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    A man was convicted for his role in a 2019 robbery and murder, on Tuesday, Sept. 27, Prince William County officials said.  On Dec. 26, 2019, Jordan Anderson and his accomplice went into a Denny's, on Sudley Road, at around 3 a.m., according to the Prince William County Police Department.  The two suspects stole money from the register, before Anderson shot and seriously wounded a customer, police said.  When Anderson was outside Denny's, he shot and killed Yusuf Ozgur, a food delivery driver who was picking up an order, authorities said. Anderson was recently found guilty of 45 felony counts, including second-degree murder, two counts of aggravated malicious wounding, seventeen counts of abduction for pecuniary benefit, and other related offenses, officials reported. He was held at the Prince William-Manassas Regional Adult Detention Center, awaiting the date of his sentencing, law enforcement said.
    A man was convicted for his role in a 2019 robbery and murder, on Tuesday, Sept. 27, Prince William County officials said.  On Dec. 26, 2019, Jordan Anderson and his accomplice went into a Denny's, on Sudley Road, at around 3 a.m., according to the Prince William County Police Department.  The two suspects stole money from the register, before Anderson shot and seriously wounded a customer, police said.  When Anderson was outside Denny's, he shot and killed Yusuf Ozgur, a food delivery driver who was picking up an order, authorities said. Anderson was recently found guilty of 45 felony counts, including second-degree murder, two counts of aggravated malicious wounding, seventeen counts of abduction for pecuniary benefit, and other related offenses, officials reported. He was held at the Prince William-Manassas Regional Adult Detention Center, awaiting the date of his sentencing, law enforcement said.
    Police in Northern Virginia are seeking the public's help in locating a 28-year-old man who may be endangered, they said. Zackary Thomas was last seen on the 4000 block of Kingsley Road in Woodbridge Friday, Sept. 23, around 4 p.m., Prince William County police said. "Zackary is believed to be missing under voluntary circumstances and may be in need of assistance which qualifies him as being endangered," police said. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of this person is asked to contact Prince William County police at 703-792-6500 or your local police department. Thomas is described as white male who is 6 feet tall, 180 lbs with brown hair and green eyes. He was last seen wearing a black shirt and blue jeans.
    Police in Prince William County are looking for a 16-year-old girl who recently disappeared, officials said.  Mikayla Triglia was last seen leaving her Manassas home, located on Hugh Mullen Drive, on Sept. 20, according to the Prince William County Police Department. Law enforcement said they believe her disappearance was voluntary, but she could be in danger. Triglia was described as a black female, 5'5 and 100 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes, officials said. Anyone with information on her whereabouts should contact police at 703-792-6500.
    A large fire consumed a Prince William County home early on Wednesday, Sept. 21, leaving one occupant seriously injured, officials said.  At around midnight, fire crews arrived at home in flames, in the 12000 block of Point Longstreet Way, according to the Prince William County Fire and Rescue System. Two adults and a child were inside the home and started to evacuate away from the flames, authorities said. One of the adults, who successfully got the family's dog out of the burning house, sustained life-threatening injuries during the incident, officials reported.  Fire crews said they found the man laying outside the home and he was transported to a local burn center. The Fire Marshal's Office believed the fire was accidental, but the home was deemed unsafe to live in, officials said. After the incident, the family was assisted by the American Red Cross, authorities said.
    The Animals Services Center will offer free animal adoption to the public, as they celebrate their much-needed makeover, officials said. On September 17, officials from Prince William County will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of the new Animal Services Center, according to the Prince William County Police Department. Guests can take a tour of the new facility, located at 14807 Bristow Road in Manassas, and are invited to adopt animals free of charge, authorities said. The Prince William County Board of Supervisors said that with the county's growing population, it was time to give the 45-year-old Animal Services Center an upgrade for the sake of the animals. The new and improved facility offers plenty of outdoor play space, updated ventilation systems, and an advanced veterinarian suite, officials detailed. Click here to RSVP to the grand opening and learn more about the new Animal Services Center. 
