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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

This Week in Crime: One Seriously Manic Monday, Plus a Cat-astrophe Continues

After a relatively quiet couple of months, Reston crime seems to be picking up again, what with the stabby birthday party at the now authentically gritty urban core and all. And we thought we'd have to retire this column!

cong bank.jpgJust consider Monday, which was kicked off by an early morning bank robbery off Sunset Hills Road in Reston.

Shortly before 9:30 a.m. on Monday, April 11, a man entered the Congressional Bank located at 1800 Michael Faraday Drive, approached a 43-year-old teller and displayed a handgun. He demanded money and left with an undisclosed amount of cash. There were no injuries. The suspect fled the bank and was last seen headed in the direction of Wiehle Avenue.

The suspect was described as black, 5 feet 3 to 5 feet 6 inches tall, stocky build, wearing all black clothing.

The police helicopter and K-9 responded to check the area.
If that wasn't enough excitement for a Monday, it was hardly lunchtime when fire and rescue personnel had to attend to a fire on Riders Lane.
The call came in at 12:34 p.m., and firefighters were on the scene within two minutes. The fire started in a second-floor bedroom of home in the 11000 block of Riders.

The blaze was quickly under control. An elderly man was treated at the scene, but there were no other injuries.
The fire, which was caused by improperly discarded smoking materials was ruled accidental on Tuesday It did an estimated $110,000 in damage.

But we can't save all the excitement for Mondays! A man was robbed at gunpoint on a Saturday night at Lake Anne Plaza.
Two men robbed a 25-year-old man at gunpoint in the 11400 block of Washington Plaza just after 11 p.m. on Saturday, April 2. They were described as black, between 20 and 25 years old, 5 feet 6 inches tall and 150 pounds, wearing dark clothing. The victim declined medical attention.
Also, candy was stolen from a business on Baron Cameron Avenue. There are no words.

8decc9bf703483c4b1ed51768718f939.jpegAnd finally, in our progressive neighbor to the west, a 50-year-old woman now faces 10 charges in connection with a house full of dead cats on Summerfield Drive in Herndon.
Pamela Louise Wykle of 1318 Summerfield Drive, Herndon was charged with six counts of animal cruelty, two counts of failure to properly dispose of dead animals and two counts of maintaining unsanitary conditions.

Officers determined that Wykle had left her Hendon home containing 27 live cats around the holidays and not returned since then. She had been staying with family members in the McLean area.
That's the house, above and to the right. Other than the now boarded-up door, it's not quite what you pictured, right?


  1. 30 dead cats = criminal

  2. So, when's the barbecue? They should be able to attract every Vietnamese for miles.

  3. Cat jerky anyone?

  4. Keep us informed if the house goes up for sale! Cat urine-soaked carpets might turn this into one heck of bargain!

  5. What gives Restonian? First a few Anons and then before you know it: Full on Trollery!!!

    Convict, I'm not sure how much Pho you've eaten, but it is made with beef not desiccated cat mummies. Why would Vietnamese people be attracted?

  6. I hope you have some field reporters gathering data on the RA Annual Meeting right now.

  7. "failure to properly dispose of dead animals"

    What is the proper way? I usually cram them down the garbage disposal, but then I've never had to dispose of 27 at one time.

  8. I think you're supposed to put them in a paper bag, take it to some dillweed's doorstep, light it on fire, ring the doorbell and then runaway.

    What's that? We're talking about cats? I thought we were talking about crap. Never mind.


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