Area Roundups: Burke, Fairfax, Fairfax Station, Springfield

Area Roundups: Burke, Fairfax, Fairfax Station, Springfield

Five Juveniles Charged with Child Pornography

Five juveniles are facing charges for illicit images of teenage girls found on a social media account. The five boys all live in Fairfax, with two attending Robinson Secondary School, two attending Lake Braddock Secondary School, and one attending W.T. Woodson High School.

On Feb. 13, two victims from Robinson High School told their school administrator they discovered nude images of themselves on an anonymous Snapchat account. The school resource officer then contacted Child Exploitation Unit, which conducted a lengthy investigation culminating in identifying and charging the five juveniles with a total of 10 felony charges on May 8. Nine charges were for possession of child pornography, one charge was for unlawful filming. The victims attended West Springfield High School, Lake Braddock High School, Robinson High School, and South County High School. Although detectives were able to identify and notify some of the victims, many are still unidentifiable.

If images of a pornographic nature appear to be of a person under the age of 18, it is a crime. If you receive unsolicited sexting messages, you should contact police non-emergency number 703-691-2131.

In-custody Death Investigated

Detectives are investigating the in-custody death of 38-year-old inmate Hector Escobar Romero. Romero was taken from the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center (ADC) to the hospital for medical attention on Sunday, May 5 after being found unresponsive in his cell. He remained in the hospital where he died on May 13. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will examine the body, but preliminarily, there are no signs of foul play.

The inmate had been incarcerated at the ADC since March 5. The Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office and FCPD are working collectively to gather all information and to thoroughly document the situation. FCPD investigates all Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office in-custody deaths.

Fatal Crash in Lorton

A man died as a result of injuries from a crash that occurred at the intersection of Ox Road and Hooes Road in Lorton around 8:40 p.m. May 9. Crash Reconstruction Detectives have preliminarily determined that Brian Beyreuther, 45, of Lorton, was driving a 2018 Ford Escape making a left turn from Hooes Road to southbound Ox Road with the green light. Robert Derifield, 42, of Woodbridge, was traveling north on Ox Road, driving a 2019 Dodge Ram, when he disregarded the red signal and struck the Ford Escape. Beyreuther was taken to a nearby hospital where he died. Derifield was taken to a hospital with injuries that are not considered life threatening. Charges are pending as the investigation continues. Speed appears to be a factor in the crash, according to police.

Anyone with information about this crash is asked to contact Crash Reconstruction Unit at 703-280-0543.