    On September 12, Prince William County police announced the arrest of a juvenile in connection to a fatal shooting, officials said.  On July 20, 21-year-old Brian Marshall II was fatally shot by two suspects in Georgetown Village, according to the Prince William County Police Department. Marshall II was taken to a nearby hospital where he died of his injuries, police reported. In the weeks following the homicide, police released video footage of the suspects and offered a $5,000 reward for information on the suspects, authorities said. Police have arrested one of the homicide suspects, an unidentified 17-year-old, who was already held at Juvenile Detention Center for unrelated charges, officials said. The teen was charged with second degree murder and use of a firearm in commission of a felony, police said. Prince William County police are still offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information on anyone else involved in Marshall II's murder, officials said. Anyone with information should contact police at 703-792-7000.
    A student was found with a gun at a Prince William County high school on Monday, September 12, officials reported. Sometime before 10:35 a.m., a student at Freedom High School was detained by officials for having a firearm, according to the Prince William County Police Department. Officers on the scene said no shots were fired and no injuries were reported. This story is still developing. Check back for updates. 
    Attorney General Jason Miyares announced Wednesday that a grand jury has chosen to bring two felony charges and one misdemeanor charge against former Prince William County Registrar Michele White for incidents occurring around the time of the 2020 election. “First of all, proper investigations, we shouldn’t know what’s going on exactly, you know, as opposed to when some certain folks do investigations there’s a leak every 30 seconds,” said John Mills, director and founder of the National Election Integrity Association. “A proper law enforcement investigation should be quiet, and so should be reserved, so I think that’s the way they’re handling this,” he told The Virginia Star. Mills has been investigating Prince William County’s voter rolls for years, and said jury data shows that Prince William’s voter rolls may include large numbers of people unqualified to vote. In the process of his investigation, he had repeated contact with White through FOIA requests. “She was extremely uncivil with me, just very unprofessional in her emails,” Mills said. He said that eventually he tried to schedule a meeting with the registrar in...
    Former Prince William County elections registrar Michele White was indicted for alleged misconduct, NBC4 Washington reported. White, who served from 2015 to 2021 before an abrupt and unexplained resignation, was charged for corrupt conduct as an election official and making a false statement, and was also dealt a misdemeanor charge of willful neglect of duty, the website said. The nature of her misconduct was not specified, but the indictment indicated it happened before and after the November 2020 election, NBC4 Washington said. Click here for the full story from NBC4 Washington. 
    Two men were hospitalized after being shot during a drug raid in Woodbridge near an elementary school, according to the Prince William County Police Department. Members of a multi-agency drug task force were conducting an undercover operation into Fentanyl distribution in the 14700 block of Fox Glove Court in Woodbridge on Thursday, Sept. 1 when a firefight broke out near Dale City Elementary School, officials said. During the exchange, police said that four members of the task force discharged their weapons, and two men - a 30-year-old man and an unidentified person - involved in the operation were struck and hospitalized with undisclosed injuries. No members of the task force were struck or injured during the shootout. A third person at the scene, an unidentified 18-year-old man was also uninjured. The Arlington County Police Department is now leading a criminal investigation into the actions of the officers, along with other members from agencies in the region serving on the Critical Incident Response Team. Prince William County Commonwealth’s Attorney Amy Ashworth will be reviewing the findings of the investigation, according to...
    Prince William County police have arrested a 19-year-old in connection with a 2021 armed robbery, officials said. On December 18, 2021, officers arrived at the scene in the 2800 block of PS Business Center Drive, where two male suspects forced a victim out of their SUV and stole the victim's property, according to the Prince William County Police Department. The suspects implied they had at least one weapon, but no one was hurt in the incident, officials reported. On August 25, 2022, officers located 19-year-old Elvis Paz Villatoro, one of the suspects, in Woodbridge and was arrested, police said. Paz Villatoro was charged robbery, conspiracy to commit a robbery, use of firearm in commission of a felony, and conspiracy to use a firearm in commission of a felony, authorities said. Police said they continue to look for the other male suspect and unknown female involved in the robbery. Villatoro was held without bond and had a pending court date, law enforcement said.
    A house fire in Prince William County caused extensive damage and displaced 14 people, fire officials said. Just after 1 a.m. on August 25, firefighters responded to a home in the 13000 block of Langstone Drive to put out a fire in the back of the residence, according to the Prince William County Fire and Rescue System. No injuries were reported in the incident, but a neighboring home sustained radiant heat damage, police said. The seven adults and seven children who displaced by the fire were assisted by the American Red Cross. Fire crews reported substantial damage to the home and said the cause of the fire is under investigation.
