fagan.
<bt>Brian Gaskins, 21, of 15111 Olddale Road in Centreville, was arrested in fall 2006, but didn't have his preliminary hearing until this spring. In January 2006, Gaskins was sentenced to 20 days jail for distributing marijuana. That fall, police investigated him again and, on Sept. 21, 2006, they charged him with distribution of ecstasy.
They said a substance reportedly sold by Gaskins to another person field-tested positive for ecstasy. Police also stated that Gaskins allegedly told them he had more ecstasy at his home.
On Sept. 22, 2006, police executed a search warrant there and seized a sock containing marijuana and ecstasy pills, plus a shoe full of cash. On May 21, Gaskins' case was certified to the grand jury. He's slated for a trial, Aug. 21, in Circuit Court.
<sh>John H. Kipp Jr.
<bt>Police say John H. Kipp Jr., 37, of Broadway, Va., came to Centreville to have sexual relations with a 14-year-old minor. But when he arrived here, June 30, 2006, he was met instead by police and arrested.
Authorities said Kipp allegedly exchanged instant messages with an undercover detective posing as an underage teen, and called from his cell phone several times, to solicit a sexual act from a person he believed was 14.
Police charged him with use of communications systems to facilitate certain offenses involving children, plus attempted indecent liberties with a minor. Following his indictment, he's scheduled for a Sept. 12 jury trial in Circuit Court.
<sh>Keomi D. Payton
<bt>Keomi D. Payton of 5828 Belcher Farm Drive in Centreville is accused of one count each of credit-card theft and credit-card fraud. She was arrested March 21.
Kraig Troxell, Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office spokesman, said that county "initiated the case because the victim lives in Loudoun, but the actual crimes [reportedly] took place in Fairfax County." He said Payton and the victim worked at the same company in Fairfax.
Authorities said the credit card was used in January at “several different retail locations throughout Northern Virginia.” Payton is scheduled to enter a plea, Aug. 27, in Fairfax County Circuit Court.
<sh>Robert Lee Felton
<bt>Robert Lee Felton, 36, of Fort Washington, Md., is accused of swiping purses and credit cards from Chantilly automobile dealerships. Police said he frequented the sales area of the dealerships and targeted purses left unattended by female employees.
Credit cards stolen from the victims' purses were then used at the CVS and Giant Foods stores in the nearby Greenbriar Town Center. Police arrested Felton on April 9, and he's slated for a jury trial, Sept. 11, in Circuit Court, on one count each of credit-card theft and credit-card fraud.
<sh>Darryl Paul Fagan
<bt>Darryl Paul Fagan, 24, of 5964 Wescott Hills Way, Alexandria, is charged with two counts each of burglary and grand larceny in connection with a Dec. 1, 2006 break in at a home on Winding Creek Court in Clifton.
The occupants weren't home at the time, but police believe Fagan and an accomplice broke into the house and stole a large amount of jewelry from the master bedroom. The items taken included a woman's $8,000 engagement ring engraved with her initials and wedding date.
Police arrested Fagan on Jan. 24. Following his indictment, he's scheduled to enter a plea, July 31, in Circuit Court.