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Notable Crimes: July 19-25

- Last week the county saw Skeletor rob a bank, a single victim capture one of his attackers in a mob fight, a tazing and the arrest of of an attempted abductor.

COLUMN:Jumping off the hobby horse

- I know I should feel awful for thinking this but I know I'm not alone either. As soon as I heard about the July 23 theater shooting in Louisiana, my mind raced to predict two narratives. First: "Solo white male shoots up a bunch of random people." (A commentary on our portrayals of race.) Second: "Just another day in America." (A commentary on gun violence.)

Townsend has my vote

- Residents of the 31st House District of Virginia (which includes parts of Dumfries, Dale City, Woodbridge, and Triangle in Prince William County, and Catlett, Calverton, and Casanova in southern Fauquier County) have an opportunity this year to elect an educator to the House of Delegates. Since only eight of our current delegates have a teaching background, the election of Sara Townsend would provide the much-needed addition of someone who has teaching experience and an interest in education policy.

GMBL 8U team prepares for World Series

- From Manassas to Florida, the Greater Manassas Baseball League 8U Blue and Gray all-stars are gaining quite a reputation nationally. Two weeks ago, the GMBL team placed second at the Babe Ruth League Southeast Regional tournament in Alachua, Fla., qualifying the girls for the World Series. Also set to take place in Alachua County, that tournament is due to run from July 31 through Aug. 5 in Newberry, Fla.

Friday night lights

- Musician Stephen Ascone sings while patrons eat dinner and enjoy the night at City Square restaurant on Battle Street in Old Town Manassas on Friday night. On Aug. 7, Old Town Manassas will host a First Friday event for the 'Dog Days of Summer.'

Getting by with a little help

- Molly Barcalow is a 14-year-old soon-to-be sophomore at Woodbridge High School. She is a neighbor, a friend, a dancer and one of the less than 3,000 children in the country diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) annually. This time last year, the Barcalow family was like many other in the county. Molly had attended Bel Air Elementary School and had just finished eighth grade at Graham Park Middle. She earned three high school credits during her eighth grade year and a second place award in the PWCS regional science fair. She was active in the Girl Scout's and was taking dance, which she had been doing since she was 3 years old.

Battling from all sides

- Is it possible the 2015 football season may peak as soon as it starts? That's a distinct possibility next month when the top two Prince William teams from 2014 meet in a head-to-head clash. Earlier this month, the Virginia High School League unveiled the fall schedule for every varsity football team in the state, from the Group 1A to 6A level.

Metro to PW study will need regional unity, says Wittman

- Talk to elected officials about studying an expansion of the Metro blue and yellow lines to eastern Prince William County and it quickly turns into a case study in kick-the-can. Each congressional term, U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-11th) submits a bill to conduct a study and it never makes it out of committee. Meanwhile, the state House of Delegates shot down Del. Scott Lingamfelter's (R-31st) plan to have the state government launch the study, in lieu of the feds.

‘Yappy Hour’ to raise funds for service dogs

- Malones of Manassas, a restaurant located at 9329 Main St. in Manassas, will be holding a “Yappy Hour” fundraising event to benefit local nonprofit SemperK9. The event will take place on July 29 at 5 p.m. and will feature “Ap-PAW-tizers,” specialty “Bark-Tails” and other surprises.

Meeting held on regional health system

- A public meeting will be held on Aug. 5 to discuss the plans for Novant Health and the University of Virginia (UVA) Health System to create a Northern Virginia regional health system. The meeting's focus will be on how the proposed system plans to serve the areas health care needs.

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Notable Crimes: July 19-25

COurtesy Photo/PWCPD
On July 22, a man wearing a skeleton mask robbed the Wells Fargo Bank at 2876 Dale Blvd. in Woodbridge. According to police, the man entered the bank at 10:27 a.m. and handed the teller a note demanding money.
Skeletor robs bank
On July 22, a man wearing a skeleton mask robbed the Wells Fargo Bank at 2876 Dale Blvd. in Woodbridge. According to police, the man entered the bank at 10:27 a.m. and handed the teller a note demanding money. No weapon was seen but the teller gave him cash and he fled on foot towards Interstate 95.
A police K-9 and helicopter were used to search for the suspect but to no avail. He is described as a black male, about 5 feet, 11 inches tall and 130 pounds with a medium build. He was last seen wearing a light blue t-shirt with white lettering, blue jeans, sneakers, sunglasses, a mask and possibly a wig.

Teen, rescuer tazed in mob fight
A 17-year-old boy and the man who tried to help him were tazed by a teenage girl during a mob assault in Woodbridge on July 16.
Police were called to Williamsburg Court and Georgetown Road at 7:30 p.m. and arrived to find several people running from the scene. A 17-year-old Woodbridge youth told officers that he and his brother had been approached by a group of people who assaulted them and stunned him with an electronic device. A 57-year-old man from Arlington attempted to intervene and was also stunned. Witnesses nearby took video of the attack and according to Officer Jonathan Perok, police could see in the video the person who tazed the victims. The assailant, described only as a 17-year-old female from Woodbridge, was located and charged with assault by a mob and assault and battery. The victims suffered only minor injuries, according to police.


Victim captures attacker in mob assault
A Woodbridge man was attacked by four men while he was leaving work, but managed to capture and hold one of them until police arrived. Police were called to the 2600 block of the Prince William Parkway in Woodbridge around 8:45 p.m. July 19 for reports of an assault.
According to Officer Jonathan Perok, a 27-year-old man told police he was leaving work when he was assaulted by four men, one of whom he knew and had had a previous altercation with.
During the fight, the victim sustained injuries to his face but managed to hold and detain one of the men until police arrived. The other three escaped but police later identified two of them.
The victim was transported to the hospital for treatment and the alleged attacker he held, 42-year-old Alonzo Kindred of Woodbridge, was charged with assault by a mob. The two men later identified are 38-year-old Willie James Gilliam II and 21-year-old Daniel James Gilliam, both of no fixed address. As of press time, both were still wanted by police. The fourth man has not been identified.

Arrest made in teen kidnap attempt
Police have arrested a Manassas man accused of trying to abduct a 13-year-old girl last month.
According to police, incident occurred on June 24 when a stranger followed the teen into an alley on Community Drive and grabbed her by the wrist. A witness saw the encounter and the stranger left immediately.
Detectives have been investigating the incident and on July 21, they arrested 35-year-old Dennis Alexander Marroquin of Manassas. He was charged with malicious wounding and assault and battery and is being held without bond.
The teen was unharmed.
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Notable Crimes: July 19-25

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Battling from all sides

Metro to PW study will need regional unity, says Wittman

‘Yappy Hour’ to raise funds for service dogs

Meeting held on regional health system

Golf star issues emotional plea for father’s return

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