    Prince William County police are searching for the suspects in a recent gunfight on Wednesday, August 24, officials reported. At around 2:50 a.m., a 21-year-old man was leaving his parked car in the 3000 block of Pony Ridge Turn and was approached by two masked men, according to the Prince William County Police Department. The revealed they were armed and as the victim reached for his own weapon,  the suspects began shooting at the victim, authorities said. As the victim shot back, the suspects fled the scene in a dark-colored sedan, police reported. Although no one was harmed during the incident, law enforcement's investigation revealed many homes and vehicles were damaged in the crossfire, officials said. Officers found shell casings in the area and said the only suspect description they had was that the suspects were two black men, who were about 6'0 tall. Anyone with information should contact local police at 703-792-7000.
    A Woodbridge man was arrested for sexually assaulting a juvenile girl, police said.  On August 21, at around 12:30 p.m., law enforcement responded to a Woodbridge residence, where they discovered that a 7-year-old girl had been repeatedly sexually assaulted by a family acquaintance that was residing in the same home, according to the Prince William County Police Department. Police investigation revealed that the incidents occurred sometime between June 1 and the date of the suspect's arrest, officials said. The 7-year-old told an adult about the sexual assault and Santiago Siguenza, 64, was charged with two counts of aggravated sexual battery, authorities reported. Siguenza had a pending court date and was held without bond, police said.
    A shooting suspect is in custody after an incident in Bristow on Monday, August 22, officials said. Officers responded to the 9000 block of Acadia Park Drive to investigate the shooting and took the suspect into custody, according to Prince William County police. One victim was reported injured, but their condition was unknown, authorities reported. This story is developing. Check back for updates.
    Prince William County police have begun a death investigation after a body was found near a local trash compactor, officials said.  At around 6 p.m. on August 13, officers responded to an empty commercial building in Woodbridge, where they found a dead body behind the building near a trash compactor, according to the Prince William County Police Department. The body, which was in a decomposed state, was sent to the Medical Examiner's Office to determine the cause of death and identity, authorities reported. Police said there is no current threat to the community concerning this death and that more relevant information will be released once the next-of-kin is notified.
    Prince William County police are investigating the death of a 57-year-old woman. After Debbie Ullah disappeared on August 8, her family found a concerning letter she had left behind and they alerted police, the Prince William County Police Department said. An extensive search for Ullah was unsuccessful until police searched a hotel where she had recently rented a room, authorities said. There, they found Ullah unresponsive, and she was pronounced dead at the scene, officials reported. Police said there is no foul play concerning her death at this time and their investigation is ongoing.
    Police in Prince William County have identified the swimmer who drowned in Dolphin Beach.  At around 4:30 p.m. on August 6, officers responded to the beach to investigate the disappearance of Benjamin Segura Artiga, 38, who had been swimming with two friends that day, the Prince William County Police Department said.  Segura Artiga allegedly tried to climb a dock ladder while in the water and suddenly went under water, authorities said. After hours of friends and lifeguards searching, the police's marine unit found his body later that evening and he was pronounced dead, law enforcement reported.  The investigation continues as the medical examiner's office reviews the incident and body, police said.
    Officers arrested a man who assaulted a 21-year-old victim and then later assaulted an officer in Prince William County, as well, police said.  On August 4, Javon Salmon, 21, of North Carolina allegedly beat up a 21-year-old woman he was fighting with, before he fled into a local Manassas business, according to the Prince William County Police Department.  Law enforcement said that when they found Salmon in the business, he resisted arrest and pushed an officer down while fleeing the scene on foot. After a brief struggle, officers got Salmon into custody and he was charged with assault and battery on a law enforcement officer, domestic assault and battery, and obstruction of justice, police said. Salmon was held without bond and had a pending court date, officials reported.
    Police arrested a Prince William County man for soliciting an inappropriate picture and later sexually assaulting a minor, officials said. Zaqueo Lopez Colop was arrested on July 29 for asking a 14-year-old girl for an inappropriate picture and luring her to his home to sexually assault her, according to the Prince William County Police Department. Police said the victim accused Colop of the incidents between April 1 and May 31.  He was charged with rape, aggravated sexual battery, production of child pornography, and abduction, authorities said. Colop had a pending court date and was held without bond, police said.
