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Friday, May 8, 2009

This Week in Crime: Maybe he just didn't see the 'no talking' sign

Just catching up on a couple of fun incidents that took place over the past couple of weeks:

BOWMAN TOWNE DR., 11900 block, 10:53 a.m. April 23. A man walked into a library, displayed a handgun and shouted at two people. He left and dumped garbage out of a trash can. A 29-year-old Herndon man was charged with brandishing a firearm, disorderly conduct and littering.
Aside from the handgun, he doesn't sound that much more rude than the average patron of the book sale that took place around the same time. You haven't lived until you've been body-checked by someone carrying three times their (considerable) weight in books while squeezing through an aisle with the approximate legroom of an airline seat.

But we digress. Onward:
SOUTH LAKES DR., 11900 block, 11:25 p.m. April 24. Four male pedestrians became angry with a male acquaintance who was riding a bicycle. When he tried to ride away, they pulled him from the bike and assaulted him, then fled. Police found them nearby. Three Reston men, ages 38, 28 and 37, and a 20-year-old man of no fixed address were charged with malicious wounding by mob.
Rule of thumb: When confronted by an angry mob, don't stop the bike. Nothing good can come of it.


  1. The Convict in Gulag 4May 8, 2009 at 9:38 AM

    South Reston, where "community" is considered a full-contact sport.

  2. The Reston library booksale really is an insane spectacle. It's our very own running of the bulls.

  3. Hey, hey, hey! The library book sale is a great opportunity to get mass quantities of mostly current books for very little amounts of money! And unlike certain quasi-government entities, the activities of the Friends Board who runs the sale are OPEN and ABOVE BOARD and they are RESPONSIVE to questions (see

  4. No one said the book sale wasn't a great event -- really good books for a really worthy cause. Some of the patrons leave a little to be desired in terms of hygiene and interpersonal skills, is all.

  5. Good books at reasonable prices. Room too small, books from floor to 'ceiling', and too many people to really peruse the offerings. Ditto to the last Anon's comments on the interpersonal skills of many of the patrons...

  6. I <3 the book sale! I <3 cheap books! My boyfriend does not love my full bookshelves and piles of books...


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