Northern Virginia crime has escalated. Though exact figures are not known, here is a range of crimes that recently made the headlines in the area.
Two policemen hurt in Northern Virginia. Misfortune rocked the Alexandria and Fairfax Police Departments late last month. Peter Laboy, 45, an Alexandria motorcycle policeman, was shot during a traffic stop involving a cab. The driver has been arrested. Laboy was shot in the head and is in critical condition.
The other officer (Fairfax) is recovering from injuries due to a head-on collision of his cruiser and a SUV. The driver of the SUV, Cicero I. Limberea, 40, was killed. He was going in the wrong direction.
More on this story can be viewed below (from WAMU).
Man killed while walking his dog. A Woodbridge man was shot and killed while walking his dog after attending a class on Feb. 20. Retired ATF agent Gregory Holley, Sr. was murdered by suspect Aric Alexander Smith, 25. An off-duty Prince William County policeman spotted Smith and brought him into custody.
More details on the story is below (from my foxdc.com)
Charge dropped from boy who carried toy gun to school. A 10-year-old boy was fingerprinted, photographed and charged with wielding a toy gun. The dramatic episode ticked off the mother of the boy, whose name has not been released due to him being a minor.
The Washington Post released this story and here are comments from the boy’s mother, Nakicha Gilbert:
The child’s mother, Nakicha Gilbert, said that she was glad her son’s courtroom travails had ended but that “it should’ve never happened” in the first place.
The fifth-grader at Douglas MacArthur Elementary School in Alexandria was arrested this month after he showed a cheap fake gun with an orange tip to another boy on the school bus.
“It’s like three weeks out of our lives that could have been avoided.”
Gilbert said she told her son that the uproar over the toy gun happened because of a larger concern in the world about “everything that’s going on with real guns in the schools.”
“It’s not like we don’t understand that guns are bad,” she said. “We do. . . . But you’re doing all of this for a toy? They overreacted — badly.”
The mother has transferred the boy to another school. More on this story below from the Washington Post.
Elderly couple murdered in Fauquier County. John Wesley Jeffries, described as a “person of interest” by the police, has been taken into custody for the double homicide of an elderly couple, Ethel and Nelson Slack. Their bodies were found Feb. 25. Jeffries, 60, is currently being held at the Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Office. The suspect is also being held for other criminal charges.
More on the Slack murders can be viewed below (from myfoxdc.com).
Christopher Speight pleads guilty to capital murder charges. The former security guard was arrested on Jan. 20, 2010, after a overnight manhunt near the Appomattox home he shared with his sister, her husband and their two children. Those family members, two neighbors, their teenage daughter and a teenage boy were killed in the shootings.
Speight, 42, received five life prison sentences on Feb. 15. More on this gripping story is below (from the Huffington Post).