    A Prince William County woman was recently convicted of first degree murder from a 2016 shooting, authorities said. Roberta Brandon was allegedly fighting about custody and visitation with Cordrey Jackson in a parking lot, when she shot him in the chest, according to the Prince William County Commonwealth's Attorney.  In early August 2022, she was found guilty by a jury of first-degree murder and use of a firearm in commission of a felony, officials said. There were no further details given about a prison sentence.
    A man from Triangle is wanted for beating a woman and biting  her leg in his home on Wednesday August 3, police said. Jaharii Underwood, 30, was fighting with a 34-year-old woman in his home just after 1 a.m., in the 19000 block of Fuller Heights Road, when he became physically violent, according to the Prince William County Police Department. Underwood struck the woman as she tried to leave and proceeded to bite her leg, officials reported. Police said the victim contact police when she left the apartment and reported minor injuries.  Underwood was described as 6'0, 170 pounds, with long black hair twists and brown eyes, authorities said. Law enforcement said he is wanted for malicious wounding, abduction, and domestic assault and battery. If you have any information on this incident or Underwood's whereabouts, contact police at 703-792-7000.
    This article was written by WTOP’s news partner InsideNoVa.com and republished with permission. Sign up for InsideNoVa.com’s free email subscription today. All Prince William County employees will receive one-time bonuses ranging from $250 to $1,000. During its meeting Tuesday, the Board of County Supervisors voted 6-1 with one abstention to use about $5.3 million to pay for the bonuses. Supervisor Pete Candland, R-Gainesville, voted against the measure, and Supervisor Yesli Vega. R-Coles, abstained. The vote was to appropriate $12.5 million in total revenue from the state, with about $5.3 million for the county and about $7.1 million going to the school division. The school division’s portion will go into its operating fund. The money was essentially a surplus after the county budgeted to cover the revenue shortfall with the expectation that Virginia would eliminate the 1% sales tax on groceries that goes to local governments. The General Assembly deferred a decision on the grocery tax until next year. The county’s approximately 4,347 full-time employees will receive a $1,000 bonus. The roughly 347 part-time employees will receive $500. All seasonal, temporary...
    This article was written by WTOP’s news partner InsideNoVa.com and republished with permission. Sign up for InsideNoVa.com’s free email subscription today. Prince William County’s Racial and Social Justice Commission has yet to fully delve back into its work over the past five months, with meetings occasionally featuring familiar bickering and infighting. More Virginia News The commission has almost exclusively discussed revisions to its bylaws in its three full meetings since presenting its initial report to the Board of Supervisors in February, wrapping up the changes at its July 21 meeting. A fourth meeting was only used to elect officers, while another was adjourned with no action over uncertainty if it was properly noticed to the public. The panel was tasked with delivering a report that examines “the state of racial and social justice for people of color” in the county and making recommendations to the county government. Its initial focus was on policing, the “provision of government services” and public education. Its report, submitted late last year, broadly applauds county practices while acknowledging areas of needed growth and...
    A 31-year-old Prince William County Woman was arrested after she threw a small axe toward her family member during a fight, police said. Sometime before 7:15 p.m. July 25, Shemia Royals threw an axe from her purse at a family member and a 16-year old during a fight, Prince William County Police reported. Though no injuries were reported, the axe caused damage to the walls of the Days Inn at 16925 Old Stage Road in Dumfries, where the fight occurred, police said. Royals was taken into custody near the Days Inn and was charged with attempted malicious wounding, officials reported. Authorities said her court date was pending and she was being held without bond. 
    This article was written by WTOP’s news partner InsideNoVa.com and republished with permission. Sign up for InsideNoVa.com’s free email subscription today. The PW Digital Gateway has seen its first public review by Prince William County officials, but its fate remains murky as some officials keep their opinions close to the chest. The Planning Commission on Wednesday held a work session on the proposal, the first for the application. Last summer, landowners along Pageland Lane submitted a request to change the land designation of their properties in the Comprehensive Plan from agricultural zoning to technology zoning for the PW Digital Gateway. The Board of Supervisors later expanded the request to cover 2,100 acres, which could pave the way for 27.6 million square feet of data centers, nearly as much data center space as is currently in use or under construction in neighboring Loudoun County, the world’s largest concentration of such facilities. More Virginia News More from InsideNova.com The project has quickly become the most controversial and contentious local land-use proposal in decades. Opponents and proponents have launched personal attacks against each other, and it has...
