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Monday, May 11, 2009

This Week in Crime: A Burglary Without Anything Burgled, a South Reston Shooting, and other Zen Riddles

A Reston resident awoke last Thursday morning to a creepy unknown intruder police called a burglar despite the fact he didn't actually burgle anything from her Lake Anne-area apartment, but hey -- details:

A 28-year-old woman was awakened by an unidentified man standing in her bedroom on Thursday, May 7 around 5:15 a.m. The man had apparently snuck into her apartment in the 11000 block of Vantage Hill Road but nothing was reported stolen. The woman screamed when she saw the man, who fled through her bedroom window. There were no injuries and the investigation is continuing.

The suspect was described as a Hispanic male, between 5 feet 5 inches and 5 feet 8 inches tall and around 160-170 pounds. He wore a gray, hooded sweatshirt and sweatpants. He was between 25 and 30 years old.
The police also finally got around to reporting a shooting that took place during your run-of-the-mill mob melee (PDF) two Fridays ago near the Southgate Community Center in South Reston:
A 26-year-old Reston man was shot during a fight that occurred on Friday, May 1 around 11:02 p.m. The victim was in a park in the 12100 block of Pinecrest Road with a group of friends when another group of men approached.

A fight broke out and one suspect pulled out a gun and shot
the victim in the upper body. Everyone fled and the victim was transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital with non life-threatening injuries. Another victim, a 20-year-old Reston man, was transported to Reston Hospital Center for minor injuries received from the fight.

The suspect with the gun was described as black, in his 20s. He was about 6 feet 1 inch tall, 170 pounds, with black, medium-length hair in dreadlocks. He wore a fitted, black baseball cap, white T-shirt and light blue jeans.
At least we finally know the answer to that age-old Zen riddle: If a gun goes off in South Reston, does anyone hear it?


  1. The Convict in Gulag 4May 11, 2009 at 3:31 PM

    Q: If a gun goes off in South Reston, does anyone hear it?

    A: No, because it's drowned out by the sound of the helicopters orbiting overhead on weekend nights while us decent convicts are trying to sleep.

    Welcome to West Anacostia!

  2. I actually DID hear it. I was just about to go to bed when I heard the telltale *crack* that is the official sound of South Reston.

  3. South Reston Zen Haiku GoddessMay 11, 2009 at 7:21 PM

    south reston gunshots ring
    high priestess of the warrior
    in silence she calls

  4. First time I ever heard a baseball cap described as "fitted"! And was it worn backwards to signal the universal meaning "I'm an idiot whose IQ breaks into the double digits only when the hamster that powers my brain really gets his spinning wheel revved up?

  5. The Convict in Gulag 4May 12, 2009 at 9:14 AM

    Hey, anonymous dude, rally caps are a time honored tradition that shows solidarity with your team. As I've said before, community in the South Reston Gulag is a full-contact sport.

  6. The Convict in Gulag 4May 12, 2009 at 9:16 AM

    BTW, may the injured party recover quickly and may be dillweed that perpetrated this heinous act be brought to justice swiftly.

  7. I am the 28 year old woman whose home was invaded in Reston on May 7th at approx 5:15 am. One week prior to the intruder in my bedroom I came home to my window being open and a large sum of cash stolen. I guess the police did not feel it necessary to make the report on my first call. I awoke to my curtain rod falling and I flung myself at this creepy guy and continued to scream and punch until he fled. I resent the fact that the Fairfax County crime report and this blog do not dictate the facts accurately.

  8. 28-year-old:

    Ffx Co's PIO people are mostly useless. They're the ones who are writing up what they see in the police report so it may not be the officers who worked with you that are the screw ups.

  9. Instead of having a police station in north Reston, maybe the county should think about building one in south Reston. (Winterthur or Stonegate area)


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