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Monday, May 16, 2011

This Week in Crime: Creep With Gun Creeps Out Dogwood Students on Path Near School

Another week, more weirdness on a Reston path: Two students at Dogwood Elementary School told police that a man on a path near the school showed them a gun on Monday.

Police were called to Dogwood Elementary School, located at 12300 Glade Drive on Monday, May 16 around 8:40 a.m. for a suspicious event. A 12-year-old student and an 11-year-old student reported that they encountered a suspicious man on a path near the school, who displayed a gun. The students reported this to school employees who summoned police. After an extensive search, police were unable to locate the man.

He is described as black, wearing black clothing with a white bandana.
Police say they have stepped up patrols near the school, and ask anyone with information about the man to contact the police or Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477.

Police are also seeking information about a traffic accident that killed a 19-year-old Herndon High School graduate on Rt. 7 on Sunday night.
Herndon man died after he was struck while standing outside of his car. Shortly after 10:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 15, the man was driving a 1999 Mazda 626 east on Route 7. At the intersection of Dranesville Manor Drive, the car apparently experienced mechanical difficulties and stopped in the right travel lane. The driver activated the emergency flashers and got out of the car.

A 39-year-old Alexandria-area man, driving a 2005 KIA AMANTI, was also traveling east on Route 7 and failed to stop before striking the rear of the Mazda. After striking the car, the KIA then struck the man standing outside the Mazda. 19-year-old Kyle Alec Rowley, of 1126 Stuart Hills Way in Herndon, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the KIA was flown to a local hospital with non life-threatening injuries. Neither speed nor alcohol appear to be a factor in this crash. Electronic sign boards are being put in place at the site of the crash asking witnesses to call police.
Services for Rowley will be held on Friday.

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