    Prince William County leaders announced $2.5 million in additional funding for a new crisis center in a move meant to prioritize mental health. The new Crisis Receiving Center will increase local access to general mental health resources while providing more community-based services and inpatient psychiatric beds. Likewise, it will provide support for people who need non-emergency mental health services. More Virginia News More Prince William County News “People are suffering coming out of COVID, mentally. This is imperative that we do this for Prince William County,” said Andrea Bailey, the Potomac District Supervisor with the Prince William Board of County Supervisors. Bailey has been working with local leaders to help make it happen. The facility will also be home to the county’s trauma program, assertive community treatment and youth services programs. A total of $11.9 million has been raised to build the new center, which Potomac District Supervisor Andrea Bailey will be used on an 11-year lease in the old Gander Mountain building in Woodbridge, Virginia. Officials say it’s also about making sure mental health professionals are the...
    Prince William County Police are investigating two recent and unrelated incidents of sexual assault involving minors, officials said. The first occurred in Woodbridge between March 2019 and December 2019, but the investigation began in September 2021, Prince William County Police said. The victim, who was about 10 years around, reported that her family member, a 19-year-old man, sexually assaulted her, police said. At the time of the incident, the suspect was also a juvenile, officials said. The suspect was charged on July 19 with aggravated battery, police reported. Police said he has a pending court date and was held without bond.  The second incident occurred around July 13 in Manassas, when an 11-year-old girl accused a family member of sexual assault, Prince William County Police said.  On July 19, Jose Flores Castro, 35, was arrested on two counts of aggravated sexual battery, one count of assault and battery, and other related offenses, officials said.  Police said Castro's court date is pending and he was being held without bond.  Anyone with information on either of these cases should call police at...
    Prince William County’s fire chief will retire this summer, capping off decades of service to residents. Timothy L. Keen, chief of the Prince William County Fire and Rescue System, announced Tuesday he will leave his position effective Sept. 1. Keen has worked as the Northern Virginia county’s fire chief for three years, but his service for the county stretches back four decades. More Virginia News More Prince William County News “It has been an honor and privilege to serve the residents of Prince William County for 40 years and to lead the Fire and Rescue System over the past three years,” Keen said in a news release. “I am grateful for the amazing performance of all the members in our system and proud of the work we have done to improve our services to the Prince William community.” Keen started his career in Prince William County as a volunteer in 1982. Board of Supervisors Chair Ann Wheeler commended his career as one embodying a “passion for public service and commitment” for the community. “We appreciate Chief Keen’s 40...
    A suspect is at large as police in Prince William County search for a man who is accused of spying on three women in their dressing rooms. Officers arrived at the Kohl’s on Foulger Square in Woodbridge on July 15 where two women, ages 20 and 23, claimed a man held his phone under the door of their dressing room, Prince William County Police said. Two days later, officers returned to the store when a 15-year-old woman also saw a phone under the door of her dressing room, officials said. Video surveillance revealed the suspects in each incident was the same person, police reported. Investigators said there was never any physical contact between the three victims and the suspect. Police said the suspect is a medium-sized Hispanic man, between 35 and 45, with black hair, a mustache, and a scar on his right cheek. Anyone with information about the suspect should contact Prince William County Police at 703-792-7000.
    Four people were hurt when a bus slammed into a restaurant sign while swerving in an effort to avoid a car in Virginia, authorities said. The bus was headed Northeast on Potomac Mills Road at around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 12, when a car struck the bus on the driver’s side, transportation officials said. In an effort to avoid further damage, the bus veered away from the car and hit a shopping center sign near a gas line, officials reported. Two passengers on the bus, the bus driver, and another driver were all reportedly taken to a nearby hospital. Prince William County Fire Department and Washington Gas workers arrived at the scene to turn off gas in the area. Officials said they shared official video from bus cameras with the Prince William County Police Department. The police are conducting an ongoing investigation and there is no word on whether charges will be filed. 
