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Thursday, November 6, 2008

This Week in Crime: Soon we'll have more mugshots than Facebook

So when we first heard about the taxi driver found dead in Tysons Corner on Sunday, we thought that maybe the MASSIVE CRIME WAVE had moved on to other areas. Turns out our criminals are now commuting.

A Crime Solvers tip was instrumental in helping homicide detectives identify the suspect in the murder of Mazhar Nazir. Evan Gargiulo, 22, of 1727 Port Place in Reston (pictured at right) was arrested and charged with one count of murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. Gargiulo turned himself in at the Reston District police station at about 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 4.
Wonder if he voted first. Now more details have emerged about Gargiulo, including perhaps the oddest bit of incriminating evidence since C.S.I. Herndon went off the air:
On Tuesday, officers interviewed the anonymous caller and were told that Gargiulo had attended a Halloween party Saturday night wearing a wet suit, neoprene diver's boots and a blond wig.

Police searched Gargiulo's apartment, in the 1700 block of Port Place, on Tuesday afternoon, and found a wet suit and neoprene boots, court records say. Officers also found a 9mm handgun and two magazines for it, the search warrant says. The items were seized for testing.
A systems engineer for Lockheed Martin in Reston, Gargiulo graduated from Penn State this spring, where he coached the school's club swim team. He was also a lieutenant in the National Guard.
Attorney Steven Garver described Gargiulo as "a really nice, good kid" who had not been in any previous trouble.

"It's just a horrible tragedy for everybody involved and their families," Garver said. "I'm sure if everybody could roll back the clocks, it probably wouldn't have happened." He declined to elaborate, saying that "eventually, the facts will come out."
Meanwhile, an arrest has been made in the attempted armed robbery of the Fox Mill Giant in early October. Police are still looking for a second suspect.


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