    Four people were injured Tuesday afternoon when an OmniRide bus collided with a vehicle in Prince William County, Virginia. The Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission said in a statement that a car pulled out onto Potomac Mills Road around 12:30 p.m. from a hotel parking lot just before the road changes names to Town Center Road. A Route 292 OmniRide bus tried to avoid the car, but it collided with the vehicle as well as a nearby restaurant sign. “Because the sign is near a gas line, the Prince William County Fire Department responded to turn off gas in the area before moving the bus,” PRTC said. More Virginia News More Prince William County News Two passengers on the bus — as well as the drivers of the bus and the vehicle — were taken to a hospital. Video of the collision has been downloaded from cameras on the bus, PRTC said, and has been shared with Prince William County police. The approximate location of the collision is shown in the map below.
    This article was written by WTOP’s news partner InsideNoVa.com and republished with permission. Sign up for InsideNoVa.com’s free email subscription today. A Prince William County conservation group has expanded its recall effort to include Board of Supervisors Chair Ann Wheeler for her connections to the data center industry. The Coalition to Protect Prince William County announced the beginning of its recall petition for Wheeler during the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday. The coalition is holding a press conference at 6:30 p.m. Last month, the coalition announced a recall petition for Gainesville District Supervisor Pete Candland over his involvement with the controversial PW Digital Gateway proposal. “Citizens refuse to accept ‘cookie jar ethics’ of Wheeler and Candland, who only react when their hand is caught in the cookie jar,” the coalition said in a press release. Wheeler’s recall is also tied to the digital gateway, with residents saying she stands to gain financially from the project and has not been transparent about her ties to the industry. Digital Gateway Last summer, landowners along Pageland Lane submitted a request to change the land designation of their...
    Do you know this man or this car? If so, the Prince William County police want to speak with you.  Police said this man walked into Elite Jewelers in the Manassas Mall on June 12, asked to try on two rings, and bolted with them. He ran out of the building and jumped into a white BMW.  Prince William County police ask anyone who knows this man to contact them at 703-792-6500. 
    A 22-year-old woman demanded carjackers in Prince William County to back off, authorities said — and they did. Three men approached the woman’s vehicle in the 13400 block of Richmond Highway sometime before 10 p.m. on July 7, and ordered her to unlock the doors and step out of the car, Prince William County Police said. When the woman refused, the suspects fled the area on foot and the woman left the scene to call police, officials said. The police arrived at the scene shortly after, and the victim described two of the suspects as white men with brown hair, one with a thin build, mustache, and wearing a dark-colored shirt.  The third suspect was a thin black man with short black hair, no facial hair, and wearing a black tank top with light black jeans, according to the victim. The woman told police that she had no injuries and no weapons were shown during the incident. Anyone with information is asked to contact Prince William County Police. 
    More than 20,000 fentanyl-laced Percocet pills were found in a routine vehicle stop in Virginia, officials said. Police stopped the vehicle of a suspected dealer from the area and found the pills in a fire extinguisher located in the trunk, Prince William County Police said. The pills are suspected to be counterfeit and very dangerous. Police reported they also found suspected crack cocaine, money, and unknown pills in the suspect’s car. The suspect was charged and no further information was released due to an ongoing investigation, police said. The investigation is part of an effort to combat the country’s opioid epidemic, according to the Prince William County Police Department’s Facebook page. 
    An 18-year-old Prince William County man robbed a friend at gunpoint in her home earlier this week, authorities said.  Courtney Lavonte Orange, of Woodbridge, is accused of breaking into a home in the 13600 block of Lynn Street in Woodbridge just after 10:30 p.m. on July 4, Prince William County police said. The woman who lived in that home said she knew Orange.  She said he broke into her home through an unlocked door, pulled a handgun out of his waistband, and wouldn't let her leave, an incident report said. She eventually escaped and called the police from outside of her home.  Officers arrested Orange as he snuck out the backdoor, the report said. The weapon he had with him turned out to be a BB gun.  Officials charged him with abduction and burglary, police said. He was being held without bond at the Rappahannock Regional Jail, authorities added. 
    An 18-year-old Prince William County man robbed a friend at gunpoint in her home earlier this week, authorities said.  Courtney Lavonte Orange, of Woodbridge, is accused of breaking into a home in the 13600 block of Lynn Street in Woodbridge just after 10:30 p.m. on July 4, Prince William County police said. The woman who lived in that home said she knew Orange.  She said he broke into her home through an unlocked door, pulled a handgun out of his waistband, and wouldn't let her leave, an incident report said. She eventually escaped and called the police from outside of her home.  Officers arrested Orange as he snuck out the backdoor, the report said. The weapon he had with him turned out to be a BB gun.  Officials charged him with abduction and burglary, police said. He was being held without bond at the Rappahannock Regional Jail, authorities added. 
    Authorities were working to identify the man who tied an emaciated pit bull to the door handle of a Prince William animal shelter last month. Surveillance footage shows the suspect with obvious facial hair tying the dog's leash to the handle of the Prince William County Animal Services Center in Manassas around 12:30 a.m. on June 30, county police said. The dog was found around 7:15 that morning. The suspect drove off in a light-colored SUV and was last seen wearing a black t-shirt with blue panels and reflective details, authorities said. The dog, who rescuers called Ref, was found in extremely poor health, wandering near the shelter. Animal control officers are asking anyone with information to contact the Prince William County Police Department. 
    Four men were wounded in a shooting that broke out at a Prince William County car wash over July Fourth weekend, police said. A large group of people were arguing at Sam's Car Wash on the 8100 block of Sudley Road when gunfire rang out around midnight Sunday, July 3, Prince William County police said. Three men in their 20s who arrived at local hospitals were airlifted to trauma centers for their injuries, while a man treated at the scene by police was taken to the hospital for further treatment. All injuries were believed to have been non-life threatening. Detectives were actively investigating the incident. It was not clear if any suspects had been identified.
    A 29-year-old Virginia woman had been drinking when she crashed her sedan with two unbelted 4-year-old kids inside, authorities said. Christine Alexandra Biffar hadn’t gotten far from her home before she crashed on the same Manassas block around 5 p.m. Saturday July 3, Prince William County police said. Christine Alexandra Biffar hadn’t gotten far from her home before she crashed on the 12700 block of Gold Cup Trail in Manassas, where she lives, around 5 p.m. Saturday, July 3, Prince William County police said. Officers responding to the scene found Biffar had lost control of a 2022 Dodge Challenger and drove off the road where she struck a mailbox, an electrical box, and then a parked vehicle, police said. Biffar had apparently been driving recklessly and was intoxicated, with an open container inside the car, according to police. Inside the car, officers noticed the two children who hadn’t been buckled, but were not injured, authorities said. The relationship between Biffar and the children was not immediately clear. Biffar was charged with two counts of felony child neglect, one count of driving...
    Police in Prince William County, Virginia, say they are searching for a man who left an emaciated pit bull on the doorstep of an animal shelter early Thursday morning. According to officials, animal control officers in the county have launched a felony cruelty investigation after a dog was left in poor condition at the Prince William County Animal Services Center at 14807 Bristow Rd. in Manassas a little after midnight. More Local News More Virginia News More Prince William County News Police say video surveillance footage taken at 12:34 a.m. Thursday shows a light-colored SUV parked in front of the center entrance. A man is seen exiting the vehicle, carrying a dog, identified as a tri-colored female Pitbull between one- and two-years-old. The Prince William County Police are looking for a man who left an emaciated pit bull at an animal shelter. (Courtesy Prince William County Police) The man in the video attached one end of a leather leash to the dog, and the other end to the front door handle of the animal center before leaving, police...
    A 22-year-old Georgia man sexually assaulted a woman as she waited outside of a Prince William County hotel room earlier this, police said.  Freddie Usiel Miranda of Willacoochee faces charges of rape and obstruction of justice stemming from the alleged attack in Manassas on Wednesday, June 29, officials said.  The 35-year-old woman said she was waiting by a room at the Red Room Inn at 10610 Automotive Drive just after 1 a.m. when Miranda approached her and asked to use her bathroom, a Prince William County police report noted. When they entered the hotel room, she said Miranda grabbed her by the neck and raped her, the report continued.  The woman called the police after. Miranda fought with officers when they came to arrest him on Thursday, but they subdued him and took Miranda into custody.  Miranda was being held at the Rappahannock Regional Jail without bond, officials said. 
    A woman was shot and killed in Woodbridge, Virginia, in the early hours of Friday. The Prince William County police said in a statement that someone called to report a shooting in the 13900 block of the Jefferson Davis Highway, just north of the Prince William Parkway and west of the Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge, around 4:30 a.m. More Local News More Prince William County News Police said they found the woman in a wooded area nearby. She was pronounced dead at the scene. They don’t any information on a suspect or a motive yet. They’re asking anyone with more information to call them at 703.792.7000 or submit a tip online.
    Police in Prince William County, Virginia, are asking people to avoid Potomac Town Center. They are looking for suspects linked to an armed carjacking that happened on Bayside Avenue in Woodbridge earlier Thursday. Officers spotted the stolen car around 2:30 p.m. Police said the suspects fled on foot into Stonebridge, a shopping area. Two people are in custody, and police are still looking for additional suspects. More Local News More Virginia News More Prince William County News Officers were able to take two suspects into custody but are still searching for the additional suspects. *Incident: Armed Carjacking | Woodbridge; Suspects from an armed carjacking fled on foot from #PWCPD in the Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center. Two of the suspects are in police custody. Additional suspects are still at large. Please avoid the area & follow police direction. pic.twitter.com/QkuEqJm5af — Prince William County Police Department (@PWCPolice) June 30, 2022 Below is the area that police are asking people to avoid. This story is developing. Stay with WTOP for updates. 
    Police have identified three people they say pulled someone out of their car to rob them last week in Prince William County.  Franklin Alexander Ortiz, 28, of Manassas, Tara Dawn Nicole Jones, 33, of Woodstock, and Brianna Gae Loree Jones, 32, of Woodstock are all wanted on a robbery charge from an incident in Manassas on June 20, Prince William County police said. Investigators say the trio pulled someone out of a car to steal their phone in the 7100 block of Gateway Court before speeding off in a Black Honda Accord.  Officers say they linked the trio to the robbery over the weekend and took out warrants on Monday, June 27.  Though investigators have not been able to find them. They ask anyone with information on their whereabouts or any information on the case to contact Prince William County police at 703-792-6500. 
    Scammers are calling Virginia residents and impersonating law enforcement, Prince William County police said. Police said residents reported the calls, in which the scammers told them that they had an active warrant for their arrest, and could resolve the matter by showing up for a Zoom appearance before a “judge” immediately. More Prince William County News More Virginia News More Local News But prior to their hearing before the judge, victims were told they had to pay $750 in court fees and fines to the U.S. District Court using the payment transfer app Zelle, through a phone number. Recently, residents have received fraudulent phone calls from #scammers impersonating law enforcement. Callers may be told they have an active warrant. The scammer says they can resolve the matter via a Zoom appearance before the judge immediately. Click the image for more info. pic.twitter.com/uyxUIiV2xz — Prince William County Police Department (@PWCPolice) June 24, 2022 Prince William County police advise residents to never give out their personal information on a phone call, or send money to anyone who calls out...
    A man sexually assaulted a Prince William County grocery store worker on Friday morning, June 24, police said.  The man entered the Food Lion on 6306 Hoadly Road in Manassas just before 9 a.m. and spoke with a 58-year-old female employee briefly before walking away, Prince William County police said. The man had visited the store in the past and had spoken to the woman before.  Security video shows the man stalking her across the store and watching her across several aisles without her knowledge. At one point, police said, the man exposes himself and masturbates on the woman before rushing off.  She was facing away from him and didn't realize what happened until later when she noticed a bodily fluid on her leg, police said.  The man left the store at 9:35 a.m. and got into a dark-colored, four-door sedan with a missing rim on the rear passenger tire, police said.  Police say the man is 30 to 35 years old, 6 feet tall, with a thin build. He wore a white polo shirt with gray and black stripes,...
    A grocery store employee was sexually assaulted Friday morning in Prince William County, Virginia, police report. More Prince William County News More Virginia News It happened at the Food Lion at 6306 Hoadly Rd in Manassas. Police say a man began following an employee around the store just before 9 a.m. The employee is identified as a 58-year-old woman. Photos of the suspect entering the Food Lion. (Courtesy Prince William County Police) The man had previous “brief encounters” with female employees at the Food Lion before the assault, police said. The worker told police that she was stocking aisles when the man approached her from behind. Video surveillance shows that the man exposed himself and left an unknown bodily fluid on the worker’s pants. The video shows the suspect watching the employee from other aisles multiple times and at one point, approaching her from behind while exposing himself and making obscene motions while she was facing away from him. The employee wasn’t physically injured in the incident. The suspect left the store before police arrived on the scene....